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We saw a squash, the other day, that weighed 50 lbs. 12 oz; 4 feet 10 inches in circumference. It was raised by Mr. George Sargeant.


Is it not time for our citizens to begin to talk about a Village Lyceum for the coming winter? Can an evening a week be spent more agreeably than in listening to a good Lecture of and interesting debate?


The publishers of the quarto edition of “Webster’s Dictionary, unabridged” - Messrs. George & Charles Merriam, Springfield - have presented a handsome bound copy to the Brattleboro Water Cure Institution.


A rare bird for these parts, Ardea Herodias, Great Heron was shot by Geo. B. Sargeant, last Tuesday at West River. It being destitute of the white plumage of the crown and the long pointed feathers of the back, shoulders and breast, it was a young bird, as they do not receive their whole plumage the first season.


Some of the citizens of this Village are taking measures to purchase land and fit it for a suitable and convenient place for holding Fairs. Grounds have been examined, terms obtained, and a subscription opened to raise the needed funds.


The sale of the Revere House was consumated, and Mr. H. E. Harris, the new landlord, took posession on Monday. G.H. Jefts, clerk for five years past, goes to the Brooks House.


As great efforts are now being made, in this centennial year, to introduce the metric system of measures, it is hoped that the schools of Vermont will not be far behindhand in the matter. It rests largely with them to effect a change from the old system of weights and measures to the new one.


The Brooks House balcony is being freshened and improved with a coat of paint.


Miss Abbie E. Fuller, 3 Estey street, has returned from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she has completed a musical course, and is ready to take pupils in piano, harmony, and theory of music.


Notes of the passing hours now peal forth from the belfry of the Canal street schoolhouse, the striking apparatus of the clock having been attached to the new bell. The strokes are heard in all parts of the village.


The Y.M.C.A. classes in physical instruction will begin work a week from next Tuesday under the direction of H.R. Horton. All who wish to have their measurements taken for suits are requested to give notice to Secretary Wilson at the rooms as soon as possible. The gymnasium has been given a new hard pine floor, a hand ball court has been fitted up, new apparatus has been added and the old apparatus has been repaired so that the facilities are now first class. The classes will be large.

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Main Street Sidewalk Update #8

Fortunately this week has presented us with perfect weather for construction! All the crews are moving full steam ahead and as you may have noticed, the majority of the sidewalks from High Street to Walnut Street are poured and opened!

We were able to get the small ditch on the street side of the new curbing paved earlier this week that will make parking and walking much easier on that portion of the project. The crew installing the brick strip is also moving right along (the picture above is an example of their work in the High Street bump out). We've gotten many questions about the purpose of the brick strip. Not only is it a decorative feature that ties together with our historic brick structures on Main Street, but it will allow us access to the underground electrical conduits in the future.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Roundtable Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center

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


Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee

The Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op in the community room.

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


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Selection Committee Meeting at Latchis

The Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Selection Committee will meet on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00am at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street.

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


Feed Me!

A greedy raccoon steals cat food and then demands MORE by banging on a glass door with a rock.

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Youth Services' Battle of the Bands Seeks Musicians 20 and Under

Youth Battle of Bands Held During November Gallery Walk at River Garden

Brattleboro, VT--Area youth bands can launch their musical careers by competing at Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands at the River Garden on Friday, November 6, during Gallery Walk night, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite group with their applause, according to organizers. In addition to the audience and youth judges, several individuals from both the recording and music industry will help choose the top band.

“Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands celebrates the entrepreneurial nature of young musicians forming bands and expressing their musical inspiration,” said Russell Bradbury-Carlin, the agency’s Executive Director.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 20

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, September 27 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open. Sunday closures will continue through October to manage leaf-peeping traffic.


Please see above re Sunday closures of Exit 3 on ramps.

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.


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, September 24 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Sandglass Theater's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival is in Full Swing!

Following last weekend’s jam-packed three days of parades, puppet shows, and gala celebrations, the festival continues for another weekend of world-class entertainment for all ages, engaging public dialogues, and much more.

This Friday evening at New England Youth Theater, Sandglass Theater will perform the final local showing of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, their multiple-award-winning production based upon stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. At Sandglass Theater, Kimi Maeda will present Bend, a performance drawn in sand that addresses issues of war, memory, home, and trans-cultural identity.


Electric Vehicle Fair October 3

Are you thinking about buying or leasing an electric car, scooter, or bicycle, or interested in learning about the benefits of EV ownership? Come to the second annual Electric Vehicle Fair on Saturday, October 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. A wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, along with electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes and electric scooters will be on display, with many available for test rides. Electric vehicle owners and local dealers will be on hand to answer questions, and table displays will provide information on electric vehicles. At 2:30 pm, local bike enthusiast Dave Cohen will offer a talk on the benefits of electric and cargo bikes.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Are Essential Municipal Center Repairs Worth It?

The Brattleboro Selectboard began a preliminary discussion of the future of the Municipal Center, somewhat unintentionally, while discussing necessary repairs to bring the building up to current fire safety codes. It began with John Allen questioning the large investment in the structure, meandered through talk of responsibility and stewardship, and ended with a plan to spend the necessary funds one way or another.

Parking ordinance changes were approved. Most of the rest of the evening involved discussions of money. 


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Jazz Mini Fest w/ Jamie Baum, Steve Wilson, and Rebecca Holtz

VJC KICKS OFF 2015 – 2016 Concert Season with Jazz Mini-Fest from September 18th to 20th

The Vermont Jazz Center is kicking off its new season of concerts with a bang, presenting a three-night Fall Festival from September 18 through the 20th.

On Friday (September 18th) the VJC presents renowned flutist, Jamie Baum and her Septet +. They will be performing Indian and Pakistani-influenced music filtered through Baum’s keen jazz aesthetic. On Saturday night (September 19th) Steve Wilson—claimed by NPR to be “one of the finest saxophonists in the business”—will present his quartet, Wilsonian’s Grain, in a concert celebrating the release of their new CD: “Live in New York, the Village Vanguard Session.” On Sunday (September 20th) at 4:00 PM vocalist Rebecca Holtz will pull out all the stops by hosting a CD release party in a benefit for the scholarship programs for the VJC and NECCA. All events will take place at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, Vermont.


What If UNICEF's Djokovic-Novak Said Survivors of US Bombings Deserve Justice and the Guilty Punished?

What a bombshell it was when Martin Luther King called his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!" - large bold headlines in every newspaper all around the world. Now, nearly a half century later, and tens of millions of additional innocent human beings, a third of them children, slaughtered to protect the super wealthy's mostly white capitalism, as it continues profitable exploitation of all humanity, what If a few world famous celebrities listened to their conscience and spoke up as King did?


Summer's Almost Gone

Just out of curiousity, I'm wondering how many people actually got to have some real vacation in their Summer.

Did you get away? Even long weekends count. Have a "Staycation"? They don't count. I'm talking about the real, pack a bag and get out of the house and away from our everyday life sort of break.


BS&L Introduces New Branch to the North End with 'Brattorama' Game

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – To celebrate its new solar-powered branch on Putney Road, Brattleboro Savings & Loan has launched Brattorama, a community-based game that charges area residents with collecting game pieces from various businesses to win prizes, now through Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The new location in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro opened on Monday, Aug. 31, and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.


Green Mountain Book Award Skype Series at Brooks Memorial Library

This fall, the Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting a number of book talks with Green Mountain Book Award authors. The Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) is the Vermont Reader's Choice Award for grades 9-12. Most teens in high school in Vermont are encouraged to read some of the books on the nominated list in their classes at school.

The first of these Skype talks will be held on September 28 @ 6:30 on the third floor meeting room in the library. This talk will be with author Andrew Smith about his book "Winger."Andrew Smith is an award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed "Grasshopper Jungle" and his Green Mountain Nominated Book, "Winger." His most recent book, "Alex Crow," is the ninth novel he has published. Andrew Smith lives in Southern California.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 13


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

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/14/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/14/15 

Monday, September 14, 2015

12:00 am First Vermonumental Soil Carbon Climate Summit

1:55 am Health in Aging: My Five Wishes Program

3:30 am WCEDP Funding Workshop 1: Letter of Intent 8/24/15

4:50 am Brown Bag Concert Series - The Stockwell Brothers

6:00 am Common Good VT: VCF Food & Farm Initiative


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 14 to September 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 14 to September 18


September 14 Tuna Fish Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Tomato Bisque w/Crackers

Cole Slaw

Fruited Jello


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