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John Arms and Samuel Wells deed 1,600 acres to Colonel Josiah Willard of Winchester.


The ordination of Rev. A. Huntington Clapp as Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in this village, took place Wednesday the 14th inst. Mr. Blagden’s discourse was an admirable exposition of the relative duties and trails of Pastor and People. Most of the other services were of a high order, but protracted beyond our power of endurance; a three hours sitting is altogether too long for our peace of mind, especially when dinner is growing cold.


Dr. Blackall of the Lawrence Water Cure will give his attention to practice outside of the Establishment both in and out of town. Dr. B. since his residence in this village, has by his gentlemanly conduct, won for himself the respect and kind regard of the citizens generally.


The temperance meeting at the town hall was attended by about two hundred people. Remarks were made by Mr. James Fisk, George W. Davenport, Esq., and Rev. A. Chandler.


The first-fruits of the new fast mail service appeared in Brattleboro last Friday in the shape of the New York dailies that day in the Northern mail at 3:30, just eleven hours from the time of leaving the city.


The last rail of the Brattleboro and Whitehall railroad was laid on Wednesday, and the whole 37 miles of road is now complete. The work of ballasting and getting ready for the regular running of trains will be pushed as fast as a large force of men can do it.


The transparencies in last Saturday evening’s procession won no end of praise, not only for their aptness of the mottoes, but for the artistic manner in which they were executed. It isn’t every Garfield and Arthur club that has a Charlie Miller to ply the brush and pencil, and this little fact makes all the difference in the world in the looks of things.


We regret to learn that Senator Fuller is seriously ill in Montpelier. His condition is reported favorable and improving this morning.


C.E. Allen’s’ annual catalog of Dutch bulbs and winter-flowering plants is out. It is a neat and useful little publication.


An electric bell has been put in at the post office which announces when the letter mail, and afterward when the paper mail, has been distributed.


N.T. Ryan bought the old Chapin barn at auction for $24 and will remove it to his lot on Oak street.


A fire started on the mountain Sunday morning, and aided by a strong wind which was blowing from the north, soon spread over a large area. A gang of men from the Retreat were sent in the afternoon to extinguish it, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. By Sunday evening the fire had covered nearly all of this side of the mountain, furnishing a brilliant spectacle to the many people who watched it. Tuesday morning it was still burning.

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Putney Historical Society Annual Meeting August 27

The Putney Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, August 27 at 2:00 pm at Next Stage. This year’s program will include a short business meeting followed by presentations by Putney Central School Social Studies teacher Leah Toffolon and Next Stage Arts Project Executive Director Maria Basescu. The event is free and open to the public.

Leah Toffolon will screen excerpts from “Putney Food Stories,” a collection of short films made by the Putney Central School class of 2017 about people in the Putney community connected to growing, harvesting, making and selling food. For the last three years, Leah’s 8th grade students have worked with Evie Lovett from the Vermont Folklife Center to learn the fundamentals of ethnographic research, interviewing techniques and media production. The students learn to be “storytellers” - to explore and capture stories in their communities by doing primary source research, thereby building empathy and compassion and seeing themselves as part of a wider, interwoven community.


Poles on Elliot Street

What’s going on with the telephone poles on Elliot Street?

They’re all painted, some very professionally.

A couple of photos are included.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 28, 2017


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

Punchlist work requiring lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic will continue. 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.


Williams Street Closure(s)


On Thursday, August 24th, 2017, Williams Street will be closed to through traffic from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm from the Union Street intersection to Brannan Street to replace a stormwater pipe. Vehicle traffic will need to find alternate routes.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.




Sept. 2 & 3: Friends of Music's 52nd Labor Day Weekend Festival at Organ Barn

Guilford, Vt. - As it has done for over a half-century, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) opens its annual music season with a concert in a rural barn on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend. The famed Organ Barn is in an idyllic setting near the state line where Guilford meets Leyden, Massachusetts. The intimate Barn seats about a hundred concertgoers, and on Sunday afternoon, two hundred or more people flock to the lawn outside the Barn for picnics and an orchestra concert.

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, guest organist Edwin Lawrence presents "A New England Organ Sampler," including compositions by Dudley Buck, George Whitefield Chadwick, John Knowles Paine, and Horatio Parker, as well as original works; tenor soloist Thomas Gregg is featured on much of the program. Concentrating on music from late 19th and early 20th centuries, Lawrence explains that the composers on this program include the last generation to depend on European training and the first to be entirely "home-schooled." More modern repertoire refers back in some ways to older New England times. This Organ Barn performance, as others in the past, includes enlightening commentary from the stage.


The Wonderful Chip Card

It’s more secure. It’s easier. It’s faster. Those were some of the claims of the innovators that brought us the chip card. You know, the bank card with the special chip embedded in it?

Early on, the chip card readers didn’t work. I would frequently be behind the early adopters at a supermarket when they’d try to use them. At the start, the readers weren’t set up, but even once they got going they had problems. Frequent re-trying of the card, or a call to a manager, would sometimes get it to work. Other times customers would simply dump their purchase and walk out in frustration.


BCTV Schedules Week of 8/21/17

Channel 8 Weekly Listings

Friday, August 18, 2017

12:00 am Day Kitchen Demos - Day Kitchen with Donna: Goat Cheese and Berry Dessert

1:00 am Healthcare Matters - Ep 1 - Ticks

1:30 am Female Founders Series: Energy

2:30 am River Garden Brown Bag Lunch Series - Restorative Justice in the Age of Trump 7/19/17


Brattleboro Eclipse Viewing

Today's the day for the solar eclipse. It won't be total here, but some eclipsing will happen early this afternoon. Here's what the National Weather Service in Albany says says:

"Although the high pressure area will continue to depart, it will remain close enough to the area to keep it precip free through the day today. Much attention is being given to the sky cover forecast, due to the partial solar eclipse that will occur this afternoon. Based on the 3km HRRR, sky cover should be fairly sunny for much of the area through the day. There could be some passing scattered high clouds for areas south of Albany this afternoon, but sky cover will generally be fairly clear. The time of max eclipse at Albany is around 2:42 pm edt, with the peak obscuration around 66 percent. Be sure to protect your eyes if you plan to view the eclipse and check our social media outlets for additional info."


Racoon in Broad Daylight...

I noticed a racoon walking around this afternoon on lower Canal St, a little bit up from the coop...


Bogus Lives

Does anyone know what the slogan means? 


Conversations with the Unseen: Paintings by Rosemary Ladd at Next Stage Gallery

At Next Stage Gallery from August 25, 2017 to November 14, 2017 

All Day

Artist Statement: Rosemary Ladd

I have always wanted to be an artist and portray the beauty I see around me.

When illness affected my ability to paint, I took the opportunity to find new pathways. These paintings represent my exploration into the world of non-representational painting with cold wax and oil.


VFW Lunch Specials 8-21 to 8-25

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 - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ onion rings
Wed - chicken primavera w/ salad
Thur - garlic roasted pork w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ a salad


ID Papers

I’m listening to VPR discussing the recent Barcelona Terror attack.

(a van plowed into a crowd of people killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others)

I wasn’t listening intently, as I was busy on the “Net” at the time.

However, I snapped to attention when I heard that the driver of the van had been identified, as he left his ID


How many drivers leave their license behind when they leave their cars?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Aug 21 - Salisbury Steak

Potato Wedges




Science Sees the Forest for the Trees

"Wow, 25 degrees below zero, record cold and snow spell. Global warming anyone?" ~Donald Trump 2015

In their Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress the Union of Concerned Scientists rank Vermont number two in the country. One in sixteen Vermont workers are employed in the clean energy sector. Clean energy is vital to the future of forestalling the negative impacts of climate change.

Nevertheless, if I were to depend solely on my own observations, I would say that I see no evidence for climate change. It's because of my overall ignorance of the scientific observations, methods and measurements of meteorology that I'm left with some kind of belief to depend on only. Belief, however, in and of itself, is woefully inadequate to the task. But I feel I know why someone would doubt the human causes of climate change.


SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued August 16th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, August 16th. Volunteers this year are 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.

The days leading up to August 16th were hot and humid, with the majority of sites experiencing no rainfall in the 24 hours before samples were collected. Most of our sites tested below the “suitability for swimming” standard set by the State of Vermont and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The dry conditions in the 24-48 hours leading up to testing set the stage for safe conditions for swimming and boating. Because heavy rains can cause spikes in bacteria, is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 21, 2017


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

Earthwork construction requiring lane closures for southbound traffic will continue. 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.


Chemtrails: What Are They Spraying and Why? Who Are They?

I am looking for a local group which has found a way to fight chemtrails. I want to write letters but do not want to re invent the wheel. Would like to band with other people and do something. Meanwhile, I found this international group and their chemtrail documentary.



Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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



Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, August 20

Twilight Music concludes its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 20 with funk and world beat band Simba. The seventh and final concert of the 2017 series 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, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, 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.


iBrattleboro Poll

If a big wildfire was coming toward Brattleboro, I would most likely