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James Fisk, Jr. born at Pownal.


Estey's first business was the pipe and plumbing business purchased of his employer, Stephen Parker, for $1,275. This included not only the shop, which had formerly been a tannery and later the Valley Mill Building, but also Mr. Parker's house on Canal Street.


New Arrangement. Brattleboro and Townshend Daily Line. On and after Thursday, April 1st, the Stage will leave Brattleboro for Townshend every day, Sundays excepted, at 7 1/2 o’clock, A.M. Will leave Townshend for Brattleboro every day, Sundays excepted, at 12 1/2 o’clock, P.M. Connecting at Brattleboro with the Stages for Albany, Springfield, and New York, Worcester, Fitchburg and Boston. R.T. Hall, Proprietor.


At the auction sale of property belonging to the estate of the late John C. Tyler, last Saturday, a wooden heel said to have been worn by the once famous outlaw “Capt. Thunderbolt,” was sold for $2.25, Mr. Geo. H. Salisbury being the purchaser.


The settees for the vestry of the new Methodist church came Wednesday. The pews and carpeting have also arrived, and an early day will see the whole church ready for occupancy.


Hawley is just home from New York, and will be ready early next week to show spring styles in dress fabrics, outside garments, trimmings, etc.


Signed and adopted by 22 farmers: “We the undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together for the purpose of manufacturing and dealing in milk products in Brattleboro, and to be known as the Brattleboro Creamery Association, with a capital stock of $3000, divided into 300 shares of $10 each.”


The few over-confident robins and bluebirds which put in an appearance last week are supposed to have sought the seclusion of the nearest hospital for cold-in-the-head and throat distempers.


Easter cards, souvenirs and booklets are very attractive at Clapp & Jones’s.


Dentist F.A. Woodbury has just placed one of the latest patterns of dental chairs in his Elliot street office.


Special Investigator S.E. Clark of the post office department came to town Monday and spent two days in an investigation of the need and qualifications of the place for the free delivery system. He called upon many leading citizens to obtain their views, and personally visited the several sections of the village. His impressions of Brattleboro were very favorable, and he said the need of the free delivery was greater than in many places of equal size.


The building committee have decided to award the contract for the erection of the new Canal street schoolhouse to Pellett Brothers of Worcester, former Brattleboro boys, sons of J.C. Pellett. The contract calls for a stone building, and the price is about $16,000.


All citizens interested in the question of sprinkling the streets are requested to meet at the lower town hall next Tuesday evening at 7:30. Mr. Crowell does not wish to furnish water for this purpose, and this meeting is to be held to see what action will be taken in regard to raising the money for the purchase of the necessary apparatus.


An experiment has been in progress last week and this on the farm of S.S. Sargeant of West Brattleboro, which has been watched with much interest by those who have known of it. An artesian well is being sunk, for the purpose of securing an additional supply of water to the reservoir in Highland park. If this experiment is a success other similar wells will undoubtedly be sunk.


C. E. Gilman, the new proprietor of the Elliot street stables, was formerly with the Cleveland Bay Horse company, and later was a breeder of Shetland ponies. The ponies which he had when he came to Brattleboro will arrive today, Mr. Gilman’s young son being with them. The ponies will be in a pen at the stables at 80 Elliot street and they will make a rarely pleasing sight for the little folks.


Quartermaster General Gilmore came to Brattleboro last Friday afternoon to inspect the guns of the Fuller Battery which were known to have been slightly out of order at the muster last summer. The guns were taken to the northern part of the island Saturday morning and fired several times, but no serious trouble was discovered.


A petition started by the people of Esteyville is being circulated asking the bailiffs not to change the name of Maple street as proposed.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Emerging Artist Series: Melissa Aldana and The Crash Trio

Melissa Aldana is the third generation in her family to follow the saxophone as her calling. Her father, Marcos Aldana, now considered one of the most important musicians in Chile, was her first teacher. She still performs on the Selmer Mark VI saxophone she received as a treasured gift from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana, who was her father’s teacher. Marcos Aldana’s teaching method was based on transcription: learn the sound quality and improvised solos of those you wish to emulate.

Melissa began her studies on the alto saxophone at the age of six. Melissa stated: “My dad would choose a song that he really liked, so the first person I learned from was Charlie Parker. We would take one phrase, and listen. Then, I would play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him. I think it’s one of the best ways to teach a little kid because I learned everything by listening to the masters.”


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 29

New Text Alert System

A new text alert system for the Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project makes it possible to receive text notifications of:

• Interstate ramp closings,

• Closings of I-91,

• Closings of VT Route 30 (but not single lane closings of Rt 30), and

• Any other situations regarding time sensitive project-related traffic issues.

People can sign up for this service by texting 313131 with the keyword “I91Brat”, or by using the signup widget on the project website www.i91brattleborobridge.com.


Pay-As-You-Throw Information Coming Soon!

We're just about ready to put a town-wide mailing out on the new PAYT program  -- which will start June 29th.  The guide will have a ton of information about all aspects of the residential waste stream -- Pay-As-You-Throw; curbside compost; recycling; hazardous waste, leaf and yard debris and bulky waste.  Also included will be dates of four public meetings to inform our residents about PAYT and two curbside cart distribution days.


Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. 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:


$10,000 Reward: Who Killed Eugene Narrett?

A $10,000 reward is now being offered in the fatal hit-and-run of Eugene Narrett, a 64 year old father who was killed Friday, December 6, 2013 around 7pm while crossing Western Avenue near Union Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. Eugene was an artist. He was showing his paintings at Gallery Walk, when his life ended in the blink of an eye. The driver who hit him was going so fast, police say Eugene was knocked right out of his shoes. He died from his injuries at the scene.


Live at the Future: The Suitcase Junket, Bella's Bartok, Wooly Mar

Matt Lorenz - The Suitcase JunketThe Future Collective keep bringing us great music. Their latest show featured The Suitcase Junket, a one-man band led by Matt Lorenz, a Vermonter now living in Amherst who’s already getting airplay on The River.  In addition to having an amazing voice and top notch songs, in a quirky folk vein, he also knows how to put on a show.  Tuning his hugely beat-up dumpster guitar became part of the act, and everyone enjoyed meeting the band (“this box of assorted metalware is the high
hat…”).  What intrigued me even more than his making random junk sound musical was his ability to do the equivalent of Tuvan throat singing which added an exotic touch. He has a new record, his third, entitled Make Time, which has been getting good reviews.


Qigong for Healing and Living Fully - Stillness

You are your best healer! Come learn how each and everyone of us is born with the innate gift to heal ourselves. In this half-day intensive, you will experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body’s innate healing ability while deepening your capacity to relax and enjoy your life more completely.

Qigong is an ancient form of meditative movement that is over 5,000 years old. In China, qigong is one of the secrets to living a long and healthy life. The simple movements and breathing practices help relax the physical body, calm the mind and raise the spirit. It is an excellent form of preventative healthcare, and also used in treating major illnesses and minor ailments.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place

As part of the Wellness in Windham Spring 2015 calendar, BMH urologist Craig Rinder, MD, will present a program on Monday, April 13 at 6:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Center. His topic of discussion will be kidney stones.

“Kidney stones are notorious for being painful. The feeling has been described as being worse than childbirth labor pains,” says Dr. Rinder. “More than a million kidney stones are diagnosed in the United States each year. About 1 in 10 Americans will suffer from a kidney stone at some point.”


Notes From the Senate - Week 10

One of the things I love about chairing Senate Government Operations is that the subject matter is very diverse - municipal issues, elections, the structure of government, regulation of the professions, and just about anything else. This last week the Senate voted on a bill, S.66, that addresses the needs of the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing. It was one of the many diverse issues before our committee.

While many realize that is has been an issue in Vermont for a long time, the closure of Austine School and the Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing brought it to the forefront. Over the past few weeks, our committee took testimony from state agencies, educators, spokespeople for the Deaf community, parents of deaf children and members of the Deaf community.


A Presidential Candidate - Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced his campaign to become our next president:

“I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America, and that is why today I am announcing I am running for president of the United States.”

He appears to be the first official major party candidate.


Hanne Steinmeyer

I recently learned that Hanne Steinmeyer had passed on.

I met Hanne through the Estey Organ Museum. Her husband Georg was an active member, and she would often assist at events, helping with food, drink, decorations or crowd control. I would often run into her at some point during an event to sit, talk, and sip some wine. Hanne was funny and smart, and retained her German accent.

Lise and I once went with Hanne and Georg to Mass MOCA. On the drive we got to learn a bit about her early years.


Hilltop Montessori Students to Build and Raffle Tiny House with Proceeds to Benefit Morningside Shelter and Scholarships

BRATTLEBORO – Hilltop Montessori School of Brattleboro is launching a “Tiny House Raffle” to benefit the school’s financial aid program and Morningside Shelter. Jamaica Cottage Shop has donated a tiny house kit that Hilltop students and families will assemble this spring. The 7’ x 12’ house is built on a trailer for easy mobility and will be raffled off at 3pm on the Brattleboro Common after the Strolling of the Heifers parade on June 6th.


African Adventure Tales by Crabgrass Theater

Sandglass Theater presents African Adventure Tales by Crabgrass Puppet Theater in Winter Sunshine Series

PUTNEY VT- On March 28th at 1 and 3pm two funny folktales from Africa come to life with vibrant puppets, spectacular scenery, and an infectious musical score. "Koi and the Kola Nuts" is a tale from Liberia in which the young son of a chief sets out on a wonderful journey in search of fortune, carrying only a sack of kola nuts. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when their help saves his life! And in “Anansi and the Talking Melon,” we meet one of the most hilarious trickster characters in world folklore.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/23/15

BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 3/23/15

Monday, March 23, 2015

12:00 am Heartbeat: Israeli-Palestinian Youth Musicians Concert at Goddard College

2:00 am At Landmark: Dorothea Brauer, 'Queering Education' 3/2/15

3:30 am VT Council on Rural Development: Climate Change Summit 2/18/15 Pt 2

5:00 am Tiokasin Ghost Horse at Guilford Community Church


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