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A spirited war meeting was held in the Seminary at West Brattleboro on Monday. Dr. J.H. Stedman presided. The people of the “West Part” are getting thoroughly awake and do not mean to be behind in furnishing their quota of men and money.


War Meeting In This Village. A large number of the citizens of Brattleboro assembled at Town Hall last Saturday. Hon. D. Kellogg was called to the chair, who urged various reasons for making up the full quota of men called for, by volunteers, rather than by drafting. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of offering a bounty to those who should volunteer for nine months.


The final survey of the West River Railroad will be completed next week.


The village bailiffs, at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, received and considered the petition for the erection of street signs. While the bailiffs look with favor upon the proposition, in their opinion supported by legal advice, the matter is one which properly comes under the department of highways. Proper signs will be erected if the town will give $25 toward the expense.


Several prominent hotel men from different parts of New England have been here within a few days looking over the Brooks House with a view to leasing it.


The Roland T. Oakes Co. of Holyoke are putting into the auditorium a J.P. Cushing switch-board for operating the electric lights on the opera house. The board is equipped with 38 switches which control the lights in all parts of the stage and audience room, and four dimmers for varying the intensity of the light, whereby any combination of colors can be made, producing sunlight and moonlight effects.


The work of digging the cellar and grading has been completed at the site of the Thompson hospital, and within a day or two at least a large force of men will be at work on the foundation, under the direction of Cutting & Co.’s superintendent of stone works.


Temperance day will be observed August 27 at the grove meetings at Sunset lake.


Cooling tower collapses at VY.

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Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group Meeting & Agenda

The newly established Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group will meet on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center. Attached is the agenda.

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


Next Week: Add Music to Your Child's Summer

THERE’S STILL TIME to add music to your child’s summer! 

The Brattleboro Music Center has openings in two of its summer programs starting next week: Beginning Guitar Camp for kdis ages 8-13, and Time

Traveling Through Music for 7-12 year olds.

Beginning Guitar Camp 

Beginning Guitar Camp runs from July 28 - August 1, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, for kids ages 8 to 13. 


Green Street Closures - Updated

A portion of Green Street will be closed on Monday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 23, 2014 for the demolition of a building located at 72 Green Street that was destroyed by fire last winter. The closure is as follows:

• Green Street from the intersections of Church Street to Bullock Street will be closed Monday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30am – 4:30pm. No through traffic will be allowed.

• Traffic from High Street onto Bullock Street will be permitted to turn right onto Green Street. No left-hand turns will be allowed.

• The sidewalk on the north side of Green Street will remain open for pedestrian use.


The Stray Birds and Mike & Ruthy at Next Stage on Thursday, July 24

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Pennsylvania-based, acoustic folk trio The Stray Birds and the indie roots music husband/wife team of Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar (formerly of the acoustic stringband The Mammals) at Next Stage on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30 pm.

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists - the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven's richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound is the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench.


Ask-a-Cop: Why Are Cars Stopped?

"What are the top ten things people do while driving that gets them pulled over?"

1) Speeding
2) Uninspected vehicles
3) Running stop signs
4) Defective equipment (headlight or taillight out, loud exhaust)
5) Swerving around (suspicion of DUI)


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/21/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 7/21/14  

                  Monday July 21                  

12:00 am      The Mountain Song - Hiking the A/T in New England

1:00 am       Green Mtn. Vets for Peace: Drone Warfare Pt.2

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Summer Arts in the Park: Celebration Brass Concert 7/1/14

5:20 am       Extreme Beginner Cooking: Grains

6:00 am       Road to Recovery: Growing Up with Addiction


Carol Buckley of Elephant Aid International on WVEW

its time again for another experience that you won't soon forget..this tuesday the 22nd of July features Carol Buckley, the founder of Elephant Aid International.

Elephant Aid International (EAI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to create a paradigm shift that will foster change in beliefs and approaches to the care and management of elephants. With the combined efforts of international scientists, veterinarians, mahouts, elephant caregivers and elephant welfare supporters, EAI is helping to change how the public relates to elephants; how mahouts (elephant handlers) and elephant caregivers train elephants; and how captive elephants are cared for worldwide.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of July 20

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 tired brain:


Interior Design & Organization
Beginner Sewing Lessons
Small Oak Woodpile Free with Pick Up in Hinsdale, NH.
Guided Meditation and Breathing Practice
Wood Stacking
Ride to Molly Dowd’s Service
Kale Seedlings to Give Away
Week at Curves of Brattleboro


SeVWA's Third 2014 River Monitoring Day, July 16th - Halfway Point of the Sampling Season

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had their third 2014 river monitoring day on Wednesday, July 16th, marking the halfway point of the sampling season. Volunteers successfully collected 26 samples from sites along the West, Williams, Middle Branch Williams and Saxtons Rivers as well as North Branch Brook, Rock River and the Whetstone Brook. Many of the results indicated very high E. colii levels. There were extremely heavy rains in the days preceding which likely washed contaminants from the land into the water resulting in these high numbers. The presence of E. coli in the water indicates a likely fecal contamination by warm-blooded animals. Swimming in water with an E.


Man Drags Stolen Parking Meter

A few weeks ago, I noticed a missing parking meter on Canal St, with a dirt trail from it leading up the street. It seemed very curious; not something sanctioned by the town, so I decided to check my security footage to see if I could find when it happened it. Sure enough, I found it, right around 2am a few days after the 4th.

Some guy came up to it, rocked it back and forth, and ripped it right from the ground. Left the scene when a dog walker approached, but came back around 25 minutes later wearing a headlamp. Grabbed it, and dragged it up Canal St until dissapearing from view. It was pretty hilarious. Must have been noisy, I'm surprised no one saw it.



150 Years Ago (1864 7/20)

Snicker's Gap, July 20th,

Dear Wife,-

Here I am just in the mountains. I wrote you Sunday when we laid back near Leesburgh. We have no mail now. Was detailed yesterday for cattle guard. The letter that I had written I gave to Asa Moran, as the 8th Vt. lay near our cattle and mails might go out and I know nothing about it, as we lay generally in some out of the way place with the Beeves that belong to our brigade. The third division came up Sunday. You can judge how anxious I was when they passed us, for the 10th Vt. came and Zopher among them all right, as you have probably heard before this time. We left Monday morning, came on by an easy march through the Gap and camped. The troops remained in the same place yesterday and I suppose are there now. The cattle were there then. Our forces are near the river. Last night just at dark got orders to take the cattle back into the mountains but not through. We got here just on the East side of the Ridge at 11 o'clock and are here now. It is now 8 o'clock A.M. How long we are to remain I know not. Most of the wagon train is near us. The air, the same as it was Sunday, is full of rumors.


Town-Wide Tag Sale, Silent Auction & Bake Sale

The best darn tag sale, ever, happens next weekend in Marlboro center.  7/26 Saturday 9-3

Great bargains on Used Clothing, Furniture, Books, Toys, Housewares & more. Bake Sale, Cafe and Silent Auction. Two buildings full of stuff! And on Sunday from 11-2, everything is free!


Weekend Concert Series: BIS 10th Anniversary 1007, Glasgow

You might not know about BIS, but you should. High-energy, political, dance music from the Scottish trio of Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven, and John Disco. They started in 1994, self-released a few things before being picked up by the Beastie Boy’s label, Grand Royal and then, of course, broke up.

One of their best known releases was The New Transistor Heroes, and this concert came from a three night return to the stage 10 years after its release (and a few years after the band broke up). They run through the whole disc at this show, and have a few backstage moments.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


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