Virginia Ray

Brattleboro fire trucks parked next to the Municipal Center, as the Selectboard met on Sept. 19.

Brattleboro to run its own EMS

Selectboard spurns Rescue Inc.proposal and unanimously approves municipal fire-based model for emergency services

The Selectboard has voted unanimously to pursue a municipal-based model to provide the town's emergency medical services (EMS), choosing it over starting a new contract with Rescue Inc.

Staff members recommended the town model, saying it outperforms any other model investigated, including Rescue, by nearly $1.2 million over five years.

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Brattleboro employees support municipal fire-based EMS model

Public forum to discuss future of EMS sees surprise recommendation by 11 town staffers

Out of the gate at the Sept. 12 public forum at Brooks Memorial Library, Assistant Town Manager Patrick Moreland surprised some by recommending the Selectboard choose a fire-based EMS service for the town - a move supported by the 10 other town staff members present, each speaking in favor...

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Selectboard discusses EMS options in advance of impending major decision

A 56-year relationship was severed due to contract disputes, but Rescue Inc. has applied to be a third-party provider once again for the future of Brattleboro’s EMS

It was almost 11 p.m., about 2{1/2} hours into a three-hour discussion on Sept. 7 about how the town will provide emergency medical services (EMS) in the future, when the conversation focused a beam directly on the town's partnership with previous provider, Rescue Inc. For a nanosecond, you could...

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A Bear in the air

When the Brattleboro Union High School Bears football team took the field in the season opener against Middlebury on Sept. 1 at Natowich Field, and voices singing the national anthem rose to the line "and the rockets' red glare," in the sky appeared a small Cessna 182. Perfectly poised, the plane, piloted by 17-year-old BUHS senior Ben Berg, saluted the team and celebrated the first varsity sports event at the school with its new mascot, the Bears. "It was awesome,"

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Brattleboro Food Co-op manager leaves after 15 months on the job

Brattleboro Food Co-op General Manager Lee Bradford is leaving after 15 months. Bradford came here to the job from Fresno, California with 26 years of business management expertise in a variety of industries. He previously served as general manager for FreshKO Produce Services, Inc., a $100 million produce sales and distribution company with more than 150 employees.    Co-op Board President Jerlyn Wilson addressed Bradford’s leaving, which was not explained in any press release, other than his saying it was not...

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Leland & Gray chosen for farm-to-school participation

Going back to school at Leland & Gray Union Middle and High School this year will mean going back to basics as students focus on learning more about where their food comes from and what healthy eating habits look like. After a competitive application process, Leland & Gray was among nine Northeastern school teams selected to be part of the Northeast Farm to School Institute in the 2023-24 school year. Katie Morrison works for Food Connects as a Farm to...

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Bear-ing down on a new school year at BUHS

Some 70 years after the former logo and mascot first appeared, most vestiges of "Colonels" are gone for the start of the new school year at Brattleboro Union High School this week, having been replaced by the "Bears." "New [athletic team] uniforms have been ordered and most have come in," said Kathy Rouleau, administrative assistant to the principal. In the spring, students began meeting to choose a new mascot after widespread outcry to remove the Colonels name. Also in contention...

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Makers in the making at BFUHS this year

Bellows Falls Union High School has been selected to be part of the VT MakerSchools, a three-year initiative to support selected schools across the state to develop, implement, and sustain makerspace programs. As defined by, a makerspace is a "collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high-tech to no-tech tools. These spaces are open to kids, adults, and entrepreneurs and have a variety of maker equipment including...

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