Brattleboro’s new town manager, Peter Elwell, was front and center for his first official meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. He was quiet for most of the meeting, but had a few strong words about dipping into the Unassigned Fund Balance for non-emergencies.
The future of the Committee of the Future was called into question by the director of Planning Services, a first public hearing was held on a series of proposed changes to the Town Charter, the skatepark committee has a new location to study for feasibility, and a wide array of budget matters were deferred for action at a special meeting of the Selectboard scheduled for January 29th at 5:15 pm.
On January 20, 1837 the Vermont Phoenix published the following announcement regarding the opening of a new establishment in town. Read on to see how the Brattleboro Retreat was first presented to the public.
VT. Asylum For The Insane, Open
The Trustees of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane would announce that this institution is now ready for the reception of patients. The building is finished in a manner adapted to the classification and convenience of its inmates. The two wings are so constructed as to afford pleasant and commodious rooms, and that the sexes may be entirely separated. Rooms are prepared for the sick, removed from all annoyance, where the immediate relatives and friends of the patients can if they desire, bestow their kind attentions and sympathy. Experienced nurses and attendants are procured, and none will be retained except this who are kind and faithful to their trust. - No harsh treatment will ever be for a moment allowed.
Strolling of the Heifers will present a mid-winter Beer, Cider and Cheese Festival on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 p.m to 8 p.m at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro.
The event is a fund-raiser for Strolling of the Heifers, and takes place in conjunction with the Harris Hill Ski Jump. It features eight craft brewers and 16 cheesemakers and specialty food producers from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
Four Weeks And Counting: 93rd Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition To Be Held February 14 and 15 In Brattleboro, VermontBy Not Signed In | Tue, January 20 2015
Brattleboro, Vt. (January 19, 2015) – The only International Skiing Federation (FIS)-approved ski jump in New England will soon be fully active as the 93rd Harris Hill Ski Jump sets to take off February 14 and 15 in Brattleboro, Vt. The world-class competition will feature more than 40 of the world’s top male and female jumpers from the US, Europe and Canada who will compete on a 90-meter Olympic sized jump.
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BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 1/19/15
Monday, January 19, 2015
12:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Knee and Hip Replacement
1:45 am Nonie Darwish Speaks to Jewish Group about Islam 1/29/13
3:00 am Energy Week Extra: The Top 20 Stories of 2014
4:00 am History Where It Happened: Bennington Battle Monument
4:35 am Conversations VT: Homelessness
Sanders Announces Winners of State of the Union Essay Contest - Brattleboro's Taggard Takes Second PlaceBy Not Signed In | Mon, January 19 2015
BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 19 – With President Barack Obama set to deliver his State of the Union address tomorrow, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced the winner and top finalists in his annual State of the Union essay contest for Vermont high school students.
Leo Lehrer-Small, a sophomore at Mount Mansfield Union High School, was named the winner of the contest, which was judged by a panel of four Vermont teachers. Sanders called to congratulate Lehrer-Small on Friday.
Ryan Taggard of Brattleboro Union High School finished in second place. Two students – Craig Pelsor of Milton High School and Hadley Menk of Champlain Valley Union High School – tied for third place. (The full list of finalists is below.)
I read an interesting article in an older NY Times about ancient terrorism.
The author, Robert Harris is talking about the year 68 BC. He begins: “the world’s only military superpower was dealt a profound psychological blow by a daring terrorist attack on its very heart. Rome’s port at Ostia was set on fire, the consular war fleet destroyed, and two prominent senators, together with their bodyguards and staff, kidnapped.”
He continues: “ in the panicky aftermath of the attack, the Roman people made decisions that set them on the path to the destruction of their Constitution, their democracy and their liberty.”
Here is what the Brattleboro Town Charter Article III, titled “Powers of the People”, section 2 says regarding petitioned articles.
> advisory articles (also called resolutions)
Tonight's Shareholder Forum is POSTPONED until next Sunday, January 25th, from 5-7pm.
In my early twenties during the 1970's I made a conscious decision to go to bed hungry most nights. My cutoff evening eating time was by 6 pm, not later than 7 pm. And, most nights I did indeed experience the growling of an empty stomach. Before long, I anticipated the feeling of being (really) hungry which I associated with a healthy outlook.My deliberate nightly hunger strike was based on my instinct that it was good for me.
Each morning I woke up looking forward to a hardy breakfast and good eats throughout the day...until 6 pm. Throughout my adulthood, it is a practice I continue to this day.
If you want to see how a developer (ZB Properties) can clear cut their land located at 382 Western Ave, create a public eye sore, devalue adjacent property values and then AFTER-THE-FACT apply for a site plan, come.
Come, this Wed - Jan 21, to the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municiple Center at 7PM. Watch ZB Properties apply for a "Retroactive Site Plan" and observe how the town’s Developmental Review Board conducts planning-in-reverse.
And you thought that ended in 1970?
JANUARY 2015 FEDERAL COURT NEWS: The Marshall Islands Republic sues to try to stop the U.S. Government from continuing nuclear proliferation in violation of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
President Barack Obama (Democrat) claims to be opposed to nuclear proliferation while in reality, he supports it 100% as Commander in Chief of the United States Military. F-35 strike fighter jets are designed to be dual capable to carry nuclear weapons.
One of the best kept secrets in Brattleboro is the nifty little ski resort tucked into the side of Living Memorial Park. Just like the big guys, it features a lift, snowmaking and grooming…and it’s open for night skiing too.
It may not be as challenging as some, but it IS fun, and all for the measly sum of FIVE BUCKS!
Historical note: In the early days of skiing, people from New York City used to come by train just to ski here.
Almost everyone certainly knows of Ellen from her current talk show superstardom. It’s not a bad gig, but she also had a period when she was paying her dues and working her way up. That’s where we head this week.
She was breaking ground in comedy with a unique style. She’d deliver a line, then digress, and digress again. Her humor comes in waves, and she has kid-like, almost-innocent revelations about topics. Audiences get layers of jokes piled on thickly.