This Sunday, the project team will close both the northbound and southbound Exit 3 on-ramps to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 2 or 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic. The on-ramps at Exit 3 will be closed from approximately noon to 7:00 pm.
Come out rain, mud and/or shine and support Green Street School enrichment programs while you walk or run down neighborhood streets and the scenic Retreat trails behind Brattleboro's famous ski jump. This family-friendly local 5k is in its third year and gaining great momentum, please join us!
The Saturday, May 2 race starts and finishes at Green Street School, 164 Green Street, Brattleboro. There is also a 1/2 mile Sprout Run for younger children before the 5K.
Brattleboro Area Hospice will host it's 6th Death Café in Wilmington. This free event will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2-4 pm at Dot’s Restaurant at 3 West Main St.
Part of an international movement that started in Europe (www.deathcafe.com), the Death Cafe is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly.
The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
At this free class, Senior Solutions staff will provide unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.
This class is appropriate for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare, as well as anyone who will be signing up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Space is limited, so please call ahead to register. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated.
To register or get more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.
The Brattleboro Historical Society is putting together an ORAL HISTORY of the Vietnam War Era and is seeking Brattleboro area people - veterans to anti-war activists - to come forward to share experiences. If you have an interest in participating contact Bill Holiday at -
WASHINGTON, March 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today backed stronger curbs on the use of dangerous chemicals in consumer products but criticized a bill in Congress that would take away from Vermont and other states the power to protect consumers with new state regulations.
Under the current federal law, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals have continued to be used in products without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that use them. The law, enacted in 1976, is so weak that it kept the Environmental Protection Agency from even banning asbestos, which causes cancer.
Bill Holiday passed along the following "heads-up!"
"A local teen band, featuring 2 BUHS students, Dharma Ramirez (3rd from L) and Mavis Eaton (far R), will perform next week in Austin, Texas as part of the Southwest Music Festival. Incredible that they are a part of this popular, major, national event. Look at what is being said about them..."
A circut (or some kind of wiring) that delivers WVEW's signal to the transmitter boogied to our music a little too hard and got completely fried. It's all fixed and our over the air broadcasts are back.
Today (as with most days) our all volunteer community radio station has a very full schedule of programming for you to enjoy. If you live within the range of our (over the air) broadcasts, you can get a show on the station too. Check out our website for more information - www.wvew.org.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Dear fellow Town Representatives:
I have been meaning to write an open letter reporting out my concerns and observations about this year’s Representative Town Meeting, items on the agenda, the budget, etc. I have left this until the last minute in hopes that others of you might finally step forward to join me in drafting a brief report as your Town Finance Committee.
This is the web site of the Finance Committee:
The site has not been updated in a year. I can’t do the work of the committee by myself, so please regard this as merely a personal letter.
Our nation's police department's primary objectives have to be enforcement of existing law as enacted by the various state and federal legislatures.
The latitude exercised by each department is affected by a dizzying array of various police departmental and community circumstances. There is no template except that which falls back upon established law.In a real sense, the Executive Summary and therefore the full report of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to the White House Task Force on Community-Police Relations (January 2015) is putting the cart before the horse.
How best to repair the Green Street retaining wall was a big topic for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their regular Tuesday meeting. Some intriguing options led to strong opinions before consensus was reached.
The board also did some planning to learn about planning, resulting in scheduling a series of meetings to highlight the changes coming to Brattleboro’s land use regulations. Some new energy efficiency efforts are now underway, departmental staffing level reviews have been replaced by a comprehensive staffing review, appointees were appointed, and more.
Since early this aftternoon, WVEW-lp's over the air broadcast has been experiencing a problem at our transmitter and antenna site. We hope to have it resolved sometime tomorrow morning (Weds. March 18th).
In the meantime, the webstream of our broadcasts has not bee affected. It may be accessed at our website, wvew.org, or by clicking on the following link: http://wvew.org/streaming/index.html
A new Six-Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins on Thursday April 9th and will meet each Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending May 14th.
The group is free of charge and open to anyone in the community grieving the death loss of a loved one, no matter when or where the loss occurred. Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities, and suggestions for moving through grief.
This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. No prior connection with hospice is required in order to participate. Connie Baxter, Bereavement Care Coordinator will be the facilitator. The group size is limited to 8 people.
Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Nowrooz, A Persian New Year Celebration, Saturday, March 21 at 4:30 PM featuring traditional classical Persian music as well as original compositions presented by Eshagh Shaoul, violin with Jon Liechty on piano and Jack Shaoul on drum. The celebration is also a sharing of Persian, Bahá'í, and Sufi poetry. Following the music and poetry there will be a potluck (bring a dish to share). There will also be a hands-on henna decoration activity. The music and poetry will begin promptly at 4:30pm. Plan to arrive 10 to 20 minutes in advance to find parking along Western Avenue and walk up the driveway (about 100 yards) to Mahalo Art Center.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, marks the final week for the 9th season of the Winter Farmers' Market.
It is also the 8th Annual CSA Fair hosted at Post Oil Solutions’ Winter Farmers’ Market. We expect to have close to a dozen CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) represented along with our regular market vendor line-up, and a special guest from New Leaf CSA!
Take this opportunity to do your CSA research and pick your farmer for 2015! You will find farms with weekly CSA shares for vegetables, fruit, flowers and more. Some offer deliveries to central pick-up locations while many invite you to visit their farms each week and get to know their operation. Some farms even invite you into their fields to lend a hand in picking the weeks harvest. So join a CSA. It's a great way to support local agriculture and the local economy!
BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/16/15
Monday, March 16, 2015
12:00 am TAP: Putting on Our Finery 11/14/14
1:10 am TED Talks: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: Taking a Stand Against Drugs and Gun Violence
1:30 am Vermont Music Showcase: Full Program 3/2/2015
3:00 am Heartbeat: Israeli-Palestinian Youth Musicians Concert at Goddard College
5:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Police Militarization Pt 2
This week the Judiciary Committee on which I serve passed out a couple bills but one was major, had a lot of emotion and controversy and misinformation, took a lot of time and in the end I believe we had a good bill. At the beginning of the session, S.31 was introduced. Rather than amend and pass it, the decision of Chair Sears was to create a committee bill that contained essential parts of the bill. There are three main components.
Brattleboro Senior Meals kick off lunch with Congressman Peter Welch.
On March 16, 1888, The Phoenix ran the following report on the Great Blizzard of 1888, which had happened just a few days earlier.
Brattleboro’s Experience with a Dakota Blizzard.
40 in. of Snow in a 90-mile Gale.
Sights, Scenes and Incidents in Brattleboro on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.