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Windham County divided into Westminster and Marlboro shires.


An Englishman, calling himself John Smith, was apprehended here last Sunday, with several articles of property stolen in this Village, in his possession. An examination was had on Monday, and he was committed to jail to await his trial at the April term of the Court. He said he had been engaged on the Cheshire Railroad.


If the people were sufficiently watchful of their own best interest - if they would duly appreciate the fact, that electing public servants best calculated to give vitality and force to their own laws, is the goal of republicanism - the mainspring that shapes and regulates the measures of our government, we could confidently anticipate an improved condition of public affairs.


Prof. Kirbye proposes to give an entertainment in this village on Friday and Saturday evenings, including ventriloquism, gymnastic performance, feats of strength, balancing, &c. We have no doubt the performances will be quite entertaining to all who may witness them.


William Bartlett of this village was arrested last week for stealing wood from diverse persons in this place, and was brought before Justice Tyler. He plead guilty and was fined $10 and costs.


An article will be embodied in the warrant for town meeting to see if action will be taken for reducing the grade of High and Green streets.


The weather last Saturday morning was the coldest ever known in this town, the mercury registering in various localities from 27 to 36 degrees below zero. In some sections hereabouts it went as low as 40 degrees.


The Philharmonic society gave a musical and reception at their rooms on Tuesday evening which gave much enjoyment to a company of 80 or more invited guests The instrumental pieces were rendered with the spirit and finish which always marks the Philharmonic performances, and the male quartet won deserved encores.


The warm weather of the past week has had a wonderful effect in bringing out the beauties of the railroad bank. We may very probably have something to say on this subject later in the season.


The first installment of claims in the Estey Organ company benefit association were paid the 15th.


The Estey Organ company have ordered a long distance telephone to be placed in their office.


The Elliot Hose company have received their new badges. They are of silver and of a very attractive design.


The unclaimed packages of the American express company which have been accumulating at the different offices in the state during the past two years are to be sold at the Brattleboro office tomorrow, beginning at 7:30 P.M. This sale will probably attract a large crowd, as it will have all the interest of a lottery, as no one knows what the packages contain.


The New Zealanders continued their performances at the town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings. The distribution of gifts, especially of the gold watch and diamond ring, was generally declared a “snide” game, and caused considerable indignation.


The board of trade held its first meeting at the People’s bank Friday afternoon to fix the time for the monthly meetings and to appoint standing committees.


Miss Anna Barrows of Boston will give a lecture upon bread making and meat cooking, with some hints about pastry, at Grange hall next Tuesday evening. She is one of the editors of the American Kitchen Magazine and is a teacher of domestic science.


Mrs. Mary Howe-Lavin will close a remarkably successful season of grand opera and concert in Berlin in about two months, and, unless something unexpected happens, when will return to Brattleboro with her brother, Lucien Howe, about May 1.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12


Jan. 8 - Sweet & Sour Chicken

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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


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 9, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard 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 Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00am 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


January 4, 2018 Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana After Threat by US Attorney General Sessions!

Vermont House votes to legalize marijuana

By Brandon Carter - 01/04/18 06:44 PM EST  
"The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday night to legalize recreational possession of marijuana..."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Department of Justice policy on legal marijuana."...
..."allow adults over the age of 21 to grow and possess small amounts of legal marijuana beginning in July.";;;
..."State Senate still needs to approve the measure"... "Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) has signaled that he will sign the bill."...


Vermont Governor Scott's State of the State 2018

"2018 State of the State Governor Phil Scott January 4, 2018

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters:

Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner of our state to come together to solve problems and shape the future.

The work of those who came before us, carved out Vermont’s place in the world with a greater share and influence than our small size or population would prescribe.

Through our courage and conviction, Vermont has pushed forward with progress when progress seemed unachievable. We’ve been the example, set the tone and helped usher positive change into our nation, when the need for change was essential.

My friends, we’ve reached that time again.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301



The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY ’19 Budget at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The Board’s Regular meeting will immediately follow.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:30 p.m. – Ricky Davidson, Board Chair


WVEW 107.7 FM Is Now Streaming, Officially

Here’s some Brattleboro trivia for you. What local radio station is the first to have a legal stream of all programming on their station?

If you guessed WVEW 107.7 on the FM dial, you are correct. You can get the new stream by going to wvew.org and looking for the streaming links.

Adding the streaming option meant raising extra money to pay for a new level of digital rights in addition to the regular broadcast fees paid each year. It also means that local Brattleboro radio shows can be heard far and wide, anywhere there is an internet connection.


Join the 2018 Reading Challenge!

Will you join the 2018 Reading Challenge?

This is a fun way to join a community of readers in a group event, and is also a great way to while away the days of cold winter weather :) Once great place to find a good read to bring you up to the challenge speed, is Brooks Memorial Library!


Selectboard Meeting Notes - FY19 Budget Decisions Continue, New Bank Account, NECCA Loan

The first meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard in 2018 was almost entirely about money. They continued their discussion of remaining FY19 budget issues, narrowing the list of undecided items by saying yes to some and maybe to others. It makes for a rather high potential tax increase, but many decisions remain that could bring the proposed rates down again. More budget meetings are planned.

The board approved of a planning grant for Tri Park and bulletproof vest purchases for police officers. And, just like many of you, Brattleboro will be depositing $5 million in a new money market account to earn a bit more interest.


Free Talk at Brooks Memorial Library Making Sense of Your DNA Testing Results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

DNA testing for ancestry has exploded in popularity due to marketing campaigns and lower prices. However, many people are unsure what to do with their results once they receive them.

Join us on Saturday, January 27th at 3 pm for a FREE talk by Genealogist Jennifer Stone Randolph, the owner of New Hampshire-based Touchstone Genealogy, will discuss the types of information testing provides, and how best to use it for family research. Real-life examples and case studies will illustrate the kinds of questions testing can and cannot answer. She will offer some insights into matters of privacy, accuracy, the potential for unexpected results, and the importance of being an informed consumer.


Brattleboro Kicks Off Season 2 Of Road Trip Masters

The Road Trip Masters that the episode filmed in Brattleboro will air on the Discovery Channel this Saturday - January 6 - at 5am. The episode outline is below. Look for friends and neighbors.


1/6/18-Road Trip Masters/Brattleboro Episode will air on Discovery channel at 5am. We encourage DVRing the show. Brattleboro will be kickoff our Season 2.

1/7/18- Road Trip Masters/Brattleboro episode will air on The Pursuit Channel at 5am. This is a smaller nationwide network that is available to approximately 40 million households.


What Is UP With This Local Ukulele Craze?

Perhaps you've noticed that Brattleboro has been swept up in a bona fide ukulele craze in recent months?

Why? Because it is super-fun, way easier than you think, and good for the heart and soul.

Ring in your New Year with a new adventure, with a ukulele class or workshop with Lisa McCormick.

No musical background needed, and ukuleles are available to rent or buy at class.


Municipal Center Boiler Fails, Selectboard Meeting Relocated

Good Morning –

The Municipal Center has two boilers. Under normal conditions, one boiler is enough to heat the building. However when its gets really cold, both boilers are needed to maintain a proper temperature. One of the boilers has failed. We are obtaining the part that is needed for the repair, but that may not get completed today. Even if we get the second boiler back online this afternoon, we won’t be able to overcome the extreme cold to heat the building to a normal inside temperature before 5:30pm tonight.


Cold Enough For You?

This has been quite the cold snap, eh? A stretch of single and negative digits for over a week. How are you holding up?

We get a short break Wednesday and Thursdays with balmy 20 degree+ temperatures before dropping again for the weekend. Saturday's HIGH is expected to be - 1. The LOW is expected to be -16.

Parts of Florida have a winter storm watch in effect.


Petitions, Openings, and Schedule for March Elections in Brattleboro Now Available

Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 6, and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 24.

Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

Candidates for Town Meeting Member must file a nomination petition with at least 10 valid signatures of voters from the district where the candidate lives. Petitions of new candidates must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29 (same date as Town Officer petitions). Incumbents for Town Meeting Member must return their Notice of Intent form no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29.


BCTV Schedules Week of 1/1/18

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - Rights and Democracy

2:30 am Avant Garde Music Radio Show - Blood and Sunflower, Dub Perpetual, OSABA and more (Part I)

4:08 am Discussion on the Opioid Crisis in Vermont

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show 12/22/17

5:30 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 1

6:25 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 2


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