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The ladies of the Brattleboro East Society, will hold a Fair at Wantastiquet Hall, on the third day of March next, when will be offered for sale a variety of both fancy and useful articles. There will be a Post Office connected, where all persons desirous, can be accommodated with letters from their friends in any part of the United States. The celebrated Bishop Glee Club, will entertain the company with some of the choicest music. Refreshments of all kinds will be provided, among which will be a loaf of cake containing a Gold Ring. Admittance 12 1/2 cents.


The Festival of the Universalist Society, on Thursday evening of last week, was largely attended and unexpectedly successful. Thirty-one conundrums were presented and read, and Mr. Anonymous took the prize, which was donated in advance by that ubiquitous gentleman to the Society’s Treasurer.


We understand that the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company are making arrangements for a new brick station-house in this village, to succeed the remains of the late frail, unsafe, and uncomfortable structure erected in the snow in 1849. The old building has been partially burned at two different times, to the manifest danger of other property.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., having secured the services of Signor Gagliardi of Rome, Italy, has commenced work upon the statue of Ethan Allen which has been ordered by the State of Vermont for the capitol at Montpelier.


The Eighth Regiment was mustered into service. At Ship Island the Eighth Regiment was assigned to the command of General John W. Phelps, who had begun to "organize and drill negroes," for which he was reprimanded by General Butler.


The lecture of Prof. Snell at the Town Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 10th, was well-attended, listened to with attention, and proved to be instructive and of practical utility. His subject was “The Telegraph.”


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “The Grumbling Laborers.”


The Brattleboro banks have done a very wise and timely thing in putting on a special night watchman to look after their interests. O.N. Stoughton has been assigned to that duty.


The ladies of the Unitarian society will give a “Pound Party” at the town hall on Friday evening next week. Every interested person will carry a package warranted to weigh one pound, and at a suitable hour these packages will be sold at auction without being opened.


How strange that Waite should have run away when, according to his own showing, the bank was owning him something like a quarter of a million dollars!


S. M. Waite seems to forget that figures enough to fill a whole newspaper could not wipe out the fact that the whole capital of the First National bank was dissipated under his management, that he raised not less that $65,000 on forged paper and fraudulent stock, and that he left less than $40,000 of available assets to pay $100,000 of liabilities to depositors and other creditors.


The warrant for the town meeting was posted yesterday. Besides the regular routine business of electing officers, raising money, etc. there is the following special article: "To see of the town will authorize the selectmen to sell and convey the town farm, and invest the proceeds of such sale in another farm for the benefit of said town."


Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton’s block.


Crosby & Co. have the plans practically completed for there new three-story building to be erected on the old foundry site. Work will begin as soon as the spring opens.


The millenium may still be some way off, but it certainly speaks well for Brattleboro - a town now of some 7,000 population - that its police records show only three arrests for drunkenness during the past year.


There is a probability that a book-bindery will be opened here about the first of April.


The toboggan chute comes to a prosaic and practical end in its sale, for something less than $100, to Crosby & Co., who will use the lumber in their new building to be erected on the old foundry site.


The first mushrooms grown in Brattleboro commercially come from Allen’s greenhouses.


Sousa, “The March King,” and his celebrated band will give an afternoon performance at the Auditorium March 11.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Releases Brattleboro Union High School Budget Report

Brattleboro, VT – The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee announced today the release of its report on the Brattleboro Union High School District #6 proposed budget for fiscal year 2019, which will be considered for approval next week by the voters of the four towns in the district. The BUHS Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the BUHS gymnasium.


Downtown 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.


Downtown Brattleboro Street 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 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.


Photojournalism: Take Better Pictures Today!

We all know that good picture gives a news story more impact, and a picture is worth a thousand words. But consider these questions:

How does one think visually to come up with images to complement your words?
What kind of photos are editors looking for?
What are the elements of an effective news photo?


Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview - William D. Forchion

In preparation for voting on March 6, we are presenting interviews with each of the Selectboard candidates. 

First up, William D. Forchion, 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?

William Forchion was born and raised in Hammonton New Jersey. Mr. Forchion is a graduate of Hammonton High School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and earned a B.S. in Metaphysics from The American Institute of Holistic Theology. As a performer William has traveled around the world performing with many acclaimed companies including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Cirque du Soleil and Sandglass Theater of Putney. He has also worked as an actor and stuntman on numerous television and film productions including as an Elf in the Polar Express . 


The Last Dance: Life, Love & Loss in Music, Spoken Word & Movement

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford's (FOMAG) annual Midwinter Musicale begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church. A propos for Valentine's week, this program is a multimedia consideration of love, as it is woven inevitably through the weft of life and loss, and it includes elements of music, movement, and the spoken word.

Last summer, Jessica Gelter, a former trustee and occasional soloist for Friends of Music, proposed performing David Lang's "Death Speaks" song cycle. Lang had won a Pulitzer Prize for his 2007 "Little Match Girl Passion," a choral work based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. To create this 2011 companion piece of five love songs in the voice of Death, Lang combined excerpted texts from a study of over 600 lieder by Franz Schubert. Mezzo-soprano Gelter will perform the resulting 25-minute work with baritone Tony Grobe, violinist Michele Liechti, guitarist David William Ross, and pianist Keane Southard.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Marquis Hill Blacktet

Marquis Hill Blacktet to Appear at the VJC on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Trumpeter Marquis Hill will appear at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, February 17th, at 8:00 PM with his group, the Blacktet, which also features Joel Ross on vibraphone, James Francies on piano, Harish Raghavan on acoustic bass and Jonathan Pinson on the drums.

Marquis Hill emerged into the jazz limelight in 2014 after earning the prestigious award of top prize at the International Thelonious Monk Competition.  Leading up to this, his success was gradual and patiently earned - the result of a clear vision and a disciplined approach nurtured by mentors, hard work and natural talent. After receiving a Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy, Hill won first place in both the 2012 International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Improvisation Competition and the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. One of his mentors, the masterful pianist Willie Pickens (R.I.P.) said in an interview that, when Marquis Hill would come over to his house to study, “he was always focused…every moment that we were together he was trying to get something out of me.” Hill’s earnest motivation to learn and grow are reflected in his successes: his prolific yet careful output, the proficiency he demonstrates on his instrument, his brilliant musical arrangements and his abilities as a bandleader to maintain an identifiable, tightly knit sound even when playing in varied styles.


Heil Trumpler

Our illustrious leader has just
announced that he’s planning to have a ”Grand Military Parade” (his words).

It seems that a few years back there
was a guy named “Adolph” who also liked military parades.


Brattleboro Taxes & Utilities Due

The third installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on February 15th, 2018. Payments made after February 15th, 2018 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on February 15th, 2018. Payments made after February 15th, 2018 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Selectboard Candidates' Forum - Invitation

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates’ Forum

Friday, February 16, 2018

8:00 am


Selectboard Meeting Notes - 2013 Grant Pays Off, Brattleboro Awarded Over $2.36 Million

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a mostly happy meeting Tuesday night. Most seemed happy that their budget meetings were behind them, John Allen was happy he only had a few meetings left on the board, and all were very happy by somewhat surprising news of a very large grant to help pay for the waste water treatment plant.

The board heard a substantially complete report of the police and fire facilities, with final details expected soon-ish. The Main Street bridge will be repaired, highway mileage has been counted, a liquor license issued, committee member appointed, and meetings set. Heated lunches may be soon available at the Gibson-Aiken Center, too.


Mysterious Humanoid Figure

(captured floating in the sky above Sydney - Courtesy: Daily Mail)

more on this and other oddities, look up:

What The Hell Was That Thing?   By James Neff   http://rense.com/general50/whatthe.htm

For many years, people have been photographing and witnessing some very strange aerial phenomena which fall
far outside the classic construct of the "flying saucer," even farther outside the realm of a mere Unidentified Flying Object.


Quite The Dow Drop

I took a short break today to watch an historic event. It wasn't intentional, but I caught the stock market dropping like a rock this afternoon. If you missed it, in less than an hour it went a bit like this:

Hey, look, the DOW is down 500! Wow.

Oh my, it's down 785.  Yes, that's what it says.

Wait, they just updated again. Down about 985 points now.

Whoa! Over 1,000. 


BCTV Schedules Week of 2/5/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/5/18

Monday, February 5, 2018

12:00 am The FEED - 1/31/18

12:30 am The Best Pictures - 1-15-18

1:30 am Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce - BACC Annual Meeting 1/25/18

2:30 am Childhood Trauma - How Childhood Trauma Affects Lifelong Health


Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam. Sunday, Feb 18th, 1-3:30 at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (10 Vernon St) . It’s the 16th annual celebration of its kind in southeastern Vermont. It's a potluck. This year we feature Li Fei Osbourne who will share a dance of the Yi people (one of the Chinese ethnic minorities) and then teach us all a Yi dance. Join us to dance with the Dragon, do group calligraphy, join in a Korean tug-of-war, make a paper lantern or some origami, and sing a New Year's song from East Asia. You don’t have to be Asian or know anything about Asia to participate! 


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 burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, onion rings, sandwiches and soups are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Feb. 5th - Feb. 9th
Mon - hot dogs, homemade baked beans, potato salad
Tues - choice of wings w/ onion rings
Wed - Swedish meatballs over noodles w/ veg
Thur - garlic pork roast, mashed potato, veg
Fri - tuna noodle casserole


VFW Bingo Cancelled 2-7-2018

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no bingo at the Brattleboro VFW Wednesday, 2-7-2018.


Cancelled: Winter Group 2018 Artist Talk

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts will be canceling its Saturday, February 10th Artist Talk due to scheduling conflicts - we apologize for any inconveniences.


Sex and the Single Show Girl

Lately I’ve been running into lots of examples in movies, stories, and books of sexual harrassment of women in show business.  It’s just rampant.  Of course, my media sources aren’t from the present day — the present day is too depressing. I’ve set the dial back to about the turn of the century through the 1930s.  Now that I think of it, these too were depressing times.  But depressing times call for entertainment—so bring on the show girls!  


Help Identifying Trees

Does anybody know what kind of trees these are, and where they grow?


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