Your Thanks


Editor of the Reformer:

Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all who came out and joined us on August 9th for our fifth annual horse show which also included a silent auction and country BBQ this year.

Approximately 18 riders captured the spotlight on their special day by demonstrating riding skills they learned over the past year. Judge Jack Tarr once again did an outstanding job judging our riders while making them feel comfortable and confident. Smiles reached from ear to ear not only for the riders, but for all attending, when ribbons were awarded in all categories.

In addition to the horse show, the 2014 "Saddle Up For Success" Silent Auction and BBQ were added to the agenda this year. The combination of these two events was a great success and raised over $3,000 for rider scholarships as well as care and maintenance of our therapy horses.

We would like to extend our gratitude, appreciation and sincere thanks to our sponsors: Wardsboro Country Store; Cota & Cota; VT-NH Veterinary Clinic; David Manning, Inc.; Kara Vita; Brenda Banford Nichols; Wendy L. Dubois; Drew & Tammy Richards; Bette Abrams; William Knorr; Against the Grain Gourmet; Lori Thornton, LICSW, PhD; Winhall Real Estate; The Townshend Dam Diner; "GetOUT!!"; Protravel; John C. Duff, DDS; Home Entertainment & IT Solutions; Best Septic; Higley Hill Forge; Starfish Farms & Personalized Horse Products; Ken & Diane Bower and Melanie White. In addition, we extend a very special thank you to our Judge, Jack Tarr; Ring Master Ashley; Winchester Stables; the barn staff and the many volunteers who made this day such a success. Without you, this event would not have been possible. We would also like to thank the many individuals and businesses that donated products, silent auction items, funds, food, supplies and countless hours of undying energy to make this a successful event. We are already looking forward to next year!

To learn more about Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center, please check out our website at, contact Lorna Young, Program Director, at 802-221-4409 or visit us at 336 River Road, Newfane, VT.

Linda J. Hoag, chairwoman
Fundraising/Events Committee,

Southern Vermont Therapeutic
Riding Center,

Aug. 14 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to everyone who made Westminster Cares’ 2014 Garden Tour, held June 28-29, a wonderful success.

Donna Dawson, director of Westminster Cares, thanks the many volunteers and sponsors who helped out. "Fundraising events are comprised of many behind-the-scenes individuals and businesses whose contributions big and small are essential," she says. "Your continued support of this event allows Westminster Cares to continue creating opportunities for seniors and adults with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in the community."

We are especially grateful to the generous hosts who opened their private gardens to the public: Gordon and Mary Hayward, Lucy and Jim Matteau, Caitlyn and Peter Adair, and Barbara Sherrod and Mark Steinhardt.

These contributors also made the tour a success:

Sponsors: Chroma Technology Corporation, People’s United Bank, The Vermont Country Store, C& S Wholesale Grocers and Durand Toyota-Ford.

Raffle prizes: Halladay’s Harvest Barn Inn, Laura Zindel, Morning Star Perennials, Raine Kane/Rainey Day Leaves, Basketville, Joy Wah Restaurant, Isabelle Croteau and Jackie & John Connors.

Food and beverages: Harlow Farmstand, Brattleboro Co-op, Walker Farm, Putney Co-op, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Miriam and Larry Lanata, and Erin and Neomi Hennessey, Caterers.

Donations of equipment and services: Walpole Rent-A-Center, Best Septic, Westminster Fire and Rescue, and Kurn Hattin Homes.

Printing and graphics: C & S Wholesale Grocers for printing garden tour materials, the local businesses who purchased ads in the program, and Amie Walter of Amie Walter Design for program layout and design of all promotional materials.

Music: Martha Mitchell and Daron Tansley.

Table Arrangements: Judy Petry.

Special acknowledgement goes to the volunteers and board members who served on the garden tour committees and donated energy, time and effort during the Tour weekend. The support Westminster Cares receives from the community, for the tour and throughout the year, is truly appreciated.

The winners of the Garden Tour Raffle were as follows:

1st Prize: Rosslyn Bradley of Westborough, MA.

2nd Prize: Sue Cota of Saxtons River, Vt.

3rd Prize: Wendy Schoeneman of New Jersey

4th Prize: Susan Clifford of Putney, VT.

Proceeds from the tour support the services and programs of Westminster Cares, a volunteer organization whose purpose is to create opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community.

For more information on Westminster Cares, go to E-mail us at or call 802-722-3607. Like us on Facebook.

Westminster Cares is a nonprofit organization, formed in 1988, that works with seniors and disabled adults in Westminster, Vermont, to help them remain healthy and independent in the community. Call us at 802-722-3607 or visit our website,

Westminster Cares, Aug. 4


Editor of the Reformer:

I was recently discharged from the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Special Care Unit after a five-day stay, and this is a letter to say how completely satisfied and pleased I was with all aspects of treatment there. The doctors and nurses in both the emergency department and the special care unit were very professional and efficient, on top of being just plain nice. The environmental services staff were friendly and thorough and the food was simply excellent. I had a delicious ham and cheese omelet (my favorite) each morning, and all the meals were delicious and served when I asked.

It is difficult for my wife and me to express adequately our sense of thanks to all of those who helped me through my hospitalization at BMH; they made my stay as pleasant as something like that can possibly be. I thank them all from the bottom of my left ventricle.

Abijah Reed,

Putney, Aug. 12


Editor of the Reformer:

The Halifax firefighters would like to thank all those who helped make our 44th Annual Clambake such a success. Thanks to all those who supported the event by their attendance. Thanks to all the businesses in the Brattleboro and Deerfield Valley areas for donating money and prizes to the multi-item fundraising raffle. Thanks to Foster’s Market of Greenfield, Mass., for being so helpful in accommodating us with our food order. Thanks to the firefighters and their spouses and family members who volunteered their time to do all the work behind the scenes, especially the day of the clambake, but also for weeks in advance as well as the less enjoyable task of cleaning up for several days afterward.

Halifax has an exceptional group of firefighters who have worked together for years. There is great camaraderie amongst the workers and everyone knows exactly what to do. There are so many details to be taken care of and so many people who helped to make it all happen that it would be impossible to mention each person by name. It was a profitable event, it was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun and we hope it was a great time for all those who attended or supported the raffles. Thanks to everyone for a job well done and we hope to see everyone next year.

Lewis Sumner,

Halifax. Aug. 12


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