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Thirty more Vermont girls passed through this place one day last week for the Cabotville factories.


A pair of oxen and cow belonging to Mr. Sargeant were killed in this town by being run over by the cars upon the Valley Railroad a few days since.


A petition to the Legislature for the creation of a State police to endorse the liquor law, is in circulation here, and has been signed by many of our best and most influential citizens.


Farmers in this vicinity are holding on to their tobacco with a firm grip. Twenty five cents on the poles has in some instances been offered and refused,


The latest thing in sidewalks is a concrete walk now being laid in front of Ray’s block. The selectmen have been petitioned to lay a walk from Webster’s saloon to Van Doorn’s residence, and will probably do it.


The bicycle club are to take a moonlight ride to Hinsdale this evening.


Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.


Street signs have now been put up on most all of Brattleboro's 200 streets due to the Rural Improvement Association and the board of bailiffs.


A new hydrant for the fire department has been placed at the corner of Oak and Chapin streets.


The bishop will make his annual visit to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next Sunday.


The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.


W.F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.


Moses Deyo, the well-known stone mason, had the sight of his right eye destroyed Wednesday morning by the explosion of a catsup bottle which he was attempting to open. The bottle had stood near a hot stove, causing fermentation of the contents.


A pure white squirrel has been seen this week near one of the Retreat summer cottages. It is like the ordinary red squirrel in every way except the color of its fur.


A new switch has been laid at the addition to the Pine street car barn of the street railroad company.


The Red Men will have a rehearsal adoption degree to-night, to be followed by a collation.


Peter Elwell hired as Brattleboro Town Manager.

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Weekend Creativity Series - Levitation Photography

DigitalRevTV offers many funny and useful videos for photographers.

In this episode, Kai will help you learn to take photographs of people in varying states of levitation.

Submit your levitation photos anytime.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 18, 2016

The Brattleboro Selectboard will appoint a new Town Clerk at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center. You are always invited to attend and participate.

If you do, you’ll learn of facility project updates, town finances, loans, garbage, grants and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 17 to October 21


October 17 - Potato Bake

Stuffed Mushrooms




Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Youth Services Meeting Room, located at 32 Walnut Street.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00pm in the community room at the Brattleboro Food Co-Op.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Leaf Pick-Up Schedule 2016


The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 21, 2016

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 4, 2016


Powerwall Battery Workshop in Brattleboro Oct. 26

For homes (and businesses):  Tesla Powerwall Pilot Program from Green Mountain Power.

Do you want to safeguard your home (or business) against outages?  Would you like to have some reserve power when you need it?  If you already have some solar panels, would you like to extend their life?

Come to a workshop to learn about one advanced option for on-site battery storage.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 17th


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.

Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:
-On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 1 & 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
-On Wednesday, October 26th, I-91 Southbound will be closed between Exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.


The New King of Thailand

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has become the new King of Thailand, succeeding the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In the late 1980's and early 1990's I was working at Capital Children's Museum in DC and one of the exhibits we built was in conjunction with the government of Thailand. We filled a room the size of about three or four classrooms with examples of Thai art, architecture, food, music, language, costume, etc. and the Thai government helped out with money, artifacts and crafts, and even helped construct small buildings.


Watch the U.S. Senate Debate Live, Sit in the Audience in Burlington, Vermont!

Oct. 13th and I go outside and find one of my campaign signs has been stolen.

Yesterday, I painted a new one; but I do miss the confiscated one, it was entirely a different design.

The new sign says, "1776 - 1936 Marijuana was Legal."

Vermonters! Watch the U.S. Senate candidates live, sit in the audience Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25

Election Forum at Channel 17 Town Meeting TV in Burlington's Old North End, Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25


Act 46 Community Forum at Oak Grove School

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 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Oak Grove School.


Grove Street, Municipal Center Access - Temporary Closure

Grove Street - Temporary Road Closure

On Monday, October 17, and again on Tuesday October 18, a portion of Grove Street, between #45 Grove and #51 Grove will be closed to through traffic between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm. The Brattleboro Department of Public Works will be tapping a water main under Grove Street and installing a new 8” water line from Grove to the Brattleboro Municipal Center in preparation for the upcoming replacement/upgrade of the fire sprinkler system. At this time it is expected that the Grove Street Closure will last only on Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18. In addition, Grove Street will again be closed on Wednesday, October 26, and Thursday October 27, between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm to repave the affected portion of Grove Street.


BDCC/SeVEDS Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 27, 2016) – Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation on behalf to the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies accepted an award for Excellence in Economic Development for its 2016 project in the category of implementing a Multi-Year Economic Development Program from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 25-28, in Cleveland, OH.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.



Fittingly enough, it was during this election cycle my mother received her dementia diagnosis. Thanks to her stroke, she’s moved fairly quickly through the levels, like a pro-gamer unlocking ever more complex realms of challenge. When she was unable to feed herself or attend to hygiene, memory care became inevitable. My periodic visits have become studies in both specific and general cognitive atrophe, in addition to whatever else it is when a son becomes the elder to his parent.

As a way of holding on to the rail when the seas get rough, I have begun to look at the memory care facility, and mental disability, in an anthropological light. I’m always on the look out, in my mother’s case, to see what parts of personality persist, and which patterns remain as a kind of behavioral bedrock. Observing which of her symptomatic responses were there all along in nascent form. Seeing her surrounded by her ‘peers’, each with their own expeditions underway, it forces me to wonder about the so-called sanity of us all.


Education or Politics?

I noticed this letter from Andy Davis in the Commons. He makes interesting points about a town appointment that may not be very transparent, which of course raises questions.


Golden Eagle Spotted Over Brattleboro

12:30p.m. immature Golden Eagle spotted making wide unflapping circles from Conn. River to over Elliot Street. New yard bird! 



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

Town offices are closed on Monday, October 10, 2016.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. This meeting is in addition to the regular meeting being held on October 11.

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


BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/10/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/10/16

Monday, October 10, 2016

12:00 am Moby Dick Series - Pt2

1:00 am War on Terror Retrospective: Vice Admiral Costello

2:05 am Woodstock Digital Media Fest: E-Team

2:42 am Express Fluency: Latin with Justin Bailey Part 1 of 3

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:15 am Senior Moments: Alzheimer's Disease Pt 2


Brattleboro Celebrates First Indigenous Peoples Day

It's not often that something happens that cries out to be corrected and then, in a matter of days, it is.  I'm not talking about Vermont's GMO law either (which Congress mooted within the month) – no, I'm talking about Indigenous Peoples Day which has been proposed, here and elsewhere, as a less racist and more fair alternative to traditional Columbus Day.  Unfortunately, honoring native American people was not something the Selectboard could get its collective mind around and Indigenous Peoples Day lost here in Brattleboro by a vote of 2-3.  But just when you thought all was lost, along comes Governor Shumlin with a state-wide proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, signed, sealed, and delivered.  What do you know, we get to celebrate Indigenous People's Day after


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