Monday February 18, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

The holidays have passed and we would like to reflect on the joys that may often be lost in the "hubbub" of the season. The holidays are always very busy for Joan’s Food Pantry in Chesterfield, N.H., but it’s a "busy" that we are so grateful for because it involves many acts of kindness that help us make a positive difference in so many lives. United Natural Foods, based in Chesterfield, has been our steadfast contributor for many years, and without them, we would be struggling to stock our shelves. In addition, John & Rita Chakalos’ generosity, with their holiday light display, has been instrumental in keeping our pantry stocked through the winter months, and beyond. Other supporters, who contributed greatly this year, were Steve Myre of Gem Graphics in Keene, N.H., who donated a large share of the cost to produce a huge sign for advertising the Holiday Lights display, and also Jeff Michaud from Perkins Lumber in Chesterfield, who, so willingly, loaned us a box truck and driver to pick up bulk food in Keene and transport it back to the pantry for filling Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. In addition, the Boy Scouts, local school children, the "Grange Ladies" and hundreds of contributors gave food and monetary donations throughout the year.


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We operate with an all-volunteer staff, who, week in and week out, continue to give their time and talents in coordinating the pantry and event operations, stocking the shelves, helping our clients with food distribution, loading and unloading trucks of food from our resources, standing in the freezing cold to collect donations, and sorting thousands of donated food items -- all with a smile on their face and love in their hearts for our neighbors who just need a little help. Thanks to each and every volunteer and contributor for caring about our neighbors and giving to Joan’s Food Pantry.

Valerie & Jon Starbuck

Volunteers, Joan’s Food Pantry

Spofford, N.H., Feb. 4 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center would like to express its warmest gratitude for the incredible outpouring of community support for its Tenth Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert which took place on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Latchis Theater. The sold-out event, which featured seven of the Northeast’s finest college a cappella groups, is always embraced with great enthusiasm by our community. BMAC would especially like to recognize its sponsors whose generous support helped make this year’s concert possible: Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Business & Tax Consultants, Mary Meyer Corporation, and The Richards Group. We would also like to thank our dedicated BMAC volunteers, the staff and volunteers of the Latchis Theater, the Reformer’s Jon Potter and Zach Stephens for their exceptional coverage, and our friends, Brattleboro’s own John and Carolyn Wesley and Sean Ryan whose enthusiasm for a cappella was the creative spark that began this concert a decade ago.

We extend special thanks to Dede Cummings who pours her heart and soul into producing this highly anticipated concert and fills it with community spirit. Last (but certainly not least) we would like to thank the fabulous audience members who attended the event. We are so fortunate to be a part of a community where individuals, families, and businesses value and participate in the arts with such enthusiasm.

Danny Lichtenfeld,

Director, BMAC, Feb. 12

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Editor of the Reformer:

Last night was the last of four hearings, totaling approximately nine hours over the past five months with the Wilmington Development Review Board for presenting my new Ann Coleman "Ark" Gallery, designed by Linesync Architecture and Steven’s Engineering whom I’ve had the privilege of working with over the last year.

"This project has more documentation than Haystack’s project" we were told by the DRB last night. Goes to show, it’s not easy doing business in a Historic District in the flood plain.

So much work was tossed in the Lake in a matter of minutes, and so much work left to do to get our town back to full capacity.

I would like to tell each and every member of the Wilmington DRB that I appreciate the time and service you give to this community. I hope you will all find ease and clarity in aligning the town’s building & design criteria with this project. I truly feel this building we have proposed will do this town proud for generations to come.

Ann Coleman

Wilmington, Feb. 5