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The ladies of the Brattleboro East Society, will hold a Fair at Wantastiquet Hall, on the third day of March next, when will be offered for sale a variety of both fancy and useful articles. There will be a Post Office connected, where all persons desirous, can be accommodated with letters from their friends in any part of the United States. The celebrated Bishop Glee Club, will entertain the company with some of the choicest music. Refreshments of all kinds will be provided, among which will be a loaf of cake containing a Gold Ring. Admittance 12 1/2 cents.


The Festival of the Universalist Society, on Thursday evening of last week, was largely attended and unexpectedly successful. Thirty-one conundrums were presented and read, and Mr. Anonymous took the prize, which was donated in advance by that ubiquitous gentleman to the Society’s Treasurer.


We understand that the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad Company are making arrangements for a new brick station-house in this village, to succeed the remains of the late frail, unsafe, and uncomfortable structure erected in the snow in 1849. The old building has been partially burned at two different times, to the manifest danger of other property.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., having secured the services of Signor Gagliardi of Rome, Italy, has commenced work upon the statue of Ethan Allen which has been ordered by the State of Vermont for the capitol at Montpelier.


The Eighth Regiment was mustered into service. At Ship Island the Eighth Regiment was assigned to the command of General John W. Phelps, who had begun to "organize and drill negroes," for which he was reprimanded by General Butler.


The lecture of Prof. Snell at the Town Hall on Thursday evening, Feb. 10th, was well-attended, listened to with attention, and proved to be instructive and of practical utility. His subject was “The Telegraph.”


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “The Grumbling Laborers.”


The Brattleboro banks have done a very wise and timely thing in putting on a special night watchman to look after their interests. O.N. Stoughton has been assigned to that duty.


The ladies of the Unitarian society will give a “Pound Party” at the town hall on Friday evening next week. Every interested person will carry a package warranted to weigh one pound, and at a suitable hour these packages will be sold at auction without being opened.


How strange that Waite should have run away when, according to his own showing, the bank was owning him something like a quarter of a million dollars!


S. M. Waite seems to forget that figures enough to fill a whole newspaper could not wipe out the fact that the whole capital of the First National bank was dissipated under his management, that he raised not less that $65,000 on forged paper and fraudulent stock, and that he left less than $40,000 of available assets to pay $100,000 of liabilities to depositors and other creditors.


The warrant for the town meeting was posted yesterday. Besides the regular routine business of electing officers, raising money, etc. there is the following special article: "To see of the town will authorize the selectmen to sell and convey the town farm, and invest the proceeds of such sale in another farm for the benefit of said town."


Samuel Simkoveze, the well known Jew peddler, is about to open a clothing store in the basement of Vinton’s block.


Crosby & Co. have the plans practically completed for there new three-story building to be erected on the old foundry site. Work will begin as soon as the spring opens.


The millenium may still be some way off, but it certainly speaks well for Brattleboro - a town now of some 7,000 population - that its police records show only three arrests for drunkenness during the past year.


There is a probability that a book-bindery will be opened here about the first of April.


The toboggan chute comes to a prosaic and practical end in its sale, for something less than $100, to Crosby & Co., who will use the lumber in their new building to be erected on the old foundry site.


The first mushrooms grown in Brattleboro commercially come from Allen’s greenhouses.


Sousa, “The March King,” and his celebrated band will give an afternoon performance at the Auditorium March 11.

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Fire at 100 Clark Street, Brattleboro

Press Release

Date: 02/02/18
Nature of call: Electrical Fire

Address: 100 Clark St
Time of Call: 11:55am

Type of Building: 2 story – 2 family residential dwelling
Number of Residents: 6


Monday Morning Movie - February Listings

February Showings


Movies starring:

Feb 5th    Suzanne Pleshette, Ian McShane –10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 5 thru February 9

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 5 thru February 9


Feb. 5 - American Goulash

Brussel Sprouts

Garlic Bread



Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 6, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will talk about bridges at their first regular meeting in February. A state inspection shows some work needs to be done on the bridge near the Co-op.

The board will get a final report on the Police and Fire facilities projects as well as a look at the total costs for all three building projects. They'll also make a committee appointment, approve a liquor license, schedules some meetings, and more. And you can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


6 More Weeks!

Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow and he’s yawning!

Actually, 6 weeks takes us into mid-March.

That’s OK with me!


How Safe Are All Amtrak Train Crossings in Vermont? Review Latest Death In Another State & Re-inspect, Please!

Insurance Liability Question -
Ask Republicans:
Who Paid for the Privately Chartered Amtrak Train
that killed one person
in the truck the train hit?

Will this be the Republicans downfall,
rather than
the Russian investigation?


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY19 Budget Approved, Town Meeting Warnings Set

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a five minute meeting on Tuesday evening, sans David Schoales, to take final steps to approve their budget and meeting warnings.

Chair Kate O’Connor said that this is the same budget that they had been discussing “over and over and over,” and that they needed to approve it and send it along to Representative Town Meeting.

“So moved,” said John Allen.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - FY19 Informational Meeting

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY ’19 Budget at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The Board’s Regular meeting will immediately follow.


Antje Duvekot and Beaucoup Blue at Next Stage on Saturday, February 3

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and Philadelphia-based, Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue at Next Stage on Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 pm.

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette. They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes. She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.


Unofficial 2018 Brattleboro Candidate List

The unofficial names for the officers on the ballot have been announced. Pending a review of their signatures, here are the candidates for 2018:

MODERATOR - 1 yr. (elect 1)

Lawrin Crispe

LISTER - 3 yrs. (elect 1)

Katherine Dowd

SELECTBOARD - 3 yrs. (elect 1) - starts 3/26

Brandie Starr

SELECTBOARD - 1 yr. (elect 2) - starts 3/26

Tim Wessel

Shanta Lee Gander

William Forchion


Spinout Startup from Bankrupt Business

Brattleboro Hearing Center was spun out of a bankrupt business. Many schools for the deaf have closed their doors—partly due to the development of cochlear implant surgery and partly due to mainstreaming of students with special needs in public schools resulting from the IDEA Act of 1975 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). One of them, the 100 year-old Austine School in Brattleboro, Vermont, went bust and closed it doors in 2014. However, the audiology department was still vibrant and had many adult clients in the community.


Hello, Lurking Readers

In the last week or so, I've met no less than 8 people who have told me they love reading iBrattleboro, but have never written anything on the site. No stories about things they know about, nor comments on what others are doing. But they visit and read it often. I assume that if I met eight in a matter of days, there are probably many others, too.

That's fine with me, but I thought it was a bit of a shame that these nice, talented people might not know one another, or that they share a pastime. Some might be able to help one another with projects underway, or become real-world friends.


Harris Hill Ski Jump Set For February 17-18. 2018 in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Feb. 17-18 during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from North America and Europe leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.


Governor Phil Scott's FY2019 Budget Address

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, Governor Phil Scott presented his budget proposal to Vermont's General Assembly. Read the full text of his address below.


Madam Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly and fellow Vermonters.

Three weeks ago, I shared with you my agenda for the session ahead, and my vision for the future of our state. A future filled with endless potential, a growing workforce, a stronger economy, and where no Vermonter must look elsewhere for prosperity.

I’m confident, together, we can make this future a reality.

But that success is dependent upon restoring our fiscal foundation, having the courage to confront the challenges we face and spending only what Vermonters can afford.


Town of Brattleboro Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 23, 2018.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.


BCTV Schedules Week of 1/29/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/29/18

Monday, January 29, 2018

12:02 am You Come Too Poetry Series - 'Four Corners, Vermont' by Stephen Sandy

12:05 am An Evening with Former Governor Howard Dean

1:19 am Spotlight on Issues - First Amendment & Free Speech

3:00 am Vermont Theatre Company - A Christmas Carol - Part I (2017)

3:58 am Vermont Theatre Company - A Christmas Carol - Part II (2017)


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 29 thru February 2

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 29 thru February 2


Jan. 29 - Egg Salad Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Clam Chowder

3 Bean Salad

Tropical Fruit


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served 11:30-1:30 Mon - Fri. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, onion rings, sandwiches and soups are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Jan. 29th - Feb. 2nd
Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - turkey club w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato & squash
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, & veg
Fri - fish n' chips


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


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