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Sofas. A Large Lot of new and beautiful patterns, just received and for sale cheap by A. E. Dwinell.


On digging out the earth under the old Wheeler house, recently occupied by Wyman, Felton and others, the workmen found the bones of a human skeleton; some of them, the cranium, teeth, thigh bones and others in a tolerable state of preservation. The ground from which they were taken appears to be the natural soil. How the bones came there, how long they have been there buried, and to whom they once belonged, are questions for the learned and curious. Will some of our savans give us the solution?


A tame-bear show was one of the street attractions on Sunday evening.


A pet canary belonging to Mrs. Kitteredge Haskins managed to slip out of the house Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday morning, knocked for admission at Mrs. Keith White’s on High street, terribly sleepy, but none the worse for a day’s liberty. Later in the day he told his mistress that he had seen enough of the world and was glad to get home.


The fresh air children at Highland park were entertained with a stereopticon exhibition last evening by Rev. Mr. Parry.


Every one should remember the entertainment to be given at Crosby hall this evening for the benefit of the working girls vacation society. The young people have spared no pains to render the program attractive, and the object is certainly a most worthy one.


The library reading room is now open to the public.


It is expected that the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad company’s new iron bridge over West river will be completed by the middle of next week.


A youth of seven sat in front of the American express office Wednesday dispensing lemonade to the sweltering public, when he was accosted by one of our good citizens, who asked him if he had a license. “No,” replied the lad, “I have lemonade.”


The Standard Oil company has staked off land near the railroad yard for a location for an oil tank which is to be erected soon and from which local dealers will be supplied.


The taxpayers of Brattleboro will be interested to learn that the tax rate per $1000 in Brattleboro this year is considerably less than last year. The tax in the village last year was $18.60. This year it is $17.10.


Bitten by a fly or stung by a bee, Charles Downer’s horse started up quickly on South Main street Wednesday afternoon, and in turning the corner by H. O. Collidge’s house overturned the tea wagon to which it was attached, smashing the canopy top, breaking the wiffletree and one thill and spilling a small amount of tea. The horse was not scared and went but a few rods.


Pliny Park at the corner of High and Main Streets in Brattleboro is dedicated and given to the town for maintenance.

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The Final Primary - D.C.

Just a little shout-out to my ol’ stomping ground of D.C. As a former resident of Washington, let me say that Sanders staying in until D.C. has voted is appreciated. It won’t change anything, but residents of D.C. are accustomed to being overlooked and ignored with all things political, which is very strange for such a political city.

The fact that he’s made statehood for D.C. his final campaign issue before the convention is also appreciated. The district has license plates that point out the irony of taxation without representation. Politicians are opposed because it will give Democrats extra seats on Congress, but this former resident says it shouldn’t be about balancing politicians. It should be about about giving everyone in the county representation in Congress.


1860 Advertisement - James Fisk, Jr., Auctioneer


Purchase Info Request II

In the vein of a recent post to iBratt, does anyone have information on how to dispell a curse or a hex, from a Voodoo doll or otherwise?  Some may see this as a frivolous request but it is not.  Confirmation that there is, indeed, a curse applied would hopefully be part of the protocol.


Brunch in Guilford Sunday

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 19, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


LGBTQ Community Vigil for Orlando

Green Mountain Crossroads is organizing a vigil this (Monday) evening at 7PM at The Root Social Justice Center for LGBTQ-identified people who want to come together to grieve, share, support each other, and be together.

We will have peer listeners on hand for folks needing/wanting one-on-one support. We will also have some light food and candles.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/591797724323154/ and here: facebook.com/greenmountaincrossroads

Contact Green Mountain Crossroads (info@greenmountaincrossroads.org) for more info or with questions. Let's hold each other up today.


We Are Orlando

My soul screams

at this insanity.


My entire being

trembles with tears


How could we

allow this hate?


Rainmaker Wanted

This optical illusion speaks volumes to me. As it turned out, "the arrow" points to a skatepark that I came upon in my travels. It was so well done, so evolved in terms of progression and accessibility and fun, I was again reminded of what a tremendous resource it is for an area. To see the joy offered to kids of every age, even for the youngest, was inspiring.

Upon returning to Brattleboro, it was with some dismay that I saw we did not become a finalist for one of the Artplace grants, the windfall that was hoped to be the penny drop from heaven that would end our drought, and prime the pump.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/13/2016

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/13/16

Monday, June 13, 2016

12:00 am A Conscious Approach to Climate Change

2:48 am 2016 Strolling of the Heifers Parade 6/4/16

3:30 am Morris Dancers in Brattleboro 5/28/16

5:20 am The Unlikely Making of an Environmental Leader

6:30 am New England Cooks: Chef Anthony Ploof


Suicide Ideation - The Idea You Must First Save Yourself

1871: (Phoenix) Those people contemplating suicide may have their desires gratified by travelling their teams smartly across the bridge over the Whetstone brook, near Mr. Loomis’s blacksmith shop. The chance is good, and “not to be sneezed at.”

What is a suicidal ideation? "Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation are thoughts about how to kill oneself, which can range from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration and does not include the final act of killing oneself. The majority of people who experience suicidal ideation do not carry it through."  

Now look it, people, in 1965 when the Beatles song Michelle went to number one, the human race reached the population of 3.5 billion. Scientific pundits tried to warned us that a planetary Earthly population of 3.5 billion people had reached its level of sustainability.


Ways to Think about and Talk about Addiction: A Community Conversation on Stigma

The Community Opioid Response Committee Present, Ways to Think about and Talk about Addiction: A Community Conversation on Stigma, moderated by Geoffrey Kane, MD, MPH.

The Community Opioid Response is a collaboration between various community partners including VT Dept. of Health, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Turning Point Recovery Center, Nar-anon Family Groups, Brattleboro Retreat and concerned community members.


Microsoft WORD Advice

In Microsoft WORD 10, I can no longer draw horizontal lines using ### (+ enter), - - - (+ enter)  or = = =(+ enter).

How can I restore this function?


BHS Podcast 50 - This Week in Brattleboro History - Brattleboro Sports Legend Diedrich Stolte

Next Friday evening the Diedrich Stolte Memorial Cup, the most prestigious athletic award
presented at BUHS graduation, will be awarded to a graduating senior. Here's the story of the man behind the


Weekend Creativity Series - Fun With Phone Cameras

You can take more interesting photos with something as simple as your smartphone. It is a matter of creativity. And necessity. There are too many boring photos being taken.

Here are a few quick tips and tricks to get you thinking in new ways about the camera you’ve got with you almost all the time. These come via COOPH.com.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 13 to June 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 13 to June 17

June 13 Shepherd’s Pie

Raspberry Beets


Chocolate Pudding


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Purchase Info Request

Anyone know where to buy a voodoo doll in town?


Final Round of Auditions in Guilford

Having successfully put on our first of two productions for 2016, Guiulford Center Stage needs just a few more actors for the fall.  We were pleased to have many of you from Brattleboro and other towns visit us this past weekend for our one-acts.  Though we're particularly aimed at making Guilford Center a more viable village, and enjoying the fact that many of our actors and audience members are from Guilford, we are also rewarded by the participation from other towns.

This past weekend's shows had actors from Westminster West, the West River Valley, Brattleboro (of course!) and Bernardston, Mass., among other towns, along with our Guilford ones.  


1-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 13th


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. No additional restrictions are anticipated.

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.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Cadillac Envy on Sunday, June 12

Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 12 with Brattleboro-based, rockabilly quartet Cadillac Envy. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21.

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, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, 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. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


The Stockwell Brothers Band at Mole Hill Theatre on Friday, June 10

Mole Hill Theatre presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


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