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Cash Job. The subscribers, Selectmen of Brattleboro, are wishing to contract for the making of a new road from near Capt. Eben’r Wells’ to Dummerston line, in the bank of West River, one half of the same to be made this year, and the other half the next. They will attend to letting out the making of said Road, either in the whole or by sections, as may be agreed, and will meet for that purpose on Tuesday the 18th of April next, at 10 o’clock, forenoon, at the southern termination of said road.


Mr. Geo. B. Sargeant of this place, recently laid on our table a cake of maple sugar of his own manufacture, which was the sweetest and nicest we have tasted this season. Mr. Sargeant does not approve of the ‘straining process’ by which the sugar is beached. It is thus whitened at the expense of its peculiar taste.


The 1860 census of the population of this village having recently been taken by F.H. Fessenden, it appears that the whole number of inhabitants in the corporate limits of the Village of Brattleboro is 2932; and the number of scholars between 4 and 18 years of age is 589.


N.F. Cabot has purchased the Island in the Connecticut River directly opposite this village. It is in the town of Hinsdale, N.H., but should be annexed and made a part of Brattleboro.


Despite the unfavorable prospects of the early part of the season for maple sugar, the last two weeks have witnessed such a flow of sap as has seldom if ever been known in Vermont. During the fifteen days ending March 29, the quantity of sugar received at the express office in this place reached the enormous amount of sixty and one-fourth tons, in some instances more than six tons being shipped in a single day. Prices rule from 12 to 15 cents.


Prof. Loomis closes his dancing school with a grand ball, to be given about the 10th of April. It is expected that his daughter will be present and dance the Highland fling.


John Works, who has returned from his trip to Colorado, gives a very favorable account of the country, its climate, etc., and indicates his determination to return. We hear of several young men in this vicinity who are making preparations to go in a short time.


We learn that the Bickford Knitting Machine Manufacturing Company have recently received an order for 1000 of their machines to be sent to Russia in installments of 150 each. The company has also just filled an order for 93 machines to go to Germany. Both these orders were received by Atlantic cable.


A movement is on foot for the widening of Elliot street in the vicinity of Crowell’s shops.


The adoption by the World’s Fair authorities of Levi K. Fuller’s A 435 as the standard musical pitch for the Exposition is a signal triumph for this great reform in musical affairs.


After Careful Consideration, a Considerable Company of Competent Cooks Connected with Centre Congregational Church have Concluded to Compare Culinary Capabilities by Contributing Common and Curious Comestibles to be Consumed in their vestry next Thursday evening. Come and C.


Frank Clark now has charge of lighting the street lamps in place of Newton Moran who was obliged to give up the place.


A movement has been started for the establishment of a branch of the Morrell liquor cure in Brattleboro.


A meeting of the directors of the home for the aged and infirm was held last night at Dr. Holton’s for the purpose of perfecting the constitution and bylaws.


A local Swedish Lutheran church was formed Tuesday night. About 70 Brattleboro Swedes are interested in the movement, and it is thought that the number will be increased to 100 after the pastor is called.


The American Express company received a horse from Boston this week for use on its delivery.


Rudyard Kipling, who had steadily improved in his recovery from his long illness from pneumonia, had a temporary setback Thursday night, when he was seized by a fainting spell. It is said that Mr. Kipling had exerted himself too much on Thursday in talking and reading. He is still in bed.


The street railroad plant has been run by water power this week, resulting in a large saving of coal. The summer cars are being painted and put into readiness for the summer traffic.


G.E. Gilman will leave tonight for Ohio, where he will buy a carload of horses. The animals will arrive at his stables on Elliot street April 6.


Apartment building fire on Estey Street has been ruled suspicious, according to Fire Chief David Emery.


Ralph Nader and film maker Henriette Mantel attend premiere of An Unreasonable Man at Latchis

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The Artist's Loft Final Gallery Walk

The Artist's Loft has overlooked Main Street for almost 25 years and this will be the last Gallery Walk for William Hays' studio and gallery.

Hays opened The Artist's Loft Gallery and studio in June of 1990. It has been in continuous operation since that time. Although initially the gallery showed the works of a variety of artists, in 1995 the gallery began presenting only Hays' work. He says, "After a few years of being an artist and operating a gallery with rotating shows , I became exhausted by organizing the exhibitions each month. Besides, I had enough of my own paintings to fill both rooms of the gallery."


Brattleboro Student To Launch Program for Homeless Youth

NORTON, Mass.—Marguerite Dooley '15, a senior at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. and a native of Brattleboro, Vt., has won a prestigious Projects for Peace grant to open a program for homeless and at-risk youth in her hometown.

Projects for Peace grants provide undergraduates at American colleges and universities with $10,000 each to implement projects that seek to promote peace, resolve conflict and build understanding.


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Spring Booksale

Save the date for the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Spring Booksale on Friday, April 10, 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday, April 11, 10 am to 2 pm. This year’s annual Friends of Library Big Booksale is coming early with Spring flowers.

Join your fellow community members and sift through the thousands of paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books for the Big Spring Booksale, to raise funds for the support of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

The books and other items are piling up for this important annual event. Remainders will be on sale during the month of April during regular library hours. 


First Wednesday: The National Security Agency: The Law, The Media, and the Legacy of Edward Snowden

Retired National Security Agency executive Bill Sullivan will discuss how the NSA works and consider the implications of the leaks of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on April 1 at 7:00 pm.

His talk, "The National Security Agency: The Law, the Media, and the Legacy of Edward Snowden", is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. 

Sullivan will discuss the NSA's foreign intelligence mission as well as its process, governance, and oversight, and examine media reports based on material provided by Edward Snowden.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of March 29

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the sick house:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Repair Lamps - Appliances
Electrical Work


The Wayfarer Tarot - A Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle

The reimagining and reinterpreting of an ancient oracle takes termerity, time, and energy. Yet it is a task that two local women have undertaken. A new and completely original Tarot deck called The Wayfarer Tarot is the project they have teamed up to create.

Stacy Salpietro-Babb, a Tarot reader and teacher, and Margaret Shipman, an artist and illustrator have a combined vision for a Tarot deck that is relevant to a modern audience. “The traditional deck that is often used, and which most modern interpretations draw from, is geared toward people in the early 1900’s.” says Salpietro-Babb, a Tarot professional with over 20 years of experience, “It used common religious symbolism that was easily understood by people one hundred years ago, but today … not so much. I have to spend a lot of my time during readings explaining what the imagery means and how the meanings relate to the person who I am reading for.”


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/30/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/30/15

Monday, March 30, 2015

12:00 am Bill McKibben - A Report from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

1:05 am Ethan Allen Homestead - The Haldimand Negotiations 1780 - 1782

2:10 am Tiokasin Ghost Horse at Guilford Community Church

4:00 am Norwich Bookstore: Mimi Baird - He Wanted the Moon


What Do Advance Care Directives Have To Do With Being a Local Citizen? (Citizens' Breakfast Notes)

Please see the notes of the March 20th Breakfast below. 

Also, note this week:  

  • The next meeting place for “Coffee with a Cop” will be at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St., on Thursday, April 2, from 8 to 10 a.m. Residents are invited to stop by and learn more about what the department is doing in Brattleboro’s neighborhoods. Officers Ryan Washburn and Adam Pelock are scheduled to attend. Those with questions in advance may reach them at 802-257-7950.


Massachusetts Open Meeting Law Under Attack

From a March 26, 2015 Hampshire Gazette editorial:

It’s not shocking that several public officials stood up at a public meeting to complain that the state’s Open Meeting Law is cumbersome and confusing.

What is shocking is that they derided it as “unfair and undemocratic” and claimed that a request for meeting minutes is tantamount to harassment.

Even more shocking is that in a room full of 100 elected and appointed public officials from Hampshire and Franklin counties, these comments elicited applause.


Disappeared Bench & Rock

I noticed today that the bench and the huge painted rock on the Dottie's and Experienced Goods side of the bridge are gone. Anyone know why they were removed, and when they will be put back?


A Saker Is A Very Large Falcon

 A Saker is a very large falcon, native to Europe and Asia.

"The Saker" is a pseudonym for a top level American military analyst who lives in Florida, the author of the leading blog covering Russia and the Ukraine crisis, The Vineyard of the Saker, which gets an astounding 50,000 page views per day.   Of the many blogs covering the subject, his has shot far ahead of the others, due to his sharp analysis and insight.  


Weekend Comedy Series: Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is a relatively new arrival on the comedy scene, and his career has been going quite well. I think I heard that he will be headlining a comedy performance in a stadium soon, something few, if any other, comedians have attempted.

This is his show, I'm A Grown Little Man, from 2009 or so.


Train Your Brain to Retain: A Day-Long Memory Workout, Shared With Others

The Northeast PsychoNeuroImmunology Institute for Healing presents “Train Your Brain to Retain,” a one-day program bringing people together to improve their mental acuity. On Saturday, April 11th, we will gather in a relaxed, private home setting to learn memory strengthening techniques, to support one another on our memory journeys, to eat food that’s good for the brain (and the soul!), and to have a good time.

Participants will learn how to give their memories a workout by using tools proven through neuro-science. Advances in neuroplasticity show us that the brain can actually increase its capacity to learn and remember. This is a class for people who know their minds are still capable, but who have noticed declines in their sharpness.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu - Mar 30 to April 3

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu - Mar 30 to April 3, 2015

March 30 Corn Chowder
Ham Salad Sandwich
Pineapple Cole Slaw

March 31 Spaghetti & Meatballs
Garlic Bread


Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Emerging Artist Series: Melissa Aldana and The Crash Trio

Melissa Aldana is the third generation in her family to follow the saxophone as her calling. Her father, Marcos Aldana, now considered one of the most important musicians in Chile, was her first teacher. She still performs on the Selmer Mark VI saxophone she received as a treasured gift from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana, who was her father’s teacher. Marcos Aldana’s teaching method was based on transcription: learn the sound quality and improvised solos of those you wish to emulate.

Melissa began her studies on the alto saxophone at the age of six. Melissa stated: “My dad would choose a song that he really liked, so the first person I learned from was Charlie Parker. We would take one phrase, and listen. Then, I would play it really slow, over and over, hundreds of times, until it sounded exactly like him. I think it’s one of the best ways to teach a little kid because I learned everything by listening to the masters.”


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