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Within a few days a party belonging to one of the Canadian tribes of Indians, has been encamped near the town house in this town. It is supposed they are waiting for election day to cast their votes for the Tory ticket. We have no other foreigners among us, and it is too far to bring them from Washington. They look like administration men.


The Selectmen of Brattleboro are wishing to contract for the building of the Bridges recently carried off on Whetstone Brook. Also, the bridge near Beal's bark-mill. Apply immediately. They will be at Goodenough’s tavern next Saturday, at 1 o’clock, P.M.


Hopkins’ Brass Bands, for Carriage Wheels, constantly on hand, and for sale by C. Townsley & Son.


The late rain storm, which commenced on Sunday night last, and ceased on Wednesday morning, has caused much damage in this town, carrying away not less than 8 bridges, mostly on one stream, besides injury to the roads. Whetstone Brook was in a high glee from 2 to 4 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, when the rain fell as if in a mass.


Esty’s Pump and Lead Pipe Manufactory! At the Old Stand South of the Bridge. The Subscriber continues to manufacture Copper Pumps and Lead Pipe of superior quality, which he will warrant to be equal to any made in this or any other place. Pressed Pipe coated with tin, called next to silver, constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest prices. Lumber and most kinds of produce taken in exchange. Jacob Esty.


The Highest Prices for Good Spring Chickens and first rate fresh Butter will be paid at the Wesselhoeft Water-Cure.


Save Your Money. The undersigned will tap and mend Rubber Boots and Shoes, or apply Rubber Soles to Boots and Shoes made of Leather. W. Ward.


On the Rise - Amidst the teeming growth of crops, the growth of Brattleboro is not the least noticeable. Some seven or eight buildings are going up, and trade and manufactures are getting to be lively.


Mr. Edward Crosby, we are informed, is about to start on his annual western tour, to visit the mills and flour dealers which furnish his firm with choice grades of flour which in the past few years have become so popular in all this region of country.


The failure of the apple crop is partly atoned for by the enormous amount of blackberries which are pouring into market, and which are sold freely at six to ten cents a quart.


The “Windham County Reformer” put in its appearance last Saturday. It is a good looking sheet, and will undoubtably do yeoman’s service in the Democratic cause.


S.A. Smith has purchased a small steam yacht in Boston, which he landed in Spofford lake, last Saturday, it being the second one on the lake.


It is not true that Forepaugh’s circus was kept out of Brattleboro by the high license charged by the selectmen. After inquiry as to the size of the show Mr. Boyden fixed $50 as the charge for the license. With this sum the agent found no fault, but said the island was nearer and he thought it would bring more patronage, besides being cheaper, to pitch the tents there than to come to this side of the river. The circus pays $10 for the privilege of a street parade.


Peaches are selling in the local market at $1 a crate.


Business at the Estey Organ works is very thriving. Not since the silver craze stuck the country and caused everybody to hoard gold and all other kinds of currency have orders come in so freely as during this summer. It looks like old times to see three Estey wagons in constant procession to the station with organs for all parts of the United States and to almost every country in the world. This is a state of affairs in which everybody in Brattleboro rejoices.


The Brooks House stables are undergoing repairs which, when completed, will make them equal to any stables in town.


Work at the Snowflake corn canning factory began Monday, but up to yesterday only a small amount of corn had been canned. Sufficient corn has been brought in to keep a small number of huskers busy since Monday, but the work will not begin in earnest until the first of next week when a large force of huskers will be given work.


A meeting of those interested in forming a foot-ball team was held in the Y.M.C.A. rooms Monday evening.


A meeting of the executive committee of the Valley Fair association was held in the Brooks House Tuesday afternoon, when arrangements were made for systematizing the issue of tickets for all departments.


A jury was drawn late Monday to hear the case of the village against Maj. F. W. Childs, charged with violating a village ordinance by operating his automobile with the muffler cutout open.


VY shuts down for leaky valve in the area surrounding the reactor vessel.

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Ukulele Flash Mob Today!

Whoa, here it comes! 
UKUKLE FLASH MOB, TODAY, Thursday the 25th, at 6pm sharp!
Where? Harmony Place smack in the center of Brattleboro.
ALL ARE welcome! (no need to play - just come enjoy the fun!)


RT 30 Closure Schedule Update

The RT 30 Road Closure Schedule has been revised as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2016 – CANCELLED

Monday, August 29, 2016 – ADDED TO REPLACE 8/26

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Backup/Makeup Day if Needed)

Thursday, September 01, 2016 – CANCELLED


VFW Lunch Menu for 8-29 to 9-2

Menu for Aug. 29th to Sept. 2nd

Mon - soup and a sandwich

Tues -  liver & onions w/ mashed potato

Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad

Thur - cheese & spinach stuffed pork loin w/ couscous

Fri - baked stuffed haddock w/ rice & veg.


Act 46 Meeting 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 Thursday, August 25, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair




Get Out Your Credit Card and Join Our Revolution

Our Revolution is being touted by progressives as the “future of our political movement” and features participation by our own revolutionary sweetheart, Bernie Sanders.  Bernie himself will be speaking at a kickoff forum tonight in Burlington, VT.  This seemed noteworthy, so I decided to stop into the OurRevolution.com web site to see what it was all about.  My first surprise was that it was a dot.com.  I had been expecting a dot.org.  But there you are, everything  is commercial these days, even “our revolution.” (Fine print reveals that “Our Revolution will operate as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.”)


Stroll the Grounds & Join Us for A Community Shabbat Dinner

On Friday August 26, come mark the shift from summer to fall with a stroll on the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's land followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner with songs, blessings, and a story. Dinner will be supplied by Cantor Kate Judd, Chelsa Roy of Monkey Moon Challah & Catering, and others.

At 5 pm Kate will lead a reflective walk on the land with prayer and song. At 6 we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, and sit down to eat together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy our dessert accompanied by a story from Rebecca Golden. We’ll wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).


Improve Your Tweets - Actually Write Them

For those who ignore social media, you can ignore this.

For the rest of you, I have a word about laziness. Yes, I’m talking to you, person who has your Facebook feed set to automatically retweet things.

Here is the situation. Twitter allows for 140 characters. It is an art and science to craft messages that fit the space and make sense. Much can be communicated in a good tweet.


Selectboard Crosswalk Drama + NECCA Approval on GMMT

Get the latest headlines with BCTV's news show created in conjuction with WKVT, the Reformer, and the Commons entitled Green Mtn Mornings Tonight. See short clips as WKVT's Chris Lenois talks with the Reformer's Chris Mays about the week's news, and catch full episodes at brattleborotv.org/green-mtn-mornings-tonight as well as on BCTV Channel 8 weeknights at 6:00 PM.


Swimming with the Fishes

At the far end of our limbs we have the necessary appendages to propel our bodies through the water. We begin our lives floating in an oceanic body of fluids called the amniotic universe in a symbiotic unity with mother and child where we experience a “lack of boundaries and obstructions” akin to how we feel immersed in open waters.

The origin of our aquatic nature is suggested by Charles Darwin when he asked, “What can be more curious than that the hand of a man?” Our fingers typing on a keyboard began their journey over 350 million years ago when some tetrapod held its head high enough above the waterline to catch its prey. That’s when its evolutionary “modification of gene expression” realized there was another world.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 8/22/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/22/16

Monday, August 22, 2016

12:00 am AgroForestry Forum in Brattleboro 7/16/15

2:15 am Dan and Jeff Play for Dancing

2:30 am Rosie's Mom - The Forgotten Workers of WW1

3:27 am WWAC: Dr. John Hagen - Violent Extremism in Niger 5/13/16

5:00 am GMMT: Friday (Full Show)


Town of Brattleboro Invites Public Comment on Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CRTO)

The Town of Brattleboro is reminding all residents that the draft Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CRTO) document is posted on the Town’s website and that everyone is welcome to provide input. The deadline for submitting comments and suggested changes is Friday, September 9. The revised draft will be considered at the Selectboard meeting on September 20 or October 4.

The draft CRTO contains an introductory letter from Town Manager Peter Elwell and 50 separate “action items” in categories ranging from “Already Accomplished” and “in Progress” to short term (0-2 years), medium term (2-5 years), and long term (more than 5 years) timeframes for implementation. The draft document was created by the Town’s management team after it completed a thorough review of all Town services and support functions. The 50 action items represent small and large scale changes that staff is proposing to improve the community and/or save taxpayers money


Narcissus on Olympus

As the story is presented to us…Not as it comes down, goes down, went down, but as it’s presented..that’s how we remember.  The details are left for each imagination no matter how many renderings, angles or replays. They will resonate within each viewer’s minds eye and take hold, get forgotten, drip slowly, or gush from adrenals as needed. Torch carried and passed, the flame of inspiration fed.

A hunter with unrivaled prowess, and beauty, which includes grace, stamina, inventiveness, perseverance, arrives at last on high at the image of himself. His broadcasted self. Reflected in a hundred million screens and more, he cannot look away. So entranced is he by his victory, by his own ascendance, it’s a transfixing moment, a defiance of time. And the hunter, as hero, he can’t look away. Nor can we without effort.


Strolling of the Heifers Presents an Evening of Cosmic Comedy with Swami Beyondananda - "the Mark Twain of our times"

Swami Beyondananda, the comedian also known as Steve Bhaerman, has been called “the Mark Twain of our times” by best-selling author Marianne Williamson — because he is not only hilariously funny but also offers sharp social commentary along with a spiritual perspective.

In his first-ever Brattleboro appearance, the Swami will present his cosmic wisdom at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday, Sept. 9. The show is a fund raiser for Strolling of the Heifers.

For nearly 30 years, the Swami has been a fount of comedy disguised as wisdom — or is it wisdom disguised as comedy? In any case, this heart-opening, mind-expanding show will help you wake up laughing and leave laughter in your wake.


Doggie Doo's and Don'ts

Municipalities pass ordinances that require dog owners to pick up their doggie doos with a plastic bag and then throw it into the trash.  Now who the heck thought of this?  It’s actually much worse for the environment than leaving the poop where it is because microbes break down the poop and it’s good for the soil.  That is where poop is supposed to go. That’s the way nature intended. 

Enclosing that natural fertilizer in plastic and disposing it in the trash will prevent it from breaking down and puts more plastic into the waste stream. Dumb, dumb, dumb.  If anything, dog walkers need to have access to a garden trowel and simply scoop up some soil to cover the doo.  Or simply use a piece of a branch or stone that has the right shape for the job.  There is no need to go against nature.  It is easier if we go in harmony with it.  Stupidity is hammering the environment and we all bear the consequences because of someone’s ignorance in office. “Selectmen” - please think before making stupid ordinances. 


Weekend Creativity Series - Better Sandcastles

Everyone can make sandcastles, and with a bit of practice and a few simple tools those sandcastles can be quite nice.

One of the best tools to have on hand is a straight edge. They are great for carving, packing, and shaping mounds of sand into walls, stairs, windows and doors.

In this first video, Jenny the Sand Castle Girl, an Australian sand castle making champion, shares some of her tips and tricks for making an enormous beach castle.


SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued August 17th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the penultimate day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, August 17th. Volunteers collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams and will conclude monitoring on August 31st. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

The drought continues in our area with our entire sampling area remaining under moderate drought conditions and parts of eastern New Hampshire and Massachusetts being upgraded to extreme drought conditions. It’s hard to imagine the contrast in weather to our south in Louisiana where historic floods are devastating the southeastern part of the state. They received over two feet of rain with the most recent storm; it is the second rain event this year that received over 20 inches of rain. Many rivers have shattered previous flood stage records by 4-6 feet. If you are interested in donating to help flood victims in Louisiana, you can visit the United Way of Southeast Louisiana (http://www.unitedwaysela.org/flood). Unfortunately, as our climate continues to change, we can expect more extreme weather events throughout the world like the drought in New England and the flooding on the Gulf Coast.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Community Room.

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


Savings Bank of Walpole Breaks Ground on Fifth Branch

Local builder and tradespeople chosen to build new location

Keene, NH, – Savings Bank of Walpole continues to branch out into the community and recently celebrated its future new Court Street, Keene location with a groundbreaking ceremony. The ceremony was held on Friday, August 5th at the site of the new branch located at 817 Court Street, (across from Dunkin Donuts). Attendees included several SBW executives and members of the bank’s Board of Trustees, along with the president and architect from local design/build firm Bensonwood, who are handling the design and construction of the building.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Planet Zydeco on Sunday, August 21

Twilight Music concludes its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 21 with an evening of high energy accordion/guitar driven dance music of Louisiana by Planet Zydeco.

The seventh and final concert of the 2016 series begins at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


New Providers Join Cardiology and Family Medicine at BMH

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Medical Group Director, Dr. Tony Blofson announced three recent additions to the hospital’s staff.

Stephen M. Fleet, MD is joining BMH’s Center for Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Fleet received his BA from Columbia College of Columbia University and his M.D from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He served his internship and residency at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, as well as a fellowship in Cardiology at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. Dr. Fleet is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Most recently a member of Senior Staff at Lahey Clinic in Burlington and Peabody, MA, Dr. Fleet has also served on the medical staff at Beverly Hospital in Beverly, MA and Union Hospital in Lynn, MA.


iBrattleboro Poll

If I could speak one animal language, I'd like to be fluent in

51% (17 votes)
27% (9 votes)
9% (3 votes)
Tiger (write-in)
3% (1 vote)
Bonobo (write-in)
3% (1 vote)
3% (1 vote)
cow (write-in)
3% (1 vote)
0% (0 votes)
guinea pig
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 33

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