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Horse Rakes. Coil Wire Spring Tooth, — Dewey & Haynes’ Patent, For sale by J. Steen.


Mr. Geo. E. Crowell is about to lay an aqueduct to bring water from Pratt’s hill for the supply of his houses on Forest square.


Four of our local bicyclists rode to Greenfield last Saturday to attend Barnum’s show. They left here at 4 p.m. and reached Greenfield at 7, making the trip of 26 miles in three hours.


Brattleboro people are not behind the rest of the country in their interest in the comet, but up to this time since its presence became known the heavens have been unpropitious and it has only been in some fortunate hour of the clear sky, that a glimpse of it has been obtained.


The strawberry crop hereabouts, when fully gathered, bids fair to be immense. Two boxes for a quarter, (in some cases three) the current price, is the lowest ever reached in Brattleboro.


Free delivery of post begins with four carriers in Brattleboro.


George S, Dowley, the school district treasurer, has negotiated the $20,000 bonds for the new Canal street schoolhouse, at four per cent.


The post-office will be open from 9 to 12 on the morning of July 4th. The carriers will make only the early morning delivery.


Mr. Crowell is to build an addition to the Jelly company’s building for the accommodation of Mr. Blair’s pickling business.


From 75 to 100 children participated in the celebration of Children’s day at West Brattleboro. A large majority of them rode from the corner of Main and Elliot streets on a special electric car to picnic grounds at Mrs. Bigelow’s grove. The grove was fitted up with seats and hammocks and swings were conveniently located. The picnic was on the basket plan and lasted until 4 o’clock.


To Rent - Two tenements on High street. $6 per month.


The free kindergarten closed today. The vacation school on the playground will begin July 11, in charge of Miss Florence Foster.


“Steeple Jack” Cavenaugh painted the flagstaff on top of the town hall building Tuesday, and was watched by many interested spectators as he scaled the pole 43 feet above the roof of the building and went about his work with apparent unconcern. Mr. Cavenaugh is one of few who have a clear head at dizzy heights.


Burglars broke a window in the front part of A.E. Wood’s hardware store near the Whetstone bridge yesterday and reached through and took two revolvers, the selling price of which was $4.50 each.


VY starts up after a 9-month shutdown. It shuts down again after 2 hours and is back online 31 hours later.

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Did Devout Muslim Muhammad Ali Ever Speak About US NATO Genocide in the Muslim Middle East?

Ali declared “murder and burn another poor nation [Vietnam] simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. ... such evils must come to an end" For lack of world public interest in prosecuting obvious US genocidal crimes against humanity and peace, "such evils" have remained profitable. As a devout Muslim, how did Ali feel as he watched the murder and burning of millions of Muslim children.

Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali was our hero, not only for his performance in the ring and his infectiously happy and charming wit, but for his clear, upright, honest, compassionate and unequivocal condemnation of his nation's racist invasion, bombing and genocidal occupation war in Vietnam.


Sovernet's Fiber Network Helps Connect Vermont's "Last Mile"

Multiple Broadband Providers Leverage Sovernet’s State-of-the-Art Network to Serve Vermonters

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (June 6, 2016) - Sovernet Communications today announced that its state-of-the-art fiber network now supports broadband services for numerous rural Vermonters in the so-called “last mile,” by providing dedicated Internet access and data transport to other service providers. These providers, in turn, are extending further and further into rural Vermont to serve residential and business customers.


Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Affiliation to strengthen patient care effective July 1

June 6, 2016 (White River Jct., VT) – The Board of Trustees of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) has voted to approve an affiliation agreement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. With the May 24 vote, VNH will become an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) on Friday, July 1, 2016.

VNH, the region’s largest provider of home health services, will become the first home health and hospice provider affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which also includes five hospital affiliates.


Summer Intensive Digital Photography Course with Dave Mazor

Learn How to use Your DSLR Camera and Print Quality Images, Monday through Friday, June 20 through June 24, 5:30 to 8:30, 15 hours, $150.00, Instructor: David Mazor

This course will cover all the basics of using your DSLR camera and digital edits in Photoshop.

The course will begin with the technical uses of the camera parts and functions, and the understanding of light. The main objective is for students to create strong images of different subject matter under various lighting conditions.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/6/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/6/16 

Monday, June 6, 2016

12:00 am Discovering New England Stone Walls with Kevin Gardner

1:17 am TED Talks: Angélica Dass: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

1:30 am Hunger Free VT - Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Hunger

3:30 am The Civil War and Political Realignment: The Case of VT

4:08 am Morris Dancers in Brattleboro 5/28/16


Ali: The Peoples' Champ Is Gone

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
-Mohamad Ali

Very sad weekend… We have lost the Greatest Of All-Time: Mohamed Ali.

Such a brave brave man in and out of the ring. He conquered Liston (twice), Frazier (two out of three), and Foreman. And we never even saw him fight in his prime… In those years he was barred from boxing and had his passport taken away for his refusal to fight in the unjust Vietnam War (a stance he took out of principle alone; if he did allow himself to be drafted, he would have had a cake walk of PR appearances and exhibition matches). It short he was a true Peoples' Champ; one who stood up for the underdog, the working man, against imperialism, and for Black Liberation.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 5

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 the downpour:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

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

Ten Vintage Copies of 'Youth Companion' Publication all Copies 1913
LOCAL Pickup Truck for Moving or Errands
Holistic Health Counseling
You Can Borrow My Kayak, Stored at Retreat Meadows
Fresh Exotic Sprouts, Grown Just For You (Updated!)


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 6 to June 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 6 to June 10


June 6 - Ravioli w/Meat Sauce

Seasoned Spinach


Chocolate Pudding


Weekend Creativity Series - Cowbells (and Plastic Tubs)

“More cowbell!” you may be thinking. But how are they made? Let’s look at the creative use of metal to make a musical instrument.

I got to work with metal a little bit in school shop class. We were given rods and had to make screwdrivers by heating and pounding the metal. It wasn’t hard to get the shape right, but to get the metal to the proper hardness was a bit of a challenge. I think we also spot-welded some small metal boxes.

This cowbell-making project wouldn’t scare me to attempt, but it would require quite a few specialized tools that are not in my toolbox.


West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting June 9th

Hi, all -

The next West Brattleboro Association monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6 pm at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

The agenda is below the dotted line.

- Michael B.



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 7, 2016

Brattleboro will be applying for federal funds to purchase land along the Whetstone as part of ongoing flood mitigation plans for the town. It’s on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Selectboard at the Municipal Center.

The board will also sign off on applying for a Bond to pay for for police and fire projects, accept $200,000 from the state for I-91 detour impact paving, issue the annual dog warrants for canines without licenses, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 6th


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. No additional restrictions are anticipated.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Hurricane Damage Costs Will Skyrocket Due to Climate Change, New Report Finds

WASHINGTON, June 2 – Costs from hurricane damages in the United States are expected to increase 39 percent in the coming decades because of the effects of climate change and coastal development, according to a new report prepared by the Congressional Budget Office for Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patty Murray. The 2016 hurricane season began Wednesday.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Seeing and Doing

I’m hung up on the unsilverlined silverback Harambe tragedy. After watching the video a few times, it continues to run in my mind. I see the great and beautiful primate clearly making a universal gesture of nurturance with its delicate paw.  His aura calm. Body language, unaggressive. Maybe I’m projecting, but I saw awareness and protectiveness on display in that enclosure. And a look, unforgettable, seems to be saying “Yo people, y’all know you dropped bambino in here, down here…Reading me?”

The subsequent hit on the ape, and ensuing flurry of responses, including laying of blame compels me less. But that’s sure interesting too.  [As a sidebar to this I keep thinking that if we can no longer recognize fundamental signs, mudras for benign intent- from creatures of our own world- what chance do we have of getting the right message when the aliens come visit?]


June 1882 Advertisement - Scott Dunklee

Scott Dunklee has exactly what you need, if what you need is a mowing machine, wagon, organ, horse, or sewing machine. This ad was in the Phoenix in June of 1882.


The Root Forum: Decolonizing for Indigenous Sovereignty

“If you're not aware of your location in relation to the indigenous people's liberation struggles of whose lands you’re on, then any liberation that you're fighting for is still gonna be colonization." - Klee Benally, Navajo artist and activist of Big Mountain, Black Mesa, AZ

The Root is working to gain a deeper understanding of what this means so that we can be in solidarity with indigenous liberation. We live, work, and organize on colonized land. The history of the Native people in the Connecticut River Valley has been intentionally and violently replaced. What we have learned about the place where we live is from a colonizer perspective. To decolonize our minds and our spaces it is crucial to un-learn the history of this river valley, so that we can better understand the Indigenous narrative.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - June


June 3rd – Scrambled Eggs w/Boursin Cheese & Spinach, Vegetable Hash w/Celeriac, Turnip & Carrots, Scone,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

June 7th - Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

June 10th  –Breakfast Sandwich w/Egg, Cheese & Sausage, Home Fries,  Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee


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