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Wanted. In exchange for Goods, Seven and Eleven Straw Braid, by Blake & Lawrence.


Reverend Moses Field gave in his resignation to the Baptist Church, on account of ill health, which was accepted.


Leeches. 500 Healthy Swedish Leeches, for sale by Dutton & Clark.


This is the season when the farmers have their jubilee. State, County and town fairs are held in every direction. We trust that the spirited farmers of this county will make such a showing of their agricultural products as will be worthy of their standing.


Lyman Bliss, proprietor of the well known Bliss farm, in the north part of the town, has been putting up a new and handsome dwelling house this season, which is nearly completed.


The woods are full of ‘em — hunters and gray squirrels, in about equal numbers.


A telephone put up by the Brattleboro agents now connects the shops and residences of the Messrs. J. Estey & Co., and another line is being run from Willard’s drug store to Dr. Holton’s residence and the Vermont Asylum.


The arrivals at the Brooks House during the last 60 days have numbered 3000 by actual count, or an average of 50 per day — a business which is unprecedented. On Wednesday it was necessary to lodge 15 guests outside the house, besides those who slept on cots in the parlor and reception room.


A horse with Scott & Jones’s delivery wagon took fright on Grove street Tuesday and ran past Charles Crosby’s house to High street, and from thence to Main street, where the team collided with Bond’s coal cart. The horse was considerably bruised, but the wagon only slightly damaged. The coal cart horses ran a short distance and their driver, in his determined attempts to stop them, was thrown down and narrowly escaped being run over.


J. D. Whitney & Son have put a new six horse Fitchburg engine into their reed shop in Harmony Block, with which they will run their machinery, taking steam from Crosby & Co.’s boiler, the object being to secure a separate and uniform power for their business. They have also bought George Niles’s small dynamo and now light their shop with their own incandescent lights.


Mrs. Angelica B. Shea, widow of the late Judge George Shea, has made a formal request to the trustees of the school board of the village district, to place on the grounds of the High school a sun dial. This dial was made by Sheehan of New York, and was designed for Judge Shea’s private grounds. The foundation for the dial will be laid this fall, and the dial which is a marble slab 28 inches square, will be placed on a granite block with a neat brass inscription plate with the name of the donor. The dial will not be set till spring.


A farmer on the Putney road made a good record one day recently, when he dug, picked, and placed in his cellar 50 bushels of potatoes. Next.


“Jack the Hugger,” is abroad again, after remaining quiet several months. He chased two young girls a few evenings ago, but they escaped, although badly frightened. This disreputable biped ought to be summarily dealt with if caught.

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InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services Welcomes Body-Mind Psychotherapist from Boulder

InnerWell is delighted to welcome Heather Kuhn, MA, RSMT, R-DMT, to join InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services in Brattleboro. A warm and skillful body-mind psychotherapist, Heather holds a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She is relocating here from Boulder, Colorado, and begins seeing clients at InnerWell this month. Specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and relationship issues. With the addition of Heather, InnerWell is again welcoming new clients for adult individual psychotherapy and counseling.


Ben Pratt To Perform Magic at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Heads will be scratching in wonder as Ben Pratt brings his magic to Main Street Arts in a show Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Breath-taking sleight of hand, birds and humans materializing out of nowhere and Ben himself walking through a solid glass mirror are some of the seemingly impossible happenings that will leave the audience wondering, “How did he do that?”


Pedestrian Flags for Western Avenue Crosswalk

In collaboration with the Holton Home and Brattleboro Department of Public Works, the Safe Streets Project recently launched a pilot program to improve pedestrian visibility.  It is located at the crosswalk between Holton Home and Trinity Lutheran Church on Western Ave. Two fluorescent orange and yellow flags sit on the yield signs on each side of the crosswalk,  with instructions to "carry a flag when crossing the street and place it in the container on the other side". 


Summer Cinema Slam Returns!

Summer Cinema Slam returns on August 27th at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro. The doors will open at 5:30pm. Come join us for evening of films made by Vermont filmmakers and meet the directors as well. We are welcoming some amazing Vermont filmmakers to this year's event. Check out our event page at Brattleboro Film Festival facebook page.

 The event will include live music during the intermission, free ice-cream. and food trucks, food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.


Plat of the City of Zion - And So Fill Up the World

Believers of all affiliations are on the move. Their fluidity to channel into areas where disbelievers are the majority stems from having at their back generations of believers and accrued wealth and power that drives the machinery responsible for their boundless missionary work.

Areas of this country with the least religious Americans are clustered here in the northeast. In a February 2016 Pew Research Center study its writers and social scientists found that in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts only one-third of the populations are religious. Pew measured the extent of religious observance by “worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God, and the self-described importance of religion in one’s life.” Meanwhile, Pew also found that an overall growing share of Americans also self-identify as atheists.


Vermont Summer 2016 Primary Results

Some of the Vermont primary results:

Governor - Democrat Vermont

Sue Minter (DEM)

Matt Dunne (DEM)

Peter Galbraith (DEM)


Mobile Home Fire in Mountain Home Park

Date of Incident: 08/09/16
Location of Incident: 3 Record Drive
Nature of Call: Mobile Home Fire
Time Reported: 11:46pm
Time Under Control: 1:14am

Number of Alarms and Times Upgraded: 2nd alarm @ 11:53pm
Type of Building: Mobile home w/basement
Building Owner & Address:

Injuries? Yes
How Many? 1
Type? 2nd degree burn to back of neck

Fatalities? 2


Amazing! Cris Ericson Got Over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!

Amazing! Cris Ericson got over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!
P. Leahy (i) 89.1% 61,111
C. Ericson 10.9% 7,476

I, Cris Ericson, am so happy to thank Vermonters for giving me over 10% of the vote for United States Senator  competing against U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy,  especially considering that he refused to debate me or meet me in any forum, showing his utter disregard for low income widow women, of which I am one. Just another example of rich people squashing poor people like bugs.

Government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, including low income widow women.


Community Shabbat Dinner at BAJC!

Join Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Friday evening, August 26th, for a community Shabbat.  Starting at 5 pm we’ll have some time to enjoy our beautiful land in late

summer with a Shabbat walk. At 6 pm we’ll gather for an end-of-summer dinner, with blessings, candle lighting, and songs. Donations are requested in advance for the dinner that will be provided, but no one will be turned away. Please let Cantor Kate know you (and how many others) are coming.


Backpack Lost on Route 30!

For Route 30 commuters

Hi folks,

I believe I lost my son's backpack along Route 30 on Sunday on our way from Brattleboro to Townshend.  He is 6 years old and it has some things which are dear to him inside, his well loved stuffed animal and a string of beads from mom.  I am including a picture of the type of backpack that it is although his name is not Kyle.  If you find it please call me, I will be in your debt.


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The 2016 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills were mailed on August 8, 2016. The first quarter payment will be due on September 15th, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after September 15th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

Utility bills are due on August 15th, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after August 15th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

» Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein were all interviewed by as they look for votes on the 64 squares.


Learn to Read Hebrew!

If you’re interested in learning to decode Hebrew so you will be able to read and follow Hebrew in a prayerbook, Faith Schuster will teach a Learn to Read Hebrew class in the fall on Sunday afternoons at 4:00, beginning on September 18th at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community in West Brattleboro. There is no fee but you’ll need a textbook ($10-15). We need at least five people for the course, which will run for eight to ten weeks.


Burt Tepfer to Lead Discussion About Bad Jews

Burt Tepfer wil lead a discussion of the issues and ideas raised by the play he is directing, “Bad Jews”, on Sunday August 14 at 3:30 pm at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community - 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. Since it is Tisha B’Av, the program will include a brief explanation of the holiday from Cantor Kate Judd, with a few words about why talking about what it means to be a “good” or “bad” Jew might be particularly appropriate on that day. Snacks will be supplied for those who are not fasting for the holiday.



16 Story Buildings in Burlington!

In the profiles of the lieutenant governor candidates on Vt Digger: , Shap Smith states that he supports "the construction of buildings 160 feet high" in Burlington.  Folks, that ttranslates into 16 story buildings! Hardly sounds human scale to this former big city dweller! Just wanted to draw this to peoples' attention.


Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Sovernet Communications

Combination with FirstLight Fiber and Oxford Networks will create a stronger Northeast fiber provider

Bellows Falls, VT, August 8, 2016 – Sovernet Communications (“Sovernet”), a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in Vermont, New York and southwest New Hampshire, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”). At the closing of the transaction, Oak Hill intends to combine the operations of Sovernet with FirstLight Fiber (“FirstLight”), which Oak Hill previously announced an agreement to acquire. FirstLight is another leading provider of fiber optic communications in the northeast.


A Presidential Candidate - Evan McMullin, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson

There are choices beyond Trump and Clinton.

Evan McMullin says  “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for president.”

"I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding,"  says Jill Stein.

"I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that,” says Gary Johnson


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 8/8/2016

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

Monday, August 8, 2016

12:00 am UVM Medical Education Center - Solving Stress

2:15 am Milton Historical Society - Fine Furniture Makers

3:26 am WWAC: Dr. John Hagen - Violent Extremism in Niger 5/13/16

5:00 am Souther Vermont Idol: Week 1


Dog Lexi In Search of Foster Care

We are seeking a temporary (two months or more) foster home for our dog Lexi and offering a stipend of $180 per month toward expenses. Lexi is a sweet, super smart, affectionate, and playful mix of Springer Spaniel, beagle, and harehound. She loves attention, to go on hikes, to play fetch with toys, and to cuddle at night. She's a terrific companion dog who benefits from lots of love and attention. Ideally, she would love to have a fenced in yard as well.


Weekend Creativity Series - Making a Kaleidoscope

I have a bunch of optical toys around, but I haven't made any since I was a kid.

There are many ways to make a kaleidoscope. Some are quite fancy, made of metal or wood, with fine pieces of colored glass and precise mirrors. Others are quite simple, letting the user turn anything they look at into interesting patterns.


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