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Wilbur Fisk, clergyman and writer, born.


Attorney’s Notice. The Notes and Accounts of the late firm of Sargeant & Stockwell, are left in my hands for collection. Those who pay within a few days, will be charged no cost. Those who neglect this call, will be sued without further notice. Asa Keyes.


On the State Fair Ground, Brattleboro, Under a Large Pavilion, Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 7th. Immense Attraction! Farewell Tour of the Far-Famed Human Anomalies, Chang and Eng! The Wonderful Siamese Twins and their children! Remember this is your last chance of seeing these Great Wonders.


We are requested to say that the Committee have canvassed the village to ascertain who can take lodgers and boarders during the Fair, and that if any have been omitted who can accomodate persons with lodging and boarding, they are requested to report to S. M. Waite, at the First National Bank.


Mrs. Dryer of Chicago, one of Moody’s workers, gave some very interesting Bible readings and expositions at the Congregational church, last Monday afternoon and evening.


O. R. Vesper, a Vermont veteran whose peculiarity is that he wears a coat with twice as many sleeves as he has use for, is engaged hereabouts in selling Hall’s Excelsior Washing and Bleaching Compound.


The new hand steam fire engine, purchased by the village, has arrived and been placed in the engine house on Elliot street. It was built by the Jones & Clapp Manufacturing Company, and cost $2500.


The laying of the Green street main for Crowell’s aqueduct to the corner of Elliot and Main streets has been prosecuted with vigor this week with the hope of completing it to-morrow.


The primary schools will begin Sept. 10.


Visitors in town very often speak of the pleasing effect produced by the five large campaign flags across the business portion of Main street.


The Brattleboro jelly company, consisting of Geo. E. Crowell, W. S. Williams, F. A. Radway and C. D. Whitman, is putting in machinery west of the Crowell and Wheeler building, on Flat street, and expect to begin active operations as soon as the apple crop is ready. The mill will be able to turn out a ton of jelly a day, while the daily capacity of the cider press is from 100 to 200 barrels.


The ladies of the industrial and educational union had a very satisfactory sale of edibles this week. On Tuesday the election cake disappeared as if by magic, on Wednesday there was a good demand for rolls, and on Thursday the supply of cream cakes failed to meet the demand. Those wishing to earn money by furnishing bread or cake, or who would like situations as nurses, domestics, etc., will find the union a real help and friend.


Judge Wheeler held a court of naturalization in the lower town hall Tuesday. Thirty-four residents of the county took out the necessary papers and several others signified their intention of doing so.


The annual Valley Fair dance will be held at the town hall the first night of the fair.


The busts and pictures for the High school room have arrived and are being put in place this week. The busts are ten in number, and included the following subjects: Homer, Demosthenes, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Shakespeare, Milton, Washington, Lincoln and Grant.


Yesterday morning’s rainfall of 17 hundredths of an inch was the first in Brattleboro since July 29 of sufficient amount to lay the dust. Mr. Childs’ record shows a total of on 31 hundredths of an inch for the month of August.


The putting in of the concrete walk on the north side of Elliot street has necessitated the building of a new approach to the armory. The entrance is now reached from a broad platform, from either end of which stairs descend to the level of the sidewalk.


The Brattleboro Bird club will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday evening at 7:30 with Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell. Among the topics to be discussed at this meeting are “Fall Migration,” “Fall Plumage,” and “Longevity of Birds.”


The Estey Organ Company has just completed a specially designed organ which is being placed in the main hall of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. It is finished in mahogany to match the decorations of the hall. Carl Hollender and Edward Knudson went Monday to set up the organ.

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Vernon is Back Online

We are officially introducing the new unofficial website for Vernon, http://vernonvermont.org/, created and maintained by Bronna Zlochiver (who also publishes the unofficial town digital newsletter) and myself.

The site will publish news updates about Vernon, town documents such as minutes, warnings and agendas, upcoming events, links to selectboard videos on the BCTV website, a weather forecast, a town directory with phone numbers and email addresses, and links to Vernon town entities, organizations and businesses. It also features a gallery of seasonal photos of Vernon scenes.


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What's the latest on the skatepark, haven't heard much about this in awhile?


Brattleboro Main Street Sidewalk Update #3

This is the third project update for the Town of Brattleboro's Main Street Sidewalk Reconstruction Project. This update is getting sent out a little bit early this week to let you all know that on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, there will be a little bit of sawcutting taking place in the area near the Grove Street intersection (but still on the east side of Main Street).


Humanities For Artificial Intelligence

I’ve been reading about the early days of computers ((‘Turing’s Cathedral,’ by George Dyson) and one thing has struck methat I hadn’t considered before: we’re creating the digital DNA and artificial intelligence of future digital entities. Everything we have done with computers since their inception adds to the collective “being” of the next generation, allowing an evolving and increasingly complex core to develop over time.

An example: The very first instructions in code were for simple tasks, such as adding or subtracting. Those tiny sequences continue to be preserved today in every digital device made.


By Never Calling For Prosecution 'Left' Journalism Protects Investments In Continuous Genocide

Thesis: Western society’s progressive writers leave their readers with the impression that citizens of the US and allied nations will never be prosecuted for their mega massive crimes against humanity. Legal and moral implications and future ramifications are discussed and contrasted with ongoing litigation and warnings Martin Luther King gave.


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities First Installment Due

The first installment of the 2015 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on August 17th, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after August 17th, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on August 17th, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after August 17th, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

Payments can be mailed to the Town of Brattleboro, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro VT 05301. An official postmark of August 17th, 2015 will be considered as an on time payment. Please include the quarterly payment stub to ensure your payment is applied properly.


I-91 and Exits 2 & 3 On-Ramp Closures for Blasting: Today and Weekdays for Next 3 Weeks

Blasting Today

· The first blast will be at approximately 1:30 today.

· To ensure travelers’ safety, rolling roadblocks will be implemented on I-91 in each direction, and the on-ramps at Exits 2 Northbound and 3 in both directions will be closed for approximately 15 minutes.

· Traffic attempting to use Exits 2 and 3 on-ramps will be detoured to VT Route 5.

· Sound impacts associated with the blasting will be minimal.


Tech Help at Brooks Library

In addition to drop-in hours and as-needed help, Brooks Library offers regular weekly and monthly technology support sessions. Appointments are available weekly on Mondays from 3-5 pm with Electronic Services Support Specialist Cal LaFountain.

Drop-in hours are available monthly with Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh on the First Tuesday and Friday of every month. In addition to direct help from library staff, the library offers free online technology courses, from Computer Basics to advanced applications, via Universal Class, free with your library card.


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

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 8/10/15

Monday, August 10, 2015

12:00 am VT Cannabis Collaborative: Presentation & Forum in Brattleboro 7/27/15

2:00 am Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series - Transforming Historic Buildings

3:30 am Creation and Revelation in the Kabbalistic Imagination

4:45 am TED Talks: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: The First Women to Fight in an American War

5:00 am Road to Recovery: Preventing Homelessness Among People with Mental Illness


BENE Group Bringing rCredits Alternative Currency to Vermont

The Vermont BENE Group (Better Economics for Neighbors Everywhere) has been meeting in Brattleboro since January to discuss and plan for bringing the rCredits alternative currency to Vermont.rCredits is an online exchange of credits that can be spent instead of dollars at participating businesses or for making payments to other participating individuals. It has been operating successfully in the Greenfield Massachusetts area since the Fall of 2013.

The credits can be earned and spent locally, which encourages local circulation thus stimulating the local economy. In addition, both businesses and individuals receive incentive bonuses rewarding use of the system.


Reminder of I-91 Ramp Closings

Reminder: To help reduce congestion on I-91 during high traffic periods, VTrans will close both the Exit 3 on-ramps next three Sundays from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM: August 9, August 16, and August 23. Southbound traffic will be routed to Exit 1, and northbound traffic attempting to use the Exit 3 on ramp will be routed north on Route 5 to Exit 4. Officers will be on hand to control traffic. I-91 will remain open.

Cindy Cook
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.
Past Vice President, Association for Conflict Resolution


Sanders Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will support an agreement that the United States and other nations negotiated with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama, who addressed some of Sanders’ concerns. The senator first publicly discussed his intention to vote for the agreement in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, which will be broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

“The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner,” Sanders said in the statement.


Weekend Comedy Series: Bo Burnham

Here is Bo Burnham in his one-person show, called “what.”

I stumbled upon him just today, after reading a positive shout-out from Ten Rose, who proclaimed Burnham a possible 21st century George Carlin. As such, I’ve only seen a few minutes of his performance, but it was enough to give him the spotlight this week.

Bo seems to immerse himself in a mix of theater, music, and humor. Did I mention music?


Thank You From Vermont Workers' Center

The Vermont Workers’ Center  would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous food and resource donations to support the Solidarity School held on July 26th & 27th 2015 in Brattleboro: Against the Grain Gourmet, Mocha Joe's Roasting Company, Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe, the Brattleboro Food Co-op, the Vermont Country Deli, The Works Bakery Cafe, Brattleboro Time Trade, Price Chopper, Subway, Top of the Hill Grill, Superfresh! Organic Cafe, The Root Social Justice Center, Ellen Schwartz,​ and Spoon Agave. Special thanks to Kipton Tewksbury for his generous logistical support and and help in keeping  the workshop running seamlessly.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Lunch Menu - August 10 to August 14

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 10 to August 14

August 10 Baked Chicken Breast

Sweet Potatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Melon Salad


Brattleboro's Connection To The Gardner Museum Theft

Brattleboro has a connection with the famous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The guard on duty that night lives here.

The NY Times reports:

Mr. Abath, now 49 and living in Brattleboro, Vt., where he works as a teacher’s aide, could not be reached for comment. But he has long denied any role in the heist. Reached by phone on Thursday his wife, Diane, said, “I can’t deal with this right now,” and hung up.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Our Town, Retaining Wall

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session immediately following the business meeting to discuss contracts and the negotiating or securing of real estate purchase or lease options.

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


Main Street Sidewalk Update

This is the second update for the Main Street Sidewalk Reconstruction Project. This week we continued preparatory work for the major construction by installing advanced warning signage around town and also by sawcutting the roadway and sidewalk. Although this may seem like a noisy and messy operation, it actually allows the contractor to remove the sidewalk in a much neater fashion. This will really help get those big slabs of concrete out smoothly in the tight locations.


Slogan 'Black Lives Matter!' Not Intended to Include Black Lives Taken by GI's Overseas

Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement work in blatant disbelief of Martin Luther Kings moral and entirely logical warning; 'There will be no progress on social justice issues at home while we go on denying the very right to live of the poor overseas at a such an enormous expenditure of social and financial resources that make such progress at home impossible.' Read King's Beyond Vietnam and Why I Am Against the War.


Connecticut River Bikeway Routes Map Released

Are you looking for suggestions on bike rides in the Tri-State region this summer? The recently-released map of bikeway routes along the Connecticut River Scenic Byway can help you out. The map covers parts of three states and shows bike routes from Putney, VT and Walpole, NH in the north to Easthampton and South Hadley, MA in the south.

The map was prepared by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments in Greenfield, MA in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) in Brattleboro contributed data for the Vermont portion of the map, which shows easier, intermediate, and advanced bike routes, off-road bike trails, bike shops, picnic areas, ice cream stops, and more.


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