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The Choir of Singers belonging to the Society of Rev Chas. Walker would notice the inhabitants of Brattleboro and its vicinity that they will give a Concert Of Music for their entertainment, at the Meetinghouse of said Society, on the evening of Thursday, the first day of February next. The house will be open for Spectators at half past 6 o’clock, and the music will commence precisely at 7.


At the Rail Road Convention it was resolved: That the signs of the times see to indicate with unerring certainty the extension of the Boston and Fitchburg rail road to Vermont, so much so, that the question is no longer debatable. Indications have already settled the terminus at Brattleboro with nearly the same certainty.


Mad Dogs - Another Warning. We are resolved it shall not be our fault, that the citizens of this place to not awake to the danger of their situation, until some of them become victims of the dreadful disease of Hydrophobia. We have brought to their notice, from week to week, the instances that are occurring around us. Yet the citizens of this place listen and look on with incredulity or indifference, and many of them even treat with ridicule the apprehensions we have sought to awaken.


Mr. Lovell’s Daguerrian Saloon is well worthy a visit from all who appreciate the improvements in Photography and Heliography which he has introduced in this place. Many of these are of his own discovery, while the others were adopted and perfected as soon as their existence had been known by others.


Measures have been taken in various towns at the North to erect suitable monuments in commemoration of those whose lives were sacrificed to their country during the late war. Brattleboro has lost her share of noble men, and her citizens we are sure would be glad to honor them by some appropriate memorial.


Take Note. The selectmen have appointed C.C. Frost and George A. Hunt wood surveyors for the current year, and have instructed them that all wood or bark measured by them shall be strictly legal measure, that is, 8 ft. long, 4 ft. high, and 4 ft. wide, or what is equivalent, well-packed shall constitute a cord.


The new steam gong of Messrs. Estey & Co. is decidedly musical, and a notable improvement upon the whistle which it displaces.


Mrs. J. B. Walker has purchased the hoop skirt business of Mrs. H. B. Evans on Elliot street.


A village fire patrol has now been organized. The duties of the company, in case of fire, will be to take charge of the inside of the building, acting as special police, and to see that the furniture or other moveable property is properly removed and safely cared for and kept.


A couple of tramps stole a pair of shoes from Boynton’s shoe store, Monday, for the sake of securing a night’s lodging at the lockup. They accomplished their object, but were obliged to leave town the next morning, minus their breakfast


A ten-year old boy living on Western ave was coasting a few days ago when his sled, coming down the hill near A.E. Doolittle’s too rapidly to be stopped, shot across the street between the fore and hind legs of a passing horse without injury to boy or horse. But the youngster suddenly lost interest in the sport.


The public library now numbers over 1000 patrons.


L.A. Fales horse on Wednesday night, becoming tired of his quarters, unfastened his halter, opened the barn door and started on a trip of exploration on his own hook. He was found the following afternoon on Prospect Hill.


Reserved seat tickets for the Red Men’s “peace dance” go on sale Thursday, Feb. 1, at Chapin & Co.’s drug store at 7 P.M.


A Swedish gymnastic club was formed last Tuesday evening for the purpose of regular exercise according to the celebrated Swedish system. Much interest is taken in the matters, and at the first meeting 14 members joined.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Budgets, Democracy, And Future At Risk - And A New Town Manager!

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.


Vermont Asylum Ready For Patients As 1837 Begins

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.


Stroll presents Beer, Wine and Cheese Festival at River Garden, Feb. 13

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, Vermont

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.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of January 18

Brattleboro Time Trade:

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

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the land of sickness:


Help Learning New Software
Resume Help
Class: Connecting with the Psychic Self
Class: Creating Money, Abundance, & Prosperity
Class: Inner Child Connection & Healing


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 1/19/15

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 Place

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.)


Pirates of the Mediterranean

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.”


Restoring Free Speech In Brattleboro - Text of Charter Before And After RTM Revisions

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)



Brattleboro Food Co-op Shareholder Forum Postponed

Tonight's Shareholder Forum is POSTPONED until next Sunday, January 25th, from 5-7pm. 


Going To Bed Hungry - The Window To Health

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.


Marshall Islands Republic Sues U.S. Government To Stop Nuclear Proliferation

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.


Mount Bratt Is Open!

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.


Weekend Comedy Series - Ellen DeGeneres - 1992

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.


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