Editor of the Reformer:

The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center wishes to thank those who made this year's Jamboree fundraiser an amazing success! Thank you to the Moose Family Center for generously hosting the event. Thanks to our friends at the Moose: Barbara and Keith Tyrell for manning the grill, Ed and Karen Thomas, and Kat for keeping the drinks flowing. Many thanks also to our volunteers and board members who made this event possible: Alberta Rogenski, Jane Westfall, Joan Lake, Bill Barbarow, Dot Hogan, Pat Tokarski, Reagan Khan, Janet Forbush, Shirley Harrington, Mary Smith, Barbara Stack, Fred Waryas, Fred Yates and Hugh Haggerty. Lelend Moorhead, Alex Grasley and Sam Grasley for stepping in at the last second to serve! Ila Mitchell and Judy Dibernardo for manning the bake sale table, and to all the very generous ladies of the Bellows Falls Area Senior Center who made incredible baked goods, this year's offerings were outstanding! and thank you to local favorite band, "The Illusion" the music was great.

Special thanks to the following for their contributions as Sponsors of the Jamboree: Moose Family Center, Rotary Club of Bellows Falls, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Chroma Technology, Bellows Falls Polish American Club, Durand Toyota Ford, Savings Bank of Walpole, Joy Wah, Pierce Lawton Post 37, and Silver Forest of Vermont, Inc.


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The following individuals and businesses generously provided raffle items and cash donations for the event: 5-Star Beverage, Abenaqui Car Wash, Agway, Athens Pizza, Aubuchon Hardware, Aumand's, Barbara Greenough, BFASC Knit & Stitch group, Bellows Falls Pet Store, The Bellows Falls Country Club, Bellows House Bakery, Boccaccio's, Bond Auto, Cabot Cheese, CHS Tax Preparation, Community Feed Store, Crown Point Country Club, Pat Dion, Donovan's, Dari-Joy, Debbie Westfall Cookies, Diamond Pizza, Ed Smith, Edward Jones, Famous Pizza, The Farrar Family, Grafton Inn, Greater Falls Fitness, Greater Falls Insurance, Greater Falls Pharmacy, Green Mountain Coffee/Keuring, Halladay Harvest Barn, Harlows Café Loco, H & B Energy, Hennessey Electric, Ila's Salon, Janet Dube, J&B Glass, J&H Hardware, Johnson's Greenhouse, King Arthur Flour,

Joan Lake, LaValley Building Supply, Lisai's Market, Mary Smith, MJS Lawn Care, Mr. G's, Newton Business, Okemo Ski Resort, Penguin Market, Pierce Lawton Post 37: Sons of the American Legion, Pinnacleview Equipment, Pizza Palace, Pleasant Valley Brewing, Rock & Hammer, Rockingham Dental, Ruth's Mustard, Sally Martineau, Saxtons River Inn, Shona Grill, Simone's Salon, Sovernet, The Stetson Family, Stowe Ski Resort, Vermont Country Store, Village Printers, Village Square Bookseller, Vermont Teddy Bear, Walpole Creamery, Walpole Interiors, Walpole Salon, Walpole Vet Hospital, Walpole Valley Tire, Westminster Auto, and Millie Williams.

And finally thank you to our local community for coming out and supporting us!

Fred Yates, Committee Chairman Teagen Kosut, Executive Director Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, June 27

Editor of the Reformer:

This spring, Teddy Bear Teas were held at 15 elementary schools in Windham County. These Teas were sponsored by Early Education Services, the participating Windham County Elementary Schools and Building Bright Futures (BBF). These annual Teas are designed to encourage an open and trusting partnership between home and school. They also are a way for children and their families to connect with the community, access resource information and have fun! This year, 437 children (ages 0-5), parents, grandparents, caregivers, school staff and early educators attended the Teddy Bear Teas. Attendees visited with school staff, viewed the school, heard stories, created teddy bear puppets, ate delicious teddy bear cookies and drank "magic" teddy bear tea.

It's clear that the Teddy Bear Teas continue to be enjoyed by many. They would not have been possible without the support of the schools that held the teas, local businesses and many helpful individuals. The Mary Meyer Corporation continues to fund snacks and supplies as it has for many years. Teddy bear cookies were made by RSVP members and students from Brattleboro Union High School (Family and Consumer Science, Foods and Advanced Foods students). Publicity was provided by local schools, Windham County libraries and many local media outlets including the Brattleboro Reformer and Parent Express. A great big thank you to all of them and to anyone else I forgot to mention! I'd also like to thank all the people who assisted at the teas. These included school staff, students, early educators, Welcome Baby volunteers, Early Education Outreach/Essential Early Education staff and a librarian from the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room. The donations and support were greatly appreciated, not just by me, but by all the children, adults and teddy bears who attended the Teas.

Sandy Stark Welcome Baby and Teddy Bear Tea Coordinator Early Education Services, June 27

Editor of the Reformer:

A perfect Vermont day with sunny blue skies provided the perfect setting for the BHS/BUHS Annual Alumni Golf Tournament held this past Saturday, June 18, at the Brattleboro Country Club. Eighteen teams with 72 alumnus teed off that morning at 8:30 and with the occasional roars of the crowd echoing around the course, no doubt, a great outing was enjoyed by all. Known highlights of this year's tournament included the team of Hugh Barber, Dana Zelenakas, Mike Cassidy and Jamie McAuliffe taking home the first place prize. Congratulations for a big day for Chris Haskins who experienced the thrill of a lifetime with a Hole In One on #16. Our annual putting contest provided great entertainment and this year was no exception; a $5 donation would buy three chances to win the 50/50 prize. Unbelievably, 10 of our golfers used their skill and a lot of luck to make one putt apiece. At the tournament's conclusion rather than a "putt-off", the finalists decided on the luck of the draw with one of our first place team members, Mike Cassidy, being named as the overall winner. The BHS/BUHS Alumni Association would like to take this opportunity to offer our thanks to the following sponsors for this year's tournament; MGB Plumbing, Bartlesville, OK (Mike Bouvier. '64), BUHS Class of 1964, Cersosimo Lumber (Butch Cersosimo, '62), Cocoplum Appliance (Ray Carbonell '63), DMI, Inc. (Dave Manning, '72), Richards Agency (Mark Richards, '63), the Avery Family Trust (Susan Avery, '64), and The River Valley Credit Union. The Alumni Committee would again like to extend our appreciation to each one who participated in this year's tournament. Please remember, it is you who make our Association the success it has been over these many years. And most importantly, through your continued financial support whether through tournament entrance fees, the purchase of mulligans, participating in the putting contest or coming out to our annual dance, or paying your dues, in all ways such as these you are supporting our future graduates. Finally, we acknowledge that next year will be BETTER than ever exceeding all expectations of those who choose to come back and participate in 2017.

Susan Avery, '64 Member, BHS/BUHS Alumni Association, July 12

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