Monday March 4, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

Forest Moon: Celebrating Cancer Survivorship would like to thank all those who made our recent fundraiser at the Stump Sprouts Lodge and Cross Country Ski Center a success. Forest Moon lights a path through cancer but we can’t shine that light without lots of help from individual, corporate and foundation supporters.

A fresh snowfall overnight and a crisp, bright January afternoon made for excellent trail conditions. And the hearty home-made dinner was a terrific way to relax and share the fun after an afternoon of skiing and snowshoeing.

We’d especially like to acknowledge Lloyd and Suzanne, our hosts at Stump Sprouts in Hawley, Mass., and volunteers Edite Cunha and Betty Wolfson for serving a delicious dinner and Dave Maxcy, Marianna McKimm, Rol Hesselbart, and Ken Simons for helping with rentals and ski lessons. We’d also like to thank Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters for providing cash cards as prizes for the raffle.

All the funds raised will be devoted to Forest Moon’s free support programs for cancer survivors and their loved ones in northern Massachusetts and southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Upcoming programs include "Circus for Survivors" workshops at the New England Center for Circus Arts, 10-week writing workshops in Greenfield and Brattleboro, and a couples retreat in Jacksonville. And, later in August, a weekend retreat at Stump Sprouts.


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For more information call 802-246-1368 or go to www.forestmoon.org

Richard Ewald,

Executive Director, Forest Moon,

Brattleboro, Feb. 18 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

The Harris Hill Ski Jump Committee wants to thank the town of Brattleboro for supporting and promoting the Harris Hill tournament. Visitors from all over the world experienced the Best of Brattleboro. The 200-plus volunteers worked many cold and windy hours to execute one of the premier Ski Jumping competitions in North America. We live in a very unique community where tradition is more than just history. It is a commitment.

We also we want to thank all of our sponsors who underwrite the costs associated with making the Harris Hill Tournament possible. Our media sponsors provide up-to-date, important event information. The major sponsors, Vermont Yankee, Foard Panel, The Richards Group and Mount Snow deserve special thanks as they offer the long-term commitment needed to produce a professional event. Of course none of it would be possible without our lead sponsor, Pepsi. Since the 1980s the view of the Pepsi logo on the landing hill, is a symbol of pride to the entire community.

Thanks to all. You are the greatest.

Rex Bell, Matt Bolster, John Dreyfus, Todd Einig, Jason Evans, Betsy Farley, Melissa Gullotti, Catharine Hamilton, Kelsey Harris, Sandy Harris, Pat Howell, Steve Jones, Andrew MacFarland , Kate McGinn, Brian Nasuta , Paul Nasuta, Liz Richards, Andy Rome, Sally Seymour, Dana Sprague, Dana Zelenakas , Karen Zelenakas.

The very tired but very happy Harris Hill Ski Jump Board and Organizing Committee, Brattleboro, Feb. 20.

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Editor of the Reformer:

It is with great appreciation that I write to say "thank you" to the Colonial Motel for their kindness and flexibility during the recent snowstorm. As a professor at the SIT Graduate Institute who had groups of students both leaving and arriving that weekend, it was such a relief to hear the staff say that our students could leave early if needed so that they could travel home before the snow arrived, or stay as long as needed once they got "stuck" due to flight cancellations. With students trying to reroute their travel, whether driving to Boston or flying to Hungary, Japan, or India, among other places, having such great customer service from the Colonial Motel staff made a challenging situation much less stressful. What a great community partner!

Sora H. Friedman, Ph.D. Associate

Professor of International Education

SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, Feb. 21

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Editor of the Reformer:

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Project Feed the Thousands campaign. With your help we were able to exceed our goals of $100,000 in monetary contributions and 200,000 meals by a significant margin. Our final totals show monetary contributions in excess of $115,300, along with 292,308 meals. Regardless of the size of your contribution (from loose change to a can of tuna fish to generous checks) each and every one of you helped over 19,000 area residents in need. Through your contributions, Project Feed the Thousands will be able to supply non-perishable food items for year-round distribution to households in dozens of towns served by the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, Hinsdale Welfare Department’s Food Shelf, Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, Townshend Food Shelf, Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls, the Chester/Andover Family Center and the Guilford Food Pantry.

We would like to especially recognize the extra efforts of the employees of WTSA-FM and River Valley Credit Union, as well as the following companies and organizations: Entergy Vermont Yankee, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club, C&S Wholesale Grocers, People’s United Bank, Leader Distribution Systems/Pepsi, Hannaford, New Chapter, United Natural Foods, Windham Foundation, World Learning, The Vermont Foodbank, and the Hinsdale and Brattleboro Fire Departments, who all made significant financial contributions to help us feed people in need. In addition, we would like to recognize the participation of area school children and staff whose contributions and enthusiasm was simply amazing. We were able to spread the word far and wide, thanks to the Reformer, the Commons, the Communicators Group, along with radio stations WTSA, WKVT, and WYRY, who all donated print space, air time, or professional services to help us reach out to our communities.

The conclusion of this year’s campaign isn’t really the end. Feeding our hungry neighbors is a responsibility that requires year-round funding. We ask people to keep thinking of those less fortunate. You can always donate to the Project at feedthethousands.org, or directly to your local food shelf. We are humbled by the spirit of goodwill that we witnessed with this year’s campaign.

Jeffrey J Morse and Kelli L Corbeil,

Co-chairs, Project Feed the Thousands

Feb. 25