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Wanted, 500 children, to braid Palm Leaf, notch braid, by E.W. Prouty


The examination of the Village High School under the charge of Mr. Bacon on Monday last, was very satisfactory. The pupils did themselves and their teacher much credit. Their recitations showed their own industry and their teachers faithfulness.


J. Estey & Company becomes incorporated as the Estey Organ Company: Jacob Estey, president; Levi K. Fuller, vice-president, and Julius J. Estey, secretary and treasurer.


J. Estey & Co. have laid a gas main from their works on Western avenue for the supply of people desiring to introduce gas into their dwellings.


Bills of the new “People’s National Bank” are already in circulation.


Knowlton has reduced his stage fares to a point just inside the railroad rates, and seems determined to give the narrow gauge a lively competition.


The blacksmiths have had a lively and, no doubt, a thankful Thanksgiving this week. The cold weather and icy ways have given them a regular “drive” of shoeing and sharpening,


The asylum family celebrated Thanksgiving in true New England style yesterday, with a dinner which comprised all the essentials and accessories of the annual feast, and wound up the day’s festivities with a dance in the gymnasium, which also opened the winter’s entertainment course.


Mr. E.S. Charlier was in town last week making arrangements for the sale of some additional building lots from the lower side of the Chalier estate. Prof. and Mrs. Charlier are to leave New York very soon to spend the winter in northern Africa.


H.M. Burke, the well-known livery man, has put in a large stock of new sleighs, both single and double, which he will be glad to show to intending buyers in Brattleboro and vicinity.


There will be a butterfly supper at the Universalist church next Thursday evening.


The Thanksgiving social at the Congregational church, Tuesday evening, was unusually well-attended by grown folks as well as children, and nearly every one present brought something which would help make a Thanksgiving dinner. There were turkeys and chickens in good number and almost everything in the line of vegetables and fruits. All of these articles will be distributed among the worthy poor throughout the town and in this way much good will be done.


The Brattleboro Women’s Club contributed a handsome, daintily dressed “Mary Howe” doll to the exhibition of the international collection of dolls.


The first one of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories, appears in the place of honor in the Christmas number of St. Nicholas which was issued yesterday. It is the story of how the whale got its tiny throat


A gavel which is being made at the Estey organ factories by George A. Hines for the Brattleboro chapter of the society of Daughters of the American Revolution will be, when completed, a valuable souvenir. The materials is a piece of wood which was formerly a part of the old court house at Westminster. The gavel will be elaborately carved and will be mounted with silver.


Nearly 100 couples attended the Thanksgiving dance held in the armory Wednesday evening, by the Estey Guard.


BUHS band marches in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 18, 2014

Numerous opportunities for public comment exist at the next regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting. Attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street to offer comment on plans to improve Western Avenue for bike riders and pedestrians in West Brattleboro, or to weigh in on the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust plans to rehab local buildings.

You can join the discussion of a large scale district heating plan, plans to get a grant to do brownfield studies in town, applications for special event permits, town finances, staffing levels, or anything else not on the agenda during Public Participation.

Watch it all on BCTV as it happens, then read about and discuss the meeting here after.


Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:00pm at 528 Goodenough Road. It is anticipated that the Committee will enter into executive session at 6:00pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

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


Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 17 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 17 in the WRCC Conference Room. RE: WRCC Budget


Jonathan Edwards, Lisa McCormick, The Stockwell Brothers at Next Stage on Sunday, November 16

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present veteran folk/rock icon Jonathan Edwards plus singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick and newgrass/contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers at Next Stage on Sunday, November 16 at 7:30 pm. Southern Vermont-based Lisa and brothers Bruce, Barry and Alan have toured with Jonathan in the past, and will again add their voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass to "Sunshine," Shanty" and a handful of his other hit songs.


Author Martha Moravec on "Magnificent Obesity"

Join local author, Martha Moravec, for a reading and discussion of her new book, Magnificent Obesity, on Wednesday, November 12, at 7 PM. Magnificent Obesity depicts one woman’s effort to look honestly and compassionately at her obesity through a kaleidoscopic lens of anxiety disorder, addictive behavior, agnosticism and the onset of aging.

Her conviction that it’s never too late to grow up, that it is possible to feel born again at any age and that there is no expiration date on dreams will inspire anyone who yearns to rewrite their story and take their own magnificent leap into a life lived with passion, purpose and authentic power. 


Bridge Street Closing To Repair Guardrail

Bridge Street at the Route 119 Bridge to New Hampshire will have temporary road closures on Thursday, November 13, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. The road will be closed at times to expedite replacement of the damaged guardrail at the entrance to the bridge. During these closures, there will be no through vehicle traffic but pedestrians will still be able to access the sidewalk across the bridge. The Brattleboro Police Department will be on site during this project to ensure traffic flow; emergency vehicles will have access to the road to Hinsdale.


Brattleboro Family Medicine Welcomes New Providers

BMH Physician Group announced that Amanda J. Hepler, MD and Jeff Meckling, PA-C, have joined Brattleboro Family Medicine and are accepting patients.

A graduate of Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Dr. Hepler served her family medicine residency at Latrobe Family Medicine in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Screwball Comedies at Brooks Library

Come in out of the gray and add a little sunshine and laughter to your day with a screwball comedy film! Free! At Brooks Library at 2 pm today, November 12th

Sponsored by the Brattleboro Film Festival and Brooks Memorial Library, this is the last film in the free film series of nine Hollywood classic screwball comedies from Tinseltown’s Golden Era. Brattleboro Film Festival Advisory Board member Tim Metcalfe and journalist Tom Bedell will host post-screening discussions in the library’s Meeting Room.  


Congressional Panel to Probe Generic Drug Price Hikes

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced today that a Senate panel he chairs will hold a hearing next week to explore why the costs of certain generic drugs are skyrocketing. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who has worked with Sanders on this issue, will take part in the Nov. 20 hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.

Price hikes for generic drugs also reportedly have come under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Justice. Subpoenas recently were issued to two generic drug makers seeking information about their interactions with competitors, The Wall Street Journal disclosed on Monday.


Chairman Sanders on Veterans Day

BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 10 – U.S. Senate Veterans’ Affairs’ Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement on Tuesday’s observance of Veterans Day:

“The truth is that we can never truly repay the debt that we owe to those men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our country. Since World War II, more than 500,000 Americans have lost their lives in war. Millions more have come home wounded in body and spirit. As a nation, we have a moral obligation to provide for the wounded and their families and ensure that all veterans receive every benefit they have earned and deserve.


Marijuana - The Endocannabinoid System in Our Bodies

This Marijuana Resolve episode was the first Skype webcast that BCTV did.  There are occasional lapses in Clint Werner’s responses. Video link.  Mins: 29:57
also on YouTube.

To learn from Clint Werner, a preventive medicine expert, about the incredible benefits of human consumption of marijuana and how the endocannabinoid system in our bodies act as natural therapeutics to help protect us from cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and other disease.


The Vermont Jazz Center's Emerging Artist Series: S.E. Charles Quartet and Integriti Reeves

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes two treasured alumni to perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on November 15th at 8:00 PM as part of their Emerging Artist Series. After years of study and performance, vocalists Sarah Elizabeth Charles and Integriti Reeves have risen from dedicated students to seasoned professionals and in doing so have cultivated respect from peers and professionals throughout the national jazz scene.

When Integriti and Sarah Elizabeth began their studies with Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton at the VJC’s summer jazz workshop about 10 years ago, the seeds of their commitment, self-discipline, diligent effort and abundant talent were already bearing fruit. Both have recently completed their academic training and are currently “in the trenches,” teaching, recording and confidently performing at some of jazz’s most prestigious venues. Their hard work has paid off and “now is the time” for them to develop recognition amongst a wider public.


Three Headed Dog

A central aspect of being a surfer is getting innundated with weather reports. If ever a group had its eyes on big storms and ’watershed events' it’s the children of waves.  And the buzz now is zonkers over superstorm Nuri in the Northern Pacific. Nuri's impact as a typhoon is starting to lessen, but nonetheless the Explosive Cyclogenesis (aka weather bomb) is charted as the most powerful event of its kind, ever.

Nuri began as a low pressure incident just off Guam a few days before Halloween, now over Alaska, soon to wreak its wreckage over the lower 48. 


Sanders Calls on FCC to Guarantee Open Internet, Welcomes Support from President Obama on Net Neutrality

BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 10 – Welcoming President Barack Obama’s support for net neutrality, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect free and open access to the Internet.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders said the commission should act decisively. “As you know, President Barack Obama has made a strong statement on net neutrality and the importance of preserving a free and open Internet. I strongly agree with him and so do the American people,” Sanders wrote to Wheeler.


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