Editor of the Reformer:
Our sincere thanks to everyone who made Brattleboro's 43rd annual free family Independence Day celebration as warm and bright as the weather.
The all-volunteer "By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth" citizens committee and town Recreation & Parks Department were able to present the event only because of the generosity of countless individuals and organizations that donated their time, money and talent, including:
• Brattleboro's Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, which not only lead our parade with its giant American flag but also covered all the costs of the march for a second year in a row.
• Nearly 50 parade entries, including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, firefighters, community and youth groups and our finale favorite, local personality Alfred Hughes Jr., chauffeured in Selectman John Allen's convertible.
• Parade marshals Jan Anderson, Patrick Moreland and Kate O'Connor, traffic volunteers Mike Corbeil, Chris Dugan, Steve Dutton, Jerry Forkin, Jim Maxwell, John Mudge, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps and Vermont Community Emergency Response Team; and the staffs of the town Recreation & Parks, Police, Fire and Public Works Departments.
• The Brattleboro Reformer, WTSA Radio, Brattleboro Goes Fourth Facebook page editor Kerry Amidon and Brattleboro Community Television, whose live broadcast hosted by Tim Johnson and Larry Smith can be replayed on its website, www.brattleborotv.org.
• And all our citizen, civic and corporate donors, including major supporters at the Brattleboro Brewers Festival, Brattleboro Reformer, C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S. Precision Inc., Holstein Association, The Richards Group and Sovernet Communications; our fireworks fundraising partner Brattleboro Savings & Loan, and sponsors at the American Legion Brattleboro Post 5, Brown and Roberts Hardware, Dead River Company, Mondo Mediaworks, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters and Vermont Country Deli.
This celebration of our diverse community has been a tradition for four decades, and the committee appreciates everyone's help in ensuring it continues.
Carol Lolatte and Kevin O'Connor, for the organizing committee, July 5
Editor of the Reformer:
On behalf of the Vermont Theatre Company, we would like to thank all of the many people who helped make VTC's 27th Annual Shakespeare in the Park production of "All's Well That Ends Well" a great success. Nearly 500 people came out to the Rotary Stage at Living Memorial Park to enjoy a perfect Vermont summer evening with their families and friends, and to see 14 amazing actors perform one of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
First of all, thank you to Cameron Cobane, the amazing director, with help from Jesse Cross-Nickerson and Bill Wieliczka, and thanks to all of the hard working and very talented actors who brought Shakespeare's comically backward fairy tale to life: Gaia Posner (Helen), Slava Tchoul, Jesse Cross-Nickerson, Kerstin Becker, Michael Sola, Bill Wieliczka, Ruben Garza, Alex Bobella, Victoria Maillo de Aguilera, Brittany Goldsmith, Dylan Gallagher, Sean Auth, Guin Roy and Cameron Cobane. And thank you to all the people behind the scenes who supported the actors: Kate Maisner, stage manager; Cora Corbane, costumes and photography; and, Todd Roach for his amazing drumming.
We know that community theater happens only with significant support from the community, so for their help with "All's Well That Ends Well," we thank: Recreation & Parks Director Carol Lolatte, Administrative Assistant Kim Isaacsen, Park Supervisor Paul Ethier, Park Maintenance Crew Tony Lebron, Dan Wright, and Ron Wells; Jon Ogorzalek and Jesse Cross-Nickerson for drayage services rendered; The Brattleboro Reformer and The Commons for newspaper publicity; Steven Twiss, WVEW, and Natalie Knowles, WKVT, for radio coverage; Newton Business for printing the show program; and, Ben and Jerry's Community Action Foundation as show sponsors.
And last but certainly not least, we must acknowledge our great appreciation for our audiences who came, laughed, and applauded for our four performances. Thank you one and all, and we hope to see you at our upcoming 2016-17 Season.
Mike Jerald and Ian Hefele, Show Producers, July 8
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