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A Singing School for the Unitarian Society will commence on Monday evening next, at Wheeler’s Hall. All the singers as well as those wishing to learn are invited to attend. The school will be under the instruction of Mr. Perry of Worcester.


Mr. Miles and his Cadets, assisted by L. G. Mead, Jr., and others, propose to give an entertainment at the Town Hall, next Monday evening, to consist of Plays and Tableaux. A good time is expected.


Oak Street — The building of dwelling houses on this pleasant street is going on vigorously. All the lots of this street that were owned by Wells Goodhue are now sold, and houses are to be erected on them, making ten in all. We are glad to hear that the owners of the lots intend to set out elm trees on both sides of the street, which will in a few years add much to its beauty.


We are happy to announce that more efficiency is to be imparted to the Fire Department of the village. The engine “Fountain” has been lately purchased at Lynn, Mass., for $900; a first class machine and one of the most powerful in New England.


The Brooks House is well filled with summer visitors.


The leading topic of conversation during the past week has been the centennial celebration, and almost the only local events of any importance have been on the various departures for Bennington. On Friday morning at 4 o’clock Fuller Battery left on their march across the mountain. Saturday morning the Estey Guard left by a special train at 7:45 and reached the camp on the same afternoon.


The High, Grammar, and Intermediate schools will not begin their fall term before the middle of September, and probably not until the first of October. The committee have decided upon this delay in the hope that the walls and roof of the new school building may be completed before the schools begin, so as to avoid the possibility of accidents from falling material.


Mrs. Geo. E. Crowell had a birthday yesterday and her husband embraced the occasion to take her and the children and a few invited friends to make a trial of the capacity of the new Highland park as a picnic ground. The work of improvement is being pushed streadily forward, though its completion will necessarily be a work of years. An observatory will undoubtedly be built during the present season.


A bald-headed eagle was seen to fly over this village a few days since.


Whang! Whang! Whang! The piano fiend is banging from earliest morn to dewiest eve — and the neighbors, meantime, have reached that state of subdued exasperation that they would esteem it a breath from heaven could they but have the hour before breakfast for rest and peace.


The young people in the vicinity of Washington street have had considerable amusement this week over the attempts of some over-anxious order-loving citizens to stop croquet and ball playing on the school grounds. The offended juveniles destroyed the prohibitory signs Wednesday evening, after having covered them with black paint two nights in succession. Peace has not yet been declared.


Guy Estey has achieved one great horticultural success this year. He picked yesterday in his father’s garden a big ripe cucumber inside a small-necked pint bottle. The question which he wants his friends to answer is how the cucumber got there.


Everything indicates a rarely successful event in the presentation of Miss Howe’s benefit concert this evening. The scene at the sale of tickets has not before been witnessed in Brattleboro. The line at the box office began to form at 5:30, and when the window opened at 7 o’clock the line numbered over 100 people, and extended the full length of the lobby. Within an hour an a half every seat in the house was sold.


The engine for the electric light plant is on the way here. The lights will probably be ready to be used September 1st.


An exhibition of the wonderful Edison-Bettini micro-phonograph will be given at the Congregational chapel Monday evening, 27th inst.


J. E. Coleman takes a pardonable pride in the appearance of his refitted barber shop, which without a doubt is now the finest shop in the state. A new ornamental steel ceiling, painted white, a dado of lignomour, new wall paper with freize and cornice in agreeable tints, new pictures, and furniture are among the improvements in the main room, while the rear room for ladies’ and children’s work has also received attention. Mr. Coleman has recently put a fifth chair into the shop.


The Swedish Lutheran Church will celebrate the dedication of their new church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

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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.”


Artist Talk at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: Jim GIddings and Petria Mitchell

On Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT, the public is invited to an Artist Talk with Jim Giddings and Petria Mitchell, founding Artists of Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts. The talk will be amid their current exhibition "Oils and Watercolors", running through September 17.

In “Oils and Watercolors”, 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 visual possibilities while embracing a thorough appreciation for abstraction.”


Kiplings Ode to the Lords of Karma

The Gods of the Copybook Headings1, 2

by Rudyard Kipling

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

Transgender Ban in the Military... I Kind of Agree...

of agree..."


I don't think Donny went far enough

we should ban


all the rainbows of LGBTQ!


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The meeting will start with a Planning Session - the regular business meeting will immediately follow at approximately 7:00 p.m.


VFW Lunch Specials Aug. 7th - Aug. 11th

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.

Mon - creamed chipped beef over toast w/ veg
Tues - burger & hotdog w/ potato chips
Wed - Swedish meatballs over noodles w/ veg
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - salmon burger w/ onion rings


Local Consortium Wins NEH Grant To Fund Brattleboro People, Places, & Words

Multi-Year Project Kicks-Off at the 2017 Brattleboro Literary Festival

2 August 2017 Brattleboro, Vermont: The National Endowment for the Humanities chose Brattleboro as the site for a new $150,000 multi-year “Creating Humanities Communities’ matching grant to illuminate and share greater Brattleboro area’s rich history of words -- stories, literature, publishing, printing -- to cultivate a greater sense of place for those who live, work, play and raise families here, as well as attract and inform visitors to the area.

“Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont” sets out a three-year plan to build community through collaborative activities including creating audio tours linked to key places in and around Brattleboro, exhibitions and a book on the rich and little-known printing and publishing history of the area.


Youth Invited to the BrattRock Lounge, August 13 @ the Boys & Girls Club

Musicians and music fans 18 and under are invited to the BrattRock Lounge. The next Lounge will be held Sunday, August 13 at the newly renovated Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. Participation is free. Schedule: 3-4 PM Workshop/Discussion: Ins, Outs, Ups, and Downs of Bring in a Band; 4-5 PM Hang out/chill/jam time; 5-7 PM youth open mic & pizza party. Pre-registration required at www.brattrock.org.


Protests.. Or Lack Thereof

What's with the lack of protets?

I don't really understand. I guess people are not angry enough? What has to happen to make people get motivated and get out there on the streets? I would have thought that after Trump pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord there would have been calls from enviromentalists and concerned citizens to do another big march on DC to show how much we care about global warming and climate change. Instead... crickets. Or when they were a single vote away from taking away millions of peoples health care so they could cut taxes for the rich. Or when we found out that Trump Jr. had a meeting with the Russians with every intention of colluding...

It's hard to understand. I know that protests don't necessarily change much (to say the least), still I feel that's one of the tools we have the ability to use as civilians living in the United States. We must use this tool and try to convey our levels of discontent with the current administration.


Saturday Aug 5th Summer Cinema Slam - Rain or Shine!

The Brattleboro Film Festival and The Northern Routes Film Collaborative present the 3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam, giving Vermont artists and audiences a place to connect.

3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam 
Saturday, August 5th 5:15pm
New England Youth Theater 100 Flat St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301


5 Vermont made films w/ filmmaker Q&As 
Live music by Folk Duo Vermonters Hungrytown
Food Trucks, Beer & Wine


A Writers for Recovery Free Public Reading: Sharing Our Stories

On Monday, August 21, at 7 pm there will be a special FREE reading featuring authors from Writers for Recovery, a writing workshop for people recovering from addiction. Group members will read from works they created during the healing process, and that serve as inspirations for others who struggle with addiction. For more information about this workshop, please visit: http://www.writersforrecovery.org/


Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers Band on Sunday, August 6

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 6 with contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


iBrattleboro Poll

So far, this summer has had too much