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John Arms and Samuel Wells deed 1,600 acres to Colonel Josiah Willard of Winchester.


The ordination of Rev. A. Huntington Clapp as Pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in this village, took place Wednesday the 14th inst. Mr. Blagden’s discourse was an admirable exposition of the relative duties and trails of Pastor and People. Most of the other services were of a high order, but protracted beyond our power of endurance; a three hours sitting is altogether too long for our peace of mind, especially when dinner is growing cold.


Dr. Blackall of the Lawrence Water Cure will give his attention to practice outside of the Establishment both in and out of town. Dr. B. since his residence in this village, has by his gentlemanly conduct, won for himself the respect and kind regard of the citizens generally.


The first-fruits of the new fast mail service appeared in Brattleboro last Friday in the shape of the New York dailies that day in the Northern mail at 3:30, just eleven hours from the time of leaving the city.


The temperance meeting at the town hall was attended by about two hundred people. Remarks were made by Mr. James Fisk, George W. Davenport, Esq., and Rev. A. Chandler.


The last rail of the Brattleboro and Whitehall railroad was laid on Wednesday, and the whole 37 miles of road is now complete. The work of ballasting and getting ready for the regular running of trains will be pushed as fast as a large force of men can do it.


The transparencies in last Saturday evening’s procession won no end of praise, not only for their aptness of the mottoes, but for the artistic manner in which they were executed. It isn’t every Garfield and Arthur club that has a Charlie Miller to ply the brush and pencil, and this little fact makes all the difference in the world in the looks of things.


We regret to learn that Senator Fuller is seriously ill in Montpelier. His condition is reported favorable and improving this morning.


C.E. Allen’s’ annual catalog of Dutch bulbs and winter-flowering plants is out. It is a neat and useful little publication.


An electric bell has been put in at the post office which announces when the letter mail, and afterward when the paper mail, has been distributed.


N.T. Ryan bought the old Chapin barn at auction for $24 and will remove it to his lot on Oak street.


A fire started on the mountain Sunday morning, and aided by a string wind which was blowing from the north, soon spread over a large area. A gang of men from the Retreat were sent in the afternoon to extinguish it, but were unsuccessful in their efforts. By Sunday evening the fire had covered nearly all of this side of the mountain, furnishing a brilliant spectacle to the many people who watched it. Tuesday morning it was still burning.

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How to Spot a Phishing Spam

This is a real email I received.  Loaded with red flags that it's not legit, if you are paying attention!

1) Grammatical error in subject line

2) When you expand the From email address (if you can), it's obviously not an Apple email, in fact it's from Italy!

3) If your email program is capable of displaying the additional information, the time zone and coordinates are definitely not California.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Closure and Holiday Weekend

I-91 Northbound Closure for Pothole Repair

I-91 Northbound between exits 2 and 3 will be closed to all traffic to complete pothole repair in advance of the winter season. This work is scheduled for Monday October 20th between 8 pm and 6 am. The actual closure date will be communicated to stakeholders at least 72 hours in advance after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed. Traffic will be routed onto Route 5, and law enforcement officials will be on hand.

Columbus Day Weekend Traffic Alert

Please be aware that there are likely to be traffic delays on I-91 between Exits 1 and 4 both northbound and southbound over the course of the three-day holiday weekend. These delays are due to high traffic volumes. Route 5 is an alternate route.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:45pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 3:45pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee. No further business will be conducted.

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


Brattleboro Columbus Day Closures

In observance of Columbus Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 13, 2014, 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 12 and 13, 2014. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.


Screwball Comedy Films Continue at Brooks Library

Next show, Wednesday, October 8th at 2p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. "Ellen Arden arrives 7 years after being given up for dead in a shipwreck, to find her husband Nick just remarried to Bianca..." With Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Post-film discussion hosted by Tim Metcalfe and Tom Bedell.

Continuing through November 12th, (on select Wednesdays) the Brattleboro Film Festival and Brooks Memorial Library will present free afternoon screenings of nine Hollywood classic screwball comedies from Tinseltown’s Golden Era. On October 8th at 2 pm, please join us for a hilarious retread of the old "Enoch Arden" legend stars Irene Dunne as Ellen, who returns home to her husband Nick (Cary Grant) and children Tim (Ann Shoemaker) and Chinch (Mary Lou Harrington) after being marooned on a desert island for seven years. 


The Hidden Art Treasures of Brooks Memorial Library

Get a rare sneak peek at the Library's Collection of Hidden Treasures on Friday, October 10, 5:30 PM. Through gifts and bequests over the past 150 years, Brooks Memorial Library has assembled a rich and varied collection of art and artifacts that rivals even some museums.

The collection includes sculpture, ceramics, paintings, rare books, maps, photographs and other ephemera and archaeological objects. Many if not most of these pieces have not been displayed for years - some, in fact, never.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Fire, Then Police, Maybe, We Hope

The Police and Fire facilities project was divided and conquered, perhaps, by the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. They heard of Plan F, which divides the project into phases with the fire facilities being completed first, and the police facilities being put on hold for a relocation and redesign. Whether this conquers the issue will be left up to Representative Town Meeting and voters.

The board agreed that Human Services funding requests should be limited to $120,000 this year, waded into the waters of asking non-profits for payment for town services, and accepted and ratified grants. Read on for all the details.


Brattleboro Area Techies To Hold First Meeting October 16

Brattleboro Area Techies, a new Windham Country group, will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 16 at Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro. The new group is designed to facilitate networking among the area’s many high tech workers who are all too often locked in an office behind a computer.

The group is intended to include designers, makers, educators, programmers, freelancers, videographers, artists, consultants and business people who work in these fields. The first meeting will be informal and give everyone who attends the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work. This will be followed by time for relaxed networking.


Sanders: Paul Ryan is Dead Wrong to Propose Cuts in Social Security and Disabled Veterans' Benefits

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 7 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today strongly disagreed with a proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to cut Social Security and disabled veterans’ benefits to pay for more defense spending.

Ryan has resurrected a discredited plan to change the formula that the federal government uses for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments. According to published reports, Ryan said he wants to boost the Pentagon budget by taking what he called “savings” in Social Security and other programs pegged to annual adjustments in the consumer price index.


Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' to be held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, October 11, 2014. These trail talks will discuss the status of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project and allow the public to ask questions. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor), and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.


Brattleboro's Representation at the Sixth Community Solutions Conference

Subject: Re: [climatechangecafe] CLIMATE CHANGE CAFE; Request for Support to Attend Climate Conference

On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM, Tim Stevenson <bereal@vermontel.net> wrote:

Lynn Russell has written that she feels it would be valuable to  have representation from our area at theSixth Community Solutions Conference; Climate Crisis Solutions: Curtailment and Community, that will be held in Yellow Springs, Ohio, 7-9 November.(see conference brochure below for details).


Calling Yourself

A friend and I have both received calls that show up on caller ID as coming from our own phones. I didn't pick up, figuring it was a scam. She did, and it was a man with an accent telling her her credit card was overdue. She hasn't had a credit card in many years.

Well at least I know it wasn't a killer in my house, or future me calling to tell me something important, as another friend suggested. Just another scam.



Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 24, 2014

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 7, 2014


The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Dafnis Prieto's Si O Si Quartet

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Dafnis Prieto and his creative working ensemble called the Si o Si Quartet. This group features Prieto on drums and percussion with longtime collaborators Peter Apfelbaum on saxophones, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. Bass Musician states: To "hear such a world class quartet navigating this music live is an experience not to be forgotten."


Vermont Jazz Center Receives Chamber Music America's 2014 Acclaim Award

The Vermont Jazz Center will receive an Acclaim Award from Chamber Music America on Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 PM during a concert offered by Cuban drum virtuoso, Dafnis Prieto.  The concert and award ceremony will take place at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The CMA Acclaim award recognizes "extraordinary cultural contributions in a locality or region." The CMA Acclaim award is offered by Chamber Music America (http://www.chamber-music.org/) an institution that serves thousands of members through  grants, commissions, networking opportunities a monthly magazine and an annual conference in New York City. CMA's definition of chamber music "encompasses myriad forms including contemporary and traditional jazz, classical and world genres."  Their membership includes musicians, presenters, educators, patrons, managers and producers.


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