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Brattleboro organized as a town under the State of Vermont.


Nineteen Master Masons petition to form lodges in Guilford and Brattleboro


1200 Brooms of Superior Manufacture, for sale Cheap at Birge & Dickinson’s.


Richards Bradley has purchased between forty and fifty acres of land north of Prospect street and between the road leading to Dummerston and Connecticut river, upon which he proposes erecting a splendid mansion and out buildings. When completed this will form one of the most beautiful situations in Brattleboro.


Saturday evening about ten o’clock, Jonas Cutler’s bakery, on Main Street was discovered to be on fire. During the evening the warm oven had been filled with wood placed there to dry with the flue damper of the oven closed. After a while the wood ignited and pyroligneous acid gas was formed to such an extent that the oven door burst open, and the fire was communicated to the wood work in the room.


It is now hard upon the first of April, and not a sugar orchard in the county, so far as we can learn, is in running order. The depth of the snow has rendered it impossible to tap the trees, gather the sap or make the sugar.


The expenses of all the schools — a High School, and Intermediate School, and five Primary Schools — during the past year was $3626.80.


Bemis, the express agent, reports over 40,000 pounds of maple sugar shipped from this place since the season began.


The Hyers sisters (colored) gave a concert at the town hall on Tuesday evening, which only lacked a good audience, a comfortable atmosphere, and sufficient gas light to afford a mutual recognition between audience and singers, to make it a success. The programme was an excellent one, and the singers themselves among the most talented that we have lately listened to.


The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system will be considered by the ladies of the W.C.T.U. at their meeting next Tuesday afternoon.


After April 1 the Brattleboro post-office will be prepared to issue money orders on Hong Kong and Egypt and orders can be sent directly to Sweden without having to go by way of Germany, as heretofore.


We are shocked to have learned since last Friday what a dangerous and reckless practice has grown up in Brattleboro, confined, however, we judge, to a limited district on South Main street. It is out impression, indeed, that a practice so alarming is without a parallel in history. We refer to the use of turpentine as a beverage.


The largest single shipment of sugar ever received in Brattleboro now stands in the railroad yard. This is a full car of 110 barrels of refined sugar, of 24,000 pounds weight. The purchase was made by Mr. Harlow to meet large local demand.


Several unruly boys, who have gotten into the habit of making themselves obnoxious at the free library in the evening, need looking after by the police.


Crosby & Adams have contracted with Orton & Howe to put into the Brooks House kitchen a large refrigerator, in place of the old one, to be in readiness for the summer business.


A meeting was held at James Hooker’s last evening with reference to forming a tennis association. It is expected the association will have grounds at the corner of Oak and High streets. A movement has also been started for a club which will have grounds on the Frost meadow on Flat street.


Goddard & Pentland’s show of fancy bantams in the window of the Famers & Mechanics’ exchange has been followed by a display of several varieties of pigeons owned by W.F. Goddard and G.W. Pierce.


An arrangement for testing the sound waves of atmosphere has been added to the High School’s physical laboratory.


The footlights at the auditorium have been reduced from 60 to 30 jets, and one foot burners substituted for the four foot ones.


Hackley & Moran announce their opening display of bicycles to-morrow, Saturday, March 28. They will carry in stock these makes: Barnes, Iver Johnson, Eclipse, Norwood, Silver King, Envoy, Fleetwing, Fitchburg, Crescent, Pattee.


Rev. G.H. DeBevoise will speak at the Centre church next Sunday morning upon the work of the Kurn Hattin home for boys at Westminster. This is a very interesting work in behalf of children with excellent gifts by unfavorable circumstances, who there are given an opportunity of training for usefulness in life.

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March For Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals Celebrates March for Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals joins with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to celebrate March for Meals.  The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build support that will sustain them all year long.


I-91 Exit 3 Ramps To Close Sunday

This Sunday, we will close both the northbound and southbound Exit 3 on-ramps to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 2 or 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic. The on-ramps at Exit 3 will be closed from noon to 7:00 pm.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

It is important that newly elected Board members have completed the taking of the oath of office prior to participation in this meeting.


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday March 16 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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, March 14, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks 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, March 14, 2015, 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.


Time, Money, And A Little Bit Of Luck

The two scarcest commodities on this planet are money and time.  We never seem to have enough of either one.  But this isn't true of everyone.  Some people have lots of one, some of the other, and some lucky people have both.  How can this be?  I have a socioeconomic theory that the time/money ratio is in fact an indicator of economic class.  Here's how it works:

If you have both time and money, you're probably affluent.  You simply have the money and don't need to work that hard for it, if at all. Consequently, you have lots of time too.  The world is your oyster. You can have your cake and eat it too.


Over Hard or Easy?

Many years ago I was employed by a prestigious institute, which partnered with an esteemed university, to visit elementary schools across Vermont (all names withheld) and closely observe classrooms in action. There was a scoring form used, the rubrics were primarily oriented towards engagement, involvement, inspiration, and critical thinking.

One classroom I visited was vaunted in advance as a high scoring classroom on standardized tests, the teacher a veteran known for their effectiveness. This was an early ed room, first or second grade. The teacher was brusque, professional, their M.O. seemed to be some kind of tough love. My work began as usual with the start of the day-- sessions lasted a whole day-- our role was akin to the Star Trek prime directive, observing only, being careful to not interfere.


The Slambovian Circus of Dreams w/ Russell Kaback at Next Stage on Saturday, March 14

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. Singer/songwriter Russell Kaback opens the concert.

The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” - a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. The quartet taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, featuring an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.


Vermont Comedy Divas at the River Garden, April 4

The Vermont Comedy Divas —the only all-female, touring stand-up comedy troupe in the United States — bring their acclaimed brand of stand-up comedy to the River Garden in a fund-raising event for Strolling of the Heifers on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.  All tickets are $15. Buy online at http://vtdivas.brownpapertickets.com/, or at the River Garden (cash only, Mon-Fri 9-5). Age suggestion: 16+


Vermont PBS Would Like To Hear From The Local Community

This letter was shared with Community Council members of Vermont PBS, and has now been made open to the community by Bill Holiday of the Brattleboro Historical Society (and a member of the Community Council of VT-PBS). All questions about this notice may be direct to Bill at holiday@svcable.net. Vermont PBS would like to hear about issues and events of concern in our corner of the state.

Dear Council Members:


Madame Sherri: Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Brattleboro AAUW presents: The Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant Madame Sherri, a talk by Eric Stanway on Tues., March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Historical Society History Center at the Masonic Temple, 196 Main St., Brattleboro.

Stanway is author of “Madame Sherri: The Special Edition,” an expanded biography of the diva of the 20’s who scandalized the locals for years before succumbing to poverty and dying in a Brattleboro boarding house, leaving her castle in the woods of West Chesterfield, N.H., to crumble to ruins.


Susan Keese

I just read that VPR's southern Vermont correspondent, Susan Keese, passed away.

I've known Susan for many years, after first meeting her to talk about things going on at the Estey Organ Museum. Being a radio producer, her medium was sound, and stories that had interesting sounds or music being played were often of interest to her and her listeners.

She got very interested in the 2005 EsteyFest, a gathering of reed organ enthusiasts, many of whom brought instruments with them.

Over the years, whenever I had a potential story that included good sounds, I'd make sure she knew about it.


5:45 Live: 3/6/15

Get ready for a post-town-meeting-day/election-night edition of 5:45 Live packed with plenty of footage from Brattleboro's election night results and 4-hour select board meeting, Vernon drama galore, PAYT across Windham County, and much much more. Click here to watch it at brattleboroTV.org.


Eric Dubay Talks About The Flat Earth on WVEW

Tune in this tuesday, March 10th,6-8pm to "buttahmilk" for another experience that you won't soon forget. DJ Pockets talks to Eric Dubay, yoga teacher and current resident of Thailand about the Flat Earth. From his book "The Flat Earth Conspiracy"

"Wolves in sheep’s clothing have pulled the wool over our eyes. For almost 500 years, the masses have been thoroughly deceived by a cosmic fairy-tale of astronomical proportions. We have been taught a falsehood so gigantic and diabolical that it has blinded us from our own experience and common sense, from seeing the world and the universe as they truly are. Through pseudo-science books and programs, mass media and public education, universities and government propaganda, the world has been systematically brain-washed, slowly indoctrinated over centuries into the unquestioning belief of the greatest lie of all time.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/9/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/9/15

Monday, March 9, 2015

12:00 am Vote for Vermont - Gun Control Legislation - 3/2/15

12:30 am Burlington's 150th Birthday Celebration 2/21/15

2:00 am Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars Concert

4:12 am TED Talks: Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health for a Lifetime

4:30 am West Brattleboro Economic Development: 2/23/15 Forum


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation - RSVP by Mar 17

What Do Advance Care Directives have to do with Being a  Local Citizen?  

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

What Do Advance Care Directives have to do with Being a  Local Citizen?


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