Monday April 29, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

The third week in April is National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to appreciate the work of our nation’s inspiring volunteers, to recognize their initiative and commitment, and to celebrate the positive change they impact in our local communities.

At the Vermont Foodbank, our volunteers help us pack, process, and distribute an astounding eight million pounds of food annually. They are a vital part of the work we do from start to finish, sorting and packing food for redistribution to meal sites and food shelves, filling backpacks with nutritious food for school-aged kids to take home on weekends, harvesting fresh produce from local farms, conducting interviews to assess the needs of our neighbors, offering professional skills and services, and more. Without this energetic volunteer-force, we would not be able to serve as many as 86,000 Vermonters in need of emergency food assistance every year, 27,000 of whom are children.

This week at the Vermont Foodbank, we extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers who not only make us a more effective organization, but who also anchor us to our surrounding communities throughout Vermont. The value of volunteerism is not limited by its ability to increase organizational work-capacity; it breeds healthier, more engaged communities who feel empowered to mobilize the public in search of a better and more just society. Together, let us commend the outstanding efforts of our volunteers, and let us continue to strive for a Vermont where no one will go hungry.


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John Sayles,

CEO, Vermont Foodbank, April 19 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to thank the following for their assistance with the Polish Supper at the American Legion Post 5: The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 5, Ladies Auxiliary Unit 5, Tom Kuralt, Dan, Gene and Eric Buckley, Nancy Buckley, Michael and Bridgette Leclaire, and Legion Bartenders (Cindy, Chuck, Maureen). A special thanks to Joe Kruszewski of the Matterhorn Inn in West Dover for donating a wonderful Pickle Soup for the supper, and Justin Thompson for his professional assistance in the kitchen. I would also like to thank the Bakery Dept. at Price Chopper for the fresh rye bread. Thank you to the many people that supported our Polish Supper. It was nice to see so many people enjoying our polish food. A very special thanks to my wife, Ann, who was our executive chef for the supper. Her many hours, her dedication to making the golumpkis all the same, the pierogi casserole -- each layer perfect, and the direction she kept the process moving, down to perfection. Thanks, Ann.

John Nebelski

Chairman, Polish Supper,

Vernon, April 20

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Editor of the Reformer:

The main theater of the Latchis was full of laughter last Saturday night when the community came out for Take A Seat: Five Storytellers on a Mission. We would like to thank the audience for believing in our debut production and bringing their amazing energy and support to the evening. The goal of the event was to have fun and raise a bunch of money for the Latchis’ campaign to replace the seats in the main theater. Seems safe to say "mission accomplished."

Special thanks go to Fireworks for the swanky afterparty and to Whetstone Station for the pre-show dinner. We would also like to recognize New Chapter, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Entergy, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, the Putney School, and the Richards Group for buying blocks of tickets. VPR gave us a big boost as our media sponsor and we want to give a shout-out to Gail Nunziata at the Latchis for helping us pull the whole thing off smoothly.

The Hatch looks forward to bringing another great story-telling event to town this fall. Hope to see you there!

Elizabeth Catlin for The Hatch

Dummerston, April 26