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


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.


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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Rep. Welch, Rep. Lummis and Sen. Wyden Introduce Legislation to Require Transparency in Intelligence Budgets

Bill tracks 9/11 Commission recommendation to make public the top line budgets of 16 federal intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would require the president to disclose in the annual budget request to Congress the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known to conduct intelligence activities. Top-line spending levels for federal intelligence activities are currently treated as classified information.


Brattleboro 4th Quarter Payments Due for Tax, Utilities and Personal Property

The fourth installment of the 2014 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The Town Review, Grant Rejections, & A Really Rural Discussion

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to talk of town operations, enterprise budgets and funds, and to learn more about proposed changes in Brattleboro’s Land Use Regulations. The board also learned of setbacks in funding for the repair of the Green Street retaining wall, and a small grant was applied for, in hopes of helping to create a West Brattleboro connecting trail.


'They Were Wrong Then. They're Wrong Now,' Sanders Says of Trade Deal Backers

WASHINGTON, May 12 – In a Senate floor speech today opposing a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recited a litany of bogus claims by previous trade deal backers which turned out to be wildly inaccurate.

Backers of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and other business-backed trade deals claimed that they would generate jobs in the United States. In fact, economists now say, those pacts were a major reason why some 60,000 American factories closed since the turn of the century as manufacturers shifted jobs to low-wage nations overseas.

“These folks have been proven wrong time after time after time,” Sanders said.


Original Enigma No 3.

Original Enigma No 3., from the May 12, 1837 Phoenix newspaper. (Spoiler alert: the comments will, I expect, have the solution at some point, so avoid them until you've solved the enigma, or give up and want to peek.)


"I am a word of eleven letters, and am a subject of much conversation.

My 11, 10, 8, and 7 is an appendage belonging to a flower.

My 5, 4 and 3, is an instrument used to stop the mouth.


Free Films at Brooks Library: Movies You Must See… But Might Have Missed!

Join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, for a Thursday afternoon at the movies, to watch and discuss nine films that "you must see..but may have missed".

On May 14th, 3 - 6 pm, come see a film starring Michael Caine, John Mills and Peter Sellers. The second Thursday of the month, continuing through Thursday, October 8.


Kitchen Tunks & Parlor Songs with Mark Greenberg

Please join Friends of Brooks Memorial Library for this special program, Kitchen Tunks & Parlor songs with Mark Greenberg, at 7 PM on Thursday, May 14. 

Since the 1980s, Greenberg has been interviewing and recording musicians throughout Vermont, tracing the development of the state’s vernacular music from its roots in Anglo-Celtic traditions through the influences of French-Canadian emigrants and the arrival of radio and other electronic technologies. 

Greenberg currently teaches courses in American music at UVM and taught American Studies and Humanities at Goddard College from 1991-2003.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 10

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from summer jammies:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Pets For Rent
Long Distance Reiki Treatments
Reading Aloud
12 Organic Potatoes Need Mound-Homes - Free!
Need A Ride?


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 10


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.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/11/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/11/15

Monday, May 11, 2015

12:00 am The Truth About the Budget Cuts! 4/20/15

1:30 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Present: Where are we Today?

3:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

4:40 am Open Studio: River Gallery School 25th Annual Benefit Auction


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Alicia Olatuja

The Vermont Jazz Center is delighted to welcome vocalist Alicia Olatuja and her quartet on May 16th at 8:00 PM. This sublime singer is best known for her soaring solo with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration. But even though she grew up in the church, loves the music and draws inspiration from it, Alicia’s voice and persona are expansive. She uses her gospel roots as a springboard to investigate jazz, African music, classical and even well-crafted pop. In a recent interview, Alicia stated, “I blur the lines that some draw between genres.


Sonnet Reading in Guilford Wednesday


I am pleased to be collaborating with Tom Ragle, also of Guilford,  on a public reading of Sonnets on Wednesday, May 13.  The 7:00 pm program will take place at Guilford Community Church, and is admission-free with donations welcome.

Tom is well-known as past president of Marlboro College, where he also taught literature.  He is a recently-published poet, has given many readings of classic English poetry on WVEW, and is a longtime member of Write Action.

I have been reading aloud, both poetry and especially Christmas stories, since I arrived in Guilford in 1968.


Burn Ban in Brattleboro and Vermont

Last night’s showers did little to ease the dry conditions in the area. The State of VT and local burn ban is still in effect until May 19 or until it is revoked or extended.

The burn ban means that there is no burning until the order is revoked or expired.

Michael Bucossi
Fire Chief
Brattleboro Fire Department
103 Elliot Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-4831


Avi's Hotdog Cart?

I've noticed that Avi isn't downtown yet with his hotdog cart.  I miss him, even though I rarely eat hotdogs.  Things really aren't the same without him! Anyone know what's up?


Transformer Fire Shuts Indian Point


"A transformer exploded at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in suburban New York. (35 mi. from NYC).

The blaze, which sparked an oil leakage, forced the automatic shutdown of the facility's Unit 3 reactor, which sits near the Hudson River and supplies five per cent of the power to the state.

The fire - which was seen sending plumes of smoke into the air by passersby on the other side of the river - was quickly extinguished and the reactor was deemed safe and stable,


Burton Car Wash & Detailing on Canal Street is Closing!

They are giving away free food, drinks, & 99 cent car washes until 5:00 today. Owner Connie Burton says that small business costs are a factor. They are one of the most community-minded small businesses around! Get down there this afternoon and tell Connie and her employees how much you appreciate their business services and their service to the community!


Weekend Comedy Series: Demetri Martin

“If I...” is the name of the comedy special by Demetri Martin that combines observations, philosophy, and comedy, in form of presentation with slides.

You may not know, this young man was accepted into Harvard Law, but didn’t go. Instead, he went down the path of a legal education at NYU, but became a comedian instead. Probably a wise choice.


My Wife Is Bicycling From The Top Of The State, All The Way Back Home

As part of a fundraiser for Neighborhood School house, my wife is going up to the Canadian border and riding all the way back home. The fundraiser iwill help raise money to provide scholarships to the Neighborhod School House, based on financial need.

 Anything helps. We mean, anything helps. It's about 200 miles. At a penny a mile, that would only be $2.00. Go for a nickel a mile, and that's $10. 


Notes From April 30th Community Forum Addressing Homelessness

Greetings! Below are the notes from the April 30th community conversation addressing homelessness. Thank you all for attending and continuing your efforts to address homelessness in our community.

For more information, contact:  info@morningsideshelter.org

Please share these notes with others as you see fit. Hard copies will also be left at the Brooks Memorial Library by Monday, May 11.




Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


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