Editor of the Reformer:

We would like to thank everyone who attended the funeral services on Feb. 8 for Bernice E. Barton, our mother, and also those who helped set up for the service and clean up, and to those who brought food. It was greatly appreciated.

Jeannie, Tony, Elaine and Gary Barton,

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community expresses its sincere thank you to the Vermont businesses that provided support to our fundraising efforts on March 15 to assist area families in need: Brown Computer Solutions, Brueggers’ Bagel Bakery, Commonwealth Dairy, Dena Gartenstein Moses, Grafton Village Cheese, King Arthur Flour, Offerings of Putney, Sidehill Farm Preserves, True North Granola, Vermont Artisans Designs, and Vermont Brownie Company. Our klezmer concert and Purim benefit raised more than $500 in cash and non-perishable donations to assist those in need in the Brattleboro area. We greatly appreciate the assistance of our local volunteers in this effort and most of all, we thank the many individuals and families who came from local communities and as far away as Manchester and Keene, N.H., for their support of our event.

Elliott Greenblott, Kate Judd, Deb Schiller and Faith Schuster

BAJC Klezmer Organizing Committee, March 24

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Women’s Freedom Center thanks everyone who supported the 2014 Women’s Film Festival, and through it, the work of the Women’s Freedom Center.

This year’s festival screened 31 films, by and about women, from around the world. The festivities began with our superhero/heroine-themed Opening Gala, an evening of food, drink and the film "WonderWomen!"

Thank you to Grafton Cheese, Blake Hill Preserves, Blue Moose Bistro, Jasmine’s Bakery, Metropolis Wine Bar, Superfresh Café, Taylor for Flowers, Top Tier Bakery, Vermont Country Deli, and Whetstone Station for delicious food, flowers, wine and champagne. It was a lot of fun.

We are thankful to Chroma Technology, Alex Holding, Kates Foundation, Planned Parenthood of New England, Gary Swindler, Thompson House and Cheryl Wilfong for being festival and film sponsors. Thanks to BCTV, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Everyone’s Books, Key Bank, World Eye BookShop, C & S Wholesalers, the Brattleboro Reformer, The Commons and Woodward Creative for promotional assistance. Thank you as well to Elizabeth Bjerke and Bridget McBride for helping us make the festival more accessible.

And we send out a big thank you to the ticket and concession volunteers and all of the attendees. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for more fantastic films. And if you are interested in volunteering to help with next year’s festival, please send an email to wfilmfestival@gmail.com.

The Women’s Freedom Center Staff and Board,

Brattleboro, March 25

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Editor of the Reformer:

Scott Ainslie’s March 21st benefit performance of "The Land Where the Blues Began" was an overwhelming success for the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library. More than 140 people came into the library to be entertained by Scott’s versatile and powerful music, and learn about the origins of Mississippi Blues music and the history of the land and people.

Many contributed to this event whose purpose was to raise funds to support the purchase of materials and programs for the Library. Jon Potter of the Reformer did a wonderful profile of Scott Ainslie in the Ovation section. Richard Henke of the Commons wrote an extensive feature story about Scott Ainslie. Jim Brisson designed all graphic work for the Friends’ publication materials. Rich Barron of the New England Youth Theater provided staging. Creating a concert hall out of the library could not have been done without the swift work of Robert Stack, Paul Cooper, Jay Dodge, Bob Oeser, Sue Dyer, Therese Marcey and Tom Robinson.

As always, all of the Brooks Memorial Library staff are key to the success of events the Friends produce. The library staff provides both up front and behind the scenes support and management that help assure the success of Friends’ events.

A major upcoming Friends of the Library event is the Paperback Book Sale scheduled for April 11 and 12. On May 22 the Friends annual meeting will include a Vermont Humanities Speaker Bureau program titled "Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense." Film historian Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft and screen clips from movies such as Rear Window and Notorious.

Information about the work of the Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library can be found at or on Facebook at www.facebookscom/FOBML.

Mary Ide,

President, Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, March 25

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Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity recently completed its eighth affordable house, a trim, very well-insulated, three-bedroom cape on Rice Farm Road in Dummerston. Our partner family (a single mom with three teen-aged sons) was able to move into their new home just in time for the holidays. We’ve been working on this project for a long time, and it never would have come together without a tremendous outpouring of community support in the fall and early winter of 2013. It’s time to heartily thank all those who helped so much to make it happen. If, in the final hectic months of work on the house we lost track of you, and aren’t able to recognize you here please forgive us, and rest assured that your efforts contributed to a wonderful and successful local Habitat for Humanity project.

First, there were the many local businesses, which donated materials, labor, and/or discounts: A.L. Tyler & Sons Electric, Arc Mechanical, Barrows Roofing, Brown and Roberts, BMH Cafateria Services, Central Appliance, Dead River Company, Farnam Insulators, F. W. Webb & Co, GPI Construction, Grover Services, Green Mountain Power, Green Mountain Well, Home Depot Keene, Houghton Sanitary, Leader Home Centers, Pella of Greenfield, Perkins Air Care, Perkins Home Center, ReNew Building and Materials Salvage, Prevost Flooring, Roger Evans, Excavator, Triple Tee Trucking, Vermont Plumbing Supply, Watercare of Brattleboro, and WW Building Supply.

Then there were many, many individuals who so generously volunteered their time and energy, under the dedicated and tireless direction of Judith and Alan McBean: Deb and Jamie Bunker, Chris Derby, Chuck Tattersal, Bill Gilbert, Art Greenbaum, Jeff, Marlene, and Ed Freyenhagen, Jerry Hiam, Moss Kahler, Greg McAllister, and Chet Wendell, plus volunteers from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Brattleboro ObGyn (Elizabeth Aquaviva, Karen Chalmers, Steve Gordon, Loraine Kane, Bonnie McKellar, Cindy Pearson, Louis Trezise, and Rick Willheight), and from Brattleboro Noontime Rotary, Entergy, Greenwood School, Landmark College, and the Windham Regional Career Center.

Again, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped. You made a difference.

Board of Trustees,

Brattleboro Area Habitat for Humanity, March 26