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As the Editor of this paper is absent on account of being blockaded by this severe snow storm, in a neighboring town on a visit, it is hoped that all inaccuracies (if any) will be overlooked.


The Birth of our Saviour will be celebrated at the Universalist Church in the West village of this town, on Wednesday evening, 25th inst., commencing and 6 1/2 o’clock.


The third anniversary Ball, of the Hydropaths was given at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening. About eighty couples were in attendance. The music was furnished by our own citizens. Mr. Perry of the Brattleboro House furnished the supper at the Hall. It is unnecessary to remark that it gave entire satisfaction.


Earl & Lynde have put in a new flume so that their mill is again in operation. Estey & Co. are rebuilding their saw mill dam, and at West Brattleboro repairs of damages to private property by last week’s flood are also in progress.


The old police force has been re-appointed by the village authorities.


The special village meeting for the election of a first bailiff in place of Col. Fuller occurs this Thursday evening. The opportunity is one of the best that could be offered for dropping all personal feeling and electing an independent man because he is fitted for the place. The question is, Will the voters come out and do it?


A.F. Hancock is about to open a new flour, meal, and feed store at No. 10 Elliot Street.


We are selling lots of beef and have more to sell at the same low price. Hind quarters 6 cents per pound; fore quarters 4 cents; whole sides 5 cents. W.F. Richardson & Co.


Florida oranges at 20 cents a dozen at Scott & Jones’s.


Dunham Bros. shipped over one ton of shoes by express alone on Wednesday.


The decorators will finish their work in the town hall this week, and they will then probably be employed in the opera house for about two weeks. It is expected that the opera house will be ready for opening about Feb. 1. The report that it would be leased outright to a manager was without foundation.


A “turnout” which has attracted much attention on the street this week is the span of goats, with wagon attached, which Charles Miner bought recently for his young son.


The school board has contracted with S.A. Smith & Co. for 48 new desks for Mrs. Warren’s room at the Canal street school.

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Look to the Skies

For any skeptics and scoffers out there, I would say that you should consider looking to the skies tonight, sometime after 6 PM. Our best psychics on the faculty at the University of Brattleboro, (the Oldest Non-Existent University in New England) when the UFAUXs are expected to materialize, somewhere above Elliot or Flat Street.


Weekend Concert Series: Frank & Bing

Seems like time to feature some Frank and Bing singing Christmas songs, in glorious "something-color."

Classic haircuts, suits, and decorations are part of what makes this a fun holiday special that, for some reason, never made it to classic status. Maybe we can give it a boost 60 + years later.


WVEW-lp Is Back Broadcasting Over The Air at 107.7FM

Brattleboro Community Radio has resumed its over the air broadcasts,  thanks to a huge effort by a number of people who pulled, pushed, encourgaed, gave hope, and worked together in a fashion that reminds us why we live here and have a Community radio station.

You can once again tune us in locally at 107.7fm, or listen to our webcast at wvew.org


Milking the Moment: Dairy Cow Takes Center Stage in Brattleboro Savings & Loan's Holiday Marketing

When photographer Kelly Fletcher set out to capture images in and around Brattleboro, Vt., to help promote Brattleboro Savings & Loan’s new Local Rewards checking account, she expected beautiful New England vistas and great personal moments of people enjoying their community.

Indeed, the project brought her to various locations in Brattleboro, from eateries to retail establishments to rooftops, where she captured scenic panoramas. But Fletcher’s favorite stop was Miller Farm, an organic milk farm in Vernon, Vt., with 160 cows-in-residence owned and operated by Pete and Angela Miller, Art and Judy Miller, and Keith and Tina Franklin and their families.


Brattleboro Coworking Makerspace Survey

The Brattleboro Area Techies group is doing a survey of folks who might be interested in a downtown Co-Working/Makerspace/Office Space

Go to this Google Survey link.

We'll keep it up until 2015!


The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular at Next Stage on Sunday, December 21

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present country, swing, honky-tonk and old-time music sextet The Sweetback Sisters performing their annual Christmas concert at Next Stage on Sunday, December 21 at 7:30 pm.

Each December, Brooklyn's favorite country band tours the east coast and spreads the holiday cheer with The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular. This supremely fun and wildly popular show requires audience participation (lyric sheets are provided) and a love for all kinds of holiday music. All the songs are presented with the Sweetback Sisters’ signature mix of harmony singing, rollicking telecaster and twin fiddling along with a healthy dose of holiday cheer.


"To Sleep, Perchance To Dream - Ay, There's The Rub."

Today’s NASDAQ has Fairpoint Communications, Inc. at $14.34 USDs. Adjacent to the figure for Total Calculated Compensation of $2,359,299 (FY 2013) to Paul Sunu, as Businessweek notes, Fairpoint’s CEO is “connected to 15 board members in 3 different organizations across 7 different industries.“

Maybe that’s not so exceptional for a business man with 25 years experience in finance, corporate management and law, with degrees in political science and Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign and the College of Law.


Sanders 'Deeply Disappointed' in FairPoint

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 18 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after FairPoint Communications CEO Paul Sunu snubbed a request from the Vermont congressional delegation for the North Carolina company to negotiate an end to a two-month strike by about 1,700 New England workers:

“I am deeply disappointed, but not surprised, with the response from Mr. Sunu. His letter confirms what I have long suspected. FairPoint wants to slash wages and benefits for Vermont workers and it refuses to negotiate in good faith. In essence his letter says FairPoint’s bargaining posture is ‘take it or leave it, we want it our way, and we’re not going to make any compromises.’


Seeking A Source Of Quality Nip

Every year at Christmas I make catnip mice for all the cats of my acquaintance, or in some cases, for the cats of my acquaintances.  In any event, the nip has always worked in the past, so this year I was a little surprised when the two test mice I made for my own cats elicited no reaction whatsoever.  We had to make them take the mice.  They poked them a little and one cat endeavored to at least try to act interested, but overall, the mice were a resounding failure.  I blame the nip.

The catnip I used advertised joyous rapture for kitties on its label, but it was commercially grown nip sold in plastic bags, so I knew it wasn't going to be great.  But judging from my cats' less than tepid reaction, it may as well have been parsley. 


Spoken Word Showcase: Clara Rose Thornton, Nye Ffarrabas, and Alec Silver

Thursday, December 18, 8:30pm – 10:30pm, join us for a celebration of performance poetry in a unique visual arts environment.


  • Clara Rose Thornton, 2014 Dublin (Ireland) Slam Poetry Champion whose work examines memory, lust, social justice and racial injustice.
  • Nye Ffarrabas, innovator and word alchemist, active since the New York Fluxus scene of the 1960s.
  • Alec Silver, actor and enthusiast of language.

I-91 Northbound To Close Thursday Night

The team completed a portion of the necessary pothole repair work on Monday night, however additional work is needed to complete the repairs in advance of the increased travel expected over the holidays. I-91 Northbound between Exits 2 and 3 will be closed on Thursday night, December 18th between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am to finish the repairs on the bridge deck.


Call for Poetry & Performers - Climate Change & the Arts 2015

Post Oil Solutions, continuing its innovative efforts to raise awareness about the growing climate crisis, is organizing Climate Change & the Arts, an evening of poetry, music, and dance that will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Hooker Dunham Theater in Brattleboro. An art exposition will also be held in the Hooker Dunham Gallery.

Members of the literary, visual and performing arts communities of Windham County, both professional and amateur, interested in contributing their time and talent are invited to answer our call for poetry and performers. For more information consult the event website: http://www.climatechangeishere2015.com/, or contact Linda Brown at rise.up.vermont@gmail.com.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: FY16 Budget Tossed; Taxpayers To Be Asked To Pay For Full Plan F

The Brattleboro Selectboard snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at Tuesday’s long, final regular meeting of the year. With a vote of 3-2, the board threw away their carefully-crafted and quite palatable FY16 budget that featured no cuts to services and no significant tax increase.

Instead, the split decision was to endorse going forward with all three Police and Fire facilites immediately, and to ask for a new budget that would include payments to do the full scope of work, potentially adding a significant amount to property taxes.  This sends the board back into budget meetings, and the spectre of service cuts and tax increases is now again on the horizon.

In other news,  a list of capital improvements that were to be added back in to the budget had to be sidelined, Brattleboro pays a somewhat arbitrary rate for solid waste removal, the board endorsed the use of the higher-priced bag system for PAYT, and a new union is recognized for town employees.

Sorry for the delay. I had this almost finished last night and the power went out.


Brattleboro Savings & Loan Launches Local Rewards Program

New checking account option benefits customers and area businesses

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – A dinner on the house, a bag of groceries, a frame for a new art print, or a gift basket brimming with Vermont-made products are just a few of the extras Brattleboro Savings & Loan customers could receive from BSL’s new Local Rewards program.

Local Rewards checking account holders who meet three qualifiers – 20 or more debit card transactions, use of electronic statements, and at least one direct deposit or withdrawal – will now benefit from up to a 1.25% annual percentage yield (APY), and also be entered to win gift cards from a variety of local vendors.


WVEW Is Streaming On The Web

WVEW-lp is temporarily unable to broadcast our shows over the air.

Our webstrean is working and you can hear your friends and neighbors by using the player on our website, or clicking on a link which will open our webstream in your player. Apps for iPhone and Android devices are available on our site.



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