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Cash Job. The subscribers, Selectmen of Brattleboro, are wishing to contract for the making of a new road from near Capt. Eben’r Wells’ to Dummerston line, in the bank of West River, one half of the same to be made this year, and the other half the next. They will attend to letting out the making of said Road, either in the whole or by sections, as may be agreed, and will meet for that purpose on Tuesday the 18th of April next, at 10 o’clock, forenoon, at the southern termination of said road.


Mr. Geo. B. Sargeant of this place, recently laid on our table a cake of maple sugar of his own manufacture, which was the sweetest and nicest we have tasted this season. Mr. Sargeant does not approve of the ‘straining process’ by which the sugar is beached. It is thus whitened at the expense of its peculiar taste.


The 1860 census of the population of this village having recently been taken by F.H. Fessenden, it appears that the whole number of inhabitants in the corporate limits of the Village of Brattleboro is 2932; and the number of scholars between 4 and 18 years of age is 589.


N.F. Cabot has purchased the Island in the Connecticut River directly opposite this village. It is in the town of Hinsdale, N.H., but should be annexed and made a part of Brattleboro.


Despite the unfavorable prospects of the early part of the season for maple sugar, the last two weeks have witnessed such a flow of sap as has seldom if ever been known in Vermont. During the fifteen days ending March 29, the quantity of sugar received at the express office in this place reached the enormous amount of sixty and one-fourth tons, in some instances more than six tons being shipped in a single day. Prices rule from 12 to 15 cents.


Prof. Loomis closes his dancing school with a grand ball, to be given about the 10th of April. It is expected that his daughter will be present and dance the Highland fling.


John Works, who has returned from his trip to Colorado, gives a very favorable account of the country, its climate, etc., and indicates his determination to return. We hear of several young men in this vicinity who are making preparations to go in a short time.


We learn that the Bickford Knitting Machine Manufacturing Company have recently received an order for 1000 of their machines to be sent to Russia in installments of 150 each. The company has also just filled an order for 93 machines to go to Germany. Both these orders were received by Atlantic cable.


A movement is on foot for the widening of Elliot street in the vicinity of Crowell’s shops.


The adoption by the World’s Fair authorities of Levi K. Fuller’s A 435 as the standard musical pitch for the Exposition is a signal triumph for this great reform in musical affairs.


After Careful Consideration, a Considerable Company of Competent Cooks Connected with Centre Congregational Church have Concluded to Compare Culinary Capabilities by Contributing Common and Curious Comestibles to be Consumed in their vestry next Thursday evening. Come and C.


Frank Clark now has charge of lighting the street lamps in place of Newton Moran who was obliged to give up the place.


A movement has been started for the establishment of a branch of the Morrell liquor cure in Brattleboro.


A meeting of the directors of the home for the aged and infirm was held last night at Dr. Holton’s for the purpose of perfecting the constitution and bylaws.


A local Swedish Lutheran church was formed Tuesday night. About 70 Brattleboro Swedes are interested in the movement, and it is thought that the number will be increased to 100 after the pastor is called.


The American Express company received a horse from Boston this week for use on its delivery.


Rudyard Kipling, who had steadily improved in his recovery from his long illness from pneumonia, had a temporary setback Thursday night, when he was seized by a fainting spell. It is said that Mr. Kipling had exerted himself too much on Thursday in talking and reading. He is still in bed.


The street railroad plant has been run by water power this week, resulting in a large saving of coal. The summer cars are being painted and put into readiness for the summer traffic.


G.E. Gilman will leave tonight for Ohio, where he will buy a carload of horses. The animals will arrive at his stables on Elliot street April 6.


Apartment building fire on Estey Street has been ruled suspicious, according to Fire Chief David Emery.


Ralph Nader and film maker Henriette Mantel attend premiere of An Unreasonable Man at Latchis

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New Dates for Medicare Boot Camp

At this free class, Senior Solutions staff will provide unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help  participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.

This class is appropriate for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare, as well as anyone who will be signing up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Space is limited, so please call ahead to register. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated.

To register or get more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.


Brattleboro in the Vietnam War Era: A BHS Oral History Project

The Brattleboro Historical Society is putting together an ORAL HISTORY of the Vietnam War Era and is seeking Brattleboro area people - veterans to anti-war activists - to come forward to share experiences.  If you have an interest in participating contact Bill Holiday at -



Sanders: Let Vermont Protect Consumers from Dangerous Chemicals

WASHINGTON, March 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today backed stronger curbs on the use of dangerous chemicals in consumer products but criticized a bill in Congress that would take away from Vermont and other states the power to protect consumers with new state regulations.

Under the current federal law, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals have continued to be used in products without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that use them. The law, enacted in 1976, is so weak that it kept the Environmental Protection Agency from even banning asbestos, which causes cancer.


Brattleboro Locals Playing at SXSW

Bill Holiday passed along the following "heads-up!"

"A local teen band, featuring 2 BUHS students, Dharma Ramirez (3rd from L) and Mavis Eaton (far R), will perform next week in Austin, Texas as part of the Southwest Music Festival.  Incredible that they are a part of this popular, major, national event.  Look at what is being said about them..."


... and WVEW Is Back On The Air

A circut (or some kind of wiring) that delivers WVEW's signal to the transmitter boogied to our music a little too hard and got completely fried. It's all fixed and our over the air broadcasts are back.

Today (as with most days) our all volunteer community radio station has a very full schedule of programming for you to enjoy. If you live within the range of our (over the air) broadcasts, you can get a show on the station too. Check out our website for more information - www.wvew.org.


Open Letter Re: Brattleboro Town Finances

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dear fellow Town Representatives:

I have been meaning to write an open letter reporting out my concerns and observations about this year’s Representative Town Meeting, items on the agenda, the budget, etc. I have left this until the last minute in hopes that others of you might finally step forward to join me in drafting a brief report as your Town Finance Committee.

This is the web site of the Finance Committee:

The site has not been updated in a year. I can’t do the work of the committee by myself, so please regard this as merely a personal letter.


The Uneven Power Dynamic Between Officers and Community Members

Our nation's police department's primary objectives have to be enforcement of existing law as enacted by the various state and federal legislatures.

The latitude exercised by each department is affected by a dizzying array of various police departmental and community circumstances. There is no template except that which falls back upon established law.In a real sense, the Executive Summary and therefore the full report of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to the White House Task Force on Community-Police Relations (January 2015) is putting the cart before the horse.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Retaining Green Street

How best to repair the Green Street retaining wall was a big topic for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their regular Tuesday meeting. Some intriguing options led to strong opinions before consensus was reached.

The board also did some planning to learn about planning, resulting in scheduling a series of meetings to highlight the changes coming to Brattleboro’s land use regulations. Some new energy efficiency efforts are now underway, departmental staffing level reviews have been replaced by a comprehensive staffing review, appointees were appointed, and more.


WVEW's Over The Air Broadcast Down Tonight (March 17th)


Since early this aftternoon, WVEW-lp's over the air broadcast has been experiencing a problem at our transmitter and antenna site. We hope to have it resolved sometime tomorrow morning (Weds. March 18th).

In the meantime, the webstream of our broadcasts has not bee affected. It may be accessed at our website, wvew.org, or by clicking on the following link:  http://wvew.org/streaming/index.html

Thank You.


Bereavement Support Group for Adults

A new Six-Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins on Thursday April 9th and will meet each Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending May 14th.

The group is free of charge and open to anyone in the community grieving the death loss of a loved one, no matter when or where the loss occurred. Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities, and suggestions for moving through grief.

This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. No prior connection with hospice is required in order to participate. Connie Baxter, Bereavement Care Coordinator will be the facilitator. The group size is limited to 8 people.


Nowrooz Festival of Poetry and Persian Music at Mahalo Art Center, Sat. 3/21 4:30pm

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Nowrooz, A Persian New Year Celebration, Saturday, March 21 at 4:30 PM featuring traditional classical Persian music as well as original compositions presented by Eshagh Shaoul, violin with Jon Liechty on piano and Jack Shaoul on drum. The celebration is also a sharing of Persian, Bahá'í, and Sufi poetry. Following the music and poetry there will be a potluck (bring a dish to share). There will also be a hands-on henna decoration activity. The music and poetry will begin promptly at 4:30pm. Plan to arrive 10 to 20 minutes in advance to find parking along Western Avenue and walk up the driveway (about 100 yards) to Mahalo Art Center.


8th Annual CSA Fair 3/28 at Final Winter Farmers' Market of the Season

Saturday, March 28, 2015, marks the final week for the 9th season of the Winter Farmers' Market.

It is also the 8th Annual CSA Fair hosted at Post Oil Solutions’ Winter Farmers’ Market.  We expect to have close to a dozen CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) represented along with our regular market vendor line-up, and a special guest from New Leaf CSA!

Take this opportunity to do your CSA research and pick your farmer for 2015! You will find farms with weekly CSA shares for vegetables, fruit, flowers and more.  Some offer deliveries to central pick-up locations while many invite you to visit their farms each week and get to know their operation.  Some farms even invite you into their fields to lend a hand in picking the weeks harvest.  So join a CSA.  It's a great way to support local agriculture and the local economy!


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/16/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/16/15

Monday, March 16, 2015

12:00 am TAP: Putting on Our Finery 11/14/14

1:10 am TED Talks: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: Taking a Stand Against Drugs and Gun Violence

1:30 am Vermont Music Showcase: Full Program 3/2/2015

3:00 am Heartbeat: Israeli-Palestinian Youth Musicians Concert at Goddard College

5:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Police Militarization Pt 2


Notes from the Senate - Firearms

This week the Judiciary Committee on which I serve passed out a couple bills but one was major, had a lot of emotion and controversy and misinformation, took a lot of time and in the end I believe we had a good bill. At the beginning of the session, S.31 was introduced. Rather than amend and pass it, the decision of Chair Sears was to create a committee bill that contained essential parts of the bill. There are three main components.


March For Meals Video

Brattleboro Senior Meals kick off lunch with Congressman Peter Welch.

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