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200 Strings of Sleigh Bells - 80 prs Andirons and Shovel and Tongs, with many other goods, just received, and will be sold cheap, at Birge & Dickinson’s.


Pocket Knives. 40 Different patterns of Pen and Pocket KNIVES. Also, an elegant assortment of Table and Tea Knives and Forks, Razors and Scissors, for sale by D.B. Thompson.


The number of inhabitants in School District No. 2, in Brattleboro, January 1st, 1845, was 1620. The number of children between 4 and 18 years, 442.


It has been a long time since a more elegant and recherche social ball has come off in this town than that given at the Lawrence Water Cure on Monday night last. The refreshments were most acceptable, particularly as it regards quality, quantity, and time of distribution. Of the fair ladies present we hardly dare speak, but a more lovely and graceful assemblage we have seldom seen.


The Melodeon establishment of Messrs. Estey & Green is one of the “institutions” of Brattleboro. It makes but little difference whether the times are easy or hard, their instruments sell so rapidly that they find it difficult to fill their orders in any sort of season. During the past year they have made and sold instruments to the amount of over $55,000.


The new gas lately introduced into Crosby block seems to be giving excellent satisfaction. It is manufactured from gasoline, one of the many valuable products of petroleum, and furnishes a light softer than ordinary gaslight and at less expense.


Wells Goodhue, Esq., has sold his residence to Hon. B.D. Harris. Price $20,000. This place is located on Main street, and is one of the most desirable in town.


Messrs. J. Estey & Co. have finished the construction of their new gas works, and the hands now work until 6 o’clock.


The local telegraph company made a connection with Estey’s shops on Tuesday. The company now has six miles of wire in operation, with nearly 30 stations.


The Brooks House had a double wedding of out-of-town parties Wednesday afternoon.


We are glad to learn that the poultry show proved a success financially, as well as in every other way. On the first two days there were, in all, 1100 people present. In justice to the managers of the exhibition it should be understood that their announcement that certain attractions (including the famous Queechee cats) would be present, which failed to put in an appearance, was not made for advertising effect but was based on the promise of the owners of the animals to bring them and place them on exhibition.


Thursday seems to be the “regulation” day for snow storms this winter. Our third one, on successive Thursdays, began this morning at 5 o’clock with the mercury at two or three degrees below zero.


At the house of Capt. F. W. Childs on Tuesday evening a small gathering was very profitably entertained by listening to Commander A.D. Brown’s address on “Time, or how our clocks and watches are kept correct.” The address was the presentation of some extremely interesting astronomical and scientific facts and a description, illustrated by charts, of the delicate and complicated machinery used in taking the observations from which our standard time is regulated.


W.H. Childs’s observations show that there were 153 days in 1889 that were stormy, and only 35 when it was clear weather at three daily observations, 7 A.M., 1 P.M., and 7 P.M.


There is talk about application being made at the next session of the legislature for a city charter for Brattleboro, but the movement has not taken definite form.


Chief of Police Hall on Friday morning gave two women whose reputations were below par until Saturday in which to leave town.


A plan is on foot for reorganizing the Brattleboro Jelly company, to enable it to enlarge its business to meet more effectually the demands of its growing trade.


The first attempt to open the Brattleboro-Hinsdale road with a tractor and plow.

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CRVBL Opens 12th Season This Sunday

The Connecticut River Valley Baseball League resumes the tradition of New England Town Team adult baseball on Sunday, April 21 when it begins its 12th season at four local ballparks.  All eight of the League's teams are in action on Opening Day, with three New Hampshire teams hosting clubs from Vermont, and one all-New Hampshire game.
The games, all of which are free to the public, begin at 11 a.m. when the defending CRVBL champion Claremont Cardinals host the Putney Fossils at Barnes Park; the Keene Black Dawgs entertain the Chester Crush at Marlborough Field in Marlborough, and the league's newest entry, the Sunapee Old Lakers, play host to the Newport Polar Bears.


Appliance Repairman Near Brattleboro?

We're looking for an appliance repairman to do some work on our dryer.

Suggestions appreciated. Thanks


Email Scam Targets Sovernet Users

Sovernet users are being hit with what appears to be an email scam know as “phishing” in which a scammer tries to get you to give up your email address and account information. I've gotten a few of these in the past couple of days.

The email says:


Film: The Invisible War Wednesday

Film: The Invisible War, Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM

On Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 PM, the Womens' Freedom Center will present a screening and discussion of The Invisible War.

Anna Mullany of the WFC will lead the discussion.

The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. The film is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Goals Approved, Brattleboro Budgets Explained

Lacking two members, the Brattleboro Selectboard took up a relatively light agenda in their absence. A liquor license was approved for The Tavern, Selectboard goals were approved, and new members were appointed to town committees.

Town Manager Barb Sondag took advantage of the reduced work load for the meeting and took time to educate new board members, and the public, about budgets, committees, and other various reports that Selectboard members receive.

The class was short but informative, and the meeting’s business was done within an hour.


NEYT ~ SACPIN Directed By: Steven Stearns

Scapin directed by Stephen Stearns, April 11-20

About the Play:
Scapin is a Commedia dell’arte style, comic farce written by Moliere, one of the greatest masters of comedy who ever lived. NEYT uses the rave review off-Broadway adaptation created by America’s most famous clowns, Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, who starred in the original production. It is literally laugh-a-second mayhem!

Two clever servants trick two rich and gullible fathers out of their millions and arrange for their sons to marry two mysterious women whom the fathers detest! NEYT graduating seniors Henry Weisel and Alec Silver will be featured as the two servants, Scapin and Sylvester, who get themselves into the wildest and most ridiculous scrapes.


Your Video Invitation to Strolling of the Heifers Weekend 2013


Department of Public Works Seeks Public Input on Brattleboro Sidewalk Project

The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project.

The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street.

We invite you as a resident of Brattleboro, property owner, or business owner along the Downtown Sidewalk Project route to attend a public meeting on April 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center located at 230 Main Street.


Folk Music Festival, Featuring David Amram!

The Next Stage Arts Project and The Putney School are delighted to co-present a special live concert event on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 7:00pm, featuring folk music icons from the film For the Love of the Music; The Club 47 Folk Revival. Featured performers will include: iconic composer David Amram, Erik Lawrence (of The Levon Helm Band), Alana Amram & The Rough Gems, Tim Eriksen & The Trio De Pumpkintown, Diamond Doves, Haley Reardon and more. The concert will take place at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.


Seth Glier and Liz Longley at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery Friday, April 19

Twilight Music presents a twin bill of award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriters Seth Glier and Liz Longley at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm.

Singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist and Grammy nominee Seth Glier is renowned for his fearless vocal delivery, musical exuberance and seasoned songwriting beyond his years. Since the release of his album “The Next Right Thing” in 2011, the 24 year old Massachusetts native has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams. A troubadour in every sense of the word, Seth plays over 250 shows a year, headlining his own concerts and major folk festivals.


NEYT's Spring Fund-Raising Gala: Ooh la la!

This Friday you have an opportunity to eat good food, drink wine, see a
classic Moliere comedy, and support local youth theater! 

Even if  you can't attend, it's worth checking out this promotional video for
NEYT's spring fund-raising gala. It's just 90 seconds long.


Info on the event itself is here:  http://www.neyt.org/index.php/for-link


Explosion at Boston Marathon

Reports are coming out about a pair of explosions rocking the finish line area of the Boston Marathon. We'll have to wait to know more of what happened.

When I was a kid, we happened to be visiting in Boston the day of the Marathon. It was easy to get near the finish line and watch the runners cross it.


All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist Service

April 21 - “Thinking Green, Acting Green”

This Sunday, our Social Action Committee will host Betsy Hardy of Vermont Interfaith Power and Light and Paul Cameron, Brattleboro’s town energy coordinator and founder of Brattleboro Climate Protection.

Come listen to these committed individuals tell us why and how theyare involved with energy conservation. Members of the Social ActionCommittee will take part in the service.


Brave New World Order

Back in my college days, like many of my contemporaries, I read a number of “Dystopian” novels such as 1984 & Brave New World.

I remember one, set in the near future (like…now) in which the entire world was “Owned” by five (5) corporations, and they were all Insurance Companies.


BMH Spinal Health Class Begins April 29

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services will offer its seven week course “Standing Tall Spine Health: Level 1” beginning Monday, April 29 at 4:00 PM in the BMH Exercise Room.

The program is designed for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, or those at risk for low bone mass. Each class consists of a brief educational session followed by guided exercise. Education topics include instruction in safe movement for fracture prevention, strength and flexibility exercises for improved body alignment, and nutrition for bone health.


Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 4/15/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 4/14/13

                   Monday April 15
12:00 am      1st Wednesdays: Prof. John Stauffer 3/6/13
1:30 am       Bratt Wastewater Treatment Plant Opening 3/22/13
2:00 am       FSTV Overnight
4:00 am       Discover the Didgeridoo
5:00 am       Vermont Women In Journalism Panel Discussiont
6:25 am       TED Talks: Camille Seaman - Haunting Photos of Polar Ice
6:30 am   


Room for One More Team at Summer Soccer at SIT

There is still room for a team to join summer soccer in Brattleboro this year, sponsored by the Putney Soccer Club and held on Wednesday evenings at SIT. Eleven teams are not in place and there is room for one more. The season starts on May 1 and runs to the end of August.

If you are interested in entering a team in the league and serving as captain, please email putneysoccerclub@gmail.com.


5:45 Live- 4/12/13

On the latest edition of BCTV's media round-up: Real spies land in Brattleboro, Bernie outs the EPA 'Hoax', the Pot debate hits the house floor in Montpelier, the Bratt Selectboard sets their goals for the new term, and much more.


Law-Abiding Nations! Call For Prosecution Of A Bestial Homicidal French Government!

France, infamous history of murder and inhumanity in its colonies, Haiti, Vietnam and Algeria and during a thirty year occupation of Syria, in part as fascist Vichy France, is committing Crimes Against Humanity, arming, funding, secretly leading murdering gangs invading and destroying Syria, obviously for the benefit of the world ruling international private investment banking community. Crimes must be prosecuted.How? Why?


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