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Dr. Wesselhoeft, a German Physician, who has resided for some years in Boston, and has there practiced in his profession with great success, has opened an establishment in our village for the reception of patients, on the model of the famous water-cure establishment of Pressnitz, at Graefenberg, Germany.


We learn that S. B. Johnson of Vernon, a Deputy Sheriff for this county, has a mare of the Green Mountain Morgan blood, eight years old, that he offers to bet one thousand dollars he can drive from this place to Boston in fifteen hours. The animal in question is a good show of horse-flesh, whether or not she can do all that is claimed of her.


The ornamental work of nature about these days is weather cold enough for February, rain storms in the valleys, snow-storms on the hills, and ice on the mountains. The emerald hue of the fields is not half as green as that of those persons who think this is the proper season for planting.


The company recruited in this county for the 2nd Regiment Vermont Volunteers was mustered into the service of the State on Thursday of last week, by Gen. F. W. Hopkins of Rutland, who performed that duty at the request and under the direction of the Adjutant and Inspector General. The Adjutant General has informed Capt. Todd that this Company will be designated by letter as Company C, and that it will be the color company when the Regiment is formed.


Chas. A Lawrence has renewed his lease of the Brooks House, as everybody supposed he would who has seen his ability to run a first class hotel, featuring superior accomodations which the house affords “for man and beast.” Country people in particular will be interested to learn that prices are to remain as low as at the other hotels.


The Revere house is to be modernized by the introduction of new four-lighted windows throughout. The glass will be furnished by Barna Clark.


The town meeting called on Monday last, to rescind the action taken at the previous meeting in regard to the Elliot street bridge, was quite well-attended, but somebody had discovered a defect in the warrant, and consequently no action could be taken.


The bailiffs have issued their customary spring sanitary bulletin, which will be as customarily disregarded — perhaps!


The advance guard of the season’s big drive of logs has been running down the river for a week past.


A case of lager beer which was being dealt out during the firemen’s muster near Loomis’s blacksmith shop was confiscated by the authorities and handed over to the liquor agency.


The annual log drive down the Connecticut river is expected to reach here in about two weeks. The drive contains about 45,000,000 feet of spruce lumber.


The telephone exchange has just received a granular button transmitter, an improved instrument for the use of central office stations.


The first band concert of the season from the Brooks House balcony was more than ordinarily enjoyable and brought out a large number of people, notwithstanding the cold weather.


Colonel William Austine promoted to be lieutenant-colonel, with his commission from President Roosevelt bearing the date of May 23, 1904.

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I-91 Exit 3 Closed Sunday

This Sunday, the project team will close both the northbound and southbound Exit 3 on-ramps to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 south to Exit 2 or 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 north to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic. The on-ramps at Exit 3 will be closed from approximately noon to 7:00 pm.


Registration Open! 3rd Annual Tulip Trot 5k Run/Walk, May 2, 2015

Come out rain, mud and/or shine and support Green Street School enrichment programs while you walk or run down neighborhood streets and the scenic Retreat trails behind Brattleboro's famous ski jump. This family-friendly local 5k is in its third year and gaining great momentum, please join us!

The Saturday, May 2 race starts and finishes at Green Street School, 164 Green Street, Brattleboro. There is also a 1/2 mile Sprout Run for younger children before the 5K.


Brattleboro Area Hospice to Host 6th Death Cafe in Wilmington

Brattleboro Area Hospice will host it's 6th Death Café in Wilmington. This free event will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2-4 pm at Dot’s Restaurant at 3 West Main St.

Part of an international movement that started in Europe (www.deathcafe.com), the Death Cafe is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


New Dates for Medicare Boot Camp

At this free class, Senior Solutions staff will provide unbiased information about the Medicare system. Medicare has strict enrollment periods, and this session will help  participants make timely decisions about drug plans and supplemental plans as well as many other issues.

This class is appropriate for those who are currently enrolled in Medicare, as well as anyone who will be signing up in the near future. Family members who help elders may also find this class useful. Space is limited, so please call ahead to register. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated.

To register or get more information, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-642-5119.


Brattleboro in the Vietnam War Era: A BHS Oral History Project

The Brattleboro Historical Society is putting together an ORAL HISTORY of the Vietnam War Era and is seeking Brattleboro area people - veterans to anti-war activists - to come forward to share experiences.  If you have an interest in participating contact Bill Holiday at -



Sanders: Let Vermont Protect Consumers from Dangerous Chemicals

WASHINGTON, March 18 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today backed stronger curbs on the use of dangerous chemicals in consumer products but criticized a bill in Congress that would take away from Vermont and other states the power to protect consumers with new state regulations.

Under the current federal law, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals have continued to be used in products without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that use them. The law, enacted in 1976, is so weak that it kept the Environmental Protection Agency from even banning asbestos, which causes cancer.


Brattleboro Locals Playing at SXSW

Bill Holiday passed along the following "heads-up!"

"A local teen band, featuring 2 BUHS students, Dharma Ramirez (3rd from L) and Mavis Eaton (far R), will perform next week in Austin, Texas as part of the Southwest Music Festival.  Incredible that they are a part of this popular, major, national event.  Look at what is being said about them..."


... and WVEW Is Back On The Air

A circut (or some kind of wiring) that delivers WVEW's signal to the transmitter boogied to our music a little too hard and got completely fried. It's all fixed and our over the air broadcasts are back.

Today (as with most days) our all volunteer community radio station has a very full schedule of programming for you to enjoy. If you live within the range of our (over the air) broadcasts, you can get a show on the station too. Check out our website for more information - www.wvew.org.


Open Letter Re: Brattleboro Town Finances

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dear fellow Town Representatives:

I have been meaning to write an open letter reporting out my concerns and observations about this year’s Representative Town Meeting, items on the agenda, the budget, etc. I have left this until the last minute in hopes that others of you might finally step forward to join me in drafting a brief report as your Town Finance Committee.

This is the web site of the Finance Committee:

The site has not been updated in a year. I can’t do the work of the committee by myself, so please regard this as merely a personal letter.


The Uneven Power Dynamic Between Officers and Community Members

Our nation's police department's primary objectives have to be enforcement of existing law as enacted by the various state and federal legislatures.

The latitude exercised by each department is affected by a dizzying array of various police departmental and community circumstances. There is no template except that which falls back upon established law.In a real sense, the Executive Summary and therefore the full report of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to the White House Task Force on Community-Police Relations (January 2015) is putting the cart before the horse.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Retaining Green Street

How best to repair the Green Street retaining wall was a big topic for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their regular Tuesday meeting. Some intriguing options led to strong opinions before consensus was reached.

The board also did some planning to learn about planning, resulting in scheduling a series of meetings to highlight the changes coming to Brattleboro’s land use regulations. Some new energy efficiency efforts are now underway, departmental staffing level reviews have been replaced by a comprehensive staffing review, appointees were appointed, and more.


WVEW's Over The Air Broadcast Down Tonight (March 17th)


Since early this aftternoon, WVEW-lp's over the air broadcast has been experiencing a problem at our transmitter and antenna site. We hope to have it resolved sometime tomorrow morning (Weds. March 18th).

In the meantime, the webstream of our broadcasts has not bee affected. It may be accessed at our website, wvew.org, or by clicking on the following link:  http://wvew.org/streaming/index.html

Thank You.


Bereavement Support Group for Adults

A new Six-Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins on Thursday April 9th and will meet each Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending May 14th.

The group is free of charge and open to anyone in the community grieving the death loss of a loved one, no matter when or where the loss occurred. Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences through discussion, readings, simple activities, and suggestions for moving through grief.

This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. No prior connection with hospice is required in order to participate. Connie Baxter, Bereavement Care Coordinator will be the facilitator. The group size is limited to 8 people.


Nowrooz Festival of Poetry and Persian Music at Mahalo Art Center, Sat. 3/21 4:30pm

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Nowrooz, A Persian New Year Celebration, Saturday, March 21 at 4:30 PM featuring traditional classical Persian music as well as original compositions presented by Eshagh Shaoul, violin with Jon Liechty on piano and Jack Shaoul on drum. The celebration is also a sharing of Persian, Bahá'í, and Sufi poetry. Following the music and poetry there will be a potluck (bring a dish to share). There will also be a hands-on henna decoration activity. The music and poetry will begin promptly at 4:30pm. Plan to arrive 10 to 20 minutes in advance to find parking along Western Avenue and walk up the driveway (about 100 yards) to Mahalo Art Center.


8th Annual CSA Fair 3/28 at Final Winter Farmers' Market of the Season

Saturday, March 28, 2015, marks the final week for the 9th season of the Winter Farmers' Market.

It is also the 8th Annual CSA Fair hosted at Post Oil Solutions’ Winter Farmers’ Market.  We expect to have close to a dozen CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) represented along with our regular market vendor line-up, and a special guest from New Leaf CSA!

Take this opportunity to do your CSA research and pick your farmer for 2015! You will find farms with weekly CSA shares for vegetables, fruit, flowers and more.  Some offer deliveries to central pick-up locations while many invite you to visit their farms each week and get to know their operation.  Some farms even invite you into their fields to lend a hand in picking the weeks harvest.  So join a CSA.  It's a great way to support local agriculture and the local economy!


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/16/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3/16/15

Monday, March 16, 2015

12:00 am TAP: Putting on Our Finery 11/14/14

1:10 am TED Talks: Ilona Szabó de Carvalho: Taking a Stand Against Drugs and Gun Violence

1:30 am Vermont Music Showcase: Full Program 3/2/2015

3:00 am Heartbeat: Israeli-Palestinian Youth Musicians Concert at Goddard College

5:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Police Militarization Pt 2


Notes from the Senate - Firearms

This week the Judiciary Committee on which I serve passed out a couple bills but one was major, had a lot of emotion and controversy and misinformation, took a lot of time and in the end I believe we had a good bill. At the beginning of the session, S.31 was introduced. Rather than amend and pass it, the decision of Chair Sears was to create a committee bill that contained essential parts of the bill. There are three main components.


March For Meals Video

Brattleboro Senior Meals kick off lunch with Congressman Peter Welch.

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The Great Blizzard of 1888

On March 16, 1888, The Phoenix ran the following report on the Great Blizzard of 1888, which had happened just a few days earlier.


"Snowed Under.

Brattleboro’s Experience with a Dakota Blizzard.

40 in. of Snow in a 90-mile Gale.

Sights, Scenes and Incidents in Brattleboro on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


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