Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

The 12h annual Walk for Amber walkathon, raffle and pasta dinner in support of the Amber Bernier Scholarship fund was held on June 4th. We sold about 1,500 raffle tickets. The dinner featured delicious pasta and pulled pork, fresh cut flowers and live acoustic music by Jeff Brewer, and a special a cappella performance by Renegade. Between organizers, donors, ticket sellers, cooks, bakers, supporters and volunteers, hundreds of people helped to make this event a huge success.

The following is a list of area business and individuals that we would like to thank.

Donations for the Walkathon: Trend Business Solutions, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital ,Alyssa Rogers Photography, Chris Lenois & Fish at WKVT, Brattleboro Reformer, WTSA, The Commons, Elaine Johnson.

Donations for the Dinner: Entera Artisan Catering, Brattleboro Pepsi, People's Linen, Mocha Joe's, Renegade, Jeff Brewer, Paula Wright.

Donations for the Raffle: Altiplano, The Inn at Valley Farms, Ann Tepper, Baker's Hallmark, Grafton Cheese, Top Tier Bakery, Alyssa Rogers Photography, Chelsea Kuhn Design, Amy's Bakery & Arts Cafe, Meaghan Fagley Photography, Howard Printing, Mocha Joes, Shear Design, Joanna Albright, The Marina, Renaissance Jewelers, Over the River Day Spa Nancy Brosz, Newfane village Yoga, Jan Brown, Karen Bokum, Joni Crandall.

Walk for Amber Committee: Robin Zegge, Joni Crandall, Alyssa Rogers, Jan Brown, Karen Bokum, Heidi Cleveland.

Other Supporters: Todd Brown, Matt Wright, Robbie Brown, Richard Doody, Brown and Roberts.

Special thanks to Tristan Toleno, Robin Zegge, Alyssa Rogers, Heidi Cleveland, Karen Bokum and Jan Brown whose efforts made the event possible.

With our sincere appreciation and gratitude,

Debbie, Dan, Adam & Kayla Bernier-Sontag and Jade, Chris, Tyler & Alex Clews

Brattleboro, June 12


Editor of the Reformer:

Community members gathered for the 19th Annual Memorial Garden Planting Service at the hospice Memorial Garden at Living Memorial Park on June 4th. In spite of the light rain that fell from time to time, many came to remember loved ones by planting flowers and decorating memorial stones.

Thank you to D&E Tree Service for donating mulch that volunteers had spread earlier to prepare the garden for the memorial service. Thanks also to Walker Farm and Achille Agway for donations of flowers for the service. We appreciated the songs offered by the Hallowell singers and Lerna's playing the hammered dulcimer.

We extend sincere thanks to the many volunteers who groomed the garden in preparation for the service and who assisted with many aspects of the event. Thank you also to Paul Ethier and the Parks Department grounds crew for maintaining the area around the garden space.

The well-established Memorial Garden in all its blooming splendor is available to anyone in the community for visits, enjoyment, reflection, and picnics throughout the growing season. If you would like to add a planting in memory of a loved one, please call 257-0775 and we will help you with placement.


Connie Baxter, Bereavement Program Coordinator

On behalf of the board and staff of Brattleboro Area Hospice, June 15


Editor of the Reformer:

My family extends our deepest gratitude, thanks, and appreciation to all of the firewomen and men who responded to our barn fire over the weekend. While we are saddened to lose our barn which we built almost 50 years ago, it is heartwarming to know that our local communities have wonderful men and women who respond at the drop of a hat to emergencies within our community. All of the firefighters were professional and, frankly, very impressive in their execution of putting out the fire. We appreciate all of the kind words said and the compassion that the departments exhibited on Saturday afternoon. We are lucky to have all of you as neighbors, friends and colleagues. We plan on re-building the barn as soon as possible. When we are done, we think we should have a good old fashioned barn dance with all of you in attendance - my father would have liked that. Again, our heartfelt thanks to all of you!!!

With gratitude,

The Fisher Family (Virginia, Bob, Sarah, Mac, Lil, and Finn)

Brattleboro, June 13


Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to thank Dr. Robert Tortolani for his many years of service (I think 44) as a primary care doctor for many patients in Brattleboro, including me for 32 years. He has offered both standard, up-to-date medical assistance, and complementary, or non-standard practices - whatever works. Years ago when I was augmenting my radiation treatment for cancer with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I saw him at leactures at the Retreat on non-Western practices. When I found an Indian mixture of spices to lower bad cholesterol, he passed that information on to other patients. Other people complain about how little time their doctors have to listen to them. I always found him to listen deeply and show caring.

Dr. Tortolani will be retiring the end of June. I wish him well. It is hard to fine primary care practitioners of his caliber.

Claire Halverson

Dummerston, June 13


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