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Leeches! 100 healthy European Leeches, just received and for sale by Dutton & Clark.


Wanted. A good common Work Horse, for which cash will be paid, at the Vermont Asylum. Apply to W. H. Rockwell.


The ferry-boat recently constructed in this village to supply the loss occasioned by the destruction of the Hinsdale Bridge in February, has been launched, and is now in operation. It is in contemplation to have the bridge re-built by the 1st of September.


In Brattleboro, a hundred men have given in their names preparatory to enlistment as soon as the necessary papers are received. They are drilling nightly in the Town Hall.


Prof. Felix DeLannoy having determined to become a resident of Brattleboro, respectfully offers his services as Teacher of the French language.


The destruction of young fruit trees by mice has been quite serious hereabouts.


The Brattleboro Cornet Band has been disorganized — a fact, we doubt not, a large proportion of our citizens will be as sorry to learn as we are to announce. The reason is because of a lack of sufficient encouragement on the part of the public.


Beautiful weather now-a-days, with a healthy stimulation in the air and a growing greenness under foot.


George Spaulding, barber, of this place had his horse stolen from one of the Northampton hotels on Tuesday, while attending Barnum’s exhibition.


The army of tramps is apparently migrating northward with the advancing season. A day or two ago thirty were counted at one time in the neighborhood of the railroad depot, but we hear no complaint about them on the score of begging or general behavior.


Brattleboro votes to build a bridge over the Whetstone near the organ works.


Mr. Coleman, a well-known Brattleboro summer visitor, and his winter protégé, Master Sam Frothingham, are in town from Florida.


The Richardson ice company have begun running their carts for the accomodation of local custom, having on hand a supply of some 300 cords of first-quality ice to dispose of.


The first brick on the Hooker block was laid Thursday afternoon, the ceremony performed in due form by Col. Hooker’s son, Master Jamesy, with a group of family friends as witnesses. The occassion was the young man’s 11th birthday.


The base ball season in Brattleboro will open next Thursday with a game between the Morrill nine of Boston and the Dartmouth college boys.


The order of the Eastern Star intend to organize a chapter in Brattleboro.


There was a good attendance at the town hall last evening to hear the lecture of Belle Boyd, the famous “Rebel Spy.” The lecture was a vivid recountal of the things seen by the speaker during the war, and of which she was a part, and was listened to with absorbing interest.


Layer cakes every day 25 cents, ten varieties to order, at MacDonalds Domestic Bakery.


From the general tone of the discussion of the proposed plan of buying the Crowell water works by the village, it is evident there will be a disposition to proceed with great caution.


A new auxillary of the Village Improvement Society started May day, on Cedar street, by a few of the children, whom worked faithfully and well clearing away stones and rubbish, leaving a neat, clean highway. Many thanks are due, and we think the children merit great praise for their worthy undertaking.

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Why Have An Age Barrier To Voting?

What is the idea behind having a voting age?  Why can't anyone who can read or write, vote in elections?  Shouldn't the young also have a say on who is to make the rules they are to live by and their families are to live by? The rules that will affect their lives later on.  Some people will think it ridiculous that a six year old should be able to vote, but why?  Because they are too young?  By who's designation? Shouldn't we be teaching children how to become independent adults?  Being young and part of the system allows them to practice.  And why should they not have a say in the political system anyway?    


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Daughters of the American Revolution

It was 103 years ago this week that the Vermont Phoenix reported that the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was locating and marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Brattleboro and nearby towns. You may not be aware that Brattleboro is virtually surrounded by the history of the American Revolution.



Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 19, 2016

Architects, advisors, and construction services for the police and fire facilities projects will be contracted by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

An All-State Music Festival will ask for a parade permit, various grants will be applied for or accepted, and more. You can bring up items not otherwise on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Water Main Flushing To Begin

Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, May 7, 2016.

NOTE!! Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of May 9 and 16.

Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and also during the day.

Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure, and in some areas, intervals of no water.

Night flushing will occur from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.. Day flushing will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


April 1857 Advertisement - Chase & Tripp

Another advertisement from old Brattleboro. This time we'll see what Chase & Tripp are offering at their place downtown, in April of 1857.

It looks like silver spoons are the newest rage. We'll have to get a few.


Chemtrails - This Time A Lawsuit Pending

"This is truly an assault upon all life on earth."

"They're trying to obscure the severity of what's unfolding from the public as long as possible."

"What our government and other governments are doing and their agencies are doing are trying desperately to hide the magnitude of what's unfolding till the last possible moment, at which time total collapse ensues."


Youth Music Festival Now Accepting Registrations

BrattRock -- The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival -- is coming to Brattleboro October 1, 2016!

A celebration of young musical talent, BrattRock's mission is to provide a venue for area youth musicians and bands to gather, connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. 

Participation is open to youth musicians and bands with all members under 20 years of age. 

The one-day event features music workshops for youth, offered by local adult music professionals and educators and culminates with an evening concert with performances by participating youth musical acts. 

Registration is now open at www.brattrock.org.


Candidates In New York

All political eyes are now on New York.

It’s Trump’s home state, so he should do well. It’s Clinton’s adopted home so she should do well. It’s where Sanders was born, so he should do well. It’s where people know and dislike Trump, so Cruz should do well. Everyone will win!

For me, it’s a bit more fun watching candidates hop around NY than NH. I know the state better, so it has a bit more relevance. In terms of political campaigns, the pressure is on and the candidates are firing on all cylinders, including taking swipes at one another. And for some reason, New York matters greatly this year.


Retting Place Closure in Brattleboro

Effective immediately, Retting Place will be closed at Green Street for several weeks. This closure is part of the Green Street Wall Project.

Access to Retting Place will be from High Street.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes while this project is in progress.

If there are questions or concerns about this project, please contact the Department of Public Works at 802-254-4255 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

Town of Brattleboro
Department of Public Works
Highway Division


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' to be held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site since the last trail talk. The talk will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Adrienne Ginter Exhibit Reception on Saturday at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Putney-based artist Adrienne Ginter has just installed two solo exhibits for spring viewing at opposite ends of the state. Locally, a show of twenty finely detailed watercolors, oils, and paper-cuttings can be seen through May at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 16, 4:30 to 6:-00 p.m. The Governor's Gallery at the State House in Montpelier is hosting a large exhibit of her paper-cuttings through late June.

The exhibit gracing gallery spaces at All Souls Church includes both intimately scaled and large-format works, some in archival print form. Ginter's work explores elements of the natural world as well as fanciful narratives depicting ancient myths, history, and her personal experience. In her artist's statement, Ginter shares that "every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and I work to incorporate an extreme amount of detail to tell not only the macro but the micro stories in a scene. This gives the viewer a greater sense of depth, not only visually but narratively, depending on how close they choose to engage with the piece." It can take weeks to complete her largest paintings and 30 or more hours for up to ten layers of work in paper.


Brattleboro Parking - Lifting Winter Parking Ban

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban. Starting 04/13/16, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area. The following streets are never available for overnight parking:

Main Street

High Street

Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Oak Grove School.

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



No Chance

"I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning, and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance?" "Because the system is corrupt. And it's worse on the Republican side."

Donald Trump, during a rally in Rochester, N.Y.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/11/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/11/16

Monday, April 11, 2016

12:35 am BTT: 2016 Spring Forward Extravaganza

3:00 am Chasing the Dragon

3:55 am Engineering on the Inside: Innovations in Implants

5:00 am Spotlight on Vermont Issues: Human Trafficking

7:00 am Open Studio: Can Cops Cook?


April 1874 Advertisement - I. K. Allen Has Lumber For Sale

Below you will find an advertisement from the Vermont Phoenix, April 1874, that informs of us the wonderful selection of lumber at the lumber yard.

"Lumber! Lumber! The undersigned is now replenishing his Lumber Yard with a fresh stock of Lumber for the spring trade consisting of shingles, lath, and finishing lumber of all descriptions," it begins.


The Importance of Being of No Consequence

Over the years, I’ve often posed this question to many people, “If I could somehow give you an eternal afterlife, but with the caveat that you cannot take God with you, would you still take the afterlife?

Because the question is unprecedented, it at first takes the person by surprise. After all, most Western people still connect an afterlife with the God they were raised to believe in. It would not normally occur to them to have one without the other.

So, there is often hesitation, but not for long.


Tin Hats

I am prudent enough to protect myself, and sensible enough not to be shamed out of it by scornful mockery. 

At times, ignorant people and paid provocateurs make fun of tin hats. In fact tin hats are obsolete technology — no one talks about them any more — other than to smear those of us who have the good sense to protect ourselves from EMFs, and other electromagnetic dangers. 


Burden of Proof - A Preponderance of Evidence

What follows is a tiny but representative section from my website. All the statements here are either self evident and well established facts or they are borne from several thousand source articles or videos which have often been produced by mainstream media or other news outlets.

Do I draw conclusions from all these references? Do I feel that these references provide overwhelming evidence of a pattern? Do I feel these articles support the positions I and millions like me take? Absolutely.


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