Pigs in Heaven

This video shows pigs at the New Leaf CSA farm in Dummerston, Vermont, near Brattleboro. Most pigs in the U.S. – including organically grown ones -- live in barns and never get to be on grass. Pigs prefer to have access to grass. With their noses, they can turn over large areas of sod in a short amount of time. This video was filmed in the late morning on July 16, a hot and sunny day. The pigs reserve a small area of pasture as their bathroom. Pigs don't smell bad.

Photo: Sunrise Burns Fog Off Connecticut River in Brattleboro

This photo, taken on July 12, shows the Scott Farm in Dummerston, Vermont in the foreground, New Hampshire's Mount Wantastiquet in the distance, and Brattleboro in-between. (To make the photo bigger please click on it, then scroll down and click, "See full size image.") photo by Eesha Williams

Legendary Folk Singer Charlie King Concert Will Benefit Valley Post

Charlie King will perform a benefit concert for the Valley Post on August 1, just outside Brattleboro. Pete Seeger said, "Charlie King is one of the finest singers and songwriters of our time."

Video: Lori McKenna and Mark Erelli, June 26, Putney, Vermont

World famous singers Lori McKenna www.myspace.com/lorimckenna and Mark Erelli www.markerelli.com played a public concert on June 26 in Putney, Vermont, about 10 minutes from Brattleboro. The concert was produced by www.twilightmusic.org which has more concerts coming up in the Valley. video by Eesha Williams

Photo: A Swim in the River

After weeks of cool, rainy weather, summer has finally arrived in New England. On June 25, temperatures hit the mid-80s and a swimmer enjoyed the cool water of the Connecticut river in Brattleboro. That night, there was heat lightening, and hundreds of fireflies could be seen. (To make the photo bigger, please click on it.) photo by Eesha Williams

Huge Park Near Brattleboro, Keene May Be Paved

Pisgah State Park is the biggest state park in New Hampshire. It's a 10 minute drive from both Brattleboro and Keene, and is just a few miles from Massachusetts. On June 8, the New Hampshire Parks Advisory Council released a proposed plan that placed Pisgah State Park in a class which, among other choices for alternative management, includes "disposal," the so-called “C” list.

There will be public hearings, but not in Keene. The closest is in Peterborough:

June 23, 4 p.m.

Peterborough Town Hall
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH

There is also the opportunity for written comment:

Arrests, Petitions in Local Fights for Public Education

Negotiations between the Northampton teachers and the school board are heating up. The teachers belong to a union www.nea.org Mayor Clare Higgins asked the workers to forgo previously negotiated pay raises for next year.

On June 16, voters in Northampton will decide on the so-called “Proposition 2½ override,” which will affect the city’s budget.

The National Priorities Project www.nationalpriorities.org is a nation-wide non-profit based in Northampton. According to the group’s web site, the Iraq war had cost American taxpayers $790 billion as of October 2008.

Car Kills 33-Year-Old Amherst Janitor on Her Bicycle; Another VT Cyclist Hit

Misty Bassi, 33, was killed while riding her bicycle in Amherst around 10:30 a.m. on May 25. The motorist fled the scene, but police caught them. The punishment for someone who kills a person with their car is usually much weaker than when a gun is used. Bassi was a janitor at UMass. The driver of the vehicle that killed Bassi was Parvin Niroomand.

Video of June 3 Concert

On June 3, the Inter-Generational Chorus gave a free, public concert at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro. Singers ranged from third graders to retirees. The director is Andy Davis of the Oak Grove public school in Brattleboro. Anyone who wants to join the chorus should contact Davis. In this video they perform the Vermont state song. Video by Elizabeth Wood.

The lyrics are:

These green hills and silver waters
Are my home, they belong to me
And to all her sons and daughters
May they be strong and forever free

Let us live to protect her beauty

Brattleboro Students Rally Against War

On May 13 in Brattleboro, students at the Austine School for the Deaf (ASD) were joined by students from half a dozen other local schools as they made a giant peace sign that was clearly visible from Interstate 91. Austine teacher Brittainy Brougham helped the students plan the action. photo by ASD.