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Legislature incorporates “The Windham Provident Institution for Savings” - an Institution, the want of which has been long felt among us, and the object of which is to provide a method of enabling the industrious and economical to invest such a portion of their property as they can conveniently spare, in such a manner that will afford both security and profit.


Throughout the community the minds of the people were saddened at the event of John Brown’s execution. Some of the more enthusiastic opponents of slavery proposed the tolling of the bells, which sort of manifestation of public sympathy was not sufficiently extensive to be practical. The Buchanan democracy in this region held their jubilations, and manifested their great glee at the execution.


Annual town expenses for the previous year, $1147.87.


Rather than go home at night in the dark, as they did two years ago, Brattleboro people now pay $1,000 a year for street lights.


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “Hard Times.”


To defray the expenses of the current year - estimated at about $7,000 - it was voted to lay a tax of 40 cents on the dollar of the grand list.


J.W. Goodner, stenographer of J. Estey & Co., will form a class in short-hand at the reform club reading room tomorrow evening.


The present week has given us the perfection of winter weather. The sleighing in all parts of the county is reported as “never better.” On Thursday morning the mercury marked 8 to 17 degrees below zero.


Mr. Knowlton already finds it an unprofitable business competing with the railroad. He is looking toward a transfer of the mails to the railroad. This, of course, would involve a discontinuance of his stage line.


Dairy Maids’ Festival at the rink Dec. 15. Over 50 dairy maids in the march.


Some of the wide awake young men are again moving for the erection of a toboggan slide for Brattleboro. Mr. Crowell offers the free use of his land in the rear of Forest square and those who have investigated the matter think the most available way is to start the slide from the top of “burnt hill” and trestle from toward the foot on to the meadow. Brattleboro is pretty sure to have its share of “winter sports” after the modern fashion this year.


Mr. Barrett had his electric lights in operation last night and the experiment seems likely to prove a success.


Miss Florence Goodenough has recently put on the market a High school calendar of her own design. It contains reproductions of pen drawings of the High school building and its interior.


W. H. Childs has recently given the Brattleboro High school his collection of valuable meteorological instruments, so that the High school in now better equipped in this line than any other school in the state.

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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: How William Carlos Williams Changed Poetry

UVM professor Huck Gutman will look at the work and legacy of poet William Carlos Williams in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 7 at 7 pm. His talk, “William Carlos Williams: America’s Most Revolutionary Twentieth Century Poet,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Gutman’s talk will consider how Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.

Huck Gutman is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, and in modern poetry in translation. A former Chair of the English Department, he has twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written or edited four books, and has been a regular political columnist for major newspapers abroad.  He has returned to teaching at UVM after six years in Washington, where he served as Chief of Staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.


Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale

Don't miss the 11th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale! It will be held Thursday and Friday, December 1st & 2nd, from 10am-6pm, and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am-2 pm. What better place to find a gift for the holidays?


This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous

This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 5th


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.


Bagels and Blocks - A Drop In Playgroup

Make new friends while having fun with your child!

Brattleboro Area Jewish Communityis excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play.


Town School Vote December 13

Wednesday December 7, is the last day for Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney residents to register to vote at the Special Town School District vote to be held on Tuesday, December 13.

If you are currently registered to vote in the town where you reside, you do not need to register again.


River Gallery School to Take Artists to Mexico in February

The River Gallery School will take artists in search of inspiration and sunshine to Mexico in February on a tour led by instructor Mary Giammarino. The trip will be based in Oaxaca and run from February 4 to 11, 2017.

In the mornings, the tour will introduce participants to the sights of southern Mexico, with daily instruction in oils, water colors and pastels by the trip’s resident art instructor. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to exploring the small city’s many galleries, workshops and art museums, not to mention the excellent cuisine.

Brattleboro’s River Gallery School has previously run artist tours to Italy and Spain.


Ukulele-in-a-Day, This Sunday, Almost Sold Out

Take a break from the news, and holiday chaos this Sunday. Come immerse yourself in learning all the basics of playing the ukulele, in this one-day workshop for beginners.

Last workshop sold out, and this one is almost full. Ukuleles available to rent, or to purchase at class. No musical background needed. Sunday, Dec. 4, 10-3. Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT.


Act 46 Study Committee Community Forum Warnings Guilford, Dummerston, Putney, Brattleboro

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 Public Information Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Guilford Central School.


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes


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 meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY18 Department of Public Works Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting to continue their discussion of the proposed FY2018 town budget. In the very short meeting we learned of two big announcements - a first mention of a $2 million DPW facility being pencilled in as a placeholder in the 2021 budget, and news that Brattleboro’s downtown crosswalks and intersections would be cleared of snow by the DPW this winter.


Fake News Isn't The Problem. We Are For Falling For It.

Fake news isn’t the ailment. It’s the symptom.

The problem is education. We’ve tolerated a slow slide in the quality of education over the last few decades, leaving many of our fellow citizens without the basic skills required to participate in or understand the world around them, making them vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection.

Combine that with a dizzying array of media choices and some intentional confusion injected into the system and you have a recipe for poor decision making at multiple levels. At the very least, it leaves a substantial portion of the population at the whim of whatever rumors float their way.


Wet Wednesday?

Today is “Giving Tuesday”.  It follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”.

What will tomorrow be?


Sock the Homeless! BAJC Winter Sock Drive

Sock a homeless person today! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is running their first annual sock drive for the homeless this winter. Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item to the homeless in the winter months? Many of us don't take the time to think about homeless people walking all day, but for the most part that is exactly what they do. It’s cold outside. They need socks.

Socks will be given out each month when BAJC serves dinner at the overflow shelter. Socks will be distributed through April of 2017.


Darol Anger, Tony Trischka & Emy Phelps Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Darol Anger’s 5th Annual Keepin' It In The Fam Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. In addition to fiddler Darol Anger, the concert features banjoist Tony Trischka, singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, bassist Ethan Jodziewicz and guitarist Grant Gordy.

To celebrate the holidays, Darol Anger and Emy Phelps have gathered some of the country's best string musicians for an evening of mythical, magical, musical mayhem. The multigenerational musical experience focuses on the spirit of midwinter and the turning of the year. Anger has a long history of organizing holiday shows, from Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts through Newgrange to Yulegrass, and his old friend and musical colleague, banjo genius Tony Trischka, will be on board as this year’s very most special guest. Bassist and Edgar Meyer protege Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull) and guitar wizard Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet) round out the band.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to December 2


November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato




Movie Monday in December

December Showings


December 5th – 10:00 am

Starring: George Burns, John Denver

December 12th – 10:00 am

Starring: Bill Murry, Karon Allen


BCTV Schedules For Week of 11/28/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/28/16

Monday, November 28, 2016

12:00 am How Professionals Think: Circus Smirkus' Rob Mermin 

1:50 am Norwich Bookstore: Archer Mayor 10/19/16 

2:40 am VTRANS Bd Public Forum on Passenger & Freight Trains 11/19/16 

4:30 am Vote for VT: Visiting Nurses Association 


West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party Is December 8th

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op community room.

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


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