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Blake & Lawrence have on hand a good assortment of Wet and Dry Groceries, at the lowest prices.


The Bailiffs of this village have issued a notice that the Village By-Law relative to the firing of crackers, &c., in the streets will be enforced on the 3rd of July. Special police have been appointed who with those already in office will enforce this regulation.


Hydropath Engine Company of this village, on Saturday evening, threw a streem of water over the pole in this village, the top of which is 182 feet 7 inches from the ground, playing through 237 feet of hose. They will play for a private purse at the conclusion of the Firemen’s Muster.


We learn that William Chapin son of Dr. Charles Chapin of this town, and George H. Salisbury with his son Ransom Salisbury, also of this town, but acting as sutlers in the army before Richmond, were bagged by the rebels in their raid on the 13th inst., where they came down to within four miles of the White House. Geo. H. Salisbury succeeded in effecting his escape, but his son and young Chapin were made prisoners.


We do not hear of any movements in this place for a general celebration of the anniversary of our nations birth-day. There will be, as usual pic-nics, and rides by families, parties, and perhaps societies, but a general celebration would create more astonishment here than the appearance of a steam engine would have excited in Sleepy Hollow in the days of the Knickerbockers.


Brattleboro will not celebrate the Fourth.


The prospect for summer visitors here this season is not flattering.


Barnum’s agent was in town Wednesday, but no definite arrangement was made as to the place of exhibition.


Editor Geo. E. Crowell of the Household has bought all the stock, machinery and tools of the Higby sewing machine company, at a reported cost of $6000.


H. M. Wood gave his annual fireworks exhibition and balloon ascension from the island last evening.


Thorough repairs have now been practically completed on the Main street bridge. All decayed or imperfect timbers have been replaced and the planking has been entirely renewed. The cost of the job has been about $400. It would have been a great stroke of economy had a stone arch been put in years ago.


Several desks were maliciously broken in the High school building on Thursday night of last week. The author of the mischief is not known, and it is difficult to understand what could have been the motive for the act.


The narrow-gauge engine house made another persistent effort to burn down Monday. Fire started on the roof from sparks from a passing engine. The fire department will waste not a great many more efforts to save this building unless it is slated or covered with a tin roof.


The Vermont Wheel club will hold a club run about town on Tuesday evening, June 30, starting from the club house on Elliot street at 7 p.m. It is hoped that every cyclist, especially the ladies, will consider this a personal invitation, as it would be impossible to reach every one by letter.


The World’s Fair award to the Carpenter Organ company has recently arrived and is on exhibition in Jordan & Van Doorn’s window.


A meeting of the Vermont and Massachusetts boundary-line commissioners was held at the Brooks House for the purpose of holding a consultation preliminary to putting surveyors at work to locate the exact boundary line between the two states.


Miss Mercy Cox gave a musical at her South Main street home to the members of the junior banjo and mandolin club and their parents. Ice cream and cake were served. This gathering closed the rehearsals of the club until fall.


J. Grover has sold his milk route to Bert Hildreth.


The first fair test of Sewall Morse’s automobile, which was made in J.H. Rand’s machine shop, was given Saturday. The trial showed that the principle of the machine is all right, and also the alterations necessary to make it a perfect running machine. The principal trouble is that it wastes steam, which is due to faulty steel castings.


The Fourth will be observed on Main street by the general closing of the stores.


Brattleboro passes a resolution and becomes the second Fair Trade town in the nation and first in New England.

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Strolling of the Heifers Seeks Participants in Farm-to-Table Culinary Apprenticeship Program

Strolling of the Heifers will offer up to 16 people a chance to enroll in a paid apprenticeship program designed to help them start culinary industry careers.

The Stroll's Farm-to-Table Culinary Apprenticeship program is a 12-week program offering training that can lead to permanent food-preparation positions at restaurant and institutional kitchens.

The program is free to participants who meet income employment status qualifications, including veterans. It includes classroom time, as well as on-the-job experience at restaurant and institutional kitchens, for which participants will be paid. 

The aim of the program, says Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, is to place all participants into permanent culinary employment at the conclusion of the program. "If the participant is successful at completing the course work, we're pretty sure we can successfully place that person," she said.


Vernon Street Fire Cleanup Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 17 there will be work on the site at 231 Vernon St, the scene of Saturday morning’s building fire from approximately 7:30am – 9:00am. A loader from the Department of Public Works will be in the area pushing back debris.

There will be alternating traffic around the area and Brattleboro Police will be on scene to help with traffic flow. Please expect minor delays during this time.

Contact Info: Michael Bucossi
Fire Chief


Brattleboro Water Department's Consumer Confidence Report and Water Quality Report for 2015

The Town of Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Consumer Confidence Report / Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available. This report can be viewed on-line at www.brattleboro.org or written copies are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the offices of the Treasurer or Town Clerk. The Water Quality Report can also be obtained at the Brooks Memorial Library and the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road.


Vernon Street Fire Report


Date of Incident: 05/14/16
Location of Incident: 231 Vernon St
Nature of Call: Building Fire
Time Reported: 0159 hrs
Time Under Control: 0242 hrs
Number of Alarms and Times Upgraded: 2nd alarm @ 0204 hrs


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 16th


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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/16/2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

12:00 am 2016 Slow Living #2: Get a Scoop of the Action, Chico Lager

1:30 am First Wednesdays: Who Stole the American Dream

3:15 am TED Talks: Alice Rawsthorn: Pirates, Nurses and Other Rebel Designers

3:30 am Honor Vietnam Veterans Banquet: 11/21/15

6:00 am New England Youth Theatre Celebrates Stephen Stearns


2nd Annual BAJC "Antiques Roadshow" is Next Weekend

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold its second annual mini-version of "The Antiques Roadshow" on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 at 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. Five experienced appraisers will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles such as books, sterling silver, art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards & documents, furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers, watches, rugs, coins, tchotchkes, much more.  Firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and large rugs or bulky furniture cannot be accepted.  The appraisers are Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Sharon Bocelli, Stephan Brandstatter, and Charles Suss.


West Brattleboro Association Chicken BBQ Is Saturday, May 28, 11 AM Till Gone

A Chicken BBQ will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) on Saturday, May 28th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone. So plan to get to the event in front of the First
Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro in plenty of time to enjoy chicken and fixin’s. Desserts will also be available.

For $6 you can get half a barbecued chicken, or you can enjoy it with sides of baked beans and coleslaw for $10. The recipes used to make these goodies have a local history. The chicken barbecue sauce recipe is one used for the Guilford Fair Fireman’s BBQ for many years by Joe Jewett when he was a member of the fire department.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 16 to May 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 16 to May 20

May 16 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnip

Raspberry Rhubarb Tart


Weekend Creativity Series - Batik

Batik is a technique used to put patterns and artwork on to cloth. The basic idea is to draw on fabric with something, usually hot wax, that will resist colored dye. The fabric can soak up color, your artwork remains, and the wax gets removed in a final step to leave the finished fabric and pattern.

Hot wax, colored dye, hot electric irons. Danger abounds! Hard as it is to believe, we did this in elementary school art class. It was one of my favorite projects.

We heated up paraffin until it melted, we painted on our pieces of fabric with the wax, then dipped it all in RIT dye. When it was dry, we’d heat up our irons, place the waxed fabric between sheets of newsprint, and would iron the wax out of the fabric. The newsprint acted as a sponge.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 17, 2016

Recently discussed enterprise fund budgets will be adopted at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. New liquor license fees will also be up for adoption.

Police officers will be sworn-in, Selectboard goals will be discussed, public vs. private roads will be debated, grants and contracts approved, and plans for the West Brattleboro Fire Station will be reviewed on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend in person and participate, even bringing up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee meeting previously scheduled on May 19 has been CANCELLED. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - What for Art Thou, School?

It was 103 years ago this week that the largest headline in the Brattleboro Daily Reformer asked, “What Is A School For?” In 1913, the Vermont Legislature created a Commission to examine the state of public education in the Green Mountains. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching evaluated the Vermont school system and gave recommendations intended to improve education. Today’s BAMS students read a summary of the ancient report and reacted. Here’s the story.


Vernon Community Visit Day, May 18, To Develop New Visions For Vernon

On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, all members of the Vernon community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. The Vermont Council on Rural Development will bring a team of over 20 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who will listen to residents and will return in months ahead to the community with recommendations, ideas and support in developing action plans and funding strategies. Click HERE for the schedule of the day.


May 1886 Advertisement - The Pivot Corset


Thank You Vermont Voters for Allowing Me on the Democratic Primary Ballot Aug. 9th!

THANK YOU! Hi! I want to thank the voters of Windham, Windsor and Rutland Counties who signed two different petitions for the statewide August 9, 2016 Democratic Primary Election to allow me to appear on the ballot for two offices, U.S. Senator and Governor of Vermontfor the Democratic Party.

2016 Vermont Statewide Primary Election Qualified Candidate List for August 9th https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/757630/2016-statewide-primary-qualifie...


Frost Street Closed Monday May 16

Please see the following road closure information effective MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016:

Frost Place will be closed to through traffic from the intersection of Brook Street to the Elliot Street Bridge for a water line project. Local Traffic will have access from the Brook Street end. The closure hours will be from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


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, May 19 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.




Prof. Bristol’s “Equescuriculum” will exhibit at the town hall May 24-26.


http://www.circushistory.org/Olympians/OlympiansB2.htm gives us...

"BRISTOL, CLIFFORD. Son of D. M. Bristol. Agent, VanAmburgh’s, 1847.

BRISTOL, DE LOSS M. (d. May 11, 1926) Father of Clifford Bristol. Prof. Bristol’s Equescurriculum (horses and mules), 1885-91; Prescott’s Great Eastern, 1896. Died at home of his son, Exeter, age 78."


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - Enterprise Fund Explorations

The Brattleboro Selectboard came out of an executive session to hold special meeting about three of the Town’s fund budgets. The FY17 Utility, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets were up for review, along with updated plans for capital improvements within each enterprise fund.

Before the funds fun could get underway, Chair David Gartenstein congratulated and thanked a third grade class at Academy School for their study of West Brattleboro and how well town services meet the needs of the students. He said they wrote letters with their recommendations. Top of their list, he said, was concern about sidewalks and how close traffic is to edges of the road in some places. In addition to the safety concerns, they hoped for more clothing stores and restaurants.


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