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Lyceum - Tuesday evening, January 24, Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for debate - “Ought females to be allowed the right of suffrage?”


The number of inhabitants in Brattleboro East Village, on the first day of Jan. 1837, was 1442: The number of children in District No. 2 (including said Village) between the ages of 4 and 18, was 381.


The dedication of the Centre Church, recently completed in this village for the Brattleboro East Society, took place on Wednesday the 11th inst. Although the travelling was very unpleasant, at an early hour people from the surrounding country began to pour in, and before the commencement of the services every seat was filled, and a large number were unable to find seats.


The number of depositors at the Windham Provident Institution for Savings has reached 10,000.


At the village meeting held on Monday evening last, it was voted to raise a tax of 25 cents on the dollar of the grand list to pay the expenses of the coming year. The members of the fire department are to be paid the same as heretofore.


Oscar Wilde ought to have a ride in N. H. White’s “1756” sleigh. It is as gay as a sunflower, and an “esthetic” imagination might easily see in it the limp lily for so dear to Oscar’s heart.


W.C. Dolloway got a bad cut in his hand, by the slip of a chisel, at Estey & Co.’s on Thursday. He will be disabled a fortnight or more.


Larkin G. Mead has been elected to a professorship in the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts.


Frank E. Housh & Co., printers, report that they now have a larger amount of business on hand than ever before. Nine tons of book paper are required this month, which will be printed into magazines, books, and catalogues.


A petition, largely signed, was presented to the selectmen last week, asking for a widening of the highway at a point on Western avenue between the junction of Union street and the residence of Mrs. Mary Pitkin.


Another presentation of the “Chimes of Normandy” by the Sherlock sisters and our local company is talked of.


The Canal street school building has been turned over to the village authorities by Pellet Brothers, the contractors.


The firm of Emerson & Son has been dissolved, but will be continued under the same name. S. B. Emerson retires and his son, H. L. Emerson, is now the sole proprietor. The firm holds an enviable position among the substantial business concerns of Brattleboro, and enjoys and deserves a large patronage.


The first coasting accident of the season occurred yesterday when Michael Devine was knocked down on the Elm street hill by a traverse filled with boys. Mr. Devine was unconscious for some time after the accident, and was carried to his home on Vernon street.


Centre Church sold Goodhue property to Dunham Bros.


BUHS Band performs at Inauguration of President Obama in D.C.


Peter Elwell becomes Town Manager for Brattleboro.

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New Year's Day Bingo!

The Brattleboro VFW will be holding a bingo on Sunday, New Year's Day. Doors open at 12 pm, and bingo games start at 2 PM. A single winner will take home $1000 when they win the jackpot in 75 numbers or less. No food or drink may be brought into the hall, but food and drinks are available for purchase. Public is invited.

-Brattleboro VFW


VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 2nd - Jan. 6th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - prime rib sandwich w/ onion rings
Tues - ham w/ cheesy au gratin potatoes & veg
Wed - chicken parmesan w/ garlic bread
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ garlic mashed potatoes & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ homemade seafood chowder

Take out orders are available by calling 257-0438


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Friday

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 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 3, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will convene for the first time in 2017 on Tuesday at the Municipal Center to take up a short but interesting agenda. The board will hear about the FY218 budget again, proposed solar panels at the landfill, and a grant for housing improvements. The new Town Clerk will be welcomed, articles for Representative Town Meeting will be considered, and a contract for Town Attorney will be approved.

You can bring up other new, exciting 2017 items not already on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Downtown District Snow Removal Friday 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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Snow/Roof Shoveling

With all of this snow, don't forget to have your roof cleared from the snow, preventive maintenance that saves a lot of money. If you need any snow Shoveling/Blowing done please give me a call. I have some openings on my schedule and would love to be of service.

Serving the following areas in VT:


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Ukulele New Years Flash Mob!

Ukulele New Years Flash Mob! Sat., Dec. 31, 6:00 - 6:30pm. Brooks House Atrium, 130 Main St., Brattleboro. Accessible. Presented by Lisa McCormick. Get a head start and download the free PDF music-packet at bit.ly/2iBNXqg

FREE and open to all! Come play, sing, or just enjoy.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 12/26/16

BCTV channel 8  schedule for the week of 12/26/16

Monday, December 26, 2016

12:00 am First Wednesdays: America in a New More Dangerous World

1:55 am Improv Asylum: Seein' what Sticks - 2016 Graduate Performance

3:30 am Stories by the Fire: It Happened One December

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am Horse Pull - Guilford Fair 2016: Pt 2


VFW Lunch Specials Dec. 26th - Dec. 30th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri. from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onions rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Beginning Jan. 1st, there will be slight price increases due to rising food costs and an increased minimum wage.

Mon - open faced meatloaf sandwich w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - cheesy turkey, rice, broccoli casserole
Wed - goulash w/ garlic bread & salad
Thur - teriyaki pork loin w/ fried rice
Fri - clam strip roll w/ chowder

Take out orders are available by calling 257-0438.


Movie Monday

January Showings


Movies starring:

Jan 9th  Audrey Hepburn & George Peppard –9:30 am

Jan 23rd   Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Red Skelton – 10 am

Jan 30th   Walter Mathau & George Burns – 9:30 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 26 to December 30


December 27 - French Meat Pie




Paul Ryan's Proposed Budget Cuts

I got this by email, so I have no source info. It “looks” like Ryan, though

 - A List of Republican Budget Cuts. Notice S.S. And the military are NOT on this list.


These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings.

* Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings.

* International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 26th


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

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.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Conservation Commission
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Energy Committee
Fence Viewers (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)
Honor Roll
Planning Commission
Senior Solutions Advisory Council


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Police Price, Parking Planning, and Paving

The Brattleboro Selectboard approved a guaranteed maximum price for the police station at their last regular meeting of 2016 Tuesday night. With all three facility project prices locked in, the total project remains very close to the estimated cost originally anticipated, even with some additions of new work.

Westgate received funding to move forward with restructuring, the board reviewed a number of FY18 budget loose ends, and parking, parking, parking!


Mary Shiminsky is Back

Maybe I just don't get out enough but today I noticed the name "Mary Shiminski" in white letters back up on the rusty Bratt-Chesterfield border railroad overpass. I thought, we have such literate, history-loving grafitti artists. For background:



Brattleboro Holiday Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday:

All Brattleboro Town offices will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 23, and will be closed through Monday, December 26, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will be open for regular hours on Friday, December 23. It will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, December 24 through December 26.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, December 24 through December 26. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling and composting will be delayed one day all week.

In observance of the New Year holiday:


Not The First Brooks House Fire, Apparently...

From Today's Local History, 1879:

On Tuesday night at 11 o’clock it was discovered that fire was working under the flooring of the fourth floor of the Brooks House, about midway of the house. Lines of hose were carried up to the third and fourth stories, holes cut in floors and partitions, the house thoroughly drenched, and after upward of an hour’s work the fire was soaked out.


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