Town of Brattleboro Taking Precautionary Actions re: COVID-19 : Updates and Cancellations

Update: We continue collecting notices of cancellations, postponements. You are encouraged to add information for your business or organization.  Since just about everything is now shut down, we’ll remove this from being featured soon.

The Town of Brattleboro is updating emergency plans and coordinating extensively with other first responders, health care providers, and community leaders in southeastern Vermont to be ready if the COVID-19 coronavirus becomes present here. As of March 2, cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but no cases had yet been confirmed in Vermont.

Town officials are encouraging the public to stay informed about this potential public health threat by monitoring the Vermont Health Department’s daily updates at The Town added a link to that website in the upper right corner of the Town’s homepage at “For now,” said Town Manager Peter Elwell, “both the Vermont Health Department and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging people in areas like ours where the virus is not currently known to be present to simply follow good basic health practices such as frequent hand washing, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve (not your hand), staying home when you feel unwell, etc.” Additional information from the CDC also is available on the Vermont Health Department’s COVID-19 web page. 

Within Town government, Fire Chief Mike Bucossi serves as the Town’s Emergency Management Director. Chief Bucossi is currently coordinating a variety of pre-incident preparations related to a potential future COVID-19 emergency in Brattleboro. “We are stocking up on applicable supplies and communicating about current preparations and potential future coordinated actions with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH), Rescue Inc., and our internal team of first responders at the Fire Department, Police Department, and Dispatch,” Bucossi said. All Town employees have been advised of these preparations. Town Manager Elwell and Schools Superintendent Lyle Holiday have conferred about potential Town/School coordination.

The Town’s management team is finalizing an operations plan for Town government actions that may become necessary if an active outbreak of COVID-19 is experienced here in Brattleboro. Per the Town’s overarching Local Emergency Management Plan, the COVID-19 Operations Plan will include a “continuity of government” section to ensure staffing of key positions in the event of an actual outbreak that requires individuals to be quarantined in Brattleboro.

Chief Bucossi added that a joint training meeting is being organized by BMH and the Fire Department for area first responders and “contingency plans also are being coordinated with other agencies outside our immediate area for the provision of mutual aid, if needed.” 


Please direct any questions to Town Manager Peter Elwell at 802-251-8151, or

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  • Bennington

    From SVMC: “A presumed positive COVID-19 patient is being treated at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.”

    and more info….

    “BENNINGTON, VT—March 8, 2020—On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) had an adult individual present to its Emergency Department (ED) with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The person was admitted, immediately placed in isolation in a negative-pressure room, and tested for COVID-19. Early testing results from the Vermont Department of Health came back as presumptive positive. Conclusive results are expected from the CDC on Monday. The individual is stable and currently hospitalized in an airborne infection isolation room.”


  • Amtrak says

    “The safety of our customers and employees is Amtrak’s top priority. We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts. In order to maintain a safe environment and address customer concerns, we are taking measures including:

    • Enhanced cleaning protocols. We have increased the frequency of cleaning service on our trains and at our stations.
    • Additional antibacterial products. We have increased the quantity of sanitizers and disinfectant wipes available for customers and employees throughout our trains and stations.
    • No change fees on bookings made through April 30, 2020. We are waiving change fees so you can book travel on Amtrak® with confidence, knowing you have the flexibility to change your plans.

    We have temporarily suspended three trains that operate between New York and Washington (Trains 2401, 2402, 2403) due to lower demand and additional changes to our schedule are under consideration. Amtrak continues to operate 300 daily trains, including more than 100 daily trains on the Northeast Corridor and continues to serve all of our stations. If schedules are modified for any existing reservation, we will contact you to provide an update.

    We will continue to respond to the latest on COVID‑19 with customer and employee safety top of mind. Please visit this page for further information on our efforts, which we will continually update. For additional information about the Coronavirus, visit the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website . As always, we will strive to create a safe and enjoyable experience for your Amtrak journey. Thank you for being an Amtrak customer.


    Roger Harris
    Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer”

  • Second case in Vermont

    From the state’s update page:

    “On March 11, 2020, health officials announced a second case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Vermont. This Chittenden County case is considered presumptive positive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

  • KidsPlayce says....

    “KidsPLAYce will be closed for the next two weeks starting tomorrow (3/13/20) due to our community health concerns. We’ll tentatively re-open on March 31st. That means there will be no Sing & Dance with Robin! on the 17th and 24th. We hope everyone stays healthy and happy, see you soon!”

  • In-Sight says

    “At this time, we are proceeding with our scheduled classes, with additional precautionary measures in place. In order to minimize risk for our community and staff, we ask everyone who comes in and out of In-Sight to please be mindful of touching their face, washing their hands, and staying home if they or someone they live with are sick.”


    “Our facility will be closed to the general public starting 3/12 and are postponing any public events for the time being.

    In addition to increased sanitation throughout our facility, our staff is conducting regular and thorough cleaning of equipment, fixtures, and surfaces. Participants, teachers, and staff are being asked to adhere to stricter hygiene protocols. “

    • Insight adds:

      “Dear Friends,

      After much deliberation, we are making the difficult decision to postpone our remaining classes and close our facility for the health and safety of our participants, staff, and community. Our current plan is to reopen on April 20th. Our staff will be working remotely during this time.

      We know this choice will be disappointing for many, as it is for us. Although we have been implementing increased sanitation practices, limiting meetings, and increasing physical distance; we now realize that we can best serve our In-Sight family by helping to flatten the curve in order to protect those who are most vulnerable.

      Our hope is to be able to pick up spring classes where we left off and offer the best programming possible this summer. Our staff is busy figuring out ways to continue engaging youth with virtual learning opportunities and remote photo assignments. Students will be able to continue using their cameras for the duration of this closure. Our Program Director, A Hanus, will be reaching out directly to participants and parents/guardians soon.

      Our office staff will be working from home through April 19th and can be reached by emailing We appreciate your patience as we do our best to address your questions and concerns in a timely manner. As this situation is rapidly evolving and we will continue to reassess as needed. As always, we will send updates via email and on social media.

      We hope you’ll stay connected with us and each other. During this time, we are more grateful than ever to be a part of this community. Our thoughts are with you all.


      Victoria Heisler

      Executive Director”

  • The Latchis says

    “Dear Friends:

    The health and safety of our Latchis community are matters of our deepest care and concern. Like everyone, we have been monitoring the news of the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout our country. As of today, the Vermont Department of Health reports that there are two confirmed cases in Vermont, one in Bennington County and one in Chittenden County.

    At this time, the Latchis Theatre is proceeding with all of its scheduled programming. We remain in constant communication with the community partners who are presenting events in our theater in the coming weeks, and we will honor and support any decisions they make regarding those events. This situation is changing all the time, and we will continue to monitor updates and follow guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

    Here are the steps the Latchis Hotel and Theatre have taken to protect you and our staff.

    Increasing the commitment of staff time and resources to cleaning and sanitizing the areas, surfaces, railings and doorknobs in our building. Identifying high traffic areas and surfaces and treating them with extra rigor and attention.
    Providing guidance to staff on the need for increased handwashing and the proper ways to do it, and providing soap, sanitizer, paper towels and gloves.
    Providing hand sanitizer throughout the building. Providing individually wrapped alcohol swabs to theater patrons and hotel guests who would like to further wipe down their surroundings.
    Encouraging staff who feel ill to stay home, and amending our personnel policies to ensure that they are able to do so.
    Identifying locations within our building where patrons or staff who feel symptomatic or who wish to isolate themselves may do so.

    We are asking that patrons join us in taking diligent steps to keep themselves and others safe

    We ask that all patrons wash their hands for a full 20 seconds when using the restrooms, and use hand sanitizer at other times or when they are unable to wash their hands.
    If you are feeling ill, symptomatic, have a cough or if you have traveled to high-risk COVID-19 areas, we ask that you please stay home.
    When possible, please keep a distance from other patrons and limit unnecessary contact.
    If you sneeze or cough, please do so into your elbow, not your hands.
    Please alert staff to any situation where we can help clean a potentially contaminated area or surface.

    For the most reliable information, please visit or


    Jon Potter
    Executive Director
    Latchis Arts | Latchis Corporation”

    • and, they add

      “We regret to announced that due health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled all performances through March, which means that this Saturday’s Met: Live in HD simulcast of “Der Fliegende Hollander” has also been cancelled. Please stay tuned for information about future events at

      Jon Potter
      Executive Director
      Latchis Arts | Latchis Corporation”

      • and now Latchis is closed

        “Dear Friends:

        In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Latchis Theatre has decided to suspend operations effective immediately and running at least until April 6.

        In times like these, the strength of our community ties will see us through. We strive, always, to be a place where our community gathers to renew, revitalize and be entertained. But the greater good right now calls us to close our doors temporarily in support of the community’s health and welfare.

        We look forward to the day soon when we can re-open our doors, and we thank you all for the support you’ve given us and for your continued patronage and support.

        If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at 802-254-1109, ext. 3 or

        With care and affection,

        Jon Potter
        Executive Director
        Latchis Arts | Latchis Corporation”

  • Hooker-Dunham says

    “The Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery is SUSPENDING upcoming March & April shows due the coronavirus pandemic.

    Please check the website: for updates”

  • Brattleboro Music Center says:

    “Good afternoon,

    This is the message we had hoped would not be necessary.

    After much consideration, the BMC has decided to postpone all rehearsals and concerts through the month of April. Individual lessons and classes will continue for the time being.

    Our intention with this pause in our large ensemble music making is to help our community stay healthy.

    Looking forward to seeing you in the Spring. Take good care.

    Warm regards,

    • BMC adds

      “BMC Announces Full Closure

      We are all concerned about maintaining the health of our community. For that reason, effective immediately, the BMC is closing temporarily in order to do our part to help reduce any health risks overall. Please continue to create and enjoy music, especially now.

      We will reassess our status Friday, March 27th and make another announcement at that time. Our plan is that, when possible, students and faculty will be able to extend the semester in order to finish all planned lessons. Where that is not possible, the Music School will make arrangements for refunds, if necessary.

      As previously noted, all rehearsals and concerts are postponed through the end of April.

      With wishes for your good health and for a rapid rebound from this worldwide challenge.

      Mary Greene
      Executive Director”

  • Vermont Jazz Center says

    “Dear VJC Concert Goers,

    We have taken the cautious route and are postponing the presentation of Joel Ross’ Good Vibes that was scheduled for this Saturday, March 14th at 8 PM. We feel that postponing the show best supports the anticipated health needs of our community with respect to the Corona virus and COVID-19 situation. We are currently holding conversations on how to continue with the remaining concerts of our season. It is still too early to make that assessment. We will be sending out updates when there is further information.

    We will fully reimburse any tickets that were purchased for this show, or you may use them towards another concert. Please email to make arrangements.

    One of our board members emphasized the healing power of music and the beauty of coming together to listen to the act of spontaneous creation – we will certainly miss that this weekend: Joel Ross’ and Good Vibes represents the optimism and unity that occurs when likeminded musicians come together to create.

    I invite you to listen closely to Ross’ fine Blue Note release, KingMaker. I find the music to be somewhat cathartic considering the current circumstances. It is available on YouTube, but I encourage you to purchase the CD so that the artist gets compensated. Start with the tune “Touched by an Angel”

    I close with words of wisdom from my dear friend, Jan Salzman. She is the Rabbi at congregation Ruach haMaqom in Burlington, VT; in canceling her community Passover Seder she shared these words:

    “My friends, we can ‘flatten the curve’ of the disease’s progression if we are ‘religious’ in our observance of maniacal personal hygiene and social distancing. Check in with each other. Take care of each other. Check in with your neighbors. Tell those whom you love, that you love them. Smile at each other. Make profound eye contact. Write letters to your friends. Contact your legislators to demand a responsive heath care system. Demand that government, at all levels, speak the objective, scientific truth to us. Above all, be kind.”

    We look forward to reuniting with each of you in person as soon as possible.

    In the music,

    Eugene Uman
    VJC Director”

    • And now the Jazz Center is closed...

      “Dear VJC Community,

      Due to consequences of the novel corona virus and the COVID-19 disease caused by it, as well as the recommendations of the CDC and Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s emergency declaration prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 in Vermont at this time, the Vermont Jazz Center will refrain from hosting activities at our Cotton Mill Hill location from now through at least April 6, 2020. We will update our website and Facebook page regularly with any information regarding concert/ensemble/jam session information. We are also looking for ways to share past gems (concert and workshop selections) with music lovers on our website.

      No matter where you look the message is clear: Social distancing is the best way to prevent massive spread and to ‘flatten the curve’ of this infection, and to thus preserve the hope that our infrastructures and health care providers have a chance to do their work effectively. I find the graphics and concise writing from THIS ARTICLE especially helpful in illustrating this point.

      We are living in a time when weighing heavy choices is a daily affair. It feels mind-boggling that the decision between a hug or an elbow can be riddled with such deep consequences. We take these challenges seriously. One of the hardest choices was whether to curtail weekly ensembles and jam sessions. Making and listening to music together is a group interaction that we find socially, intellectually and spiritually fulfilling. To remove that from our lives is, as one parent wrote me, is “a super bummer” for her son. The VJC will soon be posting video highlights from past concerts to help keep us connected. We look forward to maintaining our connections with you during these uncertain times through the joy of music.

      Tickets will be honored for new dates of concerts that will be rescheduled or can be used as credit toward other shows or used as a tax-deductible donation to the VJC. The VJC will also gladly refund ticket purchases for cancelled shows. Please email to make arrangements.

      I appreciate the recent clear-eyed updates from Brattleboro-based journalist MacLean Gander. He wrote:
      “It seems that this time calls us to be good, generous, and focus on community, and also panics us to think of ourselves first and behave in venal ways. I am thinking of this quote, from the Diary of Anne Frank: ‘It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.'”

      Yours in music and community,
      Eugene Uman
      VJC Director”

      • Beautiful words from Eugene

        Thanks, Chris, for posting Eugene’s messages. They are filled with helpful and hopeful words — his own, and others’ — and that’s what I call a mitzvah.

  • Compassionate Friends say

    “I am writing to inform you that The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 15 has been cancelled.
    Thank you.
    Beverly Miller”

  • Brattleboro Savings & Loan says

    “To our customers and neighbors,

    We want you to know that Brattleboro Savings & Loan is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and is following guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health officials and our financial regulators.

    As always, the health and well-being of our customers, employees, families and communities is of the highest importance to us.

    BS&L has a business continuity plan that specifically addresses our response to pandemics, and we have significant capabilities to work remotely to minimize disruption. Our remote abilities will allow our staff to be responsive to your business needs throughout any potential physical location closures or quarantines, if required by health authorities.

    In our branch lobbies, we have significantly increased our cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and are taking precautions to help ensure employee safety, including hand sanitizers and requiring staff who feel unwell or who are at risk to stay home.

    At present, we are planning to keep our bank lobbies open and available to you for your banking needs. But if you are feeling unwell, we ask that you strongly consider using the drive-up window at your branch. We also have extensive free digital banking capabilities include online banking, a mobile app, bill pay and remote check deposit, and electronic statements. We encourage you to enroll in these products now, in case you’re not able or willing to physically access our branch locations. Please give us a call at 802-254-5333 and we can help you access these online tools, if you don’t already use them.

    You might also consider using your BS&L debit card rather than cash, to minimize the risk of spreading or receiving the virus from handling currency

    As circumstances change, we will be sure to reach out to you via email and social media with updates as appropriate. If you haven’t already, this might be a good time to follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    Our thoughts are with all those impacted by COVID-19, and we wish everyone well as we collectively navigate this unprecedented situation.

    Dan Yates
    President and CEO”

    • BS&L adds

      “To our customers and neighbors,

      As COVID-19 spreads, we’re increasing the steps we’re taking to protect you, and our staff. Effective 12PM on Saturday, March 21, all lobbies will be closed to the public, except by appointment, until further notice. As a reminder, the main office lobby is already not open on Saturdays.

      All of our drive-up windows will be open for their regular hours, with extended hours at the Brattleboro main office. We are allowing walk-ups, bicycles, and any other mode of transportation at our windows, but please mind the traffic and be safe!

      We continue to recommend the use of our free digital banking tools, including online banking, our mobile app, bill pay and mobile check deposit, as well as our telephone banking services.

      Our ATMs will continue to be supported and operating, and we will be monitoring and servicing our night drops and deposits at ATMs on a regular basis.

      We recognize that some banking needs can’t be done remotely, like access to your safe deposit box, opening a new account, or initiating a wire transfer. Please call us if you need access to the bank lobby and our staff for specific banking needs, and we will schedule an appointment for you. During the call we may discuss options for you to consider that may save you a trip to the Bank and help address social distancing recommendations from health authorities.

      You can reach us at, or by phone:
      Main Office, Brattleboro 254-5333
      Putney Road branch 246-1600
      Wilmington branch 464-2330
      Bondville branch 297-2507
      Automated telephone banking (877) 275-6731

      Click here: to enroll in online banking.

      You can download our mobile app from the Apple store or Google play, on your phone. Please note that our app is not currently supported on iPads.

      Driveup Window Hours:

      Main Office, Brattleboro Mon to Wed – 8AM to 5PM
      Thur to Fri – 8AM to 6PM
      Sat – 9AM to 12PM

      Putney Road branch Mon to Fri – 8AM to 5PM
      Sat – 9AM to 12PM

      Wilmington branch Mon to Fri – 8AM to 5PM
      Sat – 9AM to 12PM

      Bondville branch Mon, Wed to Fri – 9AM to 5PM
      Tues – 9AM to 2:00PM
      Sat – 9AM to 12PM

      We are prepared to ensure the uninterrupted operation of Brattleboro Savings & Loan during this pandemic and will be here to work with you as events unfold. We will continue to reach out to you via email and social media with updates as appropriate. If you haven’t already, this might be a good time to follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds, or check our website at for updates. “

  • BMAC says

    “March 13, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    I hope you are managing to stay healthy and as calm as possible during this unsettling time.

    Here at BMAC, we are doing our best to stay on top of the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of all who come into contact with BMAC, including staff, volunteers, visitors, artists, curators, vendors, and partners. To that end, we are monitoring applicable guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vermont Department of Health regularly and adjusting our plans accordingly.

    As of now, the Vermont Department of Health is not recommending closure or cancellation of mass gatherings or large events. As such, our Opening of Eight New Exhibits, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 3-5 p.m., and the photo lecture by Alison Wright, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, Vermont, will take place as scheduled. Barring new guidance from the CDC, VT Department of Health, or local officials, we expect to be open during regular hours (11-5 daily, closed Tuesdays) for the foreseeable future.

    With regard to other BMAC events scheduled in the coming weeks, our staff will be meeting on Tuesday, March 17, to evaluate the necessity and feasibility of any postponements. Any changes to our schedule will be communicated via email, on Facebook and Instagram, and on our website. We will also be looking into the possibility of streaming and/or recording events for those who choose not to attend in person.

    On behalf of all of us at BMAC, I thank you for your understanding and patience as we do our best to navigate unfamiliar and stressful territory.

    If you have any questions, please contact me any time at 802-257-0124 x108 or

    With best wishes for good health and calm,

    Danny Lichtenfeld, Director
    Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

    P.S. If you have purchased tickets for Alison Wright’s photo lecture or other upcoming BMAC events and would like to request a refund, please contact Michelle Pizzo at 802-257-0124 x101 or”

  • Williamsville Hall says

    “All events scheduled for the Williamsville Hall have been postponed and/or cancelled until further notice. We hope to resume using the Hall as soon as possible.

    Thanks for you understanding,
    The Williamsville Hall Committee”

  • Humane Society says

    “Open by Appointment Only

    Due to the Corona Virus (Covid-19) we are open to the public by appointment only. We serve an important public function and we want to make sure our staff stays healthy and that we can continue to help people and their pets.

    To make an appointment to:

    Get a rabies vaccine (waiving income requirements)
    Make a Pet Care Assistance appointment with our vet or get pet food (income requirements in place, please apply online)
    Meet our adoptable animals
    Surrender an animal
    Bring in a stray animal

    Please call 802-254-2232
    Or email

    If you are feeling unwell, please stay home.

    The virus can live on surfaces, so please do not
    bring us donations of used items at this time.

    Important to note: “At this time, experts have not expressed concern about transmission to or from animals. Multiple international health organizations have indicated that pets and other domestic animals are not considered at risk for contracting COVID-19. No animals in the United States have been identified with the virus, and there is no evidence that dogs or other pets can contract or spread COVID-19” – CDC

    We will be updating our messaging as things evolve. For more information please visit the CDC website, the WHO website or check out Flattening the Curve.

    Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. “

    • Humane Society adds

      “Like every organization, recent developments and currently evolving circumstances surrounding the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), have made us carefully review our special events fundraising strategy involving
      large groups of our animal loving supporters. In order to do our part in
      keeping our community safe, we have decided to postpone our Wags to Riches event, scheduled for April 18th, until further notice.

      Each year, the Wags to Riches event raises over $45,000, most of which
      is raised that evening. That is quite a large gap to make up for and
      we are asking for your help! As a past supporter of this event,
      we would like to ask for your thoughtful consideration in
      renewing your support from last year’s Wags to Riches event.

      If you have not attended our Wags to Riches event in the past,
      we would like to ask you for your kind support during these very
      uncertain times. Please take a moment to mail your support today to:

      WCHS, Attn: Wags Campaign, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302
      or you can make your donation online at

      Thank you in advance for making a “PAWS”itive difference in the lives
      of animals. We greatly appreciate your partnership.

      If you should have any questions at all about your support or any of our programs, please feel free to contact me at 413-495-2327 or via email at It is always a pleasure to speak with you. “

  • All Souls Church Closed for the Duration

    According to All Souls Church in West Brattleboro, Sunday will be their last “in person” service for a while and they’re cancelling all activities as well.

  • Brooks Memorial says

    “Greetings everyone!

    Brooks Memorial Library joins the community in its concern surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The library remains open during our regular schedule to provide access to materials, technology and essential services, though many of our programs have been postponed until further notice following the advice of public health officials to limit large gatherings.

    The mission of BML is to connect people and resources and we will continue to do so during this challenging time by adapting our services for the benefit of the public. Patrons who are unable or uncomfortable coming to the library can renew materials online by logging into their account on our website or calling 254-5290 ext.0. Is there a book you have always intended to read or a subject you wanted to explore but never had the time? Materials may be reserved via the website or by phone. Staff will gather the items, notify you when they are ready and have them waiting at the circulation desk for quick pick-up. Do you have a question that needs a timely answer? Information requests or reference questions may be emailed via the Ask a Librarian link on our homepage or by phone to 254-5290 ext. 1209.

    We encourage you to make the most of your library from home. This is the perfect time to delve into the multitude of digital resources available for entertainment and education. Sit back and enjoy the wonderful films that stream through Kanopy. Acorn TV offers the opportunity to travel to England from your living room, in the company of engaging characters. Explore a new field of study through The Great Courses. There are countless ebooks and audio books available for download as well. Peruse the possibilities at Classes in a broad array of professional and personal subjects, as well as Mango Language lessons may be accessed on our online learning page

    If you have questions or need assistance connecting to our digital resources please call 254-5290 or send an email to

    Please take care of yourself as we take care of one another,

    Starr LaTronica, Director

  • Four presumed cases in Vermont

    “On March 14, 2020, health officials announced a case of novel coronavirus in Windsor County and one in Washington County. A third case concerns a resident of Westchester County, New York, who is being treated at Springfield Hospital. These cases are considered presumptive positive, pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

    Cases announced previously were in Chittenden County and Bennington County.

  • Bingo at the Brattleboro VFW

    Out of an abundance of caution, the Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road will be cancelling their bingo scheduled for Wednesday March 18th.

  • Vermont Center for Photography says


    We wanted to share with our VCP community that we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend VCP’s normal business hours for the foreseeable future in an effort to to support our community and our country’s efforts to flatten the curve and keep the disease spread as low as possible.

    We will close today, Sunday March 15th, at 5pm and will only be open by appointment on a limited basis going forward. Please email to make appointments.

    We hope to re-open for normal hours on Thursday, April 2nd – but will have to see how things unfold in the coming weeks.

    We could not be more appreciative of your enthusiastic support of VCP and all of our endeavors and hope that you will be patient and understanding in this uncertain time.

    Joshua Farr
    Executive Director

  • Rockingham Library says:

    ” Rockingham Library Closed Starting March 17,2020

    The Library is temporarily closing to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, and all upcoming programs and events are cancelled or postponed.

    We made this decision to support the overall health and wellness of our community and for the safety of our patrons and staff. It was a difficult decision, as we care deeply about serving the public, but it is the responsible thing to do—and the best way to serve our patrons right now—to help minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, especially as our patrons include many seniors and others at high risk.

    Please note that Monday, March 16 we will be open for patrons to borrow books, and we’ll also keep patrons updated through the website and by email.

    We know the Library is a critical resource for residents of all ages, so we are taking steps to support our patrons as much as possible during this temporary closure.

    What if my items are due? Will I accrue late fees?
    No late fees will accrue on materials that were originally due during the closure period and due dates will be extended during the closure period. The book drop will be closed.
    All library cards nearing their expiration dates in March will be renewed until June of this year.
    Are there any resources I can use while the Library is closed?
    Yes. The Library provides a wide array of digital offerings, including e-books and audiobooks for borrowing through our website, research databases and access to other online resources.
    Visit our website to learn more and stay tuned for email updates. You can sign up for updates with the Library’s e-newsletter.
    If you have any questions about your account, overdue items, or to learn how to access digital resources, please contact the Library:


    Virgil Fuller

    Reference & Historical Collection Librarian

    Rockingham Free Public Library
    65 Westminster St | Bellows Falls, VT 05101

    • Rockingham Library adds:

      “Recently, the Rockingham Free Public Library made the decision to close to support the overall health and wellness of our community and for the safety of our patrons and staff, to help minimize the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. While the Library may be closed to the public, the librarians are all still working and are here to help. The Library has provided multiple ways for the community to get in touch. Call (802)463-4270, visit on Facebook and message the Library, chat on our website (go to and click on the blue chat bubble to start a live chat with a Librarian), or email Your helpful librarians will be available to you Monday-Friday to answer any questions you might have.

      Parents who are suddenly finding themselves as homeschool teachers can contact the Library for help finding information and resources and can get assistance organizing fun activities on subjects for them to do with their children. Visit online-activities-for-children-families to discover resources to support their families, or email the Youth Services Librarian directly at Keep an eye on the website soon for information about virtual storytimes and Library programming.

      The Library would like to remind patrons that during this time, the Library book drop is closed and we ask patrons to hold onto materials. No fines will be accrued during this time and all due dates have been extended. Visit to see all that the Library offers online, including downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, free online classes, online reference information, and much more.

      For more information call (802)463-4270 or email

  • BDCC says

    “A Note from Our Executive Director

    Economic & business partners & fellow community members across Windham County and Southern Vermont:

    We are all experiencing significant uncertainty and stress as a result of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 response. This communication contains important information intended to help prepare your business response to COVID-19. Employers and employees should be sure to keep current on the latest information and guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the CDC.

    The primary objective of the BDCC is to create and retain a flourishing business community that supports vibrant fiscal activity that improves the quality of life of all its residents. A crisis of this magnitude creates new challenges for the people, businesses and communities that we all serve. BDCC understands that the state and regional economic response to COVID-19 will need to be on par with those typically seen following a natural disaster. Significantly, the COVID-19 impact is not hitting just pockets of our state as Irene did, but will be impacting every community across the state and nation.

    The good news? In 2011 and 2012, with other local, regional and state partners, BDCC helped implement a three-year, Southern Vermont $3-million dollar federally funded disaster recovery program in the months and years following Tropical Storm Irene. We know how to dig in with our state and federal partners to deliver a regional recovery plan and response.

    Our commitment to BDCC’s mission – creating and retaining a flourishing business community that improves the quality of lives of all its residents – will dictate our response to COVID-19. BDCC will therefore focus on supporting businesses through BDCC’s COVID-19 Business Resiliency Program. Dedicated, full-time staff will fight tirelessly for regional, state and federal resources to be targeted to existing sectors and businesses that have demonstrated strength and viability in the regional economy. Additional direct support to small businesses will provide services and resources to support their resilience, such as:

    Access to working capital through BDCC directly or other local, state and federal partners

    Conducting INSTIG8 Rapid Financial Forecast to support statement of need

    Assistance with narrative formation for various applications

    Access to distributed technology tools through INSTIG8’s Amazon Activate program

    Virtual teamwork guidance

    General business support and assistance

    Please visit BDCC’s COVID-19 Business Resiliency Program for details on small business support. Part of this effort will be to help collect regional impact data to be shared with the ACCD. This data is essential to ensure we access federal assistance, please be sure to take the time to complete the survey tool and needs reporting detailed below.

    We will get through this together- We are Vermont Strong!

    Adam Grinold”

  • Vermont has 8 cases

    According to the health dept website, Vermont is up to 8 cases. They don’t currently have updates on where.

  • Local baseball delayed

    According to The Voice “Sad to report that all registration sessions and the tryout have been delayed until at least April 6.”

  • Brattleboro Retreat says

    “In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak the Brattleboro Retreat’s Office of Continuing Education has cancelled the entire Spring 2020 continuing education conference series.”

  • Green Mountain Power says disconnections and late payment collections temporarily suspended

    “COVID-19 Update: The health and safety of our employees and customers is our number one priority. We have a comprehensive response plan in place to keep the lights on, and you can click on “Important COVID-19 Updates” just below to read the steps we are taking. Also, to lessen any financial hardship the pandemic may have on our customers, we have temporarily suspended service disconnections and other collections-related activities due to late payments. Regular billing continues. Our team meets daily, we’re closely monitoring all developments, and we’ll continue to give you updates. Stay safe!”

  • Brattleboro History Center says:

    “The History Center is closed to the public until further notice.”

  • Vermont counts 12 cases now

    A few more details…

    “A female in her 60s, from Bennington County, is hospitalized at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
    A male in his 60s, of Orange County, is self-isolating at home.
    A female in her 30s, of Chittenden County, is self-isolating at home.
    A male in his 30s, of Chittenden County, is self-isolating at home.”

  • Arts Council of Windham County says

    “Dear Friends:

    The Arts Council of Windham County joins our local, state, regional, national and global community in prioritizing the safety and well-being of all people, by suspending our scheduled public programs for the months of March and April. We will also be moving our volunteer board to remote operations effective immediately in our efforts to reduce exposure risk and ease the burden on our local health care systems.

    During this time, we will continue to be available to ACWC constituents via email and social media. Feel free to contact us at with your questions or needs. We will also be providing ongoing updates by email and on social media, and exploring creative avenues to host virtual gatherings, support, and programming during this time of in-person social distancing. Stay tuned for more information…

    Take care of yourselves.

    In solidarity,
    ACWC Board”

  • The Stone Trust says

    “We have been watching closely as public and private organizations follow the developing recommendations of state officials. In the Northeast, governors have closed public schools, limited public gatherings, prohibited on-premises consumption at restaurants and bars, and restricted travel for state employees. We support all attempts to flatten the curve, so we are postponing all workshops through April 5. We must also cancel Spring Certification Test Day on May 1, due to the travel challenges likely to present for the examiner traveling from England. In addition, we are postponing The Stone Trust 10th Anniversary Celebration events to September, trusting that by then we can all gather safely and in good health.

    If you are currently registered for the 1-Day Contractors Introduction on March 28, the Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling on April 4, or the Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshop on April 5, we will be in touch with you by email in the next few days with some alternative dates. Should those dates not work, you will receive credit towards another workshop or a full refund.

    As the public health situation continues to clarify, we will revise our 2020 course schedule as necessary to protect participants, instructors, our families, and communities. Of course, we will keep you informed. We intend to prioritize rescheduling workshops for which there is a high level of interest, as well as those courses most helpful to people preparing for the fall certification test, which we have rescheduled from September 25 to September 18.

    We appreciate your enthusiasm for Stone Trust programming and thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility as we, our nation, and the world determine the best paths for addressing the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As a small nonprofit, an interruption to our programming can have a significant impact. If you are able, please consider donating, becoming a member, purchasing a gift certificate for books and tools, or registering for a future workshop.

    May all stay well and healthy,

    Amy-Louise Pfeffer

    Executive Director”

    • Stone Trust adds

      “Dear Supporters of The Stone Trust,

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Stone Trust is postponing all workshops and events at least through the end of May. We will reschedule as much as possible from June or July through the end of the year, prioritizing 1) workshops for which there is a high level of interest and 2) workshops that support people in successfully completing certification tests scheduled for September 18. After consultation with our instructors, we will publicize a revised 2020 course schedule on or before April 1.

      We are happy to refund your workshop tuition or to credit towards future workshops. If you are able to consider the latter option, we would very much appreciate it. This kind of situation can have significant short- and longer-term repercussions for a small nonprofit. Please email us at if you would like us to process a refund or hold a credit. Participants who have already registered in spring workshops will be receiving an email with similar information.

      Many of you are members of The Stone Trust. Thank you for expressing the value of our work to you through your membership. Your membership fee helps provide reliable income that we depend on to keep The Stone Trust operating. We feel especially grateful for the funding you provide as we negotiate this challenging time.

      This morning, we heard from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain that “the DSWA Trustee Board has cancelled all events, activities, etc both at branch and national level until the end of June, which is disappointing but probably necessary.” Let us all weather the disappointments and embrace the opportunities the situation presents. Most importantly, may we all support each other in keeping well and secure.

      With good wishes,


  • Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic will not be open Tuesday, March 15

    We’re sorry to announce that the Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic will not be open Tuesday, March 15.

  • Governor Scott says all bars and restaurants to close Tuesday; take out and delivery OK

    “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. I am ordering the closure of all bars and restaurants statewide. Establishments may continue to offer food for take-out and by delivery. “

  • Vermont Humanities says:

    “Dear Friends,

    We often use the story of Ferdinand the Bull in our early literacy programs. If you recall, Ferdinand’s friends run and jump around the field to prove that they’re the ones who should be chosen for the bullfight. But Ferdinand chooses a different approach. He opts to just sit quietly and smell the flowers.

    Our current situation is not one of our choosing. And we know that this is a very stressful moment for many in our community. But it may be time to sit quietly and take a moment to reflect, especially for those of us with the option to do so. Cultural organizations like ours can support public health by pausing our work.

    Vermont Humanities is postponing all of our public events through May 15, due to the increasing number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases worldwide, and in response to the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to cancel or postpone all public events that may draw over 50 people.”

  • Grace Cottage says

    “Dear Grace Cottage Community Members,

    I am writing to inform you about Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital’s preparedness for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients, our caregivers, our employees, and the communities that we serve. Our hospital, our rural health clinic, our outpatient services, and our retail pharmacy are all open and we continue to offer the professional and compassionate care that we are known for.

    Three possible cases of COVID-19 presented to our Emergency Department during this past weekend. Following our safety protocols, we tested the patients; the Vermont Department of Health has since informed us that, fortunately, all three tests were negative. To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Windham County, Vermont.

    For the past few months, we have been making preparations for coronavirus. We have been working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Vermont Department of Health to implement procedures and protocols, which include:

    Educating employees about screening for, testing, and treating COVID-19

    Escalating our cleaning and disinfection procedures in all areas of the facility

    Signs have been posted for patients and visitors at all entrances, reminding them of the warning signs of COVID-19

    We have limited the number of access points to the facility, and employees have been stationed at key entrances to ask all patients and visitors if they have a cough, feel as if they have a fever, and/or have had a known exposure to someone with COVID-19

    We have a patient isolation room, if needed, in the hospital, and a patient isolation area in the rural health clinic offices
    Additional hand-hygiene stations have been added to what we’d already had in place throughout the campus
    Those entering the cafeteria must first wash their hands, and changes have been made to the food service process

    We have temporarily suspended all volunteer programs, wellness classes and programs, and non-essential meetings in our facility, including those held by outside organizations and agencies

    We will be implementing drive-up testing for patients who have been pre-screened on the phone by Grace Cottage. This service will allow these patients to remain in their cars while a nurse who is wearing personal protective equipment swabs their noses

    What measures should you take to protect yourself and your loved ones?

    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Twenty seconds of washing with soap and hot water is best, but an antibacterial sanitizer is acceptable if that’s what is available
    Practice social distancing by maintaining an area of six feet from people outside of your household
    Avoid events with large numbers of people, and also avoid hugging, shaking hands, or other greetings that involve physical contact.
    If you need to cough or sneeze, use the crook of your elbow or a tissue and throw the tissue out immediately
    If you develop a fever, a cough, or have trouble breathing, call your primary care physician or nearest Emergency Department. Do not go to a healthcare provider or clinic unless you’ve called ahead first

    As the situation evolves, Grace Cottage remains committed to educating and caring for our community, patients, and staff. We continue to screen patients, train and educate staff as more information becomes available, adjust hospital and clinic processes, and educate everyone on how to keep themselves and our community healthy. Change is constant, especially when it comes to COVID-19, but some of the best advice we can give is to pay attention to the CDC and your state’s Department of Health websites. If you can, get plenty of sleep and good nutrition, and take a walk outside on trails or walkways that are not crowded.

    Please stay safe and as healthy as possible,

    Doug DiVello
    President & CEO
    Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital”

  • Experienced Goods Closed

    Dear Friends,

    In an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Brattleboro Area Hospice has decided to close Experienced Goods until further notice. This decision was made out of concern for our staff and fellow Vermonters given the increase in confirmed cases and the latest amendment of the executive order from our state government which limits social gatherings.

    We understand how important our store is to the community and especially to our client and donor base. It is vital that we try in the coming weeks to slow the progress of this virus, and we want to support the prevention of its spread.

    Please know that as soon as Brattleboro Area Hospice feels comfortable with reopening Experienced Goods we will do so.

    Please refrain from leaving donations outside the store while we are closed, as we will not be able to receive them and they will not benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice. It is also important to keep the area outside our doors clear in case of fire or other emergencies that would require clear entry to the store.

    Thank you for your support and understanding, and may you and your family and loved ones remain healthy throughout this unprecedented event.

    Stay Connected

    Like us on Facebook

    Support Our Work

    Brattleboro Area Hospice |

    191 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

  • WVEW 107.7 fm

    WVEW is closing the very-shared studio until further notice.

    That won’t stop local DJ’s, though, nor local programming. Efforts are underway to train DJ’s to do shows remotely. It might take a week or so to get things worked out, but you can look forward to local independent radio again in the near future.

    Tune it at 107.7fm or online at

    (Disclaimer- I do a show there…)

  • Brattleboro Food Coop

    Our Shareholders are rightly concerned about the Novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, and have asked how the virus is affecting the Co-op. Stay tuned to this page for regular updates.

    New Co-op hours starting March 20th: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    Curbside pickup is available NOW; 10 – 2 pm daily. See website for details:

    • Co-op also says

      “As we continue to navigate the ever-changing situation of this pandemic, we encourage you to remember self-care and kindness to others.

      Here at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, we are, like co-ops everywhere, balancing the needs of our customers, some of whom are vulnerable, with the needs of our staff, some of whom are also vulnerable. In an effort to limit exposure to and from customers, we are reducing store hours so that we can fully stock the store in the mornings, clear most of our staff out of the aisles during open hours, and then regroup an evening shift after closing to sanitize and front shelves.

      We started the first ever experimental curbside pickup on Thursday, and more customers are beginning to use this option. Our hope is that the vulnerable populations use this option rather than coming into the store especially for their safety. We will continue to expand the phone line answerers and order selectors as we “redirect” our staff to this option, which will make this curbside option easier for you to use.

      Bottom line: please be patient with us as we explore ways to serve you the best way possible, while protecting our staff as much as we can. We love them, and we love you, and we are trying very hard to be here for the long haul, whatever that may mean.

      For more updates check our website daily:

      Thank you, and please continue to take care of yourselves.


  • FYI, One case in Windham County (Sun, March 22)

    The VT Dept of Health page says that there is one reported case in Windham County.

    • Updated - Five Cases in Windham County (also Sunday March 22)

      They updated their site and now there are five reported cases in Windham County.

      Wash hands. Social distance. Stay in!

  • Everyone's Books says:

    “Everyone’s Books will be open by appointment-only starting Monday, 3/23. We will limit the # of customers in the store at a time. You can call 803-254-8160 from the door or in advance to make an appointment. More order options:

  • Label Shopper closed

    “At Label Shopper, we care deeply about our staff, customers and communities and want to be sure that we keep them healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. Out of an abundance of caution to the communities we serve, we are closing all our retail stores. We will be reopening April 1, subject to any state regulations.”

  • Windham Wines closed

    “Dear Friends of Windham Wines,

    In this day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute world in which we are living, we have floated plans to remain “open” with curbside-only delivery, to deliver wines within a particular radius of the shop, and always the option of closing completely until this crisis passes.

    As the news from here gets grimmer, and the news from Italy just heart-breakingly tragic, we have decided that if there is any chance that we are transmitting one COVID-19 cell to any of you, it is not worth it. For now, Windham Wines is closed.

    We will send out emails to keep in touch, and we want to hear from you. Let us know how you are, what you are reading, how you are spending your time. We can share some of these ideas in our emails. Here is a poem ( ) to provide some hope that we will emerge from this crisis different, and maybe even more connected to one another.

    Our thoughts are with you, hoping that we will see each of you again under conditions that are safe for all of us.

    With best wishes.

    Marty and Frank”

  • Vermont has 75 cases

    As of Monday Mar 23 around 1:30 pm, Vermont Dept of Health reports 75 cases in Vermont.

    5 in Windham County.

    12 in Windsor County; 4 in Bennington County.

  • Governor Scott orders telecommuting and work from home

    ” Governor Scott on Monday signed an order directing all businesses and not-for-profit entities – to the maximum extent possible – to put into place telecommuting or work- from-home procedures, no later than 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23. He also told Vermonters to prepare for a forthcoming announcement on further restrictions and a stay-at-home directive.
    • Ordering “close contact” businesses, including gyms, fitness centers and similar exercise facilities, hair salons and barbers, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlors to close all in-person operations no later than 8 p.m. on Monday, March 23.”

  • Vermont has 95 cases

    As of 1 pm March 24, 2020, VT has 95 recorded cases.

    5 in Windham Co. 15 in Windsor Co. 9 in Bennington Co.


    New Hampshire has 101 cases, btw. 1 in Cheshire Co and 1 in Sullivan Co. (Their bigger concentrations seem to be in the lakes region (due to the hospital?) and in the suburbs of Boston that spill over – Grafton and Rockingham Co’s.)

  • Vermont has 123 cases

    As of Mar 25, 2020 at 1:30, Vermont Dept of Health site says 123 cases, 8 deaths in Vermont.

    Windham County now has 7 cases. Windsor Co up to 17. Bennington Co is at 11.

  • Vermont has 158 cases, 9 deaths

    Windham County holding at 7…. social distancing and closing down seems to be helping around here. Bennington and Windsor Counties are steady today, too.

    Chittenden Co. is up to 75.

  • Vermont has 184 cases, 10 deaths

    Windham County reporting 9 of those cases. Windsor Co reports 18 and Bennington County is at 13.

    BMH is adding outdoor tents and screening areas.

  • Yellow Barn says:

    “To Our Yellow Barn Family

    In this singular period of shared apprehension, so many of our musicians and audience members are holding on to the hope that Yellow Barn will be active this summer. We share this hope and believe in its importance.

    As we consider this coming summer, balancing information at hand and that which remains unknown, our collective health and that of each individual is of utmost concern and the sole basis of any decision that we make. In addition to following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Vermont Department of Health, we are benefiting from sources of information beyond those that are readily available through the media. We have also spoken with every musician participating in this summer’s festival to fully understand the particular needs and challenges that we are facing together.

    Yellow Barn is fortunate to have enough flexibility to wait until early May to make final decisions about our summer. Our reason for waiting is to know how best to provide Yellow Barn experiences, while also ensuring the safety of our musicians, our audiences, and our town.

    In the meantime, we are developing and enacting ways of supporting our local community during this time, including bringing Yellow Barn Music Haul to food drops in partnership with schools and food pantries, playing recorded music for families and volunteers. We look forward to sharing more as our projects unfold.”

  • Vt has 211 reported cases

    As of Sat, Mar 28, Vermont is reporting 211 cases and 12 deaths.

    County-wise, Windham is reporting 9 cases, Windsor has 18 and Bennington is at 15.

    State-wide, 2,374 tests have been given. 304 people being monitored. 425 have completed monitoring.

  • 235 Cases reported in Vermont

    As of Sunday Mar 29 at 2pm, VT is reporting 235 cases, 12 deaths.

    Windham County reports 11. Bennington Co at 16 and Windsor Co at 18.

    Statewide, 3,701 test have been conducted. 301 people being monitored. 428 have completed monitoring.

  • The Spinnery says

    “The ground has shifted again since we last reached out to you. In compliance with Governor Scott’s call to shelter at home, the Spinnery will be ceasing production until further notice.

    While we are maintaining this quarantine, we will have easy access to email but not voicemail. If you would like to reach us, please send us an email message at and we will respond as soon as possible.
    Our yarns and patterns remain available through our website. We will be able to continue shipping to our friends who have self-quarantined with more than enough time on their hands to devote to making. While our quarantine is in effect, we are offering FREE shipping on orders over $50.

    You can stay up to date with Spinnery developments by reading our blog and following our Instagram Feed for weekly sales and other crafting inspiration, We hope to publish more regularly so that we can share information on what we are working on from home, what is inspiring us, as well as what some of the small fiber producers that we’ve spun yarn for are up to.

    Thank you for your support. We hope to be able to return to business as usual soon, and we wish you well. In the meantime, until we see you next, Happy Knitting!”

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