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Feathers & Furniture at the Furniture & Feather Store. S.W. Spooner is just receiving a large assortment of all sorts of Feathers. Also, is constantly receiving and manufacturing Furniture.


At half past 3, Tuesday morning of this week, a fire broke out in the building in the centre of our village, opposite the Stage House, owned by Zelotes Dickinson. The citizens repaired promptly to the spot on the alarm bells being rung, and, for the most part, performed their duty upon the occasion faithfully. We were highly gratified to see a large number of the Ladies of our village form themselves in line and assist for hours in passing water from the Mill Pond to the Engine.


The back towns in this country are well covered with snow, averaging nearly or quite four feet in depth. The prospect of a pleasant spring is not encouraging when contemplated in connection with such an obstruction. In this village, the sleighing is good but with small prospect for its continuance.


Brattleboro last year expended $21,148.30, of which $16,257.21 was for highways and bridges. The estimated expenses for 1871, together with the standing indebtedness of the town, amounts to $28,965.86, which is proposed to meet by a tax of $1.32 on the dollar, and thus leave the town free of debt.


Horse-stealing as a branch of industry has of late been mostly confined to the Western states, but a “bureau” appears to have been recently established in this vicinity which promises successful results. D.A. Barrett of Hinsdale had a team stolen last week by a stranger who had hired it to come to this village; and now Stephen Higgins of Newfane is mourning the loss of a valuable animal taken from his stable last Friday night.


T.P. James, of doubtful local recollection, is now said to be employed on the Boston Figaro.


Mr. Pettee, who has charge of the town liquor agency, says that not over one-half his sales are to Brattleboro people. People from not less than 40 different towns have come to him for liquors since the agency was opened.


Residents of Elliot street have been considerably excited of late by stories of a ghost having been seen in their neighborhood.


Town Meeting Articles: “To see what action the town will take in relation to the liquor agency,” “To see if the town will vote to pay James Fisk $100 for lightning rods placed on the town hall,” and “To see if the town will subscribe for five volumes of Miss Hemenway’s Gazetteer.”


Marshall Grout and wife were rendered partially insensible by coal gas escaping into their rooms last Friday night.


The Wilmington stage was unable to make its usual trip on Tuesday on account of the rain and the “slumping” roads.


The first number of the Holstein-Friesian Register, under the editorship of F.L. Houghton of Putney, and bearing date at Brattleboro, is at hand, and gives promise of being a bright, able, and useful exponent of the specialty to which it is devoted.


Town Meeting Articles: “To exempt from taxation for five years the finishing establishment of S.A. Smith & Co., provided the same is moved to this town,” “To direct the selectmen to contract for three snow rollers for the use of the town,” and “To sell the present poor farm and buy another suitable for the purpose.”


The Columbia and Victor cycles, patterns of 1893, are on exhibition in Van Doorn & Jordan’s windows.


Over 1300 people saw the Hinsdale curiosities during the three days they were on exhibition in the Emerson building last week.


Not a few people will learn with interest, and with a pang of regret, of the death of “Bose,” Judge Wheeler’s well-known shepherd dog, which took place last Saturday. He was a “good dog” and died of old age in a very human way.


L.L. Whitney has put upon the street this week a single horse surrey to carry persons to any part of the village.


A movement has been started for an appropriation at the town meeting for the benefit of the band. The band is in poor condition financially and the people should give it the support which it deserves.


Estimated town expenses for the coming year: $33,211.43


Mrs Carrie L. Hamilton, 66, overseer of the poor, died.


Originally installed in the J. Harry Estey home in August 1913 for a demonstration to Henry Ford, Brattleboro Lodge of Elks has voted to rebuild the two manual auto-playing pipe organ. The Estey Organ Company expects the work to be done by October.

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Trivia Night at Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club To Benefit Brooks Library

Calling all trivia buffs and library supporters! This week, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's Trivia Night will benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 13th, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm at the American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St., Brattleboro. Teams can consist of 4 to 6 players. Bring your friends or join a team when you arrive. Dinner is provided by Entera Catering, and a cash bar will be available as well. Admission is $20 and includes dinner and a donation to the Friends.


Dogs Die In Not-Too-Hot Cars

I am sharing this sad story so that citizens who find a dog locked in a car can share that dogs die in cars even on not so hot days.  Tragically, this dog died on a 70 degree F day after being left unattended for three hours. This occured in our neighborhood here in Palm Springs.

Now, if you find a dog locked in a car, and a police officer or store owner dismisses your concern with "it's not that hot out" you can site this case as evidence to support your concern.  Of course science has proven this for years, but we continue to frame the problem as "dogs die in hot cars".  Not always. 


Call for Chamber Singers to Perform on June 17

The Guilford Chamber Singers start rehearsals on February 27 in Brattleboro for their June 17 A Cappella à la Carte event. The Singers are sponsored by Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st concert season. This program will present works by New England composers who have been featured in FOMAG concerts over the years, including at least three world premieres. Composers include Don McLean, Peter Amidon, and Anna Patton, as well as nationally renowned composers Alice Parker and Gwyneth Walker. There are openings for new and returning singers for
all voices. Contact Chamber Singers director Tom Baehr at (802) 387-2796 or the FOMAG office at (802) 254-3600 or office@fomag.org.


Feb. 25: HeartSoulVoice Performs Celtic, Shakespeare & More

Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 51st concert season, will present its annual Midwinter Musicale program on Saturday, February 25, at Guilford Community Church, just over a mile from Exit 1 off the Interstate. The evening will begin with a pre-concert soup supper at 6 p.m., continue at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring the HeartSoulVoice duo from Boston, and be capped by a dessert reception.

The pre-concert light supper, included in the $12 admission fee, will offer hearty homemade soups, Vermont bread and cheese, salad, and fruit. An array of desserts will be served at a post-concert reception.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: David Schoales

We hope you enjoy this interview with David Schoales, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard again?

I am running for the three year seat and I want to serve a few more years to help assure the good progress we made over the past four years continues as new members gradually replace us.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I've served on a day care board, health center board, land trust board, school boards, union boards- lots of experience working with others to get things done that will help my neighbors. I'm a good listener, a strong advocate, I love learning new stuff, and I care a lot about what happens to people.


VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 13th - Feb. 17th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - country fried steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - baked stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato & veg
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & salad
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade salmon burgers w/ onion rings


Brattleboro Downtown Snow Removal Friday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - February 13 - 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 13 to February 17


February 13 - Greek Bean Bake


Wax Beans




The set is dressed up, down to the smallest detail.  Actors are in place. The director cues lights, camera, slate, calls out, “Action”.  Everything animates, yet moments later, as if taking back time itself the director cries out, “Cut! Cut!..” By the furrow in their brow, everyone knows Maestro is not happy. Something is amiss.

In this instance, fictional as it may be, actors playing Nazis, (or Terrorists, or Banditos) despite being members of the ethnic group that are represented stereotypically, are not being authentic enough. They’re somehow not menacing, leering, or dark enough to satisfy the director’s vision. This auteur is known as a tyrant, goes for hyper-realism, stark verisimilitude.


Pets Welcome on Entire Vermonter Route

Amtrak announced the expansion of its pets program on the Vermonter, allowing more options for customers to travel with their pets. Small dogs and cats can now join their owners on the entire Vermonter route from Washington D.C. to St. Albans, VT, as long as the trip duration is no more than seven hours (see requirements). Previously, pets were not able to travel on the Connecticut portions of the route.

More than 15,000 pets and their human companions have traveled around the country since the program launched on the Northeast Corridor in October 2015. Record ridership was achieved for the month of July with more than 2,000 pets and owners traveling onboard. The program has also generated more than $1 million in revenue since its inception.


Tractor Trailer Crash Closes I-91 South for 1.5 Hours

From the VT State Police report:


On 02/09/2017 at approximately 12:39 pm, members of the Vermont State Police (Westminster Station), VT DMV and the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to Interstate 91 (I91) in the Town of Brattleboro for a reported TT-Unit which had jackknifed and was blocking the southbound lane.  


Historical Society Podcast - Anna Marsh and the Brattleboro Retreat Origin Story

Anna Marsh witnessed the horrors of mental health care in the early 1800's through the tragic experiences of a friend and a family member.

Here's the story of the origins of the Brattleboro Retreat as researched by Maggie, a BAMS student...


Brattleboro Committee Meetings Cancelled

The meeting of the Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee previously scheduled on February 10 has been CANCELLED due to weather.

The meeting of the Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee previously scheduled on February 16 has been CANCELLED.

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


Brooks Library Trustees Planning Meeting Cancelled

“The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Building and Strategic Planning meeting scheduled for Feb. 9, 2017, has been cancelled due to the weather and will be re-scheduled for a future date.”

Starr LaTronica, Library Director
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro,VT 05301
802-251-8195 ext. 101


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 13th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, February 12th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands to Perform an Overview of Jazz-trio Piano History at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, February 11th.

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes the Christian Sands Trio to the stage on February 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM in eager anticipation of a guided tour through the colorful and exciting history of jazz piano. Sands is one of the top, young pianists of our time. Mentored personally by Dr. Billy Taylor, influenced by Barry Harris, Hank Jones and Oscar Peterson and apprenticed in the hot seat of Christian McBride’s trio, Christian Sands’ playing is steeped in the tradition--but not limited to--its constraints. He is comfortable playing old-school stride piano like Fats Waller, stretching out in a post-bop setting like McCoy Tyner or re-arranging a hip-hop anthem by Drake. Sands notes that “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” He will be performing with long-time associates Russell Hall on acoustic bass and Jerome Jennings on drums.


Snow Day 2017

This morning Brattleboro is being treated to a very nice snow storm. It's a heavy, constant snow, covering up all the dirt and grime of the previous storm. For a moment, it looks like a calendar, or snow globe.

We've had four or five inches so far, and more is falling. Is the snow falling to the ground, or the ground rushing up to meet it?

When I first looked out this morning, I saw flakes that were hovering in mid-air over the street, just bouncing along at a height of about 8 feet with no intention of dropping. Others were choosing to drop, but a certain class of flakes would have nothing of it.


Brattleboro VFW Closed Thursday

The Brattleboro VFW will be closed Thursday due to the weather

- Brattleboro VFW


Your Old Car Can't Pass the New Inspection Law? Turn it into a Gardening Green House!

While the Vermont state legislature might come up with another new proposed marijuana legalization bill, Vermonters who are low income are struggling with the new vehicle inspection law.

I would suggest that all old cars and vans which will not meet inspection requirements can be used to create a new product line: old vans and cars can be re-created into green houses, and meet requirements, if marijuana is legalized, for secure locked growing facilities.


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