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We understand that a Mr. French, (a Millerite,) will commence giving a course of Lectures on the Second coming of Christ, at the Methodist Chapel in this village, on Saturday evening next. The First lecture will be “On the Nature, Manner, and Object of Christ’s Second Appearing.”


The lecture of Mr. Abbott at the town hall in this village on Wednesday evening last, was well attended, and highly satisfactory to the audience. It was devoted principally to the part which Gen. Grant has had in fighting the battles, and commanding our forces in this gigantic war. The applause of the audience whenever Gen. Grant’s name or that of Lincoln was mentioned, show how strong are the sympathies of the people in this vicinity with those men, and how firm their confidence in their ability to do effectually their whole duty in putting down this rebellion, and through hard and earnest fighting to restore peace to our afflicted country.


Ground has been broken for the new engine house on Elliot street.


The furniture of the Wesselhoeft House will be sold at private sale, commencing on the 24th.


Estey & Co. are this week engaged in completing the work of removal to their new and commodious quarters on Birge street.


All of the church organs in town are being put in tune by Mr. Joseph Chase, the well-known tuner of Boston.


Miss M. J. Salter, the blind girl who has been canvassing the town for the sale of her book entitled “The Lost Receipt,” desires to express her appreciation of the kindness with which she has been received by our citizens


The Canal and Washington street sewer, now completed, is found to have cost $4350, and the assessments of the 80-odd abutters range from $25 to $175, though only two are assessed over $100. It is expected that the Birge and Organ street sewer will be completed next week.


The exterior of the town hall is to be handsomely decorated for Columbus day. The national and Spanish colors will be used mainly.


The Selectmen have done something which will be universally approved in deciding to make a hitching park on the lot on Frost meadow which is under lease to the town for the stone-crusher plant. There is ample room there to provide for the accommodation of 50 teams. A watering trough is to be put in which will supply water the year round, and a railing erected for hitching purposes. The need of such a public hitching place has long been felt.


Practically no work has been done this week on the Main street bridge owing to the failure of the bridge company to keep their men supplied with the necessary iron. The company will be held to the original contract which calls for a vitrified brick flooring.


“Uncle Sam’s land; its makers and destiny” will be the subject of a lecture which will be delivered by Rev. A.J. Hough in the Methodist church next Wednesday evening. The lecture will cover the ground of the past and future of America, with special emphasis on the divine guiding through its strange history, and it will be interspersed with original poems on its life and men.

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Brattleboro Transportation Center - Temporary Closing of Elliot Street Entrance

The Elliot Street entrance to the Brattleboro Transportation Center will be closed temporarily from Thursday, August 4th to Friday, August 5th to allow for regular maintenance of the expansion joint on the bridge from Elliot Street to the garage. The work will be performed by Nicom Coatings Corporation of Barre, Vermont.

The closing is expected to commence on August 4, 2016 at 8:00am. The work will continue until complete, with an anticipated completion date of August 5, 2016. While the Elliot Street entrance is closed, the public is asked to use the Flat Street entrance. The parking of vehicles in the Brattleboro Transportation Center will not be affected by the closure of the Elliot Street entrance.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 8/1/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 8/1/16

Monday, August 1, 2016

12:30 am Rock Voices - 1/8/16 Concert

2:00 am Authors at the Aldrich: Stephen P. Kiernan

3:00 am Milton Historical Society - Fine Furniture Makers

4:12 am Living In Town

4:30 am Community Solar Program by Integrated Solar Applications


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu August 1 to August 5

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 1 to August 5


August 1 - Meatballs w/Brown Gravy

Over Noodles

Green Beans




Free Cell Phone and Minutes Provider

I heard earlier today that someone in Brattleboro had signed up for, and received a free cell phone with free monthly minutes included.  The person who was asked to help activate this phone today, asked me if I knew about any such program.

The only thing that came to mind was a monthly credit (that came directly from the service provider)  called "Lifeline".  The application for Lifeline credits at one time was included in the state income tax booklets but I haven't seen hide nor hair of any such application for several years now.  


US Marijuana Party on Nov. 8, 2016 Ballot If Cris Ericson Loses Democratic Primary

My name is Cris Ericson and I will appear on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot for the United States Marijuana Party if I lose the Democratic Primary election on Aug. 9, 2016.I am deeply disappointed in the Vermont Democratic Party because I have been excluded from the majority of candidate debates and forums for gubernatorial candidates, and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has refused to debate me for the U.S. Senate seat in this primary election Aug. 9, 2016.

Government should not be of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich, but that is what is going on in Vermont because candidates for governor and U.S. Senate without large campaign budgets are excluded from the majority of debates and forums, or denied any participation in democracy at all, as in the case of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy refusing to debate me.


Weekend Creativity Series - Building The Wall

It is essential that all good citizens being to learn wall-making skills. Wall-making will be a growth industry in the coming years, from the wall to keep Americans out of Mexico, to the walls we will certainly need to keep us out of Canada and New Hampshire as well.

Who better to teach us these essential American skills than a foreigner! And let’s learn the Traditional Irish Dry Stone Wall method of putting the stones together.


This Bald Eagle Almost Put Me In The Drink

I was kayaking just off the western shore of the Connecticut River, about half way between the Hinsdale bridge and the West River confluence, when I glanced up and saw this dude looking down at me. More than a little startled, I nearly fell in the drink.

He just sat there, maybe 15 feet up, sitting on the limb. He noticed, then quickly dismissed me as an object of interest. I, havening never before seen a Bald Eagle in the wild, was genuinly shocked. In the video you hear me mention the shakey video (I later used some software to stablize the image), which was a direct result of me being startled and excited to see this fellow.


Where's The Rain? Moderate Drought in Southern Vermont

I’ve been wondering where the rain is, and did a bit of research.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, Brattleboro and Windham County are officially considered to be in Moderate Drought, with about 85% of Vermont being categorized as Abnormally Dry.

The trend started in late June and has remained steady through July. The last time we were this dry in Vermont was June of 2015.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


West Brattleboro Fire Station Groundbreaking

The Town of Brattleboro invites citizens and interested persons to attend a ground-breaking ceremony celebrating the rebuilding of the West Brattleboro Fire Station on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 4:00pm at the West Brattleboro Fire Station.

Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-4541
FAX (802) 257-2322


Brattleboro Selectboard Agendas and Notes - August 4 and 5, 2016

Brattleboro’s first Comprehensive Review of Town Operations will be presented for approval at the next not-so-regularly scheduled meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Property tax rates will be set for FY17, grants will be discussed, appointments to committees will be made, and more. Watch on BCTV or attend in person and participate. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

There is also a special meeting scheduled to hold a deliberative session the next day.


Movie Monday - August

August Showings


Movies starring:

August 1st – Judi Dench, Maggie Smith – 10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


August 2nd – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Ham, Yogurt Parfait, Juice, Coffee.

August 5th Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

August 9th  – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee


Savings Bank of Walpole's Branch ATMs Get New Security Device


Keene, NH—In an effort to combat ATM fraud and “skimming,” Savings Bank of Walpole is pleased to announce that it will be one of the first area banks to utilize the ActivEdge Skim Guard system at all of their branch ATMs. The machines will be retrofitted with the ActivEdge system as of Thursday, August 4th.

Skimming means that a person (who is referred to as a skimmer) has installed a counterfeit card reader on the exterior of an ATM in an attempt to steal another person’s card information during ATM transactions or at point-of-sale machines like the ones used at gas stations or convenience stores.


Free Spaghetti Supper with Matt Dunne & PFFV

The Professional Firefighters of Vermont (PFFV) have endorsed Matt Dunne for Governor. Matt is a lifelong resident of Hartland, Vermont. He is an experienced leader with a deep commitment to making Vermont's economy work for all Vermonters. In addition to PFFV, he has earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, Rights & Democracy, and the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA). 


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 1st


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.

Upper Dummerston Road

Upper Dummerston may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Brattleboro Helicopter Buzzing

Anyone know why Brattleboro is being buzzed by a helicopter this morning?


Greenleaf Tree Removal

On Thursday, July 28th, from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m., Greenleaf Street will be closed for tree removal between Western Avenue and Mather Road. Traffic detour signs will be set up allowing traffic to use Mather Road across to Bonnyvale Road for access to Western Avenue. Crews will ensure access to residences within the closure area.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802)254-4255.


End of the Line for Bernie Sanders

After many months of fighting the good fight, and losing, we’ve come to the end of the line for Bernie Sanders.  He was our last best hope, but for whatever reason, people opted for the “safe,” status quo candidate Hillary Clinton.  This may have been engineered, to a large degree, by a party apparatus that opposed his candidacy — the DNC email leak last week made it clear that they were out to get him, and it’s likely the party’s animosity toward Sanders trickled down to local party people across the country.  No wonder people thought there was voter suppression and shenanigans — the Democratic party was at war with its own progressive wing.  But so be it.  


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Committee will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 1:00pm at The River Garden located at 157 Main Street.

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


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