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A meeting of the Anti-Slavery Society of this village will be held at the Chapel. Petitions to Congress against the admission of Texas and abolition in D.C. will be discussed.


Stone & Murray’s circus, next Thursday, is expected to attract a multitude of people, should the weather prove fine. Don’t fail to witness the balloon ascension at 1 o’clock p.m.


The new books ordered for the town library arrived yesterday. They are about 250 in number and include recent and valuable works of fiction, travel, history, science, etc.


A very desirable and much-needed improvement has been begun on High street hill. Near the top of the hill the street is to be widened by setting back Dr. Post’s wall for a distance of two or three rods; a large tile drain is to be laid next to the wall and the present gutter covered over, giving a sidewalk on that side as well as widening the street.


In the list of patents granted recently appears the name of Gov. Fuller, for a reed organ.


Sutter Brothers have made several shipments of tobacco this week from their warehouses here to several places in New England.


The rear of the log drive passed Brattleboro Tuesday. The drive this year is one of the largest ever run, consisting of 85 million feet of logs.


Col. Richards Bradley is to equip his residence with an elevator.


The business of the street railroad has increased more than half since the opening of Brookside Park. Without the business afforded by the park the season’s receipts would have been light. As a result of it the business is exceptionally good.


Brookside Park has been the scene of much laughter, much surprise and of some scepticism this week on account of the wonders wrought by Santanelli, the hypnotist, who has given exhibitions there every evening, beginning Monday. The power of this slender, long-haired personage over his subjects is really marvelous, and the antics which he caused them to go through when in hypnosis form an evening’s entertainment worth seeing.


The committee appointed at the village meeting to investigate the subject of village ownership of the water supply met in the offices of E.W. Gibson Saturday night for further consideration of the report submitted by the civil engineer who made a survey of the local territory. George E. Crowell, owner of the Chestnut Hill reservoir, was present to discuss the matter of the valuation of the system now in use and what he ought to receive for it in case the committee recommended its purchase by the village.


A new flight of stairs has been built by A.W. Stowe this week from South Main street up the bank to Prospect street.

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NEA Our Town Call for Artists


In furtherance of an NEA Our Town grant the Town of Brattleboro seeks proposals for an inaugural creative placemaking project – a permanent or temporal public artistic expression or (an) arts-based performance(s) – intended as a response to Brattleboro’s past, present, and future, its relationship with natural and built landscapes, its cultural heritage, and its vision for itself as a community that embraces the arts. There is a budget of $50,000 allocated to this project. Application Deadline 9PM July 26, 2015. Details at www.brattleboro.org


Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 21 & Heads Up Regarding Fourth of July Weekend


On Sunday, July 5, both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.

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.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/22/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/22/15

Monday, June 22, 2015

12:00 am Road to Recovery: Overcoming Trauma and Violence

1:00 am VT Economic Resiliency Initiative 4/23/15

2:25 am Norwich Bookstore Presents: Robert Santulli and Kesstan Blandin

3:30 am Organic Politics: Applying for R Credits 5/7/15

4:00 am The 20th Century Mass: Blanche Moyse Chorale


The Cost of Housing

According to a recent study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition the minimum wage required for a two bedroom apartment in Vermont is $20.68/hour.


About 40% of the households in Brattleboro do not have that much income.


Angel Boy Art Gallery Opens Downtown Brattleboro

Gallery For and By Individuals with Disabilities Joins Downtown Brattleboro’s Community

Brattleboro, VT – June 2015 – Gallery Walkers have a unique new stop to enjoy at 61 Main St. in Brattleboro’s vibrant, artistic, downtown community. Angel Boy Art’s Resource Center is a special gallery and community center run for artists with disabilities by volunteers with disabilities.

“We named it our ‘Resource Center’ because this space is much more than just an art gallery for people with disabilities,” says Kim Gove, Vice President, “this is a place to learn, confront and erase stigmas, and challenge yourself.”


Donations Needed for Coffee Break at the Vermont Welcome Center

The Dummerston Community Center is holding an all day bake, snack, coffee fundraiser at the Vermont Welcome Center, on Friday, June 26th from 7:30 AM to 7 PM. We need your donations of baked goods, snacks, fruit, veggies, coffee, coffee cream, bagels etc.

Any donation food, gift certificates or money would be greatly appreciated.Volunteers to help on the 26th at the snack tables are also needed.


Why We Have To Love Texas

Why do we have to love Texas?  Because they teach us so much about our species.  Here's a brief synopsis of an article from Governing Magazine.

The Texas Department of Agriculture just approved a new policy re-allowing soda and fried foods in public schools.  "Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Thursday restored the option for public schools to serve certain fried foods and soda by lifting a decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines."

“We are working to put an end to a one-size-fits-all approach mandated from Austin," Miller said in a press release. "We want families, teachers and school districts to know the Texas Department of Agriculture supports their decisions and efforts to teach Texas students about making healthy choices."


Who Is This?

This guy keeps popping up on my email page.

Who is he? I think he may be a Hollywood guy.


Weekend Comedy Series: Brian Regan

I know little about this Brian Regan fellow. This was recommended to me by someone just yesterday as stand-up comedy in the “good, clean” genre, without reliance on swearing to make people laugh. Count me in!

Regan does this by talking about food labels, flying first class, and refrigerators, among other things.


Emily Mason Exhibit Opening July 2 at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Thursday, July 2 Emily Mason’s exhibit Chromatic Celebrations will be opening with a reception at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts from 5 - 7pm at 183 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Chromatic Celebrations, the featured exhibit from July 2 to August 16, 2015, showcases Emily Mason’s printmaking production and illustrates a richness and spontaneity equal to her paintings in oil.

Emily Mason, recognized for her abstract paintings, has pioneered with several master printmakers since the mid 1980s to establish a singularly rich and distinctive body of prints. Several different printmaking techniques are represented. Common to all is an involvement with a variety of processes leading to a mixture of sharp focus and ambiguity. She embraces unique states, giving each work its own space.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 22 – June 26

June 22 Eggplant Parmesan w/Ricotta

Carrots & Turnip

Garlic Bread



NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee

On July 7, the Town of Brattleboro’s Selectboard will consider the appointment of an ad hoc committee to conduct initial screening of artists who apply for funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant.

The Screening Committee will review all application materials submitted by all artists and will recommend to the Selectboard a group of finalists. The Screening Committee’s work will occur during the week of July 27-31. The Selectboard will consider the Screening Committee’s recommendations on August 4. The only minimum requirements for service on the Steering Committee are residence in Brattleboro and/or prior experience in judging artistic ability and experience.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


Brattleboro Savings & Loan Throws Switch on New Solar Array

Energy Source makes BS&L the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Situated next to a classic red-clapboard barn on land farmed since the early 1800s, a new piece of Vermont history is taking shape: an award-winning community solar array poised to provide energy to both Brattleboro businesses and residents.

Contributing companies Soveren Solar, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC), and Brattleboro Savings & Loan will ‘throw the switch’ on a 150kW, 64-rack array on Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m., which represents one of five Vermont Community Solar projects in the state. Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to speak.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 17th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its monitoring program for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be testing 27 sites on eight rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, is a bacteria that is found in the guts of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Most E. coli will not make a person sick, but sometimes they can become pathogenic which means they can cause illness. Additionally, the presence of E. coli in waters acts as an indicator for the presence of other, more difficult to test for pathogens. We publish our results to the public in order to help everyone make informed decisions about recreating in Vermont’s waters.


The Third Coming: Marx Returns

Local actor, playwright, and director Jerry Levy has announced he will give a special benefit performance of his original one-person play "The Third Coming: Marx Returns" on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at The Space at118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.  

"The play," explained Levy, "is about Marx's thoughts and observations should he theoretically return to life in our time." Levy has played the character of Karl Marx in Howard Zinn's play, "Marx in Soho," touring intensively for many years, both domestically and internationally. This experience informed him deeply about the Marx character, and inspired him to write the new play he will be performing in Brattleboro.


Pay As You Throw Brattleboro

Hello my fellow citizens!  This is another thread to talk about the new Pay As You Throw system of trash disposal. The intention here is practical; what are your strategies for coping with this transition?  Composting and Recycling are key, this is a given.  So what’s your plan?  We signed up early on for curbside compost collection.  It is awesome.  For a family of four, weekly pickup of recycling and compost has reduced our trash accumulation to 2 to 3 price chopper plastic bag’s worth. It’s kind of amazing,actually. 


In Search of a Home for Miss Daisy

We are in search of a loving home for a wonderful older female dog, who we took in a couple of months ago, but has let us know that she would prefer to not live out her golden years with two rambunctious babes in diapers. She is great with people, cats, dogs, kids, walks on or off leash, great in the car, and stays home alone during the day too.

She is sweet, and while she did express her need for some space from the tots, I know for a fact she is good with kids because she came from home where she was the beloved companion of a girl from toddler to teen. Anyone who has any ideas, please let me know! ♥

This post was created with love.

Brandie Starr


Brattleboro Mails Pay As You Throw Reminder

The Town of Brattleboro sent out a postcard to town residents with information about the upcoming changes to the way our trash is bagged.

Next week is the final week for putting out trash in non-paid bags. PAYT starts June 29th.


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