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:

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.


Tarris Hill Ski Jump Committee, Feb. 23

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:

The Newfane Select Board would like to take this time to thank the following departments for their assistance in the recent fire on Route 30 in Newfane: NewBrook, Dummerston, Brattleboro, Townshend, Jamaica, Wardsboro, East Dover, Winhall, and Putney, all on-scene; and Grafton, South Londonderry, Westminster, Guilford, West Dover, Hinsdale, N.H., and Stratton, for covering the various stations; and also Rescue, Inc.

In addition to the many hours spent by emergency personnel, businesses also stepped forward to offer food and supplies. Thank you to Rick's Tavern, Newfane Market, and W.W. Building Supply for the kind and generous offerings.

This is a huge loss for the Town of Newfane, and the outpouring of support and assistance was appreciated.

Newfane Select Board Newfane, March 16