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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.


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.


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.


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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Why We Have To Love Texas

Why do we have to love Texas?  Because they teach us so much about our species.  Here's a brief synopsis of an article from Governing Magazine.

The Texas Department of Agriculture just approved a new policy re-allowing soda and fried foods in public schools.  "Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Thursday restored the option for public schools to serve certain fried foods and soda by lifting a decade-old statewide ban on deep fryers and soda machines."

“We are working to put an end to a one-size-fits-all approach mandated from Austin," Miller said in a press release. "We want families, teachers and school districts to know the Texas Department of Agriculture supports their decisions and efforts to teach Texas students about making healthy choices."


Who Is This?

This guy keeps popping up on my email page.

Who is he? I think he may be a Hollywood guy.


Weekend Comedy Series: Brian Regan

I know little about this Brian Regan fellow. This was recommended to me by someone just yesterday as stand-up comedy in the “good, clean” genre, without reliance on swearing to make people laugh. Count me in!

Regan does this by talking about food labels, flying first class, and refrigerators, among other things.


Emily Mason Exhibit Opening July 2 at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Thursday, July 2 Emily Mason’s exhibit Chromatic Celebrations will be opening with a reception at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts from 5 - 7pm at 183 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Chromatic Celebrations, the featured exhibit from July 2 to August 16, 2015, showcases Emily Mason’s printmaking production and illustrates a richness and spontaneity equal to her paintings in oil.

Emily Mason, recognized for her abstract paintings, has pioneered with several master printmakers since the mid 1980s to establish a singularly rich and distinctive body of prints. Several different printmaking techniques are represented. Common to all is an involvement with a variety of processes leading to a mixture of sharp focus and ambiguity. She embraces unique states, giving each work its own space.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 22 – June 26

June 22 Eggplant Parmesan w/Ricotta

Carrots & Turnip

Garlic Bread



NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee

On July 7, the Town of Brattleboro’s Selectboard will consider the appointment of an ad hoc committee to conduct initial screening of artists who apply for funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant.

The Screening Committee will review all application materials submitted by all artists and will recommend to the Selectboard a group of finalists. The Screening Committee’s work will occur during the week of July 27-31. The Selectboard will consider the Screening Committee’s recommendations on August 4. The only minimum requirements for service on the Steering Committee are residence in Brattleboro and/or prior experience in judging artistic ability and experience.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 22, 2015 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 Savings & Loan Throws Switch on New Solar Array

Energy Source makes BS&L the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Situated next to a classic red-clapboard barn on land farmed since the early 1800s, a new piece of Vermont history is taking shape: an award-winning community solar array poised to provide energy to both Brattleboro businesses and residents.

Contributing companies Soveren Solar, the Vermont Agricultural Business Education Center (VABEC), and Brattleboro Savings & Loan will ‘throw the switch’ on a 150kW, 64-rack array on Tuesday, June 23 at 5 p.m., which represents one of five Vermont Community Solar projects in the state. Gov. Peter Shumlin is scheduled to speak.


SeVWA's 2015 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 17th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its monitoring program for the summer of 2015 on Wednesday, June 17th. We will be testing 27 sites on eight rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Rock River, North Branch Brook, Williams River (including South Branch and Middle Branch), Saxtons River, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, is a bacteria that is found in the guts of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Most E. coli will not make a person sick, but sometimes they can become pathogenic which means they can cause illness. Additionally, the presence of E. coli in waters acts as an indicator for the presence of other, more difficult to test for pathogens. We publish our results to the public in order to help everyone make informed decisions about recreating in Vermont’s waters.


The Third Coming: Marx Returns

Local actor, playwright, and director Jerry Levy has announced he will give a special benefit performance of his original one-person play "The Third Coming: Marx Returns" on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 7:30 PM, at The Space at118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.  

"The play," explained Levy, "is about Marx's thoughts and observations should he theoretically return to life in our time." Levy has played the character of Karl Marx in Howard Zinn's play, "Marx in Soho," touring intensively for many years, both domestically and internationally. This experience informed him deeply about the Marx character, and inspired him to write the new play he will be performing in Brattleboro.


Pay As You Throw Brattleboro

Hello my fellow citizens!  This is another thread to talk about the new Pay As You Throw system of trash disposal. The intention here is practical; what are your strategies for coping with this transition?  Composting and Recycling are key, this is a given.  So what’s your plan?  We signed up early on for curbside compost collection.  It is awesome.  For a family of four, weekly pickup of recycling and compost has reduced our trash accumulation to 2 to 3 price chopper plastic bag’s worth. It’s kind of amazing,actually. 


In Search of a Home for Miss Daisy

We are in search of a loving home for a wonderful older female dog, who we took in a couple of months ago, but has let us know that she would prefer to not live out her golden years with two rambunctious babes in diapers. She is great with people, cats, dogs, kids, walks on or off leash, great in the car, and stays home alone during the day too.

She is sweet, and while she did express her need for some space from the tots, I know for a fact she is good with kids because she came from home where she was the beloved companion of a girl from toddler to teen. Anyone who has any ideas, please let me know! ♥

This post was created with love.

Brandie Starr


Brattleboro Mails Pay As You Throw Reminder

The Town of Brattleboro sent out a postcard to town residents with information about the upcoming changes to the way our trash is bagged.

Next week is the final week for putting out trash in non-paid bags. PAYT starts June 29th.


Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny Skies Forecasted for First Annual Statewide Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny skies are forecasted for the weekend of the Summer Solstice when more than forty locations throughout Vermont will open their doors for Celebrate Solar Tours. Like the open sugarhouse weekend in the spring and open art studio weekend in the fall, the summertime tours will give Vermonters and visitors the opportunity to get an up-close view of solar systems to learn about the technology, solar economics, and the benefits of solar to our communities. Many locations will offer refreshments, music or other entertainment like community walking tours, miniature golf and on-site yoga.


Sen. Sanders' Statement on Charleston Church Shootings

WASHINGTON, June 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the killing of nine people by a white man at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina:

“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation. This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust and a deep, deep sadness. The hateful killing of nine people praying inside a church is a horrific reminder that, while we have made significant progress in advancing civil rights in this country, we are far from eradicating racism. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their congregation.”

Contact: Michael Briggs: (202) 224-5141


The Barefoot Movement at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, June 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Nashville-based, Telluride Bluegrass Festival award-winning, bluegrass and Americana quartet The Barefoot Movement at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 pm.

Heartfelt, energetic and down home, The Barefoot Movement is "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene" (CMT Edge). Their down to earth music ranges from poignant ballads to rip-roaring barn-burners, and takes audiences back to a simpler place and time, inviting listeners to sit back, relax, take their shoes off and stay a while.


Super Costumes Needed!

Desperately seeking tween-sized superman and spiderman costumes.  They will be used by kids in one of NEYT's upcoming Melodrama Summer Camps.  I am hoping to borrow, rather than buy or rent.  

These would be returned, and the generous lender would receive gracious acknowledgement for their donation.  Please contact via call, text (579-9756) or email (isewfunny@gmail.com).



Brunch in Guilford Sunday

Broad Brook Grange will present its 19th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 21, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


Anyone Know Who Helps Injured Birds?

I found a bird this AM that might have an injured wing. I doesn't try to move away when I approach it on my deck.

It seems to be a mature bird but on the smaller side. It is yellowish-green on top and white on the belly. The edges of the wing have a black and white pattern and it has a rather pointy beak.

It was breathing heavily I think (though maybe not?).

So my question is: Does anyone treat and try to rehabilitate injured or sick birds?


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