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A gentleman who came in the stage from Albany this week, informs us that for sixteen miles of the distance, across the Green Mountains, the sleighing was delightful! In one place, the stage overtook a team, ‘set’ in the snow, which was more than two feet deep, and the passengers were obliged to get out and assist in treading down the snow, before a passage could be effected.


Old Cheese, Of superior quality, for sale by J.H. Wheeler.


Coffins. A Very Large Assortment of all sizes, at A. Van Doorn & Sons, at reduced prices.


Mrs. Hinckley invites the attention of the Ladies to her rich and elegant assortment of Millinery Goods. Also, in about 10 days she will return from New York with a new assortment of Fashionable Millinery, for the Spring and Summer Trade, of the latest and most desirable styles.


Lost. Somewhere in the village of Brattleboro, on the 21st inst., a Hair Ear-Ring with gold mountings. It is of great value to the owner, and whoever will return the same to the care of Day, Robinson & Co., shall be liberally rewarded.


We noticed on Wednesday, that the farmers on the river between this place and Bellows Falls, were busily engaged in plowing their lands which appeared to be in good order for tillage.


The “Brattleboro Chess Club” is the name of a promising institution which has been lately organized in this village. This Club have fitted up a Club and Reading Room in Dwinell’s Block, next door to the Phoenix Office, which is furnished with suitable tables, implements and books for the use of the club and such chess-players as they may invite in.


About fifty sick and wounded soldiers have arrived at the U.S. Hospital in this village within a week, and a squad of twenty has been sent to the front.


The room in the town hall lately occupied by Clarke & Haskins as a law office has been converted into an ice cream saloon, affording a neat and convenient place for the enjoyment of that cooling compound.


Canal street rejoices in the possession of three new street lamps recently erected by the village authorities.


Mrs. T.H. Grigg of this village has a sweet-scented geranium growing in her front room, which in two years and a half has attained the height of eight feet, while the stalk at the base measures one inch in diameter.


We hear numerous complaints of needless cruelty to calves which are brought here for sale, or are transported through the place. The matter should receive the attention of the proper officers. It is about time that Brattleboro had one of those societies with a long name which has so often been talked about.


The tree committee of the rural improvement society give notice to property holders who wish to set or complete lines of shade trees on their premises that they may have the work done at one dollar for each tree on application to the committee.


Peleg Barrows, owner of a dry goods and novelties shop on Main Street, died.


The selectmen met on Saturday to discuss the question of widening Green street near the site of the Reed “castle,” the building having been torn down by H. L. Emerson. It was decided to widen the street and to have a survey made to determine just what changes would be made.

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Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at Next Stage on Friday, April 10

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Americana/roots quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at Next Stage on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm. This album release concert celebrates the brand new CD “Violets Are Blue,” a collection of sugar-free love songs infused with the band’s signature lush vocals, supple grooves, and most of all, joyous and generous spirit.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem bring fiddle, guitar, bass and junk percussion to bear on 100 years of American music, from Appalachian ballads to Brue Springsteen covers, songs by contemporary writers, and their own incisive originals. Their sound is “tight, with stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar), a mix of New Orleans grooves, old-time gospel harmonies, bluesy swing fiddle, and fiery electric and acoustic guitars.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 6

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

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 the mess:

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

Early Morning Birding Walk
Color Consultation and Design


Dr. McLarney Discusses Shoulder Arthritis

As part of the Wellness in Windham Spring 2015 calendar, BMH orthopaedic surgeon Elizabeth McLarney, MD, will present a program on Monday, April 20 at 6:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Center. Her topic of discussion will be shoulder arthritis.

“Almost all people who have arthritis find that it affects their lives in some way. It can affect their everyday activities, their jobs, their financial resources or their relationships with family and friends,” says Dr. McLarney. “Arthritis is not easy to live with, but there is much we can do to change, overcome or cope with the problems it presents.”


BMH Rehab Services Adds New Physical Therapist

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced the addition of Angela Thomas, DPT, to its Rehabilitation Services staff.

Thomas just moved to the Brattleboro area after spending 20 years living in the southwestern United States. She holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University and degrees in Educational Psychology and Physical Education from the University of Arizona. Thomas is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served five years as a Command and Control Journeyman.

Most recently, Thomas worked with adult orthopedic patients at a private practice in Tucson, Arizona. Her work experience includes a wide variety of settings, including acute care hospitals and outpatient rehab settings. She will provide both outpatient and inpatient care in her role at BMH.


Quick Political Quiz: What Kind of Name is Jeb?

Here's your political quiz for the day. Click for more info to get the answer.

Jeb Bush is a likley presidential candidate. 'Jeb' is a nickname that combines letters to make a folksy-sounding name.

What do the letters stand for? (answer below)


One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase, Circus Minimus

Sandglass Theater closes the Winter Sunshine series with Circus Minimus, The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase by Kevin O’Keefe

PUTNEY VT- On April 11th at 1 and 3pm Kevin O’Keefe will bring his joyous, playful and raucous good time of a show to the Sandglass stage. Circus Minimus, One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 4/6/15

BCTV ch.8 schedule for the week of 4/6/15

Monday, April 6, 2015

12:00 am Road to Recovery: Substance Abuse Among Youth

1:00 am An Untrodden Route to India

2:30 am DCC: How Nature Models Sustainability, Pt 3 - 2/17/15

4:00 am True North Reports: The Chain of Environmental Command

4:30 am Nuclear Free Future: The Impact of the Nuclear Age on the Earth


Tonight: Safeguarding the Nuclear Waste at VT Yankee

One of the most important topics for the future of Vermont and the Connecticut River Valley is what to do with the radioactive waste generated by the Vermont Yankee nuclear power facility. At 7pm on Monday, April 6, at the Centre Congreation Church on Main Street, Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear will make a presentation on nuclear waste and waste management.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation - Municipal Philanthropy

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

Municipal Philanthropy *
changing the taxation paradigm

* philanthropy -  the disposition or active effort to promote the happiness and well-being of others; practical benevolence, now esp. as expressed by the generous donation of money to good causes.  O.E.D. 

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.


5:45: 4/3/15

Join 5:45 Live for a special spring Gallery Walk edition live from downtown Brattleboro, with an episode that includes headlines from the Co-ops lawsuit, Bernie's attempt to restore $90 Billion in Pell Grant cuts, and some notable retirements in the BPD and BFD--plus exclusive footage from this week's Coffee with a Cop event.


Cai Xi: Reception, Demo, Conversation: The Art-Food Connection - Sunday April 5, 2-4pm

C.X. Silver Gallery (http://cxsilvergallery.com/) is pleased to present 'In The Box', a recent series of mixed media abstract paintings by Cai Xi. Please join us for conversation with Cai on the Art-Food Connection and hands-on demonstration. Cai will demo how to make 盒子 (hezi) - or 'boxes' - a wheat flour mini-dumpling-based dish. Audience participation will be welcome.

Cai: "I look at my life the way I look at a blank canvas.  In front of the blank canvas, there are millions of opportunities. Putting brush to canvas zeroes in on one opportunity to savor. Each opportunity creates and adds to what I call the whole of the art experience. Each instance of this arrival at one-among-many is a part of my art creation process - eating, working, playing."


Weekend Comedy Series: Dean Martin Roast of Jackie Gleason

Forget Justin Bieber. Here’s Dean Martin’s celebrity roast of Jackie Gleason, featuring roasters Art Carney, Gene Kelly, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Foster Brooks, Nipsy Russell, and others.

If you were watching NBC in February of 1975, you may have caught this as it originally aired. If not, here’s your chance to watch it anew - a Dean Martin roast from start to finish.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 7, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard begins April with quite a few large projects which will, of course, be discussed at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can participate in person, or follow along via you favorite forms of local media.

If you do, you'll be treated to discussions of a new fire alarm system for the Municipal Center, an overview of newly proposed zoning districts, insight into a comprehensive review of town operations and long term financial planning project, sewer contracts, Selectboard goals and rules of conduct, the probability of a potential PACE program, and more. You can also bring up other itmes not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL Conference Room.

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


Brattleboro Senior Meals - Week of April 6

April 6     Baked Chicken

              Oven Roasted Potatoes

              Lemon Broccoli Medley

              Mandarin Oranges


Bursting the Bubble

Recently I was being hauled up-mountain in the Bluebird chair at Mount Snow. Except for the fact of this locale being where the encounter happened, it's not an essential detail to the story. The chair is also known as the bubble lift, and when the top is down and the chair is underway it’s as much of a moving cone-of-silence as you’re likely to come across. That part is somewhat relevant. On second thought, everybody in their car is probably equally ensconced in bubbles as we go about our day—but I digress.

In this chair, besides myself, is a father and teenage son. We are chatting amiably as the lift ascends. About three quarters of the way up, a beeping sound, a notification, goes off, and the man begins a dialog with his digital assistant. “Text From Droden, what would you like me to do?” “Read it”. The message is read in the vaguely british female automaton voice we have all come to know so well. “What would you like me to do? Respond to Text, Delete Text, Save Text?” “Respond to Text”.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 8 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


WBA Plans April 9th Meeting on Village Streetscape

On Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 PM the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) is hosting a meeting to discuss ways to spruce up the West Brattleboro village streetscape. Called a Charrette, this meeting will provide a forum in which stakeholders collaborate in a creative design process. It will be held  in the Melrose Terrace
Community Room.

All residents are invited to talk about such topics as where to place new plantings, whether to place public sculpture and/or book exchange boxes, and a multitude of other street enhancing ideas. Representatives from
the Brattleboro Planning Services Department, Windham Regional Commission and Brattleboro Department of Public Works will help facilitate the meeting. For more information on this meeting, call Michael Bosworth at 258-6475.


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