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George Jones Brooks born in Cambridge, MA


This portion of the state seems to be, at the present time, flooded with peddlers of all sorts of goods. The regular merchant is the man to be patronized. He is one of our own citizens, helps pay the taxes that support our government and its institutions. The peddler is a roving individual. He does not pay taxes nor has he any interest to maintain a reputation for honesty.


A finger was broken from one of the statues on the Fisk Monument, last Sunday, by some person who is either a sneak or a villain. Any human being who will in any way injure, deface, or wantonly tamper with anything which the living having thoughtfully and tenderly placed on the graves of the dead, ought to be banished from a decent society, and is to be himself denied a Christian burial.


Harry Kilburn and Geo. A. Eels will open next Monday a 99 cent store, at the stand lately occupied by Frank Holding, jeweler.


The firemen are very much dissatisfied because the board of bailiffs propose to refuse them the customary appropriation for an annual parade. The cost of the annual parade is about $125 for the land, horses and refreshments, and the village has paid the expense for seven or eight years past. This action comes undoubtedly from a purpose to lop off all doubtful expenditures, and is due to the action of the last village meeting in “sitting down” on all appropriations of doubtful legitimacy.


Good fall apples are plenty at 40 cents a bushel.


The Brooks House hop last Saturday evening brought out the largest attendance of the season. A feature was the dancing of the sailor’s hornpipe by Master Harry Wales.


The shaft connecting the Estey shops No. 3 and 4 broke on Wednesday, necessitating the shutting down of the machinery.


President Harrison paid his promised visit to Brattleboro Thursday afternoon and the program arranged was carried out in spite of the drizzling rain which fell the greater part of the day. As he stepped from the train the President was met by Col. Estey.


Col. Thomas Hannon has been awarded the contract for catering at the Valley Fair. The catering under his direction has always been conducted very satisfactorily, while out of town men have usually failed to fit the bill.


The switch and extension at the end of the electric railroad in West Brattleboro has been completed.


George L. Dunham, L.F. Adams and E.W. Gibson will be a committee on street decorations for the Valley Fair this year. The decoration of the streets is an important feature of the Valley Fair. It makes the streets a beautiful sight and gives visitors the welcoming appearance of a holiday when they arrive.


Wednesday was the day set by the selectmen for a hearing on the petition of citizens for a highway to be laid out connecting South Main street with the new Oak Grove extension.

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Grief Support Group in Brattleboro for Adults

New Grief Support Group

A new Six-Week Grief Support Group for adults begins on Thursday September 11th and will meet each Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending October 16th. The group is free of charge and open to anyone in the community grieving the death loss of a loved one, no matter where you are on your journey of grief.

Grief Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences, insight and encouragement, through discussion, handouts, and suggestions for moving through grief.


Expect Weekend Traffic Delays on I-91 in Brattleboro Area

The traveling public is advised to expect traffic delays on I-91 northbound between Exits 2 and 3 in the Brattleboro area. These delays are likely to occur during periods of high traffic volume. Expect delays on I-91 Northbound on Friday afternoon and evening, and on I-91 Southbound on Sunday afternoon. Special consideration should be given to the start and end of Holidays as well.


Brattleboro Food Co-op Manager Alex Gyori Announces Retirement

Alex Gyori, a staple item at the Brattleboro Food Co-op for many years, has announced his intentions of retiring. The news comes in the latest issue of Food for Thought, the Co-op’s newsletter to shareholders.

He says in part, “In ten months, and the end of this fiscal year, I will be moving on to another phase of life after 33 years of service to the Co-op. This phase is often referred to as retirement, but I am hoping it will be a lot more than that - I still have plenty of energy and enthusiasm! Nevertheless, the Co-op will benefit from new directions and fresh eyes, so to speak.”


Many Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming) – must be Brattleboro resident
Development Review Board Alternate
Energy Committee
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town)


Bike vs Car Crash in Brattleboro

August 28, 2014

"On 8/27/14 at approximately 1702 hours, Vermont State Police reported to the Brattleboro Police that they came upon a motor vehicle versus bicyclist crash on Western Avenue near Garfield Drive. Brattleboro Police responded as well as Brattleboro Fire and Rescue Inc .

It was determined that Joseph J Persio, 27, of Cheshire, CT was traveling east bound on Western Ave. He came upon a bicyclist also headed in the same direction. As Persio was passing the cyclist, Judith Malloy, 69, of Brattleboro, VT, she collided with his car. Malloy was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This incident remains under investigation."


49th Labor Day Weekend Festival: Organ Recital & Orchestra Lawn Concert

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford’s 49th annual Labor Day Weekend Festival presents organ music in an intimate rural barn and orchestral works on the lawn just outside by composers from five countries who span four centuries.

The Festival opens on Saturday evening, August 30, at 7:30 with "Bs of the Baroque & More" on the Guilford Tracker Organ by William McKim, who has performed a number of past recitals of solo and ensemble works on this instrument. McKim has been organist for Friends of Music's annual Community Messiah Sing in Brattleboro for 28 of the past 32 seasons and also performed as featured pianist or piano accompanist for several other Friends programs.


BS&L's Community Appreciation Day!

Community Appreciation Day Friday August 29th from 11am-1:30pm

Tomorrow is the big day! Stop by our Main Office for a veggie burger, hamburger, hot dog, or a fresh baked cookie from the Vermont Country Deli! 11am-1:30pm on the front lawn.

Please bring a cash or non-perishable donation for Load the Latchis and we will make sure it gets down to them for you. See you there!


Skatepark Discussion Continues

Because we can never discuss skateparks enough, and reaching over 100 comments can be hard on readers, here is a new story to continue the conversation.

To review, Brattleboro is in search of a site (or sites) for a skatepark. There are four official sites chosen by the selection committee, and a fifth potential site discussed at Living Memorial Park during Selectboard visits. There is also a possibility that no site will be selected, as well as suggestions that more than one site be allowed.

As no decision has been made yet, discussion and debate continues...


Brattleboro Labor Day Closures

Monday, September 1, 2014, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1.


150 years Ago (1864 8/27)

Hall Town, Aug. 27th, 1864.

Dear Wife,-

I received a letter from you yesterday Hope you received my last. It was short but it was good, was it not? Warren's wound was not considered dangerous, though it was very severe. My old bunk mate at Brattleboro was wounded. The shot came from a flank fire and in some way passed between the heel cord and the bone without touching either. We fought all day. We drove the rebels back. Drove them up a long slope of a hill side, through a corn field; after getting up the hill the land was in ridges. About two hundred yards from the crest of one hill to another. We drove them one ridge too far. They were not driven back immediately on our right, and there was a wooded ridge that came in between in this shape. 


Balint, White Top Democratic Primary Unofficial Results in Brattleboro

Rebecca Balint and Jeanette White received the most votes for the Democratic primary today in Brattleboro. Balint had 699 votes; White received 751.

Roger Albee garnered 269 votes and Joan Bowman had a total of 128.

Shumlin and Welch received solid support.


Brattleboro Paving Delayed Until Thursday

August 26, 2014

Paving on the four remaining streets of Birge, Guilford, Chapin and Grove has once again been delayed by the contractor and is now scheduled for Thursday, August 28.

Brattleboro Public Works


Future Fest 3 Brings End of Summer Art, Music, and Fun To Brattleboro

The Future Collective is throwing its third annual music and arts festival this weekend, August 29 - 31, with a summer’s worth of live music, dance, art, games, and even a carnival.  If you haven’t come out for a Future event recently (or yet), then this is your chance with shows scheduled day and night at a variety of venues.

On Friday, come out to the Stone Church for the kickoff show with a silent auction and live performances from the likes of Wooly Mar, The Grudges, And The Kids, and many more.  Music starts at 7:00 pm.


Blaming God for 'All-Living-Things' Massacre in Jericho Set Hair Raising Precedent


Another slaughter of men, women and children in the land of the Bible. Probably many have heard the voice of God demanding it. The Jewish Bible is in the Christian Bible. Intelligent understanding of sacred scripture might make it more difficult for the mega genocidal thieving and enslaving amoral private speculative banking backed neocolonialist media and military to overcome Mankind's natural spirituality and humanity


Brattleboro Police Chief Search Evaluation Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Police Chief Search Evaluation Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 8:00am in the Town Manager’s office at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Committee will enter into executive session at 8:00am to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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


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