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Strayed, From the subscriber on the 20th inst., a light red Cow, five years old, horns straight and pitching forward. Information where she may be found will be thankfully received. Merrick Newton.


Notice. The members of the Brattleboro Athenaum are notified to meet at the office of Dr. Spalding on Tuesday evening Aug. 4th, at half past seven o’clock. All members having Periodicals belonging to the Society are requested to return them previously to the meeting.


It is now about sixteen years since the citizens of this village took the lead in establishing a system of graded common schools in Vermont, and the success attending its introduction here, has already led to the introduction of the same system in most of the principal villages of the state.


Miss Richmond, an experienced teacher of dancing, is about to open a school for the instruction of the young in that accomplishment.


The concert Tuesday evening for the benefit of Mr. Wivild was one of the very best we have ever attended in Brattleboro. Mr. Wivild made his appearance in an instrumental trio and in a duet with his favorite violencello. The heartiness of the applause with which he was greeted and with which his performances were received evinced the respect felt for him in the community.


Faber’s Artist’s Pencils with moveable leads is one of the neatest and most convenient pencils for daily use that we have met with. It combines the excellence of the long wood holder, and the ever pointed pencil. They are sold at Carpenter’s, where may be found every other variety of pencil and stationary.


Geo. H. Houghton has in his saloon some very fine photographic sketches of men and things connected with the war on the Potomac and in the Peninsula. He spent the winter and spring in the camps of the Vermont Brigade, and returned laden with pleasant reminders of our brave boys.


I. K. Allen is the first man to erect a house on “Forest Square.” As 13 of the 32 lots on the square have already been sold, he will soon have neighbors in plenty.


Where does all this smoke come from, that for several days has filled the air, and “turned the sun to darkness and the moon to blood?” The woods in Canada, they say, are on fire, and the wind wafts the smoke hither. But suppose the wind comes from the south, what then? Or suppose there is little or no wind from any quarter? Is the burning of the woods in Canada a sufficient cause for so much smoke, so widely diffused? Who is a philosopher enough to explain?


The new Saving Bank building is rapidly assuming shape. In appearance it will probably surpass any business block which Brattleboro now boasts. We hope the erection of this block will stimulate the owners of others in the neighborhood to replace the present, old and inadequate buildings with new and commodious ones, suited to the tastes and demands of the times.


The survey for the location of the contemplated West River railroad from this place to Jamaica was commenced on Wednesday, the 29th, by a force of ten men under the superintendence of Julius Fenn of New Britain, Conn., the chief engineer.


Rev. Mr. Tyler, Professor at Amherst College, who preached at the Centre church in this village last Sunday, gave some pretty plain talk to those who are guilty of the vulgar vices and sins of the times.


Our good friend “Joe” Elliot, the genial popcorn man, evidently believes in keeping up with the times, for we observe that he has just come out with a brand new basket built after the most approved design and ornamented without regard to expense.


The tobacco crop is reported to be looking well up to the present time, and the prospect is that the quantity will prove better than for two years past. Less ground than usual, has, however, had been planted to the weed in this vicinity.


Messrs. H.K. Chamberlian & Son are marketing a large crop of black raspberries.


The Highland Tennis association court on Central street was opened Tuesday evening with a game between Thompson and Hopkins , and Gregg and Noyden, of the Brattleboro tennis club. The former won the first set 10 to 8, and the latter the second 6 to 2.


Nearly all the poles for the electric fire alarm system have been set, and the work of stringing the wires will begin at once. An expert from the Gamewell company will come here about August 15 to check the apparatus.


The majority of the stock of the S.A. Smith company was exchanged Monday for the stock of the National Novelty corporation.


Mrs. S. E. Williams, one of the Brooks House guests, has bought a Rambler automobile.


Wholesale robbing of clothes lines took place on Pine street Wednesday night. Three lines were relieved of their burden and no clue was left by which the thieves may be traced. A rag picker was seen on Pine street during the day, but if he took the clothes it is strange that he did not take all, unless he had all he could carry without those which were left.


I-91 reaches Brattleboro from the south with a terminus at Exit 1.


Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation sells the 540 megawatt Vermont Yankee Nuclear power plant to a subsidiary of Entergy Corp.

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David Bradbury To Speak About Vermont Seed Capital Fund

David Bradbury, president of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), will speak at the August meeting of Brattleboro Area Tech on Thursday, August 20. The meeting will take place in the Atrium of the Brooks House on Main Street in Brattleboro at 6:00 p.m.

Mr Bradbury will speak about the Vermont Seed Capital Fund and other financing opportunities available to new or growing technology companies in Vermont.

VCET assists technology oriented companies in a number of ways in addition to financing. Plus, it operates incubators for startups at two locations in Burlington and one in Middlebury.


Expanded Poetry and Video with Rachal Hadas & Shalom Gorewitz

Please join poet Rachel Hadas and video artist Shalom Gorewitz on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 PM, for a presentation where they will fuse poetry and digital filmmaking through a collaborative process that is not illustrative or narrative, but a kind of syncretic linking. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

Rachel Hadas is is the author of The Golden Road (poems), 2012, and the prose work Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry (2011). Her awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.


Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee will meet on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:30am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/27/15

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 7/27/15

Monday, July 27, 2015

12:25 am Brown Bag Concert Series - Will Patton Ensemble

1:30 am September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 2

2:30 am Green Mtn Bonsai Society - 33rd Annual Members Show

5:00 am Reading Frederick Douglas - July 13, 2015

6:30 am SAFSTOR: 7/16/15 - Jennifer Stromsten


Cannabis Legalization Talk Set for Monday

From the Brattleboro Reformer-

"BRATTLEBORO >> A citizens' group that is trying to develop a statewide strategic plan for the legalization of cannabis will hold its first public meeting in Brattleboro next week.

The Vermont Cannabis Collaborative, or VTCC, plans to hold a series of public forums around the state as it prepares to issue a report on cannabis legalization in time for the upcoming Legislative session.

The group will host a meeting Monday, July 27, at 5 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main St.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of July 26

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from sunset on the porch:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Egyptian Walking Onion Plants
Vegan Raw Cookbook
Clean Sod and Garden Soil Available
Single Kayak(S) Loan


Spectacular Niagara

Americans love a realistic spectacle, the more realistic the better.  So says Umberto Eco in Travels in Hyper Reality, a survey of American theme parks and attractions that argues the premise that for Americans, the real is not real enough, and that enhanced reality (or even enhanced unreality) are sometimes better than the thing itself.  One could certainly make that case with the theme park called Niagara Falls, which I was fortunate enough to visit recently at night, when Niagara transitions from mere natural wonder into a 20th century spectacular worthy of Las Vegas.


Weekend Comedy Series: Maria Bamford

It’s time for Comedy Christmas in July, featuring Maria Bamford’s "One-Hour Homemade Christmas Stand-up Special."

This is hard to describe, and probably isn’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy twisty journeys through the brain, excursions into the uncomfortable, and explorations of the surreal, you may like this quite a bit.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 26

Blasting operations on the north side of the new bridge will begin the week of August 3rd. Roughly 15 separate 10-minute blasts will be needed to complete the work. The blasting will be conducted on weekdays for approximately 3 weeks; the target time for the blasts is between 1:30-2:00 pm. The contractor will need 5 minutes to verify clear lanes of travel. To ensure travelers’ safety, rolling roadblocks will be implemented on I91 in each direction. Sound impacts associated with the blasting will be minimal. More details to follow.


Please see above re blasting scheduled to start the week of August 3rd.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 27 – July 31

July 27 Salisbury Steak

Mashed Potato w/Gravy




5K for Food to Benefit Our Place Food Shelf

Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls is hosting a 5K race and walk to benefit its food programs Saturday, Aug. 15 at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River.

The 5K for Food will get under way at 9 a.m. over the trails at VA and will include a cool route through the woods, perfect for an August day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Chivers Center on Shepare Lane.

The registration fee is $15, with a maximum of $30 per family.

The event will raise money to help stock the shelves at Our Place, which serves approximately 175 local families a month. Donations of non-perishable food will be accepted at the 5K.


Superhero Crime Solvers

The superheroes need your help.

A medallion was stolen by some villains from the libary and they need the help of the superhero crime sovlers to find out who stole it.

Come to the library on Tuesday, July 28th for either a morning session from 10:30-11:30 or an afternoon session from 2:00-3:00.

Please call (802)-254-5290 x110 or email cr@brookslibraryvt.org to pre-register for either sessions in this event.


Meet Your Local Hero Event

Come to the municipal lot, behind the library, on Saturday, July 25th from 10:00-12:00 to meet some local heroes and check out their vehicles.

Look at a firetruck or an ambulance. Check-out a police car or a dump truck from public works. See how high a utility truck from Green Mountain Power can go.

Stop by on Saturday to look at all these great vehicles and thank the people who operate them. 


Gang of Motorcycling Investors to Invade Brattleboro, Hear Business Funding Pitches

Six Windham County startup businesses will pitch their ideas to a "gang" of motorcycling investors, entrepreneurs and advisors who are stopping in Brattleboro on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.

The event, which will take place at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, is part of the second annual FreshTracks Road Pitch, a four-day motorcycle tour, in which the riders make stops in eight Vermont towns to listen to entrepreneurs pitching their business concepts.

The hosts of the Brattleboro stop are Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, with sponsorship support from Marlboro College Graduate School. The pitch portion of the event, from 10 a.m. until about noon, is open to the public.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


Homo Sapiens for Dummies

If you are 'in the market' for a primer that lays out in compelling prose the path humans have taken in our evolution, showing longstanding motives and habits, causes and effects of civilizations, and possible directions for the near and far future, I enthusiastically recommend “Sapiens", by Yuval Noah Harari.

My post is titled facetiously, because here we have an inspiring and impressive handbook that breaks molds rather than follows formula. My title makes reference to the uncanny clarity and concision in which the author tackles immense and charged subjects.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Requesting 8.4% Rate Increases

The Affordable Care Act, in spite of its name, is not making health care affordable for many Vermont residents. One in five people in Vermont are struggling with medical bills. Meanwhile, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, as a “non-profit” company, will receive a tax break of over $15 million this year, while ten of its executives are paid up to half a million dollars each.

BCBS has asked the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to approve a premium increase averaging at 8.4%, with increases of up to 14.3% on some plans. This is considerably more than most people’s wages rise in a year, so this increase, if granted, will be a huge setback for many people who purchase health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. This big win for the insurance company will do nothing to increase in access to care, especially for people on basic plans with high deductibles and co-pays. If anything points to the need to get the insurance industry out of health care, it is the effrontery of BCBS’s request for premium increases that will make health care less, not more affordable.


Mushroom Foraging Workshops Through the Brattleboro Food Co-op

The Brattleboro Food Co-op (BFC) is sponsoring a series of four wild mushroom foraging workshops this summer and fall. Led by Justin Garner, a clinical herbalist and founder of Sweet Flag Medicinals, each workshop will focus on whatever edible fungus is popping up in that particular month. Precautions will be taught for harvesting wild mushrooms, as well as cooking instructions and some on the ecology, natural history, flavor and medicinal value of the different species.


A Presidential Candidate - Complete List July 2015

How many candidates do you think have declared their intentions to run for president in 2016? Go ahead and guess.

Fifteen? Twenty? Twenty five?  Thirty?  Place your bets, now.

The answer, according the the Federal Election Commision website, is that over 500 citizens have stepped forward for your consideration.

There are some great names on this list, too. Are we ready as a nation for President Sydneys Voluptous Buttocks? Or how about President President Emperor Caesar (President is a first name as well as a title here.)


Curbside Compost Carts Available Saturday, August 1st at Ice Rink - 10am - 2pm!

New curbside compost carts will be here soon!

They can be purchased Saturday, August 1st at the Nelson Withington Ice Rink at Memorial Park from 10 am - 2 pm.

After August 1st they can be purchased at WSWMD (both 13-gal and 21-gal) or at the Municipal Center (only 13-gal.)


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