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The person who took 2 sides of SOLE LEATHER from a certain cellar last Tuesday night, is requested to return it or call and settle for the same. As the person was seen with it, he had better comply with the above request, or else he will receive a visit from Mr. Sheriff. Do you take, Mr. *******


The annual village meeting, for the choice of officers and other business, was fully attended at the Town Hall, Monday evening, Dec. 3d. Voted to pay the Engine Companies the same as before, and to raise 40 cents on the grand list to be paid Jan. 1st, 1867, which sum it was estimated would pay all expenses and leave the village free of debt.


The ladies of the Baptist church and society will hold a wristlet festival at the vestry of their church on Wednesday evening of next week. The occasion will be a novel and pleasant one, and everyone is invited.


This evening, Thursday, a company of boys and young men will be organized to man the No. 3 hand fire engine.


On account of the short days and the early hour at which it now grows dark, the schools have returned to the local time for their hours of opening and closing. The sessions now begin at 8:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and close at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., standard time.


The new comet can now be seen by the naked eye after sunset in the northwest, near the star Vega, the only star of the first magnitude in that vicinity.


Crowell’s latest addition to the park is an old fashioned log cabin, which is to be fitted up as a kitchen for the accommodation of picnic parties.


The “Phantasma of singing flowers,” announced for last Monday evening by the baptist ladies, was unavoidably postponed on account of the illness of one of the leading ladies.


A thorough trial will be made this winter of the snow roller method for winter roads. The selectmen will use the roller made by G. G. Allen last year.


Snow fell Sunday to a depth of five or six inches and sleighs were in general use Monday, but they have since given way to wagons. The ground is frozen to a depth of more than a foot, and it is doubtful if any more water enters the soil until next spring.


A ball from an air gun or toy gun in the hands of some older lads at a distance glanced and struck Glen Jones, little son of V.O. Jones, in the eye. A partial paralysis of the eyeball and considerable pain resulted, but no serious consequences are looked for.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.


The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 7 to November 11

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 7 to November 11

November 7 - Egg Salad Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Clam Chowder

Cole Slaw



The Slambovian Circus of Dreams at Next Stage on Saturday, November 5

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm.

The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” - a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. The quartet taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, featuring an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.


Brooks Library - Under Construction and Survey!

Please forgive the dust and occasional noise in the library in the next couple of months. We're building an even better Brooks Memorial Library!

If you missed the email about the library survey... Don't worry; there's a link right here. What do you love? What do you wish for? Please tell us what you think! They survey takes about 7-10 minutes, or longer if you want to share details. It's your choice. Thanks for being part of the conversation! 

Library Survey Link


Lightning-Round Interview with Matthew Wojcik, Electronic Services Support Specialist at Brooks Library

To book an appointment with Matt on Monday evenings, send him an email (http://www.brookslibraryvt.org/matthew-wojcik), or call him at (802) 254-5290 x109.

Matt arrived at Brooks in September, bringing extensive technical experience in a variety of challenging environments. You'll see him at the front desk and out on the floor, helping visitors with technology questions.  

Q:What do you like best about helping people with technology?

A: Helping people past the confusion and frustration technology makes us all feel at times, to get to the fun and useful things.

Q: Tell us an interesting fact about you outside your library tech life.


Next WBA Meeting November 10th, Local Legislators Invited

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and discussion of possible uses of remaining sign funds, the group will talk about the upcoming Holiday Party plans. And speaking of holiday, the use of non-powered decorations for the West B common this year will be considered.

Members of the WBA will hear updates on various topics including the status of the Neighborhoods Fund and of economic development initiatives.


On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Jim Arnosky

Famous children's author and illustrator Jim Arnosky is featured as October and November's illustrator in the top floor display cases. Arnosky has written and illustrated over 140 picture and nature books for kids. He has also written many Vermont nature guides for adults. He has won several awards for his work including the ALA Gordon Award, the Chirstopher Medal, and the Outstanding Science Book Award.

See lots more at http://www.jimarnosky.com/

Brooks Memorial Library224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290


Job Hunt Help at Brooks Library

Meet the library's new Job Hunt Helper, Danielle Braverman! Danielle will help library visitors use computer technology for job and career-related tasks like preparing resumes, exploring careers, and completing online job applications. Contact the Reference Desk to make an appointment with Danielle, or just drop by during her regular library hours: Tuesdays 10:00-1:00 and Thursdays 1:00-4:00.

Danielle's services are provided through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries, with funding from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Learn a New Skill with Lynda.com (via Brooks Library)

Have you heard? Learn a new skill online, on your time. Over 4000 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts. Spreadsheet skills, animation techniques, happiness tips, salary negotiation strategies...there's something in Lynda for everybody! Thanks to generous support from the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, Lynda.com, from LinkedIn, is FREE to library cardholders.

Brooks Memorial Library224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290


Samirah Evans: How the Heck Did I Get to VT? A Musical Memoir

Samirah Evans: How the heck did I get to VT? A musical memoir to benefit Brooks Memorial Library. Please join us on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 at 7 pm to hear a spectacular voice and celebrate a Vermont - and world - treasure.

Samirah's live performance repertoire runs the gamut from raunchy blues to jazz smooth as silk. She has often been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. Like many jazz and blues artists, Samirah dedicates time to perpetuating indigenous American music. She was a long time participant in the Blues Schoolhouse program sponsored by the International House of Blues Foundation. She also served as a volunteer show host on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage radio station, WWOZ, for over ten years.


New Fire Station Is Going To Rot

I really hope this isn't the case, but as I drove by the under-construction West Brattleboro fire station I watched in horror as a single layer of what appeared to be 1" XPS foam was being attached to the exterior of one of the walls.  I can only hope another thicker layer is forthcoming, but I don't have much hope.

I am concerned that the various "professionals" designing this building for vast sums of money and the various comittees (including presumably the energy people) have made a huge design error that will cause this building to have a very short lifespan and be guranteed to have moisture issues which will be a giant waste of our taxpayer dollars and another example of overpaid incompetence and project mismanagement.


Local Young Man Still Following His Passion

Octane AI announces new powerful bots platform for Messenger https://octaneai.com/

Marketwired (press release)

"The company was founded in 2016 by Matt Schlicht, Ben Parr and Leif K-Brooks and is based in San Francisco. Visit Octane AI's website to sign up for..."


Savings Bank of Walpole Employee News


Keene, NH – Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is pleased to announce that a number of employees including Gregg Tewksbury, President and CEO; Mortgage Loan Officers Christine Greenwood and Michelle Hayward and Eric Schlim, Assistant Branch Manager at the Bank’s Marlboro Street location, have been recognized for recent achievements and contributions nationally and in the community.


Day of the Dead Community Altar at Experienced Goods

14th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration and Community Altar on November 4th

The 14th Annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Celebration and Community Altar will take place during November Gallery Walk, November 4th, from 5:00-7:00 at Experienced Goods Thrift Shop, 77 Flat St. in Brattleboro. Inspired by the Latin American holiday when families gather to honor loved ones who have died, staff and volunteers from Brattleboro Area Hospice create an Ofrenda, or large community altar. You’re invited to bring an item to lay on the Ofrenda to honor a loved one.

(Please use photocopied pictures and objects of no great concern since items cannot be returned.)


Brattleboro's Celebration of James Banslaben

Selectboard, Town staff, BCTV, and friends of James Banslaben:

A community open house to celebrate the life of James Banslaben has been organized by his “Brattleboro family.” The celebration is scheduled on Sunday, November 20, from 1:00 to 3:00pm at the event space named (and located at) 118 Elliot Street, in Brattleboro. Attached is a copy of the invitation – please pass it onto all staff and other friends of James.


Anna & Elizabeth at Sandglass Theater

Anna & Elizabeth - An evening of all new ballads and crankies

Anna & Elizabeth bring their intimate and haunting traditional music & mesmerizing multi-media show to Sandglass Theater, Sunday, November 6, 2016 to share and celebrate a new cycle of work, inspired by ballad singers of the 1930s and 1940s in Vermont and Virginia—the states where they grew up. This dynamic duo is returning to Sandglass Theater with brand new music and brand new crankies.

The pair based in rural Virginia and Baltimore, springs from the unique talents of Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo), and their shared desire to inspire people with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Powerful harmony singers steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the young women are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of “crankies,” scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper.


Road Side Marijuana Test, 300 Mile Race Track In Vermont, Two Teams!

U.S. Marijuana Party candidate, Cris Ericson, running for United States Senator, speaks for ten minutes on SAPA TV, Channel 10 in Springfield, Vermont on the subject of a fair marijuana roadside test and race track.


Thursday, November 3, 2016 11:06 PM Cris Ericson - Roadside Marijuana Testing

Friday, November 4, 2016 7:45 AM Cris Ericson - Roadside Marijuana Testing

Saturday, November 5, 2016 3:15 PM Cris Ericson - Roadside Marijuana Testing 


Brattleboro Canal?

From today in history 11/2/16:


The Main street canal has been dredged out this week, about six inches of deposit being scraped up and carted off. Common report has it that a charter for the “Brattleboro Canal company” is being drawn up and that its passage will be asked of the legislature permitting navigation to be opened between the Vermont National bank corner and the junction of No. Main and Asylum streets.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Pedestrians, FY18 Budget, and Banning Single Use Plastic Bags

The Brattleboro Selectboard attended to multiple pedestrian and traffic safety matters, allocating a substantial amount of money for new flashing signs and other safety devices for about town.

The board received their introduction to the FY18 budget, they decided to endorse a WSWMD budget with no Materials Recycling facility included, discussed where to send recycling if we close our recycling location, and determined that money would likely be saved as a result.

Banning single use plastic bags will require a petition to become an ordinance, Brattleboro would like a new firetruck, and we have the second best police department in the world!


Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

"There's something happening here...."
The sweet ukulele is a balm for the heart, soul, and community.
Learn all the basics in this one-day workshop, taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.
Sunday, December 4, 10-3, Putney, VT. 


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro should continue to fund and staff an Energy Coordinator position...