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Birth of Richard Morris Hunt, the architect.


On Monday next the winter arrangement in the running time of the Railroads in this vicinity goes into effect. The working time of the employees on the Valley railroad has been diminished one fourth, and their pay made to correspond.


That any individual or corporation should be so obtuse as to suppose the commendable injunction, “Take Time by the forelock,” is to be answered by the mere setting forward of the clock, is hard to be understood. We call for a remedy - a convention of time-keepers, a compromise, anything.


Great exhibition at the town hall Saturday. Two panoramas, comprising 10,00 feet of canvas, with views of New York City and the Chicago fire, all to be seen for 25 cents.


Nast’s lecture on Monday evening was quite humorous and entertaining, fully equalling our expectations. His characteristic off-hand sketches illustrative of his subject were so numerous as to form in reality the bulk of the lecture.


The dwelling house of Mrs. Johanna Keane, on the lane west of Elliot street, has been sold to Patrick Leahey, for $1070.


Hawley has been in the New York market again this week and bought another big lot of cloaks.


Messrs. Batchelder & Flint, candy manufacturers, open their store in Market block tomorrow.


We have never known any speech or public utterance of any kind in Brattleboro to be more universally condemned than has been W.H. Alexander’s brutal and uncalled for attack on Edward Crosby at last Monday’s meeting. It has come to be a practically settled thing that whenever the town, village, or school district get together to transact business the time is monopolized by some buffoon while intelligent self-respecting men hold their peace.


The contemplated repairs and improvements on the Episcopal church have begun.


Mary Howe is to make her first appearance in New York on the 25th of November.


A very fine painting of Josephine, Imperatice de France, owned by Judge Shea, is now on exhibition in Clapp & Jones’s window.


The report that Mr. Geo. E. Crowell had sold the Household caused a general surprise in the business community. Advances were made to Mr. Crowell for its purchase some four or five years ago, but they were declined.


Shipments of apples from the local railroad station have kept up the average to about four cars a day since two weeks last Monday. Total shipments thus far amount to 12,000 to 14,000 barrels.


The Brattleboro Retreat’s fine herd of cattle got stranded on the island at the north end of the Retreat meadow Tuesday and were obliged to remain there overnight.


Snowflakes were floating in the air at intervals Tuesday.

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Dog Eat Dog - "And To You It Shall Be For Food"

Several times a year the Vatican has children release and let fly white doves over the crowds in St. Peter’s Square as signs of peace. During one such release the horrified crowds witnessed a mid-air attack by a hungry crow and seagull when they killed the pope’s blessed doves.

To prevent this brutal contraindication of papal peace, the Swiss Guard acquired a female Harris Hawk with a four-foot wingspan. Like Michael armed with a sword in his hand, the hawkeyed bird of prey perches at the ready to slay these winged dragons who dare to publicly eat the holy symbols of peace.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of October 26

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 an organized space:


Interior Design & Organization
Music Tutorials: Guitar, Harmonica and Banjo
Houskeeping or Organizing Help.
Offering Respite for Elders
Avocado Trees
Audio Cable To Trade


Brattleboro Retreat Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of LGBT Program w/Benefit Boston Gay Men's Chorus Benefit Concert Live at The Latchis

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Performs Live at the Latchis -Fundraiser for Brattleboro Retreat’s LGBT Program - Draws Attention to Celebrating Our Differences

BRATTLEBORO, VT—The Brattleboro Retreat presents the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Live at the Latchis (Brattleboro) on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm. In this first-ever performance in Brattleboro and rare performance in Vermont, the event will raise funds for the Retreat’s program serving Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) individuals.


5:45 Live: 10/24/14

- Summary: Plenty of big headlines in this late October episode with footage from the board's long awaited new town manager hire, new content emerging from Keene's Pumpkin Festival riots as well as press conference quotes from NH's top officials as they look for answers, plus new interviews in the Fairpoint workers strike story, and much much more.


Representative to U.S. Congress Debate on Vermont PBS with all Six Candidates! Rare Democracy!

The majority of the candidates for Representative to Congress are opposed to a natural gas pipeline running underneath Lake Champlain in Vermont.   Matthew Andrews, Liberty Union Party candidate, announced good news of an upcoming Protest, and the majority of candidates clapped their hands in applause.

"Pirate Captain Cris Ericson" announced that because the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an Opinion declaring that Corporations are "persons" and because the U.S. Congress did not Impeach them, which the U.S. Congress had the legal right to do, then, that proved the U.S. Congress is in favor of Corporations being "persons" and she - Pirate Captain Cris Ericson, was going to "take back" America away from the control of Corporations and  give it back to We, the People.  She wore a Pirate hat to emphasize her point.


Weekend Concert Series: Bernie Worrell Orchestra

Time for some magical keyboard playing by master funkateer Bernie Worrell. This show has him playing in Minneapolis with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra, touring after a release of an album of jazz standards.

This show mixes his classics with these new interpretations, and is quite the hour and half of musicianship.

In addition to seeing him with P-Funk many times, I had the pleasure of seeing Bernie play in Boston at the Middle East as a solo artist. It was an embarrassingly small crowd for someone of his musical stature, but he played as if his life depended on it and we were treated to an excellent small show.


VY Siren Test November 1st

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 the VT Yankee Nuclear Power Plant will be conducting the annual test of the warning sirens in all EPZ towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The sirens will be activated at 12 noon and will sound for a full three (3) minutes.

Please direct any questions to Mark Gilmore, VT Yankee at 802-258-4168.

-Town Manager's Office


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Citizen Police Communications Committee will meet on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Sierra Hull & Highway 111 at Next Stage on Sunday, October 26

Twilight Music and Next Stage Arts Project present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111 at Next Stage on Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm.

Sierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians. Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss. A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series. She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.


Peter Elwell - Brattleboro's New Town Manager

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And then try one more time.

Such was the unintentional but rewarding path the Brattleboro Selectboard embarked upon almost 16 months ago in a search for a new Town Manager. Along the way, multiple searches were undertaken as selected candidates declined to take the offered position.

The searching has come to an end with a signed contract between the Town of Brattleboro and Peter Elwell, the current Town Manager of Palm Beach, FL being executed Thursday evening by the Selectboard.

Selectboard Chair David Gartenstein said that Elwell has the experience, perspective, vision, and attention to detail that the job requires. Elwell was in town for interviews last Friday and Monday.


Qigong for Healing and Living Fully

with Thomas Garbarino, Lic.Ac, M.Ac.

You are your best healer! Come learn how each and everyone of us is born with the innate gift to heal ourselves. In this half-day intensive, you will experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body’s innate healing ability while deepening your capacity to relax and enjoy your life more completely. Participants will leave with a renewed and empowered sense of health and well-being. All are welcome; no experience required.


I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Possible Pile Driving This Weekend

Due to this week’s inclement weather, we may need to drive pile Saturday at Bridge 8 adjacent to Upper Dummerston. We understand that the noise from the pile driving may affect people in the area. Unfortunately, this is a situation we cannot avoid because of equipment availability limitations. We will wait until 9:00 AM to begin driving operations. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 26 - Road Closure

Upper Dummerston Road Closure Update: October 29th 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Based on weather forecasts, the closure of Upper Dummerston Road has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 29th, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM to allow work on the new bridge that will span Upper Dummerston Road. If this closure needs to be rescheduled due to weather, we will inform stakeholders a minimum of 72 hours in advance after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed.


New Poll Results for VT U.S. Congress Candidates & Information for Thursday Oct. 23 VT U.S. Congress Debate

New POLL statistics for  candidates for  U.S. Representative to Congress  Oct. 22, 2014. Please keep in mind that the Republican and Democrat candidate have been invited to many debates which the other candidates were wrongfully excluded from. This is how corporations have taken control of America, because Corporations control newspapers, radio stations and television stations, and they only invite candidates who will do their bidding in Washington, D.C. to debates. It's up to you to chose betewen government of, by and for the  Corporate "Person", or government of, by and for we the people.


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