More than 1,000 people have put their names to an online petition demanding that Brattleboro make panhandling illegal.

No easy solutions

Homelessness in Brattleboro is a multifaceted issue. It requires a multifaceted response.

The unemployed, the unhoused, the people with mental health problems, the panhandlers, the drug users, the dealers, the travelers, the thieves - it is hard to tell the players on the street without a scorecard.

When I first thought about writing about homelessness in Brattleboro, I lumped all of the above together because homelessness has become an all-encompassing word. Yet it shouldn't be.

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Move allows community radio station to offer local access — literally

WVEW prepares to move its nonprofit Brattleboro radio station into a new studio — one without two long flights of stairs

After WVEW-LP 107.7 FM saw its second-floor studios and transmitter at the Brooks House heavily damaged in the April 17, 2011 fire that gutted the downtown landmark, the nonprofit, independent community radio station found itself homeless and unable to broadcast. A year later, WVEW was back on the air...

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A Bear in the air

BUHS senior Ben Berg, a licensed pilot at age 17, does a flyover for the football team’s season opener and wags wings of hello and support

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,

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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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Flood plain will be restored by Whetstone River

It might seem crazy to buy land with the hope that it will flood, but that's exactly what the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) has done through its purchase of 12 acres along the Whetstone Brook. With permits in place, VRC and the town of Brattleboro are jointly cleaning up and restoring the land to its former flood plain status in an effort to reduce future flood damage downtown. VRC, whose mission is to permanently protect special lands along Vermont's rivers,

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Housing, drug crises spill into downtown Brattleboro

Sometimes it feels like Brattleboro is under siege, but it's a siege that is hard to define. Is it drug addiction? Is it homelessness? Is it panhandling? Is it theft? Is it a mental health issue? Is it all of the above? Just one or two of the above? No one can say exactly what is happening, but it's a conundrum that exists all over the United States. "Homelessness and other signs of disorder, like public drug use and disturbing...

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Bellows Falls Rotary celebrates its 100th anniversary

The Bellows Falls Rotary Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, having been chartered on Nov. 9, 1923. The community service organization has included many of the community's leading business people during its century-long history and has been involved with numerous projects to benefit the local region. Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self." Its main focus has been to fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, support women and children, promote local economies, and support environmental protection. The organization...

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Rescue Inc. and its supporters press to restore service to Brattleboro

Approaching its 60th anniversary, Rescue Inc. - Windham County's largest and longest-serving ambulance provider - is marking an exceptionally healthy year. The private nonprofit that serves 14 communities has opened Vermont's first training academy for emergency medical services, signed pioneering support contracts with the town's main health care facilities - Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and the Brattleboro Retreat - and is set to distribute fall COVID-19 and flu vaccines to the uninsured for the state Department of Health. "The regional model...

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