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The stage fare from East Townshend, VT to Lowell, Worcester and Boston, via Brattleboro, is now reduced from former prices, according to William M. Brooks.


The second term of Mrs. Knowlton’s School will commence on the second Monday of July.


Dr. M. Hitchcock's Newly invented SNUFF, For the cure and absolute relief of catarrh, dizziness of the head, weak eyes, nervous head-aches, fallen-sicknesses, fits, and infants of palsy, &c. Only 25 cents. For sale by Dutton, Clark & Co.


The Concert of Messrs Squires & Smith, at Wantastiquet Hall, this (Thursday) evening, we have reason to believe, from commendatory notices in our exchanges of past Concerts by these gentlemen, will be well worthy of public patronage. On Friday evening, the celebrated Bell-Ringers will give a Concert at the same place.


Dr. A. D. Putnam is now using California Gold for filling Teeth.


The Fourth of July began in dead earnest at dark Tuesday evening, and from that hour until the rain began at half-past eleven, Main street was as hideously noisy with tin horns, fire-crackers, torpedoes and squibs as the most zealous and patriotic Young American could desire. In the evening there were some private displays of fireworks, that at the residence of Mr. John Hall on High street being especially fine.


Forepaugh’s stereopticon exhibition drew a big crowd last evening. The great show is well advertised, and reports from all places which it has visited indicate that Mr. Forepaugh is maintaining his reputation for fulfilling all that he promises. If the weather is good Brattleboro will see one of the largest of its circus day crowds next Tuesday.


The work of improvement upon the common has begun in earnest. The buckhorn hedge next the asylum property has been removed and in its place, just over the bank, a wire fence will be put up through to Asylum street. The weaker and least desirable trees are being cut away and the trees on the bank are being trimmed up as to give several delightful views up the West river.


The library trustees have bought Wm. E. Ryther’s files of The Vermont Phoenix, extending from 1833 to 1872, and the volumes are now in the library, where they will constitute one of the most interesting and valuable features among the works of reference.


On the afternoon of the Fourth this section was visited by one of the severest thunder and hail storms that has occurred within the memory of the present generation.


Mr. Crowell wishes it to be understood that Highland Park is exclusively for the working girls until the 16th inst., and is under the same police regulations as last year.


Geo. Nash, who gained considerable celebrity as a trick and fancy bicycle rider when roller skating rinks were best patronized, is now traveling as a performer with Irwin Bros.’ circus.


The Brooklyn sewing girls have arrived and are being entertained by Mrs. Crowell at Highland cottage.


Work has already begun on the extensive repairs contemplated at the Roman Catholic church. Two arches and a room in the rear for the sanctuary will be built, making a total extension of about 40 feet. New pews will be added so as to give a broad center aisle, and the whole interior of the church will be remodeled.


The concrete walk is being extended from the corner of Cedar street along Western avenue to beyond the village limits towards Centreville.


The observance of “the day we celebrate” began early Tuesday evening, and for many hours “bonfires and torches illumined the night’s repose.”


Some boys were mean enough to steal a large box from the premises of G. H. Clapp, which was fitted up as a playhouse for his youngest son, and burn it with the tools and toys it contained on their fire in front of the town hall, Tuesday night. The money loss is small, but the meanness is great.


The Astor memorial doors for Trinity church in New York are shown at the foundry of Henry Bonnard bronze company, where they were cast and finished. They are the work of Richard M. Hunt, architect (a Brattleboro native), and Karl Bitter, sculptor.


The song recital to be given by Mary Howe and William Lavin is announced definitely for Thursday evening, July 26. They will be assisted by Miss Dora Becker, one of the leading lady violinists of America, and Lucien Howe.


Col. Hooker has just closed a contract for the greatest attraction ever secured for the Valley Fair. This is Myrtle Peek and her 14 horses, in exhibitions or running, trotting, chariot racing, jumping, etc. One of the horses is valued at $5000. Miss Peek will receive $400 each day for giving the exhibition.


Brattleboro has had no Fourth of July celebrations since 1886. Every year hundreds of dollars are spent in other places by Brattleboro residents. The time will be ripe for holding a celebration at home next year, judging by the remarks heard on all sides.


Elderly Arizona man attends Gallery Walk wearing only a fanny pack. Leads to town anti-nudity ordinance.

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Greece Should Be Taking Money Making Stock Tips from Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont!

Letter to the Editor of The Vermont Journal/The Shopper, Ludlow, Vermont,  published July 1, 2015.
"Congressman Peter Welch Gets Richer While Depriving Poor Vermonters!"

Last year U.S. Congressman Peter Welch voted to reduce foodstamps (SNAP Program) for poor and struggling Vermonters.

Do members of the United States Congress  get special hints telling them to  buy stock at a certain time, and then sell it, to reward them for voting a certain way on a certain Bill?


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: New Permitted and Conditional Uses in Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to take care of a bit of regular business, but primarily to hear about and discuss the new zoning and land use regulations being proposed for adoption. If all goes according to plan, the new regulations will go into effect this fall.

Liquor Commissioners

The Brattleboro Selectboard, acting as Liquor Commissioners, granted a special events permit to Hermit Thrush Brewery for a Brewery Pint Night. Two actually, one scheduled for July 3 and another for July 24.


Reformer Down to Skeleton Crew

VtDigger reports today that most of the newsroom staff at the Brattleboro Reformer was laid off on Friday (June 26, 2015) . The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal were also reduced to "skeleton crews" by New England Newspapers. Only Dominic Poli and Howard Weiss-Tisman remain--with no editorial staff.


Vermont Announces $5,000 Downpayment Assistance

Thanks to a bill just passed by large majorities in both houses and signed by the governor, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon be able to offer qualified first-time homebuyers a leg up in the form of a $5,000 “sleeping” loan.

The $5,000 assistance be in the form of a zero interest loan, with no payments. The loan is repaid when the homeowner sells their home or refinances.

In email correspondence with Brattleboro Buyer Brokerage, Seth Leonard, VHFA Homeownership Outreach Coordinator, wrote:


MAKE A ZINE at Brooks Memorial Library

What is a zine? 

Zines are small or mini magazines that you can create! Zines can be comics, or stories or anything you want. Make a zine about the most amazing trip ever. Make a zine about something you are passionate about. Make a zine about anything you want and it will be awesome. Two local zine makers, comic drawers,  and super artists, Jo Dery and Hannah Cummins, will be there to give tips and tricks to make the best zines.

Draw your own pictures. Write your own words. Make your own zine.


Brattleboro Fourth of July Closings

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.


A Presidential Candidate - Chris Christie

Chris Christie has the idea that it is his turn to become president of the United States.

"America is tired of hand-wringing, of indecisiveness ... in the Oval Office. And that is why, today, I am proud to announce my candidacy.”


Solarize Dummerston Invites You To A Solar Open House Gathering. Tue June 30th 6-8p

Solarize Dummerston invites you to a Solar open house gathering. *This is not just for Dummerston residents - all are welcome and all can benefit - the more people signing up the greater the savings*.

Please tell your friends, and neighbors, please share this event!

Tuesday, June 30 from 6-8pm
Dummerston Grange - 1008 East-West Rd


Scrub Your Soul Castile Soap Now Available At The Co-op!

Love natural products?

Love hyper-local producers?

Love being squeeky clean?

The Brattleboro Food Co-op is now stocking Scrub Your Soul's vegan castile soap in the bulk department.  Fill your own bottle to wash your body, your dishes, your hair, or anything that needs washing! Be sure to request scents you would like to see. 


Unbeatable Bee-zzzz - Free Program at Brooks Memorial

What superhero can carry 122 times her own weight,  fly 5 million miles on a gallon of honey and see ultraviolet colors invisible to us? Yes! The Mighty Bee!

Bees can buzz along at 15 mph and beat their wings 200 times per second. What do bees do with their superpowers? They help provide the world with flowers, fruit, and even chocolate! One in three bites of food we eat is thanks to these pollinators! And don’t forget honey. To make a pound of honey, bees must fly 55,000 miles and visit around 2 million flowers.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/29/15

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule Week of 6/29/15 - Thank You!

Monday, June 29, 2015

12:00 am Road to Recovery: Overcoming Trauma and Violence

1:00 am VT Economic Resiliency Initiative 4/23/15

2:25 am Norwich Bookstore Presents: Robert Santulli and Kesstan Blandin

3:30 am Organic Politics: Applying for R Credits 5/7/15

4:00 am SAFSTOR: 6/24/15 - Ken Swanger


"Brattleboro Goes Fourth" Set To Celebrate July 4th - Details and Schedule

BRATTLEBORO — The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee invites the public to the town’s 42nd annual Independence Day celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.

Brattleboro’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, this year’s parade sponsor, will lead the march with its giant American flag, while local personality Alfred Hughes Jr. will conclude the event by debuting his annual top-secret gown.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 28

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 Grateful Dead Rainbows:

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

Sterling Silver Earrings and Ear-wires -- Entirely Handmade
for You
Tarot Card Readings
Hypnosis Helps
Compassionate Mediation
Respite Offered by Mom of Child w/Special Needs
Garlic Scapes


Summer Sings

Thursday July 30, 10 - 11:30 am at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. (The July 2 sing has been cancelled.)

Wednesday July 8 and Wednesday July 22, 7 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

Come sing along with your friends and neighbors under the leadership of Women's Chorus director Becky Graber. We'll sing a variety of songs - Broadway, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and Old time Songs of Summer - with word sheets provided.


Rainy Sunday Brainstorming

A Request for Proposal is now open for a much ballyhooed Our Town Grant. The RFP states the grant is…"one of inaugural creative placemaking, that magnifies the role the Arts play in Brattleboro, and should inspire the community towards the imagination and creation of public art." To these ends, I hereby submit two entries to the readers of this site, for consideration, potential collaboration and probable comment.


Tale of the Tape


"R" rCredits For You?

What are rCredits?

The rCredits system is a cooperative mutual credit organization providing online credit card, debit card, and cash card services.

In this economy, it’s hard to find US Dollars to pay for things. With rCredits we can fund what we need, without having to depend on US Dollars. rCredits are simply a way for us to give each other credit in our local community, so that, in effect, there is more money to go around.

You can spend rCredits and be paid with rCredits just as with US Dollars.


Weekend Comedy Series - Groucho Marx

Everyone knows Groucho Marx, right? He and his Marx brothers made vaudeville and movie history, he hosted a popular game show as television got started, and here, appeared on the Dick Cavett show in September of 1969.

Groucho has spawned imitators. Alan Alda paid tribute to him on an almost weekly basis during the years M.A.S.H. was on the air. Locally, we’ve had stage performances of Marx Bros. movies.



A visiting American guy and Murphy go into an Irish pastry shop. The American whisks three cookies into his pocket with lightning speed. The baker doesn't even notice. The American says to Murphy, "You see how clever we are? You Paddies can never beat that!"

Murphy says to the American, "Watch dis, any Paddy is smarter din you, and I'll prove it to ya." He says to the baker, "Gimme a cookie, I'll show ya a magic trick!"
The baker gives him the cookie, which he promptly eats. Then he says to the baker, "Gimme anudder cookie for me magic trick."


Welch Issues Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Peter Welch today issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states:

“The wall of marriage discrimination in America has finally come down. The Supreme Court affirmed today what Vermonters recognized years ago -- that the quality of love between two people is more important than their gender,” Congressman Welch said.


Marriage Equality Wins!

The Supreme Court of the United States has declared that LGBTQ couples are now free to marry in all 50 states. This is huge!

A long, bitter and frustrating fight for equal rights has culminated in a victory. This is a wonderful day worthy of much celebration! Thank you SCOTUS for making the right decision.


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