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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu July 25 to July 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 25 to July 29


July 25 - Salisbury Steak

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy




Missing Cat - Birdie

Keep an eye out for an old, black cat in the Cedar Street, Forest Square, Chestnut Hill area.

Birdie wandered off a few days ago and hasn't been seen since. She's quite old, very quiet, and polite, and likes to sleep under bushes or in a warm sunny spot. Last seen in the Water Lane area.

If you have a garage, shed, or cellar door that you opened for a while this week, consider opening it back up and taking a look. She may have wandered in.


SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued July 20th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the third day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, July 20th. Volunteers collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams and will continue to do so every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

River users, whether they be swimming, boating, paddling, tubing, fishing, or even just hiking by, can help improve water quality by taking care of the rivers and their shores. The best way is to practice Leave No Trace principles (www.lnt.org for more info), especially disposing of waste, including pet waste, properly. This can keep whatever would have been left behind on the shoreline from washing into the river the next time it rains as well as keeping it aesthetically pleasing.


Why We Need Vacations

For many years, I regarded a vacation as a necessity.  Like the two day weekend, I considered it vital to my health and well-being.  Then I stopped being able to afford the time or money to take a vacation, and next thing you know, a decade and a half had gone by.  Guess what? I lived.  But my body has taken a beating, because the continual ongoing activities of my job — typing, mousing, clicking — are gradually rendering my right arm useless.


Flat Street Runs Dry?

I have heard tell that Flat Street Pub is closing and am sorry to face that prospect. Any other reports?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 18 to July 22

July 18 - Gino’s Hub Cap Pie


Mashed Potatoes & Gravy



Incident in New Hampshire?

I was traveling West on NH Rt 9 about 11 this morning, when more than several NH State Police cars passed me with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Anybody know wassup???


Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Caribbean Food Festival!

Greetings! We invite you to volunteer at Vermont JerkFest (www.vermontjerkfest.com).

We seek committed, enthusiastic and responsible people who would love to join in and contribute, meet new folks, and have a lot of fun! Volunteers get a cool t-shirt, a food voucher to redeem with one of our vendors, and a great time. Seeking volunteers for Friday set-up (10a-4pm); and Saturday - Zero Waste Champions, Set-up Crew, Parking Guides, Kids & Culture Zone, Registration, Vendor Coordination, Break-down, and Runners.

To volunteer, complete the Vermont JerkFest volunteer application here: http://bit.ly/VTJerkFestVolunteer

For more information or questions, contact us at info@vtjerkfest.com 


Behind the Break

It wasn't until I was on a paddle-board at sea, standing-up and looking down at a series of waves, that I could truly see how their power gathers and disperses. While I’ve previously felt the curl’s whiplash on my surfboard and viscerally knew if I was in the right position to catch a ride, it took being both immersed and watching the pattern come and go from above to grok the groove that is wavelength’s expression.

Paddling with only your arms lying on your belly, trying to get up to speed, the wave will inevitably overtake you. Knowing exactly when by feel alone is a hard earned skill. From the line-up, you get an incomplete picture. It’s coming, it’s coming, then it’s past. An iconic example of ‘seize the moment’ if ever there was one. Fundamentally speaking, to surf a wave, you must put yourself in its unrelenting path. A sitting duck.


Speak Now - Vermont Health Plan Premiums Are Headed Up (Again)

As you probably already know, healthcare isn't cheap in Vermont.  In recent years, our state's healthcare has been among the costliest in the nation, mostly due to low population and little competition in the so-called marketplace.  This year, the state's two health insurers -- MVP and Blue Cross -- have again sought rate increases, averaging over 8%.  If you're already struggling to afford healthcare and haven't seen an increase in your income in a while, such hefty increases in insurance premiums are going to take a toll.


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