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Ladies Fair, - The time for holding the Fair has been changed from 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 P.M.


Augers and Bitts. 500 quarters Snell’s Augers. 500 do Auger Bitts, for sale by Williston & Tyler.


Estimated town expenses for the coming year: $6249.23


Town Meeting Article: “To see if the office of Town Clerk shall be kept in this village.” Without prejudice to our worthy and capable town clerk such a change would be a great public convenience.


Do not fail to remember the exhibition of Jarley’s Wax Works at the town hall on Monday evening next. The programme includes music by the Brattleboro orchestra and we do not doubt that the personations of the wax figures will be entertaining and amusing.


As some of the public schools do not close till after town meeting day, the town superintendent cannot make his report till after the meeting.


If the property holders will remember that it is the listers and not the taxpayers who are to appraise the value of property under the new law, they will be saved much borrowed trouble and vexation of spirit.


Mr. Herrick says he wouldn’t be a lister this year if he had every vote in town for the office.


Eggs are selling this week at 18 and 20 cents per dozen, but are not likely to go lower at present.


On town meeting day the W.C.T.U. women will serve dinners of lunches to all who may wish them in the lower town hall.


Edwards & Lillis, the hatters and furnishers, will give special prices on all winter goods on Monday, March 7, the first market day.


Postmaster Childs has been notified by the department of the receipt of the petition for free delivery to be established here, and the communication also states that an inspector has been ordered to come here and see whether the necessary conditions exist to warrant such establishment.


Miss A.J. Walker of St. Louis succeeds Miss Langdon as stenographer for the Estey Organ company.


The annual town meeting will begin next Tuesday promptly at 9 o’clock. Ballot boxes will be placed on the south side of the hall for voters with names beginning with letters A to K inclusive, and on the north side will be the polling place of those with names beginning with letters L to Z inclusive. The voting will be by the old-fashioned system.


The total snow fall since Nov. 15 is over nine feet.


An arc light has been placed at the corner of Myrtle and Spruce streets, but residents of Western avenue and Cedar streets are making anxious inquiries in regard to the incandescent lights which the bailiffs were reported to have voted to place at the corner of those thoroughfares.


The most notable basket ball game of the season will be played to morrow night at the armory between the Y.M.C.A. champion team and Yale University. Yale has lost only one game this season. Brattleboro has not lost a game at home this year.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates 2017- Schoales Wins!

David Schoales is the only candidate for the one 3-year seat, running unopposed. (Congratulations to him on the easy re-election, assuming there isn't a massive write-in campaign.)

For the two 1-year seats, the candidates are Davey Cadran, Avery Schwenk, Brandie Starr, and Tim Wessel.

Interview questions have been sent to all, including Schoales.

Read Brandie Starr's interview here.


Movie Monday in February

February Showings


Movies starring:

Feb 6TH - Margaret Sullivan, Jimmy Stewart –10 am

Feb 13th - Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart – 9:30 am

Feb 27th – Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud – 10 am


Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts presents "Spring Visions," February 3 - March 12

February 2- March 12: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Spring Visions, a new group exhibition expanding upon December’s Winter Group. The show will feature a new selection of work by gallery artists, including Emily Mason, Torin Porter, Anne Johnstone, Eric Boyer, Jon Gregg, Tiffany Heerema and Robin Cheung. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3 during Gallery Walk starting at 5:30pm.  An Artist Forum of featured artists will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 5-7pm.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/30/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/30/17

Monday, January 30, 2017

12:00 am Standing Rock Report at the Peace and Justice Center

2:05 am Spotlight on VT Issues: VT Health Care

3:30 am Ensemble Amphion - Jesse Lepkoff and friends


Official Statement From Governor Phil Scott on Immigration


29 January 2017

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement:

"As I said when the President’s Executive Order was first issued, I am concerned and disappointed with the message it sends, and the actions it takes. I applaud the federal court’s decision to stay the removal of individuals in the United States – and here in Vermont – legally with Green Cards and Visas, to their countries of origin.  It’s one thing to express concern about foreign terrorist entry, it is something entirely different to remove people who enter this country legally, only because they are from certain countries.


Anti-Trump Rioters Oblivious To Solidarity With CIA-fed Criminal Media Owned by Investors in WW 3

January 21, 2017, famous singing pop star Madonna addressing the Women’s March on Washington,“Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything.”[1]

Interestingly, no celebrity confessed to thinking of blowing up the White House last year, when regime change death and destruction was being visited on eight Middle East and African nations by US military[2] and Islamic terrorists funded, equipped and inspired by Saudi Arabia and other compliant US allies. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Are the anti-President Trump demonstrations and riots not being fueled and featured in CIA fed[10][11] wars-promoting mainstream media because the President has condemned Obama’s and Hillary’s regime change death and destruction and perhaps worse, said America should be friends with Russia and China, not to mention calling his fellow Republican President predecessor a liar for “lying about weapons of mass destruction so he could invade Iraq” (and, as everyone knows, mercilessly destroy that nation taking more than a million lives)?


The Giant Snow Head of 2017

Every winter, the Unverity of Brattleboro Art Faculty get together and create a giant snow head from a pile of snow in Brattleboro, in a fairly rudimentary salute to Brattleboro's famed sculpture, Larkin Mead. 

Here is this year's figure, created from a snow pile at the New England Youth Theater.


If the People Will Lead...

If the people will lead…. Tim Kipp, 1/14/17
A commemoration speech on Martin Luther King’s Birthday


In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “For years I labored with the idea of reforming existing institutions of society through a little change here and a little change there. But now I feel differently. You have to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values”.

By the 1960’s King’s political analysis was evolving; his conceptions of racial justice would now embrace political democracy and economic democracy. Questioning capitalism and its partner, imperialism would become part of his critical analysis along with integration and voting rights. He clearly understood the Marxist axiom: where there is economic power there is political power.


VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 30th to Feb. 3rd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - homemade chicken cordon bleu w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - hot dogs w/ homemade baked beans
Wed - lasagna w/ salad & garlic bread
Thur - shepards pie w/ roll
Fri - spinach shrimp alfredo


Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents "Winter Group Forum" Saturday, January 28

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce an Artist Forum for their Winter Group show on Saturday, January 28 from 5-7pm. The Forum will be a “roaming” style talk, featuring artists Petria Mitchell, Jim Giddings, Will Finkel, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Michele Ratté, and Chris Triebert.

Petria Mitchell of Brattleboro has been a painter for over 40 years, creating lush and ethereal landscapes. Jim Giddings paints richly textured surfaces carrying psychological and physical nuance. Painter and collage artist Anne Johnstone from Somerville, MA works in mixed media, oil, and wax, using distortion and exaggeration to convey a curiously heightened emotional response.


Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:30pm at the West Brattleboro Fire Station for a site visit and meeting.

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


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


February 3rd – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

February 7th – Vegetable Frittata, Home Fries, Muffin, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Town and Representative Town Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building. An ASL interpreter will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 30 to February 3


January 30 - Roast Turkey

Mashed Red Skin Potato w/Gravy

Steamed Asparagus

Mandarin Oranges


Dump Trump - President Pence?

I hear calls to "Dump Trump" and wonder - is this what is really wanted? If Trump goes, we have President Pence.

Is that truly the preference? If not, what's the follow-up plan?


In the Male Preserve: A Sisterhood of Lost Power

On the first page of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, the author, Shulamith Firestone, warns women, “Feminists have to question, not just all of Western culture, but the organization of culture itself, and further, even the very organization of nature. Many women give up in despair: if that's how deep it goes they don't want to know.”

What Shulamith understood is that the one of the obstacles for making the case for feminist revolution were women themselves.

It was, in 1920, when American women won the vote, that they also lost their emancipation from the male domain. By given the vote in a man’s world, many men and women thought equal rights were thereafter redundant.


Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 2: About Town

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing.

What is a town? What turns an empty plot of land into a town?

In Vermont, the practical answer to your question is complicated by the fact that there is no unincorporated territory so even very rural areas (that lack a concentration of people and buildings) are part of Vermont towns. Legally, in all states, towns (like cities and villages and, in some states, townships and boroughs) are municipal corporations formed by states to do the public’s local business in a defined geographic area.

However, if we put aside the statutes and textbooks, I think it is reasonable in most cases to equate “town” with “community.” While there are communities that are not towns, I believe all towns do (or at least should) strive to create a sense of community among their inhabitants. For that reason, my philosophical answer to your question is as follows: A concentration of people and buildings turns an empty plot of land into a town and the behavior of those people, the arrangement and character of those buildings, and the combined impact of endless individual and group choices determine what kind of community the place becomes.


Savings Bank of Walpole Offers Steps to Stop Cyber Theft

Keene, NH -- In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Saturday January 28, Savings Bank of Walpole is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“Savings Bank of Walpole’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and their financial data,” said Dominic Perkins, V.P. Retail Administration. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”

To help ensure the safety of personal information, SBW suggests following
these four tips:


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 30th


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, January 29th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled for February 5th, 12th, 20th, and 26th.


Brattleboro Downtown District Snow Removal Thursday Night

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 streets in the downtown area this evening. This will also include Western Ave from High St to I-91 Bridge and Canal Street from Elm St to John Seitz Drive.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


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