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Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 08:35 AM GMT+4
Contributed by: JohnWilmerding

OpinionLet's save the River Garden! It was built with many hundreds of thousands of dollars in public money, and therefore it belongs to us, the people of Brattleboro! Why not use it for this purpose (see below), as authorized by the Vermont Legislature on May 1, 2012?

If you resonate with the idea of organizing the new Brattleboro Area Higher Education Collaborative, and want to be part of it, please get in touch with me by calling me (I'm in the phone book) sending me email, or responding to this article. Thanks!


The chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, in conjunction with the prekindergarten–16 council created in 16 V.S.A. § 2905 shall review and, if feasible, facilitate the development of a higher education collaborative or public–private partnerships in the Brattleboro area to develop a student curriculum and initiative to maximize resources for students and benefits to the region, including the development of a high-tech workforce, and to include the Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, Marlboro College, the Union Institute, the School of International Training, Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Technical College, and other interested institutions. In conducting its review, the council shall consider the five-college initiative in Northampton, Massachusetts.


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    Save the River Garden!
    Authored by: KenS on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 11:41 AM GMT+4
    I'm confused about the connection between River Garden and the Collaborative. Can you speak more to that?
    Save the River Garden!
    Authored by: JohnWilmerding on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 07:17 PM GMT+4
    I'm not saying there is one ... I'm suggesting rather
    that there should be one. Of course, the community
    will decide, but I know there is substantial support in
    the community for the "Collaborative" idea, and I am
    willing to work to convene that support into a new
    non-profit educational consortium that would buy the
    River Garden and use it to 'gestate' new academic
    offerings in much the same way that it was once
    supposed to do for new businesses.

    I think the space is ideal for events that would attract
    huge attention in the community. The River Garden
    is a natural community center -- what better place for
    'hot' lectures on topics of interest to the public, for
    new courses that can't be offered by the other local
    institutions, etc.?

    And for the local institutions, what better place for
    people to walk in and see displays about all the local
    college and university offerings?
    Save the River Garden!
    Authored by: annikee on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 09:11 PM GMT+4
    I always wished it could be a mini botanical garden or butterfly habitat...

    Due to budget cuts the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.
    Save the River Garden!
    Authored by: kusikuy on Tuesday, January 29 2013 @ 11:12 PM GMT+4
    Here here! We're working in Marlboro to save Sweetie's our local general store that closed and got put on the market. It's a process, but community can take over spaces and make it work for them. There's also grant money to support this. Something definitely worth looking into for Bratt - farmers market, food security, community commons, etc. are all compelling reasons to keep the space open and in community hands.