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Within a few days a party belonging to one of the Canadian tribes of Indians, has been encamped near the town house in this town. It is supposed they are waiting for election day to cast their votes for the Tory ticket. We have no other foreigners among us, and it is too far to bring them from Washington. They look like administration men.


The Selectmen of Brattleboro are wishing to contract for the building of the Bridges recently carried off on Whetstone Brook. Also, the bridge near Beal's bark-mill. Apply immediately. They will be at Goodenough’s tavern next Saturday, at 1 o’clock, P.M.


Hopkins’ Brass Bands, for Carriage Wheels, constantly on hand, and for sale by C. Townsley & Son.


The late rain storm, which commenced on Sunday night last, and ceased on Wednesday morning, has caused much damage in this town, carrying away not less than 8 bridges, mostly on one stream, besides injury to the roads. Whetstone Brook was in a high glee from 2 to 4 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, when the rain fell as if in a mass.


Esty’s Pump and Lead Pipe Manufactory! At the Old Stand South of the Bridge. The Subscriber continues to manufacture Copper Pumps and Lead Pipe of superior quality, which he will warrant to be equal to any made in this or any other place. Pressed Pipe coated with tin, called next to silver, constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest prices. Lumber and most kinds of produce taken in exchange. Jacob Esty.


Save Your Money. The undersigned will tap and mend Rubber Boots and Shoes, or apply Rubber Soles to Boots and Shoes made of Leather. W. Ward.


The Highest Prices for Good Spring Chickens and first rate fresh Butter will be paid at the Wesselhoeft Water-Cure.


On the Rise - Amidst the teeming growth of crops, the growth of Brattleboro is not the least noticeable. Some seven or eight buildings are going up, and trade and manufactures are getting to be lively.


Mr. Edward Crosby, we are informed, is about to start on his annual western tour, to visit the mills and flour dealers which furnish his firm with choice grades of flour which in the past few years have become so popular in all this region of country.


The failure of the apple crop is partly atoned for by the enormous amount of blackberries which are pouring into market, and which are sold freely at six to ten cents a quart.


The “Windham County Reformer” put in its appearance last Saturday. It is a good looking sheet, and will undoubtably do yeoman’s service in the Democratic cause.


S.A. Smith has purchased a small steam yacht in Boston, which he landed in Spofford lake, last Saturday, it being the second one on the lake.


It is not true that Forepaugh’s circus was kept out of Brattleboro by the high license charged by the selectmen. After inquiry as to the size of the show Mr. Boyden fixed $50 as the charge for the license. With this sum the agent found no fault, but said the island was nearer and he thought it would bring more patronage, besides being cheaper, to pitch the tents there than to come to this side of the river. The circus pays $10 for the privilege of a street parade.


Peaches are selling in the local market at $1 a crate.


Business at the Estey Organ works is very thriving. Not since the silver craze stuck the country and caused everybody to hoard gold and all other kinds of currency have orders come in so freely as during this summer. It looks like old times to see three Estey wagons in constant procession to the station with organs for all parts of the United States and to almost every country in the world. This is a state of affairs in which everybody in Brattleboro rejoices.


The Brooks House stables are undergoing repairs which, when completed, will make them equal to any stables in town.


Work at the Snowflake corn canning factory began Monday, but up to yesterday only a small amount of corn had been canned. Sufficient corn has been brought in to keep a small number of huskers busy since Monday, but the work will not begin in earnest until the first of next week when a large force of huskers will be given work.


A meeting of those interested in forming a foot-ball team was held in the Y.M.C.A. rooms Monday evening.


A meeting of the executive committee of the Valley Fair association was held in the Brooks House Tuesday afternoon, when arrangements were made for systematizing the issue of tickets for all departments.


A jury was drawn late Monday to hear the case of the village against Maj. F. W. Childs, charged with violating a village ordinance by operating his automobile with the muffler cutout open.


VY shuts down for leaky valve in the area surrounding the reactor vessel.

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Business Pitch Practice Session for Technology Entrepreneurs Scheduled for July 21

The Brattleboro Area Tech networking group will meet on July 21 at 6:00 when it holds its first Business Pitch Practice Session. The meeting will be at the Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro..

The event will provide an informal setting where would-be entrepreneurs can present technology-oriented business ideas to a sympathetic audience. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to make a presentation, followed by a short question and answer.

This one is specifically for technology entrepreneurs. Presenters from all stages of business development are encouraged to attend and participate, from those with only a concept to those who are out actively raising money to fund their startup.


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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



BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 7/19/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/19/16

Monday, July 18, 2016

12:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Examining Medical Cannabis

1:20 am Extempo Storytelling Series: The Blue Barn

2:00 am Energy Week Extra: Wind power

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

4:29 am Senior Moments: Jazz History with Eric Nielsen Pt 4 - Louis Armstrong


A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for June 2016

Even though money is an abstract and arbitrary construct, the product of which is created from nothing and therefore can be created (again, from nothing) to provide whatever we need or desire, the money people earn and work for is stolen from them to pay for the adventures of lunatics.

Yes this stolen money provides jobs but we need infrastructure upgrades and that would provide jobs too.  Why doesn't it go to something that benefits the funders (ie: the  taxpayers?)  The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist is equal to being killed by furntiure. Yet we are allowing the money that comes from our toil to go to destructive purposes, since we (erroneously) think that the money has to come from limited revenues. This money is stolen out of the pockets of everyday workers.


Rummage and Tag Sale in West Dummerston

Save the Date! There will be a benefit rummage and tag sale on Saturday, July 30th from 9-noon at the Dummerston Community Center located at 150 West St, in the West Dummerston Village.
Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items. The sale will be held rain or shine, an indoor event.Benefit for the Center's operating and maintenance cost.
For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.


Flat Street Runs Dry?

I have heard tell that Flat Street Pub is closing and am sorry to face that prospect. Any other reports?


Weekend Creativity Series: Shapes of Stories

I was reminded this week of a somewhat famous lecture by author Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. He creates graphs showing how stories can be plotted into diagrams, and that despite a diversity of tales out there, most stories follow some very simple story arcs.

Since giving his lecture, others have done similar analysis and studies of well-known and popular stories and their data basically backs up Vonnegut’s propositions. About six story arcs account for the majority of stories told.

Can you tell a tale using one of the common patterns? What happens if you break the pattern?


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


This Week in Brattleboro History - Nude Brattleboro

Nine years ago a naked skateboarder was stopped by police and warned that he could be fined $25—not for nudity---but for skateboarding on a Brattleboro sidewalk. Here's the story...



I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Exit 3 Ramp Closure

This Sunday, 07/17/2016, I-91 Exit 3 on ramps closure scheduled from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM will now be from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (I-91 will remain open).

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
Public Relations Officer
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 19, 2016

The future of the Municipal Center is just one of many issues the Brattleboro Selectboard will take up at their next regular meeting.

Central Fire Station plans will be reviewed, the board will get a preliminary look at the 2016 year end financial report, they will hear about downtown activities, and consider an arts project for highways. All this and more. You can attend in person, participate, and bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 18 to July 22

July 18 - Gino’s Hub Cap Pie


Mashed Potatoes & Gravy



I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 18th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, July 17th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Two Sides of the Coin

I was so proud of our town last night when I saw how many people turned out for the Black Lives Matter rally and march. It was the most diverse group I've evr seen gathered in one place in Brattleboro; white people; black people, asian people, students, retirees, families with kids in tow, business owners, farmers, librarians...it was an impressive sight. It was a peaceful and powerful event and the police officers present seemed to understand that it was not - in any way an indictment of them but rather a unified attempt to stop the never ending violence in this country.

Reading the comments in the  article about the same event on the Reformer's FB page this morning elicited a very differnt feeling in me. While some of the comments were positive, most were displays of blatant, in your face racism, hatred and ignorance. Many commenters called BLM a "terrorist group" like ISIS and said the rally was only meant to be anti police. Horrible cartoons and memes were posted- people seeming quite proud about openly racist and, of course, the inevitable "terrorist" cartoons about our President.


Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Where: Senior Meals - Gibson-Aiken Center - 207 Main St., Brattleboro, VT  05301

When: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon

Who:  Sue Minter, Vermont’s former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and State Representative, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in the upcoming August 9 primary election.


Will there be lunch?


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Incident in New Hampshire?

I was traveling West on NH Rt 9 about 11 this morning, when more than several NH State Police cars passed me with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Anybody know wassup???


In Days Of Old When Knights Were Bold

…there were a bunch of families who owned and controlled everything.

They were known as “Nobility” and “Royalty”

And most of them were extremely wealthy by the standards of the time.

Many of these families still exist, such as the Habsburgs, the Hohenzollern, House of Orange-Nassau, and the Battenbergs (Anglicized to Mountbatten, AKA Windsor).

And they’re still extremely wealthy.


Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Caribbean Food Festival!

Greetings! We invite you to volunteer at Vermont JerkFest (www.vermontjerkfest.com).

We seek committed, enthusiastic and responsible people who would love to join in and contribute, meet new folks, and have a lot of fun! Volunteers get a cool t-shirt, a food voucher to redeem with one of our vendors, and a great time. Seeking volunteers for Friday set-up (10a-4pm); and Saturday - Zero Waste Champions, Set-up Crew, Parking Guides, Kids & Culture Zone, Registration, Vendor Coordination, Break-down, and Runners.

To volunteer, complete the Vermont JerkFest volunteer application here: http://bit.ly/VTJerkFestVolunteer

For more information or questions, contact us at info@vtjerkfest.com 


RT 30 Closure July 13th and 14th


On Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th, Route 30 under I-91 in Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
p 802-251-0709 | f 802-251-0695


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