Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, October 17th, Brattleboro Area Hospice (BAH) presented its Cherished Goods Auction at the VFW in Brattleboro. A whole host of people came out to support this annual fundraiser and bid on a wide range of goods in both the silent and the live auction (which was ably done thanks to auctioneer extraordinaire Kit Martin who volunteers his expertise).

We thank all those who came out to support the annual fundraiser for Hospice, those who donated goods available for bidding, and all the many wonderful volunteers who 'work' so hard to make the event run smoothly and memorably. We also heartily thank our many sponsors, particularly our lead/Platinum sponsor, Brattleboro Savings & Loan for its support of the Cherished Goods Auction.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is also grateful to the following Silver sponsors: Brattleboro Retreat; Chroma Technology; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Family Legacy Partners; G.S.Precision; New Chapter, Inc.; and Pine Heights at Brattleboro.

In addition, we thank the Bronze sponsors including Bast Investment Company; BAYADA Hospice; Brattleboro Ford Subaru; Brattleboro Pharmacy; Brown and Roberts Ace Hardware; Edward Jones Investments; Green River Data Analysis, LLC; Holton Home, Inc.; Ker-Westerlund Funeral Home; Little House Rug Hooking & Braiding; Lynn C. Rust, CPA, PC; Park Place Financial Advisors; People's United Bank; River Valley Credit Union; The Hotel Pharmacy; Thompson House; Trust Company of Vermont; West Hill Energy and Computing; and Gordon and Jean Bristol. Without these generous and community-minded organizations and people, this event would not have been possible, so Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Auction Committee thank them whole-heartedly.


Also, we cannot forget the many local merchants who donated items and services to the silent auction – their generosity is deeply appreciated. We ask that the readers support our area merchants who give so much to our community. Please shop locally and don't forget to stop by Experienced Goods (thrift shop run by and benefitting Brattleboro Area Hospice) where you can find many hidden treasures, all at great prices, and just in time for the holidays!

In addition to the donors and sponsors, I want to once again thank a hearty committee of volunteers (and their friends and relatives 'the-evening-of') who pulled this event together after working diligently over much of the past half-year. A lot of innovative thinking coupled with hours of time, hard work, and elbow grease helped make this event the success it was.

And last, but definitely not least, we all want to thank the many attendees whose generosity made the event the success it was. We raised nearly $40,000, and all proceeds directly support the hospice care program, our bereavement services, and the education and outreach programs that are provided free of charge in our community by Brattleboro Area Hospice. For more information about Hospice services, call 802-257-0775, or visit the website at www.brattleborohospice.org. And, be sure to watch for information about next year's benefit event.

Ann Fielder, Chair and BAH Board President, Oct. 30

Editor of the Reformer:

Heartfelt thanks from the Vermont Theatre Company to the director, cast, and crew of "California Suite" by Neil Simon, which was performed at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston over the past two weekends. Thanks to the superb direction by Bob DuCharme (his 118th production !!), the cast turned in exceptional performances – Marilyn Tullgren, Frank Squindo, Joanne Bourbeau, George Adair, Veda Crewe, Robert Wellington, Brenda L.Seitz, Bill Monahan, Marilyn Tullgren (again) and Mark Tullgren – all turned in energetic, very funny characterizations. The audiences laughed from beginning to end.

Ira Wilner provided his usual just-right lighting design. Bob Ducharme did double duty as set designer and his vision was expertly executed by the set-building & painting crew: Jim Bombicino, George Adair, Mark Tullgren, Brenda L. Seitz, Vanessa Brown and Jason Guerino. The smoothly run sound and lights were engineered by Mike Jerald and run by Chris Perkins and Kate Maisner. Ian Hefele created the programs, Brenda L, Seitz as Stage Manager, and Vanessa Brown and Jason Guerino as backstage crew were invaluable.

Community theater could not survive without the dedicated and selfless hard work of people like these – both on the stage and behind the scenes. The Brattleboro area community is blessed to have such an abundance of talent! We are beyond-grateful.

Nancy Groff, Producer California Suite Vermont Theatre Company, Nov. 18

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of everyone who goes to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, I would like to say thank you to all of you who went and fixed all of the roads. The cemetery roads have been in bad shape for quite awhile, and quite frankly impassable with a car and an embarrassment to many funerals held there. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Great job!

Lisa Loomis Putney, Nov. 19