Editor of the Reformer:

We are extremely grateful to Brattleboro Auto Mall for their amazing, generous gift to the Windham County Humane Society (WCHS) of a brand new Chevrolet City Express van. This van greatly increases our ability to serve the community and animals in need. As executive director Annie Guion said, "This is a game changer."

We will put the van to good use transporting animals and large donations such as food shipments, and going to outlying communities to provide basic medical care to pets owned by income-eligible residents. To learn more about WCHS, visit www.wchs4pets.org.

The WCHS board of directors wishes to shout it from the rooftops: Thank you, Auto Mall!

Susan M. Kelly, DVM President, Board of Directors Windham County Humane Society, Feb. 2

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of some of Windham County's more vulnerable people the Windham County Heat Fund would like to thank all of those who made this year's Ladies of the Rainbow such a success. Special thank you to New Chapter and its employees who were very generous sponsors of this year's fundraiser.

Also thank you to Mama Mayhem and her crew who provided their special brand of adult entertainment to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience as well as to Amber Pillsbury, Sarah Houle and to the Brattleboro Reformer, the Commons and WKVT for great pre-event publicity. Winter has been late this year but it is here for awhile and the Heat Fund will be able to make sure local people can stay warm as the snow and cold shows up. Thank you to everyone who helped to add such a large amount of money to the fund's account.


Richard Davis, Daryl Pillsbury, Nick Pillsbury Windham County Heat Fund, Feb. 9

Editor of the Reformer:

Brattleboro community spirit was never higher than over the past weekend when the annual Harris Hill Ski Jump kicked into high gear. Sounds of cowbells and roaring crowds carried across the Retreat Meadows as jumpers from the U.S., Austria and Slovenia thrilled everyone with their athletic expertise in the discipline dubbed the "original extreme sport."

Mother Nature has her own cache of extremes, and made amends for last year's snowstorm and bitter cold with this year's sunny skies and temperatures reaching into the low 50s. These ideal conditions drew large crowds who thoroughly enjoyed the festive atmosphere with music, food, and soaring jumpers.

While it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an entire community to put on a ski jump. The organizing committee is gratified to have had support from all aspects; the municipal departments, media, hill crew, volunteers, vendors, officials, athletes, coaches, spectators, and sponsors. We are proud that our sponsors believe in what we do to carry on the community tradition and further the sport of ski jumping. A special salute goes to John Leader of Leader Beverage and Pepsi, our presenting sponsor, on this their 30th year of support. The long list of sponsors demonstrates the passion felt for this event, headed up by our lead sponsors The Richards Group, Mount Snow, and Auto Mall. And the support of 65 additional sponsors proves that this is a worthwhile endeavor.

This was the 94th year of ski jumping in Brattleboro. It has become a revered tradition; one we plan to continue for years to come. We thank everyone for making it our community's signature winter event.


The Harris Hill Ski Jump Committee, Feb. 23