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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Informational Forum and District Caucuses - Public Invited

Brattleboro Town Selectboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 14 at Academy School beginning at 7:00 PM. Representative Town Meeting articles will be discussed, including the budget, and the bond issue. At 6:30 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, all three districts will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has thirteen seats to appoint, District 2 has three seats to appoint, and District 3 has eight seats to appoint.


Brattleboro March 6, 2018 Official Town Meeting Results

Good afternoon,

Please see attached for the official results from last night’s Annual Town Meeting.

Thank you,

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

ph 802-251-8129

fax 82-257-2312


Unofficial Brattleboro Results - Gander Wins Selectboard Seat, Article 2 Passes By Wide Margin

The unofficial results, as sent along by the Town Clerk, of the May 6, 2018 election are attached... enjoy!

Gander, Wessel, and Starr elected to the Selectboard.


Voting vs. Town Meeting Day

Today is Town Meeting Day in Vermont. In Brattleboro, it is "elect your representatives for Representative Town Meeting Day" Day.

It hasn't always been this way in Brattleboro. From our start until the start of the 1960's, Brattleboro held regular Town Meeting Days. In the 1960's residents fought for the right to challenge the change, and even voted to change back to the old system.

If you are curious about this history, take a look at Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro - Part 1: Origins and Adoption. Then follow it up with a look at Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro - Part 2: The Reaction and Repeal.


Free Panel Discussion: Redefining Capitalism for Sustainability: Transforming Markets Towards Social Justice

Join us here at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm for a FREE panel discussion about Redefining Capitalism for Sustainability and Transforming Markets Towards Social Justice.

Join us here at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday, March 15th at 7 pm for a FREE panel discussion about Redefining Capitalism for Sustainability and Transforming Markets Towards Social Justice.

This panel of speakers at Brooks Memorial Library, Thursday, March 15, 7:00 p.m. features Brattleboro-based leaders in global innovation for social justice and environmental sustainability in business: Amit Sharma, Founder of Finclusive Capital, Janice Warren, President of OneReport and Michael Knapp, Founder and CEO of Green River.

They will discuss how to shift traditional and commercial markets to sustainability and to create scalable social sector initiatives, as well as benchmarks and metrics to hold businesses accountable. They will present some emerging sustainable business models, as well as how to mold and measure sustainability. They will discuss transforming capital markets to make them greener and more innovative.

Please note: This is a special event, and the library will not be open for regular business. Doors will open for this Main Reading Room event at 6:45 pm.
For more information, contact starr@brookslibraryvt.org.


Please note: This is a special event, and the library will not be open for regular business. Doors will open for this Main Reading Room event at 6:45 pm.


Burlington Voters Get to Vote on F-35 Jets, But They Are So Fast & Can Go So Far, Everyone Is Affected!


AP March 4, 2018, BURLINGTON, VERMONT "...co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream was arrested at a demonstration over whether F-35 fighter planes should be based in Vermont..."

"...Burlington Free Press reports the demonstrators violated noise ordinances by playing jet noise from a tower of speakers at a level they say simulated what it would be like to be beneath a flight path...."

"...Burlington voters face a non-binding ballot item Tuesday on whether city officials should oppose basing the planes at Burlington International Airport, beginning in 2019...."

F-35 strike fighter jets fly so incredibly fast that they can go from Burlington, Vermont to Brattleboro, Vermont in about 10 minutes.


Brattleboro Selectboard Interview - Brandie Starr

We now present the fourth in our series of four interviews with people running for the Brattleboro Selectboard.  Brandie Starr is the sole candidate for the three year seat.


Introduce yourself... who are you and what should people know about you?

My name is Brandie Starr. I was born 37 years ago in Springfield, VT and I'm a Taurus. I enjoy long walks with plenty of fresh air and sunshine, good - jokes, food, wine, dancing, music, cooking, and painting. I a have two amazing children; ages 3 & 5, so basically my house looks and feels like a tornado hit it every day. I look terrible in the color yellow. My brain never turns off even when I beg it to. I love to be with people, which can, at times, make being a stay at home parent a little more challenging than I imagined it would be.


Psst... Have You Heard?

Two bona fide rumors for you:

1. A certain former Selectboard member and state representative who helps with the Heat Fund will be perfoming in drag March 3 at the Ladies of the Rainbow show. My understanding is that her stage name is Brandie Wine, though most people know her as Daryl.

2. Brattleburger is closing this weekend, barring some unusual event to save it.


Brattleboro Selectboard Interview - Tim Wessel

Continuing in our series of interviews with Selectboard candidates, here is our interview with Tim Wessel, a current board member running again for a one-year seat on the board.


Introduce yourself... who are you and what should people know about you?

Hi, I’m Tim! I just completed (almost) my first year serving on the Selectboard, and I think I continue to offer voters a good balance between relative youth and a good amount of experience with town. I still consider myself a fiscal conservative, with the taxpayers' concerns and tax affordability at the forefront of my mind, but I also recognize the need for some creative thinking and smart expenditures when it comes to Brattleboro.


"US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII," former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

“US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

by Jay Janson / February 20th, 2018

Last week, the present US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his trip to five Latin American nations, made headlines world wide when he made the following barely veiled threatening statement: “In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people.” and shortly afterward referring to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, added: “If the kitchen gets a little to hot for him, I am sure that he’s got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there.” US secretaries of state have a lot of balls, as Tillerson’s gangster tough guy remarks showed.


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