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Our village schools will commence, for the next term, on Monday, 6th inst. The Committee have great pleasure in being able to say they feel the most perfect confidence that all the present Teachers are eminently qualified for the important trust committed to them, and that if the Schools are not what they should be, under their instruction, it will not be their fault.


Great News. We are glad to be able to announce that the Atlantic cable has proved a success, and that we can now have daily intercourse with the people beyond the Great Ocean.


A severe hail storm passed over the eastern part of Dummerston on Saturday, July 28th, doing much injury to fruit, grain and crops generally. The lightning killed a cow belonging to Joel Miller. The roads were also much injured.


The trustees of Vermont University have decided to establish an experimental station in this town, upon lands tendered for the purpose by Mr. Richards Bradley, the experiments to be under the direction of the professor of chemistry in the university, and to be published for the benefit of farmers of the state.


The Methodist Sunday school picnic, last Thursday, at Fort Dummer, was attended by about 175 persons, who spent the day pleasantly in sailing on the river, swinging, playing croquet, etc. Tables were spread under the trees, and the refreshments disappeared with a relish.


The band’s concert next Wednesday evening will be from the Brooks House balcony.


The rear of the season’s log drive passed Brattleboro on Sunday and the men in charge went down the river with their rafts, horses and camp equipments.


The second party of fresh air waifs arrived Wednesday.


The air has been thick with rumors of attempts at burglary this week, but usually the stories had little foundations in fact.


A jolly load of overall company girls, on their way home from Lake Spofford last Saturday evening, had a diversion not down on the program when the livery company’s tally-ho drew off a bank and tipped over on its side. Nobody was hurt. A mistake in hitching up the wheel horses did the mischief.


The bailiffs held their regular meeting last evening. The subject of substituting electric lights for the gas and gasoline lamps was under discussion.


NRC levies $50,000 fine due to VY's failure to shut down during safety system malfunction in October 1992.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 28

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 Grateful Dead Rainbows:

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

Sterling Silver Earrings and Ear-wires -- Entirely Handmade
for You
Tarot Card Readings
Hypnosis Helps
Compassionate Mediation
Respite Offered by Mom of Child w/Special Needs
Garlic Scapes


Summer Sings

Thursday July 30, 10 - 11:30 am at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. (The July 2 sing has been cancelled.)

Wednesday July 8 and Wednesday July 22, 7 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

Come sing along with your friends and neighbors under the leadership of Women's Chorus director Becky Graber. We'll sing a variety of songs - Broadway, Folk, Rock, Jazz, and Old time Songs of Summer - with word sheets provided.


Rainy Sunday Brainstorming

A Request for Proposal is now open for a much ballyhooed Our Town Grant. The RFP states the grant is…"one of inaugural creative placemaking, that magnifies the role the Arts play in Brattleboro, and should inspire the community towards the imagination and creation of public art." To these ends, I hereby submit two entries to the readers of this site, for consideration, potential collaboration and probable comment.


Tale of the Tape


"R" rCredits For You?

What are rCredits?

The rCredits system is a cooperative mutual credit organization providing online credit card, debit card, and cash card services.

In this economy, it’s hard to find US Dollars to pay for things. With rCredits we can fund what we need, without having to depend on US Dollars. rCredits are simply a way for us to give each other credit in our local community, so that, in effect, there is more money to go around.

You can spend rCredits and be paid with rCredits just as with US Dollars.


Weekend Comedy Series - Groucho Marx

Everyone knows Groucho Marx, right? He and his Marx brothers made vaudeville and movie history, he hosted a popular game show as television got started, and here, appeared on the Dick Cavett show in September of 1969.

Groucho has spawned imitators. Alan Alda paid tribute to him on an almost weekly basis during the years M.A.S.H. was on the air. Locally, we’ve had stage performances of Marx Bros. movies.



A visiting American guy and Murphy go into an Irish pastry shop. The American whisks three cookies into his pocket with lightning speed. The baker doesn't even notice. The American says to Murphy, "You see how clever we are? You Paddies can never beat that!"

Murphy says to the American, "Watch dis, any Paddy is smarter din you, and I'll prove it to ya." He says to the baker, "Gimme a cookie, I'll show ya a magic trick!"
The baker gives him the cookie, which he promptly eats. Then he says to the baker, "Gimme anudder cookie for me magic trick."


Welch Issues Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Peter Welch today issued the following statement following the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to make same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states:

“The wall of marriage discrimination in America has finally come down. The Supreme Court affirmed today what Vermonters recognized years ago -- that the quality of love between two people is more important than their gender,” Congressman Welch said.


Marriage Equality Wins!

The Supreme Court of the United States has declared that LGBTQ couples are now free to marry in all 50 states. This is huge!

A long, bitter and frustrating fight for equal rights has culminated in a victory. This is a wonderful day worthy of much celebration! Thank you SCOTUS for making the right decision.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 29 – July 2

June 29 Chicken Provencal

With Onions, Peppers, Squash & Spinach

Over Noodles

Garlic Bread

Butternut Squash



Rep. Welch Decides To Stay In Congress

When Peter Shumlin announced he wouldn't be running for Governor again, Rep. Peter Welch announced he would consider becoming the next governor. 

He's decided  — to run for Congress again.  Here is the statement:



BS&L Summer Series- Free Ice Cream 6/26 served here by the Blueberry Haus! 2-4pm

As summer approaches, we at Brattleboro Savings & Loan will be showing our appreciation to you, for choosing us as your bank! From June 26th through August 28th, there will be a free event held every Friday here at our Main Office!

The events will generally take place on the front lawn, but may be moved to the community room if need be.

Calendar of events:


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Pay As You Throw Informational Meeting on BCTV

BCTV has put their video of the special PAYT Informational meeting taped May 28th on line.  It's long!!! BUT it is packed with specific information.  Here is the link.



I-91 Bridge Project: Lane and Exit Closings July 12

The Southbound lane of I-91 between Exits 3 and 2 and the Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed to all vehicles on Sunday, July 12 from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM to make it possible to conduct a routine bridge inspection. This time period was selected because it is the period of lowest traffic volume during the daylight hours needed to conduct the inspection.

Southbound traffic will be routed to Exit 1, and Northbound traffic attempting to use the Exit 3 on ramp will be routed north on Route 5 to Exit 4. Officers will be on hand to control traffic.

I-91 Northbound will remain open.


Business Planning Competition Winners

Awards were announced yesterday in the 2015 Windham Regional Business Planning Competition, a collaboration of Strolling of the Heifers and the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. A total of $64,000 in prize funds were given out: $10,000 to each of four first-place category winners, $3,000 each to the four second-place category winners, and $1,000 each to the 12 runners-up. Funding for the competitition came from a grant from the Windham County Economic Development program (the "Vermont Yankee settlement" fund), the Vermont Community Foundation and the Windham Foundation.

Here are the winners and runners-up, listed by category:


A Presidential Candidate - Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal has announced his intention to become the next President:

"I’m running for President of the United States of America. Join me."


You Can Do It, But You Can't Control The Reaction

I find it interesting that one of the outcomes of the shooting in Charleston appears to be the dismantling of the imagery that appealed to the shooter. Overnight, the Confederate flag is something for politicians to distance themselves from, and calls for its removal from license plates, statehouses, and other official uses are being acted upon. Long a symbol of southern pride, its days seem numbered.

Dylann Roof probably didn’t anticipate this reaction, but he accomplished it.


Sanders: Corporate America Wins Again

WASHINGTON, June 23 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed deep disappointment today after the Senate voted 60-37 to cut off debate and advance legislation that would grant President Barack Obama powers to complete a major Pacific trade accord.

“The vote today – pushed by multi-national corporations, pharmaceutical companies and Wall Street – will mean a continuation of disastrous trade policies which have cost our country millions of decent-paying jobs,” said Sanders, who voted no.

“American workers deserve a trade policy that works for them and not only for the CEOs of major multi-national corporations. We cannot continue trade policies which outsource jobs to low-wage countries overseas and lead us into a race to the bottom,” Sanders added.


Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies Reconvening Technical Working Group

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) has reconvened its Technical Working Group (TWG) to develop further implementation strategies for the Windham Region’s federally recognized Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS). The TWG is comprised of professionals from around the region engaged in economic, community and workforce development initiatives whose expertise is needed to aid in continued development and effective implementation of the CEDS.


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