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Doctor Henry Wells, M.D., the first physician in Brattleboro, marries Hannah Stout.


The Selectmen of Brattleboro will let, by contract, the Dudley Road (so called,) to be built by the job, on Wednesday, the 3d of June next, at 1 o’clock P.M., on the line of said road. Said road will be built across the lands of Mr. Benajah Dudley and others. Those wishing for a good job and cash payment will, it is believed, be present at the above mentioned time.


We understand that an Odd Fellows’ Lodge is about to be organized in this village.


Fresh Burning Fluid and Kerosene oil, cheap, at the new Crockery Store of Van Doorn & Howard.


Dr. Smedley respectfully tenders his professional services to the public, and invites especial attention to his peculiar method for the safe, speedy and radical cure of Stuttering and Stammering.


Farr’s ferry-boat has commenced running for the season.


The work of putting in the steam heating pipes at the asylum is now in progress.


Rev. Samuel Longfellow, brother of the poet, is in town for a few days, recruiting from a recent attack of pneumonia.


Mr. Edward Crosby, who has gone west on his annual tour among the flouring mills, will attend the National Millers Convention at Cincinnati next week.


Deacon Dutton has converted the old Tyler foundery into a commodius stable for his blooded horses.


Forepaugh’s menagerie is booked for this town July 8th.


Total Grand List for Brattleboro, $38,854.97.


C. P. Gibson of West Chesterfield, the well-known horse dealer, is looking for a place to locate his business in Brattleboro.


The mounted head of a full grown moose and one of a caribou arrived at the express office yesterday afternoon and attracted much attention. They were shipped from Bangor, Me., and are to be placed in Rev. E. A. Slack’s new house on Western Avenue.

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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.



Disobedience is a new film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

With Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and many others



'Ways to Strength and Beauty' New Multi-Media Installation at Brooks House Atrium 'Closet'

Local Artist Mounts Multi-Media Installation in ‘The Closet’, a new art space at Brooks House Atrium

Norton Garber’s “Ways to Strength and Beauty” (Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit) a multi media, site specific installation, will open for three weeks from May 6 through May 22, 2016 in The Closet @ Brooks House Atrium, a new and unique art spot in the heart of Downtown Brattleboro.

Garber chose this modest and intimate space for the challenge of transforming it with a complex web of moving sound and light images. Major elements include: a kinetic sound sculpture, a 1925 German silent film, toy soldiers, video game sounds and shadows which surround the viewer. Six discrete sound/light pieces, both spontaneous and composed, subtly and continunuously change to create a new, fertile environment which transcends any individual element. Images evoke historical and contemporary issues.


Weekend Creativity Series - Build an Earthen Oven

This week we can attempt a project that allows for multiple layers of creativity. Building an earthen over takes some design and construction skills, but then also allows for the additional creativity that comes from cooking. It also provides a creative way to learn about history.

Annikee tipped me off to this video series by Jas. Townsend & Son in which historical recipes and cooking methods are revealed. In 2016, cooks are spoiled. We have refrigeration, ovens with constant temperatures, and machines to help us do the heavy work.


Rouleau Park Dedication

On Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at 5pm, the Brattleboro Schoolboard will hold a ceremony dedicating Rouleau Park at the foot of the Canal Street School, in recognition of Lois and Larry Rouleau's more than 35 years of relentless community service. A good show of community support would be wonderful: Everyone is invited.

Last year, Larry said that he and Lois, in their mid '80s, are going to be less active: but still there was no sign of them slowing down. Whenever I run into them, they are on their way with a delivery to a food bank or community dinner, organizing a fund-raising tag sale, collecting bottles and cans to support community activities, or raking leaves and cleaning rubbish to maintain the park. Years ago, the Schoolboard had to remove a dangerously dilapidated jungle-gym, which they did not have funds to replace. With the Schoolboard's permission the Clark-Canal Community Association installed two benches at the park, but otherwise the space remained empty.


BMAC Invites Input On Environmental Cleanup Plan for 11 Arch Street, Brattleboro

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center has developed an environmental cleanup plan for the property located at 11 Arch Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. The cleanup activities are being performed in support of property redevelopment for museum operations.  It is anticipated that the environmental cleanup will be funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Cleanup program.

A public meeting to discuss the draft cleanup plan will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 2, 2016 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 Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 1st


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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Indentured Servants

It was 150 years ago this week that Brattleboro’s Overseer of the Poor signed an Indentured Service contract with a farmer in Dover for the services of a ten year old boy named Robert Drake. That’s right! In 1866, one year after the Civil War ended, and 4 months after the United States Congress abolished slavery, a ten year old boy from Brattleboro was made an indentured servant until he reached his 21st birthday. Here's the story...


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 3, 2016

At their next regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard will review some suggestions from the West Brattleboro Association regarding the West Brattleboro Fire Station project. The Town Manager recommends rejecting 2 of the 3 proposals.

The board will consider streamlining the special events permit process to allow the Town Clerk to approve some liquor-related events, there will be a presentation regarding energy audits and traffic calming, an update on the local emergency operations plan, committee appointments, board goals and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and lend your views to anything on the agenda as well.

Tune in to BCTV for full coverage, and read about it here after.


April 1886 Advertisement: Thorn's Hop & Burdock Tonic

Here’s an advertisement for a useful item, made right here in Brattleboro. It’s Thorn’s Hop & Burdock Tonic, which is good for treating a range of ailments. Thorn made and sold his popular tonic for quite a few years in the late 1800's with great success.

This ad appeared in the Vermont Phoenix in the spring of 1886.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 2 in the Middle School Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 5 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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