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Timothy Dwight, Jr., born. Dwight was claimed to be the first white child born in Vermont by some accounts.


The Brattleboro Telephone Exchange company have received their switch board and announce that they will be ready for business by June 1. The terms, within the village limits, with one-half mile of wire or less, are $25 per year, or $30 with transmitter.


The stakes for the new railroad station were driven on Thursday. The main building will be 26 by 66 feet, with a projection of four or five feet in the centre, fronting the track, for a ticket office, and a similar wing or projection on the opposite side for a ladies dressing room. On the northeast corner there will be an ell about 16 by 34 feet, for a baggage room and telegraph office. Brick for the walls will be bought at Montague, Mass.


Geo. A. Hines has drawn a very large and complete map of the village of Brattleboro, for the use of the telephone exchange, which will show every telephone line, with instruments, connections, etc.


Brattleboro's Vermont Asylum for the Insane changes its name to the Retreat.


A small earthquake was felt in town on this day.


An earthquake shock "of five distinct vibrations" was felt in Brattleboro.


A Chinese sociable will be held at the First Baptist church next Thursday. The main feature will be a representation of a missionary instructing three heathen Chinese, all in native costume, just as it is done in the foreign field.


On complaint of some of the bailiffs, Deputy Sheriff Knapp arrested John McCarthy, a man who was thought to be a tramp, and put him in lock-up. He pleaded not guilty, and it was found that he secured work the day before and had 75 cents or more in his pocket. He was discharged.

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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: Land Use, Part III, Planned Unit Development Templates for Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard the third of four presentations by the Planning Services department regarding new and major changes to Brattleboro’s land use regulations and development process.

This Tuesday’s topic was the new, streamlined Planned Unit Development process, in which developers give up some freedom in exchange for quicker, more certain approval. No developers were at the meeting to offer any opinions, but the board predicted that they would make any objections known before the new rules and regs are adopted. That is, soon.


Notes of Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - 5/15/12015 - The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP)


Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast, May 15,  2015, Gibson-Aiken Center  

The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP)
Kate O’Connor, Chairperson  oconnorkatevt@gmail.com

Note: The Next NDCAP Meeting will be held  May 28, 2015, 6pm - 9pm, Brattleboro Union High School (BUHS),  multipurpose room.

The 19 member panel includes six citizen representatives, two Entergy reps, representation from the  Vermont agency and department heads as well as reps from NH and MA.  Since it’s organizational meeting last September 14th, it has met regularly, more often than the legislatively mandated quarterly meetings.  Kate acknowledged Martin Langeveld, of Vernon, also a citizen member of the panel, and elected Vice-Chair.


PACE and Heat Saver Loan Forum June 16

Two great low or no-interest financing options are now available to help Vermonters make energy improvements in their homes: PACE financing and the Heat Saver Loan.

A public informational forum on these energy financing options will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited – to register, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org.


As Regards the Connecticut River

In the proposal for the Fantastic Wantastiquet festival, I am advancing the premise that the Connecticut River ought not to be regarded as a border in the 'special case' area of the arts and culture. Why?

Well, did you ever wonder about why the river is regarded as a border? It's not a border south of here in Massachusetts or Connecticut.


We Are Dead Stars

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden
~Joni Mitchell

Michelle Thaller: “How can you sum up human existence? It turns out it’s really pretty simple.


Movie Monday at Brattleboro Senior Center

Free MONDAY MORNING MOVIES at Brattleboro Senior Center. Gibson Aiken Center

Movies staring:

Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell,  Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Cuba Gooding Jr. & Kimberly Elise

Please stay after the movie and have lunch at Brattleboro Senior Meals. All are welcome.


Morningside Shelter and Brattleboro Area Drop In Center Merge to Form Groundworks Collaborative

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Before a crowd of roughly 100 people gathered in the Brooks House atrium on Friday morning, Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center publicly announced that they are merging to form a single organization under a new name: Groundworks Collaborative.

The Boards of Directors formally agreed to the merger at a joint board meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The organization will be fully functional under the new name as of the start of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2015; at that time Groundworks Collaborative will step into FY ’16 with a nearly $1 million budget. No staffing changes are planned at this time, as the organization is focused on maintaining all services currently provided by the two former organizations. However, growth is on the horizon for the new organization, which is currently finalizing its strategic plan for the next three years.


Solar Workshop Offered

Learn the basics of solar at this free informational workshop, featuring a presentation by Kirk Shields of Green Mountain Power. Attendees will learn the advantages of solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available, including community solar. Local installers will be on hand to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required – to sign up, contact Paul Cameron at (802) 251-8135 or at pcameron@brattleboro.org.


Big Woods Voices at Sandglass Theater, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Big Woods Voices is the union of four veteran area singers celebrating their common passion for a cappella harmony.

The Voices are, from soprano to bass: Liz Rogers, an internationally-touring singer-songwriter who started out with the Metropolitan Opera's child chorus; Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, music director at The Putney School and New England Youth Theater, and lifelong teacher; Will Danforth, an award-winning, multi-instrumental solo acoustic artist; and Alan Blood, longtime member of countless area groups such as the Blanche Moyse Chorale, the Brattleboro Concert Choir, and House Blend.


Two Notable William Hays Portraits on Exhibit

These two William Hays portraits of notable people in Brattleboro, Vermont, among a score or so of portraits he painted as part of his Local Portraits Of Brattleboro Series, are on exhibition in the front window of Angel Boy Arts (next to Shin La Restaurant) through the end of this month.

Looking through William's blog for April 2001, I was just reminded that the Dr. Wayne London portrait, the one on the right (of course) won the Dr. Robert L. Bartolli Memorial Award of the Academic Artists Association in 2001. As the winner, it was exhibited at the 51st National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Art, which was held in Springfield, MA.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/25/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/25/15

Monday, May 25, 2015

12:30 am Vets: Observing Memorial Day

1:50 am The Bay of Pigs Invasion - Interviews with Members of the 2506th Brigade

2:29 am Green Mt. Vets for Peace: Kent State 43 Year Anniversary

3:30 am VT Cannabis Collaborative - Legalizing Marijuana inVT


Unlike Chavez, Chavistas Appealed to a Powerless US President Who Works for Investors in Genocide!

Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in his book The Fire This Time - US War Crimes in the Gulf wrote, and has since kept repeating, "the greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy." America's most famous defector from the war establishment would of course would be gratified to hear this spoken of by leaders of nations under US military or covert CIA-CNN attack. Crimes are meant to be prosecuted, and criminals made to pay for what they have done!


Troubles For "Our Town" Grant Team

It’s ironic that a grant with the gentle, nostalgia-inspiring name “Our Town” could have triggered such dissension among its administrators, but after Tuesday night’s Selectboard meeting, there can be no doubt.  Long simmering issues over the administration of the NEA grant came to the fore during that meeting when past and present members of the grant management team spoke out about the process by which the grant project had been carried out.  


Weekend Comedy Series: Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman is one of those comedy legends that people either love or hate. I love him. Lise hates him.

Here is is, at Carnegie Hall, in 1979, messing with audiences and making them laugh, and wince, and be uncomfortable. Kaufman didn’t consider himself a comedian so much as a prankster and performance artist.

This show has it all. Tony Clifton, little kids, his grandmother on stage, wrestling women, and taking the entire audience out for milk and cookies after the show.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu May 25 - May 29

Senior Meals Menu May 25 – May 29


May 26 American Chop Suey

Brussel Sprouts

Garlic Bread



Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies to Host CEDS Update Meetings

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is hosting four regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) Update meetings next week.

We will update members of the community about the progress we and our partners are making implementing the Windham Region’s federally recognized (CEDS). The first meeting will be in Londonderry on Tuesday, May 26th at 4pm in the Town Office Meeting Room 100 Old School Street in South Londonderry. The second meeting will be in Wilmington on Wednesday, May 27th at 8am in the Town Hall Meeting Room. On Thursday, May 28th, we will have a meeting in Brattleboro at 8am at the Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Room and in Bellows Falls at the Town Hall Lower Theater at 4pm.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BMH, BMAC, and Vermont Artisan Designs Team Up To Present "Scenes from New England" Opening June 4

New exhibit in cardiology suite features 18 artists represented by local gallery Vermont Artisan Designs

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Patients and visitors to the cardiology suite at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) will have an opportunity to view artwork by some of the region’s finest artists in a new exhibit entitled "Scenes from New England," which opens with a free public reception on Thursday, June 4 at 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is part of a program called Art for the Heart, a collaboration between BMH and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC).

The artists featured in the exhibit are all represented by the Brattleboro gallery Vermont Artisan Designs. They include Anne Cady, Jerry Cajko, Caroline Christie, Barbara Coburn, Sabra Field, Carol Gobin, Charlie Hunter, Deedee Jones, Deb Lazar, Alistair McCallum, Will Moses, Deborah Randall, William E. Roberts, Jr., Janis Sanders, Marjorie Sayer, Jeanette Staley, Paul G. Stone, and Charles Townshend.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Authority
Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Conservation Commission
Development Review Board


Sanders Statement on Senate Vote on Job-Killing Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, May 21 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to advance a bill that would grant President Barack Obama accelerated power to complete a massive trade accord with 11 other Pacific Rim nations:

“The Senate just put the interests of powerful multi-national corporations, drug companies and Wall Street ahead of the needs of American workers. If this disastrous trade agreement is approved, it will throw Americans out of work while companies continue moving operations and good-paying jobs to low-wage countries overseas.


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