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Hat Manufactory. Opposite G. Bugbee’s Hotel. The subscriber is manufacturing for sale, wholesale and retail, the latest fashion of Nutra, Muskrat, Black and Drab Brush, Plain and Cassimere Hats, from the best materials, and by first rate workmen. Those who are in want of a good article are particularly invited to call. Particular Hats made to order, and at short notice. Cash paid for Furs. William Hyde.


Engine Company No. 3 having also organized as a military company, paraded our streets on Thursday equipped with rifles. The company proceeded to the grounds adjoining the railroad near West River and exercised themselves in target firing. Most of the shots, like may of the votes given at elections, were reckoned among the scattering.


A fire starts on Wantastiquet that burns until May 5.


“Howe’s great London circus and Sanger’s English Menagerie of trained animals” is on its way to Brattleboro, and the day of its coming will shortly be announced.


Farmers in this vicinity are just commencing to plow and plant. More acres will be devoted to tobacco in our river towns than ever before.


The new gymnasium at the asylum was formally dedicated Tuesday evening with a grand ball which was participated in by upward of one hundred of the patients. The centennial band furnished the music, and it is unnecessary to say the novel occasion was highly enjoyed by all who were present.


A new brick partition has been built in Coleman’s barber shop, preparatory to a contemplated enlargement of the Vermont National’s banking room.


Copies of the village financial report can be obtained at the hotels and drug stores.


The tree committee of the Rural Improvement society are setting about 75 trees this week. The asylum’s arbor day contribution was 22 trees set out by the highways on the estate.


Thomas Guiheen, a small boy, was brought before Justice Newton Saturday charged with riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. He pleaded guilty and was dismissed with the smallest fine possible — $5 and costs. The fact that Guiheen ran into two small children led to the complaint being made against him.


E.D. Dodge brought to H.M. Wood’s store yesterday a live Canada lynx caught by Frank Tenney of Dummerston. The animal attracted much attention at the store before it was shipped to C.H. Tenney of Keene. When caught the lynx was nearly starved, and was so weak that it could hardly stand, but it soon recovered.


The contract for the construction of the electric railroad was made with the understanding that in assigning the work preference should be given to home laborers.


The Brattleboro creamery “beat all its previous records” for a single day by making 1145 pounds of butter Wednesday.


Town Farm at Bonnyvale Rd near Mather Rd personal property auctioned off, signaling end of the era of the theoretically self-sustaining poor farm.

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Brattleboro Recounts and Revotes - The Results Will Stand

I asked Town Clerk Annette Cappy about some of the lingering questions regarding recount and revotes.

- Are we satisfied with the most recent recount numbers?

Annette Cappy, Brattleboro Town Clerk: I am. The second recount mirrored the election results exactly for both David Gartenstein and Avery Schwenk. Dick DeGray picked up 2 votes. Those results seem very reasonable. Using the tabulators doesn't necessarily ensure 100% accuracy. There is always a slim margin of error whether using tabulators or counting by hand, which is why the process of recounts is included in the statutes.


Lawsuit: Nobody Died at Sandy Hook

1 Trillion Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against MSM For Staging Sandy Hook  

“After exhaustive research, the good news is that overwhelming evidence reveals that no children or teachers died at Sandy Hook two years ago. For relief, I have filed lawsuits against the media in US District Court in New Haven for Fraud and Terrorism. Here is an example of our abundant evidence, Exhibit D: The Connecticut State Police dash cams record no evacuation of children from school at critical moments:


Chemtrail Meeting at the Climate Change Cafe

Sometimes at meetings about something really important like chemtrails, I get kinda wound up when I realize the attendees know almost zilch about the subject. You’d think that people would look up at the sky now and then wouldn’t you?   Thanks to Post Oil for getting the conversation started.

James Hansen just published a climate study that says we’re in for a lashing from climate change much worse than scientists have previously predicted.  It makes me restless listening to people thinking that writing to their Congresscritters or holding a petition is going to yield results. How many petitions are going on? Do we see anything getting better come out of them? Maybe the occasional bone is thrown in order to shut us up or give some evidence that the system is working.


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Dummerston School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Jukrislim Woman - This is Bone of My Bones

In the beginning the LORD Thankgodiamaman created the heaven and the earth.

On the second day Thankgodiamaman gets very busy creating all kinds of things out of the void and from the face of the deep.

He said let there be light, let there be a firmament; let there be lights in the firmament and stars in the heavens; he made the land, he made the wetland; he divided the waters from the waters; he brought forth grasses, herbs and fruit trees; he made the creatures, two by two, on the land, in the waters and flying fowl, whereupon Thankgodiamaman blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply.”


WKVT Presents "A Call to Action: Mental Health" Forum, March 31

WKVT radio presents a live broadcast of a public forum about mental health needs and services in the community, from 10:00am to 12:00noon on Thursday, March 31 in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

Much like the 2014 “Call to Action” program that addressed opiate abuse, WKVT hosts Peter “Fish” Case and Chris Lenois will moderate a guest panel consisting of state and local officials involved in policy-making, treatment, and emergency response, as well as impacted individuals and families. 

“There is a similar level of urgency around mental health issues as there is around addiction in Windham County and the surrounding area,” says Case. “We hope to connect those people who are facing the same challenges with those who are working on solutions, so the community has a better understanding of the available resources.”


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Michael Zsoldos + String Quartet

On March 26th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a listening experience that will appeal to lovers of both classical and jazz music. Saxophonist Michael Zsoldos will pay tribute to one of the jazz lineage’s top tenor saxophonists Ben Webster. For this concert his jazz quartet will be augmented by a string quartet. Together they will perform an evening of music that Zsoldos transcribed from two recordings released by Webster in 1954: “Music for Loving” and “The Warm Moods.” Zsoldos will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Dave Clark (acoustic bass) and Tim Gilmore (drums). The jazz quartet will be complemented by string players Alicia Casey, Ben Van Vliet (violins), Marcia Cassidy (viola) and Ben Kulp (cello).


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 3/21/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/21/16

Monday, March 21, 2016

12:00 am 1st Wednesdays: The Pulitzer Gold

1:30 am Hunger Mtn Coop Workshop Series - Creative Ideas

3:30 am From VT to VZ: Building a Global Movement for Social and Environmental Justice

5:00 am Northern Roots 2016

7:00 am Open Studio: Louis Josephson - CEO, Brattleboro Retreat


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of March 20

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 an Equinoxian state of mind:

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):

Help with Spring and Summer Chore's: Many T.T. References
Back Issues of "Nourishing Traditions" Magazine
Strawberry Plants


April Services at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

There will be two Shabbat morning (shacharit/Torah) services this month, at 10:00 on April 2nd, led by Cantor Kate Judd, and on the 9th, led by a guest leader. Morning services are followed by a light kiddush snack and time for shmoozing.

There will be a Yizkor service on the last night of Passover, April 29th, at 6:30, the third of the four required Yizkor services in the Jewish calendar--the special memorial prayer recited by all those who have lost a parent or a close loved one.  A minyan is needed for the service, which will be quite brief. Please come for Yizkor, then stay, if you wish,for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and dessert potluck (no chometz, please!).


Do You Crochet or Knit? Help Us Help the Homeless!

Come join us on Sunday afternoon, April 10th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

Crafting for the Homeless is in its second year of meeting on the first Sunday of the month (Except this month only!) at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim.


That's Funny - You Don't Look Gnostic!

Join us Sunday April 10th from 3:00-5:00 p.m to explore Gnosticism with Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Keiner. 

Gnosticism is the shared root of Jewish, Christian and other ancient Mediterranean faiths and cultures. But just what exactly is shared between these various religions? What is Gnosticism? How is it embedded in Jewish text, life and practice today?  During our afternoon with Rabbi Andrea, we will explore the core concepts of the Jewish mystical tradition and its Gnostic roots. We will ask what the core insights of this tradition are, and how it is reflected today in our communities.  As these principles draw us into a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and practices, we will also gain the ability to have meaningful interfaith dialogue with others.


100 Year Old Tree Down in Crowell Lot?

Anybody know what happened to the tree in the Crowell Lot around 3/17? Lightning? Wind? I think D&E Tree was on the scene to clean up the body. The kids just got a new piece of playground equipment - 2 tree stumps. While I'm at the Crowell Lot, has anyone noticed the basketball stuck in the tree about 50 feet up?


Brattleboro Rejects Columbus

In a stealth vote in the final moments of Representative Town Meeting today, fairly new RTM member Dylan Mackinnon of District Two proposed the following non-binding resolution:

"I move that the town change, in reference to the second Monday in October, as Indigenous People's Day in place of Columbus Day."

K. Daims attempted an amendment to have the Selectboard bring this proposal to a town-wide resolution, but the amendment was defeated 28 to 43.  The proposal passed overwhelmingly, though the exact vote was obscured by a vast WHOOSH! of indigenous spirits flooding the room with silent whoops and hollars.


Bart Simpson Predicts President Trump

Bart Simpson predicts a President Trump – and he’s a disaster!

In the 2000 episode "Bart to the Future," 'The Simpsons' joked that President Lisa Simpson (THAT Lisa Simpson) would inherit a budget disaster from President Donald Trump. http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/flashback-watch-the-simpsons-predict-president-trump-in-2000-20160317


Purimpalooza Musical Costume Party Tonight at Vermont Jazz Center

Purimpalooza Musical Costume Party with Wanda Houston and Eugene Uman at Vermont Jazz Center, tonight, March 19

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) marks the holiday of Purim this year with “Purimpalooza,” a costume party open to everyone, starring jazz vocalist extraordinaire Wanda Houston and Brattleboro’s own jazz master pianist Eugene Uman, along with several other local performers, at 7:00-10:30 PM at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, VT.


Hillary Swaps Partners, Switches Parties!

New York, NY -- Friday, March 18, 2016 -- (SAP: Satirical Amalgamated Press) -- Hillary Clinton has announced that she is planning to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republicans.

Faced with the ascendancy of the junior Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Clinton explained in an interview today that she feels her chances of being nominated her party's candidate for the presidency will be better among the Republicans.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 21 to March 25

March 21- Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnip

Mince Tart


Watch Town Meeting Live on BCTV's Youtube Channel

Join members of Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting body for a day of deliberations over passage of the Town and School District budgets.

The meeting starts at 8:30 AM but we'll have the stream up at 8:00 AM so you can check it out ahead of time. At any point if your stream gets behind (this can happen if you pause the feed, or if it needs to buffer) just click the 'Live' button in the bottom left and it will skip you ahead.

Click here to find out more at the Town Rep page at brattleboroTV.org.


5:45 Live: 3/18/16

Get all the details on Brattleboro's twice-recounted Selectboard Race, decision to move the Police Station to Black Mtn Rd, structural problems at the Parking Garage, construction on the Green St Ext, water poisoning in Bennington, the Retreat's new CEO, and more!


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