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William Brattle one of the buyers of 43,943 acres of Equivalent Lands at an auction, with proceeds going to Yale.


Looking Glasses. A Splendid assortment of Looking Glasses for sale cheap by G. & C. Lawrence.


Iron, Steel, Nails, &c. C. Townsley & Son have just received a full supply of English, Swedes, Russia and American Iron, of all shapes and sizes. Sanderson & Co. and Naylor’s extra Cast Steel. Also, German, Spring, Swedes, and Toe Cork do. Elliptic and Side Springs, and Axletrees. And 200 casks Nails, of all sizes, which they are prepared to sell cheap as the cheapest for cash or approved credit.


Messrs. Riley Burditt and Hatsel P. Green of this village, have made an important improvement in melodeons for which they have recently secured letters patent. By this improvement two or more notes in different octaves are sounded by pressing a single key, in such a manner that all the levers are fulcrumed on a single board, which slides, thus bringing the levers into or out of connection with the keys.


Our young doctor who, when a young lady up street declined singing to him, as she had a “sore throat,” recommended “a broadcloth coat-sleeve with an arm in it, to be worn around the neck for one hour each evening,” is building up an extensive practice.


On Wednesday evening an assemblage of men and boys gathered in our streets for the purpose of demonstrating their fealty to the Union and their opposition to secession. They erected a gibbet in Main st nearly in front of the Revere House and hung thereon an effigy of Jeff Davis, the President of the Confederate States. After hanging a suitable length of time the effigy was burned. The crowd then called upon George Bugbee and made the night hideous with their noises because he refused to show the Union flag.


George Brooks, Esq., owner of the Brooks House, returned to town last week after a winter’s sojourn in San Francisco, looking hale and hearty.


At the adjourned school meeting, it was voted to purchase land and raise money for a new intermediate school house to be located south of High street and the expense not to exceed $10,000. A committee was chosen to locate and build the same. An advisory note also recommended the building of a new primary school house to be located on Canal street or Cemetery hill. Proceedings were irregular and boisterous.


The narrow-gauge road seems to be full of life. We learn that over one hundred men, all told, are now employed on the work within two miles of the mouth of West river, and that the force will be rapidly increased all along the line as fast as the snow, ice and frost disappear.


Somebody with an uncomfortable faculty for facts said that last Wednesday was the first pleasant Wednesday in 14 weeks.


A 14-year-old miss, who appears on the rollers in the role of an Indian princess, will be the attraction for the habitues of the skating rink this evening and to-morrow evening.


The “Brattleboro Athletes” is the name of a new baseball club organized here with B. J. Foley as captain.


The work of rebuilding the Elliot street wall has been begun.


Dea. Estey left no will. In speaking on the subject the past winter he said the law would settle his estate just as he wanted it settled. All his private affairs were left in perfect condition.


Some excitement was caused on the street Tuesday by the false report that the body of a man had been found in the river.


Rev. Mr. Parry will deliver a memorial address on the life of Hon. Jacob Estey next Sunday morning.

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5:45 Live: 3/13/15

Vernon's big recount, burglary ring updates, and Brattleboro's visits from Lt Gov Phil Scott and Rep Peter Welch headline this edition of BCTV's weekly media round-up. Click here to watch on at brattleboroTV.org.


Weekend Concert Series: The Pogues

In honor of St. Patrick's Day weekend, I was thinking it might be nice to listen to some Pogues....  The Pogues, for the uninitiated, were an Irish traditional punk rock band from London, led by the inimitable Shane MacGowan and his accomplice Spider Stacy.  They’re best known for their Christmas ballad Fairy Tale of New York, featuring Kirsty MacColl, but MacGowan and the band wrote many memorable songs, dripping with authenticity and God knows what else, that make you think you’ve woken up in a rowdy Irish bar at the height of the party.  


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 17, 2015

Repairs to the Green Street retaining wall and the Elliot Street bridge will be front and center at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will also take up, again, a discussion of Property Assesed Clean Energy districts, will have second reading and public hearings for two amended ordinances, make appointments, assign Representative Town Meeting duties, and more.

Meetings are in the Municipal Center on Main Street. You can attend in person, comment, and bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Reminders: I-91 Exit 3 On Ramps Closed Sunday Noon to 7pm and Heavy Weekend Traffic

A reminder that this Sunday from noon to 7:00 pm we will close both the northbound and southbound Exit 3 on-ramps to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Please use Vt Route 5 as an alternate route.

And please expect heavy traffic and resulting delays between Exits 2 and 3 on I-91 this weekend. Traffic is likely to be heaviest northbound on Friday afternoon and evening, and southbound on Sunday afternoon and evening. Those with flexible travel plans should consider alternate travel times and/or routes. Please also consider using Vt Rt 5 as an alternate route.


Tour de Heifer Promises "Vermont's Most Challenging Dirt Road Rides"

Registration is now open for the fifth annual Tour de Heifer, which, organizers say, includes Vermont's most challenging dirt road cycling rides.

The Tour is organized as a fund-raiser for Strolling of the Heifers, and takes place on Sunday of Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, June 7.

The Tour's 60-mile and 30-mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with mimimal pavement.  Both entail significant elevation change — nearly 7,000 feet for the 60-miler, and over 3,000 feet for the 30-miler.


Congressman Peter Welch To Visit Brattleboro

Congressman Peter Welch, United States House of Representatives, Official Appearance Schedule

Friday, March 13th , 2015

10:30 a.m.
Press Conference: Brattleboro
Rep. Welch will hold a press conference to highlight the importance of the Medicare Dependent Hospital and Low Volume Hospital Designations programs for rural Vermont hospitals and make an announcement regarding the status of the program.


March For Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals Celebrates March for Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals joins with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to celebrate March for Meals.  The month of March mobilizes hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country to reach out to their communities and build support that will sustain them all year long.


I-91 Exit 3 Ramps To Close Sunday

This Sunday, we will close both the northbound and southbound Exit 3 on-ramps to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 2 or 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic. The on-ramps at Exit 3 will be closed from noon to 7:00 pm.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301

It is important that newly elected Board members have completed the taking of the oath of office prior to participation in this meeting.


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday March 16 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' To Be Held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, March 14, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Time, Money, And A Little Bit Of Luck

The two scarcest commodities on this planet are money and time.  We never seem to have enough of either one.  But this isn't true of everyone.  Some people have lots of one, some of the other, and some lucky people have both.  How can this be?  I have a socioeconomic theory that the time/money ratio is in fact an indicator of economic class.  Here's how it works:

If you have both time and money, you're probably affluent.  You simply have the money and don't need to work that hard for it, if at all. Consequently, you have lots of time too.  The world is your oyster. You can have your cake and eat it too.


Over Hard or Easy?

Many years ago I was employed by a prestigious institute, which partnered with an esteemed university, to visit elementary schools across Vermont (all names withheld) and closely observe classrooms in action. There was a scoring form used, the rubrics were primarily oriented towards engagement, involvement, inspiration, and critical thinking.

One classroom I visited was vaunted in advance as a high scoring classroom on standardized tests, the teacher a veteran known for their effectiveness. This was an early ed room, first or second grade. The teacher was brusque, professional, their M.O. seemed to be some kind of tough love. My work began as usual with the start of the day-- sessions lasted a whole day-- our role was akin to the Star Trek prime directive, observing only, being careful to not interfere.


The Slambovian Circus of Dreams w/ Russell Kaback at Next Stage on Saturday, March 14

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. Singer/songwriter Russell Kaback opens the concert.

The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” - a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. The quartet taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, featuring an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.


Vermont Comedy Divas at the River Garden, April 4

The Vermont Comedy Divas —the only all-female, touring stand-up comedy troupe in the United States — bring their acclaimed brand of stand-up comedy to the River Garden in a fund-raising event for Strolling of the Heifers on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m.  All tickets are $15. Buy online at http://vtdivas.brownpapertickets.com/, or at the River Garden (cash only, Mon-Fri 9-5). Age suggestion: 16+


Vermont PBS Would Like To Hear From The Local Community

This letter was shared with Community Council members of Vermont PBS, and has now been made open to the community by Bill Holiday of the Brattleboro Historical Society (and a member of the Community Council of VT-PBS). All questions about this notice may be direct to Bill at holiday@svcable.net. Vermont PBS would like to hear about issues and events of concern in our corner of the state.

Dear Council Members:


Madame Sherri: Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Brattleboro AAUW presents: The Theatrical, Eccentric, Flamboyant Madame Sherri, a talk by Eric Stanway on Tues., March 17 at 7 p.m. at the Brattleboro Historical Society History Center at the Masonic Temple, 196 Main St., Brattleboro.

Stanway is author of “Madame Sherri: The Special Edition,” an expanded biography of the diva of the 20’s who scandalized the locals for years before succumbing to poverty and dying in a Brattleboro boarding house, leaving her castle in the woods of West Chesterfield, N.H., to crumble to ruins.


Susan Keese

I just read that VPR's southern Vermont correspondent, Susan Keese, passed away.

I've known Susan for many years, after first meeting her to talk about things going on at the Estey Organ Museum. Being a radio producer, her medium was sound, and stories that had interesting sounds or music being played were often of interest to her and her listeners.

She got very interested in the 2005 EsteyFest, a gathering of reed organ enthusiasts, many of whom brought instruments with them.

Over the years, whenever I had a potential story that included good sounds, I'd make sure she knew about it.


5:45 Live: 3/6/15

Get ready for a post-town-meeting-day/election-night edition of 5:45 Live packed with plenty of footage from Brattleboro's election night results and 4-hour select board meeting, Vernon drama galore, PAYT across Windham County, and much much more. Click here to watch it at brattleboroTV.org.


Eric Dubay Talks About The Flat Earth on WVEW

Tune in this tuesday, March 10th,6-8pm to "buttahmilk" for another experience that you won't soon forget. DJ Pockets talks to Eric Dubay, yoga teacher and current resident of Thailand about the Flat Earth. From his book "The Flat Earth Conspiracy"

"Wolves in sheep’s clothing have pulled the wool over our eyes. For almost 500 years, the masses have been thoroughly deceived by a cosmic fairy-tale of astronomical proportions. We have been taught a falsehood so gigantic and diabolical that it has blinded us from our own experience and common sense, from seeing the world and the universe as they truly are. Through pseudo-science books and programs, mass media and public education, universities and government propaganda, the world has been systematically brain-washed, slowly indoctrinated over centuries into the unquestioning belief of the greatest lie of all time.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/9/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/9/15

Monday, March 9, 2015

12:00 am Vote for Vermont - Gun Control Legislation - 3/2/15

12:30 am Burlington's 150th Birthday Celebration 2/21/15

2:00 am Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars Concert

4:12 am TED Talks: Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health for a Lifetime

4:30 am West Brattleboro Economic Development: 2/23/15 Forum


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