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There was a great gathering at the Lawrence Establishment on Wednesday evening last, of towns-people and strangers, drawn together by the attractions of a “masquerade ball.” The spacious hall was not only crowded, but the street was also fuilled with admiring spectators, who were eager to catch glimpses of scenes within.


We believe that those who have charge of the coming Fair are making all necessary arrangements for the accomodation of those who may attend. The track is in good order, the buildings for the exhibition of manufactured articles, fruit, grain, ornamental works, &c., are put in readiness, stalls for animals and food for the same are in preparation, and the hotel keepers are providing for the board and lodging of large numbers of guests.


The voice of the katydid is heard in the land.


Larkin G. Mead, the sculptor, with his wife, reached Brattleboro from Bennington via Wilmington on Monday, and is now rusticating at Chesterfield lake.


A gang of thieves, who seem to have followed President Hayes’s party to this place from Bennington, did a brisk business during the rush and jam at the Brooks House incident to the reception. They were experts at the business and managed so shrewdly that they escaped arrest, and for the most part even suspicion, until it was too late.


Soon after arising in the morning the President was waited upon by a few citizens, who expressed their pleasure at seeing him in Brattleboro, and tendered him any hospitalities within their reach. In reply Mr. Hayes said that the arrangement of the day’s programme was in their hands, his only purpose for himself, during his stay, being to visit his relatives, and renew, as far as possible, in the brief time afforded, his acquaintance with scenes with which he was familiar in his boyhood.


The man-trap at the railroad crossing has been repaired. How long, O Lord! how long ere it will be removed altogether.


The selectmen have at length yielded to the demand for a new cross street from Western Avenue to Elliot street bridge, and last Saturday they laid it out in accordance with the recent petitions, making it continuous with Cedar street.


Surveyor Stockwell has just completed a concrete walk the whole length of Birge street, and is now laying one on the east side of Oak street, from High to Grove. One on the east side of Walnut street, from Main street to the Catholic church, is to follow.


The Battle of Gettysburg on canvass will be presented here in a few weeks.


Someone has been disfiguring Mr. Childs’s weather signal house on the mountain this summer. It may have been an act of thoughtlessness; if so the parties will take warning from this notice and not repeat it. If the defacement continues, Mr. Childs will seek an interview with the perpetrators through the proper officials.


The prohibitionists have unfurled across Main street just above Elliot a handsome flag bearing the names of their candidates.


The window which the children of the late Madam Sarah Goodhue have placed in the remodeled Centre church in her memory is of miffled English catherdral and selected opalescent glasses, and is remarkable for brilliant irridescent effects and the harmonious blending of color tones. It is an artistic production, highly creditable to the house of Phipps, Slocum & Co., of Boston, which furnished it.


Some of the good people on Cemetery Hill protest that their only objection to the playing of the boys on the school house grounds is the noise they make, which seriously disturbs people who are ill.


The agents of Colgate & Co. of New York have been in town this week distributing large quantities of the celebrated “Octagon” soap.


The testimonial concert given by the citizens of Brattleboro, on Friday evening last, to Miss Mary Howe, was in all respects a brilliant success. Indeed, so great was the demand for seats that it was found necessary to repeat the concert on the following evening to accomodate those who were unable to procure tickets for Friday.


The water in Lake Spofford is lower than ever known. A sand bar north of the island is dry 30 rods in length. A mutual agreement has been made between the lake dwellers and the mill owners, under which the latter will be allowed to use ten inches more of water from the lake.


Three to four million cucumbers have been received this season at the pickling establishment on Flat street, and is is probable that not over half the crop has been harvested. About 80 acres in Brattleboro and vicinity were planted to cucumbers. The farmers receive $1 per thousand.


A concrete walk is being put in on Elliot street from Church to School street.


The race meet of the Vermont Wheel club on Thursday next, August 30, will surpass any ever held in Vermont, or any that has been held in New England this year. The value of the prizes offered in the seven races exceeds $600. Over 200 entries have been received, representing 60 different riders, among them the fastest class A riders of New England.


George B. Crowell’s lawn was the scene of a gleeful baby party last Friday. 30 little people attended. The beautiful display of dahlias and the evergreen arch were the striking features. Children each received a toy.


A petition signed by business men requests a fire hydrant be placed on Green Street.

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Chroma Technology to Expand in Southern Vermont

Bellows Falls, VT – The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and the Town of Rockingham have announced a development project with Chroma Technology Corp. of Bellows Falls. A successful development process will see Chroma add a 40,000 sf expansion and upwards of 26 new jobs to their existing Imtec Drive location.

“This is a wonderful result after several years of collaboration and discussion with the Town of Rockingham, the Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation and Chroma about the possibilities of relocation or expansion,” said Rockingham Town Manager Willis “Chip” Stearns. “We are pleased Chroma has made this decision and the Selectboard supports this project.”


Savings Bank of Walpole to Host Community Appreciation Cookouts

Keene, NH— The hot dog days of summer are here and Savings Bank of Walpole is ready to celebrate by hosting two separate Community Appreciation Cookouts as a way to say thank you to both its customers and the community. This is the 10th year the Bank has hosted the cookouts and this year’s events will be held on Friday, July 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bank’s 84 Marlboro Street location as well as on Sunday, July 24th beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the Green in Walpole.


Movie Monday

July Showings


 Movies starring:

July 11th
– Carey Mulligan &  Helena Bonham-Carter – 10 am


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - week of July 5

Brattleboro Time Trade: www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time. See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone
else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the height of summer:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Daylilies - Stella d Oro
Garden Advisor
Reduce your Monthly Phone Bill
Learn How to Put Pictures into your Offer or Request
Need Help with your Computer or Router?
Need Help with your Android Smartphone or Tablet?


Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer "2nd Thursdays in the Memorial Garden" on July 14th

Brattleboro, VT. A brief community memorial service will take place on Thursday July 14th from 5:30-6:00 at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. The short program will consist of readings of inspirational poems and brief reflections on grief and loss, an opportunity to decorate a memorial stone to place in the garden or take home, and some quiet time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. Everyone is invited to this free event.

This new offering from Brattleboro Area Hospice is called “2nd Thursdays in the Memorial Garden”, and it will be repeated on August 11th and September 8th. The facilitator is Connie Baxter, BAH Bereavement Care Coordinator.


Brattleboro Sprouting AirBnB Options

One of the things I learned over the weekend is that Brattleboro is home to quite a few AirBnB rentals. If you haven’t heard of it, it is an online service to connect people with spare rooms and houses with vacation rental seekers, and to facilitate payments.

The first one I learned of when my sister was booking a stay. “Is this near you?” as she showed me a photo of the house directly opposite ours. She made her reservation. (Other family members followed up with other rentals about town.)

Doing a quick search for a trip to Brattleboro this coming weekend shows at least 7 locations in town, with an average $95 a night fee for services provided.


Not as Nature Intended - The Vogue of Smooth Pudenta

Warning! This article contains adult related content. Viewer discretion is advised.

It might have been lice and crabs that first prompted men and women to deforest their pubic hairs. It was much easier to remove the offending critters by “deforestation” than to try pick the nits off through a tangle of curly hair. If you look at paintings and sculptures of nude men and women over time, however, curiously, they often have no genital hair. Historically, I haven’t found an explanation for this. Nevertheless, our recorded history of pubic hair removal dates back to antiquity. Our forebears of civilizations in Egyptian, Greek and Roman societies employed pubic hair removal, but it was more likely on a courtesan level.

It was the wealthy, upperclasses and monarchal courts who would have the free time to cosset themselves in the vogue and erotica of smooth pudenta. It was the poor, incoherent, uneducated masses who missed out on the fun erotica of the times. Perhaps, they devised their own?


Happy 4th of July


Weekend Creativity Series - The Blank Page

Saturday, after 19 years together, Lise and I got married.

In honor of the occasion, this weekend's creativity column is simply a blank page. Who knows what it might bring?


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 7/4/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/4/16

Monday, July 4, 2016

12:00 am Springfield Community Chorus: Hydn's Creation 6/6/16

2:00 am Chemical Nation: How Americans Became Guinea Pigs

3:15 am Nuclear Free Future: Children Suffer Nuclear Impact Worldwide

3:50 am Storycraft - Art Bell on Film Making

4:30 am Life of the Party: First Date Steak


Celebrate 260 Years Profitable Genocide - African Slaves Native Americans Mexicans Filipinos etc.


Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations two hundred forty year history. It is a history typical of six European empires in the areas of genocide and plunder. US genocides perpetrated after 1945 will be prosecuted once economic power shifts to a China led plundered world. A plethora of lawsuits for restitution will make past illegal wars woefully unprofitable.


Bernie On Stage


(If There Were No Rich Men - Capitol Steps)


VT Democratic Party Violates Their Own Platform By Excluding Candidates!

One look at Robert Oeser's list of gubernatorial candidate forums and you can find out that there is one candidate who has been excluded: Cris Ericson was excluded because she doesn't have a $400,000. campaign account, PROVING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN VERMONT IS IN VIOLATION OF THEIR OWN PLATFORM!

Look at the ballot! Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator: Patrick Leahy refuses to participate in a forum or debate with her. Cris Ericson for Governor: Sue Minter, Matt Dunne, and Peter Galbraith have conspired to exclude her from debates and forums. Not one of them is a true Democrat! Not one of them embraces real Democracy!


Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was a physicist (won a Nobel). 

He also played the Bongo Drums.

And, he loved Orange Juice.

Enjoy this little interlude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ks8gsK22PA


Tornado Watch

Watch  Issued: 7:03 PM EDT Jul. 1, 2016 –
National Weather Service

Watch 313 remains in effect until 1000 PM EDT for the following locations  VT

.    Vermont counties included are  Bennington 
&  Windham            


Flood Advisory  Issued: 6:16 PM EDT Jul.
1, 2016 – National Weather Service


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 5, 2016

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


Links to Help you Decide & Vote in the August Primary [Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast List]

​Vermont Candidates On Community Health: Gubernatorial Forum

​Southern Vermont economy gets eye of gubernatorial hopefuls

VT Governor's Candidate Forum - Brattleboro American Legion 6/28/16

On line: VPR Meet the Candidates page


Every-Other-Week Trash Pick Up Begins in Brattleboro on July 11th!

On July 11th Brattleboro curbside trash-recycling-compost pick up with transition. 

While recycling and compost will continue to be picked up every week, trash will be picked up every-other-week!

Trash will be picked up on an "A" - "B" alternating weekly schedule.  To find out whether your street is and "A" or "B" street consult the town-wide mailing you received about a month ago or go to the town website (www.brattleboro.org) and click on "Bi-weekly trash pickup information" under "NEWS" on the right hand side of the Home Page. Then click on "List of A/B Streets."  Or you can call the town at 251-8103.


Brattleboro Goes Fourth Set To Celebrate July 4th

BRATTLEBORO — The “By the People: Brattleboro Goes Fourth” citizens committee invites the public to the town’s 43rd annual Independence Day celebration, set for Monday, July 4, with a morning parade downtown and afternoon and evening program of family activities and fireworks at Living Memorial Park.

Some 50 marching units — including the Brattleboro American Legion and Brattleboro Union High School bands, veterans, civic and youth groups — will kick off the festivities at 10 a.m. with a parade along Canal and Main streets to the town Common.


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