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Miss Amelia Tyler started her Brattleboro school which was famous for 50 years.


We would invite the attention of our readers to the advertisement of the Messrs. Burditt and Sawyer, who propose to give a Concert of Secular Music at Wantastiquet Hall, on Wednesday, October 7th. Their well known musical talents entitle them to liberal patronage. We bespeak for them a large audience.


A Washington Monument box has been placed at the Brattleboro post office by the Postmaster, into which friends of the Monument can pass their loose change, with certainty of its finding its appropriate destination.


Barnum is to open the lecture course on Thursday evening of next week.


The dedication of the new Unitarian church will be on Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock. Rev. Dr. Bellows of New York will preach the sermon.


Beginning today, the Brattleboro post office is designated as an Italian money-order office. The Brattleboro office now issues money orders on Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France and Algeria.


The village bailiffs, in response to petitions, have begun the work of laying sewers through North and Tyler streets.


Estey & Co., have greatly improved the look of Birge street this week by putting a coat of whitewash on the high fence in front of their factories.


S.A. Smith & Co. have had many different styles of their baby carriages photographed this week preparatory to issuing a new catalog.


The first serious break in the trolley wire over the electric railroad occurred on the west side of the Centreville hill about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, and so tightly was the wire drawn that the supporting arms on four poles were broken off and the wire to the house of Carl Hopkins on the east side fell to the ground. As the wire broke it fell in front of a car and was run over and broken again. As all three of the cars were between the break and the power station, it was necessary to procure a team for carrying passengers from the break to West Brattleboro.


Dr. Horace G. Ripley appointed superintendent at the Retreat.

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Grief for Beginners

Most of us are unsure of what to say and do when someone we know has experienced a death loss. And the more traumatic the death, in our opinion, the more awkward we feel. This leads us to procrastinate or even fail to reach out to the bereaved person. Unfortunately, what the person almost always needs is to know that others are thinking of him or her.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 4, 2016

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing things at their next regular meeting, They will discuss the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. They will discuss the Long Range Financial Plan, the Windham Solid Waste District Assessment, the Police and Fire projects, and more.

They also might act to do a few things. They might proclaim Indigenous People’s Day. They will likely loan Cultural Intrigue $70,000, schedule a new process for evaluating Bittersweet Lane, and accept money for the planned dog park at Living Memorial Park.

You can attend, participate, and bring up other items not on the agenda. It's at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, as usual.


WRC Receives Funds for Adams Brook Restoration Final Design

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration Program, for developing final designs for restoration of 200’ of Adams Brook in Newfane.

Following the Tropical Storm Irene flood of 2011, bed armor treatments were applied to approximately 200 feet of Adams Brook in Newfane, VT. These treatments resulted in significant impacts to aquatic resources which continue to occur today. The depth, sizing and gradation of bed armor were not appropriate and the transition to and from natural streambed elevation was too large and too abrupt.


Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Movie Monday at Senior Center in October

October Showings


October 3rd - 9:30

Starring: Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan

October 17th  – 10:00 am

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


October 4th – Greens, Eggs & Ham, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

October 7th – Cheese Omelets w/Tomatoes, Onions & Peppers, Home Fries, Fruit Salad, Muffins, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

October 11th – French Toast, Home Fries, Sausage, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - October 3 to October 7

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 3 to October 7


October 3- Baked Ham

Scalloped Potatoes

Turnip & Carrots



Chimera - A Physical and Ethereal Presence

( Story: An exhibition entitled Slow currently on show at the China Exchange in the heart of London’s Chinatown. It’s a commission from an arts initiative called Shaire, based in London, Singapore and Beijing in which interdisciplinary groups are invited to explore the broad theme of nature.The most eye-catching exhibit in Slow is by the internationally acclaimed American sculptor, Brattleboro local, Aaron Distler. [Aaron Distler is the son of Arlene Distler, Brattleboro’s longtime art critic.]  It comprises what looks at first like a large caterpillar but, in fact, is a Chimera, a mythical fire-eating dragon (above) that supposedly vanishes when you look at it. So it has both a physical and ethereal presence about it.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.


Act 46 Notice - Community Forum in Guilford


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will hold a Community Forum at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Guilford Central School.


BHS Podcast 68 - This Week in Brattleboro History - Annette Spaulding & West River Petroglyph

In the spring of 1909, the completion of a new hydro-electric dam in Vernon created at 28 mile long lake, from Vermont's southern boarder with Massachusetts to Bellows Falls, as waters began to back up and subsume much of the river-adjacent countryside. On average, the water level rose 30 feet and eventually flooded more than 150 farms. Among the lands subsumed by permanent flood waters were a series of petroglyphs sites near the confluence of the West River and Connecticut River dating from a precolonial epoch, in the lands now known as Brattleboro, Vermont.

In August of 2015, after a 30-year search, underwater explorer Annette Spaulding found one of the petroglyph sites, subsumed in 1909 and unseen by persons for over a century.


Brattleboro Early/Absentee Ballots, Voter Registration and Town Clerk Hours

Early/absentee ballots for the General Election to be held on November 8, are now available in all Vermont town clerk's offices. Anyone wishing to vote prior to November 8, may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7.

Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted. For more information or to request an early/absentee ballot in Brattleboro call 251-8157.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 3rd


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, October 2nd, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Rise of The Fop Bots

When I was a kid there was a game called ‘Barrel of Monkeys’. It consisted of a plastic cup filled with a bunch of little multicolored simians with limbs that interlocked. The object was to lift and hook arms forming a chain with as many as possible. At least that’s how I remember it. This recollection corresponds to an image that was once broadcast on the Daily Show, of Jon Stewart presenting his writer’s room. The shot was inside a racquetball court, behind a glass wall, the space stuffed with people, hipsters mostly, cheek to jowl, practically climbing over each other. Let these images serve as illustration and introduction of my point.


GMMT: Board Approves Spending for Pedestrian Safety 9/27/16 (News Clip)

Join WKVT's Chris Lenois (@WKVT1490AM) and the Reformer's Chris Mays (@CMaysBR) as they break down last week's drama at the Selectboard meeting over the nuances of funding pedestrian safety upgrades for some of the towns most dangerous intersections. And be sure to Click Here for the full News Show from 9/27/16.


What Draws You to iBrattleboro?

I lived in Putney for twelve years and watched iBrattleboro grow to the strong site it is. I've since moved away to a similar sized city withOUT a citizen journalism/community portal site. I tried to sit by idly and pretend I didn't care, but alas, I really wanted something similar. So, what did I do? I created my own site for my new city, it's called Ashland Talks.

Ashland Talks has been live for almost two months and we've received some community member submissions, but it is still largely me posting news. I don't expect the site to take off over night, but it did get me to start wondering: what is it that draws people to What do you all like to publish here that you don't just post on Facebook or Nextdoor?


What Are Those Oversized Loads For?

Anyone know what the almost-windowless and doorless, tan, oversized loads going through town are? There seem to be some sort of utlitites attached to the back, maybe air, but otherwsie they are quite non-descript.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Caili O'Doherty Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Acclaimed Pianist and Composer, Caili O’Doherty to Perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on October 1st

On Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present the Caili O’Doherty Quartet as part of their Emerging Artist Series. O’Doherty is a young, highly acclaimed pianist who hails from Portland, Oregon. She will be performing with her working Quartet, three of whom appeared on her recent recording “Padme,” which won NPR’s 2015 Jazz Critics’ Debut Album Award. Caili is a virtuosic talent as both a composer and pianist - she has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ACAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.


History Today Column: Biography of Joe Pentland the Clown Performing at Island Park in 1861

Many circuses came to Brattleboro, thanks to the train. At the link below there is more information about the life of Pentland the famous clown, who was mentioned in the Today in History Column.

Here is the original post that Chris posted from a newspaper from that time. 


Lent’s Great National Circus which exhibits of the Island to-day is one of the oldest established as well as one of the most extensive exhibitions extant. Joe Pentland is the clown."


BCTV Schedules For Week of 9/26/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/26/16

Monday, September 26, 2016

12:00 am Racism and the Culture of Policing

2:00 am 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow pt2

4:20 am FIRE - The Lebanon NH Fire of 1964

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am 2016 ACM National Conference: John Nichols' Keynote Address


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