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Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, at half past 6 o’clock. After the lecture the following resolution will be introduced. Resolved, That there are no just grounds for the present rebellion in Canada, and that the party calling themselves Patriots are not worthy of sympathy from the citizens of the States.


Shingles and Granite. Wanted, 40M. shaved Spruce Shingles, all heart stuff; 300 feet Granite, by Williston & Tyler.


Cords and Tassels, Fringes and Gimps, this day received by Dickinson, Day & Co.


Vt. and Mass. and Conn. River Railroads. The cars on both these roads now run regularly to the Junction in Vernon, 10 miles from this village. All the grading and mason work is completed, and the sleepers laid. The rails are also laid for some distance this side of Vernon. By the middle of February, at least, we may expect to hear the whistle of the steamhorse in this neighborhood.


Another case of small pox has occurred in this town, in the family of Mr. Newman Allen, about a mile north of the village, on the Newfane road. No intercourse is allowed between the family of Mr. Allen and other citizens.


The last session of our Legislature passed an act providing for the appointment of surveyors of wood and bark.


We are glad to announce the success of the $30,000 joint stock association which is to engage in the manufacture of furniture at Centreville. It is proposed to build a shop 40 by 100 feet.


Diaries, almanacs and registers for the current year are still to be had at Cheney & Clapp’s.


This idea of “protection to animals” is all well enough, and the horse is a noble animal; but when one of them plants himself directly across a street crossing, and hasn’t the politeness to budge an inch when you wish to cross, your admiration of the animal somehow oozes out, and you long for the organization of a Society for the Promotion of Good Manners among Horses and Common Sense among Horse Owners.


Telephonic communication was had Wednesday between the Brattleboro exchange and Springfield, Mass, via Jacksonville, Shelburne Falls and Greenfield.


J.B. Randoll is putting the machinery in place in the knitting needle factory in Harmony block. He expects to begin operations next week.


It is understood that Columbus and Queen Isabelle have arrived in town, and will remain until after the fair of the Universalist ladies next Thursday evening.


Walter F. Goddard, the bookbinder, has sold his house on Canal street to Assistant Treasurer John C. DeWitte of the Brattleboro savings bank.


Fred H. Harris was named president of the newly formed Eastern United States Ski Association.

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Reminder - West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party Dec 8th at Dalem's Chalet

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. 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.


44th Christmas at Christ Church: "O, Happy Yule!"

Friends of Music at Guilford’s 44th annual holiday program at Christ Church, the iconic New England landmark along Rt. 5 in Guilford, Vt., is set for December 16 and 17. Performances on Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. will include vocal music, instrumental interludes, a holiday story, and a brief carol sing, the  traditional format. The “O, Happy Yule!” subtitle refers to this season’s thematic choice of Music from the British Isles.

The Guilford Chamber Singers, under the direction of Tom Baehr for a fifth season, present ten a cappella seasonal songs from England, Ireland, and Wales. These span several centuries and are interspersed with instrumental selections played by the Guilford Chamber Players under the direction of Amy Cann.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Single Stream Coming, MRF Killed, RT 30 Planned, Budgets Examined

The selectboard got through a long meeting, accomplishing much but under strained and tense moments at times. They chastisted one of their own for poor judgement and actions, explored a change in Rt 30 as it approaches and leaves Brattleboro, voted to go forward with a switch to single stream recycling, killed the MRF at the WSWMD, offered suggestions to organizations over workplans and budget requests, and more.


Rise Above

On the morning of November 8, Election Day 2016, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window up at the sliver of sky you can see between the houses next door.  As I looked at that slice of blue, two little words popped into my head: “rise above.”  And I thought, today of all days, that’s probably good advice.  And then, that it might be good advice in many situations beyond just electoral politics.  How many of the world’s ills could be solved if we could somehow rise above, at least long enough to get a clear view and the lay of the land?


New Brattleboro Skatepark Promotional Video and Crowdsourcing link - Donating Made Easy!

The Living Memorial Skatepark has its ACT 250 permit and is ready to hopefully break ground in 2017. We just need more contributions. Please donate to this important cause for recreation and youth in Brattleboro. A skate park would be a tremendous asset to our town and region!!

Here is the link to watch the new video and DONATE! https://www.youcaring.com/brattleboroareaskatepark-688731


Making Connections Conference Welcomes Stern Center Professional

Brattleboro, VT- On November 5, the Brattleboro Area Early Childhood Educators hosted the Making Connections Conference at Brattleboro Retreat. Professional learning providers from around the state shared their expertise through workshops covering a variety of topics, thereby enhancing the knowledge of roughly 80 Vermont early childhood providers and educators. Funded by the generous support of the Turrell Fund, Karen Rodgers, a Speech Language Pathologist at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was able to provide two valuable workshops to these educators.


Town Trash Bag Quality?

Just this past week putting out trash in the early morning dark I had the large purple bag split open like a ripe watermelon and no I wasn't over stuffing or using excessive force. The next time around two weeks later when I had less trash going out, the smaller yellow bag failed me when I went to pull the draw string it just simpley ripped off like a fly away rip cord to no where, so I had to do a quick make shift tie job with what was left of excess plastic bag on the top barely binding enough to tie a simple granny knot, not the best way to start the day.The entire package of yellow bags had the same defect. 

Should I feel like this is just a fluke in the overall  quality of these costly bags or is anyone else out there had a simular experience?


BCTV Schedules For Week of 12/5/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/5/16

Monday, December 5, 2016

12:00 am Deep Change for Climate Justice

1:30 am Mongolian Music and Dance- 10/29/16

3:30 am Western Bombs-Eastern Societies: Destruction of Nations and Humanitarian Interventionism

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am The Next Chapter - An Exploration of Caregiving


Drive, Walk, and Ride Safely

Brattleboro is getting a first dose of real winter weather, and conditions for walking, biking, and driving are poor. Take your time, go a bit slower, and get to your destination safely.

Just this morning I was walking near Western Ave and Cedar and BANG - two cars collided. (Another guy and I were close enough to check on everyone. We also directed traffic for a moment until the police arrived.) Both drivers were safe, but they are both looking at lots of car repair.

If you don't need to go out, by all means stay in. And watch the forecasts. More snow and rain is expected this week, along with cold temperatures.


VFW Lunch Specials Dec. 5th - 9th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg
Tues - beef stew w/ homemade bread
Wed - chicken marsala w/ mashed potato & roll
Thur - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & salad
Fri - crab cakes w/ coleslaw & onion rings

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 6, 2016

It’s going to be a long meeting Tuesday night when the Brattleboro Selectboard takes up an agenda covering just about everything.

There will be an update on the Police and Fire facilities, a presentation on the Rt 30 “gateway,” a decision on what to do about recycling and the Town Representative voting against Town wishes, and more budget discussion. And...


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Town Clerk's Office Closed December 13

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, December 13, as staff will be conducting the Town School Vote in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Annette L. Cappy
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312


Scrabble! At Brooks Memorial Library

Interested in joining others in a lively game of Scrabble? Weekly drop-in Scrabble at Brooks Memorial Library begins on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6 pm. Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, except on First Wednesdays. 

Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290


First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: How William Carlos Williams Changed Poetry

UVM professor Huck Gutman will look at the work and legacy of poet William Carlos Williams in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 7 at 7 pm. His talk, “William Carlos Williams: America’s Most Revolutionary Twentieth Century Poet,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Gutman’s talk will consider how Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.

Huck Gutman is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, and in modern poetry in translation. A former Chair of the English Department, he has twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written or edited four books, and has been a regular political columnist for major newspapers abroad.  He has returned to teaching at UVM after six years in Washington, where he served as Chief of Staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.


Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale

Don't miss the 11th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale! It will be held Thursday and Friday, December 1st & 2nd, from 10am-6pm, and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am-2 pm. What better place to find a gift for the holidays?


This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous

This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 5th


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.


Bagels and Blocks - A Drop In Playgroup

Make new friends while having fun with your child!

Brattleboro Area Jewish Communityis excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play.


Town School Vote December 13

Wednesday December 7, is the last day for Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney residents to register to vote at the Special Town School District vote to be held on Tuesday, December 13.

If you are currently registered to vote in the town where you reside, you do not need to register again.


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