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Harness Trimmings. Brass, Plated, Tinned and Jappan’d Harness Trimmings. Buggy Trimmings, Laces, Bands, Springs, &c., received and for sale at the very lowest prices. B. Ranger.


Cheese! Cheese! Earl’s Cheese for sale by Dutton & Clark.


About a year since Mr. Asa Wheeler of this town received letters patent for a new and greatly improved kind of skate of his own invention. During the past season he has been engaged in putting machinery into his axe factory and making necessary preparations for the manufacture of these skates. In these improved skates a neat leather casing is buckled over the top of the feet, entirely enclosing the foot from any movement independent of the skate.


We shall publish the Annual Message of the President in a supplement to The Phoenix, next week. Our readers must prepare themselves for a long and not very brilliant homily on “the great value of the Union,” and a dissertation on “Sectional Strife,” or more precisely, that sort of strife that is engendered by anti-slavery men. Southern sectionalism will, of course, be let off with a very gentle reprimand, merely for the looks of the thing.


This village exhibits a good degree of activity and stir. Drilling and blasting and moving stone, laying walls and abutments, repairing shops and building a dam across Whetstone brook, setting glass and painting, repairing buildings and erecting new ones, constructing sidewalks, &c, gives the appearance of earnestness and determination to repair the damages of flood and fire, and to make substantial and permanent improvements.


J. Cutler & Son announce re-fitted and re-opened bakery in Cutler's Block, with fresh crackers, bread, biscuits, pies and cakes made fresh daily.


We will thank our correspondents in the several towns to send us the local news frequently, and thus aid in giving interest to the paper.


A recent visit to the furniture manufactory of Messrs. J. Retting & Co., shows that they are turning our some extra nice chamber sets. The establishment is acquiring a reputation for good workmanship and square dealing, which, as the times improve, will be likely to have a healthy effect upon the business.


Waite’s new road on the east side of the Connecticut, opposite this village, has opened for travel.


We learn that O. L. Miner shipped this year for the Thanksgiving market 188 boxes of poultry, weighing 30,443 pounds, net. Pretty good for Windham County.


A dispensation has been granted by the Grand Master of Vermont for a new Masonic lodge in this place, to be called the Brattleboro Lodge.


The new street extending from Forest square to the neighborhood of the Asylum is open for travel.


Christmas goods in variety may be found at Cora Hatch’s on Forest square.


The members of the 'Lend a Hand' club held a very jolly soap bubble party at their room in Crosby block last Saturday evening.


C.E. Barrett, the machinist, is the first man to make a beginning of electric lighting in Brattleboro. The apparatus will be ready for trial in a day or two.


Emerson & Son, in order to accomodate their customers during the holiday season, will keep their store open until eight o’clock every evening until after Christmas.


The bailiffs have had numerous complaints in regard to the neglect of people to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice since the recent storms, also in regards to dumping coal ashes into the streets and they propose hereafter that the village bylaws in this regard be enforced.


The birds in the natural history collection at the Free library are being relabeled by Taxidermist C.H. Evans of Townshend.


The Boy’s Guild of St. Michael’s church was organized at a meeting held at the residence of Dr. Roberts on Wednesday evening.


Twenty-three buffaloes were seen in Brattleboro Tuesday. They occupied two cars and belonged to the estate of Austin Corbin. The animals were docile with the exception of the leader of the herd, “Major Mckinley.”


The ladies have this week begun to unpack and arrange the furniture and other goods which have been given from time to time to the Home for the Aged and Disabled. Many applications for admittance to the home have already been received.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/31/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/31/16

Monday, October 31, 2016

12:00 am Prevent Child Abuse VT - 40th Anniversary Pt1

2:00 am BAPC: Conversation on Drug Abuse & Law Enforcement 10/11/16

3:30 am VINS - Neotropical Migrant Birds

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:20 am Stuck in Vermont: Queen City Ghostwalk


Proof US Allies Saudi Arabia & Qatar Fund & Equip ISIS All Along Not An Election Issue

Wikileaks' released emails prove Hillary knew US close allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding/equipping ISIS while Americans were also being murdered by ISIS, show her pretending Saudis and others were not from the beginning part of US conspiracy to create a fanatical Islamic state in order to destroy Syria and the Shiite government in Iraq. Why this is NOT AN ELECTION ISSUE


Clinton Emails

Here's a link to an Alternet story that came in last night, Oct 29th.

The story points out a couple of times that it is not known what is in those emails.  Nor how many there are.   Here's another article I pulled off the net on Huma Abedin.

Should we assume that Abedin was sharing a computer with Weiner?  Given that Abedin was the closest advisor to the Secretary of State would she share a computer even with her husband?  If they had their own computers is it possible that Weiner knew his wife's password and stole the emails?  Could he be the kind of guy that wanted something that he could use to blackmail for protection?


VFW Lunch Specials 10/31 to 11/4

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

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potoates

Tues - salisbury steak w/ baked potato & veg.

Wed - turkey broccoli stuffing casserole

Thur - BBQ pulled pork w/ mashed potato & veg.

Fri - tuna noodle casserole


November Shabbat Services at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

Please join Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim, for Shabbat services.

Shabbat morning services in November  take place at 10 am on the 5th, 12th, and 19th.

Shabbat morning services are followed by an oneg  (coffee and a snack) and a chance to shmooze (chat) with friends old and new.

Kabbalat Shabbat service (A musical Shabbat service) at 7:00 pm on Friday November 25th.  Come and relax on the day after Thanksgiving with music and prayers and a potluck dessert.


Crafting for the Homeless - It's Getting Cold Outside

Come join us for our 3rd year of making a difference on Sunday afternoon, November 6th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric. Our group will meet the first Sunday of the month after this session.

Some people come to learn to knit or crochet, others arrive with projects already underway. Some are members of BAJC; some are not. All are welcome! We donate our projects to Groundworks Collaborative. 


Windham Co. State Senate Candidates Forum - Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast


Windham Co. State Senate Candidates Forum
October 28, 2016


Brattleboro Does the MASH! (video!)

Some wicked fun from last night's Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob in Brattleboro! See the video HERE.


Test Your Math Skills!

From Today's History 10/29/16...


For the pupils in the High School - There is a certain number which may be divided into four parts in such a way that if you add 2 to the first part subtract 2 from the second, multiply the third by 2 and divide the fourth by 2, the sum, remainder, product, and quotient, will be the same. What is the number?


Movie Monday

November Showings


November 7th
– 10:00 am

Starring: Kate
Maberly, Maggie Smith

November 14th
– 9:30 am

Starring: Helen
Mirren, Om Puri


Election Event With Bernie Sanders Saturday

Pre Election Event with Bernie Sanders today, Saturday, 10/29

Doors open at 2:00.

Brattleboro Union High School, Fairground Rd.

Come meet local and statewide candidates including Sue Minter, David Zuckerman, Becca Balint, TJ Donovan, John Moran, Mike Mrowicki, David Deen and Mollie Burke and others.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


November 1st – Vegetable Frittata, Home Fries, Muffin, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

November 4th – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Ham, Yogurt Parfait, Juice & Coffee

November 8th – Eggs Benedict w/Ham on an English Muffin, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 1 to November 4

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 1 to November 4


November 1 - Baked Chicken Tenders

Vegetable Fried Rice

Lemon Broccoli

Orange Julius


Weekend Creativity Series - Foley Sound Effects

The sounds you hear in movies, cartoons, and even reality TV shows are highly coordinated and processed to eliminate distractions and focus your attention. Volumes of voices are adjusted, frequencies tinkered with, reverb added, background music is added, and so on.

One of the most important roles in the soundtrack creation process is that of Foley artist. These are people who make sound effects. You know them. The ones using coconuts to make horse galloping sounds.


Brattleboro Water Discoloration - Notice To Public

The Brattleboro Water Department has experienced some slightly discolored water complaints from customers of the Brattleboro Water System. Because of drought conditions and the replacement of a one million gallon storage tank we were unable to conduct fall water main flushing. Flushing normally occurs spring & fall and removes organics and minerals from the water distribution system.

Naturally occurring minerals (primarily iron) are typically to blame for water discoloration. These minerals, which are heavier than water, settle in water pipelines and may be stirred up from increased water flows in our system.

The discolored water poses no health hazards and the Brattleboro Water System is in full compliance with public water supply standards.


Grove Street, Municipal Center Access - Revised Schedule

A revised project schedule for the water line installation at the Brattleboro Municipal Center results in the following impact to the public.

Monday, October 31: Grove Street Closed to Through Traffic
Municipal Center Access Access from Linden Street
Parking Meters Not Available


Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob Tonight!

All are welcome, no need to play or sing - just come out and savor the spooky-fun scene!

Brooks House Atrium, Main St., Brattleboro. Friday Oct. 28, 6pm sharp!

Free, accessible, fun! Led by Lisa McCormick.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 1, 2016

Should Brattleboro ban single use plastic bags in retail stores? It is one of many issues the selectboard will take up at their next regular meeting, Tuesday at the Municipal Center.

Brattleboro’s selectboard will also get a first look at the proposed budget for FY18, see the lease agreement with The Reformer, help with some refinancing of business loans, apply for a grant to buy a new fire truck, learn of two new mural proposals for downtown, buy winter sand, talk more about pedestrian safety measures to implement, and more.

You can attend and participate, and also bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 4:30pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op community room.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, November 4, 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


No More Wounded Knees

If you get your news from television you're probably not familiar with what has been going on in North Dakota and which is of great importance in these days of corporate trickery. The mainstream news wants to keep you ignorant. They'll report on things but only when they cannot avoid it. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now was arrested and this brought attention to what is going on.


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