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First records in Brattleboro regarding the salary of a minister.


Hair Mattresses. The subscriber manufactures and keeps constantly on hand for sale, Curled Hair for Mattresses, Pillows, Cushions, &c., at No. 3 High st. Hair Mattresses made to order, warranted as good and cheap as can be obtained from the city. Mattresses that have become hard by using repicked and made as good as new. Anson Barber.


The April Term of the Windham County Court will commence at Fayetteville on Tuesday of next week. The docket is of a size indicative of a long term. The first sixty cases are set down for trial the first week.


The news of the attack on Fort Sumpter by the rebels at Charleston, created the greatest excitement in our village, and when a dispatch announcing its fall was received the deepest indignation was manifested. The war spirit of our citizens was fully aroused. Tuesday afternoon the American flag was raised between our office and the Brattleboro House, after a neat and appropriate speech by Capt. Phelps, and amid the cheers of those attending the impromptu gathering.


A Civil War Begun. War is upon us! Rebellion and Treason have culminated in open defiance of the federal government and in armed resistance to its lawful authority. One of our greatest forts has been captured by those who recently swore allegiance to our government. The American flag has been impiously trampled upon by rebels. The stars and stripes trail in the dust, not before a foreign foe but before perjured men of our own lineage. The cup of our indignities is now full and running over. We have but one alternative left us. We must elect between government and anarchy and that speedily.


Mr. Platt purchases William Ryther's interest in The Phoenix to become sole proprietor of the newspaper.


Fast day was well observed here, the stores, shops and places of business being quite generally closed. The weather was unusually pleasant, but the customary ball playing by the boys was omitted, snow and mud being the abounding elements under foot.


The Brattleboro cornet band, under the leadership of Mr. Fred Leightsinger, has maintained its organization through the winter, and has added to its ranks some experienced players, who will give it additional strength. Were there a suitable stand erected on Main street for their accommodation, our citizens would doubtless be treated to an abundance of excellent music during the coming summer evenings.


It is expected that on Saturday morning Col. Fitzgerald, the coachman of the Lilliputian company, will drive his span of Shetland ponies through the principal streets of the village. The troupe will remain at the Brooks House over Sunday, and J.A. Taylor will “entertain” the ponies.


The glory of “Ryther’s arcade” has departed. Since Tuesday crowbar and pick and ax have been busy upon it, and by the end of this week the old landmark will exist only in fond (?) memory. It will be difficult to make the generation which now rides in baby wagons understand what a funny looking little old building it was amid its pretensious surroundings of brick and stone.


Another old landmark has disappeared this week in the pulling down of the old barns on the Goodhue estate. The barns were built by Francis Goodhue, grandfather of the “present incumbent” of that name.


Selectmen Herrick and Boyden have been in New Haven this week to look at stone crushers, but no decision about the purchase of one has been arrived at.


P.S. Chase has received another order from the agricultural department at Washington for dandelion seeds — this time $100 worth.


A modern two-fire range has been put into the Brooks House this week, replacing the old single fire one. A new steam plate warmer is also in position, ready to connect with the steam pipes.


The Bell telephone company will send an expert electrician to town early in may to explain to the pupils of the High school the mechanism and workings of the telephone.


Jacob Estey, the founder and head of the Estey Organ company, died at his home on Canal street a few minutes before 3 o’clock on Tuesday morning.


Publication is delayed today beyond the usual hour on account of the funeral of the Hon. Jacob Estey.


The Wilmington Times strongly endorses the removal of the county shire to Brattleboro. “The Times believes that the people of this section will favor the change to Brattleboro by an overwhelming majority, assuming that Brattleboro is willing to stand the expense...”

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Thursday Films - Movies You Must See... But Might Have Missed

Come in from the cold and escape the deep snow at Brooks Library! Join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, for a Thursday afternoon at the movies, to watch and discuss nine films that "you must see..but may have missed.

The first film in the series is screening today, Thursday 12 February 2015, 3 pm - 6 pm. 


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee meeting previously scheduled on February 13 is cancelled due to the expected extreme cold and difficult travel conditions. The next scheduled meeting is 03/13/2015.

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


Ice Dam Removal Near Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of someone who does emergency ice dam removal in Brattleboro? I have been roof-raking, but I have Ice build up on my gutters and have developed a small leak. Thanks.


New White House Petition: Make Marijuana Legal

There have been so many marijuana legalization petitions at the White House, and none have succeeded in the ultimate objective, so it is important to keep signing more peititions.   The squeaky wheel is the one that gets greased; right?


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation: BMH Center for Wound Healing (RSVP)

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Center for Wound Healing

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project: Detour Thursday

Tomorrow, 2/12/15, I-91 Southbound between Exits 3 and 2 will be closed to all traffic from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Exit 3 on ramp will be closed to both NB and SB traffic. The interstate will be closed so crews may complete necessary repairs to developing pot holes. Traffic will use Route 5 as a detour.


Interest in Pre-Brattleboro

I'm a local fellow with a great interest in the context and culture of this area prior to its becoming the Brattleboro we know today. Meaning, the vast sweep of 12,000 years preceding the past 250 or so; the Sokoki of the Western Abenaki were here for centuries and their ancestors for millenia before them. And, it must be affirmed, their descendants are still among us.

By way of honoring this land and its people, I would like to help acknowledge and document this heritage and raise awareness to engender respect. It struck me that this gathering of the minds might be a reasonable venue within which to inquire about likemindedness. Anyone else with such an inclination?


Welch Responds to President's War Authorization Request

Washington, DC – This morning, President Obama sent Congress a plan to authorize the use of force against ISIS. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) gave the following response after reviewing the proposal:

“Congress has been ducking its Constitutional responsibility to authorize this war so I am pleased that the President is now forcing Congress to do its job. However, I cannot support this authorization as written. It leaves in place the Bush-era open ended authorization that led to so much harm.


Sanders Statement on War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after President Barack Obama formally asked Congress to authorize a military campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group:

“The Islamic State is a brutal and dangerous terrorist organization which has murdered thousands of innocent men, women and children, including Americans. It must be defeated.

“I voted against the war in Iraq because I feared very much the destabilizing impact it would have on the region. Today, after 13 years in Afghanistan and 12 years in Iraq, after the loss of almost 7,000 troops and the expenditure of trillions of dollars, I very much fear U.S. involvement in an expanding and never-ending quagmire in that region of the world.


Next Brattleboro Area Techies Meet Scheduled for February 19 at 5:30 pm

The next meeting of the Brattleboro Area Techies, the fast-growing networking group for tech users, will be on Thursday, February 19, 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 welcome.

Recent developments in shared working space in Brattleboro will be discussed, together with other topics. As is the habit, most of the meeting will be devoted to introductions and informal networking. Over 750 people have attended Brattleboro Area Techie meetings in the past few months.


The Lecture at The High School By Principal Professor Bacon

In February of 1860, the principal of the high school gave a lecture describing what he saw as “defects” in the current school system. The newspaper was kind enough to dcoument this, so we can go back and read what he said about such topics as books, naps, exercise, carbonic acid gas, and politeness.

The system he describes seems rather far from what we do today, but the goal is identical.


Downtown Brattleboro Snow Removal

This evening (February 10, 2015) starting at 10:30 pm, the town will begin snow removal operations in the downtown area to improve pedestrian access, sight visibility, and open up parking spaces.

Please remember that per the Brattleboro Code of Ordinances, that overnight parking is prohibited on all streets within the Town limits. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00 pm and 07:00 am may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Vehicles may be towed at any time if they are hampering snow plowing or snow removal. Please refer to Chapter 16 in the Brattleboro Code of Ordinances for further information.


Remove Snow From Roofs

With the recent large snowfalls and more in the forecast in the coming days, the Brattleboro Fire Department would like to urge all residents to check your roofs and shovel them as needed. In the past couple of weeks we have received 2+ feet of snow, the weight of inches or feet of snow on even the sturdiest roof can cause structural or leakage problems.

One of the biggest problems is when the snow melts a little and then re-freezes.  This melting and re-freezing causes ice to form on the top of the snow pack, creating even more weight.  If you do not get the heavy weight of the snow off a flat roof before the melting and freezing occurs, you could wind up having structural issues and possible collapse. Flat roofs pose the biggest threat of collapse. 


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Notes from a Breakfast with the Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast   
January 23,  2015      
Gibson-Aiken Center                                                                                           

Breakfast with the Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald
Michael.Fitzgerald@state.vt.us      (802) 257-7950

Chief Michael Fitzgerald spoke about the vision he has for the Brattleboro PD as it relates to the community. “No one is immune from the impact” of the recent events in Ferguson, MO. What is needed is that we all sit down and have a candid and in depth conversation with the community.


Brooks Memorial Library Closing At 6 P.M.

The Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro will be closing today (Monday, 2/9) at 6:00pm due to the weather. The bookdrop will be open and the Library will re-open tomorrow at 10:00am.

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


27 Brattle Street Fire Investigation

On Friday evening, February 6, 2015 at 5:27pm the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to a reported kerosene heater explosion at 27 Brattle St. The 2nd floor front apartment, in the four unit apartment building, received extensive heat and smoke damage in the 2 alarm fire. Two occupants of the building received injuries, one treated for smoke inhalation, the other for minor burns.

A joint investigation by the Brattleboro Fire and Brattleboro Police Departments over the weekend has determined that the cause of the fire to be accidental. The investigation has revealed that there is a strong possibility that the wrong type of fuel was accidentally used in the heater.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/9/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 2/9/15 

Monday, February 9, 2015

12:00 am Common Good VT_ Using Census Data to Tell Your Story

2:00 am Electric Cars and Electric Bicycles Presentation

3:20 am Village Square Booksellers: Proof Positive with Archer Mayor

4:30 am Coming Clean on Lake Champlain 1/29/15

6:00 am Gimme Shelter Concert 2015


The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Julian Lage Trio

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Julian Lage Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center on February 14th, 2015. Lage, at age 27 is one of the busiest guitarists on the jazz-infused scene today. He has released six albums as a leader and has played and recorded with many of today’s most significant jazz musicians including vibraphone legend Gary Burton whose band he played in from age 12 to 17.

He’ll be bringing with him bassist and drummer Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. When asked about choosing this venerable team, for his own trio, Lage stated “I first met Scott and Kenny when I heard them play in Jim Hall’s trio, I was eleven years old. Even then, I thought to myself - those are the guys I really want to play with! Now that we’re all on the east coast, I called them up and it worked out. But the most important reason I chose Scott and Kenny is that they’re both ridiculous.”


"Older Man" Scam

Women often receive warnings about protecting themselves at the mall and in dark parking lots, etc. This is the first warning I have seen for men. 

A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular customers at Home Depot, Hannafords or Wal-Mart. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.  Here's how the scam works:


West Brattleboro Economic Development Forum Postponed to Feb. 23rd

The West Brattleboro Economic Development Forum has been postponed until Monday, February 23rd.  That evening it will still be held at 5pm in the central conference room at the 55 Marlboro Road building.

 - Michael Bosworth, Board President, West Brattleboro Association


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