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First Ministerial Association in Vermont organized in Brattleboro.


Our townsman, James Fisk, Jr. took the first premium of $100 for the best four-in-hand team, at the Springfield Horse Show.


This year will witness an increase of ten new dwelling houses on Prospect Hill - a larger number than any other section of the village can boast.


Partridges are reported uncommonly plenty this fall.


The Murphy Miniature Opera Pinafore Company are to give “Pinafore” at the town hall on Wednesday evening. The company, composed of 40 children selected from public schools in Boston, is the same which played a remarkably successful season of 100 nights at the Boston Museum.


That was a lonesome looking load of lager beer kegs which went through the street Wednesday afternoon, bearing the mysterious legend “Closed.”


Crosby hall is to have fine stage scenery painted by Piggott, the well-known scenic artist. Mr. Piggot arrived and began work on Wednesday.


Chestnuts are so plenty that they bring only $1.25 per barrel.


The Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, which is now ready for use, contains a very excellent and complete outfit of the most approved appliances for physical exercise and development - including horizontal and parallel bars, horizontal ladder, rowing machine, spring board, Indian clubs, dumb bells, etc. This gymnasium is the very handsome gift of Col. Estey to the association.


Brattleboro people woke up Thursday morning to find the ground whitened with snow.


A ladies’ auxiliary of the Young Men’s Christian Association is in process of formation.

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus Open Rehearsals

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will begin its 22nd fall session on September 6 & 7, with a repertoire that will feature an eclectic mix of songs about Love and Music. Any woman or girl age 10 or older is welcome to participate in the rejuvenating power of singing with others.

Under the direction of Becky Graber, rehearsals are offered either Wednesday nights or Thursday mornings, though singers are welcome to attend both. The 10-week session will begin on Wednesday, September 6 from 6:30-8:30 at All Souls Church and Thursday, September 7 from 10:00-noon in the Centre Congregational Church parlor.


BCTV Schedules Week of 8/28/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/28/17

Monday, August 28, 2017

12:30 am History of Biking in VT 1880 - 1920

4:00 am VT Film Essentials - 2001: A Space Oddesy

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show 8/25/17

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am All Workforce Matters - Ban the Box Law


*Not* Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - But Might Be of Interest

[There have not been any Citizens' Breakfasts - http://bit.ly/YkYQBx - for awhile ... due to a complexity of reasons ... if you have an interest in continuing or reformulating the Breakfast, please contact me directly.] 

But here is something I wanted to share that you might find of interest: On March 23, I sent a letter to Vermont Chief Justice Reiber. Anticipating his appearance on Vermont Edition this past Friday, I re-posted the content of the letter as a question to Vermont Edition and it was posed by Bob Kinzel in his interview. The interchange can be heard beginning at about 9:05, at the following link:http://digital.vpr.net/post/chief-justice-paul-reiber-vermont-supreme-court-and-justice-our-state


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE: This meeting replaces the regular meeting that would normally have taken place on September 4 (Labor Day).

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, August 28, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


VFW Lunch Specials 8-28 to 9-1 Open to the Public!

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - homemade chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg
Tues - steak & cheese grinder w/ onion rings
Wed - coconut shrimp or clam roll w/ French fries
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy, & veg
Fri - homemade crab cakes w/ potato salad


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 28 thru September 1

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 28 thru September 1


Aug 28 -Seafood Salad Roll

Cottage Cheese

Raspberry Beets

Tropical Fruit


Putney Historical Society Annual Meeting August 27

The Putney Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 pm at Next Stage. This year’s program will include a short business meeting followed by presentations by Putney Central School Social Studies teacher Leah Toffolon and Next Stage Arts Project Executive Director Maria Basescu. The event is free and open to the public.

Leah Toffolon will screen excerpts from “Putney Food Stories,” a collection of short films made by the Putney Central School class of 2017 about people in the Putney community connected to growing, harvesting, making and selling food. For the last three years, Leah’s 8th grade students have worked with Evie Lovett from the Vermont Folklife Center to learn the fundamentals of ethnographic research, interviewing techniques and media production. The students learn to be “storytellers” - to explore and capture stories in their communities by doing primary source research, thereby building empathy and compassion and seeing themselves as part of a wider, interwoven community.


Poles on Elliot Street

What’s going on with the telephone poles on Elliot Street?

They’re all painted, some very professionally.

A couple of photos are included.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 28, 2017


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Punchlist work requiring lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic will continue. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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.


Williams Street Closure(s)


On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, Williams Street will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from the Union Street intersection to Brannan Street to replace a stormwater pipe. Vehicle traffic will need to find alternate routes.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.




Sept. 2 & 3: Friends of Music's 52nd Labor Day Weekend Festival at Organ Barn

Guilford, Vt. - As it has done for over a half-century, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) opens its annual music season with a concert in a rural barn on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend. The famed Organ Barn is in an idyllic setting near the state line where Guilford meets Leyden, Massachusetts. The intimate Barn seats about a hundred concertgoers, and on Sunday afternoon, two hundred or more people flock to the lawn outside the Barn for picnics and an orchestra concert.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, guest organist Edwin Lawrence presents "A New England Organ Sampler," including compositions by Dudley Buck, George Whitefield Chadwick, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker, as well as original works; tenor soloist Thomas Gregg is featured on much of the program. Concentrating on music from late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lawrence explains that the composers on this program include the last generation to depend on European training and the first to be entirely "home-schooled." More modern repertoire refers back in some ways to older New England times. This Organ Barn performance, as others in the past, includes enlightening commentary from the stage.


The Wonderful Chip Card

It’s more secure. It’s easier. It’s faster. Those were some of the claims of the innovators that brought us the chip card. You know, the bank card with the special chip embedded in it?

Early on, the chip card readers didn’t work. I would frequently be behind the early adopters at a supermarket when they’d try to use them. At the start, the readers weren’t set up, but even once they got going they had problems. Frequent re-trying of the card, or a call to a manager, would sometimes get it to work. Other times customers would simply dump their purchase and walk out in frustration.


BCTV Schedules Week of 8/21/17

Channel 8 Weekly Listings

Friday, August 18, 2017

12:00 am Day Kitchen Demos - Day Kitchen with Donna: Goat Cheese and Berry Dessert

1:00 am Healthcare Matters - Ep 1 - Ticks

1:30 am Female Founders Series: Energy

2:30 am River Garden Brown Bag Lunch Series - Restorative Justice in the Age of Trump 7/19/17


Brattleboro Eclipse Viewing

Today's the day for the solar eclipse. It won't be total here, but some eclipsing will happen early this afternoon. Here's what the National Weather Service in Albany says says:

"Although the high pressure area will continue to depart, it will remain close enough to the area to keep it precip free through the day today. Much attention is being given to the sky cover forecast, due to the partial solar eclipse that will occur this afternoon. Based on the 3km HRRR, sky cover should be fairly sunny for much of the area through the day. There could be some passing scattered high clouds for areas south of Albany this afternoon, but sky cover will generally be fairly clear. The time of max eclipse at Albany is around 2:42 pm edt, with the peak obscuration around 66 percent. Be sure to protect your eyes if you plan to view the eclipse and check our social media outlets for additional info."


Racoon in Broad Daylight...

I noticed a racoon walking around this afternoon on lower Canal St, a little bit up from the coop...


Bogus Lives

Does anyone know what the slogan means? 


Conversations with the Unseen: Paintings by Rosemary Ladd at Next Stage Gallery

At Next Stage Gallery from August 25, 2017 to November 14, 2017 

All Day

Artist Statement: Rosemary Ladd

I have always wanted to be an artist and portray the beauty I see around me.

When illness affected my ability to paint, I took the opportunity to find new pathways. These paintings represent my exploration into the world of non-representational painting with cold wax and oil.


VFW Lunch Specials 8-21 to 8-25

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ onion rings
Wed - chicken primavera w/ salad
Thur - garlic roasted pork w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ a salad


ID Papers

I’m listening to VPR discussing the recent Barcelona Terror attack.

(a van plowed into a crowd of people killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others)

I wasn’t listening intently, as I was busy on the “Net” at the time.

However, I snapped to attention when I heard that the driver of the van had been identified, as he left his ID


How many drivers leave their license behind when they leave their cars?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Aug 21 - Salisbury Steak

Potato Wedges




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If a big wildfire was coming toward Brattleboro, I would most likely