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July, 2019

What we can do.

Thank you local media for printing Brandi Star’s exploration of what we mere mortals can do in this time of addictive drugs.

Last year there was a series of presentation/discussions on addiction and drugs in our community.  These are available on BCTV, which is where I saw them.  The take away for me was “The answer to addiction is connection!”, or in other words our best pharmaceuticals and therapies, to be most effective,  need a context in which the addict feels connected to their community and environment.

So one very simple, but profound, thing we mortals can do is to get to know our neighbors better; make real connections with the folks in our stores and eateries, and connect, if we can, with the folks who make our streets so interesting, real, and democratic.

If you happen to live or work in West Brattleboro, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) has money to support activities that bring neighborhoods together.  See the description below the dashed line. 

There are things we can do to be part of the solution, and those things are good for all of us.

Doug Cox

Sunset Lake Rd, West B

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The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) has begun a project to strengthen neighborhood ties in West Brattleboro.  This volunteer, peer led effort will provide inspiration, ideas, encouragement, and access to resources to help neighborhoods take the next steps right for them.

Project Description:  Food or beautification are usually good ways to start and much of the material support would likely be subsidies for plants, pot-lucks and block parties. 

For a fuller description of this project see the Neighborhoods Project Description file below.  Also, see the Neighborhood Events and Activities file to get an idea of the possible supported activities.  And see the 1-page Neighborhood Mini-Grant Application form for contact info and to submit a request for funding.

Desired Outcomes:  Parker Palmer in his recent book “Healing the Heart of Democracy” notes several studies and projects that make a strong case that closer connections with one’s geographic neighbors is a significant step toward greater civic engagement (voting rates) and general community health and stability.  WBA goals in undertaking this project are:

  • Greater civic involvement
  • More efficient use of personal and community resources
  • Less reliance on outside, professional services
  • Stronger sense of belonging
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Westbrat Assoc,
Jul 16, 2019, 7:41 PM
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