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Horse Rakes. Coil Wire Spring Tooth, — Dewey & Haynes’ Patent, For sale by J. Steen.


Mr. Geo. E. Crowell is about to lay an aqueduct to bring water from Pratt’s hill for the supply of his houses on Forest square.


Four of our local bicyclists rode to Greenfield last Saturday to attend Barnum’s show. They left here at 4 p.m. and reached Greenfield at 7, making the trip of 26 miles in three hours.


Brattleboro people are not behind the rest of the country in their interest in the comet, but up to this time since its presence became known the heavens have been unpropitious and it has only been in some fortunate hour of the clear sky, that a glimpse of it has been obtained.


The strawberry crop hereabouts, when fully gathered, bids fair to be immense. Two boxes for a quarter, (in some cases three) the current price, is the lowest ever reached in Brattleboro.


Free delivery of post begins with four carriers in Brattleboro.


The post-office will be open from 9 to 12 on the morning of July 4th. The carriers will make only the early morning delivery.


Mr. Crowell is to build an addition to the Jelly company’s building for the accommodation of Mr. Blair’s pickling business.


George S, Dowley, the school district treasurer, has negotiated the $20,000 bonds for the new Canal street schoolhouse, at four per cent.


From 75 to 100 children participated in the celebration of Children’s day at West Brattleboro. A large majority of them rode from the corner of Main and Elliot streets on a special electric car to picnic grounds at Mrs. Bigelow’s grove. The grove was fitted up with seats and hammocks and swings were conveniently located. The picnic was on the basket plan and lasted until 4 o’clock.


To Rent - Two tenements on High street. $6 per month.


The free kindergarten closed today. The vacation school on the playground will begin July 11, in charge of Miss Florence Foster.


“Steeple Jack” Cavenaugh painted the flagstaff on top of the town hall building Tuesday, and was watched by many interested spectators as he scaled the pole 43 feet above the roof of the building and went about his work with apparent unconcern. Mr. Cavenaugh is one of few who have a clear head at dizzy heights.


Burglars broke a window in the front part of A.E. Wood’s hardware store near the Whetstone bridge yesterday and reached through and took two revolvers, the selling price of which was $4.50 each.


VY starts up after a 9-month shutdown. It shuts down again after 2 hours and is back online 31 hours later.

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Brattleboro Water Department's Consumer Confidence Report and Water Quality Report for 2015

The Town of Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Consumer Confidence Report / Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available. This report can be viewed on-line at www.brattleboro.org or written copies are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the offices of the Treasurer or Town Clerk. The Water Quality Report can also be obtained at the Brooks Memorial Library and the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road.


Vernon Street Fire Report


Date of Incident: 05/14/16
Location of Incident: 231 Vernon St
Nature of Call: Building Fire
Time Reported: 0159 hrs
Time Under Control: 0242 hrs
Number of Alarms and Times Upgraded: 2nd alarm @ 0204 hrs


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 16th


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.

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.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/16/2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

12:00 am 2016 Slow Living #2: Get a Scoop of the Action, Chico Lager

1:30 am First Wednesdays: Who Stole the American Dream

3:15 am TED Talks: Alice Rawsthorn: Pirates, Nurses and Other Rebel Designers

3:30 am Honor Vietnam Veterans Banquet: 11/21/15

6:00 am New England Youth Theatre Celebrates Stephen Stearns


2nd Annual BAJC "Antiques Roadshow" is Next Weekend

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold its second annual mini-version of "The Antiques Roadshow" on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 at 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. Five experienced appraisers will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles such as books, sterling silver, art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards & documents, furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers, watches, rugs, coins, tchotchkes, much more.  Firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and large rugs or bulky furniture cannot be accepted.  The appraisers are Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Sharon Bocelli, Stephan Brandstatter, and Charles Suss.


West Brattleboro Association Chicken BBQ Is Saturday, May 28, 11 AM Till Gone

A Chicken BBQ will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) on Saturday, May 28th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone. So plan to get to the event in front of the First
Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro in plenty of time to enjoy chicken and fixin’s. Desserts will also be available.

For $6 you can get half a barbecued chicken, or you can enjoy it with sides of baked beans and coleslaw for $10. The recipes used to make these goodies have a local history. The chicken barbecue sauce recipe is one used for the Guilford Fair Fireman’s BBQ for many years by Joe Jewett when he was a member of the fire department.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 16 to May 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 16 to May 20

May 16 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnip

Raspberry Rhubarb Tart


Weekend Creativity Series - Batik

Batik is a technique used to put patterns and artwork on to cloth. The basic idea is to draw on fabric with something, usually hot wax, that will resist colored dye. The fabric can soak up color, your artwork remains, and the wax gets removed in a final step to leave the finished fabric and pattern.

Hot wax, colored dye, hot electric irons. Danger abounds! Hard as it is to believe, we did this in elementary school art class. It was one of my favorite projects.

We heated up paraffin until it melted, we painted on our pieces of fabric with the wax, then dipped it all in RIT dye. When it was dry, we’d heat up our irons, place the waxed fabric between sheets of newsprint, and would iron the wax out of the fabric. The newsprint acted as a sponge.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 17, 2016

Recently discussed enterprise fund budgets will be adopted at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. New liquor license fees will also be up for adoption.

Police officers will be sworn-in, Selectboard goals will be discussed, public vs. private roads will be debated, grants and contracts approved, and plans for the West Brattleboro Fire Station will be reviewed on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend in person and participate, even bringing up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee meeting previously scheduled on May 19 has been CANCELLED. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - What for Art Thou, School?

It was 103 years ago this week that the largest headline in the Brattleboro Daily Reformer asked, “What Is A School For?” In 1913, the Vermont Legislature created a Commission to examine the state of public education in the Green Mountains. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching evaluated the Vermont school system and gave recommendations intended to improve education. Today’s BAMS students read a summary of the ancient report and reacted. Here’s the story.


Vernon Community Visit Day, May 18, To Develop New Visions For Vernon

On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, all members of the Vernon community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. The Vermont Council on Rural Development will bring a team of over 20 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who will listen to residents and will return in months ahead to the community with recommendations, ideas and support in developing action plans and funding strategies. Click HERE for the schedule of the day.


May 1886 Advertisement - The Pivot Corset


Thank You Vermont Voters for Allowing Me on the Democratic Primary Ballot Aug. 9th!

THANK YOU! Hi! I want to thank the voters of Windham, Windsor and Rutland Counties who signed two different petitions for the statewide August 9, 2016 Democratic Primary Election to allow me to appear on the ballot for two offices, U.S. Senator and Governor of Vermontfor the Democratic Party.

2016 Vermont Statewide Primary Election Qualified Candidate List for August 9th https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/757630/2016-statewide-primary-qualifie...


Frost Street Closed Monday May 16

Please see the following road closure information effective MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016:

Frost Place will be closed to through traffic from the intersection of Brook Street to the Elliot Street Bridge for a water line project. Local Traffic will have access from the Brook Street end. The closure hours will be from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


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 Thursday, May 19 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.




Prof. Bristol’s “Equescuriculum” will exhibit at the town hall May 24-26.


http://www.circushistory.org/Olympians/OlympiansB2.htm gives us...

"BRISTOL, CLIFFORD. Son of D. M. Bristol. Agent, VanAmburgh’s, 1847.

BRISTOL, DE LOSS M. (d. May 11, 1926) Father of Clifford Bristol. Prof. Bristol’s Equescurriculum (horses and mules), 1885-91; Prescott’s Great Eastern, 1896. Died at home of his son, Exeter, age 78."


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - Enterprise Fund Explorations

The Brattleboro Selectboard came out of an executive session to hold special meeting about three of the Town’s fund budgets. The FY17 Utility, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets were up for review, along with updated plans for capital improvements within each enterprise fund.

Before the funds fun could get underway, Chair David Gartenstein congratulated and thanked a third grade class at Academy School for their study of West Brattleboro and how well town services meet the needs of the students. He said they wrote letters with their recommendations. Top of their list, he said, was concern about sidewalks and how close traffic is to edges of the road in some places. In addition to the safety concerns, they hoped for more clothing stores and restaurants.


Shocking Story


Dr. Frederick M. Palmer, postmaster in 1846 who created the Brattleboro provisional stamp, jumps to his death from a Portland steamer out of Boston holding his 4-year-old grandson.


A Book that Amazon Refused to Publish

I stumbled across an interesting book review.  I have not yet read the book, and can not comment as to the truth or falsehood of its contents. If it is true, it is wonderful news. If not, it is a travesty and the author needs to be prosecuted for perpetrating a horrible fraud on the families and upon the people of America.


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