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The Exhibition of the Ciceronian Society last Wednesday evening was very fully attended, and passed off pretty well. We would suggest three things to the young Gentlemen of this society: First, that they take judicious advice in regard to the selection of their pieces; Second, that they special attention to the pronunciation and enunciation; and Third, that they do not prolong their exercises beyond one hour.


Chase’s Cheese. This day received at the Sign of the Elm Tree, that celebrated Chase dairy, which all lovers of prime Cheese will do well to call and look at immediately. Townsley & Sons.


Savings Bank. Deposits for the next quarter should be made on or before the 4th of July, and all interest due the Bank must be paid by the 1st of July.


We understand that the Visiting Committee examined the several schools in this village on Monday and Tuesday of the present week. They report the schools in good condition, the teachers competent and faithful, and the punctuality in attendance and the progress in study generally satisfactory. The only exception they noticed was the attendance at the High School. That the District should support such a school at an annual expense of more than a thousand dollars, for the instruction of fifteen or twenty pupils, seems an extravagant use of the money raised by taxation.


The Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company have nearly completed a new freight depot, in this village. It is built of brick, 112 feet long, and will add much to the accommodations of all interested in the freighting business.


The Brattleboro Gas Company are extending their main pipe the entire length of High Street. The inhabitants of that most beautiful portion of our village will soon have an opportunity for a general illumination. Provision should be made for two or more street lamps, as the dense foliage of the shade trees render side walks and the street even quite dark in that vicinity.


Our amusement loving community will read with pleasure the announcement of G. F. Bailey’s Circus and Menagerie, which is to be exhibited at Brattleboro on the 10th of July. It is reported that the performances are of a superior order, and that the entertainment is of a character sufficient to warrant a general attendance.


The original plan for the celebration of the Fourth having fallen through from the unwillingness of our citizens to subscribe money with sufficient liberality, a committee has made quick arrangements for firing a salute, a procession of ancients and horribles, music by the band, and fireworks.


The elegant two-horse hearse which appeared in a recent funeral procession, is the property of Mr. C. L. Brown, our village undertaker, who has just added it to his already large assortment of burial outfits.


A notable wedding was that which occurred in this town last week, when a smiling maiden of sixty-one summers was led to the altar by a fossilized gent of twenty-eight.


The summer arrangement of railroad trains went into effect Sunday, and the only difficulty with it is in getting used to the increased train service which it affords. For once, at least, Brattleboro has no reason to complain that it hasn’t trains enough.


Nearly 12,000 feet of lumber has been required for the erection of the bill-boards for Barnum’s circus.


The first Brooks House hop of the season will be given Saturday evening of next week.


Brookside Park, the new pleasure resort on the line of the electric railway near West Brattleboro, will be opened next Monday night with the highest class attraction, a comedy troupe from New York City. Brookside Park will be a very attractive resort close to the waters of the Whetstone. It will have a large stage and total seating capacity for 700 people.


Mrs. J. J. Estey entertained about 50 ladies at an afternoon tea at her home Tuesday afternoon.


A special train of seven cars, packed with Russian Jew immigrants, passed through here Wednesday from Montreal on their way to New York.


The garage, or automobile station, erected by Manley Brothers in the rear of the Brooks House is ready for occupancy. This is the only garage worthy the name this side of Springfield, and it will take care of the machines of not only the automobilists who come to the Brooks House, but of all which may be taken there.


The work of preparing a place in the Baptist church for the new Estey pipe organ which has been given by Col. Gray Estey and Capt. J. Harry Estey will be begun in a few days.


The old Wesselhoeft Water Cure building is sold at auction.

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Democratic Party Turning Out to Be the Biggest Hypocrites in Vermont!

The Democratic Party in Vermont is turning out to be a bunch of flaming hypocrites!

I'm not listing all the forums I have not been included in as a Democratic Party candidate for Governor of Vermont, but this is the most recent one I found out about today that I have been excluded from; and now I can see the Democrats for their true colors.

I have not yet been invited to any Governor candidate forum or debate in Brattleboro.


New Scam - U.S. Government Grant Dept

I’ve been called several times from the “U.S. Government Grant Dept.” in Washington DC, informing me that I have been selected to receive a $7000 grant that I “will never have to pay back”.  The callers speak strange English. Not Indian Maybe Philippine.

Be aware!


Lost Beagle in Brattleboro

I was just at Avenue Grocery on Western Ave and learned that there is a missing beagle somewhere in Brattleboro.

The dog was in Harmony Lot with its owner, got spooked and ran away. I was told that it is a shelter dog, named Gypsy, and could be anywhere from downtown to I-91.

If you see a confused, scared beagle out there, get in touch with Avenue Grovery and they can put you in touch with the owner.


Guilford Plays Premiere this Weekend

Guilford Center Stage begins its second season with the premiere of a pair of one-act plays by Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, who also directs the production.   “Nocturne Titanica” is a unique take on the sinking of the Titanic. “The Lace Jury” is based on the first American all-women jury of the 20th century.  Interestingly, the historic events on which the plays are based happened within 6 months of each other in 1911 and 1912.

There will be three performances: Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm. at Broad Brook Grange.


Harris Hill Death

From the Brattleboro Police:

"Lt. Carrier

On May 29, 2016 at 09:12 hours, members of the Brattleboro Police Department and Emergency Services responded to the Harris Hill Ski-Jump for a report of a possible deceased male.

Upon arrival it was determined the male was in fact deceased.


I Will Not Celebrate Memorial Day

"I do not celebrate Memorial Day"

 I do not celebrate this one day

to commemorate the war dead.

I do not honor this one day

to remember their sacrifice.

No, I will not honor them

on this one day…


Sanders Supporter Clara Daims (From Brattleboro) Files Emergency Injunction Before California Primary

Brattleboro should be proud.  

Link to story





Mourn Deceived GIs! "US Foreign Policy Greatest Crime Since WWII" (Ex US Att. Gen. Ramsey Clark)


1994, Ramsey Clark wrote in his The Fire This Time - US War Crimes in the Gulf, "The greatest crime since WWII has been US foreign policy," in Crime in America, 1970, "Crimes are meant to be prosecuted," and in Challenge to Genocide, 1998 that 'investments in the illegal and genocidal use of the nation’s Armed Forces, CIA and mass media will be made unprofitable and brought to an end through prosecution under the law'


Pet Peeve - Brattleboro Tax Tabs

May 30, 2016
John O’Connor
Town Treasurer/ Finance Director
Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Suite 111
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Dear John,

I was  preparing bills and I just felt compelled to air a pet peeve that I have had for years.

Every year I get a Property Tax Statement that contains four tear off tabs that I am to mail in to the Town with a check for the quarterly payment of my property taxes. 


From the Halls of Montezuma

From the Halls of Montezuma-To the shores of Tripoli (Marine’s Hymn)

In 1805, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries attacked the Tripolitan port city of Derna. The Marines and Berbers were on a mission to depose Yusuf Karamanli, the ruler of Tripoli. (Pirates from the Barbary States were seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom).


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/30/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/30/16

Monday, May 30, 2016

12:00 am Hunger Free VT - Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Hunger

1:54 am ArtStory Extra: "Art Extravaganza" Report 2016

2:00 am Valley Homegrown: Outer Stylie

3:00 am History Where It Happened: Bennington Museum Pt1

3:30 am Poem City - Reading with Poet Neil Shepard


Progressive Party Meeting Notice


      The Brattleboro Town Committee of the Progressive Party will meet on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 145 Green Street, 6:00 PM.  The agenda will include:   1) Acceptance of new members  2)  discuss and act on nomination of Mollie Burke as State Representative, District 2;  3) Other business     

  All interested persons welcome.



The PTB are constantly scrambling to find enemies that we can hate so they can continue their nefarious activities without scrutiny.

Here’s a few quotes on the subject:

"In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.": Thich Nhat Hanh


Disabled Parking in Brattleboro?

Hi folks -

I've looked on the parking enforcement website but cannot find any information concerning Disabled Parking. Is it free? Can a person park there all day?


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 27

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 an unexpected stay-cation:

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):

Give Away Videos
Canoe Available to Borrow
Large Garden Space to Share or Barter
ARTful Save of Permanently Stained Clothes
Do you Need Help with Your Computer?
Help Moving Items and/or Hauling Items to the WSWMD ENDS MAY
3O, 2016
Vermont Sugar Maples


Cris Ericson Responds to VSEA's Questions to Vermont Candidates

on the Democratic Party primary election ballot Aug. 9, 2016.

Cris Ericson's responses below to VSEA.org Questions.

On Fri, 5/27/16, Susan DeVoid wrote:
Subject: VSEA Endorsement Process
To: "crisericson@yahoo.com"
Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:26 AM
Ms. Ericson:
As per your request, please find the below questionnaire for the VSEA Endorsement Process. You may respond to my email address.

1. Should the work of State government be performed by State employees?


Weekend Creativity Series - Tree Houses

For a kid in the summer, nothing quite compares to having one’s own tree house to escape to to for privacy. It was the perfect place meet with friends. Parents knew where you were, but you were away from them and could see them coming. Just think of all the deep discussions that have been held by those admitted to treetop forts.

Tree houses aren’t just for kids to play in, of course. All around the world grown-ups build tree houses to work, play, and live in.


Brattleboro's Lower Whetstone Brook Corridor: Planning a Design Response to Climate Change Charrette, June 6 - 8

With assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Town of Brattleboro will host a 3-day design charrette from June 6-8, 2016. This a multi-day opportunity for property owners, business owners and Brattleboro residents to collaborate with a team of planners, landscape architects, and hydrologists to create a new vision for the Lower Whetstone Brook.

“We were inspired by work of other communities redesigning urban river spaces with a focus on ecology, flood protection and amenity,” said Rod Francis, Brattleboro Planning Director. “Scientific research predicts more frequent and heavier downpours leading to increased flooding, this is the right time to visualize a resilient urban landscape for downtown Brattleboro.”


New Evening Farmers' Market Starts Tuesday, May 31

The downtown Brattleboro farmers' market has a new time and place this year: Tuesdays, from 4 to 7PM on Flat Street, next to the Boys & Girls Club. You'll find Full Plate Farm, Circle Mountain Farm, and Lost Barn Farm, offering a variety of fresh, local produce and eggs, Mad Radish CSA with produce and a large selection of local meats, Walnut Ridge Farm with produce and plant starts for the garden, Jerry Smith's fresh cut flowers and maple syrup (and dahlia tubers, while they last), as well as prepared foods to grab on the go.

You can use your debit and EBT cards for market tokens, and don't forget about our EBT matching program! We'll match up to $10 in EBT tokens with Crop Cash coupons, good for fruits and veggies.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Weekend of May 27th and Week of May 30th


To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday (Memorial Day), from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

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.

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. There will be no lane closures scheduled during the holiday weekend.


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