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Hard Times. We have received a photograph from J.L. Lovell, of Amherst Mass., formerly of this village, representing a man in a seedy, dilapidated condition, with his last dollar in hand, and that a worthless bill. It indicates the present condition of many persons just at present. The picture, as a work of art, is worthy of all praise.


The ladies’ sewing society connected with the Centre Congregational church met for the first time this season, in their new church parlors Wednesday afternoon of this week, and a goodly number were present.


Another village meeting has been called on petition of several of our prominent citizens, to reconsider the action of the last meeting in regard to the tomb, and to take some definite action in relation to the gas and police questions. The call is issued for Tuesday evening 30th inst.


The variety of holiday goods at Cheney & Clapp’s is entirely too large to specify.


On Tuesday night at 11 o’clock it was discovered that fire was working under the flooring of the fourth floor of the Brooks House, about midway of the house. Lines of hose were carried up to the third and fourth stories, holes cut in floors and partitions, the house thoroughly drenched, and after upward of an hour’s work the fire was soaked out.


An awkward and senseless typographical blunder in our last week’s notice of the Park Garden “Pinafore” was copied, verbatim et literatim, into a local sheet which, no, never, steals anything from the Phoenix.


At Batchelder & Flint’s confectionary store on Elliot street, special attractions for the holiday trade are offered. Among their large assortment of sweetmeats will be found animals, toys, dolls, panorama eggs, birds, satchels, Cinderella slippers, Helen’s babies, banjoes, lanterns, mottoes, fruits, nuts, bonbons, etc. forming a very beautiful and tempting display.


Santa Claus, in his own proper person, with furs, beard, bells and sleigh, made everybody in Brattleboro, the West village included, a visit yesterday. He had two of his boys with him, and through them gave everybody a souvenir of “Brattleboro Christmas Bells” - an illustrated paper handsome enough not only to read but to keep.


Henry Whitacre is building a saw and planing mill near the Elliot street iron bridge, and has the privilege of using the waste water from the old woolen factory.


One of the handsome sights of yesterday morning was the big snow roller drawn by Stockwell’s team of six big horses.


The ice crop this season is the best for many years, and the local dealers are already gathering their supply. The ice is ten inches in thickness and as clear as crystal.


The bailiffs have granted permission for coasting on the Green st hill and on the hill near Col. Fuller’s, Canal street, and on Forest street down through Chapin, but not on Asylum hill.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Releases 1st CD

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The Future of the Putney Co-op Is In Our Hands

The Future of the Putney Co-op is in our hands. An important member discussion on the direction we as a community would like to see our Co-op evolve toward.

Thursday, December 11th at 7:00 PM, Putney Library

Find out about major changes that have been proposed to our bylaws, and what they would mean for our co-op and our community.


Keep Your Holidays From Going Up in Flames! Brattleboro Fire Department Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe and Festive Holiday Season

December 4, 2014 For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks and the chance for home fires grows even more.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 12/8/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 12/8/14

Monday, December 8, 2014

12:00 am Boom Vermont Drum Festival 10/18/14

2:02 am Community Forum on Opiate Addiction 11/17/14

4:00 am Community Briefing - 100,000 Homes Homeless Registry

4:57 am Suds and Science Series: A Discussion on Whip-Poor-Wills

6:00 am Stephen Stearns - 10/27/14


Best Air Pump In Brattleboro?

It's time to put air in my tires. Since it is impractical to try them all, I thought I'd ask you for your opinions on local area air pumps.

Has any service station out there installed any new, innovative air pump machines? Have there been any technologiocal advancements in recent years? Where is the best place to fill tires? Any good deals?

Up until now I often stop in at one of the stations near Exit 3, but I don't have to go there if there is a better option.


Net 10 Phones in Brattleboro?

Does anyone have experience using a phone from Net 10?

If so, can you rate the reception and coverage around town?


Brattleboro Time Trade Week of December 7

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a contra kinda evening:


Angel Tarot Reading
Amateur Massage
Roosters and Hens for Giving or Taking - They Need to Go!
Develop a Conscious Business Model
Mattress Double Bed Very Clean
Network Setup and Support
Home Networking Setup


The BAJC "Pop-up" Gift Shop for Chanukah!

The BAJC "pop-up" gift shop will be open for several  days this week and next.  Chanukah candles are available, along with menorahs, dreidels, chocolate "gelt" and other Judaica and gift items. Although you can't purchase anything on Shabbat,  you can select your candles and gifts next Saturday morning (12/13), and pay another day, when it's not Shabbat. (You can send a check to BAJC.) 

The gift shop (in the BAJC office--the cottage behind the shul) will also be open on Monday 12/8 from 3:00 to 6:00on Wednesday the 10th from 1:30 to 5:30, on Thursday the 11th from 3:00 to 8:30, and on Friday the 19th from 4:00 on.


West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 11th

On Thursday, December 11, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

 In addition to this being a time to enjoy each other at this festive season, there will be a couple of short presentations.  The Association’s board president Michael Bosworth will give a brief “state of the Association” report after which the group will present the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year to a deserving person or entity. Come to our party to help us celebrate this worthy recipient! Previous winners have been Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center, the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority, and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner, each for their many contributions to our community.


Weekend Concert Series: Bruno Mars

A new king of pop? New hardest workin’ man in show business? Bruno Mars might be that person.

Mr. Mars hails from Hawaii and in his earlier years spent some time doing Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Little Richard impersonations. You'll see it in the way he moves today.


Sanders and UVM Host Youth Climate Summit

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 5 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the University of Vermont held a Youth Climate Summit today.

More than 150 Vermont high school students and dozens of teachers from 26 high schools throughout the state worked in small teams to create climate action plans for their high schools.

“Global warming is the planetary crisis of our time,” Sanders told the students. “The scientific community is telling us that we have a narrow window of opportunity to address the crisis of climate change and to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy,” added the senator, a member of both the Senate energy and environment committees.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Employee Matter

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:15pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library 9th Annual Holiday Book Sale

The 9th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Friday, December 5 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music and more subjects.

Book sale discount coupons are now available from the Front Desk of the Library. In addition to the wide range of books and CDs for sale, the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping of purchased items on Saturday from 11 AM to l PM.


Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market - Holiday Hours

Holiday shopping brings an extended market day starting this Saturday at the Brattleboro Winter Farmer's Market. 

As usual the market will open at 10 am and stay open until 3 pm for an extra hour of holiday shopping. 

Make it your first stop on Saturday for fresh farm products, local foods, gifts and basics like soap...we even have homemade laundry detergent!


Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 7

NOTE: Upcoming night closure of I-91 Northbound to re-address pothole problems. This work is weather dependent. It is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday night, December 10th between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. The actual closure date will be communicated to stakeholders at least 48 hours in advance, after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed.


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.


The Simple Recipe For Town Government - Village of Brattleboro Incorporated

In today’s paper, a Phoenix from 1858, a notice appeared requesting everyone to attend the village meeting next week in order to vote on incorporation of the village of Brattleboro.

Along side the notice was the full text of the state act authorizing incorporation. It describes the boundaries of the town, then outlines how the town is to be organized. I found it interesting to look back at our origins, so to speak, to see what we felt was the bare minimum required to operate Brattleboro on day one of incorporation.


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