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An application was filed for Wantastiquet Lodge No. 5 of Odd Fellows. Organization of Odd Fellows took place at Revere House on August 3.


Thursday morning Mr. Dutton resigned the keys of the post office into the hands of his successor, Mr. Asher-Spencer.


The farmers have begun haying.


Don’t forget Mrs. W. G. Wheaton’s anti-suffrage lecture this evening.


Brattleboro is not to be left out in the cold, it seems, after all. Slighted by Barnum and the other man - what’s his name - who came so near us and yet passed by, we are cheered by the promise of soon receiving a visit from “Maginley & Co.’s circus, menagerie, museum, trained animals, and Roman hippodrome,” which will doubtless cast Barnum and all the rest in the shade.


The annual picnic of the Fuller family was held at Lake Spafford on Wednesday with an attendance of about 75, including a goodly number of representatives from this town.


The meetings in progress at the tent on Frost street are expected to continue some weeks to come. “The change of the Sabbath” will be the subject presented next Sunday evening.


Telephone statistics published by the American Bell company shows that of 543 exchanges in towns of less than 10,000 population, only three have more subscribers than Brattleboro. The Brattleboro exchange had 200 subscribers.


The natural history museum has received a very valuable addition in the shape of a very choice collection of birds’ eggs presented by W.E. Ayer of Putney; there are 105 eggs of 66 varieties.


The first raspberries of the season came to the Brattleboro market this morning from the grounds of A.W. Wheeler of Vernon, and extensive and successful grower of small fruits.


There has been on exhibition at the lower town hall this week one of those marvels of the age, an Edison phonograph, and many people have availed themselves of the opportunity to make acquaintance with the wonderful piece of mechanism. Band music, songs, the sound of the human voice in speaking - all are reproduced with marvelous distinctness, and have been listened to with wonder and interest. While here, a cylinder has been made to reproduce a banjo solo given by Mr. Ned Cleveland.


The committee in charge of the display of fireworks to be given to-morrow night announce that the location decided upon in the north end of the island. Fire balloons will be sent up and light pieces used as twilight comes on. The list of pieces is a long one, and includes a series of batteries, bombs, meteors, rockets, saluting shells, Japanese willow tree shells, bengola lights, revolving wheels, fountains, etc.


Wanted: To exchange a 22 pound bicycle for a cow.


Photographer Robertson made a picture of the midget wedding party by flash light at a rehearsal at the Universalist church.


The Barnum & Bailey’s third and last advertising car arrived last night. Advertising flags have been put up today.


Seventy five to 100 bicyclists joined in the Vermont Wheel club parade Tuesday night.


A pyrotechnical display took place at the corner of Main and High streets Wednesday morning when electric light wires fell across the trolley wire.


The work of blasting for the Crowell water main on Vernon street will continue through next week. A steam drill is being used.


Tramps are very numerous this season. There are several shacks on the bank of the river east of the canning factory where the hobos congregate, and from there come into the village to beg for food.


Over 5,200 pounds of butter was made at the Brattleboro creamery last week. Butter is priced at 21 cents per pound.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles were first used commercially in 1947. They quickly became popular with both manufacturers and customers due to their lightweight nature and relatively low production and transportation costs compared with glass bottles. However, the biggest advantage plastic bottles have over glass, is their superior resistance to breakage, in both production and transportation. Except for wine and beer, the food industry has almost completely replaced glass with plastic bottles. (Wikipedia)


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 2, 2015

At the next meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, a regular meeting of the board on Tuesday at the Municipal Center, an upodate on Pay As You Throw, a proposal for the Our Town arts grant, and the fourth presentation on new land use regulations will all be given ample time for discussion.

The board will also buy a utility vehicle, hold a second hearing on changes to the Town Plan, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Celebrating Free Speech for My Birthday

I plan a short, peaceful vigil at the Brattleboro Post Office on my 70th Birthday.  

That should pretty much be a non-event in Brattleboro, where vigils and other expressive activity have regularly taken place on outdoor post office property for decades.  But recent threats of arrest for expressive behavior on outdoor Brattleboro Post Office property, does make this a bit special.  


A Presidential Candidate - George Pataki

George Pataki has indicated his desire to become the next president.

"It's time to protect our freedoms and take back this government."


The Chris Kleeman Band Kicks Off The 13th Annual Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Concert Series Sunday, May 31

Twilight Music begins its 13th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, May 31 with with an evening of hard driving, house rocking, in your face blues by The Chris Kleeman Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 23. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at The Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, 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.


Wake the Town and Tell the People! - A Benefit Concert for WVEW

Brattleboro Community Radio is hosting a concert on June 6 starting at 5pm at the Stone Church, 3 Grove St/210 Main St, to benefit the station. Local Vermont based reggae band, Heirloom Seeds will headline the show other acts include: WVEW DJ Selector D, The River Bandits (funk, soul, fusion, etc.), Tara Dente (folk, singer song-writer), The Ditrani Brothers (old tyme Americana) and Sara Wallis.(folk-singer songwriter)

Heirloom Seeds is a band that lives for tradition and culture from the organic heirloom food that they grow to the Roots Reggae music they've learned straight from the elders in Brooklyn, Jamaica, and West Afrika. The Spirit that is 'Reggae' or 'Regal' music is an education of agricultural and nutritional self-sustainability, rural independence, multicultural unity, art, and mysticism.


A Presidential Candidate - Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum has indicated that he is (still) interested in becoming the president.

“I am proud to stand among you, and for you, the American workers who have sacrificed so much, to announce that I am running for president of the United States.”


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 pm. on Monday, June 1, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Red Clover Commons Work to Start on Thursday May 28th, 2015

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and Housing Vermont are pleased to announce that demolition and environmental remediation work will begin at 30 Fairground Rd. on Thursday, May 28.

The work will focus on demolition of the block building toward the back of the lot, removal of materials still on the site and preparation of the entire area for construction. It is anticipated that the work will take at least two weeks.

Construction of the Red Clover Commons building and site will commence shortly after the demolition work is finished. The construction will take approximately 12 months. Once completed, residents from Melrose Terrace will begin to be moved to the new development.


Tech Tips at Brooks Library: All Your Questions Answered!

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh for drop-in hours at the Reference Desk on the first Tuesday of every month, 4:00-6:00 and first Friday of every month, 11:00-1:00.

Get started with downloadable e-books and e-audio, and learn about searching and placing holds in the library catalog. Access your library account to place holds, renew your items, suggest new titles for the collection, and make reading lists for yourself or to share with other library users. Get help with online tasks like filling out forms and emailing attachments…and more.

NO QUESTIONS ARE TOO SMALL OR TOO SILLY! Bring your devices if you have them: iPads, smartphones, laptops, etc.


Revenge! A Reading and Discussion Series at Brooks Library

Revenge: Explore this passionate and provocative human desire through drama, short stories, and novels with Vermont Humanities Scholar Richard Wizansky. Last title in the four-part series: The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks, Weds. May 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room. Book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. The event is free and open to the public. Welcome! 

For more information contact Brooks Library by phone at 802-254-5290 ext 0, by email at info@brookslibraryvt.org, or on the web at brookslibraryvt.org. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Location Meeting Room, 2nd Floor.


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: Land Use, Part III, Planned Unit Development Templates for Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard the third of four presentations by the Planning Services department regarding new and major changes to Brattleboro’s land use regulations and development process.

This Tuesday’s topic was the new, streamlined Planned Unit Development process, in which developers give up some freedom in exchange for quicker, more certain approval. No developers were at the meeting to offer any opinions, but the board predicted that they would make any objections known before the new rules and regs are adopted. That is, soon.


Notes of Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - 5/15/12015 - The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP)


Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast, May 15,  2015, Gibson-Aiken Center  

The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP)
Kate O’Connor, Chairperson  oconnorkatevt@gmail.com

Note: The Next NDCAP Meeting will be held  May 28, 2015, 6pm - 9pm, Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS),  multipurpose room.

The 19 member panel includes six citizen representatives, two Entergy reps, representation from the  Vermont agency and department heads as well as reps from NH and MA.  Since it’s organizational meeting last September 14th, it has met regularly, more often than the legislatively mandated quarterly meetings.  Kate acknowledged Martin Langeveld, of Vernon, also a citizen member of the panel, and elected Vice-Chair.


PACE and Heat Saver Loan Forum June 16

Two great low or no-interest financing options are now available to help Vermonters make energy improvements in their homes: PACE financing and the Heat Saver Loan.

A public informational forum on these energy financing options will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited – to register, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org.


As Regards the Connecticut River

In the proposal for the Fantastic Wantastiquet festival, I am advancing the premise that the Connecticut River ought not to be regarded as a border in the 'special case' area of the arts and culture. Why?

Well, did you ever wonder about why the river is regarded as a border? It's not a border south of here in Massachusetts or Connecticut.


We Are Dead Stars

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
~Joni Mitchell

Michelle Thaller: “How can you sum up human existence? It turns out it’s really pretty simple.


Movie Monday at Brattleboro Senior Center

Free MONDAY MORNING MOVIES at Brattleboro Senior Center. Gibson Aiken Center

Movies staring:

Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell,  Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Kimberly Elise

Please stay after the movie and have lunch at Brattleboro Senior Meals. All are welcome.


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