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Just Received, Whitmarsh on Mulberry Trees and Silk Worm. Also, Notice on the Beet Sugar from the French of Dubrunfaut, De Domballe and others. At the Brattleboro Bookstore.


4000 Alpine Mulberry Trees, for sale by E.W. Prouty & Co.


The bill for incorporating the Massachusetts Rail Road Company has become a law. We congratulate our citizens and the public generally upon this auspicious event.


Notice. The man who borrowed my saddle is respectfully requested to bring it home. As to the bridle, (as it is an old one,) I am not so pertinacious. He may, if he is particular about it, keep that, if he will concentrate his honesty on the saddle. J.D. Bradley.


Among the graduates of the Boston Medical College at the Close of the late term, we notice the name of Conrad Wesselhoeft, the eldest son of the late Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft of this village. Dr. W. will have charge of the Water Cure Establishment which has become inseparably associated with the memory of his father, its founder.


Wanted - a touch of that “etherial mildness” which the poets sing of in connection with the Spring months; also a “winged harbinger” or two, just to give us some inkling of warmer weather.


The miserably thin audience that assembled on Thursday evening to listen to Rev. W.H.H. Murray of Boston, was a surprise - an unaccountable, unpardonable, disgraceful surprise. We can’t explain it, and won’t try to.


The 90-cent dollars have put in an appearance as pocket pieces.


Mr. Horner has issued a neat and attractive catalogue for his Spring trade which his customers will find a great convenience in making their selections of plants and seeds for the coming season.


Prof. Cecil gave his “Expose of Spiritualism” at the town hall on Saturday and Monday evenings, furnishing no end of amusement to large audiences on both evenings. His performances embraced all of the more familiar “tests” of the most noted mediums, including the cabinet seance, with rope-tying, playing on musical instruments when tied(?), the coat test, gag test, pillory test, hand cuff test, etc.


Estimated town school expenses for 1878: $8,700.


It is a great sap day.


A motley company, representing all conceivable characters from monk to devil, danced at town hall Monday evening at the Rebekahs’ third annual dress as you please masquerade ball. Some elegant costumes were worn, but the majority were evidently chosen with a view to grotesqueness, and the many moving “hideous shapes” produced an effect comical in the extreme.


An effort is being made to form a local checker and whist club.


H.R. Lawrence’s bay mare, “Sunrise,” dropped another nice filly last night. The colt is by “Viking,” which has a record of 2.19 1/4.


The firm of C.F. Thompson & Co. has been dissolved this week as elsewhere stated. Mr. Thompson keeps the business and the plans of Mr. Fisk are not announced.


The question as to the location of the highway to the new Chesterfield bridge will be brought before the railroad commissioners as soon as county court is over.


The selectmen have arranged to have a piece of sample road put in, made of broken mountain stone, before contracting for the whole of Main street. The piece chosen is that from the railroad track up to the bridge, which teamsters call the worst in the village.


The Estey Guard will give an exhibition drill at the Retreat Monday evening.


At a meeting of the Vermont Wheel club Friday evening, it was voted to engage rooms for the club in the new Farmer’ and Mechanic’ Exchange building if satisfactory arrangement could be made.


A knock-down blood-spilling row Saturday night attracted a crowd on Elliot street. D.A. Martin, evidently fighting drunk, attacked a young man in the fish market and was thrown into the street by the proprietors of the market and others.


Only two plans for the enlargement of the town hall were presented to the committee last Saturday. Mr. Crosby has drawn up another plan which he did not submit.


Mrs. George Brooks has returned from a stay in New York, reports the Vermont Phoenix.

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Leaks, Lies and Lawyers - Remarks of Deb Katz, CAN

Miss the rally last weekend? Here is copy of the remarks made by Deb Katz of the Citizen's Awareness Network.

"Leaks, Lies and Lawyers 03.30.13

Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network

This is a moment when people feel outrage, helpless, frustrated and discouraged. Yet we are at a tipping point. Why outraged?


The Name of the Thieves Who Stole Our Future

While Senator Sanders may portray our Social Security programs as solvent, it really depends on your reading of what actually happened. The Social Security coffers as it stands today may very well be in the black - as best as in the black can be for a program that’s post Baby Boomer era.

With most of us Baby Boomers closer to our sunset than our sunrise the “contributions” we pay into Social Security is not the same as before. We are increasingly dependent on what the younger generations put into this Roosevelt-inspired retirement piggybank. Unfortunately, the population scale of our young folks shrink into the shadow of a huge and very needy Baby Boomer population.


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 April 5, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

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. 


War on Public Education

I’ve been observing what appears to be a nation-wide war on public education, and to the “greedy” schoolteachers who profit by being employed therein.

In state after state we see education budgets being cut and teachers being laid off, along with movements to voucher children to private schools, and to replace Public Schools with so-called Charter Schools, which are privately operated schools paid for with taxpayer money. (Some charter schools are founded by teachers, parents, or activists who feel restricted by traditional public schools. State-authorized charters are often established by non-profit groups, universities, and some government entities. Additionally, school districts sometimes permit corporations to manage chains of charter schools. The schools themselves are non-profit entities…Wikipedia)


Strolling of the Heifers Explores River Garden Role

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Strolling of the Heifers, which operated under the non-profit umbrella of Building a Better Brattleboro when it presented its first parade and festival in 2002, is developing a proposal to assume responsibility for the Robert H. River Garden from BaBB.

While details of the proposal are still being worked out and a formal proposal has not yet been submitted, the Stroll’s priority for the River Garden will be to maintain the building as a community resource, according to Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of the organization.


Can Selectboard Members Be Voting Members of Committees? Brattleboro Charter Appears to Say No

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard appointed John Allen to the PFFP (Police Fire Facility Project) Oversight Committee.

To keep the number of votes on the committee an odd number and to prevent tie votes, the Selectboard authorized Mr. Allen to be the 9th voting member of that committee.  Did they make a mistake?


If GMO Food Labeling Laws Don't Pass in Vermont, then Guess What We Can Do?

GMO foods? Why not mix wine grapes and marijuana, or beer hops and marijuana?

Have fun with genetically engineered and genetically modified foods and cross- breeding? Would it be legal now in Colorado and Washington?

I was thinking today about genetically modified and genetically engineered foods, and the lack of labeling, so far.


5:45 Live- 4/2/13


Packed with media--like photos of the Dummerston Covered Bridge after a Budget truck smashed through roof joists, video of this weekends Leaks & Lies VY Protest, live skypecasts from the Montpelier, and more--this midweek edition of BCTV's ever-popular media round-up 5:45 Live should shed a little light on happenings around town, including rumors of a deal to lease McDonald's a slot in the Brooks House.


No Rug Big Enough

For your consideration, an elegant statement about the place of technology in schools.

Beyond any personal loss, I find it disturbing the school board and administrators chose to cut this service, and continue to obscure the fact that schools are not facing the reality described in the video.

It is equally disappointing that this is not more of an issue for the community. My kids are grown now, and they're facing other educational horizons. But it seems crucial for a town that wishes to be vital, these challenges cannot be shirked.


Kurn Hattin Homes To Host Annual Jazz Invitational Featuring Trombone Legend and KHH Alum, Dick Nash

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children welcomes the public to attend its Annual Jazz Invitational Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 pm, with performances by the Bellows Falls Union High School Jazz Ensemble, Kurn Hattin Jazz Ensemble, Northfield Mount Hermon Jazz Ensemble, Vermont Academy Jazz Ensemble, and Vermont Jazz Center Youth Jazz Ensemble. The event will be hosted by Eugene Uman, Director of the Vermont Jazz Center, and the evening will conclude with a performance by the Keene Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Scott Mullett.


BMH Center for Wound Healing Opening in May

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced the establishment of Vermont’s only comprehensive Center for Wound Healing. Located on the BMH campus, the Center provides the most advanced therapies available for the treatment of chronic and non-healing wounds.

When the Center opens its doors and begins seeing patients on May 9, it will be the first facility of its kind in the state of Vermont and has been designed to serve the tri-state region, said BMH President and CEO Steven R. Gordon.

“Chronic, non-healing wounds are a problem for 8 million Americans, many of whom are elderly and managing chronic health problems, including diabetes, venous disease and injuries from radiation therapy,” said Gordon. With Windham County having the oldest population in Vermont, which in turn is the second oldest state in the whole country, Gordon adds that “The BMH Center for Wound Healing fills the need for this vital medical service not only for our local community, but also for the region.”


What's Western About Western American Art?

What's Western about Western American Art?
Wednesday April 3, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Amherst College professor Carol Clark considers how the works of painters such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, George Catlin, and Albert Bierstadt have defined the American West as place and idea.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brattleboro Goes Solar, PFFP Committee Formed

Wine and beer at galleries and bookstore events will have to wait until Vermont offers up definitions of galleries and bookstores. So sayeth the Selectboard.

Brattleboro’s Police-Fire Facility Project oversight committee has been formed, a new skating rink compressor will be purchased, and Brattleboro has begun the first of what may be many solar energy projects.

The new Selectboard got off to a good start, with a new commitment from the Chair to hear all viewpoints. The new seating arrangement is, from left to right, Schneck, Schoales, Gartenstein, Sondag, O’Connor, and Allen. Longtime Selectboard watchers can make of it what they may.


New Community Acupuncture Clinic in Putney

Beginning Friday April 5th, Medicine for the People will hold a Community Acupuncture clinic, every Friday from 2-6pm. Community Acupuncture is offered in a group setting for a sliding scale cost of $25-$50 per session. We offer this service in order to make holistic health care accessible to *everybody*, including YOU! Yes, YOU!

If you are interested in our clinic, you are welcome to drop in or call ahead to make an appointment. Our number is 802-387-3028 and we can be reached Monday-Friday 9-5. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture, please visit our website.


Electric Fence @ PVB in Saxtons River Friday Night

Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jonny Sheehan and Jeremy Holch return to Pleasant Valley Brewing in Saxtons River for night of original music and unique covers.

Saxtons River is lovely this time of year and you don't even have to leave Windham County (what I'm saying is it's not that far from Bratt!)

Music is free and starts at 8:00. Good food and beer.


George Terwilliger Joins BMH as ED Site Director

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital today announced that George Pierce Terwilliger, MD, has been appointed Site Director for its Emergency Department.

Dr. Terwilliger has been practicing emergency medicine at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire since 2002. He comes to BMH through a unique professional services contract with Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, by which Harneet Sethi, MD, serves as Program Medical Director for Emergency Medicine at Cheshire Medical Center and BMH.

“Our arrangement with Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic and Cheshire Medical Center allows BMH to share in the expertise of physicians like Dr. Terwilliger to meet the existing need in Brattleboro,” says Kathleen McGraw, MD, Chief Medical Officer at BMH.

Prior to his current post, Terwilliger had been a member of the ED staff at BMH for two years and spent 10 years practicing emergency medicine at the Gifford Center in Randolph, Vermont. He also has seven years’ experience as Medical Director of a family medicine practice in Chelsea, Vermont.


'Tis the Season in Brattleboro (Almost)

Soon, Brattleboro will be joining Toronto, Canada, Clearwater, FL, and San Diego, CA as well as many other towns, by posting signs in public parking lots that remind the public of the dangers of how hot a car can quickly get, even on a mild day. In Brattleboro, they will be smaller stickers, strategically positioned near the coin slots on the town parking kiosks in all parking lots and garages. This effort can save lives and reduce the possibility of tragic animal suffering.


The Indoor Cat That Goes Out

This is a story I submitted to iBrattleboro a couple years ago and it got a thousand or so views which is pretty good. And since the cat in question, Friskey, is turning 14 today, i thought it might be appropriate to resubmit it

When we got Friskey from the Windham County Humane Society as a 3 month old back in July of ’99, she was to be an indoor cat.

Cats who go out live an average of 4 years; cats who stay in live 16. Not much wiggle room for debate there.


AARP Safe Driving Class for Senior Citizens, April 20

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and AARP are co-sponsoring a Driver Safety program on Saturday, April 20 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.


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