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James Fisk, Jr. born at Pownal.


Estey's first business was the pipe and plumbing business purchased of his employer, Stephen Parker, for $1,275. This included not only the shop, which had formerly been a tannery and later the Valley Mill Building, but also Mr. Parker's house on Canal Street.


New Arrangement. Brattleboro and Townshend Daily Line. On and after Thursday, April 1st, the Stage will leave Brattleboro for Townshend every day, Sundays excepted, at 7 1/2 o’clock, A.M. Will leave Townshend for Brattleboro every day, Sundays excepted, at 12 1/2 o’clock, P.M. Connecting at Brattleboro with the Stages for Albany, Springfield, and New York, Worcester, Fitchburg and Boston. R.T. Hall, Proprietor.


The settees for the vestry of the new Methodist church came Wednesday. The pews and carpeting have also arrived, and an early day will see the whole church ready for occupancy.


Hawley is just home from New York, and will be ready early next week to show spring styles in dress fabrics, outside garments, trimmings, etc.


At the auction sale of property belonging to the estate of the late John C. Tyler, last Saturday, a wooden heel said to have been worn by the once famous outlaw “Capt. Thunderbolt,” was sold for $2.25, Mr. Geo. H. Salisbury being the purchaser.


Signed and adopted by 22 farmers: “We the undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together for the purpose of manufacturing and dealing in milk products in Brattleboro, and to be known as the Brattleboro Creamery Association, with a capital stock of $3000, divided into 300 shares of $10 each.”


The few over-confident robins and bluebirds which put in an appearance last week are supposed to have sought the seclusion of the nearest hospital for cold-in-the-head and throat distempers.


Easter cards, souvenirs and booklets are very attractive at Clapp & Jones’s.


Dentist F.A. Woodbury has just placed one of the latest patterns of dental chairs in his Elliot street office.


Special Investigator S.E. Clark of the post office department came to town Monday and spent two days in an investigation of the need and qualifications of the place for the free delivery system. He called upon many leading citizens to obtain their views, and personally visited the several sections of the village. His impressions of Brattleboro were very favorable, and he said the need of the free delivery was greater than in many places of equal size.


The building committee have decided to award the contract for the erection of the new Canal street schoolhouse to Pellett Brothers of Worcester, former Brattleboro boys, sons of J.C. Pellett. The contract calls for a stone building, and the price is about $16,000.


All citizens interested in the question of sprinkling the streets are requested to meet at the lower town hall next Tuesday evening at 7:30. Mr. Crowell does not wish to furnish water for this purpose, and this meeting is to be held to see what action will be taken in regard to raising the money for the purchase of the necessary apparatus.


An experiment has been in progress last week and this on the farm of S.S. Sargeant of West Brattleboro, which has been watched with much interest by those who have known of it. An artesian well is being sunk, for the purpose of securing an additional supply of water to the reservoir in Highland park. If this experiment is a success other similar wells will undoubtedly be sunk.


C. E. Gilman, the new proprietor of the Elliot street stables, was formerly with the Cleveland Bay Horse company, and later was a breeder of Shetland ponies. The ponies which he had when he came to Brattleboro will arrive today, Mr. Gilman’s young son being with them. The ponies will be in a pen at the stables at 80 Elliot street and they will make a rarely pleasing sight for the little folks.


Quartermaster General Gilmore came to Brattleboro last Friday afternoon to inspect the guns of the Fuller Battery which were known to have been slightly out of order at the muster last summer. The guns were taken to the northern part of the island Saturday morning and fired several times, but no serious trouble was discovered.


A petition started by the people of Esteyville is being circulated asking the bailiffs not to change the name of Maple street as proposed.

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Brattleboro Time Trade - week of February 22

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

BTT's First Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza:

Friday, March 6
from 4:30-8:30 pm at the River Garden (during Gallery Walk):
• Spring Gardening Show • Music
• Silent Auction & Raffle • Dessert Bar & Cafe!

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!


Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Technology That You Can Borrow From Brooks Library

Bring your lunch and learn about tech toys you can borrow from Brooks Library! As part of the Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series, Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh and Library Director Jerry Carbone will talk about the technology that you can borrow from Brooks Memorial Library.

The library has pre-loaded Kindles, Nooks, and iPads and more. The library also has a LCD projector, Canon Digital camera, and portable screen, which were received as part of a Vermont Economic Development Project from the Vermont Department of Libraries. The policy and procedures needed to borrow these items will be reviewed at that time. 


At Brooks Library: Revenge - A Reading and Discussion Series

Revenge-- A Reading and Discussion Series on Wednesdays 7 pm - 8:30 pm. What are the causes of revenge? What are the consequences? Is taking revenge ever justified? Explore this most passionate and provocative of human desires through drama, short stories, and novels. Join Vermont Humanities Scholar and long-time Brooks facilitator Richard Wizansky for an evening of engaged discussion on this universal topic. First in the four-part series: Agamemnon. Books are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

The books, which will be available for checkout, are the following:
February 25, 7 PM: Aeschylus, Agamemnon
March 18, 7 PM: E.L. Doctorow, Welcome to Hard Times
April 15, 7 PM: Andre Dubus, Selected Stories
May 27, 7 PM: Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter


Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market Seeks New Members

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for new members to vend their products at the Saturday and/or midweek markets. The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is the region’s largest and oldest open-air market and supports local agriculture, prepared foods and crafts. The market features over 50 diverse vendors from the local area and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit membership organization and welcomes applications from those who grow and/or create their own high-quality products, especially those working with local ingredients/materials to bring variety to the market’s offerings.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Session Begins

The spring session of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus begins Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and there is a second rehearsal option of Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 - Noon. These first rehearsals are open to anyone interested in trying out chorus without obligation. Both sessions will be held at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street. This is a location change until April for the Wednesday rehearsal.

Founder-director Becky Graber will lead the chorus in songs of travel in preparation for two concerts in May. Participation in the concerts is optional. All women and girls ages 10 and above are welcome to join without audition or previous musical experience. Financial aid is available.


Heads Up!

A big, fat false flag is likely in the works, so the DHS can get its funding

 A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

The masked narrator concluded an hour-long video by calling on Muslims to attack shopping malls, specifically naming the Mall of America, as well as the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Westfield mall in Stratford, England.


New Town Rep Candidates Badly Needed!

Alert! More candidates needed for Representative Town Meeting!

If you read the paper, you know that Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting is woefully short of candidates for the Town Election next week (Tuesday, March 3).

So we are putting out an appeal to all Town residents to consider running as write-in candidates for any uncontested (currently having NO candidates) seats at Representative Town Meeting.


Economic Development Pitch Night with Lt. Governor Phil Scott

On behalf of both the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, we wish to invite you to attend the Southern Vermont Regional Economic Pitch Night.  The event will be held at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon from 4pm-6pm on Monday, March 9th.

Southeastern Vermont has done extensive analyzing of and strategic planning for growing the Windham Regional economy through development of our Federally approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.  Now you are also invited to present ideas to legislators on how to move the Vermont State economy forward. Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes per person.  This is an opportunity to provide positive ideas for improving Vermont's economy, and hopefully encourage new legislation.


1% Local Option Tax

Brattleboro residents can vote on March 3 ( or by early voting now at the Town Clerk's Office) about whether we should add a 1% optional sales tax here in Brattleboro.

This is a difficult issue because many fear it will hurt our downtown businesses and Brattleboro residents will also pay this extra 1% tax.( It won't just be people who live out - of -town or out -of -state. ) On the other hand, it has been estimated that it could raise around $600,000 in extra revenue for the town.

I haven't heard much public comment about this issue and I 'd be interested to know what I-Brattleboro readers think.


iBrattleboro Interview: David Gartenstein

David Gartenstein is running for a one-year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard. We asked him some questions, and his answers follow. Election day is Tuesday, March 3rd.


- What lessons would you say you have you learned since joining the board? 

Serving as a member of the Selectboard, and as Chair, have reinforced for me the vital importance of ensuring that everyone is heard with respect.  We face many competing priorities in Brattleboro, and our goal should be to achieve what is best for the town and its residents given our limited resources.


Brattleboro Town Clerk Election Hours

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting in Brattleboro’s Annual local elections. The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, March 3 as staff will be conducting elections in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Area Hospitals Launch Community Health Needs Assessment

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for hospitals to maintain compliance with federal regulations.

The three health care organizations are working collaboratively to gather information by conducting focus groups, developing and disseminating a short survey to the general public, and collecting and analyzing quantitative data. The Vermont Department of Health is providing population based indicators as part of the process.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/23/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 2/23/15

Monday, February 23, 2015

12:00 am Energy Week Extra: Aquaponics

1:00 am A Crazy Cat Lady: Kitty Kisses

2:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Police Militarization

3:00 am VT Religious Leaders' Call for Reevaluation of F-35 Base in Burlington


1849 Opening of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad

The Vermont Phoenix account of the first train arriving in Brattleboro, from Boston, on February 20, 1849.

Celebration of the Opening of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad

This celebration took place on Tuesday last, the 20th inst., and will be long remembered by those who were present at it. By the arrangements made, the cars from Boston were to arrive about 1 o’clock P.M., but owning to the large train of passengers, they did not arrive until 3 P.M. Our citizens, and guests from the adjacent country, in the mean time were assembled “en masse” - and notwithstanding the long delay, had not the least difficulty in keeping cool.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free educational series designed for caregivers of elders. This six-week program will be offered for the first time in our region starting March 31 and meeting every Tuesday through May 5. Led by staff from Senior Solutions, the meetings will be 2:00-3:30 P.M. at Hayes Court in West Brattleboro.

Family and friends who help elders will learn how to reduce stress, improve communication, find helpful resources, navigate difficult decisions, and balance their lives.

RSVP by March 18 to the Senior Helpline: 1-800-642-5119.


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