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Within a week or two, some scoundrels have eased a few gardens in this village of their melons, which gross violation of the law, right, and decency is set down against them in the “Great day of reckoning.” After one has toiled and sweat to raise fruit wherewith to regale himself and friends in the Autumn, to have it “hooked” - “flinched” - aye stolen in the night, is outrageously provoking.


Mr. Ganson’s dancing school will commence on Saturday afternoon at the Town Hall. Mr. G. will be pleased to see the parents with their children as he wishes to develop and explain his plan and system of instruction.


The Catholic children excluded from the public schools during the last term for disobedience of the rules, resumed attendance at the commencement of the present term.


Persons from the adjoining towns desiring to attend the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher’s lecture, Oct 6th, in order to be sure of a seat must secure their tickets in advance.


The lower part of the town hall was fitted up for public library purposes and was so opened as Brattleboro's free library with Mrs. Annie E. Fulton as librarian.


Frank E. Housh will publish Mr. Howard’s “Brattleboro in Verse and Prose” early in November, copies having been sold to guarantee successful publication.


The reports given by our county correspondents this week indicate that the band of “Arabs” who were not allowed to land in New York, and then went to Canada and came over the Vermont line, are now wandering through the interior of the county, evidently divided into several small bands.


A successful test of the new fire-alarm system was made last Saturday evening.


The stringing of the copper wire for the metallic long-distance telephone line between Brattleboro and Bellows Falls began this morning.


The grounds of George E. Crowell were lighted Saturday by electricity for the first time.


“Joe” Kemp, a genuine cow-boy from Idaho, passed through Brattleboro on Tuesday with a carload of 29 elk which he lassoed in the mountains. He sold them to Austin Corbin, the noted railroad man, for $150 each, and the animals were being taken to Mr. Austin’s large preserve near Newport, N.H. Idaho Joe was dressed in the conventional cow-boy costume, with sombrero and leather trousers.


The Brattleboro Overall Company began running their factory on Elm street with electric power Tuesday. The business requires about 15 horse power in addition to the lighting.


The steel girders for the Connecticut river bridge have been put in place this week and are being securely riveted to the framework. An interested crowd of spectators has watched the progress of the work. It is expected that by Valley Fair time teams will be able to cross the bridge.


Tad Dwyer releases report on Brattleboro Police Department including findings and recommendations.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 14


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. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

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.


150 Years Ago (1864 9/12)

Clifton Farm, Va.

Sept. 12th, 1864. 

Dearest Abiah,-

Here we are yet, only our regiment has been moved down nearer the river and are doing picket duty by themselves. Came here Saturday. Saw Zopher just before we came; the same morning.

Perhaps it will do to talk a little about that commission. I have not wanted to say much about it heretofore, but it is probably not very far off. I received a note from Major Foster's office with regard to the chances of three of us. James Tinkham Capt. There were then ten that preceded him and 21 ahead of me and W. S. Myers he was second Lieut. There were 43 preceding him.


Sanders Statement on Republican Blocking Consideration of Amendment

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), cosponsor of constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court rulings that lifted limits on campaign spending by millionaires and billionaires, issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to block consideration of the amendment:


Brattleboro Town Offices Closing For Employees Picnic

The Brattleboro Town offices (with the exception of emergency services) will be closed on Friday, September 12, 2014 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm for the employees picnic.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8151


Elm Street - The Sacred Cow is Untouched

What is really behind the battlelines over this park? Is any decision a good decision? Over time the amount of skatepark comments on iBrattleboro really overwhelmed its readership; it also exposed one of the deepest rifts seen in this microcosm of our community.

How could such a small community be so glaringly and bitterly divided for so long over what should have been a relatively simple matter?Two recent columns in the Reformer make the case for Elm Street as well as I’ve read anywhere on this topic of a skatepark site. Is it too late, or will we really putting this park out at Living Memorial?


Should Brattleboro Have a Co-Working Space?

Co-working Space - Should we have one?

When we two Vermonters walked into a co-working space in San Fransisco, we gasped. In front of us was a large room with long tables at which people were sitting laptops plugged into outlets in the middle of the tables. 

It was quiet. Some people were walking around. A tour showed us the phone booths, a conference room, the coffee gallery (of course, it was San Fransisco) and and upstairs space where companies were renting larger offices.  The space was specifically for “social entrepreneurs.” For us two, who at the time regularly camped out at the Blue Moose, it was a vision of what we lack here. 


Sanders Statement on Obama Speech on ISIS

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after President Barack Obama delivered a nationally televised address on the Islamic State terrorist group:

“ISIS is a brutal and dangerous organization that must be defeated. I agree with the president that ISIS is a threat to the international community and must be combatted by the international community, not just the United States. Most importantly, this struggle will not be won without the active participation of the people of Iraq and Syria. This cannot be a unilateral American action. As we develop a long-term strategy, we must not forget the painful lessons learned by the Bush-Cheney wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. ground troops should not be sent back into combat. I support the president’s airstrike campaign and help for the Syrian opposition.”


Welch Statement Following President Obama's Address

Washington, DC – Representative Peter Welch gave the following statement after the President addressed the nation tonight:

“I have appreciated the President’s clear-eyed restraint to date in responding to multiple, serious threats in this region. I have supported his use of military force to protect American personnel still in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees in cooperation with the competent Kurdish military in northern Iraq. I fully agree with him that American combat troops should not be deployed in the region. And I applaud his leadership in forcing Iraqi leaders to form a coalition government to respond to the threat posed by ISIS.


Question Re: Yard Sales This Weekend

I am having a yard sale this weekend (Saturday)on Western Avenue, household stuff. Is anyone in the Western Avenue/Tree Streets neighborhood having one also? I am wondering if we could combine them into a multi-family sale to improve traffic? Thanks.



Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, September 15 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Patti Kerr: Alzheimer's Author & Educator To Speak At Brooks Memorial Library Sept 10 at 2 PM & 7 PM

Alzheimer’s educator and author Patti Kerr will speak at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, September 10th at 2 PM in the Library's Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor. She will also repeat her talk at 7 PM. Kerr, a Certified Alzheimer’s Educator, is also author of  “I Love You…Who Are You?”, Loving and Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s”.

She will discuss Alzheimer’s, her family’s journey with the disease, and how to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. She will also provide information and hands-on tips for everyone regarding the disease. 


House Approves Gibson-Welch Legislation to Tackle Lyme Disease

Washington, DC – Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives approved by a voice vote legislation authored by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Peter Welch to address the growing problem of Lyme disease. The incidence of this debilitating disease has increased dramatically in recent years in Vermont and across the Northeast region.


Alan Dann

On Sunday night, the Brattleboro area lost a contributor to the community.

I first met Alan Dann through the Estey Organ Museum where we served together on the board. In this capacity, I learned of his musical abilities. Alan played organ, but also loved to sing. He would frequently be telling me of impending trips to foreign lands to sing with his college alumni choir.


Lower Green Street Closed

The Department of Public Works has closed Lower Green Street from Retting Place to High Street until further notice. An exception of the Lower Green Street entrance from High Street will temporarily be two way traffic only to allow entrance to the side of the building located at 22 – 26 High Street. There will be no through traffic allowed.

A stone retaining wall below lower Green Street is failing and the roadway is being closed for public safety.

Today (Monday) a section of Harmony Parking Lot will be closed so D&E Tree can remove trees on the bank between the Harmony Lot and Green Street. The parking lot is expected to be fully opened by noontime today.

The Green Street road closing and tree removal are all part of an immediate public safety plan.


It Is Time For Not For Profits To Pay Their Fair Share In Brattleboro - A PILOT Program

One solution to the chronic income short fall in Brattleboro is a program that has been implemented around the US with considerable success that has benefited cash strapped communities a Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILOT for businesses that are listed as not-for profit and yet generate revenue.  While it would not be a legally binding, it is an agreement between the town and income generating business like the Brattleboro Hospital, Windham Land Trust, colleges, and not for profits that generate say more than $100,000 in revenues per annum to pay fixed percentage of revenues like the Brattleboro Housing Authority that pays 10% of their revenues as a PILOT.  Why should multimillion dollar businesses like Windham Land Trust, the hospital, the Retreat not contribute equit


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