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The Engineers of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad are now in this place, engaged in locating the road at this end of the route.


Farm For Sale. The well know farm lately owned and occupied by Income Jones, deceased, is now offered for sale on the most reasonable terms. Said Farm contains about Ninety Acres of good Land, situated three miles West of Brattleboro Village.


Town Meeting Resolution: That the town of Brattleboro choose a committee of three persons for the purpose of looking up facts and incidents connected with the early settlement of the town, and also with its late history, in order to cause the history of the town to be written if thought best, and report at the next Freemen’s meeting.


Cheeky! - to advertise “new spring goods” with six feet of snow on the ground, and a fair prospect of six feet more to come.


At least two feet of snow has fallen since last Friday. The railroads have been badly blocked, and trains run very irregularly.


Town meeting was quite fully attended, and the proceedings were conducted in a quiet, intelligent and becoming manner. In the matter of grading High and Green streets, the selectmen were authorized to act in their own discretion.


The subject of Rev. E.W. Whitney’s lecture next Sunday night will be, “The Tongue; its Abuse and Use.”


The day was fine and there was a moderate attendance of voters at the annual March meeting on Tuesday. It was voted that, if the village of Brattleboro does not reorganize its fire department and make it a paid organization, the town will exempt its firemen, to the number of 240, from the payment of a poll tax.


The readiness and unanimity with which the town voted the $4000 asked for to build a soldier’s monument is a matter for congratulation. It seems to be generally conceded that the most fitting site for the monument is, and no doubt it will be placed, at the junction of Main and Asylum streets, in front of the High school building - the spot where the artist Mead erected his Snow Angel, of which it will be, we trust, a not unworthy successor.


A branch organization of the Knights of Labor has been instituted here, but its list of officers and all matters pertaining to it are kept dark.


Invitations are out for the Vermont wheel club’s first annual concert and ball to be given at Crosby hall next Tuesday evening. The boys mean to make it one of the most successful social events of the season.


The Brattleboro polo team will play a match game with the Greenfields at that place next Tuesday evening.


The town did well in voting on Tuesday to have a new lock-up built, and we have no doubt the committee appointed will look the ground over carefully and decide on the best plan available for its construction. We believe it to be worth considering whether a good place for it cannot be made in the rear end of the town hall basement under the public library room.


The meeting called by the school committee for Monday evening, to be held in accordance with a vote passed at the last annual school meeting, drew out people of the district to the number of - five. The committee appeared to be in doubt whether the lack of interest manifested in the meeting was derogatory to them, or complimentary.


The movement on town meeting day to strangle the town liquor agency failed, as it deserved to do. To deprive the people of Brattleboro of the means which the law provides for obtaining liquors in a lawful way would be little short of an outrage.


One runner of the sleigh in which Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Hopkinson were riding yesterday sank in the soft snow at the corner of Pine and Canal streets throwing them out into the slush, from which they emerged in a plight which was very disagreeable to say the least.


A test of the new police signal was made Wednesday night. Bailiff Galvin telephoned to the telephone exchange to have the red globe on the top of the People’ bank flagstaff lighted, and in one minute and six seconds Chief of Police Hall appeared at the exchange.


What a godsend it was to the town meeting orators that Dr. Hamilton offered that street railroad resolution. Otherwise their bottles of eloquence must have gone uncorked for another whole year.


Tuesday’s March meeting was run on an express train schedule during the first hour of its proceedings, and a half hour of discussion over the management of the street railroad was all that saved it from falling to a dead level of dull monotony.


Fred Harris spoke at length of an airport from Brattleboro at Town Meeting, and hoped to place it on the agenda for the following year. Reconstructing the Whetstone footbridge was defeated, and a limit to daylight savings time was tabled.

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Setting The Record Straight Re: Amendments

Because the media are not perfect, there are three misconceptions that persist about the amendments and I would like to clear them up in these last days before the election.

First, the charter clearly shows how the representative town meeting (RTM) restricted the rights to call for votes.  Anyone can check this our on the town web site:  See, click “Charter, ordinances” > “charter”. 

The RTM did uselessly lower a signature requirement but at the same time authorized
themselves to vote first and block the petitioned article from the ballot.  Their revision (charter article III 2 B)


Living Whist

Those who follow This Day In History on a regular basis might recall a couple of mentions of members of the community rehearsing to perform as cards for an upcoming entertaining exhibition of "Living Whist." Well, you will be pleased to know that the event was a success.

Below you'll find the almost complete account of the event as told in the Phoenix on March 3, 1895. (The scanned newspaper was torn in one place, so I copied as much as was available.)

If we have any whist players, perhaps the game could be explained a bit?


"What You Been Smoking?"

Speaking rhetorically about legalizing marijuana, I hear the repeating theme that VT needs to do it right, especially every time CO and WA is brought up.

But I have wondered of late, how it is that we can do it wrong?

The unbiased reports from CO especially, and WA all report the upshot results of marijuana legalization are very favorable by every indicator. Yet, except for the deranged Patrick 'Druggy' Kennedy's so-called Smart group it's not clear exactly what can go wrong.


5:45: 2/27/15

The Fairpoint workers strike is finally resolved on a Friday edition of 5:45 Live that includes more from the NRC with Thursday's NDCAP meeting, lots of town meeting prep and much more. Click here to find it at


Weekend Comedy Series: Sinbad - Afros and Bellbottoms

A member of marching band and the math club. A basketball player. A member of the Air Force. Sinbad has been all of these things, but he is best known for comedy.

His style is very clean. I can almost avoid giving the warning for bad language with his show, in which he often comes across as a big kid, or maybe a nutty uncle. He seems like he would be fun to invite to a party.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 3, 2015

A new dog park for Brattleboro? It will be up for discussion at the next regular Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, to be held in the BCTV studios to make room for Election Day activities on the second floor of the Municipal Center.

The board will hear legal opinions on bonds and bids, hear about the new zoning ordinances being planned, continue with decisons relating to Pay As You Throw, and will discuss assessing penalties and/or suing Brattleboro businesses to collect the business license fees.

You can participate by attending in person, or you can watch on BCTV. We'll have the full account here the day after.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


iBrattleboro Interview Update: John Allen & Donna Macomber

Questions were sent to all three candidates running for Selectboard. As of Friday afternoon, neither Donna Macomber nor John Allen has replied.

If either answers the questions, we'll post them here for the enlightenment of voters.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, March 2, 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


Teams Sought for Bowl for Kids' Sake Benefit April 4

Brattleboro, VT--Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 34th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Saturday, April 4. The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.


Local Soapmaker Launches Kickstarter Project

Love to shop local?  Love all-natural products? Want skin and eco-friendly soaps, cleansers, and cleaners? Want to help a Brattleboro small business succeed?

Scrub Your Soul has been making and selling hand crafted soap and home products for over 10 years. I'd love to expand further (and even approach the co-op about carrying my products) but I need to make sure I can meet demand before I do that.


A Petition For A Guy Serving a LIFE Sentence For Selling Marijuana

His Governor is considering clemency

Seems too obvious not to pass on.

Here's the link.


Dr. Craig Rinder Joins BMH Physician Group

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Craig Rinder, MD, will join BMH Physician Group, effective March 2, 2015.

When the transition is complete, Dr. Rinder’s current practice, known as Craig Rinder, MD, LLC, will be called BMH Urology. Its offices will still be located at 375 Canal Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. The new phone number for making appointments will be 802-251-8720.

Dr. Rinder has been practicing urology in Vermont and New Hampshire for over 17 years. His practice provides medical and surgical care for illnesses involving the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra), the adrenal glands and the male reproductive tract.


FCC Vote Opens Opportunities

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to regulate broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. In ordinary speak, this is Net Neutrality. It eliminates threats of a multi-tiered system, where certain bandwidth costs more than other bandwidth depending on what you want to access.

The actual rules will be published in the near future, but the impact is a good one for anyone who has, or is wanting to start, a site on the internet. Your site will remain as accessible as all others.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 1

Route 30: One-Way Traffic and Night Work: Night work on the new bridge Route 30 will be conducted Monday night, March 2nd through Friday night, March 6th. Traffic on Vermont Route 30 within the work zone will be reduced to one-way starting later this week, so that the team can work on a very slight realignment of Route 30. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only, and flaggers will be present to control traffic. The work will be completed by the end of next week.

I-91 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.


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