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Brattleboro chartered as part of Cumberland County, New York.


Rev. James Herrick, Brattleboro's missionary to India, came to W. Dummerston.


For Sale, A Good Building Spot containing over an acre of Land, on Chase St. The above property will be sold at a bargain, and a liberal credit will be given if desired.


Miniatures. C.T. Ripley, from Troy, N.Y. would respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and vicinity, that he has taken Rooms for a few days over Mr. Steen’s Bookstore, where he is prepared to execute Miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in a style unsurpassed in city or country. The public are invited to call and examine his specimens.


Messrs Fisher & Roberts have built them a new and commodious dwelling-house and work-shop on Flat street, which is the greatest improvement made in that portion of the village for many years. It gives us pleasure to chronicle such a palpable evidence of thrift.


Read the Advertisements. You will there find something of importance to you.


The Winter broken. The rain storms of Saturday and Tuesday brought to light the surface of the earth, the existence of which, owning to long obscuration, had begun to be doubted.


From the report of the superintendent of schools we learn that the number of heads of families in town is 577; number of children attending school, 882. Number of weeks taught by males, 48; females, 456. Wages paid males, $1445; females $3266; expense of schools, $8659.65; public money received in 1868, $1501.07.


Mr. Rufus Stearns, a man over 70 years of age, while at work on I.K. Allen’s new house on Canal street, one day last week, fell from the eaves to the ground, a distance of forty feet, severely injuring — the snow on which he struck. As for himself, as soon as he had recovered from his astonishment he gathered himself up and resumed work.


Maple sugar of the genuine stamp has begin to make its appearance in market, but the sugar season cannot be said to have fairly commenced yet. A heavy body of snow still remains on the ground, and the streams show no symptoms of overflow from the recent thaw.


At least 5000 persons in Windham county read the Vermont Phoenix weekly. Consequently it is a good medium for advertising.


The voters of the village assembled at the town hall on Wednesday evening of this week, to hear the report of the committee chosen for the purpose of reporting plans for reorganizing our village fire department, and to act on the same.


Howe, the photographer, is rapidly getting “settled” in his new apartments, and is ready to respond to all the demands of his patrons.


Signor Bosco, an illusionist who brings many flattering recommendations, opens at Crosby hall on Friday evening in a series of three “monster gift entertainments.”


At the regular meeting of the Grand Army post held on Wednesday evening the committee who have in charge the proposed soldiers’ monument and its erection made their report on a design. It includes a granite base 17 feet 7 inches high, as drawn by G.A. Hines, and a bronze statue of a soldier 7 feet high, by Mr. Mosman of Chicopee, Mass.


It is pleasant to see how rapidly public sentiment is growing against the practice of wearing the heads and bodies of birds as trimming for women’s clothing.


Dr. O.R. Post sold his place at the junction of High and Green streets to John Retting on terms which are private. The guessing which the Yankee is bound to do on the occasion hits at about $9000.


The Brooks House office has never presented so handsome an appearance as since its new decorations of paper and paint were completed.


Ten new members joined the Choral Union last week and more are intending to do so either this week or next. The fee of $1 for gentlemen and of 50 cents for ladies is insignificant when one considers the privileges acquired thereby.


St. Patrick’s day was celebrated by the Roman Catholic society by a dance and a sale of fancy articles at the armory. There were five booths for lemonade and confections, fancy articles, a fish pond, fortune teller, and ice cream, cake, and coffee in different parts of the hall.

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Thank You John Allen!

Over the past year as I served on the Selectboard, I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know John Allen. When I first joined the board, I fully expected to butt heads with John over many issues, and while we sometimes did disagree, not once did we do so with acrimony. It quickly became clear to me that we shared a love for Brattleboro, and that while we might come at problems from different viewpoints, we could usually arrive together at solutions that were best for our town.

John’s extensive history of service to Brattleboro helped with this board’s ‘institutional memory’, his knowledge as a contractor was invaluable for some nitty-gritty decisions, and his strong connection to our community was evident in everything from his support of Stanley Lynde and wife Laura, to our ongoing efforts to finally construct a skatepark in town. John was also very kind and helpful to me as I navigated many of the Selectboard expectations and tasks during my first year.


Representative Town Meeting - The Fire Truck

Town meeting is this coming Saturday, the 24th.  The big issue that has come out so far, not surprisingly, is the request for a new ladder truck for the fire department.  Generally speaking, from what I saw a the informational meeting the issue is less about it than whether this happen this year or next and how should it be paid for.  Of those two the issue taking up the most time was how to pay for it.  I concede that I brought that up.

The Selectboard's recommendation is to use $450,000 of surplus reserves and borrow the other $500,000 for the total $950,000 anticipated price.  If we do borrow the price becomes $1,018,000.  The additional $68,000 is the interest on the bond, or loan as the average person might understand it.  The loan spreads the payments out over ten years.  Is it worth $68,000 to spread out the cost?

The Town, in this budget, is spending $1,440,000 this year in debt service (principle and interest).  That's about 8.1% of the budget.  As a former Finance Committee member I understand this figure as not low but not in the danger zone either.  What 8.1% means is that, for someone paying about $5,500 a year in taxes about $440 of that is used to retire debt.


BCTV Schedules Week of 3/19/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/19/18

Monday, March 19, 2018

12:06 am Magic with Jonas Cane - Jonas Cane - 4000 Years of Magic!

1:30 am Windham World Affairs Council - WWAC: Edward Cameron - Brexit and the European Union 2/16/18

3:30 am The World Fusion Show - Ep 18 - Eshagh Shaoul

4:00 am Moccasin Tracks - Holding Space


Windham Regional Energy Plan Public Hearings

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) will hold two public hearings on the proposed Windham Regional Energy Plan as an amendment to the Windham Regional Plan at 6:30pm on Monday April 9 at the Townshend Town Hall and Thursday April 12, 2018 at The Westminster Institute.

Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 4348, the WRC requests general and specific comments with respect to the extent to which the amendment is consistent with the goals established in section 4302(c)(7) of Chapter 117.


Hospitals Ask Area Residents to Take Health Needs Survey

WINDHAM COUNTY, VT – Throughout the month of March, residents of Windham County are encouraged to take a brief survey to share what they consider their most pressing healthcare needs and concerns. It is available online at www.wellnessinwindham.org.

The survey is an important part of a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) being conducted jointly by Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital, and the VT Department of Health. Results will be shared with leaders at Windham County medical facilities and social service agencies and will help in developing strategies to address prioritized healthcare needs.


Suggestion! High School Play on Gun Rights?

 How About A Brand New High School Play on Gun Rights?

Alternate method to teach gun rights to children by doing a high school play! (Just a suggestion!)

(1) The scene where the Native American Indians are defeated by the European settlers with guns
and the Native American Indians are forced onto reservations, losing their homelands;

(2) the scene where the European settlers invade Africa and chain the Black African people and stack their
live bodies in the bottoms of sailing ships and take them to the new America to work as slaves;


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burger, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mar. 19th - Mar. 23rd
Mon - meatloaf, gravy, baked potato & veg
Tues - reubens w/ french fries
Wed - lasagna w/ salad
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - fried shrimp w/ french fries & coleslaw



Poverty is not a 3rd world phenomenon.

A friend who lives in Bennington writes poignantly about it:

"In Bennington there are three very distinct classes. 

First, there are the ‘fancy people’. They are the ones who rule and control everything. They are on the boards — the hospital board, the library board, the select board, the school boards.  They attend the formal fundraisers for the hospital and other institutions. They have the power — even the power over life and death. They, occasionally during a medical crisis in the hospital, make the decision to pull the plug or allow life to go on.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 19 thru March 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 19 thru March 23


Mar. 19 - Corn Chowder

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw



Old Sneakers

Anybody got a pair or two of old sneakers they’re not using?

I want to tie the laces together and toss them over the telephone wires.

It pisses off the neighbors who insist that it identifies places to buy drugs.

I got news  4 U

If you sell drugs, you don’t need a billboard.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 20, 2018

At the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, five local establishments will discuss recent liquor violations and corrective actions taken since. If the board is satisfied with their responses, they’ll be granted their annual liquor license renewals.

Other items on the agenda include a new contract with the Brattleboro Firefighters Association, a monthly finance report, a report from and appointment to the Windham Regional Commission, and some grant matters. 

For Representative Town Meeting fans, there is also the annual assignment of motions on articles, when board members traditionally squirm as the longest-to-read article is assigned.


Pottery Seconds Sale at the Winter Farmers' Market Saturday

Pottery Seconds Sale at the farmers market this week!

Susan Dunning and Mathew Meunier will be lightening their load. Great savings on those one of a kind pieces of pottery!

Watch beautiful Windsor style chairs being crafted by hand by Bigan Fard of One World.

And of course where better to stock up on local basics like produce, apples, meat, bread & eggs, as well as those special treats, preserves, handcrafted teas, salves and more. Meet up with a friend over a delicious lunch and enjoy the sounds of Ireland by Inisheer from 11-1 in the cafe.

Credit, Debit & EBT accepted. Crop Cash Coupons let 3SquaresVT/SNAP EBT customers turn $10 in $20 and take home more fresh fruits and veggies every week!


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Informational Forum and District Caucuses


Brattleboro Town Schoolboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 21 at Oak Grove School beginning at 7:00 PM in the Gym. At 6:30 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, Districts 1 and 3 will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has ten seats to appoint and District 3 has six seats to appoint.


No Uprising Gaddafi Loved by Libyans Confessed Italian PM Berlusconi As Italian NATO Planes Bombed

Peoples History Briefings

"If you don't know history, it's like you were born yesterday; anyone up there in a position of power can tell you anything and you have no way of checking up on it." Howard Zinn (author of A People's History of the United States)
Now Documented! An Enormous Amount of Past Criminally Faked News Promoting Invasions and Bombings by Commercial Media - Some Even Admitted!

Readers can challenge US NATO UN justifications for ongoing deadly invasions and bombings by pointing to the now obvious self-indicting past lies and fake news which promoted past ‘humanitarian interventions’ that are now proven to have been indisputably fully prosecutable crimes of genocide.


Shanta Lee Gander Presents: Lucy Speaks: Rights, Witness and Voice

Lucy Terry Prince is considered the nation's first African American poet, who raised her family and fought to keep her land in Guilford Vermont. 

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 25th, at 7 pm as storyteller and writer Shanta Lee Gander engages us in a conversation about rights, witness and voice through the lens of Lucy Terry Prince's life. This interactive presentation will include a live performance of Lucy's only surviving poem, "Bars Fight."


Childcare Will Be Provided At This Year's Representative Town Meeting

Town Meeting representatives, WSESU officials, and Town officials have collaborated to offer free childcare services at this year’s Representative Town Meeting on March 24. This is intended to remove a barrier for parents of children between the ages of 4 and 13 who had previously declined to participate in Representative Town Meeting due to childcare concerns. Plans are still being finalized and this year’s service is considered a “trial run” for potentially providing this service for future meetings. Here are the details:

Location: A room at BAMS near the Multi-Purpose Room where Representative Town Meeting is held
Hours: 8am until the end of the meeting (except during the lunch break)
Ages: 4 – 13 (no diapers)


Artist Opening at MGFA: Matt Brown, "Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints"

March 22 - May 6: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to exhibit new and select woodblock prints by Matt Brown in Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints. An Artist Opening Reception will take place Thursday, March 22 from 5-7pm. The gallery will host an Artist Talk Saturday, April 21 at 5pm, which will feature a live demonstration in printmaking by Brown. 

Following the Japanese hanga method, the printmaking technique used by Hokusai and Hiroshige, each of Brown’s prints is  created entirely by hand using water and pigments applied to multiple carved wooden blocks. Each woodblock corresponds to one color within a print and each is transferred to paper by a small hand-held baren. 


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

All newly elected school directors must take their Oath of Office prior to participation in the meeting.

53 Green Street Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, Everybody Loves Pirates!

Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series continues on Saturday, March 17th with two performances of Everybody Loves Pirates! by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers  at Sandglass Theater in Putney at 11 AM and 2 PM. Eight-year-old Lucy and her pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way!  Reserve your tickets by calling (802)387-4051 or email info@sandglasstheater.org.


Eastes, Spencer, Keelan in Concert at Main Street Arts

AXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Main Street Arts concludes this year’s Hands-on music series with a concert Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.

Three Quirky Composers; Beethoven, Hayden and Dvorak features Zon Eastes on cello, Peggy Spencer on violin and Hugh Keelan at the piano.

Keelan has conducted orchestras throughout the world and is currently the conductor of the Windham Orchestra. He has collaborated with the great artists of our times, including Solti, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Shura Cherkassky, Maurice Sendak and Tom Stoppard.


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