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The sound of the axe and hammer is heard in various parts of our pleasant village, indicating a state of prosperity and a feeling of enterprise which is encouraging to witness. We would call the attention of our citizens to the fact, that they are chiefly indebted to Nature for the beauty of the village and its vicinity; and they have done but comparatively little in ornamenting the town or their own private residences.


The Penniman House on Elliot street, was occupied at one time we believe, within the last three or four years, by three families, all of whom have since been blessed with a pair of twins. We can recommend this house as one presenting superior attractions to those in want of tenements and babies.


The “Swift Water” Boat Club are practicing navigation and rowing on the Connecticut every pleasant evening.


The examination of the High School in this village took place last Monday afternoon. There was present a large number of the friends and patrons of the school who were highly pleased with the recitations of the pupils, who were examined in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, History and Elocution. The scholars did themselves and their teacher great credit, and by their sobs and tears when Mr. Miles bid them farewell showed how much they loved and respected him.


The coming of a band organ and a Punch and Judy show, on Wednesday, prove beyond a doubt that Spring is here.


A third spelling school was held at the town hall on Thursday evening at which the number of competitors was limited to fifty, and the evening’s receipts were to be divided among the ten best spellers. Miss Lizzie Frost was the last to leave the platform. Words missed included scommony, orrery, chintz, lapidific, and parallelism.


Mrs. Sally Stockwell of West Brattleboro celebrates her 100th birthday today.


The season’s drive of 60,000,000 feet of logs has started down the river in charge of 700 men.


Mr. James Fisk is busily engaged with preparations for his traveling exhibition, to show the working of his patent harness, with which he will go upon the road about the middle of May. The tent in which the exhibition is to be given will be pitched in Mr. Fisk’s Western Avenue lot this week for preliminary rehearsals.


Harrigan’s Hibernian company, one of the best Irish comedy companies on the road, plays at Crosby hall next week Friday evening.


Housekeepers complain that carpet bugs are more numerous and destructive this spring than before in this section.


The asylum employees planted 31 trees on Arbor day on the new street running around by the asylum park to Forest square.


Mr. Brooks has awarded the contract fot the public library to the firm of Bartlett Brothers of East Whatley, Mass., who were the lowest bidders. It is now expected that they will begin the work of excavation next Monday. They agree to have the building finished on the first day of January next, and as much before as possible. The California redwood, for the inside finish, which Mr. Brooks had shipped from San Francisco during the winter via Cape Horn, is due to arrive in New York early in July.


At the annual village meeting next Tuesday the voters will be asked to make a special appropriation for a parade of the fire department at the call of the chief engineer. Last year the customary parade was dispensed with from motives of economy.


Sawdust is now shipped to Brattleboro from northern New Hampshire by the carload for use of the liverymen and others.


The work replanking Whetstone bridge came to a standstill yesterday owing to some difficulty between the contractors. The worst part of the bridge had been replanked before the trouble arose.

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Dandelions Near Brattleboro?

Anyone know where to pick lots of unsprayed dandelions? Thanks.


Monday Morning Movie



Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goodard –
9:30 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu - May

May 2nd - Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Juice & Coffee.


Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 1 thru May 5


May 1 - Ham & Scalloped Potato

Seasoned Spinach




Asking for Community Support

A few weeks ago I submitted the story of the struggle I have been goin through since a work place injury I received in December. I fractured my left hip and have been fighting for my rights since January of this year. I am now hoping for some help to keep me in my home with the lights on. I am a 49 year old B-boro native. 4th generation on my fathers side. I come from a hard working middle class family, brought up to work hard and support your family and community. I have never asked for any hand outs before this happened to me. I am now recovering from my final hip surgery, I had to have my right hip replacement from two years ago revised in February and my left one, the one I fractured at work, was replaced on the 17th of this month.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 2, 2017

At their first regular meeting in May, the Brattleboro Selectboard will adopt a “Resolution for Compassion in Brattleboro,” and discuss diversity of Town staff. There will be a presentation by VTrans on reconstructing Putney Road, a pumper-rescue truck will be purchased, paving will be approved, an Energy Coordinator will be appointed, and another $70,000 in grant applications for for the Brattleboro skatepark will be pursued.

The board will also return to more routine business such as board rules and goals, festival permits, and reviewing the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. You can participate by attending, at the Municipal Center on Main Street.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the date change for this month’s meeting only.

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


Noticed Around Brattleboro - Spring 2017 Edition

Time once again for you to point out the little changes you see in your neighborhood and around town. Here are a few:

- First Baptist Church will have living spaces above, a concert hall below, and meeting space in the back.

- NECCA's new building on Putney Road look almost finished. I like the way the dip in the roof slightly suggests a tent shape.


VFW Lunch Specials May 1st - May 5th

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 - chipped beef over toast or biscuit w/ veg.
Tues - chicken enchiladas w/ rice
Wed - Swedish meatballs over noodles w/ veg
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy, veg.
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 1 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


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


All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


73 Main Street Fire Press Release

Date: April 27, 2017
Nature of call: Smoke coming from the back of the building
Address: 73 Main St
Time of Call: 8:29am
Type of Building: Mixed occupancy commercial
Number of Residents: 11 apartments
Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm–8:36am/3rd alarm–8:53am Under Control: 9:21am
Injuries: No
Fatalities: No


Spanish Exchange Students Coming In June - Host Families Needed!


Host families are urgently needed for a group of Spanish students will be spending 3 ½ weeks in southern Vermont this summer to improve their English and experience American family life. These boys and girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, arrive June 25 and depart on July 20.
They are all from the Basque region of Spain and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips to Boston, and Six Flags. It’s fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.


Green Up Day is Coming!

Green Up Day is coming!

Always the first Saturday in May, this year May 6 marks 47 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. Many thanks to the hardworking state employees at the Vermont’s Agency of Transportation who clean Vermont’s Interstates and state highways, some 2,707 miles every spring. Now we depend on you to help clean town roads. Together, Vermonters clean up their communities for the community of Vermont. Come on out and take part!


Thursday Morning Confusion - Fire on Main Street

There's  a fire at 73 main street that has traffic all gnarled up.


Raffle Fundraiser: Historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be seen in person. The drawing will be held July 5th at 7pm!

“The New York Public Library – 1948,” is a picture of the iconic lions at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library, Patience and Fortitude, covered in snow. This photograph was published in the New York Times on December 20, 1948.


Terry Sylvester's "The Back of Brattleboro" at Brooks Library

Dear Library Community,

Please take a moment to read about the lovely artwork called 'The back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, which is now on extended display as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

Here is her statement:


BHS Podcast e99 - The Guilford Street Ski Tow & The Origins of Living Memorial Park

The Guilford Street Ski Tow began in 1938. It was one of the 1st three ski tows in New England and led the way as nearly 700 community and neighborhood ski areas sprang to life in Vermont alone. In the intervening years 620 of those once-thriving community ski hills have closed, but the Guilford Street Ski Tow remains.

Here's the origin story of Brattleboro’s favorite ski hill and subsequent creation of a 4-season, Living Memorial Park, to honor all those who served in the second world war.


Ralph DeAnna, The Reflective Eye at 118 Elliot Gallery


BRATTLEBORO--118 Elliot Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Ralph DeAnna.  RALPH DEANNA, A REFLECTIVE EYE will be on view from Friday, May 5, 2017-Friday, May 19, 2017. The opening reception is on Friday, May 5 from 5:30-8:30PM. Gallery hours otherwise: Thurs-Sunday, 2-6PM and by appointment. 

Ralph DeAnna, A Reflective Eye, is the first one-man show at 118 Elliot Gallery. “DeAnna is that rare painter,” gallery director and curator, Lisa Mendelsund said, “who is a portraitist and storyteller with an architect's sense of formal perspective.” DeAnna will exhibit both large-scale oil paintings and small pastels. In his panoramic paintings, which often include portraits of himself, his models, and their surroundings as reflected and refracted in rear-view mirrors and windows, the viewer can see DeAnna’s longtime interest in multiple perspectives and the changeable nature of time and memory.


Concert at Brooks Library: Verandah Porche & Patty Carpenter

Keeping Company With Songs and Poems: Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter Create Special Show to Benefit The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. Friday, May 5, 2017, 7 pm. Two local artists, the renowned poet Verandah Porche and her close friend, the jazz and rock musician Patty Carpenter, are combining their talents for a special show based on their friendship for the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. The show will be at Brooks Memorial Library in the newly arranged Main Reading Room. Tickets are available at the library in advance of the show or at the door. To accommodate everyone, ticket prices are on a sliding scale: $12, $15 or $25.


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