Editor of the Reformer:

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library hosted a very successful jazz and dancing benefit concert on Sept. 21 at the American Legion Hall in Brattleboro. This success of this fundraising event was made possible by a number of very generous people and organizations that support the work of the Library.

Chris Bakriges and his Quartet, including Rich Mollin, Eric Nathan and Steve MacLauchlan and Steve Leicach performed music from the Great American Songbook. Steve Leicach also played West African pieces on drums and gourd shaker, Molly Melloan and Patti Smith presented solo vocal pieces. Ray Warren and Shall We Dance members provided dance instruction and inspiration.

Long-time Friends of Brooks Memorial Library board member, Frankie Gibson, did all flower arrangements. Graphic designer, James Brisson was responsible for advance publicity. Price Chopper generously helped support this event.

The role of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library is to raise funds to help support public access computing services, the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday lecture series, children’s programs and digital resources in the Library. The next major fundraising event will be a book sale in early December at the Library.

Thank you to the above and many others who helped us.

Mary Ide,

President, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, Sept.


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Editor of the Reformer:

If you were in Walpole, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 21, you may have seen what you thought was a small meteor shower happening over the Hooper Golf Course. In actuality, what you saw were glowing golf balls shooting across the course in support of the Windham County Safe Place. Our first ever Night Golf Tournament was a blast, and if you missed out, we hope to see you next year. We would like to thank Brattleboro Ford Subaru for co-sponsoring the event, and also thank Ben & Jerry’s Community Action Team, the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, the Vermont Country Store, W&B Maintenance and the Richards Group for their support of this event and our cause.

We’d like to extend congratulations to the team from Brattleboro Ford Subaru, who won the tournament. We expect they will be back next year to defend their title. We’d also like to thank Ron Rosko and Hooper Golf club for hosting us, and Father’s restaurant for providing us with a delicious meal between rounds.

Windham County Safe Place is dedicated to supporting victims of child abuse and sexual assault in our community. If you’d like to learn more about the work we do, you can contact our office at 802-579-1358 or visit us online at http://www.safeplacecac.net.

Alyssa Todd,

Executive Director, Windham County Safe Place, Sept. 23

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the board of directors, the residents, and the staff at Thompson House, we would like to express our gratitude for the generosity this community displayed in our recent fundraising event at the Guilford Welcome Center.

We especially thank the following businesses and individuals who contributed: Amy’s Bakery, Avenue Grocery, Brattleboro Food Co-Op, Cortland Hill Orchard, Delightfully Delicious Bakery and Café, Fitz Vogt, Gin Mill Bill, Grafton Cheese, Green Mt. Orchard, Mocha Joe’s, Modern and Classical Language Department at Brattleboro Union High School, Paradise Farm, and The Works. In addition, we extend our gratitude to the many individuals who gave a financial contribution. A complete list of all contributors, donors, and workers will be published in the next issue of the Thompson House Gazette. Without doubt, we could not have managed without the assistance of so many who worked enthusiastically to help us make this such a success. The residents of Thompson House will truly benefit from everyone’s efforts. We are fortunate to live in our community that genuinely supports our elders. Thank you.

Sandy Ware and Judy Abascal,

Activity Director and co-chair for the fundraiser, Sept. 20

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you From the Ryea family to all our relatives, friends, doctors, nurses, neighbors and everyone who stood by our family during this emotional period with the loss of our beloved son, father, brother and uncle, Brad. We would like to express our sincere gratitude from the whole Ryea family for your physical presence, phone calls, food, cards and flowers.Thank you.

Hollis and Sally Ryea,

Westminster West, Sept. 24