Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Union High School recently hosted a visiting committee of 16 educators for our decennial accreditation visit. This visit was the culminating experience of our 18-month self-study. From November 17-20, the visiting team spent four days at BUHS reviewing our self-study report and interviewing a variety of school and community members. On Sunday, Nov. 17 the interviews included parents, students, teachers and school board members. During the next three days the team shadowed students, and interviewed every teacher, administrator and support staff person in the BUHS community. When the visiting team reviewed their report with the faculty they gave our school community several commendations and some recommendations as well. In March, we will be notified of our accreditation status and we will receive a full report that will be made public to the community.

An undertaking of this magnitude requires a lot of sustained effort from many people and some thank yous are appropriate. Our self-study was chaired and shepherded to completion by co-chairs Doug Kroc and Rick Lane. They were greatly assisted by Nancy Johnston. Our seven standards committee chairs were Michele Hood, Bruce Holloway, Peter Cannizzaro, Lindsay Levesque, Liz deNiord, Marilee Attley, and Lisa Johnson. These seven professionals worked countless hours with their committees to gather evidence, evaluate our school and to prepare final reports for faculty approval. The entire BUHS faculty deserves commendation for their work on each committee. Thank you to all of the parents and school board members who attended the Sunday afternoon program and consented to be interviewed.

During the visit, the BUHS Madrigals, led by Patty Meyer, and the BUHS Jazz Band, conducted by Steve Rice, displayed some of our school’s musical talents for the committee. Robert Clark, Kathy Rouleau and the BUHS maintenance staff organized and orchestrated the logistics of the visiting team’s requirements.

Thank you as well to True North Granola, Judy Lidie, Side Hill Farms and Galanes Vermont Shop for contributing locally made products as a way to introduce the committee to our community. Also thank you to Randi Ziter and the staff at the Putney Inn for lodging our guests for four days. Members of the visiting team specifically expressed their gratitude to our local businesses.

Finally, a special thank you to the students of Brattleboro Union High School. Whether they were performing a musical piece or offering insights into our school, they were respectful, informative and honest with the team. The student body at BUHS continues to demonstrate their pride in their school and in their greater community. This event was truly a community effort and the outpouring of assistance is greatly appreciated. All of us at BUHS look forward to sharing the commendations and recommendations from the report with our community next spring.

Steven Perrin,

Principal, Brattleboro Union High School, Nov. 22 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On the evening of November 15, NEYT’s own inclusive Theatre Adventure hosted a Fashion Show Fundraiser, "Putting On Our Finery" at the West Village Meeting House in West Brattleboro. It was a resounding success! The actors graced the stage with power, self-confidence, and aplomb while Alfred Hughes, Jr. masterfully hosted the show. All night the Main Hall of the Meeting House rocked with outstanding acting, dancing, and enthusiastic delight from the audience. We thank our ever-growing team of supporters for helping us produce this event--an event that passionately demonstrates that we have some mighty amazing talent in our town- namely the actors in Theatre Adventure.

We also need to thank the generous donors for our successful auction, ably managed by our auctioneer, Richard Wizansky: Amy’s Bakery Arts Café; Altiplano; Outer Limits Health Club; Vermont Artisans; Tennis Lessons from Carl Hirth; The Massage Studio; Silver Moon Adornments; Yoga with Thea Lloyd; Yoga with Deb Pierotti; Yoga with Shannon McGough; The Gaines Farm; Baskerville; The Brattleboro Food Coop; Avenue Hair Design; Ticket to Heaven Truffles; Curves; Robert Burch Glass; New England Center for Circus Arts; Brattleboro Holistic Health Center; One-Stop Country Pet Supply; Boomerang; Penelope Wurr; Escuelita Spanish School/Spanish Lessons; Supreme Fitness; Jasmine Day Spa; Flatter Me Hair Salon.

Together all of us are helping to make Brattleboro a town that is welcoming and inclusive to all. Thank you!

Laura Lawson Tucker, director

Theatre Adventure Program, NEYT

Brattleboro, Nov. 22

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Editor of the Reformer:

The residents and staff at Thompson House wish to acknowledge the contributions to our recent "fall tastes of Brattleboro" events. These contributions allow residents special culinary tastings and add a sense of community to their day. This is a unique way for elder residents to enjoy eating locally.

We especially wish to thank the following individuals and business for their delightful contributions: various baked treats from Mary Jones and Reita Lashway, baked stuffed shrimp from Julie Merrigan and Sandy Merkle, meatballs from Melinda Taggard, apple cider donuts from Paradise Farms, apple pie from the Dummerston apple pie festival, pumpkin pie from the Vermont Deli, clam chowder from the New England House, and cheddar cheese for the weekly " happy hour" from Grafton Cheese. In addition, we extend a sincere thank-you to the Marina, the New England House and the Coffee Shop at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for hosting special outings and lunches for small groups of Thompson House residents. We are most fortunate to have such wonderful community support for our eldest citizens.

Sandy Ware, director of activities

Judy Abascal, communications volunteer

Thompson House

Brattleboro, Nov. 26

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the folks who made the Thanks for Giving Fun Raiser on Saturday, Nov. 23 a success. Raising over $800 for the overflow shelter and having a fantastic time doing so is quite a blessing. I send out heart-felt gratitude to our community for being so generous with their valuable time and money in showing up to support this cause.

Thank you Ray Warren of the Stone Church for providing us the use of that sacred building. Thanks to Heather (Heady) Miller for creating such a vibrant, beautiful hand-crafted poster. You are so talented (headyart@gmail.com). Thanks to the performers David Kuhn’s Sound Bath, The Perfect Partner’s and Lunar Effects, whose positive energy, generosity and music really shined that evening. Thanks to the businesses who donated food and beverages for the evening. Thanks to fellow organizers Mimi Brill, David Roundtree and Lisa Ford, who galvanized their inspirations and efforts to pull this event off in less than a month’s time. And a special thanks to my wife Elise. She totally stepped up to organize the food and took on so many of the logistics of the day, including the setting up and cleaning up of the event. Thank you all for making it happen. Let’s do it again!

Elliot Gunzburg

Guilford, Dec. 5