Monday December 17, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

I want to thank all the loving people out there. During the time of my sickness over the last month. I want to lovingly thank my family, friends, co-workers, doctor and nurse friends. Thank you for the loving visits with meals, balloons and dozens after dozens of get well cards. Which will take me a while to read. So again from the bottom of my heart I want to thank you very much. With loving wishes and thank yous.

Carl McNeely

(his wife and daughter)

Newfane, Nov. 29 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the 34th annual Putney Craft Tour, we would like to thank Randy Zeiter and the Putney Inn for their support and assistance in the creation of a Tour center and exhibit at the Inn on Thanksgiving weekend. This new addition to our tour was well received. In addition, a sincere thank you to our lead sponsors Basketville, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and Hidden Springs Maple for their generous support.

Thanks also to the Gallery Walk, the Grammar School, Hickory Ridge B&B, JD McCliment’s Pub, The Putney General Store, The Putney Mountain Winery, the Putney School, the Vermont Jazz Center, and the Yellow Barn Music School & Festival for their sponsorship. All of these businesses and organizations helped create a sense of community spirit for this annual fun and educational event.

Ian Eddy, Putney Craft Tour member

Putney, Nov.


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Editor of the Reformer:

Thanksgiving: a time when we give thanks for what we have and who we have around us. The Putney Foodshelf is thankful for the Putney community! Thanksgiving is about food and being thankful so this Thanksgiving we handed out 49 turkeys to our recipients -- a turkey and a harvest basket/bag filled with the fixings for a delicious meal.

We could not have done this without the support of The Grammar School (which provided 10 beautifully decorated and packed full baskets in addition to their monthly donations), the Putney Paper Mill (which donated 6 huge turkeys), Landmark College students (who continue to provide us with toiletry and household items on an on-going basis), Basketville (which surprises us with generous checks), Putney Central School PTO (which donated a dollar for every pie sold on their fundraiser), the Putney Co-op (which donated proceeds from the Round Up Fund -- not to mention weekly donations), our back door neighbors at Putney Commons (who gardened for us providing squash for our harvest bags), and countless other community groups and individuals.

This is an amazing community who thinks of their neighbors without even knowing who they are. The number of people the Foodshelf serves has risen dramatically this past year. These tough economic times affect us all. We are so thankful we can provide this small safety net to our neighbors and help in some small way.

The Foodshelf is working towards our own 501(c)3 status (currently umbrellaed under the Community Center who so graciously gives us space) and creating an organized infrastructure to keep our operations running smoothly. Keeping our shelves filled takes a dozen volunteers about 15 hours a week with 400 pounds of food that is both donated and purchased through membership fees at the Vermont Foodbank.

Thank you everyone for being a neighbor helping YOUR neighbor. Please feel free to stop in if you are in need of food assistance, to make a donation, or to find out about volunteer opportunities. We are located at the Putney Community Center (10 Christian Square -- ramp side entrance) and the hours of operation are 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and 9-10 a.m. on Saturday mornings. For more information please call 802-387-2120(Putney Family Services generously allows us to use their phone number and forwards messages to us).

Susan Kochinskas,
for the Putney Foodshelf

Putney, Dec. 1

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Editor of the Reformer:

The first annual Brattleboro Film Festival launched the first weekend in November, and folks, it was an amazing success. We want to thank everyone who came to see films and show support. Attendance was great, with some shows selling out, including the repeat showing of our Best in Fest winner "Chasing Ice." These great films may never have had a chance to be shown in our area without the help of all the volunteers, partners and area businesses that made this launch a success.

We want to give a heartfelt thanks to: Jeff Potter and The Commons; Jon Potter and the Brattleboro Reformer; Jonathon Jensen, Latchis Hotel and the whole Latchis crew; the Marlboro Graduate Center; Paul Cameron, Brattleboro Climate Protection; Carolyn Conrad, Windham County Humane Society; Clay Turnbull, the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution; the Boys and Girls Club; Vermont Skateboards and all the skaters who came to Brattleboro to demonstrate techniques following the "Bones Brigade" showing; Joe Bookchin, Vermont Film Commission; Sandy Shriver; Steve West, WKVT; Jim Maxwell, WVEW; Tim Johnson, WTSA; Susan Keese, VPR; Darren Mark, Tree Free Greetings; Robin Antepara; Bob Nassau, Anne Stokes, Windham Wines; Brattleboro Cheese Shop and Cafe, Jackie Abrams and Em Richards.

We want to also especially thank all of our volunteers including: Meg Lyons, Suzanne d’Corsey, David Levine, Marlene Everingham, Kamana Adhikary, Jesse de la Rosa, Pat Halloran, Liz Kenton, Judith Thomas, Radha Newsome, and members of the BFF Advisory Council: Bill Forchion, Jay Craven, Alan Dater, Lisa Merton, Andy Reischman, Kate Purdie, Robbie Leppzer, John Scagliotti, Gail Nunziata, Darren Goldsmith, Michel Moyse, Linda Moyse, Arlene Distler, Jerry Goldberg, Muriel Wolf and Marilyn Buhlmann.

And thanks to everyone who takes time to visit our website -- www.brattleborofilmfestival.org -- to check volunteer opportunities that will help us mount a full festival in 2013 and share suggestions for great films of all genres that speak to the unique and wonderful character of Brattleboro. We can’t do it without you!

Merry Elder, Lissa Weinmann, Jaki Reis, Kevin Burke, Gail Haines, Diane LaVerdi

BFF Organizers, Dec. 6