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Fresh Quinces - Just arrived for sale by C. Townsley & Son, Brattleboro.


The West River Railroad has been put under contract for grading from South Vernon to the Connecticut river at the point where it is to cross that river and pass up on the east side through Hinsdale.


The old elm at the corner of Main and Elliot streets, which, previous to its injury by the fire of last year, formed so noticeable an ornament to that locality, has at length been cut down. It was set out by John R. Blake of Boston, the former owner of the premises, about the year 1825. Not alone the bill poster and the early robin will miss its graceful form.


Crosby’s new block will soon exhibit its full proportions. On the south end, the roof is already being put on.


Mr. J. L. Simonds, superintendent of the Bickford Knitting Machine Company’s works at Centerville, met with a very serious accident last Saturday. The company’s dam was undergoing repairs, and he had walked out to watch the progress of the work, when he stepped on a plank which was tilted and threw him down a distance of 15 or 20 feet on the rocks below. He is now slowly improving, but some time must elapse before his complete recovery.


Trailing arbutus in full bloom, fresh and fragrant as May, is one of the curiosities of the curious season.


Mr. D. Leonard has removed from Forest Square into Dr. J. M. Clark’s house on Green Street.


Mr. C.L. Howe’s family have learned that Miss Mary’s appearance in her first public engagement, three weeks ago, was a most gratifying success in every respect.


Martin Austin is preparing to open a blacksmith shop in the Bemis building on Elm street, and will make ox-shoeing a specialty.


It is understood that some Brattleboro men of means are financially interested in the experiment of running street cars by electric storage batteries. It is confidently predicted that the next two or three years will see electricity generally used as a motive power for street cars, and when Brattleboro has a street railroad the cars will be run with this motive power supplied from the plant up on the brook.


Editor Geo. E. Crowell of The Household has purchased the Charlier place, at the head of Green street, with the intention of making it his home.The house was built in 1860 by James. B. Eustis, a wealthy southerner.


A partial eclipse of the sun last week was watched by many Brattleboro people. The next eclipse will be that of the Democratic party, which occurs Nov. 8.


James King, the boy robber, who operated successfully in Brattleboro, Guilford and Vernon, and who escaped detection, has recently committed burglaries in Northampton, Easthampton, Holyoke and vicinity. He is now supposed to be hiding in the woods between Northampton and Easthampton.


The two remaining girders for the Main street bridge and all the other iron to be used on the bridge arrived during the present week. The holes on one side of the girders, for almost its entire length, do not correspond with the holes in the iron plate which will make the foundation for the roadway.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


September 2nd– Breakfast Sandwich w/Egg, Cheese & Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

September 6th – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

September 9th – No Breakfast


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 5 to September 9

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 5 to September 9

September 5 - CLOSED LABOR DAY

September 6 - Breakfast for Lunch

Eggs, Bacon, Sausage


Tossed Salad, Fruit Salad


Now for Some Trash Talk

Recently in Brattleboro some "Townie" came up with the idea that trash pick ups will be done bi-weekly rather than weekly (this program, mind you began in the hottest month, July)  But that's another story...

I think it's a good idea but why stop there?  Why not cease all trash pick ups?  Forever!  Yes I am serious. 

We have major problems with trash - it pollutes and gathers in gyres in the oceans, now as big as Texas and getting bigger. It breaks down into small pieces and gets ingested by fish which then gets ingested by humans (ha ha - karma)  The population is growing yet we have done barely a thing to address the accumulating build up of trash. Indeed, we have only gotten more wanton.


More Treasure in Brattleboro

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Fi oyu tawn ti, ti si royus, tub leapse tup ni a lamsl eretarus ni het mesa pots, os oyu nodt emoceb eth yonl eno hwo tegs ot dinf eabtyu heter.

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VFW Lunch Menu for 9-5 to 9-9

Menu for Sept. 5th - Sept. 9th

Mon - hot dog, chili, corn on the cob, and potato salad

Tues - tuna melt w/ a salad

Wed - chicken and broccoli alfredo w/ garlic bread

Thur - beef vegetable stir fry w/ rice

Fri - clam strip roll w/ French fries & coleslaw


Next WBA Meeting on Thursday, September 15th at 6pm at Hayes Court

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, September
15th at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at Hayes Court on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report  there will be an update on several agenda items and information on the upcoming BizUp event to be held on September 27th at the ‘new’ New England Country Deli Market out on Marlboro Road.

A final decision will be made on whether to hold a Chicken BBQ over the Columbus Day weekend.  The event is usually held on a Saturday morning – going through till the chicken and fixin’s are gone (usually in the early afternoon). It is held in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue.  


Weekend Creativity Series - How To Be Creative

I’ve shown lots of examples of other people being creative - building, drawing, dancing, and so on. The hope is that it has given you some ideas about how to become more creative yourself.

Maybe we should take a step back, though, and talk again about creativity in a more general sense. Can we learn to be creative, or more creative?

This is a short overview video that talks about the sources of creativity, stages of creativity, and some of the more recent views of cognitive scientists on the matter.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 6, 2016

Who are these people? Why are they meeting?

Ahh, that’s right. It’s the Brattleboro Selectboard, and they return for a regular meeting after a nice summer break of a few weeks to take on issues such as plans for the new police station, changes to ordinances, appointing people to committees, and writing a check for just over half a million dollars to finish of the gravity sewer at Black Mountain Road in accordance with the legal settlement.

You can attend and comment, or bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, September 9, 2016, at 10:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THIS AND FUTURE MEETINGS.

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


SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Concluded August 31st

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the final day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, August 31st. Volunteers collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams throughout the summer. This year, we had sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

The huge sampling effort that SeVWA undertakes this year and every year would simply not be possible without all of our wonderful volunteers. They wake up early every other Wednesday morning to take time out of their busy lives to collect samples rain or shine. Many of our sites can be difficult to access but the results provide our community with valuable information about the state of our rivers. Volunteers also get to know their particular portion of the river and help us identify possible pollution sources and alert us to any changes that might indicate a change in water quality. Thank you volunteers, for all that you do. SeVWA really appreciates it!


Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky have an Artist Talk at Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts

 Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an Artist Talk on Saturday, September 17, at 5pm as part of current exhibits featuring the work of Jackie Abrams and Karen Kamenetzky.

The exhibits, Jackie Abrams: Elemental Vessels and Karen Kamenetsky: Hidden Agenda will continue through September 18. Follow link to see more information.

 Abrams’ unique pieces showcase  40 years of  basket making experience; new, non-traditional materials reflect the artist’s movement toward more intuitive, abstract sculptural forms. According to the artist, “These are forms that are universal, familiar from both nature and from daily use in every culture. The bowl-shaped vessels may hold our important invisible things: dreams, thoughts, and wishes. The suspended forms are echoed by their shadows on the wall.”


Noise In the Library?!?! Brooks Memorial Library Renovations

The Brooks Memorial Library is beginning renovations made possible by the recent bequest of Ronald Read. Mr. Read left BML over 1.2 million dollars in 2015. The Board of Trustees has invested the bulk of the funds in an endowment to provide support for the library for generations to come. The balance is being used to offset the staffing costs of restored hours and to make improvements to the building which will be 50 years old next year. The BML Buildings and Grounds Committee sought extensive input from the public and staff during the planning process. Among the improvements will be added spaces for meetings and quiet study a room for teens and a restroom on the ground floor.


This Week in Brattleboro History - That Time Irene Flooded Flat Street

Five years ago, this week, a freak-show hurricane cum tropical storm called Irene, dropped unprecedented amounts of rain on the state of Vermont. Brattleboro's many waterways swelled beyond their banks, including the Whetstone Brook, which crept, uninvited, on to Flat Street, creating a brown, muddy lake, damaging buildings and closing business.

BHS Trustee Joe Rivers spoke with Boys & Girls Clubs interim director, Ricky Davidson, about the day Irene visited ruination upon Brattleboro, the damage no one saw coming, and the equally tremendous swell of community spirit and generosity that aided a remarkable recovery.

Photo by and courtesy of Peter LaMorder


Noticed Around Brattleboro - Late Summer Early Fall 2016

Time for another edition of Noticed Around Brattleboro, where you are invited to note things you have noticed in your neck of the woods. Small things, perhaps. Anything, really. Here are a few to get things started.

- The new Elliot Street bridge is completed and looks good.

- There are new talking crosswalk buttons downtown at some intersections. (I’ll guess that these will be disliked by most. They kind of bark at you, in contrast to the tweeting sounds we’re used to. I pressed the button and it yelled “Wait!”)

- Western Ave paving is getting underway from Havilands to I-91.


Spaceman: Of Roadkill & Governors

Bill Lee Seeks To Be Labor’s Anti-Candidate In 2016 Vermont Governors’ Race

By Dave Van Deusen*

Montpelier, Vermont, 8/23/16- Anyone who grew up in New England or Quebec in the 1970s, any baseball fan really, knows tales of the Spaceman. Pitching for the Boston Red Sox from 1969-1978 and the Montreal Expos from 1979-1982, yarns of Bill sprinkling “marijuana dust” on his pancakes to help him cope with big city bus fumes abound. We Vermonters know him as an adoptive (and eccentric) favorite son, involving himself politically in support of single payer healthcare and endorsing Anthony Pollina’s own 2008 run for governor. Now the Spaceman is running for Governor in his own right; as the candidate of the Vermont Liberty Union Party.


Brattleboro Development Review Board Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Development Review Board will hold a meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Rita Johnson
Planning Clerk & E911 Coordinator
Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 5th


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, September 5th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

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.

Thank you for your patience as the bridge flares were constructed at RT 30 this week.


Chronic Pain Workshops To Be Offered at Grace Cottage

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering a Chronic Pain Self-Management Program at Grace Cottage in the Holt Conference Room with a partnership with SASH (Support and Services at Home). This free workshop series is scheduled to start on September 21st from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and continue every Wednesday ending October 26th 2016.

Living a Healthier Life with Chronic Pain Workshop is a Self-Management Program (CPSMP) designed for people who have either a primary or secondary diagnosis of chronic pain (as defined as lasting for longer than 3 to 6 months or lasting longer than the normal healing time of an injury) and focuses on problem solving, appropriate usage of medications and exercise, nutrition, emotions and communicating with health care providers. The CPSMP is a workshop given over two and a half hours, once a week for six weeks.


51st Labor Day Weekend Festival Offers Chamber Music & Orchestra on the Lawn

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

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, what is usually billed simply as "an organ concert in the barn" will be performed on both the resident c. 1897 tracker organ and a "visiting" harpsichord with transverse flute and vocal soloist. Featured performers are the duo Les Inégales—Christine Gevert, organ and harpsichord, and Rodrigo Tarraza, traverso—with colleague Nicholas Tamagna, countertenor. Their "Music in the Age of Enlightenment" program includes works by J. S. Bach, Telemann, Corelli, Handel, and their somewhat less-famous contemporaries Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Jean-Henri d'Anglebert, and Johann Christoph Pepusch. The repertoire includes pieces for solo organ or harpsichord, as well as a variety of duets and trios.


Brattleboro Labor Day Closings

In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, September 4, and Monday, September 5.


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