Every week, The Commons mails newspapers to libraries and schools throughout Windham County, and beyond. Of course we do! Part of our mission is make sure that honest, award winning reporting is available to all, regardless of ability to pay.
Now you can help further our mission. Only $75 guarantees a library or school delivery of The Commons for a full year. Join our Sponsor-a-Library program today! Click here (and select â€śSponsor a Libraryâ€ť when asked â€śApply My Donation To.â€ť)
Weâ€™d love to help you with your ads! Please let us know a little bit about your advertising and your needs, and one of our team will be in touch promptly. You can also call Jen at 802-246-6397 Mondayâ€“Friday, 10 a.m.â€“3:30 p.m.
Regular ad features
Nuts â€™nâ€™ Bolts (home improvement)
Public Notices (Legal Ads)
Front Page Box
Section Cover Strip Ads
More than a newspaper
The Commons is the public face of a larger nonprofit organization, Vermont Independent Media, Inc.
We came to life from the ground up in 2004, as members of the community became increasingly concerned about the consequences of absent corporate ownership of the daily newspaper in town and the need for local people to have access to the skills to create their own grassroots media.
VIM came to life lovingly and carefully thanks to indefatigable volunteers. The first public programs of the Media Mentoring Project began in 2005, and the first issue of The Commons was published in 2006. The newspaper was published monthly until 2010, when we began a weekly schedule. We are published on Wednesdays 51 times a year.
Recognizing that a vigorous exchange of ideas and information allows democracy to function and is the lifeblood of a community, Vermont Independent Media:
â€˘ creates a forum for community participation,
â€˘ promotes local independent journalism,
â€˘ fosters civic engagement by building media skills
through publication of The Commons and commonsnews.org, and through the Media Mentoring Project.
Nonprofit IRS filings
By law, every 501(c)3 nonprofit organization must make its IRS filings available to the public. Here are ours.
We attempt to keep our small newsroom open during the day on weekdays. But we are sometimes out covering the news, many of us are part-time, and we keep odd hours. We welcome your visit, but please make an appointment so you don't make a special trip.
Directions to the office
We're at 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vermont (the Hooker-Dunham Building).
Editorâ€™s note: Our terms of service require you to use your real names. We will remove anonymous or pseudonymous comments that come to our attention. We rely on our readersâ€™ personal integrity to stand behind what they say; please do not write anything to someone that you wouldnâ€™t say to his or her face without your needing to wear a ski mask while saying it. Thanks for doing your part to make your responses forceful, thoughtful, provocative, and civil. We also consider your comments for the letters column in the print newspaper.
Please enter at least one item.
Please enter at least one item.
Please enter the link of the website
Optionally you can add display text
Please enter the email address
Optionally add any display text
Please enter the link of the image
Please enter the link of the video
This policy contains information about your privacy. By posting, you are declaring that you understand this policy:
Your name, rating, website address, town, country, state and comment will be publicly displayed if entered.
Aside from the data entered into these form fields, other stored data about your comment will include:
Your IP address (not displayed)
The time/date of your submission (displayed)
Your email address will not be shared. It is collected for only two reasons:
Administrative purposes, should a need to contact you arise.
To inform you of new comments, should you subscribe to receive notifications.
A cookie may be set on your computer. This is used to remember your inputs. It will expire by itself.
This policy is subject to change at any time and without notice.
Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions contain rules about posting comments. By submitting a comment, you are declaring that you agree with these rules:
Although the administrator will attempt to moderate comments, it is impossible for every comment to have been moderated at any given time.
You acknowledge that all comments express the views and opinions of the original author and not those of the administrator.
You agree not to post any material which is knowingly false, obscene, hateful, threatening, harassing or invasive of a person's privacy.
The administrator has the right to edit, move or remove any comment for any reason and without notice.
Failure to comply with these rules may result in being banned from further commenting.
These terms and conditions are subject to change at any time and without notice.
No comments yet. Be the first!
Originally published in The Commons issue #78 (Wednesday, December 1, 2010).