Letters: Your Thanks

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Editor of the Reformer:

National Volunteer Week is April 16-20, and here at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) we would like to honor over 110 volunteers and the BMH Auxiliary for their service to our hospital. Our volunteers collectively give more than 20,000 hours of personal time each year, helping BMH to provide the best patient experience with a personalized touch. These people are more than volunteers; they are ambassadors to our hospital, and are often the first and last people you see during your visit.

Whether they are greeting patients and visitors at our front desks, transporting patients by wheelchair, helping in our Oncology department or our Ambulatory Care Unit, being a doula, or supporting some of our offices in a clerical capacity, our volunteers serve our hospital's mission to provide exceptional healthcare delivered with compassion and respect.

The BMH Auxiliary is an all-volunteer group that works tirelessly on a variety of projects, such as raising funds for patient programs, buying wheelchairs for the Hospital, supplementing costs for various department and practice needs, and awarding scholarships to area high school students pursuing degrees in the healthcare field.

I am taught on a daily basis about compassion, responsibility, accountability, and thoughtfulness by them. On any given day I am told by patients, their families, and staff how important our volunteers are. These people are the definition of commitment. They show up with a smile on and offer a hand to all. Our volunteers bring such a positive energy to the hospital as they lead by example — not only by helping our patients and visitors, but motivating others to give back as well.

From all of us to all of those who give of themselves so generously: THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

JoAnne Rogers

BMH Director of Volunteer Services, April 4



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Editor of the Reformer:

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance wants to sincerely thank the following communities and their citizens for supporting our efforts to monitor the waterways of our area: Brattleboro, Brookline, Dummerston, Jamaica, Londonderry, Newfane, Putney, Townshend and Wardsboro.

Your support of our organization demonstrates your desire and commitment for our stream to be checked regularly throughout the summer so that problems can be identified and solutions sought. Reports are issued after each round of testing so river users can check on the safety of their favorite swimming holes.

We currently monitor 35 or so sites utilizing teams of volunteers who are trained to take samples. Our work has provided the State of Vermont with valuable historically data on our local waterways. We work closely with The Connecticut River Conservancy and with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

If you would like more information, you can find us on face book: Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance or call 802-365-1064.

Cristine A. White

President, Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance

West Dummerston, April 3



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Editor of the Reformer:

The second grade teachers and students at Central Elementary School would like to thank Jana Bryan, owner of the Flat Iron Exchange in downtown Bellows Falls for generously opening her heart and her stage to us on February 15. The second graders took a walking field trip to the Flat Iron as a culmination of their poetry writing unit. Each student stood on stage and bravely shared his or her best work with fellow students and patrons at the coffee house. Students listened politely to each classmate's poem and snapped to show their appreciation. Having such a special venue makes this writers' celebration so meaningful and memorable for the young poets. Heartfelt thanks to Jana for her community-minded support of our school and our students!

Sincerely,

Judy Verespy, Terry Obuchowski

and Laurie Bolotin

Second-grade teachers, CES

Bellows Falls, April 8


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