Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) would like to thank the businesses that participated in the Responsible Beverage Service Trainings held in September co-sponsored by the Department of Liquor Control.

BAPC recognizes the important role that local retailers and restaurants play in preventing underage drinking. Thank you to the following businesses for participating in the training:

Arkham, American Legion, Brattleboro Discount Beverage, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Mobil, Cask & Kiln Kitchen, Donovans, Dover Forge, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2445, Lipton Mart, Lodge at Mt. Snow, Neighbor’s Mobil, PK’s Pub, Polish American Club #1, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Vermont Country Deli, Western Ave Neighbors.

Thirty-two employees of retailers and establishments that serve or sell alcohol and/or tobacco attended the trainings. Congratulations to our winners from Brattleboro Mobil/Neighbor’s Mobil and Dover Forge who each won a $25 gift certificate in the trainings’ raffles! Additionally, Arkham & Brattleboro Discount Beverage each won a drawing for an ID Checking Kit to safeguard against false IDs.

Sponsoring the Responsible Beverage Service Trainings is part of Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition’s comprehensive approach to increase collaboration with local retailers to reduce and prevent underage use of alcohol and tobacco and sales/service to intoxicated customers in our community.


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Other retailer projects include the Brattleboro Responsible Retailing Project (helping licensees prevent underage alcohol sales and sales/service to intoxicated customers); and the Healthy Retailers initiative which encourages healthier food and beverage choices and discourages tobacco and alcohol use among youth.

Please be part of the solution by joining BAPC in preventing substance abuse in our community. Call 257-2175 for more information.

Cassandra Holloway

BAPC Policy & Project Coordinator

Brattleboro, Oct. 5 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors and the animals of the Windham County Humane Society, I’d like to thank the community for supporting the 13th Annual Walk for Animals. We had glorious weather and a nice turn out, raising over $17,000 for animals in need. One Stop Country Pet Supply was our very generous Top Dog Sponsor. Brattleboro Savings & Loan sponsored at the Marvelous Mutt level. Beuhler & Annis, PLC Law Offices, G.S. Precision, Inc., New Chapter and The Trust Company of VT all supported the event at the Purrfect Partner level. We could not have met our goal without the support of these wonderful local businesses.

Thanks as well to the businesses who donated items as prizes for our top fundraisers: Achille Agway gave a very generous $250 gift card, and Brown Computer donated an iPod nano. Thanks also to Beadniks, the Brattleboro Co-op, Central Appliance, Everyone’s Books, Grafton Cheese, Linda Manning Reiki and the Marina Restaurant for prize donations.

A big thank you as well to WTSA and Ian Fleming in particular. Ian always adds fun to any event and this year wasn’t any different. Thanks to the Brattleboro Reformer for giving us ad space every Saturday, keeping us in the public eye. Thank you to Sargent Witherbee and Officer Eaton of the Brattleboro Police Department for providing cheerful service and for keeping everyone safe as we paraded through downtown. C&S donated bottled water, granola bars, ice cream cones and, most importantly, dog biscuits. And thank you to all our fabulous volunteers who made the day run smoothly so that everyone had a good time, two and four-legged alike.

The money raised will go directly to care for animals in need in our community, whether they are awaiting a new home at our facility, or living with a family struggling to make ends meet. It’s only through the support of the community that we can continue to meet these needs, and for that we are truly grateful.

Annie Guion

Executive Director, WCHS

Brattleboro, Oct. 6

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Editor of the Reformer:

We want to Thank the doctors, the nurses, and personnel of the oncology staff at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H., for the excellent care devoted to my sister Priscilla Kenney-Brand, of Bellows Falls, during her passing. We also want to Thank the numerous numbers of people who sent Sympathy cards and Mass cards. It has been a great outpouring of love for "Percy."

Marlene, Bill O’Connor and family

Westminster, Oct. 10

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you to all who helped to make the "Overflow the Opera House" in Bellows Falls September 26 such a success. This especially includes radio station WKVT, which initiated and ran the entire event; the many businesses that collected and contributed food and energy; the innumerable citizens, both local and distant, who came to drop off bags of food; the school and other groups such as Compass School, Kurn Hattin, and the Meeting Waters YMCA after school program, who both donated and worked filling the Opera House; our sponsors, J & H Hardware, The Richards Group and River Valley Credit Union; and the volunteers who worked from start to finish moving food into the Opera House and then to Our Place.

Our Place in Bellows Falls was the beneficiary of all this wonderful work and generosity. And, through Our Place, the many neighbors and friends we serve also benefited. We truly filled the Opera House to overflowing with more than food: it was also filled with the kindness, generosity, and community spirit.

John Bohannon

President, Board of Directors

Our Place Drop-in Center,
Bellows Falls, Oct. 10