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Hon. William Czar Bradley born in Westminster.


Mr. Dodge gave us a capital concert on Thursday evening of last week. Mr. Dodge certainly possesses comic talents of the highest order, and both his acting and singing in that line are admirable. They were new and fresh. His wit and humor were delicate and genuine.


Mr. Eben Putnam, of this town, killed a Cow last week, which weighed, after being dressed, 1185 lbs; when alive 1770 lbs. We can testify that we had a most generous roasting piece out of it, and that it bore ample testimony that the donor not only knew how to make good beef, but also who was the most deserving of a little extra “cut” occasionally.


We desire to earnestly urge upon every interested citizen, young or old, the importance of a full attendance at the school meeting next Tuesday evening; and especially should our leading and substantial men, who are too apt to neglect matters like this, make it a point to be present. Many deeply interested women have expressed a wish to be present and listen to any discussions which may arise, and we hope they will freely embrace the opportunity to do so.


Baker & Horton’s new Rayney patent reel oven works to a charm, and with its aid they are now producing crackers of a quality unsurpassed anywhere.


We call attention of those who visit the school examination, to a finely executed drawing of a Silsby Steam Fire Engine, pencilled by one of the boys of the High school.


The High School. The course is four years in length, and the branches pursued include Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physiology, Grammar, Analysis and Parsing, Bookkeeping, Astronomy, Philosophy, Science of Things, Science of Government, History, Botany, Physical Geography, Latin, French, Reading, Spelling, Composition and Rhetorical Exercises.


This morning at about 8 o’clock an Irishman named Eugene O’Donald was blown up by a premature rock blast and instantly killed. The scene of the accident was the ledge on the east side of Pratt’s hill, near the foot, where Geo. E. Crowell has a gang of men employed in getting out building stone.


The renovation of the library room has been completed and the library was reopened for the use of the public this morning. The woodwork has been painted in parti-colors, a heavy terra-cotta paper with gilt frieze has been laid upon the walls, the ceiling has been given a neutral tint, and the window shutters and floor supports have been painted to harmonize with the walls.


During the past month or six weeks there have been repeated instances of insult to women on the street in the evening, the locality for the most part being in the north part of the village in the vicinity of the common. Two nights ago, the fellow, whoever he may be, made an indecent exposure of himself on the premises of the Sisters of St. Joseph and an attempt was made to capture him, but without success. The case is one for the attention of the authorities.


Mr. Herrick will sell the town farm at Auction April 10.


Maud Banks, daughter of Gen. Banks, will probably appear here in her new emotional play, “Her Evil Genius,” at the town hall, April 16.


F.L. Houghton and J.G. Ullery are in Buffalo this week, attending the meeting of the Holstein-Freisian cattle breeders’ association. They will endeavor to have the Holstein-Freisian Register made the official organ of the association.


The telephone exchange is to be equipped with electric lights.


The office cat is held responsible for much that goes wrong, but it was the office dog that played havoc at the post-office Wednesday night. The dog was accidentally locked in, and before morning became hungry and frisky. He masticated a part of Brother Ase’s traveling bag, and Clerk Leech’s hat, and sampled various other articles. The office force are keeping the affair “a dark secret” and will probably be surprised to read this.


Four hundred to 500 people enjoyed the St. Patrick’s day entertainment given at the town hall Friday evening. The children of the parochial schools were the entertainers, acquitting themselves admirably and showing the good results of the musical training which they have received from the Sisters of St. Joseph.


The new village directory will be ready for distribution in a few days,. It will contain a map and other improvements, and 500 more names than any previous directory. Its accuracy is vouched for.


Counterfeit silver dollars, which so closely resemble the genuine, that they are not noticed in ordinary business transactions, are being circulated in Brattleboro, several having been discovered this week. They all bear the date of 1890. While cast from a perfect die the coin is of light weight and color.


Hackley & Moran have rented the South Main store in the Vinton building and will remove the partitions and use it as a bicycle riding school.


The street sprinkler made the first appearance of the season Monday afternoon.


Commonwealth Dairy opens 39,000 square foot facility in Brattleboro.

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District 1 Caucus - Public Invited

Brattleboro District 1 will caucus just prior to Representative Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25 at Brattleboro Area Middle School beginning at 8:00 AM in the Mulitpurpose Room. Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 AM. District 1 will be accepting nominations to fill and appoint two town meeting member seats for 1 year.

Any residents from District 1 interested in being considered for this position should be present at Saturday’s 8:00AM caucus. The public is invited to attend their district’s caucus and stay for the information meeting.


Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1 (There is a grace period, this year only, until April 3rd due to the fact that April 1 falls on a Saturday). Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:


Impeaching Trump

Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster.  He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest.  No doubt there are other allegations against him, but there is very strong evidence against him on this account, and a call is rising all over the country for impeachment. 

There should be no fear of this action because of Mr. Pence.  Trump is not holding him back now.  First thing's first.  We should heed this call in Brattleboro.  


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 20 to March 24


March 20 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips

Mandarin Oranges


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Water Treatment Expenses Could Top $10 Million, Local Compost Continues

Despite Dick DeGray’s call to freeze rates at current levels, utility rates will remain unchanged while the Town conducts some engineering studies to see how many millions, exactly, will be required to upgrade Brattleboro’s water treatment and water mains. Very preliminary estimates put combined upgrades at over $10 million, and the engineering studies will deterimine actual requirements and costs.

Compost will continue to go to the Windham Solid Waste Management District (only recycling will go to Rutland after July 1), West Brattleboro fire station is in operation and sucking well, Peter Havens will be expanding with new space for special events and Jasmine’s Bakery, energy proposals were deemed non-conflicting, and the board shared some thoughts regarding the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting for Dick DeGray and David Gartenstein.


Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

Back by popular demand, Ukulele-in-a-Day, a 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for anyone wanting to get started on the ukulele, comes to Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT, on Sunday, April 9.

Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick, students will learn: How to tune, How to strum, proper positioning, easy powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and all the skills they'll need to be able to play lots of fun and easy songs.

No musical background is required. A take-home handbook is included, with all info from the class, plus many songs to play. Ukuleles will be available to use for the day, or purchase. 


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Putney Central School


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Brattleboro RTM Act 46 Non-Binding Resolution for School Self-Evaluation

At Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting, it is expected that Representative Andy Davis will introduce a non-binding resolution on the topic of Act 46 and school mergers for members to discuss, debate, and vote upon during "Other Business" at the end of the meeting.

I asked him about the resolution and here's what he said:

"The basic meaning of this is straightforward. We have been unable to form a "preferred" merger under the rules of Act 46. There are provisions in Act 46 for school boards - not the study group - to find an alternative path towards the goals of Act 46. This resolution simply directs the Brattleboro Town School Board to pursue this alternative path under Sec. 9 of Act 46.


Two Factor Authentication, Do It Now!

First let me say sorry for the dramatic title, but seriously,  DO IT NOW!  If you are unfamiliar with what two factor authentication is, it is a way for you to add another security layer for your important logins besides just a password. Many websites and services that contain potentially valuable data will have the ability to use two factor authentication, but it is usually disabled by default.

Why is two factor authentication important? Well, lets just say a hacker is able to obtain your password somehow. Once he tries to log into your account, he will be prompted to enter another code which is typically sent to your cell phone via text or an authentication app. There are some variations in how it works, but you get the idea.


Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Talk with David Rohn

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is excited to offer a very special Artist Talk with David Rohn this Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm. Rohn is the feature of the gallery-wide exhibit David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016, running from March 16-April 30.



Happy Spring!

Celebrate Spring with Erroll Garner:


(Nice day for it)


BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/20/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

12:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop: Winter Blues? Need a Lift?

1:45 am Sustainability Academy: International Fair 2/9/17

3:00 am WWAC: Rodney Bent - US International Developement 3/1/17

4:22 am ArtStory: Season 2 - Ep 1


VFW Lunch Specials 3-20 to 3-24

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - Salisbury steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - 1000 island burger w/ French fries
Wed - stuffed peppers w/ salad
Thur - turkey dinner w/ all the fixings
Fri - coconut shrimp


Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro March 24th!

Join BAJC for a Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro.

All are welcome!

At 6 pm we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, hear a story, and sit down to eat a wonderful meal together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy dessert and will wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some lively z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 21, 2017

It's the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting before Representative Town Meeting, and before the newly-elected members are sworn-in. The current board is still keeping busy, though, with an agenda that includes financial reports, facilities updates, a compost agreement, utility rates, renewable energy proposals, grants, loans, and assignment of duties.

You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 4:00pm, in the Brattleboro Savings & Loan meeting room. NOTE: the change in location for this meeting only.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 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


Everybody's Irish


‘Tis said, that everybody’s Irish for a day on St. Paddy’s.

So, a Happy St. Paddy’s day to all you Irishpersons on this lovely March day!


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent, and Harvie S


On Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in a performance with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. All three are musicians of the highest caliber who have spent years together using the great American Song book as their canvas. Sheila paints with her voice and Alan and Harvie use their instruments to individually create a rich palette of colors and textures. They give us collective art.

Collaboratively the trio comes together to merge their vision: They focus meticulously over predetermined song forms infusing them with what appears to be an uncanny sense of freedom. Their playful interactions are deeply grounded, they are dependent upon an adherence to form, a deep respect for the jazz lineage and a working knowledge of its language. Their spontaneity and unfettered flow of creativity are supported by their open minds, athleticism of ideas and wisdom earned over decades of experience.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 20th


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Bridge Opening Update (Northbound Lanes)

Pending weather conditions, the northbound traffic shift to the new bridge is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. Traffic will be shifted using a rolling road block/slow roll with assistance from (2) deputies from the Sherriff’s office.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


iBrattleboro Poll

Regarding Representative Town Meeting in 2017,