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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.


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.


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.


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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iBrattleboro Weekend Concert Series: Modest Mouse

To make up for last week, and only a day late at that, I opted for a more straight-ahead rock show from now veteran Modest Mouse, performed in 2010.  YouTube commenters seem to have decided that the venue was in Sioux Falls, SD.  I've been a fan of Modest Mouse for most of the last decade, having originally fallen for Moon Over Antarctica.  One of the best songs on that record, Third Planet, is included on the playlist along with a host of other tunes from throughout their career.

Warning: There are a few swears.


Skatepark Design on Selectboard Agenda This Tuesday

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Readers of iBrattleboro.com:

You will recall that the Selectboard acted a handful of months ago to commit to a contract with a design firm, which has since been working on the design for the skating facilities at Crowell Park.


Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs

WASHINGTON – Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval.

In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.

They also point out that a shift to five-day service could lead to further declines in mail volume and revenues, worsening the U.S. Postal Service’s overall condition.


Gay Jew in Uganda Travelogue/Fundraiser

If you're free, please please come! (I really want to pack the house...)  -Ken



River Garden Finances

Does anyone have a comprehensive file on how much public monies were invested in the Robert Gibson River Garden?  At a recent Selectboard meeting, a member of the Town Finance Committee asked the question. After some thought, the Town Manager said the Town probably could not answer that specific question. It could only account for Town funds that went into the property, not all public funds.


Safely Dispose Of Your Medication In An Rx Drug Drop Box Near You

Flushing your prescription medications is not safe for the environment. Medications thrown in the trash or left in your home could end up in the wrong hands. Three Prescription (Rx) Drug Drop Boxes are now available in Windham County. Safely dispose of your prescription medications (pills and patches only) at the following locations:

Brattleboro Police Department: 230 Main St., Brattleboro (24/7)

Bellows Falls Police Department: 170 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls (24/7)

Windham County Sheriff's Department: 11 Jail St., Newfane (7am-10pm daily)


Brains Matter - Understanding the Developing Adolescent Brain

At BAPC, we're often asked by parents, caregivers and educators, in our community, to share tips and strateges for preventing youth from experimenting with drugs, alcohol and other substances. Many parents are aware that teens often have a prevelant misconception about the safety of experimenting with substances including marijuana and prescription drugs.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 19, 2013

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Brattleboro’s new Town Plan will be approved by the Selectboard at their next regular Tuesday night meeting at the Municipal Center.

If you attend in person or watch on TV, you will also hear discussions of a new gravity fed sewer line for Black Mountain, an update on progress with Brattleboro’s new skatepark design, talk of taxing your gasoline, thoughts on changing the boundaries for the Downtown Improvement District, and the parking garage committee will be dissolved.

All this and more on Tuesday night, and you can read about it in detail here the morning after.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson 

Executive Secretary 

Brattleboro Town Manager's Office 
(802) 251-8100


Near Misses

In the many years I have worried about what disaster could befall Vermont Yankee, I never imagined this one:

"...the area where the meteor exploded was 100 kilometers (60 miles) from
the Mayak nuclear storage and disposal facility, which holds dozens of
tons of weapons-grade plutonium. He said the Russian government has
underestimated potential risks of the region.

A chemical weapons disposal facility at Shchuchye in the Chelyabinsk region
contains some 6,000 tons (5,460 metric tons) of nerve agent including
sarin and VX, accounting for about 14 percent of the chemical weapons
that Russia is committed to destroy."


Douglas Cox - iBrattleboro 2013 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Moderator Interview

This year, two candidates are hoping to get your vote to become Moderator of Representative Town Meeting. As with Selectboard candidates, we’ve sent emails and invitations to use the site to communicate with voters to each.

Douglas Cox is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.


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Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses Shoulder Injuries, February 28

Southern Vermont Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will
present a free talk about shoulder injuries by Dr. William Vranos on Thursday,
February 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Brew Barry
Conference room.


Photo... Solar Collector...

In Which Doodle Takes Advantage of Some Bright February Sunshine to Fight the Cabin Fever, and I Try to Figure out the New iBrattleboro Image Posting System

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Sanders, Boxer Propose Climate Change Bills

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change.

Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.

Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.


David Cadran - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Each year, iBrattleboro sends questions to Selectboard candidates and invite them to use the site to connect with voters.

This year's questions have been sent, and David Cadran is the first to respond.

Mr. Cadran is running for a 1 year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?


Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Committee Forming

The Town of Brattleboro is seeking applications from residents to serve on the newly created Police-Fire Facility Committee. This seven member ad hoc committee is responsible for providing financial and technical oversight to the Police-Fire renovation/addition project.


Downtown Brattleboro Sidewalk Project Meeting

Residents and Business Owners:

The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of Main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project. The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street. Two FHWA Enhancement grants and a local match in the form of a bond fund this project.


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