Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast notes – “A ‘Sneak Preview’ of the Slow Living Summit “

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast, Gibson-Aiken Center – Brattleboro VT – A “sneak preview” of the Slow Living Summit

Presenter: Martin Langeveld –

Mention the “Strolling of the Heifers,” and one ordinarily thinks of the weekend parade, this year scheduled for Saturday, June 8. And for good reason as surveys have demonstrated attendance during the Strolling weekend from 26 states and 400 zip codes. It has certainly helped to put Brattleboro on the map, ranking eighth among the –


Ask-a-Cop: Following Too Closely

“I often drive to and from Brattleboro on Rt 30, and often see extreme examples of tailgating. I usually set my cruise control close to the speed limit. This often results in a backup of cars behind me, and sometimes the car behind me doesn’t honor safe stopping distances.

Do they still teach about stopping distances in Driver Ed? Is there a specific law against driving too close?

What’s your advice in a tailgating situation? On a road like Rt 30, it’s not practical or safe to pull over and let all the other drivers speed by.”


Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

Terms of many Brattleboro committees and boards expire on June 30 of each year. The Town is looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board – 6 vacancies, 3-year term
Arts Committee – 4 vacancies, 3-year term
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming) – 2 vacancies
Brattleboro Housing Authority Representative – 1 vacancy, 5-year term
CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee) – 3 vacancies, 2-year term
Conservation Commission – 1 vacancy, 4-year term
Development Review Board – 2 vacancies, 3-year term
Development Review Board Alternate – 3 vacancies, 1-year term
Energy Committee – 2 vacancies for 3-year terms; 2 vacancies for 2-year terms
Energy Coordinator – 1 vacancy, 1-year term


Vermont About to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana

The Vermont House passed today, accepting changes made by the Vermont Senate and sending the bill to the governor’s office to be signed into law. If signed, it will go into effect July 1, 2013.

Governor Peter Shumlin said “I applaud the Legislature’s action to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Vermonters support sensible drug policies. This legislation allows our courts and law enforcement to focus their limited resources more effectively to fight highly addictive opiates such as heroin and prescription drugs that are tearing apart families and communities.” 


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The fourth installment of the 2012 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2013Payments made after May 15, 2013 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance. 

The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2013. Payments made after May 15, 2013 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance. 


Farmers’ Market Open Rain or Shine

This Saturday, May 11th, the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market hosts music by Animaterra, Keene’s women’s chorus, from 11 to 1.

Thinking of Mom? Celebrate Mother’s Day with gifts from our local artisans: at the market, you’ll find beautiful pottery, beaded and metal-smithed jewelry, wooden crafts, fabric scarves, soap and body care items, and lots more. Farmers, bakers, and chefs offer treats galore for your Mother’s Day brunch and beyond.

Now is gardening time! There’s no better place to buy seedlings for your garden than from farmers at the market. You’ll find hardy, healthy plants of all kinds to grow bodacious vegetables, herbs, flowers, and perennials.


Strolling of the Heifers Seeks Volunteers

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is fast approaching, and the organization is still in urgent need of volunteers to help make it happen.

Stroll Weekend was recently named one of America’s “Top 10 Summer Festivals” by travel-oriented website Livability.com. As always, Stroll organizers say, it will draw tens of thousands of people from far and wide to the area during the weekend of June 7-9. 

“We can’t pull it off without a lot of time and effort  contributed by volunteers,” said Vick Friedman, the event’s volunteer coordinator, “but it’s very rewarding — everyone who comes to our events is in a great mood and they really appreciate all the things our volunteers do.”


Brattleboro Cheese Shop Is Open (Again!)

After having to unexpectedly close for most of the winter, Brattleboro Cheese makes its triumphant return to Main Street!

The “little shop that could” reopened a few weeks ago, directly across the street from its old location.  Now you may find your favorite cheeses at 39 Main Street!

Brattleboro Cheese is the only full-service cheese shop in the area.  This means all of the shop’s fine Vermont, New England and imported cheeses are cut-to-order by friendly, knowledgeable individuals.  None of the cheeses are pre-cut nor are they wrapped in plastic.  This ensures the cheeses are sold at their peak quality, and customers are given the opportunity to try a cheese before they take it home. 


Annual Way To Go! Commuter Challenge Set To Take Off With Big Prizes and Big Fun

The seventh annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 13th, and it’s generating a lot of excitement. So far, 130 businesses have signed up to participate, and more than 1,500 commuters are pledged to take part. In addition, Governor Shumlin has officially proclaimed May 13th-17th as “Way to Go! Week” in Vermont to voice his support for the effort, which saves money while reducing air pollution and congestion on the state’s roads.

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of transportation options among commuters by encouraging them to travel in ways other than driving alone. Participants pledge to take the bus, bike, walk, carpool, car share, or telecommute during the week of the challenge, and become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including gym memberships, ski passes, hotel stays, transit passes, and much more.


Vermont Quit Partners Impact State’s Communities

Person–To-Person Contact Increases Success Rate For Smokers Who Want Help To Quit

Windham County — The Vermont Department of Health announced it is launching a campaign to introduce the to Vermont tobacco users. The statewide network includes 50 Quit Partners and 15 community health teams.


Green Mountain Camp – Remembering & Reconnecting Reunion

On Saturday May 18th from 5 to 9 PM, Green Mountain Camp will be celebrating 96 years of memories at their reunion for friends and alumnae! Whether you are 9 or 90, there will be pictures, songs and stories to remind you of your magical time at Green Mountain Camp.

Come see what has changed at the camp and what has stayed the same. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, s’mores, and singing around the campfire. During the evening there will be guest appearances by past GMC directors.


Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast – Invitation

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast – Slow Living Summit – A Sneak Preview

The next “Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast” will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

Martin Langeveld will give a sneak preview of the Slow Living Summit — a gathering of local, regional, and national leaders, experts and concerned citizens around topics in sustainable living, resilient communities and inner transformation happening in downtown Brattleboro June 5th through 7th.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes – May 7, 2013

Attend the Brattleboro Selectboard meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Center and learn about bonding options for the Poilice Fire facilities project, refinancing of the Honeywell energy project, options for compressor replacement at the skating rink, and grants to improve the intersection at Union Hill and Western Avenue.

The police will request a mobile data terminal to help catch terrorists, and to be used in conjunction with the license plate reader recently acquired via Homeland Security funding. The previously-postponed Paint the Pavement Pilot Project perhaps will get permission to proceed, we’ll learn more about the town’s solar energy plans, the West River Park will get lighting, and more.

Watch on BCTV, live or streaming, and tune in here Wednesday for a recap.