Monday November 12, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

On October 7, Putney Family Services participated in the annual Harvest Festival at the Putney School. Our food concession was very successful thanks to the many generous donations from the community. The chilly and gray October morning began with volunteers setting up the tent, delivering baked goods, and just general prep work. Others set up the huge grill and warmed it up to begin grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for the hungry festival-goers. The day started slow, but the aroma of the burgers and dogs soon drew many our way.

Many thanks to the following businesses and individuals who made this so successful and fun: C&S Wholesale Grocers, Price Chopper, Cota & Cota, Leader Distribution Systems, Green Mountain Orchard, Wal-Mart, Amber & Jason Hubner, Crystal Kennett, Julie Forsythe, Meghan Benzel, Landmark College Students, Annette & Greg Wilson, Kerri Harlow, Dylan Devlin, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Paul Gustafson, Tom Ehrenberg, Steve Ingram, Kate Cleghorn, and Henny Walsh. Thanks to all of you, we had a great day!

Patricia Field, executive director

Putney Family Services, Oct. 23 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Area Hospice (BAH) held an annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, a waffle breakfast, on October 24th at their Experienced Goods Thrift Shop.


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All BAH volunteers were invited so that BAH staff could thank them for their wonderful service to the terminally ill and bereaved in our community and for their work at Experienced Goods. The waffle party was delicious and a lot of fun, and BAH is grateful to The Brattleboro Food Coop, Taylor for Flowers, Dottie?s, John Case, George Lagro, and Lynn Filanowski for their generous donations which helped to make this appreciation breakfast such a success. Thank you donors, and thank you hospice volunteers for all that you do, every day of the year, for families coping with serious illness and loss.

Bettina Berg, Eric Cutler, Connie Baxter

Brattleboro Area Hospice
volunteer coordinators

Brattleboro, Oct. 25

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Editor of the Reformer:

October 6 was a great day for climbing Mount Wantastiquet. The rain held off and more than 100 people turned out for Morningside Shelter’s second annual Hike for the Homeless. The event was a great success, raising in excess of our projected $17,000 goal. Windham County benefits from a large number of human service agencies, many needing the support of our community to raise funds. On behalf of the Shelter’s Board of Directors, staff and residents, I’d like to thank our generous sponsors: TD Bank, Green Mountain Power, Trust Company of Vermont, Abatem Exterminating, West Hill Energy & Computing, Hotel Pharmacy, The Law Offices of Costello Valente & Gentry, Entergy, Peter Havens, The Law Offices of Cady & Dugan, Consult Techs, Bast Investment, The Richards Group, Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Richmond Auto Repair, Brattleboro Tire, Brown & Roberts, Friends of the Sun, Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home, and Members 1st Credit Union.

We were fortunate to receive a number of in-kind donations from Lotus Graphics, Brattleboro Reformer, Brattleboro Retreat, Green Mountain Orchards, Grafton Cheese, Sodexo, C&S, Leader Distribution, Price Chopper, Curves, Outer Limits and Brattleboro Food Co-op. We would also like to thank WKVT and WTSA for their support and publicity.

Although the foliage was still not at its peak, the views from the summit were stunning and were enjoyed by skilled climbers and novices alike. We hope that folks who missed this wonderful event will join us next year. To entice prospective participants, we’ve posted several views from the top of the mountain on the Shelter’s web site www.MorningsideShelter.com.

Biz Dana, president,

Morningside Shelter Board of Directors, Oct. 23

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Editor of the Reformer:

I wish to thank the Bellows Falls Terrier football team for the honor of walking with the captains during the annual senior night at Lawrence Hadley Field. 

You have represented the Bellows Falls distinguished football tradition with honor, not just with your victories but in your conduct on and off the field. I know as you continue in the playoffs you will represent your families, school, coaches and the Bellows Falls Union High community in manner that reflex’s the proud terriers tradition and quality people that you are.

I very special thank you to Fall Mountain Regional High School. You filled the void when Springfield forfeited the 97 annual renewal of game, by canceling its varsity season. The Fall Mountain Administration, Coach Frank Brown and staff and of course the Wild Cats players who stepped up to made this a fun night should be commended. You have improved greatly since your first scrimmage in August. I know you will be ready for the 2013 varsity season.

Douglas C. MacPhee

Bellows Falls, Oct. 28

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Editor of the Reformer:

Lisa’s Love Charitable Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our 12th year of Mommy Marketplace a huge success. This is a bi-annual event held every May and September in memory of our daughter, sister and aunt, Lisa Young Noble. Lisa died in January 2000 after a courageous battle with a brain tumor. The proceeds from our events go to an annual scholarship for a graduating senior at L.G.U.H.S. planning on furthering their education and an annual gift to Grace Cottage Hospital.

A huge thank you to the Town of Townshend for letting us use the Town Hall. To the teachers and staff at Townshend Elementary who bake for me every year. Heidi, Madison, and Jeff Russ for helping set up, take down and sell, and to all of our vendors and shoppers who make it possible for us to continue giving back to the community in Lisa’s memory.

Judith Holden

Lori Staib

Linda Hescock

Townshend, Oct. 29