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Open Studio - Windham Orcherstra and Brattleboro Senior Meals

BCTV Open Studio with Tim Johnson interviewing Windham Orcherstra and Brattleboro Senior Meals.  A benefit concert on March 20th at the Latchis Theater.


An Example of Where Direct Trade is Sometimes Better than Fair Trade: The Cameroon Coffee Project

This article in the Reformer provides the details that I did not in an earlier post.

After reading the article, please consider donating to this effort to make more of Brattleboro's Coffee orhanic and helping the farmers who grow it escape loan rates of 200%. 


Brattleboro Time Trade -- Week of March 8th

This week's listings, arranged without prejudice:

Ubuntu Linux Operating System Help
Kombucha Starter
Legal Writing
Spanish Immersion Weekend
IT Support for Computers and Software


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of March 1st

This week's listings, arranged in non-binary notation: 


Kombucha Mothers
Offering Postpartum Doula Support
Holistic Attachment Mom Available for Childcare
Private Prenatal Yoga Sessions
Membership Share to Costco
Minor Electrical Repair
Local Truffles!
New Yorker Magazines Available


Get Great Coffee as a Reward for Helping African Farmers Get Organic Certification.

A donation for as little as $7 can make a difference, and yes, you get a cafe drink as a reward. It really is that easy.

Mocha Joe's has helped more than 50 farmers get organic certification.(To make the program sustainable they need to certify many more.)

Mocha Joe's is also helping to set up a fund so that the farmers can avoid taking out loans at rates that are as high as 200%. How? By funding the local credit union. Every dollar we raise, helps create that fund, and help the farmers join the credit union. 


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of Feb. 22nd

This week's listings, arranged in geomorphic layers:

Food Prep for weight Loss
Need haircut
Help Install Interior 2-Way Cat Flap Door
Drip, Drip, Drip! - help dealing with a leaky ceiling and falling plaster
Baked Goods Needed For Fundraising Table at CSA/Gardening Event
Homemade Salad Dressing
Help Shopping for Health Insurance


2014 Homelessness Marathon Promo Video

View 16th annual Homelessness Marathon consciousness-raising broadcast promo video (via FSTV), here.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of Feb. 15th

This week's listings, arranged in reverse non-Euclidian order:

PEMF/Chakra -- Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Fields meets Reiki
Land Available in Springfield VT
Brain Wave Fitness
Writing, Editing and Proofreading


Paid Sick Days are a Vermont Value

By David Van Deusen*

We, in each of our towns, and throughout Vermont are, together, a community. As Town Meeting approaches, I trust that all of us, regardless of your particular political persuasion, agree. And as a community we do well to agree that one does well, when one’s neighbor does well. This commitment to our friends, family, and fellow residents is old one. When the Green Mountain Boys evicted New York land surveyors, tax collectors, and sheriffs, I do not doubt that they too were motivated by this notion of self-preservation as inalienably linked to community; Freedom and Unity. More recently, we saw this belief manifest during the crisis following Irene. Such acts of human solidarity will never be forgotten. In essence Vermont has a long and proud history of people reaching out in solidarity when their neighbors could use a hand. We are, in a word, a people who embrace and honor the core value associated with the very notion of community as the foundation upon which rests the prosperity of the individual.


Today We Fight Back

You may have noticed a new banner at the bottom of the page. Today, we're using the site to help protest NSA spying on innocent Americans, weakening of encryption standards, being generally creepy without oversight, and making the internet less fun and less useful. It's all a part of a day of action to let legislators know that they should work on reforms. You are invited and encouraged to participate.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of Feb. 8th

The Brattleboro Time Trade and iBrattleboro are exploring ways to advertise BTT members' services & goods regularly on the iBratt website. We will start by simply submitting recent offers & requests as a story, and see what other mechanisms unfold or get developed.

Pickup truck for moving or errands
Eco Toilet Tours
One ticket to a VJC concert
Complimentary Adult Lift Ticket to Mount Snow
Graphic Design
Repair Lamps/Appliances
Solar Energy Site Evaluation


Voting in Brattleboro's Annual Town Meeting

Fellow residents of Brattleboro,

It has come to my attention that at least two, maybe all three, of Brattleboro's three election districts each lack a few candidates for election as voting Representatives to Town Meeting this year.

There is one more business day -- tomorrow, Monday, January 27 -- during which one might pick up a petition at the Town Clerk's office, get only ten (10) signatures of registered voters in their district, and turn their petition in by the end of the day (5:00 PM).


Entergy Volunteers Re-Vamp Morningside Shelter

BRATTLEBORO 1/24/2014 – Over the course of two very long (13+ hour) days, a dedicated team of Entergy employees completed two much-needed projects at Morningside Shelter. As part of Morningside’s Project: Re-Vamp – Design for Dignity initiative, Entergy foot the bill for materials and recruited their skilled employees as volunteers to complete the projects.

On December 13, a crew of six Entergy employees, led by Project Manager Brian Tietze (with technical assistance from GPI Construction), completed a safety repair to the Shelter’s main staircase. The stair treads, which are traversed by hundreds of feet each day, had begun to split and the surfaces had become slippery. The bannister on the staircase had been patched a number of times, and although it had never been in violation of safety codes, Tietze noticed the potential safety hazard in the low height of the railing and made it a priority to raise it to a sounder height.


Basin Farm Fire Recovery Effort

We, at the Basin Farm, Westminster, Vermont want to announce the creation of the Basin Farm Fire Relief Effort. Although we, Niflaah and I, no longer live at Basin Farm we are still very much connected to our friends circumstances there. Already many of our friends and former customers of our Harmony Parking Lot Common Loaf Bakery have responded with aid and sympathy.


Windham County Heat Fund

If you are thinking about buying a car between now and January 2, 2014 consider Brattleboro Subaru. Brattleboro Subaru's Share The Love promotion will donate$100 to any local charity, cause, or person of your choice in addition to the $250 that Subaru donates to a national charity. Please consider directing your donation to the Windham County Heat Fund.           


Chile: Human Rights Arts Project at Villa Grimaldi - Week1

We are in Santiago,Chile for our human rights art project MEMORIA HABLAR DIGNIDAD which is also at our Facebook site by the same name. Last year we were at Villa Grimaldi the Peace Park where thousands of
people were tortured, and two hundred thirty six people were killed by Pinochet's soldiers. The history of this horrific period is well documented at the Villa Grimaldi website.

We schlepped the tower about 25 kilos with the 100 Flowers of peace poems down with us. Our friend Roger did a beautiful job in making the portable tower.  We who normally travel with less than 15 kilos of luggage anywhere, were a bit overwhelmed, and then the airlines charged extra for my guitar.  But we arrived in a nice flat in the downtown.


Project Feed the Thousands 19th Annual Fundraising Kick-Off November 15, 2013

Brattleboro, Vermont – On Friday morning November 15th, Project Feed the Thousands will kick off its 19th annual food drive. The launch will take place at the Price Chopper Supermarket on Canal Street in Brattleboro, with a live broadcast hosted by long time media supporter, WTSA 96.7 FM.

The community goal this year is to raise $100,000 in cash and to collect enough provisions for 200,000 meals. The Project Feed the Thousands Team will collect non-perishable food, personal care items and cash donations on behalf of the thousands of people who face hunger each and every day throughout southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire.


Smoke-Free Zone: BUHS Students Clear the Air in Downtown Brattleboro

Have you seen the blue and orange Smoke-Free Zone stencils on the streets of downtown Brattleboro? Are you wondering how they got there? Check out this video and find out more: http://bit.ly/HLlMm4 

During the November Gallery Walk, BUHS students used non-toxic spray chalk to create Smoke-Free Zone stencils on the sidewalks in front of supporting Brattleboro businesses.

Downtown Brattleboro businesses who supported the project and allowed Smoke-Free Zone stencils in front of their business include Amy’s Bakery, Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, Brattleboro Bike Shop, Brooks Memorial Library, Burrows Specialized Sports, Candle In the Night, Everyone’s Books, Experienced Goods, Gallery in the Woods, Hotel Pharmacy, In the Moment Records, Insight Photography, Latchis Hotel & Theatre, Life’s Little Luxuries, Mystery on Main, Peter Havens, Renaissance Fine Jewelry, The River Garden, Silver Moon Adornments, Taylor for Flowers, Vermont Artisans Gallery and Windham Flowers.


TPP: What You Don't Know Will Hurt You

The TPP is a corporate handout disguised as a trade deal. It gives multi-national corporations unprecedented rights and is being negotiated in secret.

From “Reject Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership Action Page":


Vermont Workers' Center Joins The Root Social Justice Center

The Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC) announced this week that it will officially join the newly created Root Social Justice Center in Brattleboro.  Tonight there will be an opening celebration from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. during Gallery Walk. Stop by to join the VWC and other members of The Root for an evening of celebration, refreshments and activities. The Root is located on the ground floor of the beautiful Whetstone Studio for the Arts building at 28 Williams Street in Brattleboro. The VWC’s Southern Vermont office will be based at The Root, along with other members of The Root collective: Alex Fischer of Open Bookkeeping, Mel Motel of the Just Schools Project, and Angela Berkfield of ACT for Social Justice.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow