Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to thank the people of the Village of Bellows Falls for their continued support of my re-election to another 2-year term as their Trustee. I am both honored and humbled that you have given me your trust & confidence to do the "people’s business." Please remember that as your Village Trustee I am your representative on the board and that I work for you and I’ll do my best to continue to "remember to serve the people."

In order for me to represent you as best I can I need to hear from you. I can be reached at bftrustee@hotmail.com and welcome any questions or concerns, suggestions, comments etc. I would also like to encourage you to attend the Trustee’s meetings and welcome your participation and involvement at the meetings. Also I enjoyed speaking with all of you that spoke with me on Election Day and thank you for getting involved & voting.

I look forward to serving with the new board and its President and together we can help make Bellows Falls a beautiful place to live , work and play!

Stefan Golec

Bellows Falls, May 22 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center wish to thank all of the many individuals and businesses who made our collaborative Camp for a Common Cause event such a success.

On Friday, May 9th, despite the rain and chill, 35 hardy (and hearty) participants camped overnight on the Brattleboro Common to raise awareness and funds for Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center - two organizations that work to alleviate and prevent homelessness in the greater Brattleboro area. Together with those who purchased tickets to the evening’s barbecue, our participants raised over $8,000 to be evenly split between the two agencies. Donations continue to come in by mail and online.

Morningside and the Drop-In Center would like to express abundant thanks to a long list of supporters, contributors, and friends who made this second-year event a successful one.

Our sincere gratitude goes to Bob Gammon and the team at Auto Mall for their generous sponsorship allowing us to provide fantastic live music from Groove Prophet. We would like to thank Patrick Moreland and the Town of Brattleboro for allowing a public camp out for our cause, as well as the Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department for their help in coordinating the use of the Common.

A huge thanks goes to the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary group who, in addition to being our top fundraising team, stood out in the rain grilling hot dogs and hamburgers to feed nearly 100 people. Food for the barbecue was generously donated by John Benouski and the Sodexo team at World Learning, the Brattleboro Food Co-Op, the Vermont Foodbank, Walmart, Dottie’s, and the Dummerston Grange.

Delicious homemade desserts were kindly donated by members of local churches with coordination through the Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Association.

Of course we would not have had much of a barbecue without Cota & Cota’s grill and propane donation, as well as paper goods and supplies donated by Price Chopper and Hannaford supermarkets, and the Sodexo food service at the Brattleboro Retreat.

Commonwealth Dairy, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Canal Street Dunkin Donuts, and Mocha Joes donated breakfast for our steadfast campers - and Cheryl Wilfong of the Vermont Insight Meditation Center conducted an early morning mindfulness meditation session for participants.

This event would not have happened without the substantial help with publicity from WKVT, Minuteman Press, Oak Meadow School and the Brattleboro Area Middle School, as well as photography donated by Nicole Carpenter, and ticket sales conducted by Ralph Ellis and his team at Shoe Tree.

Best Septic Service provided us with a generous discount on port-a-potties.  The First United Methodist Church was incredibly helpful with the use of their tables, chairs, and cold storage; and the Brattleboro Retreat provided us with overnight parking for the event, as well as the use of some much-needed tents.

We could not have pulled this off without the generous contributions of all of these supporters, and our many participants and volunteers - many of whom not only raised funds to camp, but also volunteered their time and talents. We are lucky to be in such a generous community and to have such great support from our friends and neighbors. Many thanks to you all.

If you would like to support Camp for a Common Cause with a contribution, our online fundraising website (www.firstgiving.com/MorningsideShelter) will continue accepting donations until August 2014. Donations can also be mailed to: Morningside Shelter, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

With many warm thanks,

Joshua Davis, executive director

Morningside Shelter, May 27

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Board of Directors and staff of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont would like to acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals and businesses that supported our 27th Annual Walk for Life, helping us to raise an amazing $30,000.

Close to 100 individuals and 9 different teams participated enthusiastically in this year’s Walk. Five local businesses were our indispensible sponsors: Gold Level -- New Chapter, Inc.; Bronze Level - Auto Mall and The Richards Group; In Kind -- Howard Printing.

Many other businesses generously provided prizes, food, and assistance: Baker Distributors, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brown & Roberts Ace Hardware, Brown Computer Solutions, Dutton Farm, Hannaford, Maple Leaf Music, Newfane Greenhouse, Polar Beverage, Price Chopper, Sodexho/Brattleboro Retreat, Vermont Theater Company, Walker Farm. Special thanks to Andy Davis for the lovely music, Em Richards for recording the event on video and Shirley Squires for reaching her goal of raising over a quarter of a million dollars for the AIDS Project over the last 22 years.

Thanks above all to the community for honoring and supporting the work of HIV prevention and direct services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. If you would like to learn more about the work of the AIDS Project, please contact us at 802/254-4444.

Karen Peterson, executive director

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, May 27