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An adjourned meeting in relation to sinking Reservoirs in Main street, will be held at the Hotel of Maj. Smith on this (Thursday) evening. A punctual attendance is requested.


The Burlington Free Press announces that it is soon to be issued daily. If it has success equal to its merits, it will not want for patronage or support.


We understand that most of the Irishmen on the Connecticut River Line, as well as on Vermont and Massachusetts, have gone to work again at the old price.


Another of those private theatrical representations that contribute so much to the pleasure of our villagers, was given at the Wesselhoeft Water Cure, on Thursday evening.


It is about twenty years since a concerted movement was made in this village for the improvement of the district schools. It was efficient, resulting in the establishment of our High school in addition to four primary schools. The system of special superintendence is working its way in Massachusetts slowly but steadily. I wish our people at least seriously to consider it.


Some graceless young scamps thought they were doing a smart thing in stealing the maple sap of a “poor, lone widow” on Elliot street, last week; but their triumph was of short duration. Their depredations had been discovered by the widow, and the epidemic-like prevalence of concurrent emesis and catharsis on that street, all the next day, told how faithfully the tartar emetic did its work.


Counterfeit $3 bills on the Bank of Brattleboro, have been circulating in Albany.


The sugar season has got along so much earlier than usual this year, that many farmers were unprepared, and lost the first flow of sap; and as the frost is already nearly out of the ground, the amount of sugar cannot be made large. Ten thousand eight hundred pounds were received at the express office in this village on Wednesday last, making with that received during the three days previous a total of 15 1/2 tons forwarded to the city markets.


A petition is now in circulation, and is receiving numerous signatures, which asks that Kellogg hill on High street be reduced to a grade of 4 degrees and Charlier hill to a grade of 3 1/2 degrees. The petition also proposes to straighten Green street and bring it to a grade of 3 1/2 or 4 degrees between Jacob Marsh’s house and Elliot street.


Heaviest snow of season - record for month 38 inches.


The spiritualists of Brattleboro and vicinity are to hold a convention in the town hall on Saturday and Sunday, April 1st and 2d, celebrating the 31st anniversary of modern spiritualism. There will be three sessions each day, with good speakers and mediums in attendance.


St Patrick’s day will be celebrated this evening by an entertainment at the town hall in which the children will take a leading part.


The contract for carrying the mails between the East and West villages for a term of four years, has again been awarded to Warren F. Walker.


Crosby & Co. have received their elevator for the use of the Brattleboro Overall company, and a man from Worcester is here to put it in.


Gov. Fuller, who returned from his western trip last week, reports that the preparations for the World’s Fair are well advanced, the buildings being in excellent shape for the exhibits.


The Brattleboro Jelly company has this week decided to continue its business in Brattleboro instead of accepting any of the inducements offered by out-of-town parties.


C.E. Allen’s greenhouse No. 1 collapsed yesterday morning on account of the weight of snow which fell upon it the previous night. The sides of the greenhouse spread and let the top fall into the middle. Not much damage was done.

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Annual Way To Go! Commuter Challenge Set To Take Off With Big Prizes and Big Fun

The seventh annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 13th, and it’s generating a lot of excitement. So far, 130 businesses have signed up to participate, and more than 1,500 commuters are pledged to take part. In addition, Governor Shumlin has officially proclaimed May 13th-17th as “Way to Go! Week” in Vermont to voice his support for the effort, which saves money while reducing air pollution and congestion on the state’s roads.

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of transportation options among commuters by encouraging them to travel in ways other than driving alone. Participants pledge to take the bus, bike, walk, carpool, car share, or telecommute during the week of the challenge, and become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including gym memberships, ski passes, hotel stays, transit passes, and much more.


Vermont Quit Partners Impact State's Communities

Person–To-Person Contact Increases Success Rate For Smokers Who Want Help To Quit

Windham County — The Vermont Department of Health announced it is launching a campaign to introduce the Vermont Quit Partners to Vermont tobacco users. The statewide network includes 50 Quit Partners and 15 community health teams.


Green Mountain Camp – Remembering & Reconnecting Reunion

On Saturday May 18th from 5 to 9 PM, Green Mountain Camp will be celebrating 96 years of memories at their reunion for friends and alumnae! Whether you are 9 or 90, there will be pictures, songs and stories to remind you of your magical time at Green Mountain Camp.

Come see what has changed at the camp and what has stayed the same. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, s’mores, and singing around the campfire. During the evening there will be guest appearances by past GMC directors.


On Exhibit at the Library: Saxtons River Art Guild

On Exhibit: Saxtons River Art Guild
May 2013 

Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild will be exhibiting original paintings at the Brooks Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, April 30 until Tuesday, May 28. Included will be original paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastels.

The Saxtons River Art Guild was formed in Saxtons River, Vermont in 1976 by a small group of artists who enjoyed painting together. Membership has grown from a dozen or so to over 70 artists and others interested in the fine arts. Members come from throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Invitation

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Slow Living Summit - A Sneak Preview


The next "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

Martin Langeveld will give a sneak preview of the Slow Living Summit — a gathering of local, regional, and national leaders, experts and concerned citizens around topics in sustainable living, resilient communities and inner transformation happening in downtown Brattleboro June 5th through 7th.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 7, 2013

Attend the Brattleboro Selectboard meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Center and learn about bonding options for the Poilice Fire facilities project, refinancing of the Honeywell energy project, options for compressor replacement at the skating rink, and grants to improve the intersection at Union Hill and Western Avenue.

The police will request a mobile data terminal to help catch terrorists, and to be used in conjunction with the license plate reader recently acquired via Homeland Security funding. The previously-postponed Paint the Pavement Pilot Project perhaps will get permission to proceed, we'll learn more about the town's solar energy plans, the West River Park will get lighting, and more.

Watch on BCTV, live or streaming, and tune in here Wednesday for a recap.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/6/13

Channel 8

Monday May 6

12:00 AM  American Legion National Commander's Visit 3/2/13 

1:45 AM  Shut It Down! Affinity Group Statement 4/18/13 

2:00 AM  FSTV Overnight 

4:00 AM  Race, Criminal Justice, and Alternatives to Mass Incarceration 

5:20 AM  Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast- 4/19/13 


Brattleboro Police Fire Facility Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 10, 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, May 6, 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


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda


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

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Weekend Concert Series - Trouble Funk in Japan

It’s February 1988 and we’ve travelled to Japan with Trouble Funk.

Trouble Funk was a DC Go Go band that was attempting to break out of DC and bring the go go sound - a mixture of funk, jazz, and latin grooves - to a wider audience. They had some success in England and in Japan, but by touring the world they lost touch with their local fans.

I love Trouble Funk. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to see them again. I love the driving percussion and call and response with the audience, the horn section, the meaty keyboards and bass, and touch of rock guitar.


Strolling of the Heifers is named a Top 10 US Summer Festival

The Strolling of the Heifers has been named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. 

In the announcement, Livability editor Matt Carmichael said, “The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents. That community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.”

Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed weekend festival, taking place in Brattleboro June 7-9 this year. The festival’s centerpiece is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 8 followed by the all-day Slow Living Expo featuring local food, fun, entertainment and educational exhibits.


Small Business Loans for Brattleboro Residents

Community Capital of Vermont is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. Loans range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be used for business start-up or growth and expansion. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Loan proceeds can be used for working capital, equipment or vehicle, inventory, or to refinance debt.


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 May 3, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

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. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.


Any Tips For Someone New To Biking To And Around Brattleboro?

Where are the bike racks in Brattleboro? 

I recenty moved to town and even more recently got my bike/helmet in shape.  Now all I need to do is venture out.  I love the idea of biking as alternate transportation, particularly when there are errands to run or events to go to.  What does a Brattleboroan bicyclist need to know?


Wind Howling

Howling Through the Streets "


A Chilean woman spoke to me

late into the night in Valparaiso

living during the time of Pinochet.


Police Fire Petition & Questions of the Legality of the Town Representative Vote

The citizens of Brattleboro had rejected the Police Fire Station proposal at least three times, as I best remember, over a ten year peiod. I was aghast again to find not only was the town and Slectboard was pushing this, the town and Selectboard knew that if they gave it the voters it would be rejected. This was the opinion of the Selectboard.

They then had the town representatives vote on it.  When I spoke to representives in my district, he  said, "I'll vote the way I want, regardless of what you would like."  This is the most egregious example of the town representatives. He was absolutely in favor of the Police Fire station regardless of what the people in his district wanted. I aksed him if he would reconsider and put this before a town wide vote, and he said, "No, I have made up my mind. And the citizens don't have the information they need to make an informed decision." 


Paralyzed Like Lumps Of Coal On A Fire

Does not the first generation who must endure the changes to a new world have the hardest time living through it? Will there be any free space left to sit on the ground “and tell sad stories of the death of kings?”

Have you not heard the lament of our resident philosopher, Spinoza? The call to action from our resident documentarian, Chris Pratt? Is this site created by Chris Grotke and Lise LePage as much for the future as it is for the past and present?

What is it about the future we seem to fear so much? Will we all end by “dining on ashes” paralyzed like lumps of coal on a fire?

We have to start somewhere.


BSD Spring Dance Tickets Go On Sale May 9

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring recital. Performances take place the weekends of May 17-19 and May 24-26 at the New England Youth Theatre, located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

Current dance students and alumni will perform in 14 pieces choreographed by faculty and guests of the school, demonstrating a breadth of styles that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dancing.

The recital’s 2013 theme, “Evolution,” reflects the progression of several pieces in the program over the course of different shows, says BSD director Jennifer Moyse, as well as the generational transition within the school’s community since it was founded by Kathleen Keller in 1976.


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