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Birth of Colonel Leavitt Hunt, philologist and photographic artist.


Unitarian Congregational meeting house dedicated.


Buck-wheat, Genesee, Troy and Ohio Flour, just received. Hall & Townsley.


The High School in this village, will be opened on Monday, 4th March, under care of Mr. David Kimball, in connexion with his sister, Miss Kimball. Terms as usual.


The number of dog licenses issued by the town clerk last year was 278. This year it bids fair to be less.


The Gregorian Grand Mass for the dead was celebrated at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church last Monday morning at 9 o’clock for the repose of the soul of the Pope Pius Ninth. The alter of the church was appropriately draped in mourning for the occasion.


Our town auditors estimate the ordinary expenses of the town for the coming year at $11,750. To raise this amount and pay $4000 on our indebtedness will require a tax of 70 cents on a dollar of the grand list.


Plans for a mode of exit from the rear of the town hall have been prepared by the selectmen and will be submitted to the voters at the coming town meeting.


W.F. Richardson & Co., recently brought out and weighed a string of 14 yokes of oxen whose aggregate weight was 52,410 pounds. Experienced cattle men say they are the handsomest lot of oxen ever seen in Brattleboro.


An exhibition and test of the Harden hand-grenade fire-extinguisher is to be made in front of the town hall this afternoon. This invention consists of a glass globe filled with a gas-generating and fire-extinguishing fluid, and is endorsed by many well-known parties.


Col. L.F. Copeland, of Indiana, known as the “Prince of Orators,” will give his lecture on “Snobs and Snobbery” in the town hall on Tuesday evening, March 11.


The selectmen’s estimate of the coming year’s expenses amounts to a total of $42,639.98.


C.E. Allen’s catalogue for 1889 is out this week from Housh & Co.’s press. It has an unusually attractive cover and has grown to be a manual of an even 100 pages. Twenty pages are devoted at the beginning to novelties and specialties which Mr. Allen thinks it worth the while of his customers to make a trial of this summer, and then follows the usual lists of standard varieties in plants, flowers and vegetables.


Mr. E.R. Pratt sends us from Paris a handsome lithograph of the wonderful iron tower which is being erected in that city for the great exposition of 1889 after the designs of M. Eiffel.


One of the largest and pleasantest social parties of the season was held by the Freemasons at their handsome hall last evening. The Philharmonic orchestra furnished music for dancing, and Mr. Cooper served the refreshments.


There is to be a sash dance and supper at Perry’s hall, West Brattleboro, next Thursday evening.


All prospects are favorable for a fine entertainment next Tuesday evening, when “Living whist” will be given at the Elliot street armory under the auspices of the Murray club. The managers wish to have all spectators in their places promptly at 8 o’clock, as it would interfere badly with the performance to have people crossing the floor after the march, shuffle, and deal had begun.


The first copies of C.E. Allen’s seed and plant catalogue of 1895 were issued Wednesday and the mailing, to customers and other applicants, of the whole edition of 10,000 will proceed as rapidly as possible.


The pupils of the Sew-a-Square club of the Oak Grove public school have just completed an attractive comforter to be included in the next shipment of products from the Red Cross. Accompanying the comforter are a number of letters made up of good wishes and local news items, signed by the pupils contributing to the patchwork.


“Indian day” has become an annual national event, and, as in the past, will be celebrated on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22. It has marked for a long period of years the formal opening of the motorcycle season. C. S. Squires, local distributor for Indian motorcycles and bicycles, will keep open house throughout the day at his place of business on the corner of Canal and Elm streets.

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"Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege" Screening Sunday

WEST BRATTLEBORO — All Souls Church will continue its film series “Looking Inward at White Power and Privilege” with a screening of “Mirrors of Privilege” on Sunday, Feb. 25, at noon, proceeded by a simple lunch.

The film’s full title is “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” and is produced by World Trust. It will be the third in the continuing series presented at West Village Meeting House at 29 South Street in West Brattleboro and will be followed by a discussion. There is no admission charge for the film or for the light lunch that precedes it.


Par For the Cause Mini Golf Classic Tees Off March 3rd

The 4th Annual Par for the Cause – an indoor mini-golf classic to benefit the Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development – will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Community members are invited to gather friends and join the fun for an evening of friendly competition and delicious food. Light dinner fare will be served by the Guilford Country Store & Café and a cash bar will be served by Hazel. Donated goods and services by local businesses will be raffled off.


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!


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