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The sound of the axe and hammer is heard in various parts of our pleasant village, indicating a state of prosperity and a feeling of enterprise which is encouraging to witness. We would call the attention of our citizens to the fact, that they are chiefly indebted to Nature for the beauty of the village and its vicinity; and they have done but comparatively little in ornamenting the town or their own private residences.


The Penniman House on Elliot street, was occupied at one time we believe, within the last three or four years, by three families, all of whom have since been blessed with a pair of twins. We can recommend this house as one presenting superior attractions to those in want of tenements and babies.


The “Swift Water” Boat Club are practicing navigation and rowing on the Connecticut every pleasant evening.


The examination of the High School in this village took place last Monday afternoon. There was present a large number of the friends and patrons of the school who were highly pleased with the recitations of the pupils, who were examined in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, History and Elocution. The scholars did themselves and their teacher great credit, and by their sobs and tears when Mr. Miles bid them farewell showed how much they loved and respected him.


A third spelling school was held at the town hall on Thursday evening at which the number of competitors was limited to fifty, and the evening’s receipts were to be divided among the ten best spellers. Miss Lizzie Frost was the last to leave the platform. Words missed included scommony, orrery, chintz, lapidific, and parallelism.


The coming of a band organ and a Punch and Judy show, on Wednesday, prove beyond a doubt that Spring is here.


Mrs. Sally Stockwell of West Brattleboro celebrates her 100th birthday today.


The season’s drive of 60,000,000 feet of logs has started down the river in charge of 700 men.


Mr. James Fisk is busily engaged with preparations for his traveling exhibition, to show the working of his patent harness, with which he will go upon the road about the middle of May. The tent in which the exhibition is to be given will be pitched in Mr. Fisk’s Western Avenue lot this week for preliminary rehearsals.


Harrigan’s Hibernian company, one of the best Irish comedy companies on the road, plays at Crosby hall next week Friday evening.


Housekeepers complain that carpet bugs are more numerous and destructive this spring than before in this section.


The asylum employees planted 31 trees on Arbor day on the new street running around by the asylum park to Forest square.


Mr. Brooks has awarded the contract fot the public library to the firm of Bartlett Brothers of East Whatley, Mass., who were the lowest bidders. It is now expected that they will begin the work of excavation next Monday. They agree to have the building finished on the first day of January next, and as much before as possible. The California redwood, for the inside finish, which Mr. Brooks had shipped from San Francisco during the winter via Cape Horn, is due to arrive in New York early in July.


At the annual village meeting next Tuesday the voters will be asked to make a special appropriation for a parade of the fire department at the call of the chief engineer. Last year the customary parade was dispensed with from motives of economy.


Sawdust is now shipped to Brattleboro from northern New Hampshire by the carload for use of the liverymen and others.


The work replanking Whetstone bridge came to a standstill yesterday owing to some difficulty between the contractors. The worst part of the bridge had been replanked before the trouble arose.

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Very early in his campaign, around the time he declared it back in mid-May, I wrote to Bernie and said "Avalanches don't only start with a thunderclap or a gunshot ... sometimes they start with a little tiny snowball that starts to form at the very top of the mountain."The Bernie Sanders avalanche is about halfway down the mountain now, and the few little snowballs, which became many, are just starting to morph into a tremendous cascade.

The post-March-15 primary season will see the American people either part of this avalanche, or else they will see it coming. It will sweep up all in its path. Bernie Sanders and his supporters are a force of nature, and nothing will deny us or defeat us!


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Creates New Health Plan With Employees

Brattleboro is restructuring the way town employees are compensated for health care. A new program to fill the gaps of higher deductibles might end up saving taxpayers $30,000 a year while continuing to provide a solid level of coverage for employees.

The decision of the recent special Representative Town Meeting to move the police station to Black Mountain Road has been incorporated into the budget to be presented at the regular Representative Town Meeting, Bradley House might be renovated and expanded if a new package of grants is approved, the town will buy new police cars, and Donna Macomber had a final regular meeting with the board. 


Bernie Sanders Voters May Have Been Turned Away In North Carolina For "Wrong" Kind of I.D.

PRIMARY, EMERGENCY MEETING 6:30 PM NORTH CAROLINA - VOTERS TURNED AWAY FOR HAVING THE WRONG KIND OF I.D.? BUT POLL WORKERS WERE NOT PROPERLY TRAINED!!!!! BERNIE SANDERS MUST FILE LAWSUIT FAST because the 2000 election Bush vs Gore proved you have to act fast! The Supreme Court of the U.S. stopped the delayed vote count in that case!


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:55 p.m. on Monday, March 21 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


A Stroll/SEON Windham Grows Workshop: Farms, Food, Green Buildings, Green Technology

Strolling of the Heifers and SEON — the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network — are partnering to present a workshop to explore collaborative opportunities between businesses in the farm, food, green building and green technology sectors.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street, in Brattleboro.

The event is the second workshop in the Windham Grows series — the first was “Tech Salad,” which brought together farm, food and technology entrepreneurs on March 3.

Like Tech Salad, the March 29 event will be facilitated by Nadav Malin, president of Building Green, Inc., a Brattleboro consultancy that gathers, organizes and publishes information about green building technologies for building industry professional and policy makers." 


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


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Putney Central School.




Build A Scalable Startup: Paul Silva, Valley Venture Mentors to Talk about Free Resources (Thursday)

The March Brattleboro Area Tech group meeting will be on March 17th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the River Garden, 157 Main St. Brattleboro, VT. And yes, we'll get to see the newly remodeled River Garden basement.

This month's guest is Paul Silva of Valley Venture Mentors who will give a brief talk about free resources to help you build a scalable startup, with plenty of time for questions.

Anyone working with or interested in technology in the Brattleboro area is welcome to attend.


Brattleboro Board of Civil Authority Hearing Regarding March 10 Recount

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authority will meet on Wednesday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room for the purpose of conducting a hearing and accepting testimony relating to the conduct of the March 10 recount for select board race. If the board determines that any violations of the recount procedures occurred and that they may have affected the outcome of the recount, a new recount shall be ordered.


Food Justice: To What Extent Does It Exist In Our Community?

Who in our community has the means and access to grow, sell, and eat healthy food?  Is it a reasonable expectation that our food be fresh, nutritious, affordable, and grown locally, with care for the well-being of the land, workers and animals?

The Shareholder Forum of the Brattleboro Food Coop will hold a community dialogue on food justice on Sunday, March 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal Street. A panel of local experts will address these questions from the different perspectives of farmers (Howard Prussack, High Meadow Farm, and Brian McNeice, Bonvue Farm), children (Vicky Senni, Let's Grow Kids!), seniors (Chris McAvoy, Brattleboro Senior Meals), low-income people (Rhianna Kendrick, Groundworks Collaborative), and the Brattleboro Food Co-op (Sabine Rhyne).  Members of the community are invited to participate in this dialogue with the panelists and fellow community members.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Prohibition v. The Local Option

Due to our tardiness in posting this podcast it should perhaps read, "Last Week in Brattleboro History." Sorry about that.

It was 100 years ago this week that Brattleboro was in an uproar about the sale of alcohol in our town.

This week BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his intrepid band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the prohibition era.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 3/14/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/14/16

Monday, March 14, 2016

12:00 am DCC: Bob Engel- Biological Communities #2- 2/29/16

1:45 am Vets: Introduction to Veterans' Benefits 2/18/16

2:30 am The Opiate Effect - Film and Discussion

4:30 am From VT to VZ: Building a Global Movement for Social and Environmental Justice


Green Street Retaining Wall Construction

Renaud Brothers of Vernon, Vermont has been awarded the contract to rebuild the Green Street Retaining Wall. Construction on the Green Street Wall will begin during the week of March 21st. We anticipate that the project will be complete within 60 days. Public Works will release periodic updates for this project.

Emergency services, delivery vehicles, pedestrians, and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the closure during the construction season. Please seek an alternate route.


And The Heat Goes On - New Global Temperature Records

Enjoy the warm temperatures while you can. That is, enjoy the warm days with a grain of proverbial salt. These warm days are actually bad things.

Scientists are reporting that February broke global temperature margins at record levels. Stories about the data used words such as: jaw-dropping, stunning, shocker, climate emergency, bombshell, extraordinary, frightening, and unprecedented.


New Podiatrist Starts at BMH

In collaboration with Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, podiatrist Heidi Newkirk, DPM will be opening a local office at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where she will see patients in the Podiatry Department as well as the BMH Center for Wound Healing

Dr. Newkirk holds a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, New York and a Bachelor of Science from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Georgia. She completed her residency in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, New York and is qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. In addition to joining the staff of the Center for Wound Healing, Dr. Newkirk is an employee of the Department of Podiatry at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene.


Developing Vernon

The voters recently approved the concept of a gas-fired generating station to replace Yankee.

They’re looking to replace the cash cow they have had for 30-some years: Jobs, low taxes, better schools…it’s a
long list and I don’t blame them at all.

But what if they had an opportunity to regain all the benefits – and then some, without pollution and the dangers resulting from a gas pipeline?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - March 7 to March 11

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 14 to March 18

March 14
Salisbury Steak
Baked Potato
Brussel Sprouts


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - week of March 13

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 spring dreams:

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):

Mending, Sewing
Paper Leaf Collection Bags
Can Repair, Mend, Hem & Sew Specific Projects
Will Make a Baby Quilt
Composting Workshop


Fred Emerson Brooks and D. W. Robertson, and What is a Tumbleronicon?

March 13, 1891:

Fred Emerson Brooks, the California poet, humorist and reciter, and D.W. Robertson, the tumblerlonicon and verephone soloist, who are to give the entertainment under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A. next Thursday evening, have received the highest commendation wherever they have appeared.




Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Votes To Move Police Station

By a vote of 111 Yes to 27 No, Brattleboro Town Meeting Representatives have decided to move the police station to Black Mountain Road.

This approves the concept. At their regular Representative Town Meeting later this month, representatives will vote on the budget that contains this option. That budget, and other business, remains to be approved.


Watch Today's Brattleboro Special Town Mtg Live Online

Watch the debate over whether or not to relocate Brattleboro's Police Dept to Black Mtg Rd with this live feed from today's Special Rep Town Mtg. Plus you can click here to find all the info on rebroadcast times and streaming on demand info for this meeting at brattleborotv.org.


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