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On Wednesday afternoon the artillery of Heaven, as if in mockery of the puny pop-guns that make Independence so noisy, was discharged in terrible grandeur, accompanied by wind and rain.


In the midst of the brilliant illuminations in that vicinity, a mourning transparency was placed on the site of the old tree at the corner of Main and Walnut streets, with the legend, “In memorium - the Old Tree.”


A gross of Roman candles being carried for use in the evening’s program caught fire on Green street and the whole lot went off at once, causing a sensation and a magnificent display all in one.


Fireworks Report: At early dusk a large crowd of people began to gather opposite the vacant lot on Oak street where stands had been erected for letting off the fireworks, and promptly at 8:30 the pyrotechnic display commenced. We have bever seen a display so continuos or in which the whole effect was more agreeable. The arrangements had been so carefully made that, from beginning to end, there was not a moment’s break or any interval of waiting and wondering.


The Estey family monument, from Taintor & Co.’s granite works at Barre, has arrived this week and is being set up by H.J. Carrick of St. Johnsbury.


A supplementary Free Library catalogue of about 75 pages will be ready for use by library patrons next week.


Cars of the Brattleboro Street Railway company were equipped with fenders Monday in accordance with recent legislative enactment.


The attendance has been small at all recent school meetings. The business which comes before each meeting is of sufficient importance to have the attention of every voter.


There will be no vaudeville performances at Brookside Park during the next week but it is expected that one or two dances will be given.


The sixth open air concert by the First Regiment band will be given from the Brooks House balcony next Wednesday evening.


The Book Press prints 75,000 copies (in 23 working days) of Helen Gurley Brown's new book, "Sex and the Office," her follow-up to the 1962 best seller, "Sex and the Single Girl."

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VFW Closed Monday June 8th

The Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 will be closed due to construction Monday, June 8th.


A Presidential Candidate - Rick Perry

Rick Perry has decided that the time is right to run for president.

“Today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.”


Galactic Orgy - The Soup of Life

Unbeknownst to science until relatively recently, the ingredients for making the soup of life were brewed elsewhere, not here on Earth. In the beginning of our solar system this “third rock from the sun” was not yet claimed by all living things.It was barren and in upheaval, withstanding violent geologic forces that evolved from a gaseous formation which struggled to solidify itself. Of all the planetary ‘bodies’ in due course that locked into orbital patterns around the immense gravity of the sun, this crusty, molten body assumed a special place in its elliptical orbital radius around this new sun and its recent origin of a complement of planetary complexes.


Strolling of the Heifers BIG Booksale at Brooks Library

Come watch the parade and shop for some great books! 

The Friends of the Library's June Book Sale will be held on Thursday, June 4 from 1PM to 6PM, Friday, June 5 from 10AM to 6PM and Saturday, June 6 from 10AM to 2PM. A great collection of hardback, paperback and coffee table books plus audio books, music CDs and DVD movies. Lots of fiction on sale and non-fiction titles include gardening, travel, sports, science, music and art, biography, history, how-to, cooking and much more! 


A Presidential Candidate - Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee has heard the call and realizes it is his time, too, to run for president.

“I enjoy challenges, and today we have many facing America. Today I am formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president.”


No Fast Eddie's... Yet

Update...he is hoping to open later in the season.  Lots of hoops to jump through: negotiations with new landowner, issues with buried gas tanks next door, etc.  But he's working on it.


Brattleboro Town Arts Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:30am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Committee will take recess in the morning and reconvene the meeting at 1:00pm.

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


VFW Annual Family Outing

The Brattleboro VFW Post #1034 will be hosting their annual family outing Sunday, July 26th. A $25 ticket will enter you for a chance to win money, with a grand prize of $1000. The meal will be grilled steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, and a roll. The $25 cost will also cover entry to the dance featuring the Colt 45 Band.

For $12, you get a meal and entry to the dance. A $5 charge will be offered for those wanting to enter the dance only. Burgers and hot dogs will also be for sale.


Readings at Brooks Library with Peter Gould and Margot Wizansky

Please join writers Peter Gould and Margot Wizanksy for an evening of readings, Wednesday, June 3, at 7 PM, in the Library's Meeting Room.

Peter Gould is a writer, director, teacher, adjunct professor at Brandeis University and World Learning, and founder of "Get Thee to the Funnery" summer Shakespeare programs for teens.

His most recent book is Write Naked. Published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, it is a story of two Vermont teenagers who fall in love as they encourage each other to be honest, artistically expressive, and dedicated to fighting global climate change.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Our Town, and Plethora of Planning

Issues of planning dominated the regular Tuesday meeting of the Selectboard. The Our Town Arts grant took a step forward, new design and building standards were presented, an EPA grant was awarded to the Planning Services department, and a revised Town Plan was approved.

The Town also bought a car, signed a letter of agreement with Entergy, and learned that Pay As You Throw has been planned well and is coming soon.



From the fire, I learned what cops are made of. I learned what panic can do. And I learned that cats really do have nine lives. 

The building was renovated: a 6 floor walk-up, a bit too fancy to be called a NYC tenement. Our apartment was on the fifth. On each floor, were two railroad flats running from front to back on either side of the staircase. When I smelled the smoke, I went out into the hall to investigate. 


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 31

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 a NJ kinda day:

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

Mirroring the Sacred, a Workshop Gathering at Manitou 6/7 10-4
Home Energy Assessment
Astrology Readings
Dog Sitting in Our Home
Assistance-Dog-in-Training for Canine Companions for Independence
LOCAL Pickup truck for moving or errands


Bernie Sanders To Be At Strolling of the Heifers

SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS will march in the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade in Brattleboro VT on Saturday, June 6.

The Parade starts at 10 AM sharp, up Main Street. After the parade, Sanders will speak from the Gazebo at the Brattleboro Common at approximately 11:15 AM.

Here's Bernie in winning form at the milking contest a few years ago.


Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse in Our Community

1 in 20 Windham County High School Students misused a prescription drug in the past 30 days (2013 VT Youth Risk Behavior Survey)


Workshop includes:

LEARNING about teen prescription drug abuse and the real dangers to teens.


Half of Older Households Have No Retirement Savings

Sanders Cites GAO Study in Push to Expand Social Security

WASHINGTON, June 2 – A new study prepared for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) found that more than half of all American households with someone 55 or older have no retirement savings.

The Government Accountability Office study was requested by Sanders, the lead sponsor of legislation to increase Social Security benefits.

“This report makes it clear that there is a retirement crisis in America today. At a time when half of all older workers have no retirement savings, we need to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits so that every American can retire with dignity,” Sanders said.


From The History Sidebar, WOW


Carl Ridle, a boy 14 years old, stole a tub of butter from J.W. Frost & Co’s store, and the next day carried it to Mr. Haynes produce store and offered it for sale. He was sentenced to the reform school for the
remainder of his minority."

Times have changed, fortunately.  Still so much more to accomplish, though, in addressing crime and punishment.


A Presidential Candidate - Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham has decided the time is right to become president.

"Some of you have known me since I grew up in the back of that bar in that building, but no one here, including me, expected to hear me say, I’m Lindsey Graham, and I’m running for president of the United States."


Summer Classes Offered at Vermont Weaving School

Vermont Weaving School is please to announce it's summer retreat schedule.  All classes are held in Putney, VT and are open to both new and experienced weavers.  Classes are small and tailored to your own skills, experience and learning style.  All equipment is provided. 

A three day Beginning Weaving Retreat will be held from July 27-29.  Participants will learn the basics of floor loom weaving, complete a sampler and a scarf, learn how to plan out their own projects and explore color and pattern in weaving.  Cost is $285 plus materials ($235 if registered before June 15).


Questioning The Arts - Do We Need Them? Can We Help Them? Can They Help Us? And More

After reading over the comments to the story on the Our Town arts grant, I found a lot of questions percolating that don’t yield quick or easy answers.  Although it’s our tendency as a culture to treat arts as a frill, they’re clearly important to people, as evidenced by the amount of interest in this topic.  Art matters, as they say.  So let's think about art.  On to the questions, in no particular order:

1) What is “the arts sector”?  Professional artists?  Businesses and organizations?  What about the many arty people who do art for its own sake and provide an audience for all the other artists?  Where is the arts sector?  Should the arts sector work together?


Having a "Brattleboro Solar Summer"? (Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation)

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation    

Having a “Brattleboro Solar Summer”?

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.


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