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Colonel John Sargeant died this day. His gravestone reads "Sacred to the Memory of Col. JOHN SARGEANT, who departed this life July 30, 1798, in the 66th year of his age, who now lies in the same town in which he was born, and was the first white man born in the State of Vermont."


The Esteyville band will give an open air concert from their new band stand Thursday evening, August 5th.


The new lithographic picture of Brattleboro, drawn and executed by L. R, Burleigh of Troy, N.Y., has been delivered to the subscribers this week. The drawing is correct in detail and the mechanical execution is good, reproducing with faithfulness and with considerable artistic effect the general impression of the village in perspective.


Brattleboro's trolley begins operation. Ridership reported to be 2,500 daily by year's end. Operated until 1923.

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The Wild Peacock of West Brattleboro

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Coop Union Vote

The vote to ratitify the contract is happening on Wednesday. I must admit that I do admire the committment and effort that the union organizers have shown. And I love their devotion to their vision of the best interests of the Coop community. I don't agree with their opinion that we need a union. But I am posting this because the vote is premature.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 29

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 a crescent moon view:


Tai Chi Practice
Chinese Lessons and Tutoring
Intensives for Business, Educational Exchange & Other Travel Opportunities.
Tutoring for Math, Reading, Writing, Other Academics
Origami Gift Boxes


Criticism Worth Reviewing

I was revisiting one of my posts and I came across a comment that deserves repetition in light of our current and yet unsolved budgetary crisis. Though this post is about a “Y”, much of its criticism is worth reviewing:

Why does Brattleboro instead nickel and dime our tourists and shoppers at the parking meters, fix $65,000 ice machines to make a skate rink when we live in VERMONT, New England, and could have an outdoor rink that would also attract winter visitors, why does this town build gyms for 14 MILLION dollar police and fire stations with a few dozen employees rather than invest in a "Y" for ALL the (taxpaying) residents?


History, and Speculation. The Arch Duke Ferdinand Died 100 Years Ago

Here is a link to an interesting speculative piece, "What if the Arch Duke Ferdinand had never been killed?"



Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Chris Kleeman Band Sunday, June 29

Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 29 with an evening of hard driving, house rocking, in your face blues by The Chris Kleeman Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. 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, Next Stage Arts Project, 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.


Koch Brothers

If you haven’t heard of the Koch Brothers by now, you mustn’t be breathing.

It’s not their wealth that is bad, it’s the way they are using it.


The Skatepark and The Return of the "Waiting Sharks" on Elm Street

My friend, Josh Werner, who passed away several years ago, used to go to Turning Point, when it was on Elm Street, before it moved out to Putney Road. 

I shared with him that I had seen people, wating across the street from Turning Point, calling out to clients and members of Turning Point such quaint  lines as, "Hey Jimmy, wanna party ? Come on over to my place". 


Weekend Concert Series: Neil Diamond 1971

Here is Neil Diamond performing live at the BBC in 1971, not long after he reached the top of the charts with songs such as Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, and Song Sung Blue.

Some interesting things you may or may not know about Mr. Diamond. It’s his real name. He’s from Brooklyn. Sweet Caroline is about Caroline Kennedy. He once opened for the Who. Rick Rubin produced a 2005 album. He just signed (2014) a new deal with Capitol Music Group.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 7 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 1, 2014

The long-awaited results and recommendations of the Skatepark Site Selection Committee will be presented at Tuesday's regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. The Elm Street parking lot leads a list of four top-rated locations.

The board will set the FY15 tax rate, hear about improvements to the intersection at Union Hill and Western Avenue, review staffing levels in the Town Clerk and Recreation & Parks departments, and learn about changes to Vermont's Open Meeting law. And more!

You can participate by attending in person at the Municipal Center, and can bring up items not on the agenda during Public Participation. Watch on BCTV, and read full coverage here the next day.


Winston Prouty Center Welcomes Shawna Parker To Its Board

The Winston Prouty Center recently welcomed Shawna Parker to its Board of Trustees.

Parker is a longtime Brattleboro area resident. She is currently the Director of Marketing at World Learning in Brattleboro and Washington D.C., where she has been for the past five years. Shawna brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, including local outreach for a variety of causes, events and organizations.


SeVWA's First 2014 River Sampling Day Was June 18 - See Accompanying E .coli Results Charts

Summer is officially here and Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had their first river sampling day on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. This year there are 26 river and stream sites being monitored by SeVWA. These sites are along the West, Williams, and Saxtons Rivers, as well as North Branch Brook, Rock River and the Whetstone Brook.

This year SeVWA has over 25 volunteers who graciously give their time by waking up early and heading into the rivers to collect water samples for testing. Volunteer involvement ensures that this program continues and we are incredibly thankful for all of their efforts. This first sampling day went smoothly with collection from all 26 sites and samples sent to the lab in a timely fashion. Testing for E. coli bacteria is time sensitive and requires the coordination of many people to be able to test all the different sites in Windham County, with an additional few sites in the village of Chester in Windsor County.


Senators Call for Emergency Action to Stop Price Spikes Caused by Oil Speculators

WASHINGTON, June 26 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced legislation to make federal regulators invoke emergency powers to stop speculators from taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq to drive up oil prices and make motorists pay more for gasoline.

“I am getting tired of big oil companies and Wall Street speculators using Iraq as an excuse to pump up oil and gas prices,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy committee. “The fact is that high gasoline prices have less to do with supply and demand and more to do with Wall Street speculators driving prices up in the energy futures market.”


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 29


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.

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 columns will continue Monday night, June 30 through Wednesday night, July 2.


Suggested Saturday Itineray

Dear Friends,

Here is a suggested Saturday Itinerary to enjoy the best of the tri-village area:

Morning: Attend Westminster Cares Garden Tour 10am at Hayward Gardens in Westminster West, a benefit for Westminster Cares, contact Westminster Cares for more information 722-3607 or wecares2@sover.net

Lunch: Leisurely lunch at one of many fine local eateries

Afternoon: Attend Putney Cares and NeighborWorks HEAT Squad Home Energy Audit Open House, 2-5pm Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill Rd. Putney. Contact Bruce Whitney for more information 802-246-2111 or bwhitney.wwht@gmail.com


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