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Spring Style Bonnets. The undersigned begs leave to inform all merchants and others that he has now received the spring style of Bonnets, Blocks, &c., and is ready to repair old Bonnets. Merchants having an old stock can have them put in good shape and be as good as new. Also, all kinds of Straw goods manufactured and for sale by T.J. Bascom.


Notice. This is to certify that I give my son, Barna, his time to do and act for himself, I shall claim none of his wages nor pay any of his debts after this date. Stephen Bemis.


Messrs. Chase & Tripp offer their services for the manufacture of Hair Jewelry. We take pleasure in recommending their establishment to all those who wish to secure such pleasing mementos of near or departed friends.


In accordance with arrangements made by the Vermont Women’s Suffrage Association, a Convention will be held at the town hall in this village during the first week in March. Wm. Lloyd Garrison, Frank Sanborn of the Springfield Republican, Mrs. Julia Ward Howe and Mrs. Mary A. Livermore of Boston, and Mrs. Lucy Stone Blackwell are engaged as speakers.


We are glad to notice that the bridge across the Connecticut to the island is well under way. The timbers from the west side to the pier are nearly or quite laid, and if the weather should be favorable for ten or twelve days, we shall find ourselves again united with the Granite State by wooden ties which we hope will be enduring.


Work on the Baptist church is now being prosecuted with vigor, and next spring will witness its completion.


Hereafter the street lamps between the Revere House and the town hall will be kept burning all night, the banks paying one-half the expense and the village the other half.


“Taylor, the Wizard,” announces entertainments at the town hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings of this week.


The total number of passengers carried on the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad during the month of January was 850. The December count of passengers was 902.


St. Valentine’s day next Monday. A pleasant feature of the valentine trade this year is the substitution of tasteful cards in place of the “regulation” lace-paper and embossed missives.


On account of delay at the bindery the history of Brattleboro will not be ready for sale until next week.


The Lend-a-Hand club will hold a coffee party at their rooms next Tuesday evening from 5 o’clock to 7:30, the proceeds to be for the benefit of the Indian mission.


Among the projects in the line of improvement for the coming year understood to be favored by the town authorities are the strengthening of the West river and Lamson mill bridges, and improvements upon the town hall. In regard to the latter the present plan is to put in steam apparatus for heating the building, to relay the floor of the hall in hard wood, and to utilize the room now occupied by the library by running a hallway through the centre in continuation of the present one.


The High School class of ninety-eight has chosen “Noblesse Oblige” for a class motto.


Leitsinger’s full orchestra has engagements for every night next week.


“A Hospital Home” is the title of a handsome booklet which has been printed for the Brattleboro Retreat at The Phoenix job office. It contains 15 fine half tone pictures illustrative of the institution and its attractive grounds, and a map showing the private driveways through the grounds.


Those who purchase War Bonds at the Paramount Theater will be admitted free to Tuesday night’s showing of Frank Sinatra’s moving picture “Higher and Higher."


Brooks House Pharmacy was broken into for the second time in a matter of days. Thieves got $15 from the soda fountain cash register and a stamp box. Whelan Drug and Robert's also hit.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation - Selectboard Candidates' Forum (RSVP)

Selectboard Candidates’ Forum

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast will be held  Friday, February 12,  2016 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

Brattleboro Selectboard candidates will  give brief presentations and be available for questions:


Brattleboro Selectboard 2015 Town Report

Brattleboro’s Selectboard continued its busy schedule in 2015, convening 39 meetings and focusing on a wide range of projects. Following 1½ years with an interim Town Manager at the helm, 2015 marked the beginning of the tenure of Town Manager Peter Elwell, who transitioned effectively into the Town Manager’s role in January 2015 and has been dedicating himself tirelessly to ensure that the work needed to provide services in Brattleboro is being handled in a professional and efficient manner.

Adoption of new land use regulations is a significant landmark in the life of a town, and Selectboard participated in and developed a comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent process that led to adoption of Brattleboro’s new Zoning and Subdivision regulations in November 2015. This project spanned multiple years and relied on countless hours spent by members of the Planning Department and Planning Commission. It was supported by grant and taxpayer funding, drew on significant work with an outside consultant, and was strengthened by broad input from diverse members of the community. Multiple public meetings and hearings provided extensive information to the public about the new Ordinance. Our new Land Use Regulations should provide the foundation for continued and orderly land use and development that serves the public interest and the public good in Brattleboro during the next generation.


A Weird Winter

This has been a weird winter. We saw a few snow flakes in October, a bit of snow around the end of December and early January, then almost nothing. Relatives down south are still digging out, though, from their big snow storm.

The temperatures have been relatively mild. As I type it is about 40 degrees out. What little snow was there is turning to water and evaporating.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 2/1/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/1/16

Monday, February 1, 2016

12:00 am Expanding Educational Opportunities During Tough Economic Times

1:30 am Bennington Marijuana Forum: A Public Discussion on the Topic of Marijuana 1/18/16

3:00 am Racial Profiling - A Community Response

5:00 am The Root: Mass Incarceration and Vermont: 1/17/15 Forum

6:14 am SAFSTOR: 1/26/16 - Joe Lynch


5:45 Live: 1/29/16

Get footage from the Townshend Gazebo crash, the latest figures on the VT Yankee Decommissioning Trust Fund, a fraud case spanning from Utah to Brattleboro, and much much more.


Weekend Creativity Series - Star Wars Special Effects

This week we take a look at special effects for motion pictures, using the recent Star Wars release as our example.

One of the big lessons of media literacy is that things are not always what they appear. That is, anything can be convincingly faked, and what you think you are looking at may not exist. National Geographic famously moved pyramids to new locations to make a better cover photo, and some news outlets have erased people from images or coverage of events.

So, it is important to know that we are being fooled, and fooled often. Knowing this doesn’t take the fun away when the tricks are used to entertain, but it should help sharpen critical viewing skills.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 1 to February 5

February 1 - Baked Ham

Sweet Potato

Green Beans

Tropical Fruit


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda & Notes - February 2, 2016

Police and Fire facilities debt, scheduling of special meetings and informational sessions, an ordinance change for animals and fowl, and committee adjustments will be before the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular Tuesday meeting. You can attend in person and participate!

Watch on BCTV and discuss it here after it's over.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 1, 2016, 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 Regional Economic Hub Study Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Japanese or Asian Language Groups Around Brattleboro?

Are there any groups in this area who get together to talk in Japanese?  I know there's a Spanish group, so it occurred to me there might be an Asian group of some sort.  On behalf of a college-age relative who is extremely into Japanese (incuding anime, manga, foods), so I'm looking for possible social outlets.


Youth Services RAMP Program Seeks High School Participants for Career Mentoring

As students get into high gear during their second semester, Youth Services Workforce Development staff are busy seeking referrals of youth, ages 13-17, in need of extra support and career mentoring at Brattleboro Union High School and Bellows Falls Union High.

Now in its fifth year, Youth Services’ Ready-to-Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) meets once a week after school to connect students with professionals for career-focused mentoring and to encourage them to remain in school. Adult mentors join students on site tours to businesses and colleges, serve on occasion as guest speakers, and help participants work on their personal career plans, according to Susan Lawson-Kelleher, the organization’s Workforce Development Coordinator.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Ex-Slave Jacob Cartledge

BHS trustee Joe Rivers and his group of young BAMS historians investigate ex-slave Jacob Cartledge.


Town of Brattleboro - Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 19, 2016.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.


Space Shuttle Memories

The Challenger disaster. What memories.

I have a long and odd relationship with the Space Shuttle. Living in Florida in the late 70’s and early 80’s, we were often able to see the shuttle go up even though it was hundreds of miles away on the opposite coast. You could see a trail of smoke trailing a tiny sliver of shininess, and watch the plume arc as the shuttle took off over the Atlantic Ocean.

This was pretty neat for me, having been a space-age kid raised on moon launches and Tang.


Inequality Survey and Free Coffee

On Saturday, Jan. 30 members of the Vermont Workers’ Center will be at The Restless Rooster, 134 Elliot St., surveying members of our community about how issues of inequality are affecting our lives-- in healthcare, access to work, discrimination and other issues facing you and your family. Please join us to participate in the survey and enjoy some free coffee! If you’d like to schedule a specific time for the survey, please e-mail Or simply show up!


Dear BFC

My Dear Bratt Foo Coo,

Thank you, ever so much, for the fresh, local, organic tortillas.  I walked into the store this evening and was truly delighted.  Dinner transported me back to a tortilla shop in a little village in Central México, an elderly woman in the background making them by hand.  A good tortilla has a taste like a drink of fresh water from a gurgling spring. 

And thank you, by the way, also goes out to the Supreme Court of México for continuing to ban genetically engineered corn from being grown in their country.  Not that this has anything to do with my dinner, just giving credit where credit is due here.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:30 p.m. – Robert Woodworth, Board Chair



Redress - Not Amnesty for Wrongful Nonviolent Marijuana Incarcerations

Considering that consenting adult marijuana consumption is one of the definitive victimless crimes, where there is no apparent victim and no apparent serious pain or injury, it means it should never have been a crime to begin with.If anything, the history of marijuana laws and their application are arbitrary, irrational and draconian by any reasonable standards. Therefore, marijuana consumers are victims of the law, not offenders of the law.

Evidently, now that marijuana consumption is moving into the mainstream of legalization, it makes me wonder what the hell were we thinking of all those years of criminalization? Clearly, there was and is no good conscience behind criminalizing marijuana. Historically, the escalation of marijuana laws turned tens of millions of Americans into criminals who were not criminals before.


The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development Purchases Former Austine School for the Deaf Campus in Brattleboro

 (Jan. 25, 2016) --- The US Bankruptcy Court accepted the bid by Winston Prouty Center for Child Development to purchase The Austine School for the Deaf campus in Brattleboro.

The Austine School, which was part of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH), closed at the end of the 2014 school year. VCDHH, which included a number of support and educational programs, closed in September and the organization declared bankruptcy.

Rather than pursue a long-planned $2.4 million expansion of its facility, including an early education center and community-based services, which is located across from Living Memorial Park, Winston Prouty decided to use its financial resources to purchase the Austine campus. “It would be great to have space where we could not only meet our needs but also collaborate with other nonprofits that might need space,” Chloe Learey, Winston Prouty executive director, said, “This will create an exciting opportunity to work together in new ways." Winston Prouty’s winning bid was $2.75M. It is anticipating a loan of about $500K, depending on the sale of the current building and capital campaign.


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