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One of the most destructive conflagrations, and certainly the most agonizing one, it has ever been our painful task to record, occurred in this town last Sunday night, about 12 o’clock. The elegant residence of Mrs. Freme caught fire from some unexplained cause, and before aid could be rendered, was a blazing, crumbling shell. The inmates of the house were all females, consisting of Mrs. Freme, her two sisters, and two domestics. One of the latter was seriously bruised in jumping from a window; all the rest escaped without harm, except the lady of the mansion, who, dreadful to relate, perished in the flames!


The programme of the Memorial-day exercises announces that the procession will be formed in front of the town hall at 3 o’clock P.M., and will move in the following order: Brattleboro brass band, Chief Marshal and Aids, Estey Guard, orator and chaplain, choir of male voices, Sedgwick Post G.A.R., old soldiers and sailors, Beauseant Commandery Knights Templar, Fuller drum corps, Fuller battery (dismounted), Oasis Encampment I. O. of O. F., Wantastiquet Lodge I. O. of O. F., “77” drum corps, school battalion, citizens.


We are glad to learn from official sources that both our local savings banks have decided to reduce the rate of interest on all home loans to 6 per cent.


A drum corps and battalion of the Grammar school boys are drilling, preparatory to taking part in the observance of Decoration day. Their appearance in the procession will be one of the pleasantest features of the occasion.


$1.25 per day is to be the price paid for labor upon the highways during the present season. We learn that the work of reducing the High and Green street grades will probably be begun during the coming week.


Mrs. Brosnahan, through whose land on Grove street the selectmen laid out a highway this spring to the rear of the High school lot, caused a fence to be put up across the proposed street opening with the purpose to stop the drawing of stone and other materials for the new school building across her land. Under the law she has six months’ use of her land before it can be taken for a street.


Estey & Co. will survey the Dickinson lot, recently purchased by them, and cut it up into building lots, with the exception of the lower side, which they will use for their lumber railroad. This will largely increase the building room in that part of the village.


Forepaugh’s circus is announced to exhibit here July 10th.


Arrangements are fully completed for lighting the village by electricity. A contract between the bailiffs and the gas company has been closed, calling for the use of the arc lights 300 nights in the year, until 12 o’clock at $95 per light.


Early this week drifts six feet deep were reported in northern exposures on Ames Hill.


Farmers will find coal tar at the gas company’s works for use on their corn.


Oscar Cook, while painting the spire of the Congregational church yesterday, was the observed of all observers on Main street.


Stickney Bros. have the new Boston cereal product, “Ta Ka Kake,” for the name of which the proprietors have just paid $100 in a prize competition. It is prepared from corn and is one of the best of the breakfast preparations.


The new Elm street iron bridge is in place and the filling in of the approaches will be completed so that teams can cross tomorrow. The price paid for the bridge was $2050.


A most interesting “gasoline exhibition” was given in front of the store of John Galvin last evening by B.W. Boyle of Boston. In an interesting manner he showed the nature of the fluid and gave clear and explicit directions as to its use. About 200 saw the exhibition.


The Picturesque Publishing company of Northampton is to issue a “Picturesque Brattleboro.” Frederic Knab is in town securing materials for the work.


The Swedes have the excavation for the basement of their chapel nearly completed, having done the work among themselves. They will be ready to begin upon the stone work next week, and the erection of the building will follow immediately.


Ripe wild strawberries were picked Wednesday, May 22, on Harris Hill in West Brattleboro.


Stephen Greene, founder of Stephen Greene Press in 1957 with wife Janet, killed in Chicago crash of American Flight 191.

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DNA Testing of "Criminals" For Misdemeanors Is Racial Profiling


U.S. | Racial Justice
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin & Speaker of the VT House Shap Smith are Racial Profiling!

by Cris Ericson (ru18vote [at] gmail.com) Saturday May 7th, 2016 5:07 PM

Should Vermont Speaker of the House, Shap Smith, be charged with conspiracy with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin for creating a new form of racial profiling of people charged with a criminal misdemeanor by forcing them to submit to a DNA test because that is just a new form of being Hitler because DNA testing shows whether you are "Cohanim Jewish" J1 haplogroup Y chromosome or Black or Native American Indian, etc.?


Don't Give Up On Marijuana Legalization! Become A Marijuana Party Political Candidate


Do you want to help make marijuana legal in Vermont? The state legislature did not make marijuana legal this spring, so it is up to you to do something!

You can get on the Nov. 8, 2016 general election ballot in Vermont for the Vermont Marijuana Party http://www.facebook.com/cris.ericson.94 by collecting petition signatures.


Movie Monday - May


May 2nd Starring:

 Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg – 10 am

May 9th Starring:

Sam Elliott, Rob Lowe, Robert Duvall – 10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 9 to May 13

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 9 to May 13

May 9 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

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Military Expert to Speak on American Engagement with Niger

On Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the The School for International Training, Room IC‐101, International Center, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Dr. John Hagen, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, who will speak on "American Engagement with Niger: A Case Study on Confronting Violent Extremism in Africa.” As the academic lead for a U.S. State Department initiative that is helping to develop professional military education for the army of Niger, John Hagen is in a good position to analyze the situation in that country and discuss U.S. involvement there. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Hagan's talk at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org


Bonus Weekend Concert Series - Prince and the Revolution at First Avenue, August 3, 1983

Perhaps the only upside to Prince passing on is that YouTube has exploded with Prince videos. At least for the moment. Let’s enjoy one.

Tonight we will travel back in time, prior to Purple Rain. At this First Avenue show in the summer of 1983, Wendy makes her debut with the band and a series of new songs are debuted. I Would Die For U, Computer Blue, Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, and Baby I’m a Star are played for the first time live.

Prince fans will enjoy hearing that these new songs aren’t completely finalized.


Weekend Creativity Series - Make a Flip Book

My creativity is definitely biased toward drawing and animation. This week I’d like to share a video about doing a very simple and rewarding animation project - making a flip book.

There are lots of ways to do this, and there are many different types of flip books you might want to try. You can use post-it notes, small drawing pads, pieces of paper cut and stapled together, or the edges of your math book. (Of course, you shouldn’t write in your math book.)


Medicare Boot Camp in Townshend & Brattleboro

Senior Solutions staff provides unbiased information about the Medicare system at Medicare Boot Camp. In May this free class will be held in two Windham County locations: in Townshend on Thursday May 19, 1-3 P.M. and in Brattleboro on Thursday May 26, 1-3 P.M.

The class is for Vermonters who are new to Medicare. Family members who help these beneficiaries may also find it useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and Medicare Boot Camp prepares participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - WWI Parade

It was 97 years ago this week that Brattleboro celebrated the return of her World War I soldiers, sailors and nurses with a parade up and down Main Street. An estimated 8,000 spectators watched 50 local organizations join together to honor the 470 men and women who served during the “War to end all Wars”. Here's the story...



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet in Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Ben Williams and Sound Effect

The Vermont Jazz Center will welcome bassist Ben Williams and his group Sound Effect to the stage on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00 PM. Sound Effect is Ben Williams, bass; Marcus Strickland, saxophones; Alex Wintz, guitar; Willerm Delisfort on piano and Rhodes; John Davis on drums.

Ben Williams is the winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition on bass. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Award for his work with Pat Metheny’s Unity Band and was voted as top overall rising star in Downbeat’s 2015 Critic’s Poll. Most recently, Williams was chosen as bassist for the White House’s celebration of International Jazz Day. After introductions by President Obama, Irina Bokova (Director General of UNESCO), and Herbie Hancock, Williams accompanied Chucho Valdéz, Paquito D’Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Trombone Shorty, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, and Herbie Hancock in a moving example of how music unites the entire world. Williams’s consumate ability to support a wide range of styles is reflected in the numerous recordings he has appeared on with Pat Metheny, Jacky Terrasson, George Benson, The NEXT Collective, Eric Reed, and many more. He is an in-demand sideman and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Chaka Khan, Terrence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock; he appears with Don Cheadle in the new tribute to Miles Davis - “Miles Ahead.”


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Warning - Executive Session and Budgets

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm to discuss labor relations agreements with employees and pending or probable civil litigation, and will reconvene the business meeting at 6:15pm.

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


Next WBA Meeting on May 12th to Discuss Potential Re-use of Current West B Fire Station

The regular monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 PM at the New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. After a review of the treasury report, spring plantings, the last BizUp meeting and other issues, the WBA will discuss details of the Chicken BBQ coming up on Saturday, May 28th.

A feature every year of the group, the popular Chicken BBQ will once again happen in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The menu will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw or salad, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  More information on the event will be forthcoming.


Hydrant On Canal Street Hit

Steve Barrett of the Brattleboro Department of Public Works reports that this morning a tractor trailer truck hit a hydrant on Canal Street. He sent along these photos:


Little Bike Lost

This bicycle has been abandoned (probably stolen) behind the Elliot Apartments on Spring Street. It has been there for about a month.


WVEW at Gallery Walk

Friday May 6th, at Gallery Walk in Brattleboro, WVEW will be hosting a Screenprinting Event from 5-8pm at Brattleboro Printmakers, located at 14 Elliot Street (between Boomerang & Hotel Pharmacy).

Bring down a t-shirt, sweatshirt, tank top, whatever you like, and for a small donation, we'll screenprint the WVEW logo onto it! Help support your community radio station and get something stylish to wear in the process.

We'll also have the new edition of our print schedule available.

We hope to see you there...


Strolling of the Heifers Seeks Volunteers, Vendors

Strolling of the Heifers is seeking volunteers to help make Stroll Weekend a success, and still has room for a few more vendors at its Expo. 

Strolling of Heifers Weekend takes place June 3-5, with the agriculturally-themed parade scheduled for Sat., June 4 at 10 a.m. in downtown Brattleboro. 

The Stroll is always looking for volunteers to help out in a multitude of ways at all events, including the Friday evening Street Festival (June 3), the Parade and Expo (June 4) and the Tour de Heifer (June 85), as well as at other events year-round.  

Prospective volunteers should contact Vicki Friedman, volunteer coordinator, at vicki@strollingoftheheifers.com. They may also stop in to see her at the Strolling of the Heifers River Garden, 157 Main Street in Brattleboro; or phone her at 802-246-0982 (leave a message if she is not in). Alternatively, a volunteer registration form may be found at www.strollingoftheheifers.com/get-involved/


New! Women's Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble

Make music together with other women in a fun easy-going environment. Learn to play some great classic Folk and Boomer tunes, in a group ensemble. Experience level: functional beginner (some knowledge of basic chords). 

Get that guitar (or banjo or uke or...) out from under the bed and come make some music with other women!


North End Butchers, Windham Wines and Adams Seafood

Please be sure to include North End Butchers, Windham Wines and Adams Seafood in your shopping plans this spring and summer. With the coming closing of Black Mountain Trading Co., on Putney Road, I would like to urge all to frequent the North End Butchers, Windham Wines, Adams Seafood and other merchants in the little shopping mall on Putney Road just north of Hannafords.

North End Butchers is starting to get fresh vegetables from local growers, they have their usual fine selection of locally grown meat, sandwiches and a nice assortment of prepared foods. They have even been carrying locally grown shitaki mushrooms.


Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum tomorrow night, Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden between 5-7:30.

The goals of the forum are three-fold:

1. The town can inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bike/ped infrastructure.

2. Local volunteer groups can inform residents of their work on projects that relate to bike/ped safety.

3. Town residents have a chance to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on bike/ped issues.


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