Thursday November 22, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you, community, for supporting our 8th International Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival.

It started with a wolf, ended with a tiger and in between there were larks, black birds, a garbage monster, a paper man, a paper cut, trees, storms, and cross-dressing. Wow -- what a festival. Once again, we are humbled by the community support and deeply gratified that so many people were able to partake in puppetry from around the world.

One of the most spectacular aspects about our festival is the attendance at our special school shows. This year's show was an eco-themed performance called Garbage Monster from Turkey. We were delighted to have students and teachers, including homeschoolers, come from nearby towns of Putney and Brattleboro, but also more distant towns including Chester and Springfield.

Thank you to all our friends who opened their homes and hearths to the 35 performers who came to Vermont not knowing what to expect and left feeling welcomed and appreciated. Thank you to all our volunteers, to local businesses who advertised in our program, showcased our puppets in their windows, displayed posters in their stores or on their kiosks, to all the venues that hosted our performances, and to the many organizations who sponsored the festival.

This year we saw a record number of sold-out shows, which demonstrated a huge commitment to Sandglass and other local artists. We hope you will be able to attend some of our other events scheduled for this fall and winter, including the Winter Sunshine Series brought to us by way of Crabgrass Puppets. Please check our website www.sandglasstheater.org regularly.

Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass,

Sandglass Theater, Nov. 1 Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the Commissioners, residents and staff of the Brattleboro Housing Authority, I would like to express our thanks to the entire town staff for their thoughtful and considerate inclusion of us in preparations for Monday's storm. Of course this includes the bus lines, schools and Red Cross -- all those sitting at the table helping prepare the community for what could have been another devastating storm. Thank you, all. It is a joy to work in a town such as this!

Christine Hart,

Executive Director, Brattleboro Housing Authority, Nov. 1

Editor of the Reformer:

Southern Vermont Undoing Racism was excited to bring the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond to Brattleboro for the second time for an energizing weekend-long Undoing Racism workshop Oct. 26 through 28.

We were able to provide two dinners, lunches and breakfasts for the facilitators and participants at no cost thanks to the generous contributions from the community. We would like to thank the following individuals, organizations and businesses: Amy's Bakery Arts Café, Anon's Thai, Backside Café, Brattleboro Coop, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro Mobile, Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Bruegers Bagels, Caitlin Burlett and Jesse Kayan, Canal Street Dunkin Donuts, Domino's Pizza, Donna Macomber, Dutton Farm, Frankies Pizza, Grafton Village Cheese, Green Mountain Orchards and Farm, Mary Gannon, Ming's Chinese Takeout, North End Market, N and V Market, Panda North, Pepsi, Putney Coop, Putney Inn, Price Chopper, Sodexo at the Brattleboro Retreat, Subway, True North Granola, Vermont Inn Pizza, Walker Farm, Walgreens, and Andi Waisman.

We also thank the WSESU District for the use of Oak Grave School and Jeff Christmas and Greg Frost for custodial support.

We look forward to the support of the community in our further efforts to undo racism.

Claire Halverson,

Southern Vermont Undoing Racism,

Dummerston, Nov. 7

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #5 sponsored a Jamboree for our beloved President Judy Flynn.

We would like to thank the Officers and members of Post #5 for their work and support of the event, especially Commander Richard Guthrie and James Coulombe.

SAL Squadron #5 took charge of the kitchen and did a wonderful job.

A personal thank you to all the Auxiliary members who solicited donations, set-up the hall, worked the Jamboree, and cleaned up after.

Thank you to "Weathered Roads Band" for serving as the host band and providing wonderful entertainment along with the bands "Early Times" and "Ring of Fire."

We would like to thank everyone for the wonderful turnout and support. Thank you also to all the Post and Auxiliary members from around the state who took the time to come including American Legion Department Commander Stanley Garland and Sons of the American Legion Commander Bruce Gideos and his line Officers from around the state.

A very special thank you to the following individuals and businesses for their donations: Advanced Auto Parts; Altiplano; At The Oasis; Avenue Grocery; Baker's Hallmark; Barrows & Fisher; Beadniks; Andrea Coulombe; Bernie and Veglia Derosia; Bond Auto Parts; Brattleboro Tire; Brown & Roberts; BRW Electronics; Catherine Fournier and Richard Chapin; Chelsea Royal; Cindy Reffi-Balduf; Cindy Reffi-Balduf and Deanne Macie; Cream of the Crop; Deb's Hair Shop; Denise LaRock; Donna Sumner; Douglas and Patricia MacMurtry; Elwin Hamilton; Enright & Co.; Far Beyond Woodworking; The Steel Shed; Dee Macie and Spencer Bristol; Fletcher's Auto Repair; Four Leaf Clover Restaurant; Friendly's of Brattleboro; Friends of the Sun; Galanes' Vermont Shop; Gillie's Restaurant; Gouger's; Harlow's; Harold & Sons; Heartfelt Memories; Hidden Springs Maple; Jean McAuliffe; Joanne Condosta; Joe and Deb Gilman; Justin and Jessie Thompson Kitty Hawk Kites; Lawton Flooring; Leader Home Center; Linda Thurber; Linden Gardens; Mac's Barber Shop; Maggie's Styling Zone & Peg's Tanning; Malisun; Maureen Pinger; Members 1st Credit Union; Nancy Lord; New Chapter; New England House; Nonie Fournier; Norma Gilman; Offerings Jewelry; Past Presidents of Unit #5; Patricia Shaw; Patricia Bullock; Peebles; Perkins Home Center; Peter Duff; the Post #5 Bartenders; Putney Road Market; Renaissance Jewelry; Richardson's Candy Kitchen; Sanel Auto Parts; Shear Hair Design; Shear Madness; The Shoe Tree; Smead Woodworking; Sonja Hurley; Sonny's Deli; Sportsmen's Lounge; Sons of the American Legion Squadron #5; Steve's Auto Repair; Studio 20; Taylor for Flowers; The 99 Restaurant; The Marina; The Vermonter; Verde; Vermont Artisan Designs; Vermont Candle & Soap; Vermont Country Deli; Vermont Tree Bones; Waterview Salon; Wave Station Express; West Village Beauty Salon; White's Sugar Shack; Windham Flowers; Zephyr Design; Zico's; Bruegger's Bagels; Jasmine's Bakery; Scentastics; Brenda Pinger; and several anonymous donors.

Thanks also to Lisai's Market for their support of us in this endeavor.

If I have inadvertently omitted someone, it was unintentional.

Nancy Buckley-Howard,

Unit #5 Jamboree Chairman,

Brattleboro, Nov. 6

Editor of the Reformer:

I am happy to report that, thanks to the faith and support of my fellow Rockingham residents, I have been elected as a new Justice of the Peace, with my term starting Feb. 1, 2013. As soon as I'm sworn in, I shall begin serving the needs of taxpayers, voters, civil authorities and all concerned citizens here in Windham County, as well as those seeking marriage officiants anywhere in Vermont.

Please accept my gratitude for voting me into this office; I pledge to do my best for all of you, in every way I can.

Cass Wright,

Bellows Falls, Nov. 8

Editor of the Reformer:

Dear Windham County Voters: Thanks so much for your faith in my ability to represent Windham County and to use my judgement on issues that are important to us and to the State. I look forward to serving as your Senator for another two years and continuing to work for health care, a vibrant local economy, good jobs for all, protection of our civil rights and open, transparent and responsive government. Remember, it is important for us to hear from you so please let me know how you feel about the issues. If there are particular issues you feel should be brought up, let me know.

Thanks again for your support. It is an honor to serve you.

Jeanette White,

Putney, Nov. 15