Letter to the Editor:
Dr. Leonard Weldon DDS, OMF of Manadnock Oral Surgery, Keene, NH is transitioning his practice after many years of providing expert care to clients of Southwestern NH and Southeastern VT. This letter is to publicly recognize the quiet, respectful and compassionate care Dr. Weldon provided the low income population of Windham County. I write this as a dental professional working with people at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. Many, many times I have heard clients praise Dr. Weldon, as the dentist they can go to in time of need.
Best wishes to you Dr. Weldon as you wind down your dental career & begin a new journey towards retirement. On behalf of those with fewer resources who have benefited from your care – THANK YOU!
Susan Rand, Public Health Dental Hygienist Vt. Dept. of Health Brattleboro, April 6
Editor of the Reformer:
The Green Mountain RSVP Volunteer Program held its annual Volunteer Recognition Event at the Brattleboro Elks on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Thirty of our volunteers joined together for some snacks and social time to share what we've all been up to in the community over the last year. These RSVP volunteers have been serving at the Groundworks Collaborative Drop-In Center, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Agape Fellowship Food Pantry, Brooks Memorial Library, leading bonebuilder exercise classes, delivering Vermont Foodbank boxes for the Deerfield SASH office and mentoring in schools- just to name a few places. Lena Fraga was recognized for 20 years of service as an RSVP volunteer and Janice Duke for ten years. Everyone enjoyed the stately feel of the Elks meeting hall, the food from Hannafords was very nice, dinnerware was provided by Pricechopper and the local businesses Brown and Roberts Hardware, Sam's Outdoor, The Works Bakery Café and Ramuntos Pizza all donated gift cards as door prizes.
In Windham County, RSVP has 110 volunteers serving at thirty local non-profit organizations. Our volunteers also support blood drives, deliver Meals on Wheels, support food pantries, provide tax-aide service and provide much needed transportation and companionship for those living in isolated areas or alone. Because of the quiet dedication and perseverance of these dedicated men and women, our community is stronger and more able to help those in need.
Steve Ovenden, Volunteer Coordinator Green Mountain RSVP and Southwest Vermont Council on Aging, April 1
Editor of the Reformer:
The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center would like to thank our incredible volunteers from the AARP Tax Preparation division. Marvin Resnikoff and Woody Stoddard donated over 215 hours of their time, while processing over 200 various types of tax returns for our local residents. This is such an appreciated and generous service, many thanks to Marvin, Woody, and the good people at AARP.
Teagen Kosut Executive Director Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, April 15
Editor of the Reformer:
Many thanks to VFW Post 1034 for donating the use their facility on the evening of April 7th to the staff and families of the Winston Prouty Early Learning Center for our annual family potluck dinner. We have been doing this event for many years, and it is anticipated and enjoyed by many. Building the home-school connection is an important part of the work we do with our children and families, and we are grateful to be able to have a wonderful space like the VFW to do this. Going forward we will be able to bring large groups together at our new home on the former Austine campus, but we will continue to appreciate the enormous contribution the VFW has made to our families over the years.
Chloe Learey, Executive Director, Winston Prouty Early Learning Center, April 6
Editor of the Reformer
On April 9 The HATCH, with their Storytellers on a Mission event, raised $30,000 to support Youth Services, this year's beneficiary. We wish to thank the nationally celebrated storytellers who donated their talent to tell moving and hilarious stories: Bethany Van Delft, Ian Chillag, David Rees, Bill Torrey, Tom Bodett, and host Michelle Buteau. We are very grateful to the HATCH organizers: Tom Bodett, Rita Ramirez, Elizabeth Caitlin and Richard Korson without whom this wouldn't have happened. Many thanks to the event sponsors: The Richards Group, Farnum Insulators, and Foard Panel. The contributions of Benefactors whose contributions totaled over $8000 of the money raised. And the event wouldn't have been a success without our community supporters, close to 500 of them, who bought tickets. We are fortunate to live in a community that values our young people.
Russell Bradbury-Carlin Executive Director Brattleboro Youth Services, April 11
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