Colleen Chatterton

Volunteers are ‘growing food everywhere for everyone’

I was parked outside the Brattleboro Food Co-op after my regular curbside pickup run, when a flock of birds - some red, some yellow - flew overhead toward the Edible Brattleboro garden in front of me.

My curiosity piqued, I climbed out of my car to take a closer look: something that looked like black-eyed Susans and clumps of pinkish purple flowers were growing there.

Then I saw the vegetables. The sign said: “This is a help-yourself garden.”

I called Marilyn Chiarello, the founder, to ask if the vegetables were organic. They are. She urged me to take a zucchini. I did. I also clipped a couple leaves of kale, from the bottom as instructed, and pinched a couple of leaves of fresh lettuce.

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Thanks to stores and essential workers

I'd like to thank the Brattleboro'Food Co-op for the wonderful system they have in place for free curbside pick-up for people at risk who need to avoid going into stores. A big thank you for thinking outside the box about how to keep us all safe. And thank you...

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Audio project seeks information on Harper Lee's connections to Brattleboro

At the 2019 Brattleboro Literary Festival, Casey Cep, author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee (2019), intrigued the audience with stories of her discovery that Harper Lee spent time doing research and writing in West Brattleboro. Through the good detective work of many...

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From the Archives, #61

Feb. 5: It's pitch black outside as I'm driving north on Interstate 91 negotiating rush-hour traffic just north of Ingleside Mall, listening to NPR on the radio. The 6 o'clock news comes on. The usual . . . the latest from Iraq; the presidential campaign. Then an announcement: “Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the transcendental meditation program, died today at his headquarters in Vlodrop, Holland.” A chill passes through me. I'm riveted to the radio. I need to hear this...

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