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“Beginning on Sunday, the Post office will be open on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30...”


The rear of the season’s big drive of logs, comprising 25,000,000 feet, reached Windsor on Tuesday. The water is low and progress is difficult.

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The Wild Peacock of West Brattleboro

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Movie Monday at Brattleboro Senior Center

Brattleboro Senior Center offers Free Monday Morning Movies.  The June 30th movie will be "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner".  The movie starts at 10 am.  Come and enjoy a movie with snacks and please stay after the movie for lunch at Brattleboro Senior Meals all are welcome.  For information please contact Jessy at 802-257-7570.


Fireworks Safety From The Brattleboro Fire Department

The Brattleboro fire department urges all residents to be safe this Fourth of July.

In Vermont All Fireworks (not including sparklers and other novelty smoke devices) are illegal except for permitted, supervised public fireworks displays. Fireworks all too often result in serious burns, hearing loss and other injuries due to miss-use. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach, 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause 3rd degree burns.


150 Years Ago (1864 6/25)

On the left flank of the army of the Potomac.

June 25, 1864.

Dear wife,

My last letter was dated near the railroad; while I was writing there were some skirmishers thrown out on the road, and the pioneers were tearing up the rails. Among them were companies F, L, K, and one other of the 11th Vt. and the 4th Vt. 4 Companies of the 11th and a part of the 4th were taken prisoners. There are a few left from each company. I saw what is left of Company F, Willard Morse, Elbridge Varnum, Charlie Brooks have gone to Richmond. I found but two left that I knew, David Morse and Henry Dawson. Saw Charles Dolloff. He was drawing rations at the time; they were taken pretty slick. We were but a little ways from them. Them that got away talk about firing several vollies, but they did not make much noise. I do not believe they fired a shot. I heard a few scattering shots, but no more than I had been hearing all the time.


Progress Trumps Fear

It's really too bad that the skate park in Crowell Lot was shot down. Elm Street simply won't have the same character, if it ever happens. We should learn to have faith in our youth. Otherwise fear trumps progress.

Gnarly in Pink


Beautiful Berries Downtown at the Wednesday Farmers' Market

The Wednesday Farmers' Market is back downtown by the Brattleboro Food Coop! 10-2 every Wednesday, our farmers (plus Bijou Bakes and Anon's Thai Cuisine) offer the freshest locally-grown produce and prepared lunches and baked goods. EBT and debit are welcome; come by for some convenient, farmer-direct shopping--mid-week!


The Estey Organ and the Emergence of Capitalism

The Estey Organ Museum will sponsor a presentation titled “The Estey Organ - Its Place in the Emergence of American Capitalism” at its Engine House Gallery, 108 Birge Street, on Sunday, June 29, at 3:00 PM. Kit Barry, curator of The Ephemera Archive for American Studies in Brattleboro will lead the presentation.

The Estey Company, along with 1,000’s of other 19th century companies, was both a part of, and the epitome of the single driving force determining the personality, the very being of the United States – American Capitalism.


House Passes Welch Legislation Advancing Energy Efficiency In Schools

WASHINGTON DC—Last evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Peter Welch’s bipartisan legislation to encourage schools administrators to make cost-saving energy efficiency upgrades. The Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, modeled after Vermont’s school-based energy efficiency efforts, is the second Welch-authored energy efficiency bill to pass the House this year.


"Reading" Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

The Historical Society of Windham County (HSWC) will be hosting a presentation on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Moore Free Library (23 West Street) in Newfane at 7:30PM.

Bill Hosley, an historic resources and education consultant from Enfield, Conn., will demonstrate how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont.

According to Mr. Hosley, in developing their towns, early Vermont settlers created a wide range of things that spoke to their values, background, skills and cultural attitudes.  Their architecture, gravestones, furniture, ironwork, paintings, pottery, and textiles are evocative of specific people, places, and situations. 


Can Anyone Identify This Beautiful Tree?

Can anyone identify the species of this beautiful multi-trunked tree in the Common?  

It is approximately aligned with #38 Park Place and one of the crosswalks and, if you are looking into the Common from the sidewalk, it is straight back from the Memorial Tree Plaque.


Gertrude of Arabia?

Betcha you never heard of her. Sounds like a joke, but it isn’t.

The story of a British intelligence agent who rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders—and gave us today’s ungovernable country: Iraq.

Quote: “It was a hundred years ago, a few months before the outbreak of World War I. Baghdad was under a regime loyal to the Ottoman Turks. The Turkish authorities in Constantinople had reluctantly given the persistent woman permission to embark on her desert odyssey, believing her to be an archaeologist and Arab scholar, as well as being a species of lunatic English explorer that they had seen before.


Galactic Historian -Andrew Bartzis on WVEW

Join DJ Pockets this tuesday the 24th of June for another experience that you won't soon forget,,this one features Andrew Bartzis.

Andrew has been an active healer and psychic reader for nearly 20 years. He is a Reiki master and Shaman with many talents in the spirit world.

Andrew grew up in north east Ohio. He is a active rock hound and Gemstone and mineral collector. He has nearly 2,000 different crystals, gemstones and meteorites in his personal collection.


Evening of American Roots at Sandglass Theater with Martin Grosswendt

PUTNEY- Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm, Martin Grosswendt will bring his masterful take on American roots music to the intimate stage of Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT. In this rare appearance, Martin is accompanied by guitarist and singer Susanne Salem-Schatz. Tickets are $16 general, $13 for students and seniors and can be reserved by email at info@sandglasstheater.org or by calling 802-387-4051. 

Martin Grosswendt is an extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer. He draws from a wide range of American roots music and is particularly well known as an interpreter of country blues of the 20’s and 30’s.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled - Appointment, or Employment, or Evaluation

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is expected that the Board will enter into executive session at 4:00pm to discuss an appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/23/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/23/14

Monday June 23          

12:00 am      Ethan Allen Homestead: Gen. Burgoyne's March

1:19 am       2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Fest. - Meet the Artist: Linda Oh

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Solar Energy: Imagine The Possibilities

6:00 am       The Artful Word: Fascism and Immigration - Italy and the U.S


Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite

Brown Bag lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite, Monday 23 June 2014, Noon - 1 pm. 

BuildingGreen, Inc. is a local company that serves architects and building professionals nationwide with a well-respected online resource, BuildingGreen Suite. This subscription-based website keeps building professionals up-to-date on progressive building strategies and developments in the constantly changing world of green building materials.