Monday June 24, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

The following is a list of the people and organizations we would like to thank for making National Train Day a successful event in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Sponsors: g. housen, Leader Distribution, Brugerers Bagles, Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, Hannafords, Yankee one dollar, Brattleboro Co-op, Marlboro College (Brattleboro), Brattleboro Reformer.

Volunteers: Dorothy Sulloway, Mary Aehlers and Casidy, Gerry Taylor (Brattleboro Shriners), Ryan Muller(Brattleboro Masonic Lodge), Ray Branagan, Amtrak Employees, Debbie Sanderson, Debbie Martin, Amtrak Engineers, Gordon Norwood, Bill Hollister, Brian Cleveland (Brattleboro Taxi), Jamie Vigneau and Family, Vermont Rail Action Network, Chris Parker.

Event coordinators: Marshall Patton (Brattleboro, Vermont Scottish Rite), Eric Ernst.

Would like to express thanks to all sponsors, volunteers, and especially those who attended. This years event was very successful despite the inclement weather. We hope everyone will return next year for another fun event.

Should you wish to contact us for more information concerning this event please e-mail at epernst00@yahoo.com, Pattonm1330@yahoo.com, or call 254-2301 (leave Message)

Again, Thank you for your support

Brattleboro, Vermont Amtrak Station, June 6 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

We are writing to acknowledge all that Chad Farnum and Farnum Cellulose Insulators have done to support Hilltop Montessori School and Morningside Shelter. Chad has spearheaded the Tiny House Project at Hilltop Montessori School. The Tiny House will be raffled off with proceeds supporting financial aid at Hilltop and the ongoing needs of Morningside Shelter. Chad has given generously of his time and Farnum Insulators has donated materials and labor for the project. During the winter, Chad helped lead a group of Upper Elementary students at Hilltop through the process of house framing. He taught the students safe use of hand tools and construction basics. His experience, good humor, and patience made this a valuable learning experience for the students. After the framing was completed with the students, Chad took it upon himself to complete the Tiny House, giving up weekend and after work hours to make the project a success. Chad rallied the support of a number of people from the community to help make this project a success. We would like to thank Sam Groves, Dave Snyder, Tim Strong and Leader Home Center, Jayson Dunbar and Jancewicz and Sons Roofing, Marc Manley and Sherwin Williams, and Lynn Barret and Primetime Concepts. We are very grateful for Chad Farnum’s commitment to our school and our community.

Dan Filler and Tom Griffith

Upper Elementary teachers

Hilltop Montessori School

Brattleboro, June 7

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Editor of the Reformer:

Many, many thanks to the 99 Restaurant for hosting the first Southern Vermont Youth Suicide Prevention Fundraiser. Not only did 99 donate 15 percent of the night’s proceeds to the cause, Jay, John, Matt, Angie, Lisa and all the staff were extremely helpful and supportive. They are an amazing part of our community. In addition, over 30 local businesses donated generously to the prizes for the raffle. Thanks to everyone’s help we raised almost $2,000!

Suicide is the second leading cause of death of our young people ages 13-24. The national average is 12.4 percent and in Vermont it is nearly 17 percent. Of the people who take their own lives, 90 percent suffer from a treatable mental or physical condition. We have to start talking about mental health awareness and youth suicide. It’s a public health crisis here in Vermont. The money raised from this event will help support the efforts to incorporate suicide prevention into Vermont school curriculums.

If you are a young person with suicide on your mind please call 211 and talk to someone who can help or go to UMatterUcanGetHelp.com. If you are a parent, professional, or someone who wants to learn more and help, please go to UMatterUCanHelp.com. Again, thank you all so much. I love our community.

Kelly Short

Southern Vermont Suicide

Prevention Coalition, June 12

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of Grace Cottage Hospital’s patients and employees, I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the fourth annual Tee Up for Health golf benefit such a huge success. Golfers (19 teams), sponsors, auction contributors, bidders and winners, volunteers, and the staff at Tater Hill Golf Club in Windham all pulled together on June 9 (one of the most picture-perfect days ever!) to raise, after expenses, more than $25,000 for Grace Cottage’s Patient Care Fund. Special thanks go to Jim Heal, who organized and ran the event, and Denise Choleva, who coordinated the online auction.

The Event Sponsor was The Richards Group; Gold Sponsors were Cerner Corporation and WKVT; the Dinner Sponsor was Elizabeth Walker; Silver Sponsors were Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brunelle & Son, e-PharmPro, and People’s United Bank; Hole Sponsors were Durand Motors, Grace Cottage Family Health, Dr. Walter Griffiths, Hickey Alignment & Repair, Howard Printing, IsabelPratt LLC, Dr. David & Dr. Kim Liebow, Mailrite, Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer, Putney General Store, West River Dental, and The Windham Foundation. Additional sponsors were Cota & Cota, Lawton Flooring, and Dr. Timothy Shafer & Deborah Luskin.

Save the date for next year: Sunday, June 8, 2014!

Andrea Seaton,

executive director

Grace Cottage Foundation

Townshend, June 11

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Women’s Community Club of Grafton’s held its major fund raising event, "Circus Terrificus," on May 25 at the Bellows Falls Opera House to raise funds for future scholarships. It raised over $13,000 for its scholarship fund. This circus event could not have been so successful, had it not been for the financial support of many of the residents and local businesses, and the 25 WCC members, who donated their time and talents.

The WCC especially would like to thank those donors that made this possible. They include: An anonymous donation in memory of Ginna Barrett, The Pollio Family Foundation, The Windham Foundation, Joanne Boswell, Nancy Dumas, Tania Evans, Judy Rowley, Dorothy Royal, Sylvan Hill Antiques, Durand Autogroup, Grafton Village Bakery, Hunter Gallery of Fine Arts, TD Bank, Janet and Alan Yuspeh, Barrett & Valley Associates, Chester Hardware, Cota & Cota. Inc., Grafton Auto Service, Inc., Sue Hadden, Hughes Associates, Joan Lake, Lisai’s Market-Bellows Falls, Helen Murphy, Misty Valley Books, rk MILES, Inc., Shona Grill, Jerry Stevens, Village Square Booksellers, Windham Antiques Center, Barbara Williams, WW Building Supply.

The Club also thanks the following who have supported the event by providing goods and services: Gallery North Star, Green Mountain Tent Rental, Halladay’s Flowers & Harvest Barn, Lisai’s Market-Chester, Monadnock Radio Group.

The Women’s Community

Club of Grafton

June 14