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Today In Local History


Brattleboro chartered as part of Cumberland County, New York.


Rev. James Herrick, Brattleboro's missionary to India, came to W. Dummerston.


For Sale, A Good Building Spot containing over an acre of Land, on Chase St. The above property will be sold at a bargain, and a liberal credit will be given if desired.


Miniatures. C.T. Ripley, from Troy, N.Y. would respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and vicinity, that he has taken Rooms for a few days over Mr. Steen’s Bookstore, where he is prepared to execute Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in a style unsurpassed in city or country. The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.


Messrs Fisher & Roberts have built them a new and commodious dwelling-house and work-shop on Flat street, which is the greatest improvement made in that portion of the village for many years. It gives us pleasure to chronicle such a palpable evidence of thrift.


Read the Advertisements. You will there find something of importance to you.


The Winter broken. The rain storms of Saturday and Tuesday brought to light the surface of the earth, the existence of which, owning to long obscuration, had begun to be doubted.


From the report of the superintendent of schools we learn that the number of heads of families in town is 577; number of children attending school, 882. Number of weeks taught by males, 48; females, 456. Wages paid males, $1445; females $3266; expense of schools, $8659.65; public money received in 1868, $1501.07.


Mr. Rufus Stearns, a man over 70 years of age, while at work on I.K. Allen’s new house on Canal street, one day last week, fell from the eaves to the ground, a distance of forty feet, severely injuring — the snow on which he struck. As for himself, as soon as he had recovered from his astonishment he gathered himself up and resumed work.


Maple sugar of the genuine stamp has begin to make its appearance in market, but the sugar season cannot be said to have fairly commenced yet. A heavy body of snow still remains on the ground, and the streams show no symptoms of overflow from the recent thaw.


At least 5000 persons in Windham county read the Vermont Phoenix weekly. Consequently it is a good medium for advertising.


The voters of the village assembled at the town hall on Wednesday evening of this week, to hear the report of the committee chosen for the purpose of reporting plans for reorganizing our village fire department, and to act on the same.


Howe, the photographer, is rapidly getting “settled” in his new apartments, and is ready to respond to all the demands of his patrons.


Signor Bosco, an illusionist who brings many flattering recommendations, opens at Crosby hall on Friday evening in a series of three “monster gift entertainments.”


Dr. O.R. Post sold his place at the junction of High and Green streets to John Retting on terms which are private. The guessing which the Yankee is bound to do on the occasion hits at about $9000.


The Brooks House office has never presented so handsome an appearance as since its new decorations of paper and paint were completed.


At the regular meeting of the Grand Army post held on Wednesday evening the committee who have in charge the proposed soldiers’ monument and its erection made their report on a design. It includes a granite base 17 feet 7 inches high, as drawn by G.A. Hines, and a bronze statue of a soldier 7 feet high, by Mr. Mosman of Chicopee, Mass.


It is pleasant to see how rapidly public sentiment is growing against the practice of wearing the heads and bodies of birds as trimming for women’s clothing.


Ten new members joined the Choral Union last week and more are intending to do so either this week or next. The fee of $1 for gentlemen and of 50 cents for ladies is insignificant when one considers the privileges acquired thereby.


St. Patrick’s day was celebrated by the Roman Catholic society by a dance and a sale of fancy articles at the armory. There were five booths for lemonade and confections, fancy articles, a fish pond, fortune teller, and ice cream, cake, and coffee in different parts of the hall.

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Incident on Elm Street?

This morning, about 9, two fire engines were staked out on Elm between Elliot and Flat.

Anybody know what happened?


Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.


Statement From Governor Phil Scott On The Passing Of Timothy O'Connor, Jr.

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement regarding the passing of Timothy O’Connor, Jr., former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives:

“Today I join Vermonters and legislative leaders in mourning the loss of former Vermont House Speaker Tim O’Connor. Speaker O’Connor will be remembered for his impartiality and fairness during his time as Speaker, and the kindness and respect he carried with him throughout his life.


Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Tim O'Connor

The O’Connors have been friends since I was a young lawyer starting my practice. Tim had such a great sense of humor, especially when it involved the Irish. I told Martha this morning how I will miss him but that I’ll look, every day, at the walking stick he brought me from Ireland.

Marcelle and I remember so fondly the meals at their home, and how they cared for us and our children. His love of our state was matched by his devotion to his family.


Parking Lot Snow Removal in Brattleboro Wednesday Evening

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.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Passing of Timothy O'Connor

Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Selectboard began on a rather sad note, with John Allen explaining that Tim O’Connor had passed away earlier in the day. 

With both Kate O’Connor and Tim Wessel absent for family matters, the small board raced through their agenda and ending before 7 pm.


Senator Calls Out Secretary of Homeland Security For Selective Amnesia: Complicity With Racism

At a Senate hearing, Senator Cory Booker passionately chastised Trump's Homeland Security Secretary for claiming not to remember what Trump said about African Countries.

Senator Booker cited Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel and others, and said that, "the greatest people in this country, spoke out against those who have convenient amnesia or are bystanders." Senator Booker told the Secretary that he knows she is aware of a GAO (Government Accounting Office) report that shows that since 9/11/2001 73% of violent extremist incidents that lead to death in this country were committed by far-right hate groups with anti-minority ideologies. He then asks whether as to whether, as Secretary of Homeland Security she spend 73% of her time is spent on white racist hate groups, or on people in fear of racist attacks.


VT Alert Upgrade

Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov) has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its alerting capabilities for Vermonters. As part of the upgrade, you must re-register for the new system if you still want to receive alerts and notifications. The Town of Brattleboro also has the capabilities of sending local emergency messages to residents by way of phone, email and text message. If you have not previously registered, you are encouraged to go to www.vtalert.gov and register. VT Alert is the notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.


BCTV Schedules Week of 1/15/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/15/18

Monday, January 15, 2018

1:00 am Digital Civic Underground

2:46 am Common Good Vermont - A Legislative Update with the Public Assets Institute

3:00 am Little Jug - Some Poems for Dad

3:30 am Artful Word - Burlington City Arts Artist's Talk - Professor John Willis


Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History

Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History  http://www.flickr.com/photos/22650076@N04/7145034325

I scanned some of my family history documents, Bills of sale of Slaves, including children, etc.  My browser is now out-dated so I can't check to see if the link is still good, and the library is closed today.

You will note that my last name, Ericson, isn't on the Slave documents, because my great-grandfather, Larse Ericson, sailed over from Sweden at age 10 and married Elizabeth Margruder (known in our family history to be part Native Indian).  My grandfather, George Robert Ericson, was born on the Hemp Lawn Farm on the Benson Pike in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which was where the Slaves lived and worked before the Civil War.


Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A bit of Martin Luther King Jr, on MLK Day:

"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

— Letter From a Birmingham Jail1963


Norwegian: No Thank You, President Trump.

Today, Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, and we will not give up on our cradle-to-grave welfare. Our parental leave is a generous year, kindergarten is cheap, and our higher education is free. Health care is also free forevery Norwegian citizen. Our society strives to be tolerant. 


Merciless Indian Savages

Quote: "He has...endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions."

 Who said it and where is it published? No fair googling the sentence or the title-that's too easy. I was astonished when I learned the source.


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. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, chicken fingers, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Jan. 15th - Jan. 19th
Mon - chicken cordon bleu, mashed potato, veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - beer battered fish w/ coleslaw & French fries


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 15 thru January 19

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 15 thru January 19




Jan. 16 - Liver & Onions

Mashed Potato


Orange Julius


Anderson Cooper Lets Out The Stops Responding to Trump on Haiti


After describing the strength, determination, and courage of Haitians digging with bare and blooded hands through rubble to save strangers with no help from their government or from the outside. He describes seeing children, including a 5 year old boy, pulled from the rubble: 


Fathom the Bowl: A Christmas Carol Song

The old English drinking song, Fathom the Bowl, taken from the Vermont Theater Company's production on A Christmas Carol. Recorded on December 16th, 2017, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Featuring Bruce Holloway, James Gelter, Jon Mack, Jonathan Reid, Sophie Bady-Kaye, Shannon Ward, Meredith Lewis, Gavin Holloway, Zoe Peterson, Katy Peterson, Krista Coughlin-Galbraith, Marit Bjerkdal, Jonathan Kinnersley, Tony Grobe & Ryan Buck.

A Christmas Carol was a production of the Vermont Theater Company, directed by Jessica Gelter.


Vermont Governor Phil Scott Has 5 Days From Jan. 10, 2018 To Sign the New Marijuana Bill - Will He Do It?

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has 5 days,  from Jan. 10, 2018,  to sign the new Marijuana Bill - will he do it? 

 (1) He can sign it. 

 (2) He can not sign it, but allow it to go into law after 5 days without his signature. 

 (3) He can Veto the new Marijuana Bill. 

So, which do you think he will choose: (1), (2) or (3)?


What Do Singing and Seeds Have in Common?

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will be sending a group of singers to the Sister Singers Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan this coming summer. They will perform on their own as well as participate with twenty other women’s choruses in a festival that embraces the ideals of social justice and the values of love and compassion for themselves and our community. This is their opportunity to share their music with a national audience and support the music and the composers from other choruses. This festival can only deepen their singing skills and revitalize their energy for the importance of singing in our community.


Red Sox Invite Brattleboro High School Students to Submit Applications for the 2018 Red Sox Service Scholarship

For the 8th consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox Foundation is seeking submissions from inspiring senior students, who are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities, for the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship. The annual scholarship honors academically-inclined high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Those selected will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and recognition during a special pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park.


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