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Wanted for payment for the Phoenix, Green Maple, Beech and Birch Wood, Rye, Corn, Oats, and Money, if delivered soon. Delinquent subscribers are once more requested to settle up.


Blake & Lawrence have on hand a few of the improved Cylinder Churns for sale. Those wishing for the above article are requested to call and examine for themselves, as they are an excellent article.


The storm of last week was the most severe of the season. It lasted for two days without intermission, and blocked up the roads in every direction. The mails have been delayed almost beyond precedent.


Our Town Agent has just received a barrel of most excellent “old Bourbon Whiskey,” with only this difference that it is made from wheat. Those in need of such an article for medicinal purposes will find it the best place to secure it. We take occasion to add that all liquors kept at this agency are of the best quality, and they are dealt out by an honest man.


Both branches of Congress assembled in convention in the Hall of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday afternoon to examine the certificates of the votes of the electoral colleges for President and Vice President. The result was that Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, was declared duly elected President, and Hannibal Hamlin, of Maine, Vice President, for four years from the 4th of March next. Mr. Lincoln is now on his way to the capital.


Jenne & Co., insurance and real estate agents, offer for sale on reasonable terms the late residence of Rev. Addison Brown, on Chase near Asylum street. Possession given immediately.


David A. Burroughs, for an assault upon his mother, Mrs. Potter, was brought before a justice of the peace on Saturday and fined to the mild extent of $1.00 and costs.


Messrs. Hadley & Frost, ice dealers, have pretty much exhausted their storing capacity with a crop of some 200 tons of the first quality ice.


Twenty cases of scarlet fever reported in Brattleboro.


St. Valentine’s - the day “when birds choose their mates and couple,” or, of we so choose to regard it, the day sacred to the memory of the gracious, loving and charitable St. Valentine, who was beheaded at Rome in 270 A.D.


The windows for the Roman Catholic church, which were made in Holland, have arrived and are being put in place this week.


Today is St. Valentine’s day and many a missive will be sent through the mails by young people anxious to convey to some fond inamorata the spontaneous outburst of their feelings, which can be bought ready-made on tinsel at all prices from five cents up.


P.S. Chase is serving his customers with the choicest lettuce - large, crisp, and well-matured - ever seen in Brattleboro at this season.


Corser, Hidden & Co., the St. Albans overall manufacturers, have already begun to move their machinery to this place, and are fitting up the third floor in the jelly company’s building, in the quarters which have been occupied by the Thorn Medicine company. The overall works will probably be in running condition by the first of March.


The red setter Glen, belonging to Miss Margaret C. Holbrook, daughter of Col. Wm. Holbrook, took first prize in the open class at the bench show of the Westminster Kennel club held in New York this week.


The next meeting of the High school lyceum will be held in the High school room on Tuesday evening of next week at 7:30. The debate will be on the question, Resolved, That industrial education should be taught in the public schools. This will be followed by a short play and other interesting exercises.


The candy house in A.E. Miller’s north window has been viewed by the children this week with longing eyes and watering mouths. It is the work of Bernard Fay, Mr. Miller’s candy maker, who has done some skillful work in that line in other places.


The schools in the town district close today for the regular spring vacation.

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Online Tax Filing Tools at Brooks Library

Online tax filing might be easier than you think! The library partners with, a project of Windham County United Way, to make online tax filing easy and free for qualifying households. Or try FreeFile, another easy online option from the Vermont Department of Taxes. If you need a fast computer, visit the library; we'll help you get started and give you all the online time you need. Click here for links & more info

File Online: Prepare and file your state and federal taxes online. Both are free to qualifying households. If you don't qualify for free filing, you can still use the services; you'll simply be charged a filing fee.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - February 15 to February 19



February 16 - Stuffed Cabbage w/Tomato Sauce





Call for Chamber Singers to Perform on June 25

Friends of Music at Guilford seeks additional voices for its Chambers Singers in preparation for its yearly "A Cappella à la Carte" event and 50th birthday party on Saturday, June 25, at a hilltop property in Guilford. The gathering will include a brief annual meeting, a festive potluck meal, and concert sets by the Singers and the Singcrony women’s quartet. Other music-making may emerge as plans develop. The Chamber Singers will perform love songs by Dowland, Elgar, Holst, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Young & Heyman, Healey Willan, and the group's director, Tom Baehr; one or two others may be added. Rehearsals begin Monday, February 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Guilford Community Church. Contact Baehr at (802) 387-2796 or with questions or to join the group.


Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition Set For February 20 and 21

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The nation’s best young ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Feb. 20 and 21 during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature two dozen athletes from the United States, Austria and Slovenia leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.


Weekend Creativity Series - Formula

Pop songs of all genres have formulas for success. Most radio hits are 3 minutes, have an intro, a verse, a chorus, a verse, a breakdown, and go out with the chorus. Most keep the lyrics simple, and geared toward basic emotions, or thought one might have on a dance floor.

This extends beyond pop rock to pop soul and pop country. This week, we take a look at the creative work of Sir Mashalot, who shows us just how similar the county pop hits of today really are.

He chops and re-arranges six songs — "Sure Be Cool If You Did" by Blake Shelton, "Drunk on You" by Luke Bryan, "Chillin' It" by Cole Swindell, "Close Your Eyes" by Parmalee, "This is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line, and "Ready, Set, Roll" by Chase Rice — showing just how formulaic and similar they are.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda & Notes - February 16, 2016

Brattleboro’s proposed skatepark may take a major step forward if the Selectboard approves a $230,000 grant application request from BASIC and the Recreation & Parks department. The grant application would be to the National Creative Placemaking Fund.

The board will approve special event permits, learn about the VY Decomissioning timeline for emergency management, and will hold a second reading and public hearing on proposed changes to ordinances regarding pets.

Attend in person to participate, watch on BCTV, and read about it here the day after.


Dinner and Hot Latin Jazz at Compass School - International Program Fundraiser

Dinner and Hot Latin Jazz at Compass School Saturday Feb. 27th

On Saturday, Feb. 27th, Compass School will host a Latin American-inspired dinner and a musical performance by Eugene and Julian’s Latin Party Band featuring renowned musicians Eugene Uman and Julian Gerstin.
The evening begins at 6:00 p.m with a fabulous, multi-course dinner, and concurrently there will be a silent auction which will include gift certificates to area businesses, fine arts, furniture, clothing, and much more. All-inclusive tickets for dinner and music are just $18 adults and $12 students – a fun and very affordable night out.


Namie, Fukushima Japan 5 Years Later

One month from today, March 11, will mark 5 years since the Fukushima nuclear disasters began in Japan. The town of Namie, Japan is the same distance from the nuclear reactors in Fukushima as Brattleboro is from Vermont Yankee. 500 Namie citizens died in the tsunami, and Namie was evacuated. Five years later, it is still off-limits to its 15,000 residents. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report May 2015, Namie residents received the highests doses of radiation from the Fukushima meltdowns: 10 to 50 miliseverts. The Telegraph posted photos of Namie yesterday:

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The Safe and Green Campaign will hold a vigil in downtown Brattleboro on Saturday, March 12th. We will honor the 150,000 evacuees of the Fukushima meltdowns, and to educate ourselves on the continuing public health, environmental and political effects of this horrific accident.


Windham Regional Career Center Spring 2016 Community Education & Training Programs

The Spring 2016 Community Education & Training Programs start the week of March 14. Go to to see a full listing of the programs under Adult Learners. Call 802-451-3965 for more information.


The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - West River Railroad and Robert Burns

BHS trustee, Joe Rivers, and his band of young historians at the Brattleboro Area Middle School examine the West River Railroad and Robert Burns.


Grim Tales


Once a lovely maiden made the mistake of making a deal with a big bad banker who was about to pull the rug out from under her poor dad. The desperate old man offered his daughter up to the banker as stopgap collateral, believing in her earnest entreaties, that she could indeed spin her way out of his mess.

The deal she agreed to was to build a wall across the southern border of the country, overnight. Sure it was a nutty concept, but she’d do anything to save her father. Then, as if out of nowhere an imp or elf-like creature appeared and offered to help. He was very specific in the details of the deal, as was his wont. "I’ll build your wall, and if you make love to me, I will forgo your debt. Otherwise I will take your firstborn as my own. There is a single caveat here, listen carefully, if you guess my name, all will be even-steven, and you’ll be free and clear with me."


Come Hear Readings on Mercy Friday, Feb 12, 2016 7:30 at the Blue Dot at the Hooker-Dunham

On Friday February 12, at 7:30, Write Action will be hosting a reading of poems and short prose on the topic of Mercy at the Blue Dot in the Hooker-Dunham Building in Brattleboro. In December, the non-profit organization, which supports writing and writers in the tri-state area, solicited the public for short pieces on this topic. Friday's event will bring together some of the writers who responded to the call for written work on the theme of mercy.

This year's invitation to write on one of the virtues is the second such writing prompt that Write Action has shepherded. Last year the organization solicited short stories of 500 words or less on the theme of hope. The group hopes to gather together a collection of writings on virtues, and to publish them in some form.


Brattleboro Presidents' Day Closings

In observance of Presidents’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, February 14 and February 15. All other violations will be enforced.


Brattleboro Fire Department Shares Cold Weather Safety Tips

In a weather briefing from the National Weather Service the coldest air mass of the season is expected this weekend, with the coldest temperatures Saturday night into Sunday.

Very cold temperatures combined with strong gusty winds will allow for wind chill values to reach dangerous to potentially life threatening levels between Friday Night and Sunday night.  The lowest values will be on Saturday night and will occur across the higher elevations, where wind chill values may be as low as 30 to 50 below zero.  Valley areas will see wind chill values in the 20 to 30 below zero range.   Actual air temperatures will be below zero across the entire area on Saturday night as well.  


Stroll Presents Cabin Fever, a Food and Drink Tasting Event, with Grave Diggers Union Bluegrass/Country Band

On Friday night, Feb. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m., Strolling of the Heifers presents Cabin Fever — a festive food and drink tasting event to kick off Harris Hill Ski Jump weekend.

Taking place at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro, Cabin Fever will offer a warm atmosphere where people ample specialty foods, fine spirits, wines, and craft brews.

Live music will be provided by Kevin Schnell and The Grave Diggers Union, a band from Northampton, MA, playing hard-driving bluegrass, old time country, classic rock, and more with hot licks and sweet harmonies!

The Stroll’s art gallery, Gallery at the Garden, will be open, featuring an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by Crystal Bartlett, and acrylics by Steven Meyer.


Recent Work by Judy Hawkins Debuts in West Brattleboro

Brattleboro, Vt. - Painter Judy Hawkins, whose studio is a popular stop on the annual Putney Craft Tour in November, is showing recent work in gallery spaces at All Souls Church UU in West Brattleboro through the end of March. An artist's reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 13.

Judy knew she was an artist from the age of five or six and always seemed to have a view of her surroundings that was different from that of her friends. "When I paint," she shares, "I have an internal 'dialog' with myself. I think this 'conversation' is hard-wired, but I've only recently recognized how important and integrated it is to how I see and interpret my sensory world, and how it takes form and color in my painting."


Rediscovered Bolivian Baroque Music Premieres on Feb. 20

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 50th Anniversary Season, presents the second of three programs featuring Bolivian Baroque music from an archive of nearly 13,000 pages of recently collected manuscripts. The "Barroco Boliviano" concert begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church, just a mile south on Rt. 5 from Exit 1 off I-91 in Brattleboro.

This treasure trove of Baroque-era manuscripts was a sort of Holy Grail for musicologist Fr. Piotr Nawrot, a native of Poland who arrived in Bolivia in the early 1990s after spending a few years in Guatemala. He traveled the Bolivian countryside seeking out church elders with carefully hidden or, in some cases, unfortunately neglected materials first composed and performed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when the Spaniards took over that area of the Inca Empire, and then forgotten when the Spanish colonial period ended in the early 19th century. Fr. Nawrot has spent many years preparing a significant amount of this music for publication and performance by a new generation of musicians, both in Bolivia and around the world.


Marijuana Legalization and the Transfer of Wealth From Local Communities

Vermont Senators

With marijuana legalization being pushed through the legislature this year, what has been obscured is the impact this current bill would have on existing local economies.

The recent Rand Report estimated annual consumption of marijuana in Vermont at up to 55,000 pounds. The report fails to define where all that marijuana comes from. While it is certain some is imported from other states, it is also a given that a large percentage of the marijuana currently consumed in Vermont is grown locally.


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The third installment of the 2015 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on February 16th, 2016. Payments made after February 16th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on February 16th, 2016. Payments made after February 16th, 2016 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed on February 15th, 2016 in observance of President’s Day.


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