[The following is an open letter of appreciation from Holly Slupatchuk of New Milford and her children, Madisun and Sydney, to all those in the Greater New Milford community who have offered support in the past 10 months since the death of Mrs. Slupatchuk's husband, Bill Slupatchuk].

To the Editor:

We want to offer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Joe and Julie Welch for their tremendous act of friendship in helping to make our home safe and beautiful with their most generous contribution of time, effort and materials.

Thank you to the many contractors and anonymous donors of funds and materials who have helped us. Thank you all from the depths of our hearts. You have been a ray of sunshine for us. Bill would be most grateful as well.

With faith, we know he continues to watch over us.

While every effort has been used to include all of those who contributed, I sincerely apologize if anyone is inadvertently omitted:

Contracting companies:

J.R.T. Construction, Hantsch Electric, Bizier Drywall, Safe & Sound Alarm Service, Lasco Roofing & Sheet Metal, Dennis Newbert Contracting, Scanlon Plumbing, LLC., G.C.M. Construction, Candlewood Tree Care, B & B Masonry Supply, Brian Walsh Home Improvement, Country Life Construction, Guilbeault Enterprises, Wise Carpentry, A.F.I. Heating & Air Conditioning, Scott Stewart Home Improvement, Gosselin Carpentry, Brookfield Glass, Scott's Landscaping, "I Climb" Tree, The Carpet Doctor, Precision Painting, Wayne Burritt Excavating, Atlantic Building Contracting, Circle Asphalt, New Milford Overhead Door, LeRose Heating & Air Conditioning, Northeast Carpet & Flooring, Big Johnson's Construction and Chris Booth & Son Masonry.

Contractors:

Pete Eng Electrical, Mike Mills and Ken Schell.

Painters:

Dick McGrath, Sid Watkins, Michael Hulton, Earl Stumpf, Rod Flynn, Ed Ramsauer and Ronei Souza Builders.

Food suppliers:

Steve's Deli, JoJo's Deli, Delitalia, Hometown Liquors, Midway Liquors, Lucia's Brookfield Country Wine & Spirit and All Aboard.

Special thanks to special people:

Julie Welch, decorator, Valerie Walsh, Trish Skelly, Heather MaGuire, Hillary Kelly, Jeanne Blore, Kim Tuttle and Denise Denise Maciejewski.

Suppliers:

Metro Roofing Supply, Ring's End Lumber, F & M Electric, Modern Plumbing, East Coast Building Supplies, Danbury Plumbing Supply, LoPresi Carting Co., Tile America, Ring's End Paint Supply, Danbury Beauty Supplies, Southbury Stone & Supply, Sherwin-Williams Paint, Sharoan's Hair Studio, Homeward Bound, Home Depot, Walmart, V & V Woodstove, Trading Post, Pupper Septic, Danco Dumpster, Powerhouse, Northeast Carpet, Scott's Landscaping and O & G Industries.

Donations:

Sports Page Cafe, the Pilla Family, the Chemero Family, Lou Owen, the Tuttle Family, Ann Vallombroso, Keith Iaia, Reed Boullianne and Dennis Hennegan.

Thank you and God Bless.

Holly, Madison and

Sydney Slupatchuk

New Milford