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First Universalist Society organized in Brattleboro on this day.


The return of Spring has reminded us of a subject which has long occupied our own thoughts, and to which we wish to call the attention of our citizens — the present condition of our village burial ground. No place in our village is so frequently visited, both by citizens and strangers, as this, and yet there is none that is more unsightly in itself, or that brings so much reproach upon our good taste and cultivated feelings.


We were in hope before going to press, to be able to say just how much stock had been subscribed to the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road, but we are not. — The amount, however, is about $300,000, and the subscriptions are still going on. The farmers in the neighboring towns are doing their duty upon the subject.


The office of Town Agent for the sale of spirituous liquors under the law of 1852, has been removed to the building on the corner of Main and High streets. There is no doubt that these liquors are as pure as can be obtained in the country.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., a young and promising artist of our village, has recently completed a bust, in Italian marble, of the late Leonard Wheeler, which is in every way creditable to his genius. He has never received any instructions in this department of art, yet his first attempts will compare favorably with the matured productions of men of fame.


For the benefit of those persons who have thus early in the season begun to steal plants and flowers from lots in the cemetery, it may be well to say that a liberal reward has been offered for the discovery of any party or parties guilt of such depredations, and that, in case of their detection, a determination is expressed to give them the full benefit of the very stringent provisions of the law upon this subject.


The interior of the Roman Catholic church is to be frescoed, 14 memorial windows and new seats put in, and a main entrance and broad aisle built. Services for the next two or three months will be held in the armory.


The committee of arrangements for the Memorial-day exercises make the usual request for gifts of flowers, which should be taken to the lower town hall as early as possible on Thursday morning.


The Chesterfield bridge has taken shape with great rapidity the past week, and will be ready for the flooring early next week.


Peas are in bloom in Geo. E. Crowell’s garden.


Charles F. Hill was arrested Monday by Sheriff Starkey, charged with stealing hens. He was arraigned before Justice Royall Tyler. He pleaded guilty and was fined about $5 and costs.


The material for the electric railroad has nearly all been received. There are 15 to 20 carloads of rails, bolts, straps, tools, etc.


The highway is being widened, new gutters put in and other improvements made on High street near the foot of the hill leading to the avenue.


The bailiffs have posted notices in the rear of the buildings and stores on the east side of Main street, forbidding the dumping of rubbish down the railroad bank.


Brattleboro town voters approved a $5.4 million bond issue to expand and renovate our town school buildings.

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Act 46 Study Committees Meeting

As part of the services offered through the Act 46 Implementation Project, representatives from the VT School Boards Association, VT Superintendents Association, and the VT Agency of Education will be available to meet individually with Act 46 Study Committees in Brattleboro on April 25th.

The purpose of the meetings are to assist in answering questions about the law and to provide information and feedback in response to scenarios that are being explored in communities. Members of the WSESU Act 46 Study Committee are scheduled to meet with this group from 9:30-11:00 (4/25/16). This meeting will take place at the Marlboro Grad Center - Ledges Conference Room. www.wsesu.org


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Police-Fire Project Team Reunite and Grants Galore

The Police and Fire facility projects will be guided by the same team as before. The project manager, architects, and construction management company were all approved for contract signing.

Brattleboro received grants ranging from $240 to $1 million, the All State Music Festival has been cleared for a parade next year, and our financial questionnaires and checklists are in good order.


Democracy In Vermont Is Dead

From the early days of one room school houses to the present, town residents and tax payers have been directly involved in their students’ education. Act 46 takes this role away from us.

The Dummerston community has built and paid for its school building and grounds. All decisions pertaining to our school are made annually by Dummerston residents by discussion and Australian ballot.

Implementation of act 46 completely removes the people from direct decision making about their children’s education. Furthermore, our schools will lose their identity as community centers.

Act 46 is being enacted without any information provided to the public, nor does the public have the opportunity to give input or feedback.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 17

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 Big Easy:

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):

Use of Community Space
Fresh Exotic Sprouts, Grown Just For You (updated!)
Reading Aloud
Help with Spring and Summer Chore's – Many T.T. Ref,s.
Egyptian Walking Onion Plants


This Week: BizUp, West B! This Tues at 6:30 at C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave

A REMINDER:  THIS WEEK: BizUp! West B. Connect, Collaborate, Innovate! 

On Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30pm, the Community Development Action Team of the West Brattleboro Association will be throwing our springtime BizUp! event. This will be hosted by the CX Silver Gallery and Teahouse at 814 Western Ave in West Brattleboro.

BizUp! events spark connections, collaborations and innovations between West Brattleboro businesses and
organizations. Join us for local bites and drinks and meet fellow business owners in West B.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/18/2016

BCTV channel 8 for the week of 4/18/16  

Monday, April 18, 2016

12:00 am At Landmark: The Yes Men, 'Making Meaningful Mischief' 3/28/16

1:30 am Co-op: Food Justice Forum 3/20/16

3:30 am Spotlight on Vermont Issues: Human Trafficking

5:30 am Indigenous People's History and the Roots of America's Endless Wars


State Economic Review

I received a request from Paul Cillo asking if I would help disseminate this report from Public Assets Institute.  I am pleased to oblige.  I've followed Public Assets for quite a while and it is, as far as I can see, the most thorough and clear-eyed analysis of Vermont economics.  I find the data very accurate and the commentary and analysis quite sharp and insightful.  The particular report to which this note refers provides a wonderfully comprehensive snapshot of what is going on in the state.  Here it is:


The Nature of Belief Abhors a Vacuum

One of the most disgusting postulates that unifies the otherwise deadly divided “Jukrislim” religions is the accusation that humans are born with and live in sin. The original finger-pointing, found in the shared book of Genesis, lays the blame of sin squarely on the backs of women. Women have never been the same since then, especially after the Jewish sects calling themselves Christianity and Islam took root.






Hillary Destroyed Gaddafi & Libya's Free Health Care & Education Sanders Wants For USA

It would seem Sanders fighting for Americans to have free health care and free education would have tempered his words about a Gaddafi who saw to his people receiving for many years what Bernie wants for Americas. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and the pro status quo Republican candidates opposing her are perhaps already an anachronism, i.e., persons with practices that belongs to an earlier time.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - April 18 to April 22

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 18 to April 22

April 18 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnip

Mince Tart


Preachers & Poets -A Reading in Guilford

Preachers and Poets, the third collaborative poetry reading by Tom Ragle and Don McLean, will be presented on Thursday, April 21 at Guilford Community Church at 7:00 pm.  Admission is by a donation in any amount,  to benefit the work of the Church.

This program, the third in the series,  takes its title from the fact that four of the poets were also ordained ministers in three different denominations: Anglicans George Herbert and Robert Herrick, and, on very opposite poles, both strict in their particular ways, American Puritan Edward Taylor and English Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Another connection between the poets is that a majority of them did not see their poetry published in their lifetimes, and several were unknown to the public, including Emily Dickinson, who joins the lineup.  Completing the cast of three English and three American poets is Walt Whitman.  Numerous and interesting connections, in terms of both subject matter and technique amongst these poets, will be revealed during the evening. 


Defining Affordable Care - A Tax Season Dilemma

This year, as I was doing my taxes, I got to wondering what is up with the healthcare “Personal Responsibility Tax” for the uninsured, and whether or not low income people really have to pay it.   This mostly affects the self-employed and people without coverage through their employers, but that's a few people, so it seemed worth investigating.  As it turned out, finding out how to claim an exemption was most of the battle, and a battle it was with many spreadsheets and worksheets and interactive tax tools to be filled out.  The answer I arrived at was “no” -- unless you make more than $53,737 (as a single person), you're not required to pay the uninsured person's tax.  This is because you are not required by law to expend more than 8.05% of your income to buy h


Weekend Creativity Series: Essential Art Supplies

Everyone has their own favorite tools, and for artists this means art supplies. We have a room dedicated, filled with all sorts of goodies.

I’m rather simple in my essentials. I exclusively use whatever is available. If I get a choice in the matter, I’m drawn to soft pencils and black sharpies, and small sheets of paper. For animation I get out my Color-erase blue pencil and work with punched paper.

But that’s just for drawing. I also like to have easy access to rulers, flexible curves, colored paper, scissors, exacto knives, tape, a range of glues, wood, metal, glass, clay, fabrics, cameras, instruments, and reference books and videos.


Why Have An Age Barrier To Voting?

What is the idea behind having a voting age?  Why can't anyone who can read or write, vote in elections?  Shouldn't the young also have a say on who is to make the rules they are to live by and their families are to live by? The rules that will affect their lives later on.  Some people will think it ridiculous that a six year old should be able to vote, but why?  Because they are too young?  By who's designation? Shouldn't we be teaching children how to become independent adults?  Being young and part of the system allows them to practice.  And why should they not have a say in the political system anyway?    


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Daughters of the American Revolution

It was 103 years ago this week that the Vermont Phoenix reported that the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was locating and marking the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers in Brattleboro and nearby towns. You may not be aware that Brattleboro is virtually surrounded by the history of the American Revolution.



Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 19, 2016

Architects, advisors, and construction services for the police and fire facilities projects will be contracted by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

An All-State Music Festival will ask for a parade permit, various grants will be applied for or accepted, and more. You can bring up items not otherwise on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Water Main Flushing To Begin

Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, May 7, 2016.

NOTE!! Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of May 9 and 16.

Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and also during the day.

Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure, and in some areas, intervals of no water.

Night flushing will occur from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.. Day flushing will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


April 1857 Advertisement - Chase & Tripp

Another advertisement from old Brattleboro. This time we'll see what Chase & Tripp are offering at their place downtown, in April of 1857.

It looks like silver spoons are the newest rage. We'll have to get a few.


Chemtrails - This Time A Lawsuit Pending

"This is truly an assault upon all life on earth."

"They're trying to obscure the severity of what's unfolding from the public as long as possible."

"What our government and other governments are doing and their agencies are doing are trying desperately to hide the magnitude of what's unfolding till the last possible moment, at which time total collapse ensues."


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