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Law Notice: The subscribers have formed a Copartnership as Attorneys At Law. Asa Keyes, Royall Tyler, Brattleboro, October 1839.


Pay a Part. We are under the necessity of saying to those indebted to us whose obligations are due, that we must have a part — if it is not convenient to pay the whole. Hall & Townsley.


Wanted. In exchange for Stoves, 500 bushels of Jackson, Shenango and Peachblow potatoes. J. H. & W. H. Esterbrook.


Cash Or Flour Paid For Poultry. Dried Apple, Barley, Potatoes, Butter, &c. Crosby, Chandler & Co.


Retting’s old building at the corner of High and Green streets is to be raised two feet and a new front of 16 1/2 feet added, bringing it out on a line with his furniture building. A wing will be built, connecting it with the latter, and giving increased accommodations for his business. The old building will be mostly used for tenements.


Some of our singers are making a move for the formation of a singing class to meet this winter under the instruction of a first class teacher from abroad.


Messrs. J. Estey & Co. are extending their gas mains to High and Oak streets.


The Mrs. General Tom Thumb company, which has been well spoken of wherever it has appeared in this state, will hold the boards at the town hall tomorrow afternoon and evening.


The third floor of the jelly company’s building on Flat street is being fitted up for the use of Thorn & Willis for the hop and burdock tonic and extract business.


Gas lights are being put in on Harris place, Cedar, Elliot and organ streets, at places not sufficiently lighted by the electric lights.


C. E. Allen’s success with chrysanthemums last year evidently encouraged him to greater exertions this year and he now has five houses filled with the plants which are just coming into bloom, and cutting of the flowers in quantities will begin next week and continue for about two months.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

Discover the joy, ease, and sweetness of playing the ukulele in this 1-day quick-start intensive for beginners. Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

At the PEAK of Vermont foliage season, in the center of picturesque, charmingly quirky Putney, VT. Sunday, October 23, 10-5.


What Really Matters

You are invited to experience a real treat: an evening of music with Chiho Kaneko, in Brattleboro next Wednesday evening at 118 Elliot Street. Chiho has sung in Brattleboro for the past few years, after her presentations and slide shows about returning to her home near Fukushima.

"What Really Matters" -- An Evening of Music and Reflections

Presented by Chiho Kaneko, soprano
with Peter Beardsley, harpsichord/piano


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 10th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, October 10th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:
On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 2 & 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.


Ode to Oxycontin, Upon Breaking Two Arms

On Healing Two Arms

The bones demand many naps
and I deny them not a thing.
But napping leads to dreamland
where Startle-man is King.

Boulders fall in his catacombs,
boards fly through his walls,
his bears tear holes in canvas tents,
and his horses kick through stalls.


Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at Next Stage on Friday, October 7

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Americana/folk quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at Next Stage on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 pm. Blurring the boundaries of American roots music, the New England based band covers everything from bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, from old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock - all infused with their signature lush vocals, supple grooves, and most of all, joyous and generous spirit.


Brattleboro Columbus Day Closings

In observance of Columbus Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 9 and 10, 2016. All other violations will be enforced.


Seasonal Overflow Shelter Set to Open at First Baptist Church

BRATTLEBORO - Groundworks Collaborative will be coordinating this year’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter (SOS) in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street. The shelter - open each winter from early-November through the end of April - provides a safe and warm place to stay for individuals experiencing homelessness during the winter season. Dinner is provided on a nightly basis.

Groundworks is committed to providing the Overflow Shelter every winter, and is currently entering into the tenth season, however this will be the last year located at the First Baptist Church. According to Groundworks Collaborative’s Executive Director Josh Davis, the organization has “struggled for the past two years with finding a permanent home for the shelter within the downtown footprint, particularly after deciding this past summer not to pursue a project planned for 39 Frost Street.”


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Shoots Down Native People's Day, & Does Long Term Planning

Given a chance to make a statement in favor of Native People’s Day, the Brattleboro Selectboard decided 3-2 that there may be some reasonable opposition to the idea in the community and felt it would be better to have signatures be collected to put the matter before voters or Representative Town Meeting members at a later date. Next Monday officially remains Columbus Day in Brattleboro.

The selectboard also heard much about long term plans for the town, from the review of town operations to financial plans, plans for downtown studies, police and fire facility plans, and more.


Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 1: Meet The Town Manager

Brattleboro's Town Manager Peter Elwell has graciously agreed to a series of three interviews about himself, towns in general, and the future of Brattleboro. In this first installment, we ask about growing up in Brattleboro, his time away from Brattleboro, and his return to his home town.

Tell us about growing up in Brattleboro...

I had a happy “normal” childhood. So happy that no matter where else I ever lived, Brattleboro was always “home.” There were dozens of kids in my neighborhood (including my 3 older sisters) and we had friends all over town. We rode our bikes everywhere. Although it was the 1970s, it had the feel of an earlier era. In the summers and on weekends, we would leave home in the morning and go out and about, usually with just the admonition to “be back by dark.”

We played a lot of sports, usually in synch with whatever professional sports season was active at that time and only rarely organized by adults. On summer evenings, we played “cops and robbers” (a large scale game of hide+seek played by teams) throughout all the yards (and some of the garages) in our neighborhood. I walked to Green Street School and rode the bus to the junior high (now BAMS) and BUHS.

Those of us who were growing up here at that time definitely had a sense that the Town was changing, becoming more diverse and more artsy, but we were mostly focused on the things any other kids in other settings would focus on … school, friends, music, sports, etc.


Eclectic Folk Tour Comes to Brattleboro

Songcrafters Brenna Sahatjian and Adhamh Roland play at The Root October 27

Folk artists Adhamh Roland from Western, MA and Brenna Sahatjian from Portland, OR are joining forces for a Northeastern US tour this fall, rolling through Brattleboro on October 27. Roland and Sahatjian performed together for several years as part of the Riotfolk Collective, a national collective of folksinger, activists and organizers. 


West Brattleboro Chicken BBQ October 8th

The West Brattleboro Association and the West Brattleboro First Congregational Church are co-sponsoring a chicken barbeque on Saturday, October 8th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until it's all gone.  Plan to get to the event in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro in plenty of time to enjoy the chicken and fixin's.  

The WBA will be supplying and cooking the chickens and the Church will be supplying the baked beans and coleslaw.  The chicken only will cost $7 and the full meal $10.  The Church will also be supplying baked goods.

Proceeds from the BBQ help defray the expense of the projects undertaken by the West Brattleboro Association and by the First Congregational Church.


Guilford Comedy This Weekend

Guilford Center Stage concludes its second season with A Battle of Wits by Vermont scenic artist and showman, Charles W. Henry.   The 4-act comedy-melodrama will be performed this coming weekend, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 7 & 8, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at:  guilfordstage.bpt.me  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Random Robot Round-Up Fall 2016

Time for another random robot round-up, in which we take another snapshot of the progress of our future friends and overlords.

Each of the following is a specific robot in development, but that’s not the best way to think about these things. It’s better to think of each of these studies as part of a greater whole. That is, anything one of them can do now, all can potentially be capable of in the future. Keep that in mind as you read about monkey-controlled robot armies, flaming ping pong balls, and soft micro robots.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/3/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/3/16

Monday, October 3, 2016

12:00 am Brattleboro Stands in Solidarity with Standing Rock - Rally 9/13/16

1:00 am 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow

2:44 am 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow pt2

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:25 am Everything Enigma


My Beautiful Aleppo

Beautiful Aleppo with your

generous people who welcomed

me into your homes, fed me dates

and tea as we laughed together.


My ancient Aleppo that I would wander

through in the early morning, safe and

secure, drinking coffee and eating sweets.


Mr. First Lady

If Hillary Clinton is elected, America will have broken a glass ceiling with their choice of the first female president.

Her husband will have broken a different glass ceiling. Since the beginning of our country, no man has been allowed to become First Lady.

This historic event will send a message to the world that men, too, can be a hostess to diplomats and world leaders at special dinners.


Two Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitations

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Weekend Creativity Series - Dremel Tool and Bits

Having the right tools for a creative undertaking makes it easier to express yourself. You aren’t fighting to make the hammer take out a screw, or trying to get watercolors to stick to plastic.

One multi-purpose tool that is useful for all sorts of crafts, hobbies and projects is a Dremel rotary tool. They come in a few varieties, and there are a wide array of bits and attachments that can be found for just about any purpose you might have in mind.


VFW Lunch Specials 10-3 to 10-7

Mon - meatloaf sandwich w/ French fries
Tues - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs and salad
Wed - cheese tortellini w/ chicken & broccoli
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ sweet potato fries

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.

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.


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