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Silver Ware. H. D. Brackett has just received another large lot of Silver ware, which, in addition to his former stock, makes his assortment well worthy the attention of the public. — The Ladies in particular.


Messrs Crosby & Rice have begun vigorous operations for erecting their block of buildings on Main street; the block is to be 140 feet in front and 70 deep, of brick.


Sargent’s new hotel, at the foot of South Main street, is rapidly assuming shape, and will probably be ready to open next month.


A pear tree on the premises of H. A. Jones, Birge street, is now in bloom for the third time the present season and is also bearing a crop of fruit.


“Beginning on Sunday, the Post office will be open on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30...”


The rear of the season’s big drive of logs, comprising 25,000,000 feet, reached Windsor on Tuesday. The water is low and progress is difficult.


The Brattleboro savings bank has been connected with the telephone exchange.


The selectmen have passed an order making it compulsory for the police officers to arrest persons who are intoxicated.


Ex-President Hayes was at the Brooks House yesterday. Like all other visitors he is delighted with Brattleboro, considering it one of the most beautiful places he has ever seen.


The chime of bells which are to be placed in the tower of the Roman Catholic church arrived the last of last week from Methuen, Mass. They cover an octave and a half.


Ruth Brown, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Brown, rode to Spofford lake Saturday on her wheel, accompanied by Miss Flora Hildreth.


Several hundred people went to West Brattleboro on the street railroad moonlight excursion Tuesday night to listen to the concert by the First Regiment band. The cars were crowded, many standing on the running boards and between the seats. The band gave a first class concert from the balcony of the Melrose House and Landlord Strong served refreshments of ice-cream and cake.


E. J. Fenton & Co. have erected an ice water station just north of their store in Ullery building, for the use of the public. The barrel is covered with a canopy awning.


The ladies of the Eastern Star will meet Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock in Masonic hall to consider matters of importance to the chapter.


Another advance in the price of bread flour went into effect this week, the price now being $8 a barrel or 50 cents more than it was a week ago.

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Opioid Policy Compromises Doctor-Patient Relationship

I don’t know how many lives will be saved by the official response to the opioid crisis. In the past, government reactions to illegal drugs have been expensive, heavy-handed and ineffective.

Vermont and the nation have never been able to reconcile themselves to the fact that it is normal for people to actually want to use drugs.In the case of opioids, the crackdown is already having collateral damage to patients legitimately in bona-fide need of the relief opioids provide that other pain medicine cannot adequately control. Doctors are more reluctant to prescribe, even censured for prescribing opioids, and patients who really need it are suffering because of the few who abuse the dispensing and usage.


Information Meeting July 13 for River Gallery Artist Trip to Provence, France

The River Gallery School in Brattleboro will sponsor a trip for artists to Provence, France, from October 14-21. Anyone interested in learning more about the trip can attend an informational meeting on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the school at 32 Main Street in Brattleboro.

The trip will include a week of making art and exploring the countryside in southern France. Plein aire painting sessions will be led by Lydia Thomson, Creative Director of the River Gallery School.

The group will spend 7 nights in northern Provence, near the town of Vaison-la-Romaine, just east of Orange, France. The area is known for its olive oil, wine and apricot production, and mostly its beautiful vistas.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 10 thru July 14

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 10 thru July 14

July 10 - Vegetarian Lasagna

Garlic Bread

Italian Mixed Vegetables



VFW Lunch Specials July 10th - July 14th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg
Tues - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - salmon pea wiggle


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 11, 2017

A discussion of issues related to panhandling in Brattleboro is scheduled for the next meeting of the Selectboard. It is likely to be a starting point for the board, as no definitive action is being proposed.

The board will be busy as Water & Sewer Commissioners, approving a few big, expected projects. They will hear an update on progress toward building a skatepark at Living Memorial Park, set property tax rates, buy stuff for the new fire and police buildings, review their goals, approve some paving and celebrate dance in the region. All this and more, and you are invited to attend and participate.


Reception, Sat. 2-4 pm, for Lynn Martin's Poetry & Paintings

West Brattleboro, Vt. - "The Art of Poetry," an exhibit of paintings and poems by Lynn Martin, will grace gallery spaces at All Souls Church through the end of August. An opening reception this Saturday, July 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., offers visitors an opportunity to speak with Lynn about her creative process as an artist and poet, and to enjoy a table of savory and sweet refreshments.

Since 1990, Lynn's poetry has moved readers with its direct, elegant, and no-holds-barred wordsmithing. She has published three books of poems to date: "Visible Signs of Defiance" in 1995, "Talking to the Day" in 2009, and "Birds of a Feather" in 2014. Her work has appeared in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. Her nonfiction has also appeared a number of regional publications. In 2005, she took up painting and has not looked back since.


SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued July 5th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, July 5th. Volunteers will be collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.


My Opinion: A Petition? Really? We're Already Doing Good Work for Brattleboro's Energy Future

I’m usually a fan of petitions. They’re an easy way to make your voice heard, especially these days when, on a national level, it sometimes feels like our leaders don’t share our values. But lately a local social media petition has been trying my patience a bit.

There’s an electronic petition making the rounds urging our town to “End Brattleboro’s Municipal Use of Heating Oil”. It points out, fairly, that as a town Brattleboro emits large amounts of carbon dioxide burning fuel oil, and that this is something that we should be working to reduce as much as possible. I fully agree with this sentiment. My problem with the petition? It seems to be either ignorant or dismissive of the very good work that has already been done around this issue. This is surprising, since the author has been present at almost every Selectboard meeting since I have been a member.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting July 13th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and the 2017 budget, there will be updates on the Neighborhood Fund and BizUp/Commercial Spaces.

On the agenda also is a recap of the Chicken Barbecue held over Memorial Day weekend, including deliberating
whether the group should think about approaching it differently in the future.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 10th


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


10 Overdoses

According to Mark Carignan of the Brattleboro Police, officers have been at the scene of 10 overdoses in about 24 hours.


Brattleboro Goes Fourth - A Review

Hats off and a big thanks to the organizers and donors that made Brattleboro Goes Fourth happen this year. It was in many ways a perfect Independence Day.

First, the weather cooperated. Tuesday was neither too hot, nor too cool, with no rain, and just occasional clouds. It helped all the planned activities go off without a hitch.

The parade, which was a bit lacking last year, sprung back to life in 2017. It’s an essential feature for me, and I love that it is real and local. With the exception of some radio stations, a TV show, and a bit of bible thumping, it isn’t a parade trying to sell you anything. It’s just a snapshot of who we are at this moment in time.


BCTV Schedules Week of 7/3/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/3/17

Monday, July 3, 2017

12:00 am WWAC: Randy Goodman - Reflections on Iran 5/12/17

1:50 am Woodstock Historical Society - Opium Eaters

3:00 am Senior Moments: The Beatles - Class 6

4:00 am Labyrinth Around America Walk at All Souls Church 5/10/17

4:45 am TED Talks: Michael Patrick Lynch: See Past Your Own Perspective and Find Truth


Lost Dog

3 year old Samoyed - 55 lbs, long white hair - goes by name of Laoko

Lost in Dummerston in the vicinity of Middle Road near Route 5 and Houghton Road


Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer

My beautiful loving sister Rupa Cousins has passed on today. I was awake most of the night restless. And there is great peace, joy with sadness in her passing. I wrote this last night and this morning i send this. To all who were touched by her magic, passion and love for life, let us celebrate, Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer.

Much love Namaya Art Rat Peace and Zoe Kopp


"Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer”

Star of grace who dances from the sky
and landed joyfully on this earth.
Fearless in her truth, she soars and flies.
To a life of joy and love she gave birth.

She reminded us all of the higher love,
and she, the true blessing of the - dove.

Noble laughing presence so rare,
a free spirit who soared and played.
With fearless love she inspired us to care


Brattleboro Food Co-op Reaches Three Year Contract With Union

Managers and the Union Bargaining Committee at Brattleboro Food Co-op have come to a tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract. The contract is scheduled for ratification by July 15th. More details will be available thereafter. All participants were trained in Interest-Based Problem Solving by FMCS (Federal Mediation Conciliation Service), which will continue to be used as a tool as issues arise during the life of the contract.


Naomi Klein's Five-Step Plan To Counter The Coming Shocks

Trump is this sort of rolling shock—every day there’s some shocking news

  • StepOne: Know what’s coming.

(We can expect them to impose some sort of state of exception or emergency where the usual rules of democracy no longer apply)

  • StepTwo: Get out of your home and defy the bans.

(There is only one way to respond: Disobey en masse)


VFW Lunch Specials July 3rd - July 7th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - no lunch open 1 pm - 7 pm
Tues - no lunch open 1 pm - 7 pm
Wed - sausage, peppers, onion grinder
Thur - stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato, veg.
Fri - seafood salad roll w/ potato chips


Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 3 thru July 7




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