Editor of the Reformer:

More than 120 alumni of Windham College, which closed in 1978, attended the recent reunion held in conjunction with Landmark College's 30th anniversary celebration. Windham alums were deeply impressed, not only with the improvements and additions Landmark has made to the former Windham College campus in Putney, but also with the way Landmark carries out its mission to "transform the way students learn, educators teach, and the public thinks about education," to quote from the Landmark College web site.

Windham College alumni would like to thank Landmark College's President Dr. Peter Eden as well as faculty, trustees, and students, all of whom welcomed us warmly to the campus, inviting us to join them for the dedication of Alumni Hall, the delicious barbeque held on the quad, and the ribbon cutting on the new Nicole Goodner MacFarlane Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation. A special event for Windham alums was the permanent placement of the marble Windham College sign in the Alumni Hall garden.

We would also like to thank the Marina for providing us with a comfortable place to hold the WCAA Friday evening reception, and we commend the Marina staff for their excellent service.

Thanks to all who helped to make the weekend a success.


Karen Gustafson, Nancy Olson, and Barbara Taylor for the Windham College Alumni Association,k Oct. 19

Editor of the Reformer:

West River Habitat for Humanity is delighted to report that we have completed our fifth house and the family is now safely tucked into their new digs in time for the holiday season. It just never could have happened for this house or for the four previous ones without the support and assistance we have gotten from our loyal local businesses and companies. "Think local" when it is your turn to purchase. WW Building Supply of Wilmington, A.K.Miles of Manchester, Granite City Electrical of Brattleboro, FW Webb Plumbing also of Brattleboro, Mark Hanna of Whitingham for kitchen cabinets, Home Depot in Keene for flooring and MJ Bauman Paint in Wilmington either donated these materials to us outright or reduced the prices of their materials.

The carpentry work is all done by volunteers and the family, but specialists, like the following, we have to contract out. These mostly local folks either donated their labor or reduced significantly their service charges: Wimmelman Tree Service of Wilmington, Alan Hadley Electrician from Jacksonville, James Sweeney, Inc. of West Dover, Walter Denny -W2D Plumbing of Whitingham, Affordable Roofing of Wilmington, All Out Waste and TAM Waste Management of Shaftsbury.

House after house these folks support our efforts to bring the home in at as low and as affordable a price as possible, allowing WRHH to partner with a local family to build a five star energy rated, brand new, modest home made very reasonable with its no down payment and no interest mortgage – a win-win all round. THANK YOU ALL.

Claudette Hollenbeck Wilmington, Oct. 28

Editor of the Reformer:

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT) would like to thank our community partner, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC), for the wonderful leadership and resources made available to us as we strive to provide safe Smoke Free affordable housing for our tenants.

For the past two years, Cassandra Holloway, BAPC coordinator, has provided shared experiences and guidance from her interactions with other successful programs in the community as we convert our rental properties into smoke free environments for our tenants. BAPC provided literature and information, smoking cessation packages, "Smoke Free" signage, and "Smoke-Free Rental Available" lawn signs to use on our smoke free properties for vacancies. Surveys of WWHT tenants produced and independently coordinated by BAPC provided needed tenant perspectives on the need for smoke-free housing.

Secondhand smoke from even one tenant smoking indoors can drift into multiple other units and cause health problems and reduced quality of life for other residents. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Even minimal exposure has been shown to be harmful and secondhand smoke in multi-unit dwellings cannot be contained. Air movement from one unit to another in multi-unit dwellings is significant: in some case, up to 65 percent of air is shared between units. Exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous to all residents' health, especially children and seniors.

WWHT's Smoke Free program has been extremely well-received by our tenants and prospective tenants. We currently have 127 Smoke Free apartments in 15 Smoke Free buildings. By April 2016, the entire WWTH apartment rental portfolio will be Smoke Free.

So, many thanks to Cassandra and the BAPC for their strong help and leadership in helping us create safe and smoke free housing.

Connie Snow, Executive Director Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, Oct. 20