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MARLBORO

Emergency funds available

Recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic may be creating financial hardship for Marlboro residents, the Marlboro Alliance is activating the Emergency Assistance Fund. If your income is reduced by the current situation and you find yourself in financial difficulty, you can request up to $200 from this fund. Please contact the Alliance with your request — send an email to marlboroalliance@gmail.com or mail it to Marlboro Alliance, PO 165, Marlboro, VT 05344. Include your address so that the check can be mailed to you. Requests will be filled as long as there are sufficient funds.

Also, remember that, if you need financial assistance to take care of your pets, please contact the Marlboro Animal Resource Fund (ARF!) at acomarlboro@gmail.com.

BRATTLEBORO

Library suspends circulation

Brooks Memorial Library is suspending the circulation of materials, effective immediately.

Library patrons are asked to not return borrowed items until further notice. Due dates will be extended (even if you receive an overdue reminder) and cards will not be blocked for overdue materials. You can still renew materials by logging in to your account, and if you run into any problems logging in to your account or using digital resources, call or email the library.

Email info@brookslibraryvt.org or visit the website at

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Sam's closing until further notice

Sam's Outdoor Outfitters in Brattleboro will be closing until further notice. Sam's says it is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of employees and community members. Visit samsoutfitters.com for updates.

NEWFANE

Car Tree & Timber announces work limits

Carr Tree & Timber will limit its work to essential services: tree-related emergencies, imminent hazards, and tick/mosquito control to prevent the spread of life-threatening diseases. These limits are in response to the State of Vermont's "Stay at Home" order. Carr Tree takes this situation very seriously and hopes that everyone will join them in compliance efforts to protect our community from further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Carr Tree will continue to follow all public health recommendations to keep its clients and staff safe.

Tree work is an inherently dangerous and unpredictable activity, according to Henry Carr, ISA Certified Arborist and volunteer firefighter. Carr says, "I'd like to ask homeowners to please re-consider "do-it-yourself" tree projects, out of respect for our local hospitals and first responders. We are facing an unprecedented crisis and do not need to add preventable emergencies to their responsibilities. Please contact a professional for anything that can't wait. This is not a time to take unnecessary chances."

The tree industry expects to see a surge in underqualified service providers due to the rise in unemployment. Carr urges property owners to check for General Liability and Worker's Compensation Insurance; if an uninsured contractor is injured or causes property damage, liability often falls back on the property owner. Also check for qualifications like ISA Certified Arborist status, membership in industry organizations like the International Society of Arboriculture and Tree Care Industry Association, references from past clients, and online reviews, to ensure a contractor has adequate experience to provide safe and proper work.


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