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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.


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.


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


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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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 10/26/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/26/15


Monday, October 26, 2015

12:00 am Alex Passino's Spontaneous Standup

12:12 am Efficiency VT: Heat Pumps

1:30 am Generator Presents: Big Maker - Natalie Jeremijenko

4:00 am Positively VT- Fairbanks Museum


Holistic Expo ~ A Complementary Trail to Wellness

Holistic Expo free and open to the public to experience the many complementary options offered to improve your health and wellness. Experience mini sessions, as well as 30-minute educational discussions. Reiki, Medicinal Herbal Remedies, Bowenwork, Reflexology, Massage, Astrology, Expressive Arts Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Dowsing, Spiritual Soul Readings & Counseling, Herbal Products with Counseling & Nutrition.

Friday November 13, 2015
11am - 4pm

The River Garden
157 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of October 25

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a puppy pile:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Focusing for Action Blocks (And More)
Starting, Marketing & Growing Your Online Business
I Will Knit You a Scarf
Child Care
Violin or Fiddle Lessons


Restorative Justice - Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes from Oct. 16, 2015


Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast  
October 16,  2015
Gibson-Aiken Center   

Restorative Justice             

“Community ... is made from conflict as much as from cooperation; the capacity to resolve conflict is what gives social relations their sinew."   David Cayley, The Expanding Prison 1998 (quoting Nils Christie, "Conflicts as Property," 1977)

Darah Kehnemuyi, Executive Director  


Was Hillary Clinton Wearing An Ear Piece During the House Select Benghazi Hearing and Being Provided Answers?

If Hillary Clinton was wearing a hidden ear piece during the House Select Benghazi Hearing on October 22, 2015, and if someone was giving her answers through the ear piece, so that in effect, the answers were not her own; is that wire fraud?  Is it fraud?  Is it acceptable in this day and age for any person in any type of federal hearing to wear an ear device and have their answers provided to them by someone the person doing the questioning can not see?

Is the American public so used to political candidates who are entirely dependent on others to write their speeches and set up teleprompters for them, so that the candidate is really merely a puppet, that the public just shrugs at the idea that Hillary Clinton might be wearing an ear piece and that her answers are not actually her own ideas, her own thoughts, but someone else's?


Weekend Creativity Series: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is known for his theory of “flow” and how it relates to creativity.

Flow is the state you get in when doing something you love. Time and space drop away. We’ve all had this experience. We start doing something we like doing, then look up and see that three or four hours have passed. That’s flow.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - October 26 to October 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 26 to October 30


October 26 Vegetarian Lasagna

Snow Pea Saute

Garlic Bread

Baked Apple w/Cinnamon


Petria Mitchell's First Solo Exhibit at MGFA

On Thursday, November 5 from 5-7pm at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, the public isinvited to an opening reception for a solo exhibition of Petria Mitchell’s newest body of work. “Recent Work” will continue on exhibit through November 29th. An artist talk is scheduled for Sunday, November 15 from 4-6pm.

The gallery is especially pleased to present Mitchell’s exhibit, her first solo show since founding Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts one year ago with her husband, co-owner, Jim Giddings.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 25

On Friday, October 30, Route 30 will be closed from approximately 5:00AM to 8:00 PM to ensure the safety of the traveling public when we pour concrete for the new bridge in a location above Route 30.


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.


Power Outage on Western Avenue

Does anyone have more information about the current power outage effecting parts of Brattleboro?


Vermont Jazz Center (in collaboration with Next Stage Arts) Presents: Sofia Rei Quartet

Vocalist Sofia Reí is everywhere these days: This fall season alone she will tour to Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Florida, she’ll drop in at the Vermont Jazz Center on October 30th at 8:00 PM, make music in her adopted city of New York and then travel to Austria and Germany to play with her trio. This Argentinian singer is making a splash everywhere she travels. Her versatility and brilliance have the New York Times claiming: “the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts.”

On Friday, October 30th at 8:00 PM, Sofia Rei’s concert will mark the first collaboration between the Vermont Jazz Center and Next Stage Arts. Their managing teams agree that Rei’s complex yet accessible music fits both of their individual programming goals while supporting their shared vision. Rei’s repertoire is comprised of rich original compositions set over a well-spring of rhythms from Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Peru. Her music is naturally diverse and inherently beautiful and it thrives on grooving rhythms illuminated by carefully crafted arrangements and uncompromising musicianship.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting, October 27, 2015

Tuesday night the Brattleboro Selectboard will hold the first of two public hearings on the town’s new land use regulations. The new zoning rules are up for a final round of public discussion and comment, and a final opportunity to propose changes, before likely adoption in the near future.

At this special meeting, they will also officially announce a series of public meetings to discuss the Police-Fire Facilities project, and possible pre-select pre-qualified engineering firms to perform brownfield site assessments.

You can attend and participate, and bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Dosa Kitchen Transitions

Thanks to everyone who has come out to eat at Dosa Kitchen this season! 

Our last day parked at Grafton Cheese Village will be this Saturday, 10/24.

Then we'll be taking Dosa Kitchen indoors to the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market, Saturdays from 10-2. Stop by Friday or Saturday before we pack up the truck, where we'll be making our sunshine squash masala and green tomato chutney. And pick up a Dosa Dollar to use at the winter farmers' market. We'll be open 10-2 both Friday and Saturday. 


Firefighters Speakout

NYC Firefighters Speakout
     Evidence of fraud and cover up is disclosed.
                                      Official 9/11 story is challenged.


37th Annual Putney Craft Tour

37th Annual Putney Craft Tour Named Top Ten Vermont Winter Event and Approved as an Official Vermont Arts 2015 Event Thanksgiving Weekend -- November 27, 28, 29 2015

PUTNEY, VT—For the second year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2015/16). The tour has also been approved as a Vermont Arts Council 2015 event. Also of note, the tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.

The Putney Craft Tour invites visitors to this craft rich area of Vermont to meet the 23 makers on this year’s tour including blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheesemakers Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and view the works where they are conceived and created. Putney and Saxtons River, VT. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney and/or at the Putney General Store for info, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works. www.putneycrafts.com


Upper Dummerston Road Closing

Upper Dummerston Road will be closed to through traffic on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm between Senator Gannett Drive and East Orchard Street to replace a culvert.

Emergency services, delivery vehicles, and local traffic will NOT be permitted through the closure during those hours. Motorists must seek alternate routes.


Brattleboro Land Use Regulations Selectboard Hearings Scheduled for Oct 27 and Nov 10

The hearings will be at 6:15 p.m. in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center.

The final draft is available for review online and at the Brattleboro Planning Services Department, Town Clerk's Office and the Brooks Memorial Library.

This is an entirely new set of land use regulations that will affect the entire town, replacing the current Brattleboro Zoning Ordinance and Brattleboro Subdivision Regulations. More information about the proposed regulations, how the new regulations will implement our town plan, and the proposed zoning map are available on the project website.


Let's Talk Returns to BCTV

Catch the return of the popular weekly talk show 'Let's Talk About Mental Health' as it kicks off it's fourth season on BCTV.


Orfeo Crucificado

Jesus wasn’t the first.

Ancient Greek stone carving of Orpheus


iBrattleboro Poll

Regarding running for local office this year