Smart Meter News

The following newsletter is being distributed by StopSmeters.org, a Vermont organization with a mission “to educate the general public about the adverse health effects of microwave radiation and the health and privacy impacts of wireless smart meters.”


StopSmeters: Nightmare in Maine, Electrosmog, WiFi

To follow up on the outrageous news from Maine; Central Maine Power’s  (CMP) “Smart” Meter project calculations were a tad off. Instead of $25 million in projected savings, through “efficiencies” etc…  there’s a deficit of approximately $80 million (that’s the low estimate…) Maine’s PUC is initiating an audit to get to the bottom of this debacle. CMP would like to pass the buck to customers with an 8% + hike in rates each year for the next five years. 


Brattleboro Selectboard Vacancy – Interviews

BCTV had live coverage of the interviews to fill the vacancy on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Update: It’s over now. They reconvene at 6:30 pm to make their decision.

Good answers from candidates Michael Bosworth, Steve Cormier, Ian Kiehle, and Donna Macomber.


On Exhibit: Paintings by Dale DiMauro

On Exhibit Main Room: Paintings by Dale DiMauro 
June 2013   

The artist’s statement:

As long as Dale DiMauro can remember, he has always loved to draw and create things. DiMauro developed his appreciation for the local landscape when he was a boy exploring Putney with his two brothers. Later he earned his degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. 


4 Movies- 4 Nights This Summer

4 Movies- 4 Nights This Summer, Library Meeting Room

Bring a Comfy Camp Chair

Get to the Library for free movies this summer, brought to you by the newly formed Teen Advisory Board.

Hold the dates and times below in your calendar:

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 PM, 2011 romantic comedy starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell.


B4 Peace Arts/ Namaya Art Rat at Clearwater Festival June 15-16

Clearwater Festival with the B 4 Peace Team/ Namaya Art Rats was a wonderful success.  Thousands came out for the Peace Arts Projects at this amazing festival of music, and activism by the beautiful Hudson River.

We had so many volunteers and helpers with the B 4 Peace Faires. The art projects included: Inevitability of Peace – a 9 foot tall pyramid of steel with a peace wreath encased in 300 pound block of ice that melted with a single “candle” over several days: 


Youth Services Drops Golf Balls from Helicopter to Raise Funds for Youth

Brattleboro, VT—Youth Services announced today its newest fundraiser, a helicopter golf ball drop raffle in which one lucky individual is guaranteed to win $3000 with a once-in-a-lifetime ride in a helicopter thrown in for good measure.

The Golf Ball Drop will take place on Wednesday, July 31 at the Brattleboro Country Club’s 9th Fairway between 5:30 and 6 p.m., at the conclusion of Youth Services’ 28th Annual Youth Services Golf Tournament, though winners need not be present to win the money, according to organizers.


Estey Organ Museum Announces Special Open Days

Estey Organ Museum will be open for special extended hours the weekends of June 22 – 23 and June 22-23 to welcome members of the Organ Historical Society who will be traveling to and from the OHS 2013 Annual Convention being held in Burlington June 24-29.

The museum is located in the former Estey factory complex on Birge Street in Brattleboro, and features displays of various styles of reed organs as well as a playable, walk-through, 1915 Estey pipe organ. Many of the other instruments on display are also playable, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a turn at playing them.


Kay Curtis Retrospective Exhibit Opens Saturday at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro, Vt. — An exhibit by Brattleboro artist Kay Curtis now graces gallery spaces at All Souls Church through the end of July. One of Kay’s larger paintings, “Diversity,” from a series she based on themes in the All Souls Covenant spoken from time to time at worship services, hangs permanently in the church parlor.

“Say Something New!” is a collection of twenty-one other works of Kay’s art created over the past thirty years. “I had great fun placing new marks on earlier work, and revisiting who I used to be,” Kay shares. “I took photography in college but have never shown the photos I love to make. In the spirit of this, showing new things seemed possible.”


The Loose-Knit of Worldkins in a Virtual Fishbowl

Being a Five- Light town, Brattleboro , has long been kept in a fishbowl where its local activities are open to public view in the tri-state area.

iBrattleboro, on the other hand, is in a virtual fishbowl where all manner of lively extranet conversations take place.

As a species of the genus microcosmos, we worldkins here are not far removed from a city of 8 million. The superficial differences are obvious but this corner piece of real-estate, proportionately speaking, has a knit of a tighter weave that is a daily, simulated reality of character interaction.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/17/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 6/17/13

                   Monday June 17

1:00 am       Artists ala Mode: March 2013- Electric Fence

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Danger Men Cooking: #008 – Guest, Chef Michael

5:00 am       Dummerston Conservation Commission: Got Bats?

6:30 am       True North Reports: Conservative Environmentalism


Safe Surfing

A couple years ago, I became leery of the amount of tracking Google engages in when anyone types a search term into their search engine. The last meaningful Google search I did was to find a safe alternative to Google, which has turned out to be . Unlike Google, which uses your IP address to track your searches as well as your movements around the web, StartPage.com does not record your IP address and does not track users of their service.


Weekend Concert: Singles Weekend

Everybody wiped out this week and no one was able to come up with a concert to share.

So, instead of full concerts, you are invited to share the equivalent of a video single. It can be an official video for a song you like, or a something that isn’t quite a full concert, but worth noting. (Save the full concerts for other weeks.)


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers

Twilight Music continues its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 16 with newgrass and contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers.  The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Putney Food Co-Op, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Inn, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


West Brattleboro Village Day, Saturday June 22

On Saturday, June 22, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its third annual West Brattleboro Village Day, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on the Village Green in front of the fire house.

The event promises to be fun for all ages! The Village Day will feature a bouncy house, juggling acts, trapeze demonstrations by Circus Arts, and hula hoop demonstrations by Alotta Hoopla! The Brattleboro Fire Department will have a fire truck on display and the Sheriff’s Department will be showing off their new rescue vehicle purchased after Irene caused damage in hard-to-get places. In addition there will be a pie contest and 50-50 raffle.


French Masterpieces for A Midsummer’s Night

It is probably safe to say that the Fauré Requiem is one of the most popular and performed pieces of music in the entire choral literature. And for good reason: Fauré captured the essence of all that is beautiful and transporting in a format that is modest in size, but huge in concept. 


The No Film Film Festival

Falls Area Community Television (FACT TV) invites film lovers and budding filmmakers to attend the premier screening of the No Film Film Festival submissions on June 29, 2013. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Opera House, with music provided by the Intercept.
“The No Film Film Festival is truly unique and can only be experienced to be adequately understood,” FACT TV Director Jacob Stradling said. On June 29th the films will premiere on the largest screen in southern Vermont at the world renowned Bellows Falls Opera House, “the only public viewing of these genre bending 1980s movie mashups,” Stradling said.


5:45 Live- 6/11/13

         

5:45 Live dishes out all the best Heifer/Summit footage on a
week-long special that includes Gun Sense VT founder Ann Braden talking
Bratt’s Newtown vigil, Lydia Mahan talking NFI’s beanbag toss, and
Bernie Sanders talking Student Debt.

Which link is right for you? Find out by . 

Higher than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- High Def Link

Lower than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- Standard Def Link


Escuelita Spanish School expands its Brattleboro offerings!

Many of us had frustrating experiences “learning” a foreign language in school. We were taught the grammar rules before we could speak and understand the language, and after several years of study we could conjugate verbs but couldn’t hold a conversation. Escuelita’s classes use current brain and language acquisition research to create classes that allow our students to truly acquire the language faster than they imagined possible. Our classes are not only effective– they are extremely fun. Every class is different because they are completely personalized to the students in the group. Together, the class co-creates stories and wacky situations (ever notice how it is the strange/funny details that stick in your brain?)– entirely in 100% comprehensible Spanish!