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Windham Provident Institution for Savings chartered.


Ho for good soap, plenty of fun and liberal premiums - fun and premiums gratis - soap at the usual price. Ross 2nd will address the ladies and gentlemen of Brattleboro and vicinity, Friday evening at Town Hall. Subject: matters and things in general, and soap in particular.


The bridge over the Connecticut River is rapidly approaching a completion, and will be opened for travel in a few days. The new bridge is about four feet higher than the old one. The central pier has been relaid in the most thorough manner. We think both are safe from ice and floods.


A preliminary meeting of the “loyal women” of our village was held on Monday, with reference to acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission, recently established for the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers at the seat of war.


Leonard & Roess, cigar makers, have discharged about one-fourth of their help - 12 or 15 hands - on account of the hard times.


J.S. Brown and wife were pelted with eggs on Elliot street last Thursday evening by a party of young roughs, as they were returning from a temperance meeting. It is not supposed that any responsible person had a hand in the affair, but it was an outrageous occurrence, and one of a kind which is always sure to stir up a public sentiment against the parties engaging in it.


G.G. Green has not been appointed liquor agent, and states, moreover, that he will not, under any circumstances accept the office.


The bill changing the time of holding our annual village meeting from the first Monday in December to the first Tuesday in May has passed both house of the legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.


Barrett, the machinist, has some of his new patent roller-skates completed and on sale at B.A. Clark’s. They are handsomely finished and undoubtedly possess points of decided superiority over any other roller skate made. If their sale is properly pushed their manufacture ought to become an important item of business here.


Mr. Matthews’s steamboat, which was to navigate the Connecticut river in this vicinity, on a trial trip the other day proved unable to ascend Hastings rapids.


The big and ugly light pole erected on Main street in front of the Herrick & Wyman building proved so objectionable for the property owners, and so unsatisfactory for the company’s purposes, that it was taken down on Tuesday morning.


Some of the base ball enthusiasts are doing a good piece of work on the island in grading the base ball ground. When finished the infield will be entirely level and in fine shape for next season’s games.


Dr. Lawton, for nine years past the senior assistant physician at the asylum, has been granted leave of absence for a year to pursue a further course of study, and to go abroad.


Reverend George B. Lawson becomes minister at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro.

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The Separation of Science and Belief - "Give No Solace to the Faithful"

One of the primary elements of good science is to be challenged. Challenge is a welcome, necessary and learning component of all science. Change and new discoveries are expected by any good scientist. And, theoretical and practical sciences are the most self-correcting of all human intellectual disciplines. All of which helps to keep science alive and relevant.Too many non-scientists use those components, however, as a wedge or a club to make us think that science is unstable, unreliable, does not “know everything” and that science cannot reach proven conclusions because waiting around the corner is another change.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 20, 2016

Residents of Bittersweet Lane have asked the Brattleboro Selectboard to reconsider their recent decision regarding road reclassification. The board denied the request for the Town to take over the private road.

The Welcome Center may be getting a pump station, the Traffic Safety Committee would like more time to study the need for additional flashing pedestrian crossing lights, Blanche Moyse may get a road named after her, and there are many grants and financial reports to consider.

Attend and offer your two cents. You can always bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 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.


Brattleboro Area Hospice Offers Opportunity To Create Memory Boxes

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, from 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host an opportunity for adults to make a memory or tribute box in remembrance of a loved one. The event will take place at the Brattleboro Area Hospice office at 191 Canal Street in Brattleboro.

Participants in the workshop should bring photos and small treasures, poems, and mementos to create your special work of art. If you have a box you’d like to use, please bring it. Otherwise boxes and the materials you’ll need to paint and decorate your memory box will be provided.


Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble: "Pipe Dreams 5" on Oct. 1

Brattleboro, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford presents the Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble, seven of the finest orchestral and solo flutists in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, at 7:30 p.m on Saturday, October 1, in the sanctuary of St. Michael's Episcopal Church. The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus says, “Vermont Virtuosi concerts are
now among the most rewarding chamber music performances in the state.”

"Pipe Dreams 5” is the back-by-popular-demand fifth public program by Vermont’s only professional flute choir. Playing five different types of flute, from petite piccolo to colossal contrabass, the ensemble will perform transcriptions of works by Bernstein, Vivaldi, Doppler, Debussy, Gershwin, and Leroy Anderson as well as original works by Vermont composers David Gunn and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz—whose piece was commissioned by Vermont Virtuosi.


WRC Seeks Public Comment on Renewable Energy Grant Program

The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund has awarded $400,000 to the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) to develop a grant program to support renewable energy projects in Windham County. The program will focus on small-scale projects. Award amounts are proposed to begin in the $10,000 range and go up to $320,000. The WRC will host a public meeting in the Townshend Town Hall, 2006 Route 30 Townshend, Vermont Thursday, September 29th at 6 pm to solicit public feedback on the program proposal. RSVPs are preferred though not required to mmajor@windhamregional.org.


Michael Wind Passed Away

If you knew him, you know he was a kind and gentle human being. I did not know him well, but I always smiled when I saw him coming. He was good. He was kind. 


A World Without Money

Michael Tellinger is a South African author, archeologist and politician

Tellinger is a proponent of Contributionism, a social movement based on the African philosophy of Ubuntu.

In 2012 he founded the Ubuntu Party in South Africa, based on his principles of Contributionism.

Ubuntu USA headquarters are located at Bolton Valley, Vermont.


Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival Announces 2016 Line-up; Tickets on Sale Now

Fourteen youth rock bands and solo artists will take the stage at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont on Saturday, October 1 for BrattRock 2016, the first Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Performances will take place on two stages, one indoor and one outdoor, between 5:00 and 10:00 PM. Gates open at 4:30 PM. The festival will also feature food vendors, as well as an arts and crafts activity tent hosted by the River Gallery School. All are invited to attend this family-friendly event.

Advance tickets are available online via the BrattRock website at www.brattrock.org. Prices are $8 adults/$6 students in advance and $10 adults /$8 students at the door. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Youth Services.


Rummage-Tag Sale at Dummerston Community Center

The Dummerston Community Center will host a rummage and tag sale, featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toys, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Rain or Shine, indoor event. Proceeds benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. For information, call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.September 17th, from 9 am to 12 noon. Dummerston Community Center, 150 West Street, West Dummerston, Vt. 05357


Brattleboro Area Hospice To Offer Seven Week Grief Support Group

A new Seven Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins on September 29th and will meet each Thursday from 6:00-7:30 pm, ending November 10th. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Interested individuals must meet with the facilitator, Connie Baxter, prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by September 23rd for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.


Political Decoys

Today I learned from the Internet that after Hillary Clinton wobbled and was taken to her daughter’s apartment, she was switched! The person who emerged from the apartment was a body double, a political decoy.

The evidence, the internet said, was there. Look at the earlobes! The nose! Why was no one nearby in case she wobbled again? She was sick and now feels better. Clearly a coverup.

As a kid, I recall the buzz about Nixon being switched. It happened in China, when he took a bathroom break. The Nixon that emerged after was a different person, or so the rumors swirled. I remember adults having fun with it, but no one taking it terribly seriously.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Kurt Rosenwinkel and Bandit 65

Kurt Rosenwinkel’s “Post-jazz Sonic Trio” to perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 PM

On September 17th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will kick off its 2016-17 season with a guitar enthusiast’s dream: Kurt Rosenwinkel and his “post-jazz sonic trio of breathtaking virtuosity.” His new group, Bandit 65, is fresh off of two European tours and performances in Los Angeles, Montreal, Philly and Boston. Bandit 65 explores the potential of combining drums with two guitarists replete with looping pedals and electronic enhancement to create a brand-new sonic landscape. Guitarist Pat Metheny has stated “I admire the musician who makes the commitment to ask the harder musical questions that transcend the everyday issues of style and idiom, such is Kurt Rosenwinkel – a thinking guitarist who is working hard to come up with answers that meet his own personal criteria of what music is and what music can be.” Never one to sit on his laurels, Bandit 65 represents Rosenwinkel’s next phase of development, a distinct move from the Standards Trio he has been touring with the past few years.

Bandit 65 is Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar and electronics, Tim Motzer on guitar, prepared guitar, loops and electronics and Gintas Janusonis on drums, percussion and “circuit bent toys.” The music they play is outer-worldly, filled with varied sounds, textures and grooves; it is exceptionally dynamic, exploring the range that exists from the “spaces in between the notes” to “sheets of sound.” The music we will be hearing on September 17th is not bebop, swing or the sophisticated, composed melodies that many of us are accustomed to hearing from Rosenwinkel. It is a new, progressive exploration of the counterpoint of never before heard sounds. Like Miles Davis, Rosenwinkel is too impatient to stand in one place for too long - his brilliant, curious mind will not be constrained to recreating his past successes. Like Metheny states, this new group is Rosenwinkel’s response to “transcending the everyday issues of style and idiom.”


WKVT Presents "A Call To Action On Hunger & Homelessness" Live Radio Forum, September 15

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum about hunger and homelessness in the community from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, September 15 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center. 

The station’s “Call to Action” series brings local and state officials together with individuals and organizations to create awareness around a critical issues and foster greater collaboration in addressing community needs. Light refreshments will be available. Participants and audience members will have a chance to continue discussion on the topic following the broadcast.  


Me, First. No, I Insist.

This article was inspired by a recent visit to a small, old New England town. An older and slightly larger place than here, where long ago the winding streets were laid out on hills for strollers and horse carriages, and everything ran to the sea. Those roads are barely wide enough for bicycles yet here we are in the twenty-first century, most people driving big rigs and SUVS, and many people in a rush all the time. (Saying nothing of the large number on their phones while driving) I did see many occasions of courtesy and an ethos of yielding, but it was hardly a given, and it’s the bad apple that spoils the barrel.

On several instances I witnessed ’accidents’. In these cases, that term is a gross misnomer. They weren’t accidents at all, they were pushy people driving killing machines and for whatever reason, demanded or assumed the right to go first, even if the protocol of the road didn’t warrant that. I see this all the time, especially on my motorcycle, where a larger vehicle will bully me with its mass, saying in effect, my metal is heavier, so back down or pay the price. In psych terms, compensation.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 9/12/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/12/16 

Monday, September 12, 2016

12:00 am 19th Annual Mozart Festival in Woodstock VT

1:30 am Days Gone By: Historical Society of Windham County 8/19/16

2:42 am Authors at the Aldrich: John and Jennifer Sherman

3:30 am Vets: 2016 Memorial Day in Vernon

4:10 am Asst. Fire Chief Pete Lynch Farewell Open House - 8/26/16


Weekend Creativity Series: Thomas Heatherwick - Culture and Design

You may not know of Thomas Heatherwick, but you may know some of his work.

He’s an architect and designer responsible for some of the more stunning new buildings and developments around the world. Heatherwick Studios has created everything from chairs that look like spinning tops and bridges that roll themselves up like a bug, to lush, tropical malls for deserts, garden bridges, and more. The Olympic torches in London? That was his studio.

His studio’s work gets attention. It’s a mixture of form and function, combined with new uses for materials, and simplicity. The projects are impressive and inspirational.

This is talk by Thomas Heatherwick at the Business of Design Week event in Hong Kong, talking about culture, design, and cities.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the new location for this meeting.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.


VFW Lunch Specials 9-12 to 9-16

Menu Specials for Sept. 12th to Sept. 16th

Mon - grilled ham & cheese w/ soup
Tues - Chicken Cordon bleu w/ broccoli
Wed - sausage, peppers & onions over noodles
Thur - BBQ chicken w/ baked potato & veg.
Fri - fried haddock sandwich w/ French fries


Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts Opening Reception for David and Michelle Holzapfel

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Passaggi, a collection of artwork by Marlboro, Vermont, artists Michelle and David Holzapfel. Opening with an Artist Reception September 22, 5-7pm, the exhibit continues through October 23. Of special note, MGFA welcomes folklorist and co-director of the Vermont Folklife Center, Greg Sharrow, to facilitate an Artist Talk on October 8, 5pm.

David’s unique, locally sourced hardwood furniture and sculpture highlight both his material’s inherent beauty and the artist’s unexpected and sensitive response to it.

Michelle’s exquisitely turned and carved bowls, vases and vessels transport the viewer to places where magic and fancy are transformed into handheld objects of singular delight and beauty.


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