Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, May 10, a little over 100 people participated in the 5th Annual Grace Cottage Hospital "Spring Into Health" 5 Kilometer Walk and Run.

I want to thank everybody for coming out on a somewhat gray and sprinkly morning and participating. By the end of the morning, however, the sun started to come out with one person telling me it was "as though Dr. Otis (the founder of Grace Cottage) was smiling at us from the heavens."

I want to thank a variety of organizations that were helpful in putting this event together. This includes Windham County Sheriff’s Department, Rescue Inc. and the Bicycle Squad, the Community Emergency Response Team, and Grace Cottage Hospital volunteers. Also I would like thank Drew’s All Natural for providing delicious salsa and salad dressing, which was raffled away at the end of the event. Cota and Cota also provided us with water to quench our thirst at the finish. A beautiful T-shirt was designed for the event by Kelsey Hescock, who is a freshman at Leland & Gray High School. Thank you to Kristen Wilson, faculty member at Leland & Gray High School, who facilitated the design of the T-shirt in her art and design class.

Special thanks to C.J. King from the Grace Cottage Hospital Foundation for all of the work that she did on the registration system and in promoting the event. Also thanks to Brenda Smith who also was integral to the registration process and who organized a successful, fun, and exciting fun run for children which was held towards the end of the event. And thank you to Dana West, who served on the organizing committee and helped with logistical details.

Finally, thank you to Andrea Seaton and the Grace Cottage Hospital Foundation for all of their support in putting this event together.

I hope to see you all next Mother’s Day Weekend on the Townshend Common for the next "Spring into Health" 5 Kilometer event for Grace Cottage Hospital.

Moss Linder, M.D.,

Townshend, May 28 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On May 17th, over 600 3rd to 8th grade girls gathered at Brattleboro Union High School for this year’s Girls on the Run Vermont 5k and we want to express our thanks to the nearly countless community members who helped make it happen. This year marks our 15th anniversary and the Brattleboro 5k could not have been more celebratory and joyous!

We are incredibly grateful to the following organizations and individuals, for all they do to help empower girls to develop physical, emotional and social well-being by supporting the GOTRVT 5k events: BUHS and BAMS for once again allowing us to use their beautiful campus and track and for providing over 100 student and staff volunteers; Governor Peter Shumlin and Olympic Nordic skier and Vermont native, Sophie Caldwell, for delivering inspiring speeches to the girls before the 5k began; Maribeth Fonda, from Curves of Brattleboro, for leading an energizing Zumba warm-up; 13-year GOTRVT volunteer coach Lisa Stagner for sounding the 5k start horn; the city of Brattleboro, the Department of Public Works, the Brattleboro Police Department and Rescue, Inc. for helping with safety during the event; residents in the neighborhood for being so welcoming to the 1,200 or so 5k participants passing by their homes that morning; statewide sponsor BlueCross-BlueShield of Vermont; Platinum Sponsors, Bodett & Co. and Entergy Yankee; all our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors; parents, guardians, family members, teachers and school staff; and the over 130 volunteer coaches who make this uplifting day of accomplishment and pride possible for these girls every year!

With so many excited girls there -- who had worked very hard during the GOTRVT afterschool program’s lessons, discussions and activities in the 10-weeks leading up to the 5k -- we knew it was going to be an extra special day. But when the rain magically disappeared and the sun shone down brightly just as the girls and their families were arriving, well, it became yet more magical.

Thank you to everyone who helps Vermont girls to grow up strong, confident, inspired and uplifted -- we could not do it without you!

Nancy Heydinger, Tom Heydinger, Robyn Bashaw, Annie Guyon, Cara Melbourne & Leslie Myette

Girls on the Run Vermont, May 28

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Editor of the Reformer:

The National Association of Letter Carriers would like to thank everyone who participated in its annual food drive. A special thanks to Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Dottie’s Discount and the staff of WTSA and WYRY. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who helped sort and pack all of the incoming food. A special thanks to Nancy Derosia and Sharon Tobey who coordinated the event to make it more successful than the previous year by collecting 3,851 pounds of food. Lastly, we would like to thank Kate and the staff at United Way.

Brattleboro Post Office, May 28

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Editor of the Reformer:

To the Voters of Bellows Falls,

I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for electing me Village President. I will endeavor to bring needed change to Bellows Falls. I want to encourage residents of Bellows Falls to bring their issues to our Village Manager or directly to the Trustees at our monthly meetings. My goal is to achieve results and I will work hard toward that end. Thank you.

Nancy Switzer McAuliffe

Bellows Falls, May 30

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Guilford Historical Society would like to thank all the local persons who donated food and plants to our May 17 Plant and Bake Sale. Local bakers offered luscious pies and cookies and plant growers donated a wide variety of beautiful, locally grown plants. Doug Richmond again let us hold the sale on his premises in the heart of Algiers Village. Our Society’s volunteers and friends put in countless hours baking, digging the plants, and then setting up and tending the booths. Sale Co-Chairpersons, Mary Sargent and Shirley Squires, enlisted the volunteers and coordinated the whole event. Beautiful blue skies brought scores of customers; our coffers were enriched; and the funds raised will greatly help our work in operating the 1822 Guilford Historical Museum, maintaining the 1837 Guilford Center Meeting House and the 1797 Brick One Room School, and providing historical lectures.

Fred Humphrey, President

Guilford Historical Society, June 4