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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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Living Memorial Park For Skateboard Site

Les Montgomery and Susan Avery both had recent LTEs in the Reformer about the proposed skateboard park at the Crowell location, and cited several reasons to explore an alternate site.

Ms. Avery further suggested that no alternate site solution had been offered. She went on to say: “Neighbors of the Crowell Lot and concerned citizens of our town must continue to collaborate in working toward finding alternate locations for this activity. We need a better place; better yet, we need to come together for a "win-win" resolution.”

Here’s my suggestion:


Marijuana Diabetes and Obesity Health Benefits

New cannabis research indicate that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar, yet health trends occur despite the fact that marijuana users take in more calories.

The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers. Their fasting insulin levels were lower, and they appeared to be less resistant to the insulin produced by their body to maintain a normal blood-sugar level. Current marijuana users showed fasting insulin levels that were 16% lower than those of former or never users, along with a 17% reduction in another measure of insulin resistance as well.


First Hand Report from Fukushima's Evacuation Zone

Chikako Nishiyama, from Kawauchi, Japan will be speaking and showing photographs at 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 28, at the Centre Congregational Church Parlor, 193 Main Street in Brattleboro.  Ms. Nishiyama was on the village council of Kawauchi, a town of 2,300 located 15 miles from the Fukushima reactors. After the disaster, Kawauchi was at first a shelter town for evacuees from the evacuation zone. Then a plume of radiation engulfed Kawauchi, and it was evacuated for one year. Residents were allowed to return beginning in April 2012. She is concerned for the health of her son, a firefighter who entered Kawauchi before the evacuation order was lifted.


Canal Street Story?

What's happening on lower canal by Gouger's Store? (About 5 PM) Beoucoup cops, Staties with rifles, many onlookers?


Progress Must Not End With Decriminalization

To the editor,

I'm pleased that legislators have agreed to decriminalize possession of marijuana, but the conversation shouldn't end here. Marijuana is a much safer substance than alcohol or hard drugs, and that's one reason legislators should move swiftly to begin regulating-and taxing-this market similarly to the way we regulate alcohol.

As Attorney General William Sorrell explained at public hearings on the decriminalization bill, it would be better if users had a legal way to obtain marijuana rather than continuing to buy it from the illicit market. Sorrell suggested decriminalizing possession of a small number of plants, which would make a lot of sense, but ultimately the best solution is to allow regulated cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults who wish to use it.


Organ Barn Recital & Holiday BBQ a Double Treat

Guilford, Vt. - On Sunday, May 26, Friends of Music at Guilford presents "The Four Bs: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms & The Barn," its 5th Annual Spring Recital at the Organ Barn in rural Guilford. The 3:00 p.m. concert will feature the "Dynamic Two-O" of organist Kenneth Olsson and soprano Julie Johnson Olsson, with an assist by the Guilford Chamber Players.


Ghostmaker: A Myth for Voices

Ghostmaker: A Myth for Voices is a new play by GennaRose Nethercott, told in a combination of performance poetry, shadow puppetry, live music, and dialogue. The piece is inspired by Scottish and New England folklore and the myth theories of Joseph Campbell.

When Hero, a seamstress, loses her patchwork memory quilt in a fire, she journeys into the otherworld on a search to bring it back, and with it, save her own endangered memories.


Strand Ave, Crosby Street Temporarily Closed in Brattleboro

Strand Avenue will be closed to through traffic tentatively until August 6th, 2013 while BUR Construction performs drainage and retaining wall construction. Crosby Street will also be closed to through traffic from the intersection of Crosby and Strand to 65 Crosby Street tentatively until August 6th, 2013.


Medicare Plan D Admits There Are Problems That Can Create A Serious Threat To Members

How Well Is Medicare Plan D Working For You? How well is Medicare Plan D working for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Congressman Peter Welch? (all over age 65)

I received this letter from my current Medicare Plan D today, simply dated, "May 2013"  so  I have no idea what day of the month they actually sent it.


5:45 Live: 5/21/13

5:45 Live: 5/21/13 in High Def

5:45 Live: 5/21/13 in Standard Def

Here's a 5:45 Live packed to the gills with local footage, including Bernie at BMAC talking Danish healthcare, a VY systems tour from plant operations manager Derek Jones as the CPG heats up over a new backup generator, the big break down on Vermont's freshly inked End of Life legislation, the details on Dummerston newly state-approved Gravel Pit, and much more.

Which link is right for you? Find out by clicking here to test your internet speed. 

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Brattleboro Bike Equipment Rentals?

Does anyone know if there is someplace local to rent a bike with a kid's seat and helmet? Need it for June 1st through the 4th.

Or do any ibrattleboro folks have one they would rent out/loan? Thanks!


Full Moon Friday Night Should Bring Surprises Into Your Life!

It's been a rough week with horrific events in the news.

The full moon Friday night May 25, 2013  through  Saturday will be in Sagittarius, the Gambler, in opposition to Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter all in Gemini - the planet of wind and change.

Be prepared for the Gambler to risk everything when it comes to home security (Sun), love (Venus),  political and religious views (Mercury) and the larger picture of life in the long run (Jupiter).


Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro town offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2013. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.


Sanders: Let States Require GMO Food Labels

WASHINGTON, May 22 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would let Vermont and other states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing ingredients that have been genetically modified.

“All over this country, people are becoming more conscious about the foods they are eating and the foods they are serving to their kids and this is certainly true for genetically engineered foods,” Sanders said. “I believe that when a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her child.”


Does Vermont Have a Heroin Problem?

Tune into VPR today, Wed 5/22/13 Noon& 7 pm The number patients seeking treatment for heroin and prescription opiates in Vermont has risen significantly over the last few years. And the spin-off effects, like burglary, have also been in evidence in the state.

United States Attorney Tristram Coffin explains the depth of the heroin and opiate abuse problem. We also hear from Skip Gates, whose son overdosed on heroin, and about the documentary (“The Opiate Effect”) that his death inspired.


On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman

On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman    

2nd Floor Children's Illustrator Book Cases May/June  2013    

Johansen Newman has illustrated many children's books with her colorful, whimsical illustrations, including the first book she also authored, Tex and Sugar: A Big City Kitty Ditty, and her newest, Glamorous Glasses. Check out her website HERE. 


Denny Rivers Named BMH 2013 Employee of the Year

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital named Denny Rivers, MLT, its 2013 Employee of the Year during an employee appreciation event held May 16.

A member of the Laboratory Services secretarial staff since 1995, Rivers was nominated for the award in recognition of her problem-solving abilities, among other qualities. She holds a Medical Laboratory Technician certification from University of Vermont, which her peers say makes her a fast worker and thinker while guiding patients.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brattleboro Housing Authority Updates, and Ash Tree Destroying Insects

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard sobering news about rental housing for low income citizens at Tuesday’s meeting. Section 8 funds are threatened, said the Brattleboro Housing Authority, which could impact residents and landlords alike.

The board also heard about the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect expected to start eating our ash trees in the near future if action isn’t taken soon. The board discussed bonding, budgets, project architects, and whether it was a good idea to serve liquor outdoors in Harmony Lot.


Host Families Needed for Spanish Students this Summer

Expand your family’s horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home. These boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, will arrive on June 26 and spend 3 1/2 weeks in New England. 

The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and have studied English for several years.  Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting
spot for field trips (to Boston and  Six Flags--host families are invited too). It’s fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.


Tip Jar Stolen from Top of the Hill Grill

I took my family to the Top of the Hill Grill for dinner on Tuesday night around 7:00 pm. Just before we arrived, apparently someone walked off with the staffs tip money, jar and all!

If anyone at that time noticed that happening, I would hope that they would tell someone anything that might bring the theives to justice. Maybe a description or a licence plate #.


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