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Fourth of July plans announced and include gun salute, bell ringing, a procession through town to Goodhue’s Grove at rear of Unitarian Church, an oration, choir, and a dinner at Wantastiquet Hall.


The Common School in this village will celebrate the coming 4th of July, in a manner deemed appropriate to the occasion. The Procession will be formed at 10 o’clock, at the High School. After marching through all the principal streets, it will proceed to the Town Hall, where the company will be addressed by all clergymen of the place and other distinguished friends of Education. The exercises in the Hall will be interspersed by songs from the pupils and Glee Club, and music by the Brattleboro Cornet Band.


During the month of June thus far, the weather has been wet and cold to an unusual degree. Last week the sun did not shine an hour from Monday until Saturday; and during the same period rain fell almost constantly.


In our village there is no movement for a general celebration of the Fourth of July, though we can but believe the day will receive the recognition usually given it, by an early morning rendered frightful through the activity of youthful patriots in explosions of India-Crackers, torpedoes and squibs.


The largest strawberries we have seen this season were raised by F. Horner of this village. Their quality we found proportionate to their size.


B.R. Jenne & Co., insurance and real estate agents, have sold the homestead of the late Rev. Addison Brown, corner of Chase and Forest streets, to Luke Ferriter of this village, for $3500.


We learn that the number of pupils to be advanced from the Grammar school to the High school at the beginning of next school year is 24. From the primaries 35 children will be advanced. Of these 11 are qualified to enter the Grammar school and the remainder will probably be placed in an intermediate school which the committee contemplate establishing as a preparatory grade for the Grammar school.


Several of our Brattleboro boys have got the bicycle fever, but the very high price charged for the machines prevents the attack from taking a well developed form.


The office of slayer of unlicensed dogs falls to S. N. Herrick this year.


The rear of the log drive passed Brattleboro on Wednesday morning. The horses, heavy, handsome, well-kept fellows, went down the night before and the rivermen followed in the morning. The drive has been unusually quick and successful, and for the first time in several years not a life has been lost.


F.M. Waite brought 15 bushels of strawberries to market on Monday.


O’Brien’s circus will exhibit here July 12.


Mr. Wm. H. Wells of New York was in town last week for a consultation in regard to the drinking fountain which he purposes to present to Brattleboro. In the center of the drinking bowl will be a lion’s head, from the mouth which the water will flow. The total height will be about 16 feet. It is hoped to have ready to erect by September.


The barber shops will be closed all day Friday, July 4. They will be open until 10 o’clock the night before.


Sawtelle’s circus is coming Thursday, July 10.


Because of the emergency which has arisen with regard to teachers’ salaries the voters of the incorporated school district will be called upon at the annual school district meeting to raise a substantial amount of money above the amount raised last year. The school board, which has realized the necessity of increasing the salaries in order to keep the teachers, has made a gradual increase from year to year, but has not paid such increases as have been paid in many other places.

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BCTV Schedules - Week of 5/1/2017

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/1/17

Monday, May 1, 2017 

12:00 am The United States and a Region in Conflict: On Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurds

2:00 am WWAC: Nancy Birdsall - Globalization 3/8/17

3:16 am PoemCity: Reading with Poets - April 8, 2017

4:30 am FTA  HeartSong Reiki & HeartSong for Animals Staring


2nd Annual Safer Streets Community Forum

2d annual Safer Streets Community Forum


Guilford Play Premiere this Weekend

We at Guilford Center Stage are particularly proud to be presenting a play by a Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, this coming weekend at Broad Brook Grange.  When we chose the work, we had little idea how powerful the setting -- the French Resistance in World War II -- would be in 2017!  Those of us fortunate to be attending rehearsals are seeing a skillful playwright/director at work, with a company of 11 wonderful actors.

People have commented -- favorably, of course -- on the fact that we've kept our low $10 general admission. We recognize that an evening out can get expensive, and we are committed to serving our rural community and the Greater Guilford Area! by making our productions affordable to this population.  Here is some more info:


Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!

Spring is a great time to clean, garden, and make sure one’s home is in good repair. Besides cleaning closets and planting flowers, spring should involve inspecting one’s house following the tough winter weather. Repairs and replacements won’t just help people enjoy their homes more; they’ll also keep energy costs down.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s Home Repair Program is available to help income-eligible homeowners affordably rehab and repair their homes. The Home Repair Program has low-cost loans and provides expert help every step of the way. The loan officer works with homeowners to tailor a loan that is affordable and allows homeowners make ends meet. The Program’s home repair specialists assist owners take a top to bottom look at their home so they can identify all needed repairs and maintenance. The seasoned specialists provide guidance with developing the work specifications, identifying contractors, and overseeing the work ensuring it’s completed in a timely fashion and in line with homeowners’ expectations.


French Canadian Music Hits the Spot. Concert on May 12 Brings It Alive!

When I first moved to Southern Vermont in 1976 (Weathersfield) I quickly became involved in contra dancing and the rich and inviting culture of live music that fueled dance floors in church halls, granges, town halls and rural dance barns.  It doesn't take much for me to remember those nights at Palmer's Dance Barn in Unity, the Acworth and Dublin town halls, Chelsea House, Green Street School and many others. 

The music continues to be a mix of Irish, American, Scottish and French Canadian fiddle tunes played with clean phrasing and bouncy rhythm meant to get the dancers out on the floor and keep them there - sometimes 'til dawn! Of all the music styles I discovered in those years, the Quebecois tunes held a special charm. Who could help but get involved in the swinging arpeggios of Reel de Jeune Maries, Old French, You Married My Daughter But You Didn't, La Bastringue and many more.


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Third Annual Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) will present their third annual "Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day”   on Sunday afternoon, May 21st. from1:30 to 5:30 PM at 118 Elliot St., (across from the Brattleboro Fire Dept.). Experienced appraisers Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Stephan Brandstatter, Charles Suss and Bill Smith Auctions will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles, including books, sterling silver, silver plate, glass and art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards, documents and photographs, small to medium sized furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers & watches, small to medium sized rugs, tschotchkes, and much more – but PLEASE, no firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and no large rugs or bulky furniture.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs Quartet to Perform Music From Their New Release, Rebirth, at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, May 6th

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Billy Childs, one of the leading pianists, composers and arrangers of our time, on Saturday, May 6th at 8:00 PM. He will be performing with his quartet including saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Ari Hoenig. Childs has earned thirteen Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Composer’s Grant, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Secret of the Seasons: A Global Warming Co-Opera

We hope to see you at this free event, presented by Post Oil Solutions and Green Up SIT! They will be hosting the original global climate change *co-opera,” "SOS: Secret of the Seasons" in the Main Reading Room at Brooks Memorial Library on Sunday, May, 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives.


Did Tiger take the Rain? The Art of Illustrator Charles Norris-Brown

Did you know that Brooks Library regularly shows the work of childrens' book illustrators? The display case is on the second floor across from the Children's Room. Stop by and check it out!

For the month of May, there will be some beautiful original sketches and watercolors from the book "Did Tiger Take the Rain?" by Charles Norris-Brown. Please take a moment to read his brief bio and statement below!

Dish washer, bus driver, teacher, theoretician, and artist, Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small northern Pennsylvania town of Warren. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India.


Dandelions Near Brattleboro?

Anyone know where to pick lots of unsprayed dandelions? Thanks.


Monday Morning Movie



Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goodard –
9:30 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - May

May 2nd - Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Juice & Coffee.


Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 1 thru May 5


May 1 - Ham & Scalloped Potato

Seasoned Spinach




Asking for Community Support

A few weeks ago I submitted the story of the struggle I have been goin through since a work place injury I received in December. I fractured my left hip and have been fighting for my rights since January of this year. I am now hoping for some help to keep me in my home with the lights on. I am a 49 year old B-boro native. 4th generation on my fathers side. I come from a hard working middle class family, brought up to work hard and support your family and community. I have never asked for any hand outs before this happened to me. I am now recovering from my final hip surgery, I had to have my right hip replacement from two years ago revised in February and my left one, the one I fractured at work, was replaced on the 17th of this month.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 2, 2017

At their first regular meeting in May, the Brattleboro Selectboard will adopt a “Resolution for Compassion in Brattleboro,” and discuss diversity of Town staff. There will be a presentation by VTrans on reconstructing Putney Road, a pumper-rescue truck will be purchased, paving will be approved, an Energy Coordinator will be appointed, and another $70,000 in grant applications for for the Brattleboro skatepark will be pursued.

The board will also return to more routine business such as board rules and goals, festival permits, and reviewing the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. You can participate by attending, at the Municipal Center on Main Street.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the date change for this month’s meeting only.

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


Noticed Around Brattleboro - Spring 2017 Edition

Time once again for you to point out the little changes you see in your neighborhood and around town. Here are a few:

- First Baptist Church will have living spaces above, a concert hall below, and meeting space in the back.

- NECCA's new building on Putney Road look almost finished. I like the way the dip in the roof slightly suggests a tent shape.


VFW Lunch Specials May 1st - May 5th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - chipped beef over toast or biscuit w/ veg.
Tues - chicken enchiladas w/ rice
Wed - Swedish meatballs over noodles w/ veg
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy, veg.
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017 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, May 1 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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