T’is June 2021, and we continue daily COVID-19 dashboard numbers from the Vermont Department of Health, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, and MA and NH counties that surround Brattleboro. Scroll down the new comments for the latest.
The Housing Coalition of Southeastern Vermont will host a free, virtual Landlord Summit on Thursday, June 24th from 8:00 am to 9:30 am. People interested in attending can register at tinyurl.com/93ruu7tk.
The purpose of the Landlord Summit is to educate residential property owners about available financial resources and new housing policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly new opportunities connected with the recently-passed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These resources include mortgage assistance, rental assistance, and an anticipated second round of the grants for rental property rehabilitation. The Summit will also include an update from the Town of Brattleboro on recent changes to zoning policies designed to promote development of new rental units.
Youth Services’ Helicopter Golf Ball Drop, a hallmark of Youth Services’ Annual Golf Tournament, is a game of chance with incredible odds, according to Cathy Coonan, Chair of the Youth Services’ Board of Directors. Coonan described the $100 balls as a perfect gift for a Dad on Father’s Day, as no assembly is required and a $3000 cash pot putting a smile on anyone’s face.
Balls numbered 1-100 are purchased, Coonan said, loaded into a bucket and transported by helicopter over the 9th fairway at Brattleboro Country Club where they are dropped from a 20 feet height. The owner of the numbered ball which lands closest to the pin collects $3000 cash.
BrattRock, a youth rock festival organized by Youth Services, is seeking bands and solo musical artists from around New England to take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro on Saturday, Sept. 25. This is BrattRock 2021, the sixth annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival and the first live festival since before the pandemic.
Performances will take place on a outdoor stage, with indoor stage available for inclement weather, between approximately 5 and 10 p.m. Gates open to the public at 4:30 pm. In addition to up to five continuous hours of live music, the festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts activities, and games. All are invited to attend this fun-for-all-ages community event.
Cabot, Vermont, 6/15/21 – With over 80% of Vermonters having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and nearly 72% of us fully vaccinated, today [6/15/21] the Governor declared an end to the State of Emergency and the termination of pandemic related social restrictions. It is significant that Vermont is the first U.S. State to reach an 80% vaccinated rate. It is also significant that throughout the pandemic Vermont suffered only 24,339 known COVID infections and 256 total deaths; both our infection and mortality rate were the least in the Nation compared to the 49 other States. And while even a single death is a regrettable tragedy, stacked against Alabama’s half a million plus cases and 11,000 (and counting) fatalities, it’s clear that we fared better than most. And while we are not out of the woods yet, we have also emerged with the 5th lowest unemployment rate in the Nation at 2.9% (Texas by comparison is at 6.7% while Florida is at 4.8%).
How did we do this? Well, while much of the South and other parts of the country fretted about masks being an infringement of civil liberties and the vaccine being part of some insane conspiracy, Most Vermonters from the get go cared about their communities, abided by social distancing, wore masks (even before any mandates came into effect), and worked collaboratively in making our society resilient in the face of hardship.
The Brattleboro Selectboard held their final Zoom meeting Tuesday night. Their next meeting, July 6, will be in person (with a hybrid mix) at the Municipal Center in the Selectboard Meeting Room. The Governor says it must be so.
Water shutoff will resume, in November. The board also approved of a financing plan for the water treatment plant on quite favorable financial terms, Tri-Park finances were re-financed, a process for gathering information for a new town website was presented, and committee members were appointed.
Call to Order
Review and Approve Minutes of previous meeting.
On the record review of Cases/Public Hearings to be reviewed under the Brattleboro Land Use Regulations. Pursuant to 24 VSA §§ 4464(a)(1)(C) and 4471(a), participation in this local proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal.
2021-50 Groundworks Collaborative Foundation, Inc; Mixed Use Neighborhood District; request for Site Plan Approval to demolish existing structure, retain existing masonry fireplace; construct new 2-story, wood-framed, saltbox-style building for social services use at 60 South Main Street; Tax Map Parcel #325266.000
Windham County is again being used as a temporary military operations area, with loud jets buzzing the area for about six hours a day. The 104th Fighter Wing of Westfield, MA is in training.
Does Keene still have their tank? Maybe we could borrow it for defensive actions, if required, against aerial attack.
I. CALL TO ORDER – Kelly Young
II. Approval of Previous Minutes – March 19, 2021
III. One Percent Requests
IV. Format of Upcoming Meetings
BCTV Channel 1075 schedule for the week of 6/14/21
Monday, June 14, 2021
4:30 am The News Project – Press Pass – 6/4/21
5:00 am Keeping Up with Senior Solutions – Ep 17 – Windsor County’s Senior Center Directors
5:32 am The Manchester Community Library – 2021 Poetry Salon
7:00 am Southern Vermont Live Music – MOD (Molly on Drums) Gallery Walk May 7,2021
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast
9:00 am The World Fusion Show – EP 103 – Maetar
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
June 14 Egg Salad Sandwich
Potato Salad w/Veggies
Selling hand made burgers, chicken wings, fries and more Saturdays in June. Starting at 12pm until 4:30 pm
Breakfast every Wednesday and Saturday from 6am-10am. Public welcome, as are to-go’s. Breakfast specials are offered every Wednesday, and the special for this Wednesday the 16th will be three slices of French toast with real maple syrup for $5.50. Also offering corned beef hash, eggs cooked your way, homemade pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and more.