Your Thanks


Editor of the Reformer:

The staff and Board of Directors of Groundworks Collaborative would like to thank the many individuals and businesses who made our sixth annual Hike for the Homeless (held on Oct.1) a great success!

Despite the rainy weather, 55 participants turned out to help Groundworks raise over $24,000 in support of our work to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

Teams and individuals started hiking at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - some trekked to the summit of Mount Wantastiquet while others walked the River Trail at the base of the mountain.

In addition to raising funds for Groundworks Collaborative, the event helps raise awareness of our neighbors experiencing homelessness in the greater-Brattleboro area.

We are pleased to report that the Hike came in just shy of our $25,000 goal!

Every dollar we raise is used to support our work providing ongoing support to our neighbors experiencing hunger and/or homelessness.

We're very thankful for the support of our participants, as well as their networks of friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who have pledged the donations that contribute significantly to our annual fund.

This year's generous sponsors of the Hike were: Auto Mall; Silver Forest of Vermont; Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Trust Company of Vermont; World Learning's SIT Graduate Institute; DMI Paving & Excavating; Green Mountain Power; The Brattleboro Retreat; Farnum Insulators; Hazel; Against the Grain Gourmet Foods; New Chapter; David Ross Builder; Brattleboro Tire; Costello, Valente & Gentry; Goodenough Rubbish Removal; Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll; Hotel Pharmacy; BAST Investment Co.; Brattleboro Pharmacy; Newton Business; The Richards Group; Richmond Auto Repair; and Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors. Lotus Graphics, WKVT, and the Brattleboro Reformer were our generous print and media sponsors.

Peter Havens, the Outer Limits Health Club, and Sam's Outdoor Outfitters donated prizes for participating Hikers.

Commonwealth Dairy, Grafton Cheese, Leader Beverage, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and the Scott Farm provided delicious snacks for Hikers.

This fun event could not be successful without the generous contributions of all of these supporters, and our many participants and volunteers - many of whom not only raised funds for the Hike, but also volunteered their time.

We are fortunate to be in such a generous community and to have such great support from our friends and neighbors.

Many thanks!

If anyone would like to support Hike for the Homeless with a contribution, donations can be mailed to: Groundworks Collaborative, PO Box 370, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

Brattleboro's Seasonal Overflow Shelter opened on November 1st, and we are still in need of volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering to make a difference for our neighbors experiencing homelessness should contact Parker at or 802-490-8178.

With many warm thanks,

Joshua Davis, Executive Director

Groundworks Collaborative, Nov. 2


Editor of the Reformer:

The Guilford Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held a very successful fundraiser at the Vermont Welcome Center and we would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the following: First and foremost the wonderful and talented bakers who donated baked goods.

Equally important to a successful event are the area businesses who donated monies or products. Atamaniuk Funeral Home, Beverley and Peter Kerber (Kerber Enterprises), Big Y, BJ's, Chalmers Insurance & Financial SVCS Inc., Cortland Hill, Guilford Sound, Goodenough Rubbish, Green Mountain Orchards, Houghton Portable Toilets, Bernie LaRock & Son Construction Inc., Leader Distribution Systems, Inc., Lynde Well Drilling Inc., Norm's Custom Services, Price Chopper, Richmond Auto, Thomas Henry Builder LLC., and WalMart. Also, many thanks to Edwin and Marguerite Curtiss and Jon Megas-Russell for their individual contributions. Again, many thanks from the Guilford Fire Department and Auxiliary.

Guilford Fire Department Auxiliary, Nov. 14


Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you for the wonderful article about my Uncle, Howard Mattison (Nov. 9).

He was a wonderful uncle and now I realize, he was that and much more.

He was loved and respected by so many as evidenced by this article and by the amazing attendance of both his wake and funeral.

Carol (Mattison) Tifft

Milton, Nov. 15


Editor of the Reformer,

I would like to thank the voters of District 2 in Brattleboro for re-electing me to serve as their Representative in the Vermont House.

I look forward to returning to Montpelier and continuing the work I have been doing on behalf of constituents for the past eight years.

I greatly appreciate the support of the Democratic and Progressive Parties, and in particular the inspiring young women, Grace and Leila, who ran the Democratic field office, knocked on many doors, and made so many phone calls on behalf of all the Democratic candidates.

I also want to thank all those wonderful friends who walked the streets with me, contributed to my campaign, posted messages on social media, managed my campaign facebook page, hosted lawn signs, addressed post cards, wrote letters to newspapers, and offered words of encouragement.

And I'm very grateful for the many endorsements I received from organizations, individuals, and colleagues with whom I work in the State House.

The support of my family has meant so much; from my large, far-flung Irish clan to my wonderful children, their spouses, and, of course, my grandchildren.

They have helped me every step of the way with encouragement, website design, tech support, door-knocking, and sign-holding.

Finally my husband, Peter Gould, has been unwavering and constant in standing beside me in more ways than I can mention with advice, encouragement, campaigning, and always having a delicious dinner ready when I came back from knocking on doors.

I always enjoy getting more acquainted with constituents.

I encourage people to stay in touch with me to discuss issues and make me aware of your concerns.

I am always happy to help with problems, especially with access to the many services of state government.

You can reach me at 802-257-4844, or at

You can also go to my website, and link from there to my facebook page.

Mollie S. Burke

Brattleboro, Nov. 22


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