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Henry Dwight Holton, M.D. born in Rockingham


Groceries. White and Brown Sugars; prime Molasses; Raisins; Cassio; black and green Tea; Coffee; Cocoa; Spices all kinds; white and brown Soap, &c. &c., for sale low by Dwinell & McLallen.


1000 LBS. Tallow, for sale by Hall & Townsley.


A Promenade Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music will be given at the Town Hall, on Tuesday evening of next week, for the benefit of N. Wivild. Mr. Wivild lost his all in the failure of the Old Water Cure Establishment a year or two since, and his numerous friends take this opportunity of attesting the sincerity of their regard.


The Episcopal Church is now quite finished, and is regularly used by the congregation for purposes of worship. It is a neat and substantial specimen of church architecture. The grounds about the building have been laid out by Mr. Clapp, with his usual good taste in such matters. The first service was held in the Church on Sunday the 11th inst.


The sum of $1000 has been subscribed by prominent and patriotic individuals in this place, chiefly in sums of $25, which will be equally divided among the first one hundred accepted recruits who enlist in this Probate District within forty days from the 21st day of July inst. Has any other village done more?


Quite a number of dwelling houses are in process of construction on Prospect Hill this season — and no wonder, for the locality is pleasant, and good building lots are obtainable at not exorbitant prices.


The Home Journal says that James Fisk, Jr. the well-known Wall street banker, formerly of this town, has leased the Fifth Avenue Theatre on Twenty fourth street, for ten years.


As near as we can ascertain, the people of this village regaled themselves on about 200 bushels of strawberries during the season just closed, for which they paid the sum of $1600. This, of course, isn’t taking into account those raised by individuals for their own consumption.


Mr. Holden of Northfield, the “blueberry man,” whose annual appearance on our streets is looked for with an interest similar to that of St. Nick, has commenced his trips for the season.


Our readers will of course remember that the Circus of Stone, Rosston & Murray will be in town next Wednesday.


Work upon the new Unitarian church edifice is progressing very rapidly. The laying of the foundation and the placing of the granite underpinning was completed last week, and this week the walls are steadily going up.


The third and last meeting of S. M. Waite’s creditors, before Judge Tyler’s court of insolvency, was held yesterday. A protest was received from Waite’s counsel.


Emerson & Son have taken the agency for the “Climax” pillow sham holder and lifter, undoubtably the best article of its kind made.


C.H. Eddy & Co. are doing a larger bottling business this season than ever before, their daily shipments amounting to some 60 dozen bottles of tonic beer and 16 gross of ginger ale. The business gives employment to eight men, and a barrel of sugar is used per day.


The dogs of the Nettie Morris equine and canine paradox company killed several cats about town, and created havoc in the gardens in their chase after the felines.


The material for the electric fire alarm system has arrived and will be put in as soon as the poles are ready.


Work is already well advanced on the addition to the steamer engine house on Elliot street to give stable accommodations for the horses of the fire department.


The Philadelphia hosiery man who came to Brattleboro Friday to look over the ground with a view to establish a new hosiery factory here, was favorably impressed with the location, but could give no positive announcement as to whether he would locate in town.


There will be the usual cake sale this week at the rooms of the Y.M.C.A. The sale will be in charge of the ladies of the Episcopal church.


Brattleboro Police Department uses Tasers on protestors Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray on Putney Road.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Civil Litigation

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will immediately enter into executive session to discuss pending or probable civil litigation to which the Town is or may be a party and mediation or arbitration. If time allows following the executive session, it is anticipated that the Board will enter into deliberative session to discuss site visits and public hearings held on June 28, 2016, re: (1) Minshall Street, (2) Bittersweet Lane, and (3) Wickopee Hill Road / Gulf Road.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu July 25 to July 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 25 to July 29


July 25 - Salisbury Steak

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy




A Cool Place

Brattleboro (though not a city) has made it to the list of coolest cities in the U.S.: 



Missing Cat - Birdie

Keep an eye out for an old, black cat in the Cedar Street, Forest Square, Chestnut Hill area.

Birdie wandered off a few days ago and hasn't been seen since. She's quite old, very quiet, and polite, and likes to sleep under bushes or in a warm sunny spot. Last seen in the Water Lane area.

If you have a garage, shed, or cellar door that you opened for a while this week, consider opening it back up and taking a look. She may have wandered in.


SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Continued July 20th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had the third day of our monitoring program for the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, July 20th. 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.

River users, whether they be swimming, boating, paddling, tubing, fishing, or even just hiking by, can help improve water quality by taking care of the rivers and their shores. The best way is to practice Leave No Trace principles (www.lnt.org for more info), especially disposing of waste, including pet waste, properly. This can keep whatever would have been left behind on the shoreline from washing into the river the next time it rains as well as keeping it aesthetically pleasing.


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Gaslight Tinkers on Sunday, July 24

Twilight Music continues its 14th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 24 with Celtic world beat quartet The Gaslight Tinkers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 21. All concerts 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, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, Green Mountain Well, 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.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 25th


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.

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.


Experienced Face Painters Needed for Vermont JerkFest

We invite you to be a children’s face painter at the 2nd Annual Vermont JerkFest in Brattleboro. We seek experienced, friendly, and artistic people who love working with kids! The shifts run from 10 am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, 4pm - 7pm.

If you’re interested, click HERE to fill out our volunteer application.

If you have any questions, you can visit our website HERE, email us at info@vtjerkfest.com or call our office at 617-395-7680.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Cappy Retiring, Station Plans Approved, Finances Lookin' Good

Town Clerk Annette Cappy is retiring! Oh, dear. Oh, my.

Plans for Central Fire Station were discussed and approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center on Tuesday. Finances are looking good on many fronts, a big Caribbean food and culture festival was given permission to take place, the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance told the board what they’ve been up to recently, a new highway arts project got permission to find out if the project was feasible, and more.


Why We Need Vacations

For many years, I regarded a vacation as a necessity.  Like the two day weekend, I considered it vital to my health and well-being.  Then I stopped being able to afford the time or money to take a vacation, and next thing you know, a decade and a half had gone by.  Guess what? I lived.  But my body has taken a beating, because the continual ongoing activities of my job — typing, mousing, clicking — are gradually rendering my right arm useless.


Jon Gregg Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an artist talk by the gallery’s current featured artist Jon Gregg on Saturday, July 23 at 5pm. Jon Gregg: evolving a mark will be on exhibit at both MGFA locations (183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium) through August 14th.

Jon Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.


Samirah Evans & George Kaye Quintet Cover the Music of George Gershwin, July 30

Samirah Evans and the George Kaye Quintet will make summertime living easy with a jazz concert featuring the music ofGeorge Gershwin at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, Vermont. Show time is at 8:00pm on Saturday, July 30. 

Vocalist Evans and bassist Kaye will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Michael Zsoldos (reeds), Eric Miller (trombone) and Claire Arenius (drums). The first set will consist of Gershwin’s popular jazz standards, while the second set will feature selections from the composer’s opera, “Porgy and Bess”  covered in the style of the 1958 recording of the work by Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra. 


Business Pitch Practice Session for Technology Entrepreneurs Scheduled for July 21

The Brattleboro Area Tech networking group will meet on July 21 at 6:00 when it holds its first Business Pitch Practice Session. The meeting will be at the Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro..

The event will provide an informal setting where would-be entrepreneurs can present technology-oriented business ideas to a sympathetic audience. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to make a presentation, followed by a short question and answer.

This one is specifically for technology entrepreneurs. Presenters from all stages of business development are encouraged to attend and participate, from those with only a concept to those who are out actively raising money to fund their startup.


Act 46 Study Committee 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 Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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



BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 7/19/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/19/16

Monday, July 18, 2016

12:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Examining Medical Cannabis

1:20 am Extempo Storytelling Series: The Blue Barn

2:00 am Energy Week Extra: Wind power

3:00 am Interview with Chris Bollyn 6/22/16

4:29 am Senior Moments: Jazz History with Eric Nielsen Pt 4 - Louis Armstrong


A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for June 2016

Even though money is an abstract and arbitrary construct, the product of which is created from nothing and therefore can be created (again, from nothing) to provide whatever we need or desire, the money people earn and work for is stolen from them to pay for the adventures of lunatics.

Yes this stolen money provides jobs but we need infrastructure upgrades and that would provide jobs too.  Why doesn't it go to something that benefits the funders (ie: the  taxpayers?)  The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist is equal to being killed by furntiure. Yet we are allowing the money that comes from our toil to go to destructive purposes, since we (erroneously) think that the money has to come from limited revenues. This money is stolen out of the pockets of everyday workers.


Rummage and Tag Sale in West Dummerston

Save the Date! There will be a benefit rummage and tag sale on Saturday, July 30th from 9-noon at the Dummerston Community Center located at 150 West St, in the West Dummerston Village.
Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items. The sale will be held rain or shine, an indoor event.Benefit for the Center's operating and maintenance cost.
For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.


Flat Street Runs Dry?

I have heard tell that Flat Street Pub is closing and am sorry to face that prospect. Any other reports?


Weekend Creativity Series: Shapes of Stories

I was reminded this week of a somewhat famous lecture by author Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. He creates graphs showing how stories can be plotted into diagrams, and that despite a diversity of tales out there, most stories follow some very simple story arcs.

Since giving his lecture, others have done similar analysis and studies of well-known and popular stories and their data basically backs up Vonnegut’s propositions. About six story arcs account for the majority of stories told.

Can you tell a tale using one of the common patterns? What happens if you break the pattern?


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