Editor of the Reformer:

We held a benefit last night for Khol Hitchcock who is a 16-year-old BFUHS student that was in a car accident in October and is paralyzed from the chest down.

The event was a huge success and that wouldn’t have been possible without all of the community support. I first off want to thank the Moose Family Center for having this event, and I also need to thank the "Intercept" Band. They continue to rock this house and last night was another fabulous show. Thanks Floyd, AL, Jake and Josh. I need to thank Diana Jones and Cathy Derby for all of their help getting donations. They did a wonderful job. Also a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that helped out last night selling tickets etc. I want to publish a list of all of the wonderful business’s that contributed to this wonderful fundraiser. These businesses continue to come out and support our community when people truly need them. Please support these local businesses and organizations. Boston Redsox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, New Hampshire International Speedway, Mr. G’s, Pizza Palace, China Garden, Greater Rock Fitness, Diamond Pizza, Famous Pizza, Lisai’s Market, Rock and Hammer-, Village Booksellers, Dari Joy, Falls Cinema, Perfect Creation Salon, Silver Forest of Vermont, Windham Antiques, Valley Café, A Cut Beyond, Halladays, Curves, Joywah, Allen Bros, Shona Grill, and The Final Cut.

I would also like to thank Alicia Roberts and Bob Blodgett for their donations to the Auctions.

Cindy Riendeau

Khols Hitchcock Benefit Chairperson

Bellows Falls, Jan. 13 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you for your support of the annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree fundraiser.

Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees to raise money for local student scholarships. Four hundred Vermont-grown trees were sold and netted $5,500 for Gateway Foundation, a local fund to support scholarships awarded annually to Brattleboro area students pursuing college. This means that we will be able to give out $18,000 this year to graduating seniors at the following local high schools: Brattleboro Union, Hinsdale, Leland and Gray, and the Austine School.

For more information about Brattleboro Rotary Club or Gateway Foundation, visit brattlebororotaryclub.org.

Martin Cohn, immediate past president

Brattleboro Rotary Club, Jan. 13

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Editor of the Reformer:

The oldest sponsored walk in America happened in Bellows Falls, Vermont, in October, 2013.

The United Church of Bellows Falls would like to thank the Bellows Falls community (and beyond) for partnering with us and with Church World Service and Our Place Drop-in Center, as we gathered together and held a CROP HUNGER WALK in October of 2013. As we look back, the event stands out as one of the highlights of our year. We walked together, we worked together, we had fun together, and together we raised over $2,000 for the world including over $500 for "Our Place" -- the money being used to alleviate hunger and poverty locally and globally.

Walkers and helpers included students from the Bellows Falls Union High School, the National Honor Society, the Bellows Falls Middle School, and Kurn Hattin. Churches included The United Church, Immanuel Episcopal Church, St. Charles Roman Catholic Church, Faith Christian Church, and Christian Family Circle Church. Girls from Girl Scout Troop #40107, men from Phoenix House, and many people from Our Place completed the group.

Again, a great big THANK YOU to all who helped The United Church of Bellows Falls with this endeavor. We are grateful for the difference made in our town and in our world.

We plan to WALK again this year (2014) and we invite you to join us.

The Rev. Janice Chilek

CROP/Hunger Walk organizer

United Church of Bellows Falls, Jan. 9

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Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Detachment and Auxiliary Unit 798, Marine Corps League are proud to report another successful Toys for Kids campaign. Our 2013 campaign once again provided gifts for hundreds of needy children at Christmas.

We wish to thank all the churches, veteran, fraternal, and private clubs and associations and all the generous businesses and individuals who gave their time, money, and gifts. This list also includes all the volunteers who gave their valuable time to insure that the needy children of our area have a Merry Christmas.

A special salute this year goes to Cheryl Bachinski and the Hinsdale students for their help in collecting large quantities of toys for the needy kids in our area. Also, VFW Post 1034 for hosting our jamboree and American Legion Post 5 for allowing us to store and distribute our toys from their facility.

Last but not least we thank the Brattleboro Reformer and Pat Smith for the press releases, Tim Johnson from WTSA, and Gary Ferguson and Sean Patrick of WYRY for their many years of dedication, and support of Toys for Kids.

Brattleboro Detachment 798

Auxiliary Unit 798

Marine Corps League

Brattleboro, Jan. 6

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of Company of Muses, I would like to thank everyone who attended Brattleboro School of Dance’s The Nutcracker. The remarkable outpouring of support from the community, including a sold-out run, enabled us to exceed our fundraising goals for our inaugural event. All proceeds from this event go toward a scholarship fund for students who are in need of financial aid and interested in taking dance classes at Brattleboro School of Dance. The production of The Nutcracker was enthusiastically received by its audience, and we look forward to spreading holiday cheer for many years to come.

Company of Muses would like to thank all of the wonderful people and organizations whose contributions helped make this event a success: Brattleboro Ford Subaru, Chris Lenois and Straight Ahead Communications, New England Youth Theater, C&S Wholesale, Taylor for Flowers, and Eric & Joanne Albright.

Josh Moyse

President, Company of Muses

Brattleboro, Jan. 20