Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

The 7th annual Deerfield Valley Food Pantry Benefit Motorcycle Ride was a resounding success! We had beautiful weather, a record 105 registrants participating in our ride and we raised $3765.50. All in all, an outstanding day!!

Many, many thanks to Valley View Saloon for coordinating and sponsoring our event--without your support our benefit would not have evolved into the great event it is! Thank you too to event sponsors Catamount Environmental, Inc., Harpoon Brewery, The Richards Group, The Deerfield Valley News, New England Barn Salvage, Southworth Electrical, Inc. and W&B Property Maintenance; to Therese Lounsbury for designing our t-shirt logo; Reverend Jim Littrell for the Blessing of the Bikes; the fifty individuals and businesses who donated prizes for our raffle; Kids in the Country for donating the day's popcorn sale proceeds; the Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers snowmobile club for donating their 50/50 raffle monies and of course, to everyone who participated in our event.

The Deerfield Valley Food Pantry serves approximately 100 families (for an estimated 300 people) per month, supplementing their food budget with about a week's groceries, plus fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy. For more information about us, please visit our website: www.deerfieldvalleyfoodpantry.org.

Please mark August 25, 2018 on your calendars for our 8th annual bike ride event!


Debbie Boyd

Deerfield Valley Food Pantry Inc., Oct. 9


Editor of the Reformer:

WOW! We couldn't have asked for a more successful Gilfeather Turnip Festival, which benefited the Friends of the Wardsboro Library. The weather gods were very generous, providing us with a picture perfect day. The crowds came from near and far to celebrate the Vermont State Vegetable and savor our legendary Gilfeather Turnip soup. The vendors were plentiful and beautifully exhibited their locally crafted items. We went through 44 gallons of Gilfeather Turnip soup, 582 latkes and sold over 1500 lbs. of turnips. Many thanks to our sponsors - River Valley Credit Union, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, The Richards Group and Brattleboro Subaru. We couldn't have made our Turnip Caf a success without donations from Westminster Bakery, World Centric, Lester Dunklee, Hometown IGA Londonderry, Walmart, Shaw's Manchester and Wilmington, Pat Lasoff and Price Chopper Brattleboro. Thanks to the Reformer and Upcountry for their great articles promoting the event.

Most importantly, we couldn't have done it without the many volunteers who gave of their time to both organize and carry out such a great event. We hope to see everyone next year for our 16th annual Gilfeather Turnip Festival on Oct. 27, 2018.

Linda Gifkins and Mike Cooney

Co chairpersons Gilfeather Turnip Festival 2017

Wardsboro, Nov. 1


Editor of the Reformer:

A heartfelt thank you to all the individuals, businesses and organizations who generously contributed to the restoration of the 1880 Newfane Railroad Station and to the establishment of the West River Railroad Museum.

The Historical Society of Windham County set an ambitious goal three years ago when the Station was purchased and restoration began. If not for the in kind help and financial support of the special community we have here, it's doubtful the Society would have met that goal. It was an honor to host 250 guests at the Grand Opening of the West River Railroad Museum on October 14th.

Just as it did 140 years ago, the West River Railroad continues to connect our communities from Brattleboro, "up the Gauge" (as they said in the days of West River Railroad) to South Londonderry and beyond. Already the Society has received requests to visit the new Museum from school groups, railroad and Vermont history enthusiasts.

From all of us at the Historical Society of Windham County, thank you for helping to save this piece of our County's history. We look forward to hosting your visits to the new Museum next Spring.

Laura Wallingford-Bacon, president

Historical Society of Windham County, Nov. 4


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