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Hard Times. We have received a photograph from J.L. Lovell, of Amherst Mass., formerly of this village, representing a man in a seedy, dilapidated condition, with his last dollar in hand, and that a worthless bill. It indicates the present condition of many persons just at present. The picture, as a work of art, is worthy of all praise.


The ladies’ sewing society connected with the Centre Congregational church met for the first time this season, in their new church parlors Wednesday afternoon of this week, and a goodly number were present.


Another village meeting has been called on petition of several of our prominent citizens, to reconsider the action of the last meeting in regard to the tomb, and to take some definite action in relation to the gas and police questions. The call is issued for Tuesday evening 30th inst.


The variety of holiday goods at Cheney & Clapp’s is entirely too large to specify.


On Tuesday night at 11 o’clock it was discovered that fire was working under the flooring of the fourth floor of the Brooks House, about midway of the house. Lines of hose were carried up to the third and fourth stories, holes cut in floors and partitions, the house thoroughly drenched, and after upward of an hour’s work the fire was soaked out.


An awkward and senseless typographical blunder in our last week’s notice of the Park Garden “Pinafore” was copied, verbatim et literatim, into a local sheet which, no, never, steals anything from the Phoenix.


At Batchelder & Flint’s confectionary store on Elliot street, special attractions for the holiday trade are offered. Among their large assortment of sweetmeats will be found animals, toys, dolls, panorama eggs, birds, satchels, Cinderella slippers, Helen’s babies, banjoes, lanterns, mottoes, fruits, nuts, bonbons, etc. forming a very beautiful and tempting display.


Santa Claus, in his own proper person, with furs, beard, bells and sleigh, made everybody in Brattleboro, the West village included, a visit yesterday. He had two of his boys with him, and through them gave everybody a souvenir of “Brattleboro Christmas Bells” - an illustrated paper handsome enough not only to read but to keep.


Henry Whitacre is building a saw and planing mill near the Elliot street iron bridge, and has the privilege of using the waste water from the old woolen factory.


One of the handsome sights of yesterday morning was the big snow roller drawn by Stockwell’s team of six big horses.


The ice crop this season is the best for many years, and the local dealers are already gathering their supply. The ice is ten inches in thickness and as clear as crystal.


The bailiffs have granted permission for coasting on the Green st hill and on the hill near Col. Fuller’s, Canal street, and on Forest street down through Chapin, but not on Asylum hill.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Releases 1st CD

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Sanders Announces Fifth Annual State of the Union Essay Contest

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has launched his annual State of the Union essay contest. The contest is designed to engage Vermont’s high school students on the major issues facing the country.

The U.S. Constitution calls for the president to “give to the Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” As the president prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress next month, Sanders’ essay contest asks Vermont’s high school students to write an essay of 250 words to 500 words detailing their own view of the state of the union.


Limited Income? Increase Your Food Budget!

With the arrival of holidays and winter, many of us who have limited income are feeling the squeeze financially. Here's a way to stretch your budget: Get 3SquaresVT!

If you're eligible you'll get a payment card (it looks like a credit card) to use at grocery stores, convenience  stores, farmers markets and food co-ops. If everyone in the household is 65+, the 3SquaresVT benefits may be deposited directly into a bank account. Seniors also may use medical expenses as adjustment to income, which may help you qualify.


Goodbye To My Many Vermont Yankee Friends

As I continue to say goodbye to my many Vermont Yankee friends I have a heavy heart. I have followed IBrattleboro for a long time but I have not contributed - other than for an obituary - prior to today. Candidly, I believe I am in the minority in respect to my opinions as compared to most of you.That's okay as our differences are part of what makes us such an incredible community.

That said, during the past two months I have found myself in far too many conversations with departing Vermont Yankee employees. Most [ read almost all ] do not wish to leave. Many [ read most ] are in tears as they speak with me. Yes, some remain angry if not bitter. But that seems to have dissipated over the last 12 months or so. Universally they are simply sad to have to leave.


Booker T. Washington's Pencil

From today's Phoenix, December 15, 1899:

"Before the appearance of Booker T. Washington in the Auditorium a Brattleboro girl read that he always carried a lead pencil in his right hand when delivering an address. When he came up to the stage she looked for the pencil, and there it was.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 12/15/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 12/15/14

Monday, December 15, 2014

12:00 am Ethan Allen Homestead : The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley

1:40 am 2014 Statewide Housing Conference: Intro to Affordable Housing

3:00 am Dartmouth Lecture: The Coming Battles Over Social Security

4:20 am VT Historical Society: WWI with Barre Mayor John Gordon

5:10 am Ending Marijuana Prohibition: Should Vermont Lead or Follow?


Teaching with Technology Courses Start Jan 9 at Marlboro College's Graduate School

Here's our Marlboro courses that start Jan. 9th!

  • Making in Education. Intro and advanced. Fully online with in-person making. Instructor: Bryant Patten. UVM rate. More Info.

  • Online Collaborative Tools. Teaching the Google Generation.  Fully online. Instructor: Lucie deLaBruere. UVM rate. More Info.


I-91 Northbound To Close Monday Night for Pothole Repairs

I-91 Northbound between Exits 2 and 3 will be closed on Monday night, December 15th between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am to re-address pothole problems.

Cindy Cook
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.


Holiday Lights on Washington Street

Don't miss this great light display!

Holiday Lights on Washington St. video.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of December 14

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from holiday card mania:


Install a Toilet
Lonely and Want to Chat?
Chinese Translating


Wall Street Runs Washington, Sanders Says in Proposing to Break Up Big Banks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will introduce legislation to break up Wall Street megabanks that are using a bill before the Senate today to put taxpayers on the hook for the banks’ risky investments.

Sanders outlined the proposal as the Senate, in a rare Saturday session, prepared to take up a House-passed bill that would roll back a law limiting risky investments like those that caused the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed.


Bridge of the Year

Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridge awards, created in 2000, recognize the top projects in North America. Each year, nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, which determines the Top 10 list based on project challenges, impact to region and scope of work.

In 2014 the top bridge chosen by Roads and Bridges is the I-91 bridge in Brattleboro over the West River.

You can read the article here on Roads and Bridge's web site. Number 1 bridge

Roads and Bridges also made a site visit earlier in the year and produced a video that you can watch here.

Bridge video


WBA Names Daleys Community Leaders Of Year At Annual Holiday Party

The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) announced the Community Leader of the Year recipients during its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 11, at The New England House. The winners of this 4th annual award are Bill and Judy Daley, owners of the Vermont Country Deli as well as the associated, brand new Market next door.

After living for ten years in Central Vermont, the Daleys came to Brattleboro to purchase the ever-popular delicatessen in 2007. Bill grew up in Cleveland and met Judy, who grew up in Brattleboro, at Miami University (Ohio). She is the daughter of Sylvia and (the late) John Hunter who was president of the Vermont National Bank. Since buying the deli seven years ago, together the Daleys have made it thrive even more, adding many features including a quick-stop facility with extra parking next door.  The new market is in the process of becoming an official Vermont Ambassador Welcome Center, and will be adding an ATM in January. Both Bill and Judy work full time in their Deli.


Festive Fruitcake

This year, the Beard household is having a big, whiskey-soaked fruitcake. In years past I've made small fruitcakes, one pounders that were tasty and spirited, but this year it's a bundt cake. The small loaf is gone too fast!

We were a store-bought, tea-totalling fruitcake family growing up. Nobody liked them, and nobody ate them. When I began making them my opinion of fruitcake changed. I went to all lengths, soaking brown paper and wrapping it tightly, tying in cheesecloth and keeping in a pot, baking in a Bain Marie. To my relief, I've found that regular baking techniques work just fine. A standard spice cake recipe with alcohol-soaked fruit bakes up perfectly. I continue "feeding" the cake every other day until serving.


Important Changes Coming to Zoning and Subdivision Regulations

There are significant changes coming to the Brattleboro Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision Regulations. The changes will have significant impacts on property owners, land development patterns and Grand List values.

If such matters interest you, please get involved early. As time passes so does the ability to participate. Raising concerns after the ship has sailed is a fruitless tradition.

Meetings will held on the following dates:


Local Gas Prices

The other day I paid attention to gas prices along my route from Westminster to Newfane. DANG - what a difference a few miles can make!

For 87 octane, the price ranged from $2.679 (Circle K on Route 30 in Dummerston) to $2.829 (Allen Bros) to $2.959 (Putney Sunoco).

What have you noticed in town?


iBrattleboro Poll

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