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Lyceum next Tuesday evening. Question for discussion: “Is the present rejection of all belief in spectres ill founded and unphilosophical?”


Probably not less than 800 people were present at the temperance meeting at the town hall last Sunday evening, and eighty-seven names were added to the pledge. BY all that is good and holy, let these be encouraged and sustained in their noble efforts at reformation by all the lovers of temperance and virtue in Brattleboro.


Although the year 1870 has been a poor one in general business activity, our carpenters and masons have not been idle. Sixteen dwelling houses have been erected within the limits of the village, at an approximate cost of $45,000, while the amount invested in workshops, business blocks and public buildings will swell the outlay to about $160,000.


Albert M. Fuller, the 15 year-old son of Geo. W. Fuller, left home last Friday without saying goodbye or making his intentions known. An epidemic of run-a-ways seems to have struck the town, this being the fifth or sixth within a short time.


The committee on the reorganization of the fire department will hold a meeting at the office of S.N. Herrick to-morrow evening at 7 o’clock, when all persons who have any ideas to present on the subject of the proposed reorganization are requested to be present and give them expression.


Sleds and sleighs for the little ones at Retting Bros.


There will be a New Year’s calico ball for old and young at the town hall on Friday evening, Dec. 30th.


Brattleboro music lovers are promised a treat in a concert to be given Jan. 11th by the Kanya Geza Hungarian gypsy quartet.


All wishing Christmas trees will find them at H.M. Wood’s.


It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. “The brewery” has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.


Every voter in the village should attend the special village meeting at the town hall next Tuesday evening, to take preliminary action toward a suitable water supply, by electing a committee to engage an engineer to make an investigation.


Brattleboro coal dealers report an unusual scarcity of coal of all kinds. The scarcity is undoubtedly due in a large measure to the loss of so many ships laden with coal from the Pennsylvania fields during the storm along the Atlantic coast two weeks ago.


The Brooks House pharmacy opened its doors to the public Wednesday with a clean, new appearance about it which makes the store one of the most attractive looking on the street.


Chief of Police E.S. Hall has changed his night headquarters from the engine house on Elliot street to the selectmen’s room in the town hall. Mr. Hall may be found in the selectmen’s room at any hour during the night when he is not on the street.


Cold weather has prevailed throughout the week, and on Wednesday morning the thermometer recorded 16 to 24 below zero, the official record being 17. The daily mean temperature was 6 above zero.


Forty-nine cattle destroyed in burning of Retreat barn.

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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


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Plastic Bag Ban Thickness Increased, FY19 Budget Overview

The Brattleboro Selectboard decided to revise their proposed plastic bag ban ordinance bag thickness, increasing it from 1 mil to 2.25 mil. This came after some special demonstrations and displays were presented and comments taken.

They also got a peek at the FY19 budget, with a review by the Town Manager that sets a course for in-depth analysis at a series of upcoming meetings. The board learned of continued steps in the realm of diversity, inclusion and equity. Groundworks received grant funds for operation of their new shelter, and results of the panhandling survey were reviewed. 


Brattleboro Act 46 Election Results

Good evening,

Below are the unofficial Brattleboro results from the special school district vote. Note: The Secretary of Education will be tallying the At-Large votes, but I have included the Brattleboro numbers in the attachment. Also note that there were no candidates or declared write-in candidates for the Brattleboro 2-year seats.


Brooks Memorial Library Closed Friday and Saturday: Veterans Day

Dear Brattleboro Community,

The Library will be closed On Friday, November 10th, and Saturday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.

Make sure to come in before we close on Thursday evening to stock up on Books, Movies and Magazines!

We will re-open on Monday morning at 10 am, as usual!

~Your Library Staff


Brattleboro FY19 Draft Budget

Hello Community Members, here is the Town Manager's Cover memo (attached) summarizing the draft of the FY19 Budget that we will be reviewing tonight. Meeting is at 6:15, and is in the Library!


Need Help Staying Plant-Based This Holiday Season? MamaSezz Has Your Back

Let's be honest: the holidays are stressful! You've got relatives coming to town, long lines, holiday traffic. Add to all this the fact that the days are getting longer (and colder!) and it's easy to see why people often slip into unhealthy eating habits over the holidays.

If you're looking to stay healthy this holiday season, MamaSezz can help. Specializing in making healthy and delicious plant-based comfort foods and delivering them to your door already cooked, the Brattleboro-based food company is offering all kinds of healthy holiday support this year.


Brattleboro Veterans' Day Closings

In observance of Veterans’ Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Friday, November 10. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 10, 11 and 12, 2017.

The skating rink at Living Memorial Park will remain open normal hours throughout the weekend, with additional skating from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Friday, November 10. All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, November 10,will be held as planned. All programs scheduled on Saturday, November 11, are NOT affected by the holiday.


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/6/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/6/17

Monday, November 6, 2017

1:00 am Village Harmony Project

2:53 am Stuck in Vermont - The Orange Owl

3:00 am Refugee Outreach Club Fundraiser with a Performance by Sabouyouma

4:51 am Stuck in Vermont - Rhythm of the Rein


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 Monday - Friday from 11:30 am to 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.

Mon - salisbury steak w/ mushroom gravy, mashed potato & veg.

Tues - garlic parmesan or buffalo wings w/ french fries or onion rings

Wed - BBQ pulled pork sandwich w/ potato salad

Thur - corned beef dinner

Fri - seafood salad roll w/ french fries


Wills for Veterans!

Costello, Valente & Gentry will be offering a Wills for Veterans at the Brattleboro, VFW Post #1034 Nov. 10th from 10 am - 2 pm. This a service offered to all veterans, and is by donation only. All donations will be sent to The Warrior Connection.


Call 802-257-5533, email cvg@cvglawoffice.com, or visit www.cvglawoffice.com for information.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow