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150 Mahogany Looking Glasses, of 15 sizes, constituting the best assortment ever offered in this State, received direct from the Manufacturer and shall be sold Low, and the Store of Birge & Dickinson.


At Brattleboro East Village, on the 6th of May inst. a council of Baptist Ministers assembled, and gave the right hand of fellowship to a newly constituted Church of the same order; 88 members, 48 of whom were added by Baptism since the first of March last, being the first Baptist Church established in this town.


On Monday snow fell in Whitingham and Readsboro, while it hailed in this village and vicinity. “Winter lingering in the lap of Spring!” What business has the old fellow there?


Fisk’s Annual Spring Exhibition is to take place this Friday afternoon. The travelling mercantile establishment of James Fisk, Jr. is well known throughout New England, This concern has nine wagons all handsome and convenient, but one of which is ornamented in the most florid style. It employs nineteen horses and thirteen men.


Cheapest and Pleasantest Route From Brattleboro to New York. The Steamer Granite State, (1000 Tons Burthen,) Capt. J. H. King Will leave Hartford for New York, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, at 3 1/2 o’clock. Cabin Fare - $1.50; Second Class - $1.00. Purchase R.R. Tickets to Hartford only. Passengers leaving Brattleboro by 9:00 A.M. Train, have ample time to connect.


Ossian E. Dodge. — This irresistible, irrepressible, inexhaustible and incomparable wag, harmonist and vocalist is working his way slowly up the Connecticut, and will give one of his rare and select Musical and Literary Entertainments in the Town Hall, Tuesday, May 27th, on which occasion he is to be assisted by the eminent balladist Wm. Hayward and the veteran vocalist Bernard Covert author of “The Sword of Bunker Hill,” (which he will sing, and many other popular pieces.


Commodore Theodore P. Greene, educated in Brattleboro, ordered to command the Shenendoah, then detached and ordered to command the Santiago de Cuba, per sloop Ticonderoga.


The store of A. J. Simonds, lately closed out, is undergoing repairs, and it is rumored that he will resume the grocery business on the cash system.


The smelling committee is abroad. Beware!


Listers report Brattleboro has 327 firemen.


It isn’t often that a stylish young horse could be depended on to run at a lively gait, with a handsome buggy, but without a driver, from Centerville down Green street to Main street and then through Main street and up the hill to his home on High street, winding up with a few turns among the apple trees in the garden, without so much as a scratch on the buggy, or injury to himself or harness, but we know of an animal that successfully accomplished this feat last Monday morning.


A handsome new safe was put in the vault of the Vermont savings bank on Thursday to hold valuable papers.


Mr. Bingham offered to drill a company of not less than 100 High and Grammar school boys to take part in the Memorial day services, but a majority of the boys voted against participating. We are sorry for this.


The Brattleboro consignment of revised Bibles did not arrive until this morning. There is no special demand for the books and the booksellers expect slow sales.


It is now announced that Barnum’s circus will exhibit in Brattleboro in July, the advance agent having been here this week to make arrangements.


The Western aqueduct association are putting large new pipes on Grove street.


The Kickapoo Indian Medicine company’s performances at the town hall are attracting large crowds, and interesting programs of entertainment are presented.


Thus far this season F. A. Hubbard has sold 15 Columbia bicycles, all of the safety pattern.


George W. Fuller found on the engine house at the Estey shops on Monday an icicle nine and one-fourth inches long.


The removal of the state patients from the Brattleboro Retreat will leave the institution free to devote itself to the care of private patients. In this direction the work of the future will lie.


The first collection of mail in the new Sunday service was made last Sunday and was successful. D.E. Tasker made the collection, which was the first Sunday collection ever made in Brattleboro.


The night lunch wagon has again changed hands. It is now run by Michael Lillis.


Electric car No. 3 was derailed for an hour at the Pine street concern Wednesday night. An insufficient amount of oil on the track was the cause.


A portion of the Royal Wood farm in the south part of town has been laid out into building lots which have been put in charge of S. W. Edgett & Co. for sale. Several new streets have also been laid out and will be given names at the proper time.


A movement is on foot to organize a union among the Brattleboro clerks, not to affect their salaries, but to protect their interests along other lines.


An unusual record with an incubator was made this week by George Benson of Canal street, who hatched 92 brown leghorn chicks from 106 eggs.

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Politics of Politics

March 5; Tuesday is Brattleboro's citizens chance to take action and vote for the directions each feels best for our town.  Brattleboro is a nice place to live. It has many challenges needing to be addressed.  I am in hopes that the many people of this town take the time to vote.  So many of us have so many opinions of what is good for the town and what is not good for our town.


Putney Road Project Public Hearing Scheduled

On March 7, 2013 at 6:00pm at the Brattleboro Municipal Center in the Selectboard Meeting Room Vermont Agency of Transportation will hold a Section 502 Public Hearing to review plans for improvements to Route 5 (Putney Road) from the Veterans Bridget to the Exit 3 Round-about.  

This project calls for a reconstruction of the roadway with construction of four roundabouts, retainage walls, landscaping, and sidewalks.  This is a major infrastructure project.  The Section 502 Hearing is the public’s opportunity to review, ask questions, and provide feedback on this project.   While construction is still several years off, this is the time for citizens to provide input into final design.  


Teams Sought for Bowl for Kids' Sake Fundraiser

Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 32nd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Saturday, April 6. The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.

The 4-5 p.m. time is reserved for teams of teens and will have a special “Cosmic Bowling” atmosphere. The financial goal of the event is to raise $50,000 in pledge money to help cover the cost of running the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.


YAM: Yoga, Acupuncture, Meditation Workshop at MFTP March 16th

Deirdre Kelley presents Y.A.M.: Yoga, Acupuncture, and Meditation; Saturday, March 16th, 12 pm-2 pm at Medicine for the People, 125 Main Street, Putney, VT.

Y.A.M. (Yoga, Acupuncture, and Meditation) workshops are offered to integrate the wisdom of thousands of years into a two-hour class.


Donna Macomber - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Continuing our series of interviews with candidates for Selectboard, we now present an interview with Donna Macomber.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?

Although I was routinely asked, "Are you out of your mind?" when I decided to run for Selectboard, I am excited about the opportunity to serve this community.  I realize it is a big commitment, and there will be a learning curve.  I am level headed and open minded.  There has been a fair amount of discussion, online and otherwise, about the need for emotional intelligence in making some thoughtful, and potentially difficult decisions.  I believe I have this capacity.  I appreciate challenge, and the inevitable learning curve of taking on this fresh responsibility.


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Important Public Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Agriculture Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

Additional Public Meetings and Hearings:


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, March 4, 2013 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 Selectboard Agendas and Notes - March 5 and March7 , 2013

The Selectboard will be given a recommendation for hiring a Police-Fire Project Manager at their next regular Tuesday evening meeting. They will also select a project manager for the downtown sidewalk repair project.

There will be discussion of the FY14 Parking Budget, consideration of a videoconferencing system for the library, the purchase compost carts for the new composting pickup program,  Honeywell lease financing and more.

Catch it all on TV or in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can bring up other issues not on the agenda during Public Participation, too.


Vermont Impacts of Sequestration

Here’s a handy guide to expected changes and cuts in Vermont due to sequestration going into effect today, courtesy of the White House.


"If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on Vermont this year alone are:

Teachers and Schools: Vermont will lose approximately $1,128,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 20 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 2,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 10 fewer schools would receive funding.


Free Talk About Men’s Urinary Issues, March 11

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital presents a free talk about urinary function by Director of Men’s Health Craig Rinder, MD, on Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm in Brew Barry Conference Room 2.

A board-certified urologist, Dr. Rinder will discuss how urinary function changes as people age and the causes and solutions to many common complaints, particularly among men over the age of 50. To register or get more information, call 802-257-8877.


Sean Amos, MD, Joins BMH Hospitalist Staff

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced
Sean Amos, MD has joined its Department of Hospitalist Medicine.

Amos is a 2003 graduate of Harvard
Medical School and has worked as a hospitalist on a contract basis in several
settings, including Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona; Northwestern
Hospital in St. Albans, Vermont; and Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine.

Most recently, he worked for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Amos was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2006.


Ian Kiehle - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Next in our series of iBrattleboro interviews with Selectboard candidates is out interview with Ian Kiehle. Mr. Kiehle is running for one of the one year seats on the board.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?

I'm able to make the time that the commitment requires, and I feel confident that I can serve the community well as a selectboard member.

Why run for the 1 year seat?


River Garden Proposals To Be Accepted by BABB

March 1, 2013 - Building a Better Brattleboro (BABB), owner and operator of the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, announces the process for taking the next steps towards the organization’s divestiture of management and/or ownership of the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. As such, it invites the community and those parties interested in presenting proposals to do so, based on the following schedule and guidelines.

“BABB appreciates and values the community's interest in the future of the River Garden. We believe the most effective way to accurately and fairly respond to all of the suggestions and opinions we've received regarding the River Garden is to provide an informational package on our web site and give everyone an opportunity to submit proposals regarding the building's future.” notes Donna Simons, BABB Board President.


Vermont To Hire For Clean Water Act Analysis at Vermont Yankee

Need a job? Can you "review and assess impingement mortality plans and entrainment mortality studies?" Do you have expertise on "CWIS technology and engineering, nuclear engineering and CWIS technical feasibility?" If so, you should consider the following bid opportunity from the State of Vermont:


Brattleboro Write-In Voting Reminder

As a result of recent Town Charter changes, counting votes for write-in candidates on Tuesday’s ballot has changed. If a Brattleboro citizen wishes to be considered a write-in candidate for any town office (including town meeting member) that candidate must now declare his/her candidacy to the town clerk no later than 7:00 PM on election day.

Only write-in votes for declared candidates will be counted after the polls close. Providing they have garnered the most votes in the race, write-in candidates for town officers need a minimum of 30 votes to win, town meeting members need a minimum of 10 votes.


First Fridays: Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

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

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month at 12 noon 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. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.For more information, call the reference desk at 254-5290 x109 or email asklibrarian@brooks.lib.vt.us The program is free and open to all.Location: Brooks Memorial Library Main RoomTime: The first Friday of every month at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Question For All Present and Hopeful Selectboard Members

I know it is late to be asking but .....

What is your position on Smart Meters in particular wired vs no wired technology? Could you share with the voters what you know about them?


iBrattleboro Polls, and Ye Olde iBrattleboro Archives

Two more site updates you’ll want to know about.

First, we fixed an issue with the Polls where someone writing in an option got two votes. No more bonus votes will be counted this way. 

We’ve also fixed an issue so that people who are not logged in can vote. It was previously thanking you for your vote, but not counting it.  

We’ll see how it goes. It may take a couple of polls before we’re solid, so thanks for voting and helping us test. We’ll be testing a ranked voting poll soon which is sure to confuse us all.

Second, you can now go through the archives of Ye Olde iBrattleboro to find old stories and comments. There are a few things to know, though:


5:45 Live: 2/27/13

Click here for video and links from this 5:45 Live special where you can find out why the Reformer might finally break open the school safety scare story, why IEPs will be big at town meeting, why the race for Selectboard really is heating up as much as everyone says it is, and more.

Video Links: -- -- 5:45 Live: 2/27/13 in High Def -- -- -- 5:45 Live 2/27/13 in Standard Def


Bluegrass Benefit for Compass School on Sunday, March 17th at Bellows Falls Opera House

Compass School of Westminster, Vermont is proud to present the Corey Zink Band, one of the premier baritone voices on the Northeast bluegrass circuit and the Seth Sawyer Band on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Bluegrass Benefit Concert will be held at Bellows Falls Opera House in downtown Bellows Falls. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets available at http://compassschool.ticketleap.com/

Seth and Candi Sawyer are Compass School parents and have created this wonderful event to support the Global Connections Program. The Seth Sawyer Band has years of experience entertaining people with classic bluegrass music. Seth Sawyer is the gentle giant of New England bluegrass music.


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The amount of panhandling in Brattleboro