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The Engineers of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad are now in this place, engaged in locating the road at this end of the route.


Farm For Sale. The well know farm lately owned and occupied by Income Jones, deceased, is now offered for sale on the most reasonable terms. Said Farm contains about Ninety Acres of good Land, situated three miles West of Brattleboro Village.


Town Meeting Resolution: That the town of Brattleboro choose a committee of three persons for the purpose of looking up facts and incidents connected with the early settlement of the town, and also with its late history, in order to cause the history of the town to be written if thought best, and report at the next Freemen’s meeting.


Cheeky! - to advertise “new spring goods” with six feet of snow on the ground, and a fair prospect of six feet more to come.


At least two feet of snow has fallen since last Friday. The railroads have been badly blocked, and trains run very irregularly.


Town meeting was quite fully attended, and the proceedings were conducted in a quiet, intelligent and becoming manner. In the matter of grading High and Green streets, the selectmen were authorized to act in their own discretion.


The subject of Rev. E.W. Whitney’s lecture next Sunday night will be, “The Tongue; its Abuse and Use.”


The day was fine and there was a moderate attendance of voters at the annual March meeting on Tuesday. It was voted that, if the village of Brattleboro does not reorganize its fire department and make it a paid organization, the town will exempt its firemen, to the number of 240, from the payment of a poll tax.


A branch organization of the Knights of Labor has been instituted here, but its list of officers and all matters pertaining to it are kept dark.


Invitations are out for the Vermont wheel club’s first annual concert and ball to be given at Crosby hall next Tuesday evening. The boys mean to make it one of the most successful social events of the season.


The Brattleboro polo team will play a match game with the Greenfields at that place next Tuesday evening.


The town did well in voting on Tuesday to have a new lock-up built, and we have no doubt the committee appointed will look the ground over carefully and decide on the best plan available for its construction. We believe it to be worth considering whether a good place for it cannot be made in the rear end of the town hall basement under the public library room.


The meeting called by the school committee for Monday evening, to be held in accordance with a vote passed at the last annual school meeting, drew out people of the district to the number of - five. The committee appeared to be in doubt whether the lack of interest manifested in the meeting was derogatory to them, or complimentary.


The movement on town meeting day to strangle the town liquor agency failed, as it deserved to do. To deprive the people of Brattleboro of the means which the law provides for obtaining liquors in a lawful way would be little short of an outrage.


The readiness and unanimity with which the town voted the $4000 asked for to build a soldier’s monument is a matter for congratulation. It seems to be generally conceded that the most fitting site for the monument is, and no doubt it will be placed, at the junction of Main and Asylum streets, in front of the High school building - the spot where the artist Mead erected his Snow Angel, of which it will be, we trust, a not unworthy successor.


One runner of the sleigh in which Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Hopkinson were riding yesterday sank in the soft snow at the corner of Pine and Canal streets throwing them out into the slush, from which they emerged in a plight which was very disagreeable to say the least.


A test of the new police signal was made Wednesday night. Bailiff Galvin telephoned to the telephone exchange to have the red globe on the top of the People’ bank flagstaff lighted, and in one minute and six seconds Chief of Police Hall appeared at the exchange.


What a godsend it was to the town meeting orators that Dr. Hamilton offered that street railroad resolution. Otherwise their bottles of eloquence must have gone uncorked for another whole year.


Tuesday’s March meeting was run on an express train schedule during the first hour of its proceedings, and a half hour of discussion over the management of the street railroad was all that saved it from falling to a dead level of dull monotony.


Fred Harris spoke at length of an airport from Brattleboro at Town Meeting, and hoped to place it on the agenda for the following year. Reconstructing the Whetstone footbridge was defeated, and a limit to daylight savings time was tabled.

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Mount Bratt Is Open!

One of the best kept secrets in Brattleboro is the nifty little ski resort tucked into the side of Living Memorial Park. Just like the big guys, it features a lift, snowmaking and grooming…and it’s open for night skiing too.

It may not be as challenging as some, but it IS fun, and all for the measly sum of FIVE BUCKS!

Historical note: In the early days of skiing, people from New York City used to come by train just to ski here.


Weekend Comedy Series - Ellen DeGeneres - 1992

Almost everyone certainly knows of Ellen from her current talk show superstardom. It’s not a bad gig, but she also had a period when she was paying her dues and working her way up. That’s where we head this week.

She was breaking ground in comedy with a unique style. She’d deliver a line, then digress, and digress again. Her humor comes in waves, and she has kid-like, almost-innocent revelations about topics. Audiences get layers of jokes piled on thickly.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 20, 2015

Five different vendors of alcohol will ask for special event permits for a single night of samples, at the next regular Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will consider a contract and loan to finish off the Black Mountain Gravity Sewer line, consider more items for inclusion on the Representative Town Meeting warning, will hear of revisions to plans for locating the skatepark, and will again offer time for the public to speak to issues of the FY16 budget before it is approved by the board.

Brattleboro's new Town Manager may also make an appearance, being the first day on the job.


Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Death By A Thousand Cuts - And Carving Into Stone

A story in the Guardian reports on two new studies of the environment. The short version: it’s worse than imagined for humans.

The studies from the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre have some stark conclusions. They looked at what makes life on earth possible and found that we’re in the red zone for 4 out of 9 of the core componets of life.


Mary Wilkins Freeman's Story, "The Long Arm," On The Write Action Radio Hour This Sunday

This Sunday and every Sunday at 5 PM, the Write Action Radio Hour, brings ;literature to the air waves. This Sunday, I will be reading Mary Wilkins Freeman's crime story, "The Long Arm" My mission is to give it a reading worthy of the story, and worthy of radio. If you are interested in reading this story yourself, here is a link to it. 

This story was printed in numerous publications, including Brattleboro's newspaper, the Vermont Phoenix, in 1895.


Come to the Blue Dot for Open Reading Night

Write Action hosts an open reading every month on the third Friday. This month, Jan 16 is the third Friday.

Readers will have about 7 minutes to read their poems, short stories, excerpts or a favorite piece by another author.

WHERE AND WHEN The Blue Dot Studio in the Hooker Dunham Building.We start the readings at 7:30. 


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 18

Night work on the new bridge will resume at Route 30. Night work will be conducted Monday night, January 19th thru Friday night, January 23rd.


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.


Register For Classes At In-Sight Photography

We are open for registrations at the In-Sight Photography Project!

This semester we have a great selection of classes in both film and digital photography that are filling up fast. 

Students can get their photography fix from the following classes...


Brattleboro rCredits Meeting

rCedits is an advanced complement to our US dollar system. It has undergone a 1.5 year testing phase in Greenfield and is ready to expand. 

Meetings in Montpelier have already begun along with those in 5 other states.  

We are offering 2 meetings on January 22.  Both will take place at the meeting room at the Brattleboro Coop, and will cover the same material. The first is 2 pm - 3:30, the second is 6 pm to 7:30.


On King's Birthday Break the Blackout! Facebook/Twitter King's Condemnation of US Atrocity Wars for Predatory Investments

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Social networking Facebook Twitter YouTube cellphone cameras Everyone everywhere especially in countries suffering US bombings or CIA covert deadly violence, starvation! BREAK 48 year BLACKOUT of King's condemnation of his gov."greatest purveyor of violence in the world," Don't let genocidal media sucker our eyes and ears Use King's 1963 "I have Dream' to erase his 1967'That Dream won't come true unless we end the Nightmare'


Brattleboro Area Techies To Meet January 22 at 5:30 pm To Kick Off The New Year

Brattleboro Area Techies, the fast-growing networking group for technology users, will host its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, January 22, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, at the office of Mondo Mediaworks in Brattleboro. Everyone who works with technology in the Brattleboro area, from programmers to designers to makers, is invited to attend. There is no cost.

Brattleboro Area Techies was formed as a networking group to bring technology people and makers together in an informal setting to discuss common issues and provide people with an excuse to get out from behind their computers.


Skatepark at Living Memorial Park Unofficially Rejected

The Reformer is reporting that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has "unofficially rejected" the (lower) Living Memorial Park location for a possible Brattleboro skatepark.

The story says the town might still face rejection even if the Act 250 permit for the Living Memorial Park was revised and accepted and the Whetstone Brook banks were stabilized, and hints that the project has returned to the stage of evaluating other possible sites. Elm Street may also face similar state obstacles as a location, according to the story.


At Brooks Library: What's The Use Of Stories That Aren't Even True? A Live Streaming Event with Author Salman Rushdie

Join us for a free live streaming event on Wednesday, January 14, at 5 PM, in the library's meeting room. Salman Rushdie, author of VHC’s 2015 Vermont Reads Book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, talks about the importance of storytelling.

This event is part of the First Wednesday Lecture Series events scheduled for the Brownell Library in Essex Junction, VT. Presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont.


The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Clarence Penn Quartet

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On Saturday, January 17th, The Vermont Jazz Center will present drummer Clarence Penn in concert with his Quartet, “Penn Station” performing the music of Thelonious Monk. The group includes the leader with young New York heavyweights Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass. This working ensemble displays a telepathic level of communication, a mastery of dynamics and a remarkable degree of facility while playfully navigating challenging tunes, often in odd meters.


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