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Owney, the Celebrated Traveling Mail Dog


The celebrated travelling mail dog was in town yesterday.


150 Years Ago (1864 8/8)

At the same old place,

Aug. 8th, 1864.

Dear Wife,

It is now 6 o'clock P.M. and will try and write you a few lines. Spent yesterday in visiting. Is it not often that so many Vermont regiments are brought so near to one another. The 3d division is a little from us on the right of our Division. Went to see Zopher. Found him well. He now looks well, much better that when I first saw him at Reams Station. Told him that the 8th was on our left. He went with me. Saw Henry Holt, Asa Moran and Charley Barrett. Found them all in first rate health, then came back and Zopher went to see Orrin Bartlett in the 11th. He had supposed that Orrin had gone with the other boys until I told him. It is too bad that the other Morgan boys are not here, but it is all for the best. The hard marching might have killed them.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents The Stockwell Brothers Sunday, August 10

Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 10 with newgrass and contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. 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, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, 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.


Exploring the Future of Local Journalism: A River Garden Brown Bag Lunch Session

Four local media professionals will present a panel discussion on the future of local journalism at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at noon on Thursday, August 14.

The session, which is part of the Brown Bag Lunch series presented by Strolling of the Heifers, includes Ed Woods, publisher of the Brattleboro Reformer and its regional sister publications, Jeff Potter, interim editorial and operations director of The Commons, Tom D'Errico, editor of the Reformer, and Martin Langeveld, a media observer and former newspaper executive.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Adds New Morning Rehearsal Time

After eighteen years of rehearsals only on Wednesday nights at 7:00, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus is adding a second time on Thursday mornings from 10:00-12:00 at the Centre Congregational Church on Main St. in Brattleboro. The nineteenth fall session begins on September 3rd and 4th. If you have never sung with the Chorus, join them for the first rehearsal to see what you think. All women and girls over 10 are welcome, and there are no auditions. Songs are learned mostly by rote and by ear, and music is an eclectic mix that is spirited and spiritual. As founder/director Becky Graber says, they are “good songs to live with” over the course of the session and beyond. 


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Ad Hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Ad Hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 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 Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Green River Covered Bridge Closed

The Green River Covered Bridge, Guilford, Vermont, will remain closed to ALL traffic through October 22, 2014 for construction. For more information and updates, please refer to the Town of Guilford's website:

Any questions or comments should be directed to Guilford Town Administrator Katie Buckley


The Vermont Primary Election Is Coming Up On August 26th - Vote Dean Corren for Lt. Governor

During four terms in the Legislature in the 1990’s Dean co-authored the single payer healthcare bill, and introduced the first bills for marriage equality and death with dignity. All of these are now law and highlight Vermont’s national leadership.

After the Legislature, he was the Outreach Director for Bernie Sanders and since then has worked in renewable energy developing systems that generate power from tides and river currents based on a technology he patented. 


Water-Cooler Diplomacy

I liked the forced integration in the 50’s and 60’s because it had a jarring affect on American consciousness. Segregation was outlawed, and integration became the rule of the land. And, that watershed moment is a mighty and essential part of what changed our country for the better. Integration-by-law had and has a widespread effect on changing attitudes to this day.

No matter what blacks and whites thought of each other, the lawmaker’s gave them a way to violate their own bias behavior. Many American’s immediately became aware of how their thinking was changing.

What the Lincolnesque 1964 Civil Rights Act elementally did was take starkly dissimilar peoples and said, “Yes, you must be allowed to drink from the same fountain!”


Wake-up Call On Public Schools From Vermont Education Secretary

In a letter sent to the parents and “caregivers” of all Vermont schoolchildren, the state’s new Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe said in no uncertain terms that our public schools are not failing, despite declarations to the contrary from the federal government.  According to Holcombe, “every school whose students took the NECAP tests last year is now considered a ‘low performing’ school by the US Department of Education.”  But, she said, “The Vermont Agency of Education does not agree with this federal policy, nor do we agree that all of our schools are low performing.”


Sanders Reports President Obama Signs VA Bill

FORT BELVOIR, Va., Aug. 7 – U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama signed legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs:

“In a dysfunctional Congress, I’m glad we accomplished something significant for veterans. This legislation will go a long way toward ending unacceptably long waiting times for veterans to access health care and allow the VA the resources to hire the doctors, nurses and other medical staff it needs to address these problems over the long term.”


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda


53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. 


A.C.O.R.N. Nature and Music Festival 2014


Local Festival to Take Place at Guilford Fairgrounds on Sept. 27, 2014

The first ever A.C.O.R.N Nature and Music Festival (A Community of Resilient Neighbors) is now selling tickets to this exciting, family-friendly, local event taking place at the Guilford Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. During the day, participate in a myriad of workshops focused on nature, wilderness skills, and resiliency. In the evening, listen and dance to amazing music.


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