Editor of the Reformer:

The eighth grade class of Halifax School would like to give special thanks to the businesses and individuals in the Brattleboro area that made our Bingo Night possible. The amazingly generous businesses and individuals that we would like to thank are: Staples, Agway, Brattleboro Bowl, Supreme Fitness, Curves, Valley Fitness, Burrows Specialized Sports, The Marina, Dunkin’ Donuts, The 99 Restaurant, Northeast Mountain Footwear, Vermont Country Deli, and Beadniks. We hope you patronize these great places.

Halifax Eighth Grade Class of 2014

Halifax, April 28 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The United Way of Windham County held its first Handbags for HOPE event on Thursday, April 24, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro. The event honored the role of women in philanthropy in Windham County and celebrated April as the Month of the Young Child, raising over $10,000 for United Way’s Fund for Quality Early Education, which provides grants to early childhood educators and caregivers.

We were thrilled to have Judy Rosner, coordinator of the Early Childhood Educators’ Network for Windham County as our keynote speaker, and many early educators in attendance. Judy shared her perspective as a grant recipient and the impact the Fund has had on local early childhood educators.

Handbags for HOPE featured a silent and live auction of 80 unique items, with Jean Gilbert offering spirited commentary as auctioneer. The auction items included designer bags, artisan-made bags, totes, purses, evening bags, backpacks, briefcases, and many one-of-a-kind items. Auction items were donated by local stores and businesses, designers, artists, and community members.

Delicious food was provided by Hardy Foard Catering, Grafton Cheese, Top Tier Baking Co., and Vermont Country Deli, with a cash bar supplied by the Sportsmen’s Lounge. The event was sponsored by The Merchants Trust Company, PCL Construction, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Subaru, Derby Building & Woodwork, Downs Rachlin Martin, and River Valley Credit Union, with media support by The Brattleboro Reformer and WKVT. Additional in-kind support was provided by Dynamic Landscaping, Kelly Fletcher, O.W.L. Energy Bars, and The Richards Group.

The event would not have been possible without our volunteer planning team: Sandy Clark, Erin Goglick, Donna Jacobs, Tracey John, Claire Lavender, Jude LeFevre, and Shannon Prescott. We want to thank everyone involved in making Handbags for HOPE a wonderful success!

Sincerely,

Carmen Derby, executive director

United Way of Windham County

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Editor of the Reformer:

So many organizations and individuals played a role in the success of Mistresses of Mayhem: The Ladies of the Rainbow Return drag show this past Saturday, April 26 at the VFW. Over $5,000 was raised to benefit the Vermont Folklife Center and its educational outreach programs in schools and work with New Americans in our communities.

Thanks go to our lead sponsor, the Brattleboro Retreat; and to the rest of our sponsors: Twice Upon a Time, Ruggles & Hunt in Walpole, Brown Computer Solutions, Brown Dog Bistro in Newport, Offerings Jewelry in Putney, Hotwheelz Cycle and Fitness Studio in Putney, Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol, the Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont, Fireworks Restaurant and the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.

Thanks to CJ the DJ, Chris Holman, who donated his sound equipment and expertise for the evening.

Thank you to the VFW, who gave us a non-profit rate and accommodated 300 people with finesse.

Many wonderful local organizations donated items for our raffle/auction: Beck’s Studio Hair Design, Vermont Artisan Designs, Mocha Joe’s Coffee Roasters, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Renaissance Fine Jewelry and Rhino Foods.

Our biggest thanks go to the Ladies: Miss Mama Mayhem, Miss Candi Schtick, Miss Kitty Rawhide, Miss Fontaine and Miss Eva Rae, who donated their time and talent and gave us a FAAAAABULOUS performance.

Evie Lovett, event chair

Westminster, May 1

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Board and staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (HCRS) would like to express our sincere appreciation to the residents of the towns in Windsor and Windham counties who voted in support of HCRS’ town funding requests at their recent Town Meetings.

This critically important town funding helps HCRS to provide the necessary services and supports for members of your communities who are dealing with the challenges of mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and/or developmental disabilities.

Our thanks go out to the following Vermont towns for voting in support of HCRS’ programs and services: Andover, Athens, Barnard, Bethel, Brattleboro, Brownsville, Cavendish, Chester, Dover, Dummerston, Grafton, Guilford, Halifax, Hartford, Hartland, Jamaica, Landgrove, Londonderry, Ludlow, Marlboro, Newfane, Norwich, Plynouth, Pomfret, Putney, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, Stratton, Townshend, Wardsboro, Weathersfield, Westminster, Weston, Whitingham, Wilmington, Windham, Windsor, and Woodstock.

Those communities that approved our town funding requests will have a significant impact on our ability to provide these critical services.

Sincerely,

George Karabakakis, CEO

Health Care and Rehabilitation
Services of Southeastern Vermont

May 2

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Editor of the Reformer:

Congratulations to the Brattleboro Housing Authority for going smoke free in the Samuel Elliot Apartments and Hayes Court properties on May 1st. The Housing Authority staff and commissioners did a great deal of work to make this important change for the health and safety of the residents and their visitors. The Housing Authority partnered with Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition to help with the change. Regional Vermont Quit Partner Terri Kneipp of BMH is providing support for residents that want to quit smoking. Thank you for making Brattleboro healthier!

Prudence MacKinney, District Director

Brattleboro Office,
Vermont Department of Health, May 3