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Silk Worm Eggs, for sale. Inquire of Addison Brown.


Strayed, From the subscriber, on the 20th of April, a Cow, three years old, color red with a white spot in her forehead. Any person who will inform the subscriber where said cow can be found, shall be satisfied for his trouble. Patrick Tole.


Frost & Goodhue have received a lot of pineapples.


The new building that is to supersede the old barns which have so long disfigured the lower part of Main-street will contain Barrett’s Gun Shop, Heustis & Burnap’s Harness Shop, John Ray’s Livery Stable Office, and other rooms on Main-street. Underneath with entrances on Flat-street will be the Livery and American House Stables. This erection will much improve that portion of the village.


I. N. Thorn has put in his drug store a new and beautiful soda fountain. It has an apparatus attached whereby he can charge the fountain himself, thus obviating the necessity of transportation to Springfield or Boston.


The Selectmen of this town have placed a ferry boat on West river, near the site of the lost bridge, for the accommodation of the public.


A model of simplicity and fair dealing, was the gathering in aid of the wounded soldiers, on Wednesday evening of last week. Neither grab-bag or ring-cake schemes allured, nor did fortune-telling or the postage on sentimental letters, empty the pockets of any. A short speech or two in explanation of the needs-be in the case, a few patriotic songs, and a marching of the crowd up to the contribution box left time for all to be home before nine o’clock.


Messrs, J. Estey & Co., who now manufacture their own gas, have decided to lay a pipe from their works through Main Street to the Baptist church. People who desire to obtain their supply of gas from them, will, we understand, be accommodated. Work will be commenced in a few weeks.


We feel that we should be woefully unmindful of our high and noble calling as public journalists, if we failed to note in fitting terms the — weather. How stands the record? Snow, snow! — storm succeeding storm every few days — a greater snow fall in April than in any month of the past winter — April 25 the heaviest storm of the season.


Brattleboro Bicycle Club is formed in town.


At 4:30 this afternoon a meeting of gentlemen and ladies is to be held at the Brooks House parlors to consider the advisability of organizing a Village Improvement Society. A better observance of the first Arbor day could not be made.


The Wantastiquet and Jolly Racquetter tennis clubs voted to consolidate at a meeting held last evening. The new club retains the name of the Jolly Racquetters.


Mr. Bingham has done a wise thing in establishing a fire drill for the pupils in the High school building — the children falling into line at a given stroke of the gong and marching out in proper order.


Gibson & Brown will begin work Monday on their four-story carriage repository.


There will be no local observance of Arbor day today beyond the closing of the banks and schools.


A 12-horse power engine is being put into shop No. 5 of the Estey works. It will be used to relieve the large engine, and is a reserve in case of break-down.


Col. L. K. Fuller has been asked to act as secretary of the committee of seven piano manufacturers, chosen at a recent meeting in New York, to investigate and report on the subject of establishing a uniform pitch for musical instruments in this country. He has asked all musical instrument makers, artists, orchestra leaders and teachers give their aid by carefully tuning a fork to their standard and sending it to him by mail, with a statement of their views.


No Brattleboro audience has ever spent an evening more delightfully than did that which gathered at the town hall on Tuesday evening to listen to the concert given by Miss Mary Howe, assisted by the Beethoven club of Boston, in aid of the Young Men’s Christian Association building fund.


The street railroad company has made an offer to the Artillery band to give concerts each week this summer at West Brattleboro.


The fishing season for trout opens today in both Vermont and New Hampshire. The conditions are good for a large catch, and it is safe to say that every unposted brook within a radius of 15 miles of Brattleboro will be visited today.


The school are having half holiday today in observance of Arbor day.


Traffic regulations were adopted at a village meeting.

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Sanders and Clinton and Trump, Oh My!

I've been hearing a lot of scary news among the pundits whose screeds populate my news feed in the morning.  Usually they pertain to what horrible things will happen if this or that person (usually Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders) is elected.  This got me thinking about what would happen if any of them were actually to win – as one of them is almost certain to do.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Two-Thirds Sworn In, Black Mountain Road Purchase Goes Forward

Town Clerk Annette Cappy presided over the swearing in of two out of three newly-elected Brattleboro Selectboard candidates - David Gartenstein and Kate O’Connor.

The newly sworn-in board members, along with John Allen, chose officers for the coming year. They are the same as last year: David Gartenstein will Chair, Kate O’Connor will be Vice Chair, and David Schoales will be Clerk.

David Schoales was not in attendance. Neither was Dick DeGray. There was no explanation for anyone’s absence.


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, April 7 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, April 4 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Youth Services' Summer Camp Fair During April Gallery Walk

Youth Services will host their Annual Summer Camp Fair on Friday, April 1, on Gallery Walk Night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

Many summer camp providers will supply activities and entertainment for the children. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to arrange a fun-filled summer while being entertained. To entice the public to stop in, Youth Services is holding a free drawing for $100 credit toward a camp of the winner’s choice and giving out free balloons.


Upper Dummerston Road Work Postponed

The Upper Dummerston Road closure scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to next week, because the project team needs consistent warm weather for concrete deck placement work.

Cindy Cook
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.
Past Vice President, Association for Conflict Resolution


Citizen Scientists: Making a World of Difference

Discover how you can observe and monitor the environment in your own backyard!

Almost anyone can be a scientist and help protect our planet – even in their own backyards. Whether someone’s passion is watching hawks, catching butterflies, chasing bugs, or even taking photographs, a workshop Saturday, April 9, in Brattleboro will offer individuals a chance to become a citizen scientist and make a difference in protecting the environment.

The US Environmental Protection Agency and more than a dozen community organizations –governmental and non-profit – will hold a 3-hour workshop showcasing opportunities to get involved with nature and the environment beginning at 9:30 am at the River Garden, 157 Main Street, Brattleboro.


Academy School and Esteyville First to Switch to Modern Wood Heat

Two school buildings stay warm with local, renewable heat from wood

BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT: The Academy and Esteyville school buildings in Brattleboro are the first public buildings to participate in the Windham Wood Heat Initiative by switching from fossil fuels to locally sourced wood pellets to heat their buildings. Academy School’s switch will reduce the school’s oil use by 15,000 gallons and generate $50,000 a year in positive economic impact for southern Vermont’s economy. Esteyville will cut oil consumption by 1,100 gallons and contribute $3,700 a year to the economy.

“We’ve got a quiet system providing an even heat and it’s been keeping our building warm,” said Andy Paciulli, principal of the 355-student elementary school.  “A bonus is that many of our students are learning about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and decreasing our use of non-renewable resources. Heating with wood pellets has helped to deliver that lesson to our young learners. I expect we'll realize the cost savings which should be significant for us and the taxpayer.”


Just So Pediatrics Announces Extended Office Hours

Just So Pediatrics (JSP), a member of the BMH Medical Group, is now offering extended hours in order to accommodate patients who request evening and occasionally, weekend appointments. In addition to its regular hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, JSP has extended their office hours from 8 AM until 8 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with additional appointments available on some Saturdays.

“Extended hours benefit working parents who cannot come during 8:30am to 5pm hours,” says Cynthia Howes, RN, a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with JSP. “They also increase health care access to school aged children and decrease school absences.” Research from the University of Michigan shows children who have access to extended pediatric primary care appointments have half as many Emergency Department visits as those who do not.


Grand Gift Concert and Ball - An April 1875 Advertisement

Below you will find an advertisement from April 1875 for a Grand Gift Concert and Ball to be held at the Town Hall in Brattleboro on April 27. You'll want to get a ticket to this, because the prizes are amazing.

There is a concert from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a ball from 9 until 2 a.m. A special orchestra is coming in from Lowell, Mass.. for the event.

The $2 ticket gives you a chance to win big. How big? How about first prize, a house and lot on Canal Street?


Upper Dummerston Road Closed on Thursday, 3/31, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Upper Dummerston Road will be closed on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM so that the project team can work on concrete deck placement


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Organizational Meeting - Revised Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. A revised agenda and an administrative report are attached .

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


Trans Canada Hopes To Sell Dams on Connecticut River

Valley News is reporting that Trans Canada is planning on selling dams along the Connecticut River:

"West Lebanon — As part of its effort to finance a new Houston-based natural gas acquisition, Trans Canada Hydro Northeast is looking to sell its New England power generation business, including its hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River.

At stake are not only some of the most lucrative assets on the river, but control of a critical natural resource in the Twin States. The Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon, Vt. dams are among the assets Trans Canada plans to sell."

More here. Seems like they see a future in pipelines instead.


Movie Monday at Brattleboro Senior Center

April Showings


The Brattleboro Senior Center

 Movies starring:

April 4th The Marx Brothers –10am

April 18th Doris Day & Ray Bolger – 10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 28 to March 31

March 28 - Corn Chowder
Ham Salad Sandwich
Pineapple Cole Slaw

March  29 - Greek Bean Bake
Sweet Potato


The Happy Birthday Animation Project

I just finished a winter assignment and thought I'd share a bit about "the making of" this new animation.

This project really started a few years ago, when I was given the FAX jr. animation stand used at the Animation Lab at Capital Children’s Museum. (I used to run the program at the museum, and the animation stand is an old friend.) I invested in a new camera and software to shoot single frame animation, and did some tests to make sure it was all working.

The stand really pulled me away from computer animation and back into physical media of drawings and objects. I decided to give myself an assignment of completing a fully drawn animated project. But what to do?


Paid Oppostion or Just Plain Ignorant

My name is Chris Pratt. I have no problem disclosing who I am because I have nothing to hide.  Same goes for my website TheReluctantActivist.org. I challenge the reader to show me one fact (hundreds of thousands are listed here) that is not well referenced and/or supported by an original video and/or a published article.

We are up against billions of dollars and thousands of faceless people paid to discredit and conduct character assassinations on people who are brave enough to question, to doubt or to demand further investigations or evidence. We are outnumbered and out spent at levels that are unimaginable. It truly is a David and Goliath quest for truth and openness vs deception and secrecy.


Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 27


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.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 3/28/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/28/16

Monday, March 28, 2016

12:05 am Common Good VT: What's Going On with Non-Profit Workplaces

12:30 am Regional Heroin Crisis Forum 3/8/16

2:00 am Medical Marijuana in VT - Dr. Nitya Jessica Eisenheim 2/29/16

3:15 am Senior Moments: Montpelier Senior Center Band

4:00 am A Way with Words: Conversations on the Art of Writing


Cheryl Wheeler plus Lizzy Mandell at Next Stage on Friday, April 1

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler, plus Lizzy Mandell, at Next Stage on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm.

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of March 27

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 a sugar coma:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

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

Borrow My Chimney Brush
Carfax Reports (Use When Buying a Used Car)
Nail Art
Back Country XC (Telemark) Skis and Boots


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