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Elizabeth Rowell Thompson born in log cabin at Lyndon, Vermont.


Boy Wanted, Of good habits and disposition, about 12 or 14 years of age, to work in a Family. Enquire of Wm. W. Fessenden.


Drugs and Medicines. Williston & Tyler, have recently replenished their stock. Among the articles, are Protoiode Mercury, Iodine, Iodeiron, Hyd. Potash, Veratrine, Kreosote, Morphine, Ammoniated Tartrite Iron, &c. Physicians and Families, supplied on the lowest terms, and every article warranted.


Mr. J. F. Willard having taken the shop in the lower room of Estey’s Building, formerly occupied by R. Walken, is now prepared to do all kinds of Planing, Sawing and Matching, (usually done at such an establishment) promptly, and in the best possible manner. Mr. W. will also furnish packing boxes, sinks, wardrobes, and every thing else in his line at short notice and on reasonable terms.


F.H. Fessenden has increased the collections in this village, for the relief of the suffering people of Kansas, to over $250. The citizens of West Brattleboro have forwarded about $80 in money, and the ladies have sent on two boxes of clothing.


Mr. Wells Goodhue and wife, being about to remove from their old residence on Main street, gave a grand reception on Tuesday evening last, which was attended by over one hundred guests.


Father St. Onge, our new Catholic priest, promises to deliver at the town hall, on St. Patrick’s day, March 17, a public lecture descriptive of his eight years’ residence among the Snake Indians of Oregon.


A friend who has tried it hands us this recipe for delicious ice cream: To one pint of pure cream add one tea cup of granulated or powdered sugar; flavor to suit the taste, and stir in newly-fallen snow till the mixture is of the usual consistency of ice cream. A dessert can thus be prepared in five minutes which all the arts of Prof. Blot cannot rival.


J.W. Hosford has a very handsome and useful piece of furniture in his rooms at Gregg’s drug store in the shape of a combination writing desk and sewing machine. Any sewing machine can be used on the stand, and when not in use the machine swings down upon a hinge down out of the way and the desk top takes its place.


February is truly a great month for the music-loving people of Brattleboro. First, the Mary Howe testimonial; second, the Artillery band concert, and now here comes the announcement that those prime favorites, the Lotus Glee club, with Miss Marshall, the reader, are booked for the town hall next Monday evening.


All the men who sold ties to be used on the narrow gauge railroad were offered a free ride to Brattleboro last Friday and 15 availed themselves of the opportunity.


“Anarchism” will be the subject of the Sunday evening lecture by Rev. F. W. Sprague at the Universalist church.


The stained glass windows for St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church are being put in place and are already beginning to lend their beautiful and artistic effect to the enlarged and remodeled audience room with its handsome decorations of fresco work. The side windows are eight in number and there will be a double window above the alter.


Mrs. V.O. Jones gave a small fan tan party Tuesday evening which was much enjoyed.


Parents will do well to caution their children not to run in front of the electric cars. Many children of late have indulged in this dangerous sport.


The first public exhibition game of basket ball ever played in Brattleboro will be contested Saturday evening at the armory at 8 o’clock between teams representing the local Y.M.C.A. and Vermont Academy. Basket ball possesses many of the attractions of foot ball, while the roughness of that game is eliminated.


Brattleboro town expenses for the coming year: $28,964.15.

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Congressman Welch Visits in Brattleboro Monday

Congressman Peter Welch
United States House of Representatives

Official Appearance Schedule

Monday, August 5th, 2013

10:30 a.m.
Small Business Roundtable: Brattleboro
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, 76 Cotton Mill Hill


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, August 5, 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


Weekend Concert Series- Mumford and Sons, Netherlands, 2012

If you haven't seen and heard the English Band Mumford and Sons perform you're in for a treat. If you have, this is among their best performances. Mumford and Sons came into my life with their first Top 40 single, "Little Lion Man" from their debut album, "Sigh No More". The album became a hot seller on the success of that first single and the band was launched worldwide. They went on to win Grammy nominations, and both the ARIA Music Award for Most Popular International Artists and  the Brit Award for Best British Album, 2011. An auspicious beginning.


CRVBL Playoff Matchups At Stake In Final Regular Season Weekend

The Connecticut River Valley Baseball League wraps up the 2013 regular season this weekend with all eight adult town teams in action with playoff seedings and matchups at stake. The action begins on Friday evening at 6:30 in Claremont as the defending league champion Cardinals host the Walpole Wild Blue. The two teams are currently tied for second place with records of 8 wins and four losses. Sunday morning at 10, the Putney Fossils and Brattleboro River Rats meet at Dummerston Field, and a win for Putney could move them ahead of the Newport Polar Bears in the playoff seeding. The regular season wraps up with a pair of games at 11 a.m. Sunday as Claremont hosts the Sunapee Old Lakers at Barnes Park while the Keene Black Dawgs take on Walpole at Keene State College.


Turtles to Toads - Live Animal Program at the Brooks Memorial Library

Turtles to Toads - LIVE ANIMAL PROGRAM at the Brooks Memorial Library 
Explore the worlds of repitles and amphibians through an interactive slideshow, touchable artifacts and live animals.

Saturday, August 3, 10:30 AM
Main Room

Presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum as part of the Dig into Reading Summer Reading Program. 

Space is limited. Register by calling 254-5290 ext 110.


Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Windham County

Mid-summer volunteer opportunities in Windham County.

Loaves and Fishes food shelf and kitchen on Main Street, Brattleboro, needs volunteer(s) with computer skills. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

Halifax School needs a volunteer gardener. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

Volunteers needed to help with Brattleboro Housing Authority/United Way summer lunch program, one-hour slots. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) needs volunteer drivers, most particularly in Brattleboro, Putney, Bellow Falls, Saxtons River, Wilmington, West Dover. Mileage reimbursement available. Contact Green Mountain RSVP (802) 254 7515.


That's What I AM

After spending some time with the dictionary trying to find the terms that best describe me, progressive, radical, activist, I find that I do not wear any of these hats well. My mission is awareness, critical thinking, free speech and some personal ownership for the world we live in. In fact I founded a corporation in 2010 called The Awareness Initiative Inc., to do exactly that.


10 Years of Citizen Journalism - The Challenges

The Neiman Journalism Lab, a project of the Neiman Foundation at Harvard, asked us to write about the 10 biggest challenges we've faced over the last 10 years with iBrattleboro

If you missed it, PBS MediaShift asked for a similar story on some lessons learned a couple of months ago.


BMH Hires New Finance Director

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital official announced they have hired Bob Rovella to be the new Director of Finance.

Rovella joins BMH after serving as Director of Finance at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre, Vermont. Previously, he has held similar positions at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts and Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, New Hampshire. Rovella has an MBA from the UMASS Isenberg School of Business and a BS in Accounting and Business Administration from Connecticut State University.


Harmony Lot Tunnel Will Be Closing

The Town of Brattleboro has been notified by representatives of Bread Loaf Construction, working on behalf of Mesabi Inc, that the Harmony Lot underpass will be closed to public access on August 6, 2013 at 6:00am. The closing is necessary to maintain public safety during the yearlong redevelopment of the Brooks House. It is anticipated that the underpass will be closed for the duration of the project.

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


Winter Farmers' Market - Call for Vendors for 2013/2014

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the eighth season of the Winter Farmers' Market which will again be held at the River Garden in the heart of Brattleboro, VT. Space for new vendors is limited but interested parties are encouraged to submit an application prior to the September 1 deadline.

The Winter Market opens on November 2 for the 2013/2014 season and will be open every Saturday through March 29, 2014 for a total of 22 markets. The regular market hours for the Winter Farmers’ Market will be 10 am to 2 pm with hours extended to 3 pm for the markets between Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Manning Court Martial Verdict - Is He REALLY A Spy?

Whaddayathink?  Are The Peeps awakening or not? I sense we've reached the tipping point ---- but my optimism has blinded me in the past.

Here's Julian Assange's statement on the verdict announced today by the judge in the Bradley Manning court martial.



Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming)
CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee)
Development Review Board Alternate
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll Committee
Inspector, Lumber Shingles & Wood
Senior Solutions Representative
SEVCA Representative
Skating Rink Committee – do not have to be residents of Brattleboro
Town Service Officer
Tree Advisory Committee


Dummerston Tag Sale

The Dummerston Community Center will hold a tag/rummage sale on Saturday, August 10th, from 9-noon.
Items for sale include clothing, furniture, games, books, toys, kitchenware and much more.
Coffee and Lester's donuts will also be for sale. 
The sale will benefit the Dummerston Community Center's operating and maintenance costs. 
For more information call Jean @ 254-9212 or Ann @ 254-2415.


Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users, Friday, August 02, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

Join Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library.


AAUW To Hold Used Book Sale

Hundreds of used books will be on sale Thursday, Aug. 1 beginning at 9 a.m. to benefit the local scholarship fund of the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The sale takes place at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Thursday until 5 p.m.,Friday until 6 p.m. and Saturday until noon, when all books are half price.


Notary Public Near Downtown Brattleboro?

Does anyone know of a Notary Public official somewhere near downtown Brattleboro? Thanks!


Reward Offered for Vehicle Fire Information

PRESS RELEASE On July 15, 2013 at 3:16am the Brattleboro Fire and Police Departments responded to 68 Birge St for a vehicle fire. After conducting an investigation it was deemed that this fire was an act of arson.

If anyone has any information concerning this fire, you are asked to contact Detective Eric Johnson of the Brattleboro Police at (802) 257-7946 or the VT Arson Tip Hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON (800-322-7766).

A reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved. 


Film Showing - Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands

Tar Sands Oil: How You Can STOP It!

Point: The Age of the Oil Sands” a  CBC documentary film about the environmental issue of the proposed pipeline through the Northeast Kingdom. Sponsored by All Souls Church and Vermont Interfaith Power and Light. To be shown at All Souls Church, West Brattleboro on Wednesday, August 21st at 6pm. 

Discussion and light refreshments after the film. A free-will offering to benefit Vermont Interfaith Power and Light will be collected. 

For further information please contact: Betsy Hardy at 802-434-3397 or email: info@vtipl.org.


iBrattleboro Poll

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