Monday January 14, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Detachment and Auxiliary Unit 798, Marine Corps League report another successful Toys for Kids campaign. Our 2012 campaign once again provided gifts for hundreds of needy children at Christmas.

We wish to thank the churches, veteran, fraternal, and private clubs and associations and all the generous businesses and individuals who gave their time, money, and gifts. This list also includes all the volunteers who gave their valuable time to insure that the needy children of our area have a Merry Christmas.

Special thanks this year go to Silver Forest of Vermont, as well as VFW Post 1034 for hosting our Toys for Kids jamboree, and American Legion Post 5 for allowing us to store and distribute our toys in their facility.

Last, but not least we thank the Brattleboro Reformer and Pat Smith, WTSA and Tim Johnson, and the promotion and remote broadcasts by WYRY, namely Gary Ferguson and Sean Patrick.

Brattleboro Detachment 798

Auxiliary Unit 798

Marine Corps League

Brattleboro, Dec. 29 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Recently the West Bee Nursery School held our annual Apple Pie Fundraiser. This community event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many local businesses that we would like to acknowledge and send our gratitude to. These businesses are Green Mountain Orchard, C&S Wholesale Grocery, Vermont Country Deli, Staples, Target, Price Chopper, Hannaford’s, John Benouski for donating all the shortening and the First Congregational Church who graciously lent us their facilities. We also need to thank the many families that made this event possible by supporting us in a variety of ways such as taking the kids to the orchard, purchasing a pie and of course all the families that gave up many hours one Saturday to make the apple pies. Our community makes Brattleboro and the surrounding towns a wonderful place to raise a family.

The West Bee Nursery School Board

Brattleboro, Jan. 2

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Editor of the Reformer:

This note is apologetically and long overdue - in some part due to difficulty in finding adequate words to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for our incredible community.

I was humbled and deeply touched by the selflessness and overwhelming kindness of Brattleboro’s proprietors, who without hesitation, donated prizes for a raffle to boost fundraising for the Greater New England Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Thanks to their generosity, they helped exceed my team’s fundraising goal of $10,000 toward improving the lives of the 19,000 individuals and their families in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire who are affected by MS.

May their good will - as well as that of all the people who participated in the raffle and/or helped support this cause in a myriad of ways - be returned tenfold in the New Year. Brattleboro is aglow with their light!

Many, many heartfelt thanks to: Adivasi, Agnes Sebille, Altiplano, Amy’s Bakery, Beadniks, Bodhifit, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Holistic Health Center, Brown and Roberts, Core Flow Yoga, Everyone’s Books, Knit or Dye, LiPon, Maple Leaf Music, Latchis Theater, Mocha Joe’s, Peter Havens, Renaissance Jewelry, Shoe Tree, Studio Main, In the Moment Records, Turn it UP!, Verdi, Windham Flowers, Zephyr Designs.

For more information about Multiple Sclerosis, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

Alyssa Blum

Brattleboro, Jan. 4

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Editor of the Reformer:

My name is Tobias Joachim and I was lucky to get the opportunity to be a German exchange student here in Vermont during the past semester. Since August, I have been living in Newfane with the Meyer family and have been attending Leland and Gray Union High School in Townshend, all sponsored by PAX -- Program of Academic Exchange.

Unfortunately, my stay is coming to an end soon. At the end of this month, I am going to say "Auf Wiedersehen" America and go home to Germany. Therefore, I wanted to give thanks to everyone that made this wonderful experience possible. 

First of all, thanks to my generous host family. Steven, Karren, Patrick and Ainsley Meyer made this year possible by opening their home to me. They made me feel a part of their family. I never had a chance to get homesick. They will always stay in my heart.

Also thanks to my PAX Community Coordinator Ellen Roffman who found my host family for me. She made sure that everything went well. Any families planning on hosting an exchange student next year should call Ellen Roffman at 802-365-4678.

In addition, I want to thank everyone at Leland and Gray High School for a great semester and for including me as a part of the school. Special thanks to Principal Dr. Dorfman and all my teachers who supported me. Plus, thanks to all the wonderful teachers that were in charge of the after school activities and to my soccer coach Joe Anderberg.

Finally, thank you to the people of Newfane, Townshend and the members of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro. You all treated me with respect and welcomed me into the Brattleboro area community with kindness. Everyone has made this year an exciting adventure I will never forget.

All are invited to say "Auf Wiedersehen" on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the NewBrook Firehouse on Route 30 in Newfane. My mother will be here from Germany and is looking forward to meeting all of you. Please bring a light appetizer, a small dessert, or a beverage to share and plan on enjoying some of my mom’s German recipes.

Tobias Joachim,

Newfane, Jan. 8