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First Universalist Society organized in Brattleboro on this day.


We were in hope before going to press, to be able to say just how much stock had been subscribed to the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road, but we are not. — The amount, however, is about $300,000, and the subscriptions are still going on. The farmers in the neighboring towns are doing their duty upon the subject.


The return of Spring has reminded us of a subject which has long occupied our own thoughts, and to which we wish to call the attention of our citizens — the present condition of our village burial ground. No place in our village is so frequently visited, both by citizens and strangers, as this, and yet there is none that is more unsightly in itself, or that brings so much reproach upon our good taste and cultivated feelings.


The office of Town Agent for the sale of spirituous liquors under the law of 1852, has been removed to the building on the corner of Main and High streets. There is no doubt that these liquors are as pure as can be obtained in the country.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., a young and promising artist of our village, has recently completed a bust, in Italian marble, of the late Leonard Wheeler, which is in every way creditable to his genius. He has never received any instructions in this department of art, yet his first attempts will compare favorably with the matured productions of men of fame.


For the benefit of those persons who have thus early in the season begun to steal plants and flowers from lots in the cemetery, it may be well to say that a liberal reward has been offered for the discovery of any party or parties guilt of such depredations, and that, in case of their detection, a determination is expressed to give them the full benefit of the very stringent provisions of the law upon this subject.


The interior of the Roman Catholic church is to be frescoed, 14 memorial windows and new seats put in, and a main entrance and broad aisle built. Services for the next two or three months will be held in the armory.


The committee of arrangements for the Memorial-day exercises make the usual request for gifts of flowers, which should be taken to the lower town hall as early as possible on Thursday morning.


The Chesterfield bridge has taken shape with great rapidity the past week, and will be ready for the flooring early next week.


Peas are in bloom in Geo. E. Crowell’s garden.


Charles F. Hill was arrested Monday by Sheriff Starkey, charged with stealing hens. He was arraigned before Justice Royall Tyler. He pleaded guilty and was fined about $5 and costs.


The material for the electric railroad has nearly all been received. There are 15 to 20 carloads of rails, bolts, straps, tools, etc.


The highway is being widened, new gutters put in and other improvements made on High street near the foot of the hill leading to the avenue.


The bailiffs have posted notices in the rear of the buildings and stores on the east side of Main street, forbidding the dumping of rubbish down the railroad bank.


Brattleboro town voters approved a $5.4 million bond issue to expand and renovate our town school buildings.

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May 24 Organ Barn Recital Features Baroque Repertoire of N. Germany

Guilford, Vt. -- Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) is hosting its 7th annual Spring Recital & Holiday Cookoutbeginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Tree Frog Farm in idyllic rural Guilford. This year's Tracker Organ program focuses on music from the North German baroque, repertory for which the c. 1897 instrument is uniquely suited. 

All the works on the program, except one, are concerted. The exception is Dietrich Buxtehude’s Toccata in F, played by the afternoon’s guest organist, Ken Olsson. It starts the show with some virtuosic fireworks.  


Brattleboro Area Hospice Invites All to Annual Memorial Planting Service

On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host its 18th Annual Memorial Planting Service. The event will take place at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park on Guilford Street in Brattleboro. The public is encouraged to attend.

The community is invited to join together to honor and remember loved ones who have died by planting flowers, painting memorial messages on stones to be placed in the garden, and by listening to the music of the Hallowell singers.


Bush-Clinton '16

I really wish they'd just run together and save everyone time and money:

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served."


Solar Workshop Offered

Learn the basics of solar at this free informational workshop, featuring a presentation by Kirk Shields of Green Mountain Power. Attendees will learn the advantages of solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available, including community solar. Local installers will be on hand to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required – to sign up, contact Paul Cameron at (802) 251-8135 or at pcameron@brattleboro.org.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 17


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.

Route 30

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/18/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/18/15

Monday, May 18, 2015

12:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

1:45 am Hell, Fire, and Brimstone

2:00 am Abydos Egypt - Uncovering Egypt's Ancient Past Pt 2

3:00 am Israeli Elections, American Jewry - The Road Ahead 4/26/15


Bear Spotted in the Retreat Woods, 5/17, Evening

FYI, be aware that a bear was sighted this evening, 5/17, between around 7 and 7:30 pm in the Retreat Woods. It was a full-grown adult, and ran away from my dog and me when we surprised it. Location: between the "Just for Fun" trail and the highway, relatively close to Greenhill Parkway and Western Avenue. No cubs were seen.

Ralph Meima


The Askance Dance Craze

In this maze of small town life, with our limited number of streets and alleys, and the weight of time’s accumulation, we can’t help but run into each other. With frequency. Or under some law of chance beyond our grasp. And as we carry our histories around, when we see each other when we do we’d sometimes rather not.

There's no controlling bumping into anyotherbody, so cunning methods of evasion are needed ‘to keep the peace’. Otherwise our aversions and misgivings, affronts and harbored hurts, the less pleasant stuff which comprise no small part of our histories, would be breaking out all over. Can't have that in 'civil society'.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - Week of May 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 18 – May 22

May 18          


Baked Potato


Pineapple Chunks


Howling Dog

Large dog Enzo is all alone down in his apartment and has been howling and barking since 9 AM. His owner, our tenant, hung up on me when I called her at work. The neighbor who lives upstairs from Enzo is on a work related phone conference call until 1pm and the noise makes it very difficult for him to do his work. The dog warden doesn't work today.



Weekend Comedy Series: Lewis Black

Lewis Black is a comedian who is very good at being angry. Vein-popping angry, about people, media, and politics. You can consider him a loud-mouthed social critic.

This is “Red, White and Screwed,” a performance at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. that was filmed at an HBO special in 2006. He’s in rare form, talking about Bush and Cheney’s 6th year in office. Ahh, the good old days.


Stroll Seeks Teams To Enter Human Foosball Tourney At Expo

You can play chess with human chess pieces, on a very large board. But the players don't get much exercise, since it's a pretty slow game.

Not so with human foosball. Strolling of the Heifers is looking for teams of 6 players each to compete in its first-ever human foosball tournament. Excitement and action is guaranteed.

The tournament will take place on the Retreat ground during the Slow Living Expo on Saturday, June 6, following the Strolling of the Heifers Parade.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 19, 2015

For their fourth weekly meeting in a row, the Brattleboro Selectboard plans to formally adopt the enterprise fund budgets discussed at their previous week's meeting. The annual contract with Rescue, Inc., a conversation with the Arts Committee, a Town Plan public hearing, and approval of grants will also be topics of conversation and/or action.

You can participate in person at the Municipal Center, and bring up items that aren't on the agenda during the scheduled public participation portion of the program.


Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:00am at the Creamery Bridge on Western Avenue.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 23rd

On May 23rd, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.


Westminster West Plant Sale

The Westminster West School invites you to its annual (and much anticipated!) spring plant sale, on Saturday, May 23 from 9am - 1pm. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers.

All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library. (Rain date is Sunday, May 24)


Corporatists - The Men Who Stopped Time

Did you know that wealthy men are corporate men; and that poor men are also corporate men?

The first corporate man was an Abbott who ran a monastery. He considered his shareholders, namely the owners (the church), the physical plant (monastery) and the workers (monks and deacons), important enough to their continued success to devise a means to protect them all from liability. He did this by “incorporating” his monks into entities.It was royalty and aristocrats who took it a step further. They wrote and enacted laws for a chartered body to become a “corporation.” They then wrote the trade laws and granted exclusive rights to those chartered companies.


Monday Morning Movies at Brattleboro Senior Center


The Brattleboro Senior Center

 207 Main St.

June Showings

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