Monday November 5, 2012

Editor of the Reformer:

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) and Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation (VABIR) held its fourth annual Disability Mentoring Day in Brattleboro. Disability Mentoring Day is a nationally recognized event highlighting people with disabilities in the workplace. It is a day to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration, one-on-one job shadowing, internships, and employment opportunities.

We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for allowing us to tour their facilities: Brattleboro Department of Public Works and especially Scottie; Bruegger’s Bagels, especially Dan; Grafton Cheese; Rescue, Inc.; WKVT, especially Fish; the Brattleboro Co-op, especially Sabine; the Vernon Town Offices; and Brattleboro Price Chopper.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations: VABIR, especially Jim Cecere; Bruegger’s Bagels; Hannaford’s; Price Chopper; Domino’s Pizza; Dunkin’ Donuts; Brattleboro Village Pizza; Vermont Inn Pizza; Pizza Hut; and West Brattleboro Pizza.

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote a nice letter about Disability Mentoring Day which was read at the event. He is a strong supporter of employment for individuals with disabilities.

We would also like to thank Tristan Toleno for his presentation on Disability Mentoring Day. He spoke not only about the benefits of working with people with different disabilities but also about his hopes if elected to the third district for Vermont’s state representative.

Lastly, we would like to thank the wonderful staff at Marlboro Technical College for the space to hold such a large event.

We look forward to next year and to seeing more of our clients in the workforce in and around Brattleboro.

Irene-Mare Navin, HCRS employment specialist

Brattleboro, Oct. 26 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Long-time and new donors showed overwhelming support for Parks Place’s Sponsor-A-Window Campaign. In just four months, an amazing 42 windows were sponsored. Installation is under way.

Parks Place would like to thank each and every person, company and church that gave so generously. We also thank the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers who collected this support. A small, informal ceremony will be held to celebrate this effort and showcase the energy-efficient windows and the brass plates with the donors’ dedications.

Sponsors of the campaign: Anonymous, Karl Behnke and Patricia Shea, Jay and Claire Buckley, D. Thomas Burns, Edward Cooney-Moore and Susan Williams, John H. Cray and Kathleen Metelica Cray, Will and Laurie Danforth, Ed and Carolyn Dinnany, Dick and Holly Doyle, First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, Mary Gyori, Hugh and Betty Haggerty, Geraldine Harty, Health Care & Rehabilitation (HCRS), John T. Hills, Paul Kane, Louise Luring, Jim and Jane Macri, Joyce Miller, Joy Mitchell, Paul and Terry Obuchowski, John Parks, Matthew Peake and Leslie Goldman, Paul Sackevich, Larry and Celia Slason, Kay Stack, Jim Tonkovich, Vermed Inc., Vermont Country Store.

Parks Place Community Resource Center was founded by a group of concerned teachers, school nurses, principals, parents and community members in 1994 to address the needs of families, particularly children, of the Greater Falls Region. The agency’s mission is to connect people with the information, education and resources that they need to move their lives forward. Thirty-five health, education and human service providers work out of Parks Place. If you are interested in more information or in donating, please contact Margaret Grisczenkow at 463-9927, x 109 or margaret@parksplacevt.org.

Brianne Dunleavy,
outreach specialist

Lead Safe and Healthy Homes

Bellows Falls, Oct. 26

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Editor of the Reformer:

I recently wrote a thank you for everyone that donated toward the Guilford Fire Department and Auxiliary Coffee Break at the Welcome Center in Guilford. We had an additional donation come forth, and I wanted to thank Vermont Yankee for the donation. Thank you!

Erin Tkaczyk, vice president

Guilford Fire Department Auxiliary, Oct. 26

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Editor of the Reformer:

Putney Cares Inc. would like to thank the 15 Putney businesses that supported our 14th annual Walk for Healthy Aging. We rely on community support to carry out our mission to keep our seniors healthy and in their own homes as long as they are able.

Our generous business supporters: Putney General Store, River Valley Credit Union, Rod’s Towing and Repairs, Tom Hayes Auto Repair, Copper Kettle B and B, The Vermonter Candy Maker, Putney Coop, Basketville, Medicine for the People, Green Mountain Spinnery, Landmark College, Some Like It Hot, Hidden Springs Maple, The Chimney Doctor, and Vermont Wellness Education Center.

Putney Cares Inc.

Putney, Oct. 27

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Editor of the Reformer:

Strolling of the Heifers appreciates the help of a very energetic crew of Green Mountain RSVP volunteers, some from the Samuel Elliot Apartments and some from Melrose Terrace, who gathered on October 25 to help fold, stuff, address and stamp almost 4,000 mailing pieces for our annual mailings to individuals and businesses to ask for their support of the 2013 Stroll.

Our helpers included: Rosemary Eldridge, Ann Wright-Parsons, Sandy Licea, Linda King, Judy Ressler, Trudy Crites, BIll Murray, Vicki Friedman, Audry Stone, Barbara Frodenberg, Harriet Ellis, Esther Earle, Grace Gunnip, Sara Faucher, Tricia Grusendorf and Paul Hitchcock. (If we omitted anyone from the list, our apologies!)

We also appreciate the help of RSVP program manager in Windham County Peter Seares and Marie Cohen of Vermont Associates at the RSVP Brattleboro office for recruiting volunteers. Many thanks as well to the Elliot Apartments for the use of their community room. We could not have gotten it done without all of you!

Orly Munzing,
founder & executive director

Strolling of the Heifers

Brattleboro, Oct. 31

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Editor of the Reformer:

In September, The Windham County Homeschool Group had a fundraiser at the Vermont Welcome Center. We want to thank the businesses that supported us.

Thank you Mocha Joe’s, Dottie’s and Bagelworks of Keene for your generous support. We really appreciated having local businesses participate. We also would like to thank all the families and children that baked goods, shopped, worked shifts, set up, cleaned up, and served customers.

The money raised will help homeschooled families to attend various enrichment programs.

We thank you all.

Peggy Bittenbender,

The Windham County Homeschool Group, Nov. 2