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The Exhibition of the Ciceronian Society last Wednesday evening was very fully attended, and passed off pretty well. We would suggest three things to the young Gentlemen of this society: First, that they take judicious advice in regard to the selection of their pieces; Second, that they special attention to the pronunciation and enunciation; and Third, that they do not prolong their exercises beyond one hour.


Chase’s Cheese. This day received at the Sign of the Elm Tree, that celebrated Chase dairy, which all lovers of prime Cheese will do well to call and look at immediately. Townsley & Sons.


Savings Bank. Deposits for the next quarter should be made on or before the 4th of July, and all interest due the Bank must be paid by the 1st of July.


We understand that the Visiting Committee examined the several schools in this village on Monday and Tuesday of the present week. They report the schools in good condition, the teachers competent and faithful, and the punctuality in attendance and the progress in study generally satisfactory. The only exception they noticed was the attendance at the High School. That the District should support such a school at an annual expense of more than a thousand dollars, for the instruction of fifteen or twenty pupils, seems an extravagant use of the money raised by taxation.


The Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company have nearly completed a new freight depot, in this village. It is built of brick, 112 feet long, and will add much to the accommodations of all interested in the freighting business.


The Brattleboro Gas Company are extending their main pipe the entire length of High Street. The inhabitants of that most beautiful portion of our village will soon have an opportunity for a general illumination. Provision should be made for two or more street lamps, as the dense foliage of the shade trees render side walks and the street even quite dark in that vicinity.


Our amusement loving community will read with pleasure the announcement of G. F. Bailey’s Circus and Menagerie, which is to be exhibited at Brattleboro on the 10th of July. It is reported that the performances are of a superior order, and that the entertainment is of a character sufficient to warrant a general attendance.


The original plan for the celebration of the Fourth having fallen through from the unwillingness of our citizens to subscribe money with sufficient liberality, a committee has made quick arrangements for firing a salute, a procession of ancients and horribles, music by the band, and fireworks.


The elegant two-horse hearse which appeared in a recent funeral procession, is the property of Mr. C. L. Brown, our village undertaker, who has just added it to his already large assortment of burial outfits.


A notable wedding was that which occurred in this town last week, when a smiling maiden of sixty-one summers was led to the altar by a fossilized gent of twenty-eight.


The summer arrangement of railroad trains went into effect Sunday, and the only difficulty with it is in getting used to the increased train service which it affords. For once, at least, Brattleboro has no reason to complain that it hasn’t trains enough.


Nearly 12,000 feet of lumber has been required for the erection of the bill-boards for Barnum’s circus.


The first Brooks House hop of the season will be given Saturday evening of next week.


Brookside Park, the new pleasure resort on the line of the electric railway near West Brattleboro, will be opened next Monday night with the highest class attraction, a comedy troupe from New York City. Brookside Park will be a very attractive resort close to the waters of the Whetstone. It will have a large stage and total seating capacity for 700 people.


Mrs. J. J. Estey entertained about 50 ladies at an afternoon tea at her home Tuesday afternoon.


A special train of seven cars, packed with Russian Jew immigrants, passed through here Wednesday from Montreal on their way to New York.


The garage, or automobile station, erected by Manley Brothers in the rear of the Brooks House is ready for occupancy. This is the only garage worthy the name this side of Springfield, and it will take care of the machines of not only the automobilists who come to the Brooks House, but of all which may be taken there.


The work of preparing a place in the Baptist church for the new Estey pipe organ which has been given by Col. Gray Estey and Capt. J. Harry Estey will be begun in a few days.


The old Wesselhoeft Water Cure building is sold at auction.

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 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 Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:00am at the Creamery Bridge on Western Avenue.

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


West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 23rd

On May 23rd, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.


Westminster West Plant Sale

The Westminster West School invites you to its annual (and much anticipated!) spring plant sale, on Saturday, May 23 from 9am - 1pm. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers.

All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library. (Rain date is Sunday, May 24)


Corporatists - The Men Who Stopped Time

Did you know that wealthy men are corporate men; and that poor men are also corporate men?

The first corporate man was an Abbott who ran a monastery. He considered his shareholders, namely the owners (the church), the physical plant (monastery) and the workers (monks and deacons), important enough to their continued success to devise a means to protect them all from liability. He did this by “incorporating” his monks into entities.It was royalty and aristocrats who took it a step further. They wrote and enacted laws for a chartered body to become a “corporation.” They then wrote the trade laws and granted exclusive rights to those chartered companies.


Monday Morning Movies at Brattleboro Senior Center


The Brattleboro Senior Center

 207 Main St.

June Showings

 Coming Of Age

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 pm. on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Bratt Area Techies To Meet May 21

The Brattleboro Area Techies will meet May 21st, 5:30pm at the Estey Millworks Building in Brattleboro. The meeting will be at #118-201 Birge Street in Brattleboro.

Everyone is invited who works with, or is interested in, technology in the Brattleboro area, from makers to programmers to artists.

We’ll meet at Estey Millworks, a huge, mostly empty building behind the Estey Organ factory. This is one of the better options we’ve seen in town for a possible community makerspace. The building has three 4000 sq foot floors, power, heat, a spray booth, freight elevator, views, and a loading dock. Right now a two-person custom furniture company, esteymillwork.com, is the only tenant. They are interested in filling up the building somehow with other maker-type folk.


Rep. Welch, Rep. Lummis and Sen. Wyden Introduce Legislation to Require Transparency in Intelligence Budgets

Bill tracks 9/11 Commission recommendation to make public the top line budgets of 16 federal intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would require the president to disclose in the annual budget request to Congress the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known to conduct intelligence activities. Top-line spending levels for federal intelligence activities are currently treated as classified information.


Brattleboro 4th Quarter Payments Due for Tax, Utilities and Personal Property

The fourth installment of the 2014 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The Town Review, Grant Rejections, & A Really Rural Discussion

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to talk of town operations, enterprise budgets and funds, and to learn more about proposed changes in Brattleboro’s Land Use Regulations. The board also learned of setbacks in funding for the repair of the Green Street retaining wall, and a small grant was applied for, in hopes of helping to create a West Brattleboro connecting trail.


'They Were Wrong Then. They're Wrong Now,' Sanders Says of Trade Deal Backers

WASHINGTON, May 12 – In a Senate floor speech today opposing a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recited a litany of bogus claims by previous trade deal backers which turned out to be wildly inaccurate.

Backers of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and other business-backed trade deals claimed that they would generate jobs in the United States. In fact, economists now say, those pacts were a major reason why some 60,000 American factories closed since the turn of the century as manufacturers shifted jobs to low-wage nations overseas.

“These folks have been proven wrong time after time after time,” Sanders said.


Original Enigma No 3.

Original Enigma No 3., from the May 12, 1837 Phoenix newspaper. (Spoiler alert: the comments will, I expect, have the solution at some point, so avoid them until you've solved the enigma, or give up and want to peek.)


"I am a word of eleven letters, and am a subject of much conversation.

My 11, 10, 8, and 7 is an appendage belonging to a flower.

My 5, 4 and 3, is an instrument used to stop the mouth.


Free Films at Brooks Library: Movies You Must See… But Might Have Missed!

Join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, for a Thursday afternoon at the movies, to watch and discuss nine films that "you must see..but may have missed".

On May 14th, 3 - 6 pm, come see a film starring Michael Caine, John Mills and Peter Sellers. The second Thursday of the month, continuing through Thursday, October 8.


Kitchen Tunks & Parlor Songs with Mark Greenberg

Please join Friends of Brooks Memorial Library for this special program, Kitchen Tunks & Parlor songs with Mark Greenberg, at 7 PM on Thursday, May 14. 

Since the 1980s, Greenberg has been interviewing and recording musicians throughout Vermont, tracing the development of the state’s vernacular music from its roots in Anglo-Celtic traditions through the influences of French-Canadian emigrants and the arrival of radio and other electronic technologies. 

Greenberg currently teaches courses in American music at UVM and taught American Studies and Humanities at Goddard College from 1991-2003.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 10

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

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

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from summer jammies:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Pets For Rent
Long Distance Reiki Treatments
Reading Aloud
12 Organic Potatoes Need Mound-Homes - Free!
Need A Ride?


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 10


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.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/11/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/11/15

Monday, May 11, 2015

12:00 am The Truth About the Budget Cuts! 4/20/15

1:30 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Present: Where are we Today?

3:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

4:40 am Open Studio: River Gallery School 25th Annual Benefit Auction


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Alicia Olatuja

The Vermont Jazz Center is delighted to welcome vocalist Alicia Olatuja and her quartet on May 16th at 8:00 PM. This sublime singer is best known for her soaring solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration. But even though she grew up in the church, loves the music and draws inspiration from it, Alicia’s voice and persona are expansive. She uses her gospel roots as a springboard to investigate jazz, African music, classical and even well-crafted pop. In a recent interview, Alicia stated, “I blur the lines that some draw between genres.


Sonnet Reading in Guilford Wednesday


I am pleased to be collaborating with Tom Ragle, also of Guilford,  on a public reading of Sonnets on Wednesday, May 13.  The 7:00 pm program will take place at Guilford Community Church, and is admission-free with donations welcome.

Tom is well-known as past president of Marlboro College, where he also taught literature.  He is a recently-published poet, has given many readings of classic English poetry on WVEW, and is a longtime member of Write Action.

I have been reading aloud, both poetry and especially Christmas stories, since I arrived in Guilford in 1968.


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