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The third theatrical representation at the Lawrence Water Cure transpired on Friday evening of last week. The representation was preceded by tableaux vivante of Uncle Tom and little Eva, Othello relating his adventures, Mrs. Squeer’s Breakfast scene, King Lear’s Death Scene, and Trial Scene from ‘Merchant of Venice.’ We did not witness the above, but are informed that this part of the entertainment was highly successful. The farce of “Boots at the Swan,” concluded the entertainment.


Prof. O. S. Fowler will commence a course of lectures on “Phrenology” at the town hall of the 14th inst.


The rain fall in the month of August was only three-fourths of an inch.


The Boston Ideal Company are to give Uncle Tom’s Cabin at Crosby Hall tonight. This company appears with the special endorsement of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe. The part of Uncle Tom is taken by Chas. Cornish, an emancipated slave, who bears on his own body the marks of the slave system.


What with its new concrete walks and recent converts to the dooryard fence annihilation theory, Green street is putting on an improved appearance.


Main street isn’t a proper place to be used for a bicycle race course, especially on concert band nights.


Sixteen years ago Mrs. Gen Estey gave her son, J. Gray, a small gold ring as a birthday gift. In a few days he lost the ring. Monday, while wading at Spofford lake, Bertie Wood saw something shining in the sand. He reached down and picked up what proved to be a gold ring, worn somewhat by the action of the sand and water. On the inside was the inscription “August 2, 1877 - J. Gray Estey,” which led the honest finder to return it to the surprised owner.


The work of building a sewer on South main street was begun this morning. It will be extended as far as Washington street.


Labor day will be observed in Brattleboro for the first time next Monday. The Estey and Carpenter factories, banks, and stores will be closed.


President Theodore Roosevelt visits Brattleboro and gives a speech at the common.


Central Vermont and the Boston & Main terminated regular passenger service and the Union Station was closed.

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Brooks Library, or Brooks Memorial Library?

I've always called our library the Brooks Memorial Library, think that "Memorial" was part of the name. More recently I've seen official library announcements in which it is called, simply, Brooks Library.

My question: which is it? Was the name officially shortened? Was it never as long as I thought?

I like to use the right name, but also don't mind shaving off a few letters from a frequently-typed phrase.

What say ye?


What To Look For In A Language Program, and Free Demo Class

Express Fluency is offering a free Spanish class Thursday, September 10th from 6pm-7pm. Participants will experience a fun and effective way of acquiring language and will leave the class knowing how to order a drink, and tell a joke, in Spanish.

We will also share the secrets of language acquisition- which students can apply to any language they choose to pursue.


Southern Vermont Projects Funded to Mitigate the Economic Impacts of VY Closure

Green Building Cluster, Business Acceleration and Tri State region CEDS alignment

Windham County, VT - On Monday August 31st, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has been awarded $265K by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The federal award was the final piece of funding needed for a $530K project which will launch two major initiatives outlined in the Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS: Development of a Green Building Cluster Study and the initiation and operation of the Southern Vermont Business Innovation Accelerator.


First Public Hearing on the Draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations

Monday, August 31, 6 p.m.
Brattleboro Municipal Center, Selectboard Meeting Room

This will be the first of two public hearings the Planning Commission will hold on the draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations. The second hearing will be on Wednesday, September 9, also at 6 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room.

The revised draft is available for review online and at the Brattleboro Planning Services Department, Town Clerk's Office and the Brooks Memorial Library.This is an entirely new set of land use regulations that will affect the entire town, replacing the current Brattleboro Zoning Ordinance and Brattleboro Subdivision Regulations.


A New Bellydance and Youth Mentorship Program Comes to Brattleboro!

SEEDs (self-esteem, empowerment, and education through dance) is an internationally recognized bellydance and mentorship program, originally founded in 2001 by Myra Krein in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After seeing so much success in Santa Fe, Myra began an intensive teacher training program--and there are now dozens of blossoming SEEDs programs across the globe.

After attending the teacher training in June 2015, local bellydancer Kelsey Eaton bringing this fun and transformational youth bellydance program to Brattleboro. Working alongside her is Devan Moran, a woman's advocate who works locally to educate youth on healthy relationships, domestic violence, and consent.


BS&L Slated to Open New Branch Monday, Aug. 31

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan will open its new branch in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro on Monday, Aug. 31.

The new location represents months of building and renovation and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.

To introduce the new branch and call attention to the vibrant business community in Brattleboro’s Putney Road area, BS&L will also celebrate with Brattorama, a Monopoly-style game for all residents, from Sept. 9 – 23. More than 30 North End businesses have signed on as partners, each with their own spot on the Brattorama game board and stickers that can be collected to win prizes ranging from gift certificates to a $1,000 Savings CD from BS&L.


Curious - Why No Carnivals With Rides in Brattleboro?

I was driving by Bondville yesterday and they were having the Bondville Fair, complete with rides such as Tilt a Whirls, Scramblers, giant slides, merry go rounds, and a Ferris Wheel and it got me thinking: Why doesn't Brattleboro ever hold a carnival, with a midway, rides, food trucks, games, and so on?

No handfuls of tickets, no stepping over power cables, no sound of generators, no sight of colorful lights at the edges of every ride or booth.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 8/31/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/31/15

Monday, August 31, 2015

12:00 am Dartmouth College Talk: Making Sense of the Mad Men Era

1:30 am September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 3

2:30 am SAFSTOR: 8/19/15 - Paul Paradis

3:00 am Energy Improvements Financing Forum - 6/16/15

4:30 am UVM Community Med School: Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer


Short Distance Moving Around Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of someone  I can hire to move one couch out of my Oak St. place and take it to the dump and move another couch into my house from West Brattleboro. I'm sure there must be somebody in the Brattleboro area who does this kind of thing but I haven't been able to locate anyone. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Kris Alden


Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Season Opens at Organ Barn on Sept. 5 & 6

Guilford, Vt. - The opening weekend of Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Anniversary Season is dedicated to founder A. Graham Down (1929-2014), who brought the c. 1897 Guilford Tracker Organ to the Barn over a half-century ago, and funded its renovations and improvements over the years; he performed on it in 1966-69 and several times since 2001.

The music begins as usual with a Saturday night Organ Concert in the Barn at 7:30. This year's guest performer is Susan Summerfield, music professor and college organist at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Her program, "Traditions," includes works by Baroque masters J. S. Bach, Pierre Dandrieu, and Louis Couperin; C. P. E. Bach from the start of the classic period; and 20th-century composers Darius Milhaud and Lou Harrison, whose pieces employ certain Baroque elements. A cake and champagne reception follows.


Modern Cuban Culture and Cuisine at Brooks Library

Author, educator and chef John Verlinden will speak in the Brooks Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 about his new book, To Cook is To Love:  Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes.  Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

This work is a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music.  Chef Verlinden will prepare and share “tasting samples” with the audience.


Brattleboro Printing and Publishing Heritage


The Brattleboro Historical Society and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are collaborating to generate ideas about how to increase community awareness and interest in Brattleboro’s 200-year printing and publishing heritage.

Community members interested in this topic are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Center at 196 Main Street.

The purpose of the meeting will be to gather ideas for ways to interest and engage our community in learning more about the influential roles that Brattleboro’s publishing and printing industries have played throughout our history.


5:45 Live: 8/28/15

TransCanada's big loss in the VT courts, downtown sidewalk construction updates and footage, the AG's investigation into the Retreat, and much more headline this edition of BCTV's weekly media round-up. Click here to find this and other local videos on BCTV's official website brattleboroTV.org.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September Breakfast Menu

September 1st Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice

September 4th Breakfast Sandwich w/ Egg, Cheese & Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, & Juice

September 8th Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Yogurt & Juice


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 1 to September 4

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 1 to September 4


September 1 Chicken Salad Sandwich

Butternut Squash & Tofu

Spinach & Strawberry Salad



Weekend Comedy Series: Professor Irwin Corey

Have you taken any classes with the professor?

“The World's Foremost Authority” was born in Brooklyn in 1914, and believe it or not, is still going. This is despite living through World Wars, the Depression, the blacklists he was put on for being supportive of Cuban kids and communists, and panhandling for charity in the Queens Midtown Tunnel.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Concluded August 26th

 The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had its sixth and final monitoring day for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, August 26th. All of our sites received significant rain in the day prior to sampling and 20 of our 27 sites tested above the “suitability for swimming” standard set by Vermont and the EPA. It is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams, so keep that in mind when making weekend plans on the water.

The kids are headed back to school and our monitoring season has come to a close. I want to take this time to extend a gigantic thank you to all of our volunteers who took time out of their Wednesday mornings to collect samples and help transport them to where they needed to go. We would not be able to make this program work without all of our amazing volunteers. So….THANK YOU!!!!!


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. (Note the new date and location for this meeting)

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 1, 2015

The Town of Brattleboro will consider its role in a planned multi-million dollar expansion of the Exit 1 industrial park at the next regular meeting of the Selectboard, on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. The proposed project will be in conjunction with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and will extend town services to make more land developable. And keep G. S. Precision in town.

The board will also consider proposed changes to parking ordinances, support for the Groundworks Housing Resource Center planning project, a decision on a cell phone tower, and more. Watch on BCTV, and/or read about it here after the meeting.


Main Street Sidewalk Update #5

This is our fifth update on the Main Street Sidewalk Project. For those of you who are regularly downtown, you will have seen a flurry of activity!

This week curbing and sidewalk was removed all the way down to Centre Congregational Church. The contractor was able to install much of the conduit in that area for the underground electrical lines for the street lights. Green Mountain Power has completed the installation of the bases for the new light poles. The contractor has also began replacing some of the ramps and sidewalks in the areas across driveways on the northern end of the project. Our job site even survived the rain storm on Tuesday!


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