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Second convention at Westminster, at which the citizenry of Cumberland County "adopted all the resolves of the Continental Congress."


Masonic meetings, Columbian Lodge No. 34, held here in Brattleboro instead of Guilford.


Auction of Real Estate, on Saturday in this village. Don’t let the credit of the village suffer from a low price.


It gives us much pleasure to witness the improvements going on in various parts of our village, in the repairing of buildings, in erecting new dwelling-houses and workshops, and in making the streets better. The fire department, too, has been wide awake to the interests of the village. At these improvements our citizens will feel glad, and freely contribute to their expense.


Tramps are more numerous than ever, and their number is on the increase. The suggestion that these “travelers” be allowed to make a suitable return for their lodging and breakfast by a few hours’ work with the shovel on the embankment in front of the Estey shops, is by no means a bad one.


We suppose there are many people who are determined to live up to the best light of “sanitary science,” who yet do not find the bone, muscle, and brain-making oat meal an altogether desirable and relishable dish.


The annual village report is out this morning and ready for distribution at the usual places. S.N. Herrick is evidently the man for collector. The report shows that he has paid over to the treasurer every dollar of the year’s tax list of $8,012.55, less abatements of $67.32.


Hawley is beginning to open holiday goods, and on Wednesday next, Dec 5th, will begin his special holiday sale of books.


A young woman from the New York Recorder staff was here this week to interview Rudyard Kipling. She returned to New York without notes, however. It is said that she was met by Mr. Kipling at the Naulahka, but Mr. Kipling refused to see her.


Attention is called to the advertisement of “Picturesque Brattleboro,” stating by whom subscriptions to the work will be received. The town will be canvassed for its sale before the Christmas holidays.


The new incandescent street lights were used for the first time Tuesday. There are 56, replacing all the gas and gasoline lamps in the village with the exception of three gaslights at the Brattleboro Retreat. The new lights give general satisfaction. Residents in some parts of the village unkindly suggest the use of a match in finding the new lights.


Wantastiquet Golf club voted to have the grounds put in first class condition, and authorized the secretary to borrow money, if necessary, to meet the expense of improvement. It was also voted to have three dances this winter.


Labor troubles left the Brooks House without bell boys Tuesday night. Trouble was in the air from early morning, but the boys did not quit until night. In the morning they were told by the proprietor to take some wood to certain rooms on the upper floors. The boys claim that the carrying of wood has always been the fireman’s job.


The Bird club will meet with Mrs. Crowell Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.


The lumber to be used in H. L. Emerson’s new building on Flat street arrived in Brattleboro Saturday. Both the woodwork and the brick work are now being carried forward rapidly.

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Supper/Dance Saturday in Guilford - Barn Collapse Benefit

Broad Brook Grange will present a benefit supper and contradance on Saturday, December 5, beginning at 5:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds will benefit a local farm which suffered a barn collapse due to a weather event.

On Thursday, October 29, a rare “microburst” hit the town of Guilford, with unusually high wind gusts, bringing down the roof under construction on a new dairy barn at the Clark Farm, injuring a family member and carpenter Tom Henry of Guilford.  Saturday’s fundraiser will assist the Clark Farm, as well as Mr. Henry.

The evening begins with supper served from 5-7 pm, which will include homemade chili, spaghetti, breads, salads, dessert, featuring apple crisp, and beverages prepared by Grange and community chefs.


Brattleboro Winter Parking 2015-2016

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Saturday, December 5, 2015. Overnight parking is forbidden on all streets in the town of Brattleboro. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00pm and 07:00am may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.


I-91 To Close Tuesday Dec 8 and Wednesday Dec 9 at Exit 2 and 3

I-91 between Exits 2 and 3 will be closed to complete preventative maintenance before the winter season begins in earnest.

On Tuesday, December 8, I-91 SOUTHBOUND will be closed between exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

On Wednesday, December 9, I-91 NORTHBOUND will be closed between exits 2 & 3 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 12/30/15

BCTV channel 8 program schedule for the week of 11/30/15

Monday, November 30, 2015

12:00 am Opiate Use in Vermont: The Present Reflects the Past

1:22 am Historic Crimes and Justice in Burlington, VT - Jeffrey H. Beerworth

2:00 am 1st Wednesdays Presents: John Hockenberry - Climate of Doubt

3:45 am Moana: A Short Story


Second Year for Crafting for the Homeless - Come Join Us!

Come join us on Sunday afternoon, December 6th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area for the second year in a row. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

All you need is enthusiasm and interest--techniques will be taught and projects will use basic techniques and simple patterns. This event is suitable for adults, teenagers, and kids old enough to sit still and participate. Kids younger than 12 need to have an adult in attendance with them. If you want to, you can take projects home to work on between meetings.


Chanukah Party at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community’s annual Chanukah party and latke feast will take place on Friday, December 11th, the sixth night of Chanukah, which is also the time to welcome Shabbat.

We will start at 6:00 with lighting of Shabbat and Chanukah candles.  Please bring your chanukiah (menorah) and candles so we can create a beautiful light as we sing the blessings and enjoy a variety of latkes. We will supply applesauce and sour cream but we need folks to bring cooked latkes to share.  They can be microwaved or warmed in our oven. 

At 7:00, we will hear Chanukah stories and sing favorite Chanukah melodies, accompanied by our Friday-night band. There will be dancing and dreidel-spinning also.  We hope you can be there! 


Minecraft-Loving Gamer Magazines?

My nephew is into video games. For those of you with pre-teens, are there any video game magazines that are popular with younger gamers? Minecraft, Sonic... that sort of thing?

If you have (grand)kids into Minecraft, could you ask them for present suggestions for me. Thanks! Any advice is welcome.


Weekend Creativity Series - Kurosawa and Composing Movement

Let’s put some things together. We have something we want to get across to an audience - on a stage or screen. We’ve learned a bit about practicing and the importance of learning one’s craft so we have something to say. We know about editing, so it will flow well and make the correct impressions.

What about composition of movement? Can moves help us tell a story?

Well, certainly. We’ve all seen silent films with no dialogue, where all action is done in pantomime. And we’ve all seen the opposite in limited animation, where if we turned the volume down on say, Charlie Brown and Linus talking at the wall, we’d have almost no idea of the story.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Annual Big Band Gala w/ Guest Vibraphonist Richard Greenblatt

The Vermont Jazz Center will present its annual big band swing gala on Friday, December 4th at 8:00 PM. All proceeds will support the VJC’s Scholarship Program. This year’s concert will feature the music of world-class vibraphonist Terry Gibbs and his Dream Band. The VJC will use the same arrangements that Gibbs’ Ensemble performed during the group’s apex that took place in the late 1950s and early ‘60s.

Based out of Los Angeles, Gibbs’ Dream Band is still recognized as one of the best big bands to emerge after the bebop movement. It included heavy hitters Mel Lewis, Joe Maini, Frank Rosolino, Conte Candoli and Richie Kamuca and was given the title of “Best Band in the World” in Downbeat’s 1962 Critic’s Poll. Arrangers for the Dream Band were some of the finest jazz composers of the time including Bill Holman, Med Flory, Shorty Rogers, Lennie Niehaus, Marty Paich, Al Cohn, Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam.


Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for all of you, your thoughts, views, opinions, news, ideas, jokes, and so on. Have a great Thanskgiving Day.

Making anything good that we should all stop over and try?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

December Breakfast Menu

December 1st Scrambled Eggs w/Boursin & Spinach, Vegetable Hash w/Celeriac, Turnip & Carrots, Scone,  Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee

December 4th Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee

December 8th Breakfast Sandwich w/Egg & Cheese, Sausage, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee


The Pre-Christmas Toymaking Rush


S.A. Smith & Co. begin running on 12 hour time today. The men go into the factory at 7 o’clock and work until 9 at night, with an hour at noon and another hour out for supper.


S.A. Smith was a toymaking company in Brattleboro from the late 1800s through the early 1900s:



American Legion Post 5 Honors Soldiers Killed in Action in Vietnam: PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose

On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honored local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, included students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, are being posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website and here at iBrattleboro.

Today we remember PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda & Notes - December 1, 2015

Ready to go to every other week garbage collection? How about single stream recycling? The Brattleboro Selectboard will take up these and other waste-y issues at their regular Tuesday meeting on Dec. 1.

Tax stabilization, loans, and land transactions with BDCC and G.S. Precision will be discussed and approved, the DPW will buys some vehicles, Elliot Street bridge repairs will be discussed, and more. Watch on BCTV or attend in person, and read about it here after the meeting.


Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Regional Economic Hub Study Group will meet on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Selectboard Schedules Two More Police Fire Info Sessions

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting and public information session on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Academy School gymnasium. This is the second of three public information meetings to present information and hear public comment about the proposed alternatives for the Police-Fire Facilities Project. This meeting will be taped and rebroadcast by BCTV. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.


France Is Shutting Down Alternative Media

France is a tragic tragic example of what psychopaths are capable of. This carnage though, should not be an excuse for eliminating alternative media. Now more than ever it is desperately needed. This is Nazi Germany. Please wake up. Tell your friends.

Freedom of speech should not be a victim of terrorism

Link To Story.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY17 Departments and Police-Fire Update

Brattleboro Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein wished everyone a happy, good,and safe Thanksgiving at the start of the board’s Tuesday night special meeting.

Police Fire Facilities

Gartenstein announced that they would be putting the Police and Fire Facilities Project on every agenda in the foreseeable future, to give time for updates, questions, and special topics of discussion. He named four issues for the board to consider at upcoming meetings: how funding the project relates to the general fund budget, how the project fits with our long-term capital needs, how moving the police to Putney Road would impact the use of the Municipal Center,  and the public impact and public good of moving police to Putney Road.


Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is looking to resurrect itself by calling for activists to pledge to a demonstration and sit-in in spring. I have always been a keen supporter of the movement. I joined two Wall St local groups and an offshoot work group of one of them and the movement is dear to my heart. However, I think it’s futile this idea of demonstrating. It merely keeps us in the position of hamsters on the wheel. As long as we supplicate anyone or any entity, we are essentially saying that we need permission.


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