Your local check of the October numbers. We continue daily and limited-weekend COVID-19 dashboard numbers from the Vermont Department of Health, and MA and NH counties that surround Brattleboro. We’ve also added weekly variant updates. Scroll down the new comments for the latest.
I. Call to Order and Quorum Check
II. Review of Agenda
III. Review and Approval of Minutes from September 2021
IV. Review of Compliments and Complaints from BPD
The Windham Southeast School District is seeking volunteers to serve on an Independent Budget
Review Committee. One volunteer from each of the district’s four member towns (Brattleboro,
Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney) will be appointed.
The four-member committee will prepare a report that will assist participants at the March 15,
2022 Annual District Meeting to engage in a meaningful discussion of the school budget and to
vote in an informed manner on the warned budget article.
The Brattleboro Selectboard held a long meeting Tuesday, discussing union contracts, BMAC, selectboard goals, and more.
The big conversation, though, was about the creation of a $200,000 fund for alternatives to policing. The board was pretty happy with it, but the public wasn’t sure they could be trusted.
Holidays are lethal. The undue stress of celebrating holidays wrecks the health of our little golden biosphere. Holidays are also not necessary for our personal well-being, and, in some cases, they are stressful and unhealthful to too many people.
Since the turn of the 20th Century when southern soft drink brands started using Santa Claus as an advertising ploy to increase soda sales in the northern winter markets, the lethal nature of human holidays has been tearing earth’s resources asunder.
Oscar Wilde said, “Give me the luxuries, anyone can have the necessaries.” Even Oscar Wilde would agree today that consumer carnage holidays are a luxury we can no longer afford. The fact that too many of the holidays are religious-based means nothing in the context of people hell-bent on the self-destructive nature of continuing holidays.
I. CALL TO ORDER – 12:00 Noon – David Schoales, Board Chair
II. Executive Session – 1VSA §313(a)(1)(A) – Contracts
D.M.I. Paving (a contractor of the town) will be paving in various locations in the coming days.
Wednesday, October 20th, paving will take place at Moore Court.
Thursday, October 21st, paving will take place at the intersection of Park Place and Linden Street Work is expected to happen between 10 am and 12 pm. Southbound traffic on VT Route 30 will be detoured to Cedar St. for the duration of the work. Please plan your trip accordingly.
I thought I’d share the scene we did for Crowdsourced Cinema VT’s production of Jurassic Park, now viewable on BCTV and other streaming places.
35 teams of Vermonters participated, and were each assigned scenes from the film randomly. Ours was the scene where they first arrive on the island and see their first dinosaurs. As you might expect, I chose to do animation. (Others used live action, puppets, animals…)
I. CALL TO ORDER – 5:00 p.m. – David Schoales, Board Chair
II. Executive Session – 1VSA §313(a)(1)(E) pending or probable civil litigation or a prosecution, to which the public body is or may be a party.
Monday, October 18, 2021
4:45 am Media Mentoring Project – Media Strategy For Events 9/29/21
5:55 am Landmark College Presents – Andrew Stein – Cat in the Shadows 9/21/21
7:00 am All Things LGBTQ – 10/5/21
8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast
9:00 am The World Fusion Show – Ep 112 – Mike Block
9:30 am Education and Enrichment for Everyone – The Need for Justice Reform 10/1/21
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MENU
Oct. 18 Franks & Beans
Seniors are being bombarded with advertising for Medicare Advantage plans because the open enrollment period for Medicare is from October 15 to December 7. Insurance companies make piles of money if people switch from traditional Medicare to an Advantage plan.
The Advantage plans were created to move Medicare into the private marketplace and provide a financial windfall for the insurance companies.
They are good plans if you never get sick because the initial premiums are low and you get a few extra benefits not available in traditional Medicare.
But if you try to use the insurance in an Advantage plan you are subject to network restrictions and out of pocket expenses. It is not uncommon for a plan to have you pay $6000 out of pocket if you need care.
Come to HatchSpace’s new woodworking shop, get some tablesaw practice and leave with an elegant little box! In this workshop we will use the tablesaw to cut dados, rabbets, and some raised panels, and the router table for a little bit of detailing. You’ll learn how to accurately fit small pieces together, and work with some lovely local hardwoods to make a simple box for keepsakes, tea, tiny spice jars, or even recipe cards! Whether you’re brand new to the woodshop, or have experience and want some practice on the tablesaw, this workshop will guide you safely through some simple techniques for working with small parts accurately. No woodworking experience required.