"Legend: A lie that has attained the dignity of age." - H.L. Mencken

User login

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 40 guests online.

Today In Local History

1846:

Windham Provident Institution for Savings chartered.

1857:

Ho for good soap, plenty of fun and liberal premiums - fun and premiums gratis - soap at the usual price. Ross 2nd will address the ladies and gentlemen of Brattleboro and vicinity, Friday evening at Town Hall. Subject: matters and things in general, and soap in particular.

1857:

The bridge over the Connecticut River is rapidly approaching a completion, and will be opened for travel in a few days. The new bridge is about four feet higher than the old one. The central pier has been relaid in the most thorough manner. We think both are safe from ice and floods.

1861:

A preliminary meeting of the “loyal women” of our village was held on Monday, with reference to acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission, recently established for the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers at the seat of war.

1873:

Leonard & Roess, cigar makers, have discharged about one-fourth of their help - 12 or 15 hands - on account of the hard times.

1879:

J.S. Brown and wife were pelted with eggs on Elliot street last Thursday evening by a party of young roughs, as they were returning from a temperance meeting. It is not supposed that any responsible person had a hand in the affair, but it was an outrageous occurrence, and one of a kind which is always sure to stir up a public sentiment against the parties engaging in it.

1879:

G.G. Green has not been appointed liquor agent, and states, moreover, that he will not, under any circumstances accept the office.

1884:

The bill changing the time of holding our annual village meeting from the first Monday in December to the first Tuesday in May has passed both houses of the legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.

1884:

Barrett, the machinist, has some of his new patent roller-skates completed and on sale at B.A. Clark’s. They are handsomely finished and undoubtedly possess points of decided superiority over any other roller skate made. If their sale is properly pushed their manufacture ought to become an important item of business here.

1884:

Mr. Matthews’s steamboat, which was to navigate the Connecticut river in this vicinity, on a trial trip the other day proved unable to ascend Hastings rapids.

1890:

Some of the base ball enthusiasts are doing a good piece of work on the island in grading the base ball ground. When finished the infield will be entirely level and in fine shape for next season’s games.

1890:

Dr. Lawton, for nine years past the senior assistant physician at the asylum, has been granted leave of absence for a year to pursue a further course of study, and to go abroad.

1890:

The big and ugly light pole erected on Main street in front of the Herrick & Wyman building proved so objectionable for the property owners, and so unsatisfactory for the company’s purposes, that it was taken down on Tuesday morning.

1902:

Reverend George B. Lawson becomes minister at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro.

Latest image

Morning Glory channels its inner Mick Jagger.

Welcome to iBrattleboro!

Welcome to iBrattleboro!
It's a local news source by and for the people of Brattleboro, Vermont, published continually. You can get involved in this experiment in citizen journalism by submitting meeting results, news, events, stories, reviews, how-to's, recipes, places to go, things to do, or anything else important to Brattleboro. Or, just drop by to see what others have contributed.

Find iBrattleboro on:

 Twitter YouTube

Search the Archives

Ye Olde iBrattleboro Archive

Use the pulldown to choose desired number of results.

 

Search the first decade
of iBrattleboro archives
at Archive-It.org
Feb 20, 2003 to Feb 6, 2013

Latest Stories


BCTV Schedules Week of 9/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/25/17

Monday, September 25, 2017

12:30 am Summer Concert Series - The Other Guys 8/17/17

2:00 am The FEED

2:30 am ArtfulWord - 8/10/17

3:20 am Stuck in Vermont - Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

3:30 am Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts - MGFA presents: Jim Giddings & Petria Mitchell

»

Oct. 1: "Viva la Voce!" with Raylynmor Opera Performers

Guilford, Vt. -  Now in its 52nd season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) has a long history with "Stage Music Projects." These have ranged from musical theater song revues to concerts of arias and art song presented by some of the region's acclaimed operatic performers. Also in the mix were fully staged but less well-known Broadway or off-Broadway shows and premieres of one-act or full-length operas created by some of the organization's musically gifted founders, among other composers.
 
This fall, FOMAG is teaming up with New Hampshire's Raylynmor Opera for a concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church, a program of the singers' favorite arias. Since its founding in 1995, Raylynmor has presented 38 full-length operas at various locations in our "twin state." Raylynmor's artistic director since 2014 is tenor Benjamin Robinson, who has performed in professional productions and concert settings from Alaska to the East Coast. He was featured in Pirates of Penzance for Raylynmor in 2011 and has helped diversify and expand the organization's vision since taking the reins.

»

Disappearing Bus Service

Last September there was all this news about Megabus bringing cheap direct rides from Brattleboro to NYC, and MAX bus company bringing cheap and frequent rides from here to Boston. Was great to have cheaper alternatives to compete with costly Amtrak rides to NYC and Greyhound service, which only goes to Boston and back twice a week.

Anyone notice that Megabus and MAX already ended service here? Took less than a year. Sucks to lose something before having a chance to even use it. What are we, chopped liver? Anyone else disappointed or even hear about Megabus and MAX in time before they left, or do most people not really care?

»

Rooster Flys Away

Tho not a breakfast person, I enjoyed several visits for coffee & to join friends who were breakfasting at a nice cafe on Elliot St called The Restless Rooster.  Just heard they lost their lease & are closing.  Thought that might be picked up on ibrattleboro, but not seen anything.  Facts needed.  But the place was cheerful and pleasant, & the times I was there seemed quite active with happy customers.  

»

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 25 thru September 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 25 thru September 29

 

Sept. 25 - Herb Roast Pork

Mashed Potato

Brussels Sprouts

Apple Crisp

»

Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:00pm at the River Garden located at 156 Main Street.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

»

Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Town Clerk’s office at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, September 26, at 10:00 AM to discuss polling hours for the upcoming November 7 Act 46 vote.

»

Boating Accident at Exit 3

I was out on errands and was thinking about the long list of disasters we’ve seen lately - hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, earthquakes, nuclear saber-rattling, and so on. No specific thoughts, but just general awe of the list.

I came off 91 North at Exit 3 and went to the circle. I moved over to the left lane to get ready to go into the circle and beyond the first turnoff down Putney Rd.

There was one car ahead of me, and to our right was a van hauling a boat on a trailer. Both pulled out and started around. The lane was clear so I followed.

The car was heading to NH and did the right thing - moved to the inside lane to go around and head to NH.

»

VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public 9-25 to 9-29

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri. from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 25th - Sept. 29th

Mon - Sloppy joes with french fries or onion rings

Tues - grilled marinated chicken w/ pasta salad

Wed - ham, baked potato & veg

Thur - lasagna w/ salad

Fri - fish n' chips

»

Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Seven Week Grief Support Group

A new Seven Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins October 5th and will meet each Thursday from 5:00-6:30 pm, ending November 16th. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Connie Baxter is the facilitator of the group. Interested individuals must meet with her prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by September 29th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.

»

BrattRock Is Here!

The official 2017 program and peformance schedule for all 18 bands performing at this year's Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has now been posted on the BrattRock website. Check out all the band bios and get tickets and more info at www.brattrock.org!

See everyone at 118 Elliot this Saturday, September 23! Gates open at 4 PM. Performances take place on two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) between 4:30 - 10:30.

See you there!

»

Save the Chickpea Flour

Do you purchase chickpea flour (besan) at the coop? Unbelievably, this extremely versatile and delicious product is one of the numerous items that the coop is planning to discontinue.  If you want to see chickpea flour remain in the bulk bins, please let Sabine or Bronwyn know.

»

Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

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

Agricultural Advisory Board ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)

»

One-Act Premieres in Guilford Oct 6-8

Guilford Center Stage will give the first-ever performances of four short plays written 70 years ago, in To Their Appointed End, by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963.) The one-acts will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792780  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

The playwright, whose son, Don McLean, is a founder of Guilford Center Stage, wrote poetry, short stories, and these four, short plays.  The production, which concludes Guilford Center Stage’s third season, is being given in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright, who grew up living in the parish family of an Episcopal Church in New Jersey, where her father was rector.

»

What Is Going On In The U.S. Congress Regarding a New Health Care Bill? Watch Them Like a Hawk!

How can we really keep an eye on Health Care Bills in U.S. Congress and know what on earth they are really up to? The number one criminal gang in the world,the U.S. Congress, has given license under this federal law, "private securities litigation reform act of 1995" to allow corporations to deceive us all under the guise of flimsy terminology!

Today's morning news, September 20, 2017:

"Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals’ Scientific Team Leads Cannabinoid Research Showing Potential to Impact Neurodegenerative Diseases"...

"British Journal of Pharmacology publishes new research results supporting the potential of THCA to provide neuroprotection"...

»

Selectboard Meeting Notes: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Signs, & Climate

Brattleboro’s Town Manager revealed the results of his summer explorations of issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He got generally good reviews for the summary of his report, but more than a few requested some additional specifics be included. Brattleboro seems to be in a good position to make progress over the long term, but benchmarks and budgets might help.

The pesky panhandling sign returned in a semi-uncertain form, with wording in question and sponsoring organizations and services asking for their logos to be removed. The private effort was to be a collaboration, but appears to have offended a few too many.

The board also signed a statement in support of other climate agreements being signed around the globe.  (For Kate O’Connor’s sake, I’ll say here that Brattleboro has been working on climate issues for a long time, is committed to action, and will continue to be so.)

All this, and possibly more.

»

Romantic... Almost

I came by,
Hoping to admire you
from a distance.

It did not work out.
In your absence
I had coffee
and an apple cinnamon muffin.

»

The Smell of Smoke?

I have been smelling smoke in my Frost Place neighborhood for a few days now. Any ideas on from whence it is coming?


Thanks!

»

MuseArts - Celebrating 20 Years of Web Design

Rewind the clock a bit to 1997. Netscape just announced that their browser will be given away for free. Microsoft buys Hotmail. Macromedia introduced Dreamweaver. Google hadn’t bought any office space yet.

And over in Somerville, MA, Lise and Chris filed the paperwork to start a company called MuseArts.

Yes, today just happens to be the 20th anniversary of our web and digital design company, MuseArts. We’ve helped design and launch hundreds of web projects in that period of time.

Lise and I met at the Computer Museum in Boston in the exhibits department. When the museum moved to California, we were left with decisions to make about how to earn a living.

»

Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - Everyone's Books Friday 22 September 2017 6 PM

CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by Namaya reading on 22 September Friday 6 – 6:30 PM  at Everyone’s Books. 

The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya. The book  it is available at Everyone’s Books.

Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio.  http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9 
- Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life 

»

iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro's single-use plastic bag ban should use a plastic thickness of

Choices