Editor of the Reformer:

The Red Cross Blood Drive held on March 18, 2014, at the Brattleboro Union High School Multi-Purpose Room was a success. We thank the students and staff who donated the "gift of life," yielding a total of 24 pints and seven deferrals. There were 13 first-time donors, three second-time donors, and eight staff donors.

Thanks to the Windham Regional Career Center Future Business Leaders of America Youth Group for making the arrangements, getting the help necessary for the drawing, and having the drive go smoothly.

Also thanks to the volunteers who worked throughout the day, the Red Cross Staff from Manchester, N.H., and Vermont, the staff from BUHS who assisted, and to the students who assisted in the various functions during the day. Many thanks to BUHS for allowing the Red Cross the use of the school premises for this drawing.

A big thank you goes out to the following businesses that contributed for our canteen: Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizzeria, and Subway.

Sincere thanks to one and all.

Mildred M. Maloskie

Chairwoman, ARC Blood Drive

Janet Putnam, Heidi Mayer

Co-Chairs

Brattleboro, March 30 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The family of Alex Firth wishes to thank everyone for the cards, love, support, and generosity during this extremely difficult time. Alex touched so many lives in his 27 years and he will live on always, in all of our hearts.


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In deepest love and appreciation, his parents,

Jeff and Robyn Firth

New Gretna, N.J., April 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Rich Earth Institute’s 2014 Urine Donor Kick-Off event was a huge success at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday March 28th. Over 175 members of this community gathered to learn how to contribute their urine to the institute this year and to be entertained by Shawn Shafner of the NYC P.O.O.P. Project. This was possible with the generous support of many volunteers committed to long-term environmental change.

Sincere thanks to Get on Board volunteer Julia Etter for preparing hors’ d’oeuvres and for securing food donations from Price Chopper, Fireworks, Grafton Cheese, The Works and the Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-ops. Thank you to Anne Newsmith for her public relations work; Emmy McGowan for our poster design; Strolling of the Heifers for co-sponsoring the event and for the River Garden; Center Congregational Church for last minute supplies; and our volunteers from the Brattleboro Time Trade for helping to prepare the space. Special thanks to Molly Dowd, our Board Fellow, for creating the regional urine collection map and to Emma Rueter for taking photos.

A very special thank you goes to Seth True and the team at Best Septic for unveiling the new urine collecting portable toilet. As our partners in this project, Best Septic will be assisting us with urine collection at many local events this summer, and transporting urine to our three participating farms.

Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors for unceasing energy and commitment, and the enthusiasm it takes to build this non-profit research and demonstration institute.

Most of all, thank you to our urine donors from 2012 and 2013 and to those who have decided to donate in 2014 to support this groundbreaking pilot project. To get involved, please contact us at info@richearthinstitute.org or call Kim at 579-1857.

Kim Nace and Abe Noe-Hays

Rich Earth Institute founders

Brattleboro, April 4

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Editor of the Reformer:

Our March 27th Blood Drive in Bellows Falls collected 82 pints of Blood. We thank everyone who attended our Blood Drive to donate.

Thank You to The Masonic Temple for the use of their building, the Bellows Fire Department for putting up our banner, all our volunteers who worked our Blood Drive, and the staff from Burlington for their long day, a special thank you to TMG Enterprises, LLC for sponsoring this Blood Drive. Also, thank you to the Bellows Falls baseball team for helping us breakdown after our drive.

First time donors were Kelsey Macias, Jannie Hale, and Robert McGuire. Multi gallon donors were Timothy Johnson, 13 gallons, and Richard Forbush, 12 gallons.

Marlene O’Connor, Blood Drive Chairman

Ginny Ferguson, Co-Chairman

Bellows Falls, April 8