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150 Mahogany Looking Glasses, of 15 sizes, constituting the best assortment ever offered in this State, received direct from the Manufacturer and shall be sold Low, and the Store of Birge & Dickinson.


At Brattleboro East Village, on the 6th of May inst. a council of Baptist Ministers assembled, and gave the right hand of fellowship to a newly constituted Church of the same order; 88 members, 48 of whom were added by Baptism since the fist of March last, being the first Baptist Church established in this town.


On Monday snow fell in Whitingham and Readsboro, while it hailed in this village and vicinity. “Winter lingering in the lap of Spring!” What business has the old fellow there?


Fisk’s Annual Spring Exhibition is to take place this Friday afternoon. The travelling mercantile establishment of James Fisk, Jr. is well known throughout New England, This concern has nine wagons all handsome and convenient, but one of which is ornamented in the most florid style. It employs nineteen horses and thirteen men.


Cheapest and Pleasantest Route From Brattleboro to New York. The Steamer Granite State, (1000 Tons Burthen,) Capt. J. H. King Will leave Hartford for New York, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, at 3 1/2 o’clock. Cabin Fare - $1.50; Second Class - $1.00. Purchase R.R. Tickets to Hartford only. Passengers leaving Brattleboro by 9:00 A.M. Train, have ample time to connect.


Ossian E. Dodge. — This irresistible, irrepressible, inexhaustible and incomparable wag, harmonist and vocalist is working his way slowly up the Connecticut, and will give one of his rare and select Musical and Literary Entertainments in the Town Hall, Tuesday, May 27th, on which occasion he is to be assisted by the eminent balladist Wm. Hayward and the veteran vocalist Bernard Covert author of “The Sword of Bunker Hill,” (which he will sing, and many other popular pieces.


Commodore Theodore P. Greene, educated in Brattleboro, ordered to command the Shenendoah, then detached and ordered to command the Santiago de Cuba, per sloop Ticonderoga.


Listers report Brattleboro has 327 firemen.


It isn’t often that a stylish young horse could be depended on to run at a lively gait, with a handsome buggy, but without a driver, from Centerville down Green street to Main street and then through Main street and up the hill to his home on High street, winding up with a few turns among the apple trees in the garden, without so much as a scratch on the buggy, or injury to himself or harness, but we know of an animal that successfully accomplished this feat last Monday morning.


The store of A. J. Simonds, lately closed out, is undergoing repairs, and it is rumored that he will resume the grocery business on the cash system.


The smelling committee is abroad. Beware!


Mr. Bingham offered to drill a company of not less than 100 High and Grammar school boys to take part in the Memorial day services, but a majority of the boys voted against participating. We are sorry for this.


The Brattleboro consignment of revised Bibles did not arrive until this morning. There is no special demand for the books and the booksellers expect slow sales.


A handsome new safe was put in the vault of the Vermont savings bank on Thursday to hold valuable papers.


The Western aqueduct association are putting large new pipes on Grove street.


The Kickapoo Indian Medicine company’s performances at the town hall are attracting large crowds, and interesting programs of entertainment are presented.


Thus far this season F. A. Hubbard has sold 15 Columbia bicycles, all of the safety pattern.


George W. Fuller found on the engine house at the Estey shops on Monday an icicle nine and one-fourth inches long.


It is now announced that Barnum’s circus will exhibit in Brattleboro in July, the advance agent having been here this week to make arrangements.


The removal of the state patients from the Brattleboro Retreat will leave the institution free to devote itself to the care of private patients. In this direction the work of the future will lie.


The first collection of mail in the new Sunday service was made last Sunday and was successful. D.E. Tasker made the collection, which was the first Sunday collection ever made in Brattleboro.


The night lunch wagon has again changed hands. It is now run by Michael Lillis.


Electric car No. 3 was derailed for an hour at the Pine street concern Wednesday night. An insufficient amount of oil on the track was the cause.


A portion of the Royal Wood farm in the south part of town has been laid out into building lots which have been put in charge of S. W. Edgett & Co. for sale. Several new streets have also been laid out and will be given names at the proper time.


A movement is on foot to organize a union among the Brattleboro clerks, not to affect their salaries, but to protect their interests along other lines.


An unusual record with an incubator was made this week by George Benson of Canal street, who hatched 92 brown leghorn chicks from 106 eggs.

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Morris Dancing on Prospect Street, May 21

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Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies to Host CEDS Update Meetings

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is hosting four regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Update meetings next week.

We will update members of the community about the progress we and our partners are making implementing the Windham Region’s federally recognized (CEDS). The first meeting will be in Londonderry on Tuesday, May 26th at 4pm in the Town Office Meeting Room 100 Old School Street in South Londonderry. The second meeting will be in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 27th at 8am in the Town Hall Meeting Room. On Thursday, May 28th, we will have a meeting in Brattleboro at 8am at the Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Room and in Bellows Falls at the Town Hall Lower Theater at 4pm.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BMH, BMAC, and Vermont Artisan Designs Team Up To Present "Scenes from New England" Opening June 4

New exhibit in cardiology suite features 18 artists represented by local gallery Vermont Artisan Designs

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Patients and visitors to the cardiology suite at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) will have an opportunity to view artwork by some of the region’s finest artists in a new exhibit entitled "Scenes from New England," which opens with a free public reception on Thursday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is part of a program called Art for the Heart, a collaboration between BMH and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC).

The artists featured in the exhibit are all represented by the Brattleboro gallery Vermont Artisan Designs. They include Anne Cady, Jerry Cajko, Caroline Christie, Barbara Coburn, Sabra Field, Carol Gobin, Charlie Hunter, Deedee Jones, Deb Lazar, Alistair McCallum, Will Moses, Deborah Randall, William E. Roberts, Jr., Janis Sanders, Marjorie Sayer, Jeanette Staley, Paul G. Stone, and Charles Townshend.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Authority
Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Conservation Commission
Development Review Board


Sanders Statement on Senate Vote on Job-Killing Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, May 21 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to advance a bill that would grant President Barack Obama accelerated power to complete a massive trade accord with 11 other Pacific Rim nations:

“The Senate just put the interests of powerful multi-national corporations, drug companies and Wall Street ahead of the needs of American workers. If this disastrous trade agreement is approved, it will throw Americans out of work while companies continue moving operations and good-paying jobs to low-wage countries overseas.


Amy's Closing?

I heard that Amy's is closing. Is there any truth to this?


Amy's Closing

I just found out that Amy's Bakery and Cafe will be closing their doors in early June. This will be a huge blow to Main Street and one less reason to visit downtown. Amy's has been kind of a linchpin for Main Street. How many of us have made plans to " meet at Amy's"?  I wonder how much longer the rest of the long time businesses will be able to survive in an environment that is not kind to small businesses. I wonder if we will even be able to recognize Main Street in 5 or 6 years. This is a shame and this wonderful little cafe will be greatly missed.


Lauren Olitski: Painting From Nature Opening at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

On Thursday, May 28 Lauren Olitski’s exhibit Painting From Nature will be opening with a reception at Mitchell • GIddings Fine Arts from 5 - 8pm at 183 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Painting from Nature will be the featured exhibit from May 28 to June 28, 2015 and will include an artist’s talk on Sunday, June 14th at 5 pm. This talk will be free and open to the public.


Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series in Bellows Falls

Guiding Good Choices Parenting Series

for parents/caregivers of children ages 9-19  offered in Bellows Falls

Bellows Falls- Are you a parent or caregiver of an older youth or teen? You are invited to upcoming parenting classes - Guiding Good Choices (4th to 8th grade) for parents and caregivers FREE of cost. 


Michel Moyse on Art Rage for the iPad

Join Michel Moyse for an introductory talk on Art Rage for the iPad, on Wednesday, May 20, at 7 PM in the library's meeting room. The library will provide three iPads with Art Rage loaded and there will be another one provided by Michel. This talk is free and open to the public.

Michel Moyse, artist, filmmaker and teacher, is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Art in Brattleboro, Vermont. Michel has an extensive background in film and experimental art. His multi-screen video artwork has been shown in the United States and abroad. Prior to his position as Artistic Director of CDA, Michel was Sound Editor in New York City for such directors as Woody Allen, Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, and Peter Yates. Michel has a Masters in Art Education from New York University.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Our Town Grant Causes Confusion For Board, Arts Community

Oh, yes. Budgets were approved, contracts were signed, and money was granted, but the big discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard was about town arts. 

The discussion of a National Endowment for the Arts grant resembled an improvised performance piece at times, as the board learned of the status of the “Our Town” grant through a series of tension-filled monologues, criticisms, and accusations. Numerous views and opinions were expressed, and there was only a sliver of agreement among the players. Nothing was resolved, but many questions were posed, and decisions are required soon.

It was a long meeting, so settle in and get comfortable.


I-91 Exit 3 On-Ramps Closed Memorial Day

On Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 South to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 North to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.


Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro town offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, 2015. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.


May 24 Organ Barn Recital Features Baroque Repertoire of N. Germany

Guilford, Vt. -- Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) is hosting its 7th annual Spring Recital & Holiday Cookoutbeginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Tree Frog Farm in idyllic rural Guilford. This year's Tracker Organ program focuses on music from the North German baroque, repertory for which the c. 1897 instrument is uniquely suited. 

All the works on the program, except one, are concerted. The exception is Dietrich Buxtehude’s Toccata in F, played by the afternoon’s guest organist, Ken Olsson. It starts the show with some virtuosic fireworks.  


Brattleboro Area Hospice Invites All to Annual Memorial Planting Service

On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host its 18th Annual Memorial Planting Service. The event will take place at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park on Guilford Street in Brattleboro. The public is encouraged to attend.

The community is invited to join together to honor and remember loved ones who have died by planting flowers, painting memorial messages on stones to be placed in the garden, and by listening to the music of the Hallowell singers.


Bush-Clinton '16

I really wish they'd just run together and save everyone time and money:

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served."


Solar Workshop Offered

Learn the basics of solar at this free informational workshop, featuring a presentation by Kirk Shields of Green Mountain Power. Attendees will learn the advantages of solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available, including community solar. Local installers will be on hand to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required – to sign up, contact Paul Cameron at (802) 251-8135 or at pcameron@brattleboro.org.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 17


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/18/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/18/15

Monday, May 18, 2015

12:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

1:45 am Hell, Fire, and Brimstone

2:00 am Abydos Egypt - Uncovering Egypt's Ancient Past Pt 2

3:00 am Israeli Elections, American Jewry - The Road Ahead 4/26/15


Bear Spotted in the Retreat Woods, 5/17, Evening

FYI, be aware that a bear was sighted this evening, 5/17, between around 7 and 7:30 pm in the Retreat Woods. It was a full-grown adult, and ran away from my dog and me when we surprised it. Location: between the "Just for Fun" trail and the highway, relatively close to Greenhill Parkway and Western Avenue. No cubs were seen.

Ralph Meima


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