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"the Indians belonging to the garrison found a fresh Indian trail, and, following it, discovered about forty warriors, whom, however, because of their superior force they did not attack. The enemy hovered about the region all summer at intervals..."


Earliest plan of Brattleboro according to the Crown grant.


Samuel Gale of Philadelphia marries Rebecca Wells of Brattleboro.


Cattle - At Auction. Will be sold at Auction at Chase’s on Saturday, 27th inst., a prime yoke of 5 year old Cattle. C. Swain.


Committee recommends books for use in district schools: The Sacred Scriptures; Colburn’s First Lessons; Adams’ Arithmetic; Wells’s Grammar. The committee wished to take further time to examine before recommending other text books, as not to make decisions in haste.


The people of West Brattleboro are repairing their church. To help out the funds they are preparing for a grand Pic-nic Celebration on the fourth, hoping to get a little of the money which “Patriotism” is bound to spend on that day. We trust they will be successful.


We are informed that a trial will be made with Willard & Ross’ “Vermont Mower,” and the “Buckeye” Mowing Machine, on the farm of David Goddell in this place, on Saturday, the 2d day of July, at 2 o’clock, P. M. All interested in mowing machines and all who wish to see the mowers operate will do well to be present.


Last Saturday we noticed on our streets the somewhat novel spectacle of a band-organ man accompanied by a woman of mature years, carrying a tambourine and tin-pail. The man was minus the evil look which marks so many of his class, while the woman was bright, active and - shall we say it? - better looking than the women average.


For the benefit of strangers and young persons we are requested to state that the uncommon looking thing on the corner of Main and High streets was originally intended as a drinking fountain. Its use for that purpose having become obsolete, we presume it will, in due time, be recast into a monument to commemorate the discovery and former use of water as a beverage.


Frank Stockwell and Oscar Smith have been placed on duty as village night watch.


The ties are already laid on the narrow gauge road to a point beyond Fayetteville, and by the end of next week they will be laid to and beyond Townshend.


There is very little which is is new to report this week in connection with S. M. Waite’s forgeries, and the ruin of First National Bank. There is a more favorable outlook for the stockholders, and the present probabilities are that no assessment on them will be necessary to pay the depositers, but that, on the contrary, there will be a dividend to come to them from the sale of Waite’s private property. Of Waite’s whereabouts nothing is known.


Col. L. K. Fuller is about to present to the village a beautiful park with all the modern improvements, including a stand for our Esteyville brass band. This park is a triangular piece of land lying just south of the schoolhouse, between Estey and Pleasant streets, and is the geographic center of Esteyville.


A call is out for a citizens’ meeting at the town hall this evening to arrange for a Fourth of July celebration.


A substantial iron railing has been placed along the wall at the little park at the east end of Walnut street.


The logmen arrived early in the week and built a second boom from the cove to the toll bridge. The logs of the big drive are now going down the river.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/13/2016

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Monday, June 13, 2016

12:00 am A Conscious Approach to Climate Change

2:48 am 2016 Strolling of the Heifers Parade 6/4/16

3:30 am Morris Dancers in Brattleboro 5/28/16

5:20 am The Unlikely Making of an Environmental Leader

6:30 am New England Cooks: Chef Anthony Ploof


Suicide Ideation - The Idea You Must First Save Yourself

1871: (Phoenix) Those people contemplating suicide may have their desires gratified by travelling their teams smartly across the bridge over the Whetstone brook, near Mr. Loomis’s blacksmith shop. The chance is good, and “not to be sneezed at.”

What is a suicidal ideation? "Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation are thoughts about how to kill oneself, which can range from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration and does not include the final act of killing oneself. The majority of people who experience suicidal ideation do not carry it through."  

Now look it, people, in 1965 when the Beatles song Michelle went to number one, the human race reached the population of 3.5 billion. Scientific pundits tried to warned us that a planetary Earthly population of 3.5 billion people had reached its level of sustainability.


Ways to Think about and Talk about Addiction: A Community Conversation on Stigma

The Community Opioid Response Committee Present, Ways to Think about and Talk about Addiction: A Community Conversation on Stigma, moderated by Geoffrey Kane, MD, MPH.

The Community Opioid Response is a collaboration between various community partners including VT Dept. of Health, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Turning Point Recovery Center, Nar-anon Family Groups, Brattleboro Retreat and concerned community members.


Microsoft WORD Advice

In Microsoft WORD 10, I can no longer draw horizontal lines using ### (+ enter), - - - (+ enter)  or = = =(+ enter).

How can I restore this function?


BHS Podcast 50 - This Week in Brattleboro History - Brattleboro Sports Legend Diedrich Stolte

Next Friday evening the Diedrich Stolte Memorial Cup, the most prestigious athletic award
presented at BUHS graduation, will be awarded to a graduating senior. Here's the story of the man behind the


Weekend Creativity Series - Fun With Phone Cameras

You can take more interesting photos with something as simple as your smartphone. It is a matter of creativity. And necessity. There are too many boring photos being taken.

Here are a few quick tips and tricks to get you thinking in new ways about the camera you’ve got with you almost all the time. These come via COOPH.com.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 13 to June 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 13 to June 17

June 13 Shepherd’s Pie

Raspberry Beets


Chocolate Pudding


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Purchase Info Request

Anyone know where to buy a voodoo doll in town?


Final Round of Auditions in Guilford

Having successfully put on our first of two productions for 2016, Guiulford Center Stage needs just a few more actors for the fall.  We were pleased to have many of you from Brattleboro and other towns visit us this past weekend for our one-acts.  Though we're particularly aimed at making Guilford Center a more viable village, and enjoying the fact that many of our actors and audience members are from Guilford, we are also rewarded by the participation from other towns.

This past weekend's shows had actors from Westminster West, the West River Valley, Brattleboro (of course!) and Bernardston, Mass., among other towns, along with our Guilford ones.  


1-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 13th


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. No additional restrictions are anticipated.

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.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Cadillac Envy on Sunday, June 12

Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 12 with Brattleboro-based, rockabilly quartet Cadillac Envy. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21.

All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.


The Stockwell Brothers Band at Mole Hill Theatre on Friday, June 10

Mole Hill Theatre presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


Encouraging What is Already There

An article about how I encourage the wild strawberries in my yard, with minimal effort:


Reinventing Harmony Place: Unveiling the Vision 5/31/16

You are invited to come celebrate, as we take a few whacks at the old Frankie's Pizza building, and reveal a new vision for Harmony Place. Hear about the extraordinary transformation that will take place over the next year right in the heart of our downtown. Just imagine a social hub adjacent to the newly restored Brooks House featuring a pedestrian friendly gathering spot complete with a fountain, a performance stage, bistro tables, trees and flowers, artistic lighting and so much more.


BMH to Host Job Fair for Housekeeping Positions

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be holding a job fair targeted at filling positions within their Environmental Services (Housekeeping) department. The event will take place Tuesday, June 14th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the hospital’s Human Resources Department on the 3rd floor of the Dunham Building.

“Our housekeepers are critical members of the BMH team,” says Bill Norwood, BMH’s Director of Human Resources. “They are responsible for enhancing the safety of our patients and staff by maintaining an impeccably clean environment, and their work is at the heart of our infection control protocols.” Norwood hopes that the event will draw the interest of those seeking jobs at one of the region’s top employers, and give them an opportunity to meet some of the hospital’s leadership team.


Collin Leech & Lori Schreiner Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Painters Collin Leech and Lori Schreiner are showing their work in a combined summer exhibit at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist. An opening reception this Saturday, June 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., offers the public an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their creative process while enjoying refreshments provided by the All Souls Arts Committee.

Showing a variety of large-format and smaller impressionist or expressive landscapes, Collin Leech has been working in a variety of mediums for many years, including oil, encaustic, ink-and-pastel drawing, and acrylic. "This year I have been working on combining these mediums in new ways," Collin explains. "I have also been thinking about the ways my relationship to the landscape around me is changing." She attended LaGuardia School for the Arts in New York City and went to Maryland Institute College of Art, taught for many years at Brattleboro's River Gallery School, and now teaches encaustic collage and plein air painting at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Something Borrowed

It took the Brattleboro Selectboard less time to approve of a $7.8 million bond application than it did to learn about the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Both were equally approved and proclaimed at Tuesday’s meeting.

Gibson Aiken gym windows will be replaced, paving projects have been funded, Brattleboro aims to buy property along the Whetstone to help with flood prevention and water quality, the cemetery committee and ordinance are evolving, and the annual dog warrant has been issued.


Feel the Icelandic Bern at the Latchis

“Hurray for all kinds of things!” – Buoyed by that vague yet uplifting slogan, comedian Jon Gnarr galvanized the disaffected voters of Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2010. What began as political satire in the face of dysfunctional, corrupt and out-of-touch government, eventually became more than a joke, as Gnarr captured the hearts of voters in the 2010 race for mayor of Iceland’s largest city. His surprising campaign is the subject of the documentary “Gnarr,” which will be shown at the Latchis Theatre this Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m.

It’s impossible not to see similarities with our own political scene, although what’s happening here is certainly less amusing than Gnarr’s campaign. Still, for all its lightness and humor, “Gnarr” touches a chord – people are tired of politics as usual and are looking to outsiders to shake things up. Not all outsiders possess the kindness, humor and common touch of Jon Gnarr, and that’s why, even though Reykjavik is thousands of miles away, “Gnarr” hits home.


The Other Candidate Is No Good

The Democratic primary has been decided, according to the AP. Speaking with anonymous superdelegates, party insiders, and donors, they’ve calculated and announced that Clinton has already won.

It’s a strange move to go out of one’s way to declare a candidate the winner on the day before a major primary. Superdelegates don’t vote until the convention, and the DNC had reminded the media, but the AP has called it anyway.

Clinton and Trump are the official choices in the coming election. Both are the best each party will offer.

This will not be an election about a positive vision for the future. This will be about why the other is no good.


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