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Chesterfield Shirtings for sale, by the Bale, by Hall & Townsley.


Daniel Webster was entertained at American House in downtown Brattleboro.


English Turnip Seed, A Full and splendid assortment, just received by Dickinson, Day & Co.


In order to celebrate the “glorious Fourth” in a becoming manner, we issue our paper this week on Wednesday.


Our village bailiffs have issued notices prohibiting the firing of crackers, etc., on the coming Fourth, after the hour of 9 A.M. Very considerate of the boys, surely. Won’t they make the early hours of morning hideous!


Strawberries have been plenty during the week at twenty cents a quart, but the warm weather, if it continues, will give them a short run.


L. D. Thayer received some bruises Thursday, by being thrown from a mowing machine, and “hopes to be shot” if he ever attempts to ride another.


Temperance lectures are at a discount with the mercury ranging among the nineties, and the addresses by Mr. Ridley, Saturday and Sunday, were rather thinly attended.


Up to Monday night the locating survey of the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad had progressed as far as Harmonyville, Townshend, and on Tuesday morning the engineers’ corps pushed on from that point. More than half the survey has now been accomplished, and the route is found as fully feasible as was anticipated.


There are no tidings from A. H. Humphrey, the missing asylum employee, and his friends are forced to the conclusion that he eirher committed suicide by drowning, or wandered off in a fit on insanity.


There was less than the usual amount of barbaric noise on the night of the Fourth but the acts of lawlessness about town seeme to have been greater than usual. Fences were pulled up and destroyed, gates were stolen or displaced, and other similar proceedings took place all over the village.


The Esteyville band will give a concert next Thursday evening from the band stand at Fuller park.


Several hundred people were attracted to island ball-ground Monday evening by H. M. Wood’s balloon ascension and display of sample fireworks.


The track for the trolley road was completed to West Brattleboro Wednesday and work was begun near the Brattleboro Livery company’s office that day.


Twenty-four new members were voted into the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night, making the total membership at the present time 124.


The new Farmers’ & Mechanics’ Exchange building on Elliot street was formally accepted by the building committee and the architect Tuesday.


The office of Wm. S. Newton, the town clerk, will be moved next week to rooms over the Vermont National bank.


Enforcement of Blue Law regime in Brattleboro means no sodas or cigars sold on Sundays.

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Reminder: July 5 Exit 3 On Ramp Closure and Other Upcoming Closures

On Sunday, July 5, both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 On-Ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted on Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.


USA Celebrates Profitable Genocide 1776 Enslaving Africans to 2015 Destroying 6 Muslim Nations!

DESCRIPTION: Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations 238 year history. It is a history typical of six European empires in the areas of genocide and plunder.  Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. plural: genocides; review of USA's; update on present and future prosecution thereof.


Weekend Comedy Series: Pat Paulson For President

“A common, simple savior of America’s destiny.” So begins this documentary, performance piece, political satire, and campaign.

Pat Paulson was a very droll comedian, often seen giving editorials on the Smothers Brothers’ tv series. At some point, he decided to definitely not run for the presidency, and this film shows his non-efforts along his lack of a campaign trail as he doesn’t work his way toward the White House.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu July 6 - July 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 6 – July 10

July 6 Baked Chicken

Baked Potato

Garlic Bread

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 7, 2015

At their first regular meetiing in July, the Brattleboro Selectboard will hear from the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, (formerly the Downtown Alliance, formerly Building a Better Brattleboro,) about their plans for a proposed park in Harmony Lot.

The board will also set the tax rate for FY16 property taxes, appoint the Our Town phase III screening committee, get an update on Pay As You Throw, have a discussion about “Entergy money,” and more. You can attend in person or watch on BCTV. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Jeremy Kittel Band plays Celtic Bluegrass Gypsy Jazz at the Hooker Dunham Theater

The Jeremy Kittel Band bring their Celtic/bluegrass/gypsy-jazz fiesta to the Hooker Dunham Theater, Fri. July 10, 7:30pm.

Grammy-nominated fiddler JEREMY KITTEL (Turtle Island String Quartet, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O'Donovan), Florida mandolin prodigy JOSH PINKHAM (David Grisman), & Vancouver guitar whiz QUINN BACHAND (Ashley MacIsaac) are all up-and-coming acoustic stars.

Together, they blaze with musicality, chops, and a "sheer about-to-burst enthusiasm" (Strings Magazine).


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued July 1st

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had its second monitoring day for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, July 1st. As you may recall, a large thunderstorm came through our area Wednesday morning which coincided, rather unfortunately, right with our sampling time. Some volunteers were out before the storm moved through, but about half our sites were not tested due to the inclement weather. Our volunteers are a valuable asset and we never want to risk their safety to get a few water samples!

          Bacteria levels tend to spike following a heavy rain event when more water falls on the ground than can be infiltrated, or soaked into, the ground and it runs off directly into rivers and streams taking everything loose on the ground with it. In the case of impermeable surfaces such as concrete, pavement, and compacted sand or gravel, no water can ever infiltrate and always becomes runoff when it rains.


A Presidential Candidate - Jim Webb

Jim Webb has decided that it is his time to lead the nation as President of the United States:

"I understand the odds."


The Case of the Missing Newspapers

Every Wednesday I deliver about 4000 copies of “The Commons”, a weekly newspaper which is familiar to most of the people reading this. 

This Wednesday, something very mysterious happened – most of the papers I delivered have disappeared.

It is as if someone was following me around and removing the papers from the racks I filled just a few minutes before.

Got any ideas?


The Declaration of Independence

I thought it might be nice to re-read the Declaration of Independence, to look again at how this country of ours began.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Next West Brattelboro Association Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, July 9

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held at the New England House
(restaurant), 254 Marlboro Road, on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 PM. After a review of the treasury report, the WBA will tackle organizational issues such as progress toward making the group officially non-profit.  There will also be discussion regarding notification to abutters when public hearings affect property owned by a co-operative or collective.  The group will also take up the idea of forming a West B Welcoming Program. Another topic will be how best to recognize beautification efforts.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 5


On Sunday, July 5, both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 On-Ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted on Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.


Free Monday Morning Movies




Movies starring:

Robin Williams, Christopher Walken, Laura Linney, Lawrance Fisburne, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Andre Braugher, Sissy Spacek, Miriam Thompson, Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah & Antonio Vilaraigosa.


Greece Should Be Taking Money Making Stock Tips from Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont!

Letter to the Editor of The Vermont Journal/The Shopper, Ludlow, Vermont,  published July 1, 2015.
"Congressman Peter Welch Gets Richer While Depriving Poor Vermonters!"

Last year U.S. Congressman Peter Welch voted to reduce foodstamps (SNAP Program) for poor and struggling Vermonters.

Do members of the United States Congress  get special hints telling them to  buy stock at a certain time, and then sell it, to reward them for voting a certain way on a certain Bill?


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: New Permitted and Conditional Uses in Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to take care of a bit of regular business, but primarily to hear about and discuss the new zoning and land use regulations being proposed for adoption. If all goes according to plan, the new regulations will go into effect this fall.

Liquor Commissioners

The Brattleboro Selectboard, acting as Liquor Commissioners, granted a special events permit to Hermit Thrush Brewery for a Brewery Pint Night. Two actually, one scheduled for July 3 and another for July 24.


Reformer Down to Skeleton Crew

VtDigger reports today that most of the newsroom staff at the Brattleboro Reformer was laid off on Friday (June 26, 2015) . The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal were also reduced to "skeleton crews" by New England Newspapers. Only Dominic Poli and Howard Weiss-Tisman remain--with no editorial staff.


Vermont Announces $5,000 Downpayment Assistance

Thanks to a bill just passed by large majorities in both houses and signed by the governor, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will soon be able to offer qualified first-time homebuyers a leg up in the form of a $5,000 “sleeping” loan.

The $5,000 assistance be in the form of a zero interest loan, with no payments. The loan is repaid when the homeowner sells their home or refinances.

In email correspondence with Brattleboro Buyer Brokerage, Seth Leonard, VHFA Homeownership Outreach Coordinator, wrote:


MAKE A ZINE at Brooks Memorial Library

What is a zine? 

Zines are small or mini magazines that you can create! Zines can be comics, or stories or anything you want. Make a zine about the most amazing trip ever. Make a zine about something you are passionate about. Make a zine about anything you want and it will be awesome. Two local zine makers, comic drawers,  and super artists, Jo Dery and Hannah Cummins, will be there to give tips and tricks to make the best zines.

Draw your own pictures. Write your own words. Make your own zine.


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