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Elizabeth Rowell Thompson born in log cabin at Lyndon, Vermont.


Boy Wanted, Of good habits and disposition, about 12 or 14 years of age, to work in a Family. Enquire of Wm. W. Fessenden.


Drugs and Medicines. Williston & Tyler, have recently replenished their stock. Among the articles, are Protoiode Mercury, Iodine, Iodeiron, Hyd. Potash, Veratrine, Kreosote, Morphine, Ammoniated Tartrite Iron, &c. Physicians and Families, supplied on the lowest terms, and every article warranted.


Mr. J. F. Willard having taken the shop in the lower room of Estey’s Building, formerly occupied by R. Walken, is now prepared to do all kinds of Planing, Sawing and Matching, (usually done at such an establishment) promptly, and in the best possible manner. Mr. W. will also furnish packing boxes, sinks, wardrobes, and every thing else in his line at short notice and on reasonable terms.


F.H. Fessenden has increased the collections in this village, for the relief of the suffering people of Kansas, to over $250. The citizens of West Brattleboro have forwarded about $80 in money, and the ladies have sent on two boxes of clothing.


Mr. Wells Goodhue and wife, being about to remove from their old residence on Main street, gave a grand reception on Tuesday evening last, which was attended by over one hundred guests.


Father St. Onge, our new Catholic priest, promises to deliver at the town hall, on St. Patrick’s day, March 17, a public lecture descriptive of his eight years’ residence among the Snake Indians of Oregon.


A friend who has tried it hands us this recipe for delicious ice cream: To one pint of pure cream add one tea cup of granulated or powdered sugar; flavor to suit the taste, and stir in newly-fallen snow till the mixture is of the usual consistency of ice cream. A dessert can thus be prepared in five minutes which all the arts of Prof. Blot cannot rival.


J.W. Hosford has a very handsome and useful piece of furniture in his rooms at Gregg’s drug store in the shape of a combination writing desk and sewing machine. Any sewing machine can be used on the stand, and when not in use the machine swings down upon a hinge down out of the way and the desk top takes its place.


February is truly a great month for the music-loving people of Brattleboro. First, the Mary Howe testimonial; second, the Artillery band concert, and now here comes the announcement that those prime favorites, the Lotus Glee club, with Miss Marshall, the reader, are booked for the town hall next Monday evening.


All the men who sold ties to be used on the narrow gauge railroad were offered a free ride to Brattleboro last Friday and 15 availed themselves of the opportunity.


“Anarchism” will be the subject of the Sunday evening lecture by Rev. F. W. Sprague at the Universalist church.


The stained glass windows for St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church are being put in place and are already beginning to lend their beautiful and artistic effect to the enlarged and remodeled audience room with its handsome decorations of fresco work. The side windows are eight in number and there will be a double window above the alter.


Mrs. V.O. Jones gave a small fan tan party Tuesday evening which was much enjoyed.


Parents will do well to caution their children not to run in front of the electric cars. Many children of late have indulged in this dangerous sport.


The first public exhibition game of basket ball ever played in Brattleboro will be contested Saturday evening at the armory at 8 o’clock between teams representing the local Y.M.C.A. and Vermont Academy. Basket ball possesses many of the attractions of foot ball, while the roughness of that game is eliminated.


Brattleboro town expenses for the coming year: $28,964.15.

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Guilford Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.  

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.   

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.   


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


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, February 20th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Snow Removal From Brattleboro Streets Thursday 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 streets in the downtown area this evening. Streets will include, but not limited to the following: Elliot, Walnut, Harris, Canal, and Western Ave. If time permits, additional clean up on Main Street may also occur

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Representative Town Meeting Article: Indigenous Peoples' Day

We hope you enjoy this interview with Rich Holshuh regarding a Representative Town Meeting article advising Brattleboro change to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

What question would you like Brattleboro to vote on?

To simply change the holiday observed on the second Tuesday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Why is this an issue for Brattleboro?


Brattleboro Presidents Day Closings

In observance of Presidents’ Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, 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 19 and February 20. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and February 20, 2017.

Trash, recycling, and composting are NOT affected by the holiday. Collections will take place on the normal schedule


Town of Brattleboro Volunteer Energy Coordinator Position Available

On February 13, 2017, the Brattleboro Selectboard announced a vacancy for the volunteer Town Energy Coordinator position. The position is defined in the Town Charter as follows: “Town Energy Coordinator: One 1-year term. The energy coordinator, created by the Vermont Legislature, reviews energy-related material received by the town and advises the town on energy conservation measures. S/he reviews as needed.”

The Energy Coordinator’s job description is as follows:

This person is appointed by the Selectboard and is supervised by the Energy Committee.

In working with the Energy Committee, the Volunteer Town Energy Coordinator gets involved with energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other energy-related matters.


Who's Crazy?

Every family has secrets. Mine had more than its share. If there were a way that my mother could have avoided telling me about Aunt Rose, I am sure that I would never had found out about her.

Rose had been in Rockland State Hospital since the 1930s when her brief marriage failed, and she lost custody of her only child. Now, in 1956, her three sisters (Aunt Fanny, Aunt Yetta, and my mother) were planning a visit. We went in two cars: Uncle Irving’s DeSoto Deluxe, and Uncle Mac’s Oldsmobile Rocket 88. 


Harris Hill Ski Jump Set For Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, 2017

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from Austria, Slovenia and the United States leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.Austria, Slovenia and the United States.


Brattleboro Rabies & Chipping Clinic March 4

Low Cost Rabies AND Micro-Chipping Clinic

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th - 10am to 1pm

Location: Brattleboro Auto Mall (800 Putney Rd. Brattleboro,VT)

Open to pets from everywhere!

$10.00 Rabies Vaccination
$20.00 Micro-Chipping


Mainstream News: USA Heroic in Vietnam 15 Years No Victory 7 Million Dead, TV News: Trump Dangerous

Trump calls mainstream reporters and commentators 80% liars. Blood soaked war-promoting CIA fed monopolized mainstream media accusing Trump supporters and allies of ‘fake news’ has backfired. Essay traces history of genocide justifying media in America. Ramsey Clark expects eventual prosecution of media executives and media celebrities. Five Nazi media celebrities were convicted a Nuremberg. Two hanged.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Solar Agreement Approved, Sidewalk Plow In and Out of Action

The Brattleboro Selectboard took up a number of somewhat ordinary agenda items at their postponed regular meeting Monday evening. Facility updates, grants, certificates of mileage, parking lot contracts and other mundane matters were handled with ease. There was a minor TIF tiff, too.

The high points, perhaps, were discussions of solar net meter credits, the new energy coordinating volunteer position, and news that the most recent storm broke our sidewalk plow.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/13/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/13/17

Monday, February 13, 2017

12:00 am Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Spectacular Sing-Along

2:00 am Chinese New Year Presentation

4:00 am Norwich Bookstore: Cindy Pierce


Brattleboro Monday Night 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.


Monday Evening Snow Removal in Downtown Brattleboro

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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Trivia Night at Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club To Benefit Brooks Library

Calling all trivia buffs and library supporters! This week, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's Trivia Night will benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 13th, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm at the American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St., Brattleboro. Teams can consist of 4 to 6 players. Bring your friends or join a team when you arrive. Dinner is provided by Entera Catering, and a cash bar will be available as well. Admission is $20 and includes dinner and a donation to the Friends.


Dogs Die In Not-Too-Hot Cars

I am sharing this sad story so that citizens who find a dog locked in a car can share that dogs die in cars even on not so hot days.  Tragically, this dog died on a 70 degree F day after being left unattended for three hours. This occured in our neighborhood here in Palm Springs.

Now, if you find a dog locked in a car, and a police officer or store owner dismisses your concern with "it's not that hot out" you can site this case as evidence to support your concern.  Of course science has proven this for years, but we continue to frame the problem as "dogs die in hot cars".  Not always. 


Call for Chamber Singers to Perform on June 17

The Guilford Chamber Singers start rehearsals on February 27 in Brattleboro for their June 17 A Cappella à la Carte event. The Singers are sponsored by Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st concert season. This program will present works by New England composers who have been featured in FOMAG concerts over the years, including at least three world premieres. Composers include Don McLean, Peter Amidon, and Anna Patton, as well as nationally renowned composers Alice Parker and Gwyneth Walker. There are openings for new and returning singers for
all voices. Contact Chamber Singers director Tom Baehr at (802) 387-2796 or the FOMAG office at (802) 254-3600 or office@fomag.org.


Feb. 25: HeartSoulVoice Performs Celtic, Shakespeare & More

Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 51st concert season, will present its annual Midwinter Musicale program on Saturday, February 25, at Guilford Community Church, just over a mile from Exit 1 off the Interstate. The evening will begin with a pre-concert soup supper at 6 p.m., continue at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring the HeartSoulVoice duo from Boston, and be capped by a dessert reception.

The pre-concert light supper, included in the $12 admission fee, will offer hearty homemade soups, Vermont bread and cheese, salad, and fruit. An array of desserts will be served at a post-concert reception.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 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


Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: David Schoales

We hope you enjoy this interview with David Schoales, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard again?

I am running for the three year seat and I want to serve a few more years to help assure the good progress we made over the past four years continues as new members gradually replace us.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I've served on a day care board, health center board, land trust board, school boards, union boards- lots of experience working with others to get things done that will help my neighbors. I'm a good listener, a strong advocate, I love learning new stuff, and I care a lot about what happens to people.


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