Saturday March 30, 2013

Take the
energy challenge Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you for the recent story on the Vermont Home Energy Challenge (March 27), which showed clearly how homeowners can cut energy costs while making their homes more comfortable through home efficiency projects.

The Brattleboro Energy Committee is here to help. For more information on local home energy contractors, available incentives, and financing for projects, or to sign up for a free energy visit, call 802-251-8135 or e-mail pcameron@brattleboro.org, or visit www.brattleboroenergychallenge.org.

Take the Home Energy Challenge, and stop your house from leaking money.

Paul Cameron,

Brattleboro Climate Protection, March 29

Another idea for the River Garden

Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Local of the Socialist Party-USA has taken a position on the future of the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. We feel that this lovely and welcoming structure located in the center of Brattleboro serves the common good and that it should belong to the community -- the town and Windham County.

The Brattleboro Parks and Recreation Department does such a good job of renting other public areas in town, we wonder whether it could also manage the River Garden with the same efficiency.


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It’s a wonderful space for all kinds of events -- concerts, art exhibits, markets, fundraisers for community groups. The community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner is held there and it serves as headquarters for the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

The River Garden provides us with the only public restrooms in Brattleboro, gives us access to the Connecticut River and helps tourists with information about attractions in the area. Many of us who live outside of Brattleboro use it for a pit stop or to get in out of the weather whenever we go downtown. For this reason, some of the funds for supporting it should come from the communities we live in. We should request funds for the River Garden on town meeting day.

We would be happy to join with any group which supports keeping the River Garden open to the public and is working to that end.

Mary Alice Herbert,

Chairperson, March 26

Prevent child abuse

Editor of the Reformer:

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Vermont. Healthy, safe, nurturing and stable families and schools require our support.

While Vermont policy makers are challenged to balance the state budget we know that community organizations must have the resources to help families at risk care for their children. Healthy secure relationships begin at home and home visitors, playgroups, mentors and parenting programs can strengthen parent-child bonds. Let your senators and representatives know you support funding for proven effective community programs.

If you are not already one of the thousands of Vermonters giving from your heart, hand, or check book to a local non- profit or school based effort, get involved. You are an essential part of success for a child living near you. Please pick up the phone, go online and help build Vermont’s future. What we do together now will be felt for generations.

For information about ways to get involved, call 1-800-CHILDREN or 802-229-5724.

Linda E. Johnson,

executive director,

Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, March 27

Laura Heller
will be missed

Editor of the Reformer:

We were deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Laura Heller of Putney and would like to express thoughts about her contributions to our community.

Her love of Putney was complete -- its ancient roads and trails that she knew so well, its history and the people who make it our community. This love was demonstrated throughout her life in Putney by the many projects she undertook for numerous causes and organizations.  She did not seek accolades but derived her pleasure from learning and quietly sharing with others. Her efforts will continue to benefit all of us in many ways for years to come.

It was an honor to work with her and to be her friend.

Marilyn Loomis
and Laurel Ellis,

Venice, Florida, March 28