Letters: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

The Families First office in Brattleboro was broken into and robbed in late September. Even though this event left us shaken and our funds for special activities for children and adults depleted, we've experienced an outpouring of community support that has restored us in every way.

Our friends at the Welcome Center and 118 Elliot helped us quickly organize fundraisers in their beautiful spaces. The Local Love Brigade sent us lovely and loving postcards, people we didn't know baked and brought delicious treats for the bake sale and so many friends, some we didn't know we had, called and offered to help--and they did. Between the holiday weekend bake sale and the seven band musical event and silent auction we made almost $5000.

The end result, beyond more than making up for what was stolen, is that we felt the full force of the way Southern Vermont comes together in an hour of need. Our gratitude flows back to you all!

We'd like to thank the following people, bands and businesses,

Moxie, Nomad Vs Settler, Luminous Crush, Blackjack Crossing, Hipfunk Associates, The Barn Party House Band, Hermit Thrush Brewery, Tito's Tacos, Amy's French Macaroons, Whetstone Ciderworks, Entera Catering, The Brattleboro Food Co op, The Vermont Country Deli, Mocha Joe's, Aaron Barcomb, Adrien Bagatelle, Against the Grain, Alchemy Arts, Altiplano, Amy Enochs, Back Roads Granola, Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center, Beadniks, Brandywine Glassworks, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Burrows, Cantina Vidorra, Darrin Bliss, Deirdre Kelly, Edel Byrne, Everyone's Books, Everyone's Drumming, Green Mountain Spinnery, Jes Stolpp, Joshua Gold, Malisun, The Marina, Miller Bros.-Newton, Natalie Blake, Patricia Burleson, Penelope Wurr, Putney Winery, Shari Zabriskie, The Shiatsu School, The Shoe Tree, Vermont Woods Studios, Zephyrs, Barbara Clitche, Dot Lenhart, The Hampton Inn, Oak Meadow, John Pinckney, Lisa Bigelow, The Whitingham Library, Martin Corbin, Bob Everingham, Guilford Community Church , Beverly Fleming, Robin & Harvey Scudder, Teresa Zuverino & John Richardson, Katy Keenan, Kevin Quigley,Daphne Okumus, Laura Martorella, Sarah Freebern, Patricia Folsom, Ann Braden, Michelle Young, Phyllis Harrison, Thomas Prunier, Edith Baldwin, and all the Families First staff, self-advocates, families and friends.

Julie Cunningham,

executive director

Families First, Nov. 7


Editor of the Reformer:

The Newfane Church and the Townshend Food Shelf would like to extend thanks to everyone who participated in filling a pickup with 687 lbs. of food for the food shelf and for donating $500 to support the effort. The food and money donated will do a great deal to lessen the food insecurity of the families the Food Shelf serves.

Pat Lincoln

Newfane, Nov. 7


Editor of the Reformer

Thanks to everyone who came out to vote on the school merger issue, no matter which position you were for. That the percentage of voters from all of our towns was so high is such an encouraging sign for all of our children, schools, communities and for democracy. It is very heartwarming to know that so many people care so deeply for the education of our children and for our community schools. One person really said it all to me when he said that this was the most important vote he had ever taken in our community. So true!! Thank you all and please stay tuned as our school boards work on an alternative to merging.

Jody Normandeau

Dummerston, Nov. 9


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