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For Sale — A few thousand Morus Multicaulis and Alpine Mulberry Trees, by Solymun Cune.


Wanted Immediately, As an apprentice to the Rule Making business, a boy 15 or 16 years old.


Paints. Oil, Varnish, Spirits, Turpentine, together with a full stock of Painters articles, are now receiving, and will be sold at a trifle above cost and freight, by Dutton & Clark.


The Hutchinsons, Judson, John, and Asa, will give a concert at the Town Hall on Saturday evening, 20th inst. They sing of Freedom and humanity; and all whose hearts are inclined to these virtues will not fail to catch the inspiration of such noble themes as it falls from the lips of song. Go early and take your friends with you.


C. Francis Allyn, a trance speaker, will speak at the town hall Sunday, Sept. 22nd and 29th, at 2 o’clock and 7 P. M.


No town fair this year.


Brattleboro’s contribution for the relief of the yellow fever sufferers now amounts to $800 cash. Well done.


The rain which disturbed our firemen’s muster last Thursday, and continued through the day Friday, was evidently a part of the great storm of unusual severity and destructiveness which swept over a wide territory, from the Carolinas to Canada, last week, destroying much valuable property, and causing the loss of many lives.


C. E. Allen’s annual fall catalogue of Dutch bulbs, winter flowering plants, and small fruits, is out, in tasteful dress, from the press of D. Leonard. The list of varieties are full and complete, and the directions for culture plain and explicit. The growth of the catalogue from eight pages heretofore, to sixteen the present year, is an agreeable indication of the continued prosperity of Mr. Allen’s business.


Get ready to put out the flags and decorate businesses places and private residences Oct. 2 and 3, the time of the Valley fair. It will help the looks of the town and help the fair to make these days gala days.


A conference was held Monday evening at the Brooks Library building, between the trustees of the building and the town trustees, one outcome of which was that leave was granted to the Natural History society to place certain cases of cabinet specimens around the walls of the north or ladies’ reading room, but not in such a way as to interfere with the use of the room for the purpose which Mr. Brooks designed it.


In the road hearings Monday, the application for the widening of Williston street was refused.


The High school alumni will meet at the Brooks House next Thursday evening at 8 o’clock for their third annual reunion.


Although the cutting of South Canal street hill is complete, the sidewalks and gutters and the approaches to the Fuller and Hall estates are not finished. There is much that is uncertain as to the true line of the Guilford road.


The bed of the Whetstone below the bridge was well spotted Wednesday with dead fish. They were probably killed by some refuse from the paper mill.


The electric road will probably be completed from the fair ground to the main line by to-morrow night.


Protestors heckle Vice President George H.W. Bush during visit to Brattleboro.

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Save the Chickpea Flour

Do you purchase chickpea flour (besan) at the coop? Unbelievably, this extremely versatile and delicious product is one of the numerous items that the coop is planning to discontinue.  If you want to see chickpea flour remain in the bulk bins, please let Sabine or Bronwyn know.


Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)


One-Act Premieres in Guilford Oct 6-8

Guilford Center Stage will give the first-ever performances of four short plays written 70 years ago, in To Their Appointed End, by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963.) The one-acts will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792780  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

The playwright, whose son, Don McLean, is a founder of Guilford Center Stage, wrote poetry, short stories, and these four, short plays.  The production, which concludes Guilford Center Stage’s third season, is being given in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright, who grew up living in the parish family of an Episcopal Church in New Jersey, where her father was rector.


What Is Going On In The U.S. Congress Regarding a New Health Care Bill? Watch Them Like a Hawk!

How can we really keep an eye on Health Care Bills in U.S. Congress and know what on earth they are really up to? The number one criminal gang in the world,the U.S. Congress, has given license under this federal law, "private securities litigation reform act of 1995" to allow corporations to deceive us all under the guise of flimsy terminology!

Today's morning news, September 20, 2017:

"Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals’ Scientific Team Leads Cannabinoid Research Showing Potential to Impact Neurodegenerative Diseases"...

"British Journal of Pharmacology publishes new research results supporting the potential of THCA to provide neuroprotection"...


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Signs, & Climate

Brattleboro’s Town Manager revealed the results of his summer explorations of issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He got generally good reviews for the summary of his report, but more than a few requested some additional specifics be included. Brattleboro seems to be in a good position to make progress over the long term, but benchmarks and budgets might help.

The pesky panhandling sign returned in a semi-uncertain form, with wording in question and sponsoring organizations and services asking for their logos to be removed. The private effort was to be a collaboration, but appears to have offended a few too many.

The board also signed a statement in support of other climate agreements being signed around the globe.  (For Kate O’Connor’s sake, I’ll say here that Brattleboro has been working on climate issues for a long time, is committed to action, and will continue to be so.)

All this, and possibly more.


Romantic... Almost

I came by,
Hoping to admire you
from a distance.

It did not work out.
In your absence
I had coffee
and an apple cinnamon muffin.


The Smell of Smoke?

I have been smelling smoke in my Frost Place neighborhood for a few days now. Any ideas on from whence it is coming?



MuseArts - Celebrating 20 Years of Web Design

Rewind the clock a bit to 1997. Netscape just announced that their browser will be given away for free. Microsoft buys Hotmail. Macromedia introduced Dreamweaver. Google hadn’t bought any office space yet.

And over in Somerville, MA, Lise and Chris filed the paperwork to start a company called MuseArts.

Yes, today just happens to be the 20th anniversary of our web and digital design company, MuseArts. We’ve helped design and launch hundreds of web projects in that period of time.

Lise and I met at the Computer Museum in Boston in the exhibits department. When the museum moved to California, we were left with decisions to make about how to earn a living.


Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - Everyone's Books Friday 22 September 2017 6 PM

CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by Namaya reading on 22 September Friday 6 – 6:30 PM  at Everyone’s Books. 

The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya. The book  it is available at Everyone’s Books.

Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio.  http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9 
- Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life 


5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO - Thursday October 19th, 2017 1:00pm-5:00pm

The Windham County Workforce Development Network (Windham WorkNet) is hosting the 5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO and Career Social on Thursday October 19th, 2017. Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have booths set up at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs will be able to connect with employers and learn about both full-time and part-time job opportunities or look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. The day will end with the Career Social, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Lounge, to meet and network with young professionals and successful business leaders.


BCTV Schedules Week of 9/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/18/17 

Monday, September 18, 2017

1:00 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. One

2:18 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. Two

3:45 am Authors at the Aldrich - Catherine Donelly


Anti-War Songs

Last night I kept waking up with a song in my head. A song about a WWI casualty named Willie McBride.

I searched this morning and found the original: “The Green Fields of France” (No Man’s Land)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM,
an anti-war ballad by Scotsman-turned-Australian Eric Bogle.

Bogle has written another which is perhaps the most poignant anti-war anthem ever: “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

One verse refers to “The legless. The armless, the blind, the insane”


VFW Lunch Specials. Open to the Public.

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 18th - Sept. 22nd

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Tues - chef salad
Wed - roast chicken, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - bacon burger w/ French fries


Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer @ Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday Party!

Enjoy music with the Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer from 4-6 pm, September 23rd, as we rock out to the classics to top off our 50th Birthday Party celebrations!



Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 19, 2017

Diversity in Town government and the banning single-use plastic bags will be front and center at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting.

The board will also hear a suggested Climate Accord Resolution, hold a public hearing on parking changes, approve wording of a sign to educate people about asking for money on the streets, oversee financial reports, and more.

You can participate in all of this by attending, and can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Sept. 18 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce


Garlic Bread

Apricot Pudding


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


ACT 46 Study Committee Meeting in Montpelier


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 participate in the State Board of Education’s meeting at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday Septemeber 20, 2017 at the Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier, Vermont


The Latest Fashion Trend Is All About Your Data -- And Your Money

Five days ago, my former favorite magazine Nylon, a young woman's fashion magazine out of NYC, announced that they are ending their print edition, of which I am a subscriber. According to their press release, they will concentrate their (increasingly confused) efforts on their web and social media presence in their new role as "influencers."

You've probably heard about influencers with regard to hipsters on YouTube and Instagram, who leverage their status as high-traffic cool kids to present products provided to them by manufacturers so that other less cool people will buy them.


Molly Stark Motel Fire Press Release

Date: September 14,2017
Nature of Call: Structure Fire
Address: 829 Marlboro Road
Time of Call: 11:09am
Type of Building: Motel building
Number of Residents: 19
Number of Alarms: 2nd alarm at 11:12am
Under Control: 11:57am


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