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George Jones Brooks born in Cambridge, MA


Notice. All who are in favor of forming a Young Mens’ Lyceum are requested to meet at the High School Hall, on Monday evening August 31, at half past 7 o’clock.


Two Lives Lost By Drowning! On Sunday last Mr. Wilham Chamberlain and a lad of about 10 years of age, son of Mr. Merrick Newton, were drowned while being in the Connecticut river, at a place near this village called “the rocks.”


Friday evening, and the following night, the rain fell bountifully. Our streets were thoroughly washed. But the excessive heat that continued, and that still continues (Monday evening) almost neutralizes the otherwise good effects.


This portion of the state seems to be, at the present time, flooded with peddlers of all sorts of goods. The regular merchant is the man to be patronized. He is one of our own citizens, helps pay the taxes that support our government and its institutions. The peddler is a roving individual. He does not pay taxes nor has he any interest to maintain a reputation for honesty.


Feathers. A large lot just received of those nice Feathers which have given such good satisfaction, by Dwinell & Bliss.


The old school house on Chase street is undergoing repairs. It was quite time that it should be made more comfortable for the little folks who resort thither, and they will heartily rejoice at the change.


A finger was broken from one of the statues on the Fisk Monument, last Sunday, by some person who is either a sneak or a villain. Any human being who will in any way injure, deface, or wantonly tamper with anything which the living having thoughtfully and tenderly placed on the graves of the dead, ought to be banished from a decent society, and is to be himself denied a Christian burial.


Harry Kilburn and Geo. A. Eels will open next Monday a 99 cent store, at the stand lately occupied by Frank Holding, jeweler.


The firemen are very much dissatisfied because the board of bailiffs propose to refuse them the customary appropriation for an annual parade. The cost of the annual parade is about $125 for the land, horses and refreshments, and the village has paid the expense for seven or eight years past. This action comes undoubtedly from a purpose to lop off all doubtful expenditures, and is due to the action of the last village meeting in “sitting down” on all appropriations of doubtful legitimacy.


Good fall apples are plenty at 40 cents a bushel.


The Brooks House hop last Saturday evening brought out the largest attendance of the season. A feature was the dancing of the sailor’s hornpipe by Master Harry Wales.


The shaft connecting the Estey shops No. 3 and 4 broke on Wednesday, necessitating the shutting down of the machinery.


President Harrison paid his promised visit to Brattleboro Thursday afternoon and the program arranged was carried out in spite of the drizzling rain which fell the greater part of the day. As he stepped from the train the President was met by Col. Estey.


Col. Thomas Hannon has been awarded the contract for catering at the Valley Fair. The catering under his direction has always been conducted very satisfactorily, while out of town men have usually failed to fit the bill.


The switch and extension at the end of the electric railroad in West Brattleboro has been completed.


George L. Dunham, L.F. Adams and E.W. Gibson will be a committee on street decorations for the Valley Fair this year. The decoration of the streets is an important feature of the Valley Fair. It makes the streets a beautiful sight and gives visitors the welcoming appearance of a holiday when they arrive.


Wednesday was the day set by the selectmen for a hearing on the petition of citizens for a highway to be laid out connecting South Main street with the new Oak Grove extension.

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Where's The Rain? Moderate Drought in Southern Vermont

I’ve been wondering where the rain is, and did a bit of research.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, Brattleboro and Windham County are officially considered to be in Moderate Drought, with about 85% of Vermont being categorized as Abnormally Dry.

The trend started in late June and has remained steady through July. The last time we were this dry in Vermont was June of 2015.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


West Brattleboro Fire Station Groundbreaking

The Town of Brattleboro invites citizens and interested persons to attend a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the rebuilding of the West Brattleboro Fire Station on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 4:00pm at the West Brattleboro Fire Station.

Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-4541
FAX (802) 257-2322


Brattleboro Selectboard Agendas and Notes - August 4 and 5, 2016

Brattleboro’s first Comprehensive Review of Town Operations will be presented for approval at the next not-so-regularly scheduled meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Property tax rates will be set for FY17, grants will be discussed, appointments to committees will be made, and more. Watch on BCTV or attend in person and participate. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

There is also a special meeting scheduled to hold a deliberative session the next day.


Movie Monday - August

August Showings


Movies starring:

August 1st – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith – 10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


August 2nd – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Ham, Yogurt Parfait, Juice, Coffee.

August 5th Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

August 9th  – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee


Savings Bank of Walpole's Branch ATMs Get New Security Device


Keene, NH—In an effort to combat ATM fraud and “skimming,” Savings Bank of Walpole is pleased to announce that it will be one of the first area banks to utilize the ActivEdge Skim Guard system at all of their branch ATMs. The machines will be retrofitted with the ActivEdge system as of Thursday, August 4th.

Skimming means that a person (who is referred to as a skimmer) has installed a counterfeit card reader on the exterior of an ATM in an attempt to steal another person’s card information during ATM transactions or at point-of-sale machines like the ones used at gas stations or convenience stores.


Free Spaghetti Supper with Matt Dunne & PFFV

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV) have endorsed Matt Dunne for Governor. Matt is a lifelong resident of Hartland, Vermont. He is an experienced leader with a deep commitment to making Vermont's economy work for all Vermonters. In addition to PFFV, he has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Rights & Democracy, and the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA). 


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 1st


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.

Upper Dummerston Road

Upper Dummerston may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Brattleboro Helicopter Buzzing

Anyone know why Brattleboro is being buzzed by a helicopter this morning?


Greenleaf Tree Removal

On Thursday, July 28th, from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m., Greenleaf Street will be closed for tree removal between Western Avenue and Mather Road. Traffic detour signs will be set up allowing traffic to use Mather Road across to Bonnyvale Road for access to Western Avenue. Crews will ensure access to residences within the closure area.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802)254-4255.


End of the Line for Bernie Sanders

After many months of fighting the good fight, and losing, we’ve come to the end of the line for Bernie Sanders.  He was our last best hope, but for whatever reason, people opted for the “safe,” status quo candidate Hillary Clinton.  This may have been engineered, to a large degree, by a party apparatus that opposed his candidacy — the DNC email leak last week made it clear that they were out to get him, and it’s likely the party’s animosity toward Sanders trickled down to local party people across the country.  No wonder people thought there was voter suppression and shenanigans — the Democratic party was at war with its own progressive wing.  But so be it.  


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 1:00pm at The River Garden located at 157 Main Street.

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


How to Safely Pass a Bicyclist

How to Safely Pass A Bicyclist - Some friendly advice for our motorist friends.

Written by: Hilary Angus for Momentum Mag

Edited by: Alice Charkes

1. Slow Down.

When you’re approaching a bicyclist, slow down. Passing a cyclist is going to require you to make a few more moves than just continuing on your course, so reduce your speed in order to prepare yourself.


Local Motion Looking for Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advocates

Is creating more opportunities for walking and biking in Brattleboro important to you? If so, Local Motion, Vermont's coalition for walking and biking, wants to hear from you. As part of their statewide expansion, Local Motion is looking for folks who are interested in bringing all of the benefits of a more walk- and bike-friendly environment into their own backyards. If this is you, sign up on Local Motion's website today!


Violation, Vandalism, Thievery

My daughter's car was literally broken into yesterday (back window smashed completely) and everything valuable and important was stolen. This happened in the parking area for the West River Recreation area at the junction of Rte. 30 and the Williamsville Road around 3 to 4 pm. 2 trucks were seen peeling out of the parking lot heading toward Newfane. If ANYONE can contribute anything to the finding of these people please call or text Beverly Miller at 802-251-5598 now. More than $1200 worth of theft and damage was incurred by my daughter Sarah Mattingley


New Session: Women's Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble!

Singer/songwriter and music instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a new session of the Women’s Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning August 2, in Brattleboro,VT.

The class invites women to experience playing acoustic Folk and Boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group environment. 

A world-renowned guitar instructor, McCormick specializes in teaching adult beginners through intermediate level students. 

Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged.


Matt Dunne Candidate for Democratic Governor Nomination at Senior Center Noon Tomorrow

Too late for an "rsvp," but just learned that Matt Dunne will be at the Gibson Aiken Senior Center tomorrow, July 26 at noon.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 7/25/2016

Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 7/25/16

Monday, July 25, 2016

12:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop - Access to Healthy Food

1:05 am Annette Spaulding: Petroglyph find at VT History Museum

2:00 am GGE: Ep 3 - KUSIKUY's Hand Knit Treasures

3:00 am Interview with Chris Bollyn 6/22/16


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Civil Litigation

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately enter into executive session to discuss pending or probable civil litigation to which the Town is or may be a party and mediation or arbitration. If time allows following the executive session, it is anticipated that the Board will enter into deliberative session to discuss site visits and public hearings held on June 28, 2016, re: (1) Minshall Street, (2) Bittersweet Lane, and (3) Wickopee Hill Road / Gulf Road.


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