Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you everyone for coming out to our Jamboree 3/13/16. A fun time was had by all. Thank you to all the staff, board members and Teagan Powling for all their help and Rick Chapin for organizing the whole event. Thank you to all of our vendors that sponsored. Duo's, Bill Harlow's, Vermont Artisan, Catherine Fournier, Priscilla's Hair Design, Enright & Co., Achilles's Agway, Terrapin Glassblowing, Ninety-Nine, Maggie's Styling Zone, Turner & Renaud Tree & Landscaping, Laura Zindel Pottery, The Shoe Tree, Basketville, The Marina, Sam's, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Penolope Wurr, Amy's Bakery Arts Cafe, Edel Byrne, Bommerang, Taylor for Flowers, Bakers Hallmark, Coverings, Hickey Alignment & Repair, MAC's Barber Shop, Swirl, The Porch Cafe & Catering, Rod's Towing & Repair's, Jim Zoller at Sleepy's, Diane's Hair Express, Putney Co-op, Kids Playce, The Village Roost, Grafton Village Cheese, HeartRose Holistic Health, Mary Fredette, Tanya Powling, Twice Blessed Community Thrift Shop, Betsey's Dots of Dover, James A Lynch, North Star Bowl, Twin Valley Creations, Mangi e Beve, Michele's Nail Spa, Far Beyond Woodworking, Bemis Farm, Nature Spa at Mount Snow and Cheryl M. (Apologies if I missed anyone, I am hoping I didn't)

Special Thanks to VFW #1034 & Auxillary, People's United Bank, Pieciak & Company, WNCHSTR Inc., The Richards Group, Bruce Fenn & Linda Gordon, Thomas Murray, Vermont Roadworks, Playin Possum, Spare Change, Colt 45, and Zydeco Connections.

Mary Fredette. Executive Director The Gathering Place Brattleboro, May 15

Editor of the Reformer:

On the morning of May 7th, an outstanding group of friends and neighbors converged on the Townshend Common for the 7th Annual Grace Cottage Hospital "Spring Into Health" 5K walk and run. We welcomed 112 registrants along with dozens of volunteers and cheering fans.


We would like to thank our principal corporate sponsor, People's United Bank, for its generous support of the event. We would also like to thank Cota & Cota for coming out and fueling our runners with water after the race, and to Drew's All Natural, which has been donating delicious salsa and salad dressing as door prizes since the event's inception seven years ago. Thanks to Big Picture Farm for donating goat milk caramels as prizes for our participants, to Smith Family Maple for their Grand Prize syrup, and to Blue Mountain Produce for complimentary fruit for all.

Thanks go to the Vermont State Police and the Rescue Inc Bike Squad for keeping our runners and walkers safe. Thanks to the town of Townshend for the use of the Town Common, and to the Townshend Church for sharing their building and facilities with us. We thank Perry Phoenix for helping us hang our event banner and Ralph Sherman Builder for repairing the Town Common gazebo before the event day, despite the preceding week of rain.

We would like to acknowledge Joel Emmons, a 10th grader at Leland & Gray, as well as Stephanie Nyzio, his art teacher, for their work in creating the design for our 2016 t-shirt.

I would like to personally thank the committee who was involved in putting this event together, as well as the volunteers who provided their time and made the event go smoothly.

Finally, I would like to thank all the runners and walkers, from age 7 to 81-plus, who participated in our event. While much of our job here at Grace Cottage Hospital and Grace Cottage Family Health is caring for patients, I love having this opportunity to get outside and promote wellness in our community.

We look forward to our 8th annual "Spring into Health" 5K event to be held on May 13, 2017.


Moss J. Linder, MD Race Director Townshend, May 11

Editor of the Reformer:

As proud parents of one of the team members on the new Brattleboro Unified Basketball team we want to send out a hearty list of thank yous:

Thank you for the great collaboration of the Vermont Principals Association/Special Olympics, taking up the baton of inclusion and acceptance of high school students with disabilities participation in statewide Athletics programs. Vermont's first Interscholastic Unified Sports Basketball League – amazing accomplishment! The message that these are valued and worthwhile members of our community was loud and clear.

Thank you to Brattleboro School Administration and Chris Sawyer, BUHS Athletic Director who were willing to try this pilot, investing resources and stepping up to the plate to organize the games and practices. To see Unified Basketball included and spoken to so beautifully on the BUHS Athletics page was incredibly moving to us.

A special thanks to Todd Bell, Coach and Perrin Scott, Assistant Coach – thanks for going above and beyond, being there with your positive spirits and total faith that this group of kids has what it takes to represent Brattleboro.

And of course the big thank you for the participants/partners – You rocked! A unified team was born and it was fantastic! So many smiles, so much fun, hard work and courage! Learning from and about each other, breaking down walls is what makes unified sports special and valuable as it overflows into the classrooms and halls.

Oh – and so much appreciation for the folks who attended the games to cheer on and encourage the team across the state.

And lastly and importantly – thank you Brattleboro Reformer for your delightful, enthusiastic sports coverage, including some great photos, raising your voices and reaching the wider community.

We are looking forward to next year's season already!

Lisa and Jim Nicholson Brattleboro, May 5

Editor of the Reformer:

With the support of many people, Marlboro School students and teachers walked along Route 9 and down South Road to the post office in observance of Walk/Bike to School Day and to bring attention to the need for traffic safety near our school.

The Marlboro School staff and students thank the following:

The Windham County Sheriff's office for escorting us safely along our walk

The parents who joined us on the walk

Senator Becca Balint, and Representatives Mollie Burke and Emily Long for walking with us and helping us bring our concerns to the Agency of Transportation

The Brattleboro Reformer for covering our event and presenting it in such a positive light in the paper

Matt Mann of the Windham Regional Commission for guiding us along the way as we seek to have the speed limit lowered near the school

Chris Taft and Amy Gamble of the Agency of Transportation for recommending actions we can take to improve the visibility of the school from Route 9

The Marlboro Select Board for petitioning the Agency of Transportation to lower the speed limit

We can't do it without you.

Francie Marbury, principal Marlboro School, May 12

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