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A Singing School for the Unitarian Society will commence on Monday evening next, at Wheeler’s Hall. All the singers as well as those wishing to learn are invited to attend. The school will be under the instruction of Mr. Perry of Worcester.


Mr. Miles and his Cadets, assisted by L. G. Mead, Jr., and others, propose to give an entertainment at the Town Hall, next Monday evening, to consist of Plays and Tableaux. A good time is expected.


Oak Street — The building of dwelling houses on this pleasant street is going on vigorously. All the lots of this street that were owned by Wells Goodhue are now sold, and houses are to be erected on them, making ten in all. We are glad to hear that the owners of the lots intend to set out elm trees on both sides of the street, which will in a few years add much to its beauty.


We are happy to announce that more efficiency is to be imparted to the Fire Department of the village. The engine “Fountain” has been lately purchased at Lynn, Mass., for $900; a first class machine and one of the most powerful in New England.


The Brooks House is well filled with summer visitors.


The leading topic of conversation during the past week has been the centennial celebration, and almost the only local events of any importance have been on the various departures for Bennington. On Friday morning at 4 o’clock Fuller Battery left on their march across the mountain. Saturday morning the Estey Guard left by a special train at 7:45 and reached the camp on the same afternoon.


A bald-headed eagle was seen to fly over this village a few days since.


Whang! Whang! Whang! The piano fiend is banging from earliest morn to dewiest eve — and the neighbors, meantime, have reached that state of subdued exasperation that they would esteem it a breath from heaven could they but have the hour before breakfast for rest and peace.


The High, Grammar, and Intermediate schools will not begin their fall term before the middle of September, and probably not until the first of October. The committee have decided upon this delay in the hope that the walls and roof of the new school building may be completed before the schools begin, so as to avoid the possibility of accidents from falling material.


Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell had a birthday yesterday and her husband embraced the occasion to take her and the children and a few invited friends to make a trial of the capacity of the new Highland park as a picnic ground. The work of improvement is being pushed streadily forward, though its completion will necessarily be a work of years. An observatory will undoubtedly be built during the present season.


The young people in the vicinity of Washington street have had considerable amusement this week over the attempts of some over-anxious order-loving citizens to stop croquet and ball playing on the school grounds. The offended juveniles destroyed the prohibitory signs Wednesday evening, after having covered them with black paint two nights in succession. Peace has not yet been declared.


Guy Estey has achieved one great horticultural success this year. He picked yesterday in his father’s garden a big ripe cucumber inside a small-necked pint bottle. The question which he wants his friends to answer is how the cucumber got there.


Everything indicates a rarely successful event in the presentation of Miss Howe’s benefit concert this evening. The scene at the sale of tickets has not before been witnessed in Brattleboro. The line at the box office began to form at 5:30, and when the window opened at 7 o’clock the line numbered over 100 people, and extended the full length of the lobby. Within an hour an a half every seat in the house was sold.


The engine for the electric light plant is on the way here. The lights will probably be ready to be used September 1st.


An exhibition of the wonderful Edison-Bettini micro-phonograph will be given at the Congregational chapel Monday evening, 27th inst.


J. E. Coleman takes a pardonable pride in the appearance of his refitted barber shop, which without a doubt is now the finest shop in the state. A new ornamental steel ceiling, painted white, a dado of lignomour, new wall paper with freize and cornice in agreeable tints, new pictures, and furniture are among the improvements in the main room, while the rear room for ladies’ and children’s work has also received attention. Mr. Coleman has recently put a fifth chair into the shop.


The Swedish Lutheran Church will celebrate the dedication of their new church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, August 20

Twilight Music concludes its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 20 with funk and world beat band Simba. The seventh and final concert of the 2017 series 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, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, 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. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


Hearing at Retreat Farm Yesterday?

I was just looking up schedule at Retreat Farm and saw notice there was a hearing there yesterday. When you look at the map on the website it shows at least one new building up in the forest, and I know the plans there when I left were to turn the main barn into an upscale shopping area and cafe, and to add a lodge, and LOTS more parking right along our beautiful road across from the Retreat Meadows. There are some great things happening there but I'm afraid some public oversight and interest is needed to make sure the character and history are better protected.


Brattleboro's Best Festivals

The best festivals in Brattleboro, in my view, are the authentic ones. They are quirky, have substance, are tied to the community, and exist due to local passion for the event. They go beyond tourism and marketing gimmicks and tap into something genuine and local.

I think these are some of the best Brattleboro festivals, listed in no particular order. What others did I forget?


Author Elizabeth Minnich: Community Conversation and Book Discussion

Please join us as we welcome Author Elizabeth Minnich at a FREE event on Friday, September 8, at 4 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room. She will introduce and open discussion abnout her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking.

A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make 'extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, accompanied her to defent Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil.

For more information about the author, please visit her website below!


WRC Expands Windham Wood Heat Program in Windham County

The Windham Wood Heat Initiative (WWH) has expanded its program eligibility, timeline, and technical assistance as it fully enters the “implementation phase” of the program under the Windham Regional Commission leadership. The WWH program has added non-profit owned buildings and expanded its timeline now to conclude in December of 2018. WWH, which began in 2015, -- funded through closure of Vermont Yankee via the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) – assists municipal, school, and the now eligible non-profit buildings convert to heating with automated, high-efficiency wood boilers while addressing those buildings’ energy efficiency and durability needs.


Monumental Questions

The events in (and following) Charlottesville are myriad and complex. There is a stew of issues bubbling and boiling. To name but a few: race, Neo-Nazism, history, culture, the Civil War, monuments, art, speech, accountability, Trump & Co., ancestors, and many more.

The easy part (for most people) is denouncing the hate, white supremacy, and violence. I can pat myself on the back and tell myself that’s not me, that’s not what I believe, and I’m against it in all forms. I very much dislike hatred, and work to make the world a better place as best I can.

The harder part is figuring out what to do about the rest of it.


Shoot the Moon Theater Co. Holds Auditions for "War of the Worlds" Aug 29

Shoot the Moon Theater Company will hold open auditions for The War of the Worlds on Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery located at 139 Main Street, Brattleboro Vermont.  

Participants do not need to prepare any material, they will be asked to read from provided pages at the audition.  Rehearsals will begin mid-September.  The show will run at 7:30pm each evening during the weekends of October 20-21, October 27-28 and November 3-4. 


Book Scanning at Experienced Goods

The other day, while looking at books at Experienced Goods, I noticed two middle-aged women working their way around the room with a handheld device.

Watching for just a moment, I could see that it was a smart phone with a scanner attachment.

One woman was checking each section for possible “candidates” to scan, while the other scanned each barcode. Her device would then do a quick lookup to, I assume, tell her how much she could expect to sell that book for. If the amount was more than what Experienced Goods was charging, they’d add it to their pile.


BCTV Schedules Week of 8/14/17

Monday, August 14, 2017

12:00 am Pres. Coolidge Birthday Celebration 7/4/17

1:30 am David Budbill Memorial Celebration - June 25, 2017

3:00 am Pentangle Arts - Interplay Jazz


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Aug 14 - French Meat Pie

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy




Dummerston Perennial Swappers Visited Ann Newsmith's Garden on Aug. 10, 2017

It is free to join the Dummerston Perennial Swappers. New gardeners can come and get free perennials and advice from seasoned gardeners who have too much of one thing or another and would rather share the wealth than throw perfect plants into a compost heap. We meet every two weeks in the growing season. Then we tour a local garden.

This one belonged to Ann Newsmith in West Brattleboro. Next Perennial Swappers meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday 24 August, meeting outside the church in Dummerston Center.for the swap, then we will tour the Daigler garden. Great for getting ideas and just enjoying the beauty. Membership is free but everybody puts a dollar in the cookie tin to cover expenses ( maps, directions, ice cream for last meeting of the season)


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

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

Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

Mon - stuffed chicken breast w/ squash & salad
Tues - turkey club w/ potato chips
Wed - grilled pork chop w/ potato salad
Thur - spaghetti & meatballs w/ garlic bread
Fri - fried cod sandwich w/ onion rings & coleslaw


Borter's Studio Offers Jewelry Workshop Series

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio is bringing together the skills of three local jewelers to offer a series of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops.

Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will co-teach the classes with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com).

Borter said the trio wants to give budding jewelers a taste of what other Brattleboro collectives such as Brattleboro Clayworks, Fire Arts and the River Gallery School offer to novice potters, glass blowers and fine artists, respectively.


Harmony Parking Lot - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Harmony Parking Lot is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all sidewalks and curbing adjacent to the buildings, new concrete walkways and tree grates in the islands, leveling to improve drainage, new pavement, and fresh paint. The work will be performed in phases so that either the east side or the west side of the Harmony Lot will be available for public parking during the majority of the estimated five week project.

Removing or re-pouring of sidewalks will typically be done early or late in the day, and temporary wooden or gravel access ramps will be built as needed to maintain pedestrian access to shops. While limited business interruptions are possible, the Town will work closely to coordinate the schedule with all businesses and especially those that have limited access.


Gibson Aiken & Harris Parking Lots - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Gibson Aiken and Harris Parking Lots is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all pavement, new sidewalks and curbing, improved drainage, and fresh paint. The public should expect these lots to be closed for public parking throughout the majority of the estimated four week project.

A temporary access ramp will be built from the parking lot behind Fairpoint Communications in order to maintain pedestrian access to the Senior Center at the Gibson Aiken Center. During construction regular permit holders in the Harris Lot will have their parking permits honored in the High Grove, Spring Street and the Non-Reserved section of the Brattleboro Transportation Center. The reserved section is for reserved permit holders only. The reserved section is marked and located on the 3rd floor, just to the right as you enter from Elliot Street.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled on August 15, 2017 has been CANCELLED. The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Tree Board Needs Members

Do you like trees? They reduce energy use, provide erosion control, and help control storm water runoff. The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board is short-handed and needs two new members. If you are a resident of Brattleboro, and want to help us look after the Town’s trees, fill out the online application at the Town’s website: www.brattleboro.org > Serving the Community > Boards and Committees > Application. (Don’t be intimidated by the application; it’s an all-purpose document. If you have questions about it, Jan Anderson at 251-8100 can help.)


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 14, 2017


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Earthwork construction requiring lane closures for southbound traffic will continue. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Navigating the World's Largest Online Genealogy Database with Jerry Carbone

On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m., we will host a 1 hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world,Familysearch.org. Former library director Jerry Carbone will discuss methods and strategies to search billions of records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog. The FamilySearch database offers access to over 5.6 billion names; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and has over 7.2 million users, world-wide.


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