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The Fall Term of the High School in this village will commence on Wednesday, Sept. 4th, under the charge of Mr. Kimball and his Sister. Terms as usual.


The citizens of this village who are in favor of forming themselves into a Society for the detection and punishment of thieves and pilferers, are requested to meet at Wheeler’s Hall, Tuesday evening, 27th inst. at 6 o’clock.


Within a few days the public spirit of some of our citizens has led to the improvement of the street leading to the Cemetery on Prospect Hill. The carriage road has been made smooth, and the grade greatly reduced, so that carriages can ascend the hill with comparative ease. The side walk for foot passengers has been widened, made smooth, and regularly graded.


Strainer Cloth. 500 yds Strainer Cloth, for Hop growers, at C. Townsley & Son’s.


On Tuesday last another rain storm set in, and the rain continued falling until Wednesday evening without cessation. In consequence thereof Whetstone Brook, which empties into the Connecticut River at this village, was swollen to a size greater than we have ever before witnessed. Much damage was done to the buildings, bridges, and road near its course.


Our crop of local items is unusually short this week. There appears to be absolutely nothing of interest to report aside from the political discussions, which have engaged attention to the swallowing up of everything else.


The Greeley flag suspended over Main street was blown down in the gale of Thursday afternoon, while the Grant flag near by retained its position. Prophetic, of course.


Besides the Estey Guards, Fuller’s battery and Hooker’s veterans, Brattleboro was represented at the Centennial by a large number of her citizens.


Tramps are as numerous as usual — and as modest!


Blackberries are uncommonly plenty this year, and prices are down to 4 and 5 cents per quart.


Robert G. Hardie, Jr., Brattleboro’s talented young portrait painter, will sail by the London steamer from New York, next Wednesday, for a two or three years’ residence in Paris for the purpose of perfecting himself in his chosen art.


“Sunday: Its origin and use a a religious day,” will be the subject of Rev. F. L. Phalen’s sermon at the Unitarian church on Sunday morning. All are welcome.


A shower of small, black flies rained down in portions of the village Sunday, causing white surfaces to present a curious polka dot appearance.


The Leonard & Roess employees are out of work this week, owning to the dullness of business.


Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Hardie, Jr., left yesterday for Bar Harbor, Me., where Mr. Hardie will at once begin work on a portrait of President Elliot of Harvard.


There will be a balloon ascension and pyrotechnical display from the ball ground tomorrow evening.


The first day of the Windham County Agriculutral Society’s annual fair at Newfane, Sept. 11th and 12th, will be devoted to cattle, and the second day to horses. The narrow gauge railroad will sell half-fare tickets, and stock for exhibition will be carried free.


The thermometer dropped to 40 degrees yesterday morning. Frosts are reported from several county towns.


When the eastern wall of the town hall building was torn down this week, one brick was noticed to bear an inscription which has been deciphered as “Why will you thus my hopes destroy. I cannot bear a rival’s joy.” There is a signature “June.” A date is also given but the last two figures are indistinct. This brick was made and marked at West Brattleboro more than 40 years ago. Can anyone give the history of the inscription?


The trolley railroad has averaged to carry 1700 passengers a day during the past week, the smallest number any day being more than 1400, while 2000 rode Sunday and 1900 Saturday.


The gasometer of the Brattleboro Gaslight company is being rebuilt by men from Worcester, Mass.


The First Regiment band will give their twelfth open air concert from the roof garden of the Vermont Wheel Club next Wednesday evening.


John Philip Sousa and Band play for last time in Brattleboro after playing earlier that afternoon in Bellows Falls. A capacity crowd of 1,500 attended the concert at the Town Hall Auditorium

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Open Mic Coffeehouse at Next Stage

Next Stage Arts Project announces the launch of a monthly Open Mic/Coffee House series, beginning Sunday, March 17, and continuing on the third Sunday of each month. Musical Local-vores are welcome to this community event to perform, or simply listen and enjoy. Musicians, storytellers, and other local artists who wish to share their art in a fun local venue are welcome. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT.

Open Mic performers can sign up at 6:00pm and time slots will be alotted based on the number of performers. The suggested donation for performers and listeners is $5. At 6:30pm the night's featured local performer will present a short set, playing “for the passing of the hat”.


Brattleboro Needs a Repair Cafe! Who Wants to Start One?

Wonderful article in the New York Times about this movement that began in the Netherlands.


What Happened to Rocky Top? What is Barnabys?

Saw new sign on Main Street. What's up?


The Stray Birds and Keith Murphy at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery Thursday, March 14

Twilight Music presents Pennsylvania-based, acoustic folk trio The Stray Birds, plus traditional singer/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Keith Murphy at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 pm.

When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench’s performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs and their embrace of the experience of live music. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show. 


Watch The Schoolboard Meeting to Approve the Skatepark Design


BMH Recognized for Excellence in Statewide Initiative

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced it has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc. (VPQ) in recognition of efforts to develop a program that would reduce unnecessary hospital readmission. In addition, VPQ has cited BMH’s comprehensive program and will highlight the hospital’s work in the VPQ annual report this summer.


Sanders: Budget Cuts Hurting Vermonters

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 11 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, held a news conference today to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts on Vermont.

Sanders was joined by Steve Geller, executive director of Southeastern Vermont Community Action, and Marianne Miller, Head Start director at Central Vermont Community Action Council. They spoke about the impact of across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in on March 1 and will total more than $1 trillion over the next decade, including $85 billion by this Sept. 30.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 3/11/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 3/11/13

                          Monday March 1

12:00 am        Community Medical School: Organ Transplants Pt.2

12:45 am        Vermont Right to Know GMO’s

2:00 am          FSTV Overnight

4:00 am          United Way of Windham County Grant Seeker Forum

5:30 am          Holistically Speaking: Episode #44


Gluten-Free Cafe in Brattleboro!

I had no idea until yesterday that there is a FULLY gluten-free cafe in Brattleboro!  Those of us who have to avoid gluten have been waiting for this for a long time.  As I understand it, the kitchen is a dedicated gluten-free facility, making it a safe choice for celiacs.

The cafe is Equilibrium on the corner of Elm and Elliot, right next to TJ Buckley's.  When Turning Point moved out, I saw the building get painted, saw glimpses of merchandise through the window, and saw the sandwich board go out in front of the door announcing vegan offerings, bodywork, dance events, and yoga classes.

I admit, it looked like a place that wouldn't meet my needs. 

I was wrong.


Tyrannosaurus Spenditall Rex


The Brattleboro Tyrannosaurus Spenditall Rex is descended from the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Often times they are referred to by taxpayers as Ovis Aries. For many years they have had a deep and entrenched place in Brattleboro history as they live their lives leisurely gazing on the hillsides they can not afford to own counting other people’s money. As a species on the verge of fiscal extinction, Tyrannosaurus Spenditalls have minimal hearing and are very sensitive to noise when they are told to herd together and be quiet. They tend to be very docile but become excited when appropriating money they do not have. Their life expectancy varies, however, some Tyrannosaurus Spenditalls want older Tyrannosaurus Spenditalls to voluntarily check out early to free up more single payer health care funds for all of the precious young Tyrannosaurus Spenditalls in Vermont who are unemployable and beyond useless.


Peter Shumlin (D) for President 2016 or Rand Paul (R) for President 2016?

It's  time for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (Democrat) and Rand Paul (Republican) to start facing off for the 2016 Presidential Race!

Both Rand Paul and Peter Shumlin have each spoken to some extent about marijuana legalization.

The problem is that the First Drone Strikes in the United States could  be from the United Nations attacking marijuana fields.

United Nations thinks it can stop Marijuana Legalization in the USA by the same means they use to control Afghanistan.


Brattleboro's Town Baseball Team Getting Ready for 2013 Season, Seeks New Players

Even with a chill in the air and snow on the ground, members of the Brattleboro River Rats baseball team have been working out in preparation for the start of the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League Season next month. Brattleboro's only adult baseball team is also looking for a few players to fill some open spots on the squad


River Garden - Request for Your Assistance

Please note that the following message and attachment was sent to Representative Town Meeting Members today. If you are a Town Meeting Representative, please accept my apologies for seeing this message twice. If you concur that amending Article 21 to require continued operation of the River Garden while ownership issues are resolved with oversight from Town Meeting, please reach out to Town Meeting Members in your District.


What Did Dick DeGray Say On "The Radio"?

At Guilford Town Meeting someone referred to Mr. DeGray having commented on the Guilford Middle School issue "on the radio."  Since I wanted to speak on the school issue I decided not to rise and ask the person for more info, because that would have counted as my "turn" to speak.  But I was wondering if anyone can tell me about that radio program (WTSA or WKVT I presume?)  

Do the stations have an archive of programs?  I'd like to review whatever comments Brattleboro's Selectboard Chair made on that occasion.  I would guess it was an elaboration on his amenndment to the BUHS budget that passed at the district annual meeing on Feb. 12.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

Several Brattleboro committees are looking for volunteers to serve. Following are committees with vacancies:

  • Agricultural Advisory Board
  • Arts Committee
  • BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark is Coming)
  • CPCC (Citizen Police Communications Committee)
  • Conservation Commission

Weekend Concert: The Sex Pistols at Winterland, San Francisco, 1978

Last weekend’s performance was the Who from 1970, when they were in the midst of a run of highly successful albums that included Tommy (’69), Who’s Next (’71) and Quadrophenia (’73).

By 1977, the year before this weekend’s concert takes place the Who’s formidable energies were tied up in legal wrangling over royalties.

Finally, one night in March of that year Pete Townsend, the group’s guitarist and principal song writer and in this instance, negotiator walked out of an 11 hour meeting with a seven figure check in his hand.

He headed to a bar called the Speakeasy where a couple of his protégés were playing (John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett). He got drunk on only two shots of whiskey.


Voices for Fukushima: 5:45 Live Commemorative Special

5:45 Live's 3/8/13 episode (available on brattleborotv.org's homepage and facebook page) includes this special on the commemorative events happening in our community this weekend.

 WATCH THE VIDEO: Voices for Fukushima: 5:45 Live Commemorative Special


Brattleboro Committee Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Police Fire Facility Project Manager

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 5:30pm at Academy School on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro in the gymnasium. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm and reconvene the public meeting thereafter.

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


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