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William Rutherford Mead, architect, born.


Clapboards! For Sale Low, about 3000 feet of nice Clapboards, thoroughly seasoned. They are to be found at Capt. Lord’s Hotel.


It gives us much pleasure to lay before our readers this week the announcement of Nixon & Co.’s Mammoth Circus.


“The Main Spring” is the title of an occasional sheet published by those enterprising watch-makers and jewelers, Messrs. Chase & Tripp.


We are informed that the heirs of the late James Frost, of this village, have sold a lot of land situated at the upper end of High and Green streets and extending back to Elliot street, to Mr. Buckner of New Orleans, for the sum of $3750.


Not less than 5000 Chinese lanterns were used in the illumination on Wednesday evening.


Mrs. Shuster’s new life preserver received another trial on Monday afternoon in the Connecticut river, at the cove opposite Walnut street. A large crowd of people witnessed the trial, which was quite satisfactory.


H.F. Smith is about to build a new concrete walk, with granite curbings, on Main street from George Howe’s corner to the Universalist church; also one from the town hall to the Congregational church.


Photographers Howe and Wyatt have secured excellent views of the scene of Wednesday’s railroad disaster, when the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river went down under the 4:30 freight train with passenger car attached, and the bridge, locomotive, and seven loaded freight cars were precipitated in a confused mass to the river bottom, some 40 feet below.


S. M. Waite’s sentence of six years in the house of correction expired at midnight last Friday night, and he left the prison at once. He boarded a train and started for Omaha.


The Crescent Hosiery company has increased its number of employees to 18. Small children’s hose is all they are able to manufacture at present because of a lack of funds with which to buy new machinery; although they are constantly receiving orders for larger sized children’s hose and men’s and women’s hose which they are obliged to turn away. Why isn’t this home industry worth developing? Where is the board of trade?

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Getting Greener - Green Mountain Power Rooftop Solar Panels Program

 Big ideas for solar power

Editor: The United States has enormous rooftop square footage located in a combo of vast urban, suburban and corporate real-estate environments. President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu has proposed reducing greenhouse gas emissions by painting all U.S. rooftops (and highways) white.


VFW Lunch Specials July 31st - Aug. 4th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - garlic parmesan or buffalo wings w/ French fries or onion rings
Tues - reubens w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - chicken parmesan over noodles
Thur - stuffed peppers w/ salad
Fri - fish n chips


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 1 thru August 4


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 1 thru August 4


Aug 1 Meals On Wheels Only

Colcannon Potatoes

Mixed Greens

Oranges Julius

No Congregate Dinning/Bernie Sanders Lunch


New Police Facility

A short rant about the way I look at the new police facility.

Did we NEED new facilities? No.

It's the American way. It's not about needing anything, rather keeping up with the "Joneses" so to speak. "There is this fancy new thing, or that fancy new thing, I mean every other department has it. We need that, we're supposed to have that." In my opinion it's consumerism on a grand scale. It's not needed and I don't honestly think we will benefit from it one bit. How much of our money will they spend on fancy new devices and a sharp modern looking building? How will that enhance our protection or services? Do we think this new facility will actually benefit us in any tangible way?


1st Thursdays in the Memorial Garden

A brief community memorial service will take place on Thursday August 6th from 5:30-6:00 at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. The short program will consist of brief reflections on grief and loss, an opportunity to decorate a memorial stone to place in the garden or take home, and some quiet time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. Everyone is invited to this free event. The “First Thursdays in the Memorial Garden” program will be repeated on September 7th. The facilitator is Connie Baxter, Brattleboro Area Hospice Bereavement Program Coordinator.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - August 1, 2017

A few midsummer grants and bids will be considered at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting, scheduled for Tuesday August 1 at the Municipal Center. (You remember the Selectboard, right?)

The board will also hear from ther Energy Committee regarding a climate action accord and downtown building energy project, will buy a dump truck and street sweeper, and more. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 31st


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Bridge staining on the superstructure will begin next week, requiring lane closures for both Northbound and Southbound traffic for the month of August. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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.


Brattleboro High School Exchange Students In Need of Hosts

Brattleboro High School is hoping to host 10 international exchange students this fall, who arrive in the area next month. Some are still in need of hosts who could welcome them to the area for even just the first couple of months of their stay. Could you open up your heart and home to one of these students, such as:

- Marie, a 17 year old girl from France, who loves cooking and arts. She hopes to spend time cooking French meals with, and learning from, her new host family.

- Pablo, a 16 year old boy from Spain. He loves sports, and hopes to learn baseball while here. He has a twin sister at home, and enjoys family time.

- And Sitong is a very hard working student from China. She is 16 years old, is active in her church youth group, tennis, choir, and volunteering.


Harmony Parking Lot - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Harmony Parking Lot is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all sidewalks and curbing adjacent to the buildings, new concrete walkways and tree grates in the islands, leveling to improve drainage, new pavement, and fresh paint. The work will be performed in phases so that either the east side or the west side of the Harmony Lot will be available for public parking during the majority of the estimated five week project.


BCTV Video: Peter Gould at Putney Public Library


What's Really Being Done About Opiates in Our Community?


Brattleboro History Radio - Episode 100 - Addison, Fort Dummer and the Next Generation

In this episode we tell the history of Brattleboro from day 1, discuss the historiography of Brattleboro from its inception to today, and introduce a few future historians… All 4 minutes.


Retreat Meadow Water Survey for July 25 Postponed

Due to the weater, the water survey of the Retreat Meadows scheduled for July 25 at 4:00 is postponed to Wednesday, August 2 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Below is information on that and other upcoming suvey events:

Wednesday, August 2, 9 AM - Noon, West River, West River Park to Rte 5 bridge, Brattleboro

Join us for this 3-hour on-the-water workshop on the lower portion of the West River, from the West River Park down to the Rte. 5 bridge. We will be checking for the presence of invasive water chestnut and other aquatic invasive species. Water chestnut has been found and has been being managed at a CT River site in Hinsdale, NH. Laurie Callahan, aquatic biologist, will lead the session and will provide some basic training at the start of the workshop. Plan to provide your own canoe or kayak. Please contact Callahan (therivermist@hotmail.com or 802-258-1877) if you would like to participate and to get info about where to meet. Participant number is limited to 10-12. Sessions may be cancelled on short notice due to weather, etc.


Brattleboro Community Justice Center Names New Executive Director

Brattleboro – July 24, 2017 The Brattleboro Community Justice Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mel Motel to become its new Executive Director, following the retirement of Darah Kehnemuyi on August 22, 2017.

Motel brings a wealth of experience both in Restorative Justice practices and executive ability to the BCJC, a community organization dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict and repairing relationships. Motel started her career in Brattleboro at the BCJC in 2006 as an Americorps VISTA volunteer, serving as the reentry coordinator for people returning to the community from prison, as a grant writer and as a community educator.


60th Annual Marlboro Benefit Summer Sale

The Marlboro community will hold its 60th annual Summer Benefit Sale on Saturday, July 29 from 9am to 3 pm. in the Town Center, 510 South Rd., Marlboro, Vermont.  This event began as a benefit for the Marlboro Community Club in the mid-1960’s and has been held annually until 2005 when it was continued by the Marlboro Alliance.  Used clothing for children, men and women will fill the Meetinghouse Church and home-baked goods and refreshments will be for sale on the Meetinghouse lawn.


Trump versus Bush

Did you ever think you'd miss George Bush?


Windham Regional Woodlands Association Scholarship Awards

Windham Regional Woodlands Association has awarded scholarships totaling $6,000 to two Brattleboro Union High School graduates who will attend college this fall. This year's recipients are Samuel Stevens of Brattleboro, who will attend Green Mountain College, and Tanner Bell of Guilford, who will attend Unity College in Maine.


BCTV Schedules Week of 7/21/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/21/17

Monday, July 24, 2017

12:00 am Windham World Affairs Council - WWAC: Amer Latif - an Islamic Christmas Tree? 6/23/17

1:30 am Let's Talk About Lyme Disease

4:00 am The World Fusion Show - Season 1, Ep 2 - Cecilia Zabala

4:30 am Shakespeare on Main Street - Hamlet


On Exhibit at Brooks Library

"The Back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, is on extended display at Brooks Memorial Library as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

"This piece was made specifically for a month long show at Brooks Memorial Library years ago. I used to live down by the railroad tracks and loved walking there, so I wanted to show a panoramic view of that beautiful part of town. I am so pleased to have it be a part of the library’s celebration!"~Terry Sylvester


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