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Within a week or two, some scoundrels have eased a few gardens in this village of their melons, which gross violation of the law, right, and decency is set down against them in the “Great day of reckoning.” After one has toiled and sweat to raise fruit wherewith to regale himself and friends in the Autumn, to have it “hooked” - “flinched” - aye stolen in the night, is outrageously provoking.


Mr. Ganson’s dancing school will commence on Saturday afternoon at the Town Hall. Mr. G. will be pleased to see the parents with their children as he wishes to develop and explain his plan and system of instruction.


The Catholic children excluded from the public schools during the last term for disobedience of the rules, resumed attendance at the commencement of the present term.


Persons from the adjoining towns desiring to attend the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher’s lecture, Oct 6th, in order to be sure of a seat must secure their tickets in advance.


The lower part of the town hall was fitted up for public library purposes and was so opened as Brattleboro's free library with Mrs. Annie E. Fulton as librarian.


Frank E. Housh will publish Mr. Howard’s “Brattleboro in Verse and Prose” early in November, copies having been sold to guarantee successful publication.


The reports given by our county correspondents this week indicate that the band of “Arabs” who were not allowed to land in New York, and then went to Canada and came over the Vermont line, are now wandering through the interior of the county, evidently divided into several small bands.


A successful test of the new fire-alarm system was made last Saturday evening.


The stringing of the copper wire for the metallic long-distance telephone line between Brattleboro and Bellows Falls began this morning.


The grounds of George E. Crowell were lighted Saturday by electricity for the first time.


“Joe” Kemp, a genuine cow-boy from Idaho, passed through Brattleboro on Tuesday with a carload of 29 elk which he lassoed in the mountains. He sold them to Austin Corbin, the noted railroad man, for $150 each, and the animals were being taken to Mr. Austin’s large preserve near Newport, N.H. Idaho Joe was dressed in the conventional cow-boy costume, with sombrero and leather trousers.


The Brattleboro Overall Company began running their factory on Elm street with electric power Tuesday. The business requires about 15 horse power in addition to the lighting.


The steel girders for the Connecticut river bridge have been put in place this week and are being securely riveted to the framework. An interested crowd of spectators has watched the progress of the work. It is expected that by Valley Fair time teams will be able to cross the bridge.


Tad Dwyer releases report on Brattleboro Police Department including findings and recommendations.

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Paving Update

August 21, 2014


Due to today’s rain paving on remaining streets, Birge, Chapin, Grove and Guilford Streets have been postponed until Monday, August 25. The work may go into Tuesday.

Milling and paving on Western Avenue is planned for Friday night with a rain date of Saturday night. Work begins after 6 pm with delays expected.

Brattleboro Public Works


The Right To Remain Silent

……………. “the candidates being considered for Town Manager is a confidential personnel human resources matter. The names of the candidates are therefore not made available to the public.”

Furthermore, the name of the new Town Manager after they have been hired will not be made public pending notification of next of kin who may want the applicant to find employment closer to home because property taxes in Brattleboro are unaffordable.


"The Suicide Tourists - Going To Switzerland"

Years ago one sunny morning, a messenger in my office came back from a delivery. He looked dazed and moved slowly to sit down. When asked what was wrong he replied that a man had landed with an explosive sound on the sidewalk in front of him on 34th Street. He had just jumped from the upper level of the Empire State Building. The man’s heart burst from his body and landed 10 feet from where our messenger was unchaining his bike. I asked one of our supervisors to take him home.

Too often successful and attempted suicides are unnecessarily violent. The fact that other people are affected by someone’s suicide is compounded when they are particularly brutal. And, too often many suicides are gruesome because they have no way out other than ending their life violently.


Please Write-In Dean Corren for Lt. Governor

Please get out and vote in the Democratic Primary next Tuesday, August 26 [or vote in advance at the Town Clerk's office] ... and please WRITE-IN the name of Dean Corren for Lieutenant Governor! We in the Windham County Democratic Committee voted without dissent on Monday, August 18 to give him our FULL SUPPORT. Dean Corren needs your write-in vote as a Democrat in order to run as a Progressive / Democrat on the November ballot.


The Biggest Political Error Vermont Will Ever Make

Book: The New Nuclear Danger 2002 by Dr. Helen Caldicott page 203: Three Tennessee Valley Authority commercial nuclear reactors ---
Watts Bar Unit 1 (near Spring City, TN) and Sequoyah Units 1 and 2 (at Soddy Daisy, TN) --- have been chosen as the "preferred" sites to manufacture tritium for U.S. nuclear weapons. The decision breaches the longstanding policy of not producing bomb material in civilian nuclear power plants. According to Robert Tiller of Physicians for Social Responsibility, "Our leaders are upset that Iraq might use civilian facilities to produce components for weapons of mass destruction, but the United States is now committed to do that very thing --- turning a civilian reactor into a bomb facility."


A Sweet Moment

Most of the time predatory capitalists are surrounded by security personnel and handlers. Journalists are never allowed access to these people unless it is assured that they will serve up softballs and continue the public deception -- that black is actually white.

Occasionally though the castle walls get breached and important figures are asked real questions and face real accusations.


Final Windham County Democrats Forum in Brattleboro

Following successful forums in Townshend and Bellows Falls, the Windham County Democratic Committee will host its final candidate forum in Brattleboro.

Guilford, VT, August 15, 2014 – The final State Senate candidate forum hosted by the Windham County Democratic Committee will be at the American Legion Hall in Brattleboro, beginning promptly at 6:30pm. Regarding the forums, organizer Betty Frye said:


BMH Spinal Health Level 1 Class Begins Sept 8

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services will be offering its seven week course “Standing Tall Spine Health: Level 1” starting on Monday, Sept 8 in the BMH Exercise Room.

Classes take place from 4:00 to 5:00 PM every Monday through October 20. Advance registration is required and the fee is $60. Contact the BMH Rehabilitation Services department at 802-257-8255 for more information or to register.


Many Brattleboro Committees To Interview Police Chief Candidates

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:45am at the Brattleboro Union High School, Fairground Road entrance.    It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 9:50am to discuss an appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

The Brattleboro Police Chief Search Community Committee will meet on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 9:45am at the Brattleboro Union High School, Fairground Road entrance.    It is anticipated that the Committee will enter into executive session at 9:50am to discuss an appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Emergency Planning

The Brattleboro Selectboard, what remained of them, heard all about emergency plans at their Tuesday meetng. Plans for schools, plans for employees, and plans in general for disasters, mass casualties, and other situations everyone agrreed would be best if we never faced.

Read on for the details.


Come Play At The BMC This Fall!

Brattleboro Music Center Fall Lessons & Classes

If you’ve always wanted to play an instrument, take voice lessons, or return to an instrument you put down long ago, this fall at the Brattleboro Music Center is the perfect opportunity to do so.  

The BMC’s fall semester begins the week of September 8th and offers individual lessons, as well as classes for kids, teens, and adults; instrumentalists, singers, and non-musicians; absolute beginners and accomplished musicians.  


Brattleboro Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Entergy Settlement Funds Working Group will meet on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Tony Trischka Band and Hot Mustard at Next Stage Friday, August 22

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band, plus and double banjo bluegrass quartet Hot Mustard at Next Stage on Friday, August 22 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.


150 Years Ago (1864 8/19)

  Aug. 19th. Near Charlestown, Va. I have just heard that the mail was going out. I must send this unfinished, as you probably wonder why you do not hear from me. We are going towards Harper's Ferry now. Have had a very hard march from where I commenced this letter. The rebs have got their heads rubbed pretty hard in this valley. What has been going on in the balance of the world I know not, as we have not heard one word. Have had but one mail, and no newspaper. In that I will give an account of the march when we get to a place where I can write. Came through Winchester. None of the second or third division have seen any fighting since we left Middletown. Have not seen Zopher but suppose he is all right.


Skateparks and Noise. Here Is The Data.

I gotta tell ya, as someone who graduated a recording engineering program many years ago, sound is very complicated!  I have lived next to, used, and helped build skateparks since I was a little prepube, and I have always been a huge supporter of the skatepark at Crowell or Living Memorial Park. I never thought skateparks were as loud as oppositional neighbors across the country always made it seem, however I was pretty surprised to see how similar or even quieter they are to noise levels produced by Baseball fields, basketball, playgrounds, and traffic.  Unless someone can refute this data I think it's time that noise levels stop being used as an argument against a skatepark in mixed recreational parks near neighbors.


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