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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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Artist Reception for Cai Xi and Her 'Edge' Selections 1991-94

You are cordially invited to an artist reception, Friday, August 19, 5-7pm at C.X. Silver Gallery for Selections from ‘Edge.’ Cai’s ‘Edge’ paintings 1991-1994 are on view at C.X. Silver Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, through September 18, open daily by appointment, closed August 20-22 and 27-30. Inquiries: Contact Adam Silver, Operations Manager / Co-Director, (802) 257-7898.

Cai is featured in two exhibitions during August, her 1980s portraits in caixiart.com/edge.

“I returned to my gymnastics and calligraphy experiences as a child, finding myself jumping, stretching, and reaching as I painted. Chinese traditional breathing exercise (Qigong) continued to help me channel energy when I painted. Throughout the nineties, materials, surface and texture were self-renewing areas of exploration. I derived a lot of inspiration from living in New York City. On the street and subway, on the ground in the cement sidewalk, a peeling wall, everywhere I went, I kept discovering: ‘Oh, look. There’s a painting!’ The experience of ‘Edge’ is about stepping into and out of myself. My art-making is characterized by this existential process. For me, Art is about Paradox: appearance-disappearance, life-death, nothingness-wholeness, chaos-groundedness, emptiness-substance, movement-fixity.”


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu August 22 to August 26

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 22 to August 26

August 22- Salisbury Steak

Potato Wedges




Act 46 Update From Brattleboro Representatives


The Brattleboro representatives from the Act 46 Study Committee will host a community forum on Wednesday, August 24th from 6-7.30 PM at Oak Grove School. This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles of agreement to the community, before the Study Committee officially votes on whether or not to send them to the Vermont Board of Education for approval.



VFW Luncheon Menu

The Brattleboro VFW is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri. from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials are $5.50 a plate, and burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are available each day.

The menu for Aug. 22nd - Aug. 26th

Mon - Sloppy Joe's w/ French fries
Tues - country fried steak w/ gravy, mashed potato, and vegetable
Wed - cheese stuffed manicotti w/ a salad
Thur - meatloaf w/ mashed potato and veg.
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ French fries


This Week in Brattleboro History - The Farmers Market

Ten years ago this week the Brattleboro Farmers Market announced it would purchase the old Creamery property in order to expand the Market. Have you ever wondered about the land where the Market is located? Here's a bit of it's history...


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 22nd


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, August 21st, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.


Neptune's Car Duo at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – The folk duo Neptune’s Car, featuring Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will be bringing their watertight harmonies, tasty guitar and solid songs to Main Street Arts for a performance Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15.   

Hanson’s light soprano blends perfectly with Hayes’ warm tenor, while vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies nestle in inviting arrangements, telling stories rich in detail, from a miner’s life in “A Blue Sky Turned to Rust” to “Emily Dickinson,” told with lyrics as beautiful as the poet’s own words.

The duo offers music in a down-to-earth style that has earned the praise of the Great American Song Contest, which called their “Fly Fishing the Big Hole” “…vivid, focused and engaging.”


Yet Another Stolen Purse Downtown

But this time it was mine!  I parked behind Centre Church this evening to put up a concert poster, thought car was ok unlocked for a couple of minutes because my stepdaughter was right there but someone must have seized an opportunity when her back was turned.

So I've spent the evening cancelling all my credit cards, and the police officer said odds are no trace of the purse or any of its contents will ever be seen again.  Probably in a dumpster or the bottom of the river by now.  he said they usually just grab the cash and dump everything else.


Tobacco Cessation Workshop at BMH Starts September 7

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering a Tobacco Cessation Workshop starting on September 7, 2016.

The Tobacco Cessation Workshop is a FREE quit smoking program that meets for an hour each week in a caring and encouraging group format. Each week you will be given concrete strategies to use on working toward your goal of tobacco-free living. Together, the group will develop an understanding of the dynamics of tobacco addiction and the ability to choose alternative behaviors to tobacco use. The role of nutrition and healthy habits is covered as well as goal-setting and follow-through.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 22 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The meeting will start with a Planning Session – the regular business meeting will immediately follow at approximately 7:00.


Brattleboro Fire Captain Howard Promoted to Assistant Chief

The Brattleboro Fire Department announces the promotion of Captain Leonard Howard to the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Captain Howard is a 29 year veteran of the department. He joined the Call Staff in 1987 and was hired to the Career Staff in 1997. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2001 and then to shift captain in 2007.

Throughout his career, Captain Howard has been a very strong advocate of training and he holds many certifications, including Fire Officer II, National Registered Emergency Medical Technician, and Fire Service Instructor. Captain Howard also is an NFPA certified Fire Inspector, has extensive training in fire origin/cause and arson investigations, and has taken numerous hours of supervisory and management training through the Vermont Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Pedestrian Projects and Municipal Improvements

Central Fire Station plans have been approved. The Brattleboro Selectboard took a look at a series of architectural and mechanical drawings provided by the project team, had no objections, and gave the architect a green light to continue.

The board announced decisions in three matters they have been considering regarding three streets in town, Brattleboro has a new Assistant Fire Chief, many municipal projects are underway, the Library will soon be renovated, DeGray ‘s request for immediate blinky lights was slowed somewhat, the Stone Church gets semi-belated approval for a liquor license, and more.

Throughout the meeting were small victories for pedestrians, from preserved access to possibilites of new funds for safer crossings.


Rt. 30 Closures in Brattleboro

The following dates Route 30, under I-91 Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016


Bacon & Eggs - Festival Promotion Underwhelms

Kevin Bacon.

Why, oh why, does the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce persist in its effort to entice this actor to come to Brattleboro for a bacon festival? What demographic is this supposed to draw?

Quite possibly, dear reader, you are completely unaware of this marketing effort. That would be forgivable, given that the target of the marketing effort is one potential tourist — Kevin Bacon.

Rather than direct mail, or cold calling, the Chamber seems to be banking on a stealthier approach: social media nagging.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 8/15/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/15/16

Monday, August 15, 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


VFW Becomes One-Time Polling Site November General Election

The 2016 General Election polling place will be moving to a different location.  Voting on Election Day, November 8th, will take place at VFW Carl Dessaint Post 1034 on Black Mountain Road.  The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authority, which has jurisdiction over polling places reluctantly made this decision earlier this year.  “We considered a number of factors including accessibility, traffic congestion, cost, and parking before selecting the VFW for our polling place, “ according to Elliott Greenblott, Chairman of the Board of Civil Authority.

The Presidential Election voting was held at Brattleboro Union High School but a combination of factors including the rental fee charged by the school, limited parking, traffic congestion, and the fact that school is in session combined to make the location less attractive.  “BUHS is a fine site in itself,” said Greenblott, “but it has been challenging in recent elections.  The heavy volume of traffic, limited parking, school activity, and cost are big concerns. Many have asked me why we have to pay to use ‘our’ high school.  The reality is that BUHS is a separate political unit owned by the member towns of the high school district, not Brattleboro alone.”


NOLABratts Make Debut at Samirah Evans's Leo Party, August 21

Staying true to the spirit of her astrological sign, jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans has hosted a party that is partconcert, part jam session nearly every year for the past two decades in celebration of her own birthday and that of fellow Leo’s. The 2016 Leo Party takes place at 4:00pm on Sunday, August 21, at the 118 Elliot performance space in downtown Brattleboro. 

This year’s celebration will also serve as the concert debut of her choir, the NOLABratts. Evans says she had been approached many times about directing a local choir over the years, and this summer she recruited a small group of participants with varying levels of experience to perform vocal arrangements of classic New Orleans R&B tunes. 


Weekend Creativity Series: Hat Juggling

was going to treat you to plate spinning this week, but plate spinning requires the use of special plates made for the act, and it is unlikely you have them around the house. But you do probably have a hat nearby, and with it you can begin to learn some cool moves to impress your hat-admiring friends.

This guy has many videos to help jugglers get started (you can watch hom teach you to spin plates, too!). Here he walks through a handful of hat tricks.


Want To Buy The Chelsea Royal Diner?

The Reformer is reporting that Brattleboro's classic Chelsea Royal Diner is up for sale. The owenrs simply want to retire after decades of running a restaurant. Can anyone blame them?

Business is reported to be good there, so some enterprising diner chef to-be could pick up and keep things going. If you have $850,000, it could be yours.

The restaurant, among other things, has been featured in Zippy cartoons.


Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce Elemental Vessels, an exhibition of recent mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and Hidden Agenda, new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky, with an artist reception and opening Thursday, August 18, 5-7 pm. The two solo exhibits continue through September 18, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 5pm.

Abrams’ unique pieces showcase  40 years of  basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist’s movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms.


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