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Band Boxes. A large lot of a very nice quality, for sale by A. E. Dwinell.


Our citizens had a few evenings since an exhibition of a novel and interesting character. The woods upon the Chesterfield Mountain immediately opposite the village, caught fire, and we had a beautiful and imposing exhibition of “fire works,” “without money and without price,” except to the owners of the timber. There were many trees of dry pitch pine, and the finest sight we have beheld this many a day was the fire running and leaping to their tops — and bringing them blazing and crackling to the earth.


Wanted Immediately, 2 First rate Tailoress girls, to work on Coats, to which good encouragement will be given, if application is made within one week. E. Hart.


Astronomical and Regulator Clock. Messrs Chase & Tripp, Watchmakers and Jewelers in this village, have recently procured one of these celebrated clocks for the purpose of regulating the clocks and watches they put in motion. This clock is one of the best constructed and most perfect time-keepers in the world, it having a mercury pendulum which will adjust it to all kinds of weather.


The Protective Grange was organized by Eben Thompson in the brick schoolhouse in West Brattleboro known as District Number 7, with twenty-three charter members.


Selectboard issues warrant with "peremptorily orders to kill, or cause to be killed, all dogs not licensed," which The Phoenix estimates to be half the dogs in town.


Largest log drift, 40 million, ever driven on Connecticut River to pass Brattleboro. High water enabling four crews to work quickly. Logs fill river from White River to the Passumpsic.


The cylinder of the Brooks House elevator was sunk Wednesday morning, going down 35 feet, in the remarkably short time of twenty minutes. The excavation was made by the hydraulic force of the Crowell water works.


To rent: a small tenement; price $8. Inquire at 12 Cedar Street.


This year’s log drive is estimated at 100,000,000 feet, and a force of 600 men and 100 horses are employed.


It is suggested that if all bicycle riders would keep to their own side of the street in meeting other wheels or teams, the danger of serious injury from collisions would be greatly diminished.


It was voted to change the name of Asylum street to Linden street.


A plan is under way looking toward the erection of a band stand on the common. A meeting of those interested will be held tomorrow, when the matter will take definite shape.


A large band of gypsies are in camp at the foot of the mountain on the northern part of the Tudor farm.


The opening dance of the season on the Island park pavilion was held. Leitsinger’s orchestra furnished music for a large company of dancers.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Cemetery Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Fats Waller & Estey Organs

Fats Waller slams it down with Attila Zoller and other jazz luminaries on his Estey organ, from Brattleboro!

In 1927 famous jazz musician and composer Fats Waller recorded the first organ jazz records using a modified Estey Pipe Organ from Brattleboro. This is the story of Fats Waller, the Estey Organ and Brattleboro...


New Work by Donald Saaf at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce recent paintings by Donald Saaf with an artist reception and exhibition opening Thursday, June 2, 5-7 pm. The exhibit continues through July 10, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at 7 pm.


Donald Saaf’s unique oil paintings provide a personal glimpse into regional landscape and community. His peopled rustic scenes are crafted with attention to overall surface pattern and texture; he utilizes collaged fabric, distorted perspective and highly stylized figures to create  rich, quilt-like surfaces alive with activity. Saaf suggests trying to “...see the pictures simultaneously both for their ‘story’ and as pure abstraction… hinting perhaps at the passage of time or suggestion that reality is more pliable than we usually think.”


May 1888 Advertisement - Prof. Bristol's Equescurriculum

From a May 1888 issue of The Phoenix, following up on our earlier exploration of this traveling show.


Lisa McCormick to Host Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class for Women

Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a brand new Women’s Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning June 7, in Brattleboro.

The class invites women to experience playing acoustic Folk and Boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group ensemble.

A world-renowned guitar instructor, McCormick specializes in teaching adult beginners through intermediate level students.

Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged.


Overheard On The BBC

While discussing some recent unrest in Eastern Europe, the commentator on BBC’s “Newshour” (VT Public Radio) stated: ”we must bring peace even if we do it by force”



Incident at Williams Street?

Something like a traffic accident happened at the Elliot-Williams-Frost-Union intersection @ about 6PM Wednesday the 18th.

Anybody know anything?


Brattleboro Hospital Cited For Patient Rights, Safety Issues

"A state inspection found multiple violations of patient rights and emergency services standards at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, including an instance of “unnecessary force” used when police were summoned to subdue a mental health patient, new documents show."  (VTDigger)

Brattleboro Hospital Cited For Patient Rights, Safety Issues


Savings Bank of Walpole Concerts on the Green

Keene, NH -- Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is pleased to announce the dates and bands scheduled to perform at the annual “Concerts on the Green” summer concert series held on the town green in Walpole, New Hampshire.

The nine-concert series will kick off on Sunday, June 26 with a performance by The Springfield, VT Community Band and conclude with two concerts on August 14th featuring the Hope Haitian Choir (who are being sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Walpole) and The Jazz Express. All of the performances will take place on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00 PM except for August 14th when the first show starts at 4:00 and runs until 5:30 PM followed by the second show which will begin at 6:30 PM. The concerts will be held rain or shine.


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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Put $7.8 Million On The Card, Please

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard approved of new plans for the West Brattleboro fire station as well as $7.8 million in financing from a bond bank for completing all three facility projects.

Enterprise budgets and selectboard goals were approved, the board held a discussion of public and private roads, the contract with Rescue Inc. has been renewed, new liquor fees were adopted, and Whetstone Brook is getting a close look to inspire discussions of redevelopment and flood protection.


Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Main Street Arts on Saturday, May 21

Main Street Arts presents a contemporary folk and bluegrass twin bill featuring Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Main Street Arts on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 pm..

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette. They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes. She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.


Advance Tickets Now Available for Guilford Plays

General Admission tickets are now available for the Guilford Center Stage premiere of two one-act plays by Guilford author Michael Nethercott.  Nocturne Titanica is a unique take on the sinking of the Titanic. The Lace Jury is based on the first American all-women jury of the 20th century.  Interestingly, the historic events on which the plays are based happened within 6 months of each other in 1911 and 1912.

There will be three performances: Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4 at 7:30 pm, and a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm.  


Strolling of the Heifers Seeks Participants in Farm-to-Table Culinary Apprenticeship Program

Strolling of the Heifers will offer up to 16 people a chance to enroll in a paid apprenticeship program designed to help them start culinary industry careers.

The Stroll's Farm-to-Table Culinary Apprenticeship program is a 12-week program offering training that can lead to permanent food-preparation positions at restaurant and institutional kitchens.

The program is free to participants who meet income employment status qualifications, including veterans. It includes classroom time, as well as on-the-job experience at restaurant and institutional kitchens, for which participants will be paid. 

The aim of the program, says Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, is to place all participants into permanent culinary employment at the conclusion of the program. "If the participant is successful at completing the course work, we're pretty sure we can successfully place that person," she said.


Vernon Street Fire Cleanup Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 17 there will be work on the site at 231 Vernon St, the scene of Saturday morning’s building fire from approximately 7:30am – 9:00am. A loader from the Department of Public Works will be in the area pushing back debris.

There will be alternating traffic around the area and Brattleboro Police will be on scene to help with traffic flow. Please expect minor delays during this time.

Contact Info: Michael Bucossi
Fire Chief


Brattleboro Water Department's Consumer Confidence Report and Water Quality Report for 2015

The Town of Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Consumer Confidence Report / Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available. This report can be viewed on-line at www.brattleboro.org or written copies are available at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the offices of the Treasurer or Town Clerk. The Water Quality Report can also be obtained at the Brooks Memorial Library and the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road.


Vernon Street Fire Report


Date of Incident: 05/14/16
Location of Incident: 231 Vernon St
Nature of Call: Building Fire
Time Reported: 0159 hrs
Time Under Control: 0242 hrs
Number of Alarms and Times Upgraded: 2nd alarm @ 0204 hrs


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 16th


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

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 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/16/2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

12:00 am 2016 Slow Living #2: Get a Scoop of the Action, Chico Lager

1:30 am First Wednesdays: Who Stole the American Dream

3:15 am TED Talks: Alice Rawsthorn: Pirates, Nurses and Other Rebel Designers

3:30 am Honor Vietnam Veterans Banquet: 11/21/15

6:00 am New England Youth Theatre Celebrates Stephen Stearns


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