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Samuel Knight, the first lawyer in Brattleboro, was born in Killingly, Connecticut.


The subscribers manufacture, and keep on hand for sale, Umbilical Trusses made on correct principles; warranted to give perfect satisfaction. Thompson & Wadsworth


A Discourse may be expected at the Unitarian Church in this Village, next Sabbath morning, on Moral Honesty.


Ben K. Chase, Jeweler in Cutler’s Block, has just set up a Regulator which, governed by transit observations, will give the standard time of Brattleboro. This time is 5 minutes 31 and four tenths seconds slower than Boston time - a difference which those who travel on the Railroads will do well to note.


Fourteen men arrived at the Hospital in this place on Friday last, all Vermonters; and last Wednesday one reported himself here from Andersonville, Georgia. On Thursday morning 25 left for the front.


We understand that the Centre Church pews, 122 in number, have all been rented. They were appraised so as to bring in an income of about $2100, the prices ranging from $3 to $37.50 each. They were mostly taken at appraisal; some, however, went a little higher. This mode of raising money for religious societies is becoming quite common.


O.L. Miner of this town has sent to market nearly seventy tons of poultry since the middle of November.


Not satisfied with having put up by far the largest and most costly block in Brattleboro, Messrs. Crosby & Co. have made arrangements for the immediate erection of another block, fronting on Elliot street on the site now occupied by the store of J.W. Frost & Co. The new block will be of brick, about 60 to 70 feet on the ground, two stories high, and separated from the former block by a passage way of 30 feet, making it only 100 feet distant from Main street.


The sensation of the week has been the rumor that Dr. Holton had bought the Charlier place and had gone to New York to complete the transaction. Rumors have also been plenty as to the probable or possible uses to which the estate was to be put. It is true that Dr. Holton has been in New York and returned this morning, but he assures us that the report of his purchase of the pace is without foundation.


It is understood to be the purpose of the Brooks Library trustees, in carrying out the known wishes and ideas of Mr. Brooks, to fit up the south basement room to be used as a museum of local relics and natural curiosities. It will be opened this spring and contributions will be invited of articles to be placed there.


Next Sunday evening Rev. Mr. Illman will speak on "The Future World.”


The Brattleboro telephone exchange now has its long distance transmitter in use and conversation is carried on with perfect ease, in a low tone of voice, with No. Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and more distant points.


Fred Waite drew into town last Saturday a monster log, which was probably the largest ever cut up in a Brattleboro mill. At the but end the log measured 5 1/2 feet in diameter; it was 14 feet long and measured 4 feet in diameter at the small end. The log was the property of Estey & Co., and was cut on their farm at North Hinsdale. The log was cut up into 1510 feet of 2 inch plank, the value of which was upward of $100.


The icy roads have given the boys rare opportunity for coasting. One heavily loaded traverse went from the High street hill to the toll bridge a few evenings ago.


I.L. Thomas was in town yesterday on his pneumatic tired bicycle. He has ridden almost every day this winter and declares that cycling on the snow and ice is preferable to the roads in summer.


The public schools were dismissed at 10 o’clock this morning. The plan of holding no session on such a day and notifying the pupils by means of the electric fire alarm should be adopted.


Estimated amount of Town expenses for the coming year is $18,765.45.


Seldom, if ever, have the sidewalks about town been in worse condition that during this week.


The sympathy of the Brattleboro people goes out in an unusual degree to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Harris in the bereavement caused by the first break in their family, the death of their daughter Mildred. She was their second child, and a bright winsome girl of seven years. She leaves besides her parents and older brother, Fred, and a little sister. She had been ill about three weeks with Bright’s disease.


John L. Knowlton has sold his building lots on the corner of Oak and Chapin streets to J.A. Pullen. These lots have been used for several years as a tennis court. Mr., Pullen plans to build two houses upon them soon.

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Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition Set For February 20 and 21


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The nation’s best young ski jumpers are set to fly off New England’s only Olympic-size hill Feb. 20 and 21 at the annual Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from the United States, Canada and Europe who will compete on a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch watch jumpers soar up to 300 feet at speeds up to 60 mph.


Youth Services Hosting Monthly Group for Parents and Caregivers of LGBTQ Youth

Brattleboro, VT--Youth Services is launching a support group for parents and caregivers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Windham County region, on Thursday, January 28 from 5:30-7 p.m., in collaboration with Green Mountain Crossroads, a local nonprofit dedicated to connecting rural LGBTQ people. The first meeting of Joining Our Youth (JOY) group, will be at Youth Services at 32 Walnut St. in Brattleboro, VT.

Free and open to the public, the group’s mission is to build community while offering support and resources. For more information about this initial or subsequent meetings contact Rosie Nevins-Alderfer of Youth Services at (802) 257-0361 or email


Shout King Held All Americans Responsible for Atrocity Wars for Lucrative Predatory Investments

What the world and most every Americans under the age of fifty, do not know (for it having been criminally suppressed in all US media for nearly a half-century), is that exactly one year before being assassinated, Rev. King condemned the US war in Vietnam and all previous "atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents since 1945 meant to maintain unjust predatory investments" and held all Americans, including himself, responsible for these atrocity wars for "not being willing to give up the pleasures and privileges that come from the immense profits from those predatory investment the wars and violence had been protecting.


Bomb - Bomb - Bomb - Bomb!

Watch America's last 4 presidents each announce that they're bombing Iraq

Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Obama make their statements over
the span of two decades.

I am appalled at the incalculable human costs of a demonstrably failed, bipartisan, interventionist foreign policy that has accomplished absolutely nothing for all of the 21st century.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Bobby Broom Trio

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes the Bobby Broom Trio on Saturday January 23rd at 8:00 PM. Broom is Chicago’s leading guitarist and, due to his commitment to teaching and his ability to draw crowds in Chicago’s best listening rooms, it is a rare treat to catch him on the east coast. He will perform with his long-standing trio of Dennis Carroll on bass and Makaya McCraven on drums who have each, respectively, played with Broom for 20 and 5 years. The trio will travel from Chicago to Vermont for this “one-off” concert with no other east coast gigs listed on their itinerary.

Broom stands out as one of the best guitarists in the world and has won the Downbeat Critic’s poll as Best Guitarist for 3 of the last 4 years. His music is both intelligent and soulful at the same time. He is a deep listener and an arranger who understands the power of space. He was “the first guitarist to be asked by Art Blakey to be a part of his group,” he loves standards, and can funk-out with the best of them. He has a beautiful tone, an extensive vocabulary of chordal voicings, a deep connection to the blues and a grooving rhythmical sensibility.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 1/18/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/18/16

Monday, January 18, 2016

12:00 am Artists in the Berkshires: The Williams College Octet

1:00 am 1st Wednesdays: Roots of Latin Jazz

2:15 am TED Talks: Shai Reshef: An Ultra-Low-Cost College Degree

2:30 am Firefighters Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth

4:30 am Vermont's Reliance on Incarceration


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of January 17

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a sick house:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Genealogical Research
Assistance Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance
Genealogy Tutoring/Mentoring
Lactation Support
Lot of 8 Vintage National Geographic Magazines 1965 to 2007 (3D Glasses Included)


Parking Lot Snow Removal in Brattleboro

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening Jan 16.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Free Monday Morning Movies at the Brattleboro Senior Center.

Free Monday Morning Movies at the Brattleboro Senior Center. We even have goodies for the show.

February Showings


Movies starring:

Feb 1st Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn –10 am

Feb 8th Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor – 10 am

Feb 22nd Cary Grant, Mryna Loy, Melvyn Douglas-10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu -January 18 to January 22



January 19 - Eggplant Parmesan w/Ricotta Cheese

Italian Vegetables


Italian Purple Plums


Weekend Creativity Series: Building Ornamentation

One of the ways we used to be more creative as a culture was in our ornamentation of buildings. Part of the thrill of visits to big cities is to see the highly decorated and elaborate old facades.

While cost-cutting has streamlined buildings of more recent times, the Washington Cathedral in DC is a relatively new structure that stands as an example of what is possible with carved stone ornamentation. Cats, monsters, frogs, birds, snakes, owls, mules, dragons, pigs, and people are represented as gargoyles and water spouts.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda & Notes - January 19, 2016

At Tuesday's meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will likely endorse moving the police station to Black Mountain Road and doing full improvements for the fire stations. The board will also discuss spending $200,000 to make corrections to the gravity sewer project on Black Mountain Road.

The Waste Water Treatment Plant needs fixin'. Town Meeting Representatives will be summoned for a special Representative Town Meeting. Many articles will be considered for the upcoming regular Representative Town Meeting, the board will hear updates on PAYT as well as implementation of the Town Plan, Living Memorial Park may need a stormwater permit for the proposed skatepark, the parking garage gets new stairs, and more.

You can attend in person and participate! Or watch on BCTV then read about it here after.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Sanders Announces Winners of State of the Union Essay Contest

BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 15 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced the winners of his annual State of the Union essay contest for Vermont high school students. Nearly 800 students, a record number, from 39 high schools participated in the contest this year.

A panel of five Vermont teachers served as volunteer judges and selected Meredith Holbrook, a senior at Milton High School, as the winner of the contest. In her essay, Holbrook focused on the need to address domestic economic issues, such as hunger, homelessness and strengthening Social Security in the United States.


Small Business Loans for Windham County Residents

Are you looking to start or grow your business in 2016? Community Capital of Vermont is a nonprofit small and micro business lender, with loans ranging in size from $1,000 to $100,000. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Loan proceeds can be used for working capital, to purchase equipment or inventory, or to refinance debt.


Dosa Kitchen Is Back at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market

After a two-month eating tour of South India, Dosa Kitchen is back at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market.

We’ll be there this and every Saturday 10-2 through the end of March.

We will be sharing some of our newest recipes from our trip—this week it will be Black Chickpea Curry, a coconut-based curry from the state of Kerala, and Masala Free-Range Chicken, featuring Nash’s family’s signature spice blend.


The Stockwell Brothers at McNeill's Brewery on Friday, January 15

McNeill’s Brewery presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers on Friday, January 15 at 9:00 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


My New Theory - Economic Fracking

I’ve coined a new term for what I think is going on in the world economy. Certain speculators and money-obsessed groups are fracking the economy, trying to extract smaller and smaller amounts of profit from deeper and deeper crevices. In doing so, they’ve made the underlying economy unstable, and strange, unexpected, and dangerous events are the result. This makes it impossible for those who played by former rules to know how to participate. The old rules have changed.

So, an example of this fracking of the economy would be the investment houses that invest in algorithms to do high volume micro-trades at faster-than-human speeds. They are hoping to extract pennies, or portions of pennies, in their favor.


Ladies of the Rainbow Windham County Heat Fund Fundraiser

“Heating it up with the Ladies of the Rainbow” on Saturday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the VFW on Black Mountain Road in Brattleboro will be this year’s major fundraiser for the Windham County Heat Fund.

In 2005 Daryl Pillsbury and Richard Davis decided to find a way to help people struggling to pay for home heating fuel who were not eligible for existing programs.  They simply decided to raise money and then figure out who was in need and help those people.

They have worked closely with SEVCA and the Windham County HELP Fund so that people can be connected with assistance programs. The Heat Fund is a one-time band-aid, usually consisting of a minimum fuel delivery. The Fund tries to make sure people have explored all other avenues of assistance first.


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