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Notice. Will be sold at Public Auction, on Monday the 9th day of March next, 7 1/2 Pews in the Brattleboro East Society’s Meeting-house, belonging to the Estate of the late John Holbrook. The sale will commence immediately after the Annual Meeting of the Society, which will be holden on the afternoon of that day.


Mr. Easterly’s second course of instruction in Writing, will commence on Monday evening next, at the High School Hall.


Benefit of a Rail Road. Prices Reduced. J.H. Wheeler has just received by Fitchburg Rail Road, and Reed and Godell’s (express teams,) Loaf and Brown Sugars, Molasses, Teas, Coffee, Rice, Raisins, Figs, Citron, Currants, and all kinds of spices. Also, a splendid assortment of Crockery, Glass and China Ware. Purchasers of goods are particularly requested to call at Wheeler’s, if they wish to be convinced of the benefit of a Rail Road to Brattleboro.


Calf Shoes. 4 Doz. Ladies extra Calf Shoes, for sale by C. Townsley & Son.


The Brattleboro Cornet Band, we are requested to say, propose giving a Concert at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening, March 10th, under the direction of Mr. Alonzo Bond, of Boston, the well known leader of “Bond’s Cornet Band,” whose wide reputation as a musician renders comment by us upon his merits superfluous. After the Concert, the floor will be cleared for the benefit of those who are desirous of showing their agility by “tripping the light fantastic toe.”


Among the patents issued from the Patent Office on the 19th inst., was one to C.H. Denison of Brattleboro, for an improved felloe machine. This machine is designed and used for rounding the inner surface of felloes between the mortises or holes where the spokes are inserted, and it will do the work better in one hour than can be done by hand in a day.


David Wood, our first cabinetmaker and undertaker, lived first in West Brattleboro where he became a member of the church. He died today, aged eighty-six.


No special interest is manifested as yet in our town meeting, which occurs next Tuesday. Nothing is expected to come up outside of the regular order of business, and no change is desired in our board of town officers, so far as we know. Still, it behooves every voter to be on hand and see that good men are chosen and right measures adopted for the future.


There were some 70 new dwelling houses built in Brattleboro last year, at an average cost of $2200, making the total amount invested over $150,000.


A portion of the timbers of the Jamaica bridge, washed away in the recent freshet, lodged upon the island in the Connecticut opposite this village, whence they were recovered and taken back on Wednesday.


During the past week the Maple Sugar exchange has sold nearly $400 worth of goods in six states.


So numerous are the fraternal societies in Brattleboro that if somebody would compile a directory of them he would confer a favor.


C.E. Allen, the florist, received orders during February for over 35,000 young carnation plants for March delivery. Orders have also been booked for 30,000 young verbenas to be sent to towns in the New England and middle states.


We presume that no one will forget that a town meeting is to be held next Tuesday. All sorts of rumors and guesses are afloat and it is safe to predict that there will be a large meeting and a lively time.


St. Michael’s court of the Catholic order of Forester was organized here this week by John J. Eagan of Montpelier, state chief ranger. The new court starts off with 35 charter members.


The new vault is complete for the town records. The St. Louis Metal Art company have placed in the vault a set of shelves, drawers and lockers of modern design. In place of the shelves for books are iron rolls, which are very convenient and save wear and tear of books. The lockers are dustproof and the file drawers are so arranged that the papers in them stand upright.

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BMH Expansion: Could It Tap Into BUHS Heat Plant?

It looks like BMH is growing again to meet the needs of changing technology and a greying population. Part of this expansion is the multi-million dollar replacement of the oil boilers with new ones that use a slightly cheaper form of oil. A question I would like to pose is what is the possibility of extending lines from the wood chip plant at BUHS to meet the needs of BMH.

I am sure there are A LOT of considerations (cost, ability to serve both, etc etc) but I just wanted to pose the idea and get people's thoughts... I just want to see them move off of oil....



Cutting the Cord

My years of cable TV are coming to an end. The combination of rising cable service prices and completely lackluster programming options led me to make the move.

It’s not that hard to do. I called up Comcast and asked to be disconnected. My rep said, sure, then went through the script to try to prevent me from leaving.

Why do you want to end the service? Um.. ever-increasing rates, too many PBS stations, way too many shopping and religious channels, Comcast is a cruddy company, and so on.

Maybe you need more channels, how about an upgrade to 40 channels? Uh, no thanks. It costs more and doesn’t solve the problem.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/9/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/9/17

Monday, January 9, 2017

12:00 am At Landmark: Professor Lyrical, 'Rapping with the Professor' 2/8/16

1:30 am Northern Roots 2016

3:30 am Sean Gaskell's Kora Concert

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am New England Cooks: Chef Todd Cassell


Bubble Party

From today in history, 1885:

The Ceres club will give a “bubble party” next Thursday at Miss Minnie Pettee’s.

Apparently it was quite the fad in the 1870s-80s, among adults more than children!


Stop Jeff Sessions

Please,  if you agree with this information,  then pass this along,  and get friends from other states to also phone their Senators and speak out ..    

Move On Stop Jeff Sessions Video


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Food Co-op Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff and Board of Directors are pleased to announce they will be honoring Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday, January 16th with numerous social justice and activist organizations featured in the store throughout the day. There will also be a free screening of the movie "13th" in the evening, a bit of music, and, of course, food! The idea for the event grew out of the Co-op Board of Directors’ newly formed "Engagement Committee," as well as feedback from staff. As Ruth Garbus, employee and Board Member, says, “We gotta get together!


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY18 Budget, Solar

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Run for Office in Guilford


Petitions are now available for those interested in seeking public office to be voted by Australian ballot at Guilford’s March 7th Town Meeting.  The filing deadline is Monday, January 30, at 5 pm, at the Guilford Town Office, where petition forms are now available. The office is open Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.


Brattleboro January Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


January 3rd – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

January 6th – Whole Wheat Pancakes, Syrup, Sausage, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

January 10th – Greens, Eggs & Ham, Home Fries,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 9 to January 13


January 9 - Sweet & Sour Chicken

Rice Pilaf




Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presenting Stretch Music

New Orleans Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to present “Stretch Music” at the VJC on Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Vermont Jazz Center presents Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s Stretch Music on Saturday, January, 14th, 2017 at 8 PM. Scott is one of the leading voices of his generation – a composer, a bandleader, a record producer, an educator, an articulate activist championing racial equality and prison reform; he is an eloquent speaker whose goals include “reaching a consensus to move forward.”

Scott aTune Adjuah will be performing on trumpet as well as two custom-designed horns: a reverse flugel and a sirenette. He will appear with the same group that plays on his most recent and highly acclaimed CD Stretch Music. The ensemble includes renowned young artist Elena Pinderhughes (flute), Logan Richardson (alto saxophone), Lawrence Fields (acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes), Kris Funn (upright and electric bass) and Corey Fonville on drums.


VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 9th - Jan. 13th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - Hungarian goulash over noodles
Thur - corned beef & cabbage dinner
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

Take outs available by calling 257-0438


Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Six Week Grief Support Group

A new Six Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins January 18th and will meet each Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending February 22nd. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Interested individuals must meet with the facilitator, Connie Baxter, prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by January 13th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.


My Failure As Inspector of Lumber

For many years I was a Fence Viewer, a town position that was fairly active, with a few calls and inquires per year. When I hit my term limit, I decided to continue to volunteer and looked at the two other “odd” jobs, Weigher of Coal and Inspector of Wood, Lumber and Shingles.

As a Fence Viewer I learned there were both state statutes and materials available from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to help explain the job, so my first step with Coal and Lumber was to look up what the jobs required.

VLCT said the positions were considered obsolete and unnecessary. They date from an earlier time prior to consumer protection laws, and now everything these positions were responsible for are handled in other ways.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 9th


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Loss of Fairground Rd Trash Bins

Am I hearing this right?

What a stupid move.

I lived in a town (Lake Luzerne, NY) where they tried something like this many years ago.

The unintended consequence was a “Yuuge” increase in trash being discarded by the side of the road.

Why not eliminate all trash and garbage collection for good and let the free market do its magic?


Ukulele Classes Start Next Week in Brattleboro!

Join the local 'Ukulution' and learn to play this sweet and easy instrument, with instructor Lisa McCormick!

Classes start the week of Jan.9, and run for 6 weeks, at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., in Brattleboro.

Beginners (no musical background needed!), and Advanced Beginner levels available. Daytime and evening options. Ukuleles avaible for use in class.

More info and schedule: bit.ly/UkeClass


Selectboard Meeting Notes: The FY18 5 Cent Tax Increase Discussion, and Gartenstein Not Seeking Re-Election

David Gartenstein will end six years of Selectboard service at the end of his current term. He announced his intentions not to seek re-election at the start of a long, first Selectboard meeting of 2017.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing budget loose ends and lingering questions regarding the FY18 budget. The board also heard about facilities project updates, had a late-evening welcome for our new Town Clerk and took up a few matters related to Representative Town Meeting.


Start the New Year with Gratitude, Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. At this time of year we think that it’s important to find and express the things that we’re grateful for. To that end we’re setting up some tables with paper, pencils, pens, envelopes, and stamps and we’re writing letters. Thank-you letters. We’re writing letters to thank the sun for coming up, to thank a friend for their love, to thank our bodies for carrying us through life.


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