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Elizabeth Rowell Thompson born in log cabin at Lyndon, Vermont.


Boy Wanted, Of good habits and disposition, about 12 or 14 years of age, to work in a Family. Enquire of Wm. W. Fessenden.


Drugs and Medicines. Williston & Tyler, have recently replenished their stock. Among the articles, are Protoiode Mercury, Iodine, Iodeiron, Hyd. Potash, Veratrine, Kreosote, Morphine, Ammoniated Tartrite Iron, &c. Physicians and Families, supplied on the lowest terms, and every article warranted.


Mr. J. F. Willard having taken the shop in the lower room of Estey’s Building, formerly occupied by R. Walken, is now prepared to do all kinds of Planing, Sawing and Matching, (usually done at such an establishment) promptly, and in the best possible manner. Mr. W. will also furnish packing boxes, sinks, wardrobes, and every thing else in his line at short notice and on reasonable terms.


F.H. Fessenden has increased the collections in this village, for the relief of the suffering people of Kansas, to over $250. The citizens of West Brattleboro have forwarded about $80 in money, and the ladies have sent on two boxes of clothing.


Mr. Wells Goodhue and wife, being about to remove from their old residence on Main street, gave a grand reception on Tuesday evening last, which was attended by over one hundred guests.


Father St. Onge, our new Catholic priest, promises to deliver at the town hall, on St. Patrick’s day, March 17, a public lecture descriptive of his eight years’ residence among the Snake Indians of Oregon.


A friend who has tried it hands us this recipe for delicious ice cream: To one pint of pure cream add one tea cup of granulated or powdered sugar; flavor to suit the taste, and stir in newly-fallen snow till the mixture is of the usual consistency of ice cream. A dessert can thus be prepared in five minutes which all the arts of Prof. Blot cannot rival.


J.W. Hosford has a very handsome and useful piece of furniture in his rooms at Gregg’s drug store in the shape of a combination writing desk and sewing machine. Any sewing machine can be used on the stand, and when not in use the machine swings down upon a hinge down out of the way and the desk top takes its place.


February is truly a great month for the music-loving people of Brattleboro. First, the Mary Howe testimonial; second, the Artillery band concert, and now here comes the announcement that those prime favorites, the Lotus Glee club, with Miss Marshall, the reader, are booked for the town hall next Monday evening.


All the men who sold ties to be used on the narrow gauge railroad were offered a free ride to Brattleboro last Friday and 15 availed themselves of the opportunity.


“Anarchism” will be the subject of the Sunday evening lecture by Rev. F. W. Sprague at the Universalist church.


The stained glass windows for St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church are being put in place and are already beginning to lend their beautiful and artistic effect to the enlarged and remodeled audience room with its handsome decorations of fresco work. The side windows are eight in number and there will be a double window above the alter.


Mrs. V.O. Jones gave a small fan tan party Tuesday evening which was much enjoyed.


Parents will do well to caution their children not to run in front of the electric cars. Many children of late have indulged in this dangerous sport.


The first public exhibition game of basket ball ever played in Brattleboro will be contested Saturday evening at the armory at 8 o’clock between teams representing the local Y.M.C.A. and Vermont Academy. Basket ball possesses many of the attractions of foot ball, while the roughness of that game is eliminated.


Brattleboro town expenses for the coming year: $28,964.15.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Municipal Broadband, A Rebellious Abatement, Potholes, and More

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a meeting full of exciting twists and turns. From a sudden interest in municipal broadband to a re-examination of requiring write-in candidates to pre-register, the meeting was full of surprises.

There were the scheduled issues as well with liquor licenses renewed, an animal control officer appointed, grants accepted, and so on, but even these provided curious side paths.  Consider, for example, that the board decided to willingly challenge what they felt was an unfair ordinance, all in the name of compassion.  Or the matter of the fly in need of rescue...  In short, it was an eventful meeting.  


"Entrapment"? Not Legal To Sell Marijuana, But Legal To Possess - So Where Do You Get It From?


The whole point is that recreational marijuana will be legal to use in the state of Vermont in July 2018; BUT it will not be legal to sell, so where do you get it?

Recreational marijuana will be legal to use AND SELL in Canada in August 2018, BUT if a person from Vermont goes to Canada to buy marijuana, then on the return trip they have to pass through the United States FEDERAL BORDER where it is NOT legal.


The Journalism Film Discussion Series Presents: Spotlight

The final installment of this season's Journalism Film Series is “Spotlight,” the story of the clash between two powerful New England institutions: the Catholic Church and The Boston Globe.

“Spotlight” won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2016. It will be shown for free at 4pm on Sunday, February 25, at the Latchis Theatre. A discussion led by Randy Holhut of The Commons will follow. Donations are welcome.

The Globe wasn't the first to uncover the story of rampant sexuasl abuse by priests of children in Boston but it was the only institution with the weight and the power to dare to take on and break the wall of silence put up by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.


iBrattleboro Turns 15 Years Old

Happy birthday, everyone. iBrattleboro is now 15.

Fifteen years ago, Brattleboro had one newspaper, owned by an out-of-state media corporation. There was no “social media” and Brattleboro had few online sources of information. There was also a threat of further major media consolidation.

We wanted Brattleboro to have another option.


Guilford Center Stage Auditions

Guilford Center Stage announces its 2018 schedule, with plays in May (4-6th) and November (24 & 25) and its summer theater camp in August (13-17.)

The spring production is Spoon River, from the Edgar Lee Masters classic, in a new adaptation for the stage by Michael Nethercott of Guilford, who directs the production. 


BCTV Schedules Week of 2/19/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/19/18

Monday, February 19, 2018

12:00 am Artistree - Benefit Concert for Puerto with The Contenders

1:55 am Vote For Vermont - Debate Event - Foothold Traps

3:00 am Collegiate A Cappella Concert - 15th Annual A Cappella Concert 2/3/18


Over the River & Thru The Woods: New Hampshire Trying to Raise Marriage Age Higher than 13 for Girls

I heard this on the radio, and I see they have a podcast you can listen to:

WMUR January 16, 2018


CONCORD, N.H. — "Lawmakers in Concord are trying to change a New Hampshire law that allows girls as young as 13 to get married... House members said the current law was written at a very different time."


Canadians Got To Start Growing Recreational Marijuana This Weekend - It Won't Be Legal Until Summer Under Their Law!

Last night on AM talk radio I heard that Canadians had built a huge marijuana grow operation the size of 23 football fields. Today, I checked the internet news. Well, God Bless our relatives and neighbors to the north, they have gone all out! This gave me another idea: why don't we, the Americans, apply ahead of time for Federal Farm Subsidies, because naturally marijuana will be legal soon under federal laws in the United States of America.

NEWS FOR WORLD'S LARGEST MARIJUANA GROW-OP Something exciting just happened in Canada, Canopy Growth got funding and licensing to start the world's largest marijuana greenhouse operation, even though marijuana will not be legal for recreational use until the end of this summer, 2018 under their new Canadian law.  


Claudio Mörth Wins 2018 Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A 17-year-old Austrian bested 40 of the world’s top up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Claudio Mörth, performing for a crowd of several thousand spectators, came within one meter of matching the hill’s long-distance record of 104 meters, with Matej Likar, 27, of Slovenia placing second and Dominik Schwei, 17, of Austria third.

Marlboro College senior Chris Lamb, 28 of Andover, N.H., ranked fourth, missing the podium by one point.

Mörth, who speaks German and dabbles in English, Italian and Spanish, said of his winning leap: “When I jumped, I fly.”


"What District Are You In?"

"What District are you in?"

Map of Brattleboro Voting Districts: http://bit.ly/2CsMex0   

Tuesday, March 6 - Town Elections will be held at the

 Municipal Center, second floor, Selectboard Meeting Room, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerks Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 5.

Saturday, March 24 - Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 am at the Brattleboro Area Middle School multi-purpose room.


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.

Feb. 19th - Feb. 23rd

Mon - BBQ pulled pork, macaroni salad, cole slaw
Tues - mild tacos, beans, & rice
Wed - fried keilbasa, potatoes, carrots, & cabbage
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Fri - crab cakes w/ onion rings


Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 19 thru February 23



Feb. 20 - Boston Baked Beans

Frankfurters on a Roll

Sweet Potato Wedges

Cole Slaw

Melon Salad


First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A young Austrian bested 40 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Claudio Mörth won the most total points in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Matej Likar of Slovenia just a half of a point behind.

In the men’s U.S. Cup, Decker Dean, 17, of Colorado finished first, with Greyson Scharffs, 16, of Utah second and Evan Nichols, 14, of New Hampshire third.


Gun Culture and The Left

“Laws never made men a wit more just.” –Henry David Thoreau

An Op/Ed By David Van Deusen

Every day I am honored to call rural Vermont my home. Our rugged mountains and vast forests are home to some 600,000 hardy Vermonters. Politically we are the most leftist state in the nation; all of our children have universal healthcare, our minimum wage is $10.50 an hour (with a serious movement towards aching a $15 an hour livable wage), our unemployment rate is 2.8%, we practice a form of direct democracy at the local level (Town Meeting) whereby every citizen is a legislator, democratic socialists (Vermont Progressive Party) are elected to 10 seats in the Statehouse and hold the positions Lt Governor & State Auditor, Socialist Bernie Sanders is one of our two US Senators, and we have no gun control. We also have the lowest rates of violent crime in the nation. On average we have ten murders, total, a year; half of those committed with guns. We are no utopia, this is true. But we are far above most the rest of the United States when it comes to our politics, our social programs, and our standards of living.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 20, 2018

Remember the news about the $2.3 million pollution control grant? At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will accept and appropriate those funds for reducing the debt on the waste water treatment facility.

The board will grant annual liquor licenses, consider abating some taxes, hear from new friends of cemeteries, consider a PILOT agreement for the Windham Solid Waste Management District, and more. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brew Barry Conference Room #2 at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Storytelling with Dr. Joyce Duncan! A Pop-Up Event @ Brooks Memorial Library

This is a Pop-Up Event!!

We are excited to announce that on Thursday, February 15th between 4 and 5 pm, Dr. Joyce Duncan will be telling stories here at Brooks Memorial Library in celebration of African American History Month. She has been visiting schools, and we are both honored and lucky that she offered to stop by for a visit!

This will be in the old Local History Room on the Mezzanine.
See you there!



Donald Trump has a penchant for insulting people. A favorite target is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). He regularly calls her "Pocahontas" as a slur.

Today Warren went to the National Congress of American Indians to address the issue. And what she said was powerful.

Warren addressed head-on the controversy over her claims to Native American heritage and the president who
keeps calling her “Pocahontas” because of them.

Here’s an excerpt from Elizabeth Warren’s speech:


Punch and Judy on Ice by Modern Times

PUTNEY- Southern Vermont’s favorite puppet theater event for young audiences returns for its 10th season of performances, workshops and school engagements. Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series kicks off on Saturday, February 17th at 11am and 2pm with two public performances at Sandglass Theater.

“Punch and Judy On Ice” celebrates the season with a story of the world's most well-preserved puppet character! In this ever-evolving saga by Modern Times Theater, Mr. Punch is trying to beat the winter blues. He dances with his wife Judy, subdues a crocodile, trains his dog Toby (who looks suspiciously like a skunk), and more! Live music (played on everything from the ukulele to the bicycle pump) accompanies his hilarious journey.


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