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We saw a squash, the other day, that weighed 50 lbs. 12 oz; 4 feet 10 inches in circumference. It was raised by Mr. George Sargeant.


Is it not time for our citizens to begin to talk about a Village Lyceum for the coming winter? Can an evening a week be spent more agreeably than in listening to a good Lecture of and interesting debate?


The publishers of the quarto edition of “Webster’s Dictionary, unabridged” - Messrs. George & Charles Merriam, Springfield - have presented a handsome bound copy to the Brattleboro Water Cure Institution.


A rare bird for these parts, Ardea Herodias, Great Heron was shot by Geo. B. Sargeant, last Tuesday at West River. It being destitute of the white plumage of the crown and the long pointed feathers of the back, shoulders and breast, it was a young bird, as they do not receive their whole plumage the first season.


Some of the citizens of this Village are taking measures to purchase land and fit it for a suitable and convenient place for holding Fairs. Grounds have been examined, terms obtained, and a subscription opened to raise the needed funds.


The sale of the Revere House was consumated, and Mr. H. E. Harris, the new landlord, took posession on Monday. G.H. Jefts, clerk for five years past, goes to the Brooks House.


As great efforts are now being made, in this centennial year, to introduce the metric system of measures, it is hoped that the schools of Vermont will not be far behindhand in the matter. It rests largely with them to effect a change from the old system of weights and measures to the new one.


The Brooks House balcony is being freshened and improved with a coat of paint.


Miss Abbie E. Fuller, 3 Estey street, has returned from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, where she has completed a musical course, and is ready to take pupils in piano, harmony, and theory of music.


Notes of the passing hours now peal forth from the belfry of the Canal street schoolhouse, the striking apparatus of the clock having been attached to the new bell. The strokes are heard in all parts of the village.


The Y.M.C.A. classes in physical instruction will begin work a week from next Tuesday under the direction of H.R. Horton. All who wish to have their measurements taken for suits are requested to give notice to Secretary Wilson at the rooms as soon as possible. The gymnasium has been given a new hard pine floor, a hand ball court has been fitted up, new apparatus has been added and the old apparatus has been repaired so that the facilities are now first class. The classes will be large.

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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: http://guydavis.brownpapertickets.com/.

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 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1990848


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.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

Restorative Justice

"Community ... is made from conflict as much as from cooperation; the capacity to resolve conflict is what gives social relations their sinew."  David Cayley, The Expanding Prison 1998 (quoting Nils Christie, "Conflicts as Property," 1977)

The next Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast is planned for Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

We plan to hear from and meet with Darah  Kehnemuyi, the new Executive Director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center.


Anyone Notice AT&T Cell Reception Worse On Route 30 North Of The Covered Bridge Recently?

Not that it's ever great along the Route 30 corridor, but suddenly my phone isn't picking up signals in places along there where signals had actually improved starting last winter.  Maybe a tower or minicell is malfunctioning?


This Thursday's West Brattleboro Association Meeting Canceled

Because of schedule conflicts for a great many of the regular West Brattleboro Association folks, the monthly meeting previously scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8th is canceled.

The next monthly WBA meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12th.  More info will follow as that day
draws nigh.


Brattleboro To Consider Purchase of Reformer Building for Police Station

The north end "mystery property" has been revealed. According to documents on the town web site, Brattleboro will be considering an option to purchase the Brattleboro Reformer's building at 62 Black Mountain Road to renovate as a police station.

The north end option would be secured initially through March 31 with a $20,000 payment. Total cost, if the town decides to make the purchase, would be just under $750,000. Total cost with renovations would be just over $4 million.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing options for going forward with the Police and Fire facility upgrades at their regular meeting Tuesday night.


Heat Pump Workshop Offered in Springfield, VT October 13

Do cold climate heat pumps make sense for you? Cold climate heat pumps have rapidly emerged as a promising technology for Vermont. Come to a workshop to learn about heat pump options for both hot water and space heating to see if they make sense for your home. This workshop will cover the latest in heat pump technologies, the relative economics of using heat pumps versus other fuel sources, successful case studies, and resources to help you. The workshop will be led by Matt Sargent, Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont. Heat pump distributors will be on-site to share information.


Brooks Memorial Library Restored Hours of Service

Good news! Thanks to the wonderful bequest by Ronald Read his year, the Board of Trustees are restoring Brooks Memorial Library hours open to what existed before the personnel budget reductions of 2010. Beginning Saturday, September 12, the library will be open 10 AM to 5 PM, and Thursday, September 17, the library's hours will be 10 AM to 6 PM.

Read more here - http://files.ctctcdn.com/eb13a4a9001/5490aea8-ce7c-416f-ab0e-a2af1b2ceb92.pdf


Brooks Memorial Library Change to Nonresident Fee

Nonresident library cardholders, thanks for your support! We hope you're finding more and more reasons to invest in a Brooks Memorial Library card, including lots of resources on our website, and the expanded Catamount Library Network collection of over 400,000 items.

On Sept. 1st, card fees changed to align with Brattleboro resident tax support: 6 months = $32, 1 year = $62, 2 years = $110. If you're not sure, check out the library value calculator and see if it still pays off. You might be surprised!


Masters of the Short Story Series at Brooks Library Oct 5 Ann Beattie's Park City

The Friends of BML & Vermont Country store are hosting the Vermont Humanities Council's Masters of the Short Story, a four-part reading-discussion series beginning Monday, October 5, at 7 PM. You will read great short story writers such as Beattie, Poe, Chekhov, and O'Connor. Discussions will be facilitated by long-time humanities scholar, Richard Wizansky. Ann Beattie's Park City will be the first in the series.

The first session of the series is Monday, October 5, at 7 PM, with a discussion of Ann Beattie's short stories,"Park City." The other sessions scheduled are:
November 2, "Selected Works" by Flannery O'Connor
November 30, "Five Great Stories" by Anton Chekov
December 7, "Poetry and Tales" by Edgar Allan Poe


Medieval Faire - October 10th - The Grammar School

On Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm, The Grammar School in Putney, Vermont, will transform our campus into a medieval village once again as we host our annual Medieval Faire. This event has been a family favorite for more than 25 years!

Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a joust with medieval riding games. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market and watch extravagant entertainment, including live music and a puppet show. You can even be knighted by the King himself!


Vermonter Derails

"The news" is reporting that the Vermonter, our Amtrak connection, derailed about near Northfield/Roxbury, VT, 10 miles or so south of Montpelier. Minor injuries, no fatalities reported. 98 people on board. Brattleboro rescue folks going to help.


Bowman To Take On New Role as BMH Community Resource Liaison

Steven R. Gordon, President and CEO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced today that Joan Bowman has assumed a new role as BMH’s Community Resource Liaison.

Bowman, who has been at BMH since September of 2013 as the Health Care Navigator with the BMH Community Health Team, will now be assuming additional responsibilities guiding patients through BMH’s new provider-based billing system for Medicaid and Medicare patients and ensuring that eligible patients have access to financial assistance. In her expanded role as Community Resource Liaison, Bowman will work with the Hospital and Physician Practices staff to ensure that all patients have access to health insurance, know how to utilize their insurance, and understand what services are available to them. She will provide assistance to patients and their families in filling out insurance enrollment forms, applying for aid, and enrollment in BMH’s patient portal.


Guilford Center Stage Debuts with Comedy This Weekend

Tourists Accommodated, a 1932 comedy by Vermont author Dorothy Canfield Fisher, will be performed Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10 at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  Both shows are at 7:00 pm and by general admission of $9 at the door.

The play is the inaugural production of newly-formed Guilford Center Stage, sponsored by the Grange to encourage the use of its stage.  The goal of the project’s founders, Laura Lawson Tucker and Don McLean — who directs this production — is to perform plays which would likely not otherwise be staged in the area: works related to the Guilford area and to Vermont, neglected and new works, and pieces which fit the small, but charming venue.  


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