Monday December 24, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

We want to thank the new Mr. G’s Last Chance Markdown Discount store in West Brattleboro for making an impromptu (and totally unsolicited) contribution to the animals at the Windham County Humane Society (WCHS) yesterday.

We have always bought large quantities of paper products, cleaning products, and quality pet foods and toys to donate to several animal shelters and clinics that offer low-or-no cost animal care and services to people in need. WCHS is one such organization that reaches out to those in crisis, or who are otherwise facing limited financial resources, so that they may continue to care for and love their pets at home, rather than surrender them.

The staff at Mr. G’s noted the volume of pet and clinic supplies we were buying and after learning that it was for the animals at WCHS, they graciously sweetened the pot for WCHS.

We are very happy Mr. G’s is back in operation again, and want to say thank you to Mr. G’s for such a generous spirit and donation.

Barry Adams

and Kevin Maloney,

Brattleboro, Dec. 8

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Editor of the Reformer:

I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am to have such a wonderful family and many, many friends. I have another family that has stood by me for many years. This is the American Legion family. They have helped me through rough times and have made me feel proud to belong to such a devoted organization.

Recently the Legion family organized a jamboree for my benefit. This jamboree was beyond any expectations I could have imagined. I cannot possibly thank everyone individually, as so many people were involved. The jamboree was a great success and very overwhelming.

To all of you that organizes, worked, contributed or participated, in any way, I shall be forever grateful. You have all shown the true meaning of friendship and love.

"Until today I wasn’t sure, of just how much I could endure. But now I’ve found, with thanks to you, I’m stronger than I ever knew."

God bless you all.

Judy Flynn

Brattleboro, Dec. 3

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Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital would like to thank everyone in the community who participated in November’s "BEARDS for BMH" campaign to raise awareness about men’s health issues.

Thank you to the 16 men who shaved their faces clean on Nov. 1 and then used their facial hair growth as a conversation starter. Important conversations about annual check-ups, regular prostate screening, risk of testicular cancer and other health related issues.

Thank you also to those who sponsored their beards. Although fundraising was not the primary goal, participants managed to raise almost $1,000 during the 30 days of November. A number of local businesses also supported the "BEARDS for BMH" campaign with participant prizes. Among these were Fireside True Value, Brattleboro Tire, Walmart and The Tavern. We also appreciate Zachary and Michelle Stephens of Studio Ten13 for taking portraits of some of the participants and donating the proceeds from the photo sessions to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

To see photos of the participants or learn more about men’s health issues, check us out on the BMH Facebook page. And look for the "BEARDS for BMH" campaign to return in the fall of 2013. We hope to have many more men in the community growing their beards and sharing information about men’s health.

Ellen Smith,

Brattleboro Memorial
Hospital, Dec. 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

Guilford Cares extends a heartfelt thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who donated so generously to our 2012 Annual Appeal. Your response made it a big success. Individual donations are our major source of funding and with your support we are again looking forward to continuing and expanding our services in the coming year.

In addition to our ongoing programs -- Transportation, Friendly and Nurse Visitor and Equipment Loan -- we opened the Guilford Food Pantry a couple of years ago. Since then, Pantry attendance has been growing steadily, telling us that we are filling another vital need in our community.

Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission of enabling elderly and other vulnerable residents to remain in their homes and community. Please remember that we are here for you if you, a loved one or neighbor needs our help. If you’d like to join Guilford Cares as a volunteer in one of our programs or on the Guilford Cares Board, we would love to have you.

Leah Gessner,

community coordinator,
Guilford Cares, Dec. 13