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Mohair Shawls! 1 Doz. more of those heavy nett Shawls, just received and for sale low by Dutton & Clark.


We were a little too hasty a week or two since in announcing that spring had come and summer was close at hand. The Almanac proves itself utterly unworthy of confidence.


A painful rumor is in circulation that Elbridge Gerry, formerly of this town, but lately of Osage Mitchell, Co., Iowa, has been murdered by the Indians. We trust the rumor will prove unfounded.


The Lawrence Water Cure is now open and ready for the reception of visitors. Its accommodations were never in better order, nor its capacity greater for the entertainment of guests. It is not yet determined, we believe, whether the Wesselhoeft Water Cure will be re-opened or not, during the present season.


The Home Guard now musters some fifty men, at company drills, and a considerable degree of precision is already attained by them in executing the first movements of the manual. We learn that less than fifty nurses have volunteered to share the perils of the campaign with the Guard.


Wesselhoeft Water Cure, the first of its kind in the country, has been in operation sixteen years and it was never in better order or more popular than at the present moment.


A severe thunderstorm accompanied by hail visited this section Saturday morning of last week. In the vicinity of High street the ground was nearly covered with hail stones some of which were three-eighths of an inch in diameter.


Company C. of this village have removed their head quarters to Fayetteville, both for the economy of boarding and as a “means of grace” in the avoidance of the temptations incident to a large village. They marched from this village Sunday morning and were about four hours on their way, a distance of 12 miles. The will probably remain there until called into rendezvous.


The selectmen have decided to lay a new street, running from Main, opposite Walnut, to Forest street. This will open some desireable building lots and prove a great convenience to many.


The Wilmington stage will begin running on its summer schedule on Monday, arriving in Brattleboro at 9 o’clock a.m. and leaving at 4 p.m.


Four Swede girls, employed as domestics in this village, taking advantage of the present low ocean rates, will sail from Boston tomorrow for a visit with friends in Sweden. The fare from Brattleboro to Gottenburg, steerage passage, is only $25.70 - cheaper for most of us than staying at home.


Gibson’s auction sale of 55 horses takes place tomorrow.


The extensive Brooks House improvements, which include electric lights, new plumbing throughout, and the large extension in the rear, are rapidly nearing completion. New steam laundry appliances are now being put in place.


The barbers have all agreed to close their shops on Thursday evenings, beginning week after next. A good thing to do.


Gold ore found at farm of Wm. H Mann of West Dover, valued at $538.06 per ton.

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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.


Brattleboro School of Dance Spring Concert Preview, May 14

Company of Muses and Brattleboro School of Dance present a preview performance of the 2016 spring concert, “For You…With Love” at the Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 14. 

Artistic director Jennifer Moyse says “For You…With Love” is a collection of dance pieces in varying styles offered as a gift to the audience from the BSD community. 

“This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the school’s founding. So many of those early students now have their own children studying with us,” says Moyse. “We dance with gratitude for the years of support we’ve received.” 


Brattleboro's Stephanie Huestis Hired as Commercial Loan Officer at Savings Bank of Walpole


Keene, NH – Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is pleased to welcome Stephanie Huestis, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, to their business banking team.

Ms. Huestis brings over 20 years experience within the finance industry to her new position and has a broad understanding of Relationship Management, Commercial Lending, Sales and New Business Development. Previously, she held a number of positions at Peoples United Bank in Brattleboro, most recently as Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager, where she serviced several towns within Southern Vermont and established a proven track record of successful new business development and portfolio management. Prior to Peoples United Bank, Ms. Huestis was a Mortgage Lender and Originator at Brattleboro Savings and Loan.


Dosa Kitchen Food Truck Starts A New Season

Dosa Kitchen: South Indian Soul Food truck is back at Grafton Village Cheese on Route 30 in Brattleboro

Opening day is this Saturday, April 30

Our hours at Grafton Village Cheese are Thursday to Sunday, 11:30 to 2:30

Follow us on Facebook for on the move, extended hours, and weather updates

Dosa Kitchen's menu features the bold, fresh flavors of
South India, with a dedication to the local and sustainable ingredients Vermont
is famous for. 


"A Peasant of El Salvador," Returning To Brattleboro This Autumn

While editing video from the New England Youth Theatre's March 12 celebration of Stephen Stearns, I hit upon a 30 second nugget that didn't make the video's final cut, but really did need to see the light of day. Details are scant, but remarkably, wonderfully, A Peasant of El Salvadore is returning to Brattleboro.


5-9-91 Intersection in the Mid 60s

Thought some history buffs and classic car buffs might enjoy these photos that recently appeared on the Hemmings Motor News blog.



Brattleboro DPW - On Flushing the Mains

With the water mains being flushed, I thought it might be fun to get some background information on why we do it and how it gets done. I sent some questions to Director of Public Works Steve Barrett and have the following to share with you.

- What's the goal of the water main flushing?

The water entering our mains after treatment is of a very high quality, however, over time sediments can build up in the pipes; particularly if the water is slow moving.

If left alone – this could result in customers occasionally receiving discolored water, particularly if there has been a surge in the flow (perhaps because of fire-fighting or a burst water main). Too much sediment can also affect the taste, clarity and color of water. We also operate every hydrant in town to verify they are in good working order. Water valves are also operated & exercised to direct the water flow and ensure they are working properly.


Vernon School Board Minutes Draft, Re: Act 46

Here are draft minutes for the Vernon School Board meeting on Monday in which they voted to withdraw from the Act 46 district and become an advisable district. - c.


Vernon Town School Board
Minutes of Regular Meeting—April 25, 2016

Directors present: Mike Hebert, Deb Hebert, Gina Dyer, Walter Breau.
Directors absent: None.
Also present: Sally Brassor, Dana Gordon-Macey, Paul Smith. The members of the Vernon Select Board, Christiane Howe (chair), Sandra Harris, Josh Unruh, Emily Vergobbe, Stephen Skibnowsky, joined the meeting at 6:04 p.m.

CALL TO ORDER REGULAR MEETING—5:30 p.m. – Mike Hebert, Chair


Any Further Info on Vernon Leaving the Act 46 Committee?

Saw an online headline a moment ago that Vernon is leaving the Act 46 Study Committee -- significant development for those of us interested in this Act 46 business.  Only way to find out more appears to be to subscribe to the Reformer.... 


Vermont Humanities Council's Summer Humanities Camps Awards to Twelve Middle Schools Statewide

Camps in Brattleboro, Burlington, East Corinth, Fair Haven, Irasburg, Northfield, Richford, Springfield, St. Albans, Stowe, Williamstown, Windsor

Montpelier ~ The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants for its popular Humanities Camp summer program to bring learning and fun to youth statewide. This year the thematic, week-long day camps for students aged 11-14 will run in twelve schools in nine Vermont counties.

Schools awarded this year’s camps are Brattleboro Area Middle School; Edmunds Middle School (Burlington); Fair Haven Grade School; Irasburg Village School; Northfield Jr./Sr. High School; Richford Jr.-Sr. High School (with Berkshire Elementary School); St. Albans City School; Stowe Middle School; Waits River Valley School (East Corinth); Williamstown Middle School; and Windsor Schools.


Zero Energy Now Informational Session

Learn how you can cut energy costs in your home or business by 50% to 100% while taking advantage of up to $7,500 in incentives.

Zero Energy Now is a new, comprehensive energy improvement program, providing efficiency upgrades to your building along with renewable heating (such as heat pumps and biomass), and solar photovoltaics. You can move your home or business toward using zero energy at little or no monthly cost, with energy savings paying for financing. By doing so, you will increase your comfort, cut your carbon emissions, and eventually have virtually no energy costs at all! As an added bonus, up to $7,500 in incentives are available to program participants located in former Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) territory.


Can A Man Be A Feminist?

What do you think?


Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Are you interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro’s roads?

Are you interested in road projects in Brattleboro that relate to bicyclists and pedestrians?

If so, please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden between 5-7:30. 

The goals of the forum are three-fold:


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 24

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 circus limbo:

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):

Home Energy and Weatherization Advice
Brattleboro Food Coop Member Hours
Spanish Tutoring or Conversation


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