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Lyceum next Tuesday evening. Question for discussion: “Is the present rejection of all belief in spectres ill founded and unphilosophical?”


Probably not less than 800 people were present at the temperance meeting at the town hall last Sunday evening, and eighty-seven names were added to the pledge. BY all that is good and holy, let these be encouraged and sustained in their noble efforts at reformation by all the lovers of temperance and virtue in Brattleboro.


Although the year 1870 has been a poor one in general business activity, our carpenters and masons have not been idle. Sixteen dwelling houses have been erected within the limits of the village, at an approximate cost of $45,000, while the amount invested in workshops, business blocks and public buildings will swell the outlay to about $160,000.


Albert M. Fuller, the 15 year-old son of Geo. W. Fuller, left home last Friday without saying goodbye or making his intentions known. An epidemic of run-a-ways seems to have struck the town, this being the fifth or sixth within a short time.


The committee on the reorganization of the fire department will hold a meeting at the office of S.N. Herrick to-morrow evening at 7 o’clock, when all persons who have any ideas to present on the subject of the proposed reorganization are requested to be present and give them expression.


Sleds and sleighs for the little ones at Retting Bros.


There will be a New Year’s calico ball for old and young at the town hall on Friday evening, Dec. 30th.


Brattleboro music lovers are promised a treat in a concert to be given Jan. 11th by the Kanya Geza Hungarian gypsy quartet.


All wishing Christmas trees will find them at H.M. Wood’s.


It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. “The brewery” has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.


Every voter in the village should attend the special village meeting at the town hall next Tuesday evening, to take preliminary action toward a suitable water supply, by electing a committee to engage an engineer to make an investigation.


Brattleboro coal dealers report an unusual scarcity of coal of all kinds. The scarcity is undoubtedly due in a large measure to the loss of so many ships laden with coal from the Pennsylvania fields during the storm along the Atlantic coast two weeks ago.


The Brooks House pharmacy opened its doors to the public Wednesday with a clean, new appearance about it which makes the store one of the most attractive looking on the street.


Chief of Police E.S. Hall has changed his night headquarters from the engine house on Elliot street to the selectmen’s room in the town hall. Mr. Hall may be found in the selectmen’s room at any hour during the night when he is not on the street.


Cold weather has prevailed throughout the week, and on Wednesday morning the thermometer recorded 16 to 24 below zero, the official record being 17. The daily mean temperature was 6 above zero.


Forty-nine cattle destroyed in burning of Retreat barn.

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KONSUME - Need McDonald, DD, BK Fast Food Wrappers: Soda Cans: Cigarette Wrappers


Need junk food wrappers - McD, DD, Burger King, KFC, TB, etc...about 1 big size garbage bag 

Soda Cans: Coke Pepsi, etc for SUGAR PROJECT - about two large plastic bags

CIGarette Wrapper:  Cigarette packs, and cartons. 

These "art" projects are an homage to KONSUMER KULTURE.


Your Vote On The Proposed Act 46 Merger Matters

On November 7 voters in Brattleboro, Putney, Dummerston and Guilford will vote on whether we should merge our town schools into a single school district overseen by a nine-member school board. This is a substantive vote that will decide the direction and structure of our schools for many years.  Your vote will count.

Some people will tell you that this mega-merger of four town school districts rolled into one is inevitable. That is a form of resignation. In fact, this vote represents a real choice between a single Pre-K to grade 12 (including the career center) centralized school district and the opportunity to enhance our current supervisory union to meet the goals of Act 46 - equity, transparency and sustainability - goals that are widely supported.  Act 46 spells out an alternative path to keeping a supervisory union such as WSESU - with its individual town boards. In order to pursue this alternative path we must vote down the merger proposal. School board and community members are already working on this alternative path.


In A Dream Last Night

In a dream last night
I found myself 
Cleaning out 
a hateful enemy’s garage

Carefully I removed his collected items
Placing artifacts and furniture
under overhangs
and dry spaces 


The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Camille Thurman + The Darrell Green Trio

Emerging Artist, Saxophonist and Vocalist, Camille Thurman to appear at the VJC on Saturday, November 4th

Saxophonist/vocalist/composer Camille Thurman will appear in the “Emerging Artist Series” with the Darrell Green Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00 PM. Called a “rising star” by Downbeat Magazine and a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof off the place” by All About Jazz, Camille Thurman will be accompanied by her touring ensemble, the Darrell Green Trio which includes Darrell Green, drums; David Bryant, piano; Rashaan Carter, bass.

Thurman is a modern player who both honors the past and looks towards the future. Her promotional materials make the legitimate claim that her sound on tenor evokes Dexter Gordon and Joe Henderson and that her vocals are
suggestive of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. While this is all true, yet Thurman’s concepts are fresh, innovative and modern. She takes delight in presenting material that is informed by the legendary masters while simultaneously imbuing it with the hip language of her current generation.


The Brattleboro Shop Has Unique Brattleboro Apparel

Some might recall that we started The Brattleboro Shop on zazzle.com to sell some classy, unique Brattleboro-themed souvenirs. It’s less than a year old, but the response has been great, and we’ve been adding new things on a regular basis.

For example, we have a lot of new T-shirts featuring some really neat logos. We find the old logos on old posters, documents, or maps, then lovingly re-make them to clean them up and give them a fresh presentation.


3 Green Berets Killed In Ambush in Niger?

I had no idea we had troops in Niger.

What were they doing there?

Where else do we have troops?


And Trump wants to increase the “Defense” budget.


Monday Morning Movie





Starring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr. – 10:00 am


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 30 thru November 3

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 30 thru November 3

Oct. 30 - Ravioli w/Tomato Sauce

Brussel Sprouts

Garlic Bread

Mandarian Oranges


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Academy School in West Brattleboro.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE: This meeting replaces the meeting that would normally have been held on the 2nd Friday of the month (which is a holiday).

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Teachers and Parents Beware of Act 46 Merger

I believe strongly that an Act 46 merger will negatively affect the children and the teachers in the Brattleboro schools. As we all know, Brattleboro has a much higher rate of poverty than other towns in the WESEU and we also have many families who have been negatively affected by the opioid epidemic with families being disrupted and children in foster care or being raised by caring grandparents.


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agendas

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and BUHS District #6


The Act 46 Study Committee will hold a Public Information Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at the Dummerston School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING: November 7 Vote to Form a Unified Union School District.


Downtown Brattleboro Survey

We’d like to hear from you!

Tell us about your experience in downtown Brattleboro by taking this short 10 question survey. We promise it will only take a few minutes! The results will be compiled by the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance and the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce and shared with the Brattleboro community.




School Merger a Bad Idea

I hope members of our community will vote against consolidating our local school boards into a centralized mega-board. A consolidated board would remove the power to make locally responsive decisions and intentionally sever the bonds between communities and their schools. A single board will find itself so busy administering multiple facilities that expediency will force them to limit local input.

Some have argued that centralized authority would be more efficient and better for kids. In fact, we have a remarkably responsive, efficient system already. We do not have to merge. School boards already have the power to work together to make needed changes


Vote for BCTV People's Choice Video Award

BCTV Announces 'People's Choice' Finalists for Voting

The five top-viewed videos created by community producers are nominated for Brattleboro Community Television's "People's Choice Award for 2017. There is a cash prize thanks to sponsorship from Mondo Mediaworks, a local digital marketing agency which supports BCTV volunteers in creating local content that reflects Vermont views. From Mondo owner Luke Stafford: "For a small town like Brattleboro, the quality of community-driven video content is simply astounding. Of course Mondo is happy to support BCTV and ensure that our mighty public station continues to stand out."


Two Similar Brattleboro Sexual Assault Cases Being Investigated

The Brattleboro Police Department put out this press release today:

"In the last three months, the Brattleboro Police Department has opened investigations into two sexual assault complaints which share some similar characteristics. Those characteristics include:

Occurring in residential areas of town (although not in the same neighborhood)

Early morning hours

Adult females who live alone

Assault took place in the victim’s residence

Assailant was unknown to the victim


Halloween Contra Dance at Pierce's Hall on Saturday (Plus Kids' Party!)

Join us for the Halloween dance, this Saturday the 28th, at Pierce's Hall in East Putney! The hall will be decked out in its Halloween glory, costumes are encouraged (but not required), and the band will be dishing up some creepy tunes along with the classic contra standards.

Before the dance there will also be a kids' party at the hall, from 4:30 to about 5:30. The Annies will perform their magical, musical puppet show, loved by both children and parents (http://www.theannies.com/av/AnniesWeb205med.mov) Games and treats, too!

Tim van Egmond will call the contra dance this month, with music by Amy Cann, Laurie Indenbaum, Carol Compton, and the ever-changing, always-engaging All Comers Band. Tim will lead a beginners' session from 7:30 to 8:00, followed by dancing until 10:30. All ages and skill levels are welcome, no partner is necessary, and all dances are taught.


The Mammals and Brian Dunne at Next Stage on Saturday, October 28

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present roots, old time and Americana quintet The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), plus folk/rock singer/songwriter Brian Dunne, at Next Stage on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm.

Woodstock, NY-based Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda founded The Mammals with Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger) in 2000, and after touring the world for the next seven years with the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos - Mike + Ruthy. The daughter of fiddle legend Jay Ungar and country singer Lyn Hardy, Ruthy is an earthy country-blues singer with the unmistakable stage presence of a natural-born performer. Mike is an artfully prolific songwriter with an indie rock soul and feather-touch vocals.


Upper Forest Street To Close For Repairs

The Town of Brattleboro, Department of Public Works has contracted Bellco Excavation to reconstruct a failed retaining wall near the intersection of Forest and Upper Forest Streets, directly behind #61 Upper Forest Street. Be advised: Upper Forest Street in this vicinity will be closed for approximately one workweek starting Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, between the hours of 6:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. daily.

Brattleboro Department of Public Works will provide appropriate signage in the vicinity of 61 Upper Forest Street to alert motorists of the closure. For any questions or concerns, please contact Joshua A. Carnes, Civil Engineering Tech, by phone at: 802-254-4255, or by email at: jcarnes@brattleboro.org.


BCTV Schedules Week of 10/23/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/23/17

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:00 am Bookstock - Jean Hanff Korelitz

12:45 am Bookstock - Sarah Prager

1:30 am Moccasin Tracks: Abenaki Cultural Regeneration - Part 4

2:30 am Osher Lecture Series - First Lady Grace Coolidge

4:00 am Bill Doyle On Vermont Issues - Rick Winston


Metropolis Bar is Closing

Facebook has informed me that the Metropolis bar on Elliot Street is closing at the end of this week.

From Facebook:

"Metropolis​ ​Bar​ ​to​ close on FRIDAY

BRATTLEBORO,​ ​VT​ ​–​ ​After​ ​six​ ​years​ ​of​ ​providing​ ​Brattleboro​ ​with​ ​drinks​ ​and​ ​music​ ​galore, Metropolis​ ​will​ ​close​ ​its​ ​doors​ ​this​ ​coming​ ​Friday,​ ​October​ ​27t​ h​.​ ​​ ​Although​ ​initially​ ​hopeful​ ​to remain​ ​open​ ​through​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year,​ ​it​ ​simply​ ​isn’t​ ​feasible​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time.​ ​​ ​Once​ ​a​ ​busy​ ​music venue​ ​and​ ​bar,​ ​Metropolis​ ​has​ ​struggled​ ​to​ ​remain​ ​busy​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​as​ ​the​ ​numbers​ ​of patrons​ ​have​ ​lessened,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​closure​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sad​ ​reflection​ ​of​ ​that.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow