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The gentleman who has for some time past furnished the principal part of the editorial articles for this paper, will cease to do so after the present week; and he will not therefore be responsible for any thing which appears in any future numbers.


Fresh Fruit. Lemons and Oranges, by the box or dozen; Figs by the drum or pound; Raisins by the box, &c. &c. just received for sale by Chas. W. Hubbard.


Now is the Time for gentlemen that have been troubled with an Empty Purse, on account of paying Large Bills to Tailors, to find a sure remedy and a sure cure. Call on Kittredge, over the Book Store, where you can leave your cloth and be furnished with as genteel clothing as can be had in this part of the country, at prices that do not fail to suit all.


The annual meeting of School District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro, was held at the central School House, on Tuesday evening. It was voted to purchase a set of Outline maps for each of the primary Schools at an expense not to exceed ten dollars each, and resolved that the District deem it expedient to build a new School House on Green or High street.


Here is a cat and mouse story which we have every reason to believe is true. On Tuesday afternoon a maltese cat belonging to Francis W. Taylor, who lives on W.F. Richardson’s farm, caught seven full-grown mice in succession without dropping any of them from her mouth till the whole seven were dispatched. The mice were in a box of oat chaff, and after taking care of the seven, pussy returned to the fray and disposed of five more in the same way.


Town meeting next Tuesday. We wish the twelve inches of mud on Main street could be uncovered for the next three days. In that case perhaps something would be done toward the permanent betterment of that disgraceful thoroughfare.


It is understood that negotiations were pending early this week looking toward the purchase of the Brooks House by Crosby & Co., but they had no result. Common report says that the price put on the property by the administrators is $90,000.


The Knights and Ladies of Honor give a sheet and pillow case party at Red Men’s hall Monday evening.


The village schools close for the spring vacation March 15.


At a special meeting of the Vermont Wheel Club held Wednesday night the matter of renting rooms in the new Farmers’ & Mechanics’ exchange block was discussed.


Major Childs has in his possession what at first sight appears to be a $20 gold piece. On pressing a hidden spring, the back of the piece is lifted, revealing a place for inserting a miniature photograph. The piece is from the well-know firm of Tiffany & Co. It is made from two coins and is a delicate and ingenious piece of work.


Residents of Brattleboro voted to adopt Representative Town Meeting

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Thursday

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall. 

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.  

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.  


Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Feb 22, 2015

Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Feb 22, 2015


I just watched you get arrested.

The waitress noticed it first.

Oh, wow, she said, someone is getting arrested

And I saw two policemen talking to you while

one of them pointed something in your face.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:30pm in the community room at the Brooks Memorial Library.

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


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.

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


6th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club "International Film & Food Festival" Set for March 1st

The Brattleboro Rotary Club is raising money to help upgrade the radio station KILI, a non-profit radio station broadcasting to the Lakota people on the  Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and  Rosebud Indian Reservations, part of the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 4-8PM at the New England Youth Theatre, the Brattleboro Rotary Club will be sponsoring the sixth annual “International Film & Food Festival,” with proceeds benefiting KILI which serves 30,000 people on the three reservations and seeks to preserve Native American culture and instill pride in the peoples' unique heritage.


Puppies and Pigs

From the Vermont Phoenix, Feb. 21, 1896, comes a story of puppies and pigs.

"Michael L. is a son of Erin’s Isle. His facial expression and his linguistic accomplishments would be convulsive proof before a jury.

Michael is not afraid of trichinosis, and recently bought two infantile porkers in Brattleboro, to be raised on his Vernon farm.

Michael started for home with his pigs, but he stopped at a wayside in in Guilford, presumably to get refreshments. While he was there some fun-loving person released his pigs from the bag and put two small puppies in their place.


Weekend Comedy Series: Mitch Hedberg

This is a follow up to our Steven Wright show of last week. If you liked that one, you should enjoy this one as well. Mitch Hedberg is similar in style, doing a surreal series of nervous, one-liner, observational jokes.

I love his delivery and perspective. It’s too bad he checked out at an early age (37) so we don’t have more of his humor to look forward to, but he also seems to be one of the sorts of people that didn’t quite fit in on planet earth. His making sense of his time here was his craft.


Heavy Traffic on I-91 at Exit 2 & 3 This Weekend

Please expect heavy traffic and resulting delays between Exits 2 and 3 on I-91 this weekend. Traffic is likely to be heaviest northbound on Friday afternoon and evening, and southbound on Sunday afternoon and evening. Those with flexible travel planes should consider alternate travel times and/or routes. Please also consider using Vt Rt 5 as an alternate route.


Proposed Town Charter Amendments

I just received an email from the selectboard about town meeting.

“Town Meeting Representatives:  --  As you may know, the March 3 ballot contains three proposed Charter amendments.  Attached for your information is the “Proposed Brattleboro Charter Amendment Information Sheet” that was prepared and endorsed by the Selectboard.”

Well, it was not “Information”, it was “Propaganda”. It was telling us to vote the way the Selectboard wanted us to.

I guess they have a right to do that, but we have an equal right to ignore it.

For the record, here are the 3 proposed amendments:


Happy 12th Birthday, iBrattleboro

Twelve years ago, Lise and I flipped the proverbial switch and turned on iBrattleboro.com, a new type of web site. It used the world wide web to communicate hyper-locally, and gave everyone in town who cared to register a platform for sharing news, events, stories, and opinions of all things Brattleboro.

Since then, we’ve worked to keep things up and running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round, even on holidays. That’s 4015 days without much of a break, something I’m not sure I would have agreed to up front had I known what was involved, but now I can’t really imagine things without it. That will come someday, but not now. Now we are twelve.

That’s 12 years of non-professional, un-edited, real-community local information. You’ve done a spectacular job.


Write Action Radio Hour: Mary Wilkins Freeman's The Revolt of Mother, on WVEW 107.7 FM

Mary Wilkins Freeman is one of Brattleboro's "lost treasures" and on the third and fourth Sundays of each month,

Write Action will be featuring some of her best stories, as well as biographical and historical information.

This Sunday, February 22,  at from 5 -6 PM, the Write Action Radio Hour will offer a reading of "The Revolt of Mother", one of her most anthologized and critically acclaimed stories. Freeman's story, The Revolt of Mother, is one told with both humor, anger, compassion and detail. It's a small masterpiece. 


Nuclear Regulatory Commission Meeting Thursday Night

I hope all of you will turn out for the sole meeting the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will hold for public feedback on the proposed Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report (PSDAR) Entergy hastily submitted to the NRC in December 2014. NRC meeting is February 19, 6 to 9 pm. Address and NRC notice is here: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2015/15-004.i.pdf


Official "Proposed Brattleboro Charter Amendment Information Sheet"


Proposed amendments to Brattleboro’s Charter are on the March 3, 2015 ballot. The Brattleboro Selectboard asks you to consider the following when voting. 


Brattleboro’s Town Meeting is both participatory and representative democracy. Up to 155 residents get elected and gather annually to make budget and policy decisions for the Town. It is anti-democratic to ban Brattleboro residents from Town Meeting because they have attended 6 years in a row. Term limits would bar many residents who now attend Town Meeting, and the institutional memory they bring with them would be lost. Right now there are 25 open Town Meeting slots, so anyone interested in joining already can. Term limits actually could empty out Town Meeting so there would not even be a quorum. 


New! Tech Tips Program at Brooks LIbrary

Library technology: All Your Questions Answered! Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh on the first Tuesday (4 PM to 6 PM) and first Friday (11 AM to 1 PM) of the month for one-on-one help on the various aspects of library technology, such as downloading e-books and e-audio; accessing your library account to place holds, renew your items, suggest new titles for the collection, make lists of your favorite titles to share with your fellow library users.

Get help with online tasks like filling out forms and emailing attachments.…and more. NO QUESTIONS ARE TOO SMALL OR TOO SILLY! Bring your devices if you have them: iPads, smartphones, laptops, etc.


How Hard Is It To Find 100,000 People To Sign A White House Petition, To Qualify For An Official Response?

It is extremely hard to find 100,000 people to sign a White House "We the People" petition, in order to qualify for an Official White House response.   There have been a lot of marijuana, cannabis, hemp, and medical marijuana White House petitions.   None of them have received the response the petitioners want to hear, so we all just keep filing more petitions, hoping that attitudes up on The Hill will change.  This new 2015 Make Marijuana Legal! petition is really dragging its feet, averaging only 100 signatures a day.  This petition needs help!


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