Blue Moose Bistro Serves Classic Italian “A La Ken”

Brattleboro, VT – Ken Flutie didn’t realize how his love and passion for food would change him when Italian grandmothers took him under their wings and taught him to cook the old-world or classic Italian way.

Born and raised in New York, Ken Flutie worked in restaurants as a line cook and sous chef with classical to traditional training during college, but when he first started working in retail (his professional career for thirty years) after graduation, the “Nonnas” (term of endearment which pays tribute to all the women and the women they learned from), who taught Ken to cook the Italian way – with passion, flavor and love. The Nonnas took him under their wing, made sure he knew how to cook and enjoy classic Italian home-made foods. Flutie kept his recipes and love of Italian cooking personal by serving family, friends and sometimes catering events until after he retired in 2005 from the retail business working for Phillips Van Heusen/Calvin Klein when he became a professional chef.


Free Parenting Course Begins October 2nd – Childcare is Included

FREE award-winning parenting class, Guiding Good Choices, Wednesdays, from Oct. 2-30.

Guiding Good Choices is a free, five-session workshop that aids parents and/or caregivers of students in grades 4-8. 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 them.


The NeighborWorks HEAT Squad Comes to Windham and Windsor Counties

The NeighborWorks HEAT Squad (heatsquad.org) is Vermont’s one-stop-shop for helping homeowners complete home energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The Squad helps customers of all income levels every step of the way to a comfortable and affordable home – from education and engagement, to scheduling an energy audit, to managing and even financing energy efficiency improvements (single family residences and apartments up to four units).


Please Join SeVWA On The Morning of Oct. 5th For The 17th Annual CRWC Source to Sea Cleanup!

Please join SeVWA for Connecticut River Watershed Council’s (CRWC’s) 17th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup!

On the morning of October 5th help us clean-up some of our most favorite local swimming holes and recreational sites along the West River in Brattleboro, Dummerston and Newfane – be a part of making these locations cleaner and safer for those of us that visit and enjoy these sites, for the wildlife too, and to protect the river’s water quality.


BMH Kicks Off Community Engagement Portion of “The Doorway to Exceptional Care” Capital Campaign

YOUR DOOR HELPS OPEN OURS!

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) announced the start of the community engagement portion of its Emergency Department capital campaign today. The hospital is seeking to raise $3.5 million to renovate and expand the 31-year-old facility.

Co-chaired by Art Greenbaum and Martha O’Connor, a committee of community leaders has spent the past year working to solicit charitable support from the hospital board, the campaign committee and key supporters, as well as from BMH leadership, physicians and employees. Now that over $3 million has been committed they are asking the community to join them in supporting the facility that impacts every life in the greater Brattleboro area.


Wednesday Farmers’ Market: Fall Harvest Downtown! Through October!

Please keep the Wednesday Farmers’ Market on your to-do list- we are open through October!

This small, friendly market boasts orchards and several farms, offering shoppers a ton of great fall produce, storage crops, apples and cider, plus maple syrup, baked goods, flower bouquets, and pasture-raised pork.
Anon’s Thai Cuisine, too.

EBT and debit welcome! 10-2, Wednesdays, downtown by the Brattleboro Food Coop, through October!

802-254-8885


Source To Sea Clean Up Day – Oct. 5th

Wantastiquet Hellgrammites Volunteer for the Connecticut River Watershed Council

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is organizing a volunteer opportunity for those who are eager to help clean up the shorelines of our regional resource of beauty and recreation, the Connecticut River. The Wantastiquet Local River Subcommittee of the Connecticut River Joint Commissions is pulling together a group of volunteers to clean up the island under the Hinsdale Bridge in Brattleboro/Hinsdale.

Meet up at our base camp on Oct. 5th at 9:15 am at the Amtrak Vermonter Train Stop parking lot, 36 Bridge Street, Brattleboro. Look for a big tent. Please join the community of volunteers that day. Gloves, trash bags, and refreshments will be provided.


Need For Help As Your Fellow Community Members

We are desperately seeking a tent as well as a place to pitch it, we are willing to pay anyone that has a large quantity of land or at least a decent amount. … and we are willing to pay quiet a bit to stay there until we are able to find housing. please contact me via FB by private message if you can help and are interested. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!


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
them.


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 www.healthvermont.gov 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.”