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Quinces. 20 Bushels of Connecticut Quinces just received and for sale by Hall & Townsley.


Brattleboro had its first experience of the wonders of the Bell telephone last Thursday evening, when Mr. A. C. Harvey of St. Johnsbury was in town with several instruments, which he exhibited by attaching them to the wires of the amateur telegraph company, one of the instruments being placed in Chamberlain’s hat store and the other in Tripp’s jewelry store. Their operation was witnessed and listened to by a large number of citizens. It is probable that one or more parties in the village will rent sets of this telephone and put them into practical operation.


R. G. Hardie, jr., has just completed a fine crayon portrait of Col. J. J. Estey, made entirely from sittings. The general treatment of the subject is skillful and satisfactory, and we regard it as one of the best things that we have seen yet from Hardie’s easel.


Mrs. Livingstone gives her lecture on “Superfluous Women” at Crosby hall on Tuesday evening of next week.


Brattleboro people waked up on Wednesday morning to find the ground white with snow and a cold, raw storm of snow and rain prevailing. The hills were white throughout the day.


Scales for weighing cars and freight are being put in near the north end of the station platform — in a place, we are sorry to say, which doesn’t indicate that we are to hope for any betterment in the arrangement of the station approaches. The scales are chiefly for the use of the narrow gauge road.


I. B. Thorn has sold his half-interest in the drug store to his brother, E. C. Thorn. The change is made because the sale of hop and burdock tonic and cough cure has increased to such an extent that Mr. I. B. Thorn deems it essential that he should devote his whole time to that part of the business.


The Mather place, containing 50 acres of land, situated one half mile beyond the West village, has been bought of Seneca Howe and son for a town farm. The buildings consist of a two-story house and barn, both slated. It is a very desirable place and will give ample room for the support of the town poor. The price paid is $3250.


We refuse absolutely to repeat the remarks about the condition of the street crossings which the letter carriers have made to us the past week. They are all good boys, and if they grew profane when they saw the mud half-way up to their knees they were excusable and it will never be set against them as a sin.


J. E. Jacobs has sold his tea and grocery store to his two clerks, H. C. Clisbee and Frank Reed, who took possession on Monday. Mr. Jacobs has built up an excellent trade and retires only because he finds the confinement too sever for his health. He retains his county tea trade and will keep his teams on the road as usual.


The formal installation of the Rev. Mr. Phalen as pastor of the Unitarian society will take place next Wednesday evening. Rev. S. J. Barrows, editor of the Christian Register, Boston, will preach the sermon. The services will begin at 7:30 and the public are invited.


The trustees of the Brooks library have instructed a committee to expend an amount not exceeding $600 from the Brooks memorial fund for the purchase of new books of standard value.


Sylvanus Fox returned Monday from Rutland, where he has spent several weeks in the house of correction.


A Burlington Communications technician (VY’s siren vendor) inadvertently activated all 37 sirens in the emergency planning zone, causing many to wonder if they should evacuate.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 17th


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.

Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:
-On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 1 & 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.
-On Wednesday, October 26th, I-91 Southbound will be closed between Exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.


The New King of Thailand

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has become the new King of Thailand, succeeding the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In the late 1980's and early 1990's I was working at Capital Children's Museum in DC and one of the exhibits we built was in conjunction with the government of Thailand. We filled a room the size of about three or four classrooms with examples of Thai art, architecture, food, music, language, costume, etc. and the Thai government helped out with money, artifacts and crafts, and even helped construct small buildings.


Watch the U.S. Senate Debate Live, Sit in the Audience in Burlington, Vermont!

Oct. 13th and I go outside and find one of my campaign signs has been stolen.

Yesterday, I painted a new one; but I do miss the confiscated one, it was entirely a different design.

The new sign says, "1776 - 1936 Marijuana was Legal."

Vermonters! Watch the U.S. Senate candidates live, sit in the audience Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25

Election Forum at Channel 17 Town Meeting TV in Burlington's Old North End, Tuesday October 18th @ 5:25


Act 46 Community Forum at Oak Grove School

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 Community Forum at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Oak Grove School.


Grove Street, Municipal Center Access - Temporary Closure

Grove Street - Temporary Road Closure

On Monday, October 17, and again on Tuesday October 18, a portion of Grove Street, between #45 Grove and #51 Grove will be closed to through traffic between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm. The Brattleboro Department of Public Works will be tapping a water main under Grove Street and installing a new 8” water line from Grove to the Brattleboro Municipal Center in preparation for the upcoming replacement/upgrade of the fire sprinkler system. At this time it is expected that the Grove Street Closure will last only on Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18. In addition, Grove Street will again be closed on Wednesday, October 26, and Thursday October 27, between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm to repave the affected portion of Grove Street.


BDCC/SeVEDS Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 27, 2016) – Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation on behalf to the Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies accepted an award for Excellence in Economic Development for its 2016 project in the category of implementing a Multi-Year Economic Development Program from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 27, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 25-28, in Cleveland, OH.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.



Fittingly enough, it was during this election cycle my mother received her dementia diagnosis. Thanks to her stroke, she’s moved fairly quickly through the levels, like a pro-gamer unlocking ever more complex realms of challenge. When she was unable to feed herself or attend to hygiene, memory care became inevitable. My periodic visits have become studies in both specific and general cognitive atrophe, in addition to whatever else it is when a son becomes the elder to his parent.

As a way of holding on to the rail when the seas get rough, I have begun to look at the memory care facility, and mental disability, in an anthropological light. I’m always on the look out, in my mother’s case, to see what parts of personality persist, and which patterns remain as a kind of behavioral bedrock. Observing which of her symptomatic responses were there all along in nascent form. Seeing her surrounded by her ‘peers’, each with their own expeditions underway, it forces me to wonder about the so-called sanity of us all.


Education or Politics?

I noticed this letter from Andy Davis in the Commons. He makes interesting points about a town appointment that may not be very transparent, which of course raises questions.


Golden Eagle Spotted Over Brattleboro

12:30p.m. immature Golden Eagle spotted making wide unflapping circles from Conn. River to over Elliot Street. New yard bird! 



Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

Town offices are closed on Monday, October 10, 2016.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.


Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. This meeting is in addition to the regular meeting being held on October 11.

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


BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/10/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/10/16

Monday, October 10, 2016

12:00 am Moby Dick Series - Pt2

1:00 am War on Terror Retrospective: Vice Admiral Costello

2:05 am Woodstock Digital Media Fest: E-Team

2:42 am Express Fluency: Latin with Justin Bailey Part 1 of 3

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:15 am Senior Moments: Alzheimer's Disease Pt 2


Brattleboro Celebrates First Indigenous Peoples Day

It's not often that something happens that cries out to be corrected and then, in a matter of days, it is.  I'm not talking about Vermont's GMO law either (which Congress mooted within the month) – no, I'm talking about Indigenous Peoples Day which has been proposed, here and elsewhere, as a less racist and more fair alternative to traditional Columbus Day.  Unfortunately, honoring native American people was not something the Selectboard could get its collective mind around and Indigenous Peoples Day lost here in Brattleboro by a vote of 2-3.  But just when you thought all was lost, along comes Governor Shumlin with a state-wide proclamation of Indigenous Peoples Day, signed, sealed, and delivered.  What do you know, we get to celebrate Indigenous People's Day after


Next WBA Meeting on Thursday, October 13th at Hayes Court Community Room

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 6:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and recent chicken barbecue, members of the association will get and give updates on various topics including the status of the welcome letter initiative, the Neighborhoods Fund progress, and recent economic development which includes a report on BizUp and West B commercial spaces.

Notification of hearings to abutters, an ongoing issue, with be taken up at the Association’s meeting on November 10th.


Hillary Laughed "We Came He Died" While a Bombed Million Demonstrated for Their Beloved Hero Gadaffi

As Sec. of State Clinton oversaw US wars for regime change that continue in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, and now threatens Russia and China. Her opponent says enough. (US regime change wars from Greece, Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Laos, Guatemala, Congo, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Cuba, Panama, Ethiopia Somalia, S. Sudan, Grenada, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen.)


Media Bias

Once again, the NY Times has been unfair to The Donald, by reporting the facts.

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Mr. Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Mr. Trump then elaborated and added, “Grab them by the pussy.”

"I apologize if anyone was offended," Trump. (One of those "if anyone was offended" apologies: as though he does not actually admit that he did anything wrong, except that in the eye of the beholder it might have been interpreted as offensive.)


To the Parents of the Children I Nearly Killed Tonight

Hey, y'know what time of the year it is?


This means it gets dark out..

This means when your children* are dressed in dark colors I can't see them, especially when there's lots of traffic coming the other way with their headlights on, and your children are standing by the side of the road where there's no streetlight.

Now, obviously your children are not maimed or dead - EVEN THOUGH THEY DARTED INTO THE ROAD - because my headlights picked up their movement at the last possible second.


VFW Lunch Specials 10-10 to 10-14

The Brattleboro VFW is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon. - Fri. from 11:30 am - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - open faced hot pork sandwich w/ gravy & veg.
Tues - ham steak w/ homemade mac & cheese
Wed - beef stroganoff w/ noodles & veg
Thur - stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438 for a reservation. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.


Weekend Creativity Series - Storyboarding

Storyboarding was developed to a high art form by Walt Disney and his team of artists. He found that by arranging little drawings that correspond to all key points in an animated script, he and his animators could pre-visualize a cartoon before making it.

This was important for two reasons. One - animation was time consuming and expensive, and the better it was planned in advance, costs could be kept under control. Having a frame by frame guide to what should be done helped keep everyone on track and within budget (more or less.)


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