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Today In Local History


Windham County divided into Westminster and Marlboro shires.


An Englishman, calling himself John Smith, was apprehended here last Sunday, with several articles of property stolen in this Village, in his possession. An examination was had on Monday, and he was committed to jail to await his trial at the April term of the Court. He said he had been engaged on the Cheshire Railroad.


If the people were sufficiently watchful of their own best interest - if they would duly appreciate the fact, that electing public servants best calculated to give vitality and force to their own laws, is the goal of republicanism - the mainspring that shapes and regulates the measures of our government, we could confidently anticipate an improved condition of public affairs.


Prof. Kirbye proposes to give an entertainment in this village on Friday and Saturday evenings, including ventriloquism, gymnastic performance, feats of strength, balancing, &c. We have no doubt the performances will be quite entertaining to all who may witness them.


William Bartlett of this village was arrested last week for stealing wood from diverse persons in this place, and was brought before Justice Tyler. He plead guilty and was fined $10 and costs.


An article will be embodied in the warrant for town meeting to see if action will be taken for reducing the grade of High and Green streets.


The weather last Saturday morning was the coldest ever known in this town, the mercury registering in various localities from 27 to 36 degrees below zero. In some sections hereabouts it went as low as 40 degrees.


The Philharmonic society gave a musical and reception at their rooms on Tuesday evening which gave much enjoyment to a company of 80 or more invited guests The instrumental pieces were rendered with the spirit and finish which always marks the Philharmonic performances, and the male quartet won deserved encores.


The warm weather of the past week has had a wonderful effect in bringing out the beauties of the railroad bank. We may very probably have something to say on this subject later in the season.


The first installment of claims in the Estey Organ company benefit association were paid the 15th.


The Estey Organ company have ordered a long distance telephone to be placed in their office.


The Elliot Hose company have received their new badges. They are of silver and of a very attractive design.


The unclaimed packages of the American express company which have been accumulating at the different offices in the state during the past two years are to be sold at the Brattleboro office tomorrow, beginning at 7:30 P.M. This sale will probably attract a large crowd, as it will have all the interest of a lottery, as no one knows what the packages contain.


The New Zealanders continued their performances at the town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings. The distribution of gifts, especially of the gold watch and diamond ring, was generally declared a “snide” game, and caused considerable indignation.


The board of trade held its first meeting at the People’s bank Friday afternoon to fix the time for the monthly meetings and to appoint standing committees.


Miss Anna Barrows of Boston will give a lecture upon bread making and meat cooking, with some hints about pastry, at Grange hall next Tuesday evening. She is one of the editors of the American Kitchen Magazine and is a teacher of domestic science.


Mrs. Mary Howe-Lavin will close a remarkably successful season of grand opera and concert in Berlin in about two months, and, unless something unexpected happens, when will return to Brattleboro with her brother, Lucien Howe, about May 1.

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Claudio Mörth Wins 2018 Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A 17-year-old Austrian bested 40 of the world’s top up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Claudio Mörth, performing for a crowd of several thousand spectators, came within one meter of matching the hill’s long-distance record of 104 meters, with Matej Likar, 27, of Slovenia placing second and Dominik Schwei, 17, of Austria third.

Marlboro College senior Chris Lamb, 28 of Andover, N.H., ranked fourth, missing the podium by one point.

Mörth, who speaks German and dabbles in English, Italian and Spanish, said of his winning leap: “When I jumped, I fly.”


"What District Are You In?"

"What District are you in?"

Map of Brattleboro Voting Districts: http://bit.ly/2CsMex0   

Tuesday, March 6 - Town Elections will be held at the

 Municipal Center, second floor, Selectboard Meeting Room, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerks Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 5.

Saturday, March 24 - Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 am at the Brattleboro Area Middle School multi-purpose room.


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burger, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Feb. 19th - Feb. 23rd

Mon - BBQ pulled pork, macaroni salad, cole slaw
Tues - mild tacos, beans, & rice
Wed - fried keilbasa, potatoes, carrots, & cabbage
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Fri - crab cakes w/ onion rings


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23



Feb. 20 - Boston Baked Beans

Frankfurters on a Roll

Sweet Potato Wedges

Cole Slaw

Melon Salad


First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A young Austrian bested 40 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Claudio Mörth won the most total points in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Matej Likar of Slovenia just a half of a point behind.

In the men’s U.S. Cup, Decker Dean, 17, of Colorado finished first, with Greyson Scharffs, 16, of Utah second and Evan Nichols, 14, of New Hampshire third.


Gun Culture and The Left

“Laws never made men a wit more just.” –Henry David Thoreau

An Op/Ed By David Van Deusen

Every day I am honored to call rural Vermont my home. Our rugged mountains and vast forests are home to some 600,000 hardy Vermonters. Politically we are the most leftist state in the nation; all of our children have universal healthcare, our minimum wage is $10.50 an hour (with a serious movement towards aching a $15 an hour livable wage), our unemployment rate is 2.8%, we practice a form of direct democracy at the local level (Town Meeting) whereby every citizen is a legislator, democratic socialists (Vermont Progressive Party) are elected to 10 seats in the Statehouse and hold the positions Lt Governor & State Auditor, Socialist Bernie Sanders is one of our two US Senators, and we have no gun control. We also have the lowest rates of violent crime in the nation. On average we have ten murders, total, a year; half of those committed with guns. We are no utopia, this is true. But we are far above most the rest of the United States when it comes to our politics, our social programs, and our standards of living.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 20, 2018

Remember the news about the $2.3 million pollution control grant? At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will accept and appropriate those funds for reducing the debt on the waste water treatment facility.

The board will grant annual liquor licenses, consider abating some taxes, hear from new friends of cemeteries, consider a PILOT agreement for the Windham Solid Waste Management District, and more. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brew Barry Conference Room #2 at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Storytelling with Dr. Joyce Duncan! A Pop-Up Event @ Brooks Memorial Library

This is a Pop-Up Event!!

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, February 15th between 4 and 5 pm, Dr. Joyce Duncan will be telling stories here at Brooks Memorial Library in celebration of African American History Month. She has been visiting schools, and we are both honored and lucky that she offered to stop by for a visit!

This will be in the old Local History Room on the Mezzanine.
See you there!



Donald Trump has a penchant for insulting people. A favorite target is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He regularly calls her "Pocahontas" as a slur.

Today Warren went to the National Congress of American Indians to address the issue. And what she said was powerful.

Warren addressed head-on the controversy over her claims to Native American heritage and the president who
keeps calling her “Pocahontas” because of them.

Here’s an excerpt from Elizabeth Warren’s speech:


Punch and Judy on Ice by Modern Times

PUTNEY- Southern Vermont’s favorite puppet theater event for young audiences returns for its 10th season of performances, workshops and school engagements. Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series kicks off on Saturday, February 17th at 11am and 2pm with two public performances at Sandglass Theater.

“Punch and Judy On Ice” celebrates the season with a story of the world's most well-preserved puppet character! In this ever-evolving saga by Modern Times Theater, Mr. Punch is trying to beat the winter blues. He dances with his wife Judy, subdues a crocodile, trains his dog Toby (who looks suspiciously like a skunk), and more! Live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) accompanies his hilarious journey.


I Found Your Ukulele

To Whomever lost their ukulele,

I found it on Tuesday morning February 13, 2018.

Please contact me via email at booksfromvermont at yahoo and describe the uke, and where you lost it, so I can get it back to you.



Brattleboro Closures on Presidents' Day

In observance of Presidents’ Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2018, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, February 18 and February 19. All other violations will be enforced.


Country Western Jamboree February 18 Has Moved

Spread the word! The Country Western Jamboree has been moved to the Eagles Club on Chickering Dr. (The change is due to water damage at the VFW) on Sunday, 2/18 from 1:00-6:00pm. Please share this information with anyone who may be planning to attend!!


Absentee Ballots Now Available and Other Helpful Brattleboro Election Information

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 6th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 5.

Sample ballots can also be found on our website at www.brattleboro.org.

Polling place for all three districts in Brattleboro is the Selectboard Meeting Room, second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.


Would You Like Some Spam?

We have a number of checks and balances built into the iBrattleboro system to keep you, dear reader, from ever seeing submissions by spammers.

The submissions come in at a regular pace, and are in two categories. The first are people who try to join to get an account to post spam. This is why we ask new members to tell us something that lets us know you are from around here. Foreign spammers and mindless bots can't name anything, and we delete their attempt. We see lots of spammers with Russian email accounts, but also attempts from China and other places.


Main Street Arts Hands-on Concert Features Keelan, Weeks

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Main Street Arts continues its Hands-on music series with a concert Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Classical by Intention: Bach, Stravinsky and Fauré will feature Hugh Keelan on piano and violinist Gudrun Weeks.

The program includes the Duo Concertant by Igor Stravinsky, J.S. Bach’s Concerto nach Italienischen Gusto (‘Italian’ Concerto) and Sonata for Violin and Piano in A by Gabriel Fauré.


Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview - Shanta Lee Gander

In preparation for voting on March 6, we are presenting interviews with each of the Selectboard candidates. Let me introduce Shanta Lee Gander, running for one of the two available 1-year seats on the board.

Introduce yourself... who are you and what should people know about you?

I am Shanta Lee Gander and I have worn many hats in Brattleboro as a multi-faceted professional and artist. In my nine years of living here, I have served as the president of the Arts Council of Windham County, coordinated the Slow Living Summit, and designed and taught a social justice course for Oak Meadow. In some of my work, I have been instrumental in building relationships within the region and finding ways to bring individuals within and outside of New England to Brattleboro, VT.


BCTV Schedules Week of 2/12/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/12/18

Monday, February 12, 2018

12:00 am The Best Pictures - 1-15-18

1:00 am Artistree - Benefit Concert for Puerto with The Contenders

2:52 am UVM Extension - Master Gardener on Beekeeping


iBrattleboro Poll

The place I live is

an owned house
37% (16 votes)
a house with a mortgage
34% (15 votes)
an apartment
18% (8 votes)
a condo
9% (4 votes)
0% (0 votes)
a residential facility
0% (0 votes)
whichever friend will put me up
0% (0 votes)
I house sit for others
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 43

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