Letters: Your thanks

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Editor of the Reformer:

Youth Services held a very successful Battle of the Bands event in the River Garden during Gallery Walk Night on November 6 with more than 350 enthusiasts attending. It was fantastic to see that many people coming out to enjoy this evening with us.

Sometimes young people need their own space and their own events. But this event was designed to bring together young people and adults to highlight the creative talent that young people have. As someone who is new to Youth Services and relatively new to the area, it was so heartening to see how well the community embraced this type of gathering. I have heard over and over, from both adults and young people, "we need more events like this!"

Youth Services couldn't have organized this event for young people without a lot of help from the entire community: In addition to the bands, their parents and fans we'd like to give a shout out to: The Battle of the Band's Corporate Sponsors: Whetstone Station, Supreme Fitness, Hazel Restaurant; Youth Services' Pacesetter Sponsors for 2015: Brattleboro Subaru & Ford, TransCanada. Prize Sponsors: Guilford Sound, Headroom Stages, Samirah Evans, and Pure Green Tees; Sound, Equipment and Band Coordination: Joellen Barton; MCs: Mavis Eaton & Zack James; Judges: Spencer Crispe, Aaron Chesley, Lisa McCormick, Dharma Ramirez, Nina Cates; Opening Act: The Snaz; Set Up/Clean Up and Supervision: Youth Services staff and board; Bouncer: Pete Case; Door Prize Solicitation: Youth Services Public Relations Committee; Logo & Poster Design: Tim Gallagher; Social Media Intern: Mercer Wyse; Facebook Booster: Melissa Gullotti; Food donors: Leader Distributor, Grafton Cheese, The Works Bakery Cafe, Domino's Pizza, and Vickie Case; Patrol: Brattleboro Police Department; Video Recording: Maria Dominguez for BCTV; Door Prize donors: Altiplano; Amy's Bakery; Beadniks; BODHIFIT; Boomerang; Brattleboro Bowl; Burrows Specialized Sports; Elliot Street Fish, Chips & More; Everyone Books; In the Moment Records; Latchis Theatre; Maple Leaf Music; McDonalds; Ninety-Nine Restaurant; Salon Jacque;Turn It UP; Verizon/Brattleboro Wireless ;VT Country Deli; and Whetstone Station.

Russell Bradbury-Carlin, executive director, Youth Services, Brattleboro, Nov. 20

Editor of the Reformer:

The 45th Heritage Festival was held on a perfect autumn weekend in October. The Newfane Green sprouted white tens of 90-plus craftspeople who attracted thousands. These visitors also sampled soup, pizza, apple pie, hamburgers and hot dogs, baked goods, a super fraffle, flea table and live music.

All of these activities would not have been possible without the help of church and community volunteers. We are wholeheartedly grateful to them all.

Nissa Petrak, Newfane Heritage Committee, Nov. 12

Editor of the Reformer:

Tom and Barry Costello and family were incredibly generous to many by hosting a memorial service for those boys who paid the ultimate price during the Vietnam War. The Costello families put such an outstanding function together and provided accommodations to the fallen soldier families at the "1868 Crosby House Bed and Breakfast."

I must say, this was my first time in a Bed & Breakfast and, after this, it will certainly not be the last. The innkeeper, Rachel Hammond, was delightful in addition to being an excellent cook and hostess. Our room was charming and welcoming and our overall experience (though short) was perfect.

This entire program was representative of all that is great about Brattleboro and we were so grateful to be a part of the entire program. Thank you Costello family and thank you Crosby House.

Joseph & Janet Curran-Guliuzza Milford, Conn., Nov. 23

Editor of the Reformer:

My family and I would like to formally thank the many community members and firefighters who worked hard to save our treasured family home. As a former volunteer firefighter I appreciate the dedication and risk those men and women take. It is a noble and all to often thankless job.

Sadly it seems that the house has been lost but the memories and community that made it special live on. While it may be our "second home" we treasured it and the community even more then our first home as three generations of our family enjoyed it together and working and skiing at Mount Snow. We look forward to moving past this loss and re-establishing a home in town for many more generations of Simons to come.

Brent Simon West Dover, Dec. 2


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