Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the Brattleboro District Department of Health, we would like to thank all the local businesses who contributed to our ongoing efforts to get the word out about Public Health. Because of these donated prizes and our contests, we have been able to triple our presence on Facebook and generate interest in the topics of nutrition, breastfeeding, immunization, healthy choices and other issues that impact all of us. We are particularly hoping to reach moms and families and hope that you too will follow us at https://www.facebook.com/vdhbrattleboro.

Visit us to get more information, ideas and healthy opportunities for wellness in your family and in your life. We are honored to be part of such a great community that does value health in the Brattleboro, West River Valley and Deerfield Valley regions.

Robin Rieske, MS, CPS

Brattleboro District Dept. of Health, Dec. 23 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Twin States Network in Guilford would like to express its deepest thanks to local businesses and individuals who made it possible for us to distribute Christmas gifts to 70 children in Vermont and New Hampshire who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C.

We specifically wish to thank Jeffrey LaPointe for TD BankNorth in Brattleboro, Michelle Clark, Jill Meade and Ariana Isquith from the Marriott in Keene, N.H., The Fitzwilliam Inn in Fitzwilliam, N.H., and the Miracle Providers of the Northeast.

Twin States Network relies of the generosity of local businesses and individuals to ensure that our families, who are touched by HIV/AID and/or Hepatitis C, are able to enjoy this holiday.

Jo Schneiderman,

Executive Director, Dec. 23

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Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to thank everyone who helped us with the bottle drive fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. We have collected more than $500 so far including cash donations and checks from Leland and Gray teachers, parents, and the whole community. Your support has been appreciated!

As many of you know on Friday, November 8th, one of the most powerful typhoons in history hit the Philippine Islands, devastating everything in its path; many lives were lost. Medical facilities, homes, businesses, and infrastructures were completely destroyed, and the survivors are desperate for basic needs of water, food, clothing, and medicines.

Through your financial help, I have sent $300 dollars to three different people in need. One hundred dollars to Emily Monterde, Edna Bartlett’s sister. Edna is my friend from West Dover. Her sister’s house had been torn down by the storm. Another $100 to Fr. Joel Sagdullas, whose parents and relatives died because of the storm surge. I also sent $100 to Sister Melba Dimawala from the Franciscan Sisters of the Divine Providence in the Philippines. Their congregation helps the victims of the typhoon with food, clothing, and basic necessities. I plan to send the remaining money to another family in need, and also to Franciscan Sisters of the Divine Providence so they have some additional resources for the needy.

If you still have some redeemable bottles/cans that you would like to donate bring them to any of the following redemption centers: D & K’s Redemption Center in Jamaica, Putney Road Redemption Center in Brattleboro, and Discount Beverage & Redemption Center in West Brattleboro. We will continue the bottle drive until the 11th of January.

In addition to the bottle drive, donation checks can be made out to Leland and Gray Union High School with a memo noting the Disaster Relief Fund (PO Box 128 Townshend, Vermont 05353). I will make sure that the funds directly reach those in need. MARAMING SALAMAT PO! ("Thank you very much" in Tagalog).

Rence Ricohermoso, math teacher

Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School

Townshend, Dec. 30

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Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Small Fry Baseball would like to thank the following who contributed to the refurbishing and repairs to the dugouts and refreshment stand at the Small Fry Field. This was the first major repairs done to the buildings since they were constructed in the 1980s. Without the help of these businesses, repairs like this could not be done.

Brattleboro Sheet Metal, Brown & Roberts, Forever Green Laminates, Kerber Lumber, Leader Home Center, Ned Euphrat, Perkins Home and Building Center, W W Building Supply

Bill Christmas and Larry Robinson

Building and repair committee

Brattleboro Small Fry Baseball, Jan. 3

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Editor of the Reformer:

As most of my patients know I have retired after 34 years at Windham Ob/Gyn. The practice will continue under Dr. Cheriann Brodhurst and CNM Tami Morse. I hope you will continue to support them as they are one of the few independent practices left in Brattleboro.

I would like to take this time to thank all of the folks who have expressed themselves with gifts, tokens, cards and remembrances. The moments these families generously allowed me to share with them made the long days and longer nights of call tolerable. It’s been a great career with many fond memories.

I will also miss working with an the extraordinary OR staff and the women of the Birthing Center with whom I have also shared these moments.

Artie Carrasquillo

Brattleboro, Jan. 3

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of Make-A-Wish Vermont I would like to thank Brattleboro Ford and Subaru for their outstanding efforts in raising funds and awareness for all Vermont wish children. For the fourth year in a row Brattleboro Subaru hosted the "Share the Love" event. For every new Subaru sold or leased between Nov. 21 and Jan. 2, Subaru America donated $250 to one of five selected charities, including Make-A-Wish. Taking it one step further to "Share the Love Twice", Brattleboro Subaru donated an additional $100 to any local charity, cause or person of the buyer’s choice. In addition, Brattleboro Ford hosted a "Love Our Community" event and donated $100 to the customer’s local charity of choice for every sale or lease of a new Ford, and made a $20 donation to Make-A-Wish Vermont for every test drive during that period. The final numbers have not been calculated, but they are confident, thanks to the support of the Brattleboro community, they surpassed their goals.

Make-A-Wish Vermont is honored to have been chosen by this outstanding team of people. Our thanks to John Sciacca, Shawn McMillan, Frank Hanenberger, and the rest of Brattleboro Subaru and Brattleboro Ford for helping us grant wishes for Vermont children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Barbara Harris

Wish Granter and Board member Make-A-Wish Vermont, Jan. 6