Letters: Your thanks


Editor of the Reformer:

The parents of the Bellows Falls Junior League Vermont State Cal Ripken 10u champions would like to thank all businesses and individuals who supported our boys throughout their post-season run from districts to state champions to regionals. We are grateful for all of you who contributed to our fundraising campaign to help offset the cost of the regional tournament in Massachusetts. We are so humbled by your show of support and encouragement for these boys as they prepared for tournament baseball.

As you might imagine, we faced pretty stiff competition, playing teams who come from towns with population base much larger than Bellows Falls. We are all so proud of our team of BFJL athletes who represented Vermont well.

The regional weekend began with a parade through the town of Uxbridge, Mass., with all participating teams. The boys then competed in a skills competition with two of our boys, Matt Hayes and Noah Simeno, winning 1st and 2nd in the throwing competition. The days that followed featured a round robin format with two divisions to determine seeding in the single elimination format. The Vermont team was in a tough division with two of the teams going to the championship round. We played ball and held our own, but were eliminated on Monday, loosing to Norwalk, Connecticut, the eventual New England Regional Cal Ripken 10u champions. The boys learned a lot from this experience and will take it with them in their future runs in baseball and other sports. Again, thank you Bellows Falls community for believing in these 10 year old baseball players and helping them and their families compete in the New England Regionals.


The Parents of the Bellows Falls Junior League Vermont State Cal Ripken 10u champions, July 29

Editor of the Reformer,

I would like to thank the people responsible for the beautiful flowers all over town. There are barrels, double hanging baskets, tubs and wire baskets up and down Main Street and nearby.

My particular favorite is the flower boxes atop the Plaza Park wall adjacent to the Holstein. I enjoy these immensely as I wait for the traffic light. They are stunning! A close second is the wire baskets on the Citizens Bridge next to the Creamery Bridge. I cross this bridge a couple of times a day and find their beauty remarkable.

I have enjoyed these flowers each year, but they seem particularly gorgeous this year. At the end of summer, they will be changed over to fall flowers. I don't know who is responsible, but I occasionally glimpse someone dead-heading or watering. It's a huge commitment. Thank you!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and business owners who have placed their flower gardens in such a way as to be enjoyed by our entire community. Hanging baskets, window boxes or a pot on a step also add to the cheeriness that flowers bring.

My thumb isn't very green, so I appreciate those who have the talent.

Eydie Harvey Brattleboro, Aug. 12

Editor of the Reformer:

On August 3rd The 99 Restaurant hosted A Dinner For A Cause as a fundraiser for the Amber Bernier scholarship. The manager, Jay and staff, made this event a very positive experience. Everyone was pleasant and helpful. Once again we are grateful to this community for your support. Special thanks to Jessica Raymond, Ann, Alyssa and Robin. We hope to see you next year.

Debbie, Dan, Adam, and Kayla Bernier-Sontag, Jade and Chris Clews Brattleboro, Aug. 12

Editor of the Reformer:

The annual Red Cross West River Community Blood Drive held in the NewBrook Fire Department building in Newfane on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, was again a great success. Thank you donors and volunteers!

Potential donors arrived between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and kept the Red Cross blood collection team very busy. In addition to the donors who made advance appointments, special thanks go to the many "walk-ins" who patiently waited to give their blood donations Terrific volunteers from Grace Cottage Hospital and the community assisted with a variety of activities. Thanks also go to the thoughtful ladies who donated delicious sandwiches that were enjoyed along with lively conversations in the canteen area. Thank you, NewBrook Fire Department, for generously donating the use of your super facility each year for our local blood drive!

Sincere appreciation to everyone.

Jean Danilow Ellen Scialabba, Newfane, Aug. 12

Editor of the Reformer:

I thank my readers for the supportive comments I have received on my recent review of two books that provide us with all there is to know about the biology of dogs, both domestic (village etc., wild plus feral) and domesticated (pet, working, etc.) (August 6-7). Several of you wondered whether the authors might not next do the same for cats (one even suggesting that this should have been done in the first place). In forwarding those observations to Raymond and Lorna Coppinger, their initial response was, "Great letters from responders to your review, but cats? --- ohmigod!". Another response arrived soon after from Raymond Coppinger, from which I have extracted all of what follows below that pertains specifically to the issue of cats:

What it all boils down to is that I don't know much about cats. Part of the reason is that cats (unlike dogs) are active at night. For me it was always difficult in faraway cities to run around at night with a flashlight trying to watch reproductive and other social behaviors.

I have observed village cats in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho where they behaved pretty much the same as the village dogs, chickens, and other domestic animals. Thus, cats, like dogs, are not seasonal breeders and What is a Dog? gives the selective advantage afforded scavengers on human communities to have non-seasonal breeding cycles.

Interestingly, I believe that in many areas of the world cats are competitive with dogs. Indeed, in many cities when the dog population falls, the cat population increases accordingly. When dog-control programs are continuous, cat populations will instead occupy the area. By way of example, Rome has come to be known as the city of cats. The Colosseum is full of cats, thousands which fan out over the city each night. The other city I saw full of cats was Istanbul, which also has a long history of dog-control programs.

Thus, on the issue of cats I think one could substitute the word "cat" for the word "dog" throughout What is a Dog? and come out pretty well for all the many millions of village cats around the world.

Arthur H. Westing Putney, Aug 12

Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the Guilford Community Church, I would like to thank the Grafton Village Cheese company for donating their world famous cheese to our Welcome Center fundraiser on August 5th. The Welcome Center is a meeting ground for visitors from all over the globe. We were pleased to do our part to greet these visitors to our fine state with so many quality home grown edibles. Grafton Village cheese is always well received!

Sue Owings, coordinator of the Welcome Center event, Aug. 15

Editor of the Reformer:

The 66th annual Grace Cottage Hospital Fair is now over and was a great success. Thanks to the support of the community and an army of volunteers, we were able to raise enough money to fund much-needed equipment for our community hospital. Thanks to all who came to have a good time, to all who donated their treasures for the auction and bargain booths, and especially to all the volunteers who made it possible. We are already collecting items for next year's Fair Day, which will be on August 5. If you have any donations of furniture, books, toys or household goods, please call me at 802-365-9992, or e-mail at lauras9992@svcable.net.

Laura Smith, Chair Grace Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, Aug. 22


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