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Voters instruct selectmen to prepare a transcript of old records of Brattleboro


The walk in front of Crosby block, just completed, is of chestnut plank, firmly laid and protected by a curbing of granite.


Dr. W.H. Rockwell, Jr., has presented the fire department with a 300 pound alarm bell, which was formerly used at the asylum in that capacity, and is to be placed upon the tower of the new engine house on Elliot Street in a few days.


A demented man named Bennett, from Winchester, NH, attracted the attention of residents in the vicinity of the Common by his strange actions Saturday. He would divest himself of part of his clothing, perform gymnastic feats, smite the trees, put back his clothing, and repeat the operation. Officer McClure finally took charge of him and he was cared for until his friends came for him.


Help Wanted: Four men who understand raising tobacco, one man to drive horses and one to drive oxen. - Chas. Miner, Brattleboro.

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Sanders: Slow Down Fast Track

WASHINGTON, April 22 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today opposed an effort to rush legislation through a Senate committee in order to hurry congressional approval of a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Sanders invoked a Senate rule to stop a morning meeting of the Finance Committee to mark up the so-called fast-track bill.

“This job-killing trade deal has been negotiated in secret. It was drafted with input by special interests and corporate lobbyists but not from the elected representatives of the American people. Instead of rubber stamping the agreement, Congress and the public deserve a fair chance to learn what’s in the proposal,” Sanders said.


End Polluter Welfare Act

WASHINGTON, April 22 – As the nation marked Earth Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) introduced legislation to close tax loopholes and eliminate other subsidies for the oil, gas and coal industries.

Subsidies for polluters now in place are projected to cost taxpayers more than $135 billion in the coming decade.

Sanders’ Senate bill and Ellison’s companion measure filed today in the House would remove tax breaks for fossil-fuel industries and ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for energy resources owned by the American people and make research into renewable energy a national priority. The measures also would prevent companies from escaping liability for spills or deducting cleanup costs from their taxes.


The Stockwell Brothers at Mole Hill Theatre on Friday, April 24

Mole Hill Theatre presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music trio The Stockwell Brothers on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 pm.

Bruce, Barry and Alan Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic
sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


Threefifty, Lizzy Mandell and Paul Siegel at Next Stage on Saturday, April 25

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric indie-instrumental and folk-pop music by Brooklyn, NY-based guitar duo Threefifty, plus Vermont-based singer/songwriters Paul Siegel and Lizzy Mandell at Next Stage on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 pm.

Formed at the Yale School of Music, and molded by the multi-faceted music scene of New York City, Threefifty incorporates elements of post-rock, folk, minimalism and Baroque classicism. Guitarists Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick compose predominantly instrumental songs, which range from the epic to the intricate to the austerely beautiful. They have toured throughout the US as well as in the UK, Austria and Bosnia, released three albums and performed at TED Talks, BAM’s most recent Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival and NPR’s Soundcheck. "Outstanding guitar work... intelligent, deep and subtle" - Guitar Player Magazine


Fantastic Wantastiquet - A Multi-Disciplinary Fall Foliage Arts Festival

I am proposing a multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival to take place annually in and around Brattleboro during the 'fall foliage' season. In practical terms this will mean from the beginning of September through the week following Columbus Day.

Here are some thoughts about the Festival which I have recently put into writing. Please note that one of the functions of the festival is to focus extraordinary funding for the arts into that season or window of time.                                            [Photograph by William Hays]

I am seeking individuals who may be interested in serving on the founding Board of Fantastic Wantastiquet. This will be a non-profit organization, will seek funding through grants and charitable donations, and will distribute grants whose arts & cultural work projects contribute to the local economy and to the themes and purposes of the Festival.


Two Simple Questions

I understand that last night the DRB was to vote on opening the Harmony Lot tunnel to auto traffic again.  Does anybody know the result of that vote?

What were the final results of the "Safe and Secure" poll you did Chris? 



Slow Medicine Discussion at the River Garden

Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro VT

Michael Finkelstein, MD, also known as the "Slow Medicine Doctor," will present his approach to healthy living at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

The session, entitled "Slow Living is Healthy Living," is sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers. Finkelstein will be joined by Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers, and Linda McInerney, founder and artistic director of Old Deerfield Productions.

Finkelstein teaches that most health challenges are the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and that most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances. 


Enigma, A Word Puzzle From 1837

I know that many of you like word puzzles. Here is one found in an 1837 copy of The Phoenix newspaper. Can you solve it? (The answer was not published with the puzzle. I may find it in coming weeks. I may not.)



I am a word of twenty two letters.


Solarize Dummerston June 1 - Oct 1

Announcing Solarize Dummerston – a program created by volunteers to help you go solar. Solarize programs help lower the cost for installers and for participants by using volunteer and grass root efforts.

Sign up for free if you live in the greater Dummerston area.


Launch the Solarize Dummerston Program in Early Summer 2015
Simplify and de-mystify the process of going solar for the consumer.
Educate those interested in Solar on the options available as well as the technology.
Options will include roof mount PV, ground mount PV, as well as community solar.
Select an installer who offers a low cost quality product through group purchasing power.


Mr. G's "Final Markdown" Closed

Mr. G's "Final Markdown" store in West Brattleboro has closed.  A note on the door says that the West Brattleboro store ceased operating on April 12, but that other store locations are still open.  The Mr. G's in North Walpole, NH is probably the closest to Brattleboro.


Strolling of the Heifers Sets Theme, Seeks Parade Units, Volunteers

Strolling of the Heifers has announced its 2015 theme: “Love Your Farmer.”

The annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade takes place on Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. It is the centerpiece of a weekend full of events including a Friday, June 5 evening street festival, the 11-acre Slow Living Expo on parade day, and on Sunday, June 7, the Tour de Heifer dirt-road cycling rides, a Farmers Breakfast at The Marina, and a Farm Tour. 

The mission of Strolling of the Heifers is "connecting people with healthy local food, encouraging and facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship in the farm/food sector, and supporting the development of stronger local food systems and healthy, sharing, connected and resilient communities."

Founder and executive director Orly Munzing said, “We’ve grown from a small-town parade and festival into an organization that has a year-round set of programs related to that mission. But if you take away everything else, it all comes down to just those three words, ‘Love Your Farmer.’”


Sanders, Labor Leaders to Protest Disastrous Trade Deal

WASHINGTON, April 20 – Protesting a trade deal that would throw Americans out of work, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today planned to march with leaders of the AFL-CIO and other labor organizations to a rally outside the U.S. trade representative’s office.

“One of the key reasons why the middle class in America continues to decline and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider is because of disastrous trade agreements which have sent millions of decent-paying jobs to China and other low-wage countries,” Sanders said.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 4/2015

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 4/20/15 

Monday, April 20, 2015

12:00 am NSA The Law And Snowden

1:40 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Past - How We Got Here

5:15 am TED Talks: Andy Yen: Think your email's private? Think again

5:30 am BOOKSTOCK 2014: US Laureate Charles Simic


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 19

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from California:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Permaculture Consultation
Dual Survivor
Offer to Share my Organic Garden Space in Brattleboro (Near
Exit 2)


Alan Phillips Vaccine Lawyer on WVEW

Its time for another experience that you won't soon forget..this time its..Attorney Alan Phillips of Asheville, NC is a nationally recognized legal expert on vaccine exemption and waiver law. He advises clients and attorneys throughout the country concerning vaccines required for birth; daycare and school enrollment; employment; military members, families and civilian contractors; immigrants, including foreign adopted children; children of separated and divorced parents in "vaccine custody disputes"; and various other contexts.


PAYT Mailing

PAYT mailing came today with a colorful glossy insert. That can't be cheap. The "instructions" say that each trash barrel can only weigh 40 lbs. or it won't be picked up.How does one determine exactly what their trash barrel weighs? The bags come in 15 and 32 gallon bags but each tenant will be throwing out different things which will weigh different amounts.

So, do we all invest in "trash barrel scales" to make sure we are in compliance with yet another rule? Should each person have their very own trash barrel - perhaps color coordinated with the yellow and purple PAYT bags? Oh, wait..that might make it too difficult for the drivers to easily identify or perhaps would confuse those neighbors who are actively asserting peer pressure to make sure we're all in line.


Brattleboro Silk Screener Recommendations?

Can someone in the iBrattleboro community recommend a quality silk screener for T-shirts? I'm looking for someone who can print with the Boston Red Sox lettering/font. Thanks, y'all!


Weekend Comedy Series: Janeane Garofalo

From 1995 in San Francisco, we have the droll, hipster comedy stylings of a young Janeane Garofalo.

She started out doing stand-up, and quickly moved on to TV and film roles. One of my favorite appearances was her guest spot on Viva Variety, in which she started to do stand-up but the hosts found it too depressing. They gave her a bad makeover and had her re-tell her jokes, but in a positive way. They suggested “Instead of ‘I hate Jenny McCarthy,’ how about you try “I LOVE Jenny McCarthy!’


Take the "B" Out of LGBTQ

The misappropriation of 'bisexual' into the collective initialism of LGBTQ remains one of the worst things to happen to human sexuality since the days of Leviticus.

It’s bad enough that both sides of the sexuality fence have wasted humanity’s precious time embattled over the black and white issue of straight versus gay but to drag bisexual people into this self-centered mess has no conscious behind it. Gay people’s action of taking “something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission,” did a great disservice to bisexual people and to the future of our sexually.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - April 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu


April 20     American Chop Suey

                Brussels Sprouts w/Red Peppers

                Garlic Bread  

                Tropical Fruit


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