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Just Received, for the glorious Fourth, or any other time, 20 kegs 4, 5 and 6F Powder; 30 kegs 1, 2 and 3F Powder; 12 1/2 and 1/4 do., Extra Rifle do.; which will be sold low, by the keg or single pound, by Townsley & Sons.


Wanted. 6 Girls at the Silk Factory. Apply immediately. E. M. Hollister.


Sands, Nathans & Co.’s Gigantic Combination Circus — The reputation of Sands, Nathans, & Co, as Equestrian Managers, is sufficiently well known and appreciated to make it almost unnecessary that we should do more than mention the fact that their splendid establishment will shortly arrive among us. The procession, on its entrance into town, will be preceded by the great Steam Calliope, a true melodic monster, drawn by a team of gigantic Elephants.


Our national holiday this year will be very generally observed by the denizens of this place, although in a manner somewhat more miscellaneous than usual.


A praise meeting was held at the corner of Main and High streets last Thursday evening to give thanks for the sound of running water which was once more heard at that drinking fountain. The occasion is said by those who were present to have been one long to be remembered.


Those disagreeable people, who always have a record of everything, say that last Thursday was three degrees hotter than any day last year. Nobody would think of disputing them.


We learn that the gold watch recently advertised as lost on High street, was found by Mr. Daniel Long and returned to the owner.


The bailiffs will confine the firing of squibs and the blowing of horns by the boys strictly to tomorrow morning.


Monday last was the banner day of the season thus far for heat, oppressive sultriness and positive discomfort. The protracted drought is having a disastrous effect on grass lands, and promises to become a serious calamity to the farmers, unless soon relieved.


Somebody, through either accident of malice, broke a hand off one of the statues of the Fisk monument last Sunday. The perpetrator of this sorry piece of vandalism is not known.


A deft-handed fellow is that London circus artist in soap who decorated the store windows about town on Wednesday,


Some of the residents of Prospect street have started a project to purchase a tract of land on the north side of the street and present it to the town as a public park. About $800 of the $1050 needed has already been subscribed.


Mrs. A.M. Carlton has bought of the Davenport brothers the cobble-stone house on Canal street and the one adjoining it.


A Town Meeting will be held July 6 to receive and hear the report of the committee appointed to consider the expediency of establishing a paid fire department.


The Brattleboro creamery made 15,068 pounds of butter in June — the largest record for a single month since the creamery was established.


The total tax of the school district No. 2 is $24,301.59


L.F. Adams took eight carrier pigeons belonging to his son George to Springfield, Mass., and released them near the depot. They did not circle around in the air as usually, but started at once toward Brattleboro, where they arrived at their loft in 65 minutes.


Query: Wonder why the bailiffs don’t enforce the law prohibiting the keeping of swine within the village limits?


Brattleboro voted to appropriate $15,000 for a new railway building along the Connecticut River.


Brattleboro's Downtown Improvement District (DID) is created.


Marina restaurant was destroyed by fire; employees march in the 4th of July parade two days later.

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Free Elder Financial Abuse Seminar - BS&L Community Room

Please join us in the BS&L Community Room Tuesday April 28th (tomorrow) at 6pm for a free seminar on Elder Financial Abuse.  This is a very important topic and it happens more than you might imagine, to those you love. Call 802.254.5333 to reserve your seat!


Vermonters Are Held In Prison Even After Their Release Date If They Don't Find A "Qualified" Home

The family of Oscar Mark Delgado, Sr.  from Johnson, Vermont are looking for someone to provide a home for their adult son, Oscar Delgado, Jr. In the State of Vermont, people are held in prison after their sentences are completed if they can not find a qualified home that the probation officer approves. This results in a high rate of prison over-population in Vermont and it results in sending people to out-of-state prisons because too many people who have already completed their sentences are forced to stay in Vermont prisons because their probation officer will not "qualify" the new residence of the person to be released.  


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 4/27/15

BCTV Ch. 8 schedule for the week of 4/27/15 

Monday, April 27, 2015

12:00 am Community Meeting on Decommissioning VT Yankee 3/18/15

4:30 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Past - How We Got Here

6:20 am Poets and Their Craft - Lecture 1: Sydney Lea at the Norwich Book Store

7:10 am BTT: Gwendolyn Hallsmith - 2015 Annual Mtg Guest Speaker


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 26

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 a jet lagged brain:

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

Home Energy Assessment
Buddy Assistance with Members
Free Antique Piano~Upright, Needs Tuning & Missing 1Pedal, but Works!
Gabriel Organics Seaweed Bath & Shower Gel
Goat Care Guidance


Hebrew School Registration

Time for forsythia and tulips and time to register children for Hebrew school 5776!  At this time we are planning to follow our traditional structure, with an Aleph class for 6-7 year olds, Bet for 8-9 year olds, Gimmel for 9-10 year olds and Dalet for 11-12 year olds, and Hey for children who are 12 and older, have been in our Hebrew school for at least one year, and are planning to become bar- or bat-mitzvah next year.

Classes will meet from 3:45 to 5:45; the b’nai mitzvah class will probably meet from 5:30 to 7:30.  We hope to keep our excellent, experienced, dedicated teaching staff, but we need to know how many students we will have (and their ages and grade in public school) so we can plan staff and space to accommodate all who wish to attend.  We particularly need to know about any new students who might wish to attend.


Looking for 2 People and a Truck in Brattleboro

Sometime in the next 2 weeks I am getting a couch from a house in Brattleboro. I need to have my old couch moved out of my apartment and disposed of- taken to the dump, I guess. Then I need the new couch moved to my house. Looking for recommendations for someone who does short distance moving for a reasonable price and could do it with just a couple of days notice.

I have tried Brattleboro Time Trade but no luck yet.

Two strong bodies needed -both couches are heavy.


We're Looking for a Few Heroes!


Have you ever wanted to be a super hero - even for a day? Now is your chance!

During the Month of May the Children's Room at Brooks Memorial Library will be holding a very special event:

"LIBRARY SUPER HEROES". This fun event, sponsored by Friends of the Library will feature a mural of a friendly town ( much like Brattleboro!) inhabited by many colorful super heroes; flying, sitting and just standing around being..well...super. Emblazoned on their costumes will be the name of a specific craft supply that the children's room uses for their wonderful, family friendly projects.



In the spirit of “Ask-a-Cop” and “Ask-a Realtor”, our local Baha’i community has decided to launch its own series, called “Ask-a-Baha’i”.

Although many have heard of the Baha’i Faith, few know much about the Faith's history and teachings.

Through “Ask-a-Baha’i”, we want to create a space for people to ask questions from the privacy and convenience of their homes or mobile devices.


Weekend Comedy Series: Sarah Silverman

This week we find ourselves studying the comedy stylings of our New Hampshire neighbor, Sarah Silverman.

In 2005 she released a film of her one-woman show, Jesus is Magic. In it, Sarah boasts to her friends that she, like them, has something cool going on in her life. A big show. It’s a lie, so she has to go put on a major production just to hide the fib, And then her stand-up begins.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu

April 27     Turkey & Cheese Wraps

                Curried Apple & Cauliflower Soup

                Spinach Salad  



Rep. Welch Outlines Energy Efficiency Agenda for New Congress

Vermont Energy Efficiency Leaders Gather to Discuss Latest Initiatives to Save Money, Create Jobs, and Protect the Environment

MONTPELIER, VT. At Blodgett Supply in Montpelier today, Rep. Peter Welch met with a broad cross-section of Vermont energy efficiency leaders to outline his efficiency priorities for the new Congress and learn about the latest energy efficiency innovations in Vermont. The roundtable discussion comes on the heels of House approval this week of Welch-authored energy efficiency legislation which President Obama will soon sign into law.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 26


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

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Ethnocide in the Green Mountain State

While this is an event, it's such short notice I'm posting it as more of a PSA. A presentation by Prof. Fred Wiseman in Bradford, VT tomorrow (Sat., 04/24/2015) at 1 pm... this is a story which has not been told as openly as it merits.

Not just history, this is the ongoing situation of the Western Abenaki, the indigenous people who lived - and live - right here. Vermont, the poster child for tolerance and progressive politics, can do better. Link here.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April, 28, 2015

Brattleboro will adopt the PACE program, if all goes as planned, at the next (ir)regular Selectboard meeting on Tuesday at the Municipal Center. Issues between the Town and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation have been worked out and documents have been revised.

The rest of the agenda is a mix of liquor license approvals, grant applications, and items postponed from their previous meeting. Falling somewhat by the wayside for the moment are the previously scheduled presentations about comprehensive reviews of town operations and presentations about the changes to Brattleboro's land use regulations. 

You can attend in person, or watch on BCTV. Feel free to bring up other items not on the agenda during Public participation.


Noticed Around Brattleboro - Spring 2015

Time for another installment of “what have you noticed in Brattleboro recently?”

Here are a few to get us started:

- Brattleboro Savings & Loan is building a new branch office at Black Mountain Square, near their ATM and next to the Radio Shack.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

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


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 28, 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


Take The "U" Out Of JUKRISLIMS!

The misappropriation of 'Unitarian' into the collective initialism of JUKRISLIMS remains one of the worst things to happen to human spirituality since the days of Leviticus.

Lumping Unitarians in with Christians is the same to me as lumping Unitarians in with the Jews, and lumping us in with Mohammedans and Krishna worshippers is even worse. Doing so has effectively denied Unitarian people a rightful place of their own, and has jeopardized our future. It would be equally offensive to me if Republicans had misappropriated our Unitarian lifestyle.


Camp Waubanong Makes Big Changes

Camp Waubanong is undergoing significant changes, and as a result it will not be operating this summer. Camp Waubanong is currently working with the Vermont Wilderness School (VWS) to craft a newer and better administrative structure, ensuring that the camp will thrive for many years into the future. The plan is to transfer stewardship of the camp and its facilities to VWS by the end of 2016.

The Vermont Wilderness School (VWS), based in West Brattleboro, has been providing nature-based mentoring programs for children and adults for fifteen years.

VWS's approach is a natural fit with Camp Waubanong's mission, and they share a dedication to keeping the camp's tuition affordable.


Hear Ye - May Day at the Statehouse

     May Day at the Statehouse!   For a number of years now there has been an ever-growing public event celebrating May Day on the Statehouse lawn.  I went last year and was among 600 or so people having a very stimulating day. This year more than a thousand are expected.   Everyone is invited and urged to join in.  There is a big parade through the streets of Montpelier, speakers, a childrens tent, free lunch for all and a long line of organizations that are actively working and fighting for a just and sustainable future for Vermont.  It's the largest annual gathering of activists in the state.  And its a lot of fun.  Activities run from noon to 4 PM.  Its a great place to meet people who are doing things.


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