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We wish our correspondents to understand, that we are Whigs - that our Paper is Whig, and that we wish to devote all our energies to the Whig cause. We however feel that the cause of Liberty is identified with the Whig cause; and not so far as they are identified, we will open our columns to the discussion of principles, and no further - ourselves being judges.


The third theatrical representation at the Lawrence Water Cure transpired on Friday evening of last week. The representation was preceded by tableaux vivante of Uncle Tom and little Eva, Othello relating his adventures, Mrs. Squeer’s Breakfast scene, King Lear’s Death Scene, and Trial Scene from ‘Merchant of Venice.’ We did not witness the above, but are informed that this part of the entertainment was highly successful. The farce of “Boots at the Swan,” concluded the entertainment.


Prof. O. S. Fowler will commence a course of lectures on “Phrenology” at the town hall of the 14th inst.


The rain fall in the month of August was only three-fourths of an inch.


The Boston Ideal Company are to give Uncle Tom’s Cabin at Crosby Hall tonight. This company appears with the special endorsement of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe. The part of Uncle Tom is taken by Chas. Cornish, an emancipated slave, who bears on his own body the marks of the slave system.


What with its new concrete walks and recent converts to the dooryard fence annihilation theory, Green street is putting on an improved appearance.


Main street isn’t a proper place to be used for a bicycle race course, especially on concert band nights.


Sixteen years ago Mrs. Gen Estey gave her son, J. Gray, a small gold ring as a birthday gift. In a few days he lost the ring. Monday, while wading at Spofford lake, Bertie Wood saw something shining in the sand. He reached down and picked up what proved to be a gold ring, worn somewhat by the action of the sand and water. On the inside was the inscription “August 2, 1877 - J. Gray Estey,” which led the honest finder to return it to the surprised owner.


The work of building a sewer on South main street was begun this morning. It will be extended as far as Washington street.


Labor day will be observed in Brattleboro for the first time next Monday. The Estey and Carpenter factories, banks, and stores will be closed.


President Theodore Roosevelt visits Brattleboro and gives a speech at the common.


Central Vermont and the Boston & Main terminated regular passenger service and the Union Station was closed.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of August 3

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the height of summer:


Reiki and Flower Essence Therapy
Sota Brand Bio-Turner
Light and Sound Meditation Mind Machines Available
Dr. Hudla Clark Frenquency Generator Available
InterPlay for Fun and [sometimes] for Performance
I’ll Be Your Walking Buddy
Shopping & Errands
Borrow My Post Hole Digger



I have always considered myself to be a zionist. It seemed fair to me that the Jews of the world ought to have a homeland and that a logical place for it would be the place described in the bible as the home of their predecessors: the Hebrews.

 I knew many Palestinians when I lived in Saudi Arabia. They were all professional people holding responsible jobs in the Kingdom and they rarely ever spoke of Palestine. Actually, most of them had earlier moved to other countries like Jordan and got their educations in Europe or the USA.  It never occurred to me that they might have been forced out. One friend, an engineer/contractor, was from Jerusalem. He revealed that his grandfather was the Grand Mufti. I had no idea what a Mufti was, but I later found out that he had the right last name. He, too, never mentioned life in Palestine.


150 Years Ago (1864 8/2)

1 ½ miles from Frederick City, on the Harper's Ferry road,

August 2, 1864.

Dearest Wife,

I think that the last letter was written on the Hills west of Harper's Ferry. In a few minutes after it was finished we all started for Maryland, again marched all night or rather we were marching all night. It took a long time to cross the river. We had no cattle and came along as we were a mind, bathed in the Potomac and stopped where we pleased, calculating to keep near or division. That part of the 8th corps with us led the
column across the river, the 19th corps next, our Corps next, the first division of it leading the 2d ours next, the 3d bringing up the rear, the 2nd Brigade of the 2d, -the one Zopher is in were in rear of train as train guard. I believe the world knows nothing of the number of troops here, or what they are. No newspapers ever mention us.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes -August 5, 2014

Will there be free parking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? The Brattleboro Selectboard will receive holiday observance options from the Interim Town manager at their first Tuesday meeting of August. They will also hear a preliminary report of the financials of 2014, discuss Entergy funds, hold public hearings for zoning changes, accept grants, and more.

Attend in person or watch on BCTV, and feel free to bring up items not otherwise on the agenda.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will hold a special meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes - July 25 - Climate Change: Fear or Hope?

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast                                            

July 25, 2014, Gibson-Aiken Center

Climate Change: Should we be Fearful? Or Hopeful?
George Harvey, General Factotum for the Green Energy Times blogging at  geoharvey one of George Harvey’s Blogs

George Harvey was introduced and asked to react to a news article recently quoted in his blog that “No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.” He stated that his pessimism around climate change is based on its effects on nature. Species are going out of existence at the rate of 200 per year and with the increase in global warming that increase in extinction rate is moving from one species every 40 hours to one every ten minutes to one every 50 seconds.


SeVWA's July 30, 2014 River Sampling Day

This past Wednesday, July 30th, marked the fourth sampling day of the season for river monitoring by Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA). Earlier in the week heavy rains and thunderstorms brought severe flooding to some towns in our sampling region which includes the West, Williams, and Saxtons rivers as well as North Branch Brook, Rock River, and the Whetstone Brook.

August is vacation month and as everyone prepares to head to new or traditional vacation places, please think about how you can help to maintain healthy waterways. Some of these ways are complying with boating laws and regulations, carrying out all trash, and making sure harsh chemicals are disposed of properly. Also, checking boating equipment for aquatic invasive species helps to prevent the spread of non-native plants and animals into waterways. Think about the steps of CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY as you recreate on waterbodies or move your activities from one waterbody to another. Taking these steps will help prevent the transport of invasive aquatic species from one waterbody to another.


Weekend Concert Series: Be'la Dona

Be’la Dona is an all-woman DC go go band.

I think I would have liked to have been at this show.


Harvest Health Coupons for EBT Customers at the Farmers Market!

The Brattleboro Farmers Market, open Saturdays 9-2 on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro, and on Wednesdays by the Brattleboro Coop from 10-2, welcomes EBT to participate in the Harvest Health Coupon matching program. Come to market and spend EBT dollars and get *free* matching coupons-- double your money up to $10 per market visit!


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 1


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. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

Night work on the new bridge will continue at the columns on Route 30. Night work will occur Sunday night, August 3 through Friday night, August 8.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 - 4:00 PM

1) CoreArts Q&A
2) Harmony Lot mural update
3) Art in Municipal Building / High Grove Lot
4) Other


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


3 Minute History Lesson

This Land is Mine  “This Land is Mine" is a video from Nina Paley, originally posted on Vimeo. In the end of this video appear the text "Copying is an Act of Love, please copy and share. copyheart.org". So, here it is.


Senate Passes Veterans Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, July 31 – The Senate tonight approved and sent to President Barack Obama a bill to improve access to health care for veterans and reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Crafted by the Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairmen – Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) – the $16.3 billion bill passed the Senate by a vote of 91-3. The House of Representatives voted 420-5 on Wednesday to approve the same measure.


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