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Allies of New York protest against "pretended State of Vermont."


Mr. J.B. Miner, of this village, has a cow 5 years old last spring, (one half Durham) which has averaged for the last three months, 13 quarts milch measure, or 17 quarts wine measure per day; which would amount (at 4 cents per quart) to $43.20. She is a noble looking animal and gives a good quality of milk. The actual expense of keeping this cow is about $1.00 per week.


Wood and some Money would be taken in payment for The Phoenix, if delivered soon.


A party of nineteen couples from Greenfield visited our village on Wednesday, and took supper at the Brattleboro House. Well, we like to see people enjoying themselves in sleigh-riding if we can’t.


Quarterly meeting at the M.E. church next Sunday. Love-feast in the morning at 9:30, preaching at 10:30, and in the evening at 7 o’clock.


Seventy-five couples have already signified their intention to be present at the Centennial party to be given at the Brooks House on the evening of Washington’s birthday. The Brattleboro orchestra will furnish the music.


Mumps! Mumps! Mumps! Almost any of the children can tell you all about it.


The business of the Brattleboro & Whitehall road holds steadily up to the average heretofore reported. Fifteen car loads of freight have been brought down thus far this week, and were it not for the slow state of water in the streams the freight traffic would be largely increased.


We notice that Mr. Crowell of the Household renews his offer of a year’s subscription to his excellent paper free to every newly married couple, whose address and 10 cents to pay for postage, is sent to him within one year of the date of their marriage.


Derricks and other appliances have already arrived in readiness for the erection of the new narrow-gauge bridge, and work on the trestle approach on the west end will begin soon. Masons have been at work for some time repairing the further abutment which was injured in the disaster.


The children’s temperance celebration at the town hall Sunday at 3 P.M. promises to be a very interesting occasion. The program includes exercises by the children on the topics, “Intemperance the enemy of the children” and “The children the conquerors of intemperance.”


Brooks Library dedication exercises were held Tuesday evening at Town Hall and included a message from the hand of Mr. Brooks, who, “Being dead, yet Speaketh.”


E. Wales will hold a dance, or “pop and hop,” at Grange hall next Tuesday night from 8 to 12 o’clock.


A team owned by an Ashuelot man dashed out Elliot street Tuesday afternoon and started rapidly down the Main street hill. Raymond Elmer, who was near the top of the hill, managed to jump into the sleigh and then by hanging over one side like a trick circus rider he reached the reins which were dragging on the ground. He soon had control of the horse.

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Xmas As Usual Killing Jesus in Afghanistan. Now Complete a New Year's Resolution!

Regarding Killing the Prince of Peace in Afghanistan on his birthday, no sense thinking up some new observations, last year's and those of previous years should suffice.

Below the list of articles, readers are invited to imagine appropriate completions of New Year's resolutions for a few of problems Americans will face in 2015.


Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members Now Available

Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office.  Town elections will be Tuesday, March 3, in  the Selectboard Meeting Room of the Municipal Center and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 21, in the BAMS multi-purpose room.
Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.
Candidates for Town Meeting Member must file a nomination petition with at least 10 valid signatures of voters from the district where the candidate lives.  Petitions of new candidates must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26 (same date as Town Officer petitions).  Incumbents for Town Meeting Member must return their Notice of Intent form no later than 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 20.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY16 Budget

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 8 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY ’16 Budget at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The regular board meeting will follow at approximately 7:00 p.m.


Allegedly Dave To Talk About Practical Free Energy on WVEW

Time for another experience that you won't soon forget..this one features Allegedly Dave from the U.K. He will talk about practical free energy devices that you can make all by yourself

Join us Tuesday from 6-8 pm on Brattleboro Community Radio www.wvew.org and 107.7fm in town


Brattleboro New Year's Day Schedule

In observance of New Year’s Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015, with the exception of emergency services. Offices will be open regular hours on Wednesday, December 31, and Friday, January 2.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday, January 1.All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 12/29/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 12/29/14

Monday, December 29, 2014

12:00 am Full Duty: The Civil War Collection of Howard Coffin

1:25 am Common Good VT: Campaign for Vermont

2:00 am Green Mtn. Vets for Peace: Guest Rache Siegel - Peace and Justice Ctr

3:00 am The Music and Life of Eugenie Gorin

4:15 am Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impared: Volunteer Video


Protester's Are Officially Unemployed

Well it's official. At approximately 11:00 am today VY powered down for the last time. There may finally be peace in the area as the protesters, most from well outside the evacuation zone I might add, have officially become unemployed. They can move on to another area and chain themselves to the perimeter fence of another nuclear facility. If they don't mind the cold and would like to enjoy the benefits of no sales tax maybe they should consider Seabrook N.H. 


Show in Memory of Jamis Lott Opens at River Gallery School January 2nd

River Gallery School will display the work of Jamis Lott, artist, puppeteer, maskmaker, and philosopher, throughout January with a public opening during Gallery Walk. Jamis, along with his father Steve, was killed recently in Townshend. He was 28.

Since early childhood, Jamis had an exceptional interest in and talent for art. Along with his friend and teacher, Margaret (Missy) Stearns, he worked on art projects exploring his vivid imagination. When he was a child, she helped him collage a giant dragon, which hung for years in his family’s kitchen. They remained close and important friends throughout Jamis' life.


Rick Perry

Rick Perry is the governor of Texas and will be Until January 21, 2015. He was a Republican candidate for President in 2012 and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in  2016 (Sorry, Jeb).

On August 15, 2014, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges for abuse of power. He was accused threatening a Democratic District Attorney who had been convicted of drunk driving.  The indictment received some support and also wide criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, and editorial criticism from major US newspapers.  He has not been convicted to date.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of December 28

Brattleboro Time Trade:

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

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

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from holiday detritus:


I'll Teach You Tiny Habits
Indoor Vermicomposting Guidance
Reiki Master Treatments
Class: Inner Child Connection & Healing
Class: Creating Money, Abundance, & Prosperity
Class: Connecting with the Psychic Self


Who Knew? - Walking Sticks Revealed

I ran across a recent discovery.com article about King Tut's virtual reconstruction. Using 2,000 computerized tomography (CT) scans of the pharaoh’s body to conduct a "virtual autopsy" an image is "built" that shows Tutankhamun naked except for wearing a loincloth.Looking directly into the "camera," he looks as if he is posing for the picture.

The reconstructed photo shows him standing holding a cane to support his club foot. At first, I thought something was odd about the image. Tutankhamun’s damaged foot is his left foot, but contrary to my expectation he is holding the cane in his right hand.


Happy New Year! Will This Be The Year The State Legislature Obeys The Vermont State Constitution?

Happy New Year! I would like to share this LETTER TO THE EDITOR I wrote to THE VERMONT JOURNAL which they Pubished Dec. 18, 2014

My favorite fantasy is to imagine men in Vermont in the 1770's riding their horses across the hills and mountain trails, splashing naked in the hollowed gorges and streams, and fighting for their freedom.


The Panominousican

When Jeremy Bentham, in the 18th century, devised his ingenious architectural structure to revolutionize detention, little did he know that his idea would infiltrate every aspect of society. The simple premise of a central eye which sees everything, yet itself remains unseen, may have had a precedent in religious order, but aside from the Illuminati symbol which later appears atop the American dollar bill, no such mechanism was actually in place in any edifice near or far.

The Panopticon was designed to change schools, hospitals, asylum, and all manner of buildings committed to reform. However, execution was impractical, and its realization hardly employed.


I Come To Bury Representative Town Meeting, Not Run For It

How is Representative Town Meeting (RTM) better than the "normal" open Town Meeting that every other Vermont town uses?

Taken on its own merits in a vacuum, RTM is a fine concept. But we don't live in a vacuum; we live in the state of Vermont. If there were 30 people running for 14 seats, and there were platforms and discussions and a system of accountability between representative and those being represented, then it would be great - but we have 14 people running for 30 seats and it's not clear who's representing what. If there were so many people attending Town Meeting that it was impractical to allow everyone to participate in a Robert's Rules style meeting, then I can see where RTM would be a good alternative - but space doesn't seem to be an issue.


Brown & Roberts Year-End Sale — Gone!

When it was announced that Brown & Roberts Hardware was being sold, my first thought was, "there goes the year-end sale."  I shop at B&R year-round of course, but I especially liked the pre-inventory sale which, for decades, was held between Christmas and New Years.  The fact that everything in the store was discounted a bit was fun for the wallet, but I also enjoyed saving up a list of  things, often as mundane as a certain size of wood screw, a kitchen utensil, some glue, a weird wattage light bulb, which I could have bought at any time but didn't seem to get around to.  Then on around December 27 I'd go in and load up on cool, mostly useful, stuff, surrounded by other afficiandos doing the same.


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