Monday April 1, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

I’m writing to express my great appreciation for Debbie Wetzel and Duane Whitehead, who have recently completed their terms serving on the Rockingham Free Public Library’s board of trustees. I was privileged to work with both Debbie and Duane on the historical collections committee and found their contributions to be absolutely invaluable. Debbie’s positive attitude and commitment to creating community within the library helped buoy us through a challenging time. Duane’s attention to detail was crucial in creating the historical collections management policy and planning for the library’s renovation, and his sense of humor will be sorely missed. Thank you, Debbie and Duane, for all your hard work and dedication!

Emily Zervas, Reference Services and

Historical Collections Librarian,

Rockingham Free Public Library

Bellows Falls, March 25 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who helped to make our first fundraiser a successful event. We were able to raise funds and increase awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, while having a wonderful time. The dance benefitted three non-profit foundations ... DMD HERO, Darius Goes West and Northeast Disabled Athletics Association. We appreciate the hospitality of The American Legion in Brattleboro. All of the musicians were amazing.


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The bands Otis and the Elevators, Pretty Daddy and Wyld Nightz generously donated their time and their talent to support our causes. I would like to acknowledge the many local businesses who contributed door and raffle prizes. They include artist Corey Armpreister, Lotus Graphics, Vermont Artisans, Peter Haven’s, Fireside True Value, The Chesterfield Inn, Bellows Falls House Bakery, Aprille Nason, Burdick’s Chocolates, Agway in Walpole, Lark’s fine women’s accessories, Firework’s, The Marina, Gillie’s, Champ’s, Dilly’s For Kids, Fritz’s, Turn it Up, Walpole Village Salon, Walpole Tavern, Thin Crust Pizzeria, Real to Reel, Baker’s Hallmark, Once Turned, Mr. G’s, Shaw’s Market, Price Chopper, Hannaford’s and the Grafton Cheese Company. A very special thank you to photographer Justin Ferland for not only donating a beautiful photo, but also for spending the evening taking pictures of the event for us. Many thanks to The Stephen Baum Foundation for their generous contribution. Lastly, I appreciate all of the wonderful people who came out to show their support. On behalf of my grandsons, Austin and Max, and all the individuals living with DMD and other physical challenges, thank you!

Laurie Webb

Walpole, N.H., March 26

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Women’s Freedom Center expresses a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the 2013 Women’s Film Festival, and through it, the work of the Women’s Freedom Center, this year.

The festival screened 26 amazing films all by and about women, beginning with a sold-out opening gala. If you haven’t yet, check out our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/womensfreedomcenter, to see gala photos. Thank you to Amy’s, Jasmine’s Bakery, Little City Baking Co., The Putney Inn, Vermont Country Deli, Whetstone Station, and Windham Flowers for delicious food, flowers, wine and champagne. Thank you to Hannah Elliott and Ariel Marx for the lovely live jazz. The evening was extraordinary - definitely an event you won’t want to miss next year!

We thank BCTV, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Everyone’s Books, Stephanie Greene, Tim Johnson, Key Bank, Latchis Hotel and Theater, Kelly Salasin, The Brattleboro Reformer, The Commons, Vermont Public Radio, Steve West, Windham Windsor Housing Trust, Woodward Creative, and Zephyr’s for festival promotional assistance. Also, thank you to Elizabeth Bjerke for ASL interpretation assistance.

And, big thanks to the New England Youth Theatre, the ticket and concession volunteers and all of the attendees.

We had so much fun, and from your comments, "loved the films and this festival", "top-notch!", "awesome", "inspiring", "powerful", "meaningful", "absolutely great", "every film I saw(10 of them) was fabulous", "great job", and "wonderful", it seems you enjoyed yourselves as well!

Hope to see everyone next year for more fantastic films.

The Women’s Freedom Center

Staff and Board

Brattleboro, March 26

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Editor of the Reformer:

The Southern Vermont Migrant Workers Solidarity Committee was excited to bring the film HIDE and representatives of Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante to Brattleboro March 22. HIDE is a documentary by Elori Kramer and Peter Coccoma, Vermont migrant dairy farm workers, showing the daily lives of seven of these workers. The event was a fundraiser for Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante, a non-profit organization in Burlington, Vermont that builds the voice, capacity and power of the migrant farmworker community in Vermont and builds community partnership to organize for human rights and food justice.

Thanks to donations from the following local enterprises were able to provide refreshments at a reception:

Brattleboro Food Co-op, Grafton Village Cheese Company, Hannaford Supermarket, Mobil Gas Exit #3, Mocca Joe’s, Price Chopper, Putney Inn, Putney Food Co-op, Vermont Country Deli. We also would like to thank co-sponsors Vermont Workers Center and Post Oil Solutions.

We thank all who came to the event and donated to Migrant Justice. We look forward to the continued support from the community in efforts to ensure the human rights of our dairy farm workers.

Claire B. Halverson

Dummerston, March 28

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Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of Sandglass Theater, I would like to say thanks, deep thanks to Jon Potter and to the Reformer for Jon’s wonderful article about our show about late stage Alzheimer’s disease "D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks" in last Thursday’s Entertainment section. We really appreciate how well Jon told the story of the piece and the Theater. He brought a warm and strong intelligence to a difficult, complex, and too often dark subject, making both the issue and the show’s approach clear - excellent reading, great writing. It was a huge help in bringing audiences in to see this show at New England Youth Theatre this past weekend. What a great resource to the community Jon’s articles have been and are!

Michael Hanish, Projects Coordinator

Sandglass Theater, Putney, March 29