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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Windham County Economic Development Program Relaunch

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Windham County Advisory Council are pleased to announce the relaunch of the Windham County Economic Development Program

ACCD has worked closely with state and regional partners to redesign the program to ensure greater local and regional participation in the process, simplify the application process - especially for businesses - and improve communication about the program to the region.  The regional partners have formed a Windham County Advisory Councilconsisting of BDCC, WRC, SeVEDS, SBDC, ACCD, municipalities with designated downtowns – Brattleboro, Wilmington, Rockingham – plus Vernon.


State Rep. Valerie Stewart Serving Lunches at Living Memorial Park to Area Youth

July 23rd and 30th, Vermont State Representative Valerie Stewart will be at Living Memorial Park serving lunches to area youth as part of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union's Summer Food Service Program. The WSESU runs the Summer Food Program to ensure that children and teens have access to healthy food when school is not is session. Any child, 18 or younger, can find a free breakfast, lunch or dinner at various sites around Brattleboro or Guilford. Anyone can text 'FOOD' to 877-877 to find the site closest to them.


Two Recent Hit & Runs in Brattleboro

From the Police Log: 



July 20, 2015

Officer J. Hamilton

On July 17th 2015 at approximately 1300 hours Officers of the Brattleboro Police Department investigated a hit and run on a pedestrian in the area of the intersection between Elliot St., Frost St., Bridge St., Williams St. and Union St. The operator of the vehicle was described as having should-length blond hair. The vehicle was described as a green Honda Civic with a Vermont plate on the back only. Anyone with information about the suspect operator or vehicle please contact the Brattleboro Police Department at (802)257-7950.


Townshend Web Site

The Townshend website has been redeveloped as a private venture. Local Board minutes, information, links to meeting videos, are being posted currently for anyone who is interested. The email list has been reinstated as well for items like agendas or important, time sensitive, information. More past documents will be uploaded as time goes by but much has been posted as of this note. 



Sanders Introduces Bill for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, July 22 – Addressing hundreds of low-wage workers who have gone on strike for a living wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said legislation he introduced today would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty and millions more are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills,” Sanders said at the outdoor rally near the Capitol. “In the year 2015, a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”


Marlboro Summer Sale

The Marlboro Alliance Summer Sale takes place this weekend July 25 - 26. This is a town-wide, two-day sale. Located in Marlboro, VT town center, just off Route 9. There will be two buildings chock-full of great stuff & clothing.

The sale runs Saturday from 9-3. There you can find great bargains, bid in the silent auction, buy a new wardrobe and enjoy the bake sale cafe. On Sunday between 11-1, everything is free! There is always plenty of excellent merchandise and clothing available for free on Sunday, no one walks away empty handed.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Cantrip on Sunday, July 26

Twilight Music continues its 13th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 26 with an evening of high energy Scottish music by Cantrip. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 23. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at The Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


A Presidential Candidate - John Kasich

John Kasich has decided to run for the presidency of our great nation:

“I have decided to run for president of the United States.”


VBike Looking for Electrician/Electrical Engineering Know-How

Hi all,

Some of you might be aware that VBike is in the process of building up a fleet of human/electric-powered hybrid bikes and cargobikes to demonstrate the potential for these vehicles as super-efficient and enjoyable alternatives to automobiles in Vermont. A major focus of VBike is on reengaging our bodies, senses, and emotional connection to the landscape we inhabit. The bicycle is our vehicle for that.

We’re looking for local folks with some expertise in battery technology and electrical engineering to advise us and help with problem solving as we convert our vehicles to e-assist systems. If you have these skills or know of anyone that may fit this description who may be interested in this project, please email us at info@vbikesolutions.org.


BMH Introduces New Endoscopy System for Earlier Digestive Disease Detection and Treatment

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is among the first hospitals in Vermont to acquire the Olympus EVIS EXERA III video endoscopy system. This system uses a video processor, light source, endoscope, and monitor to enable physicians to look inside the gastrointestinal (GI) system to diagnose, detect, and treat GI diseases such as colorectal cancer. The advanced imaging in the EVIS EXERA III system will help BMH physicians to detect GI disease at an earlier stage when treatments are most successful.

“By acquiring this new system we are able to further our commitment to providing exceptional care to our patients. With this advanced technology we increase our capacity to provide more accurate diagnoses, shorter procedure times, and an overall improved procedural experience,” said Steven R. Gordon, President and CEO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.


BAJC Announces the Ordination of Cantor Kate Judd

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) in West Brattleboro is proud to announce the ordination of Cantor Kate Judd. Kate was ordained through the Cantor Educator Program (CEP) at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. 

The program at Hebrew College draws on renowned faculty from three Hebrew College schools — the School of Jewish Music, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Rabbinical School — as well as resources from Andover Newton Theological School and other member institutions of the Boston Theological Institute. Cantors in the CEP earn a Masters of Jewish Education degree, enabling them to serve congregations as mentors and facilitators and as spiritual leaders who can empower their congregants in study as well as in worship.


Auditions Wednesday for a Play in Guilford

Guilford Center Stage, a brand-new project of Broad Brook Grange, announces auditions for its first production, Tourists Accommodated, a comedy by noted Vermont author Dorothy Canfield Fisher.  Auditions will be held on Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Grange in Guilford Center.  No reservation is required; just show up anytime during that 2 hour period. Those unable to attend may contact the directors for an audition.

Actors from all towns are welcome!

Grange member Laura Lawson Tucker and I are forming Center Stage in response to community requests for more arts and other events on the building’s small, but chariming stage.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of July 19

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 a thunderstormy eve:

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

Free Kodak Printer
Will Weed Your Garden
Remote Reiki
Need a Ride?
Set of Studded Snow Tires for 1998 Nissan Sentra


Dosa Kitchen Food Truck Has Moved to Grafton Village Cheese in Brattleboro

Our South Indian food truck, Dosa Kitchen, has moved to a new home:

400 Linden Street (on Route 30), in front of Grafton Village Cheese in Brattleboro. Check Facebook for our new extended hours and stay posted as we firm up our regular hours. This week we're open Sunday and Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, then open the rest of the week. We're at 646-388-2221 if you would like to call ahead.


Jade Helm Is Coming!

Be afraid, very afraid!

Jade Helm 15 is a United States military training exercise, scheduled to take place in multiple U.S. Southwestern states from July 15 to September 15, 2015.Led by Patriot Alex Jones, Texans and other residents are very concerned about the military’s latest intrusion on their freedoms.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/20/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 7/20/15

Monday, July 20, 2015

12:00 am 30 Minutes with Bill Schmick - Women and Wealth in America Today

12:30 am Sustainable Living Series - Native vs Invasive 5/13/15

1:40 am Windham Orchestra Celebrating Spring '15: Benefit for Brattleboro Senior Meals

3:00 am Dartmouth College Conference: Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech and Terrorism

5:30 am Poets and Their Craft: Neil Shepard


Did Muslim Murder 4 Marines in Payback for Iraq Libya, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan?


Another killing of GIs by a Muslim American. Most Americans will confine their judgement and emotions to this one specific quadruple murder, and this will be helpful to those, who have invested in profitable genocides from Korea onward in their continuing to stay under the radar. Insidious US media will make sure the deaths of the four Marines and Abdulazeez play out well for its ISIS hoax and Christian-Israeli hate Islam campaign.


Weekend Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari

You may know Aziz. He played Tom on “Parks & Recreation,” a kind of manic 20-something impressed by gadgets, technology and always looking to make it big.

Here he is in 2011 or so in Washington D.C. doing a show called “Dangerously Delicious,” featuring his observational style of humor.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - July 20 - July 24

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 20 – July 24

July 20 American Chop Suey


Garlic Bread



The Tree of Life - Whatever Happens To A Leaf

When I wrote the poem "Whatever Happens to a Leaf" in 1999 there lay within it the core of my philosophy of life and death. If the context of the scientific notion that we are but born of dead stars from the ashes and dust of an extreme unbridled supernova, my leaf analogy of what happens to humans when they die simplifies the question so often asked of me, "What happens to us when we die." My answer, troubling to many, accepting by some, is "What ever happens to a leaf when it falls from the tree is the same thing that happens to you and me."Our existence is coexistent with the leaves on the trees, as we are with all living things. The evolutionary trek that brought us to the very day you read these words is the same chain from the branches of evolutionary life we clung to from our earliest days and which we cling to still.


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