Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunches Re-Open

After a long wait the Brattleboro Senior Meals will be opening for our first Congregate meal on July 8th.  Lunch will be served between Noon and 12:30.  Contact: Cynthia Fisher, Director of Senior Meals, and make your reservation at (802) 257- 1236 or director@brattleboroseniormeals.org. for either our sit down lunch or to order a take out lunch.  Take out lunches need to be picked up between 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

I will be great to see all of the faces we have missed for over a year and a half.


Trumka & National AFL-CIO Back Off VT – No Action To Be Taken Against Vermont AFL-CIO For General Strike Vote

Today 6/29/21] I received a formal letter from National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. In the letter Trumka confirmed that the investigation against us for passing a General Strike Authorization Resolution has concluded and that he asserts we engaged in misconduct based on his (dubious) reading of national bylaws. Trumka also used the letter to attack us for developing a relationship of solidarity with the progressive rank & file caucuses within the non-AFL-CIO VSEA (Vermont State Workers United!) and NEA (Vermont School Workers Action Committee). But in the end, he stated that he would NOT take any disciplinary action against us at this time. This is a major win for Union democracy within the AFL-CIO, and the Vermont AFL-CIO is proud of our conduct, commitment to social justice Unionism, relationship building within the broader pro-Union left, and our fidelity to the defense of democracy. We may be one of the smallest and most rural States in the nation (with a population of just over 600,000), but here in Vermont our membership is growing and we are not afraid to lead. And lead we shall!


Why Don’t We See More Masks?

Engaging in usual forms of commerce makes one believe that the pandemic is a thing of the past. I find it extremely frightening that more people are not wearing masks in public because the science does tell us that not enough people have been vaccinated to provide the kind of herd immunity that we might need to protect all of us.

Fifty four percent of the U.S. population has received a first dose of vaccine and 47% have received a second dose. That means that as you go about your daily business about half of the people you see should be wearing masks. Of course, the vaccination numbers vary by state. Vermont has a vaccination rate of 82% for a first dose and 75% for a second dose. Massachusetts is at 70% for a first dose and 61% for a second dose.

Even with those numbers we still should see a quarter to a half of the people we engage with on a daily basis wearing masks. It is just not happening. Most places, as well as the CDC, have lifted mask restrictions for vaccinated people and have let the unvaccinated rely on their conscience to do the right thing.
Guess what? It ain’t working. The daily numbers of new COVID cases and deaths are declining but more than 600,000 Americans have died from the disease and it has become clear that most of the recent deaths are in people who have not been vaccinated.


Brattleboro Heat Advisory Notice

 The Town of Brattleboro urges everyone to drink plenty of water, wear light clothing, and stay out of the heat as much as possible during the current heat wave. 

People who need some cool air can visit the Senior Center at the Gibson Aiken Center (207 Main Street), Brooks Memorial Library (224 Main Street), the Central Fire Station (103 Elliot Street), or the West Brattleboro Fire Station (16 South Street). 


Life Out Of Balance

From this chart we see that in 10,000 BCE (12,000 years ago) wild animals comprised 100% of the total vertebrate biomass on this planet. Today, wild animals comprise only 4% — less biomass than the cats and dogs that we humans keep for pets. The world’s cattle now comprise a greater biomass than all other animal species combined. Now you can believe that methane from cattle can make a deadly difference.


Annie Guion of Windham County Humane Society To Retire

Annie Guion has announced her retirement from the Windham County Humane Society. Here’s the letter:

Dear Friends,

After 14 years of the best work of my life and my most fun and fulfilling job to date, it is time for me to move on to the next adventure. My partner is retiring and we are planning to pursue some long-held dreams and check some items off the bucket list. I love the Windham County Humane Society (WCHS) and in order to ensure a smooth transition, I will be staying through the end of 2021.


Good Time To Hike Wantastiquet

On Wantastiquet, the trail is dry and the mountain laurel is blooming. On June 23, 2021, there was no water on the carriage road trail up to the summit. Not even a puddle. Really, things are that dry. You can wear sneakers. And the mountain laurel will be in bloom for another week. Invasive mountain laurel is everywhere on Wantastiquet, unfortunately, but it sure is pretty for these two weeks. It doesn’t bloom well at lower elevations, so you won’t see blossoms until the 7th hairpin turn (out of 9). The blossoms are much better if you continue past the summit towards Mine Ledge. (The trail after the antenna tower is narrow. I found a tick on my arm within three minutes. Past the summit, tick precautions are necessary.)

The view from the summit is disappointing now. The scruffy oak trees were last cleared out in 2009. Now they block most of downtown Brattleboro. Instead, you should take the side trail at the 6th hairpin turn to see the view from the lower lookout–the preferred spot for Brattleboro panoramas for 165 years. I’ve posted the two panoramas I took today on iBrattleboro’s photo section. It was a post-thunderstorm morning with low humidity–perfect for a photo. There’s even some mountain laurel in bloom on that side trail. That outcrop will have good blueberries in two weeks.


Thugs, Politicians and Guns

I can’t stop being outraged at the lack of action by politicians on the issue of gun control. It would be easy to become insensitive to the daily reports of mass shootings in this country but every time I hear about one I become more and more depressed because I know that nothing will change in my lifetime, if ever.

This lack of action makes it clear that the U.S. political system is controlled by amoral, unethical and inhumane people. It is fueled by self-interest and the only time that things get done is when politicians think they can get more votes or more financial support in the next election.

Gun control is not about guns or mental health. It is about a failed political system.


Brattleboro VFW Breakfast/Lunch Info. Public Welcome to All Meals

Breakfast every Wednesday and Saturday from 6am-10am. Public welcome, as are to-go’s. Breakfast specials are offered every Wednesday, and the special for this Wednesday the 23rd will be the meat lover’s omeltte with toast for $7.50. Also offering corned beef hash, eggs cooked your way, homemade pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and more.

Listed below are our $7 lunch specials offered Thursday’s and Friday’s. Also selling burgers, fries, etc. during our lunches that are served 11:30 am-1:30 pm.


Is Youth Services’ Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Raffle a Perfect Father’s Day Gift?

Youth Services’ Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, a hallmark of Youth Services’ Annual Golf Tournament, is a game of chance with incredible odds, according to Cathy Coonan, Chair of the Youth Services’ Board of Directors. Coonan described the $100 balls as a perfect gift for a Dad on Father’s Day, as no assembly is required and a $3000 cash pot putting a smile on anyone’s face.

Balls numbered 1-100 are purchased, Coonan said, loaded into a bucket and transported by helicopter over the 9th fairway at Brattleboro Country Club where they are dropped from a 20 feet height. The owner of the numbered ball which lands closest to the pin collects $3000 cash.


Brattleboro VFW Breakfast/Lunch Info. Public Welcome to All Meals

Selling hand made burgers, chicken wings, fries and more Saturdays in June. Starting at 12pm until 4:30 pm

Breakfast every Wednesday and Saturday from 6am-10am. Public welcome, as are to-go’s. Breakfast specials are offered every Wednesday, and the special for this Wednesday the 16th will be three slices of French toast with real maple syrup for $5.50. Also offering corned beef hash, eggs cooked your way, homemade pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and more.


Big Harvest

Edible-Weeds

Almost entirely edible weeds from my raised beds, with just a few kale leaves included.

I am seriously NOT uprooting weeds, just cutting them down to within an inch or two from the ground so that they can grow back. The idea is that if they do not block sunlight from my crop plants, and if the soil is so rich that it can feed plants even if they are close together, then the weeds will not hurt my crops. In fact, at a couple of inches tall, these weeds act like mulch, keeping the soil from drying out.


Re-Create Yourself

Our species is living longer and that means that we have to become creative as we look for ways to exercise and stay mobile during our advancing years. I started inline skating more than 25 years ago and it has always been my go-to exercise.

But bodies change and age takes its toll.

I had hoped to keep skating as long as I could walk but that proved to be an unrealistic goal. Osteoarthritis has forced me to recalibrate my expectations as I try to deal with worn out joints and spine and spinal cord issues.


RoboCalls

I’ve come to expect RoboCalls. I usually get 3 or four per day. Some days I get none.
However, today I keep getting them. I estimate I’ve received at least twenty, so far.

¿Wassup?


Brattleboro VFW Breakfast/Lunch Info. Public Welcome to All Meals

Selling hand made burgers, chicken wings, fries and more Saturdays in June. Starting at 12pm until 4:30 pm

Breakfast every Wednesday and Saturday from 6am-10am. Public welcome, as are to-go’s. Breakfast specials are offered every Wednesday, and a western omelette with toast will be available Wednesday June 9th for $7.50. (Ham, onions and peppers)