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Within a few days a party belonging to one of the Canadian tribes of Indians, has been encamped near the town house in this town. It is supposed they are waiting for election day to cast their votes for the Tory ticket. We have no other foreigners among us, and it is too far to bring them from Washington. They look like administration men.


The Selectmen of Brattleboro are wishing to contract for the building of the Bridges recently carried off on Whetstone Brook. Also, the bridge near Beal's bark-mill. Apply immediately. They will be at Goodenough’s tavern next Saturday, at 1 o’clock, P.M.


Hopkins’ Brass Bands, for Carriage Wheels, constantly on hand, and for sale by C. Townsley & Son.


The late rain storm, which commenced on Sunday night last, and ceased on Wednesday morning, has caused much damage in this town, carrying away not less than 8 bridges, mostly on one stream, besides injury to the roads. Whetstone Brook was in a high glee from 2 to 4 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, when the rain fell as if in a mass.


Esty’s Pump and Lead Pipe Manufactory! At the Old Stand South of the Bridge. The Subscriber continues to manufacture Copper Pumps and Lead Pipe of superior quality, which he will warrant to be equal to any made in this or any other place. Pressed Pipe coated with tin, called next to silver, constantly on hand and for sale at the lowest prices. Lumber and most kinds of produce taken in exchange. Jacob Esty.


The Highest Prices for Good Spring Chickens and first rate fresh Butter will be paid at the Wesselhoeft Water-Cure.


Save Your Money. The undersigned will tap and mend Rubber Boots and Shoes, or apply Rubber Soles to Boots and Shoes made of Leather. W. Ward.


On the Rise - Amidst the teeming growth of crops, the growth of Brattleboro is not the least noticeable. Some seven or eight buildings are going up, and trade and manufactures are getting to be lively.


Mr. Edward Crosby, we are informed, is about to start on his annual western tour, to visit the mills and flour dealers which furnish his firm with choice grades of flour which in the past few years have become so popular in all this region of country.


The failure of the apple crop is partly atoned for by the enormous amount of blackberries which are pouring into market, and which are sold freely at six to ten cents a quart.


The “Windham County Reformer” put in its appearance last Saturday. It is a good looking sheet, and will undoubtably do yeoman’s service in the Democratic cause.


S.A. Smith has purchased a small steam yacht in Boston, which he landed in Spofford lake, last Saturday, it being the second one on the lake.


It is not true that Forepaugh’s circus was kept out of Brattleboro by the high license charged by the selectmen. After inquiry as to the size of the show Mr. Boyden fixed $50 as the charge for the license. With this sum the agent found no fault, but said the island was nearer and he thought it would bring more patronage, besides being cheaper, to pitch the tents there than to come to this side of the river. The circus pays $10 for the privilege of a street parade.


Peaches are selling in the local market at $1 a crate.


Business at the Estey Organ works is very thriving. Not since the silver craze stuck the country and caused everybody to hoard gold and all other kinds of currency have orders come in so freely as during this summer. It looks like old times to see three Estey wagons in constant procession to the station with organs for all parts of the United States and to almost every country in the world. This is a state of affairs in which everybody in Brattleboro rejoices.


The Brooks House stables are undergoing repairs which, when completed, will make them equal to any stables in town.


Work at the Snowflake corn canning factory began Monday, but up to yesterday only a small amount of corn had been canned. Sufficient corn has been brought in to keep a small number of huskers busy since Monday, but the work will not begin in earnest until the first of next week when a large force of huskers will be given work.


A meeting of those interested in forming a foot-ball team was held in the Y.M.C.A. rooms Monday evening.


A meeting of the executive committee of the Valley Fair association was held in the Brooks House Tuesday afternoon, when arrangements were made for systematizing the issue of tickets for all departments.


A jury was drawn late Monday to hear the case of the village against Maj. F. W. Childs, charged with violating a village ordinance by operating his automobile with the muffler cutout open.


VY shuts down for leaky valve in the area surrounding the reactor vessel.

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE THE CHANGE IN THE REGULAR MEETING DAY FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - August 16, 2016

Central Fire Station’s plans will be presented and reviewed at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeeting at the Municipal Center on Main Street.

The Stone Church is applying for a liquor permit, road re-classifications (if any) will be announced for three sites in town, there will be a discussion of push button crosswalk lights, ordinances will begin the amendment process, and other projects will get underway.

You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.


3 Record Drive Mobile Home Fire Press Release

At 11:46pm on August 8, 2016 the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to 3 Record Drive for a mobile home fire with occupants trapped. Two of the four occupants in the home at the time of the fire perished. Glen Euber, age 42 and Michelle Blake, age 52 were both found upstairs on the main living level after firefighters extinguished the fire that destroyed their mobile home. Neither was able to escape the fire and were dead at the scene.

The other two occupants, Carroll Page, age 68 and Sean Stoltz, age 27, both lived in the lower level of the home and were able to escape safely. Stoltz received a second degree burn to the back of his neck and was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc for treatment.


Brattleboro Area Hospice to hold Hospice Care Volunteer Training and Seeks Participants

Beginning on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Brattleboro Area Hospice will offer its hospice care volunteer training in Brattleboro, VT. This 33 hour volunteer training will run on Tuesday mornings from September 20 – November 29 from 9 am – 12 pm.

Throughout Windham County hospice volunteers aid neighbors and their families who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Help may range from running errands to gardening to emotional and physical support. Hospice care volunteers report the work as challenging yet very rewarding. Training topics include hospice philosophy, nuts and bolts of volunteering, ethical issues, reflection on personal attitudes toward death and dying, and grief issues among others. Presenters include professionals from the community as well as Hospice staff and volunteers.


Rutland Herald Sold

The Rutland Herald and the Times-Argus newspapers are being sold, ending years of local ownership. Here is their announcement:


The Mitchell family announced late Wednesday night they have entered into an agreement to sell the The Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, as well as affiliated print and online publications, to a company headed by Maine-based publishing entrepreneur Reade Brower and printing and marketing executive Chip Harris.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.


With Joking Russian TV the Best Source of Electronic News and Information Available - Woe Is Us!


In 1950, Einstein explained why our civilization continues to be "like an axe in the had of the pathological criminal,": "Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control the main sources of information (press, radio, education). Mysteriously, our best independent journalists, top intellectuals and historians, are of no help. Even on RT's ten more serious shows there is no urging of prosecution for international crimes


InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services Welcomes Body-Mind Psychotherapist from Boulder

InnerWell is delighted to welcome Heather Kuhn, MA, RSMT, R-DMT, to join InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services in Brattleboro. A warm and skillful body-mind psychotherapist, Heather holds a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She is relocating here from Boulder, Colorado, and begins seeing clients at InnerWell this month. Specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and relationship issues. With the addition of Heather, InnerWell is again welcoming new clients for adult individual psychotherapy and counseling.


Ben Pratt To Perform Magic at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Heads will be scratching in wonder as Ben Pratt brings his magic to Main Street Arts in a show Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Breath-taking sleight of hand, birds and humans materializing out of nowhere and Ben himself walking through a solid glass mirror are some of the seemingly impossible happenings that will leave the audience wondering, “How did he do that?”


Pedestrian Flags for Western Avenue Crosswalk

In collaboration with the Holton Home and Brattleboro Department of Public Works, the Safe Streets Project recently launched a pilot program to improve pedestrian visibility.  It is located at the crosswalk between Holton Home and Trinity Lutheran Church on Western Ave. Two fluorescent orange and yellow flags sit on the yield signs on each side of the crosswalk,  with instructions to "carry a flag when crossing the street and place it in the container on the other side". 


Summer Cinema Slam Returns!

Summer Cinema Slam returns on August 27th at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro. The doors will open at 5:30pm. Come join us for evening of films made by Vermont filmmakers and meet the directors as well. We are welcoming some amazing Vermont filmmakers to this year's event. Check out our event page at Brattleboro Film Festival facebook page. http://www.brattleborofilmfestival.org/2016-special-events/

 The event will include live music during the intermission, free ice-cream. and food trucks, food, beer and wine will be available for purchase.


Plat of the City of Zion - And So Fill Up the World

Believers of all affiliations are on the move. Their fluidity to channel into areas where disbelievers are the majority stems from having at their back generations of believers and accrued wealth and power that drives the machinery responsible for their boundless missionary work.

Areas of this country with the least religious Americans are clustered here in the northeast. In a February 2016 Pew Research Center study its writers and social scientists found that in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts only one-third of the populations are religious. Pew measured the extent of religious observance by “worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God, and the self-described importance of religion in one’s life.” Meanwhile, Pew also found that an overall growing share of Americans also self-identify as atheists.


Vermont Summer 2016 Primary Results

Some of the Vermont primary results:

Governor - Democrat Vermont

Sue Minter (DEM)

Matt Dunne (DEM)

Peter Galbraith (DEM)


Mobile Home Fire in Mountain Home Park

Date of Incident: 08/09/16
Location of Incident: 3 Record Drive
Nature of Call: Mobile Home Fire
Time Reported: 11:46pm
Time Under Control: 1:14am

Number of Alarms and Times Upgraded: 2nd alarm @ 11:53pm
Type of Building: Mobile home w/basement
Building Owner & Address:

Injuries? Yes
How Many? 1
Type? 2nd degree burn to back of neck

Fatalities? 2


Amazing! Cris Ericson Got Over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!

Amazing! Cris Ericson got over 10% of the Vote for US Senator!
P. Leahy (i) 89.1% 61,111
C. Ericson 10.9% 7,476

I, Cris Ericson, am so happy to thank Vermonters for giving me over 10% of the vote for United States Senator  competing against U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy,  especially considering that he refused to debate me or meet me in any forum, showing his utter disregard for low income widow women, of which I am one. Just another example of rich people squashing poor people like bugs.

Government is supposed to be of, by and for the people, including low income widow women.


Community Shabbat Dinner at BAJC!

Join Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Friday evening, August 26th, for a community Shabbat.  Starting at 5 pm we’ll have some time to enjoy our beautiful land in late

summer with a Shabbat walk. At 6 pm we’ll gather for an end-of-summer dinner, with blessings, candle lighting, and songs. Donations are requested in advance for the dinner that will be provided, but no one will be turned away. Please let Cantor Kate know you (and how many others) are coming.


Backpack Lost on Route 30!

For Route 30 commuters

Hi folks,

I believe I lost my son's backpack along Route 30 on Sunday on our way from Brattleboro to Townshend.  He is 6 years old and it has some things which are dear to him inside, his well loved stuffed animal and a string of beads from mom.  I am including a picture of the type of backpack that it is although his name is not Kyle.  If you find it please call me, I will be in your debt.


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The 2016 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills were mailed on August 8, 2016. The first quarter payment will be due on September 15th, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after September 15th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

Utility bills are due on August 15th, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after August 15th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Chess.com Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein

Chess.com was able to sit down with each of the four major presidential candidates last week as they turned their attention to courting the ever-important chess demographic. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein were all interviewed by Chess.com as they look for votes on the 64 squares.



Learn to Read Hebrew!

If you’re interested in learning to decode Hebrew so you will be able to read and follow Hebrew in a prayerbook, Faith Schuster will teach a Learn to Read Hebrew class in the fall on Sunday afternoons at 4:00, beginning on September 18th at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community in West Brattleboro. There is no fee but you’ll need a textbook ($10-15). We need at least five people for the course, which will run for eight to ten weeks.


Burt Tepfer to Lead Discussion About Bad Jews

Burt Tepfer wil lead a discussion of the issues and ideas raised by the play he is directing, “Bad Jews”, on Sunday August 14 at 3:30 pm at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community - 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro. Since it is Tisha B’Av, the program will include a brief explanation of the holiday from Cantor Kate Judd, with a few words about why talking about what it means to be a “good” or “bad” Jew might be particularly appropriate on that day. Snacks will be supplied for those who are not fasting for the holiday.



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