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Wilbur Fisk, clergyman and writer, born.


Attorney’s Notice. The Notes and Accounts of the late firm of Sargeant & Stockwell, are left in my hands for collection. Those who pay within a few days, will be charged no cost. Those who neglect this call, will be sued without further notice. Asa Keyes.


We are requested to say that the Committee have canvassed the village to ascertain who can take lodgers and boarders during the Fair, and that if any have been omitted who can accomodate persons with lodging and boarding, they are requested to report to S. M. Waite, at the First National Bank.


On the State Fair Ground, Brattleboro, Under a Large Pavilion, Sept. 4, 5, 6 and 7th. Immense Attraction! Farewell Tour of the Far-Famed Human Anomalies, Chang and Eng! The Wonderful Siamese Twins and their children! Remember this is your last chance of seeing these Great Wonders.


O. R. Vesper, a Vermont veteran whose peculiarity is that he wears a coat with twice as many sleeves as he has use for, is engaged hereabouts in selling Hall’s Excelsior Washing and Bleaching Compound.


The new hand steam fire engine, purchased by the village, has arrived and been placed in the engine house on Elliot street. It was built by the Jones & Clapp Manufacturing Company, and cost $2500.


Mrs. Dryer of Chicago, one of Moody’s workers, gave some very interesting Bible readings and expositions at the Congregational church, last Monday afternoon and evening.


The laying of the Green street main for Crowell’s aqueduct to the corner of Elliot and Main streets has been prosecuted with vigor this week with the hope of completing it to-morrow.


The primary schools will begin Sept. 10.


Visitors in town very often speak of the pleasing effect produced by the five large campaign flags across the business portion of Main street.


The Brattleboro jelly company, consisting of Geo. E. Crowell, W. S. Williams, F. A. Radway and C. D. Whitman, is putting in machinery west of the Crowell and Wheeler building, on Flat street, and expect to begin active operations as soon as the apple crop is ready. The mill will be able to turn out a ton of jelly a day, while the daily capacity of the cider press is from 100 to 200 barrels.


The ladies of the industrial and educational union had a very satisfactory sale of edibles this week. On Tuesday the election cake disappeared as if by magic, on Wednesday there was a good demand for rolls, and on Thursday the supply of cream cakes failed to meet the demand. Those wishing to earn money by furnishing bread or cake, or who would like situations as nurses, domestics, etc., will find the union a real help and friend.


Judge Wheeler held a court of naturalization in the lower town hall Tuesday. Thirty-four residents of the county took out the necessary papers and several others signified their intention of doing so.


The annual Valley Fair dance will be held at the town hall the first night of the fair.


The busts and pictures for the High school room have arrived and are being put in place this week. The busts are ten in number, and included the following subjects: Homer, Demosthenes, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil, Shakespeare, Milton, Washington, Lincoln and Grant.


Yesterday morning’s rainfall of 17 hundredths of an inch was the first in Brattleboro since July 29 of sufficient amount to lay the dust. Mr. Childs’ record shows a total of on 31 hundredths of an inch for the month of August.


The putting in of the concrete walk on the north side of Elliot street has necessitated the building of a new approach to the armory. The entrance is now reached from a broad platform, from either end of which stairs descend to the level of the sidewalk.


The Brattleboro Bird club will hold its regular monthly meeting next Monday evening at 7:30 with Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell. Among the topics to be discussed at this meeting are “Fall Migration,” “Fall Plumage,” and “Longevity of Birds.”


The Estey Organ Company has just completed a specially designed organ which is being placed in the main hall of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. It is finished in mahogany to match the decorations of the hall. Carl Hollender and Edward Knudson went Monday to set up the organ.

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Encouraging What is Already There

An article about how I encourage the wild strawberries in my yard, with minimal effort:


Reinventing Harmony Place: Unveiling the Vision 5/31/16

You are invited to come celebrate, as we take a few whacks at the old Frankie's Pizza building, and reveal a new vision for Harmony Place. Hear about the extraordinary transformation that will take place over the next year right in the heart of our downtown. Just imagine a social hub adjacent to the newly restored Brooks House featuring a pedestrian friendly gathering spot complete with a fountain, a performance stage, bistro tables, trees and flowers, artistic lighting and so much more.


BMH to Host Job Fair for Housekeeping Positions

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be holding a job fair targeted at filling positions within their Environmental Services (Housekeeping) department. The event will take place Tuesday, June 14th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the hospital’s Human Resources Department on the 3rd floor of the Dunham Building.

“Our housekeepers are critical members of the BMH team,” says Bill Norwood, BMH’s Director of Human Resources. “They are responsible for enhancing the safety of our patients and staff by maintaining an impeccably clean environment, and their work is at the heart of our infection control protocols.” Norwood hopes that the event will draw the interest of those seeking jobs at one of the region’s top employers, and give them an opportunity to meet some of the hospital’s leadership team.


Collin Leech & Lori Schreiner Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Painters Collin Leech and Lori Schreiner are showing their work in a combined summer exhibit at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist. An opening reception this Saturday, June 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., offers the public an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their creative process while enjoying refreshments provided by the All Souls Arts Committee.

Showing a variety of large-format and smaller impressionist or expressive landscapes, Collin Leech has been working in a variety of mediums for many years, including oil, encaustic, ink-and-pastel drawing, and acrylic. "This year I have been working on combining these mediums in new ways," Collin explains. "I have also been thinking about the ways my relationship to the landscape around me is changing." She attended LaGuardia School for the Arts in New York City and went to Maryland Institute College of Art, taught for many years at Brattleboro's River Gallery School, and now teaches encaustic collage and plein air painting at Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Something Borrowed

It took the Brattleboro Selectboard less time to approve of a $7.8 million bond application than it did to learn about the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. Both were equally approved and proclaimed at Tuesday’s meeting.

Gibson Aiken gym windows will be replaced, paving projects have been funded, Brattleboro aims to buy property along the Whetstone to help with flood prevention and water quality, the cemetery committee and ordinance are evolving, and the annual dog warrant has been issued.


Feel the Icelandic Bern at the Latchis

“Hurray for all kinds of things!” – Buoyed by that vague yet uplifting slogan, comedian Jon Gnarr galvanized the disaffected voters of Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2010. What began as political satire in the face of dysfunctional, corrupt and out-of-touch government, eventually became more than a joke, as Gnarr captured the hearts of voters in the 2010 race for mayor of Iceland’s largest city. His surprising campaign is the subject of the documentary “Gnarr,” which will be shown at the Latchis Theatre this Saturday, June 11, at 4 p.m.

It’s impossible not to see similarities with our own political scene, although what’s happening here is certainly less amusing than Gnarr’s campaign. Still, for all its lightness and humor, “Gnarr” touches a chord – people are tired of politics as usual and are looking to outsiders to shake things up. Not all outsiders possess the kindness, humor and common touch of Jon Gnarr, and that’s why, even though Reykjavik is thousands of miles away, “Gnarr” hits home.


The Other Candidate Is No Good

The Democratic primary has been decided, according to the AP. Speaking with anonymous superdelegates, party insiders, and donors, they’ve calculated and announced that Clinton has already won.

It’s a strange move to go out of one’s way to declare a candidate the winner on the day before a major primary. Superdelegates don’t vote until the convention, and the DNC had reminded the media, but the AP has called it anyway.

Clinton and Trump are the official choices in the coming election. Both are the best each party will offer.

This will not be an election about a positive vision for the future. This will be about why the other is no good.


A Normal Downtown Brattleboro

Just a quick observation that this is the first year in many years that we have a "normal" downtown Brattleboro. No burned out buildings are sitting or being repaired, no road paving projects are scheduled, and no sidewalks are being torn up. 

Anything can happen, and things can change, but it is nice to have a bit of time to enjoy downtown Brattleboro rather than just fix and clean it year after year.


Did Devout Muslim Muhammad Ali Ever Speak About US NATO Genocide in the Muslim Middle East?

Ali declared “murder and burn another poor nation [Vietnam] simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. ... such evils must come to an end" For lack of world public interest in prosecuting obvious US genocidal crimes against humanity and peace, "such evils" have remained profitable. As a devout Muslim, how did Ali feel as he watched the murder and burning of millions of Muslim children.

Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali was our hero, not only for his performance in the ring and his infectiously happy and charming wit, but for his clear, upright, honest, compassionate and unequivocal condemnation of his nation's racist invasion, bombing and genocidal occupation war in Vietnam.


Sovernet's Fiber Network Helps Connect Vermont's "Last Mile"

Multiple Broadband Providers Leverage Sovernet’s State-of-the-Art Network to Serve Vermonters

BELLOWS FALLS, VT (June 6, 2016) - Sovernet Communications today announced that its state-of-the-art fiber network now supports broadband services for numerous rural Vermonters in the so-called “last mile,” by providing dedicated Internet access and data transport to other service providers. These providers, in turn, are extending further and further into rural Vermont to serve residential and business customers.


Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire Board of Trustees Approves Affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Affiliation to strengthen patient care effective July 1

June 6, 2016 (White River Jct., VT) – The Board of Trustees of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH) has voted to approve an affiliation agreement with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. With the May 24 vote, VNH will become an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) on Friday, July 1, 2016.

VNH, the region’s largest provider of home health services, will become the first home health and hospice provider affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which also includes five hospital affiliates.


Summer Intensive Digital Photography Course with Dave Mazor

Learn How to use Your DSLR Camera and Print Quality Images, Monday through Friday, June 20 through June 24, 5:30 to 8:30, 15 hours, $150.00, Instructor: David Mazor

This course will cover all the basics of using your DSLR camera and digital edits in Photoshop.

The course will begin with the technical uses of the camera parts and functions, and the understanding of light. The main objective is for students to create strong images of different subject matter under various lighting conditions.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/6/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/6/16 

Monday, June 6, 2016

12:00 am Discovering New England Stone Walls with Kevin Gardner

1:17 am TED Talks: Angélica Dass: The Beauty of Human Skin in Every Color

1:30 am Hunger Free VT - Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Hunger

3:30 am The Civil War and Political Realignment: The Case of VT

4:08 am Morris Dancers in Brattleboro 5/28/16


Ali: The Peoples' Champ Is Gone

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
-Mohamad Ali

Very sad weekend… We have lost the Greatest Of All-Time: Mohamed Ali.

Such a brave brave man in and out of the ring. He conquered Liston (twice), Frazier (two out of three), and Foreman. And we never even saw him fight in his prime… In those years he was barred from boxing and had his passport taken away for his refusal to fight in the unjust Vietnam War (a stance he took out of principle alone; if he did allow himself to be drafted, he would have had a cake walk of PR appearances and exhibition matches). It short he was a true Peoples' Champ; one who stood up for the underdog, the working man, against imperialism, and for Black Liberation.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 5

Brattleboro Time Trade: www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time. See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the downpour:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Ten Vintage Copies of 'Youth Companion' Publication all Copies 1913
LOCAL Pickup Truck for Moving or Errands
Holistic Health Counseling
You Can Borrow My Kayak, Stored at Retreat Meadows
Fresh Exotic Sprouts, Grown Just For You (Updated!)


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 6 to June 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 6 to June 10


June 6 - Ravioli w/Meat Sauce

Seasoned Spinach


Chocolate Pudding


Weekend Creativity Series - Cowbells (and Plastic Tubs)

“More cowbell!” you may be thinking. But how are they made? Let’s look at the creative use of metal to make a musical instrument.

I got to work with metal a little bit in school shop class. We were given rods and had to make screwdrivers by heating and pounding the metal. It wasn’t hard to get the shape right, but to get the metal to the proper hardness was a bit of a challenge. I think we also spot-welded some small metal boxes.

This cowbell-making project wouldn’t scare me to attempt, but it would require quite a few specialized tools that are not in my toolbox.


West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting June 9th

Hi, all -

The next West Brattleboro Association monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 6 pm at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

The agenda is below the dotted line.

- Michael B.



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:15am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 7, 2016

Brattleboro will be applying for federal funds to purchase land along the Whetstone as part of ongoing flood mitigation plans for the town. It’s on the agenda for the next regular meeting of the Selectboard at the Municipal Center.

The board will also sign off on applying for a Bond to pay for for police and fire projects, accept $200,000 from the state for I-91 detour impact paving, issue the annual dog warrants for canines without licenses, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


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