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Just Received, for the glorious Fourth, or any other time, 20 kegs 4, 5 and 6F Powder; 30 kegs 1, 2 and 3F Powder; 12 1/2 and 1/4 do., Extra Rifle do.; which will be sold low, by the keg or single pound, by Townsley & Sons.


Wanted. 6 Girls at the Silk Factory. Apply immediately. E. M. Hollister.


Sands, Nathans & Co.’s Gigantic Combination Circus — The reputation of Sands, Nathans, & Co, as Equestrian Managers, is sufficiently well known and appreciated to make it almost unnecessary that we should do more than mention the fact that their splendid establishment will shortly arrive among us. The procession, on its entrance into town, will be preceded by the great Steam Calliope, a true melodic monster, drawn by a team of gigantic Elephants.


Our national holiday this year will be very generally observed by the denizens of this place, although in a manner somewhat more miscellaneous than usual.


A praise meeting was held at the corner of Main and High streets last Thursday evening to give thanks for the sound of running water which was once more heard at that drinking fountain. The occasion is said by those who were present to have been one long to be remembered.


Those disagreeable people, who always have a record of everything, say that last Thursday was three degrees hotter than any day last year. Nobody would think of disputing them.


We learn that the gold watch recently advertised as lost on High street, was found by Mr. Daniel Long and returned to the owner.


The bailiffs will confine the firing of squibs and the blowing of horns by the boys strictly to tomorrow morning.


Monday last was the banner day of the season thus far for heat, oppressive sultriness and positive discomfort. The protracted drought is having a disastrous effect on grass lands, and promises to become a serious calamity to the farmers, unless soon relieved.


Somebody, through either accident of malice, broke a hand off one of the statues of the Fisk monument last Sunday. The perpetrator of this sorry piece of vandalism is not known.


A deft-handed fellow is that London circus artist in soap who decorated the store windows about town on Wednesday,


Some of the residents of Prospect street have started a project to purchase a tract of land on the north side of the street and present it to the town as a public park. About $800 of the $1050 needed has already been subscribed.


Mrs. A.M. Carlton has bought of the Davenport brothers the cobble-stone house on Canal street and the one adjoining it.


A Town Meeting will be held July 6 to receive and hear the report of the committee appointed to consider the expediency of establishing a paid fire department.


The Brattleboro creamery made 15,068 pounds of butter in June — the largest record for a single month since the creamery was established.


The total tax of the school district No. 2 is $24,301.59


L.F. Adams took eight carrier pigeons belonging to his son George to Springfield, Mass., and released them near the depot. They did not circle around in the air as usually, but started at once toward Brattleboro, where they arrived at their loft in 65 minutes.


Query: Wonder why the bailiffs don’t enforce the law prohibiting the keeping of swine within the village limits?


Brattleboro voted to appropriate $15,000 for a new railway building along the Connecticut River.


Brattleboro's Downtown Improvement District (DID) is created.


Marina restaurant was destroyed by fire; employees march in the 4th of July parade two days later.

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Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was a physicist (won a Nobel). 

He also played the Bongo Drums.

And, he loved Orange Juice.

Enjoy this little interlude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ks8gsK22PA


Tornado Watch

Watch  Issued: 7:03 PM EDT Jul. 1, 2016 –
National Weather Service

Watch 313 remains in effect until 1000 PM EDT for the following locations  VT

.    Vermont counties included are  Bennington 
&  Windham            


Flood Advisory  Issued: 6:16 PM EDT Jul.
1, 2016 – National Weather Service


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 5, 2016

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Links to Help you Decide & Vote in the August Primary [Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast List]

​Vermont Candidates On Community Health: Gubernatorial Forum

​Southern Vermont economy gets eye of gubernatorial hopefuls

VT Governor's Candidate Forum - Brattleboro American Legion 6/28/16

On line: VPR Meet the Candidates page


Every-Other-Week Trash Pick Up Begins in Brattleboro on July 11th!

On July 11th Brattleboro curbside trash-recycling-compost pick up with transition. 

While recycling and compost will continue to be picked up every week, trash will be picked up every-other-week!

Trash will be picked up on an "A" - "B" alternating weekly schedule.  To find out whether your street is and "A" or "B" street consult the town-wide mailing you received about a month ago or go to the town website (www.brattleboro.org) and click on "Bi-weekly trash pickup information" under "NEWS" on the right hand side of the Home Page. Then click on "List of A/B Streets."  Or you can call the town at 251-8103.


Brattleboro Goes Fourth Set To Celebrate July 4th

BRATTLEBORO — The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee invites the public to the town’s 43rd annual Independence Day celebration, set for Monday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.


Brattleboro Fourth of July Closings and Events

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4.

Trash, recycling and composting schedules will be delayed by one day. This is also a reminder that curbside trash pickup will be every-other-week starting on July 11.

Any questions regarding the BeeLine Bus should be directed to Southeast Vermont Transit at 802-460-7433 or 888-869-6287.



Fireworks Safety

Every year, safety is our first priority as families begin to plan their Fourth of July festivities. Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. While fireworks are the most iconic and festive way to celebrate our country’s independence, there can be dangers if fireworks are used improperly.

Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. Statistics show that approximately 20,000 fires, 10,500 injuries and four deaths occur annually from fireworks. On average 230 people go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday, with more than half of the fireworks related injuries being burns.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


July 1st – Whole Wheat Pancakes, Syrup, Sausage,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

July 5th – Green Eggs & Ham, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

July 7th   – Cheese Omelets w/Tomato, Onions & Peppers, Home Fries, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 1 to July 8


July 1 - Baked Whitefish

Potato Wedges

Green Beans



Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Against the Grain

We think we’re very clever. Always have. Even when we know we’re being dumb as lemmings we’re awash in self-admiration. It’s irksome, but we don’t speak of it, the risk is too large. Lately I had a moment like getting hit on the head, when all goes foggy, but then focus comes back extra clear. It was a low epiphany, not a thing to boast about. Almost reluctant to bring it up. Just wondering if I’m alone with this.


Brattleboro Special Needs Assistance

The Town of Brattleboro is interested in knowing the needs of our citizens with disabilities so that during an emergency local public safety personnel can perform their jobs more efficiently and provide special assistance, as needed.

If you or someone in your household needs extra assistance during an emergency please let us know in advance. Do you use a wheelchair or need wheelchair accessible transportation? Do you have trouble hearing or are you visually impaired? Are you on oxygen or do you have any other condition that hinders you from helping yourself in an emergency?


The BHS Oral History Podcast: Bill Holiday's Year 2000 Interview with Andy Natowich

In 2000, BHS trustee and former head ball coach of the BUHS football team, Bill Holiday, interviewed venerated Brattleboro sports legend Andy Natowich.

The BHS Podcast is proud to present that interview, in its entirety, for the first time.


Fairpoint Internet Outage?

Anyone out there a valued Fairpoint DSL custumer, like us?  Our eternally-poor service got even poorer on Friday night when we lost internet -- turns out a system failure that is apparently affecting other users around the state.  It was still off this a.m.  Wondering if anyone else has any news about it?  Unlike Green Mtn Power, which is quite good at sharing outage info, Fairpoint has no place on its website for this, & their tech people are very careful not to reveal anything.


1879 Advertisement - The Self-Organist

This is an ad from the Phoenix here in Brattleboro in June of 1879. I include it here for all of you with dirty minds.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/27/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/27/16

Monday, June 27, 2016

12:00 am Your Investment Matters: Personal Divestment Workshop

2:10 am Tinmouth Old Firehouse Concert: Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers

3:30 am Zero Energy Now - Press Conference 6/7/16

4:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop: Pregnancy

5:10 am Chemical Nation: How Americans Became Guinea Pigs


75th New Brook Horse Show to be held Saturday, 2 July 2016

(Brookline, Vermont) --- Southern Vermont's oldest horse show will be held Saturday, July 2 at West River Stables At Meadowbrook Farm, 102 Hill Road. The first class starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Admission is free to this family-friendly event and spectators are encouraged to root for their favorites from ringside. Refreshments will be served by the New Brook Fire Department Auxiliary and all show profits will benefit the New Brook volunteer fire department which serves Newfane and Brookline.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 27 to June 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 27 to June 30


June 27 - Quiche

Sweet Potato

Green Beans w/Tomatoes

Apricot Pudding


iBrattleboro Poll

My favorite thing about summer in southern Vermont is definitely