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Today In Local History


Reverend Abner Reeve appointed settled minister.


Scarlet Dye, a prime article for coloring scarlet, at 37 1/2 cents a bottle, for sale, by Williston & Tyler.


Haying Tools. 50 doz. Blanchard’s celebrated cast and German steel scythes. Also, Sibly’s, Farwell’s, and a variety of other kinds of Grain and Grass Scythes. Likewise, rakes, hay forks, scythe snaths, grain cradles, scythe stones, &c. by Blake & Lawrence.


For Rent, For one or more years, the Store formerly occupied by A. E. Dwinell, next door South of the Vermont House. Possession given immediately. Apply to Edward Kirkland.


Rocking Chairs. A small lot for sale cheap, to close off, by A. E. Dwinell.


S. A. Morse & Co., have opened a Livery Stable in the rear of the Brattleboro House. A nice barn, new carriages, fresh horses, and attentive hostlers, constitute their chief claim for patronage.


The grass crop promises unusual abundance. It is much more forward than usual, and the farmers have commenced cutting their clover.


Last Friday was a terribly hot day. Mercury 94 to 98 in the shade.


The new bell of the Congregational church, proving unsatisfactory, has been removed, and another is to be procured.


Messrs. J. Estey & Co. of this place have pledged $5000 toward the establishment of a seminary for the education of colored women, at Raleigh, N.C.


The opening ceremonies at the Brooks House on Thursday evening of last week were of an appropriate and pleasing character. Upwards of 200 persons were present. The parlors filled with guests, the gentlemen clothed with their finest apparel, the ladies dressed in “magnificent array,” the richly furnished apartments, and withal the unexceptionable yet genuinely social character of the occasion, combined to present a scene of elegance, and beauty, of festivity and enjoyment, which was a pleasure to witness.


Village taxpayer can save five per cent by paying their taxes on or before July 1st.


The White Mountain express train goes upon the road next Monday.


Eddy, the hulled corn man, sells an article of spruce beer which makes a very palatable drink. Try it.


Col. and Mrs. L. K. Fuller sailed from New York, Wednesday afternoon for Paris and the Exposition. They will return about the first of August, probably.


The Christian Science association will hold their next meeting with Mrs. M. E. Morse on Spruce street on Wednesday evening


As part of the plan of Messrs. Crosby & Adams, the new proprietors of the Brooks House, to make the hotel attractive to its guests, weekly musicals will be given in the parlor during the summer.


The two ball games and the Baptist ladies’ lawn party will be the home attractions for July 4th.


Mr. Ray has made special provision this season of horses which are safe for ladies and elderly people to drive, as well as of low, easy carriages for leisurely driving.


The trolley railroad will be practically completed to West Brattleboro to-morrow night.


During the thunder storm Friday night lightning struck the summer cottage for women at the Retreat. The shock was comparatively light and did but little damage, destroying a clapboard or two and splitting a few shingles.


Another sign that Brattleboro is growing cosmopolitan: A German street band appeared here on Tuesday.


The question of extending the tracks of the electric railroad to the fair ground is under discussion. The expense would be about $3000-$2500 for building the road and $500 for grading the hill.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Roundabouts and Compassion

Slightly revised and streamlined plans for Putney Road improvements were presented to the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. Bike paths, sidewalks, and traffic circles are all part of the proposed plans, but work won’t start for years and faces many a challenge.

Brattleboro proclaimed adoption of principles set forth for Compassionate Cities. We will all try to be a bit better.

We also have a new Energy Coordinator, the board applied for grants for the skatepark, paving and wall contracts were approved, the pumper rescue is ordered and will be here in a year, goals and operations were discussed, and marching bands galore are expected next week on Main Street.


Putney General Store Grand Reopening is May 6th, 7am to 7pm!

The Putney General Store is reopening Saturday, May 6th. Special events 10am to noon: vendor displays, tasting tables, raffles, music and more. Stop by to shop and get great food in the deli—homemade sandwiches or tasty food from the deli case. 

Open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm, the General Store is co-managed by Lyssa Papazian and Besty MacIsaac, both of the Putney Historical Society, who holds the lease. For more information, contact Lyssa Papazian, 802-387-4692, putneygstore@gmail.com. 

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Road Closures

Good afternoon,

Upper Dummerston Road Update

Upper Dummerston Road at I-91 will be completely closed in order to complete demolition of the old bridge. This closure will occur Wednesday May 3 between the hours of 6a.m. and 7p.m. Traffic will be detoured accordingly during the closure.

Route 30 Update

Route 30 at I-91 will be closed Monday, May 8th for approximately two to three days from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. to perform demolition of the old bridge directly over Route 30 to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Traffic will be detoured accordingly during the closure.


Kay Curtis Print Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- The gallery at All Souls Church UU is showing a new series by local artist Kay Curtis through the end of June. The eight drypoint monoprints, with multiple layers of colored pencil and crayon, each have a specific theme in the series entitled "Queen Anne's Lace: The Circle Comes Around." A set of eight smaller experimental prints, created before the "Queen Anne's Lace" series was launched, as well as a large jazz-themed painting, are also on display. The public is invited to an artist's reception on Saturday, May 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the All Souls Arts Committee.


BCTV Schedules - Week of 5/1/2017

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/1/17

Monday, May 1, 2017 

12:00 am The United States and a Region in Conflict: On Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurds

2:00 am WWAC: Nancy Birdsall - Globalization 3/8/17

3:16 am PoemCity: Reading with Poets - April 8, 2017

4:30 am FTA  HeartSong Reiki & HeartSong for Animals Staring


2nd Annual Safer Streets Community Forum

2d annual Safer Streets Community Forum


Guilford Play Premiere this Weekend

We at Guilford Center Stage are particularly proud to be presenting a play by a Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, this coming weekend at Broad Brook Grange.  When we chose the work, we had little idea how powerful the setting -- the French Resistance in World War II -- would be in 2017!  Those of us fortunate to be attending rehearsals are seeing a skillful playwright/director at work, with a company of 11 wonderful actors.

People have commented -- favorably, of course -- on the fact that we've kept our low $10 general admission. We recognize that an evening out can get expensive, and we are committed to serving our rural community and the Greater Guilford Area! by making our productions affordable to this population.  Here is some more info:


Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!

Spring is a great time to clean, garden, and make sure one’s home is in good repair. Besides cleaning closets and planting flowers, spring should involve inspecting one’s house following the tough winter weather. Repairs and replacements won’t just help people enjoy their homes more; they’ll also keep energy costs down.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s Home Repair Program is available to help income-eligible homeowners affordably rehab and repair their homes. The Home Repair Program has low-cost loans and provides expert help every step of the way. The loan officer works with homeowners to tailor a loan that is affordable and allows homeowners make ends meet. The Program’s home repair specialists assist owners take a top to bottom look at their home so they can identify all needed repairs and maintenance. The seasoned specialists provide guidance with developing the work specifications, identifying contractors, and overseeing the work ensuring it’s completed in a timely fashion and in line with homeowners’ expectations.


French Canadian Music Hits the Spot. Concert on May 12 Brings It Alive!

When I first moved to Southern Vermont in 1976 (Weathersfield) I quickly became involved in contra dancing and the rich and inviting culture of live music that fueled dance floors in church halls, granges, town halls and rural dance barns.  It doesn't take much for me to remember those nights at Palmer's Dance Barn in Unity, the Acworth and Dublin town halls, Chelsea House, Green Street School and many others. 

The music continues to be a mix of Irish, American, Scottish and French Canadian fiddle tunes played with clean phrasing and bouncy rhythm meant to get the dancers out on the floor and keep them there - sometimes 'til dawn! Of all the music styles I discovered in those years, the Quebecois tunes held a special charm. Who could help but get involved in the swinging arpeggios of Reel de Jeune Maries, Old French, You Married My Daughter But You Didn't, La Bastringue and many more.


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Third Annual Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) will present their third annual "Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day”   on Sunday afternoon, May 21st. from1:30 to 5:30 PM at 118 Elliot St., (across from the Brattleboro Fire Dept.). Experienced appraisers Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Stephan Brandstatter, Charles Suss and Bill Smith Auctions will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles, including books, sterling silver, silver plate, glass and art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards, documents and photographs, small to medium sized furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers & watches, small to medium sized rugs, tschotchkes, and much more – but PLEASE, no firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and no large rugs or bulky furniture.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs Quartet to Perform Music From Their New Release, Rebirth, at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, May 6th

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Billy Childs, one of the leading pianists, composers and arrangers of our time, on Saturday, May 6th at 8:00 PM. He will be performing with his quartet including saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer Ari Hoenig. Childs has earned thirteen Grammy nominations and four Grammy awards. He is also the recipient of Chamber Music America’s Composer’s Grant, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a music award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Secret of the Seasons: A Global Warming Co-Opera

We hope to see you at this free event, presented by Post Oil Solutions and Green Up SIT! They will be hosting the original global climate change *co-opera,” "SOS: Secret of the Seasons" in the Main Reading Room at Brooks Memorial Library on Sunday, May, 7, at 5:30 p.m.

Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives.


Did Tiger take the Rain? The Art of Illustrator Charles Norris-Brown

Did you know that Brooks Library regularly shows the work of childrens' book illustrators? The display case is on the second floor across from the Children's Room. Stop by and check it out!

For the month of May, there will be some beautiful original sketches and watercolors from the book "Did Tiger Take the Rain?" by Charles Norris-Brown. Please take a moment to read his brief bio and statement below!

Dish washer, bus driver, teacher, theoretician, and artist, Charles Norris-Brown was born in the small northern Pennsylvania town of Warren. He completed a PhD degree in Social Anthropology and Sociology at Lund University, Sweden, in 1984, based on fieldwork in the inner hills of Uttarakhand, India.


Dandelions Near Brattleboro?

Anyone know where to pick lots of unsprayed dandelions? Thanks.


Monday Morning Movie



Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goodard –
9:30 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - May

May 2nd - Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Juice & Coffee.


Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 1 thru May 5


May 1 - Ham & Scalloped Potato

Seasoned Spinach




Asking for Community Support

A few weeks ago I submitted the story of the struggle I have been goin through since a work place injury I received in December. I fractured my left hip and have been fighting for my rights since January of this year. I am now hoping for some help to keep me in my home with the lights on. I am a 49 year old B-boro native. 4th generation on my fathers side. I come from a hard working middle class family, brought up to work hard and support your family and community. I have never asked for any hand outs before this happened to me. I am now recovering from my final hip surgery, I had to have my right hip replacement from two years ago revised in February and my left one, the one I fractured at work, was replaced on the 17th of this month.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 2, 2017

At their first regular meeting in May, the Brattleboro Selectboard will adopt a “Resolution for Compassion in Brattleboro,” and discuss diversity of Town staff. There will be a presentation by VTrans on reconstructing Putney Road, a pumper-rescue truck will be purchased, paving will be approved, an Energy Coordinator will be appointed, and another $70,000 in grant applications for for the Brattleboro skatepark will be pursued.

The board will also return to more routine business such as board rules and goals, festival permits, and reviewing the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. You can participate by attending, at the Municipal Center on Main Street.


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