With the arrival of Spring at our house, we become like the Russians who throw their doors and windows open to the fresh air as soon as it warms up. We go outside a lot, for no particular reason. Stroll up and down the driveway, perhaps, or check on the transplants in the side yard. Pull a weed or two, contemplate the grass that probably needs mowing.
GOT WATER – GOT POWER?
What do you do when the power goes out?
Even when you have a Solar PV system, (if grid tied) there is not much you can do but wait it out. Two innovative solutions for water and power needs – during power outages!
The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro’s curbside Spring Leaf Collection.All locations will be picked up each Friday:
Leaf Pick Up Date
ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 20, 2018
ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 4, 2018
The National Weather Service is forecasting bitter cold temperatures Wednesday through at least New Year’s Day, including dangerously cold wind chill values. Presently, the immediate forecast is for temperatures to fall to -6 degrees tonight into Wednesday and plummet to -21 degrees with wind chills on Wednesday night into Thursday. The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to remind you of some cold weather tips as we move into the first cold snap of this winter;
Green Mountain Home Repair, a program of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, is pleased to announce a pellet stove replacement program for Windham County residents. Eligible homeowners will get a price reduction of $2,000 to $4,000 on the cost of purchasing and installing an approved pellet stove to replace an old wood stove, or kerosene or propane heater.
The fruit trees in my parking lot have just begun to bloom. (10/22/17)
The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro’s curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:
It is free to join the Dummerston Perennial Swappers. New gardeners can come and get free perennials and advice from seasoned gardeners who have too much of one thing or another and would rather share the wealth than throw perfect plants into a compost heap. We meet every two weeks in the growing season. Then we tour a local garden.
Do you like trees? They reduce energy use, provide erosion control, and help control storm water runoff. The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board is short-handed and needs two new members. If you are a resident of Brattleboro, and want to help us look after the Town’s trees, fill out the online application at the Town’s website: > Serving the Community > Boards and Committees > Application. (Don’t be intimidated by the application; it’s an all-purpose document. If you have questions about it, Jan Anderson at 251-8100 can help.)
Our 16th Annual Garden Tour has been slated for this weekend of July 22nd and 23rd – 10am to 3pm.
[Dummerston]– Back in 1987, Ruth Marx, a human geneticist and avid gardener, had paid a man good money for his blue lobelias only to hear a friend later say, “Oh, why didn’t you tell me? I’d have given you some of that.” About the same time, Bess Richardson, a nurse at Grace Cottage, was tossing her culled perennials over a bank. “Ruth and I talked at church one day,” she said, and they came up with the only logical result: Dummerston Perennial Swappers, a loose-knit club designed to put excess perennials into the hands of people who want them.
SEON presents “How (Older) Houses Work”
Spring is a great time to clean, garden, and make sure one’s home is in good repair. Besides cleaning closets and planting flowers, spring should involve inspecting one’s house following the tough winter weather. Repairs and replacements won’t just help people enjoy their homes more; they’ll also keep energy costs down.
The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) will host a panel presentation for the public on “What to Know Before you Build: Expert Tips for Homeowners Planning Renovation or New Construction Projects” on Monday, January 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Marlboro Graduate Center in Brattleboro.
I’ve been shoveling out driveways and sidewalks most of my life. With the exception of a few years in Florida and DC, grabbing a shovel and clearing snow has been a part of my winter routine.
Shoveling provides time to think about shoveling.
The type of snow matters. Light powder is easily removed but often blows around and stings the face. Heavy, wet snow is a chore to remove, but it usually stays in place while I move it. Following forecasts to know what sort of snow to expect is a starting point.
For homes (and businesses): Tesla Powerwall Pilot Program from Green Mountain Power.
Do you want to safeguard your home (or business) against outages? Would you like to have some reserve power when you need it? If you already have some solar panels, would you like to extend their life?
Come to a workshop to learn about one advanced option for on-site battery storage.
I’m looking to buy your used utility trailer, which I can pull behind my riding mower. Maybe, if your trailer doesn’t get much use, I can recycle it….if the price is right. Thanks so much !
An about my obsession with my newest tool, the scythe. I touch upon hand tools vs. power tools and how I’ve transformed the land I live on in West Brattleboro in just a few years by doing less.
An about how I encourage the wild strawberries in my yard, with minimal effort:
They’re not so far away!
Starting in 2018, wood-burning appliances will be banned unless they meet rigorous new emission standards of
2.5 grams of fine particles or less per hour. The bylaw is among the strictest in North America, said Réal Ménard, the city’s executive committee responsible for the environment. Presently, transforming a stove or fireplace with inserts
so that it is in compliance with the coming regulations costs between $2,000 and $8,000.