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Quinces. 20 Bushels of Connecticut Quinces just received and for sale by Hall & Townsley.


Brattleboro had its first experience of the wonders of the Bell telephone last Thursday evening, when Mr. A. C. Harvey of St. Johnsbury was in town with several instruments, which he exhibited by attaching them to the wires of the amateur telegraph company, one of the instruments being placed in Chamberlain’s hat store and the other in Tripp’s jewelry store. Their operation was witnessed and listened to by a large number of citizens. It is probable that one or more parties in the village will rent sets of this telephone and put them into practical operation.


R. G. Hardie, jr., has just completed a fine crayon portrait of Col. J. J. Estey, made entirely from sittings. The general treatment of the subject is skillful and satisfactory, and we regard it as one of the best things that we have seen yet from Hardie’s easel.


Mrs. Livingstone gives her lecture on “Superfluous Women” at Crosby hall on Tuesday evening of next week.


Brattleboro people waked up on Wednesday morning to find the ground white with snow and a cold, raw storm of snow and rain prevailing. The hills were white throughout the day.


Scales for weighing cars and freight are being put in near the north end of the station platform — in a place, we are sorry to say, which doesn’t indicate that we are to hope for any betterment in the arrangement of the station approaches. The scales are chiefly for the use of the narrow gauge road.


I. B. Thorn has sold his half-interest in the drug store to his brother, E. C. Thorn. The change is made because the sale of hop and burdock tonic and cough cure has increased to such an extent that Mr. I. B. Thorn deems it essential that he should devote his whole time to that part of the business.


The Mather place, containing 50 acres of land, situated one half mile beyond the West village, has been bought of Seneca Howe and son for a town farm. The buildings consist of a two-story house and barn, both slated. It is a very desirable place and will give ample room for the support of the town poor. The price paid is $3250.


We refuse absolutely to repeat the remarks about the condition of the street crossings which the letter carriers have made to us the past week. They are all good boys, and if they grew profane when they saw the mud half-way up to their knees they were excusable and it will never be set against them as a sin.


J. E. Jacobs has sold his tea and grocery store to his two clerks, H. C. Clisbee and Frank Reed, who took possession on Monday. Mr. Jacobs has built up an excellent trade and retires only because he finds the confinement too sever for his health. He retains his county tea trade and will keep his teams on the road as usual.


The formal installation of the Rev. Mr. Phalen as pastor of the Unitarian society will take place next Wednesday evening. Rev. S. J. Barrows, editor of the Christian Register, Boston, will preach the sermon. The services will begin at 7:30 and the public are invited.


The trustees of the Brooks library have instructed a committee to expend an amount not exceeding $600 from the Brooks memorial fund for the purchase of new books of standard value.


Sylvanus Fox returned Monday from Rutland, where he has spent several weeks in the house of correction.


A Burlington Communications technician (VY’s siren vendor) inadvertently activated all 37 sirens in the emergency planning zone, causing many to wonder if they should evacuate.

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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.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 12 to September 16

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 12 to September 16


September 12 - Egg Salad Sandwich w/lettuce & tomato

Clam Chowder

Cole Slaw



Circus Comes to Town

Strates Shows, Inc. is a traveling carnival midway company based in Orlando, Florida. It provides amusement rides, games and concessions for local, county and state fairs throughout the United States. Strates transports their personnel and equipment by train during its annual seven-month season. The equipment train, nearly a mile long, comprises 61 rail cars and 34 trucks plus all sorts of rides and equipment, and they were all in Brattleboro, today. There is a second, passenger train for the personnel.

They just finished up at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction and were en-route to their next gig at the Lee Regional Fair in Sanford, NC.


BCTV 40th Anniversary Party & Annual Meeting is October 6th at 118 Elliot

Go 'Back to the Future' at BCTV's 40th Anniversary Party! Thursday, October 6th:  6-8 PM Annual Meeting;  8-10 PM Dance Party with Peter Miles & The Miles Band

Food & Drink - Producer Awards - Vote on BCTV Business - Dance & Enjoy!

Open to the Public - at 118 Elliot (not at Municipal Center)


I Can't "See" The Vermont Candidate Information Guide PDF's With My Old Browser, Can You?

Open letter to Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State: Please make pdf's for the Vermont Candidate Information Guide that even old Vermonters with old browsers can "see". Poor people have a legal right to vote, too! Voting is free! People on limited incomes like some senior citizens and some disabled persons, who receive less than $800. a month income, can NOT afford wifi and broadband!

I have an old browser which will NOT open the candidate pdf provided for Vermonters online to learn about my political campaign.

I'm Cris Ericson and I am on the official election ballot Nov. 8, 2016 for United States Senator for the United States Marijuana Party.


Stu Copans' Peace-Themed Art Opening on Sept. 11

West Brattleboro - On Sunday, September 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., the public is invited to an artist's reception for Stu Copans' exhibit "Peace, Gratitude & Stones from the River," gracing gallery spaces at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist through the end of October.

A continuation of Copans' long-term paper-cutting project using the Hebrew Arabic, and English words for "Peace," this year's exhibit includes black, painted, and multilayered papercuts, as well as a number of word paintings exploring the importance of Gratitude as a way of being incompatible with Hatred and War. It also explores flow, the passage of time, and the interaction of water and rocks through an exhibit of stones from a 50-year collection of local and regional river rocks.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 12th


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.


Cai Xi Retrospective 1980-2015 September 10 - November 6, 2016 at Currier Center, Putney

The Michael S. Currier Center, Putney, VT September 10 – November 6, 2016, open daily to the public on the campus of The Putney School. This survey of Cai’s work includes her portraits and landscapes of the 1980s, ‘Edge’ series of the ’90s, ‘WuJi (Infinity Within)’ series of the past decade and recent monumental portraits. For further information: (802) 257-7898 or caixiart [at] gmail [dot] com. cxsilvergallery.com/cai-at-currier

You are cordially invited to the Artist Reception, Saturday September 24, 4:30 – 6:00 pm., at the Currier Center Galleryon the campus of The Putney School, 418 Houghton Park Road, Putney, VT. Inquiries: (802) 257-7898 or caixiart [at] gmail [dot] com.


Town Denies Hackers' Ransom (GMMT News)


With the town of Brattleboro days from completing an overhaul of their IT network's cyber protections, hackers managed to infiltrate the Brattleboro Fire Dept system and encrypt a collection of files, demanding over $4,000 in bitcoin as ransom to decode the files. Join Bratt Town Manager Peter Elwell as he details the hack and reports on the town's decision not to pay the ransom, but rather to recreate the lost files while also finishing the security upgrades needed to better protect town data.


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