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"Brattleboro Thief Detecting Society" held annual meeting.


During the evening of Sunday and morning of Monday last, the heavens were illumined from the circumference to center with a more magnificent display of the aurora borealis than we had ever seen before, and one that has been seldom if ever equalled in this latitude. The views were so constantly varying and shifting that it would require pages for an adequate description of the rich variety of celestial scenery then exhibited.


Nixon & Co.’s circus exhibited and performed on the Island opposite this village on Saturday last to more than 4000 spectators, all of whom appeared to be fully satisfied with the outlay of their admission fee. This is the best company that has visited our place, so far as we have seen.


A high honor was conferred on Dr. Holton during his recent stay in London, in his election as a member of the British Medical Association. The doctor and family have made the tour of Great Britain, and at last accounts were in Paris.


Mrs. Waite offers for sale or rent her house on the Terrace.


A warrant had been issued for another special town meeting to be held on Saturday of next week, a 4 o’clock P.M. This meeting has been called, it is unnecessary to say, upon the demand of parties who are opposed to the expenditure of such a sum of money on the suitable renovation and improvement of the town hall as was voted at the special town meeting held two weeks ago.


In accordance with an act of the legislature amended in 1884 the price of school books will be subject to a slight advance on the printed lists now in use.


Two quarts of alcohol alleged to have been brought from Keene on Saturday was the inspiring cause of a Sunday row among some of the residents of the old camp ground.


In response to a request from the secretary of the state board of agriculture, the Brattleboro listers have compiled a list of the cows, oxen, other neat stock, sheep, swine and horses which are assessable in Brattleboro. Number of cows, 1038. Oxen, 48. Calves and young cattle, 449. Sheep, 361. Swine, 470. Horses, 870. Total assessed value is $85,407.


The Canal street switch is a well-spring of trouble to the Brattleboro Street railway company. There were many inconveniences in getting a location of the switch. Miss Serotia A. Alexander has now sent a petition to the county court concerning her grievances occasioned by the switch, asking for removal as the court see fit.


Chief of Police Hall found a chestnut horse with only a chain halter on running loose on Main street before daylight Tuesday morning. It is now in the stable of the Brattleboro Livery company.

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Did Muslim Murder 4 Marines in Payback for Iraq Libya, Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan?


Another killing of GIs by a Muslim American. Most Americans will confine their judgement and emotions to this one specific quadruple murder, and this will be helpful to those, who have invested in profitable genocides from Korea onward in their continuing to stay under the radar. Insidious US media will make sure the deaths of the four Marines and Abdulazeez play out well for its ISIS hoax and Christian-Israeli hate Islam campaign.


Weekend Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari

You may know Aziz. He played Tom on “Parks & Recreation,” a kind of manic 20-something impressed by gadgets, technology and always looking to make it big.

Here he is in 2011 or so in Washington D.C. doing a show called “Dangerously Delicious,” featuring his observational style of humor.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - July 20 - July 24

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 20 – July 24

July 20 American Chop Suey


Garlic Bread



The Tree of Life - Whatever Happens To A Leaf

When I wrote the poem "Whatever Happens to a Leaf" in 1999 there lay within it the core of my philosophy of life and death. If the context of the scientific notion that we are but born of dead stars from the ashes and dust of an extreme unbridled supernova, my leaf analogy of what happens to humans when they die simplifies the question so often asked of me, "What happens to us when we die." My answer, troubling to many, accepting by some, is "What ever happens to a leaf when it falls from the tree is the same thing that happens to you and me."Our existence is coexistent with the leaves on the trees, as we are with all living things. The evolutionary trek that brought us to the very day you read these words is the same chain from the branches of evolutionary life we clung to from our earliest days and which we cling to still.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued July 15th

SeVWA LogoThe Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had its third monitoring day for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, July 15th. The majority of our sites received significant rainfall in the day before sampling and 8 of our 27 sites tested above the recommended “suitability to swim” bacteria level set by Vermont and the EPA. It is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams, so keep that in mind when making weekend plans on the water.

Even though we keep saying that bacteria levels are heavily dependent on rain, river users, whether they be swimming, boating, paddling, tubing, fishing, or even just hiking by, can help improve water quality by taking care of the rivers and their shores.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 21, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss next steps for the Police-Fire facility project at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center.

They'll appoint a screening committee for the NEA Our Town project, accept a number of grants for projects and purchases, continue with retaining wall repairs, and more.

Note: I'm unable to cover this meeting. If anyone cares to step up and write up a few notes from this meeting for others, in any style or format, it would be greatly appreciated.


Longtime Library Director Announces Retirement - Brattleboro's Public Library to Seek New Leader

Brattleboro VT – The Brattleboro Town Manager and the Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees jointly announced today that Jerry Carbone, Library Director of Brooks Memorial Library, has submitted a letter of intention to retire in December 2015.

Carbone, 64, will be stepping down after 37 years at the venerable institution, 22 as director. He is the 13th library professional to hold the post at the library that bears the name of George J. Brooks, who built and gave the original library building to the citizens of his adopted town.


The Will to Grow: Psychosynthesis Life Coach Training

Local residents will have a chance to learn about becoming a nationally Board Certified Coach (BCC) as The Synthesis Center introduces its psychosynthesis classes in Brattleboro this summer. On Wednesday, July 22nd at 6:30 p.m., there will be a free presentation at the The Synthesis Center’s regional office at 73 Main Street in Brattleboro. A follow up session is scheduled for August 23rd.

Psychosynthesis is distinctive for blending Western psychology with Eastern spiritual traditions, and it has long been applied in the fields of counseling, education and the helping professions as a tool for self development. More recently, the Center has introduced this method to the emerging field of life coaching, offering tools and applied practices for creating life change.


Greyhound In Brattleboro?

Has Greyhound bus service been restored in Brattleboro yet? if so, where does the bus stop in Brattleboro? I am thinking about taking a trip there and I am assessing all transportation options.


As Greece Goes, So Go Debtors All

Don't mess with the powers that be. That's the message I got from the Greek crisis currently winding down in Europe. They will wipe you out sooner than look at you if you welch on a bet – or default on a loan.

It was really quite remarkable to behold, this unraveling of Greece. Rumblings of trouble in the financial pages for months, a day of reckoning in June with banks closing country-wide, a stunning public referendum in which 60% of the citizenry voted against more austerity, and the government, just this week, caving all the same, its more idealistic finance minister resigning in, well, resignation.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 19


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

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Brattleboro NEA Our Town Call For Artists - Addendum 2

JULY 14, 2015

1. The Budget for the Project(s) has increased.

Additional donations have been received. The total budget for the project(s) is now $56,000.

2. What is/is not a U.S. Artist?


Family First: Brattleboro Savings & Loan Earns Gold Status as a Breastfeeding Friendly Employer

BRATTLEBORO, VT. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan recently took a step toward making the bank a bit more comfortable for new moms and dads on both sides of the teller window.

This June, the bank received ‘Gold Status’ from the Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Project, joining an elite set of businesses across the country that are taking a pledge to create safe, welcoming environments for breastfeeding mothers and their children.


One's Lure of Choice

It’s peak summer, buzzing abounds. I was recently struck by the correlation between bikes and flies. This article attempts to chase that down. An exercise in vernal observation and kinetic free association, admittedly esoteric.

Sitting by the side of the road, gazing with even a slight degree of critical attention, you’ll see Harleys, BMWs, Ducatis, Triumphs, and a spate of Japanese varieties, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki.  Within each company selections are offered which do specific things optimally. The Touring Bike, the Cruiser, the Racer, the Dirt Bike. Also dotting the landscape, an array of hybrids made to straddle on and off-road use, they do various tasks reasonably well. These are the Enduros, Spyders, Dual Sports, etc. It’s a vast domain, with models for every passion and taste.


Pay As You Throw and the Rising Cost of Recycling

Pay As You Throw wasn't so bad, now was it? All you have to do is spend a few extra hours (and/or dollars) a week on your trash and voila! It's trash day and out to the curb it goes, in multiple assorted bins, to be sure, but at least it's gone and that's what matters. End of story, right?

Oh, how we wish. Unfortunately, now that we're all composting, recycling, and reducing our landfill waste to little piles of plastic and metal oddments, we have a new problem. Curbside recycling is not profitable. It doesn't even pay for itself. In many places, including Brattleboro, the recycling companies have to be propped up financially by the municipalities, costing taxpayers money (again).


iBrattleboro and The State of Local News Startups

As a long-time reader and occasional contributor to iBrattleboro, I'm interested in the changes in contribution levels and types over the years. These days the site seems to have a larger proportion of announcements and less original content/commentary than when it started.

If I'm right about this, I'm wondering about the causes of the trend.


A Presidential Candidate - Scott Walker

Scott Walker has heard the call and is running to become president of the United States.

"Now, I am running for president to fight and win for the American people."


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/13/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 7/13/15

Monday, July 13, 2015

12:35 am 2015 Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wannabe Contest

2:30 am 9/11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 1

3:30 am Oral History: David Rohn, Vietnam War Era

4:25 am Vets: Civil War Memorial Day 2015 - Virginia's Secession

5:30 am Vermont Youth Orchestra - 2015 Spring Concert


Power Outage in Brattleboro

We just had a nice four hour break from electricity here at headquarters on Cedar Street. Very peaceful, except for the generator running the entire time at a nearby property.

Looks like lots of people were taken offline:

"A tree fell on a line snapping wires & poles in Brattleboro. Crews making repairs for 4500 out. Eta by 11:30 pm." say GMP.


Brattleboro Freecycle?

Anyone know what's going on with Brattleboro Freecycle? It seemed to be working just fine, then it got changed, and now it appears to be non-existent.