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The Declaration of Independence

I thought it might be nice to re-read the Declaration of Independence, to look again at how this country of ours began.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Wednesday, July 8, 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


Next West Brattelboro Association Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, July 9

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held at the New England House
(restaurant), 254 Marlboro Road, on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM. After a review of the treasury report, the WBA will tackle organizational issues such as progress toward making the group officially non-profit.  There will also be discussion regarding notification to abutters when public hearings affect property owned by a co-operative or collective.  The group will also take up the idea of forming a West B Welcoming Program. Another topic will be how best to recognize beautification efforts.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 5


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.


Free Monday Morning Movies




Movies starring:

Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lawrance Fisburne, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Andre Braugher, Sissy Spacek, Miriam Thompson, Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah & Antonio Vilaraigosa.


Greece Should Be Taking Money Making Stock Tips from Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont!

Letter to the Editor of The Vermont Journal/The Shopper, Ludlow, Vermont,  published July 1, 2015.
"Congressman Peter Welch Gets Richer While Depriving Poor Vermonters!"

Last year U.S. Congressman Peter Welch voted to reduce foodstamps (SNAP Program) for poor and struggling Vermonters.

Do members of the United States Congress  get special hints telling them to  buy stock at a certain time, and then sell it, to reward them for voting a certain way on a certain Bill?


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: New Permitted and Conditional Uses in Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to take care of a bit of regular business, but primarily to hear about and discuss the new zoning and land use regulations being proposed for adoption. If all goes according to plan, the new regulations will go into effect this fall.

Liquor Commissioners

The Brattleboro Selectboard, acting as Liquor Commissioners, granted a special events permit to Hermit Thrush Brewery for a Brewery Pint Night. Two actually, one scheduled for July 3 and another for July 24.


Reformer Down to Skeleton Crew

VtDigger reports today that most of the newsroom staff at the Brattleboro Reformer was laid off on Friday (June 26, 2015) . The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal were also reduced to "skeleton crews" by New England Newspapers. Only Dominic Poli and Howard Weiss-Tisman remain--with no editorial staff.


Vermont Announces $5,000 Downpayment Assistance

Thanks to a bill just passed by large majorities in both houses and signed by the governor, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon be able to offer qualified first-time homebuyers a leg up in the form of a $5,000 “sleeping” loan.

The $5,000 assistance be in the form of a zero interest loan, with no payments. The loan is repaid when the homeowner sells their home or refinances.

In email correspondence with Brattleboro Buyer Brokerage, Seth Leonard, VHFA Homeownership Outreach Coordinator, wrote:


MAKE A ZINE at Brooks Memorial Library

What is a zine? 

Zines are small or mini magazines that you can create! Zines can be comics, or stories or anything you want. Make a zine about the most amazing trip ever. Make a zine about something you are passionate about. Make a zine about anything you want and it will be awesome. Two local zine makers, comic drawers,  and super artists, Jo Dery and Hannah Cummins, will be there to give tips and tricks to make the best zines.

Draw your own pictures. Write your own words. Make your own zine.


Brattleboro Fourth of July Closings

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.


A Presidential Candidate - Chris Christie

Chris Christie has the idea that it is his turn to become president of the United States.

"America is tired of hand-wringing, of indecisiveness ... in the Oval Office. And that is why, today, I am proud to announce my candidacy.”


Solarize Dummerston Invites You To A Solar Open House Gathering. Tue June 30th 6-8p

Solarize Dummerston invites you to a Solar open house gathering. *This is not just for Dummerston residents - all are welcome and all can benefit - the more people signing up the greater the savings*.

Please tell your friends, and neighbors, please share this event!

Tuesday, June 30 from 6-8pm
Dummerston Grange - 1008 East-West Rd


Scrub Your Soul Castile Soap Now Available At The Co-op!

Love natural products?

Love hyper-local producers?

Love being squeeky clean?

The Brattleboro Food Co-op is now stocking Scrub Your Soul's vegan castile soap in the bulk department.  Fill your own bottle to wash your body, your dishes, your hair, or anything that needs washing! Be sure to request scents you would like to see. 


Unbeatable Bee-zzzz - Free Program at Brooks Memorial

What superhero can carry 122 times her own weight,  fly 5 million miles on a gallon of honey and see ultraviolet colors invisible to us? Yes! The Mighty Bee!

Bees can buzz along at 15 mph and beat their wings 200 times per second. What do bees do with their superpowers? They help provide the world with flowers, fruit, and even chocolate! One in three bites of food we eat is thanks to these pollinators! And don’t forget honey. To make a pound of honey, bees must fly 55,000 miles and visit around 2 million flowers.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/29/15

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule Week of 6/29/15 - Thank You!

Monday, June 29, 2015

12:00 am Road to Recovery: Overcoming Trauma and Violence

1:00 am VT Economic Resiliency Initiative 4/23/15

2:25 am Norwich Bookstore Presents: Robert Santulli and Kesstan Blandin

3:30 am Organic Politics: Applying for R Credits 5/7/15

4:00 am SAFSTOR: 6/24/15 - Ken Swanger


"Brattleboro Goes Fourth" Set To Celebrate July 4th - Details and Schedule

BRATTLEBORO — The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee invites the public to the town’s 42nd annual Independence Day celebration, set for Saturday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.

Brattleboro’s Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, this year’s parade sponsor, will lead the march with its giant American flag, while local personality Alfred Hughes Jr. will conclude the event by debuting his annual top-secret gown.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 28

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 Grateful Dead Rainbows:

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

Sterling Silver Earrings and Ear-wires -- Entirely Handmade
for You
Tarot Card Readings
Hypnosis Helps
Compassionate Mediation
Respite Offered by Mom of Child w/Special Needs
Garlic Scapes


Summer Sings

Thursday July 30, 10 - 11:30 am at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. (The July 2 sing has been cancelled.)

Wednesday July 8 and Wednesday July 22, 7 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

Come sing along with your friends and neighbors under the leadership of Women's Chorus director Becky Graber. We'll sing a variety of songs - Broadway, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and Old time Songs of Summer - with word sheets provided.


iBrattleboro Poll

How important is it for the Brattleboro Police to have a downtown location?