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All persons wishing to purchase tickets to cross the Connecticut River Bridge the year ensuing, are requested to call on Dr. Chas. Chapin, Treasurer of the Corporation, at the dwelling house of Asa Sherwin, in Hinsdale, on Saturday the 27th day of Dec. inst., where he will attend to the issuing the same. A punctual attendance is requested.


The annual meeting of the Village of Brattleboro was held at the Town Hall on Monday evening last. The act of incorporation passed at the recent session of the Legislature was accepted by nearly a unanimous vote. On motion, it was voted that the Bailiffs be empowered to build a reservoir on Cemetery Hill, of a capacity of about 100 hogsheads, provided they are assured that water will be furnished free of expense to the village.


An argument for woman suffrage - the scandalous talk and behavior at the village meeting Monday evening.


Esteyville people make serious complaint of the danger which threatens foot-passengers on the approach to the iron bridge at the east end through the lack of a guard rail. They say that a single misstep in the dark would give one a dangerous tumble down the steep bank; and they say the authorities say, “It is of no consequence; the town is not liable for damages.”


Announcement of marriage of Mary Howe and William J. Lavin in Cleveland, Ohio.


Mr. Combs is now getting his cigar box business established on Elliot street. Emma Tooley, an expert box maker, comes here from Shelburne Falls to work for him.


Tomorrow is the date of C.P. Gibson’s large auction, when 25 horses, 50 sleighs, and immense stock of harnesses and $500 worth of whips, robes, etc. will be struck off to the highest bidder at the Elliot street stables.


Four carloads of spruce trees, to be shipped to the cities for Christmas use, were brought down on the narrow gauge train Wednesday.


A fire was started in the attic of the S.A. Smith & Co., factory Monday by the overturning of a lantern. The blaze was quickly subdued with the Hydrosal extinguisher.


After the death of President Dowley of the Vermont National bank no memorandum of the combination to unlock one of the compartments in one of the steel safes inside the bank vault could be found. Two expert workmen were sent to remove the door.


Gift of laboratory equipment to the Hospital by Harold W. Mason


Bill Haley married Dorothy "Dottie" Crowe in Brattleboro, Vermont.


Ice storm cuts power and causes much damage in areas of higher elevation surrounding Brattleboro.

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The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally at Next Stage

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present “The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally” at Next Stage on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm.

Seven-time All-Ireland accordion champion and Narada recording artist John Whelan teams up with roots band
Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest of traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and America. Alongside uptempo jigs and reels will be lesser-known Christmas carols and wintry classics, featuring two fiddles, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass and lush, layered vocals. This diverse and energetic show brings the generations together for a fresh new take on roots music from both sides of the pond.


Sandglass Theater's Crankie Celebration

PUTNEY- A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become popular again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. This December Sandglass Theater is holding a crankie fundraising celebration with events including performances, a crankie building workshop and an online auction of crankies built by local artists.


This year is the fourth annual weekend of crankie performances at Sandglass Theater. Crankies! includes performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell.


Poetry Discussion Group in Putney

Join us for the monthly Poetry Discussion Group Saturday, 2 December 2017, 12-2 p.m. at Antidote Books, 120 Main St, Putney. Free off-street parking is available for your convenience.

The group meets on the first Saturday of each month to read and discuss the work of a poet. Copies of the poems are provided. Admission is free, and the discussion is open to all; no experience or preparation necessary. These casual discussions are a great way to expand your knowledge of and appreciation for poetry. As a bonus, you’ll have a chance to browse the shelves at the area’s newest bookstore.

The poet for December is Lucille Clifton. Come and help us choose next month’s poet.


47th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless

Brattleboro, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) invites singers and music lovers in the Tri-State region to start their holiday season at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, with the 47th annual Community Messiah Sing, a benefit for the homeless. Centre Congregational Church, at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro, has been home for the Sing since 1982 and for a few prior seasons as well.

Kenneth Olsson is conducting, and though new to this role at the Sing, is well known in the region as a performer in opera and musical theater productions as well as pianist, organist, and choral conductor. He has led FOMAG's season-opening Guilford Festival Orchestra since 2012.


VTC Nursing Program Welcomes All to an Open House on Friday, Dec. 1, 4-6 PM

November 27, 2017

BRATTLEBORO—Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program, Southeast Region, located in Brattleboro, will hold an Open House on Friday, December 1, 4-6 PM. It will be held on the second floor of the Brooks House on Main Street (between Main Street and the Harmony Parking lot). Nursing faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the program and offer tours of the facilities.

Many people walking on Main Street in Brattleboro are often unaware of the hard-working instructors and student nurses just above them in the Brooks House, who represent only a part of the over 400 faculty, staff and students who make up the Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program. Brattleboro, along with Springfield, VT and Keene, NH,  represents the Southeast Region Campus, one of five regional campuses with nine different locations across the entire state of Vermont. Vermont Tech offers a one-year Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate, a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing plus an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.


Photos With Santa: Paws For Prevention Fundraiser

Do you own a pet?

A dog, a cat, a duck, a rat?

A bird, a frog,

an iguana, a hog ?

Come to Achille Agway next Saturday December 2nd anytime from 9 am to 2 pm and get a picture of you, your family, your pet, and Santa. (Ok, it might be BAPC staffer Scott Kaltenbaugh in a Santa suit, but Fifi probably won't be able to tell.)


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Brattleboro Area Hospice To Host Second Annual Holiday Benefit Shopping Extravaganza in Downtown Brattleboro

On Friday, December 1st from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and then again on Saturday December 2nd from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Holiday shopping extravaganza in the Brooks House Atrium on the corner of High and Main Streets in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

In addition to great shopping, Friday evening will feature live music by The Moondogs and sweet treats compliments of Brattleboro Area Hospice volunteers and Board of Directors. Not only will the merchandise be unique and eclectic, the experience will be enchanting. We encourage one and all to drop by and browse! We’re sure you’ll find the perfect something for a special someone.


Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (By statute, must be a legal voter of the Town)
Honor Roll
Inspector of Lumber, Singles & Wood
Planning Commission


Brattleboro Selectboard and Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Please note that the Board will discuss a portion of the FY19 Proposed Budget which is a separate document and can be found on the homepage of the Town’s website under “News” and on the Selectboard page under “Draft Minutes and Supporting Documents.” ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED agenda)


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/27/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/27/17

Monday, November 27, 2017

3:00 am Spotlight On VT Issues - Freedom of Assembly

4:30 am The World Fusion Show - Ep 10 - Aliya Cycon

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Tuesday News Show 11/14/17

5:30 am BCTV Open Studio - 2017 Putney Craft Tour

6:00 am Havana Fairfax Connection - Hilario Duran


Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu November 27 thru December 1

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 27 thru December 1

Nov. 27 - Hot Pulled Pork Sandwich

Sweet Potato




VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, wings and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Nov. 27th - Dec. 1st

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - ham, baked potato, & veg
Wed - chicken marsala w/ noodles & veg
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ biscuit


Conmen! Scoundrels! Rogues! How to Research Colorful Characters and Write Their Stories

On Wednesday, November 29 at 7 PM, Brooks Memorial Library will host a presentation about conmen who made their fortunes and furthered their careers by coming to Brattleboro and working their magic art. Rolf Parker, a free-lance writer and local historian, will tell their stories and share tips and techniques for doing your own research and story-telling. Come learn how your work can become part of the Peoples, Places and the History of Words Project! It is funded by an NEH “Creating Humanities Communities” grant.



According to Bernie Sanders, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao7iC9b5Mk0)

Three people in America today own more wealth than the bottom HALF of the American people.

 (Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffet)

What do they need so much wealth for?

They can’t live long enough to spend it all.


Brattleboro Thanksgiving Dinner?

There is usually a free public Thanksgiving dinner somewhere in town.

In the past it has been held at the River Garden.

I have heard it would be at St. Michael's this year, but there are 2 St. Michael's.

Does anybody know:

  • If
  • Where
  • and When it will be???


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro-West Arts Presents 17 Artists, 4 Days

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: For the fourth year in a row, the art and crafts of Brattleboro-West Arts will make their way eastward for a downtown exhibit and sale, but this year’s event will feature an additional day of shopping, as well as delicious food and live music.

Titled simply 17 Artists, 4 Days, the show in the public event space at 118 Elliot St. will offer pieces ranging from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass.
The 2017 show will open a day earlier than in past years, with a Thursday, Nov. 30, reception offering snacks and a cash bar provided by Whetstone Ciderworks from 5 to 8 p.m.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, FY19 Revenue and Capital Discussed, and Happiness

Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags under 2.25 mil in thickness. It was the culmination of nearly a year-long effort of citizens and officials, and was adopted by a split-decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The Library plans to end late fees and fines. FY19 budget revenue, capital projects and purchases, a new step for alcohol license holders to comply with, abatement of some past due taxes, and happy moments were all part of this pre-Thanksgiving meeting.


Windham Regional Commission Seeks Input on Draft Energy Plan

The Windham Regional Commission looks for public comments as they develop the Regional Energy Plan with four public meetings in December and January. The meetings will be an opportunity for the public to come and learn about why the Regional Planning Commission is creating a Regional Energy Plan, what information is included in those plans, and what that means for towns. The attendees will be invited to express comments on the draft plan and, more broadly, on energy planning in our region.

The draft plan was developed with guidance from the Department of Public Service and the three Regional Planning Commissions who have completed their Energy Plans. The draft plan and background information can be found on the WRC website: http://www.windhamregional.org/energy/act-174-energy-planning.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow