Monday December 3, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday Nov. 10, Brattleboro Squadron #5 Sons of the American Legion held their annual Hunters’ Breakfast at American Legion Post #5.

We would like to thank Commander Richard Guthrie and the Officers and members of Post #5 for allowing us to use their kitchen and hall.

I would like to thank Kevin Hamilton of Hamilton Farm for the donation of syrup and for the support he provides us throughout the year. We appreciate it very much.

A special thank you to the following who worked on the breakfast: Daniel Buckley, Eric Buckley, Rico Gramazio, George Heller, Harvey Howard, Thomas Kuralt Jr., Justin Thompson, and Tristan Toleno. They made it all possible to happen.

Last but not least, I would like to thank those who attended and gave us their support. Monies from this breakfast help us carry out our programs for veterans, their families, and the community.

Gene Buckley,
Commander, Brattleboro Squadron #5

Sons of the American Legion, Nov. 17 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you to the farmers and volunteers who gave of their time and harvest to the Vermont Foodbank Gleaning Program this season. We were able to harvest 40,000 pounds of fresh produce from area farms and distribute it through the Vermont Foodbank distribution center in Brattleboro between June and November.


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The efforts of our partnering food shelves and meal sites and the staff at the Foodbank quickly moved the perishable produce to thousands of our neighbors in need. The fresh, often organic, and nutritious food that we delivered this season was much appreciated by thousands of Vermonters in need of food help.

Applause goes out all the volunteers who came out to farms and spent more than 230 hours harvesting this season. There was a core group of people who gleaned weekly, and many more who generously gave their time. This program thrives on volunteer support. Special thanks to Claire Wilson, Tiffin Mabry, Yada Claussen, Carmen Berelson, Michael Wells, Virginia Scholl, Catherine Audette, Diana Bregman, Shawn Carroll, Jan Ameen, Von Krusenteirn family, Maryann Brophy, Matt Mabry, and the Vermont Academy students.

By donating more than 30,000 pounds of produce and hosting bi-weekly gleans, Harlow Farm in Westminster ensured we had a steady flow of produce over the course of the season. Other farms contacted us when there was a specific crop ready for harvest, or delivered directly to the Foodbank. Farmers, without you, we’d have nothing to glean. The generosity you have extended to the Foodbank, our volunteers, and the people we serve, amidst the busyness of the growing season, is remarkable and we are so grateful for your friendship. Thanks for working with us: Harlow Farm, Westminster; High Meadows Farm, Westminster West; Walker Farm, Dummerston; Lilac Ridge Farm, West Brattleboro; Holton Farm, Westminster; and Miller Farm, Vernon.

We also received support, through the Pick For Your Neighbor Program, from Cortland Hill Orchard and Green Mountain Orchards, who supplied the Foodbank with hundreds of pounds of fresh apples for distribution.

Special thanks to High Meadows Farm for hosting the end of the season gleaning party, with a harvest of giant turnips and a party in their barn. Delicious baked goods and hot drinks were supplied by Green Mountain Orchards.

We hope to see you all again next gleaning season.

Hannah Pick,

Vermont Foodbank Field Representative, Brattleboro, Nov. 19

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Editor of the Reformer:

Write Action would like to thank the businesses and individuals that helped to make the Literary Festival Cafe a successful fundraiser this year:

Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe, Brattleboro Co-op, Brattleboro Cheese Cafe, Cortland Hill Farm, Grafton Cheese, Scott Farm, Bruegger’s Bagels, North End Butchers, Jasmine Bakery, Green Mountain Orchard, Mocha Joe’s Coffee, Dutton Farm, Champlain Orchards, Hannaford’s, and Price Chopper; also the three volunteer bakers Susan, Jennifer, and Chahale.

We know that being there for festival goers’ quick snack stop-in between readings was greatly appreciated, as we appreciate the community spirit that made it possible!

Arlene Distler

Write Action Board

Brattleboro, Nov. 17

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Vernon Historians would like to thank all those who contributed to the election day food/bake sale on Nov. 6. Those who organized, advertised, decorated and worked the sale did a splendid job.

There was a variety of food from homemade baked beans and chili to doughnuts. The food donations came from members and nonmembers alike, and there were plenty of purchasers. The event was a great success. We raised money to further the endeavors of our historical organization. We certainly appreciate everyone’s support. Thank you.

Vernon Historians, Inc.

Vernon, Nov. 8