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Colonel John Sargeant died this day. His gravestone reads "Sacred to the Memory of Col. JOHN SARGEANT, who departed this life July 30, 1798, in the 66th year of his age, who now lies in the same town in which he was born, and was the first white man born in the State of Vermont."


The library reading room was opened for the first time on this day.


Brattleboro's trolley begins operation. Ridership reported to be 2,500 daily by year's end. Operated until 1923.

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The Wild Peacock of West Brattleboro

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 17, 2014

Town clerical and administrative employees have decided to unionize, and Brattleboro will be reviewing and potentially accepting a collective bargaining agreement at their next Tuesday evening.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will also start down the path toward hiring a new Chief of Police, will adjust committees and grants, approve a loan for the Brattleboro Area Farmers Market, appoint David Schoales to an action team, and more.

You can attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street, and bring up items not otherwise on the agenda during public participation. You ca also watch on BCTV, or follow the coverage here the day after.


Not Another Round On The Budget

According to the Brattleboro Town Clerk's Office only 71 signatures were submitted by the 5pm deadline yesterday, in the attempt to force a reconsideration of the town's municipal budget. 418 signatures of registered voted would have been necessary.

Bob Bady


Camp Presto - Beginner Instrument & Music for Ages 5-9

July 21-25, 2014, 10am-12pm

 The Brattleboro Music Center's Camp Presto is the perfect week long adventure for children who are interested in music, but not sure whether to commit to learning an instrument.

While learning the basics of playing the violin, campers will work together to complete a musical story book. Each child will tell a story through a simple violin composition, incorporating the very basics of note reading and rhythm, while simultaneously learning alternatives to musical notation.

Students will learn to perform their musical ideas, culminating in a final class CD that they can take home to share with their family & friends!


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 15


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 in the Fall of 2015.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Roger Allbee Announces As Candidate for Vermont State Senate for Windham County

Roger Allbee has announced that he is a candidate for the Vermont State Senate, representing Windham County, as a Democrat. Allbee will contest the Democratic primary on August 26 with incumbent Senator Jeanette White, as well as several other candidates.  He will enjoy the endorsement of Senator Peter Galbraith who has decided to not seek reelection.

Allbee is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Grace Cottage Hospital / Carlos G. Otis Health Care Center in Townshend and is the former Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont. Additionally, he is working on VIEWBOOST, a rural tourism application for mobile devices, which connects tourists to places, events and businesses in real time and is using Vermont as a model. 


Compassionate Cities Campaign


The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is reaching out to invite you to become part of a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations to participate in a movement called the Charter for Compassion, to make Brattleboro a “Compassionate City,” Created by Karen Armstrong in 2008, it has been building partnership networks around the world. The Charter for Compassion calls all to work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to honor the sanctity of every single human being, and to treat all with justice, equity and respect. There are116 Compassionate Cities in the USA including smaller cities in our area: Fitchburg, MA and Leominster, MA. Seattle, Washington was the first city to sign the Charter.


Wednesday Farmers' Market Opens June 18th! Downtown by the Co-op!

JUNE 18th-- The Wednesday Market opens downtown by the Co-op on the Whetstone Pathway! We've got local farms offering freshly-harvested veggies, plants, strawberries, and cut flowers, plus maple products and preserves, fresh eggs, and more. A new baker, "Bijou Bakery- Jewels from the Oven", joins us with delectable Italian baked goods, and of course there is the legendary Anon's Thai Cuisine. EBT and Debit welcome! Open 10am to 2pm.

For more info, please call 802-254-8885 or find us on facebook.


Senate Passes Sanders-McCain Veterans Bill

WASHINGTON, June 11 – The Senate today voted nearly unanimously for a bill to expand hospitals and clinics run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and to hire more doctors and nurses to provide timely, quality care for veterans.

The bipartisan bill by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would let veterans facing long delays for doctor appointments at VA facilities go elsewhere. Their measure also would hold VA officials accountable for trying to conceal patient wait times.


Guilford Church Old-Fashioned Strawberry Supper Taking Reservations for June 21

Guilford Church Old-Fashioned Strawberry Supper Set for June 21

Guilford, VT-- A summer tradition for the whole family, the Strawberry Supper at Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, June 21. There will be two seatings to choose from, at 5 and 6:30 p.m. The price is $11 adults, $5 children 11 and under, and $3 preschoolers. For reservations, call (802) 254-9019 or email guilfordchurchsupper@gmail.com.

The menu features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, coleslaw, fresh baked rolls, strawberries, shortcake and whipped cream, coffee, iced tea, and milk. All proceeds benefit the church, which supports over 20 local programs and organizations that serve the community.


Rescue Inc. Announces Subscription Campaign for 2014-2015

Subscribers Benefit from Substantial Savings on Ambulance Services

BRATTLEBORO, VT—Rescue Inc., is in the midst of its subscription campaign, by which residents may sign up at a flat annual fee to receive substantial savings for the cost of certain ambulance services not covered by insurance.

Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, explains that for someone who had three ambulance calls in a year, the total cost could be $1500 or more. “For an uninsured person, our subscription plan could pay the full amount on a qualifying bill,” he said. “For an insured person, their plan may still require a patient co-pay, or the cost of the ambulance service might go toward an insurance deductible — but again, with a subscription they may not have to pay anything, if the call falls under the subscription parameters.”


Putney Triumphant In Battle of CRVBL Undefeateds

WALPOLE, NH – The Putney Fossils continued their winning ways Friday night, June 6 with a 7-2 victory over previously undefeated Walpole Wild Blue at Hubbard Park.

Hard throwing Fossils right-hander Danny Lichtenfeld was masterful on the mound, scattering six hits and three walks over eight innings while fanning six and allowing no earned runs. Bob “Bullet” Englehart pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.


Brattleboro Ad Hoc Futures Committee Organizational Meeting

At the Special Representative Town Meeting on June 2, 2014, Town Meeting Members voted to establish an ad hoc committee for the purpose of bringing forth a proposal for the establishment of a futures commission. An organizational meeting for the Ad Hoc Futures Committee is scheduled on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


How Private Enterprise Can End The Recession

“If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again… there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is.”

(John Maynard Keynes, “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”, p. 129)

How is that different from Bernanke’s “helicopter drop” theory?


Time Traveling Through Music - for Ages 7-12

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

That's what we'll be doing in this week long journey through the course of music history. We will combine music and other artistic expressions to recreate a variety of musical periods starting all the way back in prehistoric times! We'll make instruments and act like composers. We'll listen to the differences in styles from one period to the next, and draw pictures of what we hear. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of how music has been shaped over time in a playful and engaging environment. Each child’s creativity will be our time machine, which might even take us into the future!  Tuition $150 / Financial Aid Available.


150 Years Ago (1864 6/10)

Washington, June 10, 1864.

Dearest Abiah,

Here yet. Had expected to have been examined today, but shall not probably be before Monday. It may be
put off until a later day. I will let you know Monday night. I have seen Charles Wilder from the 10th Regt. Co. K. He was wounded on Friday last. He says Zopher was then well. This is the last news that Jacob or I have heard. Wilder's arm is pretty well ploughed up. It struck near the elbow, and went up to the shoulder, but it is a flesh wound. He is going to Philadelphia in the morning, came in yesterday. He is in Columbia, but Jacob would not have seen him if I had not found him. Lucien Piper is killed, so Wilder says. Some of our Brattleboro boys are back here in Hospitals. But one of our old Company B has been killed and one wounded, though they have been fighting all the time. The one wounded was shot through the calf of the leg. The other Company have had several men wounded, but none dangerously.


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