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Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, at half past 6 o’clock. After the lecture the following resolution will be introduced. Resolved, That there are no just grounds for the present rebellion in Canada, and that the party calling themselves Patriots are not worthy of sympathy from the citizens of the States.


Shingles and Granite. Wanted, 40M. shaved Spruce Shingles, all heart stuff; 300 feet Granite, by Williston & Tyler.


Cords and Tassels, Fringes and Gimps, this day received by Dickinson, Day & Co.


Vt. and Mass. and Conn. River Railroads. The cars on both these roads now run regularly to the Junction in Vernon, 10 miles from this village. All the grading and mason work is completed, and the sleepers laid. The rails are also laid for some distance this side of Vernon. By the middle of February, at least, we may expect to hear the whistle of the steamhorse in this neighborhood.


Another case of small pox has occurred in this town, in the family of Mr. Newman Allen, about a mile north of the village, on the Newfane road. No intercourse is allowed between the family of Mr. Allen and other citizens.


The last session of our Legislature passed an act providing for the appointment of surveyors of wood and bark.


We are glad to announce the success of the $30,000 joint stock association which is to engage in the manufacture of furniture at Centreville. It is proposed to build a shop 40 by 100 feet.


Diaries, almanacs and registers for the current year are still to be had at Cheney & Clapp’s.


This idea of “protection to animals” is all well enough, and the horse is a noble animal; but when one of them plants himself directly across a street crossing, and hasn’t the politeness to budge an inch when you wish to cross, your admiration of the animal somehow oozes out, and you long for the organization of a Society for the Promotion of Good Manners among Horses and Common Sense among Horse Owners.


Telephonic communication was had Wednesday between the Brattleboro exchange and Springfield, Mass, via Jacksonville, Shelburne Falls and Greenfield.


J.B. Randoll is putting the machinery in place in the knitting needle factory in Harmony block. He expects to begin operations next week.


It is understood that Columbus and Queen Isabelle have arrived in town, and will remain until after the fair of the Universalist ladies next Thursday evening.


Walter F. Goddard, the bookbinder, has sold his house on Canal street to Assistant Treasurer John C. DeWitte of the Brattleboro savings bank.


Fred H. Harris was named president of the newly formed Eastern United States Ski Association.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 12/19/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/19/16

Monday, December 19, 2016

12:00 am The Endangered Species Act: Putting the Bite Back Into the Law Pt1

1:38 am Express Fluency: Spanish with Elissa McLean Part 1 of 3

3:00 am Burning Books - Leslie James Pickering on Resistance to 20 Years of FBI Surveillance

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am First Wednesdays: America in a New More Dangerous World


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - December 19 to December 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 19 to December 23


December 19 - Chicken Pot Pie

Green Beans

Butternut Squash

Cranberry Mousse


Brattleboro Snow Removal Saturday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.


Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market

Hello Market Fans,

Yes, we are a hardy bunch! The Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market is NOT cancelling today!

The Market will open as scheduled at 10 AM. However, weather conditions may warrant closing ahead of schedule so best to get there before 1 pm.

Be safe out there...but we hope to see you at the market!


VFW Lunch Specials Dec. 19th - Dec. 23rd

The Brattleboro VFW 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 are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - creamed chipped beef over biscuits w/ veg.
Tues - beef stroganoff
Wed - stuffed peppers w/ mashed potatoes
Thur - turkey with all the fixin's
Fri - seafood alfredo w/ salad & garlic bread

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.


An Evolutionary Innovation: The Origin of Consciousness

While the exact origin of consciousness is debatable, and polarized on a mammalian time-chart, the fact that all mammalian creatures acquired consciousness as a datum, that is, as a fixed starting point in our brains, is not.The history of these living, yet mortal, creatures is documented by their fossils that are preserved in sedimentary layers over geologic time, where we can see (read) the small patterns to help understand the big picture, and that, is the progression of evolution. Yet, there are at least two types of mammalian evolution.

The first and most obvious is the aforesaid fossil record. That record, despite gaps, is of such an exacting nature that it is no longer considered a theory of evolution, but the established fact of evolution.


Internet Advice Needed

     I need some advice.  VTel has sent around a holiday offer.  One level of their service, the lowest, is 2GB of data per month for $10.  They say that is equal to about 10 hours of internet usage after which download speed keeps diminishing.  They didn't want to tell me how much it diminishes.  They're answer was, 'well, that's when people usually upgrade."  My Fairpoint deal is $15/month, at a slow speed (750 kb/sec), but I can spend 100 hours a month on the net and notice nothing in terms of speed diminishing.  In fact it seems that I can spend 24 hours a day on the net, or streaming, and the speed seems the same on the last day of the month as it was on the first.


The Cost of Things

Following on the thread here at iBratt concerning energy efficiency at the West Brattleboro fire station, this article is on life-cycle cost analysis as an alternative, many would say better, decision making tool for major capital expenses like fire stations.  Versions of this should appear in the Reformer and Commons soon as well.  Info on assumptions, modeling tools, etc. will be added in the comments section.

The (truer) Cost of Things (like buildings)

When a large building is built the owner usually bends over backwards to keep construction costs as low as possible.  What would happen if the primary objective were not to minimize up-front costs but rather to keep the cost of operating the building over its lifetime as low as possible?  This is called a life-cycle cost analysis.  Let’s apply it to the West Brattleboro fire station that is currently under construction, in particular its heating energy use.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 20, 2016

At their next Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center, the Brattleboro Selectboard will likely approve of the $2,773,336 guaranteed maximum price for the work to be done for the new police station.

Ten more areas of the FY18 budget will be reviewed, a downtown parking study will get underway, parking lots will be discussed, and single stream transition issues will be reviewed.

All this and more, and you can attend and participate! Bring up anything else not already on the agenda during Public Participation.


Easy Way For Brattleboro To Make Some Money

I found an easy way for Brattleboro to rake in some extra cash.

Everyday, numerous trucks carrying homes come through town. If we charged them each, say $500, to come through, we could make quite a bit of cash.

Just the other day I passed four of these things. Each was wide enought to cause normal traffic to be altered, with people pulling off to the side, stopping in funny places, and even blocking intersections to let them through.

(You may now explain all the reasons why this is un-possible.)


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 19th


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

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 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Big Tech Companies Are Messing Up

In a quest for profit and automation, big tech companies are making mistakes that matter to people using their services. Some are small and annoying; others are more significant.

Some examples:

Turn on the Weather Channel in Brattleboro and you’ll be welcomed to Putney. Yes, Putney. The Weather Channel made a switch a year or so ago and decided that the big city in our region, right up there with Albany and Burlington, is Putney.

LinkedIn makes sure to tell everyone that employees in Brattleboro work in the Springfield area. Springfield, MA, that is. So helpful!


West B Fire Station Insulation: Good and Competent People Are On The Ball

So I want to make an update to my previous post on this subject, as much more information has been made available to me that requires different conclusions since my initial post on the topic.

First off, the vapor barrier issue that was the crux of my initial alarm-sounding on the "The fire station is going to rot!" thread has been addressed. I've stated that before but want to make sure its clear and known.

Tonight I (and my wife a little later) attended the police/fire building committee meeting and I'm going step out of chronological order to say something positive (gasp!) in case some folks bail before reading this whole post.


New Beginners Hunyuan Chen Style Taiji Quan Starting in Dummerston January 3rd.

Beginner's Hunyuan Taiji Quan is a 14 week series that  introduces the principles of  alignment, balance, correct movement, qi (vital energy) cultivation. Each week participants will learn a new movement of the Hunyuan 12 movement Taiji Quan form. Through dedicated practice, students will complete the form by the end of the series. Participants will also learn chan si gong (silk reeling) exercises to help open and relax the joints while simultaneously nourishing the vital qi and blood of the body. All are foundational practices to re-condition the mind/body connection, deepening one's capacity to relax, release stress, improve balance, and build core strength. 


Draining the Swamp

Every single claim Trump made to the American people that we would benefit from his "outsider" status and intentions to "drain the swap" in D.C. of corporate abuse, lobbyists and greed has been a lie. Under his leadership, the interests of Americans will be replaced with those of self-serving billionaires and corporations.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda, Minutes, Finance Meeting

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 22 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room for a Public Forum on the FY ’18 Budget. The regular meeting will immediately follow the Public Forum at approximately 7:00 p.m.


Act 46 Minutes from Community Forums

Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and Vernon Town School District

WSESU Act 46 Study Committee
Public Information Meeting – December 5, 2016 – 6:00 PM – Guilford Central School

In attendance: Beth Bristol, Alice Revis, Richard Glejzer, Amy Wall, Kim Price, Mike Hebert
WSESU staff: Lyle Holiday, Ron Stahley
Public present: See public sign in sheet

Call to Order – 6:22 p.m. – Beth Bristol


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes

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 immediately following the WSESU Board Meeting at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – immediately following the WSESU Board meeting (at approximately 7:30 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY18 Budget Discussion Continues, Finance Director Plans Retirement

Brattleboro’s Finance Director, John O’Connor, announced that he might retire during FY18.  Vacation buybacks were a frequent topic and planners are using fewer ballpoint pens.

All this and more, at a special meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard from a remote but familiar location across the street from their usual meeting room.


Robert Woodward Executed in Brattleboro: A Tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man

The Ballad of Woody:

A tale of Seven Bullets and a Dead Man In Brattleboro


Robert Woodward (1964- 2001)

executed in Brattleboro, Vermont at the

All Souls Church


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