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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."


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.


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.


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.


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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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing - The Future of Melrose Terrace

Calling all area residents!! Get your creative thinking caps on. The future of Melrose Terrace needs some attention and it is starting with you.

As we all know, Melrose Terrace in West Brattleboro was severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Right after the Storm, BHA’s Commissioners pledged to repair Melrose so its residents had a place to live while BHA worked on creating new housing so that these residents would no longer be in a floodway. Plans are under way to construct a new 55 unit facility to be ready in January 2016. Plans will also be developed to move the other 25 units, the Brattleboro Housing Authority offices and maintenance building by 2018 at the latest.


Some Like It Hot — Thoughts On Air Conditioning

After our long cold winter and equally long cool spring, I found myself really looking forward to sweltering heat.  As I shivered on my well-shaded back porch, blanket over knees in June, I dreamed of hot weather shimmering over my house, bringing warmth and comfort to my cave-like apartment.  I looked forward to finally being able to wear shorts, sleeveless tops, and even sundresses.  I rooted for the inside thermometer to finally reach 70.  And finally it came — summer— and I was happy and put on my sundress, while all around me (it seemed) everyone else put on their air conditioners!


Democratic State Senate Candidate Fora

The Windham County Democratic Committee is organizing meetings for the public to meet and hear the four Democratic candidates for State Senate.

The first forum will be held tomorrow, July 24, 2014, at 6:30 PM, at the Townshend Town Hall.


Salon Jacque Summer Vacation August 3rd-11th

SALON JACQUE will be closed August 3-11 for our annual week of summer vacation. We encourage our clients to book their appointments as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you after our week of vacation all refreshed and ready to go. To book your appointment with Jacqueline, Krystie, Re, Madison or Brianna please call 802-258-4411


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 27


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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Just So Pediatrics Welcomes New Physician

Just So Pediatrics is pleased to welcome new pediatrician Dr. Heather Lesage-Horton to their group, as of July 15, 2014.

Dr. Lesage-Horton, who is board certified, most recently worked at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she earned her medical doctorate and bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, and completed her pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Michigan Health System, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.


American Exceptionalism

Yeah, we’re exceptional, all right!

Since the end of World War II, the United States has:


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


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