Monday October 8, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

On the evening of Sept. 7, the Brattleboro American Legion Hall was filled with the sounds of American folk tunes sung by the nationally celebrated duo, Jackie Davidson and Gary Brandt. The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Jackie and Gary’s program of singing, banjo, guitar and harmonica playing was made possible, in part, by the generosity of the following wonderful people and businesses. James Brisson was the graphic designer of the concert posters and tickets. Dick Guthrie and the American Legion were most generous in providing the terrific space for the concert. Kris Alden, of Someone’s in the Kitchen, topped off the event with an array of fabulous bit-size deserts. Fresh coffee was from Mocha Joe’s and advance ticket sales were available at In the Moment, Vermont Artisans and Everyone’s Books. Finally, a big thank you to Mary Oeser and other Friends of the Library who gave generously of their time and support.

The mission of Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library is to support the library in providing the highest quality library service to the community by means of advocacy, public relations and fundraising. The Friends publish a regular newsletter and membership information is available in the Library, or online at www.brooks.lib.vt.us.

The Friends appreciate all the businesses and community members who support the on-going and far-reaching work of the Brooks Memorial Library.

Mary Ide, Secretary Friends of Brooks Memorial Library

Brattleboro, Sept. 12 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

What an evening! Thanks to all who joined us at the Brattleboro Retreat on September 15th in celebration of the Lawton Hall 100th Anniversary and the Anna Marsh Award presentation. The evening felt magical: between laughter and tears, delicious food and some great surprises, we were able to increase awareness about the Retreat’s mission and raise funds for our newly-established endowment.

All told, the gala raised over $85,000 for the Brattleboro Retreat Endowment Fund; this success brings us within distance of our year-end goal of $100,000. We are extremely grateful to the 40 Inaugural Donors who stepped up and gave significant contributions to help us kick-off this initiative, as well as those who attended the event and gave donations.

Many thanks to all who worked tirelessly to put together such a memorable evening. Our wonderful event committee included Karen Abel, Karen Henry, Gina Pattison, and Liz Richards as well as Retreat staff Biz Dana, Maggie Foley, and Konstantin von Krusenstiern. Event volunteers included Brayton Brown, Randy Jacobs, Sr., Patty O’Donnell, Mary Rosen, and Peter Welch.

Team Décor transformed the tent and the Retreat’s Lawton Hall into a beautiful and elegant space. Thank you to Karen Abel, Priscilla Cotton, Mark Malloy, and Tim Mathiesen for contributing your time and creativity to this event.

We are so appreciative of the expertise and generosity of Tracey John, Chef Nikki Peruzzi and Vermont Country Caterers, Green Mountain Tent Company, Julian McBrowne, Michelle Frehsee Photography, Dynamic Landscape, Leader Distribution Systems, Inc., Communicators Group, Windham Flowers, and Windham Wines.

Music from the Alki Steriopoulos Trio, surprise entertainment featuring Emma Bliss, Casey Greenleaf, Alec Silver, and Henry Weisel, and poignant words from Larry Cassidy, Jack Davidson, Kirk Woodring, and Dr. Rob Simpson elevated the evening into a truly special experience.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends, along with the dedication of our staff and board of trustees, the Brattleboro Retreat’s capacity, reach, and ability to help people in need is growing stronger each day.

Bette Abrams,

Brattleboro Retreat Trustee, Event Chair, Sept. 20

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) would like to thank the businesses that participated in the Responsible Beverage Service Trainings held in September co-sponsored by the Department of Liquor Control.

BAPC recognizes the important role that local retailers and restaurants play in preventing underage drinking. Thank you to the following businesses for participating in the training: Bondville 7-Eleven, Brookside Country Store and Deli, Canal Street Gulf, Joe’s Discount Beverage, L.E. Belcher Inc., Lipton Mart, Sandri Sunoco, Village Market, Backside Cafe’, Blackrock Steakhouse, Cool Moose Cafe’ VT, Inn at Sawmill Farm- Nonna’s Italian Restaurant, Kipling’s Restaurant and Pub, L. Johnson Property Services, McNeill’s Brewery, Metropolis Wine Bar and Cocktail Lounge, Mr. Pickwick’s Pub, Nick’s Bar and Grill, One-Half Lounge, Peter Havens, Shin La Restaurant, Thai Bamboo, The Hole in the Hill Bar and Grill, The Tavern Restaurant, Trattoria Le Festa, Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery.

Fifty-six employees of retailers and establishments that serve or sell alcohol and/or tobacco attended the trainings. Congratulations to Maryellen Young and Sheri Keefe who each won a $25 gift certificate in the trainings’ raffles.

Sponsoring the Responsible Beverage Service Trainings is part of Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition’s comprehensive approach to increase collaboration with local retailers to reduce and prevent underage use of alcohol and tobacco and sales/service to intoxicated customers in our community. We appreciate the opportunity to work with our local retail partners and we thank them for their participation.

Cassandra Holloway

BAPC Policy &
Project Coordinator, Sept. 20

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Editor of the Reformer:

Recently, the American Legion Post and Auxiliary Unit #5 Color Guard of Brattleboro held a Safety Coffee Break at the Southeastern Vermont Welcome Center in Guilford. Thank you to the Welcome Center and the State of Vermont for giving us this opportunity to raise funds for our organization and the assistance from their employees.

I would like to express a very sincere thank you to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #5 and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron #5 for their assistance in this project, it was invaluable.

To Commander Guthrie and the Officers and members of Post #5, thank you for letting us borrow the coffee pots and letting us store items at the Post and in the walk-in cooler.

I want to give a special thank you to the following people who went over and above on this project: Daniel Buckley, Richard Clark, Lucie & Gerry Fortier, Lou LaBreck, Sandra Merz, Herbert Meyer, Ann Nelson,and Laura Slate.

If I have left anyone out, please forgive me it wasn’t intentional.

Maureen Pinger

Coffee Break Chairman

Brattleboro, Sept. 20