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Escaped from the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, Mr. George Constantine of Wallingford. He is 23 years of age, about five feet nine inches high, of a downcast look. He went away without any hat, but wore a black coat, black vest, sheep’s grey pantaloons, and a pair of boots. Whoever will return him to the Asylum, or to the subscriber will be handsomely rewarded. Wm. H. Rockwell


The mild and balmy breezes of Spring are at length upon us. The snow banks, in which all moisture has been suspended for weeks, have commenced discounting freely while their deposits are daily diminishing, indicating a very free circulation. There is less inquiry for mud; occasionally a patch of ground grows a shade firmer, while ladies dresses are slightly on the rise. But this state of things cannot last.


The “Ladies Aid Society” of this village furnished the following list of articles for the use of soldiers of the 2th Regiment, which were forwarded to them to Ship Island: 19 sheets, 16 pairs pillow cases, 12 pairs pillows, 8 flannel undershirts, 4 cotton flannel shirts, 1 dressing gown, 1 woolen blanket, 50 pai knit socks, linen and cotton bandages, lint, and old linen.


From Saturday noon of last week to Sunday noon of this, the inhabitants of this section were treated to another six inches of hail and snow, a rarity that would gladden the hearts of our hot secession friends. Here it is past the middle of March and more than three feet of snow on the ground.


Workmen at Estey’s shops assert it as a fact proven by their winter’s experience, that eight hours of work are just as good as ten.


Twelve hundred tons of ice have been cut this winter by the Brattleboro Ice Company.


The new chief engineer of the village fire department, Mr. John W. Burnap, was presented with a handsome speaking trumpet on Friday evening last, by Engine Company No. 3, of which he was formerly a member. S. M. Waite made the presentation speech.


The Estey Organ Co. have been running every day in the week of late.


An audience which filled the town hall listened with delight to the concert by the Hungarian Gypsy band on Tuesday evening. To attempt a formal criticism of the entertainment would be like analyzing one’s emotions when he stands beside a mountain torrent or hears a tempest go crashing through the forest. Both are like nothing but themselves, and the charm of their impression is spoiled as soon as an analysis of the feeling they inspire is attempted.


The early return of a copy of the “Confession of Michael Martin, or Captain Lightfoot,” loaned from this office, is requested.


J.H. Chamberlain arrives to-morrow with another lot of Indiana horses which will go on sale at his stables on the Putney road.


It is probable that five arc electric lights will soon be put in on the road leading to West Brattleboro and in that village. The selectmen have the authority to put in these lights, under a law passed by the legislature of 1888.


A call has been issued for a meeting for the purpose of organizing a tennis association.


The snow fall in has been greater in March in Brattleboro than for the entire winter.


Miss Mary N. Chase, A.B., spoke under the auspices of the Vermont Woman’s Suffrage association at the Universalist church Tuesday evening to a small but interested audience on the subject of “The enfranchisement of woman.”


A contract for a new Nurses Home at hospital signed by Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Dunham.


Fire station in West Brattleboro begins operation, with the Brattleboro Fire Department starting to run calls from the new building. Old station still stands, awaiting demolition in the fall.

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Ask-a-Cop - Reporting Domestic Abuse

Welcome back to "Ask-a-Cop." This is an official question and answer feature on ibrattleboro set up a few years ago. It is written by a Brattleboro police sergeant and all answers are approved by Chief Wrinn before posting. We haven't had questions in a while but got this one the other day.

If you have a question for Ask-a-Cop, please email it to info@ibrattleboro.com and put "Ask-a-Cop" in the subject line.


"If I'm aware of domestic abuse problems with another couple, am I required to report it? How can I tell if it is worth reporting?"


Curbside Compost - 500th Participant!

Jon Evans, Akley Rd. resident, was the 500th person to sign up for Curbside Compost!  Jon was awarded a year's supply of GLAD compostable bags! 

Jon writes, 

"Thank you so much for the (year's supply of GLAD compostable bags)! I am truly looking forward to participating in this composting project!  I will be looking forward to the email (saying) that I can come and get the container ...  I will be sharing this project with everyone I know in town!"


Prenatal Yoga in Putney!

A new prenatal yoga class is starting in Putney at Medicine for the People (125 Main St Putney VT) on Mondays 5:30-6:45PM

Prenatal yoga is extremely beneficial for all women at any stage of pregnancy regardless of whether you're an experienced yogi or have never done a downward dog in your life. 

Some of the benefits of prenatal yoga:


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Member Recruitment

Brattleboro Town Meeting Members of Districts 1, 2 and 3 will meet on Wednesday, March 20 to accept nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies. Appointments are for one year. District 1has four vacancies, District 2 has two vacancies and District 3 has three vacancies. Anyone interested in being considered for these positions should be present at Academy School on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15PM to meet with their district prior to the Town School District’s 6:30 p.m. pre-town meeting information session at the same location. If you are not able to attend but wish to be considered for a position, call the town clerk’s office at 251-8129, prior to the meeting.


Rabies Clinics?

Anyone know if there are any upcoming rabies clinics in Brattleboro? There usually are this time of year, but so far the only one I've heard about is in Wilmington.


5:45 Live: 3/12/13

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Summary : Leahy and Sanders take Chuck Hagel to
task over the distinguished warfare medal, the weekend's gun show and
Fukushima rally make the headlines, Jamaica talks an LED overhaul for
the town, and much more.

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Public Talk - Introduction to Psychosynthesis

There will be an introduction to psychosynthesis on the evening of Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30 p.m. in Brattleboro. The program includes a brief presentation on the principles of psychosynthesis, along with some experiential exercises and an overview of training opportunities in the field.

Psychosynthesis literally refers to the synthesis of the many aspects of the self into a more complete and whole experience of being. Developed by Dr. Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of Carl Jung, psychosynthesis is used in the fields of counseling, mental health, social work, education and other related fields of human development.


Sandglass Theater's D-Generation at the New England Youth Theatre, March 22-23

Sandglass Theater brings it's newest piece to the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro for a special two-night limited engagement to kick off our national tour. D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks is a full-length theater piece based on stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care-facility). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.


Registration is Open for Third Annual Tour de Heifer — Sunday, June 9

BRATTLEBORO, VT — The third annual Tour de Heifer — a trio of scenic farm-to-farm rides — will again challenge dirt-road cyclists on Sunday, June 9.

The Tour, organized by Strolling of the Heifers and taking place on Stroll Weekend, will include 15-mile, 30-mile and 60 mile options.

The longer routes are designed for seasoned riders: there’s an elevation gain of nearly 4,200 feet on the 60-mile route, and 2,100 feet on the 30-miler. The 15-mile route is a challenging one for beginner riders, with nearly 1,400 feet of elevation gain.


Windham Regional Career Center Offers Spring Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this spring. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator is presenting 17 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

“We’re extremely excited about two new technical training opportunities, Certified Fiber Optic Technician training and Intermittent Electrical & Drivability Diagnostic Strategies training.”


Sanders Statement on VA Claims Backlog

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Here is the prepared opening statement by Chairman Bernie Sanders at a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing today into the claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs:

During the last several weeks, the Veterans’ Affairs Committees in the House and the Senate held four hearings with veterans’ organizations. During their testimony, the leaders of the veterans’ organizations raised a number of concerns, but I think it’s fair to say that the No. 1 issue they raised is the very significant backlog that we have in processing claims for our veterans. I believe that is the No. 1 issue and that is why the first hearing the committee is holding under my leadership is addressing this issue.


Constitutional Amendment Sponsors Renew Push to Undo Citizens United

WASHINGTON, March 12 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unrestricted, secret campaign spending by corporations and billionaires. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) filed the “Democracy is for People” amendment in the House.

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermined democracy by opening the campaign spending floodgates. Already nine states including Vermont and more than 300 cities and towns have passed resolutions calling for the ruling to be overturned.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents Karrin Allyson on Saturday, March 16th at 8 pm

When vocalist Karrin Allyson steps to the microphone, you can’t predict what style or language she’ll be performing in. The best part is, it doesn’t matter.

Allyson is referred to as a jazz vocalist, and has climbed to the pinnacle of the genre since recording her debut album, I Didn’t Know About You, in 1992. She is now regarded among the top vocalists in jazz. Releasing her 13th album last year, Allyson has put together a career that has brought her to top stages around the world, performing at major jazz festivals in Brazil, Japan, Australia and Europe, as well as the most legendary venues in the United States, including regular appearances at New York’s Blue Note and Birdland. Along the way, Allyson has garnered four Grammy Award nominations, most recently for her 2012 album ‘Round Midnight.


Beverage Service Training for Store Clerks, Cashiers, Restaurants, Clubs and Hotels Who Sell & Serve Alcohol & Tobacco

Beverage Service Trainings at the Marlboro College Graduate Center on Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th. All employees who sell or serve liquor are required to be receive training every two years. Statistics show that employees who receive their required training directly from the DLC, rather than in-house, are less likely to fail a compliance check for selling tobacco or alcohol to minors.  The training is free and no registration is required, however, late attendees will not be admitted. 


Vacanza in Italia Film Festival

Vacanza in Italia Film Festival - Call Brooks Library for This Week's Title (802-254-5290)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM

What causes people to travel to Italy? Is it the food, the pace of life, the sun? Or is it the civilizing influence of all of this. Do they always find what they think they should?

Please join fellow cinephiles at Brooks Memorial Library for a series of films that will make you want to "vacanza in Italia."


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


For the Love of The Music Concert

The Next Stage Arts Project and The Putney School are delighted to co-present a special live concert event on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 7:00pm, featuring folk music icons from the film For the Love of the Music; The Club 47 Folk Revival. Featured performers will include: iconic composer David Amram, Erik Lawrence (of The Levon Helm Band), Alana Amram & The Rough Gems, Tim Eriksen & The Trio De Pumpkintown, Diamond Doves, Haley Reardon and more. The concert will take place at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.


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?


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