Editor of the Reformer:

The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center wishes to thank those who made this year’s Jamboree fundraiser an amazing success! Thank you to the Moose Family Center for generously hosting the event, and for providing the great food. Thanks to our friends at the Moose: Ed, Jerry, Ron, Amber and Ron Vaine and Shelly Rogers for keeping the drinks flowing. Many thanks also to our volunteers and board members who made this event possible: Diana Leitgeb, Debbie Dupell, Alberta Rogenski, Michael Fawcett, Eleanor Bemis, Bill Barbarow, Joan Lake, Ernie Hogan, Dot Hogan, Pat Tokarski, Reagan Khan, Fred Waryas, Fred Yates, Lorraine Yates, and Hugh Haggerty. Kyle Marks and Morgan Kosut for serving. Marlene O’Connor and Joanne Bush for manning the bake sale table, and to all the very generous ladies of the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center who made incredible baked goods and offered cash donations.

Special thanks to the following for their contributions as Sponsors of the Jamboree: Moose Family Center, Rotary Club of Bellows Falls, Chroma Technology, TransCanada, Durand Toyota/Ford, Savings Bank of Walpole, Pierce Lawton Post 37, Polish American Club, Silver Forest of Vermont, Inc., Bazin Brother’s, and Hodgkin’s and Son.

The following individuals and businesses generously provided raffle items and cash donations for the event: 5-Star Beverage, Abenaqui Car Wash, Agway, Allen Brothers, Athens Pizza, Aumand’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Bellows Falls Pet Store, Bellows Falls Opera House, K.


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Beebe & Son, The Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows House Bakery, Boccaccio’s, Bond Auto, Burdick Chocolates, Cabot Cheese, Café Loco, Cheever Tire, Community Feed Store, Coyote Moon, Crown Point Country Club, Curves, D&R Store, Dari-Joy, Diamond Pizza, Edward Jones, Famous Pizza, Fall Mountain Furniture, Flex Fitness, Ceil Goff, Grafton Inn, Greater Falls Insurance, Greater Falls Pharmacy, H&R Block, Halladay Harvest Barn, Hennessey Electric, Hooper Country Club, Ila’s Salon, J&M Auto, J&B Glass, J&H Hardware, Dr. Tim Johnson, Johnson’s Greenhouse, Joy Wah, King Arthur Flour, Joan Lake, LaValley Building Supply, Lisai’s Market, MJS Lawn Care, Mr. G’s, M&M Farms, Murray’s, Newton Business, Okemo Ski Resort, Penguin Market, Pinnacleview Equipment, Pizza Palace, P.K.’S, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Real to Reel, Rockingham Shell, The River Valley Credit Union, The Richards Group, Linda Robertson, Rock & Hammer, Sanel Auto Parts, Chris Sherwin Glass, Shona Grill, Simone’s Salon, Sovernet, Spaulding & Harris, Stone Church Arts, Stowe Ski Resort, Subway, Valley Provisions, Dr. Vern Temple, Vermont Academy, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Signature Sauces, Village Printers, Village Square Bookseller, Walpole Vet Hospital, Walpole Tire, Walpole Village Salon, Westminster Animal Hospital, Westminster Auto, Millie Williams and Linda & Phil Wilson.

And finally thank you to our local community for coming out and supporting us!

Fred Yates, committee chairman

Teagen Kosut, executive director

Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, July 17 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, July 19, Putney Cares Board celebrated the many volunteers that make this organization hum. We gathered for a picnic lunch prepared by the board, and generously supported by community business for the hard work and generous gift of time to elders in this community. Represented were those who organize and drive for Meals on Wheels, those who drive for elders needing transportation to medical visits, those who support the Foot Clinic, prepare the monthly lunch, those who run the exercise programs and those who have served on past boards. We sat on the shady lawn of Abijah Reeds’ beautiful home and shared stories of our lives. Julie Forsythe introduced the current board, Julie Forsythe and Ann Coakley, Co-Presidents, Bruce Whitney, Tiffin Mabry, Joan Bowman, treasurer, and Alan Blood. She reminded everyone to bear Putney Cares in mind when we meet new people who are coming to Putney and are looking for ways to serve and connect meaningfully with the community. Volunteering here is a great way to get involved and really make a difference.

Pamela Cubbage, the executive administrator baked a huge birthday cake to celebrate birthdays of Arthur Westing and Ray Long, honored former volunteers and great friends of Putney Cares.

No organization can operate with out lots of kinds of support. We want to acknowledge the many donations that business gave to make this such a delicious and fun event. The President of the Walpole Creamery, thanked the volunteers while making his donation, saying, "You do so much good work, keep it up." Putney Coop gave us a great gift card that we used to fund a great deal of this picnic directly from the Coop shelves. Bennie’s Bread donated some of the rolls, Green Mountain Orchard the blueberries, and Putney Winery contributed beautiful sparkly beverages to go along with it all.

Volunteers are always needed, call Putney Cares at 802-387-5593 or e-mail putneycares@svcable.net if interested.

Putney Cares Board

Putney, July 22

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Editor of the Reformer:

As co-chairs of the Dummerston Congregational Church Old Fashioned Strawberry Supper Committee, we wish to sincerely thank all of the church members and community friends who worked so hard to make our annual supper on June 28th the fantastic success that it was. Everyone who donated food, time and talent of any kind made our jobs that much easier.

To those who helped prepare the food, we are most grateful. A special thank you goes to the Walker Farm and to John Richardson for their produce donations, to Ruth Marx for her lovely table floral arrangements, and Malah Miller for her strawberry buying expertise.

We really appreciate all of our Dummerston Center neighbors for putting up with the traffic congestion, the crowds and the noise for about 3 hours in our usually tranquil little village. Most especially, we want to thank all of the people who came and stood in line on such a warm, sunny day, we hope you enjoyed your meal as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.

Ruth H. Barton

Sallie J. May, Co-Chairs,

Dummerston Congregational Church

Strawberry Supper Committee

Dummerston, July 22

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Editor of the Reformer:

The 9th Annual Tour de Grace from Stratton Mountain to Grace Cottage Hospital was a fabulous event (held in picture-perfect weather) that raised over $5,000, after expenses, for patient care at Grace Cottage Hospital. 105 bicyclists of all ages (ranging from 4 years old to 76 years young!) participated in the 17.7 mile ride on Saturday, July 14th, and a great time was had by all. Special thanks go to the many volunteers who helped to keep everything organized and fun, especially Cassie Bratton , Oscar Smith, and Sarah Perkins, who helped to lug bikes up the 84 steps at the Townshend Dam!

Sponsors who make Tour de Grace possible include Solstice at Stratton (Event Sponsor), as well as D&K’s Jamaica Grocery, Equipe Sport, Howard Printing, Stratton Village Square Shops, Stratton Mountain Resort, and Three Mountain Inn. Cota & Cota provided bottled water, and the watermelon and cinnamon twists supplied by Three Mountain Inn in Jamaica were a favorite. Kathryn Holzman of West Wardsboro was delighted to win the drawing for the silver Stratton Bear key fob donated by Von Bargen’s Jewelry of Stratton. For the first time ever, a raffle was held for a new 24-speed Trek hybrid bicycle donated by Tony & Mimi Cooke of North Scituate, RI and Norm’s Ski & Bike Shop in Keene, N.H.; the winner was Patricia Morrill of Guilford.

Save Saturday, July 11, 2015, for the 10th Annual Tour de Grace in support of Grace Cottage Hospital.

Andrea Seaton, executive director

Grace Cottage Foundation

Townshend, July 23