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1792:

Wilbur Fisk, clergyman and writer, born.

1838:

Attorney’s Notice. The Notes and Accounts of the late firm of Sargeant & Stockwell, are left in my hands for collection. Those who pay within a few days, will be charged no cost. Those who neglect this call, will be sued without further notice. Asa Keyes.

1866:

We are requested to say that the Committee have canvassed the village to ascertain who can take lodgers and boarders during the Fair, and that if any have been omitted who can accomodate persons with lodging and boarding, they are requested to report to S. M. Waite, at the First National Bank.

1866:

On the State Fair Ground, Brattleboro, Under a Large Pavilion, Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 7th. Immense Attraction! Farewell Tour of the Far-Famed Human Anomalies, Chang and Eng! The Wonderful Siamese Twins and their children! Remember this is your last chance of seeing these Great Wonders.

1877:

O. R. Vesper, a Vermont veteran whose peculiarity is that he wears a coat with twice as many sleeves as he has use for, is engaged hereabouts in selling Hall’s Excelsior Washing and Bleaching Compound.

1877:

The new hand steam fire engine, purchased by the village, has arrived and been placed in the engine house on Elliot street. It was built by the Jones & Clapp Manufacturing Company, and cost $2500.

1877:

Mrs. Dryer of Chicago, one of Moody’s workers, gave some very interesting Bible readings and expositions at the Congregational church, last Monday afternoon and evening.

1883:

The laying of the Green street main for Crowell’s aqueduct to the corner of Elliot and Main streets has been prosecuted with vigor this week with the hope of completing it to-morrow.

1883:

The primary schools will begin Sept. 10.

1888:

Visitors in town very often speak of the pleasing effect produced by the five large campaign flags across the business portion of Main street.

1888:

The Brattleboro jelly company, consisting of Geo. E. Crowell, W. S. Williams, F. A. Radway and C. D. Whitman, is putting in machinery west of the Crowell and Wheeler building, on Flat street, and expect to begin active operations as soon as the apple crop is ready. The mill will be able to turn out a ton of jelly a day, while the daily capacity of the cider press is from 100 to 200 barrels.

1888:

The ladies of the industrial and educational union had a very satisfactory sale of edibles this week. On Tuesday the election cake disappeared as if by magic, on Wednesday there was a good demand for rolls, and on Thursday the supply of cream cakes failed to meet the demand. Those wishing to earn money by furnishing bread or cake, or who would like situations as nurses, domestics, etc., will find the union a real help and friend.

1888:

Judge Wheeler held a court of naturalization in the lower town hall Tuesday. Thirty-four residents of the county took out the necessary papers and several others signified their intention of doing so.

1894:

The annual Valley Fair dance will be held at the town hall the first night of the fair.

1894:

The busts and pictures for the High school room have arrived and are being put in place this week. The busts are ten in number, and included the following subjects: Homer, Demosthenes, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Shakespeare, Milton, Washington, Lincoln and Grant.

1894:

Yesterday morning’s rainfall of 17 hundredths of an inch was the first in Brattleboro since July 29 of sufficient amount to lay the dust. Mr. Childs’ record shows a total of on 31 hundredths of an inch for the month of August.

1894:

The putting in of the concrete walk on the north side of Elliot street has necessitated the building of a new approach to the armory. The entrance is now reached from a broad platform, from either end of which stairs descend to the level of the sidewalk.

1900:

The Brattleboro Bird club will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday evening at 7:30 with Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell. Among the topics to be discussed at this meeting are “Fall Migration,” “Fall Plumage,” and “Longevity of Birds.”

1900:

The Estey Organ Company has just completed a specially designed organ which is being placed in the main hall of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. It is finished in mahogany to match the decorations of the hall. Carl Hollender and Edward Knudson went Monday to set up the organ.

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1855 Account of Nearby Balloon Ascent

Vermont Phoenix, July 7th, 1855  "BALLOON ASCENT.—Mons Gustave Reynard, an experienced aeronaut, ascended in a balloon from Springfield on the 4th. The Springfield Republican says:

“The wind was high, and when the cords were loosed, the balloon with its daring aeronaut shot upward like a rocket. It rapidly rose and swept away to the east of north and in a very few minutes was lost behind a large bank of white clouds. When at an estimated height of four thousand feet, the aeronaut detached his parachute, an umbrella-like structure, to which was attached a live white cat in net work and basket. This came slowly and safely down, but was wafted so far north by the wind that it only reached the earth in Chicopee Falls. Pussy was very badly frightened, net unhurt.

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SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued July 7th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had its second day of its monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, July 7th. Volunteers will be collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams and will continue to do so every other week through the end of August. This year, we have 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.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 11th

I-91

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.

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.

On Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th, Route 30 under I-91 in Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

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Next WBA Meeting on Thursday, July 14th at Westgate Housing

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 PM in the Community Room at Westgate Housing on Westgate Drive. Park on Westgate Drive if there is no room in the lot.

After a review of the treasury report and addressing the issue of directors and officers insurance, there will be an update on the spring plantings and the upcoming BizUp event.  Among other pending issues to be addressed are the result (if any) of the Thompson Trust application for the Neighborhoods Fund and an update on West B neighborhoods and drugs.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Oral History Project presents Bill Holiday's Interview with Peter Gould

In 1969 Peter Gould was, "tired of the Vietnam War, [and] angry at my county," as he fled the disconsolate urban chaos in search of an alternative. He found it in at Packer Corners, in Guilford, Vermont and spent the next 9 years at the farm.

In June of 2016 Peter sat with Brattleboro educator and historian Bill Holiday to recount those times in Peter's personal narrative and the narrative of a remarkable place that lives on, nearly 50 years later.

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Jon Gregg Exhibit Opens at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present the painting exhibit Jon Gregg: evolving a mark, with an opening reception for the artist Thursday, July 14, in two locations: Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts at 183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium, both from 5 to 7 pm. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at 5pm.  Friends and alumni of the Vermont Studio Center are encouraged to attend.

Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.

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Governor Shumlin Awards $450k to Brattleboro for Bradley House Renovations

Governor Shumlin Awards $450k for Bradley House Renovations

Brattleboro, VT—Governor Peter Shumlin awarded $450,000 yesterday to the Town of Brattleboro for renovations and an expansion of Bradley House, a Level III Residential Care Home located on Harris Avenue. The planned renovations will enhance the property’s capacity, accessibility and safety.

The award, recommended by the Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP); and confirmed by Vermont Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Patricia Moulton; was presented by the Governor at a Bradley House ceremony. Approximately 50 people were on-hand to witness the presentation of awards to Brattleboro and six other recipients.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers Band on Sunday, July 10

Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 10 with contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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Michael Johnson w/ Laura Molinelli & Ben Campbell at Next Stage on Friday, July 8

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present singer, songwriter and guitarist Michael Johnson, plus the Vermont-based Americana duo Laura Molinelli and Ben Campbell, at Next Stage on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 pm.

Michael Johnson began playing guitar at age thirteen, and over the next ten years, he won an international talent contest, recorded for Epic Records, studied classical guitar with Graciano Tarrago at Liceo Conservatory in Barcelona, Spain and joined the Chad Mitchell Trio for a year, spending some of that time co‐writing with fellow band member John Denver. After a short stint as an off‐Broadway actor, he released his first album “There Is A Breeze,” produced by Peter Yarrow and Phil Ramone on Atlantic Records in 1971.

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Rt 30 Closure July 13th and 14th

Good Afternoon,

On Wednesday, July 13th and Thursday, July 14th, Route 30 under I-91 in Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

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Sanders Defends Vermont's GMO Labeling Law

WASHINGTON, July 6 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday said legislation that could soon come to the floor of the U.S. Senate would undermine efforts in states around the country to help Americans stay informed about what goes into their food.

“The American people have a right to know what they’re eating,” Sanders said during a press conference on Capitol Hill. “That is why states like Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Alaska have adopted laws to label goods containing GMOs and why many other states are interested and on the path to do that.”

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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.”

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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.

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Movie Monday

July Showings

THE POLITICAL GAMES

 Movies starring:

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Happy 4th of July

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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?

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