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On Wednesday afternoon the artillery of Heaven, as if in mockery of the puny pop-guns that make Independence so noisy, was discharged in terrible grandeur, accompanied by wind and rain.


In the midst of the brilliant illuminations in that vicinity, a mourning transparency was placed on the site of the old tree at the corner of Main and Walnut streets, with the legend, “In memorium - the Old Tree.”


A gross of Roman candles being carried for use in the evening’s program caught fire on Green street and the whole lot went off at once, causing a sensation and a magnificent display all in one.


Fireworks Report: At early dusk a large crowd of people began to gather opposite the vacant lot on Oak street where stands had been erected for letting off the fireworks, and promptly at 8:30 the pyrotechnic display commenced. We have bever seen a display so continuos or in which the whole effect was more agreeable. The arrangements had been so carefully made that, from beginning to end, there was not a moment’s break or any interval of waiting and wondering.


The Estey family monument, from Taintor & Co.’s granite works at Barre, has arrived this week and is being set up by H.J. Carrick of St. Johnsbury.


A supplementary Free Library catalogue of about 75 pages will be ready for use by library patrons next week.


The sixth open air concert by the First Regiment band will be given from the Brooks House balcony next Wednesday evening.


Cars of the Brattleboro Street Railway company were equipped with fenders Monday in accordance with recent legislative enactment.


The attendance has been small at all recent school meetings. The business which comes before each meeting is of sufficient importance to have the attention of every voter.


There will be no vaudeville performances at Brookside Park during the next week but it is expected that one or two dances will be given.


The Book Press prints 75,000 copies (in 23 working days) of Helen Gurley Brown's new book, "Sex and the Office," her follow-up to the 1962 best seller, "Sex and the Single Girl."

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Weekend Comedy Series: Brian Regan

I know little about this Brian Regan fellow. This was recommended to me by someone just yesterday as stand-up comedy in the “good, clean” genre, without reliance on swearing to make people laugh. Count me in!

Regan does this by talking about food labels, flying first class, and refrigerators, among other things.


Emily Mason Exhibit Opening July 2 at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Thursday, July 2 Emily Mason’s exhibit Chromatic Celebrations will be opening with a reception at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts from 5 - 7pm at 183 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Chromatic Celebrations, the featured exhibit from July 2 to August 16, 2015, showcases Emily Mason’s printmaking production and illustrates a richness and spontaneity equal to her paintings in oil.

Emily Mason, recognized for her abstract paintings, has pioneered with several master printmakers since the mid 1980s to establish a singularly rich and distinctive body of prints. Several different printmaking techniques are represented. Common to all is an involvement with a variety of processes leading to a mixture of sharp focus and ambiguity. She embraces unique states, giving each work its own space.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 22 – June 26

June 22 Eggplant Parmesan w/Ricotta

Carrots & Turnip

Garlic Bread



NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee

On July 7, the Town of Brattleboro’s Selectboard will consider the appointment of an ad hoc committee to conduct initial screening of artists who apply for funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant.

The Screening Committee will review all application materials submitted by all artists and will recommend to the Selectboard a group of finalists. The Screening Committee’s work will occur during the week of July 27-31. The Selectboard will consider the Screening Committee’s recommendations on August 4. The only minimum requirements for service on the Steering Committee are residence in Brattleboro and/or prior experience in judging artistic ability and experience.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 22, 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


Brattleboro Savings & Loan Throws Switch on New Solar Array

Energy Source makes BS&L the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Situated next to a classic red-clapboard barn on land farmed since the early 1800s, a new piece of Vermont history is taking shape: an award-winning community solar array poised to provide energy to both Brattleboro businesses and residents.

Contributing companies Soveren Solar, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC), and Brattleboro Savings & Loan will ‘throw the switch’ on a 150kW, 64-rack array on Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m., which represents one of five Vermont Community Solar projects in the state. Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to speak.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 17th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its monitoring program for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be testing 27 sites on eight rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, is a bacteria that is found in the guts of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Most E. coli will not make a person sick, but sometimes they can become pathogenic which means they can cause illness. Additionally, the presence of E. coli in waters acts as an indicator for the presence of other, more difficult to test for pathogens. We publish our results to the public in order to help everyone make informed decisions about recreating in Vermont’s waters.


The Third Coming: Marx Returns

Local actor, playwright, and director Jerry Levy has announced he will give a special benefit performance of his original one-person play "The Third Coming: Marx Returns" on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at The Space at118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.  

"The play," explained Levy, "is about Marx's thoughts and observations should he theoretically return to life in our time." Levy has played the character of Karl Marx in Howard Zinn's play, "Marx in Soho," touring intensively for many years, both domestically and internationally. This experience informed him deeply about the Marx character, and inspired him to write the new play he will be performing in Brattleboro.


Pay As You Throw Brattleboro

Hello my fellow citizens!  This is another thread to talk about the new Pay As You Throw system of trash disposal. The intention here is practical; what are your strategies for coping with this transition?  Composting and Recycling are key, this is a given.  So what’s your plan?  We signed up early on for curbside compost collection.  It is awesome.  For a family of four, weekly pickup of recycling and compost has reduced our trash accumulation to 2 to 3 price chopper plastic bag’s worth. It’s kind of amazing,actually. 


In Search of a Home for Miss Daisy

We are in search of a loving home for a wonderful older female dog, who we took in a couple of months ago, but has let us know that she would prefer to not live out her golden years with two rambunctious babes in diapers. She is great with people, cats, dogs, kids, walks on or off leash, great in the car, and stays home alone during the day too.

She is sweet, and while she did express her need for some space from the tots, I know for a fact she is good with kids because she came from home where she was the beloved companion of a girl from toddler to teen. Anyone who has any ideas, please let me know! ♥

This post was created with love.

Brandie Starr


Brattleboro Mails Pay As You Throw Reminder

The Town of Brattleboro sent out a postcard to town residents with information about the upcoming changes to the way our trash is bagged.

Next week is the final week for putting out trash in non-paid bags. PAYT starts June 29th.


Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny Skies Forecasted for First Annual Statewide Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny skies are forecasted for the weekend of the Summer Solstice when more than forty locations throughout Vermont will open their doors for Celebrate Solar Tours. Like the open sugarhouse weekend in the spring and open art studio weekend in the fall, the summertime tours will give Vermonters and visitors the opportunity to get an up-close view of solar systems to learn about the technology, solar economics, and the benefits of solar to our communities. Many locations will offer refreshments, music or other entertainment like community walking tours, miniature golf and on-site yoga.


Sen. Sanders' Statement on Charleston Church Shootings

WASHINGTON, June 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the killing of nine people by a white man at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation. This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust and a deep, deep sadness. The hateful killing of nine people praying inside a church is a horrific reminder that, while we have made significant progress in advancing civil rights in this country, we are far from eradicating racism. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their congregation.”

Contact: Michael Briggs: (202) 224-5141


The Barefoot Movement at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, June 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Nashville-based, Telluride Bluegrass Festival award-winning, bluegrass and Americana quartet The Barefoot Movement at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 pm.

Heartfelt, energetic and down home, The Barefoot Movement is "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene" (CMT Edge). Their down to earth music ranges from poignant ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners, and takes audiences back to a simpler place and time, inviting listeners to sit back, relax, take their shoes off and stay a while.


Super Costumes Needed!

Desperately seeking tween-sized superman and spiderman costumes.  They will be used by kids in one of NEYT's upcoming Melodrama Summer Camps.  I am hoping to borrow, rather than buy or rent.  

These would be returned, and the generous lender would receive gracious acknowledgement for their donation.  Please contact via call, text (579-9756) or email (isewfunny@gmail.com).



Brunch in Guilford Sunday

Broad Brook Grange will present its 19th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 21, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


Anyone Know Who Helps Injured Birds?

I found a bird this AM that might have an injured wing. I doesn't try to move away when I approach it on my deck.

It seems to be a mature bird but on the smaller side. It is yellowish-green on top and white on the belly. The edges of the wing have a black and white pattern and it has a rather pointy beak.

It was breathing heavily I think (though maybe not?).

So my question is: Does anyone treat and try to rehabilitate injured or sick birds?


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Mostly Money Matters

At their regular Tuesday meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard dealt primarily with money issues — spending, granting, analyzing, raising, applying for, and otherwise interacting with it. It wasn't always the main topic of discussion, but it was an undercurrent. Much of it was good news, too.

For example, it was announced that over $50,000 has been allocated for artists applying to fulfill the public arts component of the NEA Our Town grant, and requests for proposals will be out shortly. Many Town employees will receive raises. 

The Brattleboro Selectboard also learned about keeping water clean, discussed cable access, purchased a variety of  vehicles, and approved contracts for new roads and sidewalks. 

Should dogs be punished for the human’s behavior? This and more below.


Birds In Our Backyard

We’ve always heard birds from our backyard, singing in the woods behind the house, but until this year they never bothered to visit the yard itself.  I attributed this to the presence of cats, who are numerous in these parts, but even with many furry carnivores patrolling the vicinity, the birds have not been deterred this year.  Many varieties of ground feeding bird have been hanging about, including the elusive wood thrush—right here on Cedar Street!


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