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Mr. Editor; Cannot the progress of vandalism be stayed, before our beautiful village shall be shorn of half of its attractions? The woodsman has shown his determination not to spare the trees, either on hill or in dale. The strangers who sojourn among us, are already lamenting over the destruction of their favorite walks. Let our citizens see to it that these attractive walks, which are now in decay, be carefully restored and guaranteed to the public forever.


Lent’s Great National Circus which exhibits of the Island to-day is one of the oldest established as well as one of the most extensive exhibitions extant. Joe Pentland is the clown.


John Retting has nearly completed his improvements at the corner of High and Green streets. The old dwelling house, recently used for a bakery has been raised to three stories, and a new front and roof have been put on, entirely changing and vastly improving its appearance.


The Dickens medium is again in town. The manuscript of “Edwin Drood,” is completed, and his publishers promise the work by the 10th of October. Work has already been commenced upon the new story previously announced, entitled “The Life and Adventures of Buckley Winkleheep.”


The old soldiers’ camp-fire on the village common, Tuesday evening, was quite largely attended. Fires were kindled in the open air, and the large mess tent belonging to Fuller’s battery, kindly loaned for the occasion, afforded shelter and seats for the assembled veterans and their friends, among whom were many ladies. Guns were fired in the early part of the evening, and the band furnished music in abundance.


Until further notice, the skating rink will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, with music by the First Regiment band. It has been enlarged by a 40 ft. addition, giving a total length of 140 feet of skating room.


The mountain begins to show promise of its autumn glory.


Any persons in the village who have lodgings which they would be willing to rent during the time of the Valley Fair next week are requested to notify the Brooks House at once.


The work of rebuilding the abutments for the new steel bridge across the Connecticut river will begin next week, and the company expects to have the work completed about Dec.1.

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Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire's Wings of Hope Butterfly Release event

Purchase of Butterflies Raises Money for Hospice Programs

Lebanon, New Hampshire, August 29, 2016 – On Saturday, September 10th, hundreds of majestic Monarch butterflies will take flight simultaneously during the Wings of Hope butterfly release event to be held in Colburn Park in Lebanon from 1-3 p.m. The annual fundraiser, now in its seventh year, is presented by Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) and is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the non-profit organization. Purchase of a butterfly for release is $20 and proceeds help support hospice care programs, patients and their families.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 8/29/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/29/16

Monday, August 29, 2016

12:00 am OLLI: Wolfgang Mieder - Proverbs are Never Out of Season

1:22 am Randolph Concert Series: Cava Express

3:00 am Flock Dance Troop - Woman

4:25 am That Was the Week that Was: VT Primary Elections


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

 Brattleboro State Representatives Forum

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The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held  Friday, September 16,  2016 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

All State Representatives are up for re-election this November 8th. All of the Brattleboro candidates for the House have agreed to attend this Breakfast, give brief presentations and be available for questions. (Come prepared with questions; I will supply index cards to help organize the question and answer section.)


Weekend Creativity Series - Soundproofing Drums & Acoustic Geometry

Imagine you just bought a new house, perhaps on Cedar Street, and you want to play your drums night and day. It’s essential, after all, you need as much practice as possible to become better at playing. You need it!

How can you play whenever you like without disturbing your new neighbors?

Here are some creative ways to reduce the noise coming from your new home studio playhouse. These snazzy tips can apply to just about any noisy activity done inside while living in close proximity to others, but most are specific to drums.


Gnarcissus on Olympus

Skateboarding is Coming to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. The “sport”, was chosen along with a handful of others, (surfing, baseball, climbing, karate) for inclusion in the next set of Games. Some serious mixed and polarizing feelings have been engendered on all sides by this decision.

While this post pertains to skateboarding, I’m sure there’s crossover spill for each of these lifestyle activities that have deep personal and often iconoclastic attachments, with corps of aficionados who eschew commercialization. There is even an online line petition asking the Olympic Committee to remove skateboarding, asserting skateboarding is not a “Sport”, and should not be set up for exploitation and subjugation to Olympic formats.


GMMT: Newfane Clerk Confesses to Anonymous Letter 8/26/16 (News Clip)


Chris Lenois (WKVT) and Randy Holhut (Commons) discuss the news that an
anonymous letter urging residents to approve a bond to upgrade the
Newfane Town Offices and the subsequent reaction of the Newfane
Selectboard to the letter, its contents, and the way in which it was


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - August 29 to September 2

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 29 to September 2


August 29 - Seafood Roll

Cottage Cheese

Raspberry Beets

Tropical Fruit


Western Avenue Paving Schedule

As part of the Town’s paving program, the Town has contracted with Vermont Roadworks LLC to resurface Western Avenue from Allerton Avenue to Chestnut Hill. They are currently scheduled to mill the pavement on August 30th, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 12:00 am (midnight). We anticipate paving Western Avenue on September 6, 2016 during the evening hours as well to reduce traffic impacts.

During these evenings, please find off street parking in this area.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah O’Connell, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE: The committee will NOT meet on its normal Monday schedule in September due to the Labor Day Holiday.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 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


Coffee Break Fundraiser

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting a “Coffee Break”  all day Friday September 2, 2016 at the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vt. on I-91 to kick off the Labor Day weekend holiday.   Starting at 7:30am, we will offer hot coffee and tea; bagels; hot oatmeal, apple cider donuts; an assortment of homemade muffins, pastries, and other home-baked goods; egg salad, tuna salad, and cheese sandwiches; tastes of various flavored challah; Vermont-made yogurt;  a variety of cold drinks, including freshly squeezed lemonade. 


Springfield VT Steampunk Festival

What’s New at the Steampunk Festival This Year
Well, Splendid Teapot Racing for one—and Burlesque for another
Festival Benefits the Springfield Humane Society
Volunteers Still Needed

SPRINGFIELD, VT—The Springfield Steampunk Festival, an official Vermont Arts 2016 event slated for September 23, 24, 25 features new musical performers, more workshops and many more vendors while embracing new intriguing and whimsical ideas from as far away as New Zealand. Splendid Teapot Racing was conceived by Simone Montgomery in Dunedin, New Zealand and premiered for the first time in 2014 at Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru. And now it premieres in Springfield, Vt. The Steampunk movement is truly international in scope.


Ukulele Flash Mob Today!

Whoa, here it comes! 
UKUKLE FLASH MOB, TODAY, Thursday the 25th, at 6pm sharp!
Where? Harmony Place smack in the center of Brattleboro.
ALL ARE welcome! (no need to play - just come enjoy the fun!)


RT 30 Closure Schedule Update

The RT 30 Road Closure Schedule has been revised as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2016 – CANCELLED

Monday, August 29, 2016 – ADDED TO REPLACE 8/26

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Backup/Makeup Day if Needed)

Thursday, September 01, 2016 – CANCELLED


VFW Lunch Menu for 8-29 to 9-2

Menu for Aug. 29th to Sept. 2nd

Mon - soup and a sandwich

Tues -  liver & onions w/ mashed potato

Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad

Thur - cheese & spinach stuffed pork loin w/ couscous

Fri - baked stuffed haddock w/ rice & veg.


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 Thursday, August 25, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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




Get Out Your Credit Card and Join Our Revolution

Our Revolution is being touted by progressives as the “future of our political movement” and features participation by our own revolutionary sweetheart, Bernie Sanders.  Bernie himself will be speaking at a kickoff forum tonight in Burlington, VT.  This seemed noteworthy, so I decided to stop into the web site to see what it was all about.  My first surprise was that it was a  I had been expecting a  But there you are, everything  is commercial these days, even “our revolution.” (Fine print reveals that “Our Revolution will operate as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.”)


Stroll the Grounds & Join Us for A Community Shabbat Dinner

On Friday August 26, come mark the shift from summer to fall with a stroll on the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's land followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner with songs, blessings, and a story. Dinner will be supplied by Cantor Kate Judd, Chelsa Roy of Monkey Moon Challah & Catering, and others.

At 5 pm Kate will lead a reflective walk on the land with prayer and song. At 6 we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, and sit down to eat together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy our dessert accompanied by a story from Rebecca Golden. We’ll wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).


Improve Your Tweets - Actually Write Them

For those who ignore social media, you can ignore this.

For the rest of you, I have a word about laziness. Yes, I’m talking to you, person who has your Facebook feed set to automatically retweet things.

Here is the situation. Twitter allows for 140 characters. It is an art and science to craft messages that fit the space and make sense. Much can be communicated in a good tweet.


Selectboard Crosswalk Drama + NECCA Approval on GMMT

Get the latest headlines with BCTV's news show created in conjuction with WKVT, the Reformer, and the Commons entitled Green Mtn Mornings Tonight. See short clips as WKVT's Chris Lenois talks with the Reformer's Chris Mays about the week's news, and catch full episodes at as well as on BCTV Channel 8 weeknights at 6:00 PM.


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