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Lyceum. Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for discussion, “Have mankind been benefitted by the perusal of Profane History?”


Leather preservative. The subscriber has for sale, Partridge’s Leather Preservative - Paste Blacking - Black Ball of the first quality - Macassar Oil - Oil Soap, &c. &c. D.B. Thompson.


Wanted, To contract with a responsible person for the digging of 270 rods of ditch, at the Brattleboro Water Cure Establishment.


Windham County Woman's Suffrage Association was formed.


The narrow-gauge carried 90 passengers on its regular passenger train last Monday - the best day’s travel yet.


Several unknown correspondents are reminded this week that if their communications, items of news, etc., had been accompanied by a responsible name they would have been published.


In Brattleboro good sleighing began the first day of last December and continued, without interruption, till the end of last week. Some single sleighs have been in the street this week, but since Saturday and Monday all heavy teams have been on wheels.


All members of the Sovereigns of Industry with their families are invited to meet at Crosby hall, Wednesday, March 23rd, ay 6 p.m., to enjoy a sugar-eat and social time.


The Free Library books have now all been removed to the new building and placed upon the shelves, where they make a handsome appearance, and the trustees and librarian are busy with work preparatory to re-cataloguing.


A.E. Shackford has begun the manufacture of his incubator for which he obtained a patent last month, and has already sold the first lot, one of which went to Denver, Colo.


The real ownership of the Valley Mill property has not yet been divulged, but the wise ones grow more and more ready to give odds on their guess that it now belongs to the New London Northern railroad company.


Monday was Brattleboro’s first Market Day.


The Brooks House proprietors find that, in addition to the other extensive improvements now being completed, it will be necessary to renew the electric bell system of the house.


Ranger & Thompson on Saturday swung out a new sign in the shape of a huge watch.


Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Kipling returned to Brattleboro Monday night, remaining with Mrs. Kipling’s brother, Mr. B.S. Balestier, until yesterday afternoon, when they returned to New York. It is among the probabilities of the future that after their return from a tour around the world the Kiplings will build a house in Brattleboro for their future home.


Business is driving at S.A. Smith & Co.’s as never before in the history of that prosperous concern. The shop is being run to its full capacity, with all the help that can be employed, and still the orders accumulate faster than they can be filled. In one day last week orders for 500 baby carriages were received.


The telephone exchange has talked three times this week with New York over the long distance wires.


A service in the Swedish tongue was held at the Baptist chapel on Wednesday evening, Rev. Johannes Franzen officiating.


Over 100 people attended the grange sugar supper Monday night. The supper was followed by a dance in which 25 to 30 couples joined.


The executive committee of the Choral Union have issued a statement to the male members of the Union stating that hereafter unless there is a larger attendance at rehearsals, especially on the part of the men, the committee will not feel warranted in a continuance of the work.

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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.

Mar. 19th - Mar. 23rd
Mon - meatloaf, gravy, baked potato & veg
Tues - reubens w/ french fries
Wed - lasagna w/ salad
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - fried shrimp w/ french fries & coleslaw



Poverty is not a 3rd world phenomenon.

A friend who lives in Bennington writes poignantly about it:

"In Bennington there are three very distinct classes. 

First, there are the ‘fancy people’. They are the ones who rule and control everything. They are on the boards — the hospital board, the library board, the select board, the school boards.  They attend the formal fundraisers for the hospital and other institutions. They have the power — even the power over life and death. They, occasionally during a medical crisis in the hospital, make the decision to pull the plug or allow life to go on.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 19 thru March 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 19 thru March 23


Mar. 19 - Corn Chowder

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw



Old Sneakers

Anybody got a pair or two of old sneakers they’re not using?

I want to tie the laces together and toss them over the telephone wires.

It pisses off the neighbors who insist that it identifies places to buy drugs.

I got news  4 U

If you sell drugs, you don’t need a billboard.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 20, 2018

At the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, five local establishments will discuss recent liquor violations and corrective actions taken since. If the board is satisfied with their responses, they’ll be granted their annual liquor license renewals.

Other items on the agenda include a new contract with the Brattleboro Firefighters Association, a monthly finance report, a report from and appointment to the Windham Regional Commission, and some grant matters. 

For Representative Town Meeting fans, there is also the annual assignment of motions on articles, when board members traditionally squirm as the longest-to-read article is assigned.


Pottery Seconds Sale at the Winter Farmers' Market Saturday

Pottery Seconds Sale at the farmers market this week!

Susan Dunning and Mathew Meunier will be lightening their load. Great savings on those one of a kind pieces of pottery!

Watch beautiful Windsor style chairs being crafted by hand by Bigan Fard of One World.

And of course where better to stock up on local basics like produce, apples, meat, bread & eggs, as well as those special treats, preserves, handcrafted teas, salves and more. Meet up with a friend over a delicious lunch and enjoy the sounds of Ireland by Inisheer from 11-1 in the cafe.

Credit, Debit & EBT accepted. Crop Cash Coupons let 3SquaresVT/SNAP EBT customers turn $10 in $20 and take home more fresh fruits and veggies every week!


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Informational Forum and District Caucuses


Brattleboro Town Schoolboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 21 at Oak Grove School beginning at 7:00 PM in the Gym. At 6:30 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, Districts 1 and 3 will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has ten seats to appoint and District 3 has six seats to appoint.


No Uprising Gaddafi Loved by Libyans Confessed Italian PM Berlusconi As Italian NATO Planes Bombed

Peoples History Briefings

"If you don't know history, it's like you were born yesterday; anyone up there in a position of power can tell you anything and you have no way of checking up on it." Howard Zinn (author of A People's History of the United States)
Now Documented! An Enormous Amount of Past Criminally Faked News Promoting Invasions and Bombings by Commercial Media - Some Even Admitted!

Readers can challenge US NATO UN justifications for ongoing deadly invasions and bombings by pointing to the now obvious self-indicting past lies and fake news which promoted past ‘humanitarian interventions’ that are now proven to have been indisputably fully prosecutable crimes of genocide.


Shanta Lee Gander Presents: Lucy Speaks: Rights, Witness and Voice

Lucy Terry Prince is considered the nation's first African American poet, who raised her family and fought to keep her land in Guilford Vermont. 

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 25th, at 7 pm as storyteller and writer Shanta Lee Gander engages us in a conversation about rights, witness and voice through the lens of Lucy Terry Prince's life. This interactive presentation will include a live performance of Lucy's only surviving poem, "Bars Fight."


Childcare Will Be Provided At This Year's Representative Town Meeting

Town Meeting representatives, WSESU officials, and Town officials have collaborated to offer free childcare services at this year’s Representative Town Meeting on March 24. This is intended to remove a barrier for parents of children between the ages of 4 and 13 who had previously declined to participate in Representative Town Meeting due to childcare concerns. Plans are still being finalized and this year’s service is considered a “trial run” for potentially providing this service for future meetings. Here are the details:

Location: A room at BAMS near the Multi-Purpose Room where Representative Town Meeting is held
Hours: 8am until the end of the meeting (except during the lunch break)
Ages: 4 – 13 (no diapers)


Artist Opening at MGFA: Matt Brown, "Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints"

March 22 - May 6: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to exhibit new and select woodblock prints by Matt Brown in Conversations with Color Woodblock Prints. An Artist Opening Reception will take place Thursday, March 22 from 5-7pm. The gallery will host an Artist Talk Saturday, April 21 at 5pm, which will feature a live demonstration in printmaking by Brown. 

Following the Japanese hanga method, the printmaking technique used by Hokusai and Hiroshige, each of Brown’s prints is  created entirely by hand using water and pigments applied to multiple carved wooden blocks. Each woodblock corresponds to one color within a print and each is transferred to paper by a small hand-held baren. 


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

All newly elected school directors must take their Oath of Office prior to participation in the meeting.

53 Green Street Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, Everybody Loves Pirates!

Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series continues on Saturday, March 17th with two performances of Everybody Loves Pirates! by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers  at Sandglass Theater in Putney at 11 AM and 2 PM. Eight-year-old Lucy and her pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way!  Reserve your tickets by calling (802)387-4051 or email info@sandglasstheater.org.


Eastes, Spencer, Keelan in Concert at Main Street Arts

AXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Main Street Arts concludes this year’s Hands-on music series with a concert Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.

Three Quirky Composers; Beethoven, Hayden and Dvorak features Zon Eastes on cello, Peggy Spencer on violin and Hugh Keelan at the piano.

Keelan has conducted orchestras throughout the world and is currently the conductor of the Windham Orchestra. He has collaborated with the great artists of our times, including Solti, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Shura Cherkassky, Maurice Sendak and Tom Stoppard.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Donny McCaslin Quartet f. Jason Lindner in A Tribute to David Bowie

The Vermont Jazz Center Presents the Donny McCaslin Quartet 

Performance date - Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 8:00 PM

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes innovative composer/saxophonist Donny McCaslin to the stage on March 24th at 8:00 PM. He will perform with his touring quartet that includes Jason Lindner on keyboards, Jonathan Maron of Groove Collective on bass and Nate Wood of Kneebody on drums. McCaslin and Lindner performed on David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, which earned 5 Grammy Awards; it was released two days after Bowie’s death from liver cancer. McCaslin accepted the Grammy for Best Rock Performance on Bowie’s behalf in 2016. In his acceptance speech at the award ceremony, McCaslin stated “the course of my life as an artist and person changed when I met David in the summer of 2014. Working with him introduced me to an artistic genius, a kind man and a funny-as-hell guy. In one email during the early stages of recording Blackstar, he sent me the following message: ‘Donny, the structure of the song is sound, but now we need to throw a penlight beam on the rest like a P.I. scouting a motel room. I’m so excited I just vomited up a 1967 Mercedes.’ That’s how it was with him: collaborative, funny and always ready to try new things.”


Chief Earl Cavangh - The Kindest Salty Dog

Our shipmate, friend, Earl Cavanagh, passed on. Much love to Nancy Cavanagh, and family. Zoe Kopp and Namaya Art Rat Peace.

“Chief Earl Cavanagh the Kindest Salty Dog”

The ships bells rang out on the ship last night
Midnight watch Chief Earl took the wheel.
“Raise the damn sails high! To the morning light”
While storms raged, he stood there like steel

Main mast bending and near cracking with each howl
Deadly storms raged starboard to port
And the wind blew with each ferocious yowl.


Trump’s First Commandment

Thou shalt not criticize the POTUS, especially if that POTUS is me!


Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners! Sun. April 8.

UKULELE-in-a-DAY is baaaaaack!

Sunday, April 8. Brattleboro Music Center
No musical background needed! Ukuleles available.
10:00 am-3:00 pm. $125.
Family discounts available. Accessible venue.
Big Giant Fun Guaranteed!
Taught by Lisa McCormick.


Spring Art Classes at The Drawing Studio

Hello Everyone,

The Drawing Studio is enrolling for Spring classes beginning in April. We offer traditional and experimental classes in Drawing, Color Mixing and Painting, along with critique groups for artists and private lessons. There are also weekly drop in figure drawing sessions for those who like to work independently.

The studio is located on Williams Street in Brattleboro along the beautiful Whetstone Brook and is a perfect place for creative work. We also have a wonderful art research library. Check out the website and see what we offer!


Modern Policing

The British invented modern policing in the early 19th century, establishing the ‘Peelian Principles’ of policing by consent. (After Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel)   http://www.lacp.org/2009-Articles-Main/062609-Peels9Principals-SandyNazemi.htm

One of those principles is “to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular
occasion for achieving a police objective“.


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