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Traffic Calming Plan now open for public comment

BRATTLEBORO - The Brattleboro Department of Public Works, together with the Traffic Safety Committee, has developed a Traffic Calming Plan.

At this time, the Traffic Calming Plan is posted on the news portion on the Town of Brattleboro website ( for public comment. There is an online survey form to complete for comments to the Traffic Calming Plan included on the site. The end of the comment period will be Monday, June 24.

Citizens are welcome to attend the next Traffic Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 25, at 8:30 a.m., in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center if they wish to participate further.

If there are questions or concerns, contact the Department of Public Works at 802-254-4255.

Brooks Memorial Library is first library to join the Catamount Library Network

BRATTLEBORO - Brooks Memorial Library made history on June 1 as the first library to migrate its data into the newly formed Catamount Library Network (CLN).

Its ILS (integrated library system) is now using an open source software called Koha. The library will be joining with four other public libraries in Vermont for Phase 1 of a resource sharing network.

Visit to access CLN. Your username is your 14 digit library card number, plus your password (the last four digits of your phone number). If you changed your password or PIN in the old system, it has now been reset to last four digits of your phone. You can change it again after you login.

On the site, patrons can check if they have overdue charges, see what books are on their “hold list,” withdraw and renew items, and search the library catalog.

Quilt exhibit presented during Stroll

BRATTLEBORO - As part of Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers Festival, an exhibition of National and International award-winning quilt artists will be held at the Stone Church on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The quilters featured include Nancy Halpern, Sylvia Einstein, Rebekah Clark, Susan Balch, Beatriz Grayson, Judy Dales, Eliza Greenhoe-Berg, Carol Zarlin, Pamela Druhen, and many more. It's a rare opportunity to see the work of some of the very best quilters and enjoy them in a historical Vermont setting.

Admission is $2 and includes a raffle ticket for a double-bed quilt.

NetWork Now presents software workshop

BRATTLEBORO - On Wednesday, June 12, from noon-1:30 p.m., NetWork Now will welcome Emily Susan to present “Hoot, Hoot...What is Hootsuite?”

The event will be at the Marlboro College Graduate Center. HootSuite is a social media management system that helps keep track and manage one's many social network channels. It enables one to monitor what people are saying about your brand and respond instantly. One can view streams from multiple networks such as your Facebook Business Page, Twitter, and Google+ and post updates or reply directly within one source.

What businesses should attend? First you must have a Facebook Business Page. It's a plus if you're on other social media sites, but not needed. This is an introduction to Hootsuite; a full course on Hootsuite to follow on June 20 at the Graduate Center at noon. For more information:

Edible forest farming class presented on June 13

BRATTLEBORO - On Thursday, June 13, from 6:30-8 p.m., join the UVM Extension Master Gardeners and Max Madalinski, to learn the basics of how to harmonize your gardens with natural processes to create a lush garden ecosystem. This free class will be held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Vernon Street in Brattleboro, Room 2 East.

Learn how this ecosystem can supply you with food, fuel, fiber, “farmaceuticals,” fodder, fertilizer, and lots of fun with little work and next to no external inputs.

Madalinski currently resides in Brookline, where he keeps a small herd of goats, a flock of chickens, and tends to a few small gardens while dreaming of building his own resilient homestead and goat cheese business. From 2010-2012, he co-ran Wild Carrot Farm, a five-acre diversified CSA. He completed the Southern Vermont Permaculture Design course in 2010 and Edible Forest Gardens at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in 2011.

Register by email at [email protected]. Donations accepted.

Healing Walk at Manitou on June 14

WILLIAMSVILLE - The Manitou Project will hold a Healing Walk on Friday, June 14, from 4-6 p.m. This meditative walk on Manitou's Sanctuary Trail will be guided by Kirsten Edelglass, including poems or other readings, and chances to share about the experience. Healing Walks will be held every second and fourth Friday until the middle of October.

The Manitou Project seeks to foster community with nature, on its 245-acre land preserve in Williamsville, located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. Directions: go 1.4 miles up Sunset Lake Road from Williamsville Village, sign on right. Or approximately 5 miles over the top on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9. Meet at the parking lot at 4 p.m. For information, contact Kirsten at 802-579-4496.

AAUW collecting books for annual sale

BRATTLEBORO - Members of AAUW (American Association of University Women), have started collecting good new and used books for their annual book Sale, which will be held at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro, Thursday through Saturday, August 1-3.

The Sale benefits the AAUW area college scholarship program.

Books may be left (in manageable boxes) any time on the front porch at 192 Western Ave., Brattleboro. Donation days at Centre Church and pick-up at homes will be announced later by chairwoman Jenifer Ambler.

Hardcover and paperback books in good condition are solicited (no Reader's Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, or dated college textbooks). For further information contact Ambler at [email protected] or 802-254-9181.

Required beverage service trainings scheduled in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO - Responsible beverage service trainings will be held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in on June 12 and 13.

Store clerks, cashiers and managers of retail stores which sell alcohol and tobacco should attend the Wednesday, June 12 training from 3-6 p.m. Servers of alcohol at establishments such as restaurants, clubs, and hotels should attend the training on Thursday, June 13 from 1-4 p.m.

The trainings are co-sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Liquor Control (DLC) to support business owners of retail establishments and their staff to better comply with state and local laws related to the sales and service of alcohol and tobacco.

All employees that either sell or serve liquor are required to be trained every two years, either by the DLC or in-house, using materials provided by the DLC. Participants will be eligible for a door prize and staff and managers are encouraged to attend. The training is held free of charge. No registration required; however, late attendees will not be admitted. For more information,visit

Windham County Historical Society calls for traditional crafters

NEWFANE - The Historical Society of Windham County invites traditional crafters to reserve booth space to sell their wares at the bi-annual Windham County History Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, on picturesque Newfane Common.

The Windham County History Fair, held 10 a.m.-4 p.m., features vintage exhibits and demonstrations by the County's historical societies, walking tours of historic Newfane Village, the County Courthouse and County Jail, food, raffles, and much more. Admission to the fair is free.

To request a booth application, contact Larry Robinson at 802-365-7766. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and applicants will be notified promptly of the jury's decision. Visit for more information.

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