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One of the most destructive conflagrations, and certainly the most agonizing one, it has ever been our painful task to record, occurred in this town last Sunday night, about 12 o’clock. The elegant residence of Mrs. Freme caught fire from some unexplained cause, and before aid could be rendered, was a blazing, crumbling shell. The inmates of the house were all females, consisting of Mrs. Freme, her two sisters, and two domestics. One of the latter was seriously bruised in jumping from a window; all the rest escaped without harm, except the lady of the mansion, who, dreadful to relate, perished in the flames!


We are glad to learn from official sources that both our local savings banks have decided to reduce the rate of interest on all home loans to 6 per cent.


A drum corps and battalion of the Grammar school boys are drilling, preparatory to taking part in the observance of Decoration day. Their appearance in the procession will be one of the pleasantest features of the occasion.


$1.25 per day is to be the price paid for labor upon the highways during the present season. We learn that the work of reducing the High and Green street grades will probably be begun during the coming week.


The programme of the Memorial-day exercises announces that the procession will be formed in front of the town hall at 3 o’clock P.M., and will move in the following order: Brattleboro brass band, Chief Marshal and Aids, Estey Guard, orator and chaplain, choir of male voices, Sedgwick Post G.A.R., old soldiers and sailors, Beauseant Commandery Knights Templar, Fuller drum corps, Fuller battery (dismounted), Oasis Encampment I. O. of O. F., Wantastiquet Lodge I. O. of O. F., “77” drum corps, school battalion, citizens.


Mrs. Brosnahan, through whose land on Grove street the selectmen laid out a highway this spring to the rear of the High school lot, caused a fence to be put up across the proposed street opening with the purpose to stop the drawing of stone and other materials for the new school building across her land. Under the law she has six months’ use of her land before it can be taken for a street.


Estey & Co. will survey the Dickinson lot, recently purchased by them, and cut it up into building lots, with the exception of the lower side, which they will use for their lumber railroad. This will largely increase the building room in that part of the village.


Forepaugh’s circus is announced to exhibit here July 10th.


Arrangements are fully completed for lighting the village by electricity. A contract between the bailiffs and the gas company has been closed, calling for the use of the arc lights 300 nights in the year, until 12 o’clock at $95 per light.


Early this week drifts six feet deep were reported in northern exposures on Ames Hill.


Farmers will find coal tar at the gas company’s works for use on their corn.


Oscar Cook, while painting the spire of the Congregational church yesterday, was the observed of all observers on Main street.


Stickney Bros. have the new Boston cereal product, “Ta Ka Kake,” for the name of which the proprietors have just paid $100 in a prize competition. It is prepared from corn and is one of the best of the breakfast preparations.


The new Elm street iron bridge is in place and the filling in of the approaches will be completed so that teams can cross tomorrow. The price paid for the bridge was $2050.


A most interesting “gasoline exhibition” was given in front of the store of John Galvin last evening by B.W. Boyle of Boston. In an interesting manner he showed the nature of the fluid and gave clear and explicit directions as to its use. About 200 saw the exhibition.


The Picturesque Publishing company of Northampton is to issue a “Picturesque Brattleboro.” Frederic Knab is in town securing materials for the work.


The Swedes have the excavation for the basement of their chapel nearly completed, having done the work among themselves. They will be ready to begin upon the stone work next week, and the erection of the building will follow immediately.


Ripe wild strawberries were picked Wednesday, May 22, on Harris Hill in West Brattleboro.


Stephen Greene, founder of Stephen Greene Press in 1957 with wife Janet, killed in Chicago crash of American Flight 191.

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North End Butchers, Windham Wines and Adams Seafood

Please be sure to include North End Butchers, Windham Wines and Adams Seafood in your shopping plans this spring and summer. With the coming closing of Black Mountain Trading Co., on Putney Road, I would like to urge all to frequent the North End Butchers, Windham Wines, Adams Seafood and other merchants in the little shopping mall on Putney Road just north of Hannafords.

North End Butchers is starting to get fresh vegetables from local growers, they have their usual fine selection of locally grown meat, sandwiches and a nice assortment of prepared foods. They have even been carrying locally grown shitaki mushrooms.


Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum tomorrow night, Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden between 5-7:30.

The goals of the forum are three-fold:

1. The town can inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bike/ped infrastructure.

2. Local volunteer groups can inform residents of their work on projects that relate to bike/ped safety.

3. Town residents have a chance to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on bike/ped issues.


Sanders Announces $5.5 million in Health Center Funds for Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt., May 4 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today announced the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $5.5 million to six community health centers in Vermont. The health centers will use this new federal funding to renovate facilities, increase patient capacity and expand primary care services.

The Vermont awards are part of $260 million in health infrastructure funding announced today for 290 community health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The funding comes from the Health Center Trust Fund, which was created by a Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act that provides $11 billion for community health centers across the United States. Congress extended the Sanders provision last year with bipartisan support.


Sign Up Early For Animal Communication Classes

Marta Williams, noted author/communicator/teacher will be offering an intensive training in July. Class segments include: Beginning Animal Communication, Talking With Your Own Animals, Death and Beyond, Animals as Teachers and Healers, Intuitive Animal Training, Talking with Horses, Finding Lost Animals, and Talking with Wildlife and Nature. Please register early for this rare event, as space is limited.


Tribute to Joseph Cordero

We relish the early signs of Spring in this area, robins, crocuses to name a few. One indicator for myself, and a number of others was Jose' Cordero in his motored cart, sitting in front of the Samuel Elliott Apartments in downtown Brattleboro. He would greet you with a smile, and depending on the day would engage you in sunny conversation, or take an opportunity to just get things off his chest, and either way always entertaining.

In the late seventies and early eighties you could view Jose' leaning out of his apartment window observing the pulse of Main street. He also worked at Walkers Resturant and during his break you could find him out front leaning against the building taking in the moment, always in his starched white apron. He eventually moved into the S.E. Apartments and again he was often in view on his upper floor balcony enjoying the view.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Permits and Plans

New fees for special event permits were almost adopted, but put off until the next meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard to allow for more public input.

The West Brattleboro Association won themselves a small amount of time to come up with brilliant plans for renovating and re-using the current fire station in West Brattleboro. The clock is ticking, as the Selectboard approved of continuing with plans for its demolition.

Energy audits for municipal buildings have been completed, a new traffic safety plan has been adopted, committees have received new appointments, and the Reformer will remain the newspaper of record for the next year.


ACT 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes, Implementation Meeting 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 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Academy School.

I. CALL TO ORDER – 7:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Mother's Day Brunch Sunday in Guilford

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


Having Bernie's Back

For Sanders supporters feeling frustrated about media coverage of the Presidential campaign, please know that you can continue to support the cause from the comfort of your home any time you have even a small amount of time using the campaign's sophisticated phone banking software.  All you need is a phone, a computer, and some time!  20-minute trainings happen online 2-3 times per day as needed.



Does anyone have a police and fire scanner? If so please let me know which one you bought and tell me how you programed it. thank you.


A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library invite the public to attend a free presentation by Tim Weed on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 in the Library. The presentation is titled, "A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA. Tim Weed has made many trips to Cuba, and will discuss past and current changes in Cuba and US relations.  

Weed is an award-winning author, outdoorsman, independent explorer and a founding director of the National Geographic Student Expeditions. This program is made possible through the Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau.


What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life in her talk "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," May 4th at 7pm in the library's main room. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Location Brooks Memorial Library Main Room. Contact Reference Desk (802) 254-5290 x109. For more information about Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, go to http://young-eisendrath.com/


Experienced Goods Thrift Shop Announces PopUp@77Flat to benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice

Experienced Goods Thrift Shop announces a new and exciting adventure in shopping. PopUp@77Flat is an online shopping event, featuring the best of the best that Experienced Goods has to offer. All proceeds of Experienced Goods Thrift Shop including PopUp@77Flat benefit the important work of Brattleboro Area Hospice.

The Pop-up event will go live at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 6th. Monthly, a new themed auction window at Experienced Goods at 77 Flat Street, in downtown Brattleboro will be unveiled. At that time the online auction also goes live at www.32auctions.com/popup77flat. Items can be viewed from the street or more closely online at the auction site. Bids will be accepted only online and can take place 24 hours daily from the comfort of your own home.


Fantastic Partnerz To Play Benefit Show For Youth Rock Festival

Saturday, May 14 get on up to Headroom Stages and get down with funky local favorite the Fantastic Partnerz. (thefantasticpartnerz.com) A benefit for BrattRock-the Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Alternative rock duo Wicked Thirsty opens the show. Doors open at 7:30.

Advance tickets $8 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543375 or $10 at the door. Don't miss this fantastic show for a great cause!


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/2/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/2/16

Monday, May 2, 2016

12:00 am DCC: Bob Engel- Biological Communities #4- 3/14/16

1:55 am 1st Wednesdays: David McCollough Jr - "You are Not Special"

3:00 am The Road to Recovery: Generational Issues

4:00 am Brattleboro Music Center - 2016 Faculty Showcase

5:30 am At Landmark: Dr. Brian Young, 'The Boreal Forest' 3/28/16


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


May 3rd – Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Potato Pancake,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

May 6th - Vegetable Frittata, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

May 10th  – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee

May 13th  Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Muffin,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee

May 17th  – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt and Coffee.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 2 to May 6

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 2 to May 6


May 2 - Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

Seasoned Spinach




Fireworks Benefit for WVEW, Brattleboro Community Radio

This Wednesday (May 4th, 2016), Fireworks Restaurant (73 Main Street, Brattleboro) will hold a Community Night with WVEW as the beneficiary! All profits relalized between 4pm and 9pm will go to the station. This includes all appetizers, food, drinks, and desserts. A few of WVEW's volunteer DJs are sure to be wandering around. We hope you'll come out and support not just a local business, but Brattleboro's all volunteer non-profit Community Radio station, broadcasting at 107.7fm and webstreamed at wvew.org. Thank You Fireworks!


Susan Brearey's Elemental Images Closing Reception, Film, Music, Forum

Sunday evening, May 1st, 7pm at C.X. Silver Gallery, the closing reception for Susan Brearey's Elemental Images exhibition featuring the works of Brearey from the past 20 years including many never before exhibited and several done in the past year and a book launch of this 20-year retrospective. This event, open to all, also features a short film, music of Tim Eriksen, and a forum/conversation. 

Brearey is featured in the film showing, entitled “The Magic Lantern Along the Pennine Way” (17 minutes). “This was my summer collaboration with artist, Dylan Stone, and American musician, Tim Eriksen in England,” says Sue. “We spent 12 days working in the northern Peak’s District of England along the scenic national trail called the Pennine Way, which stretches across 286 miles of mountain tops and crosses Hadrian’s Wall.



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