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The Recording Angel statue has arrived safely in Washington, and is soon to be exhibited there. Permission has been obtained to set it up in the Rotunda of the Capitol, where it will be most accessible to members of Congress and visitors in the city. Mr. Mead is now engaged in modeling a figure for a statue to be placed on the dome of our State House by order of the Legislature.


The Brattleboro Ice Company have their crop about half gathered, and the ice is of excellent quality. They have storage for some 1,200 tons.


H. N. Houghton has received a patent for his wine and cider press.


The revival at the Baptist church is still in progress, with very encouraging results.


We are likely to see a larger drive of logs go past here the coming season than ever before. A force of 600 men, 160 horses and 46 oxen are getting out the logs in the forest near the head waters of the Connecticut.


Hawley is just home to-day from New York, and on Saturday will be ready to show a large and attractive collection of Hamburg embroideries, new table damasks, white goods, ties, ruchings, black cashmeres, cretonnes, &c.


The heavy fall of sleet last week did considerable injury to fruit and forest trees in this vicinity.


Selectman Hall has the work well advanced on his part of the annual town report, and the auditors will begin their examination next Monday. This year’s report will be much more detailed and explicit than ever before.


The large audience of the sterner sex which gathered at the town hall last Friday evening expecting to see in the Clemenceau Case something rich, rare and racy, was disappointed. The performance was entirely proper in character, and the opera glasses were laid aside when Iza, the model, appeared in her winter costume. The posing was in reality one of the best parts of the performance, but the play was weak as a whole.


Brooks Memorial Library receives bequest from Ronald James Read. Increases endowment fund by over $1.2 million dollars.

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Brooks Memorial Library Receives Bequest

The estate of Brattleboro resident Ronald James Read, who passed away in June 2014, has notified the Brooks Memorial Library of a bequest. The unrestricted gift will increase the library’s current endowment fund by over $1.2M.

“The staff, Friends of the Library, volunteers and board are delighted at this great news,” noted Jerry Goldberg, President of the Board of Trustees. “Mr. Read’s bequest, by far the largest since that made by George J. Brooks in 1886, is a legacy that is far reaching. It will help to guarantee the future viability and sustainability of Brattleboro’s public library, an institution much respected by Mr. Read. It is, indeed, his gift to the entire Greater Brattleboro community.”


Weekend Comedy Series: Jeff Foxworthy

I had a different show picked out, but in the last day or so it was removed from YouTube, so instead of Check Your Neck, we’ll visit Jeff Foxworthy in the early 1990’s via his “You Might Be A Redneck” special.

Foxworthy is famous for his “you might be a redneck if...” jokes and TV shows, but how many knew that he did a five year gig maintaining IBM mainframes?


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - A Short Summary of 3.5 Hours of Agenda Setting

It was a special meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, so we’ll have a special form of coverage - a quick version:

- No one appears to be running against incumbent Selectboard members, as was also the case last year.

- $7,000 of BMAC repair and maintenance costs were added back in to the budget for FY16.

- The FY16 general municipal budget was approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting. It comes to a request for $15,721,494, or a 2% increase in property tax.


Accident on Putney Road

I was the victim of that accident. I payed attention to my surroundings on both sides, and was in a crosswalk. I was fully sober, as I am now. I have been in recovery and AA for over a month now. I was struck by the car on the outside of my left leg, so I had definitely already gotten through the close lane (with a car, its headlights on, waiting) or else I was hit by a car crossing lanes.

I imagine the police must have identified the driver by now, as there was busy traffic leading down to the triangle and an officer was on site rapidly. My mom and uncle were speaking to an officer not far away when the accident occurred, and he naturally rushed to the scene. I was told by an officer at the hospital that the driver had been a man in his 80s who had simply not seen me.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - Annual Informational Meeting On Budget

In anticipation of the BUHS District #6 Annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the high school gymnasium, the BUHS District #6 Annual Reports are available at all WSESU schools, Superintendent's Office, Brooks Memorial Library, District Town Offices (Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, Vernon), and www.wssu.k12.vt.us. A public Forum to discuss the proposed FY '16 budget will be held at 6:30 p.m on Monday, 2/2/15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


Revenge: A Reading and Discussion Series at Brooks Library

Revenge: A Reading and Discussion Series at Brooks Library. 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.


"Presumed Consent" Is NOT "Informed Consent" And The VT State Legislature Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves!


This Act shall take effect on January 2, 2016. Bill as introduced, H. 57 It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. chapter 110A is added to read: CHAPTER 110A. ANATOMICAL GIFTS § 5232. PRESUMED CONSENT All Vermont residents 18 years of age or older shall be presumed to consent to making an anatomical gift of some or all of their organs, eyes, tissues, or a combination thereof upon their death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.


Brattleboro Planning Commission Agenda for February 2, 2015

The Brattleboro Planning Commission will meet at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 2, 2015 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. The agenda is as follows:

A. Meeting called to Order

B. Approve Minutes of January 14, 2015

C. Announcements


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 1

Night work on the new bridge will resume at Route 30. Night work will be conducted Monday night, February 2nd thru Friday night, February 6th.


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.


Traffic Stopped on I-91

Traffic has stopped on I-91 Northbound between Exits 2 and 3 as the result of a traffic accident in the work zone. Emergency personnel are responding and traffic will be cleared asap.

Cindy Cook
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.


West Brattleboro Economic Development Forum February 9th

On Monday, February 9th at 5:00 PM all West Brattleboro businesses are invited to discuss business and economic development ideas with Brattleboro and Windham County development organizations.  Representatives will be present from Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Windham Regional Commission and the Town of Brattleboro.

The meeting will take place in the central conference room at the 55 Marlboro Road building and is being organized by the West Brattleboro Association.  (55 Marlboro Rd. is the long building with Central Appliance at its right corner.  Use the central front door and head to the back.)


Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - FY16 Budget & Town Meeting Warning

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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



Climate Change Cafe' Cancelled

The Climate Change Cafe sponsored by Post Oil Solutions scheduled for 6 pm tonight at the Brooks Memorial Library has been cancelled. Next Climate Change Cafe will be on the 4th Tuesday in February.

For more information contact Tim at info@postoilsolutions.org.


Winter Storm Tips

As we get our first large snow storm of the year here are some winter safety tips from the Brattleboro Fire Department;

Make sure you always have two separate exits out of your house and that are clear from snow or ice.

Be careful when shoveling snow. Over-exertion can bring on a heart attack – a major cause of death in the winter.


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