The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately enter into executive session to discuss pending or probable civil litigation to which the Town is or may be a party and mediation or arbitration. If time allows following the executive session, it is anticipated that the Board will enter into deliberative session to discuss site visits and public hearings held on June 28, 2016, re: (1) Minshall Street, (2) Bittersweet Lane, and (3) Wickopee Hill Road / Gulf Road.
The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 25 to July 29
July 25 - Salisbury Steak
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Brattleboro (though not a city) has made it to the list of coolest cities in the U.S.:
Keep an eye out for an old, black cat in the Cedar Street, Forest Square, Chestnut Hill area.
Birdie wandered off a few days ago and hasn't been seen since. She's quite old, very quiet, and polite, and likes to sleep under bushes or in a warm sunny spot. Last seen in the Water Lane area.
If you have a garage, shed, or cellar door that you opened for a while this week, consider opening it back up and taking a look. She may have wandered in.
The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the third day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, July 20th. Volunteers collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams and will continue to do so every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.
River users, whether they be swimming, boating, paddling, tubing, fishing, or even just hiking by, can help improve water quality by taking care of the rivers and their shores. The best way is to practice Leave No Trace principles (www.lnt.org for more info), especially disposing of waste, including pet waste, properly. This can keep whatever would have been left behind on the shoreline from washing into the river the next time it rains as well as keeping it aesthetically pleasing.
Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 24 with Celtic world beat quartet The Gaslight Tinkers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.
Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.
The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.
We invite you to be a children’s face painter at the 2nd Annual Vermont JerkFest in Brattleboro. We seek experienced, friendly, and artistic people who love working with kids! The shifts run from 10 am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, 4pm - 7pm.
If you’re interested, click HERE to fill out our volunteer application.
Town Clerk Annette Cappy is retiring! Oh, dear. Oh, my.
Plans for Central Fire Station were discussed and approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center on Tuesday. Finances are looking good on many fronts, a big Caribbean food and culture festival was given permission to take place, the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance told the board what they’ve been up to recently, a new highway arts project got permission to find out if the project was feasible, and more.
For many years, I regarded a vacation as a necessity. Like the two day weekend, I considered it vital to my health and well-being. Then I stopped being able to afford the time or money to take a vacation, and next thing you know, a decade and a half had gone by. Guess what? I lived. But my body has taken a beating, because the continual ongoing activities of my job — typing, mousing, clicking — are gradually rendering my right arm useless.
Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an artist talk by the gallery’s current featured artist Jon Gregg on Saturday, July 23 at 5pm. Jon Gregg: evolving a mark will be on exhibit at both MGFA locations (183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium) through August 14th.
Jon Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.
Samirah Evans and the George Kaye Quintet will make summertime living easy with a jazz concert featuring the music ofGeorge Gershwin at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, Vermont. Show time is at 8:00pm on Saturday, July 30.
Vocalist Evans and bassist Kaye will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Michael Zsoldos (reeds), Eric Miller (trombone) and Claire Arenius (drums). The first set will consist of Gershwin’s popular jazz standards, while the second set will feature selections from the composer’s opera, “Porgy and Bess” covered in the style of the 1958 recording of the work by Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra.
The Brattleboro Area Tech networking group will meet on July 21 at 6:00 when it holds its first Business Pitch Practice Session. The meeting will be at the Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro..
The event will provide an informal setting where would-be entrepreneurs can present technology-oriented business ideas to a sympathetic audience. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to make a presentation, followed by a short question and answer.
This one is specifically for technology entrepreneurs. Presenters from all stages of business development are encouraged to attend and participate, from those with only a concept to those who are out actively raising money to fund their startup.
ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE
Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us
NOTICE OF MEETING
The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.
I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair
II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.
BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/19/16
Monday, July 18, 2016
12:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Examining Medical Cannabis
1:20 am Extempo Storytelling Series: The Blue Barn
2:00 am Energy Week Extra: Wind power
3:00 am Interview with Chris Bollyn 6/22/16
4:29 am Senior Moments: Jazz History with Eric Nielsen Pt 4 - Louis Armstrong
Even though money is an abstract and arbitrary construct, the product of which is created from nothing and therefore can be created (again, from nothing) to provide whatever we need or desire, the money people earn and work for is stolen from them to pay for the adventures of lunatics.
Yes this stolen money provides jobs but we need infrastructure upgrades and that would provide jobs too. Why doesn't it go to something that benefits the funders (ie: the taxpayers?) The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist is equal to being killed by furntiure. Yet we are allowing the money that comes from our toil to go to destructive purposes, since we (erroneously) think that the money has to come from limited revenues. This money is stolen out of the pockets of everyday workers.
Save the Date! There will be a benefit rummage and tag sale on Saturday, July 30th from 9-noon at the Dummerston Community Center located at 150 West St, in the West Dummerston Village.
Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items. The sale will be held rain or shine, an indoor event.Benefit for the Center's operating and maintenance cost.
For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.
I have heard tell that Flat Street Pub is closing and am sorry to face that prospect. Any other reports?
I was reminded this week of a somewhat famous lecture by author Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. He creates graphs showing how stories can be plotted into diagrams, and that despite a diversity of tales out there, most stories follow some very simple story arcs.
Since giving his lecture, others have done similar analysis and studies of well-known and popular stories and their data basically backs up Vonnegut’s propositions. About six story arcs account for the majority of stories told.
Can you tell a tale using one of the common patterns? What happens if you break the pattern?