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Fourth of July plans announced and include gun salute, bell ringing, a procession through town to Goodhue’s Grove at rear of Unitarian Church, an oration, choir, and a dinner at Wantastiquet Hall.


The Common School in this village will celebrate the coming 4th of July, in a manner deemed appropriate to the occasion. The Procession will be formed at 10 o’clock, at the High School. After marching through all the principal streets, it will proceed to the Town Hall, where the company will be addressed by all clergymen of the place and other distinguished friends of Education. The exercises in the Hall will be interspersed by songs from the pupils and Glee Club, and music by the Brattleboro Cornet Band.


During the month of June thus far, the weather has been wet and cold to an unusual degree. Last week the sun did not shine an hour from Monday until Saturday; and during the same period rain fell almost constantly.


In our village there is no movement for a general celebration of the Fourth of July, though we can but believe the day will receive the recognition usually given it, by an early morning rendered frightful through the activity of youthful patriots in explosions of India-Crackers, torpedoes and squibs.


The largest strawberries we have seen this season were raised by F. Horner of this village. Their quality we found proportionate to their size.


B.R. Jenne & Co., insurance and real estate agents, have sold the homestead of the late Rev. Addison Brown, corner of Chase and Forest streets, to Luke Ferriter of this village, for $3500.


We learn that the number of pupils to be advanced from the Grammar school to the High school at the beginning of next school year is 24. From the primaries 35 children will be advanced. Of these 11 are qualified to enter the Grammar school and the remainder will probably be placed in an intermediate school which the committee contemplate establishing as a preparatory grade for the Grammar school.


Several of our Brattleboro boys have got the bicycle fever, but the very high price charged for the machines prevents the attack from taking a well developed form.


The office of slayer of unlicensed dogs falls to S. N. Herrick this year.


The rear of the log drive passed Brattleboro on Wednesday morning. The horses, heavy, handsome, well-kept fellows, went down the night before and the rivermen followed in the morning. The drive has been unusually quick and successful, and for the first time in several years not a life has been lost.


F.M. Waite brought 15 bushels of strawberries to market on Monday.


O’Brien’s circus will exhibit here July 12.


Mr. Wm. H. Wells of New York was in town last week for a consultation in regard to the drinking fountain which he purposes to present to Brattleboro. In the center of the drinking bowl will be a lion’s head, from the mouth which the water will flow. The total height will be about 16 feet. It is hoped to have ready to erect by September.


The barber shops will be closed all day Friday, July 4. They will be open until 10 o’clock the night before.


Sawtelle’s circus is coming Thursday, July 10.


Because of the emergency which has arisen with regard to teachers’ salaries the voters of the incorporated school district will be called upon at the annual school district meeting to raise a substantial amount of money above the amount raised last year. The school board, which has realized the necessity of increasing the salaries in order to keep the teachers, has made a gradual increase from year to year, but has not paid such increases as have been paid in many other places.

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Annual Literary Contest - Poetry & Prose - From Write Action


WRITE ACTION is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest for adults and teens. Entries will be judged anonymously. Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state area. Judge for both prose and poetry in the youth category is  retired head of the BUHS English Department, Nancy Olson. Judge for adult poetry is J Kates; for prose it is Joe Mazur.

The FIRST PLACE winners in both categories will be awarded $100, the SECOND PLACE winners $50, and THIRD PLACE winners $25. First-place winners will have the opportunity to read in the Spotlight Reading at this year's Literary Festival. All entries, on-line or through the post, must be dated no later than June 30th, 2017. There is no theme this year.


Library Book Sale - 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifers

The wonderful Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is hosting the 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifer's Book Sale!
The sale hours will be:
Thursday and Friday, June 1st & 2nd from 10 am - 6pm
Saturday June 3, 8 am -1 pm

All proceeds will benefit Brooks Memorial Library. The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library fund technology, Children's Room programming, Library lectures and material purchases.


Act 46 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 5 in the Brattleboro Area Middle School Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street


We Need Your Help: Become A Vermont Invasive Patroller!

Saturday, June 10, 10:30 - 2:00 PM

Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2E, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro

Join Vermont DEC Lakes and Ponds Program staff for a workshop offered through the Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIP) program. Learn the difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate native aquatic plants and animals from their invasive lookalikes (plants will be emphasized); and how to conduct surveys for aquatic invasive species in waterbodies.


Ever Get A Call Like This?

Hello, my name’s Mike and I’m calling you from “Vindows” Technical department.  (Misspelling deliberate).

He goes on something like: Your Vindows has notified us that hackers have broken into your computer and are attempting to remove funds from your bank account. Ve are here to help you.

The bad news is, HE is the hacker and if you do what he tells you, he’ll clean out your bank account(s).


BCTV Schedules Week of 5/29/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/29/17

Monday, May 29, 2017

12:00 am Common Good VT: The Data Driven Nonprofit

1:50 am TED Talks: Laura Galante: How to Exploit Democracy

2:00 am What Is Justice? - VT Buddhist Peace Fellowship

3:48 am Osher Lecture Series: Japanese Anime Master Hiyao Miyazaki


Derek From on WVEW Tuesday Night 6-8pm

Join DJ Pockets, this tuesday May 30th, for another experience you won't soon forget.

Derek is the webmaster for Gematria is an ancient mystical practice. It is the language of the elite powers that shouldn't be that run the world. They code numbers into words and use the same numbers. Through Gematria, one gains a deep understanding of how scripted and staged our reality really is.

tune in to "buttahmilk" 6pm-8pm Tuesday on Brattleboro Community Radio/WVEW-LPfm
107.7fm in town or streaming.


Downtown Farmers' Market Opens Tuesday, May 30

The Downtown Farmers' Market will commence its season on Tuesday, May 30 from 4 to 7pm on Flat Street. We have a terrific roster of vendors this year, including Rigani Wood-Fired Pizza, Bread from the Earth, Circle Mountain Farm, Deer Ridge Farm, Full Plate Farm, Basin Farm, and more! Debit/credit and EBT accepted, and we offer a coupon match up to $10 for EBT food stamp customers.


That Time the World Champion Celtics Played in Brattleboro

In 1957 the Celtic legends Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Sam Jones played in the Brattleboro High School gym. Art Freeman remembers them well, but also remembers unsung hero, power forward Jim Loscutoff. Here's the story...


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Sunny Lowdown and The Ice Cream Men on Sunday, May 28

Twilight Music begins its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, May 28 with blues quartet Sunny Lowdown and the Ice Cream Men. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit


Weather Anomaly

According to Weather Underground, at 9:30 AM, Brattleboro is the only place in the entire Northeast in which it’s raining.


Part 3 Federal Marijuana Laws, "20 Years and Not More Than Life Imprisonment", Etc!

PART 3 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: In part 3 we look at some of Title 21, and then take another break, because reading marijuana laws is really boring; or too shocking and upsetting to read the draconian prison terms. No wonder the U.S. Congress got away with making so many laws, they just figure the public goes to sleep trying to read them.


Lay of the Land: Paintings by Julia Jensen at Next Stage

From May 25 to August 22 May 26, Next Stage Arts Gallery is showing works by Artist Julia Jensen in a show titled "Lay of the Land."

Artist Statement: Julia Jensen

I have been painting landscapes for years drawing on my experiences living in Vermont and Nantucket. Landscape gives me a foothold on the path to an interior experience of art. At root all painting is about expression of direct experience. Paintings exist at the meeting ground between the external world and one’s internal, emotional, and spiritual responses to it. For me, landscape is the perfect point of access for this exploration.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 30 thru June 2

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 30 thru June 2


May 30 - Artisan

California Mixed Vegetables

Sweet Potato



VFW Lunch Specials May 29th - June 2nd

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. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - open, no lunch served
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries
Wed - hot dogs w/ mac & cheese
Thur - roast pork, mashed potato, gravy, veg.
Fri - homemade crab cakes w/ onion rings


June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana

June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana to vote to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana S. 22 Bill in this June 21, 2017 Veto Session, a joint session of all Vermont State Representatives and Vermont State Senators voting yes or no to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana!


Brattleboro Community Justice Center Executive Director Retires

Brattleboro Community Justice Center, will be retiring in August. Kehnemuyi stepped into the position in August 2015 during a period of significant organizational changes, including new by-laws, a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Brattleboro, and a new Board of Directors. During these organizational changes, Kehnemuyi has overseen the day-to-day operations of the BCJC, providing Restorative Justice programs for the Department of Corrections and the Brattleboro Area community. The BCJC is stronger for his service.

The Board of Directors has begun a search for a new Executive Director to continue and expand the work of the BCJC, which is dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict.


Field Trip

The scene is the Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee. For those unaware, in addition to its nickname as the birthplace of rock and roll, and being the largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis is named after another Delta city, the ancient capital of lower Egypt, a mighty dynasty long since vanished into oblivion. Most notably, Memphis is where Martin Luther King was shot. That exact spot being the setting for this encounter. 

King was killed on the balcony of Room 306 in the Lorraine Motel, and as you can see from pictures, something is frozen in time there.  Strikingly, the Civil Rights Museum is built into the Lorraine Motel. Its galleries mushroomed from the original motel, now one of the more intense curatorial excursions you can take in this country concerning the plight of African Americans.  


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 29th


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

The Exit 3 On-Ramps will be closed on Monday, 5/29/17, from 11am to 6pm due to expected holiday traffic. Please use the RT5 (Putney Road) detour accordingly.


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