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2020 dog licenses are now due

BRATTLEBORO — Dogs and wolf hybrids in town 6 months and older must be licensed for 2020, according to state statute.

Renewal licenses must be processed through the mail, online at, or by dropping payment (checks only) and forms into the black lock box attached to the wooden light pole in the Municipal Building parking lot.

Dog owners seeking to license in town for the first time may do so in person or through the mail by printing the license form from the town website.

If an animal has been spayed or neutered, the certificate issued by the veterinarian must be presented when licensing the animal for the first time.

Vaccination against rabies is required by state statutes before licensing. A current rabies certificate issued and signed by a veterinarian must be filed with the Town Clerk.

Fees are $19 for neutered animals and $23 for un-neutered animals. Trained assistance dogs may be eligible for a reduced licensing fee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual penalties for licensing after April 1 are waived until further notice. Any person failing to license a dog or wolf hybrid may be fined up to $100, and the animal may be impounded.

If a dog or wolf hybrid licensed last year has died or been given away, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 802-251-8157, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BCTV moves to Comcast channels 1075, 1085

BRATTLEBORO — After decades of broadcasting on Comcast channels 8 and 10, Brattleboro Community TV has moved to a new location higher up on the cable lineup for Comcast cable customers.

The new numbers are: 1075, BCTV’s public access channel, and 1085, BCTV’s government and education channel. Both sets of channels have been simulcasting since mid-February, but 8 and 10 were reassigned on May 18 and will no longer carry BCTV.

Southern Vermont Cable customers will continue to find BCTV on channels 8 and 10.

Comcast will include BCTV’s channels on its interactive program guide for the first time, so viewers can use the guide and the television remote to find information about BCTV’s programs and program their DVRs to schedule recordings.

The changes adhere to the terms of Comcast’s Certificate of Public Good, issued by the Vermont Public Utility Commission. The permit enables Comcast to do business in the state and defines the conditions of the company’s relationships with state and municipal entities.

For questions about the new channel numbers, contact BCTV at 802-257-0888 or

Rec. Dept. now taking applications for summer camps

BRATTLEBORO — The Recreation & Parks Department is now taking summer camp registrations.

You may use this link to access the application form:

You may submit your completed form online or mail it to Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department, Attn.: Summer Camp Registration, P.O. Box 513, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

Campers will be required to pay in full by June 1, unless other payment arrangements have been made with the Recreation & Parks director.

The number of camp participants will be limited this year due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Brattleboro residents.

Crowdsourced videos wanted for ‘Streaming of the Heifers’

BRATTLEBORO — While the coronavirus has canceled this year’s Strolling of the Heifers parade downtown, fans of beautiful bovines the world over can watch — and be part of — the Streaming of the Heifers, a crowdsourced celebration of cows and dairy farming to be released online this June.

Strolling of the Heifers and WRSI-FM (The River) are collaborating to create an online parade, and all are welcome to submit a video clip for inclusion.

Any farm, individual, group, nonprofit, business, or anyone else wishing to be part of the parade can submit a short video clip at, by May 27.

“Dress up your cow, or dress like a cow if you don’t have one,” Executive Director Lissa Harris said in a news release.

The Streaming of the Heifers video will debut on June 6, on WRSI The River’s Facebook page.

Free produce distribution in Putney

PUTNEY— All are welcome to come for free produce and some nonperishable items distributed by the Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf on Thursday, May 28, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., at Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way (the white building across from the Putney Co-op and the fire station).

This food is available to anyone in the community.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, drive up to the location and stay in your car. Volunteers will put the bags in your trunk.

West Townshend Farmers’ Market seeks volunteers

WEST TOWNSHEND — The West Townshend Farmers’ Market, located at the West River Community Project on Route 30, will soon be opening for the season.

To comply with current COVID-19 regulations, the market needs a couple of volunteers every Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., to help ensure that everyone is keeping a safe distance apart and that foot traffic moves along smoothly.

Volunteers receive a free wood-fired pizza. The market will also provide a mask if needed.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Blazej, the market manager, at

Registration begins for In-Sight’s summer programs

BRATTLEBORO — To help keep people creative while they’re at home under stay-at-home orders, The In-Sight Photography Project will have summer programs online, beginning June 19.

Three 8-week long classes — Digital 1, Portfolio Development, and Analog Photography — will meet once a week from June 30 to Aug. 20.

In addition to these classes, the nonprofit will offer three week-long intensive workshops called Intensives: Cyanotype, Nighttime Photography, and Exposures Program Online.Three one-day programs — Zine Making, Phone Photography, and Portrait Photography — are also scheduled.

Registration is open now on In-Sight’s website,

Moore Free Library has laptop computers to loan

NEWFANE — The Moore Free Library now has two simple laptop computers that patrons can borrow for two weeks at a time.

The Chromebooks do not offer traditional software on them, but offer the user access to all Google web-based applications, which function much like simplified versions of the desktop applications in Microsoft Office.

Once users set up their own Google account (linked by a free Gmail email address), they can access their files from any computer, as the files are stored on Google’s servers (“the cloud”).

Patrons don’t need to know a thing about computers to borrow the computer; library staff will, if needed, help them get started (while wearing a mask and shouting from 6 feet away) and will provide tech support as they learn how to use the it.

For more information, call the library at 802-365-7948.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #562 (Wednesday, May 20, 2020). This story appeared on page A5.

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