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The Annual meeting of the “Brattleboro Thief Detecting Society,” for the choice of Officers and the transaction of other business, will be held at Wheeler’s Hall, on Tuesday the 25th inst. at 7 o’clock P. M. Per order, Addison Brown, Secretary.


The welcome news, received Tuesday morning, that the anxiously expected message from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan, had actually been received and his reply returned, was greeted here by the firing of cannon and other such impromptu demonstrations of joy as suggested themselves on the spur of the moment. The Brattleboro Cornet Band was called out and a procession formed, which marched through some of the principal streets, occasionally giving vent to their enthusiasm by hearty cheers.


A spirited war meeting was held in the Seminary at West Brattleboro on Monday. Dr. J.H. Stedman presided. The people of the “West Part” are getting thoroughly awake and do not mean to be behind in furnishing their quota of men and money.


War Meeting In This Village. A large number of the citizens of Brattleboro assembled at Town Hall last Saturday. Hon. D. Kellogg was called to the chair, who urged various reasons for making up the full quota of men called for, by volunteers, rather than by drafting. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of offering a bounty to those who should volunteer for nine months.


The final survey of the West River Railroad will be completed next week.


The village bailiffs, at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, received and considered the petition for the erection of street signs. While the bailiffs look with favor upon the proposition, in their opinion supported by legal advice, the matter is one which properly comes under the department of highways. Proper signs will be erected if the town will give $25 toward the expense.


Several prominent hotel men from different parts of New England have been here within a few days looking over the Brooks House with a view to leasing it.


The Roland T. Oakes Co. of Holyoke are putting into the auditorium a J.P. Cushing switch-board for operating the electric lights on the opera house. The board is equipped with 38 switches which control the lights in all parts of the stage and audience room, and four dimmers for varying the intensity of the light, whereby any combination of colors can be made, producing sunlight and moonlight effects.


The work of digging the cellar and grading has been completed at the site of the Thompson hospital, and within a day or two at least a large force of men will be at work on the foundation, under the direction of Cutting & Co.’s superintendent of stone works.


Temperance day will be observed August 27 at the grove meetings at Sunset lake.


Cooling tower collapses at VY.

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Undiscovered Gem - Rhododendron State Park

Just across the river, there’s a beautiful park filled with gorgeous flowers.

Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam is a natural stand of Rhododendrons that are in bloom right now.

The park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

Other trails, including a special wildflower trail wind through the forest adjacent to the grove.


Sovernet/First Light Spam is Already Circulating Soon After Merger

I received this email today; it is NOT from Sovernet or First Light.  If you receive one, do NOT respond or click on links.

The actual email address it comes from is a gmail address, not an official corporate address.


VFW Lunch Specials July 17th - July 21st

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - BBQ pulled pork sandwich w/ corn on the cob
Wed - bacon or ham mac n' cheese w/ salad
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - tuna noodle casserole


A Few Thoughts From Elsie and Serenity Smith

I sent a few questions to Elsie and Serentity Smith, founder of New England Center for Circus Arts. While wishing to stay out of the fray, they did have a statement and a few answers to some of the questions I sent them.

First, their statement:

“The NECCA Board and Executive Director leadership, who are our superiors in position at the organization we founded, have let us down and are making decisions we do not believe are in the best interest of NECCA. We have attempted to carry on under their leadership, but they have different goals and we are unable to support the NECCA leadership as it currently stands. We are enormously grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and hope a future for NECCA can be found.”


Draft Agreement Between NECCA Coaches and Board of Trustees

Jamie Hodgson, a NECCA coach, said that on Saturday several coaches of the New England Center for Circus Arts met with a 3rd party representing the board, Gordon Bristol, in an attempt to work out an agreement for going forward.  

"They discussed several things in detail and Gordan (sic) expressed confidence that the agreement would be well received by the board," she said by email, "and that he felt some version of this agreement may be signed by the board by the next morning.

"The coaches were contacted by Mel, the board president, this morning 7/16. While he expressed interest in talking and optimism that we could move forward, he did not agree to any of the terms of the agreement."

Here's the draft agreement up for discussion:


Let's Talk About Trumpcare.

I received an email from Robert Reich. In it, he states: “Trumpcare, at its heart, is not a health care bill. It's a bill to take away health care from the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor—and hand the money to special interests such as insurance companies and Big Pharma. It's a moral atrocity.”

Bloomberg says “Put Trumpcare Out of Its Misery”

Good on Senator Sanders. He’s actively fighting this bill.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 17 thru July 21

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 17 thru July 21


July 17 - Eggplant Parmesan



Tropical Fruit


Brattleboro Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes Due

Notice to Taxpayers

The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2017 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer’s Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:

1st Installment due August 15, 2017

2nd Installment due November 15, 2017

3rd Installment due February 15, 2018

4th Installment due May 15, 2018


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 17th


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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.


The Seamus Egan Project at Next Stage on Friday, July 28

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present The Seamus Egan Project, featuring the founding member of the seminal Irish-American band Solas, at Next Stage on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking 1996 album “When Juniper Sleeps,” which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through music from his 20-year career with that iconic band, and adding some brand new tunes, Seamus, with Moira Smiley (vocals, piano, banjo), Kyle Senna (guitar) and other musical friends, will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.


Act 46 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE 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 Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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



Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Gaslight Tinkers on Sunday, July 23

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 23 with The Gaslight Tinkers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


New Telephone Scam

There’s a new (at least to me) phone scam.

A female voice with a very scary message tells you something like this:

“You’re in deep doo-doo with the IRS. We can help you, but you must call this number immediately”

I didn’t call it.



Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brother, Can You Spare A Circus School?

Big news, not from the board but from the public, at the most recent Brattleboro Selectboard meeting: there is internal turmoil that threatens NECCA, the New England Center for Circus Arts. Founders were forced out, and resignations of board and staff followed. More fallout is expected.

Many summer public works projects were pushed along by board action. The board also held a discussion of panhandling in Brattleboro accompanied by at least four ideas for changing the situation, including one to consider a program to give panhandlers temporary jobs.

Board members received a skatepark update, set property tax rates, and made a dance festival proclamation in their only July meeting.


Brattleboro Planners To Hold Forum on Downtown Parking on July 18, 2017

The public is invited to a Downtown Parking Forum on Tuesday, July 18 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room. Residents, business owners, property owners and others are invited to identify issues and concerns, ask questions, make comments or share ideas.

"The purpose of this public forum is to begin a broad community conversation about downtown parking. The comments will be recorded and compiled,” said Sue Fillion, Planner. “Additional public workshops will be held in the early fall to establish future options and solutions.”


Afghan Giants

This is a purported giant killed in Afghanistan.

The caption (Government cover-up for giants) has to be a pun.

According to a USAF pilot, he flew this Afghan giant’s body from Kabul to the US. Notice: this is a drawing, not a photograph.

I believe it to be a hoax.


Last Call for Theater Campers

Thanks, as always, to ibrattleboro for welcoming Guilford announcements.  & actually in this case kids from other towns may attend this session for a modest $50 for the week.  (We think that's a pretrty good bargain for a day camp that includes breakfast (kids can bring lunch, and there are snacks throughout the day, too;) theater games and acrtivities with two wonderful teachers, afternoon activities and time outdoors, and a pretty good-length day 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  And any child needing transport can arrange for one of the staff, including Lbrary trustees and othger parents, to carpool.

We have 2 or maybe 3 slots left, so this is our last call:

Stage & Stream


Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 3: Brattleboro and the Future

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing. This time, we look at "the future."

I suppose we should define “future.” What year do you generally think of as “the future”? (I generally think about 2050 or 2100 as markers of “the future.”)

Your markers are out further than mine. Beyond 5 or 10 years, projections involve more and more speculation and carry more and more risk. I think longer term futuristic thinking can be stimulating as an intellectual pursuit, but I don’t think it practically informs most municipal government actions. There is one important exception to that: capital infrastructure (especially utilities). Our investments in physical infrastructure are both very expensive and very durable. These facilities typically last 30 to 50 years or even longer. It is important for us to use the best available information and reasonable future forecasts to ensure that we are sizing facilities appropriately and building them to last.


Panhandling Discussion Tuesday 7/11 During Selectboard Meeting

Panhandling in Brattleboro is an issue that I heard a fair amount about as a candidate, so this Tuesday evening I'll be helping to facilitate a discussion about concerns and moving toward some possible solutions for our town. You are welcome to join us at the Municipal Center to share your your thoughts, or just watch the discussion on BCTV.

Joining us will be the three authors of this insightful piece that appeared in The Commons: Josh Davis of Groundworks Collaborative, Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald, and DBA President Michelle Simpson-Siegel.

The meeting begins as always at 6:15 pm in the Slelectboard Meeting Room, but we have a few other agenda items first, so it's likely that this discussion will happen closer to 7 pm or so.


iBrattleboro Poll

In my view, the most tourist-y thing in Brattleboro is