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Wanted: A smart, active boy from 14 to 16 years of age, as an Apprentice to the Tailoring Business. Also, a Journeyman wanted. - Chase & Crandall


Wood & Marshall have for sale cast iron apple grinders, for cider mills, capable of grinding 60 bushels of apples an hour.


The trot arranged for the 25th will excel all previous trots given by the Association, and extra trains will run to Northampton and Athol, for the accommodation of those wishing to attend.


The lockup is well employed now-a-days in furnishing cheap and convenient lodgings to wandering and unfortunate humanity. Would that this were its only use.


The Brattleboro Gas Company are preparing to extend their line up Western avenue and on to Forest square.


The wife of Geo. W. Burnham, who left him some time since to live with a “handsomer man,” came to the house where Burnham resides and, aided by a male accomplice, undertook to carry off her 12 year old daughter during Burnham’s absence; but the girl offered so much resistance that after taking her as far as the "little bridge” in New Hampshire, they let her go and she returned home.


S. M. Waite is somewhat discontented with his pleasant quarters in the House of Correction at Rutland, and is desirous of being removed to a more congenial place.


The east and west sides of Main Street expect to play their second game of baseball next Tuesday afternoon.


A branch of the People’s Savings and Loan association of Minneapolis, Minn., was organized here Tuesday night, with J. L. Martin, President.


Several Brattleboro wheelmen would like to see a tournament held in town this fall. There are several promising riders and little difficulty would be experienced in securing prizes.


The sale of tickets for the Howe-Lavin farewell concert opens at Chapin & Co.’s drug store next Monday, Aug. 22, at noon. There has been a large call for seats from out-of-town people.


The trotting race for 25 bushels of oats attracted upwards of 500 people to the Valley fair ground on Saturday. There were seven starters.


The selectmen rendered their decision Tuesday morning in matter of the petition for the removal of John Sargent’s piggery at West Brattleboro. The decision was that the selectmen had no authority to order the removal of the piggery.


Articles of incorporation have been filed by the First church of Christ, Scientists in Brattleboro. It is organized for the purpose of promoting the interests and knowledge of the Christian science faith. The papers bear the signatures of 13 subscribers, all of Brattleboro.


Gardner & Gardner, Springfield architects, have completed for Mrs. G. W. Hooker plans and specifications for the proposed new brick building in the rear of the Hooker building, for the use of Dunham Brothers. The contract for the masonry and other work will be placed as soon as possible.


High winds blow sign advertising Valley Fair at Bridge Street near train station into power lines causing automatic switches to protect electric plant.


A welcome home porch party was given by Mrs. J.C. Day for her neighbor Mrs. W.A. Gilbert. Twenty Williston Street ladies were present and found much pleasure in the gathering.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

Mon - stuffed chicken breast w/ squash & salad
Tues - turkey club w/ potato chips
Wed - grilled pork chop w/ potato salad
Thur - spaghetti & meatballs w/ garlic bread
Fri - fried cod sandwich w/ onion rings & coleslaw


Borter's Studio Offers Jewelry Workshop Series

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio is bringing together the skills of three local jewelers to offer a series of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops.

Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will co-teach the classes with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com).

Borter said the trio wants to give budding jewelers a taste of what other Brattleboro collectives such as Brattleboro Clayworks, Fire Arts and the River Gallery School offer to novice potters, glass blowers and fine artists, respectively.


Harmony Parking Lot - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Harmony Parking Lot is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all sidewalks and curbing adjacent to the buildings, new concrete walkways and tree grates in the islands, leveling to improve drainage, new pavement, and fresh paint. The work will be performed in phases so that either the east side or the west side of the Harmony Lot will be available for public parking during the majority of the estimated five week project.

Removing or re-pouring of sidewalks will typically be done early or late in the day, and temporary wooden or gravel access ramps will be built as needed to maintain pedestrian access to shops. While limited business interruptions are possible, the Town will work closely to coordinate the schedule with all businesses and especially those that have limited access.


Gibson Aiken & Harris Parking Lots - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Gibson Aiken and Harris Parking Lots is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all pavement, new sidewalks and curbing, improved drainage, and fresh paint. The public should expect these lots to be closed for public parking throughout the majority of the estimated four week project.

A temporary access ramp will be built from the parking lot behind Fairpoint Communications in order to maintain pedestrian access to the Senior Center at the Gibson Aiken Center. During construction regular permit holders in the Harris Lot will have their parking permits honored in the High Grove, Spring Street and the Non-Reserved section of the Brattleboro Transportation Center. The reserved section is for reserved permit holders only. The reserved section is marked and located on the 3rd floor, just to the right as you enter from Elliot Street.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled on August 15, 2017 has been CANCELLED. The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Tree Board Needs Members

Do you like trees? They reduce energy use, provide erosion control, and help control storm water runoff. The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board is short-handed and needs two new members. If you are a resident of Brattleboro, and want to help us look after the Town’s trees, fill out the online application at the Town’s website: www.brattleboro.org > Serving the Community > Boards and Committees > Application. (Don’t be intimidated by the application; it’s an all-purpose document. If you have questions about it, Jan Anderson at 251-8100 can help.)


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 14, 2017


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Earthwork construction requiring lane closures for southbound traffic will continue. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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.


Navigating the World's Largest Online Genealogy Database with Jerry Carbone

On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m., we will host a 1 hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world,Familysearch.org. Former library director Jerry Carbone will discuss methods and strategies to search billions of records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog. The FamilySearch database offers access to over 5.6 billion names; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and has over 7.2 million users, world-wide.


Newsless For A Week

We’re doing a media experiment. Lise is going without news for a week.

This started last Wednesday, and she’s been diligently avoiding headlines and talking heads. My role is to jot down the big headlines of the day, but not tell her. She’s allowed to look at weather forecasts.

I jokingly promised to warn her if a nuclear weapon was launched at Vermont (but not if it hit California or elsewhere...). Little did I know how closely I’d need to monitor that story.


A New Drawing School in Brattleboro

This September, The Drawing Studio opens in Brattleboro. Located in The Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams Street, The Drawing Studio will offer classes and workshops in traditional and experimental drawing practices and color theory and color mixing for painters. In addition to open, sunny work space The Drawing Studio also has a first rate art library with windows overlooking the Whetstone Brook and a coffee/tea bar.
The founder, Jason Alden, has taught drawing and painting at the River Gallery School and privately for the last 10 years. The Drawing Studio is an effort to clarify, develop and share what he loves most about drawing and the communication of Art. From the website, www.vermontdrawingstudio.com


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The first installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on August 15th, 2017. Payments made after August 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on August 15th, 2017. Payments made after August 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Fire and Fury

Looks like Donald Trump just threatened to nuke North Korea,

Quote: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States.

They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.

 Kim Jong Un is cruel and dangerous but not crazy according to Jim Michaels of USA TODAY ( Aug. 2, 2017)


27 Million Died in Russia Because Wall Street Built Up Hitler's Wehrmacht to Knock Out Soviet Union

With criminal corporate monopoly media masking the US created prosecutable genocide ongoing in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan by focusing attention on Russia, fantasized as a dangerous enemy needing military confrontation, it might be a good time to review past US planned, facilitated and at times perpetrated genocidal crimes in Russia. Article recalls those after WW I and before WW II.


Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Beginners, Aug. 26 in Putney

UKULELE-in-a-DAY! Quick-start workshop for beginners, taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

Discover the JOY, EASE, and SWEETNESS of making music on the ukulele!  You will learn:

    •    How to tune
    •    How to strum
    •    Proper positioning for great tone
    •    Easy powerful chords that work magic together
    •    How to make smooth chord transitions
    •    All the skills you'll need to be able to play tons of fun and easy songs!


BCTV Schedules Week of 8/7/17

Monday, August 7, 2017

12:00 am Pres. Coolidge Birthday Celebration 7/4/17

1:30 am David Budbill Memorial Celebration - June 25, 2017

3:00 am Pentangle Arts - Interplay Jazz


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, August 11, 2017, at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 7 thru August 11

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 7 thru August 11


Aug 7 - Roast Pork

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Peas & Carrots

Melon Salad


RIP Jim Marrs

Jim Marrs was an American newspaper journalist and New York Times best-selling writer of books and articles on a wide range of alleged cover-ups and conspiracies. Marrs was a prominent figure in the JFK conspiracy press and his book Crossfire was a source for Oliver Stone's film JFK. (Wikipedia)

Marrs focused on things curious and unexplained

Marrs died on August 2, 2017, from a heart attack at his home at age 73.


Opening Reception at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: "Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell, Oils and Watercolors"

On Thursday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, the public is invited to the Opening Reception for "Oils and Watercolors", side by side solo exhibitions by MGFA founding artists Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings. The exhibit will continue through September 17, with an Artist Talk Saturday, August 19 at 5pm.

Petria Mitchell will be showing a selection of new oil paintings that continue her investigations in color and atmosphere. Her exploration of the ethereal world of light and ambience through the use of tonal gradation and converging lines are signature elements in her work. “Using nature as an initial reference point allows me to play with limitless possibilities while embracing a thorough appreciation for abstraction.”


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