It’s August 2021, in case you’ve forgotten. We continue daily/no weekend COVID-19 dashboard numbers from the Vermont Department of Health, and MA and NH counties that surround Brattleboro. We’ve also added weekly Delta variant updates. Scroll down the new comments for the latest.
I. CALL TO ORDER – Kelly Young
II. Approval of Previous Minutes – July 26, 2021
III. New Hires – Action Needed
I superficially looked at the CDC site, and learned 2 things about delta:
1. CDC sayszz the Delta Variant is one and a half times as contagious as Alpha (which I understand is the first new iteration after original Covid-19. What they mean is that if a person infected with Alpha would (under a particular set of circumstances) infect 2 additional persons; then a person infected with Delta, under the same set of circumstances, would infect 3 people. (Of course a major epidemic management goal would be to get the that number down to .9 or less.).
The Brattleboro Selectboard returned from summer break to take up issues such as refugees and a new police chief. BDCC explained why they think the refugee program is a must, ECDC explained what their program was, and Brattleboro can look forward to up to 75 refugees a year and the anticipated financial and housing challenges, as well as the hoped-for benefits to the community and economy.
The board also swore-in new Police Chief Norma Hardy. The entire department showed up in support.
The people must make RTM representative and creative, to insure RTM represents the people and looks beyond the money and infrastructure concerns of the selectboard. Join your neighbors.
At the 2021 RTM the selectboard assigned twenty-five articles for the RTM to consider. Many times the debate ended before everyone was finished, and all twenty-five were approved with huge majorities, many above 90% . Does this mean the selectboard is perfect, or does it mean the RTM is an uninformed rubber-stamp ?
At a recent selectboard candidate forum there was a show of hands of people who had read the town charter, and hardly anyone in the audience raised a hand. The surprise was that some people campaigning and on the selectboard had not read the charter, either.
• Call to order
• Agenda review
• Open meeting law review for committee workgroups
• Problems identified for RTM day
Some news from the Windham County Humane Society:
” Many of us in Windham County know the awesome work done by local wildlife rehabilitator, Patti Smith. Patti has worked for decades with Dr. Ron Svec (WCHS’s newest board member!) of the VT-NH Veterinary Clinic when wildlife needed medical care. When Dr. Svec recently retired, Patti called up the shelter with what she thought was a big ask – would we be willing to allow vets to use our surgery space for wildlife?
The answer was a resounding YES! Former board member and veterinarian Dr. Susan Kelly was also up for the challenge. So when an opossum was injured by a dog, Dr. Kelly gave us a call. Momma possum had four joeys in her pouch. The babies were healthy but mom had a nasty injury 2/3 of the way down her tail. Baby possums need the entire tail because they sometimes hang by their tail. Adults use their tail to gather brush but don’t hang by their tails.
External Issues Working Group Meeting
August 5, 5:00 pm
Outdoor patio at the Brattleboro Food Coop
The agenda is to review suggestions concerning items related to the lead-up and preparation for Representative Town Meeting.
The public is invited to attend this discussion on issues concerning Representative Town Meeting.
Why don’t we task the U.S. Navy with cleaning up the oceans?
The program is paid for, they have boats and people, and they are out in the oceans of the world all the time.
Okay, so you want some naval defense. Fine. If not 100%, why not 50%, or 10% of their assignment be ocean clean-up?
With a few last-minute glitches and a few hours late, the new issue of Blog88.org is online. The theme of this edition is:
The Word, “CRAZY!”
Featured as the lead article, is a powerful, first-person account of the horrendous, routine abuse of human beings in the guise of psychiatric care: CRAZY OR NOT, HERE I COME by Phoebe Sparrow Wagner.
According to the CDC’s website, 64.4% of the total population of Windham County has had at least one does of a COVID vaccine. 55.8% are fully vaccinated.
Keep this in mind as we crow about Vermont’s high vaccination rates. We haven’t hit 70% in Windham County yet. We’re much closer to “half way there” than the “almost 100%” people like to assume.
BCTV Channel 1075 schedule for the week of 8/2/21
Monday, August 2, 2021
4:35 am All Things LGBTQ – Interview Show 7/20/21
5:30 am Moccasin Tracks – Gluskabe and The Stone People 7/8/21
6:00 am The News Project – In Studio – Meredith Angwin and the Electric Grid
6:30 am HANDS in the Kitchen – Healthier Snacking 7/1/21
7:07 am Stuck in Vermont – Kitty Korner Café
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
August 2 Baked Chicken