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Today In Local History


A Library Society was formed.


Lyceum Tuesday evening, half past six. Lecture by Dr. Gilbert; subject, “Science of organic bodies.” Question for discussion, “Does woman exert a greater influence in society than man?”


The Town Clerk, Justices of the Peace, and Selectmen of the Town of Brattleboro, are requested to meet at Col. Chase’s Inn on Saturday, the 23rd inst. at 3 o’clock P.M. on business of said town.


Buggy Trimmings, Cheaper than ever. Brass and Plated Buggy Bands, some new and elegant patterns, Buggy Lamps, Drab Cloth, Oil Cloth, Coach Lace, Tufts, Ecliptic Springs, and Dash Frames, received and for sale at very low prices. B. Ranger.


The census of this Village has just been taken by Mr. F. H. Fessenden, with the view of ascertaining the No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, belonging to School District No. 2. Whole No. of inhabitants, 1850, - being an increase of 230 since last January. No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, 468.


The side walk from the corner of Main and High streets to the Brattleboro House is in a dilapidated, slippery and dangerous condition. During the winter it is covered with ice to the great annoyance of those who have business at the post office, and in the spring it is under water.


Messrs. Frost and Goodhue have a supply of anti-nervous smoking tobacco, an article that will delight the palate of those who are votaries of the weed in this form.


The Universalist Sunday school raised $64.25 last Sunday for the grasshopper sufferers in Kansas and Iowa.


Whitmore & Clark’s minstrels had a big audience Tuesday evening, and in the performances they fairly outdid themselves. No better minstrel troupe travels.


The vicious dog spoken of last week as a terror to the people of Brattleboro House has left town. He can be spared.


Mercury 15 to 25 degrees below zero Wednesday morning.


The idea is suggested that, with the incoming of a new postmaster at this place, the time would be a favorable one for the introduction of street letter boxes in various parts of the village where letters could be deposited by those living in the vicinity, and their contents gathered up at stated hours of each day and taken to the post office for mailing.


Mr. Royal G. Wood, who feels a strong interest in the proposed home for the aged and infirm, has stated his willingness to give a site for such a home on the land owned by him on South Main street, provided that should be thought to be a desirable location. Who is the person to make the next move?


The Estey Organ company benefit organization is now fully organized. 318 men have joined.


Specimens of the new 10, 25 and 50 cent pieces, which have just been put into circulation, have been received in Brattleboro. These coins contain the head of Liberty on the obverse side and on this side of the larger pieces are the words “In God we trust.”


F.J. Bohrman cut a thumb quite badly at the Estey shops on Monday and will be disabled for two or three weeks. At the time of the accident Mr. Bohrman had in his possession one of the membership cards of the Estey Organ company benefit association, but had not filled it out.


A second crop of ice is soon to be cut from Frost’s pond.


Carl Schorling appeared with a new meat sleigh yesterday.


An informal meeting of about 50 business men of Brattleboro was held at the People’s National bank Tuesday evening to discuss the ways and means which might be provided for bringing to Brattleboro some industry which would give good employment to the laboring men of our town who are out of work because of the general business depression.

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BMH New Moms Network Announces Programs for May and June

The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Birthing Center announced the May and June program schedule for its New Moms Network, which meets every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the BMH Exercise Room.

Chris Ellis, RD, presents “Starting Solids: Making Your Own Baby Food” on May 15. Ellis is a staff nutritionist at the Brattleboro Food Coop and part of the Early Education Services organization. On May 22, Dawn Kersula, RN, IBCLC, presents “The Advice I Would Give Someone Else About Birth.” Kersula is a perinatal specialist and lead lactation consultant at BMH. She is also president of the Vermont Lactation Association. The final Wednesday of the month, May 29, is an open session.


Strolling of the Heifers Seeks Volunteers

Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is fast approaching, and the organization is still in urgent need of volunteers to help make it happen.

Stroll Weekend was recently named one of America’s “Top 10 Summer Festivals” by travel-oriented website Livability.com. As always, Stroll organizers say, it will draw tens of thousands of people from far and wide to the area during the weekend of June 7-9. 

“We can’t pull it off without a lot of time and effort  contributed by volunteers,” said Vick Friedman, the event’s volunteer coordinator, “but it’s very rewarding — everyone who comes to our events is in a great mood and they really appreciate all the things our volunteers do.”


Not Logic, Not Prose and Not Really Poetry


I have been teaching Geometry this year, 

and trying my best to explain logic,

deduction vs induction,

and the ever present,

always faulty,

always useful, abductive "reasoning."


Green Mountain Camp Open House Sunday May 19, 1-4

If you've ever wondered what Green Mountain Camp is all about, here's your chance! Or if you just miss the place and want to see it again and see some of your camp friends - this day was made for you!

There'll be fun art activities, cotton candy, popcorn, music, tours of the camp and meet the staff for 2013. There will also be a special gift for those who sign up and pay for camp at the Open House. Check out greenmountaincamp.com for information about the camp sessions and scholarship information or call 802-257-1751.


Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History

Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History,
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Vermont's constitution, drafted in 1777, was one of the most enlightened documents of its time, but in contrast, the history of Vermont has largely been told through the stories of influential white men. Join local scholar Cyndy Bittinger at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 PM on a journey through the forgotten tales of the often overlooked roles that women, Native Americans, and African Americans played in Vermont's history.

Her book, Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans, takes a fresh look at our state's history, uncovering hidden stories from the earliest inhabitants to present-day citizens. Ms. Bittinger explores where these marginalized groups are missing from historical narratives and explains their unique experiences and the ways that they contributed.


Recommend a Professional Interior Painter in Southern Vermont?

We are looking for recommendations for someone insured to paint the inside of a house in Brookline, Vermont. Just north of Newfane.

Any suggestions? Thanks.


Wednesday Farmers Market?

Wednesday Farmers Market?


A Community Celebration at West River Park

On Saturday May 18th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Board and the West River Park Committee will be hosting the Grand Opening Celebration for West River Park on Route 30 West, 1.3 miles past the entrance to The Brattleboro Retreat. The rain date is Sunday May 19th. Please join the community for food and fun during this exciting opening day. Raffle tickets for a chance to win eight tickets to the Red Sox are currently being sold with the drawing at the park on the 18th. Any donations to the park will be gratefully accepted!


Brattleboro Cheese Shop Is Open (Again!)

After having to unexpectedly close for most of the winter, Brattleboro Cheese makes its triumphant return to Main Street!

The "little shop that could" reopened a few weeks ago, directly across the street from its old location.  Now you may find your favorite cheeses at 39 Main Street!

Brattleboro Cheese is the only full-service cheese shop in the area.  This means all of the shop's fine Vermont, New England and imported cheeses are cut-to-order by friendly, knowledgeable individuals.  None of the cheeses are pre-cut nor are they wrapped in plastic.  This ensures the cheeses are sold at their peak quality, and customers are given the opportunity to try a cheese before they take it home. 


Why No Vermont Women in Leadership Positions?

This may seem a strange time to bring this up as there is no election looming, but for better or worse now is when it is hitting me.

Our New England neighbor, New Hampshire has an all woman congressional delegation - Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Congresswomen Shea-Porter and Kuster, plus Governor Maggie Hassan. Vermont has never its whole history put a woman in one of those seats.



This unexpected "visitor" appeared at Bellows Falls Country Club.

Is it here to play golf or just to watch? 


"Gaining Health, Losing Weight" Program in Putney

Interested in cultivating an educated & positive relationship to your body and food?

Want to empower yourself to work with your metabolism, lifestyle choices, and food to increase your health & vitality? 

This 4-week program (May 30th-June27th) is a support group for people wanting lose weight in a sustainable, healthy, and educated way. Gain greater health and lose weight through nutrition, herbs, lifestyle modification, and yoga. 


Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Announces Delivery of First-Rate Cancer Rehab Services to Survivors - Earns STAR Program® Certification

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) announced today that it has earned its STAR Program® Certification from the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. BMH is leading the way in offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients by becoming the first STAR Program Certified in Vermont.

The STAR program, which stands for Survivorship Training And Rehabilitation, is a national certification program that provides hospitals with the tools and training needed to minimize the debilitating side effects of cancer treatment. The clinicians that have completed the STAR certification course coordinate care to provide treatment tailored to the specific needs of cancer patients who may be experiencing musculoskeletal pain, limb swelling, general weakness, balance issues, fatigue, difficulty swallowing or other debilitating side effects caused by cancer treatments.


BMH Hosts Talk on Caring for Family Members with Dementia, May 20

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free public talk entitled, “When A Loved One Has Dementia...” in the Brew Barry Conference Room on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Led by Michelle Rowland, RN, LISCW, the talk will cover expected stages of dementia and available support and treatments for patients in the community. The talk will also address how families, friends and caregivers can find support and relief.


BMH Offers Chair Exercise Workshop for People with Limited Mobility, May 13

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free class entitled, “Safe and Simple Chair Exercises for Those with Chronic Illnesses and/or Limited Mobility and their Caregivers” on Monday, May 13 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the Brew Barry Conference Room.

Led by Connie Baxter, a certified yoga instructor and bereavement care coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice, the class teaches a sequence of easy-to-learn exercises that can be done from the safety of a chair to increase circulation and range of motion. Participants will be given a diagram of the movements along with clear instructions so they can practices these chair exercises, based on yoga postures, with their caregivers at home.


CRVBL Weekend Roundup

By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL


The Newport Polar Bears and defending league Champion Claremont Cardinals are the only two undefeated teams remaining in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball league following a weekend featuring five league games. The Putney Fossils also picked up their first win of the season while the Chester/Saxtons River Crush and the Sunapee Old Lakers split a doubleheader.


Annual Way To Go! Commuter Challenge Set To Take Off With Big Prizes and Big Fun

The seventh annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 13th, and it’s generating a lot of excitement. So far, 130 businesses have signed up to participate, and more than 1,500 commuters are pledged to take part. In addition, Governor Shumlin has officially proclaimed May 13th-17th as “Way to Go! Week” in Vermont to voice his support for the effort, which saves money while reducing air pollution and congestion on the state’s roads.

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of transportation options among commuters by encouraging them to travel in ways other than driving alone. Participants pledge to take the bus, bike, walk, carpool, car share, or telecommute during the week of the challenge, and become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including gym memberships, ski passes, hotel stays, transit passes, and much more.


Vermont Quit Partners Impact State's Communities

Person–To-Person Contact Increases Success Rate For Smokers Who Want Help To Quit

Windham County — The Vermont Department of Health announced it is launching a campaign to introduce the Vermont Quit Partners to Vermont tobacco users. The statewide network includes 50 Quit Partners and 15 community health teams.


Green Mountain Camp – Remembering & Reconnecting Reunion

On Saturday May 18th from 5 to 9 PM, Green Mountain Camp will be celebrating 96 years of memories at their reunion for friends and alumnae! Whether you are 9 or 90, there will be pictures, songs and stories to remind you of your magical time at Green Mountain Camp.

Come see what has changed at the camp and what has stayed the same. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, s’mores, and singing around the campfire. During the evening there will be guest appearances by past GMC directors.


On Exhibit at the Library: Saxtons River Art Guild

On Exhibit: Saxtons River Art Guild
May 2013 

Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild will be exhibiting original paintings at the Brooks Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, April 30 until Tuesday, May 28. Included will be original paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastels.

The Saxtons River Art Guild was formed in Saxtons River, Vermont in 1976 by a small group of artists who enjoyed painting together. Membership has grown from a dozen or so to over 70 artists and others interested in the fine arts. Members come from throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire.


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