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First Ministerial Association in Vermont organized in Brattleboro.


Our townsman, James Fisk, Jr. took the first premium of $100 for the best four-in-hand team, at the Springfield Horse Show.


This year will witness an increase of ten new dwelling houses on Prospect Hill - a larger number than any other section of the village can boast.


Partridges are reported uncommonly plenty this fall.


The Murphy Miniature Opera Pinafore Company are to give “Pinafore” at the town hall on Wednesday evening. The company, composed of 40 children selected from public schools in Boston, is the same which played a remarkably successful season of 100 nights at the Boston Museum.


That was a lonesome looking load of lager beer kegs which went through the street Wednesday afternoon, bearing the mysterious legend “Closed.”


Crosby hall is to have fine stage scenery painted by Piggott, the well-known scenic artist. Mr. Piggot arrived and began work on Wednesday.


Chestnuts are so plenty that they bring only $1.25 per barrel.


The Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, which is now ready for use, contains a very excellent and complete outfit of the most approved appliances for physical exercise and development - including horizontal and parallel bars, horizontal ladder, rowing machine, spring board, Indian clubs, dumb bells, etc. This gymnasium is the very handsome gift of Col. Estey to the association.


Brattleboro people woke up Thursday morning to find the ground whitened with snow.


A ladies’ auxiliary of the Young Men’s Christian Association is in process of formation.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 4 thru September 8


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VFW Lunch Specials 9-4 to 9-8 Open to the Public!

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 4th - Sept. 8th

Mon - no lunch open 11-7
Tues - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Wed - hamburger gravy over mashed potato w/ veg
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - shrimp scampi w/ salad


Help for Houston?

Does anyone know of any group effort in town to get supplies to the folks affected by Hurricane Harvey?

I know that there is a dire need for both children's and adult diapers and wipes; underwear of all sizes and tampons and sanitarty pads.

These are all vital needs that are not supplied by shelters or large scale aid organizations.

I'm happy to help with some type of effort if people are interested. I've already donated to several on the ground local organizations but these people are going to need help and supplies for a very long time. It would seem that Brattleboro - having been through the destruction of a hurricane ( although certainly not the unimaginable devastation that has happenedin Texas) -should be good place to get a town wide effort going.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 5, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet again on September 5, returning to business and signifying the end of summer break for all of us. There’s quite a bit of business, too.

The board will discuss water and sewer issues, the police and fire facilities, farm taxes, panhandling, and parking changes. They’ll deal with a pile of grant applications, hear from both the bus company and downtown organization, and make committee appointments. And you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during public participation.


Liberty Union Co-founder Peter Diamondstone Dies At Age 82

Diamondstone’s wife, four children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren will host a public celebration of his life Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the site of their former homestead at 787 Western Ave. The family is directing memorial contributions to Vermont’s Liberty Union Party, the American Civil Liberties Union and Green Mountain Veterans for Peace.

MORE -- https://vtdigger.org/2017/08/31/liberty-union-co-founder-peter-diamondstone-dies-age-82/#.WamFkEqGPMB


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Ukulele Classes Start Up Soon!

Join the Ukulele-Wave and learn to play this fall, with instructor Lisa McCormick. Ukulele is a fun and easy way to get the joy music-making into your life! Beginners welcome, no musical background needed.

Classes begin the week of Sept, 17, and run for 6 weeks. There are many levels and times to choose from. Classes are held at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Off-street parking, handicapped acccessible.


SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Wrapped Up August 30th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) finished its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, August 30th. Volunteers this year collected samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week throughout the summer. This year, we had sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

The days leading up to August 30th were chilly but humid, with the majority of sites experiencing very small amounts of rainfall in the 24 hours before samples were collected. Most of our sites tested below the “suitability for swimming” standard set by the State of Vermont and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The conditions in the 24-48 hours leading up to testing set the stage for safe conditions for swimming and boating. Because heavy rains can cause spikes in bacteria, is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams.



Does anyone know if Dover is OK?

He used to post regularly, but seems to have stopped months ago. During the time he was active on ibrattleboro, I spoke with him on the phone a couple of times, but since then I have lost his telephone number.


The End Of An Era - Peter Diamondstone

Peter Diamondstone has Passed.

Peter Isaac "Pete" Diamondstone (born December 19, 1934) was an American lawyer and politician from the U.S.
state of Vermont, best known as a perennial candidate and co-founder of the Liberty Union Party. He has run for various Vermont political offices in every election cycle since 1970.  (Wikipedia)

Peter passed away yesterday at home with his family.



Brattleboro Labor Day Closings

In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, September 3, and Monday, September 4.


Circus-In-A-Suitcase: Kevin O'Keefe of Circus Minimus - Fun at Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday Party!

Seriously funny man Kevin O'Keefe, of Circus Minimus fame, will be entertaining children and adults alike with his Circus-In-A-Suitcase, beginning at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 23rd as part of our 50th Birthday party! His fun and entertaining performance in the second floor meeting room will be followed by CAKE!

Here a link to the website and a bio:


In 1985 I found an old suitcase on the street outside my apartment in NYC. I said to myself, “I’m going to put whatever can fit into this suitcase and travel the world performing.”


Amy Dickinson Presents at the Brooks Memorial Library 50th Birthday Party!

"Ask Amy," columnist and "Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me," panelist Amy Dickinson will be giving a presentation at 3 pm, September 23rd at our 50th Birthday Bash!

Thanks to the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and Everyone’s Books, the first fifty families who attend will receive a complimentary copy of her new memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which revolves around her decision to move back to her hometown, and her mid-life marriage to a local builder whom she first met in 7th grade.


Children's Book Art Display at Brooks Library: Judith Oksner

Stop by and check out the lovely watercolor illustrations of Judith Oksner any time we are open from now until the end of September! The images are on display in the second floor hallway, in the glass case, and they are for the book "Barking," by Edith Milton.

Here is a brief write bio, a link to her website,and there is also a neat video of Judith talking about her work on YouTube:

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at a time when steel mills were the pride of the city and nobody knew smog was bad for you.


Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival Announces 2017 Line-up - Advance Tickets On Sale Now

Eighteen youth rock bands and solo musical artists from around New England will take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on Saturday, September 23 for BrattRock 2017, the second annual Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, between 4:30 and 11:00 PM. Gates open to the public at 4:00 PM. In addition to six continous hours of live music, the festival will feature food vendors, arts and crafts activities, and games. All are invited to attend this fun-for-all-ages event.

The goal of the festival is to support youth musicians from Brattleboro and the surrounding region by providing a venue for them to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Registration opened in the spring to solo performers or bands with all members under 20 years of age. Performers submitted an online application including a sample performance video.


Maybe Mexico Will Pay For The Wall

...if we can agree on a suitable route.

With Donald Trumps vaunted negotiating skills, surely he can work out an agreement that Mexico can accept: say a route along the top of the green area on the map, below. The wall would clearly demarcate California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona as well as certain portions of Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Colorado, as Mexican. 


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 19th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) which is celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world. Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with crafts, songs, food, t’ai chi, paper lanterns, Chinese exercises, the Korean rope tug and more.

Hear the story of The Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e; the great archer Hou-Yi; and the Elixir of Immortality. Then watch the harvest moon rise. The celebration will start with a pot-luck (bring a dish to share).


Healthcare Letters-to-the-Editor

Happening tonight from 6:30-8:00

Letter-writing party in the Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room, sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center's Healthcare Is A Human Right Campaign. Brief updates on the campaign for universal healthcare in Vermont and support in writing letters rooted in your own experiences with the healthcare system. Bring a computer if you have one and we'll also have extras. Light refreshments.


There Be Toxicity

In many online comment sections you can expect to find nasty comments. It’s not an accident that many online sites with comments are populated with people who post using a pseudonym. Being anonymous undoubtedly emboldens people to speak their minds. No one should use comments sections unless they are prepared accept a variety of comments good, bad and ugly. According to Wired.com, “The proportion of crummy comments is higher in Vermont than in any other state.” Wired.com teamed with Disqus.com to nationally survey thousands of websites to find out which state makes the most snarky comments.

Vermont has the distinction of having the highest percentage of toxic comments at 12.2 percent. Wired.com “analyzed 92 million comments over a 16-month period, written by almost 2 million authors on more than 7,000 forums that use the Disqus software.” Iowa at 10.3 percent has the second highest percentage of toxic comments online.


iBrattleboro Poll

If a big wildfire was coming toward Brattleboro, I would most likely