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.
Harris Hill Ski Jump Committee, Feb. 23
Editor of the Reformer
The Gathering Place wishes to give a huge Thank You to United Way of Windham County and the Lend HOPE a Hand crew from C & S Wholesale Grocers for their help with basement cleanup on February 20, 2016. This event helped us to shed years of unwanted items that have been collected and painting our new server room. We would like to give special thanks of gratitude to Victoria Chertok from United Way of Windham County for coordinating the event and James, Laurie, Cynthia, Rodney, Mary, Wayne, Candace and Tony from C & S Wholesale Grocers for their spectacular work.
Final thanks to our staff Richard Chapin, Sher Sherwood for their help with the basement and John Nardone for the great breakfast and lunch.
A great day was had by all.
Mary Fredette Executive Director The Gathering Place, March 4
Editor of the Reformer:
For the last almost six years, I have been very fortunate to rent an office for my massage business from Brad and Pam Horn in the Creamery and Café building in Newfane. Along with the other businesses there, I lost my work place and the equipment in it as a result of last week's fire. I loved my office for the space itself and for its place in the building I shared with such a fun, hardworking and dedicated bunch of individuals working in the café and the upstairs offices alongside mine. I always felt we were somewhat of a family. I will truly miss working with them.
I am so appreciative to members of the community group, Newfane Anew, and to all the people in the area who have offered support in more ways than I can begin to mention here. I have received money to help rebuild my practice and free bodywork. Numerous people have offered equipment for me to borrow, and the use of other office spaces. In addition, countless good wishes, helpful suggestions and leads have come my way from so many people. All of these have been very helpful as I plan my next steps. A GoFundMe fundraising site and a benefit event at the Four Columns Inn have received amazing response to help all of us displaced by the fire begin to put our professional lives back together.
Thank you to everyone for all of your assistance and encouragement. It has truly helped me cope with this tragic event. Thank you to Brad and Pam, the best landlords ever, and to all the local fire departments who battled the fire for hours. To all my former co-renters and workers in the building, I wish you lots of love and good luck as you work through this difficult time.
Alison Trowbridge, Windham, March 8
Editor of the Reformer:
Last weekend the New England Center for Circus Arts wove together local and global performers for a dazzling, Circus Spectacular. Fun, beauty and inspiration were enjoyed by all as we ran away to the circus right here in our hometown theater!
Thanks to our supporters we raised approximately $24,000 for local outreach programs for our community. This will help NECCA continue free workshops at area housing developments, in school shows and winter sports programming and scholarships for students seeking the fitness and creativity that circus arts offers in a non-competitive way.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to acknowledge our lead sponsor, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, with additional support from Backroads Granola, Brattleboro Ford/Subaru, New Chapter, The Works Bakery, Trust Company of Vermont, Whetstone Station and the Vermont Arts Council. We also thank our media sponsors the Brattleboro Reformer and WKVT radio.
We would also like to express appreciation to Jon Potter & Latchis Arts, Jerry Stockman, David Woodberry, Jeff Lewis, Darren Goldsmith, Minuteman Press, Elizabethan Fare, and the many volunteers who gave of their time and services.
Finally, this program would not have been possible without the generous contribution of the performers themselves who came from all over the world to donate their incredible talent and time.
If you missed this show but would like to see another show or make a donation, please see: www.necenterforcircusarts.org.
And hold the date for 2017, the first weekend in March, a whole new Circus Spectacular will be back for our annual fundraising extravaganza!
Kate Anderson, president NECCA Board, March 10
Editor of the Reformer:
Coming into early March it appeared that we in Vermont were on the verge of a change. And, so it was. Not only was spring sprung, our state's very own senator, Bernie Sanders, became a major force in the run for the U. S. presidency, but On The Verge, a play written by Eric Overmyer and directed by Brattleboro's Colin Grube, in a quite timely and foretelling fashion, made its debut at the Hooker Dunham Theatre with an adventurous trio of intrepid female explorers leading the cast. Sadie Fischesser, Pat Langille and Shannon Ward did a wonderful job portraying these eccentric world travelers as they passed through a generational time warp on their journey. Ryan Buck was quite resourceful as a quick change artist, keeping these curious women in touch with the outside world throughout their travels, and in the end, capturing the heart of one of these fearless females. The mood throughout the play was set by the Calypso style trombone playing of Riley Goodemote, without which, it would have been a good play. But with it, a great play. So, we thank all of you for the time you put in, above and beyond your jobs and taking care of your families, to bring this piece of art to life here in Brattleboro.
We would also like to thank G. S. Precision, one of Vermont Theatre Company's generous annual sponsors, and in particular Clover Burns; Sam Murphy, the prolific stage manager for OTV; Jon Mack, manager of Hooker Dunham for providing the venue for this play and needed rehearsal time; Steve West at Fearless Computing for donating a computer to the cause; Jim Maxwell and Chris Lenois of our local radio stations; The Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons; Bob Thies, Jennifer Moyse, Alicia Brown, Toma Cerena-Novac and Newton Business.
Also, I would like to thank Mike Jerald, Ian Hefele, Mike Kaufman and Bob Kramsky, all from the board of VTC, for their personal efforts into making this play a success.
And most of all I would like to thank our audience, many of whom are regulars at community theatre performances, for their support and cheerful spirits when they come to our shows.
John Ogorzalek, Producer for On The Verge, occasional actor and VTC board member, March 11