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Thomas Thompson born in Boston.


The shock of an earthquake was very sensibly felt here on Tuesday morning, a little before 5 o’clock, lasting some 15 or 20 seconds. It was also noticed in the adjoining towns.


Our merchants are in the receipt of some fine brands of Flour made from new wheat. Frost & Goodhue, E. Crosby, and Eayes & Stevens, have all some very excellent brands, but the latter firm claim theirs is a little best in the market.


The new “gasoline” street lights seem to be a failure.


At a special town meeting, a vote was passed by a strong majority authorizing the selectmen to expend $2000 in the suitable repair and improvement of the town hall. Some opposition was manifested, however, and we learn that a petition for another town meeting has been presented to the selectmen, when an attempt will probably be made to rescind the vote.


Mr. Lucien Howe and Miss Mary Howe are to sail for Germany, taking passage from New York for Bremen on the steamer Saale of the North German Lloyd line. Their immediate destination is Dresden, but where or under whom they will pursue their musical studies is not yet determined. Their contemplated absence will cover at least a year. Both will be very much missed in Brattleboro.


J.F. Coy, the suspected dynamiter and bomb thrower left town last Saturday afternoon by the 5 o’clock train, thinking, it may be, that his talents were not fully appreciated here. He went from here to Keene, N.H. where he was seen and recognized. The Keene officers have been notified as to the sort of fellow he is supposed to be.


The fall term of Miss Fitts’s kindergarten will open Sept. 6. The special feature of the work for the coming term will be nature study - with object lessons suited for the little people. The music and games will be especially adapted to that purpose.


The business of the Estey Organ company in the West is feeling the effect of the improvement in financial conditions. Everything is hopeful. An office has been opened in Chicago and salesmen are on the road, daily transmitting orders to the factory from agents newly appointed.


The right rear wheel of one of the Retreat coal carts crushed under the weight of its load Tuesday afternoon when near Wells fountain, every spoke breaking from the rim and hub. The load was transferred to another cart and taken to its destination.


Entergy announces plans to close and decommission its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Vernon, Vt.

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Gnarcissus on Olympus

Skateboarding is Coming to the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. The “sport”, was chosen along with a handful of others, (surfing, baseball, climbing, karate) for inclusion in the next set of Games. Some serious mixed and polarizing feelings have been engendered on all sides by this decision.

While this post pertains to skateboarding, I’m sure there’s crossover spill for each of these lifestyle activities that have deep personal and often iconoclastic attachments, with corps of aficionados who eschew commercialization. There is even an online line petition asking the Olympic Committee to remove skateboarding, asserting skateboarding is not a “Sport”, and should not be set up for exploitation and subjugation to Olympic formats.


GMMT: Newfane Clerk Confesses to Anonymous Letter 8/26/16 (News Clip)


Chris Lenois (WKVT) and Randy Holhut (Commons) discuss the news that an
anonymous letter urging residents to approve a bond to upgrade the
Newfane Town Offices and the subsequent reaction of the Newfane
Selectboard to the letter, its contents, and the way in which it was


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - August 29 to September 2

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 29 to September 2


August 29 - Seafood Roll

Cottage Cheese

Raspberry Beets

Tropical Fruit


Western Avenue Paving Schedule

As part of the Town’s paving program, the Town has contracted with Vermont Roadworks LLC to resurface Western Avenue from Allerton Avenue to Chestnut Hill. They are currently scheduled to mill the pavement on August 30th, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 12:00 am (midnight). We anticipate paving Western Avenue on September 6, 2016 during the evening hours as well to reduce traffic impacts.

During these evenings, please find off street parking in this area.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah O’Connell, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or hoconnell@brattleboro.org.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE: The committee will NOT meet on its normal Monday schedule in September due to the Labor Day Holiday.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Coffee Break Fundraiser

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting a “Coffee Break”  all day Friday September 2, 2016 at the Welcome Center in Guilford, Vt. on I-91 to kick off the Labor Day weekend holiday.   Starting at 7:30am, we will offer hot coffee and tea; bagels; hot oatmeal, apple cider donuts; an assortment of homemade muffins, pastries, and other home-baked goods; egg salad, tuna salad, and cheese sandwiches; tastes of various flavored challah; Vermont-made yogurt;  a variety of cold drinks, including freshly squeezed lemonade. 


Springfield VT Steampunk Festival

What’s New at the Steampunk Festival This Year
Well, Splendid Teapot Racing for one—and Burlesque for another
Festival Benefits the Springfield Humane Society
Volunteers Still Needed

SPRINGFIELD, VT—The Springfield Steampunk Festival, an official Vermont Arts 2016 event slated for September 23, 24, 25 features new musical performers, more workshops and many more vendors while embracing new intriguing and whimsical ideas from as far away as New Zealand. Splendid Teapot Racing was conceived by Simone Montgomery in Dunedin, New Zealand and premiered for the first time in 2014 at Steampunk NZ Festival in Oamaru. And now it premieres in Springfield, Vt. The Steampunk movement is truly international in scope.


Ukulele Flash Mob Today!

Whoa, here it comes! 
UKUKLE FLASH MOB, TODAY, Thursday the 25th, at 6pm sharp!
Where? Harmony Place smack in the center of Brattleboro.
ALL ARE welcome! (no need to play - just come enjoy the fun!)


RT 30 Closure Schedule Update

The RT 30 Road Closure Schedule has been revised as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2016 – CANCELLED

Monday, August 29, 2016 – ADDED TO REPLACE 8/26

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Backup/Makeup Day if Needed)

Thursday, September 01, 2016 – CANCELLED


VFW Lunch Menu for 8-29 to 9-2

Menu for Aug. 29th to Sept. 2nd

Mon - soup and a sandwich

Tues -  liver & onions w/ mashed potato

Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad

Thur - cheese & spinach stuffed pork loin w/ couscous

Fri - baked stuffed haddock w/ rice & veg.


Act 46 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


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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




Get Out Your Credit Card and Join Our Revolution

Our Revolution is being touted by progressives as the “future of our political movement” and features participation by our own revolutionary sweetheart, Bernie Sanders.  Bernie himself will be speaking at a kickoff forum tonight in Burlington, VT.  This seemed noteworthy, so I decided to stop into the OurRevolution.com web site to see what it was all about.  My first surprise was that it was a dot.com.  I had been expecting a dot.org.  But there you are, everything  is commercial these days, even “our revolution.” (Fine print reveals that “Our Revolution will operate as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization.”)


Stroll the Grounds & Join Us for A Community Shabbat Dinner

On Friday August 26, come mark the shift from summer to fall with a stroll on the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's land followed by a delicious Shabbat dinner with songs, blessings, and a story. Dinner will be supplied by Cantor Kate Judd, Chelsa Roy of Monkey Moon Challah & Catering, and others.

At 5 pm Kate will lead a reflective walk on the land with prayer and song. At 6 we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, and sit down to eat together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy our dessert accompanied by a story from Rebecca Golden. We’ll wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).


Improve Your Tweets - Actually Write Them

For those who ignore social media, you can ignore this.

For the rest of you, I have a word about laziness. Yes, I’m talking to you, person who has your Facebook feed set to automatically retweet things.

Here is the situation. Twitter allows for 140 characters. It is an art and science to craft messages that fit the space and make sense. Much can be communicated in a good tweet.


Selectboard Crosswalk Drama + NECCA Approval on GMMT

Get the latest headlines with BCTV's news show created in conjuction with WKVT, the Reformer, and the Commons entitled Green Mtn Mornings Tonight. See short clips as WKVT's Chris Lenois talks with the Reformer's Chris Mays about the week's news, and catch full episodes at brattleborotv.org/green-mtn-mornings-tonight as well as on BCTV Channel 8 weeknights at 6:00 PM.


Swimming with the Fishes

At the far end of our limbs we have the necessary appendages to propel our bodies through the water. We begin our lives floating in an oceanic body of fluids called the amniotic universe in a symbiotic unity with mother and child where we experience a “lack of boundaries and obstructions” akin to how we feel immersed in open waters.

The origin of our aquatic nature is suggested by Charles Darwin when he asked, “What can be more curious than that the hand of a man?” Our fingers typing on a keyboard began their journey over 350 million years ago when some tetrapod held its head high enough above the waterline to catch its prey. That’s when its evolutionary “modification of gene expression” realized there was another world.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 8/22/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/22/16

Monday, August 22, 2016

12:00 am AgroForestry Forum in Brattleboro 7/16/15

2:15 am Dan and Jeff Play for Dancing

2:30 am Rosie's Mom - The Forgotten Workers of WW1

3:27 am WWAC: Dr. John Hagen - Violent Extremism in Niger 5/13/16

5:00 am GMMT: Friday (Full Show)


Town of Brattleboro Invites Public Comment on Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CRTO)

The Town of Brattleboro is reminding all residents that the draft Comprehensive Review of Town Operations (CRTO) document is posted on the Town’s website and that everyone is welcome to provide input. The deadline for submitting comments and suggested changes is Friday, September 9. The revised draft will be considered at the Selectboard meeting on September 20 or October 4.

The draft CRTO contains an introductory letter from Town Manager Peter Elwell and 50 separate “action items” in categories ranging from “Already Accomplished” and “in Progress” to short term (0-2 years), medium term (2-5 years), and long term (more than 5 years) timeframes for implementation. The draft document was created by the Town’s management team after it completed a thorough review of all Town services and support functions. The 50 action items represent small and large scale changes that staff is proposing to improve the community and/or save taxpayers money


Narcissus on Olympus

As the story is presented to us…Not as it comes down, goes down, went down, but as it’s presented..that’s how we remember.  The details are left for each imagination no matter how many renderings, angles or replays. They will resonate within each viewer’s minds eye and take hold, get forgotten, drip slowly, or gush from adrenals as needed. Torch carried and passed, the flame of inspiration fed.

A hunter with unrivaled prowess, and beauty, which includes grace, stamina, inventiveness, perseverance, arrives at last on high at the image of himself. His broadcasted self. Reflected in a hundred million screens and more, he cannot look away. So entranced is he by his victory, by his own ascendance, it’s a transfixing moment, a defiance of time. And the hunter, as hero, he can’t look away. Nor can we without effort.


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