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The patronage of the Brooks House has never been so large as during the present season. Nearly every night finds the house full, many of the guests being persons or families en route to or from the White Mountains. The fact that the house is so admirably managed that every guest says a good word for it to his friends probably has much to do with its success.


The first month’s record of the free mail delivery conclusively shows that the service is highly appreciated here, and speaks well for a community credited with taking more newspapers and writing more letters than most any other town of its size in the United States. The number of mail letters delivered was 10,635; newspapers, 8,766; mail postal cards, 1,956; drop letters, 775; drop postal cards, 393; the number of letters collected was 10,555; postal cards, 1,975; newspapers, 844, registered letters delivered, 47; specials delivered, 24; total collected an delivered, 35,970.


There was a big fall in baking powders and spices on Clark street this forenoon. Merton Staples was delivering goods and his wagon overturned while his horse was feeding. The fall frightened the horse, which ran several rods, smashing the whiffletree and otherwise damaging the wagon. The contents of the wagon were scattered all over the street.


The Vermont Wheel club rooms are connected with the telephone exchange.


The trustees of the Thompson fund have petitioned the supreme court of Massachusetts for an order allowing them to convey the hospital property to a Vermont corporation, which will have entire control of the estate. The buildings of the hospital are now completed, but it still remains to put in the equipment. As soon as this is done, the institution will be ready to receive patients. The committee ask that the public will refrain from visiting the hospital while this task is being accomplished.


E.E. Bagley has just composed a march for the First Regiment band, entitled “Colonel Estey March,” which will be played for the first time at the band concert on the common next Wednesday evening.

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RT 30 Will Remain Closed For A While Longer

Good Afternoon:
The work that necessitates the closure of RT 30 is wrapping up. We anticipate being able to reopen Rt 30 in approximately 2 hours. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience, and thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Cindy Cook
Public Information Officer
Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project


A Presidential Candidate - Jim Gilmore

(I almost missed this one.)

Jim Gilmore thinks it is his time to become your president.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.”


NEA "Our Town" Grant Screening Committee Application Deadline Extended To July 16, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard is accepting applications for interested people to become a part of an ad hoc Screening Committee to conduct the initial screening of proposals submitted by artists who apply for funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant. The Screening Committee will review all application materials submitted by all artists and will recommend to the Selectboard a group of finalists. The Screening Committee’s work will occur during the week of July 27-31. The Selectboard will consider the Screening Committee’s recommendations on August 4. The only minimum requirements for service on the Steering Committee are residence in Brattleboro and/or prior experience in judging artistic ability and experience.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Mike + Ruthy Band on Sunday, July 12

Twilight Music continues its 13th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 12 with an evening of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and inspired songwriting by The Mike + Ruthy Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 23. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at The Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.


BS&L Summer Series - Yoga & Workout with Trisha Selbach! Friday 2-4

Join us tomorrow as we close out the week refreshed and pumped for the weekend! Trisha has a few things up her sleeve, like yoga, an obstacle course, and who knows what else? She promises to take it easyish on us!!! cotact Brandie Starr bstarr@brattbank.com with any questions! See you there!


RT. 30 Closed Longer Than Expected

RT 30 will be closed past 11AM today, because work is progressing more slowly than anticipated. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will let you know as soon as we’re able to reopen RT 30.

Thank you for your patience!

Cindy Cook
Public Information Officer
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.
Past Vice President, Association for Conflict Resolution


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, July 16 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Guilford 5K Run & Freedom Fest Saturday

The Guilford 5K Race & Freedom Fest will be held Saturday, July 11 at Broad Brook Grange.

The event will begin with a 5K race and continue with two hours of family fun, food, and music.  Events are an hour earlier this year, so that the race can be run in cooler temperatures. 

Registration for Guilford’s 4th annual 5K run takes place from 8 to 9 am, with the registration fee of $15 benefitting the Grange Building Fund.  The race starts at 9 am beginning at the Grange, and takes a circuit past the Town Office and School, through woodlands and up Barney Hill, through farmland, and back through historic Guilford Center to the Grange. There will be a number of prizes for runners.  John Majonen will again manage this event, and may be contacted for more information at <majonen@gmail.com> or 802-257-4067.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Taxes, Trash, Tunnels, and Traffic

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard a range of reports at their first regular meeting of July, from preliminary experiences regarding Pay As You Throw, to the work of our designated downtown organization.

Brattleboro’s new tax rate was set, financing for recent vehicle purchases was approved, the formation of the Our Town Steering Committee was postponed to the next meeting, community members were appointed to a variety of other committees, and more.


Brattleboro Savings and Loan, and the Confederate Flag Check Logo

A few months ago when I was reordering checks from Brattleboro Savings and Loan, I looked through the possible options for a logo/symbol to put on them, and came across a confederate flag as one option.  I contacted the bank to ask if there was a check company I could deal with that didn't offer that as I did not want to support such a company. 

My request was not received with the most understanding response, and I was quite concerned that my bank did not understand my concern.  I let it slide, and tried to find a company on my own, but soon realized it would take me a long time to go through all the other companies and their choices, and gave up and went back to Harland-Clarke, through BS&L.  Then, the horrible mass shooting/murders in South Carolina happened, and the nation focused on the issue of the flag.  I decided I could not sit by any longer. 


Town of Brattleboro Approves $27,000 to Support Apartments In Homes

BRATTLEBORO - On May 19th, the Brattleboro Selectboard approved $27,000 for use over the next three years by the Apartments in Homes (AIH) program, an initiative of Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing (BAAH). The funds will be used to create nine new apartments in single family homes in Brattleboro by providing grants of up to $4,000 ($3,000 per unit from the Town and $1,000 from BAAH) to assist with the cost of constructing a separate living unit within their home.


Rt 30 Closing July 9 Morning For I-91 Bridge Work

On Thursday, July 9, from 3:00 AM to 11:00 AM, a short section of VT Route 30 (where it crosses beneath I-91 in Brattleboro) will be closed. The closure is planned so that the project team can erect “traveler form” equipment that will be used to construct the new I-91 bridge in Brattleboro. Traveler forms are forms used to construct segmental cast-in-place concrete bridges.


Library Technology: All Your Questions Answered! (Cancelled for July, Resuming in August)

Library technology: All Your Questions Answered! CANCELLED FOR JULY, RESUMING IN AUGUST (8/4 and 8/7). 

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh on the first Tuesday (4 PM to 6 PM) and first Friday (11 AM to 1PM) of the month for one-on-one help on the various aspects of library technology, such as downloading e-books and e-audio; accessing your library account to place holds, renew your items, suggest new titles for the collection, make lists of your favorite titles to share with your fellow library users. Get help with online tasks like filling out forms and emailing attachments.…and more. NO QUESTIONS ARE TOO SMALL OR TOO SILLY! Bring your devices if you have them: iPads, smartphones, laptops, etc.


It's Time to Register Students for Hebrew School!

It’s not too late to register children in the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Hebrew School. Congregation Shir Heharim (Song of the Mountains), the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, offers a once-a-week religious school for youngsters from the age six up to thirteen or older.  The school offers a vibrant child-centered program that teaches Hebrew language studies as well as songs, stories, prayers, holiday observances, customs and traditions, history, current events, and all things Jewish.  Students can begin school at the age of six.  Anyone who is planning to become a bar- or bat-mitzvah must be enrolled for a minimum of two years.


Our Town Grant RFP Addendum

JULY 6, 2015

1. If you are receiving this addendum you have either registered at rfrancis@brattleboro.org or you have received this via another point of contact through which the Town of Brattleboro is spreading the word about this Public Arts Project. Please register if you are contemplating making a submission to ensure that you will receive any additional information released in the future, including answers to any additional questions potential respondents may ask. The Q+A format of this addendum provides answers to questions asked during the first 2 weeks following the initial release of the CFA/RFP.

2. Who may make submissions?


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/6/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 7/6/15

Monday, July 6, 2015

12:00 am UVM OSHER Lectures: Dr Robert Santulli - Alheimer's Desease - An Overview

1:30 am Music COMP Presents: The 30th Opus Concert in Rand

4:00 am Climate Change and the Arts - Post Oil Solutions 5/2/15

6:00 am Green Mountain Poetry: 5/29/15


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of July 5

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 the porch (birdsong symphony included):

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Exterior Door - 6 Panel Wood Door
Doors Available: Interior Victoria Era
Assistance Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance
Genealogy Tutoring/Mentoring
Genealogical Research


The "Dead" Is Dead. Long Live The "Dead"

"CHICAGO — The Grateful Dead are going out on a high note,
setting a new ticket sales record at Soldier Field. The legendary rockers are in the middle of their three-night “Fare Thee Well” concert series. Friday night’s concert sold more than 70,000 tickets, beating U2’s record of nearly 67,000 in 2009. Last night’s performance was also sold out, though it hasn’t been announced whether that also set a ticket record. Tonight’s show promises to be epic as it will be the Dead’s last performance ever. R.I.P."

-(Courtesy: WGN)

Perhaps they will come back as “The Grateful Zombies”


Having a "Brattleboro Solar Summer"? - Notes of the June 19 Citizens' Breakfast

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast                                                                          
June 19,  2015
Gibson-Aiken Center  

Having a “Brattleboro Solar Summer”?


Reminder: July 5 Exit 3 On Ramp Closure and Other Upcoming Closures

On Sunday, July 5, both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 On-Ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted on Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.


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