Editor of the Reformer:

Windham Child Care Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our third annual benefit event, Fall Into Art, a great success. This year’s event was held at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro. The silent auction featured artwork by more than 80 amateur and professional artists, including a number of young artists enrolled in local child care programs. Thanks to those who came to enjoy a fun evening! Profits go directly toward Windham Child Care Association’s work of promoting a good start for all our children through our resource and referral, bookmobile and child care programs.

Windham Child Care Association is honored to partner with everyone from the business community who invested in Windham County’s children through charitable contributions to Fall Into Art. Countless thanks to this year’s premium sponsor, New Chapter, as well as C&S Wholesale Grocers, WTSA, Southern Vermont Arts & Living magazine, The Commons, Brattleboro Ford Subaru and Vermont Country Deli for taking the leap, and helping us make this year’s event bigger and better than ever before. Thank you to Everyone’s Books for being our downtown ticket-selling location. We also appreciate the support of over 40 additional businesses that donated gift certificates or sponsored our event program. To see a full list of these local businesses, see our website: www.windhamchildcare.org.

In addition, this event could not have happened without the gracious and caring assistance of Suzanne d’Corsey and Joy Wallens-Penford at All Souls Church and All Souls Gallery, the donation of window space by Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Key Bank. We also greatly appreciated the insight, ideas and encouragement of Doug Cox of the Windham Arts Council and Bette Abrams, a loyal and sustaining donor. Complementing this wonderful evening was the delightful and upbeat music of Jazzberry Jam and the extraordinary caricature work by John Steven Gurney.

Finally, our greatest appreciation to those who inspire and remind us what it is like to see the world through the eyes of a child -- the artists who offered their work. For a full listing of those artists whose work was featured in the auction, please visit our website listed above. The children’s artwork was collected from the following child care programs: Mary Gilbeau, Kay Curtis, Winston Prouty Center, Hilltop Montessori School, The Grammar School, Mulberry Bush Early Learning Center, The Garland School, Timson Hill Preschool and Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative.

Thank you to staff and board members for dedicating numerous hours to create a fun event for our community. A special thank you to Fall Into Art’s committee members -- Ken Brautigam, Sarah DiNicola, Kathie Gatto-Gurney, Jim Maland, Kim Nace, Rebecca Salem and Beverly Stewart.

Elizabeth Raposa and Jim Maland,

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board,

Windham Child Care Association, Nov. 7 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the Brattleboro Outing Club I want to thank the Brattleboro Recreation Department, the many volunteers, the sellers, and the buyers who made this year’s ski-skate exchange successful. The sale proceeds helped support the missions and program activities of BOC and the Rec. Department but more importantly, helped the many sellers "recycle" unused equipment and the numerous buyers find affordable skis, snowboards, skates, helmets and gear. To those buyers and sellers who missed this year’s sale, mark your calendars for next year’s sale and get out and enjoy winter sports this year.

Andrew MacFarland,

President, Brattleboro Outing Club, Nov. 7

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Editor of the Reformer:

From July 4 to October 2, Rescue Inc. conducted a car raffle to help finance the upgrade of key components of its emergency response technology.

The members, staff and board of directors want to publicly thank the community for their contributions that helped make the Raffle for Rescue a success. Because of decreases in Medicare, Medicaid and insurance reimbursement levels, Rescue depends on community contributions and fundraising efforts such as the car raffle.

We also want to publicly thank the Marina for hosting the Raffle for Rescue party, Tim Johnson at WTSA, our MC; Peter Case at WKVT for helping to promote the event at no cost, and the Brattleboro Reformer for publicity about the event. We especially want to thank John Sciacca at Brattleboro Subaru/Ford for helping to market the car raffle with a special promotion and radio remote with WYRY Hot Country and for providing the Subaru 2013 XV Crosstrek at cost. Also, a very special thank you goes to the Southern Vermont Technical Rescue Team for staging a dramatic water rescue during the party at the Marina.

This is also to thank Aarons, for donating a mini-shelf stereo system for the top Rescue Inc ticket seller.

We owe everyone a strong thank you for their time, energy and purchase of car raffle tickets.

Rescue Inc. is a not-for-profit agency celebrating 47 years serving the community. The agency has come a long way since the early days when it was built on ski patrol experience. Prior to Rescue Inc, funeral homes and the fire department ran ambulances. EMS services resulted from a federal study in the 1960s examining life safety on highways. Originally, Rescue was all-volunteer. Today, Rescue is made up of paid professionals and volunteer medical technicians. Rescue receives funding from individual towns, from member subscriptions, and from private insurance and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. But today’s reimbursement rates always leave a significant shortfall.

Lynn Barrett

Publisher, SO Vermont Arts & Living

President, Primetime Concepts, Inc.

East Coast Rep, The Bohle Company

Dummerston, Nov. 10

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Editor of the Reformer:

No doubt: the children in Brattleboro’s elementary schools will be cheering when the first snow comes. Snow means winter sports -- those three or four afternoons in January when they get a chance to try out skiing, snowboarding, skating, sledding and other sports options.

This year, the Brattleboro School Endowment has happily accepted a gift from the Brattleboro Rotary Club. This gift will give on-going support to the winter sports program, helping to provide for buses, lessons and equipment.

Once again, we are struck by the generosity of this community.

Jill Stahl Tyler,

Brattleboro, Nov. 21