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Henry David Thoreau arrives in Brattleboro Friday night as the invited guest of the Unitarian Rev. Addison Brown's family on Chase Street.


The hardware and drug store of Joseph Clark was broken open Wednesday night, and about a dollar in change was stolen from the money drawer. An attempt was made to open the safe but it was not successful.


Elm street - as the street leading from Elliot to Canal is now called - has been reopened, the new covered bridge having been finished and the grading completed.


One of the most desirable portions of our village for residences is in the vicinity of what is known as Forest Square. The street on the east side of the square, called North street, will soon be opened through to Asylum street, affording many good building sites and a pleasant drive. That on the west side of the square, which has been named Spruce street, has been extended north and will ultimately bound another square. At the present rate of progress, but a few years will elapse before Forest square will become a thickly populated neighborhood.


The new primary school house located on Washington street will be ready for occupancy at the time required, next Monday.


Drunks have been plenty among the railroad laborers the past week, undoubtably, that a considerable number of them have been discharged and paid off on account of the completion of the first section of road out of Brattleboro.


The stagings have been removed from Ryther’s new block this week, revealing a handsome front of pressed brick with granite trimmings, surmounted by a heavy galvanized iron cornice in imitation of granite. The architectural effect is excellent, and the building lends a pleasing and striking variety to our Main street architecture.


Miss Mary Howe and her brother Lucien will leave for New York in October, which will be made their headquarters for the coming season. Miss Howe’s manager will be L.M. Ruben of New York and she will sing in the principal cities of the country.


F.H. Farr and Thos. Hannon will have charge of the victualing department at the Valley Fair.


Secret Service Agent Detective Craig, who was killed in the accident to the presidential party, road on the seat with the driver when the President passed through the streets of Brattleboro.


A Clement stereopticon exhibition was given in front of the American House Saturday night. A large curtain was suspended at an angle so that it could be seen a long distance up Main street and alleged funny pictures and inscriptions of trite sayings by Clement were thrown upon the curtain. A large crowd was attracted, but little enthusiasm was shown except by boys.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Wyatt Cenac

You may recognize Wyatt from the Daily Show, but did you know he was a writer for King of the Hill, the Mike Judge look at Texas? I didn’t.

It makes a bit of sense. He was born in NYC in 1976, but was moved to Texas as a kid. He’s now a Brooklyn resident.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Tree Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Town Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


A Real Live Something or Other, And In Our Own County?

Now we don't need to travel to Lake Champlain anymore to try to see a sea monster. Lake Harriman is big enough to be the home of a large beast, apparently.

Beast link.



Main Street Sidewalk Update #6

Good morning! We have seen some big changes since our last update! On Thursday a subcontractor came in and installed all the new curb from Walnut Street to High Street. Green Mountain Power came in on Wednesday and installed two of our new street lights at the Walnut Street intersection and they look GREAT! To date, the contractor has completed all the sidewalk removal and electrical conduit installation from Walnut Street to High Street. The driveway crossings and many of the pedestrian ADA ramps have been installed.

Next week (there will be no work on Monday for Labor Day) the sidewalk subcontractor will be onsite to get all the new sidewalks installed from Walnut Street to High Street!


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 6

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.


See above re closure of the Exit 3 on ramps on Labor Day.

The blasting on the north side of the new bridge has been completed.

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.


Matt Dunne Hosting Community Meeting in Brattleboro

Matt Dunne has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2016.

As Matt begins his bid for governor, he is eager to meet with Vermonters and listen to their concerns about the challenges facing Vermont, and their ideas for the future.

Matt's campaign is scheduled meetings in every county of our state including two in Windham County -- one in Bellows Falls and the other in Brattleboro.


Brattleboro Labor Day Closings

In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7. All other violations will be enforced.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: A Million Dollar Gamble, a Resource Center, and an Imposing Tower

Major industrial development near Exit 1 got a hearty endorsement from the Brattleboro Selectboard on Tuesday evening. Over $1 million in loans and grants have been approved to be spent on an effort to convince a local employer to keep good paying jobs in Brattleboro. There are good odds that G. S. Precision will stay, but plans are not yet final.

A proposed Putney Road telecommunications tower was found to be objectionable enough to trigger a letter of concern to the Public Service Board, Groundworks collaborative will be moving forward to help the homeless with food and shelter through a planned resource center downtown, the Our Town grant selection committee was appointed, and more.


Brattleboro VT Preview Screening of MisLEAD w/ Special Guest Jon Fishman from Phish

SAVE THIS EVENT - FRI, OCT 23, 2015, 6:00pm

Brattleboro VT Preview Screening of MisLEAD w/ Special Guest Jon Fishman from Phish

On October 23rd there will be a free screening of MisLEAD, a documentary put together by Lead Safe America. The organization is founded by a mother who has two children that have been affected by lead poisoning.


Brooks Library, or Brooks Memorial Library?

I've always called our library the Brooks Memorial Library, think that "Memorial" was part of the name. More recently I've seen official library announcements in which it is called, simply, Brooks Library.

My question: which is it? Was the name officially shortened? Was it never as long as I thought?

I like to use the right name, but also don't mind shaving off a few letters from a frequently-typed phrase.

What say ye?


What To Look For In A Language Program, and Free Demo Class

Express Fluency is offering a free Spanish class Thursday, September 10th from 6pm-7pm. Participants will experience a fun and effective way of acquiring language and will leave the class knowing how to order a drink, and tell a joke, in Spanish.

We will also share the secrets of language acquisition- which students can apply to any language they choose to pursue.


Southern Vermont Projects Funded to Mitigate the Economic Impacts of VY Closure

Green Building Cluster, Business Acceleration and Tri State region CEDS alignment

Windham County, VT - On Monday August 31st, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has been awarded $265K by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The federal award was the final piece of funding needed for a $530K project which will launch two major initiatives outlined in the Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS: Development of a Green Building Cluster Study and the initiation and operation of the Southern Vermont Business Innovation Accelerator.


First Public Hearing on the Draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations

Monday, August 31, 6 p.m.
Brattleboro Municipal Center, Selectboard Meeting Room

This will be the first of two public hearings the Planning Commission will hold on the draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations. The second hearing will be on Wednesday, September 9, also at 6 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room.

The revised draft is available for review online and at the Brattleboro Planning Services Department, Town Clerk's Office and the Brooks Memorial Library.This is an entirely new set of land use regulations that will affect the entire town, replacing the current Brattleboro Zoning Ordinance and Brattleboro Subdivision Regulations.


A New Bellydance and Youth Mentorship Program Comes to Brattleboro!

SEEDs (self-esteem, empowerment, and education through dance) is an internationally recognized bellydance and mentorship program, originally founded in 2001 by Myra Krein in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After seeing so much success in Santa Fe, Myra began an intensive teacher training program--and there are now dozens of blossoming SEEDs programs across the globe.

After attending the teacher training in June 2015, local bellydancer Kelsey Eaton bringing this fun and transformational youth bellydance program to Brattleboro. Working alongside her is Devan Moran, a woman's advocate who works locally to educate youth on healthy relationships, domestic violence, and consent.


BS&L Slated to Open New Branch Monday, Aug. 31

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan will open its new branch in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro on Monday, Aug. 31.

The new location represents months of building and renovation and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.

To introduce the new branch and call attention to the vibrant business community in Brattleboro’s Putney Road area, BS&L will also celebrate with Brattorama, a Monopoly-style game for all residents, from Sept. 9 – 23. More than 30 North End businesses have signed on as partners, each with their own spot on the Brattorama game board and stickers that can be collected to win prizes ranging from gift certificates to a $1,000 Savings CD from BS&L.


Curious - Why No Carnivals With Rides in Brattleboro?

I was driving by Bondville yesterday and they were having the Bondville Fair, complete with rides such as Tilt a Whirls, Scramblers, giant slides, merry go rounds, and a Ferris Wheel and it got me thinking: Why doesn't Brattleboro ever hold a carnival, with a midway, rides, food trucks, games, and so on?

No handfuls of tickets, no stepping over power cables, no sound of generators, no sight of colorful lights at the edges of every ride or booth.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 8/31/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/31/15

Monday, August 31, 2015

12:00 am Dartmouth College Talk: Making Sense of the Mad Men Era

1:30 am September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 3

2:30 am SAFSTOR: 8/19/15 - Paul Paradis

3:00 am Energy Improvements Financing Forum - 6/16/15

4:30 am UVM Community Med School: Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer


Short Distance Moving Around Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of someone  I can hire to move one couch out of my Oak St. place and take it to the dump and move another couch into my house from West Brattleboro. I'm sure there must be somebody in the Brattleboro area who does this kind of thing but I haven't been able to locate anyone. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Kris Alden


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