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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

Are you interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro’s roads?

Are you interested in road projects in Brattleboro that relate to bicyclists and pedestrians?

If so, please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden between 5-7:30. 

The goals of the forum are three-fold:


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 24

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 circus limbo:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

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Home Energy and Weatherization Advice
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Main Street Arts Coffeehaus Features 2x2 Folk Quartet

Saxtons River - The Main Street Arts Coffeehaus Concert Series presents the folk quartet 2x2 Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.  Quartet members Valerie Kosednar, Mark Grieco and Betsy and Lee Rybeck Lynd will perform in a concert of a cappella and accompanied music distinguished by its broad range of styles, including traditional and contemporary folks songs from around the world.   Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Info at (802) 869-2960 or online at mainstreetarts.org.   MSA is now fully handicapped accessible.


Acela Primary and The West Coast

Continuing our election year discussion series, we come to what major media have taken to calling the Acela Primary. It’s named for the Amtrak train line that makes its way through Delaware up the coast and over to Rhode Island.

The latest headlines show us that Trump and Clinton both use Delaware corporations as perfectly legitimate and legal mechanisms for handling millions of dollars of business income. Others use them, of course, to shuffle income around and avoid paying taxes, but not the candidates. No way!

Kasich and Cruz are making some sort of pact to work together to take down Trump. Trump has promised that he’s been putting on an act thus far, and will behave like a good Republican now that he’s heading for the nomination.


AIDS Project Invites Public to Walk for Life May 14

BRATTLEBORO — The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont is inviting the public to help raise money and awareness May 14 at its 29th annual Walk for Life.

The event, set for 10 a.m. to noon at the River Garden on Main Street, will spotlight community efforts not only to support local people living with HIV/AIDS but also to reduce the risk of transmission to others.

The Walk for Life will feature speakers, songs by the student cast of the recent Brattleboro Union High School musical “Rent,” a brief period of remembrance and a light lunch.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/25/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/25/16

Monday, April 25, 2016

12:00 am DCC: Kenneth Cox - Fish of Dummerston 4/5/16

1:40 am The Refugee Crisis: Learn How You Can Help

3:00 am Cooking with Zandria: A Chef's Outlook on Homecooking

4:00 am That Was the Week that Was: Actor / Educator Susan Haefner

4:45 am Interview hour with Pamela Ryder


Brattleboro Women's Chorus 20th Annual Spring Concert

As part of the ongoing celebrations of their twentieth anniversary year, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will present a concert of music composed entirely by founder/conductor, Becky Graber. Performances will be May 7 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage Arts in Putney and May 8 at 4:00 pm at Centre Congregational Church, Main Street, Brattleboro.

A few of the compositions are from past years, but most are new, composed especially for this concert. Several of the pieces are Graber’s original words. Others are poetry she has set to music, including “Sit By an Apple Tree” by Louise Erdrich, “Winter’s Harvest” by Jane Elsdon, “Trust” by Pierre Teilhard du Chardin, “Light Beams” by Antonio Machado, and “Clearing” by Martha Postlethwaite. And two of the poems are the words of chorus members, “Our Whole Lives Long” by Lynette Sievert and Graber, and “When I Saw the Hawk” by Sue Owings.  


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu April 25 to April 29

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April 25 - Corn Chowder

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Butt Naked - Why Humans Lost Most of Their Body Hair

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So why have we lost most of our body hair? Today’s evolutionary scientists speculate, but do not offer one definitive reason.





Interfaith Service for Holocaust Remembrance Day

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2nd Annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day at BAJC

Find out what your keepsakes are worth! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community’s own mini-version of "The Antiques Roadshow" will be live at our synagogue on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00. Four experienced appraisers will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles, including books, sterling silver, silverplate, glass and art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, stamps, postcards, documents, furniture, toys & dolls, metalware, clocks, barometers & watches, rugs, tchotchkes (nick-nacks), and much more – but no weaponry or ammunition and no large rugs or bulky furniture.


Crafting for the Homeless - Last Session for the Season!

Crafting for the Homeless- come make a difference!

Come join us on Sunday afternoon, May 1st, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

Crafting for the Homeless is completing its second year of meeting on the first Sunday of the month at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim. This will be our last session until next fall.

Some people come to learn to knit or crochet, others arrive with projects already underway. Some are members of BAJC; some are not. All are welcome! We donate our projects to Groundworks Collaborative. 


Women in Music Benefit Features Music by The Sisters Boulanger

Now in its 50th season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 7th Women in Music Celebration, an annual house-concert gala, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.

"This fundraiser for our concert season includes three important elements," explains administrator Joy Wallens-Penford. "A bounty of good food, some delightful music, and a special Silent Auction with a few gift certificates to restaurants and merchants as well as a wide range of 2-for-1 tickets to arts events around the region. We help to promote other organizations' events and garner vital support for the many free and affordable programs we present in the community."


Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Chance To Ask a Question in the Florida Debates

Dear ibratt readers, here's something fun to get into - an opportunity to ask a question to Congressman David Jolly (R-FL) and Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) about the issues that are most important to you. You can watch the Florida Open Debate for U.S. Senate on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 pm EDT. All questions will be chosen from among those that receive the most votes online.


Brattleboro Transportation Center - Temporary Stairwell Closing

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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, April 27, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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



Cantrip and Low Lily at Next Stage on Saturday, April 23

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present a Celtic and Americana music twin bill featuring high energy Scottish music by Cantrip, and American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration by Low Lily, at Next Stage on Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 pm.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.


Digital First Media Selling Reformer

The Reformer reports that it is being sold:

"Digital First Media will complete the sale of New England Newspapers Inc., which includes the Brattleboro Reformer, to Birdland Acquisition LLC on May 2. Included in the deal are the Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass.

The principals in the new company include three Stockbridge, Mass., residents: John C. "Hans" Morris, former president of Visa Inc.; Fredric D. Rutberg, former Pittsfield (Mass.) District Court judge; and Robert G. Wilmers, chairman and CEO of M&T Bank. The fourth principal is Stanford Lipsey, publisher emeritus of The Buffalo News and former owner, publisher and Pulitzer Prize winner for The Sun Newspaper Group in Nebraska."


iBrattleboro Poll

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