Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the residents, the shared living providers, and the board of directors at Black Mountain Assisted Family Living's property on Upper Dummerston Road, I would like to extend our thanks to the volunteers from New Chapter, to Avery Baldwin & Buffalo Earle of Cersosimo Lumber, and to The Vermont Mulch Company.

On May 10th and 20th this wonderful team provided mulch and many many hours of labor cutting, hauling, shoveling, raking, digging, and edging. They transformed the very overgrown gardens and freed lampposts and lilac bushes which had been long lost. We are very grateful for their time, effort, and wonderful positive energy.

Black Mountain Assisted Family Living, founded by parents, has been providing permanent housing for people with developmental disabilities since 1999. It is a unique and important model for people who need lifelong care and housing in Vermont. More information can be found at our website bmafl.org.

With many thanks,

Connie Woodberry, President of the Board Black Mountain Assisted Family Living, May 26

Editor of the Reformer:

The Bellows Falls Union High School Community Based Learning program would like to thank all the local businesses who participated this year.


These businesses have supported and taught the students what it is like to own or manage a business, how products are made and sold and other job skills. The students did a great job and learned so much everyday. They learn by working with managers, owners, other employees, and job coaches. Special thanks to these businesses; Catamount Repair; Catamount HD Parts; NAPA Auto; Westminster Auto; Halladay's Florist; Newton Business; Tractor Supply; Lisai's Market; Allen Brother's; FACT TV; Subway; Pizza Palace; Cafe' Services; Rockingham Vet clinic; Rockingham Public Library; Good Buy Store (SEVCA); WNESU Office.

I am so proud of everything this program and community has done this year.


Brenda Eno, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Coordinator Community Work Based Learning Program, May 31

Editor of the Reformer:

The Hinsdale Elementary School teachers and staff, would like to thank the Hinsdale parents, most specifically, those PTA parent members, for all that they do. Their generosity, once again, shines through! They continue to support all of our efforts, not only through delicious breakfasts & luncheons, but by also continuing to become more involved with their children's learning. They make it clear that they value what we do, at the school, helping their children to grow through positive and enjoyable learning opportunities. Thank you Hinsdale PTA for the appreciation you show us again, and again. It means a lot to all of us. Thank you.

Hinsdale Elementary School teachers and staff, May 16

Editor of the Reformer:

The Bellows Falls Rotary Club would like to thank all of the businesses that donated to our Annual Penny Sale, which was held on May 7, 2016.

We are pleased to announce the following Cash Prize Winners: $500.00 by Shaun S. Lord, So. Acworth, NH; $275.00 by Chris and Cheryl Sherwin, Bellows Falls; $175.00 by Karylin Stron, Brattleboro; $50.00 by Brett Wheeler, Venice, Florida; and $75.00 by Kaylin Damien, Bellows Falls.

Rylye Smith, Westminster, won the Keurig 2.0 K200 Brewing System. The Bicycle and Helmet was won by Donald Fullam, Westminster, and the Kayak, Paddle & Life Vest was won by Deb Jackson of Springfield.

The Penny Sale is our largest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit our high school scholarship program, community and international projects. Over $6,500 is given out each year to graduates of our local high school.

Our Club meets on Thursday at Kurn Hattin Homes at 7:30 a.m. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Rita Hinds, 802-463-3779.

Rita R. Hinds, President Elect Bellows Falls Rotary Club, June 8

Editor of the Reformer:

I just wanted to write and say what a very cool and very impressive event the Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is. My wife Laurie and I just moved to Guilford as permanent residents and this was our first Strolling weekend and we enjoyed every minute of it. We loved the parade, loved the gallery walk and the farm tours are fantastic. We went to the Bunker Farm and the Scott Farm and it was a lot of fun to make those trips. We learned a lot and really appreciate the time those who run the farms shared with us — because I know they have to be incredibly busy.

So, I just wanted to write and say great job — an event like this, over multiple days with that many people takes a lot of work and a lot of time and everyone involved just does a fantastic job. We have always been big into farming and agriculture, (my wife grew up working on her grandparents' dairy farm in Greenfield, Mass.) so the message behind the entire event really strikes an important chord.

We had a great time, looking forward to next year.

Chip Carter Guilford, June 9