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In the notification for the March meeting next week in this town, we perceive there is an article for an inquiry into the expediency of purchasing a farm for the support of the public paupers. If we must have so large a number as have been maintained or assisted for several years past, we have no doubt this mode is altogether the most humane and economical.


To the disgrace of civilization and Christianity, the practice of selling Town Paupers, annually, to the lowest bidder, still prevails in many Towns of our own and the neighboring States. Those unfortunate beings, who have been reduced to poverty, and become unable to maintain themselves, are put up at auction, and the person who will take them at the cheapest rate, - or in other words the person who will work them the hardest, and keep them in the poorest manner, takes them for a year and makes the most he can.


The whole country is in mourning and gloom. John Quincy Adams, the Patriot, Philosopher and Sage, has gone to his final rest.


The election of Town Officers throughout our State, takes place next Tuesday; and on the same day, the freemen will have the opportunity of voting directly for or against a law to prohibit the sale of spiritous liquors. Here is a fair and equal field for a glorious pitched battle.


Estimated town school expenses for the coming year: $2,382.


We understand that Mr. Bullard of Alstead, N.H., the builder of the Academy in the West village, has taken the contract for building the new Town House in this village. The building is to be 105 feet in depth, 60 feet in front, and two stories in height - the first of which will be 16 feet and the second 24 feet.


A grand leap year ball was given by the ladies of this village in the Town Hall, on Friday evening, and it proved to be a very pleasant and successful affair. When the appointed evening arrived they sallied forth in carriages in search of their “fellows,” which they escorted to the Hall in excellent style, and to whose wants and comfort they ministered in truly an attractive manner.


The obituary column contains a notice of the death of David Ayers of Vernon, formerly of this town. Mr. Ayers has lived entirely by himself, we are informed, for more than fifteen years, during which time he had his coffin in his house ready for use, except when it was occasionally used as a receptacle for white beans.


The first meeting of the Brattleboro Musical Society was held at the chapel of the Congregational church on Wednesday evening.


Blue-birds have made their appearance.


Our friends throughout the county will greatly oblige us by promptly forwarding to this office the proceedings of their respective town meetings.


Those of our subscribers who are largely in arrears for The Phoenix, and who have made a special arrangement to bring us wood in payment, are reminded that we shall expect to hear from them within the next week.


The Wilmington stage did not come through yesterday, on account of high water.


The public schools close their winter term to-day. They will have a four-weeks’ vacation.


Very few members of the library association have refused to give their consent to the proposed transfer of the library property to the town, and considerably more than the necessary majority of names has been secured already.


The directors of the Brattleboro Street Railway company were in Springfield, Friday, to obtain information as to the road there, and especially to see how the cars behaved in stormy weather. The directors now believe that the road can be built her and equipped with three cars for less than $40,000.


It is doubtful if the winter roads have ever been in worse condition than since the heavy snow of last week. Say nothing of the drifts, and the difficulty of turning out, the roads are everywhere full of dip holes, and Main street here in this village is no exception. A West Brattleboro man said he counted one hundred such holes coming down from that village last night.


Timothy F. Maroney was very bellicose Monday night, as the result of trying to make a whiskey reservoir of himself.


H.L. Emerson has bought of Geo. A. Boyden a building lot on Flat street adjoining the lot which Mr. Emerson bought some time ago of G.E. Crowell. Mr. Emerson plans to erect a large block the coming summer.


A half tone picture showing the interior of the Centre Congregational church as it appeared when decorated for the wedding of Mr. and mrs. J.H. Estey, appears in the March number of the Ladies’ Home Journal.


The Brattleboro Jelly company have contracted for a large part of the acreage which they need to conduct their pickling business for the next four years, and they believe that they will contract for the full amount soon. They will not agree to take any cucumbers for pickles except under their written contract.


Fred Harris, the 11-year-old son of H.E. Harris, has his head severely cut last Friday evening while coasting with a number of his companions in the rear of the Starr house on Western Avenue.


A new and high class of entertainment for Brattleboro was given in the Auditorium Tuesday evening - Lyman H. Howe’s animotoscope, a moving picture exhibition, under the auspices of the Brattleboro Woman’s club. The objects composing the pictures seemed imbued with real life. A ranch scene represented cattle crossing a stream. It was considered necessary before presenting this picture to warn the audience to keep their seats “as none of the cattle will leave the stage.”


Town votes to reject Town Manager system of governing in Brattleboro after trying it out for a few years.

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First Wednesday: Plato's Republic: Re-thinking His Utopian Ideal

Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton explores the key elements of the utopian republic envisioned by Plato and considers their adequacy.

Underwriter: Union Institute & University. Wednesday 4 February at 7 - 9 pm. Location Library Main Room.

For more information contact Brooks Library by phone at 802-254-5290 ext 0, by email at, or on the web at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. The event is free and open to the public. 


Inserting Horizontal Lines In Word Documents Quickly?

There must be someone in Brattleboro who knows enough about Microsoft WORD to answer my question.

Normally, when you want to quickly insert a horizontal line into a Word document there is a keyboard shortcut to save you time.

Example: To put a simple divider line between two paragraphs in a document, just type 3 dashes — and hit
‘Enter’ immediately.


Free Computers for Tax Filing at Brooks Library

The Brooks Memorial Library at 224 Main Street in Brattleboro offers free sessions on its public access computers for filing taxes online.

Because the IRS and Vermont Department of Taxes have severely limited their distribution of paper tax forms through libraries, many citizens are turning to online filing, which has many benefits—including, in many cases, a quicker refund.

The library cooperates with the Windham County United Way and its partner agencies to provide access to, where citizens with household incomes at or below $60,000 can file their taxes for free.


BUHS Public Information Meeting Postponed To February 5

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The regular board meeting will immediately follow. (rescheduled from 2/2)


What To Do With All That Snow?

In memory of Larkin Mead, the University of Brattleboro Faculty got together on Sunday and created a giant Snow Monster at the NEYT parking lot.

As many may remember from their citizenship test when they moved to Brattleboro, Larkin Mead helped make Brattleboro and himself famous, by carving a life sized snow angel and setting it out for passersby. Larkin was later taken into sculptures studios where he learned much more about this art, and went on to become a famous artist. 

Our goal was to create nothing as artistic as Larkin's snow angel,but instaed something much goofier.


Selectboard Over-Reach

In his campaign against the Pro-Democracy Amendments Mr. Gartenstein said he wants to provide guidance for the town.  Town charter gives the selectboard a list of duties "not committed by law to the care of any particular officer . . .".  "Guidance" and "ideas" are not on their list.  The charter assigns guidance of the office of town rep: the rep town meeting is ". . . a guiding body for the town and a source of ideas . . . ".  

Mr. Gartenstein may want to provide public education, but that is not their job either.   That is assigned to another office, the school directors.  These are just excuses to interfere with the democratic process described under the charter “Powers of the People”


The Real Snowstorm of 2015, and Hot Chocolate

The snow continues to fall here at the iBrattleboro world headquarters. The temperatures are low, as they have been for quite a few weeks, but this time around we have been given some snow. Quite a bit. There seem to be about 8 to 12 inches out there so far, and no signs of it stopping anytime soon.

I like the way everything is quiet when the snow is like this. No one is out driving around. Everyone is waiting for it to pass.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Postponed

The Brattleboro Energy Committee meeting previously scheduled for today has been rescheduled due to the weather. The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center.

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


Express Fluency Opens Classroom in Downtown Brattleboro

Express Fluency- a language school offering innovative courses in VT, MA, ME, and NY, has opened a new classroom at 73 Main Street in Brattleboro.

Express Fluency offers a new approach to learning a language which has helped thousands of people, including those who were previously unsuccessful language students, gain fluency in Spanish quickly and easily. French and Mandarin classes will be added in 2015.


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

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

12:00 am Nontombi Naomi Tutu: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations 1/18/15

1:30 am UVM Comm Med School: Keep Life Sweet

3:00 am Common Good VT_ Using Census Data to Tell Your Story

4:55 am Focus - Ep.1: Free Speech and Charlie Hebdo

5:30 am True North Reports: Prospects for Advancing the Cause of Liberty


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 3, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard will begin working to identify and promote an explanation for their public position against proposed Charter changing amendments at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Muncipal Center.

The board will also approve grants and funds for a radio repeater, sidewalk repair, and "highway safety equipment," learn more about VT Alert from the Fire Department, consider giving out three more licenses for liquor samples for a tasting and sampling event at the River Garden, and more.

Watch it all on BCTV, or better yet, attend in person and participate. You can read all about it here the next day.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 2, 2015 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


Town of Brattleboro Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 20, 2015.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.


World Music Concert on Feb. 6 to Benefit Guilford School Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 49th concert season, has been presenting a 3-day Music Enrichment residency for the Guilford Central School (GCS) for seven seasons. Master teacher Todd Roach, a drummer-percussionist based in Brattleboro, and a number of his performing colleagues have been working with the upper grades at GCS in rhythm, voice, and instrumental workshops. Participants demonstrate what they have been learning at an assembly performance for the whole school on the final day.


Brooks Memorial Library Receives Bequest

The estate of Brattleboro resident Ronald James Read, who passed away in June 2014, has notified the Brooks Memorial Library of a bequest. The unrestricted gift will increase the library’s current endowment fund by over $1.2M.

“The staff, Friends of the Library, volunteers and board are delighted at this great news,” noted Jerry Goldberg, President of the Board of Trustees. “Mr. Read’s bequest, by far the largest since that made by George J. Brooks in 1886, is a legacy that is far reaching. It will help to guarantee the future viability and sustainability of Brattleboro’s public library, an institution much respected by Mr. Read. It is, indeed, his gift to the entire Greater Brattleboro community.”


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