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Henry Dwight Holton, M.D. born in Rockingham


The third and last meeting of S.M. Waite’s creditors, before Judge Tyler’s court of insolvency, was held yesterday. A protest was received from Waite’s counsel.


Work upon the new Unitarian church edifice is progressing very rapidly. The laying of the foundation and the placing of the granite underpinning was completed last week, and this week the walls are steadily going up.


Emerson & Son have taken the agency for the “Climax” pillow sham holder and lifter, undoubtably the best article of its kind made.


C.H. Eddy & Co. are doing a larger bottling business this season than ever before, their daily shipments amounting to some 60 dozen bottles of tonic beer and 16 gross of ginger ale. The business gives employment to eight men, and a barrel of sugar is used per day.


The dogs of the Nettie Morris equine and canine paradox company killed several cats about town, and created havoc in the gardens in their chase after the felines.


The material for the electric fire alarm system has arrived and will be put in as soon as the poles are ready.


Work is already well advanced on the addition to the steamer engine house on Elliot street to give stable accommodations for the horses of the fire department.


The Philadelphia hosiery man who came to Brattleboro Friday to look over the ground with a view to establish a new hosiery factory here, was favorably impressed with the location, but could give no positive announcement as to whether he would locate in town.


There will be the usual cake sale this week at the rooms of the Y.M.C.A. The sale will be in charge of the ladies of the Episcopal church.


Brattleboro Police Department uses Tasers on protestors Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray on Putney Road.

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Beautiful Berries Downtown at the Wednesday Farmers' Market

The Wednesday Farmers' Market is back downtown by the Brattleboro Food Coop! 10-2 every Wednesday, our farmers (plus Bijou Bakes and Anon's Thai Cuisine) offer the freshest locally-grown produce and prepared lunches and baked goods. EBT and debit are welcome; come by for some convenient, farmer-direct shopping--mid-week!


The Estey Organ and the Emergence of Capitalism

The Estey Organ Museum will sponsor a presentation titled “The Estey Organ - Its Place in the Emergence of American Capitalism” at its Engine House Gallery, 108 Birge Street, on Sunday, June 29, at 3:00 PM. Kit Barry, curator of The Ephemera Archive for American Studies in Brattleboro will lead the presentation.

The Estey Company, along with 1,000’s of other 19th century companies, was both a part of, and the epitome of the single driving force determining the personality, the very being of the United States – American Capitalism.


House Passes Welch Legislation Advancing Energy Efficiency In Schools

WASHINGTON DC—Last evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Peter Welch’s bipartisan legislation to encourage schools administrators to make cost-saving energy efficiency upgrades. The Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act, modeled after Vermont’s school-based energy efficiency efforts, is the second Welch-authored energy efficiency bill to pass the House this year.


"Reading" Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

The Historical Society of Windham County (HSWC) will be hosting a presentation on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Moore Free Library (23 West Street) in Newfane at 7:30PM.

Bill Hosley, an historic resources and education consultant from Enfield, Conn., will demonstrate how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont.

According to Mr. Hosley, in developing their towns, early Vermont settlers created a wide range of things that spoke to their values, background, skills and cultural attitudes.  Their architecture, gravestones, furniture, ironwork, paintings, pottery, and textiles are evocative of specific people, places, and situations. 


Can Anyone Identify This Beautiful Tree?

Can anyone identify the species of this beautiful multi-trunked tree in the Common?  

It is approximately aligned with #38 Park Place and one of the crosswalks and, if you are looking into the Common from the sidewalk, it is straight back from the Memorial Tree Plaque.


Gertrude of Arabia?

Betcha you never heard of her. Sounds like a joke, but it isn’t.

The story of a British intelligence agent who rigged an election, installed a king loyal to the British, drew new borders—and gave us today’s ungovernable country: Iraq.

Quote: “It was a hundred years ago, a few months before the outbreak of World War I. Baghdad was under a regime loyal to the Ottoman Turks. The Turkish authorities in Constantinople had reluctantly given the persistent woman permission to embark on her desert odyssey, believing her to be an archaeologist and Arab scholar, as well as being a species of lunatic English explorer that they had seen before.


Galactic Historian -Andrew Bartzis on WVEW

Join DJ Pockets this tuesday the 24th of June for another experience that you won't soon forget,,this one features Andrew Bartzis.

Andrew has been an active healer and psychic reader for nearly 20 years. He is a Reiki master and Shaman with many talents in the spirit world.

Andrew grew up in north east Ohio. He is a active rock hound and Gemstone and mineral collector. He has nearly 2,000 different crystals, gemstones and meteorites in his personal collection.


Evening of American Roots at Sandglass Theater with Martin Grosswendt

PUTNEY- Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm, Martin Grosswendt will bring his masterful take on American roots music to the intimate stage of Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT. In this rare appearance, Martin is accompanied by guitarist and singer Susanne Salem-Schatz. Tickets are $16 general, $13 for students and seniors and can be reserved by email at info@sandglasstheater.org or by calling 802-387-4051. 

Martin Grosswendt is an extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer. He draws from a wide range of American roots music and is particularly well known as an interpreter of country blues of the 20’s and 30’s.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled - Appointment, or Employment, or Evaluation

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is expected that the Board will enter into executive session at 4:00pm to discuss an appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/23/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/23/14

Monday June 23          

12:00 am      Ethan Allen Homestead: Gen. Burgoyne's March

1:19 am       2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Fest. - Meet the Artist: Linda Oh

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Solar Energy: Imagine The Possibilities

6:00 am       The Artful Word: Fascism and Immigration - Italy and the U.S


Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite

Brown Bag lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite, Monday 23 June 2014, Noon - 1 pm. 

BuildingGreen, Inc. is a local company that serves architects and building professionals nationwide with a well-respected online resource, BuildingGreen Suite. This subscription-based website keeps building professionals up-to-date on progressive building strategies and developments in the constantly changing world of green building materials.


150 years Ago (1864 6/23)

Left of Petersburg, June 23, 1864.

Down to the left of petersburg near the rail road. I am well. We left that nasty line where we were at about 12 at night. Lost one man in our regiment. We then came round here. Laid down here at about 1 o'clock. It is now 10 A.M. This is the first time I have slept since I joined the regiment. The 10th is near us. They were just ahead of us last night, but we have no time to visit. The time I have had for rest has been well improved by me. I have kept in the ranks yet.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 22

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the longest day of the year: 


Fermentation Lessons
Garlic Scapes to Give Away
Reiki and Flower Essences Available
Organizing Computer Files and Emails
Computer Help and Services Offered
Gathering in Gratitude Camp for All Ages
Heirloom Tomato and Butternut Squash Plants
Resume Revision/Composition
Basic Waltz & Contra Lessons
Bicycle Tune-Up
Interior Design & Organization
Borrow my Canoe
Join us for the Monthly Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the
Senior Center!


P.T. Barnum in Brattleboro, and Jumbo in the Whetstone

Time for a summer circus story.

As I was reading some old newspapers, I found an entry that caught my eye. In a report about a flood, the newspaper mentioned that it was hard to believe that the flooded field by the Whetstone was the same place that had been host to P.T. Barnum and Jumbo just a year prior.

I’m a big circus fan, but didn’t know that P.T. Barnum had come to town, let alone that his world famous Jumbo walked about our streets. I dug around some more and found that this circus story began much earlier and was more interesting than I imagined. 


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 23 - Southbound Closure


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 in the Fall of 2015.

On Monday night, June 23 and Tuesday night, June 24, the southbound lane of I-91 will be closed to complete necessary shoulder repairs. The specifics of the closure are:

- The closure will be from 9 PM – 6AM and will take place over two nights, Monday 6/23 and Tuesday 6/24

- The closing will be for southbound traffic only between Exits 3 and 2.

- All southbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 3.


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