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Rutherford Hayes, grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes and operator of Hayes Tavern, dies in West Brattleboro.


Mr. John Plummer, of West Brattleboro, committed suicide early last Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a butcher’s knife, which had been made very sharp. He had himself, indeed, previously told his friends to keep all edge tools away from his sight, saying his mind was sometimes strangely inclined to do himself harm. Mr. Plummer was 63 years of age, was a man of some property, and had been esteemed here as one of our best and most useful citizens.


Donati’s Comet - This erratic visitor may be seen every clear evening as it has been during the past three weeks, in the heavens, a little below the tail of the ‘Dipper.” It is exceedingly brilliant with millions of miles of tail. Although this is not strictly a local item, an observation of its beauties is worthy the attention of our readers in this latitude. It is expected the comet will not brush the earth with its caudal appendage.


A number of our Main street merchants have adopted the plan of closing their shops at 8 o’clock in the evening.


Trade is reviving.


Crosby’s brick building in the rear of the “Crosby block,” has been enlarged by an addition of a new section on the north, fronting on the Brooks House square. The building will be known as “Harmony block,” and the location as “Harmony place.”


The “brook road” between this village and Centreville is now open to travel. The bridges have been leveled up, the road straightened and graded, and altogether bettered. The amount expended is somewhere between $1500 and $2000.


E.A. Matthews tells of a sunflower in his yard at Centreville which measures 43 inches in circumference.


Two former employees of Ross White are to open a tissue paper business in the basement of Harmony block.


The Brooks House needs 100 more rooms at the time of the Valley Fair. It will be a matter of public convenience, which will aid in making the fair a success, if the people who come here can be provided for. All persons who have rooms which can be used should notify the manager of the Brooks House at once.


A concrete walk is being laid this week through Bullock street.


It was the same story over again Tuesday night. The auditorium was packed with people to see Lyman Howe’s moving pictures exhibit. Mr. Howe has as good a machine as is made, as good views as are obtainable, and he strives to please his audience. There are pictures for all tastes, and if you sit in amazement at one picture you will laugh at the next one.


It will be a novelty to dance to music by the entire First Regiment band of 25 pieces at the great harvest ball at Festival hall both Valley Fair nights.

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Terrace Street Closure

Terrace Street will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and continuing intermittently for approximately three weeks, from 7:00am to 5:00pm to prepare for paving. The Department of Public Works is upgrading the drainage and also making sidewalk repairs in this area. Vehicular access to residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254-4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.


Harmony Parking Lot 2nd Project Update

The public can expect the east side of the Harmony Parking Lot to remain closed to vehicular traffic and the west side to remain open to vehicular traffic through, Thursday, September 14, 2017.

The entire Harmony Parking Lot, both the east and the west sides, will be closed to all vehicular traffic on Friday, September 15, 2017. The Harmony Parking Lot is expected to be open for vehicular traffic during the weekend on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and September 17, 2017. The entire Harmony Parking Lot, both the east and the west sides, will again be closed to all vehicular traffic on Monday, September 18, 2017 and Tuesday, September 19, 2017.


Join SeVWA in Cleaning Up Local Rivers

Join others to help clean up the rivers of Southeastern Vermont!

Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a Source to Sea river cleanup event.

Saturday, September 23

9 AM till 12 NOON

Meet @ the Dummerston Covered Bridge, Route 30, Dummerston

  • Work gloves & trash bags are provided courtesy of the CT River Conservancy
  • Water, coffee and snacks will be on hand
  • Complimentary “thank you” tee shirt!

Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting September 14th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 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 a discussion of possible Trustee elections and by-law changes.

On the agenda also will be the question of whether to go ahead with the Chicken Barbecue planned for Columbus Day weekend on October 7th.


Artist Opening at MGFA: Susan Osgood, "Mapping the Unknown"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is proud to feature Mapping the Unknown, an exhibition of monotypes, oil paintings and collages by Susan Osgood.  The exhibit showcases work featured in the book A Ghost of Water: Poems by GennaRose Nethercott Inspired by the Art of Susan Osgood. An opening reception is set to take place Thursday, September 21 from 5 -7pm, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, October 28 at 5pm. A special reading of A Ghost of Water by GennaRose Nethercott will take place in the gallery during the Brattleboro Literary Festival on Sunday, October 15 at 5:30pm. The exhibit will run through November 5.

Susan Osgood’s work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer “to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.” It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.


Comcast Suing Vermont - Doesn't Want to Expand Broadband

Ahh, Comcast. They earn $21 billion each quarter. Keep that in mind.

Comcast is suing Vermont because the state has required Comcast to retain public access programming and expand access by "no less than 550 miles" of cable to underserved areas of the state. Vermont's Public Utility Division put the requirements into a new 11 year permit for the company.

The extension of broadband access was a known issue for Vermont when Comcast bought Adelphia in 2005. Vermont argues that Comcast has shown no evidence that the need for expanding broadband has diminished, so the conditions still apply.


9/11 Official Story

Today is the 16th anniversary of the atrocity.

Facts: Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations.

A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


Brattleboro Police - New HQ Open House

Construction on the new Police Station is complete and the department will soon be operating out of the new building. The Town of Brattleboro and the Police Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the facilities, meet the Police Officers, and attend the Ribbon Cutting and “Button Pushing” ceremonies.

Police Station Open House
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, September 15, 2017
Open House from 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Brief Remarks, Ribbon Cutting, and Button Pushing at 3:00m
Light Refreshments Will Be Served


BCTV Schedules Week of 9/11/17

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 9/11/17

Monday, September 11, 2017

12:40 am The Brattleboro Retreat's Ride for Heroes - 8th Annual Ride for Heroes Keynote Speeches 8/19/17

1:00 am Abled And On Air - Americans With Disabilitis Act - VT Center for Independent Living Part 2

1:30 am Senior Moments - Tiny House

3:00 am The World Fusion Show - Season 1, Ep 4 - Derrik Jordan

4:00 am VT Film Essentials - The Graduate


Lights, Camera, Auction Event to Benefit Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. - An array of the work of local artists is on the auction block for Main Street Arts’ Lights, Camera, Auction benefit event Saturday, Sept. 16.

The live and silent auctions get underway at 5 p.m., with appetizers catered by Harvest Moon and a cash bar provided by the Saxtons River Inn.

Artists who have contributed to the event include Charlie Hunter, Jeanette Staley, Collin Leech, Scott J. Morgan, Eric Aho, JoAnne Russo and Ailyn Hoey. Also donating art are Julia Zanes, Donald Saaf, Melanie Gregory, Shane Harris, Sloan Dawson and Natalie Blake.

Dinners, services, vacation opportunities, a pizza night, a custom watercolor of the winner’s home, an eggs Benedict breakfast and other items will also be auctioned off.


Scott Farm and Eden Specialty Ciders Host an All-New Kingston Black Hard Cider Festival featuring 5 Cider Makers from 4 States - Sept 24, 2017

Scott Farm and Eden Specialty Ciders Host an All-New Kingston Black Hard Cider Festival featuring 5 Cider Makers from 4 States- Sept 24, 2017

 In honor of the Kingston Black, the “One Apple to Rule them All”, five cider makers from four states come together at Scott Farm Orchard on Sunday, September 24 from 12-4PM to showcase their hard ciders—made with this highly-prized heirloom apple, sparsely grown in the U.S.

 Hard cider enthusiasts have the opportunity to meet Scott Farm orchardist Ezekiel Goodband, cider makers from Eden Specialty Ciders of Newport, VT, Farnum Hill Ciders of Lebanon, NH, Slyboro Ciderhouse of Granville, NY, Stormalong Ciders of Sherborn, MA, and Whetstone Ciderworks of Marlboro, VT, as well as Chelsea Green Senior Editor Ben Watson, author of Cider Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions and Making Your Own, who will be available to sign books.


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Sept. 11th - Sept. 15th. Open to the Public!

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.

Sept. 11th - Sept. 15th

Mon - salisbury steak w/ mashed potato, mushroom gravy, & veg
*Tues - fried chicken, mashed potato, gravy & corn...
Wed - meatball grinder w/ salad
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - fried shrimp w/ french fries


13 Year Old Child Running for Governor of Vermont?

Sept.9, 2017 OPEN LETTER FROM A VERMONTER TO U.S. SENATOR RICHARD BURR (NORTH CAROLINA) Dear United States Senator Richard Burr (North Carolina): I appreciated your note upon my arrival in North Carolina to visit relatives, clearly labelled, "visiting North Carolina", on the address part, and I think your mail delivery is excellent to find me there.

We enjoyed visiting the Bryson City area west of Asheville, NC, and the Total Solar Eclipse within the 70 mile zone, and tubing on the river.


"Prayers for Peace in Print, Paper & Paint" Exhibit Opens Sun. at 2:00

West Brattleboro -- The gallery spaces in All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro are hosting Stu Copans’ annual exhibit of papercuts along with work with a Peace theme by three other artists through the end of October.

In many societies, spiritual values are carried not in the mind or in words but in physical objects such as beads, spirit houses, amulets, or icons. The role of the artist is to convert the spiritual into the physical, to rework and alter the physical object so it contains and is inhabited by the spirit. In this show, four artists embody their yearnings for peace in works of art.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 11 thru September 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 11 thru September 15


Sept. 11 - Shepherd’s Pie


Pumpkin Muffin

Tropical Fruit


Attorney General Alert: Major Data Breach Affecting Over 240,000 Vermonters

Issued By: Vermont - Attorney General's Office
Affected Jurisdictions: Vermont

Equifax, a credit reporting agency, has reported a massive data breach of sensitive consumer information. This breach includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and possibly even driver’s license and credit card information. Most Vermont adults are likely impacted by this breach.

Get the latest information and learn more steps you can take to protect yourself from possible identity theft at consumer.vermont.gov, or call us at 800-649-2424


Harmony Parking Lot Project Update

The public can expect the east side of the Harmony Parking Lot to remain closed to vehicular traffic and the west side to remain open to vehicular traffic, on Monday, September 11, 2017 and Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

The entire Harmony Parking Lot, both the east and the west sides, will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 and continuing through Friday, September 15, 2017.

The contractor’s hours of operation are permitted as follows: Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 7:00pm; Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm; and, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm.


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Official BrattRock 2017 Line-up

Hey Everybody!

The official line-up of bands playing at The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has been announced, and it is awesome!

Check out the band photos & fun-to-read bios for all 18 bands and get updates on the BrattRock Facebook and Instagram pages!

Advance tickets are available now at www.brattrock.org  $10 adults and $8 students -- A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Services. 


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