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The contract for extending the Connecticut River Railroad from Northampton to Greenfield is already advertised. It is expected that the cars will be running as far as Northampton next November.


Two Estey Organ shops burned to the ground, along with fifteen other nearby buildings, in downtown Brattleboro.


Freeman’s Meeting in this town was unusually quiet and the vote was light. A large number of our voters have gone to the war, and those that remain at home are too much absorbed in the great object of the day to heed the usual demands of politics. Voters came to the polls, deposited their ballots and then went quietly about their business.


Officer Wood arrested three vagrants at West Brattleboro last Sunday, but as no worse charge was proved against them than they had occasioned some fright to people at whose houses they called, they were discharged from custody after a night’s lodging in the lock-ups.


The physicians report several cases of fever about town, mostly of the typhoid type, with a few mild cases of scarlet fever outside of the village.


Henry Ward Beecher says that his earliest remembered address was given in Brattleboro on temperance, when he was a junior in Amherst college.


Simon Brooks caught some boys stealing watermelons from his patch Sunday, and delivered them over to Officer Herrick. Owing to their youth the rogues were allowed their liberty, but the affair is not yet settled.


There will be a regular meeting of the Fuller battery next Tuesday evening at 7:30 o’clock in the armory. All uniforms must be returned.


The Valley Fair coaching parade will be held this year on the morning of the first day of the fair, instead of the second day as heretofore. The invitation to join the parade is general, and the committee ask all those who have teams suitable for the occasion to decorate them and join the ranks. It is hoped that no one will wait for a special invitation.


Mary Howe’s next season in Germany promises to be a very busy and brilliant one, as she has already signed contracts to appear as “star” in 33 operatic performances in various prominent cities.


The orchestra pit at the auditorium has been lengthened to the full width of the stage, the floor raised, and a handsome metal balustrade put in place of the matched wood work. The pit is now of the same style as the ones in the leading theatres of the country.


Rapid progress has been made this week on the Connecticut river bridge work. A large traveling crane has been constructed for swinging the steel and several pieces of steel for the upright part of the bridge have been put in position. The abutment on the west end is nearly finished. The work is watched at all times by a large number of spectators.


The new quarters for the dairy department at the Valley Fair will be established this year under the grand stand, thus giving one entire section on the floor with floral hall to the school exhibit and some special features.

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Main Street Sidewalk Update #6

Good morning! We have seen some big changes since our last update! On Thursday a subcontractor came in and installed all the new curb from Walnut Street to High Street. Green Mountain Power came in on Wednesday and installed two of our new street lights at the Walnut Street intersection and they look GREAT! To date, the contractor has completed all the sidewalk removal and electrical conduit installation from Walnut Street to High Street. The driveway crossings and many of the pedestrian ADA ramps have been installed.

Next week (there will be no work on Monday for Labor Day) the sidewalk subcontractor will be onsite to get all the new sidewalks installed from Walnut Street to High Street!


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 6

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 7 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.


See above re closure of the Exit 3 on ramps on Labor Day.

The blasting on the north side of the new bridge has been completed.

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.


Matt Dunne Hosting Community Meeting in Brattleboro

Matt Dunne has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2016.

As Matt begins his bid for governor, he is eager to meet with Vermonters and listen to their concerns about the challenges facing Vermont, and their ideas for the future.

Matt's campaign is scheduled meetings in every county of our state including two in Windham County -- one in Bellows Falls and the other in Brattleboro.


Brattleboro Labor Day Closings

In observance of Labor Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7. All other violations will be enforced.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: A Million Dollar Gamble, a Resource Center, and an Imposing Tower

Major industrial development near Exit 1 got a hearty endorsement from the Brattleboro Selectboard on Tuesday evening. Over $1 million in loans and grants have been approved to be spent on an effort to convince a local employer to keep good paying jobs in Brattleboro. There are good odds that G. S. Precision will stay, but plans are not yet final.

A proposed Putney Road telecommunications tower was found to be objectionable enough to trigger a letter of concern to the Public Service Board, Groundworks collaborative will be moving forward to help the homeless with food and shelter through a planned resource center downtown, the Our Town grant selection committee was appointed, and more.


Brattleboro VT Preview Screening of MisLEAD w/ Special Guest Jon Fishman from Phish

SAVE THIS EVENT - FRI, OCT 23, 2015, 6:00pm

Brattleboro VT Preview Screening of MisLEAD w/ Special Guest Jon Fishman from Phish

On October 23rd there will be a free screening of MisLEAD, a documentary put together by Lead Safe America. The organization is founded by a mother who has two children that have been affected by lead poisoning.


Brooks Library, or Brooks Memorial Library?

I've always called our library the Brooks Memorial Library, think that "Memorial" was part of the name. More recently I've seen official library announcements in which it is called, simply, Brooks Library.

My question: which is it? Was the name officially shortened? Was it never as long as I thought?

I like to use the right name, but also don't mind shaving off a few letters from a frequently-typed phrase.

What say ye?


What To Look For In A Language Program, and Free Demo Class

Express Fluency is offering a free Spanish class Thursday, September 10th from 6pm-7pm. Participants will experience a fun and effective way of acquiring language and will leave the class knowing how to order a drink, and tell a joke, in Spanish.

We will also share the secrets of language acquisition- which students can apply to any language they choose to pursue.


Southern Vermont Projects Funded to Mitigate the Economic Impacts of VY Closure

Green Building Cluster, Business Acceleration and Tri State region CEDS alignment

Windham County, VT - On Monday August 31st, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) has been awarded $265K by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The federal award was the final piece of funding needed for a $530K project which will launch two major initiatives outlined in the Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS: Development of a Green Building Cluster Study and the initiation and operation of the Southern Vermont Business Innovation Accelerator.


First Public Hearing on the Draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations

Monday, August 31, 6 p.m.
Brattleboro Municipal Center, Selectboard Meeting Room

This will be the first of two public hearings the Planning Commission will hold on the draft Brattleboro Land Use Regulations. The second hearing will be on Wednesday, September 9, also at 6 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room.

The revised draft is available for review online and at the Brattleboro Planning Services Department, Town Clerk's Office and the Brooks Memorial Library.This is an entirely new set of land use regulations that will affect the entire town, replacing the current Brattleboro Zoning Ordinance and Brattleboro Subdivision Regulations.


A New Bellydance and Youth Mentorship Program Comes to Brattleboro!

SEEDs (self-esteem, empowerment, and education through dance) is an internationally recognized bellydance and mentorship program, originally founded in 2001 by Myra Krein in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After seeing so much success in Santa Fe, Myra began an intensive teacher training program--and there are now dozens of blossoming SEEDs programs across the globe.

After attending the teacher training in June 2015, local bellydancer Kelsey Eaton bringing this fun and transformational youth bellydance program to Brattleboro. Working alongside her is Devan Moran, a woman's advocate who works locally to educate youth on healthy relationships, domestic violence, and consent.


BS&L Slated to Open New Branch Monday, Aug. 31

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Savings & Loan will open its new branch in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro on Monday, Aug. 31.

The new location represents months of building and renovation and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.

To introduce the new branch and call attention to the vibrant business community in Brattleboro’s Putney Road area, BS&L will also celebrate with Brattorama, a Monopoly-style game for all residents, from Sept. 9 – 23. More than 30 North End businesses have signed on as partners, each with their own spot on the Brattorama game board and stickers that can be collected to win prizes ranging from gift certificates to a $1,000 Savings CD from BS&L.


Curious - Why No Carnivals With Rides in Brattleboro?

I was driving by Bondville yesterday and they were having the Bondville Fair, complete with rides such as Tilt a Whirls, Scramblers, giant slides, merry go rounds, and a Ferris Wheel and it got me thinking: Why doesn't Brattleboro ever hold a carnival, with a midway, rides, food trucks, games, and so on?

No handfuls of tickets, no stepping over power cables, no sound of generators, no sight of colorful lights at the edges of every ride or booth.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 8/31/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/31/15

Monday, August 31, 2015

12:00 am Dartmouth College Talk: Making Sense of the Mad Men Era

1:30 am September 11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 3

2:30 am SAFSTOR: 8/19/15 - Paul Paradis

3:00 am Energy Improvements Financing Forum - 6/16/15

4:30 am UVM Community Med School: Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Cancer


Short Distance Moving Around Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of someone  I can hire to move one couch out of my Oak St. place and take it to the dump and move another couch into my house from West Brattleboro. I'm sure there must be somebody in the Brattleboro area who does this kind of thing but I haven't been able to locate anyone. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

Kris Alden


Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Season Opens at Organ Barn on Sept. 5 & 6

Guilford, Vt. - The opening weekend of Friends of Music at Guilford's 50th Anniversary Season is dedicated to founder A. Graham Down (1929-2014), who brought the c. 1897 Guilford Tracker Organ to the Barn over a half-century ago, and funded its renovations and improvements over the years; he performed on it in 1966-69 and several times since 2001.

The music begins as usual with a Saturday night Organ Concert in the Barn at 7:30. This year's guest performer is Susan Summerfield, music professor and college organist at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. Her program, "Traditions," includes works by Baroque masters J. S. Bach, Pierre Dandrieu, and Louis Couperin; C. P. E. Bach from the start of the classic period; and 20th-century composers Darius Milhaud and Lou Harrison, whose pieces employ certain Baroque elements. A cake and champagne reception follows.


Modern Cuban Culture and Cuisine at Brooks Library

Author, educator and chef John Verlinden will speak in the Brooks Library Meeting Room on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 about his new book, To Cook is To Love:  Nuevo Cuban: Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes.  Admission is free and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

This work is a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music.  Chef Verlinden will prepare and share “tasting samples” with the audience.


Brattleboro Printing and Publishing Heritage


The Brattleboro Historical Society and Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are collaborating to generate ideas about how to increase community awareness and interest in Brattleboro’s 200-year printing and publishing heritage.

Community members interested in this topic are invited to a brainstorming meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 7PM at the Brattleboro History Center in the Masonic Center at 196 Main Street.

The purpose of the meeting will be to gather ideas for ways to interest and engage our community in learning more about the influential roles that Brattleboro’s publishing and printing industries have played throughout our history.


5:45 Live: 8/28/15

TransCanada's big loss in the VT courts, downtown sidewalk construction updates and footage, the AG's investigation into the Retreat, and much more headline this edition of BCTV's weekly media round-up. Click here to find this and other local videos on BCTV's official website brattleboroTV.org.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - September Breakfast Menu

September 1st Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice

September 4th Breakfast Sandwich w/ Egg, Cheese & Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, & Juice

September 8th Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Yogurt & Juice