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Check Out The Amazing New Craft Store

We were happy to see that a new craft store had opened up on Main Street in between Mocha Joe's and Sam's. The name of this new business is The Crafty Cauldron, which would make you think it's a Halloween store, but you'd be wrong. The store has a large assortment of different unique and homemade crafts plus natural skin care products. Some of the prices for the different crafts were affordable for those who have a minimal amount to spend.

The two owners are from Massachusetts and they have a long commute to get to Brattleboro. They are extremely nice and understanding.


Real Estate Recovery: Wishful Thinking?

MLS data for Windham County shows median home prices during the first three-quarters of 2014 running 5.26% below median home prices for the same period a year ago.

National real estate and other economic indicators are mixed and increasingly volatile, with even a fragile recovery, uncertain. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reports that prices for existing homes nationwide rose by 4.8% in August compared with the previous year, despite the number of sales slipping by 1.8%.


2nd Annual Career Expo & Job Fair -- Nov. 10 @ BUHS gym


Monday, Nov. 10, Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium

Top employers from tri-state area are coming together to raise awareness of career opportunities; will also recruit for specific job openings. Several schools, agencies also on hand to support job searches, training needs

Whether an experienced professional or a newcomer to the job market, all are welcome to stop by the Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium, Nov. 10, to learn how to advance your career in southeastern Vermont and in the greater tri-state area. More than 20 employers, along with several temporary staffing agencies, colleges, technical schools, and human service agencies, will be staffing informational tables as part of the Second Annual Career Expo & Job Fair organized by the Windham Workforce Investment Board.


Vermont Accountants Selected for Prestigious Top 10 Award

The National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals (NAPAP) has named its 2014 "Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals" for Vermont. The award winners include:

• Jerry Bowin of McSoley McCoy in South Burlington
• Renee Bourget-Place of KPMG in Colchester
• John Davis of Davis & Hodgdon Associates in Williston
• James Donohue of Gallagher Flynn & Co. in South Burlington
• Christopher Goulette of A.M. Peisch & Co. in Saint Albans
• Marcia Merrill of Montgomery Merrill in Burlington
• John Meyer of Pieciak & Co. in Brattleboro


Better Business Bureau: Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft

Join Amy Schram, Community Outreach Specialist for The Better Business Bureau, on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 PM, in the library's meeting room for a program on Scams, Fraud & Identity Theft. 

The talk will  cover the most common tactics scam artists are using to obtain our personal information and steal our identities, the major Red Flags to watch out for, and the precautionary steps we can use to protect ourselves from falling victim to fraudulent activity.


Brattleboro Food Co-op Manager Alex Gyori Announces Retirement

Alex Gyori, a staple item at the Brattleboro Food Co-op for many years, has announced his intentions of retiring. The news comes in the latest issue of Food for Thought, the Co-op’s newsletter to shareholders.

He says in part, “In ten months, and the end of this fiscal year, I will be moving on to another phase of life after 33 years of service to the Co-op. This phase is often referred to as retirement, but I am hoping it will be a lot more than that - I still have plenty of energy and enthusiasm! Nevertheless, the Co-op will benefit from new directions and fresh eyes, so to speak.”


BS&L's Community Appreciation Day!

Community Appreciation Day Friday August 29th from 11am-1:30pm

Tomorrow is the big day! Stop by our Main Office for a veggie burger, hamburger, hot dog, or a fresh baked cookie from the Vermont Country Deli! 11am-1:30pm on the front lawn.

Please bring a cash or non-perishable donation for Load the Latchis and we will make sure it gets down to them for you. See you there!


Dosa Kitchen: South Indian Soul Food Is Open For Business!

Dosa Kitchen South Indian Soul Food, a new food truck, has pulled into 139 Main Street, down the alley leading to the Hooker-Dunham Theater. We'll be here all summer, into the fall, and beyond. This week's hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon till we sell out We feature from-scratch dosas, curries, and chutneys. We favor local produce and never use factory farmed meat. Our menus is gluten-free with vegetarian and vegan options.


Salon Jacque Summer Vacation August 3rd-11th

SALON JACQUE will be closed August 3-11 for our annual week of summer vacation. We encourage our clients to book their appointments as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you after our week of vacation all refreshed and ready to go. To book your appointment with Jacqueline, Krystie, Re, Madison or Brianna please call 802-258-4411



A new eatery is open downtown: Hazel, 75 Elliott Street. Soft opening.

Pizza, BBQ, sandwiches, salads. Some interesting sides: poutine, collards. And some interesting pizza ingredients: Grafton cheddar, pulled pork, crushed peanuts. No anchovies. Kids menu. All sandwiches and pizzas available gluten-free, or gluten-full. 

This message presented in the spare style of Hazel's storefront and interior.


Winston Prouty Center Welcomes Shawna Parker To Its Board

The Winston Prouty Center recently welcomed Shawna Parker to its Board of Trustees.

Parker is a longtime Brattleboro area resident. She is currently the Director of Marketing at World Learning in Brattleboro and Washington D.C., where she has been for the past five years. Shawna brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, including local outreach for a variety of causes, events and organizations.


Social Media Surgery for Non Profits: A Workshop

Join Rob Fish, Nonprofit Advisor and Community Organizer, Vermont Digital Economy Project Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in a workshop, Social Media Surgery for Non Profits on Wednesday 18 June 2014, 7 pm - 8:30 pm at the Brooks Library. 

Does your organization need help using Facebook or Twitter? At this event, we will be bringing social media experts from around the state to work one on one with area organizations. This won't be a workshop like any you have attended before.

Created by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in response to the 2011 floods, the Vermont Digital Economy Project’s mission is to construct more resilient communities, by helping Vermont communities, businesses, and nonprofits better use online tools as a way to speed flood recovery, spur economic development and job growth, and improve community resilience to disasters.


Jon Potter New Executive Director at Latchis


We are very happy to let you know that Jon Potter of Brattleboro will take over duties as Executive Director of the Latchis as of July 1.

Lisa Bloch, President of Latchis Arts and Rick Hashagen, President of Latchis Corp. issued a joint statement, saying "We're delighted to welcome Jon Potter to lead both the non-profit arts component at the Latchis, and the day-to-day business dealings of the Latchis Hotel and Theatre. His relationship to the arts and artists in the area is a big plus to both halves of our equation."

Many of you may know Jon as the creative force behind the arts coverage in the Brattleboro Reformer, having served the past 11 years as editor of Ovation, the paper's weekly arts and entertainment section.


Change at Latchis - Nunziata To Step Down


As you may have heard, after ten years at the Latchis I will be stepping down from my position as Executive Director at the end of June. What a wonderful time it has been.

Most of the wonder comes from the support of people like you, who helped us meet every challenge, from annual appeals to capital campaigns, to facing down the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.


Cannistraci Hair Cuts

I would like to let the loyal patrons of Canistracci's know of the change in ownership. Mark has retired. Jason & Rachael have brought their talents to the shop, now know as 'Main Street Hair Shop' It is always good to see a local business continue operations. Good luck J&R


Essential Digital Tools for Non Profits: A Workshop

Join Rob Fish, Nonprofit Advisor and Community Organizer for the Vermont Digital Economy Project Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in a workshop, Essential Digital Tools for Non Profits on Tuesday 13 May at 7 pm at Brooks Library.

This event provides an overview of the project and services offered, as well as introduction to various tools non profits can use to further their missions. Created by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) in response to the 2011 floods, the Vermont Digital Economy Project’s mission is to construct more resilient communities, by helping Vermont communities, businesses, and nonprofits better use online tools as a way to speed flood recovery, spur economic development and job growth, and improve community resilience to disasters.


2014 Way To Go Commuter Challenge

When the eighth annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 12th, the Brattleboro Smart Commute team will be ready. Members of the Brattleboro Transportation Roundtable will participate with businesses, communities, and schools across the state to reduce commuting costs, pollution, and traffic. Roundtable members include Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Vermont Department of Health, Grace Cottage Hospital, Landmark College, Omega Optical Co., World Learning, Brattleboro Food Co-op, and Marlboro College Graduate Center.


​Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - The Internship Program at BDCC

​Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast
April 18, 2014
Gibson-Aiken Center - Brattleboro VT

The Internship Program at BDCC

Andrew Robinson, Director of Workforce Development
802-257-7731802-257-7731 ext 215


Strolling of the Heifers Welcomes Merchants Bank as 2014 Presenting Sponsor

Strolling of the Heifers has announced thatMerchants Bank will continue as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, Slow Living Summit and Tour de Heifer.

Stroll Weekend takes place June 6-8, with the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade as its centerpiece on Saturday, June 7, followed by the all-day, 11-acre Slow Living Expo, all taking place in downtown Brattleboro.

The Slow Living Summit, a conference on mindful, artful living and connected, resilient communities, takes place just before the weekend on June 4-6, while the Tour de Heifer, a set of 15, 30 and 60-mile farm-to-farm cycling tours, happens on Sunday, June 8.


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