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George Chandler Hall born in house on site of Baptist church.


The subscriber having purchased of Edwin Foster his right in the Fisher Brick yard, and also his share of Brick now on hand, offers to the public, on very low terms, 75,000 first rate Brick. James M. Reed.


Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, Feb 21st. Lecture by Mr. Woolson. Subject: Chemistry.


The population of District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro - on the first of January, 1855, was 2675; last year 2561, showing a gain of 114.


We understand that quite a number of our most worthy citizens will leave this place for the West next week. Their destination is not fully known to themselves, but they intend, we believe, settling in Illinois or Iowa. Several will take their families with them.


The Brattleboro library association meeting votes to transfer library to the town under certain proper conditions. As the matter now stands, it rests with the town to say, at its annual meeting, whether, by acceptance of the very generous terms proposed by the library association, a free public library shall be established, at insignificant expense, of which every resident of the town shall have the full and unrestrained benefit.


The number of telephone instruments in use in Brattleboro is 85.


Lest friends abroad should suppose that a temperature of - 20 degrees still prevails in Brattleboro it may be well to say that the past week has been one of April warmth and balminess, with bright sunshine and heavy rains so alternating that the sleighing has been seriously damaged, and the face of old Wantastiquet has been stripped of half its wintry look.


J.H. Chamberlain advertises a clearing-up sale of horses this week to make room for a carload of horses from the Indiana blue-grass region, which he will have here about the first of March.


Teamsters who draw heavy loads across the West River bridge say that they are not afraid that the chords will give way, but that the flooring is rotten and liable to drop out some day. This is a matter to be looked after.


The Lenten services at the Roman Catholic church opened on Ash Wednesday morning with Mass at 9 o’clock, preceded by the blessing and distribution of the ashes.


Blessings have been called down on the heads of the village authorities for causing the icy sidewalks to be covered with sand.


A canvas has been made among our people to learn if sufficient interest was felt in the appearance of Lieut. Peary to warrant his engagement, and so generous a response has been made that his coming is assured. His lecture is illustrated with the stereopticon, and he brings with him his Eskimo dogs, sledge and driver. It is hoped that Mrs. Peary will also accompany him.


A railroad strike of infantine proportions took place at the depot yesterday. The three brakemen of the freight train south at 11:10 refused to go with the train, claiming that they had not been paid for three extra half-days work done last week. Three new men were hired and the train left at 2:15.


It is expected that the present town officers will be candidates for reelection at the annual March meeting, and, so far as is known, there are no candidates against them.

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Red Sox Invite Brattleboro High School Students to Submit Applications for the 2018 Red Sox Service Scholarship

For the 8th consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox Foundation is seeking submissions from inspiring senior students, who are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities, for the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship. The annual scholarship honors academically-inclined high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Those selected will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and recognition during a special pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 16, 2018

During their next regular meeting the Brattleboro Selectboard will begin filling in the warnings for Representative Town Meeting 2018. Numerous items will be considered to be placed before representatives, including tax exemptions and appointments.

The fire department will ask to apply for a grant to pay for a portion of the new aerial ladder truck, liquor licenses will be granted, and goals and finances will be reviewed. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Central Fire Station Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Construction on the renovated and expanded Central Fire Station is complete. A ribbon cutting and open house had originally been scheduled for next Friday, January 19. However, due to a calendar conflict, the event has been rescheduled to be held on Friday, February 9. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the facilities, meet the firefighters, and attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, as follows:

Central Fire Station Open House
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, February 9, 2018


Network Marketing: A Natural, Community Building Business Model

Do you ever wonder about alternative ways of making a living? Join experienced facilitators Trisha Selbach, Tara Gordon and Luz Elena Morey to learn more about this compelling vehicle for economic freedom that is sweeping the planet.

This FREE event will take place at the Putney Public Library on Thursday, January 18th, from 7-9 pm.


A Molecule of Change

The snow and ice falling from the roof got me thinking about change.

One moment, the snow and ice is a solid mass sitting on top of the house. As it warms it approaches the point where it can no longer hold in one place. Eventually, it passes that point and the solid mass slides off, falls, and explodes on the ground.

The moment of change is what interests me. At first, lots of tiny bits of snow and ice grip the roof, working together to cling to the shingles. But a few little bits decide to buck the status quo, and they loosen their grip by melting.

Others join the melters. At some point, very few bits of snow and ice are holding everything in place. But the mass remains on the roof.


Fake News

He says it never happened.

Who are you going to believe?

Trump or your lying eyes?

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Central Fire Station Open House Date Change

Good Afternoon –

I am writing to advise of a new date for the public event to celebrate the opening of Brattleboro’s renovated and expanded Central Fire Station. The event will be held on Friday, February 9, from 3-7pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony happening at 3pm sharp and open house, tours, and refreshments continuing until 7pm. The timing is intended to make it possible for many Town residents to participate, including those who have to work until 5pm. This timing worked well at the Police Station so we plan to do it again at the Central Fire Station.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Tax Storm Forecast - Tough FY19 Decisions, For Town Meeting Representatives

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday to make some final decisions regarding the FY19 budget. Vice-Chair Brandie Starr led the meeting in Kate O’Connor’s absence.

Over the course of several recent meetings, the board has added, subtracted, increased and decreased various budget items for a total FY19 budget of $14,653,643, or $57,795 more than what was initially presented to them. As it stands, this would require a 3.16% increase (3.92 cents) in the property tax rate, and assumes a use of $770,000 from the unassigned General Fund balance for capital expenses (the ladder truck, paving, sidewalk repair, skating rink energy savings, roofing for Gibson-Aiken, computers, and replacement vehicles and trucks.)


Occasional Robot Roundup - Artificial Intelligence Edition

In December it was announced that a chess player with four hours of training beat the world’s world champion chess-playing program. The player was AlphaZero, an AI (artificial intelligence) program operated by Google.

It was told the game rules, but was given no chess-playing strategies or solutions. It knew very little at the outset, played itself over and over again (rather randomly at first,) and got better very quickly over the course of 68 million games played. It had the benefit of massive computing power as well, something unavailable to its opponent, which ran on an ordinary PC.


Brattleboro Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 15. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Wycliffe Gordon and his International All Stars

Wycliffe Gordon and his International All Stars to perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, January 13th

Wycliffe Gordon is one of the leading jazz trombonists in the world and he will be performing at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, January 13th at 8 PM. Although he is the recipient of numerous awards, Gordon is best known for his long tenure with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. For his Vermont performance, Gordon will be joined by his touring ensemble, “The International All-stars.” They are a group modeled after trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s All-stars. Their music draws from and builds on Armstrong’s rich and varied repertoire as demonstrated in their 2017 recording, Hello Pops, which features a varied repertoire influenced by or dedicated to Louis Armstrong. The recording even includes a New Orleans second-line brass-band tune called “Pops for President.”


Brattleboro Union High School Board Special Meeting Agenda

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. Purpose: FY ’19 Budget Work Session-Action / Annual Meeting Warning Articles


Call To Action: WSESU Proposes To Eliminate Diversity Director Position


At a time when the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union grows more diverse in its student population and educators clamor for tools to engender relevant cultural inclusion and equity, the WSESU School Board has proposed to cut Mikeala Simm’s position as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. The proposal to cut her position was just announced today before the upcoming board meeting tonight. Let come out in force this evening at the Windham Regional Career Center Conference room at 6:30 p.m.


BCTV Schedules Week of 1/8/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/8/18

Monday, January 8, 2018

1:15 am Female Founders - Building a Global Brand in Vermont

2:30 am Vote For Vermont - Politics and Graveyards

3:30 am Dummerston Conservation Commission - DCC: Birds at Our Feeders 12/5/17

4:40 am Yoga for You - 10-16-17


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12


Jan. 8 - Sweet & Sour Chicken

Rice Pilaf




Keeping Warm at the Library

In spirit with the services that public libraries provide equally to all
who come, we received an excellent write-up in the Brattleboro Reformer
this weekend! You can read it online with your library card:


VFW $6 Lunch Specials open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Jan. 8th - Jan. 12th
Mon - fried chicken breast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Tues - BLT on homemade bread w/ soup
Wed - goulash w/ salad
Thur - strip steak, baked potato & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ French fries or onion rings


Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Seeks Two New Members

The Board of Trustees for Brooks Memorial Library is looking for two new members to help guide this great community library!

Click here for a PDF version of the Trustee search, and you may also follow us on Facebook for event and news updates.


Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market CANCELLED for Saturday, Jan. 6th

MARKET CANCELLED - Due to extreme cold weather, the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market will not open tomorrow Saturday Jan 6th.

We urge folks to stay indoors, safe and warm, and take care of animals, infrastructure, and your homes! 


Contact - Sherry Maher 802-869-2141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org


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