Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

We had a blast Saturday, Sept. 23, at the American Legion in Brattleboro for our 3rd annual Can Cops Cook event! We had 10 participants who prepared food ranging from Caramel Bourbon Bars to Picadillo, a Cuban stew containing spices, ground beef, raisins, and green olives and served over crusty bread. Other dishes included Pumpkin Cake, Seven-Layer Bars, and Pizza Muffins, all homemade by our local law enforcement officers. It was so much fun to watch as the crowd of over 50 community member judges made their way to each station to sample each officer's food; but at the end of the night, there could only be one winner!

Our winner, Detective Erik Johnson from the Brattleboro Police Department, won the "Golden Spatula" and an overnight stay at the Grafton Inn, complete with breakfast. Our runner up, Detective Ryan Washburn, also from the Brattleboro Police Department won a gift certificate to TJ Buckley's for a meal that may inspire a win in next year's competition. Officers creatively displayed their food and decorated their stations, which added to the fun of the event.

As you may know, Safe Place works with child victims of sexual and physical abuse and with adult victims of sexual assault. We provide a safe and comfortable environment for victims to talk with professionals about what happened, what steps to take, and to learn about services they can access to begin the path to healing. Our organization is a non-profit, so we rely on fundraising efforts like Can Cops Cook to bolster our program. We are happy to say that, thanks to the help of our community businesses, we raised over $2000 for our program!

Being a part of such a generous and giving community is part of what makes this difficult work so rewarding. Knowing that local businesses want to support our clients fills us with joy. It truly does take a village to raise a child, and we are grateful for this village, this community of philanthropists, who give so freely to help us reach our goal of ending child abuse.

Thank you, thank you! Thank you to Against the Grain Gourmet, Brattleboro Lodge of Elks, Hotel Pharmacy, Allard Lumber, Price Chopper, Member's 1st Credit Union, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Commonwealth Dairy, Vermont Islands, Brattleboro Area Realty, and Pure Green Tees. Thank you also to Sonja and the crew at the Legion. And thank you to our local law enforcement for all that they do for our community and for the creative and delicious food they created for Can Cops Cook. We hope to see you all next year!


Abby Bliss

Administrative Assistant and Projects Coordinator

Safe Place Child Advocacy Center

Brattleboro, Oct. 5


Editor of the Reformer:

The Compass School junior class would like to thank the Brattleboro and Putney Co-ops for allowing them to use their sites for our bake sale fundraising to support the 11th grade Global Connections trip and the Newfound Harbor Research Institute Seacamp in Florida. As part of two days of service, the 11th and 12th graders worked with the Westminster Institute, Vermont Foodbank, and Westminster Cares. A small group led this fundraising to help this seacamp that was destroyed in the hurricane and to ensure that everyone in their class can participate in the international immersion trip in the spring. Thanks to all in the community who donated to these two worthy causes.


Rick Gordon, director

Compass School

Westminster, Sept. 29


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