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Feathers & Furniture at the Furniture & Feather Store. S.W. Spooner is just receiving a large assortment of all sorts of Feathers. Also, is constantly receiving and manufacturing Furniture.


At half past 3, Tuesday morning of this week, a fire broke out in the building in the centre of our village, opposite the Stage House, owned by Zelotes Dickinson. The citizens repaired promptly to the spot on the alarm bells being rung, and, for the most part, performed their duty upon the occasion faithfully. We were highly gratified to see a large number of the Ladies of our village form themselves in line and assist for hours in passing water from the Mill Pond to the Engine.


The back towns in this county are well covered with snow, averaging nearly or quite four feet in depth. The prospect of a pleasant spring is not encouraging when contemplated in connection with such an obstruction. In this village, the sleighing is good but with small prospect for its continuance.


Brattleboro last year expended $21,148.30, of which $16,257.21 was for highways and bridges. The estimated expenses for 1871, together with the standing indebtedness of the town, amounts to $28,965.86, which is proposed to meet by a tax of $1.32 on the dollar, and thus leave the town free of debt.


Horse-stealing as a branch of industry has of late been mostly confined to the Western states, but a “bureau” appears to have been recently established in this vicinity which promises successful results. D.A. Barrett of Hinsdale had a team stolen last week by a stranger who had hired it to come to this village; and now Stephen Higgins of Newfane is mourning the loss of a valuable animal taken from his stable last Friday night.


T.P. James, of doubtful local recollection, is now said to be employed on the Boston Figaro.


Mr. Pettee, who has charge of the town liquor agency, says that not over one-half his sales are to Brattleboro people. People from not less than 40 different towns have come to him for liquors since the agency was opened.


Residents of Elliot street have been considerably excited of late by stories of a ghost having been seen in their neighborhood.


Town Meeting Articles: “To see what action the town will take in relation to the liquor agency,” “To see if the town will vote to pay James Fisk $100 for lightning rods placed on the town hall,” and “To see if the town will subscribe for five volumes of Miss Hemenway’s Gazetteer.”


Town Meeting Articles: “To exempt from taxation for five years the finishing establishment of S.A. Smith & Co., provided the same is moved to this town,” “To direct the selectmen to contract for three snow rollers for the use of the town,” and “To sell the present poor farm and buy another suitable for the purpose.”


Marshall Grout and wife were rendered partially insensible by coal gas escaping into their rooms last Friday night.


The Wilmington stage was unable to make its usual trip on Tuesday on account of the rain and the “slumping” roads.


The first number of the Holstein-Friesian Register, under the editorship of F.L. Houghton of Putney, and bearing date at Brattleboro, is at hand, and gives promise of being a bright, able, and useful exponent of the specialty to which it is devoted.


The Columbia and Victor cycles, patterns of 1893, are on exhibition in Van Doorn & Jordan’s windows.


Over 1300 people saw the Hinsdale curiosities during the three days they were on exhibition in the Emerson building last week.


Not a few people will learn with interest, and with a pang of regret, of the death of “Bose,” Judge Wheeler’s well-known shepherd dog, which took place last Saturday. He was a “good dog” and died of old age in a very human way.


L.L. Whitney has put upon the street this week a single horse surrey to carry persons to any part of the village.


A movement has been started for an appropriation at the town meeting for the benefit of the band. The band is in poor condition financially and the people should give it the support which it deserves.


Estimated town expenses for the coming year: $33,211.43


Mrs Carrie L. Hamilton, 66, overseer of the poor, died.


Originally installed in the J. Harry Estey home in August 1913 for a demonstration to Henry Ford, Brattleboro Lodge of Elks has voted to rebuild the two manual auto-playing pipe organ. The Estey Organ Company expects the work to be done by October.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presenting Stretch Music

New Orleans Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to present “Stretch Music” at the VJC on Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Vermont Jazz Center presents Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s Stretch Music on Saturday, January, 14th, 2017 at 8 PM. Scott is one of the leading voices of his generation – a composer, a bandleader, a record producer, an educator, an articulate activist championing racial equality and prison reform; he is an eloquent speaker whose goals include “reaching a consensus to move forward.”

Scott aTune Adjuah will be performing on trumpet as well as two custom-designed horns: a reverse flugel and a sirenette. He will appear with the same group that plays on his most recent and highly acclaimed CD Stretch Music. The ensemble includes renowned young artist Elena Pinderhughes (flute), Logan Richardson (alto saxophone), Lawrence Fields (acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes), Kris Funn (upright and electric bass) and Corey Fonville on drums.


VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 9th - Jan. 13th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - Hungarian goulash over noodles
Thur - corned beef & cabbage dinner
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

Take outs available by calling 257-0438


Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Six Week Grief Support Group

A new Six Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins January 18th and will meet each Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending February 22nd. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Interested individuals must meet with the facilitator, Connie Baxter, prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by January 13th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.


My Failure As Inspector of Lumber

For many years I was a Fence Viewer, a town position that was fairly active, with a few calls and inquires per year. When I hit my term limit, I decided to continue to volunteer and looked at the two other “odd” jobs, Weigher of Coal and Inspector of Wood, Lumber and Shingles.

As a Fence Viewer I learned there were both state statutes and materials available from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to help explain the job, so my first step with Coal and Lumber was to look up what the jobs required.

VLCT said the positions were considered obsolete and unnecessary. They date from an earlier time prior to consumer protection laws, and now everything these positions were responsible for are handled in other ways.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 9th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Loss of Fairground Rd Trash Bins

Am I hearing this right?

What a stupid move.

I lived in a town (Lake Luzerne, NY) where they tried something like this many years ago.

The unintended consequence was a “Yuuge” increase in trash being discarded by the side of the road.

Why not eliminate all trash and garbage collection for good and let the free market do its magic?


Ukulele Classes Start Next Week in Brattleboro!

Join the local 'Ukulution' and learn to play this sweet and easy instrument, with instructor Lisa McCormick!

Classes start the week of Jan.9, and run for 6 weeks, at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., in Brattleboro.

Beginners (no musical background needed!), and Advanced Beginner levels available. Daytime and evening options. Ukuleles avaible for use in class.

More info and schedule: bit.ly/UkeClass


Selectboard Meeting Notes: The FY18 5 Cent Tax Increase Discussion, and Gartenstein Not Seeking Re-Election

David Gartenstein will end six years of Selectboard service at the end of his current term. He announced his intentions not to seek re-election at the start of a long, first Selectboard meeting of 2017.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing budget loose ends and lingering questions regarding the FY18 budget. The board also heard about facilities project updates, had a late-evening welcome for our new Town Clerk and took up a few matters related to Representative Town Meeting.


Start the New Year with Gratitude, Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. At this time of year we think that it’s important to find and express the things that we’re grateful for. To that end we’re setting up some tables with paper, pencils, pens, envelopes, and stamps and we’re writing letters. Thank-you letters. We’re writing letters to thank the sun for coming up, to thank a friend for their love, to thank our bodies for carrying us through life.


Drop-In Scrabble at Brooks Library - Weekly EXCEPT on First Wednesdays

Weekly Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, EXCEPT on First Wednesdays. Free and all welcome. Join us for 1st Wednesday Jan 4th, hope to see you at scrabble next week!

Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290


First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: Canterbury Tales, Still Funny after All These Years

Dartmouth professor Peter Travis will discuss the genius, comic wisdom, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry,” in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro on January 4 at 7:00 pm.

His talk, “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.


That Which Accounts for the Blueness of the Sky

Has anyone told you, you have beautiful eyes today? No? Why don’t you try on hazel eyes for a day and let me be the first?

The beauty of hazel eyes adds a bit of a mystery on the human eye-color chart. Less than 7% of the world’s population has hazel eyes, which make hazel eyes rather rare.

The science of the observable characteristics of hazel eyes is, like all eye colors, determined by genetic traits “influenced by up to sixteen known genes, passed to you that you inherit.” Science no longer thinks that your hazel eyes “(or any other eye color) happened because of a dominant gene.”


Brattleboro 2017 Town and Town School Election Petitions and Election Schedule

Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 7, and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 25.

Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 30 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.


Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Available

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are available for the 2017 licensing period. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1.

Renewal licenses may be obtained in person at the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org. Dogs being licensed in Brattleboro for the first time may be licensed in person or through the mail by printing the license form from the website listed above.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:


Shovel Thoughts

I’ve been shoveling out driveways and sidewalks most of my life. With the exception of a few years in Florida and DC, grabbing a shovel and clearing snow has been a part of my winter routine.

Shoveling provides time to think about shoveling.

The type of snow matters. Light powder is easily removed but often blows around and stings the face. Heavy, wet snow is a chore to remove, but it usually stays in place while I move it. Following forecasts to know what sort of snow to expect is a starting point.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/2/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/2/17

Monday, January 2, 2017

12:30 am Mad River Chorale - Holiday Harmonies

2:00 am 1st Wed: A Secretary of the Future

3:30 am What Do We Do Now? Taking Action in Trump's America

4:48 am TED Talks: Mallory Soldner - Your Company's Data Could End World Hunger


Artist Forum at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts: "Winter Group"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce a special “Winter Group Forum“ to take place at the gallery Saturday January 7th at 5pm. This Forum will be a “roaming style“ talk facilitated by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings. Included will be MGFA’s most recent gallery artists Torin Porter and Anne Johnstone, as well as gallery artists Jackie Abrams, Will Finkel, Michele Ratté, Donald Saaf, and Chris Triebert.

Torin Porter, a sculptor from Glover Vermont working primarily in steel, engages our imagination with his playful, stylized figures. Painter and collage artist Anne Johnstone from Somerville, MA works in mixed media, oil, and wax to create dramatic works that use distortion and exaggeration to convey a curiously heightened emotional response. Jackie Abrams, a fiber artist from Brattleboro, explores themes of the feminine form and experience through her woven vessels. Will Finkel is a ceramic artist from Brattleboro whose glazes capture the colors and wonder of natural phenomena.


New Year's Day Bingo!

The Brattleboro VFW will be holding a bingo on Sunday, New Year's Day. Doors open at 12 pm, and bingo games start at 2 PM. A single winner will take home $1000 when they win the jackpot in 75 numbers or less. No food or drink may be brought into the hall, but food and drinks are available for purchase. Public is invited.

-Brattleboro VFW


VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 2nd - Jan. 6th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - prime rib sandwich w/ onion rings
Tues - ham w/ cheesy au gratin potatoes & veg
Wed - chicken parmesan w/ garlic bread
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ garlic mashed potatoes & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ homemade seafood chowder

Take out orders are available by calling 257-0438


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Friday

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


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