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200 Strings of Sleigh Bells - 80 prs Andirons and Shovel and Tongs, with many other goods, just received, and will be sold cheap, at Birge & Dickinson’s.


Pocket Knives. 40 Different patterns of Pen and Pocket KNIVES. Also, an elegant assortment of Table and Tea Knives and Forks, Razors and Scissors, for sale by D.B. Thompson.


The number of inhabitants in School District No. 2, in Brattleboro, January 1st, 1845, was 1620. The number of children between 4 and 18 years, 442.


It has been a long time since a more elegant and recherche social ball has come off in this town than that given at the Lawrence Water Cure on Monday night last. The refreshments were most acceptable, particularly as it regards quality, quantity, and time of distribution. Of the fair ladies present we hardly dare speak, but a more lovely and graceful assemblage we have seldom seen.


The Melodeon establishment of Messrs. Estey & Green is one of the “institutions” of Brattleboro. It makes but little difference whether the times are easy or hard, their instruments sell so rapidly that they find it difficult to fill their orders in any sort of season. During the past year they have made and sold instruments to the amount of over $55,000.


The new gas lately introduced into Crosby block seems to be giving excellent satisfaction. It is manufactured from gasoline, one of the many valuable products of petroleum, and furnishes a light softer than ordinary gaslight and at less expense.


Wells Goodhue, Esq., has sold his residence to Hon. B.D. Harris. Price $20,000. This place is located on Main street, and is one of the most desirable in town.


Messrs. J. Estey & Co. have finished the construction of their new gas works, and the hands now work until 6 o’clock.


The local telegraph company made a connection with Estey’s shops on Tuesday. The company now has six miles of wire in operation, with nearly 30 stations.


The Brooks House had a double wedding of out-of-town parties Wednesday afternoon.


We are glad to learn that the poultry show proved a success financially, as well as in every other way. On the first two days there were, in all, 1100 people present. In justice to the managers of the exhibition it should be understood that their announcement that certain attractions (including the famous Queechee cats) would be present, which failed to put in an appearance, was not made for advertising effect but was based on the promise of the owners of the animals to bring them and place them on exhibition.


Thursday seems to be the “regulation” day for snow storms this winter. Our third one, on successive Thursdays, began this morning at 5 o’clock with the mercury at two or three degrees below zero.


At the house of Capt. F. W. Childs on Tuesday evening a small gathering was very profitably entertained by listening to Commander A.D. Brown’s address on “Time, or how our clocks and watches are kept correct.” The address was the presentation of some extremely interesting astronomical and scientific facts and a description, illustrated by charts, of the delicate and complicated machinery used in taking the observations from which our standard time is regulated.


W.H. Childs’s observations show that there were 153 days in 1889 that were stormy, and only 35 when it was clear weather at three daily observations, 7 A.M., 1 P.M., and 7 P.M.


There is talk about application being made at the next session of the legislature for a city charter for Brattleboro, but the movement has not taken definite form.


Chief of Police Hall on Friday morning gave two women whose reputations were below par until Saturday in which to leave town.


A plan is on foot for reorganizing the Brattleboro Jelly company, to enable it to enlarge its business to meet more effectually the demands of its growing trade.


The first attempt to open the Brattleboro-Hinsdale road with a tractor and plow.

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Summer officially began today at 1:04 AM EDT. 

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - VLCT & Town Manager Search Process

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is possible that the Selectboard will enter into executive session following the business meeting.

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


Donna Macomber Joins Brattleboro Selectboard

Donna Macomber was unanimously selected to fill the vacancy on the Brattleboro Selectboard at a special meeting Thursday evening.

She and Michael Bosworth were nominated after being interviewed; Ian Kiehle and Steve Cormier were not nominated. Kate O'Connor thanked all who applied. "We were really lucky to have four really good people interested."

During her interview Macomber said she hoped to bring energy and excitement to the board, as well as humility, emotional intelligence, a "beginner's mind," and an ability to make decisions.


Brattleboro Selectboard Vacancy - Interviews

BCTV had live coverage of the interviews to fill the vacancy on the Brattleboro Selectboard.


Update: It's over now. They reconvene at 6:30 pm to make their decision.

Good answers from candidates Michael Bosworth, Steve Cormier, Ian Kiehle, and Donna Macomber.


On Exhibit: Paintings by Dale DiMauro

On Exhibit Main Room: Paintings by Dale DiMauro 
June 2013   

The artist's statement:

As long as Dale DiMauro can remember, he has always loved to draw and create things. DiMauro developed his appreciation for the local landscape when he was a boy exploring Putney with his two brothers. Later he earned his degree in landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. 


4 Movies- 4 Nights This Summer

4 Movies- 4 Nights This Summer, Library Meeting Room

Bring a Comfy Camp Chair

Get to the Library for free movies this summer, brought to you by the newly formed Teen Advisory Board. Download the summer schedule and movie titles here.

Hold the dates and times below in your calendar:

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 PM, 2011 romantic comedy starring Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell.


Date Night (Afternoon)

Short notice but I am looking for a place locally to have a romantic evening/afternoon tomorrow with my husband as we have a sitter! Some daydreams included a bottle of wine/champagne and a room with a Jacuzzi. Are there any places that people know of where we might escape to tomorrow?


B4 Peace Arts/ Namaya Art Rat at Clearwater Festival June 15-16

Clearwater Festival with the B 4 Peace Team/ Namaya Art Rats was a wonderful success.  Thousands came out for the Peace Arts Projects at this amazing festival of music, and activism by the beautiful Hudson River.

We had so many volunteers and helpers with the B 4 Peace Faires. The art projects included: Inevitability of Peace - a 9 foot tall pyramid of steel with a peace wreath encased in 300 pound block of ice that melted with a single "candle" over several days: 


Wanted: Downtown Brattleboro Business Owners

Is secondhand smoke a concern to businesses in downtown Brattleboro?

Don’t miss your chance to share your opinion about secondhand smoke in the downtown Brattleboro business area by participating in a focus group on Wednesday, June 26th. This focus group is intended to gather feedback to determine if secondhand smoke is impacting the downtown business community.


VT Gas Pipeline and Other Extreme Energy Projects

Vermonters are building a resistance to extreme energy projects, and exploring how local struggles against extreme energy can support each other. On Tuesday June 25th, 7pm in the Parlor of the Centre Congregational Church, (193 Main Street, Brattleboro) Sara Mehalik of Rising Tide will make a brief presentation about pipeline projects and the Stop the Vermont Gas Pipeline campaign.

Vermont Gas Systems plans to expand a fracked gas pipeline through VT and under Lake Champlain. Landholders and community members are organizing to stop this dirty and dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure, to protect the water, the climate and to build community power and resilience.


CRVBL Weekend Roundup


By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

The Putney Fossils, Sunapee Old Lakers and the Walpole Wild Blue all collected wins as the 2013 Connecticut River Valley Baseball League season moved into its second half. All eight CRVBL teams will be in action over the next week.

Putney handed the defending CRVBL champion Clearment Cardinals its second defeat of the season by a 7-2 score at Dummerston field. The Fossils took control of the game with a four run second inning. Richard Bissell picked up the complete game victory, while Steve Kapril had 3 hits and knocked in five runs. Right fielder Josh Coursen of Putney preserved the lead with a spectacular diving catch with a runner in scoring position.


Senate Panel Puts Spotlight on Older Americans

WASHINGTON, June 19 – The Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing today on how Older Americans Act programs like Meals on Wheels reduce hunger and poverty among seniors and save money on more expensive nursing home and hospital care.

“These programs not only work to ease isolation, hunger and suffering, they also save taxpayers substantial sums of money,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the subcommittee chairman. “The simple truth is that we can feed a senior for an entire year for the cost of one day in a hospital.”

Sanders is the chief sponsor of legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the 1965 landmark law that he called “one of the most effective programs ever devised” to address the needs of vulnerable seniors.


Youth Services Drops Golf Balls from Helicopter to Raise Funds for Youth

Brattleboro, VT—Youth Services announced today its newest fundraiser, a helicopter golf ball drop raffle in which one lucky individual is guaranteed to win $3000 with a once-in-a-lifetime ride in a helicopter thrown in for good measure.

The Golf Ball Drop will take place on Wednesday, July 31 at the Brattleboro Country Club’s 9th Fairway between 5:30 and 6 p.m., at the conclusion of Youth Services’ 28th Annual Youth Services Golf Tournament, though winners need not be present to win the money, according to organizers.


Old-Fashioned Strawberry Supper on Saturday, June 22

Guilford, VT-- A summer tradition for the whole family, the Strawberry Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, June 22. There will be two seatings to choose from, at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The price is $10 adults, $5 children 11 and under, and $3 preschoolers. For reservations, call (802) 254-9019 or email guilfordchurchsupper@gmail.com.

The menu features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh baked rolls, strawberries, shortcake and whipped cream, coffee, iced tea, and milk. All proceeds benefit the church, which supports over 20 local programs and organizations that serve the community.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Executive Sessions

It is anticipated that the Brattleboro Selectboard will enter into executive session at one or both of the special meetings scheduled on Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 5:00pm and 6:30pm, to discuss contractual and personnel matters.

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


4th Annual Go Skateboarding Day At Crowell Lot

The 4th Annual Go Skateboarding Day is this Friday from 2-5 at the Crowell Lot Skate Park Site. We will have ramps, tons of refreshments, barbecue, contests and prizes as well as music. Should be a great afternoon. Bring your skateboard and tell everyone you can to come support the Brattleboro Skate Park efforts. 

As always, donations are welcome. 

Take care,


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Town Manager Resigns, 8,000 Solar Panel Farm Planned Near I-91

The Brattleboro Selectboard bid farewell to Ken Schneck, whose resignation is effective this week, but in a surprise announcement it was learned that Town Manager Barb Sondag will be resigning as well.  Sondag said that she’ll be taking a position in Missouri to be closer to family, and so the board must find a replacement. 

The Brooks House’s complex funding may be in place by next week, with construction beginning in late July. Skating rink repairs have been put on ice until the board’s next meeting. And the public is invited to comment on a proposal to put 8,000 solar panels near the Holiday Inn, viewable from I-91.

And much, much more. Read on for the details.


Brattleboro Town Manager Barb Sondag Resigning

Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein just announced that Barb Sondag, Town Manager, will be resigning effective July 23rd. She's taking a job in Missouri.

More in the full Selectboard report later on.


Artist ala Mode

Wyld Nightz Band Performance live on Artist ala Mode, June 6th now showing on BCTV Channel.




Estey Organ Museum Announces Special Open Days

Estey Organ Museum will be open for special extended hours the weekends of June 22 - 23 and June 22-23 to welcome members of the Organ Historical Society who will be traveling to and from the OHS 2013 Annual Convention being held in Burlington June 24-29.

The museum is located in the former Estey factory complex on Birge Street in Brattleboro, and features displays of various styles of reed organs as well as a playable, walk-through, 1915 Estey pipe organ. Many of the other instruments on display are also playable, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to take a turn at playing them.


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