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The Selectmen of Brattleboro will meet at R. Goodenough’s Inn on Thursday the 15th instant. All persons having demands against the town are requested to present them on that day for settlement.


The public press we look upon as an engine of great moral power. And there is no subject of human welfare that has not a claim upon its notice. It is bound to favor the right, the true, and the good wherever found, and to discountenance the wrong and the harmful, in whatever garb it may be clothed. The conductor of a paper should have opinions of his own, and should express them with a manly independence and with a spirit full of truth and love.


We learn that the Iron Horse is “puffing and blowing” in Brooks’ Meadow, below this village, anxious to get here. His progress has been much accelerated by the energy of Mr. Hathaway, the track-layer. It is stated on good authority, that the celebration to welcome him will be on Tuesday, 20th.


Some portions of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad were covered with the snow to a great depth on Sunday night and Sunday of last week.


Interests identified with Brattleboro Odd Fellowship brought about the institution of the first Rebekah Lodge in the state by having Sennis Rebekah Lodge instituted.


At the village school meeting held on Monday evening, it was voted to have a new primary school for the accommodation of the Estey neighborhood, and also to establish a new school of a secondary grade, to be located near the centre of the village.


The firm of Cune & Brackett, dealers in ready made clothing, has been dissolved after and existence of more than 20 years. Mr. W.P. Cune, the retiring member, is one of our oldest merchants, having been engaged in business here most of the time since 1832.


During the month of January, J. Estey & Co. manufactured and sold 631 cottage organs, receiving therefor a sum of $66,893.89.


The special village meeting next Saturday evening should be attended by every responsible voter. The articles to be acted upon relate to the funding of the village debt, the acceptance or rejection of the amendments to the village charter, and other matters of importance.


A meeting is to be held at Harmony Hall on Sunday afternoon, 18th inst., of all persons who are interested in the formation of a liberal association for the free discussion of religious subjects.


General complaint is made that the sidewalks have rarely been in as bad condition as they are this winter. Suppose we have a procession of the bailiffs through the streets and see what they think about it.


The third classes of the High street and Chase street primary schools had a contest Friday afternoon in numbers and spelling, Chase street school being victorious. Other contests will follow.


An examination for those wishing to enter the letter-carrier or clerks service in the post-office at Brattleboro will be held in the lower town hall at 9 o’clock to-morrow morning under the civil service rules. Any one wishing to witness the examination is invited to be present.


Alfred Holden’s coupé now has telephonic connection.


A freight elevator was demolished in Estey Organ factory No. 3 Wednesday. The elevator was started accidentally when a heavy truck was only partly upon the elevator. The truck was caught between the floors, causing the wrecking of the elevator and dumping of the truck load in the elevator pit.

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Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The third installment of the 2015 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on February 16th, 2016. Payments made after February 16th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on February 16th, 2016. Payments made after February 16th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed on February 15th, 2016 in observance of President’s Day.


The NH Primary - Kasich and Sanders Sweep Dixville Notch, Clinton Upset in Millsfield

Primary Day is on in New Hampshire, and we have some winners. In Dixville Notch shortly after midnight, John Kasich got three votes, Donald Trump two votes, and Bernie Sanders got four.

Two other NH towns have midnight voting. Millsfield, gave it to Cruz (9 votes) and Clinton (2 votes, upsetting Sanders), and Hart’s Location chose Kasich and Sanders.

Which is to say, it is Tuesday now, it is snowy, and New Hampshire is going to the polls.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of February 7

Brattleboro Time Trade: 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 hopes of more snow:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests:

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

Flower and Herbs Seeds – Get Ready for your Next Garden!
Baked Goods Prepared for You
Snow Shoes Available
Pet Visits
Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the Senior Center


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Steve Davis Sextet

The VJC welcomes Steve Davis Sextet to perform on Saturday, February 13th in a concert celebrating the music of trombonist J. J. Johnson. Featured artists in Davis’s sextet include one of bebop’s foremost elder statesmen on the piano, Harold Mabern as well as the formidable tenor saxophonist, Scott Mullett. The other musicians who comprise this sextet include Josh Bruneau (trumpet), Harold Mabern (piano), Nat Reeves (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

This concert was originally scheduled to highlight saxophonist Eric Alexander who gracefully bowed out to accept an extended European tour. This turn of events has evolved into a wonderful opportunity for the Vermont Jazz Center whose audience will now experience the exciting repertoire and tight arrangements of J. J. Johnson, one of the greatest trombonists in the history of jazz, interpreted by an all-star band. Saturday Night Live trombonist Steve Turre put it succinctly when he stated:


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 2/8/2016

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

Monday, February 8, 2016

12:00 am VWC: Eyes on the Prize for Universal Health Care

1:30 am Racial Profiling - A Community Response

3:30 am Not for an Age: Shakespear's 400 Year Career

5:00 am Generator Big Maker: Paolo Pedercini - The Art of Games

6:30 am For the Animals: Hope and Dixie


Places Still Available for River Gallery Artist Trip to Spain

There are still several places available for artists to travel to Spain as part of the River Gallery School’s trip in April. The trip, which will be held from April 2 to 9, is nearing capacity, but several places still remain.

The group will spend 7 nights in a charming hotel in Andalucia, about an hour south of Seville in a perfect setting for artists, photographers and anyone who wants to experience the soul of Spanish culture. There will be excursions to Seville and the nearby town of Ronda.

The tour will include a week of making art and exploration of the Spanish countryside. Pleine air painting sessions will be led by Mary Giammarino, a frequent instructor at River Gallery School workshops and a well known local artist.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 7


To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, February 7, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Weekend closures of the Exit 3 on ramps will continue each weekend through the end of February. The closures will be on Sunday afternoons; except that on three-day weekends, closures will be on Mondays.

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.


Michael Knapp and Green River to host Brattleboro Area Tech meeting February 18

Michael Knapp, CEO of successful Brattleboro computer firm, Green River, will speak at the February 18 meeting of Brattleboro Area Tech. The meeting will take place at 5:30 pm and is hosted by Green River in its offices at 167 Main Street, Suite 103, in Brattleboro.

Green River builds software for sustainability, environmental protection, school improvement, and public health and is thought to be the largest IT development firm in southeastern Vermont..

Michael will speak about the work of Green River, its choice of technologies and his experience running an IT company in Vermont.


Weekend Creativity Series - Model Trains

There is a tremendous amount of creativity when it comes to creating miniature worlds, and model train layouts are often some of the most amazing miniatures around. This video shows a engineer’s view of a model train set in the midwest. The video description says:

“The Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society is located in Minneapolis, MN, and is one of the largest HO layouts in the Twin Cities, MN area. It also has the largest Helix of any model railroad in the United States that we know of. The Helix comprises 1/4 of the entire layout located in a 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse in South Minneapolis, and the entire Main Line equals 11 scale miles of track. If you are interested in visiting this railroad museum check out their web site for directions and hours of operation:


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8:00am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.


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 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Island Park Flood of 1915

It was 101 years ago this month that Island Park weathered its worst ice flood!

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the fraught relationship between Island Park and the Connecticut River.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - February 8 to February 12

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 8 to February 12


February 8 - Beef Stew

Corn w/Peppers


Tropical Fruit


Next WBA Meeting on February 11, with Police and Fire Facilities Discussion

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the W Bratt PO) on Thursday, February 11th at 6:00 PM. After a review of the treasury report, the WBA will discuss the status of the welcome signs and hear a report about the BizUp session held in January. On the agenda is also a discussion of the Neighborhoods Fund which heretofore has helped the WBA provide mini-grants to neighborhood groups doing their own service work, improving their grounds, etc.  The question is whether to seek new money to fund this work.


Schedule of Brattleboro March Meetings

March will be a very busy month in Brattleboro with presidential primary elections, two Representative Town Meetings, two informational meetings, and changes in the Selectboard’s schedule. In order to make the schedule clear for the public, attached are copies of the March meetings - in chronological order and by category.

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


Guilford Center Stage Announces 2016 Season

Guilford Center Stage continues into its second year with spring and fall productions of plays with strong connections to Guilford, continuing its mission to present place-based theater on the stage at Broad Brook Grange.  The new theater project debuted last fall with a production of the comedy, Tourists Accommodated, by Vermont author, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, who often visited Guilford.

A pair of one-acts by Guilford playwright Michael Nethercott opens the 2016 season in early June.  At the other end of the season, Charles W. Henry, who was born in Guilford in 1850, will be represented by his only known extant play, performed on the stage with the theater curtains which he painted around 1900.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
ADA Advisory Committee Conservation Commission
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Energy Committee Fence Viewers (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)
Honor Roll Planning Commission
Senior Solutions Advisory Council SEVCA Board


The River Gallery School on Main Street in Brattleboro Offering Class on Book Making

The River Gallery School is offering a class on book making.

Writers and others who want to learn how to create a physical book using basic book binding equipment.

This class will be made up of a series of smaller technique-specific workshops related to book arts. Along with making paste paper, marbled paper and decorative bookcloth, students will learn how to make books with exposed-bindings, soft covers and hard covers.

Students will also be encouraged to explore sculptural bindings and content driven book structures. The class starts March 25, 2016 and goes to May 20, 2016. It will meet Fridays, from 9:30 to Noon. The class coasts $280. The teacher is Briony Morrow-Cribs. Her website is


February Gallery Walk Set for This Friday

Brattleboro, Vt. - Gallery Walk returns this Friday to liven up the downtown and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street. There are 31 listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions.

Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8:30, though most venues are open earlier and several remain open later into the evening. Patrons are encouraged to begin their artistic explorations a little early this Friday and stop on the way into town at The Marina Restaurant off Putney Road, where refreshments are offered to Walk patrons from 5 to 6:30. Coming from the west, consider stopping at C. X. Silver Gallery at 814 Western Ave., open 4 to 6:30.


Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate's Forum, February 11

WKVT and Brattleboro Community Television will co-produce a candidate’s forum on Thursday, February 11 for voters to learn more about the three candidates vying for two seats on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Current Chair David Gartenstein, former chair Richard DeGray and businessman Avery Schwenk are all seeking election to one-year terms when Brattleboro residents go to the polls on Tuesday, March 1. No other elected position in the town has more than one candidate. 


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