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We publish once more “The Call” for a Rail Road Convention, to be held in this village next Tuesday, the 5th inst. Do not fail to be here on the 5th. Come yourselves and bring your neighbors, to this great, and important meeting. Every man must do his duty. Resolution and perseverance will accomplish this road in very short time; and then we shall be in the very precincts of Boston.


The taxpayers will undoubtably be glad to learn that the bailiffs are of the opinion that the rate of village taxation may safely be reduced for the coming year at least 25 per cent from the rate of the past year, which was 40 cents on a dollar of the grand list.


We shall have to do without a municipal court for another two years at least, the bill establishing one in this village having failed of a passage.


The train on which most of our homeward-bound legislators, including Colonels Estey and Hooker, left the state capital, Wednesday noon, collided at Montpelier Junction with the south-bound express. Fortunately, however, nobody was hurt but the conductor and a lady passenger on the express.


Next Sunday evening Rev. Mr. Whitney will give the first of a series of lectures to young people. The subject will be: “Will Power.”


On or after today, the free library will be open daily. Patrons are encouraged to bring in books without waiting till Saturday night, both for their own convenience and that of the librarian.


The skaters had the first sport of the season on the ice last Saturday. Visitors to Indian pond report the ice four inches thick there.


L.R. Plummer will open his new crockery store in Emerson’s block Wednesday.


Ten or more old ladies who have money in their own right have expressed a desire to enter the Home for the Disabled and Aged when it is established.


Booker T. Washington, the colored president of the Industrial college at Tuskegee, Ala., will appear in the Auditorium a week from next Wednesday evening in the Y.M.C.A. star course. For the past ten years Mr. Washington has been making history. The work he is doing today is destined to work a moral revolution in this country.


O. H. Stickney picked two large, handsome dandelion blossoms in the yard at his home on High street yesterday, the last day of November.

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Antje Duvekot and The Stockwell Brothers at The Windham Ballroom on Saturday, November 14

Next Stage Arts Project, in collaboration with Twilight Music, Popolo and WOOL91.5, presents contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot and newgrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers at The Windham Ballroom in Bellows Falls, VT on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 pm.

Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer/songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism and street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her unique way with a song, giving her a startlingly original poetic palette. They are the keys to the powerful, even revolutionary, empathy that informs everything she writes. She has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award and the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act.


Untimely Death on Old Ferry Road is Suspicious

State Police Updates and Press Release:


The Brattleboro Police Department and the Vermont State Police continue to investigate the untimely death of Sultan Rashed. Investigation has revealed that this death is not a suicide and in fact a death with suspicious circumstances. Investigation suggests this is not a random act and does not suggest any threats to the public in general. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and will focus on the cause and manner of death. 
Anyone who had contact with Sultan Rashed from 11/8/15 – 11/9/15 is asked to contact the Vermont State Police or the Brattleboro Police Department.


Brooks Memorial Library Director Selected - Starr LaTronica

We at BML are very excited and proud to have Starr LaTronica as our new Library Director beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. LaTronica was recruited through an extensive search process by a committee that included the Brattleboro Town Manager and representatives of the public, the library Board of Trustees, and the staff. She will succeed the retiring current Library Director, Jerry Carbone.

LaTronica, youth services/outreach manager, Four County Library System, Binghamton, N.Y., is the president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). LaTronica received her MLS in 1980 from University of California, Berkeley, and has been an ALSC member for more than 27 years.


On Exhibit! at Brooks Memorial Library in November

On Exhibit! at Brooks Memorial Library in November.

Mezzanine Walls above MAIN FLOOR: Brattleboro Camera Club, "Getting from A to B," photographs illustrating how we move from one place to another in our daily lives.

SECOND FLOOR-CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATORS CASE: Seasonal exhibit by Brattleboro illustrator John Steven Gurney, Over the River and Through the Woods and The Night Before Christmas.

MEZZANINE-LOCAL HISTORY ROOM WINDOWS: left Abenaki artifacts collected locally; right Glass and ceramic vases from the Loud Collection.


Old Eyeglasses Collection Box?

Hannafords use to have a collection box for old eyeglasses and they were passed on to a Lions Club. They no longer do this. Does anybody know if there is a collection box somewhere else?


Get Help Writing Your College Essay at Brooks Memorial Library

Get Help Writing Your College Essay on Saturday, November 14, 1 pm at Brooks Memorial Library. Julia Taylor, teacher at the Compass School, will help lead attendees through the Common Application, brainstorm essay ideas, look at example essays, and help you begin your own essay.

Please bring a laptop, smartphone, chrome book or alternative typing device if you have one! The Library has a few laptops or iPads to loan, but if you have your own that would be better for you.


Dummerston Cares Luncheon and Program for Seniors

Join us for the Dummerston Cares Luncheon and Program for Seniors on Monday, Nov.16th, 11 am -12:30 pm at the Dummerston Community Center, 150 West St. in the West Dummerston Village.

Free light lunch at 11 am, program at 11:30 am. Priscilla Svec, Dummerston resident and Physical Therapist, will speak on exercises for Seniors that can be done at home during the winter months, keeping us healthy. Janice Duke will talk about the current Bone Builders program held in the Dummerston Congregational Church, twice a week, Monday and Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30.


BSL Requires My Mobile Device Number Or Else

Today my online banking site told me I had just three chances to give them my mobile device or I would be cut off from electronic access to my funds. What the HECK?? Is this happening to other people at other banks?

I will pull my money out if they insist. This is the message I get:
"You are required to provide your mobile device phone number below. If you do not complete this requirement within the maximum number of opportunities allowed by your financial institution (3), your log in will be blocked. If you are prompted for text authentication, your screen will display a button to send a passcode to your device and an entry field into which the code must be typed. Once authentication has been completed, the transaction will process."


Honor All Veterans? Contrast Words of Mandela, Ramsey Clark, M.L.King, Mark Twain, Jesus


Veterans Day? Mandela,"US committed unspeakable atrocities" Clark,"US foreign policy greatest crime" King,"Time has come when silence is betrayal. They languish under our bombs, children homeless without clothes run in packs beg our soldiers for food, sell their sisters, mothers" Twain,"Easier to fool people than convince them they've been fooled" Gen.Butler,"War is a Racket!"Jesus,"As you did to my brothers, you did to Me" 


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 9 to November 13

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 9 to November 13


November 9 - Shepard’s Pie

Diced Tomatoes

Pumpkin Muffin

Tropical Fruit


Very Old Vinyl Records

I have 3 boxes of very old (1920's 78's and forward) vinyl records that are in unknown condition, though likely not the greatest.  Before I throw them out, I thought I would make one final inquiry, to the great minds of ibrattleboro, as to whether or not there might be some possible use for them.  I have been assured by several pretty reliable sources that they are not aware of any people or places that would want them.  It seems just wrong to me that there is not a use for them, either through some creative recycling purpose or as records, but it appears that is the probably case.  Please, if anyone has any possible ideas, let me know here. Thanks so much!!


Does Your Loved One Have a Diagnosis of Dementia?

As a caregiver, are you finding it difficult to meet your own needs while caring for your loved one?

Senior Solutions (Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) has respite funding available through the Dementia Respite Grant. This grant, funded by the State of Vermont, supports paid respite opportunities for primary, unpaid caregivers in Windsor and Windham counties.  The elder’s income eligibility limit is $2,917.00 per month for an individual or $3,932.00 per month for a couple.

For more information please call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 and ask to speak to our Grant Manager.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents Samba-Jazz in "A Tribute to Jobim"

On Saturday, November 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center presents “A Tribute to Jobim,” a performance by three leading artists from Brazil, all of whom had direct connections with Antônio Carlos Jobim who is widely regarded as “one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century.” The VJC presents pianist/musical director, Grammy Award-winning Hélio Alves, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maucha Adnet (who for 10 years sang with maestro Jobim) and Grammy Award-winning drummer, Duduka Da Fonseca. They will be supported by first-call bassist David Finck in an evening of beautiful Bossa Novas and exhilarating sambas.

To this day, Antônio Carlos Jobim’s compositions continue to serve as a musical bridge between Brazil and the United States. He is best known for penning How Insensitive and Wave but, by just scratching the surface of his tremendous compositional output, we discover other gems such as A Felicidade, Triste, Agua de Beber, Chega de Saudade, Aguas de Março just to name a few. The composer first became known through his association with the Brazilian intellectual, poet, bon vivant and diplomat Vinicius Moraes who hired the then little-known pianist to write music for his play/movie “Black Orpheus.”


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 11/09/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/9/15

Monday, November 9, 2015

1:00 am Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Vermont

2:30 am Brattleboro Storm Soccer: 10/9/15 vs Wilmington

3:30 am Rivergarden: Ten Gallon Swing 6/24/15

4:35 am TED Talks: BJ Miller: What really matters at the end of life

5:00 am Vermont Workers Center: Salvation Farms


Spanish for Travelers Class and Free Spanish Classes

Elissa McLean of Express Fluency is offering two free Spanish classes in November. The goal of these classes is to introduce participants to a different kind of language class that allows participants to acquire language effortlessly. We invite you to come experience this for yourself on:

Saturday, November 21st from 9:30-10:30am at Fit Body Boot Camp on Route 5 in Westminster, VT and

Monday, November 23rd from 7pm-8pm in Brattleboro-- 73 Main Street, Suite 1.


Brattleboro Veterans' Day Closings

In observance of Veterans’ Day, all Brattleboro town offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Wednesday, November 11. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.


Secretary of State Jim Condos Brings Transparency Tour to Brattleboro

Monday, November 9th at 6pm

Montpelier, VT—Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is continuing his third biennial Transparency Tour with a stop in Brattleboro on Monday, November 9, 2015. The presentation, focusing on laws about open and transparent government, will be held at Brattleboro Town Hall at 6pm.

“Since taking office, one of my main priorities has been transparency in government. I am pleased to have the opportunity to visit communities all over the state and discuss open meeting and public records laws with municipal and state officials, local government boards, and the public,” stated Condos.


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of November 8

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone
else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a tired mind:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

DIRT for Fill or Landscaping (Flowers, not Veggies) - Come
and Get It!
Learn Reiki
Upright Piano Available!
Waltz & Contra Lessons
Organize Computer Files and Email
Leaf Raking


Holistic Expo - A Complementary Trail to Wellness

Holistic Expo ~ A Complementary Trail to Wellness

Come out to the HOLISTIC EXPO this Friday, November 13th!  This event, free and open to the public, is a chance to experience many complementary
options offered to improve your health and wellness. Experience mini
sessions, as well as 30-minute educational discussions. Reiki, Medicinal
Herbal Remedies, Bowenwork, Reflexology, Massage, Shiatsu, Astrology,
Expressive Arts Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Dowsing, Spiritual Soul
Readings & Counseling, Somatic Breath Therapy.

November 13, 2015, 11am - 4pm

The River Garden

157 Main Street

Brattleboro, VT 05301


The Compassionate Friends - New Bereavement Group Remembers Children Who Died

Brattleboro, VT---Bereaved families that have experienced the death of a child now have an opportunity to meet with others on a regular basis who have endured similar tragedies.

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have had a child die, will hold its next monthly meeting Sunday, November 15th, at 2:00 PM at 541 Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro, VT. Meetings will be held each month the third Sunday of the week at the same time and location.

“A bereavement organization like TCF where families could talk about their loss publicly without feeling out-of-place is invaluable to those of us whose children have died,” said new chapter leader Beverly Miller. “After your child dies, most people do not want to talk with you about your child probably because they are afraid of making you feel bad. The irony is that talking about your child helps you--no one wants their child forgotten. And studies have proven that sharing our stories and tears is an emotional release that helps us.”


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