Editor of the Reformer:
On Nov. 20, the Brattleboro Union High School Costa Rica Exchange held a fundraising dinner and cabaret. The 13 BUHS students in the Exchange served gallopinto (Costa Rican rice and beans), salad, bread, flan, cookies and drinks before several student music groups performed. The evening was hugely successful, and we would like to offer heartfelt thanks to the BAMS administration, the custodians who set up the room, and the businesses that contributed to the event — the Putney Coop, Green Mountain Orchards, and the Walker Farm. We would also like to thank the performers from the student groups who performed so beautifully: Spiralia, Shoulder Narrows, Renegade, Xpressivo, and Sometime Sunday. And finally, we would like to thank Señora Judy Abascal for all her help, and the members of the community who attended and donated so generously.
While BUHS students of Spanish have been traveling to homestays in Costa Rica for over ten years, this year is the first true exchange: in January we will welcome students and their adult leaders from the Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Dulce Nombre in Cartago, who will live with their BUHS partners, visit BUHS classes and enjoy winter in Vermont. In April we will return the visit.
Members of all the exchange programs that make up BUHS Abroad work hard to plan an enjoyable stay for their partners, to prepare for their own homestay experience, and to earn the money to travel and host their partners. We are very grateful for the community's support for these students.
Editor of the Reformer:
On November 21, the American Legion Post 5 hosted an honor service for area Vietnam veterans. The event was expertly planned and executed by Tom Costello, local attorney and Vietnam veteran, Tom's brother, retired Vice Admiral Barry Costello, and Barry's wife, Sharon Costello.
Local veterans and their families were treated to a feast prepared by the American Legion members. Following dinner, 11 soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam were individually recognized by students from Brattleboro Union High School, who read biographies and displayed photographs of them. Each family who lost a loved one in the war was presented with a beautiful Simon Pearce vase. The evening also included a performance by the Brattleboro American Legion Band, addresses by Vice Admiral Costello and Dr. Bob Tortolani, and an a capella choir from Brattleboro Union High School, who sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." The following morning, Tom Costello treated family members of the veterans to breakfast at Duo.
On behalf of all the veterans and their families, we wish to thank the Costellos for this most excellent and memorable event. Every detail was considered, and the time and effort invested was clearly substantial. Tom and Barry are both decorated veterans, and we cannot thank them enough for their service to their country and the community and for assuring our Vietnam vets are not forgotten. This event and your generosity will always be remembered.
Thanks also to the American Legion for the dinner and for the cheerful service. Your humor, grace, and hard work were well noted.
To the Brattleboro American Legion Band, we extend kudos for the pieces you played with pride and precision. It is always a pleasure to be present at your performances.
To Bill Holiday, Brattleboro Union High School teacher, we very much appreciate your willingness to include this event in your curriculum, for overseeing the presentations by your students, and for your personalized, enthusiastic interaction at the ceremony. You certainly added levity and positive energy to an evening that was at times sober and sad. Thank you.
To Dr. Tortolani, we thank you for your thoughts, time, and service to your country and community. As usual, you availed yourself to celebrate our veterans. We are grateful for your hands, heart, and mind that have worked tirelessly, both in Vietnam and in the Brattleboro community, to treat the sick and wounded and to improve the health of your patients. You are truly a gift.
To the BUHS students who presented our veterans and sang in the choir, we thank you for your time and effort. Your interest and active participation in such an event assures us that the future of this great country is in good hands. We wish to specifically thank Theo Odel-Moore, who presented our family's veteran,
PO3 Ernest "Ernie" Eugene Sanville, who was killed in Quang Nam, August 31, 1968.
Finally, thank you to all the sponsors of the event—Gregory and Annette Wilson; Cersosimo Lumber; BPOE #1499; Marine Corps League Detachment #798; Donald and Linda Strange; Gen. and Mrs. Jerrold Allen; David Greenleaf; BUHS Class of 1964; Kathleen D. Cooke; Costello, Valente & Gentry; Adm. Barry and Sharon Costello; Vermont Artisan Design, Howard Printing; Entera Artisanal Catering; and Dr. David Neumeister. With your generosity, we were afforded a formal opportunity to celebrate and honor our veterans, to whom we owe so very much.