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First record of an Episcopal clergyman preaching here in Brattleboro.


The ‘Asylum Journal’ meets with a very flattering reception from the press. One Editor remarks that it is a much better paper than is published by some who profess to have sane minds.


The turkey crop in this immediate vicinity is lighter this year than in any previous year within memory of marketmen now in the business. The farmers have received 18 and 20 cents for their turkeys, and the retail price at the market has been 23 cents.


A special display of Christmas cards this week at Cheney & Clapp’s will interest our readers. An unusually large variety is shown, comprising the kinds considered most desirable in the lists of Prang & Co., Marcus Ward, Raphael Luck & Co., and other leading European publishers.


The railroad men hope to give the old station another “set back” to the edge of the bank this time, on Sunday. We will engage to go right on with our prayers, just the same, if the old shell tumbles in.


The warrant is up for the annual village meeting. No unusual business is called for.


The Chautauqua meeting on Wednesday evening opened with the reading of a psalm appropriate to Thanksgiving. The roll call brought out various news items, and was followed by questions on American history & literature and a cursory glance at the lesson on “The Lungs.” Miss Gertrude Williams read a very interesting and comprehensive paper on “Witchcraft,” Mr. Fales & Mr. Harris gave excellent character sketches of Benjamin Franklin and Washington Irving, and the evening closed on the real names of authors whose pseudonyms have become household words.


Concrete walks have been laid in the yard at the Estey works, connecting all the shops.


The story of Paul Boyton, the lone voyager of over 25,000 miles in a rubber dress, is soon to be published. The prospectus shows that there will be an interesting account of his trip down the Connecticut 12 or 15 years ago, when he went over Bellows Falls and came to Brattleboro to spend the night.


Rudyard Kipling has written what is said to be one of his most striking poems, “The gipsy trail,” for the Christmas Century.


The girls of the Brattleboro High school are planning an oratorical contest. Two girls from the High schools ay Keene, Winchester, Hinsdale, Brattleboro, and probably Bellows Falls are to comete for the prize, which is to be a gold medal.


The women of the Baptist society are completing preparations for their “Mother Goose Market” which is to be held Dec. 8.


Hinsdale officers made another raid on the brewery Saturday, but found no contraband drinkables.


S.A. Smith & Co. begin running on 12 hour time today. The men go into the factory at 7 o’clock and work until 9 at night, with an hour at noon and another hour out for supper.


The Thanksgiving weather was of the “old-fashioned kind,” a storm of sleet and snow beginning to fall in the forenoon and continuing into the night. The ground is covered this morning with two or three inches of snow, the first wintry mantle to cover the Connecticut valley towns this fall.


Sousa's band performs at Brattleboro's Auditorium.


Turkey at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, $3.29 per pound.

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Boston Gay Men's Chorus Delights Full House at Latchis Theatre; Evening Honors Rep. Lippert and Benefits Retreat's LGBT Program

BRATTLEBORO, VT (November 3)—The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus served up a memorable night of song, advocacy, and community spirit in front of a capacity crowd at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday night, November 1st. The sold-out event helped raise more than $25,000 for the Brattleboro Retreat’s LGBT Program, now in its 5th year of serving the LGBTQ community.

As a part of the evening’s program, the Retreat presented Representative Bill Lippert of Hinesburg with the hospital’s 2014 Anna Marsh Award in recognition of his advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness or addiction.


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast notes - Oct. 24, 2014 - "Medicare Facts & Medicare Fraud"

Medicare Facts & Medicare Fraud

Presenter: Kelly McElheny,
Community of Vermont Elders - C.O.V.E./SMP
Southern VT Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Kelly@vermontelders.org - http://www.vermontelders.org/wordpress/smp

SMP (formerly “Senior Medicare Patrol”) is a program that exists in all 50 states and is funded by the US Administration on Aging to empower seniors to protect themselves against Medicare errors, fraud or abuse. Since 2003, C.O.V.E. has been the sponsoring agency, administering the federal grant. Anita Hoy <Anita@vermontelders.org> is the Director who also covers the territory north of Rte. 4 / White River Junction, while Kelly McElheny covers the southern part of the state.


I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Week of November 2

No planned closures this week.


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. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.

Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Documentary Film On Brattleboro Red Cross Nurse In France 1914-1918 To Be Shown By Historical Society

An American Nurse At War is the title of a documentary film to be shown on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 2:30 pm for the annual meeting and program of the Brattleboro Historical Society at the Brattleboro History Center located in the Masonic Center building at 196 Main Street, Brattleboro.

The film chronicles the experience of Marion McCune Rice of Brattleboro who went to France one hundred years ago to care for injured soldiers during World War I. Rice was born in Brattleboro in 1882 and graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1900 before attending Smith College and nursing school at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. She was the sister of Howard Crosby Rice, longtime publisher of the Brattleboro Reformer, and spent summers at her home on Chestnut Hill.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 11/3/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 11/3/14

Monday, November 3, 2014

12:00 am Peoples Forum on Human Rights and the Economy

2:00 am 2014 Renewable Energy Conference Keynote - David Hochschild

3:20 am Control and Letting Go: A Lecture by Wolf Kahn

4:30 am At BML: David Fischer - Edible Wild Mushrooms 9/11/14

5:30 am Lit Fest 2014: Ronald Levao, Susan Wolfson


BMH Offers Free Educational Program on High School Sports Injuries

On November 10, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will be offering a free educational program titled “High School Sports Injuries: Prevention, Treatment and Care,” featuring Physician Assistants Maureen Mahoney, PA-C, and Wayne Temmen, PA-C. They will be presenting information that parents, teachers, coaches and athletes should know about sports injuries, including recognition of an injury and proper treatment so students may recover safely and quickly.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of November 2

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from Daylight Savings darkness:


Learn About Meat Rabbits at Home
Reiki and Flower Essence Therapy
Energy Healing with Jin Shin Jyutsu
Borrow my Kayak(s)
Healthy Mindful Meal Prep
Will Finish Knitting Projects
Will Paint Your Fence


Guess Who's Cyber Bullying Now? As A Candidate and a Vermont Voter, I'm Furious & I Hope You Read This!



The Vermont - NEA, the union of Vermont educators, has displayed a gross and horrendous act of cyber bullying and dis-information by telling their taxpayer paid teachers and other educators who to vote for, and who NOT to vote for!


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 4, 2014

Tuesday night is election night, but the Brattleboro Selectboard will be devoting their evening energy to their regular Tuesday meeting. The meeting will be held in the BCTV studios on the third floor of the Municipal Center (elevator available).

Rather routine business on the agenda, including staffing level reviews of the Police and Public Works departments, some discussion of the FY16 budget, a liquor license for House of Pizza on Canal Street, and a hearing about plans to do some major building rehabilitation at five of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust properties in town.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation, and add your wisdom to the conversation in general. Watch on BCTV, and read the details here the next day.


Man-made Global Warming is Worsening

BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 1 – A United Nations panel on Sunday is set to issue a major report detailing what a draft called “the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” of global warming.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the new report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to make the strongest case yet for decisive action to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

“The scientific community across the world is sounding the alarm. Climate change is real and it will have devastating consequences around the globe unless we act boldly and decisively,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate environment and energy committees.


5:45 Live: 10/31/14

New charges in the Keene riots, Katie Buckley's sudden departure in Guilford, the latest in the Fairpoint strike, last night's VT NDCAP panel meeting on VT Yankee, and much more all adorn a thoroughly Halloween-tastic edition of 5:45 Live.


Kabbalah Kirtan Concert with Yofiyah at the Vermont Jazz Center!

On Saturday night, November 8th Sounds True recording artist Yofiyah brings her Kabbalah Kirtan ensemble to the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. Kabbalah Kirtan is a unique fusion of Jewish, Middle Eastern and Indian melodies with audience participation via call-and-response singing, along with musical accompaniment.

 “Kabbalah Kirtan brings a musical experience that joyously celebrates ´da ´at d´vekut´, union with the oneness of all.”, explains Yofiyah. Revered Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi called Yofiyah and her style of Kabbalah Kirtan “A marvelous gateway to the spirit, a true energizer of the soul.”


Brattleboro Halloween 2014 Costumes on Cedar Street

Close to 200 trick-or-treaters combed the Forest Square section of Brattleboro on Halloween. As is tradition, here’s your official 2014 list of costumes. Apologies to those we missed or got wrong, and thanks to all for all the original and entertaining ideas that kids had this year.

One notable trend: Star Wars is back. Other trends include parents getting more involved, nerds, and Robin Hoods.

Frozen princess Elsa
A red skin suit
Tiny Batman (Returns, one year later)


Weekend Concert Series: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Great jazz show from 1970 at the Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon featuring the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Prepare to go on a sonic journey.

Not sure why Europe reveres jazz from America seemingly more than Americans themselves, but I’m thankful for all of the Italian recordings, and here, French film of groups like this at that time.


American Bus Association Names Stroll Weekend One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2015

The American Bus Association has named Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 5-7) as one of its Top 100 Events in North America for 2015.

Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Stroll Weekend offers “excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world,” according to ABA.

Held annually since 2002, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is built around an agriculturally-themed parade on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street, which is headed by 100 or more well-groomed and well-dressed heifer calves from regional farms, led by farmers and 4-H club members.


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