Editor of the Reformer:

We want to send out a big THANK YOU to the people who stopped on Tuesday, November 26th 2013 on I-91 South around 7:00 a.m to help our daughter. She had gotten onto 91 in the wrong direction (she wanted to go North) and around Guilford, hit black ice. She slid and flipped her vehicle down an embankment. She did not remember much of the accident, but mentioned "an older woman" who was apparently behind her and was the first to stop. This women held onto our daughter as she collapsed in her arms. The woman then escorted my daughter to another vehicle that had stopped, in which a gentleman sat with my daughter until help arrived (my daughter kept insisting she was fine and could wait outside on the edge of the road but this man kept her safe). There were others that morning that had stopped as well to make sure all was ok, even a gentleman who ran to the vehicle well AFTER the incident just to make sure no one else was injured, and to turn off the vehicle. Our daughter suffered a concusion and bruises, and although she was pretty banged up, we were VERY lucky there wasn’t anything more seriously wrong. We greatly appreciate the kindness of the strangers that stopped to help that day.

We wish everyone & their loved ones a SAFE holiday season and know that their are angels out there looking after us all.

Darren & Liz Hubler

Hinsdale, N.H., Dec. 8 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The Friends of Brooks Library December Holiday Book Sale was a terrific success. The success of the Holiday sale was due to the many community members who donated new and lightly used books, CDs and DVDs. Thank you to all of you who came to browse and purchase items in the sale.

Vermont Artisans and Bakers Office Supplies were most generous in donating holiday gift-wrap for this event. Veronica Wheelock and Carol Corwin provided gift-wrapping expertise for those who wanted it.

Thank you to Karen Hesse, Brattleboro’s nationally recognized author, who donated a unique hand-knitted doll for a Friends’ fundraising raffle. Hesse’s dolls are one-of-a-kind; the design and character evolves as Karen knits each doll.

Allegra Carignan was very generous in donating her time to review and evaluate books for pricing. As she does every year, Therese Marcy, Library Circulation Manager, provided insightful and steadfast management of the book sale.

Bob Oeser, of the Friends Board, supplied tremendous upfront advocacy for the sale and was the trusted "must see" person for solving operational problems. Thanks also go out to the numerous Library volunteers and Friends who acted as cashiers, and helped set up and strike the sale site.

The Friends’ 2014 Book Lover’s Calendar for $10 will be available for purchase until December 31.

Mary Ide, President

Friends of Brooks
Memorial Library

Brattleboro, Dec. 10

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Editor of the Reformer:

As this year comes to a close, we look back on a full and productive year at Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. Thank you to all the communities for your support of affordable housing options for all. Thank you to all our business supporters who supported "An Evening with Paula Poundstone." This was more than just a fundraising event; it was an evening with our community. The newly renovated Latchis Theatre was filled to the brim, with friends and neighbors who support Windham & Windsor Housing Trust year after year, project after project, all there to lend their support once again.

So, I’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors who made that night happen: Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association, The Richards Group, Commonwealth Dairy, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, Sovernet Communications, Woodward Photography, Brattleboro Retreat, Chroma Technology Corp., Fleming Oil/Dead River Co., Ingram Construction, New Chapter, Scott McKusick, Vermont Country Store, and Tom Bodett.

Thank you for joining with us once again in creating community!

Jill Spiro

Director of Development and Community Relations

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, Dec. 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Area Clergy Association would like to thank all those who attended the Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 26. The donations of six full bags of groceries and cash donation of $225 were a blessing to match the warmth of the many faith communities represented. The organizers would like to thank the lay persons and clergy who offered prayers and exhortations from their many traditions, from the youngest member to the eldest, and all who shared the evening in thanksgiving and support of the Overflow Shelter for the Homeless.

We would also like to thank all the many community groups who, night after night, provide interesting and welcome meals for the guests in the shelter and for the dedicated volunteers who staff the shelter overnight, a dedication which guarantees the shelter is able to remain open and available for all who need a warm place to sleep.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to the congregation and Pastor Suzanne Andrews, pastor of the First Baptist Church, who not only hosted the evening but who continues to host the shelter.

To the many who help those without shelter, we say thank you and to those who would like to be part of this effort, we encourage you to email Lucie Fortier at overflow.bratt@gmail.com for more information.

Dr. Lise Sparrow,
Pastor, Guilford Community Church, U.C.C.

on behalf of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy
Association, Dec. 10.

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Editori of the Reformer:

The planning committee for the Brattleboro Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner would like to thank all the individuals, farms, and businesses that donated time, energy, food, and other resources for this year’s dinner. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day at the River Garden in Brattleboro, the event was once again a success. We estimate we fed 600 people, thanks to the generosity of area businesses.

We would also like to thank the many volunteers who help us every year, preparing meals, serving, setting up the dining room, washing dishes, delivering meals to shut-ins, and playing music. We can’t do it without you all! See you next year.

Katherine Barratt, Ian Bigelow, Ray Branagan, Lindsay Cobb, Mark Schultz, Peter Wiles

Brattleboro, Dec. 11

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Editori of the Reformer:

The artisans of the Putney Craft Tour want to thank the community for its support of this year’s successful Thanksgiving weekend tour. We especially want to thank our sponsors for their generous support. Thanks to all who participated in the tour and brought their friends and relatives. It is always a pleasure to open our studios, giving us the opportunity to show what we do to friends and neighbors. We appreciate the local businesses which helped us distribute information about the tour with special thanks to the Chamber of Commerce in Brattleboro, The General Store and The Gleanery in Putney for the opportunity to display our work. Our thanks also go to The Next Stage Performing Arts Center and the Sandglass Theater, that for the first time this year, joined the 26 Putney Craft Tour artisans in creating a special event filled weekend.

Nancy Calicchio, Putney Craft Tour

Putney, Dec. 12