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We have in our office two large “crook-neck” squashes which grew from one stem. They are very nearly of a size and are alike in form. Both of them weigh 20 pounds. They were raised by Sewall Butler of this village.


The Indian pond experiment seems to indicate pretty conclusively that our village cannot depend upon that source for their future supply of water.


The library now contains 2800 volumes, of which 86 have been added during the year.


The improvements at the Insane Asylum are in an advanced state of progress. About one million brick have been used in building the two wings, the boiler house, and the horse shed, all of which have been finished upon the exterior. The interior work with the new steam heating apparatus, etc., will not be completed this season.


The new chapel of the Congregational church is nearly completed, and this society will soon have all the conveniences of a modern church structure.


An appeal for aid in the work of Bible distribution was made in Brattleboro churches last Sunday preliminary to the canvas of the town by Mr. A.H. Fuller, the distributing agent of the Vermont Bible Society. The agent has found 101 families without a copy of the Bible. 31 of these families were Romanists and the balance Protestants.


The Estey organ works are now running on 8 hour time, and will do so for the rest of this month. The past season has been one of the greatest activity in the history of the concern, and the present slackening is due to the generally unsettled condition of business, especially at the West, on account of presidential canvass.


Mrs. A.F. Powers has given to the natural history society’s collection in the Brooks library three valuable stuffed birds - a turtle dove, pine grosbeak and red-headed woodpecker.


B.A. Clark is making extensive repairs and improvements on his Ames hill farm buildings.


In the face of the coal famine it is comforting to know that there are about 55 tons of soft coal in the High school building.


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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 8/31/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/31/15

Monday, August 31, 2015

12:00 am Dartmouth College Talk: Making Sense of the Mad Men Era

1:30 am September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 3

2:30 am SAFSTOR: 8/19/15 - Paul Paradis

3:00 am Energy Improvements Financing Forum - 6/16/15

4:30 am UVM Community Med School: Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer


Short Distance Moving Around Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of someone  I can hire to move one couch out of my Oak St. place and take it to the dump and move another couch into my house from West Brattleboro. I'm sure there must be somebody in the Brattleboro area who does this kind of thing but I haven't been able to locate anyone. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Kris Alden


Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Season Opens at Organ Barn on Sept. 5 & 6

Guilford, Vt. - The opening weekend of Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Anniversary Season is dedicated to founder A. Graham Down (1929-2014), who brought the c. 1897 Guilford Tracker Organ to the Barn over a half-century ago, and funded its renovations and improvements over the years; he performed on it in 1966-69 and several times since 2001.

The music begins as usual with a Saturday night Organ Concert in the Barn at 7:30. This year's guest performer is Susan Summerfield, music professor and college organist at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Her program, "Traditions," includes works by Baroque masters J. S. Bach, Pierre Dandrieu, and Louis Couperin; C. P. E. Bach from the start of the classic period; and 20th-century composers Darius Milhaud and Lou Harrison, whose pieces employ certain Baroque elements. A cake and champagne reception follows.


Modern Cuban Culture and Cuisine at Brooks Library

Author, educator and chef John Verlinden will speak in the Brooks Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 about his new book, To Cook is To Love:  Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes.  Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

This work is a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music.  Chef Verlinden will prepare and share “tasting samples” with the audience.


Brattleboro Printing and Publishing Heritage


The Brattleboro Historical Society and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are collaborating to generate ideas about how to increase community awareness and interest in Brattleboro’s 200-year printing and publishing heritage.

Community members interested in this topic are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Center at 196 Main Street.

The purpose of the meeting will be to gather ideas for ways to interest and engage our community in learning more about the influential roles that Brattleboro’s publishing and printing industries have played throughout our history.


5:45 Live: 8/28/15

TransCanada's big loss in the VT courts, downtown sidewalk construction updates and footage, the AG's investigation into the Retreat, and much more headline this edition of BCTV's weekly media round-up. Click here to find this and other local videos on BCTV's official website


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September Breakfast Menu

September 1st Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice

September 4th Breakfast Sandwich w/ Egg, Cheese & Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, & Juice

September 8th Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Yogurt & Juice


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 1 to September 4

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 1 to September 4


September 1 Chicken Salad Sandwich

Butternut Squash & Tofu

Spinach & Strawberry Salad



Weekend Comedy Series: Professor Irwin Corey

Have you taken any classes with the professor?

“The World's Foremost Authority” was born in Brooklyn in 1914, and believe it or not, is still going. This is despite living through World Wars, the Depression, the blacklists he was put on for being supportive of Cuban kids and communists, and panhandling for charity in the Queens Midtown Tunnel.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Concluded August 26th

 The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had its sixth and final monitoring day for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, August 26th. All of our sites received significant rain in the day prior to sampling and 20 of our 27 sites tested above the “suitability for swimming” standard set by Vermont and the EPA. It is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams, so keep that in mind when making weekend plans on the water.

The kids are headed back to school and our monitoring season has come to a close. I want to take this time to extend a gigantic thank you to all of our volunteers who took time out of their Wednesday mornings to collect samples and help transport them to where they needed to go. We would not be able to make this program work without all of our amazing volunteers. So….THANK YOU!!!!!


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. (Note the new date and location for this meeting)

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 1, 2015

The Town of Brattleboro will consider its role in a planned multi-million dollar expansion of the Exit 1 industrial park at the next regular meeting of the Selectboard, on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. The proposed project will be in conjunction with the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and will extend town services to make more land developable. And keep G. S. Precision in town.

The board will also consider proposed changes to parking ordinances, support for the Groundworks Housing Resource Center planning project, a decision on a cell phone tower, and more. Watch on BCTV, and/or read about it here after the meeting.


Main Street Sidewalk Update #5

This is our fifth update on the Main Street Sidewalk Project. For those of you who are regularly downtown, you will have seen a flurry of activity!

This week curbing and sidewalk was removed all the way down to Centre Congregational Church. The contractor was able to install much of the conduit in that area for the underground electrical lines for the street lights. Green Mountain Power has completed the installation of the bases for the new light poles. The contractor has also began replacing some of the ramps and sidewalks in the areas across driveways on the northern end of the project. Our job site even survived the rain storm on Tuesday!


Ruby Sales on 50th Anniv. of Jonathan Daniels Martyrdom

I wanted all my friends and neighbors here in Brattleboro to have a chance to see this. Ruby Sales, of Atlanta GA, gave this sermon Sunday morning August 23, 2015, at St. James Episcopal Church in Keene, NH, the home congregation of Jonathan Daniels, the 26-year-old white seminarian who was shot and killed, taking a shotgun blast in order to save her life, in white supremacist Alabama on August 20, 1965.


Medicare CGM Access Act of 2015

The first time I knew I was hypo-unaware I understood the danger I was in. Without knowing if my blood sugar is dropping to critically low numbers it was just a matter of time before this peculiar type of Russian Roulette would catch up to me. As vigilant as I am at testing, even I can’t beat those odds.I became a Type I diabetic at the age of 58. Like most Type I diabetics I was born with it. However, I have a rare form of adult onset insulin dependence. For most of my life I enjoyed robust health, unaware that an internal deadly clock was ticking inside of my body.


Groundworks Collaborative to hold Fifth Annual Hike for the Homeless on September 12th 

BRATTLEBORO, VT – 8/26/2015 – Groundworks Collaborative will hold its fifth annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, September 12 (rain date, September 13th), on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. There will be two start times, 10am and 12:30pm, each beginning at the Mountain Road trailhead in Hinsdale (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro).

Registration begins at 9:30 for the 10am start, and at Noon for the 12:30pm start. Whether hiking to the summit or walking the River Trail at its base, participants can anticipate a beautiful late-summer hike and outstanding views of the town of Brattleboro. Hikers may raise funds individually (a minimum of $50 is suggested) or as a team (suggested minimum $250).

All proceeds from the Hike benefit Groundworks Collaborative's work with families and individuals experiencing homelessness in Brattleboro and surrounding communities.


Birds and Extinction

    While browsing an old book on birds, published originally in 1897 with several editions through 1916, my attention was caught by a full color plate of the scarlet tanager and I stopped to read the narrative.  The author laments that "the gorgeous coloring has been its snare and destruction.  The densest evergreens could not altogether hide this blazing target for the sportsman's gun, too often fired at the instigation of city milliners...(it) is now only an infrequent splash on our country roads."


Killed by A Horse's Kick: Coincidence or Karma?

Major John Arms, leading early citizen and proprietor of Brattleboro's notable gathering place known as the Arms Tavern (at the present Retreat farm) died from the kick of a horse on March 6, 1770. This is the very same day, 12 years before in 1758, that Captain Fairbank Moor and his son Benjamin were killed in an attack by Abenaki warriors at their cabin just a few hundred feet away (Brattleboro's first settler outside of Fort Dummer). John Arms came from a family of frontierspeople and Indian fighters. Coincidence?


Senator Leahy To Join Nonprofits to Mark the Start of Construction of Red Clover Commons

− Nonprofits Respond to Damage from Tropical Storm Irene−

Senator Patrick Leahy will join Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and Housing Vermont to celebrate the start of construction of new senior housing. Red Clover Commons, a 55-unit development located on Fairground Road, will replace public housing at Melrose Terrace which was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene. While that damage was repaired, it was clear that seniors and those with disabilities needed to be relocated to a safer site.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 30

Blasting operations on the north side of the new bridge will resume the week of August 31. The target time for the blasts is weekdays between 1:30-2:00 pm. To ensure travelers’ safety, rolling roadblocks will be implemented on I-91, and traffic will be stopped for approximately 15 minutes at the Exit 2 northbound on-ramp and at the Exit 3 on-ramps in both directions. Sound impacts associated with the blasting will be minimal.


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