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One of the most destructive conflagrations, and certainly the most agonizing one, it has ever been our painful task to record, occurred in this town last Sunday night, about 12 o’clock. The elegant residence of Mrs. Freme caught fire from some unexplained cause, and before aid could be rendered, was a blazing, crumbling shell. The inmates of the house were all females, consisting of Mrs. Freme, her two sisters, and two domestics. One of the latter was seriously bruised in jumping from a window; all the rest escaped without harm, except the lady of the mansion, who, dreadful to relate, perished in the flames!


The programme of the Memorial-day exercises announces that the procession will be formed in front of the town hall at 3 o’clock P.M., and will move in the following order: Brattleboro brass band, Chief Marshal and Aids, Estey Guard, orator and chaplain, choir of male voices, Sedgwick Post G.A.R., old soldiers and sailors, Beauseant Commandery Knights Templar, Fuller drum corps, Fuller battery (dismounted), Oasis Encampment I. O. of O. F., Wantastiquet Lodge I. O. of O. F., “77” drum corps, school battalion, citizens.


We are glad to learn from official sources that both our local savings banks have decided to reduce the rate of interest on all home loans to 6 per cent.


A drum corps and battalion of the Grammar school boys are drilling, preparatory to taking part in the observance of Decoration day. Their appearance in the procession will be one of the pleasantest features of the occasion.


$1.25 per day is to be the price paid for labor upon the highways during the present season. We learn that the work of reducing the High and Green street grades will probably be begun during the coming week.


Estey & Co. will survey the Dickinson lot, recently purchased by them, and cut it up into building lots, with the exception of the lower side, which they will use for their lumber railroad. This will largely increase the building room in that part of the village.


Forepaugh’s circus is announced to exhibit here July 10th.


Mrs. Brosnahan, through whose land on Grove street the selectmen laid out a highway this spring to the rear of the High school lot, caused a fence to be put up across the proposed street opening with the purpose to stop the drawing of stone and other materials for the new school building across her land. Under the law she has six months’ use of her land before it can be taken for a street.


Arrangements are fully completed for lighting the village by electricity. A contract between the bailiffs and the gas company has been closed, calling for the use of the arc lights 300 nights in the year, until 12 o’clock at $95 per light.


Early this week drifts six feet deep were reported in northern exposures on Ames Hill.


Farmers will find coal tar at the gas company’s works for use on their corn.


Oscar Cook, while painting the spire of the Congregational church yesterday, was the observed of all observers on Main street.


Stickney Bros. have the new Boston cereal product, “Ta Ka Kake,” for the name of which the proprietors have just paid $100 in a prize competition. It is prepared from corn and is one of the best of the breakfast preparations.


The new Elm street iron bridge is in place and the filling in of the approaches will be completed so that teams can cross tomorrow. The price paid for the bridge was $2050.


A most interesting “gasoline exhibition” was given in front of the store of John Galvin last evening by B.W. Boyle of Boston. In an interesting manner he showed the nature of the fluid and gave clear and explicit directions as to its use. About 200 saw the exhibition.


The Picturesque Publishing company of Northampton is to issue a “Picturesque Brattleboro.” Frederic Knab is in town securing materials for the work.


The Swedes have the excavation for the basement of their chapel nearly completed, having done the work among themselves. They will be ready to begin upon the stone work next week, and the erection of the building will follow immediately.


Ripe wild strawberries were picked Wednesday, May 22, on Harris Hill in West Brattleboro.


Stephen Greene, founder of Stephen Greene Press in 1957 with wife Janet, killed in Chicago crash of American Flight 191.

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Weekend Creativity Series - Batik

Batik is a technique used to put patterns and artwork on to cloth. The basic idea is to draw on fabric with something, usually hot wax, that will resist colored dye. The fabric can soak up color, your artwork remains, and the wax gets removed in a final step to leave the finished fabric and pattern.

Hot wax, colored dye, hot electric irons. Danger abounds! Hard as it is to believe, we did this in elementary school art class. It was one of my favorite projects.

We heated up paraffin until it melted, we painted on our pieces of fabric with the wax, then dipped it all in RIT dye. When it was dry, we’d heat up our irons, place the waxed fabric between sheets of newsprint, and would iron the wax out of the fabric. The newsprint acted as a sponge.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 17, 2016

Recently discussed enterprise fund budgets will be adopted at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard. New liquor license fees will also be up for adoption.

Police officers will be sworn-in, Selectboard goals will be discussed, public vs. private roads will be debated, grants and contracts approved, and plans for the West Brattleboro Fire Station will be reviewed on Tuesday at the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend in person and participate, even bringing up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee meeting previously scheduled on May 19 has been CANCELLED. The next meeting is scheduled on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - What for Art Thou, School?

It was 103 years ago this week that the largest headline in the Brattleboro Daily Reformer asked, “What Is A School For?” In 1913, the Vermont Legislature created a Commission to examine the state of public education in the Green Mountains. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching evaluated the Vermont school system and gave recommendations intended to improve education. Today’s BAMS students read a summary of the ancient report and reacted. Here’s the story.


Vernon Community Visit Day, May 18, To Develop New Visions For Vernon

On Wednesday, May 18th 2016, all members of the Vernon community are invited to participate in a series of forums in town to share their concerns and ideas. The Vermont Council on Rural Development will bring a team of over 20 federal, state, business, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders who will listen to residents and will return in months ahead to the community with recommendations, ideas and support in developing action plans and funding strategies. Click HERE for the schedule of the day.


May 1886 Advertisement - The Pivot Corset


Thank You Vermont Voters for Allowing Me on the Democratic Primary Ballot Aug. 9th!

THANK YOU! Hi! I want to thank the voters of Windham, Windsor and Rutland Counties who signed two different petitions for the statewide August 9, 2016 Democratic Primary Election to allow me to appear on the ballot for two offices, U.S. Senator and Governor of Vermontfor the Democratic Party.

2016 Vermont Statewide Primary Election Qualified Candidate List for August 9th https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/757630/2016-statewide-primary-qualifie...


Frost Street Closed Monday May 16

Please see the following road closure information effective MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016:

Frost Place will be closed to through traffic from the intersection of Brook Street to the Elliot Street Bridge for a water line project. Local Traffic will have access from the Brook Street end. The closure hours will be from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.




Prof. Bristol’s “Equescuriculum” will exhibit at the town hall May 24-26.


http://www.circushistory.org/Olympians/OlympiansB2.htm gives us...

"BRISTOL, CLIFFORD. Son of D. M. Bristol. Agent, VanAmburgh’s, 1847.

BRISTOL, DE LOSS M. (d. May 11, 1926) Father of Clifford Bristol. Prof. Bristol’s Equescurriculum (horses and mules), 1885-91; Prescott’s Great Eastern, 1896. Died at home of his son, Exeter, age 78."


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - Enterprise Fund Explorations

The Brattleboro Selectboard came out of an executive session to hold special meeting about three of the Town’s fund budgets. The FY17 Utility, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets were up for review, along with updated plans for capital improvements within each enterprise fund.

Before the funds fun could get underway, Chair David Gartenstein congratulated and thanked a third grade class at Academy School for their study of West Brattleboro and how well town services meet the needs of the students. He said they wrote letters with their recommendations. Top of their list, he said, was concern about sidewalks and how close traffic is to edges of the road in some places. In addition to the safety concerns, they hoped for more clothing stores and restaurants.


Shocking Story


Dr. Frederick M. Palmer, postmaster in 1846 who created the Brattleboro provisional stamp, jumps to his death from a Portland steamer out of Boston holding his 4-year-old grandson.


A Book that Amazon Refused to Publish

I stumbled across an interesting book review.  I have not yet read the book, and can not comment as to the truth or falsehood of its contents. If it is true, it is wonderful news. If not, it is a travesty and the author needs to be prosecuted for perpetrating a horrible fraud on the families and upon the people of America.


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The fourth installment of the 2015 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 16, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 16, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 16, 2016 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 16, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Act 46 Meeting Cancelled, Minutes from 5/4/2016

The Act 46 Study Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 5/11 in Putney has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 26.

Attached are minutes from 5/4.


"For You... With Love" At New England Youth Theatre, May 20-22

Tickets are on sale now for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring concert, “For You…with Love” at the New England Youth Theatre on 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

Artistic director Jennifer Moyse says “For You…With Love” is a collection of dance pieces in varying styles offered as a gift to the audience from the BSD community. “This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the school’s founding. So many of those early students now have their own children studying with us. We dance with gratitude for the years of support we’ve received.” 


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and 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 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 9th

Upper Dummerston Road will be closed Thursday, May 12th beginning at 5:00 AM and ending at 9:00 PM so that the project team can work on concrete deck placement. This work is weather dependent.


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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


The Stump Streets

Forest Square, also known as the Tree Streets, in Brattleboro was once a very desirable part of town to live. The area was given its name due to the ample number of trees, the streets are named after trees, and the streets were planted with large shade trees lining the sidewalks and roads.

The very largest trees in the neighborhood today were likely planted in the 1860s by Brattleboro’s Share Tree Association. There was a concerted effort to plant new trees to provide shade for future residents, since much of the town was being cleared of trees as people cut them for wood.

The shade trees grew up together and became quite large and doing all the things trees do - provide shade, homes for birds, food for squirrels, places to play and climb for children.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/9/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/9/16

Monday, May 9, 2016

12:00 am Kurn Hattin Spring Jazz Festival

2:22 am 1st Wednesdays: Merton, Meditation, and More - Buddhism in the West

3:30 am The Howard Center: Understanding Trauma and Its Impact

5:00 am Vote for Vermont: School Choice

5:30 am Annette Spaulding: Petroglyph find at VT History Museum


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