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The first patient was admitted to the Vermont Asylum for the Insane


Cotillion Band formed


Just three months from the great fire of September the torch of the incendiary was lighted in our village. About half past eight o’clock, on Saturday evening, the large barn connected with the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, was discovered to be completely on fire. The next morning tracks were discovered in the snow leading from the north end of the barn up the banks, over fences, across roads, through woodlots and into the street where they were lost.


The village authorities have posted the usual seasonable notices requiring sidewalks to be kept clear of snow, and forbidding coasting, the leaving of teams upon street crossings, and the throwing of ashes on the highways. These notices have never amounted to anything heretofore, but we hope this winter to see them enforced; only, for the boys’ sake, we would suggest that one or more of the by-streets be set apart for coasting.


The formation of a musical society in this village is a subject that has been talked up considerably of late, and we are glad to learn that there is a prospect of having something more than talk.


Our merchants are preparing for the holiday trade. Keep watch of our advertising columns about these days if you would know where to purchase to best advantage.


The mild weather has continued for a week, and the sleighing is nearly spoiled.


We are promised a novel and highly artistic entertainment within the next fortnight, which will consist of a recitation of Longfellow’s beautiful historic poem, “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” interspersed with vocal and instrumental music, and illustrated by a powerful stereopticon.


Two Penobscot Indians from the Moosehead Lake region put in an appearance here Wednesday with a large quantity of articles deftly wrought by themselves in wicker and sweet grass. Their wares have had a lively sale in the town hall room opposite the post office.


Batchelder & Flint, proprietors of the candy store on Elliot street, have added a unique peanut roaster to their list of attractions.


I.R. Prouty, from Putney, has opened a cobbler’s shop in the basement of Mrs. Joy’s house on High street.


It is not probable that the Brattleboro society will hold a poultry show this season.


Meatman Barnes displays a handsome new sign this week.


The synchronized clocks have this week been placed in the Brooks House, at C.A. Tripp’s, Ranger & Thompson’s, Ross White’s and the Bliss House. The line to the Estey shops and Col. Fuller’s residence will be put in next week.


If one were to judge by appearances, and we can see no reason why he should not, there is practically no limit to the demand for Estey organs. The factories have been lighted evenings for weeks, and the familiar boxes containing organs have been going down Canal street to the depot with astonishing regularity and celerity.


Mr. McGillivray has received a large quantity of English holly, with abundant red berries, ready for the Christmas decorations.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, FY19 Revenue and Capital Discussed, and Happiness

Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags under 2.25 mil in thickness. It was the culmination of nearly a year-long effort of citizens and officials, and was adopted by a split-decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The Library plans to end late fees and fines. FY19 budget revenue, capital projects and purchases, a new step for alcohol license holders to comply with, abatement of some past due taxes, and happy moments were all part of this pre-Thanksgiving meeting.


Windham Regional Commission Seeks Input on Draft Energy Plan

The Windham Regional Commission looks for public comments as they develop the Regional Energy Plan with four public meetings in December and January. The meetings will be an opportunity for the public to come and learn about why the Regional Planning Commission is creating a Regional Energy Plan, what information is included in those plans, and what that means for towns. The attendees will be invited to express comments on the draft plan and, more broadly, on energy planning in our region.

The draft plan was developed with guidance from the Department of Public Service and the three Regional Planning Commissions who have completed their Energy Plans. The draft plan and background information can be found on the WRC website: http://www.windhamregional.org/energy/act-174-energy-planning.


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/20/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/20/17

Monday, November 20, 2017

12:05 am Bernie Sanders at Castleton College Fair October 14, 2017

1:15 am Gardening in the Off Season - Diseases and Pests of 2017

2:30 am For the Animals - VVSA Presents At Killington-Pico Rotary

3:00 am Spotlight On VT Issues - Freedom of Assembly


The Brattleboro Shop - Brattleboro Circus Gifts & Goodies

If you enjoy shopping online from home, be sure to visit The Brattleboro Shop and our collection of Brattleboro Circus souvenirs and gifts.

We’ve been steadily adding unique, exclusive Brattleboro circus artwork, such as these colorful, original Brattleboro circus posters celebrating circus arts. We have four in the series - Daring Trapeze, Spectacular Silks, Wondrous Wheels, and Astounding Aerialists. They are great for circus performers and fans alike, and you can customize sizes and styles.


Edison Phonograph

From Today's History, November 20, 1891:

"L.H. Barber has bought a large Edison phonograph of 40 cylinders. Fourteen persons can listen to its sounds at one time, and it can be fitted with a cone and entertainment given to a large audience. The phonograph will be open to the inspection of the public at some suitable place on Main
street next week."



Happy Thanksgiving Week Thank You to the #MeToo Movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

Happy Thanksgiving Week Thankyou to the #MeToo movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

USA TODAY - 2 days ago 

WASHINGTON — Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the “me too” movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections...


Gaeilge Gan Stró

Does anybody have a copy of the Irish Gaelic textbook Gaeilge Gan Stró – Beginners Level  they might want to sell?



VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, wings and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Nov. 20th - Nov. 24th

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg

Tues - fried chicken breast, baked potato, veg

Wed - lasagna w/ salad

Thur - closed

Fri - open from 1 pm - 9 pm, no lunch served


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 20 thru November 24

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 20 thru November 24

Nov. 20 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce


Garlic Bread

Jello w/Fruit


Piano Concert in Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. - Pianist Helen von Tiesenhausen will offer a concert at Main Street Arts Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.

Born in Odessa, Russia, Von Tiesenhausen left the country in 1943 with her mother, brother and grandparents due to World War II. Her father, an opera singer, had been taken to a Soviet forced-labor camp. The family eventually found refuge in Austria, where von Tiesenhausen continued the piano lessons she had begun at age five in Russia. She studied with Professor Honingen at The Mozarteum in Salzburg until leaving for America in 1949 at age 13.


Jazz Guitarists in Concert at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Draa Hobbs and John Stowell will bring The Jazz of Two Guitars to Main Street Arts Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Well known in the area, Hobbs will be joined by Stowell, who is an internationally recognized
performer, composer, author and lecturer who has toured widely both in this country and Canada, Europe and Australia. His “Through the Looking Glass” with bassist David Friesen was chosen Best Jazz Album of the Decade by the Los Angeles Examiner. He was also chosen as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition by Down Beat’s International Critics Poll in 1978 and 1979.


Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closings

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, and will be closed on Thursday, November 23. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. Parking will resume regular enforcement hours on Saturday, November 25. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling and composting WILL NOT be picked up on Thursday, November 23. Trash, recycling and composting normally picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Friday, November 24.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 21, 2017

A revised ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags will be taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. If there aren’t objections, a 2.25 mil bag limit will be adopted.

Much of the remaining meeting time is related to money. The board will get a monthly finance report and begin discussing revenues, capital, and capital projects in the FY2019 proposed budget. The million dollar fire truck under consideration as a capital purchase will be discussed in early December.

Some taxes will be abated, committee vacancies announced, and a new step for liquor license applicants will also be up for discussion. You can also bring up other items not already on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brooks Memorial Library Closed For the Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Library Community,

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, and we look forward to seeing you again on Friday, November 24th!

Happy Thanksgiving :)

~Your Library Staff


Public Forum: Strategies to Address Racial Disparities Within State Systems

There will be a public forum to discuss racial inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice system held here at Brooks Memorial Library. It is brought to you by the Root Social Justice Center, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. For more information, please click on this Facebook event link!


Ace in the Hole: Journalism Film Discussion Series Continues!

Journalism film series looks at the dark side of reporting Ace in the Hole’ examines fake news, ethics, and sensationalism, at the Latchis Theater, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4 pm.

 The history of journalism hasn’t always been honorable. It is littered with the stories of scoundrels willing to do anything for a story — anything at all.

Perhaps the best portrayal of an amoral, anything-for-a-scoop reporter is found in the filmic one-two punch that is Billy Wilder’s 1951 Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas.

 The Journalism Film Festival will show this witty yet brutal film at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.


The Stockwell Brothers Band at Mole Hill Theatre on Friday, November 17

Mole Hill Theatre presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


John McCutcheon at Next Stage on Sunday, November 19

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present folk singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, activist and author John McCutcheon at Next Stage on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 pm.

Folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man” (Washington Post), John is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.


Closing at 6 PM Tonight - Brooks Memorial Library

Dear Brattleboro Community,

Due to a scheduled electrical grid repair, we regretfully must close early this evening, at 6PM.
We will re-open tomorrow at 10 am unless further repairs to the grid are needed.

~Your Library Staff


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Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow