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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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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Skatepark Design and Town Plan Approved

Citizens were in attendance at this week’s Selectboard meeting to request once again that the town consider the concerns of the neighbors and do a proper site selection process for the new park. Dick DeGray said that the skatepark selection process consisted of himself and Jesse Corum proposing Crowell Lot as a good location, and that he was proud of their decison.

The Selectboard also approved Brattleboro’s Town Plan, continued thinking about expanding the Downtown Improvement District, began a discussion on implementing a local gasoline tax, and was accused of collecting parking income on national holidays.

All this and more, below...



Special Screening of "The Last Waltz" - Thursday Night @ Next Stage!!

On Thursday night at 7PM, Next Stage Arts presents the third film in its “Reeling in American Music” series with a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s seminal concert film “The Last Waltz” featuring The Band in their final performance on Thanksgiving night, 1976. Filmed at San Francisco’s Winterland Theater, the movie captures the sound and spirit that propelled this group of musicians in their 16 years on the road, most notably as Bob Dylan’s backup band.

“The Last Waltz” was filmed by director Martin Scorsese in 35MM format, and is considered by many to be the definitive rock performance film due to the richness of the cinematography, the quality of the sound, and the nature of the performances captured in the film.


E-commerce Shopping Cart Options?

My small business is planning to launch an e-commerce site in the next few months and is looking into shopping cart options.   I'm wondering if anyone has done recent research on the pros and cons of the various tools out there.  Initially, the number of products offered will be fewer than 20 and we'll probably use PayPal for the financial transactions.  Simple integration with QuickBooks would be nice.  Can anyone help us out?



Meatheads - The Paradox of Human Evolution

What all mammalian animals have in common is that they share the workings of a spinal column topped by a brainstem. Fundamentally, these are essentially the same in all of us animals. The brainstem contains the pathways to where all brain activity passes through to the rest of the body and is structurally connected to and a continuation of the spinal column.


Tritium Well Debuts in Brattleboro Saturday Night

Tritium Well makes its debut in Brattleboro this Saturday night, 2-23-13. Rocking and irradiating the Northeast Kingdom since 2010, the five piece band joins Gangly Heart and The Diamondstones for a Power Shift dance party thrown by the SAGE Alliance, at the Stone Church from 7-11pm.


Sugar on Snow Supper in Guilford on March 2nd

The annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 2, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Traditionally the first sugar supper in Windham County each year, the meal features ham, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.


David Schoales - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Mr. Schoales is running for a 1 year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

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

I am concerned about the future and whether we will have a strong enough community and local economy to weather the challenges ahead.  When I saw that Dick and Dora were leaving it seemed like it might be an opportunity to be part of a more collaborative board that could work well together toward strengthening our community and economy.

Why run for the 1 year seat?

I prefer to come back to the community for signatures every year rather than risk feeling entitled to the position. That's why I have always taken one-year petitions for the town school board seat.


Lawrin Crispe - iBrattleboro 2013 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Moderator Interview

This year, two candidates are hoping to get your vote to become Moderator of Representative Town Meeting. 

Lawrin Crispe is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.

Tell us a little about yourself...


Automatic License Plate Reader

“10-86 this is Dispatch. Where are you?”

"We are working the once per year Code 18 in West Brattleboro across from Gilles Seafood Restaurant. We have two unmarked vehicles parked nose to nose in the center lane with a police cruiser behind each vehicle with lights flashing. When passing traffic slows down to rubber neck at the phony accident scene we look at their inspection sticker, license plate registration sticker, and seat belts. If we see an infraction we ticket them. We are also testing our new ALPR toys compliments of Homeland Security.”

“How is the automatic license plate reader working?”


President's Day Lecture with David Sanger

David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent, offers a look inside the Obama Administration's use of innovative weapons and new tools of American power to manage rapidly shifting global threats and challenges.

Sanger has been part of journalistic teams that has won the Pulitzer Prize twice. In 2011, his team was a finalist for the Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of Japanese nuclear disaster.

His background also includes reporting on economic and foreign policy and how these issues effect U.S. competitiveness and relationships with America's major allies. Sanger has also bee bureau chief in Tokyo for six years. His most recent book is Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, Crown, 2012.


Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

It's in the Calemdar already, but I got the feeling iBrattleboro wants Guilford news & this seems to be it for this week. (I do see your note in the guidelines saying events should go in the Calendar, maybe not here, so am not sure you want this here, but anyway!!!)

This Thursday at Broad Brook Grange at 7 pm is the annual pre-town meeting.  First the Selectboard, then School board, will outline the items they're going to be bringing to the voters on Mar 5.  This is good venue to ask questions in an informal setting.  Candidates for Town & School Board offices are also asked to attend to introduce themselves. Guilford doesn't get as fancy as having a candidates' forum, so this is it.


Small Business Slump Continues

In case you were wondering, the economy really did slow down again last summer.  A spike of business failures in July led to a cooling trend in August, and by September there was a discernible chill in the air.  Nowhere was this so keenly felt as in small business.

Dun & Bradstreet’s Small Business Health Index Report documents this new wave of recession in typically bland terms, but the numbers say what thousands of small business owners cannot — the second half of 2012 (and continuing into the current quarter of 2013) stunk for small business.  




A Few Days In - An iBrattleboro Update

I thought I’d give a little update on where we stand after a few days with the new site.

Overall, we’re really happy with the way things are going. You seem to be finding your way back, logging in, and using the site like before. Do fill out your user profile, and be sure to list your skills...

We’re very happy to receive your reports of problems, issues, and suggestions. We’ve solved many of them, and are continuing down the list. Next up is work on the image uploading system. 


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 2/18/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 2/18/13

                          Monday February 18

12:00 am        Chiho Kaneko Eyewitness Report from Fukushima 1/22/13

1:45 am          Putney Diner Redux


PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) Info Event, February 27th - All Welcome, Especially Town Meeting Reps!

To the Brattleboro Community:

The PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) subcommittee of the Brattleboro Energy Committee invites all Brattleboro citizens - especially Town Meeting Reps - to an evening workshop on Wednesday, February 27 to learn about the PACE decision on the agenda of our upcoming town meeting on 3/23, and get answers to any questions you may have about this very exciting and significant new avenue to energy efficiency and renewable energy in our town.

Efficiency Vermont consultant and PACE expert Carol Weston will join us either in person or via Skype to answer your questions and describe how communities all over Vermont are in the process of implementing PACE.


iBrattleboro Weekend Concert Series: Modest Mouse

To make up for last week, and only a day late at that, I opted for a more straight-ahead rock show from now veteran Modest Mouse, performed in 2010.  YouTube commenters seem to have decided that the venue was in Sioux Falls, SD.  I've been a fan of Modest Mouse for most of the last decade, having originally fallen for Moon Over Antarctica.  One of the best songs on that record, Third Planet, is included on the playlist along with a host of other tunes from throughout their career.

Warning: There are a few swears.


Skatepark Design on Selectboard Agenda This Tuesday

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Readers of iBrattleboro.com:

You will recall that the Selectboard acted a handful of months ago to commit to a contract with a design firm, which has since been working on the design for the skating facilities at Crowell Park.


Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs

WASHINGTON – Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval.

In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.

They also point out that a shift to five-day service could lead to further declines in mail volume and revenues, worsening the U.S. Postal Service’s overall condition.


Gay Jew in Uganda Travelogue/Fundraiser

If you're free, please please come! (I really want to pack the house...)  -Ken



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