First Tuesday

I know I said I would provide updates for those who are interested called First Tuesday. They were supposed to take place on the First Tuesday ofevery month. Sorry… I really have no excuse, but rest assured I have not been idle. I have updated the deceptions website so everything is now is in one place (movie, magazine, You Tube Channel and PegMeda write up for “Pants on Fire.” Additionally I am now setup to do an ongoing blog from this site.


We’re All Downstream

This past weekend, I went up to the White River Indie Film Festival, to see the screening of Chasing Ice. Missed it when it was here.

For those who don’t know, this film is a record of the retreat and melting of the glaciers. Twenty something cameras were set up to automatically take a picture an hour, for three years. A composite video was made to show the change to ice forms and landscapes.

The film is breathtaking, sobering, depressing…actually beyond description. The vanishing glaciers, and unprecedented melt astounded the expectations of all participants.


Beginners Tai Chi Series in Putney

Interested in learning Tai Chi? Medicine for the People is offering a new Beginners Tai Chi Series starting May 17th in Putney. This 14 week series covers the basic building blocks of Tai Chi movement — increase stregnth, flexibilyt and vitality. Tai Chi Chuan is often described as a moving meditation; after practice, one feels invigorated, clear-minded, and peaceful.


BMH Center for Cardiovascular Health Welcomes Daniel Walsh, M.D.

The BMH Center for Cardiovascular Health announced cardiovascular surgeon Daniel Walsh, MD, will begin seeing patients in its offices starting Monday, May 6.

Dr. Walsh has been a member of the medical staff at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire since 1987. He will be at BMH every other Monday between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 PM to consult on a variety of arterial and venous diseases, including aortic aneurysm, carotid disease, peripheral arterial disease, venous disease, renal artery disease, hypertension, stenosis and mesenteric ischemia.

“Having Dr. Walsh here to evaluate and treat vascular disease adds another element of care we can provide for our community,” says the Center’s Medical Director, Mark Burke, MD, adding that Dr. Walsh will also be available as a consultative resource for the BMH Center for Wound Healing.


BMH Breast Care Program Receives Komen Grant to Improve Accessibility

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced its Comprehensive Breast Care Program was awarded a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation in April.

According to Kelly McCue, RN, MSN, nurse navigator and administrator for the BMH Comprehensive Breast Care program, the grant will be used to support accommodation of patients with disabilities and improve accessibility to mammograms and other breast imaging services.


What Shrub Would Fit Here?

Does anybody have a shrub recommendation for us?

Here’s what we need:

a shrub/bush that will be about 6′-8′ and dense (a good natural screen) and tough and/or resilient to having snow sliding off a roof onto it.

We’ve considered and rejected privet, beauty bush and forsythia.

Any ideas?

Thanks!


Aquaponics Introduction and Workshop

Around the world, humans are rediscovering aquaponics, an ancient way of cultivating fruits, vegetables, and fish together in closed systems that recycle water and nutrients. One of these humans, Mark Crowther, lives in West Brattleboro, and has constructed “barrelponic” systems in which he has been growing cold weather crops year-round in his home, with the help of a school of minnows.

Mark Crowther would like to share what he has learned with you. During this introductory presentation, Mark will talk about the history of aquaponics, the environmental benefits, and the basics of creating a system that works. Aquaponics may be a way to greatly increase the amount of food that can be produced locally, especially during cold months.


Cheese, Cheese and More Cheese

At last…Brattleboro Cheese and Cafe is opening today for business!! It’s been a long,sad wait for all the cheese lovers in town but at 11 AM today we can go to their gorgeous new shop at 39 Main Street and indulge ourselves. Welcome back, Brattleboro Cheese!!

You have been greatly missed!


BMH Receives Grant for New Cancer Rehab Service

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced it has received a grant from an anonymous foundation. This grant fully funds the training and implementation of the STAR Program into its Rehabilitation and Oncology Departments.

STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) is a national certification program developed by Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. The program provides hospitals and health care providers with the tools and training needed to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment.


The Putney School Fundraiser for Rwanda

On May 11th, The Putney School students are available to help with yard and housework, such as raking, trimming, or painting. Money earned by Putney School students during the work day will support CHABHA, Children affected by HIV/AIDS organization in several ways including establishing a weaving workshop in Kigali. In July a group from Putney school will bring looms and yarns to Rwanda. They will teach young Rwandans to weave, giving them with a source of income to provide for their education and healthcare. Your support will make this possible.

For more information or to request students for a project go to this website: www.Tinyurl.com/bo8flrd


Home Energy Challenge Tour Features Local Homes

Homeowners and landlords interested in saving money on their heating bills are invited to a group tour of four Brattleboro homes on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Diverse in size, style and age, the homes have all been retrofitted to save energy. The contractors and homeowners will be on hand to talk about the energy-saving features of each home.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for folks to see a wide variety of energy-efficient homes in their community, and to learn from contractors and homeowners about how to cut energy bills”, said Paul Cameron, Director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, one of the organizers of the tour. “The typical Vermonter can reduce their energy bills by 20-30% through a home efficiency project, an average annual savings of $1,000.”


BMH Auxiliary Hosts Discussion with Governor Madeline Kunin, May 8

The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a community wide event with former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin on Wednesday, May 8 at the New England Youth Theatre.

Based on her 2012 book The New Feminist Agenda (Chelsea Green), Kunin’s discussion will address longstanding concerns about opportunity and family responsibilities, including innovative work/family policies embracing affordable quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work. “Can women and men unite on sensible and fair family/work issues?” she asks in her book The New Feminist Agenda. President Bill Clinton states: “In this important new book, Madeleine Kunin argues that empowering women to succeed at home and at work is both good economics and good social policy. She presents a convincing roadmap for how we achieve that vision, and calls on all of us to be part of a brighter future.”


Prescription Drug Take Back Day – Saturday April 27th 10am-2pm

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of accumulated unwanted and unused prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of these medications. Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring your expired and unused medications to one of the following locations.


Object in Putney Road Last Evening?

Did anyone else have to swerve to avoid a tire or similar-looking object lying in Putney Road between Eaton Ave & Vermont Ave around 8pm last night (Monday 4/22)?  We sacrificed a mirror to one of those telephone poles right next to the southbound lane (he ones all scarrd up from being hit by other vehicles, plow blades, etc).  Nothing seen in daylight this morning except mirror fragments by the pole.


CRVBL Opening Weekend Roundup

By Kevin McElhinney–CRVBL

The Claremont Cardinals, Chester Crush, Walpole Wild Blue and the Newport Polar Bears all notched wins as the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League opened its 12th season of play last weekend.

Claremont began its defense of the 2012 CRVBL title with a 16 – 6 win over the Putney Fossils at Barnes Park in Claremont. The first six Cardinal batters reached base and Gerry Thompson knocked in two runs with a bases loaded single. Claremont’s Nate Duford hit a homer, a triple and drove in three runs while teammate Bob Myers had three hits and scored four runs. Colby-Sawyer College alum Jon Nicholas picked up his first win for Claremont. Richard Bissell took the loss for Putney but on offense had a base hit and scored a run.


Gadowski Appointed Medical Director at BMH Center for Wound Healing

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has named Gregory Gadowski, MD, as Medical Director of the BMH Center for Wound Healing, scheduled to open May 9.

Dr. Gadowski has received intensive training in wound treatment from BMH’s partnering organization, Healogics. Under his direction, the Center’s trained staff of physicians, nurses and technicians will work with patients to set up individualized treatment programs utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), negative pressure therapy, bioengineered tissue and biosynthetics to treat open sores and heal wounds.

In addition to his new role as medical director, Dr. Gadowski will continue his practice at Brattleboro General Surgery, a member of BMH Physician Group. He is a graduate of University of Chicago Medical School and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.


BMH Hires Lynne Vantassel as Center for Wound Healing Program Director

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has hired Lynne Vantassel as Program Director for the new BMH Center for Wound Healing, opening in early May.

Vantassel will be responsible for achieving clinical, operational and financial results at the center. Prior to joining BMH,

Vantassel served as the Director of Global Program Management at WPP in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BSBA in Business Management from Western New England University.

“We’re very fortunate to have someone with Lynne’s qualifications on board as we launch the Center for Wound Healing,” says Greg Gadowski, MD, who is the Center’s Medical Director. “She has done a terrific job already just making sure we are fully prepared for our opening next month.”