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Tailoring Establishment, No. 8 Granite Row, Over A.E. Dwinell’s Store. Garments made and trimmed in a fashionable manner, and made on the most reasonable terms. Just received, the Spring and Summer fashions for 1845, that are so adapted to form, convenience, and elegance, that they cannot soon materially change. R.F. Washburn.


Revere House - This hotel has been leased to Mr. L.V.H. Crosby, the well known humorous and comic singer of New England. He is to take possession on the first of April. In the mean time the building has been altered, and thoroughly repaired. Mr. James Fisk, the owner thereof, has done much for the village in building and keeping up this establishment.


A Fancy Dress ball took place at the Lawrence Water Cure Establishment on Tuesday evening. About thirty couples were in attendance. Of the appearance of the ladies it is sufficient to say that their modes and manners would grace the saloons of Newport or Saratoga. They all looked so beautiful and appeared so fascinating that we throw down the pen in attempting to portray their charms.


We understand that Mr. Greenleaf intends to open a night school in this village for the instruction of young gentlemen and ladies in his system of Grammar. The school is to be a night school in order to accomodate the young working men and women, and it is to be held in the select-men’s room of the Town Hall.


The second concert given by the “Old Folks” of the Congregational society, on Thursday evening of last week, netted about $200, the town hall being densely packed with delighted listeners. The proceeds of these concerts are to go toward the enlargement of the society’s chapel.


Some Brattleboro families are contemplating a removal to the farming lands of Delaware.


The sun crosses the line and spring begins today, in spite of the snow.


The counsel in the organ case closed their arguments on Thursday, on the question as to whether Estey & Co. are now infringing the Burdett patent. Judge Wheeler reserved his decision. The accounting before the master will be resumed April 8th.


A census of the town is now being taken, the expense of which will be defrayed by private enterprise.


Prof. George Burwell, the contortionist on skates, is the attraction at the rink for this evening and to-morrow evening.


Cudworth & Childs offer for sale a desirable house on High street suitable for two tenements and in excellent repair, now renting for $270 per year. If sold before the 1st of April the price will be $2600.


New block for Main street. Plans have been substantially completed for the new block which Col. Hooker will erect the coming season on the site of the old Fisk block.


Yesterday, at Gibson’s big sale at his Elliot street stables, 32 horses were disposed of at auction. The prices were rather low, ranging as a rule from $100 to $190. Previous to the sale the horses, with fife and drum accompaniment, were paraded on the streets and made a very handsome appearance.


School Echoes, the paper published by the High school pupils, is to suspend publication, owning to insufficient support from advertisers.


Brattleboro has supported considerable metropolitan style this week in the shape of a German street band.


Fort Dummer Colony, order of Pilgrim Fathers, will hold a social dance at Harmony hall next Friday evening, 28th inst.


In the asylum course last Friday evening, Rev. Mr. Phalen told of some of the things he saw in Edinburg last summer.


Gov. James Douglas said he hopes to see high-speed Internet service in 85 percent of Vermont by the end of 2005 and in 90 percent of it by 2007.


Original date that Vermont Yankee is scheduled to close.

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Weekend Concert Series- Mumford and Sons, Netherlands, 2012

If you haven't seen and heard the English Band Mumford and Sons perform you're in for a treat. If you have, this is among their best performances. Mumford and Sons came into my life with their first Top 40 single, "Little Lion Man" from their debut album, "Sigh No More". The album became a hot seller on the success of that first single and the band was launched worldwide. They went on to win Grammy nominations, and both the ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artists and  the Brit Award for Best British Album, 2011. An auspicious beginning.


CRVBL Playoff Matchups At Stake In Final Regular Season Weekend

The Connecticut River Valley Baseball League wraps up the 2013 regular season this weekend with all eight adult town teams in action with playoff seedings and matchups at stake. The action begins on Friday evening at 6:30 in Claremont as the defending league champion Cardinals host the Walpole Wild Blue. The two teams are currently tied for second place with records of 8 wins and four losses. Sunday morning at 10, the Putney Fossils and Brattleboro River Rats meet at Dummerston Field, and a win for Putney could move them ahead of the Newport Polar Bears in the playoff seeding. The regular season wraps up with a pair of games at 11 a.m. Sunday as Claremont hosts the Sunapee Old Lakers at Barnes Park while the Keene Black Dawgs take on Walpole at Keene State College.


Turtles to Toads - Live Animal Program at the Brooks Memorial Library

Turtles to Toads - LIVE ANIMAL PROGRAM at the Brooks Memorial Library 
Explore the worlds of repitles and amphibians through an interactive slideshow, touchable artifacts and live animals.

Saturday, August 3, 10:30 AM
Main Room

Presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum as part of the Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program. 

Space is limited. Register by calling 254-5290 ext 110.


Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Windham County

Mid-summer volunteer opportunities in Windham County.

Loaves and Fishes food shelf and kitchen on Main Street, Brattleboro, needs volunteer(s) with computer skills. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

Halifax School needs a volunteer gardener. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

Volunteers needed to help with Brattleboro Housing Authority/United Way summer lunch program, one-hour slots. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) needs volunteer drivers, most particularly in Brattleboro, Putney, Bellow Falls, Saxtons River, Wilmington, West Dover. Mileage reimbursement available. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.


That's What I AM

After spending some time with the dictionary trying to find the terms that best describe me, progressive, radical, activist, I find that I do not wear any of these hats well. My mission is awareness, critical thinking, free speech and some personal ownership for the world we live in. In fact I founded a corporation in 2010 called The Awareness Initiative Inc., to do exactly that.


10 Years of Citizen Journalism - The Challenges

The Neiman Journalism Lab, a project of the Neiman Foundation at Harvard, asked us to write about the 10 biggest challenges we've faced over the last 10 years with iBrattleboro

If you missed it, PBS MediaShift asked for a similar story on some lessons learned a couple of months ago.


BMH Hires New Finance Director

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital official announced they have hired Bob Rovella to be the new Director of Finance.

Rovella joins BMH after serving as Director of Finance at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre, Vermont. Previously, he has held similar positions at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts and Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire. Rovella has an MBA from the UMASS Isenberg School of Business and a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Connecticut State University.


Harmony Lot Tunnel Will Be Closing

The Town of Brattleboro has been notified by representatives of Bread Loaf Construction, working on behalf of Mesabi Inc, that the Harmony Lot underpass will be closed to public access on August 6, 2013 at 6:00am. The closing is necessary to maintain public safety during the yearlong redevelopment of the Brooks House. It is anticipated that the underpass will be closed for the duration of the project.

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


Winter Farmers' Market - Call for Vendors for 2013/2014

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the eighth season of the Winter Farmers' Market which will again be held at the River Garden in the heart of Brattleboro, VT. Space for new vendors is limited but interested parties are encouraged to submit an application prior to the September 1 deadline.

The Winter Market opens on November 2 for the 2013/2014 season and will be open every Saturday through March 29, 2014 for a total of 22 markets. The regular market hours for the Winter Farmers’ Market will be 10 am to 2 pm with hours extended to 3 pm for the markets between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Manning Court Martial Verdict - Is He REALLY A Spy?

Whaddayathink?  Are The Peeps awakening or not? I sense we've reached the tipping point ---- but my optimism has blinded me in the past.

Here's Julian Assange's statement on the verdict announced today by the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial.



Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming)
CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee)
Development Review Board Alternate
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll Committee
Inspector, Lumber Shingles & Wood
Senior Solutions Representative
SEVCA Representative
Skating Rink Committee – do not have to be residents of Brattleboro
Town Service Officer
Tree Advisory Committee


Dummerston Tag Sale

The Dummerston Community Center will hold a tag/rummage sale on Saturday, August 10th, from 9-noon.
Items for sale include clothing, furniture, games, books, toys, kitchenware and much more.
Coffee and Lester's donuts will also be for sale. 
The sale will benefit the Dummerston Community Center's operating and maintenance costs. 
For more information call Jean @ 254-9212 or Ann @ 254-2415.


Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users, Friday, August 02, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.


AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.


Notary Public Near Downtown Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of a Notary Public official somewhere near downtown Brattleboro? Thanks!


Reward Offered for Vehicle Fire Information

PRESS RELEASE On July 15, 2013 at 3:16am the Brattleboro Fire and Police Departments responded to 68 Birge St for a vehicle fire. After conducting an investigation it was deemed that this fire was an act of arson.

If anyone has any information concerning this fire, you are asked to contact Detective Eric Johnson of the Brattleboro Police at (802) 257-7946 or the VT Arson Tip Hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON (800-322-7766).

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved. 


Film Showing - Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Tar Sands Oil: How You Can STOP It!

Point: The Age of the Oil Sands” a  CBC documentary film about the environmental issue of the proposed pipeline through the Northeast Kingdom. Sponsored by All Souls Church and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. To be shown at All Souls Church, West Brattleboro on Wednesday, August 21st at 6pm. 

Discussion and light refreshments after the film. A free-will offering to benefit Vermont Interfaith Power and Light will be collected. 

For further information please contact: Betsy Hardy at 802-434-3397 or email: info@vtipl.org.


At Brattleboro Farmers Market: Zora Quartet Plays Bosnian Music; Free Plant Walk

Saturday, August 3rd, the Brattleboro Farmers' Market hosts free live music by the Zora Quartet, playing Bosnian music from 11am to 1pm. Also at market this week, local herbalist Heidy Adams leads a free educational wild and medicinal plant walk. Participants are asked to meet at 11am at the center kiosk of the market and will walk the market grounds.

The height of summer bounty is rolling in from local farms and growers! Tree-ripened peaches, blueberries and raspberries, juicy tomatoes and the first corn on the cob is available, along with fresh veggies of all shapes and sizes. Globe-spanning cuisine and gorgeous crafts are available at the market; there's something for everyone! Picnic spots and children's play area are open for enjoyment.


WVEW Benefit Concert - Grand Idea

The June 27th "Grand Idea" benefit concert for WVEW 107.7FM  Brattleboro Community Radio Station..



AARP Safe Driving Class for Senior Citizens, August 24

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and AARP are co-sponsoring a Driver Safety program on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Room.

This driver’s refresher course is for people ages 55 and over and is designed to provide awareness of aging as it affects driving. The class covers normal physical changes associated with aging, provides practical techniques to compensate and review “rules of the road” with an emphasis on defensive driving practices.

Space is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $12.00 for AARP members with a membership card & $14.00 for non-AARP members. Call 802-251-8425 to register in advance. Fee covers materials only. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.


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