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George Chandler Hall born in house on site of Baptist church.


The subscriber having purchased of Edwin Foster his right in the Fisher Brick yard, and also his share of Brick now on hand, offers to the public, on very low terms, 75,000 first rate Brick. James M. Reed.


Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, Feb 21st. Lecture by Mr. Woolson. Subject: Chemistry.


The population of District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro - on the first of January, 1855, was 2675; last year 2561, showing a gain of 114.


We understand that quite a number of our most worthy citizens will leave this place for the West next week. Their destination is not fully known to themselves, but they intend, we believe, settling in Illinois or Iowa. Several will take their families with them.


The Brattleboro library association meeting votes to transfer library to the town under certain proper conditions. As the matter now stands, it rests with the town to say, at its annual meeting, whether, by acceptance of the very generous terms proposed by the library association, a free public library shall be established, at insignificant expense, of which every resident of the town shall have the full and unrestrained benefit.


The number of telephone instruments in use in Brattleboro is 85.


Lest friends abroad should suppose that a temperature of - 20 degrees still prevails in Brattleboro it may be well to say that the past week has been one of April warmth and balminess, with bright sunshine and heavy rains so alternating that the sleighing has been seriously damaged, and the face of old Wantastiquet has been stripped of half its wintry look.


J.H. Chamberlain advertises a clearing-up sale of horses this week to make room for a carload of horses from the Indiana blue-grass region, which he will have here about the first of March.


Teamsters who draw heavy loads across the West River bridge say that they are not afraid that the chords will give way, but that the flooring is rotten and liable to drop out some day. This is a matter to be looked after.


The Lenten services at the Roman Catholic church opened on Ash Wednesday morning with Mass at 9 o’clock, preceded by the blessing and distribution of the ashes.


Blessings have been called down on the heads of the village authorities for causing the icy sidewalks to be covered with sand.


A canvas has been made among our people to learn if sufficient interest was felt in the appearance of Lieut. Peary to warrant his engagement, and so generous a response has been made that his coming is assured. His lecture is illustrated with the stereopticon, and he brings with him his Eskimo dogs, sledge and driver. It is hoped that Mrs. Peary will also accompany him.


A railroad strike of infantine proportions took place at the depot yesterday. The three brakemen of the freight train south at 11:10 refused to go with the train, claiming that they had not been paid for three extra half-days work done last week. Three new men were hired and the train left at 2:15.


It is expected that the present town officers will be candidates for reelection at the annual March meeting, and, so far as is known, there are no candidates against them.

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Cold Weather Tips

The National Weather Service is forecasting bitter cold temperatures Wednesday through at least New Year’s Day, including dangerously cold wind chill values. Presently, the immediate forecast is for temperatures to fall to -6 degrees tonight into Wednesday and plummet to -21 degrees with wind chills on Wednesday night into Thursday. The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to remind you of some cold weather tips as we move into the first cold snap of this winter;

Prepare your home:

Make sure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They provide early warning and save lives.


A Christmas Story

This happened to me quite a few years ago.

I left Wardsboro about noon on Xmas Day to visit my sister in Ct.

I figured I’d gas up in West Dover, on the way.

My mistake. All the gas stations were closed.

Wilmington, too.

Not worried, I was sure I could fill up in North Adams or Pittsfield.


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Dec. 25th - Dec. 29th
Mon - closed Merry Christmas
Tues - meatloaf, potato, gravy, veg. & brownie
Wed - boiled kielbasa dinner w/ salad
Thur - garlic roast por,k, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle over toast or crackers


Are UFOs Real?

 A UFO or Unidentified Flying Object is any real or apparent flying object which cannot be identified by the observer and which remains unidentified after investigation.  They are also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs).


The NY Times recently released 2 front page articles about UFOs, the department of defense & the pentagon:

  • Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program



Winter Farmers' Market Open Today, December 23rd!

There will be a market today!  Weather forecast looks to have the worst of the storm ending by 10.  

Hope to see you there.  

If not, we'll be open next week as well, Dec 30th.  And every Saturday through March 2018.

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays to all,

Sherry Maher, 
Market Manager


Thank You! From Brooks Memorial Library

Everyone here at Brooks Memorial Library is so grateful to all of our patrons for the many holiday-oriented gifts that they have brought us over the last couple of weeks! Thank you so very much, and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday!


VFW Closing 4 pm 12/22

Brattleboro VFW is closing at 4 pm today due to the weather.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29





A Christmas Message from Ben and Jerry

Ben & Jerry's co-founders send a Christmas message to Donald Trump:

“Jerry and I finally found something that we have in common with Donald Trump -- we all love Oreo cookies!"

In the spirit of Christmas, this is their video message to the Donald.



Send Out Your Hopes and Dreams for the New Year: Make a Card at the Library!


What is Unconstitutional About Today's New Federal Tax Law?

DEC. 20, 2017 

To be signed by President Donald Trump;  some sources claim he will wait until 2018 to sign it. It's Unclear When Trump Will Actually Sign the Tax Bill - Bloomberg"

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 115th Congress (2017-2018)


Report Hoped For on Tonight's Brattleboro School Board Vote

At tonight's Brattleboro Town School Board meeting there may be a vote taken on whether that board will support the Alternative Governance Structure proposal to the State Agency & Board of Education.  (See a letter to the editor in today's Reformer.)  For those of us living in other towns, it feels just a tad inappropriate -- tho it is perfecty permissible -- to attend other towns' meetings.  But it would be great if the result of this vote could be shared on ibrattleboro.  Thanks to whomever could attend the meeting and let us know.


An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing

Time once again for An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing, featuring the sock puppet select board. (This is fictional. All resemblance to actual socks or Selectboard members is merely coincidental.)

This was produced a decade ago, yet remains a timeless tribute to decision-making, scheduling, local government and holiday cheer. And what other town has their own holiday special with puppets?


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Number of Things, The Annual Hurting Of Feelings, and Climate Action

The Brattleboro Selectboard had numbers on the agenda for their final meeting of 2017. Budget numbers, audit numbers, financial reports, grants, and even dates on the calendar. They talked about numbers, reviewed numbers, noted errors and omissions, and made calculations.

They also had the annual visit from the designated downtown organization to hear about workplans and budgets. If you were expecting this to go smoothly, think again. Traditions must be kept...

In other matters, Brattleboro is taking action regarding climate action by joining the Vermont Climate Action Coalition.


Women's Marching Continues On...


As we approach December 22nd, the end of the Congressional session, our lives and freedom are on the line. We have days left to stop some of the gravest injustices this Administration has thrown at us. Please call (202) 224-3121 to reach your Senators and your Representatives today.


Pellet Stove Replacement Program

Green Mountain Home Repair, a program of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, is pleased to announce a pellet stove replacement program for Windham County residents. Eligible homeowners will get a price reduction of $2,000 to $4,000 on the cost of purchasing and installing an approved pellet stove to replace an old wood stove, or kerosene or propane heater.

Funding for this two-year program comes from the State of Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund. Each new pellet stove replacement will decrease pollution, increase energy efficiency, and reduce homeowner’s fuel usage. Loans are available to pay the remainder of the installation cost and all homeowners will get a complimentary home check up to review maintenance, health and safety concerns.


Brattleboro Holiday Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday:

Brattleboro Town offices will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 22, and will be closed through Monday, December 25, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will be open for regular hours on Friday, December 22. It will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 23, and will remain closed through Monday, December 25, 2017.

All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, December 22 will be held as scheduled. The Nelson Withington Skating Facility will be closed on Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25.


Monday Night Snow Removal on Western Avenue

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the Western Ave area and side streets must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Town Manager FY19 Budget Memo

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet tomorrow (12/19 at 6:15pm) as previously warned. Town Manager Peter Elwell was asked to provide the Selectboard with a summary of Unfinished Business in connection with the FY19 Budget discussions. Attached is a copy of his memorandum (which has also been posted to the Town’s website under Selectboard Supporting Documents, New Business Part 2).

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


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