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Horse Rakes. Coil Wire Spring Tooth, — Dewey & Haynes’ Patent, For sale by J. Steen.


Mr. Geo. E. Crowell is about to lay an aqueduct to bring water from Pratt’s hill for the supply of his houses on Forest square.


Four of our local bicyclists rode to Greenfield last Saturday to attend Barnum’s show. They left here at 4 p.m. and reached Greenfield at 7, making the trip of 26 miles in three hours.


Brattleboro people are not behind the rest of the country in their interest in the comet, but up to this time since its presence became known the heavens have been unpropitious and it has only been in some fortunate hour of the clear sky, that a glimpse of it has been obtained.


The strawberry crop hereabouts, when fully gathered, bids fair to be immense. Two boxes for a quarter, (in some cases three) the current price, is the lowest ever reached in Brattleboro.


Free delivery of post begins with four carriers in Brattleboro.


George S, Dowley, the school district treasurer, has negotiated the $20,000 bonds for the new Canal street schoolhouse, at four per cent.


The post-office will be open from 9 to 12 on the morning of July 4th. The carriers will make only the early morning delivery.


Mr. Crowell is to build an addition to the Jelly company’s building for the accommodation of Mr. Blair’s pickling business.


From 75 to 100 children participated in the celebration of Children’s day at West Brattleboro. A large majority of them rode from the corner of Main and Elliot streets on a special electric car to picnic grounds at Mrs. Bigelow’s grove. The grove was fitted up with seats and hammocks and swings were conveniently located. The picnic was on the basket plan and lasted until 4 o’clock.


To Rent - Two tenements on High street. $6 per month.


The free kindergarten closed today. The vacation school on the playground will begin July 11, in charge of Miss Florence Foster.


“Steeple Jack” Cavenaugh painted the flagstaff on top of the town hall building Tuesday, and was watched by many interested spectators as he scaled the pole 43 feet above the roof of the building and went about his work with apparent unconcern. Mr. Cavenaugh is one of few who have a clear head at dizzy heights.


Burglars broke a window in the front part of A.E. Wood’s hardware store near the Whetstone bridge yesterday and reached through and took two revolvers, the selling price of which was $4.50 each.


VY starts up after a 9-month shutdown. It shuts down again after 2 hours and is back online 31 hours later.

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"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


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 8

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 a post-chorus high:

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

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

Wild Raspberry Plants
Electrical Wiring
Strawberry Plants
Artist will Draw or Paint a Full Color Picture of your
Will Build for You or Teach you to Make Anything out of
Papier Mache and Recyclables
Silver Wire Jewelry Making Lessons for Beginners


DNA Testing of "Criminals" For Misdemeanors Is Racial Profiling


U.S. | Racial Justice
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin & Speaker of the VT House Shap Smith are Racial Profiling!

by Cris Ericson (ru18vote [at] gmail.com) Saturday May 7th, 2016 5:07 PM

Should Vermont Speaker of the House, Shap Smith, be charged with conspiracy with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin for creating a new form of racial profiling of people charged with a criminal misdemeanor by forcing them to submit to a DNA test because that is just a new form of being Hitler because DNA testing shows whether you are "Cohanim Jewish" J1 haplogroup Y chromosome or Black or Native American Indian, etc.?


Don't Give Up On Marijuana Legalization! Become A Marijuana Party Political Candidate


Do you want to help make marijuana legal in Vermont? The state legislature did not make marijuana legal this spring, so it is up to you to do something!

You can get on the Nov. 8, 2016 general election ballot in Vermont for the Vermont Marijuana Party http://www.facebook.com/cris.ericson.94 by collecting petition signatures.


Movie Monday - May


May 2nd Starring:

 Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg – 10 am

May 9th Starring:

Sam Elliott, Rob Lowe, Robert Duvall – 10 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 9 to May 13

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 9 to May 13

May 9 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

Brussel Sprouts



Military Expert to Speak on American Engagement with Niger

On Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the The School for International Training, Room IC‐101, International Center, 1 Kipling Road, Brattleboro, The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Dr. John Hagen, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, who will speak on "American Engagement with Niger: A Case Study on Confronting Violent Extremism in Africa.” As the academic lead for a U.S. State Department initiative that is helping to develop professional military education for the army of Niger, John Hagen is in a good position to analyze the situation in that country and discuss U.S. involvement there. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee/tea/conversation will precede Dr. Hagan's talk at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit: www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org


Bonus Weekend Concert Series - Prince and the Revolution at First Avenue, August 3, 1983

Perhaps the only upside to Prince passing on is that YouTube has exploded with Prince videos. At least for the moment. Let’s enjoy one.

Tonight we will travel back in time, prior to Purple Rain. At this First Avenue show in the summer of 1983, Wendy makes her debut with the band and a series of new songs are debuted. I Would Die For U, Computer Blue, Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, and Baby I’m a Star are played for the first time live.

Prince fans will enjoy hearing that these new songs aren’t completely finalized.


Weekend Creativity Series - Make a Flip Book

My creativity is definitely biased toward drawing and animation. This week I’d like to share a video about doing a very simple and rewarding animation project - making a flip book.

There are lots of ways to do this, and there are many different types of flip books you might want to try. You can use post-it notes, small drawing pads, pieces of paper cut and stapled together, or the edges of your math book. (Of course, you shouldn’t write in your math book.)


Medicare Boot Camp in Townshend & Brattleboro

Senior Solutions staff provides unbiased information about the Medicare system at Medicare Boot Camp. In May this free class will be held in two Windham County locations: in Townshend on Thursday May 19, 1-3 P.M. and in Brattleboro on Thursday May 26, 1-3 P.M.

The class is for Vermonters who are new to Medicare. Family members who help these beneficiaries may also find it useful. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and Medicare Boot Camp prepares participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - WWI Parade

It was 97 years ago this week that Brattleboro celebrated the return of her World War I soldiers, sailors and nurses with a parade up and down Main Street. An estimated 8,000 spectators watched 50 local organizations join together to honor the 470 men and women who served during the “War to end all Wars”. Here's the story...



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet in Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Ben Williams and Sound Effect

The Vermont Jazz Center will welcome bassist Ben Williams and his group Sound Effect to the stage on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00 PM. Sound Effect is Ben Williams, bass; Marcus Strickland, saxophones; Alex Wintz, guitar; Willerm Delisfort on piano and Rhodes; John Davis on drums.

Ben Williams is the winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk Competition on bass. He is also the recipient of a Grammy Award for his work with Pat Metheny’s Unity Band and was voted as top overall rising star in Downbeat’s 2015 Critic’s Poll. Most recently, Williams was chosen as bassist for the White House’s celebration of International Jazz Day. After introductions by President Obama, Irina Bokova (Director General of UNESCO), and Herbie Hancock, Williams accompanied Chucho Valdéz, Paquito D’Rivera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Trombone Shorty, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, and Herbie Hancock in a moving example of how music unites the entire world. Williams’s consumate ability to support a wide range of styles is reflected in the numerous recordings he has appeared on with Pat Metheny, Jacky Terrasson, George Benson, The NEXT Collective, Eric Reed, and many more. He is an in-demand sideman and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Mulgrew Miller, Chaka Khan, Terrence Blanchard, Stefon Harris, Pharrell Williams, and Herbie Hancock; he appears with Don Cheadle in the new tribute to Miles Davis - “Miles Ahead.”


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Warning - Executive Session and Budgets

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm to discuss labor relations agreements with employees and pending or probable civil litigation, and will reconvene the business meeting at 6:15pm.

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


Next WBA Meeting on May 12th to Discuss Potential Re-use of Current West B Fire Station

The regular monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, May 12th at 6:00 PM at the New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. After a review of the treasury report, spring plantings, the last BizUp meeting and other issues, the WBA will discuss details of the Chicken BBQ coming up on Saturday, May 28th.

A feature every year of the group, the popular Chicken BBQ will once again happen in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The menu will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw or salad, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  More information on the event will be forthcoming.


Hydrant On Canal Street Hit

Steve Barrett of the Brattleboro Department of Public Works reports that this morning a tractor trailer truck hit a hydrant on Canal Street. He sent along these photos:


iBrattleboro Poll

My favorite thing about summer in southern Vermont is definitely