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A Desirable Farm For Sale, in Brattleboro, Vt., The subscriber will sell his Farm in Brattleboro, consisting of about 140 acres of good Land, with suitable and convenient Buildings. Amongst other advantages, it has upon it a good apple orchard - young trees of select ingrafted fruit, and a thrifty sugar orchard. Elisha Prouty.


A large number of buildings will probably be erected in the southern portion of the village, on the hill opposite the cemetery, during the coming season. Many of our enterprising mechanics have purchased building lots on which they will place neat and substantial edifices. This location bids fair to be one of the most desirable in our very pleasant village.


L.G. Mead, Jr. has this week received from the Rutland Marble quarries two large blocks of superior statuary marble for his contemplated statue of Ethan Allen, The blocks are each six feet in length and more than three feet square. Mr. Mead has erected a building near the depot in which the rough work connected with making this statue will be done.


It isn’t often that parsnips, fresh from their native earth, are to be had at this time of year, but we notice that they are now in the market in abundance. A year ago nothing short of a charge of dynamite would have brought them out of the ground.


A new boring machine just completed at Barrett’s machine shop is a fine specimen of mechanical skill, and was made to be used in the manufacture of sewing machine tables for a company in New Jersey. It bores 14 holes at one time.


In response to a petition, a special village meeting has been called for Monday afternoon, Jan. 31st, to see whether the village will vote to accept the proposed amendments to the village charter. Our own view was that it would be better to wait until a sufficient time had elapsed to wipe out all personal and angry feeling on the subject before a second meeting was called.


Through mail service over the narrow gauge road to South Londonderry began on Tuesday.


The Wheel club boys have sent out invitations for their annual concert and ball to be held on Friday evening of the next week. The handsome rooms of the club will be at the disposal of guests during the evening. It is said that the boys have a scheme on foot to introduce an electric light in the hall for the festive occasion.


The performances of the St. Bernard dogs last week were interesting and satisfactory to the well-filled houses which attended them. The dogs were well-trained, but the attractive thing about them was their native intelligence and good temper.


I.B. Thorn and D. Leonard have formed a copartnership, under the style of “The Thorn Hop and Burdock Compound Company,” for the purpose of making and pushing the sale of Mr. Thorn’s hop and burdock compound, together with his cough cure and hop and burdock plasters.


Some of the residents of Oak and Grove streets are suffering from an invasion of gas into their houses, occasioned by a leakage from one of the street mains, which as yet the gas companies fail to locate.


Last Sunday evening at the Universalist church, Mr. Maxwell gave a very thoughtful address on the subject of “Crime.” He touched briefly on the increase and causes of crime and criticized the methods of punishment employed at our penal institutions.


“A Romance of Coon Hollow” drew an audience of 600 people to the Auditorium last Saturday evening. Southern life as depicted, and the songs and dances by the Carolina darkies make pleasing specialties. The characters were well taken as a whole.


The Free Library has had nearly 125 volumes of new books placed upon its shelves this week through the generosity of Miss Julia Chester Wells of New York whose name, in connection with that of her father, will long be remembered by patrons of the library.


Retting Brothers have disconnected the gas pipes in their furniture store this week and are putting in a system of electric lights throughout.


The 172nd Infantry Band is organized, with Master Sergeant Alson J. Dugan as Band Leader. The band recruited up to 38 men.

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Emotional Musings Provoked By Squirrels

I was watching squirrels this morning and enjoying their peanut-driven antics when my mind went on one of those tangents far afield, this time pursuing the question of emotions in animals. The squirrels appear to have them, but are they anything like ours? If animals didn't have emotions, would anything ever happen? Then it hit me -- emotions are the spur that keep us going.

This led me to enumerate some emotions and decide what I thought about their practical uses if not their evolutionary beginnings. Here are my positings:


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 PM. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, sandwiches and soups are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Jan. 22nd - Jan. 26th
Mon - Salisbury steak, gravy, mashed potato & veg
Tues - fried ham, fried potatoes, & veg
Wed - reuben sandwich w/ French fries
Thur - lasagna w/ salad
Fri - shrimp scampi w/ salad


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 22 thru January 26

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 22 thru January 26


Jan. 22 - Spaghetti & Meatballs

Cauliflower w/peppers

Garlic Bread



Brattleboro Street Closures for Tree Removal

The Town of Brattleboro has authorized Renaud Tree Care to temporarily close two streets to remove hazardous trees, as follows:

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Chapin Street will be closed to thru traffic between Linden Street and Oak Street from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 24.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Vine Street will be closed to thru traffic between Pleasant Street and Locust Street from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 26.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY19 Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be present for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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



It seems we've always needed “shitholes” (Perhaps to placate lower-class whites by boosting their egos?)

Back in 1848 when my ancestors migrated, Ireland was the shithole. The Irish weren't considered “white”. They were relegated to the most difficult and dangerous jobs like building the railroads because they were expendable.

A few years later, as the Irish rose in society, Poland became the shithole. Subsequently, Italy replaced Poland.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee will meet on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro ADA Committee will hold a special meeting Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden located at 157 Main Street.

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


Which Reality Do You Mean? A Look At VR, AR, MR, and SR

In the world of computing there a few flavors of reality. Can you tell your VR from your AR? Let’s look at some of the most popular realities available today.

To start, we have Reality. This is the world as it actually exists. No headsets or equipment required. It’s free and open-source.


Governor Phil Scott Desperately Searching For Excuse To NOT Sign New Marijuana Legalization Bill!

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is still desperately searching for an excuse to NOT sign the new marijuana legalization Bill in Vermont.


..."Scott says he has decided to sign H. 511, the marijuana legalization bill, between Thursday afternoon and Monday’s deadline."...


Incident on Elm Street?

This morning, about 9, two fire engines were staked out on Elm between Elliot and Flat.

Anybody know what happened?


Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.


Statement From Governor Phil Scott On The Passing Of Timothy O'Connor, Jr.

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement regarding the passing of Timothy O’Connor, Jr., former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives:

“Today I join Vermonters and legislative leaders in mourning the loss of former Vermont House Speaker Tim O’Connor. Speaker O’Connor will be remembered for his impartiality and fairness during his time as Speaker, and the kindness and respect he carried with him throughout his life.


Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Tim O'Connor

The O’Connors have been friends since I was a young lawyer starting my practice. Tim had such a great sense of humor, especially when it involved the Irish. I told Martha this morning how I will miss him but that I’ll look, every day, at the walking stick he brought me from Ireland.

Marcelle and I remember so fondly the meals at their home, and how they cared for us and our children. His love of our state was matched by his devotion to his family.


Parking Lot Snow Removal in Brattleboro Wednesday Evening

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.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Passing of Timothy O'Connor

Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Selectboard began on a rather sad note, with John Allen explaining that Tim O’Connor had passed away earlier in the day. 

With both Kate O’Connor and Tim Wessel absent for family matters, the small board raced through their agenda and ending before 7 pm.


Senator Calls Out Secretary of Homeland Security For Selective Amnesia: Complicity With Racism

At a Senate hearing, Senator Cory Booker passionately chastised Trump's Homeland Security Secretary for claiming not to remember what Trump said about African Countries.

Senator Booker cited Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel and others, and said that, "the greatest people in this country, spoke out against those who have convenient amnesia or are bystanders." Senator Booker told the Secretary that he knows she is aware of a GAO (Government Accounting Office) report that shows that since 9/11/2001 73% of violent extremist incidents that lead to death in this country were committed by far-right hate groups with anti-minority ideologies. He then asks whether as to whether, as Secretary of Homeland Security she spend 73% of her time is spent on white racist hate groups, or on people in fear of racist attacks.


VT Alert Upgrade

Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov) has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its alerting capabilities for Vermonters. As part of the upgrade, you must re-register for the new system if you still want to receive alerts and notifications. The Town of Brattleboro also has the capabilities of sending local emergency messages to residents by way of phone, email and text message. If you have not previously registered, you are encouraged to go to www.vtalert.gov and register. VT Alert is the notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.


BCTV Schedules Week of 1/15/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/15/18

Monday, January 15, 2018

1:00 am Digital Civic Underground

2:46 am Common Good Vermont - A Legislative Update with the Public Assets Institute

3:00 am Little Jug - Some Poems for Dad

3:30 am Artful Word - Burlington City Arts Artist's Talk - Professor John Willis


Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History

Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History  http://www.flickr.com/photos/22650076@N04/7145034325

I scanned some of my family history documents, Bills of sale of Slaves, including children, etc.  My browser is now out-dated so I can't check to see if the link is still good, and the library is closed today.

You will note that my last name, Ericson, isn't on the Slave documents, because my great-grandfather, Larse Ericson, sailed over from Sweden at age 10 and married Elizabeth Margruder (known in our family history to be part Native Indian).  My grandfather, George Robert Ericson, was born on the Hemp Lawn Farm on the Benson Pike in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which was where the Slaves lived and worked before the Civil War.


Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A bit of Martin Luther King Jr, on MLK Day:

"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

— Letter From a Birmingham Jail1963


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