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Feathers & Furniture at the Furniture & Feather Store. S.W. Spooner is just receiving a large assortment of all sorts of Feathers. Also, is constantly receiving and manufacturing Furniture.


At half past 3, Tuesday morning of this week, a fire broke out in the building in the centre of our village, opposite the Stage House, owned by Zelotes Dickinson. The citizens repaired promptly to the spot on the alarm bells being rung, and, for the most part, performed their duty upon the occasion faithfully. We were highly gratified to see a large number of the Ladies of our village form themselves in line and assist for hours in passing water from the Mill Pond to the Engine.


The back towns in this county are well covered with snow, averaging nearly or quite four feet in depth. The prospect of a pleasant spring is not encouraging when contemplated in connection with such an obstruction. In this village, the sleighing is good but with small prospect for its continuance.


Brattleboro last year expended $21,148.30, of which $16,257.21 was for highways and bridges. The estimated expenses for 1871, together with the standing indebtedness of the town, amounts to $28,965.86, which is proposed to meet by a tax of $1.32 on the dollar, and thus leave the town free of debt.


Horse-stealing as a branch of industry has of late been mostly confined to the Western states, but a “bureau” appears to have been recently established in this vicinity which promises successful results. D.A. Barrett of Hinsdale had a team stolen last week by a stranger who had hired it to come to this village; and now Stephen Higgins of Newfane is mourning the loss of a valuable animal taken from his stable last Friday night.


T.P. James, of doubtful local recollection, is now said to be employed on the Boston Figaro.


Mr. Pettee, who has charge of the town liquor agency, says that not over one-half his sales are to Brattleboro people. People from not less than 40 different towns have come to him for liquors since the agency was opened.


Residents of Elliot street have been considerably excited of late by stories of a ghost having been seen in their neighborhood.


Town Meeting Articles: “To see what action the town will take in relation to the liquor agency,” “To see if the town will vote to pay James Fisk $100 for lightning rods placed on the town hall,” and “To see if the town will subscribe for five volumes of Miss Hemenway’s Gazetteer.”


The first number of the Holstein-Friesian Register, under the editorship of F.L. Houghton of Putney, and bearing date at Brattleboro, is at hand, and gives promise of being a bright, able, and useful exponent of the specialty to which it is devoted.


Town Meeting Articles: “To exempt from taxation for five years the finishing establishment of S.A. Smith & Co., provided the same is moved to this town,” “To direct the selectmen to contract for three snow rollers for the use of the town,” and “To sell the present poor farm and buy another suitable for the purpose.”


Marshall Grout and wife were rendered partially insensible by coal gas escaping into their rooms last Friday night.


The Wilmington stage was unable to make its usual trip on Tuesday on account of the rain and the “slumping” roads.


The Columbia and Victor cycles, patterns of 1893, are on exhibition in Van Doorn & Jordan’s windows.


Over 1300 people saw the Hinsdale curiosities during the three days they were on exhibition in the Emerson building last week.


Not a few people will learn with interest, and with a pang of regret, of the death of “Bose,” Judge Wheeler’s well-known shepherd dog, which took place last Saturday. He was a “good dog” and died of old age in a very human way.


L.L. Whitney has put upon the street this week a single horse surrey to carry persons to any part of the village.


A movement has been started for an appropriation at the town meeting for the benefit of the band. The band is in poor condition financially and the people should give it the support which it deserves.


Estimated town expenses for the coming year: $33,211.43


Mrs Carrie L. Hamilton, 66, overseer of the poor, died.


Originally installed in the J. Harry Estey home in August 1913 for a demonstration to Henry Ford, Brattleboro Lodge of Elks has voted to rebuild the two manual auto-playing pipe organ. The Estey Organ Company expects the work to be done by October.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 11:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 11:00am to discuss labor relations agreements with employees. No further business will be conducted.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 5:30pm in the meeting room at Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brew Barry Conference Room #2 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Statewide Candidates Usually Start Petition Drives After Town Meeting Day March 6th; Is It Too Soon To Look At The Issues?

Statewide Candidates Usually Start Petition Drives After Town Meeting Day March 6th; Is It Too Soon To Look At The Issues?

I have run in the past as a Republican 2006, a Democrat 2016, an independent, and a Marijuana party candidate;  I think I'm mostly Purple, a blend of Red Republican and Blue Democrat.

I will start collecting ballot access petition signatures as an independent for the 2018 general election Nov. 6, 2018 AFTER our Town Meeting Day March 6, 2018 - but I need to get together some sort of Platform now!


A Brilliant Solution

So, a deranged teenager buys an assault weapon, takes it into a school and kills a bunch of kids.

Our intrepid leader comes up with a brilliant solution:

Arm the teachers!

Why didn’t I think of that?

(Actually, I have thought of an alternative: “shut the schools”. Makes as much sense.

I can think of a better one: Ban military style weapons such as assault rifles.


"Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege" Screening Sunday

WEST BRATTLEBORO — All Souls Church will continue its film series “Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege” with a screening of “Mirrors of Privilege” on Sunday, Feb. 25, at noon, proceeded by a simple lunch.

The film’s full title is “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” and is produced by World Trust. It will be the third in the continuing series presented at West Village Meeting House at 29 South Street in West Brattleboro and will be followed by a discussion. There is no admission charge for the film or for the light lunch that precedes it.


Par For the Cause Mini Golf Classic Tees Off March 3rd

The 4th Annual Par for the Cause – an indoor mini-golf classic to benefit the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development – will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Community members are invited to gather friends and join the fun for an evening of friendly competition and delicious food. Light dinner fare will be served by the Guilford Country Store & Café and a cash bar will be served by Hazel. Donated goods and services by local businesses will be raffled off.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Municipal Broadband, A Rebellious Abatement, Potholes, and More

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a meeting full of exciting twists and turns. From a sudden interest in municipal broadband to a re-examination of requiring write-in candidates to pre-register, the meeting was full of surprises.

There were the scheduled issues as well with liquor licenses renewed, an animal control officer appointed, grants accepted, and so on, but even these provided curious side paths.  Consider, for example, that the board decided to willingly challenge what they felt was an unfair ordinance, all in the name of compassion.  Or the matter of the fly in need of rescue...  In short, it was an eventful meeting.  


"Entrapment"? Not Legal To Sell Marijuana, But Legal To Possess - So Where Do You Get It From?


The whole point is that recreational marijuana will be legal to use in the state of Vermont in July 2018; BUT it will not be legal to sell, so where do you get it?

Recreational marijuana will be legal to use AND SELL in Canada in August 2018, BUT if a person from Vermont goes to Canada to buy marijuana, then on the return trip they have to pass through the United States FEDERAL BORDER where it is NOT legal.


The Journalism Film Discussion Series Presents: Spotlight

The final installment of this season's Journalism Film Series is “Spotlight,” the story of the clash between two powerful New England institutions: the Catholic Church and The Boston Globe.

“Spotlight” won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016. It will be shown for free at 4pm on Sunday, February 25, at the Latchis Theatre. A discussion led by Randy Holhut of The Commons will follow. Donations are welcome.

The Globe wasn't the first to uncover the story of rampant sexuasl abuse by priests of children in Boston but it was the only institution with the weight and the power to dare to take on and break the wall of silence put up by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.


iBrattleboro Turns 15 Years Old

Happy birthday, everyone. iBrattleboro is now 15.

Fifteen years ago, Brattleboro had one newspaper, owned by an out-of-state media corporation. There was no “social media” and Brattleboro had few online sources of information. There was also a threat of further major media consolidation.

We wanted Brattleboro to have another option.


Guilford Center Stage Auditions

Guilford Center Stage announces its 2018 schedule, with plays in May (4-6th) and November (24 & 25) and its summer theater camp in August (13-17.)

The spring production is Spoon River, from the Edgar Lee Masters classic, in a new adaptation for the stage by Michael Nethercott of Guilford, who directs the production. 


BCTV Schedules Week of 2/19/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/19/18

Monday, February 19, 2018

12:00 am Artistree - Benefit Concert for Puerto with The Contenders

1:55 am Vote For Vermont - Debate Event - Foothold Traps

3:00 am Collegiate A Cappella Concert - 15th Annual A Cappella Concert 2/3/18


Over the River & Thru The Woods: New Hampshire Trying to Raise Marriage Age Higher than 13 for Girls

I heard this on the radio, and I see they have a podcast you can listen to:

WMUR January 16, 2018


CONCORD, N.H. — "Lawmakers in Concord are trying to change a New Hampshire law that allows girls as young as 13 to get married... House members said the current law was written at a very different time."


Canadians Got To Start Growing Recreational Marijuana This Weekend - It Won't Be Legal Until Summer Under Their Law!

Last night on AM talk radio I heard that Canadians had built a huge marijuana grow operation the size of 23 football fields. Today, I checked the internet news. Well, God Bless our relatives and neighbors to the north, they have gone all out! This gave me another idea: why don't we, the Americans, apply ahead of time for Federal Farm Subsidies, because naturally marijuana will be legal soon under federal laws in the United States of America.

NEWS FOR WORLD'S LARGEST MARIJUANA GROW-OP Something exciting just happened in Canada, Canopy Growth got funding and licensing to start the world's largest marijuana greenhouse operation, even though marijuana will not be legal for recreational use until the end of this summer, 2018 under their new Canadian law.  


Claudio Mörth Wins 2018 Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A 17-year-old Austrian bested 40 of the world’s top up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Claudio Mörth, performing for a crowd of several thousand spectators, came within one meter of matching the hill’s long-distance record of 104 meters, with Matej Likar, 27, of Slovenia placing second and Dominik Schwei, 17, of Austria third.

Marlboro College senior Chris Lamb, 28 of Andover, N.H., ranked fourth, missing the podium by one point.

Mörth, who speaks German and dabbles in English, Italian and Spanish, said of his winning leap: “When I jumped, I fly.”


"What District Are You In?"

"What District are you in?"

Map of Brattleboro Voting Districts: http://bit.ly/2CsMex0   

Tuesday, March 6 - Town Elections will be held at the

 Municipal Center, second floor, Selectboard Meeting Room, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerks Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 5.

Saturday, March 24 - Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 am at the Brattleboro Area Middle School multi-purpose room.


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

Feb. 19th - Feb. 23rd

Mon - BBQ pulled pork, macaroni salad, cole slaw
Tues - mild tacos, beans, & rice
Wed - fried keilbasa, potatoes, carrots, & cabbage
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Fri - crab cakes w/ onion rings


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

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.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23



Feb. 20 - Boston Baked Beans

Frankfurters on a Roll

Sweet Potato Wedges

Cole Slaw

Melon Salad


First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A young Austrian bested 40 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Claudio Mörth won the most total points in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Matej Likar of Slovenia just a half of a point behind.

In the men’s U.S. Cup, Decker Dean, 17, of Colorado finished first, with Greyson Scharffs, 16, of Utah second and Evan Nichols, 14, of New Hampshire third.


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