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A severe North-east storm, mainly of snow, but interspersed with rain and hail, commenced here on Sunday morning, and continued until Wednesday evening. In length and tediousness, it has not been rivaled this winter, at least.


Boys find valise with gentlemen’s underwear, children’s stockings, etc. on river bank near Richards Bradley’s residence. Ownership is a mystery. Intials “G.W.F” were found on some items.


The Easter services at St. Michael’s (Episcopal) church will be as follows: Early morning services at 7 A.M.; Holy Communion, anthems and sermon at 11 A.M.; children’s service, with Easter Carols, at 3 P.M.; Evensong at 7 P.M.


Last Sunday, which was known to the church as Palm Sunday, celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, received appropriate recognition in nearly all our village churches.


The annual school meeting of District No. 2, which was held on Tuesday evening, was undoubtedly the most remarkable gathering of its kind ever held in this village. Its remarkable character, however, did not consist of any unusual demonstration which took place, but simply in the full attendance, and the entire unanimity of sentiment and perfect good feeling which prevailed.


We have been specially requested to omit any mention of the one sensational incident in the Mother Goose party on Wednesday evening. There was only one performer, and he acquitted himself in the most Goodhu(e)mored manner.


Lots of friends have been glad to see Postmaster Mansur on the street once more this week.


Robins and bluebirds were heard in the village on Wednesday morning.


Tomorrow is the last day of grace for the licensing of dogs.


The contract with the Vermont Construction company for the new Elm street iron bridge calls for a bridge which will carry a load of 140 tons, the breaking strain to be six times this amount. The price is to be $2050 and the bridge is to be put in place about May 20.


The young sports about town have been discussing for some time past the advisability of having a ball nine the coming season. The principal drawback seems to be the lack of suitable grounds. Recent building has practically shut out playing on Frost’s meadow and the fair ground is too far away for daily practice. It is quite probable that an effort will be made to secure the island, the only available location left.


As soon as his insurance is adjusted S. Simkovetz will reopen his clothing store in the old rule factory.


Elm street is closed to traffic while the bridge is being replanked.


Power users will be interested in the one-half horse power, single phase, alternating current motor now on exhibition at the electric light station.


North street hall was well filled on Friday evening, when a class of 12 of the physical culture pupils of Miss Tina Goodall gave an exhibition. The young ladies showed skill and grace in the various movements, and their work was much appreciated and warmly applauded by the lookers-on.


H.M. Wood has rented the upper floor of the Taft building for a bicycle riding school, and is prepared to give private instructions on a floor 32 by 100 feet in size.


Senator Leahy, Governor Douglas and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin hold economic recovery forum at Latchis.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Changes In Property Taxes, Budgets, Planning, Zoning, Parks...

The Selectboard has found a way, they think, to keep the municipal tax rate the same as last year. A new dog park is anticipated to join the skatepark at the top of Living Memorial Park. There’s a new financial and budget plan in the works for the town, and new zoning is also underway.

The press, however, abandoned this meeting when there were election results to chase, leaving the board to lament a total lack of reporting, other than BCTV, of important issues.

Read on for the full report of the over four hour meeting.


Town Meeting Day - Brattleboro Election Results 2015

Once again, the voters of the Town of Brattleboro have weighed in.  Since all of the candidates were running unopposed, they all won. Turnout was not listed but it appears to be just under 1000 voters.

On the ballot questions, there were four, numbered 2 through 5.  All of the ballot questions failed, including and notably, the 1% sales tax.  John Allen suggested at tonight's Selectboard meeting that with this vote (nearly 2-1 against), the Selectboard might want to give the 1% LOST tax a rest for a while.

Outside the snow is falling and Brattleboro snow plows are plowing.  Just another night in the town that spring forgot...on Town Meeting Day 2015. Read on for links to full results and ballots.


Brattleboro Time Trade Spring Forward Extravaganza

Brattleboro Time Trade Spring Forward Extravaganza!

Come join in the fun! Gallery Walk Friday, March 6th is the First Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza hosted by the Brattleboro Time Trade!


MUSIC by The Snaz, Jesse Lepkoff and Luz Elena Morey • Silent Auction • Spring Gardening Show
• Dessert Bar and Cafe  • Raffles, games, free give-aways!

Brattleboro Time Trade members trade time (and not money), thereby building community & friendships, helping people share skills, meet needs and have fun!

Gallery Walk Friday, March 6 from 4:30 - 8:30 pm at the River Garden

More information available on our website


Preliminary Brattleboro Election Results

All candidates elected. All ballot measures defeated.

Details later.


Support Richard Evers

Richard Evers is a write-in candidate for a District 3 Town Meeting Member seat.  I have been well acquainted with Richard for twenty years and have always known him to be interested in and aware of town issues.  He is thoughtful and uses good judgement.  I recommend writing in his name for a District 3 Town Meeting Member seat.

Thank you.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of March 1

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

BTT's First Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza THIS FRIDAY!

Friday, March 6
from 4:30-8:30 pm at the River Garden (during Gallery Walk):
• Spring Gardening Show • Music
• Silent Auction & Raffle • Dessert Bar & Cafe!

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!


Season's First Sugar Supper this Saturday in Guilford

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center. Always the first sugar supper of the season in Windham County, the meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/2/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/2/15

Monday, March 2, 2015

12:00 am Ethan Allen Homestead: Reflecting on the Past

1:06 am The Last Pipe Keeper

1:30 am Valley Homegrown: Bay Rd 2/10/14

2:30 am VT Council on Rural Development: Climate Change Summit 2/18/15 Pt 1

4:00 am Road to Recovery: Join the Voices for Recovery


Setting The Record Straight Re: Amendments

Because the media are not perfect, there are three misconceptions that persist about the amendments and I would like to clear them up in these last days before the election.

First, the charter clearly shows how the representative town meeting (RTM) restricted the rights to call for votes.  Anyone can check this our on the town web site:  See brattleboro.org, click “Charter, ordinances” > “charter”. 

The RTM did uselessly lower a signature requirement but at the same time authorized
themselves to vote first and block the petitioned article from the ballot.  Their revision (charter article III 2 B)


Living Whist

Those who follow This Day In History on a regular basis might recall a couple of mentions of members of the community rehearsing to perform as cards for an upcoming entertaining exhibition of "Living Whist." Well, you will be pleased to know that the event was a success.

Below you'll find the almost complete account of the event as told in the Phoenix on March 3, 1895. (The scanned newspaper was torn in one place, so I copied as much as was available.)

If we have any whist players, perhaps the game could be explained a bit?


"What You Been Smoking?"

Speaking rhetorically about legalizing marijuana, I hear the repeating theme that VT needs to do it right, especially every time CO and WA is brought up.

But I have wondered of late, how it is that we can do it wrong?

The unbiased reports from CO especially, and WA all report the upshot results of marijuana legalization are very favorable by every indicator. Yet, except for the deranged Patrick 'Druggy' Kennedy's so-called Smart group it's not clear exactly what can go wrong.


5:45: 2/27/15

The Fairpoint workers strike is finally resolved on a Friday edition of 5:45 Live that includes more from the NRC with Thursday's NDCAP meeting, lots of town meeting prep and much more. Click here to find it at brattleboroTV.org.


Weekend Comedy Series: Sinbad - Afros and Bellbottoms

A member of marching band and the math club. A basketball player. A member of the Air Force. Sinbad has been all of these things, but he is best known for comedy.

His style is very clean. I can almost avoid giving the warning for bad language with his show, in which he often comes across as a big kid, or maybe a nutty uncle. He seems like he would be fun to invite to a party.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 3, 2015

A new dog park for Brattleboro? It will be up for discussion at the next regular Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, to be held in the BCTV studios to make room for Election Day activities on the second floor of the Municipal Center.

The board will hear legal opinions on bonds and bids, hear about the new zoning ordinances being planned, continue with decisons relating to Pay As You Throw, and will discuss assessing penalties and/or suing Brattleboro businesses to collect the business license fees.

You can participate by attending in person, or you can watch on BCTV. We'll have the full account here the day after.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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