“Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.” - Brad Bird

User login

Today In Local History


Sofas. A Large Lot of new and beautiful patterns, just received and for sale cheap by A. E. Dwinell.


On digging out the earth under the old Wheeler house, recently occupied by Wyman, Felton and others, the workmen found the bones of a human skeleton; some of them, the cranium, teeth, thigh bones and others in a tolerable state of preservation. The ground from which they were taken appears to be the natural soil. How the bones came there, how long they have been there buried, and to whom they once belonged, are questions for the learned and curious. Will some of our savans give us the solution?


A tame-bear show was one of the street attractions on Sunday evening.


A pet canary belonging to Mrs. Kitteredge Haskins managed to slip out of the house Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday morning, knocked for admission at Mrs. Keith White’s on High street, terribly sleepy, but none the worse for a day’s liberty. Later in the day he told his mistress that he had seen enough of the world and was glad to get home.


Every one should remember the entertainment to be given at Crosby hall this evening for the benefit of the working girls vacation society. The young people have spared no pains to render the program attractive, and the object is certainly a most worthy one.


The library reading room is now open to the public.


It is expected that the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad company’s new iron bridge over West river will be completed by the middle of next week.


The fresh air children at Highland park were entertained with a stereopticon exhibition last evening by Rev. Mr. Parry.


A youth of seven sat in front of the American express office Wednesday dispensing lemonade to the sweltering public, when he was accosted by one of our good citizens, who asked him if he had a license. “No,” replied the lad, “I have lemonade.”


The Standard Oil company has staked off land near the railroad yard for a location for an oil tank which is to be erected soon and from which local dealers will be supplied.


The taxpayers of Brattleboro will be interested to learn that the tax rate per $1000 in Brattleboro this year is considerably less than last year. The tax in the village last year was $18.60. This year it is $17.10.


Bitten by a fly or stung by a bee, Charles Downer’s horse started up quickly on South Main street Wednesday afternoon, and in turning the corner by H. O. Collidge’s house overturned the tea wagon to which it was attached, smashing the canopy top, breaking the wiffletree and one thill and spilling a small amount of tea. The horse was not scared and went but a few rods.


Pliny Park at the corner of High and Main Streets in Brattleboro is dedicated and given to the town for maintenance.

Latest image

Cool Off with Washington Square Park in Winter

Welcome to iBrattleboro!

Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

Find iBrattleboro on:

 Twitter YouTube

Authentically Local

Search the Archives

Ye Olde iBrattleboro Archive

Use the pulldown to choose desired number of results.


Search the first decade
of iBrattleboro archives
at Archive-It.org
Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013

Latest Stories

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/18/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/18/15

Monday, May 18, 2015

12:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

1:45 am Hell, Fire, and Brimstone

2:00 am Abydos Egypt - Uncovering Egypt's Ancient Past Pt 2

3:00 am Israeli Elections, American Jewry - The Road Ahead 4/26/15


Bear Spotted in the Retreat Woods, 5/17, Evening

FYI, be aware that a bear was sighted this evening, 5/17, between around 7 and 7:30 pm in the Retreat Woods. It was a full-grown adult, and ran away from my dog and me when we surprised it. Location: between the "Just for Fun" trail and the highway, relatively close to Greenhill Parkway and Western Avenue. No cubs were seen.

Ralph Meima


The Askance Dance Craze

In this maze of small town life, with our limited number of streets and alleys, and the weight of time’s accumulation, we can’t help but run into each other. With frequency. Or under some law of chance beyond our grasp. And as we carry our histories around, when we see each other when we do we’d sometimes rather not.

There's no controlling bumping into anyotherbody, so cunning methods of evasion are needed ‘to keep the peace’. Otherwise our aversions and misgivings, affronts and harbored hurts, the less pleasant stuff which comprise no small part of our histories, would be breaking out all over. Can't have that in 'civil society'.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - Week of May 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 18 – May 22

May 18          


Baked Potato


Pineapple Chunks


Howling Dog

Large dog Enzo is all alone down in his apartment and has been howling and barking since 9 AM. His owner, our tenant, hung up on me when I called her at work. The neighbor who lives upstairs from Enzo is on a work related phone conference call until 1pm and the noise makes it very difficult for him to do his work. The dog warden doesn't work today.



Weekend Comedy Series: Lewis Black

Lewis Black is a comedian who is very good at being angry. Vein-popping angry, about people, media, and politics. You can consider him a loud-mouthed social critic.

This is “Red, White and Screwed,” a performance at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. that was filmed at an HBO special in 2006. He’s in rare form, talking about Bush and Cheney’s 6th year in office. Ahh, the good old days.


Stroll Seeks Teams To Enter Human Foosball Tourney At Expo

You can play chess with human chess pieces, on a very large board. But the players don't get much exercise, since it's a pretty slow game.

Not so with human foosball. Strolling of the Heifers is looking for teams of 6 players each to compete in its first-ever human foosball tournament. Excitement and action is guaranteed.

The tournament will take place on the Retreat ground during the Slow Living Expo on Saturday, June 6, following the Strolling of the Heifers Parade.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 19, 2015

For their fourth weekly meeting in a row, the Brattleboro Selectboard plans to formally adopt the enterprise fund budgets discussed at their previous week's meeting. The annual contract with Rescue, Inc., a conversation with the Arts Committee, a Town Plan public hearing, and approval of grants will also be topics of conversation and/or action.

You can participate in person at the Municipal Center, and bring up items that aren't on the agenda during the scheduled public participation portion of the program.


Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:00am at the Creamery Bridge on Western Avenue.

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


West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 23rd

On May 23rd, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.


Westminster West Plant Sale

The Westminster West School invites you to its annual (and much anticipated!) spring plant sale, on Saturday, May 23 from 9am - 1pm. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers.

All proceeds support Westminster West School and the Westminster West Public Library. (Rain date is Sunday, May 24)


Corporatists - The Men Who Stopped Time

Did you know that wealthy men are corporate men; and that poor men are also corporate men?

The first corporate man was an Abbott who ran a monastery. He considered his shareholders, namely the owners (the church), the physical plant (monastery) and the workers (monks and deacons), important enough to their continued success to devise a means to protect them all from liability. He did this by “incorporating” his monks into entities.It was royalty and aristocrats who took it a step further. They wrote and enacted laws for a chartered body to become a “corporation.” They then wrote the trade laws and granted exclusive rights to those chartered companies.


Monday Morning Movies at Brattleboro Senior Center


The Brattleboro Senior Center

 207 Main St.

June Showings

 Coming Of Age

Movies starring:


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 pm. on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Bratt Area Techies To Meet May 21

The Brattleboro Area Techies will meet May 21st, 5:30pm at the Estey Millworks Building in Brattleboro. The meeting will be at #118-201 Birge Street in Brattleboro.

Everyone is invited who works with, or is interested in, technology in the Brattleboro area, from makers to programmers to artists.

We’ll meet at Estey Millworks, a huge, mostly empty building behind the Estey Organ factory. This is one of the better options we’ve seen in town for a possible community makerspace. The building has three 4000 sq foot floors, power, heat, a spray booth, freight elevator, views, and a loading dock. Right now a two-person custom furniture company, esteymillwork.com, is the only tenant. They are interested in filling up the building somehow with other maker-type folk.


Rep. Welch, Rep. Lummis and Sen. Wyden Introduce Legislation to Require Transparency in Intelligence Budgets

Bill tracks 9/11 Commission recommendation to make public the top line budgets of 16 federal intelligence agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) have introduced legislation that would require the president to disclose in the annual budget request to Congress the top line spending levels at the 16 federal agencies known to conduct intelligence activities. Top-line spending levels for federal intelligence activities are currently treated as classified information.


Brattleboro 4th Quarter Payments Due for Tax, Utilities and Personal Property

The fourth installment of the 2014 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on May 15, 2015 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after May 15, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The Town Review, Grant Rejections, & A Really Rural Discussion

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday evening to talk of town operations, enterprise budgets and funds, and to learn more about proposed changes in Brattleboro’s Land Use Regulations. The board also learned of setbacks in funding for the repair of the Green Street retaining wall, and a small grant was applied for, in hopes of helping to create a West Brattleboro connecting trail.


iBrattleboro Poll

How important is it for the Brattleboro Police to have a downtown location?