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Our village never gave clearer and stronger evidences of a healthy and permanent prosperity than at present. Not only have we an increase of population, but all seem to be well and profitably employed. So far as we can judge, merchants and mechanics are alike prosperous. Business is lively —money plenty — credit good — confidence general. This state of things has had its natural effect upon real estate.


Taken as a whole the inducements for trade were never better in this place than those offered the present season. In this respect we think Brattleboro is a little ahead of any town in the state.


Quite a goodly deputation of the young men of Brattleboro and vicinity left the Depot in this village, on Monday morning, en route for the West. They intend settling mostly in Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Among all the allurements to try one’s luck there are none more dazzling than those offered by lottery dealers, and we have a word of advice to those who may sometimes be tempted to patronize them. Our first and only rule is to avoid them altogether. The system is a bad one and open to the gravest objections. It is destructive to morals and of course to happiness.


Thomas Thompson dies.


The manufacturers of thin manilla paper held a meeting at the Revere House in this place on Monday of last week. After perfecting an organization, a discussion was had upon the practice of putting up paper with a less number than twenty-four sheets to the quire. It was voted to decline all future orders for short counts.


Mr. C.H. Eddy made so much of a success with his tonic beer last season that he is preparing to manufacture it this year on a larger scale. As a “temperance drink” it is unexcelled. The beer may be sampled at Fisk’s oyster market on Elliot street.


A new safe which was being raised up the back stairway in Crosby block on Wednesday, broke loose from the tackle just as it reached the top of the stairs and plunged down to the foot, breaking a hole in the floor and stopping at the granite threshold after demolishing the entrance doors.


Judge Wheeler’s opinion in the organ case, in which he denies the application of the plaintiff for a writ of attachment against the defendants for contempt of court for infringement of the Burdett patent, is published in full in our columns today.


The folly of our cheap (but very dear) and shiftless way of managing our highway and sidewalk business is seen this spring on High street, where, for lack of any curbing, the water has undermined the concrete walk laid only two or three seasons ago, and caused the concrete to break off badly in several places.


Miss Ellen Brooks, whose death took place at the Brooks House last Saturday after a protracted illness, was the oldest of the family of children, of whom George J. and F.W. Brooks, Mrs. Goodhue and Mrs. Cabot are now surviving members.


All Romeo-Juliet suggestions have vanished from the Miner building, which G.B. Kirwas occupies, the balcony to which the authorities objected having been removed.


Dunham Brothers have had manufactured and put upon sale a $3 shoe bearing their own stamp, which is handsome in appearance and evidently possesses good value.


A crossing at the head of Union street, opposite Cedar, would accomodate families living near by on the south side of the Avenue and a large number of men who are obliged to cross there four times a day in all weathers.


A new “Arctic” wall soda fountain has been placed in Greene’s drug store this week. It is of Italian marble and handsome in design.


The Vermont asylum has recently sold two registered Holstein bull calves to parties in Montana. The asylum herd now consists of over 100 head of pure blood and grade Holstein cows and heifers.


Francis Truth, divine healer, better known in Brattleboro as Bemis, the laundryman, after strange experiences in Albany, Hartford, Boston, Jacksonville, Denver and other cities, has now established himself at the head of a “Temple of Truth” in New York City.

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Windham Regional Career Center Offers Spring 2017 Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this spring. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has coordinated 16 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.


Brattleboro Selectboard: Members Sworn In, Officers Appointed

The Brattleboro Selectboard swore-in two new members (and one returning) Monday evening. New Town Clerk Hilary Francis administered the oath of office to Brandie Starr, Tim Wessel, and David Schoales at a special meeting.

Officers were also appointed: Kate O’Connor is the new Chair., Vice Chair is Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel is the Clerk.

(This may be the first time women have served as Chair and Vice Chair together in Brattleboro. Can anyone think of another time?)


The Brattleboro Shop Opens, With Love For Old Lettering

The Brattleboro Shop is now open.

As most people know, I’m a big fan of both Brattleboro and local history. I’ve combined those two passions into a project that others can enjoy - The Brattleboro Shop. It’s an online gift store with exclusive, unique Brattleboro-centric gifts and goodies. 

My fun comes from re-making old logos and designing retro-looking artwork. It’s good practice for me to study old lettering and to try to imitate old poster styles, and it is joyful to give some of these old designs new use.

You get to benefit by having access to some really neat, new, unique Brattleboro gifts.


The Commons: Voices Live! What’s Really Being Done About Opiates in Our Community?

April 3, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm at The Brooks Memorial Library (Main Level)

Join The Commons and the COR (Community Opioid Response) Committee for a discussion on what is being done and what resources are available to tackle the opioid problem in our community.

The evening includes a panel discussion with members of the Turning Point of Windham County, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Habit Opco, and The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont's Syringe Support Program.


Rare Statewide Initiative Involves Celebrity Artist to Connect Schools and Communities

Grammy-winning Jazz Guitarist John Jorgenson works with Windham County students and teachers spotlighting creativity in learning and living

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Thirty-nine teachers from 15 schools in nine communities around Vermont are involved in an ambitious and creative enterprise involving world-renowned jazz guitarist John Jorgenson. The year-long, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular project will culminate in April when Jorgenson – who has played with such diverse musicians as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti and Bonnie Raitt – performs at four community concerts in April in Brattleboro, Stowe, Barre, and Randolph.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/27/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/27/17

Monday, March 27, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour


Brattleboro School Bond Issue Results

"Article 4: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Brattleboro Town School District in an amount not to exceed Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), subject to reduction from future state and federal grants-in-aid and the application of future reserves, payable over a term not to exceed ten (10) years, be issued for the purpose of making heating system improvements to the Green Street School, the estimated cost of such improvements being Nine Hundred Forty-Six Thousand Dollars ($946,000)? This article shall be voted upon by Australian ballot."  

Yes = 114
No = 6


Bagels and Blocks Playgroup April 2nd

Make new friends while having fun with your child! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to
offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Join us April 2nd at our new time, 2:00-3:30 pm, for a Passover-themed Bagels and Blocks playgroup! We'll be transported back to Egypt while we taste some traditional Passover foods, sing our favorite songs, make frogs with working tongues, and learn more about the holiday.

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for infants and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play. Playgroups are on the 1st Sunday of each month and are free and open to all.


Library Renovations Complete!

Dear Library Community,
Thank you so much for your patience during the remodeling project downstairs! We know that being closed for a week was tough, and a big adjustment, and we appreciate that. On Monday morning we will be open for business as usual at 10 am. Come and see our new, spacious layout!

We look forward to showing you around :)

~Your Library Staff


Ain't I Lucky?

Since yesterday (Friday the 24th), I have received no fewer than 9 phone calls from the Past POTUS.

(I'm not kidding)

He has yet to hang around long enough for me to find out what he wants.

Does anybody know?


2017 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting

Good morning and welcome to the 2017 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting coverage.

You can watch the proceedings live on BCTV and follow along here throughout the day.

As always, I apologize in advance for misspellings. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and commentary at any time.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda, March 27, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. An ASL interpreter will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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


Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

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


VFW Lunch Specials Mar. 27th - Mar. 31st

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - fried chicken sandwich w/ macaroni salad
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 27 to March 31


March 27- Corn Chowder

Ham Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw



District 1 Caucus - Public Invited

Brattleboro District 1 will caucus just prior to Representative Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25 at Brattleboro Area Middle School beginning at 8:00 AM in the Mulitpurpose Room. Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 AM. District 1 will be accepting nominations to fill and appoint two town meeting member seats for 1 year.

Any residents from District 1 interested in being considered for this position should be present at Saturday’s 8:00AM caucus. The public is invited to attend their district’s caucus and stay for the information meeting.


Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1 (There is a grace period, this year only, until April 3rd due to the fact that April 1 falls on a Saturday). Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

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


Impeaching Trump

Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster.  He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest.  No doubt there are other allegations against him, but there is very strong evidence against him on this account, and a call is rising all over the country for impeachment. 

There should be no fear of this action because of Mr. Pence.  Trump is not holding him back now.  First thing's first.  We should heed this call in Brattleboro.  


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 20 to March 24


March 20 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips

Mandarin Oranges


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Water Treatment Expenses Could Top $10 Million, Local Compost Continues

Despite Dick DeGray’s call to freeze rates at current levels, utility rates will remain unchanged while the Town conducts some engineering studies to see how many millions, exactly, will be required to upgrade Brattleboro’s water treatment and water mains. Very preliminary estimates put combined upgrades at over $10 million, and the engineering studies will deterimine actual requirements and costs.

Compost will continue to go to the Windham Solid Waste Management District (only recycling will go to Rutland after July 1), West Brattleboro fire station is in operation and sucking well, Peter Havens will be expanding with new space for special events and Jasmine’s Bakery, energy proposals were deemed non-conflicting, and the board shared some thoughts regarding the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting for Dick DeGray and David Gartenstein.


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