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Mr. Editor; Cannot the progress of vandalism be stayed, before our beautiful village shall be shorn of half of its attractions? The woodsman has shown his determination not to spare the trees, either on hill or in dale. The strangers who sojourn among us, are already lamenting over the destruction of their favorite walks. Let our citizens see to it that these attractive walks, which are now in decay, be carefully restored and guaranteed to the public forever.


Lent’s Great National Circus which exhibits on the Island to-day is one of the oldest established as well as one of the most extensive exhibitions extant. Joe Pentland is the clown.


John Retting has nearly completed his improvements at the corner of High and Green streets. The old dwelling house, recently used for a bakery has been raised to three stories, and a new front and roof have been put on, entirely changing and vastly improving its appearance.


The Dickens medium is again in town. The manuscript of “Edwin Drood,” is completed, and his publishers promise the work by the 10th of October. Work has already been commenced upon the new story previously announced, entitled “The Life and Adventures of Buckley Winkleheep.”


The old soldiers’ camp-fire on the village common, Tuesday evening, was quite largely attended. Fires were kindled in the open air, and the large mess tent belonging to Fuller’s battery, kindly loaned for the occasion, afforded shelter and seats for the assembled veterans and their friends, among whom were many ladies. Guns were fired in the early part of the evening, and the band furnished music in abundance.


Until further notice, the skating rink will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, with music by the First Regiment band. It has been enlarged by a 40 ft. addition, giving a total length of 140 feet of skating room.


The mountain begins to show promise of its autumn glory.


Any persons in the village who have lodgings which they would be willing to rent during the time of the Valley Fair next week are requested to notify the Brooks House at once.


The work of rebuilding the abutments for the new steel bridge across the Connecticut river will begin next week, and the company expects to have the work completed about Dec.1.

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Neptune's Car Duo at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – The folk duo Neptune’s Car, featuring Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will be bringing their watertight harmonies, tasty guitar and solid songs to Main Street Arts for a performance Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15.   

Hanson’s light soprano blends perfectly with Hayes’ warm tenor, while vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies nestle in inviting arrangements, telling stories rich in detail, from a miner’s life in “A Blue Sky Turned to Rust” to “Emily Dickinson,” told with lyrics as beautiful as the poet’s own words.

The duo offers music in a down-to-earth style that has earned the praise of the Great American Song Contest, which called their “Fly Fishing the Big Hole” “…vivid, focused and engaging.”


Yet Another Stolen Purse Downtown

But this time it was mine!  I parked behind Centre Church this evening to put up a concert poster, thought car was ok unlocked for a couple of minutes because my stepdaughter was right there but someone must have seized an opportunity when her back was turned.

So I've spent the evening cancelling all my credit cards, and the police officer said odds are no trace of the purse or any of its contents will ever be seen again.  Probably in a dumpster or the bottom of the river by now.  he said they usually just grab the cash and dump everything else.


Tobacco Cessation Workshop at BMH Starts September 7

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering a Tobacco Cessation Workshop starting on September 7, 2016.

The Tobacco Cessation Workshop is a FREE quit smoking program that meets for an hour each week in a caring and encouraging group format. Each week you will be given concrete strategies to use on working toward your goal of tobacco-free living. Together, the group will develop an understanding of the dynamics of tobacco addiction and the ability to choose alternative behaviors to tobacco use. The role of nutrition and healthy habits is covered as well as goal-setting and follow-through.


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 Monday, August 22 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The meeting will start with a Planning Session – the regular business meeting will immediately follow at approximately 7:00.


Brattleboro Fire Captain Howard Promoted to Assistant Chief

The Brattleboro Fire Department announces the promotion of Captain Leonard Howard to the position of Assistant Fire Chief. Captain Howard is a 29 year veteran of the department. He joined the Call Staff in 1987 and was hired to the Career Staff in 1997. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2001 and then to shift captain in 2007.

Throughout his career, Captain Howard has been a very strong advocate of training and he holds many certifications, including Fire Officer II, National Registered Emergency Medical Technician, and Fire Service Instructor. Captain Howard also is an NFPA certified Fire Inspector, has extensive training in fire origin/cause and arson investigations, and has taken numerous hours of supervisory and management training through the Vermont Fire Academy and the National Fire Academy.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Pedestrian Projects and Municipal Improvements

Central Fire Station plans have been approved. The Brattleboro Selectboard took a look at a series of architectural and mechanical drawings provided by the project team, had no objections, and gave the architect a green light to continue.

The board announced decisions in three matters they have been considering regarding three streets in town, Brattleboro has a new Assistant Fire Chief, many municipal projects are underway, the Library will soon be renovated, DeGray ‘s request for immediate blinky lights was slowed somewhat, the Stone Church gets semi-belated approval for a liquor license, and more.

Throughout the meeting were small victories for pedestrians, from preserved access to possibilites of new funds for safer crossings.


Rt. 30 Closures in Brattleboro

The following dates Route 30, under I-91 Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016


Bacon & Eggs - Festival Promotion Underwhelms

Kevin Bacon.

Why, oh why, does the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce persist in its effort to entice this actor to come to Brattleboro for a bacon festival? What demographic is this supposed to draw?

Quite possibly, dear reader, you are completely unaware of this marketing effort. That would be forgivable, given that the target of the marketing effort is one potential tourist — Kevin Bacon.

Rather than direct mail, or cold calling, the Chamber seems to be banking on a stealthier approach: social media nagging.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 8/15/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/15/16

Monday, August 15, 2016

12:00 am AgroForestry Forum in Brattleboro 7/16/15

2:15 am Dan and Jeff Play for Dancing

2:30 am Rosie's Mom - The Forgotten Workers of WW1

3:27 am WWAC: Dr. John Hagen - Violent Extremism in Niger 5/13/16


VFW Becomes One-Time Polling Site November General Election

The 2016 General Election polling place will be moving to a different location.  Voting on Election Day, November 8th, will take place at VFW Carl Dessaint Post 1034 on Black Mountain Road.  The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authority, which has jurisdiction over polling places reluctantly made this decision earlier this year.  “We considered a number of factors including accessibility, traffic congestion, cost, and parking before selecting the VFW for our polling place, “ according to Elliott Greenblott, Chairman of the Board of Civil Authority.

The Presidential Election voting was held at Brattleboro Union High School but a combination of factors including the rental fee charged by the school, limited parking, traffic congestion, and the fact that school is in session combined to make the location less attractive.  “BUHS is a fine site in itself,” said Greenblott, “but it has been challenging in recent elections.  The heavy volume of traffic, limited parking, school activity, and cost are big concerns. Many have asked me why we have to pay to use ‘our’ high school.  The reality is that BUHS is a separate political unit owned by the member towns of the high school district, not Brattleboro alone.”


NOLABratts Make Debut at Samirah Evans's Leo Party, August 21

Staying true to the spirit of her astrological sign, jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans has hosted a party that is partconcert, part jam session nearly every year for the past two decades in celebration of her own birthday and that of fellow Leo’s. The 2016 Leo Party takes place at 4:00pm on Sunday, August 21, at the 118 Elliot performance space in downtown Brattleboro. 

This year’s celebration will also serve as the concert debut of her choir, the NOLABratts. Evans says she had been approached many times about directing a local choir over the years, and this summer she recruited a small group of participants with varying levels of experience to perform vocal arrangements of classic New Orleans R&B tunes. 


Weekend Creativity Series: Hat Juggling

was going to treat you to plate spinning this week, but plate spinning requires the use of special plates made for the act, and it is unlikely you have them around the house. But you do probably have a hat nearby, and with it you can begin to learn some cool moves to impress your hat-admiring friends.

This guy has many videos to help jugglers get started (you can watch hom teach you to spin plates, too!). Here he walks through a handful of hat tricks.


Want To Buy The Chelsea Royal Diner?

The Reformer is reporting that Brattleboro's classic Chelsea Royal Diner is up for sale. The owenrs simply want to retire after decades of running a restaurant. Can anyone blame them?

Business is reported to be good there, so some enterprising diner chef to-be could pick up and keep things going. If you have $850,000, it could be yours.

The restaurant, among other things, has been featured in Zippy cartoons.


Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce Elemental Vessels, an exhibition of recent mixed-media vessels by basket-weaver and fiber artist Jackie Abrams, and Hidden Agenda, new fiber wall hangings by textile artist Karen Kamenetzky, with an artist reception and opening Thursday, August 18, 5-7 pm. The two solo exhibits continue through September 18, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 5pm.

Abrams’ unique pieces showcase  40 years of  basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist’s movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE REGULAR MEETING DAY FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - August 16, 2016

Central Fire Station’s plans will be presented and reviewed at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeeting at the Municipal Center on Main Street.

The Stone Church is applying for a liquor permit, road re-classifications (if any) will be announced for three sites in town, there will be a discussion of push button crosswalk lights, ordinances will begin the amendment process, and other projects will get underway.

You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.


3 Record Drive Mobile Home Fire Press Release

At 11:46pm on August 8, 2016 the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to 3 Record Drive for a mobile home fire with occupants trapped. Two of the four occupants in the home at the time of the fire perished. Glen Euber, age 42 and Michelle Blake, age 52 were both found upstairs on the main living level after firefighters extinguished the fire that destroyed their mobile home. Neither was able to escape the fire and were dead at the scene.

The other two occupants, Carroll Page, age 68 and Sean Stoltz, age 27, both lived in the lower level of the home and were able to escape safely. Stoltz received a second degree burn to the back of his neck and was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc for treatment.


Brattleboro Area Hospice to hold Hospice Care Volunteer Training and Seeks Participants

Beginning on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Brattleboro Area Hospice will offer its hospice care volunteer training in Brattleboro, VT. This 33 hour volunteer training will run on Tuesday mornings from September 20 – November 29 from 9 am – 12 pm.

Throughout Windham County hospice volunteers aid neighbors and their families who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Help may range from running errands to gardening to emotional and physical support. Hospice care volunteers report the work as challenging yet very rewarding. Training topics include hospice philosophy, nuts and bolts of volunteering, ethical issues, reflection on personal attitudes toward death and dying, and grief issues among others. Presenters include professionals from the community as well as Hospice staff and volunteers.


Rutland Herald Sold

The Rutland Herald and the Times-Argus newspapers are being sold, ending years of local ownership. Here is their announcement:


The Mitchell family announced late Wednesday night they have entered into an agreement to sell the The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, as well as affiliated print and online publications, to a company headed by Maine-based publishing entrepreneur Reade Brower and printing and marketing executive Chip Harris.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


With Joking Russian TV the Best Source of Electronic News and Information Available - Woe Is Us!


In 1950, Einstein explained why our civilization continues to be "like an axe in the had of the pathological criminal,": "Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control the main sources of information (press, radio, education). Mysteriously, our best independent journalists, top intellectuals and historians, are of no help. Even on RT's ten more serious shows there is no urging of prosecution for international crimes


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