Monday February 4, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to many generous supporters, 38 mentor and mentees with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County enjoyed a New Year’s Resolution event on Saturday, January 12. These ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ made time capsules to hold their resolutions for the year. They also enjoyed sledding, live music, and a healthy lunch. Big Brothers Big Sisters held this party, which coincided with National Mentoring Month, to celebrate the success of each participating child and adult and look forward to impactful mentoring relationships in 2013.

This celebration would not have been possible without the generous support of numerous contributors. Many thanks to Rachel Henry, Amy Green, and SIT World Learning for hosting the event; Mary Alice and Peter Amidon for their festive music; The Marina Restaurant for healthy snacks; River Valley Credit Union, the Brattleboro Food Co-op and Bill Penniman for the delicious lunch; and Leader Beverage for healthy drinks. Chairperson Betsy Gentile, Megan Stafford, Susan Riedo, Billie Slade, Jill Fortier, and Vicky Dibe - all of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Committee - willingly donated their time in coordinating the event, providing food and beautiful decorations, expressing their care for the children in our community with their generosity.

Robert Szpila,

Program director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windham County, Jan.


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Editor of the Reformer:

Where else in Londonderry can you find everything from designer clothing and household goods to toys for the baby? The wonderful ladies at the Thrifty Attic sort through thousands and thousands of articles that are donated yearly by the community.

With Sally Waite at the helm, Marion Laselle, Andrea Ogden, Wendy Arace, Betty Forbes, Pat Slade and Edith Hussey manage, sort, clean, discard and run the Thrifty with efficiency and expertise.

The South Londonderry Free Library would like to thank all of these hard-working gals for everything that they do and have done throughout the years. Because of their dedication they are able to give grants to many worthwhile organizations that would be so much the poorer without the Thrifty’s funding.

Most grant opportunities will not fund capital expenditures but the Thrifty does and has enabled the library to make much needed upkeep and repairs to our hundred year old and then some, House of Books.

We sincerely thank all the members of the Thrifty Attic for their very generous grant to the South Londonderry Free Library.

Mary K. Butera,

Librarian/Director,

South Londonderry Free Library, Jan. 21

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to the generosity of the people of this community, our 13th annual Secret Santa program has been able to satisfy the Christmas list of hundreds of local, less fortunate children, whose holidays might have been quite a bit bleaker.

First, we extend our deepest gratitude to every individual who participated in the program. Your goodness and generosity continues to amaze and gratify us. Even in the throes of the current economic problems we face, you have all stepped up and dug deep, deeper than we could have imagined.

Of course we thank the school counselors who have been the backbone of the Secret Santa program since its inception.

One of the things that has happened through the years is various organizations and groups have joined together, each to respond to several letters from the kids. These are: New Chapter, Entergy, Downs Rachlin and Martin, The Richards Group, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, The United Way staff, TD Bank North, Larry & Linda Enright & Co., River Valley Credit Union, Citizens Bank, GNO Group, Members First Credit Union, North East Home Loan, Cathy Eakins, Mary Bourne and Peoples United Bank, C&S Brattleboro and Keene, Joe and Anne Little, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Vernon Elementary School, Brattleboro Area Middle School, Leadership Program and Vernon Green.

In addition we wish to thank the following at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital: Doctors and their staffs, Operating Room, Lab, Physical Therapy, Birthing Center and Radiology, Med-Surg Nursing, HR, and Ellen Smith.

Again, thank you one and all, and may the New Year bring peace and prosperity to everyone.

Michelle Brown, Booie Fagelson
and Bob Fagelson,

Brattleboro, Jan. 22

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Editor of the Reformer:

The staff, the Board of Directors, and the guests who come to the Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for the abundance of donations received from Thanksgiving to the New Year.

Our food pantry was full, sometimes to overflowing, with collections delivered from businesses, schools, churches, organizations, and individuals. Food came from as far away as Vernon, from just across the river in Walpole, and from right down the street in Bellows Falls. Cans and cartons, fresh and frozen, nutritious and delicious - the variety and quantity amazed us.

Similarly, we are so grateful for the outpouring of donations from hundreds of people, many of whom were new to our list of supporters. From piggy-bank-sized cash collections to sizeable checks, they all warmed our hearts.

This was truly a season of blessings and gifts at Our Place. But just as the needs of the people we serve are not limited to the holiday season, so too we know that this spirit of giving remains vibrant throughout the year. We thank you all for the steadfast and generous support you have provided over the last 20 years.

John Bohannon

chair, Board of Directors

Our Place Drop-In Center,

Bellows Falls, Feb. 1