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Jacob Estey, founder of the Estey Organ Company, was born in Hinsdale this day.


There was a slight fall of snow a few miles west of us on Wednesday morning.


We are pleased to learn that the attention of our citizens is being called for the establishment of a Public Library amongst us, upon a plan that will meet the wants and wishes of our whole population. The plan proposed here contemplates procuring Books suitable for the aged and middle-aged as well as for the young. Provision will be made for persons in other towns owning shares or having access to it, on reasonable terms. A meeting will be held at Wheeler’s hall on Monday evening next to discuss the plan then to propose and adopt measures to carry into effect.


There is scarcely a village lot in Brattleboro that is not capable of producing more fruits and vegetables than is wanted for one family’s use and requiring so little attention, too, that it should rather be called amusement than labor. Why, then, are so many lots and gardens left unimproved?


The petty burglars who operate at intervals on Market block seem disposed to make a clean thing of that building. Last Friday they bored a hole through E.J. Carpenter’s back door, pushed back the bolt and entered and carried off about two dollars in small change. The door had evidently been marked by daylight to indicate exactly where to bore. The night previous someone broke into the cigar shop in the basement, and carried off a box of cigars, which was all the goods the shop contained at the time.


It is probable that a party of Col. Fuller’s Brattleboro friends will go to Montpelier next week to witness his inauguration as governor.


Ex-President Hayes has presented the Brattleboro Free Library with an edition of Howe’s Historical Collections of Ohio: Centennial Edition.


Little has been done since the last village meeting toward carrying out the instructions which were given at the time relative to selling the defective fire-engine or by the village insurance committee relative to securing a further reduction in insurance rates in the village of Brattleboro.


The first football game of the season on the local grounds will be played Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock on the island, Brattleboro high school vs. Black River academy of Ludlow.

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Latest Stories Interviews Trump, Clinton, Johnson, Stein 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 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.



16 Story Buildings in Burlington!

In the profiles of the lieutenant governor candidates on Vt Digger: , Shap Smith states that he supports "the construction of buildings 160 feet high" in Burlington.  Folks, that ttranslates into 16 story buildings! Hardly sounds human scale to this former big city dweller! Just wanted to draw this to peoples' attention.


Oak Hill Capital Partners to Acquire Sovernet Communications

Combination with FirstLight Fiber and Oxford Networks will create a stronger Northeast fiber provider

Bellows Falls, VT, August 8, 2016 – Sovernet Communications (“Sovernet”), a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in Vermont, New York and southwest New Hampshire, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”). At the closing of the transaction, Oak Hill intends to combine the operations of Sovernet with FirstLight Fiber (“FirstLight”), which Oak Hill previously announced an agreement to acquire. FirstLight is another leading provider of fiber optic communications in the northeast.


A Presidential Candidate - Evan McMullin, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson

There are choices beyond Trump and Clinton.

Evan McMullin says  “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for president.”

"I am running with the only national party that does not take corporate funding,"  says Jill Stein.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 8/8/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/8/16

Monday, August 8, 2016

12:00 am UVM Medical Education Center - Solving Stress

2:15 am Milton Historical Society - Fine Furniture Makers

3:26 am WWAC: Dr. John Hagen - Violent Extremism in Niger 5/13/16

5:00 am Souther Vermont Idol: Week 1


Dog Lexi In Search of Foster Care

We are seeking a temporary (two months or more) foster home for our dog Lexi and offering a stipend of $180 per month toward expenses. Lexi is a sweet, super smart, affectionate, and playful mix of Springer Spaniel, beagle, and harehound. She loves attention, to go on hikes, to play fetch with toys, and to cuddle at night. She's a terrific companion dog who benefits from lots of love and attention. Ideally, she would love to have a fenced in yard as well.


Weekend Creativity Series - Making a Kaleidoscope

I have a bunch of optical toys around, but I haven't made any since I was a kid.

There are many ways to make a kaleidoscope. Some are quite fancy, made of metal or wood, with fine pieces of colored glass and precise mirrors. Others are quite simple, letting the user turn anything they look at into interesting patterns.


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00pm at 9 Southern Avenue. NOTE the change in location for this meeting only.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - August 8 to August 12

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 8 to August 12


August 8- Roast Pork

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Peas & Carrots

Melon Salad


Ukelele Flash Mob to Hit Brattleboro

On August 25 at 6:00 p.m. ukelele enthusiasts are invited to play with others at Harmony Place in downtown Brattleboro, led by guitarist, singer-songwriter and ukelele instructor Lisa McCormick. All players are welcome regardless of level. Beginners are encouraged! Singers and listeners are welcome too. Area favorite Anon's Thai Cuisine food cart will offer their popular fare from 5:30-7:30. This is a BYO Chair event. Harmony Place is located through the tunnel, between High Street and Elliot Street in the Harmony Parking Lot. Meet in the Brooks House Atrium in case of rain.
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Celebrating The Stephen Daye Press

On Thursday, September 8 at 7PM there will be a presentation about Brattleboro’s Stephen Daye Press to be held in the Brattleboro History Center at 196 Main Street in Brattleboro. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Founded in 1932 by John S. and Marion R. Hooper, the Stephen Daye Press (SDP) published books about New England. It is now considered the first in the field of regional publishers in the United States. Children of the SDP founders, John, Mary Ann and Steve Hooper, all formerly of Brattleboro will give the presentation about the Stephen Daye Press. In addition, there will be a display of SDP books, photos, tools of the trade, original promotional materials and other items.


This Week in Brattleboro History - Henry, 1977

In 1977 the world was a different place, local car mechanic Henry Diemer reflects on the changes in Brattleboro and in the automotive world...


SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued August 3rd

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the fourth day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, August 3rd. Volunteers collected samples from 30 sites on eight rivers and streams and will continue to do so every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - A Bitter $800,000 Pill To Swallow

Ouch. The Brattleboro Selectboard settled a lawsuit with Kingsbury Construction Co. at their meeting on Thursday night. Brattleboro won’t owe the $1.5 million, but the settlement payouts will add over $800,000 to the cost of work done at Black Mountain Road for the gravity fed sewer line to be complete.

Assistant Fire Chief Peter Lynch is taking a new job, tax rates were set, good news on Police and Fire project bond financing was reported, committee appointments were made, and Brattleboro’s new Comprehensive Review of Town Operations is officially debuted and open for public comment.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 8th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, August 7th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.


Whipple Street Closure

Please see the following road closure information effective MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016:

Whipple Street will be closed to through traffic for road repairs from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah O’Connell, Highway / Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802)254 – 4255.


WRC Secures Funds for Green River Ecosystem Restoration

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration Program, for a floodplain attenuation project along the Green River in Guilford. The project consists of three elements: berm removal, buffer planting, and securing a conservation easement on a field in the floodplain.

Following Tropical Storm Irene, a berm of approximately 300 feet in length and 3-4 feet tall was created from material windrowed onto the left bank of the river. The berm exacerbates a pinch point that is created by road encroachments from Green River Road and a higher historical berm on the opposite bank. The project looks to remove this newer berm which obstructs the river’s flow into the floodplain field, a valuable space for floodwater, sediment, and debris attenuation, during storm events.


Patriotic Muslim Dad Hails Dead Son's Participation in US Crime Against Humanity in Muslim Iraq

Sen. Clinton voted for an obvious International Crime Against Humanity in Iraq. Prez Candidate Clinton features at her nominating convention a Muslin father, whose son died participating in US crime against Muslim people ranting about what a bad guy her opponent Donald Trump is, though Trump had spoken out against the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq. Trump also faulted for non-participation in earlier genocidal crime in Vietnam.


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