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The bailiffs will confine the firing of squibs and the blowing of horns by the boys strictly to tomorrow morning.


Monday last was the banner day of the season thus far for heat, oppressive sultriness and positive discomfort. The protracted drought is having a disastrous effect on grass lands, and promises to become a serious calamity to the farmers, unless soon relieved.


Somebody, through either accident of malice, broke a hand off one of the statues of the Fisk monument last Sunday. The perpetrator of this sorry piece of vandalism is not known.


A deft-handed fellow is that London circus artist in soap who decorated the store windows about town on Wednesday,


Some of the residents of Prospect street have started a project to purchase a tract of land on the north side of the street and present it to the town as a public park. About $800 of the $1050 needed has already been subscribed.


Mrs. A.M. Carlton has bought of the Davenport brothers the cobble-stone house on Canal street and the one adjoining it.


A Town Meeting will be held July 6 to receive and hear the report of the committee appointed to consider the expediency of establishing a paid fire department.


The Brattleboro creamery made 15,068 pound of butter in June - the largest record for a single month since the creamery was established.


The total tax of the school district No. 2 is $24,301.59


L.F. Adams took eight carrier pigeons belonging to his son George to Springfield, Mass., and released them near the depot. They did not circle around in the air as usually, but started at once toward Brattleboro, where they arrived at their loft in 65 minutes.


Query: Wonder why the bailiffs don’t enforce the law prohibiting the keeping of swine within the village limits?


Brattleboro voted to appropriate $15,000 for a new railway building along the Connecticut River.


Brattleboro's Downtown Improvement District (DID) is created.


Marina restaurant was destroyed by fire; employees march in the 4th of July parade two days later.

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The Very Long Sentence

Today, while reading an 1855 account of the local fireman's festival, I came across the following whopper of a sentence. It kicked off the story, and I thought writers and fans of writing would enjoy it.

The Fireman’s Festival. — Sacred to the memory of departed militia heroes; of officers in short-waisted, shallow-tail coats, who, at the head of their several commands of citizen soldiery, exhibited more of the “pride of circumstance and the pomp of war,” than any Crimean commander has reason to feel; and that of the rank and file themselves, who, in uniforms and without uniforms, of all sizes and nearly all ages, went through their several duties of marching and counter marching with more zeal than discipline, fired blank cartridges at an imaginary enemy without flinching, and only surrendered as the shades of evening came on, after a prolonged and most unequal contest with “Old jamaica or pure New England"; sacred the the memories of this and of those in the hearts of all Vermonters, is the first Tuesday in June.


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' To Be Held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, June 13, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Statement of Congressman Peter Welch In Response to Governor Peter Shumlin's Announcement That He Will Not Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON—Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) released the following statement in response to Governor Peter Shumlin’s announcement that he will not seek a fourth term as governor:

“Governor Shumlin has been compiling an extraordinary record of service as Vermont’s 81st governor.

“He led us through the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, mobilizing Vermonters across the state to help one another and to rebuild Vermont to be stronger than before the storm. He was a resolute advocate for marriage equality. And, thanks to his bold leadership, the Vermont General Assembly became the first state legislature in the country to make marriage equality the law of the state.


Governor Shumlin Announces He Won't Run For Another Term

Governor Peter Shumlin just held a press conference to announce he will not be running... for governor of Vermont in the next election. He says he's accomplished his goals, according to WCAX.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/8/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/8/15

Monday, June 8, 2015

12:00 am The American Legion Auxiliary Presents: The USO Show 5/24/15

1:40 am Green Mtn Club - 2015 Long Trail End - to - Enders

3:40 am Discussing Issues of VT Law Enforcement

4:56 am That Was The Week That Was - Solarize


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 7

The Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

We coordinated w/ the organizers, and hope that bridge construction did not affect the festival. We hope everyone had a wonderful time!


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.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 7

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 Heifer withdrawl:

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

Appliance Dolly (Hand Cart for Transporting Appliances)
Vegan Raw Cookbook
Garden Seedlings - Cabbage, Squash, Basil, Kale


Calling All Windham College Alumni

Plans are in the works for a late September (25-27) reunion when Landmark College celebrates its 30th year. This is the institution that since 1985 has occupied the former Windham campus. The dates are during foliage season, so make hotel/motel reservations soon.

Windham alums (which includes those who attended the College but did not graduate) will meet at the Marina restaurant on Friday evening, 25 September from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The Marina is located at 28 Spring Tree Road (off Route 5 on the West River [exit 3, I-91]; telephone: 802-257-7563.


Pet Rabbit Found on Cedar St

A stray pet rabbit (gray, lion's head) has been found on Cedar St. near Myrtle.  Would like to re-unite it with its owner.  E-mail sprocter@sover.net or call 802-490-4983.


Weekend Comedy Series: Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor, live in concert from 1979 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

Remember Richard Pryor? He grew up in a brothel, was expelled from school, worked the comedy clubs, and ended up one of the most successful comedy writers and stars of the 70’s and 80’s. Go figure.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Senior Meals Menu June 8 – June 12

June 8 Meatballs Stroganoff

Baked Potato




Missing Cat - Oak Street Area

My beloved Maine Coon cat, Sava, and has been missing from my Oak Street apartment since Wednesday evening. Thought he was just hiding- he was stressed out from a vet visit. We have torn the house, attic and neighboring yards apart with no sight of him.

He is big- 19 lbs. Grey, black and tan. He has a "lion cut". Not an outdoor cat so he will be terrified and possibly aggressive.

If you see him - alive or not- please call me at 802- 258 8581. We are heartbroken. Thank you.

Kris Alden


Got Noise?

Do you experience noise disturbance from DMI Paving on Brook/Birge Street or from Cersosimo Kiln Dry on Frost Street between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. If so, please write to us at feetneighborhood@gmail.com and share your stories. Thanks! Rabiah


Next WBA Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, June 11

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive on Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 PM. After a review of the treasury the group will revisit their recent successful Chicken Barbecue a couple of weekends ago. They will also discuss details regarding the joint mixer on Thursday, July 16th with the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, scheduled again this year at the New England House


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

Composer and pianist Eugene Uman and his Convergence Project returns for his seventh annual Vermont Jazz Center concert with a special night of high-energy original jazz compositions based on traditional Colombian music on Saturday, June 6th at 8 PM. Other members of the Convergence Project Joining Uman will be Michael Zsoldos, on saxophone, Jeff Galindo on trombone, Stomu Takeishi on electric bass, Satoshi Takeishi on drums and Adam O'Farrill on trumpet, who was the third place winner in this year's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.


BMH Announces 2015 Employees of the Year

To cap off a week’s worth of employee recognition events in celebration of National Hospital Week, Steve Gordon, President and CEO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital invited all hospital staff to join him for an ice cream social where he announced BMH’s 2015 Employees of the Year.

Departing from BMH’s tradition of naming one employee for the honor each year, two employees were named for 2015. According to Gordon, “Their nominations from colleagues described qualities we all appreciate in our co-workers and to which we should aspire ourselves,”

Described as “positive, helpful, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring and skilled,” the two award winners were celebrated for their commitment to patient care and exceptional standards of professionalism.


VFW Closed Monday June 8th

The Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 will be closed due to construction Monday, June 8th.


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