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Voters instruct selectmen to prepare a transcript of old records of Brattleboro


The contracts for the first 27 miles of the Fitchburg Railroad have been taken at much below the estimated rates. They are to be completed by the first of December; and the whole road, it is expected, will be finished in 1844.


It is proposed to create a company by stock association, to contract a Telegraph from Springfield through Northampton, Greenfield and Brattleboro to Bellows Falls and Rutland, and either by the same or another company to extend it from Bellows Falls by way of Keene and Fitchburg to Worcester. Estimated cost of the line: $16,000.


The Listers of Brattleboro will meet at the Holland’s Tavern in the West village, on Tuesday afternoon, 18th inst., to hear appeals from those who desire any alterations in their taxes. Those seeking a reduction will do well to attend.


A trip to the summit of Wantastiquet by Mr. Bacon of the High School, his pupils and their friends, accompanied by The Band, was rendered exceedingly pleasant by the delightful weather of this year. There were no snow drifts to interrupt their progress; on the other hand flowers in profusion beguiled their way. The arbutus, hepatica, saxifrage, and adder's-tongue are now found to be in abundance.


The walk in front of Crosby block, just completed, is of chestnut plank, firmly laid and protected by a curbing of granite.


Dr. W.H. Rockwell, Jr., has presented the fire department with a 300 pound alarm bell, which was formerly used at the asylum in that capacity, and is to be placed upon the tower of the new engine house on Elliot Street in a few days.


The horses begin to look with longing eyes toward that drinking fountain at the corner of Main and High streets.


The scissors’-grinder has already made his spring visit, and we wait in daily expectation of the appearance of the hand-organ man, the harp and violin, and the performing bears.


The cottage organs made by Messrs. J Estey & Co., for exhibition at the Centennial, were submitted to public inspection at their store-room, Friday afternoon, just previous to being shipped to Philadelphia. These sample organs are ten in number, including one church and nine parlor instruments.


A lot of old railroad ties on the river bank near the rear of Main street took fire, Wednesday, from cinders thrown from a locomotive, endangering Main street buildings, and one of the steam fire engines had to be called out to suppress it.


The schools were not in session on May day and the weather was warm enough so that there were several picnic parties among the children. A fire was started on the mountain, as usual, presenting a beautiful scene in the evening, but doing no serious damage.


A demented man named Bennett, from Winchester, NH, attracted the attention of residents in the vicinity of the Common by his strange actions Saturday. He would divest himself of part of his clothing, perform gymnastic feats, smite the trees, put back his clothing, and repeat the operation. Officer McClure finally took charge of him and he was cared for until his friends came for him.


Help Wanted: Four men who understand raising tobacco, one man to drive horses and one to drive oxen. - Chas. Miner, Brattleboro.


W.H. Vinton was chosen as Mayor, replacing S.B. Emerson.


Chief-of-Police Hall went to Greenfield, Mass., Wednesday to return a runaway boy to his uncle. The boy said his only object in running away was to secure work. While in Brattleboro he slept in freight cars and in the buildings near the depot.


The people of Esteyville would like to know by what authority Geo. E. Bishop, or any other individual has to tear the band stand down, and remove it and the seats from the park, and make kindling wood of the same.


H. J. Clark succeeds J. M. Quaide as cream gatherer on the Brattleboro and Green River routes.


Reserved seat tickets for Sousa and his band at the Auditorium Thursday afternoon, May 11, will go on sale at the news store Monday evening, May 8.

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Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum tomorrow night, Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden between 5-7:30.

The goals of the forum are three-fold:

1. The town can inform residents of ongoing work and projects that relate to bike/ped infrastructure.

2. Local volunteer groups can inform residents of their work on projects that relate to bike/ped safety.

3. Town residents have a chance to bring their concerns directly to the various groups who work on bike/ped issues.


Sanders Announces $5.5 million in Health Center Funds for Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt., May 4 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today announced the Department of Health and Human Services awarded $5.5 million to six community health centers in Vermont. The health centers will use this new federal funding to renovate facilities, increase patient capacity and expand primary care services.

The Vermont awards are part of $260 million in health infrastructure funding announced today for 290 community health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The funding comes from the Health Center Trust Fund, which was created by a Sanders provision in the Affordable Care Act that provides $11 billion for community health centers across the United States. Congress extended the Sanders provision last year with bipartisan support.


Sign Up Early For Animal Communication Classes

Marta Williams, noted author/communicator/teacher will be offering an intensive training in July. Class segments include: Beginning Animal Communication, Talking With Your Own Animals, Death and Beyond, Animals as Teachers and Healers, Intuitive Animal Training, Talking with Horses, Finding Lost Animals, and Talking with Wildlife and Nature. Please register early for this rare event, as space is limited.


Tribute to Joseph Cordero

We relish the early signs of Spring in this area, robins, crocuses to name a few. One indicator for myself, and a number of others was Jose' Cordero in his motored cart, sitting in front of the Samuel Elliott Apartments in downtown Brattleboro. He would greet you with a smile, and depending on the day would engage you in sunny conversation, or take an opportunity to just get things off his chest, and either way always entertaining.

In the late seventies and early eighties you could view Jose' leaning out of his apartment window observing the pulse of Main street. He also worked at Walkers Resturant and during his break you could find him out front leaning against the building taking in the moment, always in his starched white apron. He eventually moved into the S.E. Apartments and again he was often in view on his upper floor balcony enjoying the view.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Permits and Plans

New fees for special event permits were almost adopted, but put off until the next meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard to allow for more public input.

The West Brattleboro Association won themselves a small amount of time to come up with brilliant plans for renovating and re-using the current fire station in West Brattleboro. The clock is ticking, as the Selectboard approved of continuing with plans for its demolition.

Energy audits for municipal buildings have been completed, a new traffic safety plan has been adopted, committees have received new appointments, and the Reformer will remain the newspaper of record for the next year.


ACT 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes, Implementation Meeting 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 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Academy School.

I. CALL TO ORDER – 7:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Mother's Day Brunch Sunday in Guilford

Broad Brook Grange will present its 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.


Having Bernie's Back

For Sanders supporters feeling frustrated about media coverage of the Presidential campaign, please know that you can continue to support the cause from the comfort of your home any time you have even a small amount of time using the campaign's sophisticated phone banking software.  All you need is a phone, a computer, and some time!  20-minute trainings happen online 2-3 times per day as needed.



Does anyone have a police and fire scanner? If so please let me know which one you bought and tell me how you programed it. thank you.


A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library invite the public to attend a free presentation by Tim Weed on Sunday, May 8 at 3:30 in the Library. The presentation is titled, "A Playground for Empire: Historical Perspectives on Cuba and the USA. Tim Weed has made many trips to Cuba, and will discuss past and current changes in Cuba and US relations.  

Weed is an award-winning author, outdoorsman, independent explorer and a founding director of the National Geographic Student Expeditions. This program is made possible through the Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau.


What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life in her talk "What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life," May 4th at 7pm in the library's main room. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Location Brooks Memorial Library Main Room. Contact Reference Desk (802) 254-5290 x109. For more information about Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath, go to http://young-eisendrath.com/


Experienced Goods Thrift Shop Announces PopUp@77Flat to benefit Brattleboro Area Hospice

Experienced Goods Thrift Shop announces a new and exciting adventure in shopping. PopUp@77Flat is an online shopping event, featuring the best of the best that Experienced Goods has to offer. All proceeds of Experienced Goods Thrift Shop including PopUp@77Flat benefit the important work of Brattleboro Area Hospice.

The Pop-up event will go live at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 6th. Monthly, a new themed auction window at Experienced Goods at 77 Flat Street, in downtown Brattleboro will be unveiled. At that time the online auction also goes live at www.32auctions.com/popup77flat. Items can be viewed from the street or more closely online at the auction site. Bids will be accepted only online and can take place 24 hours daily from the comfort of your own home.


Fantastic Partnerz To Play Benefit Show For Youth Rock Festival

Saturday, May 14 get on up to Headroom Stages and get down with funky local favorite the Fantastic Partnerz. (thefantasticpartnerz.com) A benefit for BrattRock-the Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Alternative rock duo Wicked Thirsty opens the show. Doors open at 7:30.

Advance tickets $8 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543375 or $10 at the door. Don't miss this fantastic show for a great cause!


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/2/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/2/16

Monday, May 2, 2016

12:00 am DCC: Bob Engel- Biological Communities #4- 3/14/16

1:55 am 1st Wednesdays: David McCollough Jr - "You are Not Special"

3:00 am The Road to Recovery: Generational Issues

4:00 am Brattleboro Music Center - 2016 Faculty Showcase

5:30 am At Landmark: Dr. Brian Young, 'The Boreal Forest' 3/28/16


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


May 3rd – Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Potato Pancake,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

May 6th - Vegetable Frittata, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

May 10th  – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt Parfait , Coffee

May 13th  Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Muffin,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee

May 17th  – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Juice, Yogurt and Coffee.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 2 to May 6

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 2 to May 6


May 2 - Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

Seasoned Spinach




Fireworks Benefit for WVEW, Brattleboro Community Radio

This Wednesday (May 4th, 2016), Fireworks Restaurant (73 Main Street, Brattleboro) will hold a Community Night with WVEW as the beneficiary! All profits relalized between 4pm and 9pm will go to the station. This includes all appetizers, food, drinks, and desserts. A few of WVEW's volunteer DJs are sure to be wandering around. We hope you'll come out and support not just a local business, but Brattleboro's all volunteer non-profit Community Radio station, broadcasting at 107.7fm and webstreamed at wvew.org. Thank You Fireworks!


Susan Brearey's Elemental Images Closing Reception, Film, Music, Forum

Sunday evening, May 1st, 7pm at C.X. Silver Gallery, the closing reception for Susan Brearey's Elemental Images exhibition featuring the works of Brearey from the past 20 years including many never before exhibited and several done in the past year and a book launch of this 20-year retrospective. This event, open to all, also features a short film, music of Tim Eriksen, and a forum/conversation. 

Brearey is featured in the film showing, entitled “The Magic Lantern Along the Pennine Way” (17 minutes). “This was my summer collaboration with artist, Dylan Stone, and American musician, Tim Eriksen in England,” says Sue. “We spent 12 days working in the northern Peak’s District of England along the scenic national trail called the Pennine Way, which stretches across 286 miles of mountain tops and crosses Hadrian’s Wall.



Disobedience is a new film about a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

With Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and many others



'Ways to Strength and Beauty' New Multi-Media Installation at Brooks House Atrium 'Closet'

Local Artist Mounts Multi-Media Installation in ‘The Closet’, a new art space at Brooks House Atrium

Norton Garber’s “Ways to Strength and Beauty” (Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit) a multi media, site specific installation, will open for three weeks from May 6 through May 22, 2016 in The Closet @ Brooks House Atrium, a new and unique art spot in the heart of Downtown Brattleboro.

Garber chose this modest and intimate space for the challenge of transforming it with a complex web of moving sound and light images. Major elements include: a kinetic sound sculpture, a 1925 German silent film, toy soldiers, video game sounds and shadows which surround the viewer. Six discrete sound/light pieces, both spontaneous and composed, subtly and continunuously change to create a new, fertile environment which transcends any individual element. Images evoke historical and contemporary issues.


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