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Fourth of July plans announced and include gun salute, bell ringing, a procession through town to Goodhue’s Grove at rear of Unitarian Church, an oration, choir, and a dinner at Wantastiquet Hall.


The Common School in this village will celebrate the coming 4th of July, in a manner deemed appropriate to the occasion. The Procession will be formed at 10 o’clock, at the High School. After marching through all the principal streets, it will proceed to the Town Hall, where the company will be addressed by all clergymen of the place and other distinguished friends of Education. The exercises in the Hall will be interspersed by songs from the pupils and Glee Club, and music by the Brattleboro Cornet Band.


During the month of June thus far, the weather has been wet and cold to an unusual degree. Last week the sun did not shine an hour from Monday until Saturday; and during the same period rain fell almost constantly.


In our village there is no movement for a general celebration of the Fourth of July, though we can but believe the day will receive the recognition usually given it, by an early morning rendered frightful through the activity of youthful patriots in explosions of India-Crackers, torpedoes and squibs.


The largest strawberries we have seen this season were raised by F. Horner of this village. Their quality we found proportionate to their size.


B.R. Jenne & Co., insurance and real estate agents, have sold the homestead of the late Rev. Addison Brown, corner of Chase and Forest streets, to Luke Ferriter of this village, for $3500.


The office of slayer of unlicensed dogs falls to S. N. Herrick this year.


We learn that the number of pupils to be advanced from the Grammar school to the High school at the beginning of next school year is 24. From the primaries 35 children will be advanced. Of these 11 are qualified to enter the Grammar school and the remainder will probably be placed in an intermediate school which the committee contemplate establishing as a preparatory grade for the Grammar school.


Several of our Brattleboro boys have got the bicycle fever, but the very high price charged for the machines prevents the attack from taking a well developed form.


The rear of the log drive passed Brattleboro on Wednesday morning. The horses, heavy, handsome, well-kept fellows, went down the night before and the rivermen followed in the morning. The drive has been unusually quick and successful, and for the first time in several years not a life has been lost.


F.M. Waite brought 15 bushels of strawberries to market on Monday.


O’Brien’s circus will exhibit here July 12.


Mr. Wm. H. Wells of New York was in town last week for a consultation in regard to the drinking fountain which he purposes to present to Brattleboro. In the center of the drinking bowl will be a lion’s head, from the mouth which the water will flow. The total height will be about 16 feet. It is hoped to have ready to erect by September.


The barber shops will be closed all day Friday, July 4. They will be open until 10 o’clock the night before.


Sawtelle’s circus is coming Thursday, July 10.


Because of the emergency which has arisen with regard to teachers’ salaries the voters of the incorporated school district will be called upon at the annual school district meeting to raise a substantial amount of money above the amount raised last year. The school board, which has realized the necessity of increasing the salaries in order to keep the teachers, has made a gradual increase from year to year, but has not paid such increases as have been paid in many other places.

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BMH to Host Job Fair for Housekeeping Positions

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be holding a job fair targeted at filling positions within their Environmental Services (Housekeeping) department. The event will take place Tuesday, June 14th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the hospital’s Human Resources Department on the 3rd floor of the Dunham Building.

“Our housekeepers are critical members of the BMH team,” says Bill Norwood, BMH’s Director of Human Resources. “They are responsible for enhancing the safety of our patients and staff by maintaining an impeccably clean environment, and their work is at the heart of our infection control protocols.” Norwood hopes that the event will draw the interest of those seeking jobs at one of the region’s top employers, and give them an opportunity to meet some of the hospital’s leadership team.


Collin Leech & Lori Schreiner Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Painters Collin Leech and Lori Schreiner are showing their work in a combined summer exhibit at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist. An opening reception this Saturday, June 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., offers the public an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their creative process while enjoying refreshments provided by the All Souls Arts Committee.

Showing a variety of large-format and smaller impressionist or expressive landscapes, Collin Leech has been working in a variety of mediums for many years, including oil, encaustic, ink-and-pastel drawing, and acrylic. "This year I have been working on combining these mediums in new ways," Collin explains. "I have also been thinking about the ways my relationship to the landscape around me is changing." She attended LaGuardia School for the Arts in New York City and went to Maryland Institute College of Art, taught for many years at Brattleboro's River Gallery School, and now teaches encaustic collage and plein air painting at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Something Borrowed

It took the Brattleboro Selectboard less time to approve of a $7.8 million bond application than it did to learn about the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Both were equally approved and proclaimed at Tuesday’s meeting.

Gibson Aiken gym windows will be replaced, paving projects have been funded, Brattleboro aims to buy property along the Whetstone to help with flood prevention and water quality, the cemetery committee and ordinance are evolving, and the annual dog warrant has been issued.


Feel the Icelandic Bern at the Latchis

“Hurray for all kinds of things!” – Buoyed by that vague yet uplifting slogan, comedian Jon Gnarr galvanized the disaffected voters of Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2010. What began as political satire in the face of dysfunctional, corrupt and out-of-touch government, eventually became more than a joke, as Gnarr captured the hearts of voters in the 2010 race for mayor of Iceland’s largest city. His surprising campaign is the subject of the documentary “Gnarr,” which will be shown at the Latchis Theatre this Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m.

It’s impossible not to see similarities with our own political scene, although what’s happening here is certainly less amusing than Gnarr’s campaign. Still, for all its lightness and humor, “Gnarr” touches a chord – people are tired of politics as usual and are looking to outsiders to shake things up. Not all outsiders possess the kindness, humor and common touch of Jon Gnarr, and that’s why, even though Reykjavik is thousands of miles away, “Gnarr” hits home.


The Other Candidate Is No Good

The Democratic primary has been decided, according to the AP. Speaking with anonymous superdelegates, party insiders, and donors, they’ve calculated and announced that Clinton has already won.

It’s a strange move to go out of one’s way to declare a candidate the winner on the day before a major primary. Superdelegates don’t vote until the convention, and the DNC had reminded the media, but the AP has called it anyway.

Clinton and Trump are the official choices in the coming election. Both are the best each party will offer.

This will not be an election about a positive vision for the future. This will be about why the other is no good.


A Normal Downtown Brattleboro

Just a quick observation that this is the first year in many years that we have a "normal" downtown Brattleboro. No burned out buildings are sitting or being repaired, no road paving projects are scheduled, and no sidewalks are being torn up. 

Anything can happen, and things can change, but it is nice to have a bit of time to enjoy downtown Brattleboro rather than just fix and clean it year after year.


Did Devout Muslim Muhammad Ali Ever Speak About US NATO Genocide in the Muslim Middle East?

Ali declared “murder and burn another poor nation [Vietnam] simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. ... such evils must come to an end" For lack of world public interest in prosecuting obvious US genocidal crimes against humanity and peace, "such evils" have remained profitable. As a devout Muslim, how did Ali feel as he watched the murder and burning of millions of Muslim children.

Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali was our hero, not only for his performance in the ring and his infectiously happy and charming wit, but for his clear, upright, honest, compassionate and unequivocal condemnation of his nation's racist invasion, bombing and genocidal occupation war in Vietnam.


Sovernet's Fiber Network Helps Connect Vermont's "Last Mile"

Multiple Broadband Providers Leverage Sovernet’s State-of-the-Art Network to Serve Vermonters

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (June 6, 2016) - Sovernet Communications today announced that its state-of-the-art fiber network now supports broadband services for numerous rural Vermonters in the so-called “last mile,” by providing dedicated Internet access and data transport to other service providers. These providers, in turn, are extending further and further into rural Vermont to serve residential and business customers.


Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Affiliation to strengthen patient care effective July 1

June 6, 2016 (White River Jct., VT) – The Board of Trustees of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) has voted to approve an affiliation agreement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. With the May 24 vote, VNH will become an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) on Friday, July 1, 2016.

VNH, the region’s largest provider of home health services, will become the first home health and hospice provider affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which also includes five hospital affiliates.


Summer Intensive Digital Photography Course with Dave Mazor

Learn How to use Your DSLR Camera and Print Quality Images, Monday through Friday, June 20 through June 24, 5:30 to 8:30, 15 hours, $150.00, Instructor: David Mazor

This course will cover all the basics of using your DSLR camera and digital edits in Photoshop.

The course will begin with the technical uses of the camera parts and functions, and the understanding of light. The main objective is for students to create strong images of different subject matter under various lighting conditions.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/6/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/6/16 

Monday, June 6, 2016

12:00 am Discovering New England Stone Walls with Kevin Gardner

1:17 am TED Talks: Angélica Dass: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

1:30 am Hunger Free VT - Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Hunger

3:30 am The Civil War and Political Realignment: The Case of VT

4:08 am Morris Dancers in Brattleboro 5/28/16


Ali: The Peoples' Champ Is Gone

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
-Mohamad Ali

Very sad weekend… We have lost the Greatest Of All-Time: Mohamed Ali.

Such a brave brave man in and out of the ring. He conquered Liston (twice), Frazier (two out of three), and Foreman. And we never even saw him fight in his prime… In those years he was barred from boxing and had his passport taken away for his refusal to fight in the unjust Vietnam War (a stance he took out of principle alone; if he did allow himself to be drafted, he would have had a cake walk of PR appearances and exhibition matches). It short he was a true Peoples' Champ; one who stood up for the underdog, the working man, against imperialism, and for Black Liberation.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 5

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 the downpour:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

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

Ten Vintage Copies of 'Youth Companion' Publication all Copies 1913
LOCAL Pickup Truck for Moving or Errands
Holistic Health Counseling
You Can Borrow My Kayak, Stored at Retreat Meadows
Fresh Exotic Sprouts, Grown Just For You (Updated!)


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 6 to June 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 6 to June 10


June 6 - Ravioli w/Meat Sauce

Seasoned Spinach


Chocolate Pudding


Weekend Creativity Series - Cowbells (and Plastic Tubs)

“More cowbell!” you may be thinking. But how are they made? Let’s look at the creative use of metal to make a musical instrument.

I got to work with metal a little bit in school shop class. We were given rods and had to make screwdrivers by heating and pounding the metal. It wasn’t hard to get the shape right, but to get the metal to the proper hardness was a bit of a challenge. I think we also spot-welded some small metal boxes.

This cowbell-making project wouldn’t scare me to attempt, but it would require quite a few specialized tools that are not in my toolbox.


West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting June 9th

Hi, all -

The next West Brattleboro Association monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6 pm at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

The agenda is below the dotted line.

- Michael B.



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 7, 2016

Brattleboro will be applying for federal funds to purchase land along the Whetstone as part of ongoing flood mitigation plans for the town. It’s on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Selectboard at the Municipal Center.

The board will also sign off on applying for a Bond to pay for for police and fire projects, accept $200,000 from the state for I-91 detour impact paving, issue the annual dog warrants for canines without licenses, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 6th


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. No additional restrictions are anticipated.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Hurricane Damage Costs Will Skyrocket Due to Climate Change, New Report Finds

WASHINGTON, June 2 – Costs from hurricane damages in the United States are expected to increase 39 percent in the coming decades because of the effects of climate change and coastal development, according to a new report prepared by the Congressional Budget Office for Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patty Murray. The 2016 hurricane season began Wednesday.


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