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Summer Stuffs. Light, Fancy, French, Plain, Striped and Check’d Cassimeres, Union do. Fancy Tweeds Plain Plaid, and Crape Check’d Gambroons, Fancy and Check’d. French Linen Drills, Linen and Cotton Checks, Plaid, Ginghams, York Jeans, Methuens Denims, Amoskeng, Hamilton and Ashburton Fancies, Brown Linen Drills, Grass Cloth, Blue Drilling, &c. just received by C. Townsley & Son.


Court of Common Pleas. We believe there was but one criminal trial, and this for stealing a whip valued at 50 cents. By an over sight in the Revised Statutes the law gives no final jurisdiction to Justices of the Peace, in cases of petty larceny. The man was acquitted.


An Easterly Storm commenced here soon after midnight on Saturday, and continued throughout Sunday and a portion of Monday. During the later part of the storm considerable snow fell most of which immediately melted. Two or three inches remained on the ground Monday morning. The mountains were as white as any time in January.


The spring examination of teachers for this town will be held at the High school house on Saturday, the 27th inst., at ten o’clock A.M.


The cornet band, after a long silence, are bestirring themselves for the coming campaign. Their music will be welcome these warm summer evenings which will soon be here.


It may not be unworthy to note, as a record of the unusual forwardness of this season, that the grass in the little park in the rear of the Brooks House, much of which has already reached a height of six inches, was mown for the first time on Wednesday, 24th inst.


The Catholic society have bought the Miner house, next their church, on Walnut street for a parsonage. Rev. Mr. Lane has already occupied the property, and on Monday evening Bishop de Goesbriand came to town to complete the purchase. The price paid was $2500.


The listers report 945 cattle, 321 horses, 382 sheep and 328 hogs, or about three-quarters of all the live stock in town, exempt from taxation on account of debt.


If the person who stole a lady’s shawl, last Saturday, from Vinal Keith’s wagon, while standing under the town hall shed, will return the same to this office, we know of two individuals who will be made happier.


There will be the usual gospel temperance meeting at the Y.M.C.A. room on Sunday afternoon.


Cutting has begun at the Brooks House for the elevator shaft.


Wednesday afternoon is a good time to visit the High school. The half-hour from 1:30 to 2 is devoted to singing under the direction of Miss Wyman, and the remaining hour to rhetorical exercises. This week the chorus was ably assisted by an orchestra of boys from the school, and the result was most satisfactory, though it seemed as if the young men might have taken a more prominent part in the singing. The recitations, taken all together, were very good, and some of them exceptionally so.


The plate glass for Crosby block arrived early this week and is being put in place as rapidly as possible.


The Rural Improvement society has done good work this week in making two curved gravel paths to the soldiers’ monument on the common.


“Jack, the chaser,” has been heard from again. He followed a young woman a few evenings ago and frightened her by his attention and sentimental remarks.


The directors of the Brattleboro Street Railroad company contracted yesterday for the construction and complete equipment of an electric railroad over the route recently located. The road is to be in running order June 15, and work will begin about May 10.


The rest room will hereafter be open each week-day night until 7 o’clock and on Monday and Saturday evenings until 8 o’clock.


Nuclear Regulatory Commission clears Vermont Yankee to make its final power ascension to 120 percent of its original output.

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WVEW Presents: Belle Machine, Thomas Nola and Snow Pot at 118 Elliot

What are you doing tonight? Nothing special, right? Come on down to 118 Elliot and have a night out.

Please join WVEW 107.7FM, Brattleboro's community radio station, for our 3rd in a series of monthly fundraiser events at 118 Elliot St. This month, the station presents local acts Belle Machine, Thomas Nöla, and Snow Pot.


U.S. House "Freedom Caucus" Is Using Facebook To Deny Voters Freedom Of Speech To Communicate With Them

Open Letter To The United States Congress, House of Representatives, Freedom Caucus and Mark Meadows Freedom Caucus Has An "Official" Facebook Page But Facebook Keeps Kicking Me Out And Depriving Me Of Freedom Of Speech To Leave You Comments!!!


Town of Brattleboro Volunteer Energy Coordinator Position Available

The Brattleboro Selectboard recently announced that applications for the volunteer Town Energy Coordinator position are being accepted until 5:00pm on Monday, April 24, 2017. The position is defined in the Town Charter as follows: “Town Energy Coordinator: One 1-year term. The energy coordinator, created by the Vermont Legislature, reviews energy-related material received by the town and advises the town on energy conservation measures.”


Selectboard Meeting Notes - New Board Members, New Plans and Perspectives

The newly-formed board had a range of regular issues as well as a few “getting started” issues to attend to at Tuesday’s meeting. Public participation also returned, giving the board some additional points of view to consider.

The board approved of grants, appointed committee members, bought a truck, and did other routine business. They also had some interesting discussions about issues of public participation, energy, town meeting advisories, as well as their own rules for conduct and the power of the Chair.

It was just one meeting, but there were some indications that this new board plans to approach things in slightly new ways.


Tiny House Talk at Brooks Library

First Wednesdays:Reinventing the Family Home
Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for a free lecture, as Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.


Blue Jays Hiding Peanuts For Later

I was watching a pair of blue jays go after a small pile of peanuts left for squirrels.

The pair would alternate, each taking a peanut and flying off. At first we presumed they were taking them to a tree to eat, but it became clear that they were working their way through the peanut pile too quickly. They were storing them for later.

This was confirmed when we saw one of the jays take a peanut, fly about 10 feet, and put it down near a neighbors house, and come right back. No eating, just saving for later.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/3/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/3/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour


Drawing from the Visible World: Work by Alden, Bowen & Danaher: April 7-27 at 118 Elliot

Drawing from the Visible World, an exhibition of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by JASON ALDENPAUL BOWEN and MYLES DANAHER will be on view from Friday, April 7, 2017-Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 118 Elliot Gallery. The opening reception is on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The gallery is located at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT. Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat, 2-6 PM.


Square Dance in Guilford Saturday

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season at Broad Brook Grange, not with a play, but with a square dance, on Saturday, April 8, at 7 pm.  The event is a benefit for the Grange’s resident theater company, and features Bob Livingston, caller, with the Falltown String Band.    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under,  and maximum for a family is $25.  

Come to Dance; or Just to Listen:  The caller will teach dances, so, even if you’ve never square danced, come and give it a try.  As is traditional at square dances, there will be waltzes, too.  And the bvand will also play instrumental songs for listening. 

Square dances were a tradition at grange halls throughout the region, and were important social occasions throughout much of the past century at Broad Brook Grange, with its stage for the band and large dance floor.


Things We Got Wrong

Some things we got wrong


The world was once considered flat.

Titanic was sinkable after all

Dewey never defeated Truman

Nixon was indeed a crook


VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 3rd - Apr. 7th

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 - open faced meatloaf sandwich w/ baked potato
Tues - parmesan chicken wings w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - country style spare ribs w/ potato salad
Thur - roast pork, roasted potato & veg
Fri - tuna noodle casserole


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Saturday 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 parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Learn to Play the Ukulele this Spring!

Learn to play the ukulele this spring! Classes and workshops taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

UKULELE-in-a-DAY, 1-day quick-start for beginners, Sun. April 9, Putney, VT. 10-3. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeDay

UKULELE CLASSES, 6-week sessions start the week of April 17, Brattleboro, VT. Many levels and times to choose from. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeClass.


Things To Do While It Is Snowing! (it is snowing right now in Chester, Vt 05143)

Things to do while it is snowing tonight? Make friends with some Syrians!

After all, if Syrian REFUGEES will be coming to Vermont, or any other people from any other Countries, invite some now to your Facebook page and enjoy!I meet foreigners by doing a search on Facebook for news, for example, I looked for "syria news" and found: Syria News 357,618 people like this Syria Real Infos And News - SYRIAN 94,942 people like this etc., etc.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 4, 2017

The first official meeting of the new incarnation of the Brattleboro Selectboard will be held Tuesday evening at the Municipal Center. They have a full agenda.

There will be grant applications (skatepark!) and letters to approve, a pick-up truck will be bought, committee members appointed, and a discussion of Town Meeting and Representative Town Meeting matters will occur. They will appoint an Energy Coordinator.

The board will also set goals, learn rules, and find out about facilities being built and changes to the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. Other matters not on the agenda can be brought up during Public Participation. Attend and participate!


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 3rd


Southbound I-91 traffic will remain on the old SB bridge (1 lane) through April. Northbound traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge structure (2 lanes). The new bridge structure is 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

A single lane closure for northbound traffic through the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Solo Jazz Piano Fest

Vermont Jazz Center Solo Piano Fest – Something for Everyone, April 7-8, 2017

On April 7 and 8, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a day and a half-long festival including eight concerts and five educational presentations on solo jazz piano. This festival is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. VJC’s Solo Jazz Piano Fest is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.

Now that the VJC is home to a top-level instrument, it is the only venue in New England that supports a festival devoted exclusively to the art of solo jazz piano performance. Pianists presenting concerts and educational offerings in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.


Brattleboro Union High School Board & Finance Committee Agendas

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the BAMS Conference Room.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Revolt! No Legal Marijuana! Well, Then Make Home Brewed Wine!


Oh, my deceased mother would be proud! She used to make dandelion wine.

Well, what do you do when the State of Vermont Legislature doesn't vote to pass a bill to make marijuana legal?

 I went through my freezer, I was out of anything chocolate, my first line of comfort.


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