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We have in our office two large “crook-neck” squashes which grew from one stem. They are very nearly of a size and are alike in form. Both of them weigh 20 pounds. They were raised by Sewall Butler of this village.


The improvements at the Insane Asylum are in an advanced state of progress. About one million brick have been used in building the two wings, the boiler house, and the horse shed, all of which have been finished upon the exterior. The interior work with the new steam heating apparatus, etc., will not be completed this season.


The new chapel of the Congregational church is nearly completed, and this society will soon have all the conveniences of a modern church structure.


The Indian pond experiment seems to indicate pretty conclusively that our village cannot depend upon that source for their future supply of water.


The library now contains 2800 volumes, of which 86 have been added during the year.


An appeal for aid in the work of Bible distribution was made in Brattleboro churches last Sunday preliminary to the canvas of the town by Mr. A.H. Fuller, the distributing agent of the Vermont Bible Society. The agent has found 101 families without a copy of the Bible. 31 of these families were Romanists and the balance Protestants.


The Estey organ works are now running on 8 hour time, and will do so for the rest of this month. The past season has been one of the greatest activity in the history of the concern, and the present slackening is due to the generally unsettled condition of business, especially at the West, on account of presidential canvass.


Mrs. A.F. Powers has given to the natural history society’s collection in the Brooks library three valuable stuffed birds - a turtle dove, pine grosbeak and red-headed woodpecker.


B.A. Clark is making extensive repairs and improvements on his Ames hill farm buildings.


In the face of the coal famine it is comforting to know that there are about 55 tons of soft coal in the High school building.


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Weekend Creativity Series: Donald Fagan

We’re going to spend some time with this series looking at how other people create things. Last week we watched an animator work out a scene. This week we’ll look at how a musician thinks about a pop song.

Here, Donald Fagan of Steely Dan discusses and demonstrates aspects of his song “Peg” with Warren Bernhardt. He explains why the song is the way it is, and where he got ideas for creating it.

Music theory is one of those mystical subjects to me. I understand it when it is being explained, and can hear it, but the language and use of it escapes me personally. I find people who can do this sort of thing to be rather amazing, but I know it isn’t really that amazing — it’s what they do, and very possible if one applies oneself.


Elayne Clift Reads From Award-Winning Story Collection

Vermont author and journalist Elayne Clift will read from her latest book, Children of the Chalet: New and Selected Stories, Grand Prize Winner for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition, on Saturday, October 10th at Brooks Memorial Library at 2.30 p.m. in the library's meeting room on the 2nd floor. Clift will also read excerpts from her novel Hester’s Daughters (based on The Scarlet Letter) and will invite the audience to join in a discussion about the challenges of fiction writing and getting published in a 21st century literary world.

Clift’s latest short story collection has two parts. The first, Children of the Chalet, from which the title is drawn, is a set of connected stories based on a year she spent in the 1960s as a residential counselor in a halfway house for troubled teens. The second part shares a number of short stories not published until now.“I had ruminated for years about the girls I worked with and what brought them to residential living and care,” Clift says. “Their stories, which I’ve fictionalized, were compelling and I often wondered what had become of them as adults. 


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Artist Talk - Christine Triebert: Through a Glass Dimly

On Thursday, October 15, from 5 - 7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public is invited to an artist talk by Christine Triebert about her new photography series,"Through a Glass Dimly".

“As a whole body of work, they suggest a view of seeing ourselves as 'spiritual beings having a human experience'." says Triebert of the twenty-one intimate images of individuals, many of whom will be familiar to area residents. The faces may be recognizable, but the subjects are shown in a novel way; simply, unadorned, and draped only with a crisp white sheet.

According to photographer, Christine Triebert, “The white sheet symbolizes the commonality of our human experience. It is reminiscent of the blanket we're swaddled in at birth and the burial cloth we're wrapped in at death.” Using the white sheet also brings us all to an equal place, “By donning the same covering, the portrait subjects are presented in a visually unified way, yet each person's unique manifestation and expressiveness shines through. My intention with each image is to portray an essential quality of being of the individual self.”


In UN of Appearances Latin Americans Don't Call for Nuremberg Prosecution - In 2009 Gaddafi Did

Though Argentina Bolivia Cuba Ecuador Venezuela and Nicaragua condemned US wars and murderous exploitation during this year’s UN Gen. Debate, they as other delegates, lamented the current deplorable condition of today’s world of death and destruction, of poverty and starvation calling for everyone to work to rectify the situation. No delegate even once called for justice through prosecution. Gaddafi UN speech quoted.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 11

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, October 12 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open. The Exit 3 on ramps will also be closed on Sunday October 18 to manage leaf-peeping traffic. The October 18 closure will be the last closure in October.


Please see above re weekend closures of Exit 3 on ramps.

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.


Main Street Sidewalk Project Update

Good morning! If you frequent Main Street, then you will have noticed that the sidewalk project is approaching completion and really winding down. At this time there are only two small portions of sidewalk that are not complete. The curbing and underground conduit is all installed. Green Mountain Power is expected to have all the new street lights installed, operational, and the old ones removed next week. The remaining work will be relatively low impact (items like finishing the sign installations, replacing the meters, etc.).

This morning, we did a 'walk through' with the crew to make sure that the site is neat, tidy, and welcoming for the upcoming holiday weekend. Any remaining items onsite are the bare necessities to ensure pedestrian safety.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Carl Allen Quintet

On Saturday, October 17th, the Vermont Jazz Center will present world-class drummer Carl Allen with his group “The Art of Elvin.” This working band includes Tivon Pennicott, saxophones; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Xavier Davis, piano; Dezron Douglas, bass, and group leader Carl Allen on drums. Allen states: “The group is a tribute to Art Blakey and Elvin Jones and features music performed by both Art Blakey and/or Elvin Jones as well as some original music. In the tradition of both Art and Elvin the music is hard bop, gospel infused, hard swinging music that is designed to make one feel good. It’s high energy as well as toe tapping.”


3rd Annual SoVT Career Expo, Oct. 22, 1-5 pm, BUHS gym

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to earn more money in a new career field with growth potential? Are you thinking about college or a future career?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you should stop the Brattleboro Union High School gym, Thursday Oct. 22, between 1 and 5 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Career Expo.

Thirty local employers will be on hand to talk to job seekers and students, alike, about career opportunities in health care, manufacturing, financial and professional services, hospitality, forestry, food, and other industry sectors. Several local colleges and career services agencies also will be there to help guide your career and education plans.


Ayurvedic Practitioner Recommendations?

Would really appreciate recommendations for an ayurvedic pratitioner. Brattleboro area preferred, but will travel anywhere in New England to get excellent care. It would be a big plus to find an ayurvedic practioner who accepts Medicare. 

In addition to the recommendation, it would be particularly valuable to understand why you have made a particular recommendations.



How Do You Want To Be Remembered? What Will Your Legacy Be?

Each of us, regardless of our age, has a need to be known, to be remembered, to feel that our lives made a difference and to express our values and our love.

Many of us may have prepared legal wills to distribute our belongings after we die. But few of us have considered leaving a spiritual/ethical will: a record of who we are, a document that can be offered to loved ones either while we are still alive or after we are gone.

Brattleboro Area Hospice invites you to explore and reflect on your legacy in two free events with Claire Willis:


Friday Night Blues: Guy Davis at the River Garden

“Guy Davis. He’s out of New York, and he’s America’s greatest link to the blues right now.” ~ Windsor Star, Ontario, Canada. July 31, 2015.

Guy Davis last played Brattleboro in 2008, alongside Pete Seeger in a memorable, sold-out concert at the Lathis.

Friday night, you have a chance to hear him, solo, at the River Garden.

Seating is limited to 200, all seats are just $20. Tickets and information:

Here he is playing one of the songs on his brand new album, Kokomo Kidd:


Brattleboro Columbus Day Closings

In observance of Columbus Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 11 and 12, 2015. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, October 11 and 12, 2015.

Trash, recycling and composting will be picked up on the normal schedule. It is NOT affected by the holiday.


New Midwife Joins Brattleboro OB/GYN

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that midwife Emily Martyn, CNM has joined the staff of Brattleboro OB/GYN and is accepting new patients.

Martyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, her Certificate in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, CT.

Martyn says that her background in movement and dance piqued her interest in nursing as a career. “I have always been interested in human bodies, in how they work and move. “As a dancer I have seen how humans have an innate sense of what is good and right in their own bodies. I was drawn to being a midwife because I get to help my patients find that in themselves, pregnant or not, and help them advocate for their own bodies.”


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' To Be Held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, October 10, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


This Friday, October 9 = The Gathering Concert with 5 Award-winning Musicians!

This will be acoustic music at its finest with Barbara Higbie (piano), David Cullen (guitar), Jill Haley (oboe & English horn), David Lindsay (guitar), and Tom Eaton (piano)! The concert is presented by Will Ackerman, (Grammy winner and founder of Windham HIll Records), who has been praised for producing some of the best acoustic instrumental music in the world in recent years at his Imaginary Roads Studio in West Dummerston. 

 The Gathering Concert will be at The Centre Congregational Church this Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $20 - available at Hermit Thrush Brewery, 29 High Street, at the door, and at at


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro North End Police Station Discussion and Special Meetings Galore

The Brattleboro Selectboard had their first discussion of an option to buy the Reformer building on Black Mountain Road to use for a new police station, as well as the process to decide if the property should be purchased at all. Nothing specific was decided, except that public input was required before the Selectboard could feel confident to make a recommendation. Public comment is expected to come at special meetings to be scheduled, and via other informal feedback. 

The Our Town grant was awarded, other grants were accepted and applied for, and other special meetings requesting your input will be scheduled to focus on the FY17 budget and the adoption of new Land Use Regulations.


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