CRVBL Weekend Roundup


By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

The defending Connecticut River Valley Baseball League champion Claremont Cardinals held off a surprisingly strong effort by the winless Brattleboro River Rats and came out with a 6 to 3 victory in recent CRVBL action.

The game at Claremont’s Barnes Park featured strong pitching by Claremont’s Mike Wells and Brattleboro’s Todd Bell, both of whom pitched complete games. Cardinal third baseman Justin Pierce singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in two more, while John Waitekus of the River Rats went three for three with a pair of RBI.

Fresh Today at Wednesday Market in Brattleboro

Come on down RIGHT NOW to the Wednesday Farmers Market, 10-2, by the Coop. What’s fresh: Spring Garlic! Strawberries! Sugarsnap Peas! Salad Mix! Rhubarb! Cabbage! Greenhouse cukes and peppers! Beautiful flowers!
Anon’s Thai and Loaves and Stitches bakery– have you tried a gluten-free Vermont “poptart” yet?
Farm to Family coupons are being distributed on-site at the market today.
EBT and debit welcome! 802-254-8885

Strawberry Day at the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

The Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts a free educational strawberry event this Saturday, June 29th. From 9:30 to 11, sample different varieties of fresh berries and vote for your favorite! Learn about how strawberries are grown, and check out our scavenger hunt for kids!

The Farmers’ Market is open from 9am to 2pm outdoors on Rte 9, in West Brattleboro. EBT and debit are welcome. There’s something for everyone at the market– shoppers find the freshest food from local farms, globe-spanning cuisine, and gorgeous crafts. Strawberry season is here!

This week, Mary Lea, Andrea Larson, and Marko Packard will be playing Swedish music on violin and guitar from 11-1.

Brattleboro’s Colonels Softball team D. 1 State Champs

Congratulations to Brattleboro’s own Division 1 State Champions softball team. I was just reading the Brattleboro Reformer’s sports section. I am quite proud to learn the Colonel’s Softball team are now Vermont’s division one softball champions.

Also answered the fleeting question I had on Friday; “What was all the sirens about?”. Again, congratulations to the team and all the supporters of the team.

Three cheers.

Kurn Hattin to Hold 22nd Annual Golf Benefit Tournament July 17 at the Keene Country Club

WESTMINSTER, VT— Kurn Hattin Homes invites golfers of all skill levels to enjoy a fun day of golf, great food,
contests and prizes while helping to improve the lives of children in need. The 22nd Annual Kurn Hattin Golf
Classic will be held Wednesday, July 17th at the Keene Country Club. The event benefits children at Kurn
Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont, a year-round home and school for boys and girls in need of temporary care as a result of family tragedy, or social or economic hardship.

A Little Poem

In My Good Death 

-Dalia Shevin


I will find myself waist deep in high summer

The humming shock of the golden light.

And I will hear them before I see them and know
right away who is bounding across the field to meet me.

Summer 2013

Summer officially began today at 1:04 AM EDT. 

This photo of the sun was taken in Italy by someone else. 

Date Night (Afternoon)

Short notice but I am looking for a place locally to have a romantic evening/afternoon tomorrow with my husband as we have a sitter! Some daydreams included a bottle of wine/champagne and a room with a Jacuzzi. Are there any places that people know of where we might escape to tomorrow?

Wanted: Downtown Brattleboro Business Owners

Is secondhand smoke a concern to businesses in downtown Brattleboro?

Don’t miss your chance to share your opinion about secondhand smoke in the downtown Brattleboro business area by participating in a focus group on Wednesday, June 26th. This focus group is intended to gather feedback to determine if secondhand smoke is impacting the downtown business community.

VT Gas Pipeline and Other Extreme Energy Projects

Vermonters are building a resistance to extreme energy projects, and exploring how local struggles against extreme energy can support each other. On Tuesday June 25th, 7pm in the Parlor of the Centre Congregational Church, (193 Main Street, Brattleboro) Sara Mehalik of Rising Tide will make a brief presentation about pipeline projects and the Stop the Vermont Gas Pipeline campaign.

Vermont Gas Systems plans to expand a fracked gas pipeline through VT and under Lake Champlain. Landholders and community members are organizing to stop this dirty and dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, to protect the water, the climate and to build community power and resilience.

CRVBL Weekend Roundup


By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

The Putney Fossils, Sunapee Old Lakers and the Walpole Wild Blue all collected wins as the 2013 Connecticut River Valley Baseball League season moved into its second half. All eight CRVBL teams will be in action over the next week.

Putney handed the defending CRVBL champion Clearment Cardinals its second defeat of the season by a 7-2 score at Dummerston field. The Fossils took control of the game with a four run second inning. Richard Bissell picked up the complete game victory, while Steve Kapril had 3 hits and knocked in five runs. Right fielder Josh Coursen of Putney preserved the lead with a spectacular diving catch with a runner in scoring position.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Supper on Saturday, June 22

Guilford, VT– A summer tradition for the whole family, the Strawberry Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, June 22. There will be two seatings to choose from, at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The price is $10 adults, $5 children 11 and under, and $3 preschoolers. For reservations, call (802) 254-9019 or email

The menu features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh baked rolls, strawberries, shortcake and whipped cream, coffee, iced tea, and milk. All proceeds benefit the church, which supports over 20 local programs and organizations that serve the community.

4th Annual Go Skateboarding Day At Crowell Lot

The 4th Annual Go Skateboarding Day is this Friday from 2-5 at the Crowell Lot Skate Park Site. We will have ramps, tons of refreshments, barbecue, contests and prizes as well as music. Should be a great afternoon. Bring your skateboard and tell everyone you can to come support the Brattleboro Skate Park efforts. 

As always, donations are welcome. 

Take care,

Wednesday Farmers Market Open in Brattleboro

The Wednesday Farmers’ Market is back in business for the season and is better than ever!

Open every week 10 to 2 by the Brattleboro Food Coop, there are new farms, Loaves and Stitches gluten-free bakery, medicines and bodywork from Brattleboro Naturopathic, candles and crafts from Wicks and Stones, and for lunch visit Anon’s Thai Cuisine and Newfane Gelato.

Trisko Earns Associate’s Degree

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Christine Trisko earned her Associate of Science degree from Community College of Vermont this past May. Trisko is the Scheduling Coordinator for the Radiology Department.

BMH Director of Radiology Marcy Rushford says the degree improves Trisko’s skills and knowledge and makes her a more rounded employee. BMH supports the personal and professional development of employees by offering a tuition reimbursement program.

Enjoyable Jaunts Beyond Brattleboro

Brattleboro is a lovely place in the springtime, but sometimes, you just feel like going out and experiencing spring somewhere else for an afternoon.  This is especially true if you have out of town guests, as many of us do during the summer.  This year, we took advantage of my brother’s visit to take two very different day trips.  The first was down to Northampton, where we toured the many gardens of Smith College.  The second was a multi-stop drive out to southwestern Vermont where we checked out two lakes and the Southern Vermont Arts Center.  Both trips were great fun with plenty of variety to keep things interesting.

The Gardens At Smith College

BMH Center for Cardiovascular Health Welcomes Phaedra McDonough, APRN

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Phaedra McDonough, APRN has joined the medical staff at the BMH Center for Cardiovascular Health and is now accepting patients.

McDonough has eight years’ experience working in the Cardiology Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene as well as previous experience in the Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is a Cardiac Device Specialist with board certification from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners.