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Samuel Knight, the first lawyer in Brattleboro, was born in Killingly, Connecticut.


The subscribers manufacture, and keep on hand for sale, Umbilical Trusses made on correct principles; warranted to give perfect satisfaction. Thompson & Wadsworth


A Discourse may be expected at the Unitarian Church in this Village, next Sabbath morning, on Moral Honesty.


Ben K. Chase, Jeweler in Cutler’s Block, has just set up a Regulator which, governed by transit observations, will give the standard time of Brattleboro. This time is 5 minutes 31 and four tenths seconds slower than Boston time - a difference which those who travel on the Railroads will do well to note.


Fourteen men arrived at the Hospital in this place on Friday last, all Vermonters; and last Wednesday one reported himself here from Andersonville, Georgia. On Thursday morning 25 left for the front.


We understand that the Centre Church pews, 122 in number, have all been rented. They were appraised so as to bring in an income of about $2100, the prices ranging from $3 to $37.50 each. They were mostly taken at appraisal; some, however, went a little higher. This mode of raising money for religious societies is becoming quite common.


O.L. Miner of this town has sent to market nearly seventy tons of poultry since the middle of November.


Not satisfied with having put up by far the largest and most costly block in Brattleboro, Messrs. Crosby & Co. have made arrangements for the immediate erection of another block, fronting on Elliot street on the site now occupied by the store of J.W. Frost & Co. The new block will be of brick, about 60 to 70 feet on the ground, two stories high, and separated from the former block by a passage way of 30 feet, making it only 100 feet distant from Main street.


The sensation of the week has been the rumor that Dr. Holton had bought the Charlier place and had gone to New York to complete the transaction. Rumors have also been plenty as to the probable or possible uses to which the estate was to be put. It is true that Dr. Holton has been in New York and returned this morning, but he assures us that the report of his purchase of the pace is without foundation.


It is understood to be the purpose of the Brooks Library trustees, in carrying out the known wishes and ideas of Mr. Brooks, to fit up the south basement room to be used as a museum of local relics and natural curiosities. It will be opened this spring and contributions will be invited of articles to be placed there.


Next Sunday evening Rev. Mr. Illman will speak on "The Future World.”


The Brattleboro telephone exchange now has its long distance transmitter in use and conversation is carried on with perfect ease, in a low tone of voice, with No. Adams, Pittsfield, Springfield and more distant points.


Fred Waite drew into town last Saturday a monster log, which was probably the largest ever cut up in a Brattleboro mill. At the but end the log measured 5 1/2 feet in diameter; it was 14 feet long and measured 4 feet in diameter at the small end. The log was the property of Estey & Co., and was cut on their farm at North Hinsdale. The log was cut up into 1510 feet of 2 inch plank, the value of which was upward of $100.


The icy roads have given the boys rare opportunity for coasting. One heavily loaded traverse went from the High street hill to the toll bridge a few evenings ago.


I.L. Thomas was in town yesterday on his pneumatic tired bicycle. He has ridden almost every day this winter and declares that cycling on the snow and ice is preferable to the roads in summer.


The public schools were dismissed at 10 o’clock this morning. The plan of holding no session on such a day and notifying the pupils by means of the electric fire alarm should be adopted.


Estimated amount of Town expenses for the coming year is $18,765.45.


Seldom, if ever, have the sidewalks about town been in worse condition that during this week.


The sympathy of the Brattleboro people goes out in an unusual degree to Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Harris in the bereavement caused by the first break in their family, the death of their daughter Mildred. She was their second child, and a bright winsome girl of seven years. She leaves besides her parents and older brother, Fred, and a little sister. She had been ill about three weeks with Bright’s disease.


John L. Knowlton has sold his building lots on the corner of Oak and Chapin streets to J.A. Pullen. These lots have been used for several years as a tennis court. Mr., Pullen plans to build two houses upon them soon.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda & Notes - February 2, 2016

Police and Fire facilities debt, scheduling of special meetings and informational sessions, an ordinance change for animals and fowl, and committee adjustments will be before the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular Tuesday meeting. You can attend in person and participate!

Watch on BCTV and discuss it here after it's over.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 1, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Japanese or Asian Language Groups Around Brattleboro?

Are there any groups in this area who get together to talk in Japanese?  I know there's a Spanish group, so it occurred to me there might be an Asian group of some sort.  On behalf of a college-age relative who is extremely into Japanese (incuding anime, manga, foods), so I'm looking for possible social outlets.


Youth Services RAMP Program Seeks High School Participants for Career Mentoring

As students get into high gear during their second semester, Youth Services Workforce Development staff are busy seeking referrals of youth, ages 13-17, in need of extra support and career mentoring at Brattleboro Union High School and Bellows Falls Union High.

Now in its fifth year, Youth Services’ Ready-to-Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) meets once a week after school to connect students with professionals for career-focused mentoring and to encourage them to remain in school. Adult mentors join students on site tours to businesses and colleges, serve on occasion as guest speakers, and help participants work on their personal career plans, according to Susan Lawson-Kelleher, the organization’s Workforce Development Coordinator.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Ex-Slave Jacob Cartledge

BHS trustee Joe Rivers and his group of young BAMS historians investigate ex-slave Jacob Cartledge.


Town of Brattleboro - Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 19, 2016.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.


Space Shuttle Memories

The Challenger disaster. What memories.

I have a long and odd relationship with the Space Shuttle. Living in Florida in the late 70’s and early 80’s, we were often able to see the shuttle go up even though it was hundreds of miles away on the opposite coast. You could see a trail of smoke trailing a tiny sliver of shininess, and watch the plume arc as the shuttle took off over the Atlantic Ocean.

This was pretty neat for me, having been a space-age kid raised on moon launches and Tang.


Inequality Survey and Free Coffee

On Saturday, Jan. 30 members of the Vermont Workers’ Center will be at The Restless Rooster, 134 Elliot St., surveying members of our community about how issues of inequality are affecting our lives-- in healthcare, access to work, discrimination and other issues facing you and your family. Please join us to participate in the survey and enjoy some free coffee! If you’d like to schedule a specific time for the survey, please e-mail Or simply show up!


Dear BFC

My Dear Bratt Foo Coo,

Thank you, ever so much, for the fresh, local, organic tortillas.  I walked into the store this evening and was truly delighted.  Dinner transported me back to a tortilla shop in a little village in Central México, an elderly woman in the background making them by hand.  A good tortilla has a taste like a drink of fresh water from a gurgling spring. 

And thank you, by the way, also goes out to the Supreme Court of México for continuing to ban genetically engineered corn from being grown in their country.  Not that this has anything to do with my dinner, just giving credit where credit is due here.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 1 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:30 p.m. – Robert Woodworth, Board Chair



Redress - Not Amnesty for Wrongful Nonviolent Marijuana Incarcerations

Considering that consenting adult marijuana consumption is one of the definitive victimless crimes, where there is no apparent victim and no apparent serious pain or injury, it means it should never have been a crime to begin with.If anything, the history of marijuana laws and their application are arbitrary, irrational and draconian by any reasonable standards. Therefore, marijuana consumers are victims of the law, not offenders of the law.

Evidently, now that marijuana consumption is moving into the mainstream of legalization, it makes me wonder what the hell were we thinking of all those years of criminalization? Clearly, there was and is no good conscience behind criminalizing marijuana. Historically, the escalation of marijuana laws turned tens of millions of Americans into criminals who were not criminals before.


The Winston Prouty Center for Child Development Purchases Former Austine School for the Deaf Campus in Brattleboro

 (Jan. 25, 2016) --- The US Bankruptcy Court accepted the bid by Winston Prouty Center for Child Development to purchase The Austine School for the Deaf campus in Brattleboro.

The Austine School, which was part of the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH), closed at the end of the 2014 school year. VCDHH, which included a number of support and educational programs, closed in September and the organization declared bankruptcy.

Rather than pursue a long-planned $2.4 million expansion of its facility, including an early education center and community-based services, which is located across from Living Memorial Park, Winston Prouty decided to use its financial resources to purchase the Austine campus. “It would be great to have space where we could not only meet our needs but also collaborate with other nonprofits that might need space,” Chloe Learey, Winston Prouty executive director, said, “This will create an exciting opportunity to work together in new ways." Winston Prouty’s winning bid was $2.75M. It is anticipating a loan of about $500K, depending on the sale of the current building and capital campaign.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 31


To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, January 31, 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.


Myra Goodwin

According to Wikipedia:  "Myra Goodwin played the leading lady in Sis, an 1885 production of the 14th Street (Manhattan) Theatre." 

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Qigong for Healing and Living Fully - Focus

You are your best healer! Come learn how each and everyone of us is born with the innate gift to heal ourselves. In this half-day intensive, you will experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body’s innate healing ability while deepening your capacity to relax and enjoy your life more completely.

Qigong is an ancient form of meditative movement that is over 5,000 years old. In China, qigong is one of the secrets to living a long and healthy life. The simple movements and breathing practices help relax the physical body, calm the mind and raise the spirit. It is an excellent form of preventative healthcare, and also used in treating major illnesses and minor ailments.


From Paris to Vermont: Building a Movement for a Just Transition

On Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., Shela Linton, who traveled to the UN COP21 climate talks, will report on her experience in Paris with climate activists from around the world, followed by discussion about the road ahead. This event will take place at the Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro, and is sponsored by the Vermont Workers' Center. 

Details: In December, Vermont Workers' Center reps Shela Linton and Senowa Mize-Fox traveled to the United Nations' COP21 climate talks, joining a delegation of over 100 grassroots leaders from the US and Canada.


A Little iBrattleboro Update - Facts, Figures and a Renewed Invitation To Participate

People we talk with are sometimes unaware of the numbers behind this site. In honor of our Token Economy, let me share some recent statistics.  As you know, we’re extremely local, and focus on Brattleboro and surrounding areas in southern Vermont. Our audience drifts into NH and Massachusetts as well. We also have people reading and writing who are interested in Brattleboro but live elsewhere. A few of these folks are reporters looking for stories and people to interview.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - week of January 24

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 under the fleece blankie:

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

Editing - Academic
Sewing By Machine or by Hand
Travel Planning to Senegal/West Africa
Snow Shoveling? I Love It!


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