Saturday Rally for the Climate & Against the Pipeline

About 50 people rallied in Brattleboro on Sunday for action on climate change and in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.  The latter, if built, would bring petroleum from Alberta, Canada to ports in New England for trans-Atlantic shipping, but at terrific cost to the environment in Alberta and the climate in general.  A contingent of students from Williams College made the trip to Brattleboro, a number came from down in the Pioneer Valley as well as from up valley.

Aaron Shams Helminski, MD, Joins BMH Hospitalist Staff

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced Aaron Shams Helminski, MD, has joined its Department of Hospitalist Medicine.

Dr. Helminski attended University of Vermont in Burlington for both his pre-med and doctoral programs. He completed an internship in internal medicine at University of Hawaii in 2011 and returned to UVM/Fletcher Allen to complete his residency in 2013, where he was chief resident. He resides in Putney.

BMH Adds Insurance Exchange Navigator to Community Health Team

The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Community Health Team announced the hiring of Joan Bowman as a Navigator for Vermont’s new insurance exchange program.

As a trained and certified Vermont Health Connect exchange navigator, Bowman’s role is to make sure individuals, families and small businesses in Windham County understand their options and have access to the tools and resources needed to apply for health insurance.

Free Parenting Class: Guiding Good Choices

Come learn the skills to keep your child safe! Guiding Good Choices is a free five-session workshop that aids parents and/ or caregivers of 4th through 8th graders. The course covers how to set clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, how to control and express anger constructively, promote family bonds, and prepare kids with “refusal” skills for that time down the road when trouble may tempt

Stand Up For A Child! at Windham County Family Court

Right now, there are children involved in the Windham County Family Court who need your help. They don’t need your money – just your time and attention. In some cases, these children have been abused, neglected or caught in the middle of a custody dispute – but they all have the same need: to have a judge-appointed advocate who will look out for their best interest. To be a Guardian ad Litem, you needn’t have any specialized experience – just a willingness to volunteer your free time, strong interpersonal and communication skills, a passion for helping vulnerable children and the ability to think critically, be assertive, work with others effectively, and use sound judgment. Training is provided, and the personal reward is immeasurable.

Found in Brattleboro: Two Roosters

This morning tow lovely roosters found their way to our hen house. They are pretty birds but do not belong to us.

Since we live in town we are unable to have Roosters. If you are missing your roosters please let me know. If you would like two free roosters please let me know. Free to a good home. 

Weatherization Skillshop in Brattleboro Sept. 21

Learn to Weatherize. Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Would you like to reduce your energy costs by making significant energy improvements? And be eligible for up to $2,600 from Efficiency Vermont?

Each Skillshop will cover:

Air-Sealing. This is the key to increasing comfort and reducing fuel use—though potentially dangerous if not accompanied by proper ventilation. We’ll show you how to manage air flow in a building and how to tighten things up safely.

Insulation. There are ways to waste money on the wrong insulation and application. We will show you how to choose and install insulation correctly for your building, whether it is an historic Victorian house or a modern mobile home.

Farm to Family Coupons Still Available for WIC Families!

Use your Farm to Family coupons at the Farmers’ Market!:

Farm to Family coupons for WIC families may still be available at your local Department of Health office. If you have not yet received coupons or have multiple eligible people in your household, you may still be able to get coupons. The Farm to Family coupon program helps you buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at 62 participating farmers markets around the state.

Coupons are distributed through September 30th, 2013 and can be redeemed until October 31st, 2013. Please visit or call 1-800-649-4357 to find out if there are still coupons available at your district office and if you are eligible.

For more information about the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market, please call 802-254-8885.

Bob Bowman R.I.P.

Bob Bowman was one of the aforementioned “Senior Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Government Officials (who) Question the 9/11 Commission Report”. He was my fraternity brother at Rensselaer, and at my request, he spoke in Brattleboro on several occasions, discussing 9/11 and other events.

Early in his Air Force career, he was an “Interceptor” pilot, stationed at Andrews AFB near our nation’s capital. According to him, his job was to sit around for hours at a time drinking coffee.

Unless or until somebody flying a plane strayed outside of where he was supposed to be.

BMH Center for Cardiovascular Health to Hold Open House, Art Exhibit, September 18

The Center for Cardiovascular Health at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital invites the community to an open house on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:30 to 7:0 PM. Located on the top floor of the Richards Building, the Center provides a single point of care for patients with heart and cardiovascular disease.

According to Medical Director, Dr. Mark Burke, the new Center enhances the cardiology team’s ability to focus first and foremost on caring for the individual and on providing efficient and timely services with improved access both for patients and providers.

“The Center for Cardiovascular Health is new model for care in our community,” says Marcy Rushford, Director of Radiology & Cardiology at BMH. “The team is working together not only in the Center, but across the organization and larger community to improve patient wellness and outcomes. We hope that inviting our community members in, they can learn more about the changing face of healthcare in Southeast Vermont.”

Iyengar Yoga in Brattleboro and Saxtons River

Iyengar Yoga classes start this week in Brattleboro and Saxtons River, taught by veteran teacher Chris Beach. Chris has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for 27 years and teaching for 16 years. He has studied in Pune, India, with the Iyengar family four times and is a student of a wide range of senior teachers including Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, and Gloria Goldberg. He is certified at the Intermediate Junior III level. 

Second Death Café To Be Held On September 16th

Brattleboro Area Hospice will once again host the Death Café. Part of an international movement that started in Europe (, the Death Cafe is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly. The free event will be held in Brattleboro on Monday, September 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm at The Works Bakery Café, 118 Main St.

People who came to the first one reported Brattleboro’s Death Café experience as comfortable, supporting a full range of emotions – from tears to raucous laughter, easier than anticipated, energy charged, inspirational and fun.

Kids Day at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

Attention Young Crafters/Bakers/Gardener/Creators! This Saturday, September 7th, is KIDS DAY at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market! Kids are vendors, too– bring things you’ve made yourself, but no cookies from mixes or craft kits, please. The Market is open from 9 to 2, outdoors on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro. Produce is beyond bountiful now, with late summer melons and peaches, tomatoes and peppers, epplants and garlic, plus fall crops like fresh apples.

There’s something for everyone at the market– from gorgeous crafts, globe-spanning cuisine, humanely raised meats, artisan cheeses, even local fruit wines and hard cider! Picnic tables, children’s play area, and ample parking make the market a really nice destination on a Saturday morning.

Train the Brain to Retain: A Workout for Memory Enhancement

Two Brattleboro residents, one Dummerston resident and one Putney resident have put their minds together to help other people keep their minds sharp.

latest brain research has scientifically revealed that our mind-body connections can have a positive influence on our health. A new class offered by NEPNI, the Northeast Psycho-Neuro-Immunology Institute, explores evidence-based brain research while offering techniques and practices to “Train Your Brain” for the purpose of healing and memory enhancement. Individuals with concerns about memory and brain function as well as professionals looking to diversify and broaden their practices can all benefit from these classes.

Produce is Amazing at Wednesday Farmers Market

The best produce of summer and early fall is in at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market, 10-2, downtown by the Co-op. Local farmers are bringing tree-ripened juicy peaches, fresh zesty apples for fresh eating and pies, plums, raspberries, blueberries, watermelons, pears, and more.

Tomatoes of all sizes and late summer squash, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, herbs and greens, cucumbers, and much more are filling tables. Shoppers can make their own bouquets of cut flowers, stop at Anon’s Thai Cuisine lunch cart, and take home maple syrup, preserves, and baked goods.

EBT and debit welcome. Please call 802-254-8885 for more information.

Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy

If you feel older than you want to or think you should, your joints are getting as swollen as your brain feels some days, or you know someone with chronic pain, do whatever you can to get yourself and everyone you know in the same position to Brattleboro, VT, Tuesday, Sept 3, 6-8pm to hear the latest from international pain expert Devin Starlanyl at BMH in Brew Marry CR 3. Starlanyl, medical researcher and long term patient herself, co-authored new release “Healing through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction”. Starlanyl says “Our Primary purpose is to educate the patients and caregivers, and the medical community, of the complexity of chronic pain conditions that when properly diagnosed, may ultimately end a world of suffering.”

Mystery Rock

For years, I’ve been looking at this stone which I collected off the shoreline of the West River, up towards Williamsville.  I’ve not been able to figure out what it is.  Do any of our amateur (or professional) geologists know?

Although not obvious from this photo, the stone has a strong blue-green cast and is crystalline in nature.  The broken area at the top shows the crystal form somewhat, if you look closely.  There are a lot of stones of this type in the river around the area where I found this one, and I thought now would be as good a time as any to enlist the expertise of the community to finally identify it.