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"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."


Found, a small sum of money, which the owner can recover by calling upon Thos. Chubbuck, Engraver. Office over the Post Office.


Welch & Mann’s Mammoth National Circus. Messrs. Welch & Mann, most respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and its vicinity, that they propose to visit this place on Saturday, August 8th, 1846 for one day only.


The gas company in this village have put down mains on Elliot and Green streets.


What with the old soldiers’ reunion the third week of August, and the encampment of State troops the week following, Brattleboro people will imagine the old war times returned.


The Fisk, Jr. base ball club of this place played a matched game with a picked nine at Bellows Falls last Saturday, and were whipped by a score of 9 to 21.


We are glad to know that measures are to be taken to call a legal meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank at the earliest possible day. The directors owe it to themselves no less than to the stockholders to have it made entirely apparent that they are doing everything possible to take care of the suffers of this calamity. Definite means should be provided for the payment of a suitable reward for the apprehension and return for trial and punishment of S. M. Waite.


The hand fire engines “Fountain No. 4,” and “Active No. 3,” are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.


Complaint is made of the condition of the West river bridge, upon which repairs were begun a long time ago and never completed. Why is this thus, Messrs. Selectmen?


Messrs. J Estey & Co. are increasing their business to meet the still growing demand for their organs, and are now turning out fifty instruments per day.


It is probable that the strawberry crop of Brattleboro reached nearly or quite 1000 bushels this year.


Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.


The fee on domestic money orders for sums not to exceed five dollars has been reduced from eight to five cents, beginning Monday next.


The parade of a dozen or more bicyclers last Wednesday evening attracted considerable attention.


A gramophone entertainment was given at the rooms of the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night.


The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled “A Library of the World’s Best Literature,” published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library

"The back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, is now on extended display at Brooks Memorial Library as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

"This piece was made specifically for a month long show at Brooks Memorial Library years ago. I used to live down by the railroad tracks and loved walking there, so I wanted to show a panoramic view of that beautiful part of town. I am so pleased to have it be a part of the library’s celebration!"~Terry Sylvester


Free Public Readings: Marlboro College Summer Writing Intensive

Marlboro College's summer writing intensive connects writers who are just starting out with writers who have made a career out of the craft. Authors will be reading excerpts of their work Monday July 31 - Friday August 4th at 5 pm in the library's main room. All of the readings are free! Marlboro's Summer Writing Intensive this year will include a series of free, public readings by celebrated writers with military connections.

“These are talented, interesting—and award-winning—authors,” said John Sheehy, writing professor and one of the instructors for the intensive. “With respect to the talent we have been able to bring to Brattleboro, the Summer Writing Intensive has always punched above its weight, but this year’s slate is truly exceptional.”


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 24 thru July 31

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 24 thru July 31


July 24 -Enchilada Casserole

Spanish Rice, Mexicorn



VFW Lunch Specials July 24th - July 28th

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

Mon - Salisbury steak, mashed potato, & veg
Tues - chicken club w/ potato chips
Wed - roast pork, mashed potato & veg
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato & veg
Fri - shrimp lo mein w/ eggrolls


Opening Reception at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: "Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell, Oils and Watercolors"

On Thursday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, the public is invited to the Opening Reception for "Oils and Watercolors", side by side solo exhibitions by MGFA founding artists Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings. The exhibit will continue through September 17, with an Artist Talk Saturday, August 15 at 5pm.

Petria Mitchell will be showing a selection of new oil paintings that continue her investigations in color and atmosphere. Her exploration of the ethereal world of light and ambience through the use of tonal gradation and converging lines are signature elements in her work. “Using nature as an initial reference point allows me to play with limitless possibilities while embracing a thorough appreciation for abstraction.”


SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued July 19th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, July 19th. Volunteers this year are collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Ukraine Doings


The bloodless annexation of Crimea by Russia after an overwhelmingly favorable plebiscite by the Crimeans themselves was illegal.


Our overthrow of the legitimately elected government of the Ukraine, AKA “Regime Change” (as revealed by Victoria Nuland’s “Yats is the one” public phone call) was a legitimate humanitarian endeavor.


NECCA Announces New Leadership

July 20, 2017

Brattleboro, VT—The New England Center for Circus Arts has announced that effective July 20, 2017, the board of directors has elected seven new members and hired an interim executive director and an operations director. The board has also rescinded the termination letters sent to founders and artistic directors Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, and invited the return of those coaches who resigned in protest recently.

The changes come in the wake of two weeks of uncertainty following the abrupt termination of the founders, a coaches strike in response, and a significant outpouring of community support for the coaches and the founders in Brattleboro and throughout the international circus community.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 24th


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

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. 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.


Bonnyvale Road Closure

Starting Monday, July 24th Bonnyvale Road will be closed to through traffic from Mather Road to Western Avenue while we replace a failing retaining wall for approximately four weeks. Through traffic will be detoured on to Mather Road and Greenleaf Street. Residents within the closure will still have access to their homes.

Attached to this press release is a map showing the area of the closure.


Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities To Hear Property Tax Appeals

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Hanna Cosman Room of the Municipal Center on Wednesday, August 9th, at 6:00 PM and Thursday, August 10th, at 6:00 to hear property tax assessment appeals.

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312


Green-Up Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

For Kids Who Love Animals and Protecting the Planet

CS Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl® and director of Green Up Kids will be presenting 2 workshops for Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday, July 27th and August 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00pm. C S and her team provide youth with the platform and mentoring they need to launch, manage, and grow their Planet-Protecting Projects; all with the purpose of preserving, protecting, and giving back tothe world. The kids have a unique opportunity to take ownership of projects, market their ideas, and benefit from a variety of activities, events, and workshops. GreenUpKids.org 


Take the Downtown Parking Survey!

The Brattleboro Planning Services Department is conducting a study on the Downtown Parking system. We value your input! Please take time to fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6769RR.
The survey will be open until August 31, 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to collect and analyze data about the users of the parking facilities available downtown, and to understand the characteristics that are important to you. Your answers will help guide the consultant’s recommendations to Town officials on how parking is being utilized, determining if the existing supply of parking is sufficient to meet demand, and possible options for the future.


Save the Date: Brooks Memorial Library's 50th Birthday Party!

Save the Date!

Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday will be Saturday, September 23rd, @ the Library :)

EVERYONE is invited for food, fun and celebration!

There will be more information about party details when September rolls around.
See you there!


Fantastic Wantastiquet: Brattleboro Celebrates People and Place!

‘Fantastic Wantastiquet’, a new multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival, will take place annually beginning in 2017 during the ‘Fall Foliage’ season; from September 1 through mid-to-late October. This year, major events and activities of the Festival will extend from Friday, September 1 through Monday, October 8, allowing for the possibility that some events may occur later in October as well.

The festival’s purpose and mission is to draw together existing arts and cultural events and activities in Brattleboro and in nearby areas of Windham County, VT, Cheshire County, NH, and Franklin County, MA.  We will create a common schedule and calendar, and share marketing, publicity, and promotional efforts. We also hope to eventually create an annual grant program to assist new jointly-produced productions, works, and special events.


"My Country Tis of Thee"

A couple of days before the recent presidential election I was outside doing chores.

My granddaughter Bella whom I had just picked up from school was playing on a swing nearby. A happy child, she was always singing some pop tune during play, but on this day I heard her singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”

Made me smile, and then I remembered this picture her father had taken of her a few years ago which, to me, was so impactful and impressionable.


Help Survey the Retreat Meadows for Water Chestnut and Other Aquatic Invasive Species - July 25, 2017

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission is hosting a free, on-the-water workshop on the Retreat Meadows to check for the presence of invasive water chestnut and other aquatic invasive species. Laurie Callahan, aquatic biologist, will lead the session and will provide some basic training at the start of the workshop.

The event will be weather permitting. Please contact Laurie Callahan (therivermist@hotmail.com or 802-258-1877) if you would like to participate. Sessions may be cancelled on short notice due to weather, etc.


16th Annual 2017 Westminster Cares Garden Tour

Our 16th Annual Garden Tour has been slated for this weekend of July 22nd and 23rd - 10am to 3pm.

On display will be the Gardens of:
Gordon and Mary Hayward
Cyndy Fine - Genius Loci
Lily & Gene Walsh
Toby Young & Sharon & Ingrid Boccelli


Undiscovered Gem - Rhododendron State Park

Just across the river, there’s a beautiful park filled with gorgeous flowers.

Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam is a natural stand of Rhododendrons that are in bloom right now.

The park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

Other trails, including a special wildflower trail wind through the forest adjacent to the grove.


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