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An adjourned meeting in relation to sinking Reservoirs in Main street, will be held at the Hotel of Maj. Smith on this (Thursday) evening. A punctual attendance is requested.


We understand that most of the Irishmen on the Connecticut River Line, as well as on Vermont and Massachusetts, have gone to work again at the old price.


The Burlington Free Press announces that it is soon to be issued daily. If it has success equal to its merits, it will not want for patronage or support.


Another of those private theatrical representations that contribute so much to the pleasure of our villagers, was given at the Wesselhoeft Water Cure, on Thursday evening.


It is about twenty years since a concerted movement was made in this village for the improvement of the district schools. It was efficient, resulting in the establishment of our High school in addition to four primary schools. The system of special superintendence is working its way in Massachusetts slowly but steadily. I wish our people at least seriously to consider it.


Some graceless young scamps thought they were doing a smart thing in stealing the maple sap of a “poor, lone widow” on Elliot street, last week; but their triumph was of short duration. Their depredations had been discovered by the widow, and the epidemic-like prevalence of concurrent emesis and catharsis on that street, all the next day, told how faithfully the tartar emetic did its work.


Counterfeit $3 bills on the Bank of Brattleboro, have been circulating in Albany.


The sugar season has got along so much earlier than usual this year, that many farmers were unprepared, and lost the first flow of sap; and as the frost is already nearly out of the ground, the amount of sugar cannot be made large. Ten thousand eight hundred pounds were received at the express office in this village on Wednesday last, making with that received during the three days previous a total of 15 1/2 tons forwarded to the city markets.


A petition is now in circulation, and is receiving numerous signatures, which asks that Kellogg hill on High street be reduced to a grade of 4 degrees and Charlier hill to a grade of 3 1/2 degrees. The petition also proposes to straighten Green street and bring it to a grade of 3 1/2 or 4 degrees between Jacob Marsh’s house and Elliot street.


Heaviest snow of season - record for month 38 inches.


The spiritualists of Brattleboro and vicinity are to hold a convention in the town hall on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2d, celebrating the 31st anniversary of modern spiritualism. There will be three sessions each day, with good speakers and mediums in attendance.


St Patrick’s day will be celebrated this evening by an entertainment at the town hall in which the children will take a leading part.


The contract for carrying the mails between the East and West villages for a term of four years, has again been awarded to Warren F. Walker.


Crosby & Co. have received their elevator for the use of the Brattleboro Overall company, and a man from Worcester is here to put it in.


Gov. Fuller, who returned from his western trip last week, reports that the preparations for the World’s Fair are well advanced, the buildings being in excellent shape for the exhibits.


The Brattleboro Jelly company has this week decided to continue its business in Brattleboro instead of accepting any of the inducements offered by out-of-town parties.


C.E. Allen’s greenhouse No. 1 collapsed yesterday morning on account of the weight of snow which fell upon it the previous night. The sides of the greenhouse spread and let the top fall into the middle. Not much damage was done.

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Latchis Arts Seeks Crowds to Support The Heavens

Latchis Arts is going for it! With nearly 80% of the funds raised so far, the non-profit group is committed to closing the main auditorium of the Latchis Theatre on August 1, in order to replace the seats and restore the historic zodiac ceiling, dubbed the Campaign for The Heavens and The Earth.

With only $118,000 to go out of the campaign goal of $550,000, "all the pieces are in place. There's no turning back!" according to Managing Director Gail Nunziata.


Students Tell Sanders How College Loans Impact Families and Careers

WASHINGTON, July 9 – Responding to more than 700 emails from college students and graduates in Vermont and around the nation, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called today for restoring student the loan interest rate to the level that was charged before the rate doubled on July 1 to 6.8 percent.

“We have a major crisis in our country today in terms of the high cost of college and the incredible debt burden that college students and their families are facing,” Sanders said in a Senate floor speech. “Our job is to improve that situation, to lessen the burden on students and their families – not to make it worse.”

Sanders read from some of the emails he received about how student loans have affected people’s careers and families.


Downtown Brattleboro Lights Flashing on Friday?

When leaving work around 2 on Friday, I--for some crazy reason--decided to drive through town. Traffic was very heavy, including pedestrian traffic. To my surprise, the lights were flashing , resulting in driving chaos, and making it practically suicidal for pedestrians, I ended up belligerently holding up traffic behind me to allow a lady to cross the street who had been waiting for quite a while in the hot sun.

Who makes the decision on those lights? I am going to have to dissagree with the decision on Friday, unless it was unavoidable. I was very relieved to reach Gougers Market, as I saw many close calls involving turning cars, stressed pedestrians, and generally busy traffic.


Next 4-5 "buttahmilk" Guests on WVEW

Join DJ Pockets for an experience you won't soon forget..tuesdays from 6pm-8pm on 107.7fm and online at www.wvew.org

July 9th-from 6-7pm its...Phil Farruggio..he is the son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen. He is a small businessman, activist leader and free lance columnist. Philip is an advocate for the 25% Solution to cut military spending to save our state and city budget shortfalls. His latest column on Sleuthjournal.com talks about the serfdom of the American people.

July 16th---nothing scheduled and may be on vacation

July 23rd--Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years.


July 3rd was SeVWA’s Second 2013 River Sampling Day

Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance’s (SeVWA’s) water quality monitoring program was begun about 10 years ago. At that time, in 2003, the organization was known as West River Watershed Alliance (WRWA). Our 2013 stream monitoring program began on Wednesday, June 19th and this past Wednesday was SeVWA’s second 2013 river sampling day.

Things went well for most volunteer monitors on Wednesday morning – though rivers and streams were running murky, high and fast. Volunteers typically sample between 6 - 7:30 AM on scheduled monitoring days. Because of the amount of rain that had fallen in the region the previous 24-48 hours, the water level and flow was too deep and fast for three sites to be sampled along the Williams River, but generally the sampling, drop-off/pick-up/delivery schedule for getting samples to the lab for testing went smoothly.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/8/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 7/8/13

                   Monday July 8              

12:00 am      2013 Slow Living Summit: Summing up Slow Living

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       The Road to Recovery: Discoveries and Development in Behavioral Health

5:00 am       John Henry Hopkins, Sr. and Jr Exhibit

5:50 am       The Educational Network is the Learning Revolution


Brattleboro Gets Ready to Dance, July 18th - July 21st

Brattleboro Gets Ready to Dance

BRATTLEBORO, VT—TV dance shows have boosted the interest in dance. From little kids to college students to baby boomers more and more people are interested in dance. This hype has helped draw attention to dance programs at colleges and universities across the country. Now, Brattleboro, Vermont looks to boost economic development and morale following the devastating effects of 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene with a major dance festival —The Southern Vermont Dance Festival .

The festival is slated for July 18 to July 21, 2013 and will take place for the most part in downtown Brattleboro with time in between workshops for people shop and enjoy the town. The four-day festival will be filled with lectures, workshops, performance, live music and community events taught by world-class faculty.


Funny Blue Stuff - Solar Power in Brattleboro


What’s all the blue stuff in this picture?

The picture is of the Bavarian town of Stadtsteinach in the Frankenwald, about a four-hour train ride from the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. The town is described by Thom Hartmann in his book Rebooting the American Dream.

Here’s how Thom describes it.


Weekend Concert - Aerosmith

This week’s concert is Aerosmith live in Houston on June 24, 1977, a few years prior to their need to “come back” with Run DMC in the 1980’s.

Are they New England's best rock band? Are they America’s best rock band? 


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.


Brattleboro Committee Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.


State Offices Moving Back to Main Street Building at the End of July

The state offices currently located on Linden Street will be moving back to their permanent home at 232 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro in late July. The offices on Linden Street will be closed at that time.

Transport of equipment will begin on Friday July 26 and will happen over the course of the weekend. Offices located in the building include:

the Vermont Department of Labor;
the Vermont Department of Health;
the Department for Children and Families Economic Services and Family Services Divisions;
the Agency of Human Services Field Services Division;
and the Department of Vermont Health Access Chronic Care initiative.


Remembering Vermont's Role at the Battle of Gettysburg on its 150th Anniversary

This 4rth of July, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the battle of Gettysburg. It is worth noting the important part that soldiers from our state played in that battle.

I'm not a Civil War history buff, but I have read Howard Coffin's Nine Months to Gettysburg. It is the account of the Second Vermont Brigade whose nine month enlistment was days from expiring when the fighting at Gettysburg began.


Golden Eagles Near Vernon?

Yesterday I was driving North on 142 in a wooded section of Vernon, when a very large brown bird flew across the highway. A split second later, 2 such birds recrossed the highway

They were NOT turkeys, vultures, hawks or ospreys.

I'm thinking golden eagles, but it appears they are extremely rare in Vermont.


Lots of Rain with Little News Coverage

Upstate Vermont, central Vermont, Albany New York area, and multiple parts of New Hampshire have experianced in some cases over six inches of rain in the last few days.   New Hampshire and New York have decleared states of emergency to deal with well over thirty roads made unpassible as a result of these rains.   All this disaster going on and not even a minute of news coverage last night.   

A few years ago the similar damage occured and it made national news.   It seems that this is the new normal.   Flooding and destructive storms everyday.  Some place in the USA is facing some type of natural disaster.  This seems big news to me yet it is becoming so common that I hear people in the blogs saying they are tired of hearing about it.


Happy Fourth of July

Happy independence day.  Stay healthy drink lots of water and come out to enjoy the Fourth of July's parade and events here in Brattleboro.  Bring an umbrella a nice way to stay in the shade....


"Everyone Does It."

The classical remark which gets parents to explain right and wrong to their child.

But how often do adults make this remark in board rooms and business meetings? Have you ever been in a situation where "everyone does it" was the justification for questionable conduct, and if so how did you respond?



Selectboard Meeting Notes: Solar Farming, Quick Fix for Brattleboro Rink

At Tuesday’s long meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard the new solar farm was explained in detail and public support for the project appears to be substantial. The board also approved a “quick fix” approach to ice rink repairs in order to be able to open the season on schedule. It also gives them more time to consider long-term options for the facility. 

The Fire Department presented an overview of their operations, a store on Guilford Road was again denied a liquor permit, tax rates were set, Patrick Moreland was named the interim Town Manager when Barb Sondag officially resigns, and much more was packed into the over three hour meeting.


A Call for Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Projects

A Call for CEDS Projects

 The following is a call for the submission of project proposals to be included in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for this Windham region. While no monetary awards will directly result from these proposals, their inclusion in this document (the “CEDS”) will likely shape the areas where available federal funds may be targeted in the future. To quote from the SeVEDS’ website: 


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