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“Jack Frost” paid us a substantial and lingering visit Tuesday evening. He cut short the frail thread by which the life of vines cling to life, and nipped many unprotected fruits. This visit inaugurates the short reign of variegated foliage, and is the sure monitor warning us that the summer is past, the harvest ready for garnering, and winter approaching with stealthy but rapid steps.


Business at Brattleboro banks remains unaffected by the money panic.


Work on the Brattleboro section of the West River road was finished last week.


A new concrete walk is being laid in front of the Baptist church and parsonage, also one in front of Retting’s buildings, on High Street.


Mr. S. N. Herrick, who has been suffering this week for a state of delirious excitement, subsequent to a low and feverish condition brought on by overwork and undue exposure, is now improving.


Sherman & Jenne have sold one of Mrs. Stoddard’s houses on Pearl street to Charles L. Cobb for $2000.


Mr. Crowell is planning to build two more cottages this fall, beside the one already erected, on Laurel street, north of Forest square.


The railroad crossing gate has been put in place and is in operation. We hope it will stop some of the swearing about affairs in the railroad yard, and the cause of it also.


The Wells fountain, which has been set up during the last week, adds, as was expected, a rare piece of artistic work to the attractions, natural and otherwise, of our town. It is Italian in style and finish, and the like is rarely seen on this side of the water.


Every member of the fire department, 103 in all, have been supplied with a new badge, selected by Chief Engineer Sanders. The old badges were heavy and clumsy and most of the members had discarded them. The new badges are of uniform size and design, the pattern being a shield surmounted by an eagle, and the pin is locked automatically. The names and numbers designating the different companies are in black. The new badges are very beat and attractive.

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Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Selection Committee Meeting at Latchis

The Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Selection Committee will meet on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00am at the Latchis Theatre on Main Street.

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


Feed Me!

A greedy raccoon steals cat food and then demands MORE by banging on a glass door with a rock.

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Youth Services' Battle of the Bands Seeks Musicians 20 and Under

Youth Battle of Bands Held During November Gallery Walk at River Garden

Brattleboro, VT--Area youth bands can launch their musical careers by competing at Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands at the River Garden on Friday, November 6, during Gallery Walk night, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and vote for their favorite group with their applause, according to organizers. In addition to the audience and youth judges, several individuals from both the recording and music industry will help choose the top band.

“Youth Services’ Battle of the Bands celebrates the entrepreneurial nature of young musicians forming bands and expressing their musical inspiration,” said Russell Bradbury-Carlin, the agency’s Executive Director.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 20

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, September 27 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open. Sunday closures will continue through October to manage leaf-peeping traffic.


Please see above re Sunday closures of Exit 3 on ramps.

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.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 24 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Sandglass Theater's Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival is in Full Swing!

Following last weekend’s jam-packed three days of parades, puppet shows, and gala celebrations, the festival continues for another weekend of world-class entertainment for all ages, engaging public dialogues, and much more.

This Friday evening at New England Youth Theater, Sandglass Theater will perform the final local showing of D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks, their multiple-award-winning production based upon stories written collaboratively by groups of people with late-stage dementia. At Sandglass Theater, Kimi Maeda will present Bend, a performance drawn in sand that addresses issues of war, memory, home, and trans-cultural identity.


Electric Vehicle Fair October 3

Are you thinking about buying or leasing an electric car, scooter, or bicycle, or interested in learning about the benefits of EV ownership? Come to the second annual Electric Vehicle Fair on Saturday, October 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. A wide range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, along with electric-assisted bikes, cargo bikes and electric scooters will be on display, with many available for test rides. Electric vehicle owners and local dealers will be on hand to answer questions, and table displays will provide information on electric vehicles. At 2:30 pm, local bike enthusiast Dave Cohen will offer a talk on the benefits of electric and cargo bikes.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Are Essential Municipal Center Repairs Worth It?

The Brattleboro Selectboard began a preliminary discussion of the future of the Municipal Center, somewhat unintentionally, while discussing necessary repairs to bring the building up to current fire safety codes. It began with John Allen questioning the large investment in the structure, meandered through talk of responsibility and stewardship, and ended with a plan to spend the necessary funds one way or another.

Parking ordinance changes were approved. Most of the rest of the evening involved discussions of money. 


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Jazz Mini Fest w/ Jamie Baum, Steve Wilson, and Rebecca Holtz

VJC KICKS OFF 2015 – 2016 Concert Season with Jazz Mini-Fest from September 18th to 20th

The Vermont Jazz Center is kicking off its new season of concerts with a bang, presenting a three-night Fall Festival from September 18 through the 20th.

On Friday (September 18th) the VJC presents renowned flutist, Jamie Baum and her Septet +. They will be performing Indian and Pakistani-influenced music filtered through Baum’s keen jazz aesthetic. On Saturday night (September 19th) Steve Wilson—claimed by NPR to be “one of the finest saxophonists in the business”—will present his quartet, Wilsonian’s Grain, in a concert celebrating the release of their new CD: “Live in New York, the Village Vanguard Session.” On Sunday (September 20th) at 4:00 PM vocalist Rebecca Holtz will pull out all the stops by hosting a CD release party in a benefit for the scholarship programs for the VJC and NECCA. All events will take place at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, Vermont.


What If UNICEF's Djokovic-Novak Said Survivors of US Bombings Deserve Justice and the Guilty Punished?

What a bombshell it was when Martin Luther King called his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world!" - large bold headlines in every newspaper all around the world. Now, nearly a half century later, and tens of millions of additional innocent human beings, a third of them children, slaughtered to protect the super wealthy's mostly white capitalism, as it continues profitable exploitation of all humanity, what If a few world famous celebrities listened to their conscience and spoke up as King did?


Summer's Almost Gone

Just out of curiousity, I'm wondering how many people actually got to have some real vacation in their Summer.

Did you get away? Even long weekends count. Have a "Staycation"? They don't count. I'm talking about the real, pack a bag and get out of the house and away from our everyday life sort of break.


BS&L Introduces New Branch to the North End with 'Brattorama' Game

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – To celebrate its new solar-powered branch on Putney Road, Brattleboro Savings & Loan has launched Brattorama, a community-based game that charges area residents with collecting game pieces from various businesses to win prizes, now through Wednesday, Sept. 23.

The new location in Black Mountain Square on Putney Road, Brattleboro opened on Monday, Aug. 31, and is the latest entirely solar-powered bank branch operated by BS&L, which became the first completely solar-powered bank in Vermont earlier this year.


Green Mountain Book Award Skype Series at Brooks Memorial Library

This fall, the Brooks Memorial Library will be hosting a number of book talks with Green Mountain Book Award authors. The Green Mountain Book Award (GMBA) is the Vermont Reader's Choice Award for grades 9-12. Most teens in high school in Vermont are encouraged to read some of the books on the nominated list in their classes at school.

The first of these Skype talks will be held on September 28 @ 6:30 on the third floor meeting room in the library. This talk will be with author Andrew Smith about his book "Winger."Andrew Smith is an award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed "Grasshopper Jungle" and his Green Mountain Nominated Book, "Winger." His most recent book, "Alex Crow," is the ninth novel he has published. Andrew Smith lives in Southern California.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 13


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.

Route 30

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/14/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/14/15 

Monday, September 14, 2015

12:00 am First Vermonumental Soil Carbon Climate Summit

1:55 am Health in Aging: My Five Wishes Program

3:30 am WCEDP Funding Workshop 1: Letter of Intent 8/24/15

4:50 am Brown Bag Concert Series - The Stockwell Brothers

6:00 am Common Good VT: VCF Food & Farm Initiative


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 14 to September 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 14 to September 18


September 14 Tuna Fish Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Tomato Bisque w/Crackers

Cole Slaw

Fruited Jello


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of September 13

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a celebration of the New Year:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Hand Readings
Homeschooling Support
Therapeutic Yoga
Support for Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers
Therapeutic Massage


Weekend Creativity Series: Lynda Barry

We’ve done music, we’ve done comedy. It’s time to get creative and intelligent, so I’m shifting my weekend series once again. (Any of you are more than welcome to take over the music or comedy at any time. I bequeath them...)

To kick things off, here’s a presentation by one of my favorite cartoonist, writer, and “accidental professor” Lynda Barry.


In Support of Panda North

A variation of my letter shown below appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer on Thursday. I was responding to a local resident calling for a boycott of Panda North. I would like to ask my friends and neighbors to show support for this fine family-owned restaurant whose owners and staff have been respectful of us and served us for 27 years, and have not been "disrespectful" as the previous letter-writer had suggested. These folks should not suffer because of mis-information.

Please continue to patronize Panda North ... after more than a quarter-century here, they deserve our support.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 15, 2015

The next phase of Municipal Center repairs will get some attention at the next regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will have a second hearing and approval of parking ordinance changes, examine some financial reports for the year and month, and will do their utmost to protect you, dear citizens, from terrorists in our midst with the approval of a mobile data terminal for a police car.

All this and more. Watch on BCTV and read about it here.


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