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All persons wishing to purchase tickets to cross the Connecticut River Bridge the year ensuing, are requested to call on Dr. Chas. Chapin, Treasurer of the Corporation, at the dwelling house of Asa Sherwin, in Hinsdale, on Saturday the 27th day of Dec. inst., where he will attend to the issuing the same. A punctual attendance is requested.


The annual meeting of the Village of Brattleboro was held at the Town Hall on Monday evening last. The act of incorporation passed at the recent session of the Legislature was accepted by nearly a unanimous vote. On motion, it was voted that the Bailiffs be empowered to build a reservoir on Cemetery Hill, of a capacity of about 100 hogsheads, provided they are assured that water will be furnished free of expense to the village.


An argument for woman suffrage - the scandalous talk and behavior at the village meeting Monday evening.


Esteyville people make serious complaint of the danger which threatens foot-passengers on the approach to the iron bridge at the east end through the lack of a guard rail. They say that a single misstep in the dark would give one a dangerous tumble down the steep bank; and they say the authorities say, “It is of no consequence; the town is not liable for damages.”


Announcement of marriage of Mary Howe and William J. Lavin in Cleveland, Ohio.


Mr. Combs is now getting his cigar box business established on Elliot street. Emma Tooley, an expert box maker, comes here from Shelburne Falls to work for him.


Tomorrow is the date of C.P. Gibson’s large auction, when 25 horses, 50 sleighs, and immense stock of harnesses and $500 worth of whips, robes, etc. will be struck off to the highest bidder at the Elliot street stables.


Four carloads of spruce trees, to be shipped to the cities for Christmas use, were brought down on the narrow gauge train Wednesday.


A fire was started in the attic of the S.A. Smith & Co., factory Monday by the overturning of a lantern. The blaze was quickly subdued with the Hydrosal extinguisher.


After the death of President Dowley of the Vermont National bank no memorandum of the combination to unlock one of the compartments in one of the steel safes inside the bank vault could be found. Two expert workmen were sent to remove the door.


Gift of laboratory equipment to the Hospital by Harold W. Mason


Bill Haley married Dorothy "Dottie" Crowe in Brattleboro, Vermont.


Ice storm cuts power and causes much damage in areas of higher elevation surrounding Brattleboro.

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The Brattleboro Shop - Watches and Clock Faces

Continuing our tour through the online Brattleboro Shop, let me introduce you to some one-of-a-kind watches featuring familiar Brattleboro clock faces. There are also a few fine accessories here you might find useful. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to leave your house to do some shopping.

The most iconic Brattleboro clock faces are on Main Street, and we’ve spent some time recreating both the Main Street clock and the Centre Congregationalist Church clock faces for you.


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/13/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/13/17

Monday, November 13, 2017

12:25 am Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts - MGFA presents: GennaRose Nethercott

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - News & Burlington Pride Center

2:30 am Refugee Outreach Club Fundraiser with a Performance by Sabouyouma

4:30 am The World Fusion Show - Season 1, Ep 9 - Todd Roach


"Encourage Yourself!" Montpelier Community Gospel Choir to Perform Concerts in Barre and Montpelier

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, an ecumenical choir with members from all over Vermont, invites the community to attend two special evenings of celebration at the choir’s annual December concerts. The choir is dedicated to singing gospel music in the African-American tradition, as well as music by composers inspired by that tradition. MCGC shares a common desire to celebrate and honor this rich native choral heritage, and its power to move us spiritually and to create a profound sense of community. The choir honors the many thousands of singers who brought this music to us through unspeakable hardship and faith. Accompanied by a full band of local professional musicians, the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir is led by John Harrison, artistic director.


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 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, wings and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Nov. 13th - Nov. 17th

Mon - creamed chipped beef over toast w/ veg

Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ french fries or onion rings

Wed - hot dogs, chili, baked beans & coleslaw

Thur - turkey dinner

Fri - beer battered haddock w/ french fries


ACWC's Spring 2018 Creative Forums Series: Sneak Peek!

2018 Creative Forums Series

Nourishing the Inner Artist: Ongoing Conversations About Art & Creativity
*We will provide more details about tickets and other events/activities associated with these forums will be announced as the March 8 Kick-Off approaches.

*If you are interested in volunteering and/or joining the forums e-mail list, please contact Shanta Lee Gander at shantavns@gmail.com.


Celebrate Life, The War that Never Was, at Everyone's Books and ArtRageous


The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the
Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya has just been released and availble
at books stores.  Readings/ performances
and book signings are being schedule.

Books, CDS, of Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida, Thirst - A novella, and Journal of the Plague can be had at your local bookstore Everyone's Books and ArtRageous Gallery in Brattleboro.  

 Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio. 
http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9  - Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life


Neil Taylor's Insight of Courage and Grace

Neil Taylor’s life


by his courage,

dignity and

insight to

a more profound



Court Rules In Favor of West River Trail Group

The public has rights, under a "prescriptive easement," to use a portion of the West River Trail in Dummerston, according to a ruling issued on Wed., Nov. 9 by Judge John W. Valente of the Windham County Superior Court.

The ruling also established that the non-profit group Friends of the West River Trail owns title to a two-acre disputed parcel of land including the trail itself, located at the Rice Farm Road end of the trail in Dummerston.

At that location, Melvin L. Mayo, the owner of several parcels of land along Rice Farm Road, had erected barriers intended to prevent use of the trail. In a judgment issued as part of his decision, Valente ordered that Mayo is "enjoined from interfering with the public's use of the railbed [the trail] for recreational purposes." 

Further, he ruled that "members of the public may remove all fencing, debris, barriers, or signs discouraging use of the railbed in a fashion consistent with the terms of the easement." 


Thank You For Your Service. Please Work For peace


I had my veterans for peace hat on and a
young man came by and said,
“Thank you for your service, sir.”
And he shook my hand.

“Thank you.” I said. “But
can you do me a favor?”

He seemed surprised, but
quickly said, “Yes, sir.”


Firefighters Benefit Association Bingo!

Bingo for the Brattleboro Firefighters Benefit Association Sunday, November 19th at the Brattleboro VFW Post #1034.

Doors open at 11 am, and games start at 1 pm.

No outside food or drinks allowed, but food and drink will be available for purchase.

Pre-buy packets are $35, which includes regular games of 12 faces, one each of the specials, and one u-pick-em. Jackpot game and additional cards are bought separately that Sunday.

Regular game payouts of $75 and $100 to a single winner.

Register for $35 pre-buy by calling the VFW at 802-257-0438. Admission at the door will be $40 if you do not register in advance.


Brattleboro Senior Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 13 thru November 17


Nov. 13 - French Meat Pie

Stewed Tomatoes




Brattleboro Taxes Due

The second installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 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.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center. NOTE: new time and location.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Elio Villafranca's Jass Syncopators


Cuban Pianist Elio Villafranca to explore the intertwined histories of Latin rhythm and the American Jazz Tradition at the Vermont Jazz Center on November 18th

On November 18th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center
welcomes to its stage Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators. The group
includes Cuban musician Villafranca, piano; Freddie Hendrix, trumpet; Vincent
Herring, saxophone; Peter Slavov, bass; Dion Parson, drums and Gabo Lugo on
barril (percussion). They will be joined by dancer Julia Loiza Gutierrez-Rivera. Elio Villafranca is a Steinway Artist and a member of the faculty at Julliard School of Music.

In this project, Villafranca fuses early jazz, Ellington-influenced writing, and bebop with the syncopations of the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Haiti. Villafranca asserts that the rhythms and forms of Caribbean music directly informed the nascent sounds of the jazz developing in New Orleans during the beginning of the 20th century.


Book Bag Sale at Brooks Memorial Library - Zappa Quote

These great book bags are $10 each. Just ask for one at the desk!


What Happens Next After 46 Vote?

Now that the 46 proposal has been defeated by all 4 towns voting, can we get some discussion & info about what happens next?  I kept hearing that if it was turned down "the state will impose" a plan on the towns.  But I also know there's some sort of alternative group that has apparently already been meeting and is now maybe gearing up to provide an alternative proposal to the state before whatever the deadline is for that.

There have been a number of e-mails back & forth among Guilford citizens today.  My sense is that the alternative initiative is more active in other towns, not so much in Guilford, and I think people here are eager to know about this.

Thanks, Don


Into The Woods Opens at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – A journey through childhood fairy tales – with a twist – is the theme of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods,” which opens Friday, Nov. 10 at Main Street Arts for a two-weekend run.

The music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine weave together the plots of old favorites by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault as they wander through the woods of their fantasies seeking their heart’s desires, but not always finding a happy ending.

Director David Stern has described his concept of the show as a “very unusual” production, with this version asking more of the audience and performers and giving more in return.


Emerging Women Leaders To Speak

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – A bumper sticker reads “It’s a man’s world…unless women vote.”

EmergeVermont would add “…and run for office.”

The state branch of a national organization, EmergeVermont is working to identify, train and encourage women who identify as Democrats or progressives to run for office at all levels of government, get elected, and serve their communities and state. Currently, there are branches in 24 states.


Studded Versus Nonstudded Snow Tires?

Which are better for driving here in New England?




Support for Grieving During the Holidays

Holiday Support Gathering at Hospice on November 13th

Please join us at the hospice office, 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro on Monday, November 13th, from 5:30-6:30 pm for a special time to gather with others who are grieving to talk about the challenges of grieving during the holiday season and strategies for coping. Cicely Carroll and Connie Baxter will facilitate the conversation. Give yourself the gift of support for this potentially difficult season. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about this gathering or other bereavement services call (802) 257-0775 or visit www.brattleborohospice.org


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow