Monday June 3, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

The Rockingham Free Public Library would like to thank the many volunteers who helped to pack the library’s collection as we prepare to move to a temporary facility for the summer. It has been a daunting task to pack and store the 45,000 items in the library’s collection over the past year, but made easier by all the volunteers who helped, especially the Friends of the Rockingham Library who have been an invaluable source of support during our renovations.

Thank you to our patrons for your continued patience. We look forward to serving the public in a temporary location while the library is closed for renovations, and eagerly awaiting the unveiling of a renovated facility when the library reopens. Don’t worry about due dates or late fees during this time. Stay tuned for library news through the website rockinghamlibrary.org, the library’s Facebook page and e-mail newsletter.

Thank you to Engelberth Construction, all of the subcontractors, and the Town of Rockingham for their expertise and professionalism. In addition, thank you to James Plumbing & Heating, Village Square Booksellers, Mr. G’s, the Masonic Temple of Bellows Falls, and WNESU for their in-kind support and generosity during the library’s renovation.

Don’t forget, kids sign up for Summer Reading on our website or by calling 463-4270.

Rockingham Library Staff

Bellows Falls, May 24 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The Greater Falls Prevention Coalition would like to sincerely thank the following businesses for participating in the recent Responsible Beverage trainings conducted by the Vermont Department of Liquor Control. These trainings are offered to the owners, store clerks, cashiers and managers of retail stores and bars that sell alcohol & tobacco products. The purpose of these trainings is to offer the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly serve and sell these products. This includes the vital task of keeping tobacco and alcohol products out of the hands of minors. By taking part in the trainings, these businesses are demonstrating their commitment to safe and healthy communities.

We thank the Rockingham Sunoco, Bellows Falls Country Club and Pleasant Valley Brewing for the participation.

It is the vision of the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition to build a healthy, nurturing and supportive community. Our mission is to connect the community of Windham Northeast by inspiring and empowering people through education and collaboration to promote wellness and prevent the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. For more information, visit our website at www.gfpcandtheline.org.

Chad Simmons,

media coordinator

Greater Falls Prevention
Coalition, Bellows Falls, May 24

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro office of the Vermont Department of Health would like to publicly thank and acknowledge the local businesses and landlords who have voluntarily committed to providing smoke-free housing. Among these are the Brooks House (which is in the process of being renovated), the Windham &Windsor Housing Trust’s Canal & Main Apartments above the Brattleboro Food Co-op, private landlords and several others who have made a commitment to protect the health of those living in and/or visiting these buildings. Research has proven that there is no safe level of second hand smoke exposure and that these types of housing policies help create healthier environments for all. So thank you to these and others for being partners in health!

Nancy Lord, Lynn Redd, Robin Rieske, Kathleen White

The Prevention Team

Brattleboro office Vermont Department of Health, May 24

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Board of Directors and staff of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont would like to acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals and businesses that supported our 26th Annual Walk for Life, helping us to raise an amazing $30,000.

Close to 100 individuals and 8 different teams participated enthusiastically in this year’s Walk. Seven local businesses were our indispensible sponsors: Gold Level - Brattleboro Savings & Loan and New Chapter, Inc.; Bronze Level - Auto Mall, Green Mountain Crossroads and The Richards Group; In-kind - Howard Printing and Entergy Vermont Yankee.

Many other businesses generously provided prizes, food, and assistance: American Legion, Mary Alice and Peter Amidon, Baker Distributors, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Mobil, Brattleboro Retreat, Brown Computer Solutions, Dutton Farm, Maple Leaf Music, Newfane Greenhouse, Newsbank, Peter Havens, Polar Beverage, Walker Farm, and Wal-Mart. Special thanks to Brendan Taaffe and his colleagues for the lovely music.

Thanks above all to the community for honoring and supporting the work of HIV prevention and direct services for people affected by HIV/AIDS. If you would like to learn more about the work of the AIDS Project, please contact us at 802-254-4444.

Susan Bell, executive director

AIDS Project of Southern
Vermont, May 29

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Editor of the Reformer:

Curbside Compost pick up in Brattleboro has now started. It is here today because of the help of many. To the following I would like to give thanks:

Our three bin distribution days could not have happened and went incredibly smoothly with the help of Karen LaDeau, Fred Lucies, Cheryl Proctor, April Judd, Shirley Ridgeway, Claudia Jacobs, Deb Tillinghast, Ken McCaffrey, Calista Carbonel, Barb Lewinger, Stewart McDermet, Kip Tewksbury, Ylan Roy, Teta Hilsdon, Deb Holman, Judy and Allen Myrick, Jane Wheeler, Barbara Woods, Kim Noble, Eileen Reardon, Prudence McKinney, Rebecca Cameron, Deb Loevy-Reyes, Sandie Page, Kim Nace, Gabe, and Brenda Seitz.

Tax dollars are tight and precious. Generous contributions from New Chapter and Brown and Roberts have helped stretch those dollars and enable us to get more curbside carts and kitchen containers to more participants.

This program would never have happened without the visionary Triple-T Trucking. To owner, Norm Mallory; General Manager, Peter Gaskill; Operations Manager, Shawn Allen and all the fantastic Triple-T drivers -- you guys are the best!

To Town Manager Barbara Sondag and the Selectboard, you saw the value in curbside composting -- both financially and environmentally. You realized that spending a few tax dollars now would be saved many times over in the coming years. You seized the opportunity.

To last year’s 150 pilot participants -- you were the pioneers who lead the way and helped us over the bumps. Now you are helping over 800 current Curbside Compost participants learn the ropes.

It is not too late to join in and be a part of Curbside Composting -- just go to the town website, www.brattleboro.org, click on How May We Help You, then click on Trash, Recycling and Compost or call the town at 802-251-8103.

Moss Kahler

Brattleboro Recycling

Coordinator

Brattleboro, May 30