Editor of the Reformer:

The family of Harold "Mitch" Mitchell wish to acknowledge every thoughtful word, deed and offering given to us at this most difficult time. Please know that each of us are forever grateful for that kindness.

Andrea, Michele, Steve and Haley, Michael, Sarah and Kyle, Lenny and Darleen, Brattleboro, Aug. 17

Editor of the Reformer:

This letter is a thank-you and an appreciation to the many donors who have contributed to the Groundworks Collaborative "Community Closet" located at the Groundworks Drop-In Center on South Main Street. The Community Closet is a place where all of the "merchandise" is offered at no cost – free to all persons in the community regardless of means.

Our store took on a new life this past January – staffed by a small team of volunteers, who creatively revitalized the existing space and named it The Community Closet.

What made this all possible? The generosity of our donors, who over these months have brought us a variety of good, usable, in-season clothing (for immediate use) and small housewares to stock the racks and shelves. You folks are the life-blood of the operation; reflecting the dignity with which we want the Community Closet to function. We appreciate all of you very much. For those of you not familiar with our store, we invite you to come by and see it, as well as consider a donation.

Thank you!

Volunteers of The Community Closet Brattleboro, Aug. 19


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Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to offer a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who helped make Valley Cares' 2nd annual benefit concert such a wonderful success. Thanks to you, our benefit concert on July 30 raised over $1,500 toward outdoor improvements at West River Valley Senior Housing. This is so appreciated!

We extend an extra special thank you to Tom Morris of the Bondville Boys for suggesting that this be an annual event and for coordinating musicians. We enjoyed great live music from the Bondville Boys and the Tuesday Night Town Hall Boys. These folks are talented musicians who show a real commitment to their communities. They are gems!

The concert turnout was impressive. It was nice for Valley Cares to be in the company of so many friends and neighbors. And we were grateful to the Town of Townshend for letting us use the beautiful Town Common.

The food was fantastic. Thanks to Ro for serving her delicious fare from her food truck, Ro's Petite Fete – and for her generous donation of proceeds. Thanks to River Bend Farm Market for their donation of beverages and to Martin's Fireside TrueValue Hardware for donating popcorn and bags. Thanks also to Grace Cottage for use of the popcorn machine, to Roberta Dunham for operating the popcorn machine, and to Scott Hitchcock for delivering the machine and making sure the electric power was available for food and band needs. Thank you to all the community members and Board members who made goodies for our baked goods sale.

A special think you to the audience for supporting Valley Cares with your generous donations. We had a great time and hope you did too. The proceeds from this year's concert will help provide improved walking surfaces, distance markers and benches on the grounds of West River Valley Senior Housing to expand and extend residents' use and enjoyment of the outdoors. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Susanne Shapiro, RN Valley Cares Executive Director Townshend, Aug. 30

Editor of the Reformer:

Last week I watched as my studio building and almost all of my paintings burned to ashes, but the goodness Petey and I have received since then vastly overshadows the loss.

Thank you to all those who have stopped us, texted us, written and called with your warm wishes, your grief and understanding, pledges of help and support, your stories, your love and sharing. I've always believed truth and beauty live within the small places, which is another way of recognizing that each single person's touch is as meaningful and significant as the next.

Thank you especially to the firefighting crew whose skill and timing was matched by their sensitivity to the nature of the contents of the studio, making every effort to fight the flames while minimizing water damage to whatever might be salvaged, They were considerate, careful and fast, and we are fortunate to have such a professional group protecting and working for us every day.

We live in a special community and Petey and I are proud to be a part of it. You have all made our lives richer and much happier.

With sincere thanks,

Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell Brattleboro, Sept. 4

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