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Miss Amelia Tyler started her Brattleboro school which was famous for 50 years.


A Washington Monument box has been placed at the Brattleboro post office by the Postmaster, into which friends of the Monument can pass their loose change, with certainty of its finding its appropriate destination.


Barnum is to open the lecture course on Thursday evening of next week.


The dedication of the new Unitarian church will be on Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock. Rev. Dr. Bellows of New York will preach the sermon.


Beginning today, the Brattleboro post office is designated as an Italian money-order office. The Brattleboro office now issues money orders on Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy. France and Algeria.


The village bailiffs, in response to petitions, have begun the work of laying sewers through North and Tyler streets.


Estey & Co., have greatly improved the look of Birge street this week by putting a coat of whitewash on the high fence in front of their factories.


S.A. Smith & Co. have had many different styles of their baby carriages photographed this week preparatory to issuing a new catalog.


The first serious break in the trolley wire over the electric railroad occurred on the west side of the Centreville hill about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, and so tightly was the wire drawn that the supporting arms on four poles were broken off and the wire to the house of Carl Hopkins on the east side fell to the ground. As the wire broke it fell in front of a car and was run over and broken again. As all three of the cars were between the break and the power station, it was necessary to procure a team for carrying passengers from the break to West Brattleboro.


Dr. Horace G. Ripley appointed superintendent at the Retreat.

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BMH Promotes Free Child Car Seat Inspection Service

In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week on September 14-20, 2014, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is promoting a child car seat inspection service offered free by the State of Vermont to parents and caregivers.

"With a new baby comes a lot of planning and preparation to welcome your new little one into your life," says Debbie Partrick, RNC, the director of Women's and Surgical Services at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. "There are baby showers, decorating the nursery, and getting everything ready. What new parents often forget is thinking about that brand new car seat or a previously used car seat."


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Skatepark at LMP, MLK Day Adopted, New Police Chief Named

The Brattleboro Selectboard had several important decisions and announcements at their regular Tuesday meeting. A new Town Manager will soon be hired, a new Police Chief has been sworn in, a skatepark site has been selected,  and Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be henceforth recognized in Brattleboro.

The police will also get new equipment, and Brattleboro is being recognized for energy efficiency achievements. Read on for all the important details, and then some.


Thank You from BS&L

Community Appreciation Day was a huge success on Friday and we have you all to thank for that!!

We would like to extend a special thank you to Vermont Country Deli for allowing us to purchase a whopping 1250 fresh baked cookies, Gougers Market for prepping all of the lettuce tomato and onion, Putney Road Market for helping us to purchase several hundred hot dogs, veggie burgers, and hotdog and hamburger rolls, and Hannaford's for helping with the purchase of 20 lbs of summer slaw and hundreds of hamburgers.

Thank you to these local vendors for helping to make such a successful event!


Shocked: We Are (Not) The Only Brattleboro

I was doing some research for the book I am writing about novelist and newspaper man, T. P. James, who lived in Brattleboro in the 1870s, before moving onward. In  the course of my research, I stumbled on this listing of a newspaper called the Headlight in Brattleboro in 1886.


I was very curious to see the county listed for Brattleboro, as Edgecombe County. Then I noticed that I was in the North Carolina portion of the newspaper directory. 


Kobayashi Maru

Somewhere in the Klingon neutral zone, a ship of civilians reels and thrashes on the verge of destruction. A distress signal is sent out to all sectors. A Starfleet commander in the vicinity picks up the cry for help, and ponders his next move. If he rescues the ship, the act will surely be seen as a forbidden territorial intrusion, unleashing hostility. If he does nothing, the innocent inhabitants of the vessel will surely die. What is the correct call?

For the sake of a little galactic perspective, let’s rouse the development division, and contract a rewrite.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of August 31

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a Laborious Day:


Can Help You Start an Online Business
Pickup Truck for Moving or Errands
Karaoke Empowerment Therapy
Child Care
"Poetry-In-Motion" Lessons/Workshops
Minor Electrical Repair


Brooks House Canopy

Once the New Brooks House gets established, it would be interesting to add a new 2-Story canopy made to modern standards.


West Nile Virus Discovered in Windham County

Vermont Department of Health has announced that they have discovered mosquitoes in areas of Windham County including Brattleboro that have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Please direct anyone with questions about West Nile Virus to information on the Vermont Department of Health Web Site, www.healthvermont.gov.

The Town has been in contact with representatives from the Vermont Department of Health who continue to urge people to take normal precautions when outdoors, and to follow the recommendations listed on the attached Health Department flyer.


Sanders on Labor Day

BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement in advance of Monday’s observation of Labor Day:

"Today, we salute the trade union movement and all Americans who are fighting for the needs of working families.

“The sad reality of today's America is that while the wealthiest people and largest corporations are doing phenomenally well, the middle class is disappearing and millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages. Congress must start listening to the needs of ordinary Americans, not just the billionaire class and their lobbyists.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/1/14

BCTV Ch. 8 schedule for the week of 9/1/14

                   Monday September 1       

12:00 am      Helping Seniors Understand Reverse Mortgages

1:00 am       Car Tour of Fort Ticonderoga Military Road History

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Craft in the Southern Half - A Look at the Arts in Southern VT Ep.2

4:40 am       Vermont Musicians on the Air - Ep.2: Diane Huling


Theodore Roosevelt's Visit To Brattleboro

If you were in Brattleboro on September 1st, 1902, there is a good chance that you might have worked your way downtown to the train station late in the afternoon in expectation of the arrival of a notable visitor.

Arrangements had been in the works for months for a visit to Brattleboro by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Young Men’s Republican club had sent an invitation and had been forming committees to schedule the visit, arrange a program of activities, decorate the parade route, and welcome him to town. As the President’s plans changed (his time available was increasingly short), so did Brattleboro’s. The reception banquet was cancelled and a more simple ceremony substituted.

The visit, Roosevelt's welcome, and his speech made headlines, and he spoke to those assembled on the topic of good government and Abraham Lincoln.


Brooks House - The One and Only

In additional to its historical Importance and preservation, one of the prime movers behind the redevelopment and renovation of the Brooks House is the economics of Brattleboro’s daily life. Historically, Brooks House was, and remains, the largest commercial structure in Brattleboro.

In the midst of The One and Only the Brooks House continues to be an important visual symbol of what makes Brattleboro so unique. Of all of Southern Vermont’s noteworthy landmarks none capture the quintessential past and renewed hopes for the future as this Main Street frontage in the center of downtown Brattleboro.


SeVWA's August 27th River Sampling

August 27th was the last full river sampling day of Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance’s (SeVWA’s) 2014 river monitoring program. There will be one more monitoring day for a small number of sites on September 10th. In 2014 SeVWA’s monitoring program included 26 river and stream sites. Those sites were along the West River, North Branch Brook, Rock River, Williams River, Middle Branch Williams River, Saxtons River and Whetstone Brook.

Most children in the southeastern Vermont region headed back to school this week and, with the start of school and Labor Day Weekend upon us, many consider summer over. However, summer is still officially here and the weather will remain quite “summery” through the coming week. Recreational use of our region’s rivers will continue into the fall.


Brattleboro Handyman?

I am located in Brattleboro and looking for someone who can do relatively simple handyman type work. Right now I need shades hung throughout my house-17 of them. Thanks!


Weekend Concert Series: Steve Earle

Let’s check in with Steve Earle, shall we?

Here he is with his guitar in 1991, live at McCabes. Where is McCabes? I do not know. Oceanside? Austin? I suppose it doesn’t matter much.

I’ve never seen Mr. Earle perform, but have heard a few of his albums, all of which seem smart, interesting, and worthy of multiple listens. He’s a good counterpart to Billy Bragg in many ways. They would make quite a pair for a double bill.


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