Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you to the National Letter Carriers & Rural Letter Carriers Associations for their overall organization of the "Stamp out Hunger" Food Drive. Thanks to each and every resident who contributed a non-perishable food item to the Drive on May 10th. And a big ‘thank you’ to all the carriers who brought the items back to the Post Office loading dock.

A really special ‘thank you’ to USPS employees Nancy Derosia and Sharon Tobey who promoted and organized the Drive locally and kept things moving efficiently on the loading dock on the day of the Drive.

And a shout out to all the volunteers on the loading dock who sorted and divided up the contributions. Thanks go to Amy, Bill, Chris, Hollis, John and Jack, Kevin, Lynn and Lynn, Phil, Ruth, Shawn and Virginia. Many hands not only made for light work but contributed to building up the community.

The food items donated were divided up among meal sites and food shelves at Agape Church, St. Brigid’s Kitchen, Community Bible Chapel, Brattleboro Area Drop In Center , Guilford Food Pantry, Loaves and Fishes, and Morningside Shelter.

At each and every one of these sites, the donated food items will now provide a lifeline to those in need in our community who visit us each week in need of nourishment and mutual support and respect.

Thank you all!

Robert A. Oeser

Brattleboro, May 13 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

For 25 years, our annual fundraiser, "A Taste of the Town" has become this area’s unique and very popular tradition for celebrating spring by offering an array of the area chefs’ creations. We appreciate all those would helped us celebrate what Governor Shumlin had proclaimed "Winston Prouty Center for Child Development Day in Vermont!" on May 10th.

All proceeds from this fundraiser directly support the educational programs and specialized services of the Prouty Center.

We are grateful to the many volunteers (including members of the Board of Trustees, Prouty staff and families) who gave of themselves to ensure the success of the Taste. We would like to acknowledge John Benouski and his staff at Sodexo at World Learning for their invaluable assistance and Butterfly Swing Band for providing music.

We would like to thank our event sponsors, The Richards Group, The Trust Company of Vermont, G.S. Precision, Inc., River Valley Credit Union, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, and Brattleboro Primary Care. Also, thanks to our program book advertisers Alan Scott Auto Repair, A.L. Tyler & Sons, Inc., Brattleboro Rotary Club, D.M.I, Howard Printing, James Maxwell Esq, Kiwanis, Mastelar Cleaning, Lawton Flooring, Tracy’s Cut n’ Color, and WTSA. The Taste would not be possible without these sponsors and our many in-kind donors: restaurants, businesses, artists, and craftspeople who donated food, floral arrangements and auction items. A complete list of these generous friends can be found on our website at www.winstonprouty.org/taste. We are honored to have community partners who believe in our mission to provide inclusive education and family support to promote the success of children and families.

For 45 years, the Winston Prouty Center has been committed to supporting the growth of children and their families and recognizing all children as important members of their communities. We are grateful that so many share our vision for a world where all children and families have a strong start and live the promise of every child.

This will be our last Taste of the Town. As we begin to celebrate our 45th anniversary, we are planning an updated version Š "Taste of Vermont." We hope to see you there!

Chloe E. Learey, executive director

The Winston Prouty Center

Brattleboro, May 12

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Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for taking such excellent care of my mother during her recent admission there. The skills of her surgeons were exceptional and the nurses knowledgable, patient and caring. The best I have ever seen. With the management and morale issues at other hosptials in the area, I know we made the right decision in choosing BMH. Thank you. You’re the best.

Mildred Fletcher,

Orlando, Fla., May 13

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the faculty and support staff at Hinsdale Elementary School, please allow me to express our sincere gratitude to the Hinsdale PTA. We have been well-fed, encouraged, and inspired by you and all the wonderful deeds performed throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. From the delicious breakfast and luncheon, the beautiful additions to our perennial garden, and the many thoughtful gifts, we are all deeply touched.

The outpouring of support and appreciation you have demonstrated over the years remind us of how lucky we are to be in such a special partnership. We continue to be grateful for all you do for our school, our community, and our children.

Ellen Gomarlo and the Hinsdale Elementary faculty and support staff

Hinsdale, N.H., May 15

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Editor of the Reformer:

The voters of Bellows Falls have spoken and I am truly humbled by the confidence that they have shown in me. I thank all of the voters for their participation on May 20, 2014 in the Bellows Falls Village Trustee election. My service to the citizens will be respectful, thoughtful and to the best of my ability. A number of people have voiced concerns about various things that they consider to be problems in the Village. I encourage everyone with concerns about the Village services or operation to attend the Village Trustee meetings, voicing their concerns and proposing solutions during the public comment portion of the meeting. With input from our citizens the Board of Trustees will be much more aware of these concerns and can act accordingly.

Sandy Martin

Bellows Falls, May 22

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Editor of the Reformer:

In Memory of John Francis Keenan -- WWII

Jack lost his life when the aircraft carrier, The Gambier Bay, went down off the coast of Manila, November 22, 1943. His body was never found. Uncle Jack was the only son of Viola Keenan Bemis. For more insite into the Battle of Leyte Gulf there is a book: Men of the Gambier Bay, by Edwin P. Hoyt. Thanks to all the men and women of WWII, especially my uncle, John Francis Keenan.

Gene Bourne

Marlboro, May 21