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Windham County Democrat announces a Baggage Wagon will leave Brattleboro for Troy once a week, taking freight for 62 and a half cents per hundred.


The Vermont Asylum for the Insane is to be greatly enlarged and improved. The main building and the six wings are all to receive the addition of another story, while the central building will be surmounted by a large dome, rendering it one of the largest and most imposing edifices of the kind in the country.


There is to be some boat racing at Chesterfield Lake next Saturday for a purse of $25.00. The Fuller drum corps will be present, and an attractive programme has been arranged.


Jeweler Frink has a fine lot of fans to give away to the out-of-town people who come to see Jumbo next Tuesday. They are just the thing, and we advise everybody to call and get one.


The grocers have agreed to close their stores at 6 o’clock on the evening of circus day.


Work is in progress this week on Chase street, putting in concrete walks and crossings.


The sewer on Forest square will be completed this week, to the satisfaction of all the residents in that section.


Cole’s circus came to Brattleboro yesterday. It wasn’t the “greatest show on earth,” and it didn’t pretend to be. It did, however, attract large audiences to the island grounds. The trick horses and dogs gave a good exhibition, and the horizontal bar and trapeze performance was something little short of marvelous, while the strong man lifted a horse and several men at once.


The Crowell water pipes from the proposed pumping station on West River have been laid to the road above the Brattleboro Retreat. It will be several weeks, at least, before the station is in working order, as the men are frequently called away to repair broken pipes on the lines already in operation.


The electric cars were delayed nearly an hour Tuesday evening by the breaking of the trolley wire near the Main street switch.


Mrs. Helen T. Brigham, the well-known Spiritualist, will give a lecture at Brookside Park at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, and at 4 Leitsinger’s orchestra will give a free open air concert.


The lock-up, which has been renovated and refurbished, will be kept open all day tomorrow by direction of the selectmen, and the public is invited to visit it for inspection.


A grey squirrel in a cage arrived at the baggage room Monday and has enjoyed nuts and other good things from the hand of baggage Master David S. Carey ever since. Who owns the squirrel is not known. The squirrel was put on the White Mountain train at New York, but there was no tag on the cage.

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Finalists Are Announced in Stroll Business Plan Competition

Finalists have been selected in the 2013 Strolling of the Heifers Vermont Business Plan Competition, which offers a total of $60,000 in prizes.

The 14 finalists, chosen by a statewide panel of judges, were chosen on the basis of business prospectuses submitted during the first phase of the contest. They will now prepare detailed business plans and will make presentations at the final judging session on June 5.

The competition is a collaboration of Strolling of the Heifers, a Brattleboro-based local foods advocacy organization, and Vermont Technical College, with additional partnership contributions by Vermont Small Business Development Center, Southern Vermont Community Action, and Vermont Interactive Television.


In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies

IN DISGUISE! Undercover with Real Women Spies
Saturday March 30, 2013

12:00 PM until 2:00 PM

March is Women’s History Month and you don’t want to miss a lively, engaging presentation of In Disguise! Undercover with Real Women Spies at the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room, on Saturday, March 30, at 12 Noon.

Women have spied for a long time, and they’ve been good at it. They’ve dashed through enemy lines, sent secret messages under the nose of the enemy, and led prisoners in daring and dangerous escapes.  They went undercover, taking on new identities varying from apple sellers to crazy neighbors to stage dancers.  Often, it was enough of a disguise for women to just be themselves.  People didn’t expect them to have the strength or know-how to be spies.  Those people were wrong. 


Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, from the Saturday Night Live Band

Christine Ohlman will perform on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 7:30pm, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Christine is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Voted #7 on Alternate Roots’ list of top 30 Female Vocalists, this queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 2, 2013

At the first meeting of the new Brattleboro Selectboard, the board will again take up the issue of a new state law allowing beer and wine at gallery events. They'll also discuss a proposal to purchase solar energy from ISA Solar and Green Lantern Capital from a site to be determined.

They will also hear from new owners of Elliot Street Fish, Chips and More, appoint members to the Police Fire Facility Project oversight committee, consider skating rink repairs, set board goals, and review their rules of conduct. All this and more, and you can watch on TV or attend in person. 


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 1, 2013 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


Who is Ida May Fuller?

Here is a bit of trivial history for Brattleboro.  I find this to be an interesting fact  I learned about when searching the internet for historical events of Brattleboro Vermont.   This is a direct quote from the Social Security Website. The link is offered below. The only credit I can receive is sharing this with you here on ibrattleboro.


Ask-a-Cop: Serving Notices

On a Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. there was a loud and persistent knock at my front door. It was a police officer, who was there to serve a no trespass order which had been filed maliciously as retaliation by an irresponsible individual whom I had had to evict from a property I own. (He has been caretaking the property rent free, and it is not his residence.)

When I came to the door to find out who was banging so loud, there was a tense moment during which I felt threatened not knowing who it could be, and tense because the officer did not know whether he was about to be confronted by a dangerous person.


David Blistein Event 'David's Inferno' at 6pm, Thursday, April 4th

Local author David Blistein discusses his new book, 'David's Inferno: My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression' on Thursday, April 4 at 6pm.

“It takes us deep into the mysteries of depression,
and its power to transform our relationships, our creativity, and our
very selves—a remarkable achievement.”
Ken Burns, award-winning filmmaker

“There is no hushed reverence, no self-aggrandizing, no simple
tried and true cures… just a shared battle and a stunning honest.”
Will Ackerman, Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records


Stroll’s Quiche Competition to Showcase Fresh, Local Ingredients

Strolling of the Heifers announces its 2013 keynote culinary event: The Great New England Quiche Cookoff.

Quiche is defined as a baked, open-faced savory tart, comprised of a crust filled with a mixture of eggs, cream, cheese and a variety of other ingredients.

This year’s event will showcase quiche as an easy meal.  For presentation to the judges and exhibition to the public, entries will be paired with a slice of buttered bread and a salad of dressed, local greens, all donated by sponsors.
“Strolling of the Heifers helps the public understand where their food comes from.  Sustainable, local food is not just healthy and delicious, but it is also easy to use to provide meals for our families. This contest is another way we make that point.” said Orly Munzing, the Stroll’s founder and executive director.


Computer Helper?

Can anyone help me solve this horrible problem? I have a laptop (HP) 5 years old. I recently noticed on the bottom right of the screen where it used to say "windows 7", that it suddenly read :

Windows 7 Professional Test mode
Windows 7 Build 7600

So here's my idiot of the century mistake explained;

My curiosity led to one thing after another and I found myself at a tech blog trying to understand what may have happened to create this change. I never did find out because I went only so far before reading some instructions on how to remove that message which required downloading a program .. Said to be from Microsoft.. Called "fix it".


Carpet Sweeper Saves The Day

The solution to our ongoing problem — how to keep the carpets clean without scaring the cat — turned out to be a carpet sweeper.  Back in the day, my grandmother had one of these things.  Every afternoon, when the house was clear of grandchildren and other people, she would say “I’m going to pass the carpet sweeper.”  And then out would come the magical implement, and in a few minutes, all the dirt on the living room floor was gone. 


Sanders Bill Would Break Up Big Banks

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 27 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today he will introduce legislation to break up banks that have grown so big that the Justice Department has not pursued prosecutions for fear an indictment would harm the financial system.

The 10 largest banks in the United States are bigger now than before a taxpayer bailout following the 2008 financial crisis. At the time Congress, over Sanders’ objection, approved a $700 billion bank rescue because of concerns by some that the financial institutions were too big to fail. Another $16 trillion from the Federal Reserve propped up financial institutions.


The Putney Inn Lives

Many of us at The Putney Inn have worked together for decades to excel at what we love. We love the satisfaction of success, success in providing exceptional service and in offering extraordinary food.

The Putney Inn has been under the ownership of the Ziter family for more than thirty years. Located seven miles north of Brattleboro, Vermont in the Village of Putney, The Putney Inn offers a charming and calming alternative to the commercialized frenzy of “the city.” Easily off Exit 4 of Vermont Interstate 91, our location makes us convenient to all of southern Vermont and northwestern Massachusetts.


Andrea Livermore Resigns From Building a Better Brattleboro

A day of changes in Brattleboro.

Andrea Livermore has just announced that she will be resigning from Building a Better Brattleboro effective April 12, 2013. She says she may serve in a part time capacity through the fiscal year to provide for a smooth transition.

She says:


Sending a Message

There was much talk at the recent Representative Town Meeting about “sending a message” to the School board and Selectboard.

One clear message was that people are reaching a breaking point with tax increases. We heard repeated stories of fixed incomes, dropping salaries, and rising costs making it increasingly hard to get by in our hometown. 

Another clear message is that budgets were approved as presented. Attempts to cut budgets failed, and Representatives approved all expenditures.

Which message was sent, and which was heard?


Sanders to Postmaster General: Postal Service Must Keep Saturday Mail

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 26 – Citing a legal opinion by the Government Accountability Office, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to withdraw his plan to stop Saturday mail delivery.

Sanders said the opinion by the non-partisan GAO unambiguously declared that the Postal Service has no legal authority to end Saturday mail without the approval of Congress. In fact, Congress just last week passed a bill that restated the requirement for the Postal Service to maintain Saturday mail delivery.


Gratitude for Beauty Lost

By Jonathan Stein, MA, RDT, CTP,
Contributing Editor, Collapsing into Consciousness


This essay is intended to be but a nudge in the direction of greater awareness, and not an in-depth exposition of the challenges that we face as a species. The crux of this short writing will, hopefully, direct my readers toward an awareness of one potential aspect of the solution to personal and global transformation. This facet pertains to gratitude and awareness of beauty.


Leaks, Lies & Lawyers Parade & Rally

Parade & Rally to Mark One-Year of Illegal Operation & Waste by Entergy

Bread and Puppet Theater and the SAGE Alliance will join forces to mark one year of illegal operation by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee on Saturday, 3/30/13 at 3:30pm, with a parade through the streets of Brattleboro and a rally at the Latchis Theater.

The state of Vermont’s original operating license for Yankee expired on March 21, 2012. In blatant defiance of Vermont state law and the will of the people, Entergy continues to operate Vermont Yankee; generating additional radioactive waste, polluting the Connecticut River with thermal waste, and barraging the state of Vermont with lawsuits. It has been one year of waste.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Home Energy Challenge - Notes

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast, March 15, 2013, Gibson-Aiken Center - Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro Home Energy Challenge 

Vermont Home Energy Challenge 

Presenter: Tad Montgomery  -  ecological engineer, principal of Home Energy Advocates and member of the Home Energy Challenge and PACE sub-committees of the Brattleboro Town Energy Committee.

Tad began by asking the audience of about 25 people whether they had done energy efficiency retrofits on their houses since 2007.  About ? had. He noted that statewide it is 5.6%, or about 1% per year.  At that rate it will take 100 years to get to the 20%-30% goal the state has set for itself by 2020.  


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