Letters to the Editor

Book sale reignited

Many of us were saddened to read of the cancellation of the annual July Fourth book sale this year (“July Fourth book sale cancelled” May 31). However, as one door closes, another may open.

Through the generosity of Sharon Gutwin of Kismet Place, we held a book sale at the first farmer’s market of the season this past Sunday to benefit the Vermont team that is going to Seattle for the Special Olympics U.S. Games. It was a great success.

Sharon and I decided, wouldn’t it be wonderful to keep this weekly book sale a perpetual fundraiser for other community groups throughout the summer?  It could benefit many groups and the community as a whole as somewhere to shop for new reading material. Sharon has even offered to store the books for the next group.  All a group needs to do is contact Sharon at

You would need to spend just a little time reorganizing the books and perhaps freshening up with some new material. The farmers’ market will run every Sunday through mid-fall from 1-4 p.m. Thank you everyone for your support.

Julie Watson


Gratitude for golf

Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Cancer Canknot Charity Golf Classic held June 2 at the Williston Golf Club. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Eric Gilcris of Burlington and the committee that organized the third annual event.

The Cancer Canknot Charity Golf Classic is one of more than 160 Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments that help raise critical funds to support world-class cancer research and care. Proceeds from this event will specifically fund Glioblastoma brain tumor research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Now in its 36th year, Jimmy Fund Golf has raised more than $122 million to support adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.

Amy McCallum

Assistant vice president

Jimmy Fund Golf

Improving clean water access globally

Imagine living where there is little to no water, and where the water that is available is most likely polluted.

According to, more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.

The lack of sufficient water can be deadly. Waterborne diseases, especially diarrhea, are the second-leading cause of death in children under the age of 5, according to UNICEF.

It is striking to learn about how people without sufficient water fit their schedules around the long haul to obtain just a bucketful of murky water. In one example featured in National Geographic, a 6-year-old girl was asked what she does in her free time. Her one and only answer was to spend hours a day searching for water, not even attaining the precious liquid.

When finally she was given access to clean drinking water through a new local well, she was asked the same question yet again. This time, she responded like any young girl would: “I’m going to play.”

There are ways we can have a positive impact and try to end this global problem.

Donating can have a significant impact. is a non-profit that has been creating clean water wells for 10 years. Its goal is to implement dependable wells that can provide a sufficient amount of clean water for communities.

With each donation to this organization you can see the people you’ve impacted, where they’re from and get frequent updates on how the project is going. You can change a life or even an entire community.

Also, spreading awareness is a very effective method that won’t cost you a dollar. Educating others can help open their eyes to problems that may not affect them, but are hurting many others.

Rosie Hark and Jessica Klein

CVU ninth-graders