A number of folks viewing this are likely Town Meeting Members ~ maybe a few more will be after tomorrow’s caucus (Wed., Mar. 12 - Town Meeting Informational Meeting & Caucus preceding meeting to fill vacant Town Meeting Representative seats - Academy School, 5:00pm)
Do you want another opportunity to discuss the issues? What about the Local Option Sales Tax?
During this three-day retreat, allow yourself to experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body’s innate healing ability. Learn general principles in health and vitality (how we nourish it and how it gets blocked.) Engage in simple, active exercises to help transform and revitalize your energy. Experience relaxing guided meditations to open your heart and deepen your capacity for more peace.
Thomas Garbarino, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) is a certified practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Chinese Dietary Therapy, and Medical Qigong (energetic healing). He also teaches Daoist and Buddhist Qigong meditation and classical Yang Family Taiji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan).
BRATTLEBORO MUSIC CENTER
Who else but the BMC would pack so much wonderful music in to one month?
We have you covered from Brattleboro to Chester to Wilmington! With a lunchtime concert, featured local composers, world class musicians, a special children’s performance, and two concerts to support the hungry in our community — there is something for everyone. Come join us and enjoy!
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On CIA Interference with Senate Select Committee on Intelligence InvestigationBy Not Signed In | Tue, March 11 2014
I commend Chairman Feinstein for speaking so forcefully in defense of the indispensable role that Congress plays under our Constitution in overseeing the executive branch, and in particular the intelligence community. Chairman Feinstein described a troubling pattern of interference and intimidation by the CIA that raises serious questions about possible violations of the Constitution and our criminal laws. This only compounds the grave concerns I have had for years about the underlying conduct that the Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating: the torture of detainees during the previous administration. I fully support Chairman Feinstein’s efforts to seek declassification of her committee’s report on the CIA detention and interrogation program.
WASHINGTON, March 11 – A Senate panel chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) heard today that other major countries offer better health care at less cost than the United States.
“What this hearing is really about is two fundamental issues. First, the U.S., the wealthiest country on the planet, is the only major industrialized country in the world that does not guarantee health care as a right to its citizens. Should we consider joining the rest of the world? I’d argue we should,” Sanders said. “Second, the U.S. spends twice as much as other countries that have much better health outcomes. What can we learn from these countries?” asked Sanders, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
This article in the Reformer provides the details that I did not in an earlier post.
After reading the article, please consider donating to this effort to make more of Brattleboro's Coffee orhanic and helping the farmers who grow it escape loan rates of 200%.
Why does Brattleboro have Representative Town Meeting? Why not a regular, open Town Meeting like the rest of Vermont? These questions led me on a search through old newspapers and town records to look at Brattleboro’s town meetings in the 1950’s to see if there was some obvious answer.
It turns out, there was no single reason that led to the “representative form of government” in Brattleboro. There were many factors, personalities, and coincidences unique to Brattleboro that contributed to its adoption.
Arguments made in favor of representative town meeting were sometimes specific to Brattleboro, such as outgrowing the public meeting hall. Other times they were more lofty, arguing that representative government would be more fair and better able to deal with complex issues, while giving voters a greater say in how the town operates.
WASHINGTON, March 10 – As part of an all-night Senate discussion on climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement from remarks prepared for delivery later tonight:
“The scientific community has been extremely clear. Climate change is real. Climate change is man-made. And climate change is already causing severe damage in terms of draught, floods, forest fires, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances.
“Given that reality, I find it extremely disturbing that virtually all of my Republican colleagues continue to ignore the scientific evidence and refuse to support legislation which will address this planetary crisis.
5:45 Live goes in depth on the Santa's Land investigation, 2014 Town Meeting Day shockers, 1% option tax-tastic voter approval margin, Putney Park & Ride construction, and much much more.
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 in the Fall of 2015.
Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 9th through Friday Night, March 14th.
The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.
On Friday, March 14, at 8:00 p.m. in the Vermont Jazz Center performance space at the Cotton Mill Hill complex, Friends of Music at Guilford presents a "World Music & Jazz Roots" concert benefiting its annual Music Enrichment Program at Guilford Central School.
The Friday concert features two ensembles drawing on jazz and classical foundations as well as traditional instrumental and vocal music from around the world. They blend those roots and rhythms into World Music and jazz forms, often original and sometimes skillfully improvised, but always a masterful, creative fusion carrying their audience along on a joyful, soulful journey.
BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3-10-14
Monday March 10
12:00 am Madison's Hell- Exploring Madisonian Constitutionalism
1:15 am TED Talks: Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance - Just The Beginning
1:25 am That Was the Week That Was: AARP Driver Safety Program
2:00 am FSTV Overnight
4:00 am Madison's Hell- Exploring Madisonian Constitutionalism
Sometime last year, it broke into my consciousness that there was a new arts group in town called the Future Collective and they were doing interesting things. But it wasn't until this year, when suddenly they held a fundraiser and rented a space on Elliott Street, that I finally got around to figuring out who they were. What they are is very cool – a loosely affiliated group of artists, musicians, visionaries, and creative types who want to create a supportive scene around a free interpretation of the arts. I'm making that up. I have no idea what their actual mission is but it seems related to joy, freedom, beauty, and awesomeness for all. Mission aside, they've already given me one thing I'd been missing for a while – loud, live rock and roll music.
Another night has passed, and such a night of storm. It commenced raining about 7 o'clock and rained very hard and snowed all night. This morning it is snowing very fast and thawing. The whole face of the ground is covered with snow and water. No drilling today. It is the best weather to make the sap run I ever saw. Well, I dated my letter wrong, should have been Sunday 6th. It is now Wednesday 9th. I have got in debt to you now two letters certain, one Saturday night, and I was made glad again tonight by another which has reminded me that I must hurry up this. I do not think that I shall hardly get it finished, as I have to go on guard tomorrow and I must get this off by half past 8 o'clock. I go on guard at nine tomorrow morning and come off at nine Friday morning.
Putney is the first town in Southern Vermont to launch a Solarize campaign, with a grand opening at the Putney Community Center on Saturday, March 15th. The Putney Solar Pre-Equinox Full Moon Dance Party* will start at 6 PM with a dessert potluck, solar presentations from 6:30 – 7:30, and then dancing to Simba until the cows come home.
Solar and other energy companies attending will be:
* Soveren Solar for providing a Community Solar option
* RGS Energy for solar photovoltaics
* Sunward Systems for solar hot water
* Home Energy Advocates, the Neighborworks Heat Squad and other insulation/weatherization contractors for energy conservation, heating systems and helping people to take a holistic approach to their home energy usage.
Community Solar: Solarize Windham County and Soveren Solar are teaming up to offer the unique option of community solar projects. This is a ‘solar farm’ that people can participate in who want to have solar energy but who rent or whose homes or businesses are not well suited for solar. To learn more visit the Community Solar page of the Solarize Windham website or the Soveren Solar website.