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Silk Dyeing. A. E. Dwinell, having received Agency for the above business, will receive Goods at his Store for Dyeing — such as Silk and Merino Dresses, Shawls, Veils, Hdkfs, Ribbons, Merinos, Silks, Linen, and colored Goods, &c., &c.


Towne & Co.’s Dioramic and Panoramic Exhibitions will take place at Wantastiquet Hall, on Friday evening. Among the views are the city of Lowell by Moonlight; Public Square of Vera Cruz; Cerro Gordo; Castle of Chapultepec, &c., &c.


The Phoenix reports that plank walks on Main and Elliot are being replaced with substantial concrete pavement - about 3,000 feet. The expense is borne by the parties owning the property.


Mr. S. H. Edwards is manufacturing children’s carriages at the old woolen factory on Birge street.


Barrows has adopted the cash system for his coal business. The prices of coal have reached a very low point for this section.


Kit Carson, Jr. gave an entertaining lecture at the town hall, Monday evening, on border life and Indian characteristics.


Rumors of Norwich University moving to and establishing an electrical engineering school in Brattleboro appeared in the New York Times on Tuesday.


Mrs. Sally Stockwell’s 104th birthday was observed on Monday. Her register shows that over 500 people have called on her during the past year.


For some years past Nast, the artist, has sent to the Frost grocery store for maple sugar.


The selectmen have laid a new street running from the rear of the High school grounds to Grove street, through the lands of W. P. Cune and Mrs. Brosnahan, thus making the school building more accessible to scholars living in the west part of the village. The street will be continued along the north side of the High school lot to Main street.


Mr. James Fisk went to the asylum for treatment last Friday. The mental disturbance from which he is suffering is a result of the precarious condition in which his physical health has been in for some weeks past.


Hon. D. B. Eaton has on his farm fifteen sheep which have just sheared 169 3/4 pounds of wool.


Estey & Co. have bought the Dickinson lot on Birge street.


There was a good-sized attendance at the annual village meeting held Tuesday evening, and we wish we could say that the proceedings were of that orderly and dignified character which befits in public gatherings of such importance, but the case was far otherwise.


E. Crosby & Co.’s annual statement of their yearly business, ending May 1st, shows that they have sold during the past year 113,268 barrels of flour, their wholesale feed trade has been over 500 cars, while their freight bills have amounted to $83,984.50.


C.E. Allen’s team ran over a little son of Geo. E. Allen in front of Leonard’s block Wednesday afternoon. A crowd gathered around, expecting to find the boy more dead than alive, but he did not appear to be seriously hurt, and five minutes later was at play with his companions as if nothing unusual had happened.


The free library will be closed Arbor day.


The Swedish residents of the town have their plans well advanced for the erection of a house of worship. They have bought a building lot, size three rods by eight rods, on West street, of L. H. Richardson, paying $200 for it. It is expected that the total cost of the church building will be $1000 to $1500.


No clues have been found in regard to the route taken or the present whereabouts of the thief who stole the team from the Brattleboro Livery company last week.


The services at the Episcopal church this week, conducted by Bishop Hall, have been in observance of what has been known for ages as Rogation week, the days being set apart as a preparation for the festival of Ascension day.


The sportive trout Now darts about, In search of food which it requires; And on the bank, Are gathered rank And unregenerate, reckless liars.


A 40 hours’ devotional service will be held at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next week, beginning Monday.

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Youth Music Festival Now Accepting Registrations

BrattRock -- The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival -- is coming to Brattleboro October 1, 2016!

A celebration of young musical talent, BrattRock's mission is to provide a venue for area youth musicians and bands to gather, connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. 

Participation is open to youth musicians and bands with all members under 20 years of age. 

The one-day event features music workshops for youth, offered by local adult music professionals and educators and culminates with an evening concert with performances by participating youth musical acts. 

Registration is now open at www.brattrock.org.


Candidates In New York

All political eyes are now on New York.

It’s Trump’s home state, so he should do well. It’s Clinton’s adopted home so she should do well. It’s where Sanders was born, so he should do well. It’s where people know and dislike Trump, so Cruz should do well. Everyone will win!

For me, it’s a bit more fun watching candidates hop around NY than NH. I know the state better, so it has a bit more relevance. In terms of political campaigns, the pressure is on and the candidates are firing on all cylinders, including taking swipes at one another. And for some reason, New York matters greatly this year.


Retting Place Closure in Brattleboro

Effective immediately, Retting Place will be closed at Green Street for several weeks. This closure is part of the Green Street Wall Project.

Access to Retting Place will be from High Street.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes while this project is in progress.

If there are questions or concerns about this project, please contact the Department of Public Works at 802-254-4255 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..

Town of Brattleboro
Department of Public Works
Highway Division


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' to be held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site since the last trail talk. The talk will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Adrienne Ginter Exhibit Reception on Saturday at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Putney-based artist Adrienne Ginter has just installed two solo exhibits for spring viewing at opposite ends of the state. Locally, a show of twenty finely detailed watercolors, oils, and paper-cuttings can be seen through May at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 16, 4:30 to 6:-00 p.m. The Governor's Gallery at the State House in Montpelier is hosting a large exhibit of her paper-cuttings through late June.

The exhibit gracing gallery spaces at All Souls Church includes both intimately scaled and large-format works, some in archival print form. Ginter's work explores elements of the natural world as well as fanciful narratives depicting ancient myths, history, and her personal experience. In her artist's statement, Ginter shares that "every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and I work to incorporate an extreme amount of detail to tell not only the macro but the micro stories in a scene. This gives the viewer a greater sense of depth, not only visually but narratively, depending on how close they choose to engage with the piece." It can take weeks to complete her largest paintings and 30 or more hours for up to ten layers of work in paper.


Brattleboro Parking - Lifting Winter Parking Ban

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban. Starting 04/13/16, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area. The following streets are never available for overnight parking:

Main Street

High Street

Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Oak Grove School.

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



No Chance

"I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning, and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance?" "Because the system is corrupt. And it's worse on the Republican side."

Donald Trump, during a rally in Rochester, N.Y.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/11/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/11/16

Monday, April 11, 2016

12:35 am BTT: 2016 Spring Forward Extravaganza

3:00 am Chasing the Dragon

3:55 am Engineering on the Inside: Innovations in Implants

5:00 am Spotlight on Vermont Issues: Human Trafficking

7:00 am Open Studio: Can Cops Cook?


April 1874 Advertisement - I. K. Allen Has Lumber For Sale

Below you will find an advertisement from the Vermont Phoenix, April 1874, that informs of us the wonderful selection of lumber at the lumber yard.

"Lumber! Lumber! The undersigned is now replenishing his Lumber Yard with a fresh stock of Lumber for the spring trade consisting of shingles, lath, and finishing lumber of all descriptions," it begins.


The Importance of Being of No Consequence

Over the years, I’ve often posed this question to many people, “If I could somehow give you an eternal afterlife, but with the caveat that you cannot take God with you, would you still take the afterlife?

Because the question is unprecedented, it at first takes the person by surprise. After all, most Western people still connect an afterlife with the God they were raised to believe in. It would not normally occur to them to have one without the other.

So, there is often hesitation, but not for long.


Tin Hats

I am prudent enough to protect myself, and sensible enough not to be shamed out of it by scornful mockery. 

At times, ignorant people and paid provocateurs make fun of tin hats. In fact tin hats are obsolete technology — no one talks about them any more — other than to smear those of us who have the good sense to protect ourselves from EMFs, and other electromagnetic dangers. 


Burden of Proof - A Preponderance of Evidence

What follows is a tiny but representative section from my website. All the statements here are either self evident and well established facts or they are borne from several thousand source articles or videos which have often been produced by mainstream media or other news outlets.

Do I draw conclusions from all these references? Do I feel that these references provide overwhelming evidence of a pattern? Do I feel these articles support the positions I and millions like me take? Absolutely.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Renee Rosnes Quartet

Pianist Renee Rosnes will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on April 16th at 8:00 PM with her world-class quartet including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Cited as “one of the finest pianists in jazz,” Rosnes has recorded and toured with a veritable who's who of jazz including legends Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson.

Rosnes demonstrates brilliance in her approach to jazz standards and has dedicated albums to playing these classic songs (her recording A Time For Love is a good example), but it is her esteemed work as a composer whose focused ability to choose a complex concept and express it through music that further elevates her reputation. In a review of her most recent recording, Written in the Rocks, Downbeat magazine claims “Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer...advanced yet accessible, complex but never ostentatious, this is as good as writing can get in this setting."


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu April 11 to April 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 11 to April 15

April 11 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

Brussel Sprouts



Weekend Creativity Series: Chuck Jones

One of my creative mentors is Chuck Jones, one of the best directors to work with Bugs Bunny. I met him first through Saturday morning cartoons, then later as part of the animation program we were running at the children’s museum in DC.

Above my desk is a drawing of the coyote and road runner that he drew as part of a class at the museum. I can still remember him drawing it, explaining each line as he went along. It reminds me of him, and of the types of conversations he liked having. He was extremely well-read and drew from a lifetime of paying attention to little details.


New Scam

I have received this 3 times

A robocall informing me that the IRS has me under investigation. They give a number to call for more info.

The IRS doesn't work this way.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - H.P. Lovecraft

It was 86 years ago this week that the writer HP Lovecraft was home in Providence, Rhode Island creating his story, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft was a self-described writer of “weird tales” which often blended fantasy, horror and science fiction. “The Whisperer in Darkness” is one of those weird tales set in a fictionalized Vermont in an area much like our own Brattleboro.


Town of Brattleboro Spring Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Spring Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 22, 2016

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 6, 2016

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste...leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1" in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.


Portion of Harmony Lot Closed Monday

As part of the Green Street Retaining Wall Project, the WEST side of the Harmony Parking lot will be closed on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254-4255.

Town of Brattleboro
Department of Public Works


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