Editor of the Reformer:

Parks Place’s 4th Annual Event, Your Farms, Your Garden, Your Table, was a tremendous success and we want to thank all of those individuals and businesses that made the day possible! The day was all about community and foodÅ growing, buying and creating it. And what a day it was Å  over 100 people attended who helped raise significant dollars for the critically important services that Parks Place provides.

We want to first give special thanks to Vermont’s Local Banquet which provided not only free advertising for our event but also a great deal of inspiration around this year’s focus and theme. The publication raises awareness around the local food movement and what it means for our region and our communities.

We also wish to give a special thanks to our Guest Speaker, Paul Harlow, of Harlow Farm and our Guest Chef, Jennifer Cayer, of Strong Roots Catering. Also, we are grateful to Alyson’s Orchard for free use of its beautiful space and to our event committee co-chairs, Emilie Kornheiser and Cathy Siano-Goodwin, for all of their hard work.

See you next year!

Thank you to our 2014 Major Sponsors: Cota & Cota, Durand Toyota Ford, Ed and Carolyn Dinnany, Elizabeth McCormack, MJS Landscape, Savings Bank of Walpole, Silver Forest, Sovernet Communications, Vermed, Inc., Windham Foundation

Thank you to our 2014 Supporters: Orianna Baez, Dr. Tim Johnson, Grisczenkow Family, Miriam and Larry Lanata, Lisai’s Chester Market, Richards Group, SoLo Farm & Table, Springfield Food Co-op, Westminster Fit Body Bootcamp, Vermont’s Local Banquet, The Vulture.

And, thank you to our 2014 Silent Auction Donors: Bart Energy, Blake Hill Preserves, Community Feed Store, Delish Deliveries, Grafton Inn, Halladay’s Harvest Barn Inn, Hemingway Farms, L.A. Burdick’s, Murray’s Restaurant, The New England House, Old Town Farm Inn, Pizza Stone, Popolo’s, Saxton’s River Inn, Shona Grill, Cathy Siano-Goodwin, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Shepherd Cheeses, Village Square Booksellers, Darrell Ward

Celebrating its 19th anniversary this year, Parks Place is a welcoming, accessible resource center that is home to over 30 health, education, employment and social service programs. Parks Place’s mission is to connect people with the information, education and resources. Learn more about Parks Place at www.parksplacevt.org. To make a donation, contact Development Director, Margaret Grisczenkow at 802-463-9927 x109 or at Margaret@parksplacevt.org.

Parks Place

Bellows Falls, April 10 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center would like to thank our incredible volunteers from the AARP Tax Preparation division.

Marvin Resnikoff and Woody Stoddard donated over 196 hours of their time, while processing over 190 various types of tax returns for our local residents. This is such an appreciated and generous service, many thanks to Marvin, Woody, and the good people at AARP.

Teagen Kosut, executive director

Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, April 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

National Volunteer Week was April 6th-12th and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) would like to thank its 116 volunteers and 22 board members from across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Their service in 2013 totaled 7,961 hours and aided our staff in providing sexual health services and education to more than 42,000 patients. It is an honor to work alongside these members of our northern New England community who actively, and publicly, commit their time to ensure all people can make voluntary choices about their health.

The positive effect our volunteers have had can be seen throughout our various organizational departments and from within 12 of our 21 health centers. From filing charts, to speaking to the community about the Affordable Care Act, to warmly greeting patients, to approaching state representatives about reproductive health issues, to writing thank you notes to our donors, to planning community outreach events, to assisting with daily operations in our administrative offices -- each and every volunteer helps make it possible to provide outstanding customer service, push forward our advocacy efforts, and achieve excellence in all that we do. 

On behalf of PPNNE, I thank each and every one of our volunteers for their active support in making this mission a reality.

Meagan Gallagher, CEO

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, April 7

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Editor of the Reformer:

Food Connects would like to thank the many Farm to School practitioners and advocates that gathered at the SIT Graduate Institute on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 for our 5th Annual Farm to School Conference. A very diverse group of roughly 100 teachers, parents, administrators, farmers, food service managers, nurses and community volunteers from school communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts came together for a day of inspiration, celebration and networking.

We are very grateful to our many knowledgable and inspiring presenters who came from nearly every corner of the state. Thank you!

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of World Learning, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Windham Foundation, New Chapter, University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, Cafe Services, Sodexo, The Abbey Group, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Commonwealth Dairy, The Brattleboro Retreat, Superfresh Organic Cafe, Putney Food Co-op, Grafton Village Cheese, True North Granola, Elm City Bagels, and more.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s conference a huge success--to our participants, our presenters, our conference sponsors, our host institution and volunteers! There are too many of you to name, but our gratitude knows no bounds!

Katherine Jandernoa, Food Connects’ Farm to School Program

Manager & Richard Berkfield, Food Connects’ Executive Director

Brattleboro, April 14

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Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to the generous and intelligent coverage provided us by your arts writer, Jon Potter, the benefit performance of "The Land Where The Blues Began," at the Brooks Memorial Library drew a standing room only crowd and raised more than $2,500 for the Friends of the Library.

The money will be used to support the lifelong learning, digital media upgrades and maintenance and children’s programs that are at the core of the mission of the Friends of the Library.

Seeing the room filled with local residents and visitors who support and use the library was a joy. Please accept our thanks. Without the support of local journalists, events like this do not succeed. We are grateful to have the library and to have Jon Potter here. Your support and his work are important to our community.

Thank you,

Scott Ainslie

Brattleboro, April 15