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George Chandler Hall born in house on site of Baptist church.


The subscriber having purchased of Edwin Foster his right in the Fisher Brick yard, and also his share of Brick now on hand, offers to the public, on very low terms, 75,000 first rate Brick. James M. Reed.


Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, Feb 21st. Lecture by Mr. Woolson. Subject: Chemistry.


The population of District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro - on the first of January, 1855, was 2675; last year 2561, showing a gain of 114.


We understand that quite a number of our most worthy citizens will leave this place for the West next week. Their destination is not fully known to themselves, but they intend, we believe, settling in Illinois or Iowa. Several will take their families with them.


The Brattleboro library association meeting votes to transfer library to the town under certain proper conditions. As the matter now stands, it rests with the town to say, at its annual meeting, whether, by acceptance of the very generous terms proposed by the library association, a free public library shall be established, at insignificant expense, of which every resident of the town shall have the full and unrestrained benefit.


The number of telephone instruments in use in Brattleboro is 85.


Lest friends abroad should suppose that a temperature of - 20 degrees still prevails in Brattleboro it may be well to say that the past week has been one of April warmth and balminess, with bright sunshine and heavy rains so alternating that the sleighing has been seriously damaged, and the face of old Wantastiquet has been stripped of half its wintry look.


J.H. Chamberlain advertises a clearing-up sale of horses this week to make room for a carload of horses from the Indiana blue-grass region, which he will have here about the first of March.


Teamsters who draw heavy loads across the West River bridge say that they are not afraid that the chords will give way, but that the flooring is rotten and liable to drop out some day. This is a matter to be looked after.


The Lenten services at the Roman Catholic church opened on Ash Wednesday morning with Mass at 9 o’clock, preceded by the blessing and distribution of the ashes.


Blessings have been called down on the heads of the village authorities for causing the icy sidewalks to be covered with sand.


A canvas has been made among our people to learn if sufficient interest was felt in the appearance of Lieut. Peary to warrant his engagement, and so generous a response has been made that his coming is assured. His lecture is illustrated with the stereopticon, and he brings with him his Eskimo dogs, sledge and driver. It is hoped that Mrs. Peary will also accompany him.


A railroad strike of infantine proportions took place at the depot yesterday. The three brakemen of the freight train south at 11:10 refused to go with the train, claiming that they had not been paid for three extra half-days work done last week. Three new men were hired and the train left at 2:15.


It is expected that the present town officers will be candidates for reelection at the annual March meeting, and, so far as is known, there are no candidates against them.

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Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming)
CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee)
Development Review Board Alternate
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll Committee
Inspector, Lumber Shingles & Wood
Senior Solutions Representative
SEVCA Representative
Skating Rink Committee – do not have to be residents of Brattleboro
Town Service Officer
Tree Advisory Committee


Dummerston Tag Sale

The Dummerston Community Center will hold a tag/rummage sale on Saturday, August 10th, from 9-noon.
Items for sale include clothing, furniture, games, books, toys, kitchenware and much more.
Coffee and Lester's donuts will also be for sale. 
The sale will benefit the Dummerston Community Center's operating and maintenance costs. 
For more information call Jean @ 254-9212 or Ann @ 254-2415.


Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users, Friday, August 02, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.


AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.


Notary Public Near Downtown Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of a Notary Public official somewhere near downtown Brattleboro? Thanks!


Reward Offered for Vehicle Fire Information

PRESS RELEASE On July 15, 2013 at 3:16am the Brattleboro Fire and Police Departments responded to 68 Birge St for a vehicle fire. After conducting an investigation it was deemed that this fire was an act of arson.

If anyone has any information concerning this fire, you are asked to contact Detective Eric Johnson of the Brattleboro Police at (802) 257-7946 or the VT Arson Tip Hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON (800-322-7766).

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved. 


Film Showing - Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Tar Sands Oil: How You Can STOP It!

Point: The Age of the Oil Sands” a  CBC documentary film about the environmental issue of the proposed pipeline through the Northeast Kingdom. Sponsored by All Souls Church and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. To be shown at All Souls Church, West Brattleboro on Wednesday, August 21st at 6pm. 

Discussion and light refreshments after the film. A free-will offering to benefit Vermont Interfaith Power and Light will be collected. 

For further information please contact: Betsy Hardy at 802-434-3397 or email: info@vtipl.org.


At Brattleboro Farmers Market: Zora Quartet Plays Bosnian Music; Free Plant Walk

Saturday, August 3rd, the Brattleboro Farmers' Market hosts free live music by the Zora Quartet, playing Bosnian music from 11am to 1pm. Also at market this week, local herbalist Heidy Adams leads a free educational wild and medicinal plant walk. Participants are asked to meet at 11am at the center kiosk of the market and will walk the market grounds.

The height of summer bounty is rolling in from local farms and growers! Tree-ripened peaches, blueberries and raspberries, juicy tomatoes and the first corn on the cob is available, along with fresh veggies of all shapes and sizes. Globe-spanning cuisine and gorgeous crafts are available at the market; there's something for everyone! Picnic spots and children's play area are open for enjoyment.


WVEW Benefit Concert - Grand Idea

The June 27th "Grand Idea" benefit concert for WVEW 107.7FM  Brattleboro Community Radio Station..



AARP Safe Driving Class for Senior Citizens, August 24

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and AARP are co-sponsoring a Driver Safety program on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Room.

This driver’s refresher course is for people ages 55 and over and is designed to provide awareness of aging as it affects driving. The class covers normal physical changes associated with aging, provides practical techniques to compensate and review “rules of the road” with an emphasis on defensive driving practices.

Space is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $12.00 for AARP members with a membership card & $14.00 for non-AARP members. Call 802-251-8425 to register in advance. Fee covers materials only. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.


Sanders: New Fed Chief Must Make Jobs Top Priority

BURLINGTON, Vt., July 28 – Saying that “it’s time for new leadership at the Federal Reserve and a new approach to our troubled economy,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today urged President Obama to appoint a new central bank chairman who will “put the needs of the disappearing middle class ahead of the interests of Wall Street and the wealthy few.”

Sanders said Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz or former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich would be “excellent candidates” to replace Chairman Ben Bernanke when his term ends next January 31.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/29/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 7/29/13

                   Monday July 29

12:00 am      Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       From the BCTV Archives: “Mesclun 2000”

6:10 am       Ghostmaker - A Myth for Voices


Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

Monday Movie Matinees for Kids at Brooks Memorial Library
Monday July 29 at 1 pm

Bring a lunch and join us at 1:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room for a free feature length movie. All movies are rated G or PG and run approximately an hour and a half.

Save the date for the next Monday Movie Matinee on August 5 and August 12.

Call 254-5290 ext 110 for movie title, or download schedule at brookslibraryvt.org, click on "Kids and Parents"


Wake Up Call - Interview With Barb Sondag

Interview with Barb Sondag, exiting Brattleboro Town Manager on WVEW "Wake Up Call" Thursday morning July 2013.  "Wake Up Call" airs Thursday mornings 6am-8am bringing music, readings and local community persons.  Taped by Roland Boyden, BCTV.



Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, July 28

Twilight Music continues its 11th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 28 with southern Vermont based funk and world beat band Simba. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 25. All concerts begin at 5:30 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Putney Food Co-Op, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Inn, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.  The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.


Young Ireland at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery July 28

Irish-American folk music duo Young Ireland presents a musical celebration of Irish history and tradition at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm. All ages are welcome to share this evening of inspiring, original songs and storytelling. Partial proceeds from the concert benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice.


Reflections in the Glass

It seemed not so long ago a terrarium was a common sight in a home. Also fish tanks, turtle boxes, even freeze-dried sea-horses that you sent away for were trafficked more heavily in the pre-computer age. Little patches of life, microcosms and personal plots and spaces. Handheld domains sustained by the attention we brought to them.

We now cultivate social globes. We tend our Digitariums populated by "friends and followers", and fed by our crafted personas. We spend swaths of time in prescribed webspheres made of input boxes, upload buttons, and php scripts. These are technically vivariums too, miniature worlds, but the contents of the bowl are linguistic and iconic rather than purely organic.


Drastic Cuts in NEH Funding Will Impact Vermont Humanities Council

If you have ever attended a "First Wednesdays" program at the Library, please read the following appeal:

"Dear Friends,

We need your help -- today -- to protect funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Vermont Humanities Council. This week, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee sent a budget bill for FY 2014 to the full Appropriations Committee that includes only $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a drastic 49% cut, which would come on top of a 19% cut over the past three years.


Weekend Concert Series- Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Montreal, 1977

This concert is from the tour that nearly bankrupted the band and all but ended ELP.

In 1975, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer were starting to get itchy. Their 4 previous albums had made the musical statements they'd wanted to make and each member wanted to do something new. They each had also been working on their own music apart from the band. Eventually, rather than make solo albums, they made the "Works" albums. In Volume I each member took one side of the 2- record album and they all collaborated on the 4th side. "Works Volume I" wasn't received well by the fan base from its release date of St. Patrick's Day,1977. Unlike anything they'd done before, it was the beginning of the end. I like to think it was just the band growing up, as they were all about 30 years old at this point. But my love of the album wasn't the opinion of the majority of fans.


Best of Brattleboro?

Where can I find the "Best of Brattleboro" listings that appear to have recently come out? Thanks!


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