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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.


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


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.


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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Vermont Voters Undecided! There is Time For One Last Debate With All SEVEN Candidates for Governor of VT!

Vermont voters are still undecided with no candidate recently polling at 50% or more for Governor of Vermont.  Of course the recent polls are corrupt because they don't include the name of all SEVEN  candidates for governor of VT. The polls are created by major news media contractors and all major news media, television, radio and newspapers, are controlled by Corporations.  They don't even want you to know the names of the "other" candidates the voters are "undecided" about.  This is how government continues to be of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations.   We need to break the deadlock of undecision in Vermont by allowing one more debate with all 7 candidates.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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


Electric Fence Halloween Dance

Electric Fence Halloween Dance

Reaper Madness - Dance , Drink, Scream

at Pleasant Valley Brewing


8 to 10:30 pm


Poetry Readings at Brooks Memorial Library

Poets Baron Wormser and Michael Fleming will read from their works in the Library's meeting room on Wednesday, October 29, beginning at 7 PM. Baron Wormser is the author of a memoir, The Road Washes Out in Spring: A Poet’s Memoir of Living Off the Grid, a novel, Teach Us That Peace, nine books of poetry and three books of non-fiction. Michael Fleming is a creative editor, essayist, novelist, and poet.


BMH Hires New Birthing Center Director

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced the hiring of Erinna Cooper, RN as Director of the Birthing Center, effective October 20.

Cooper has 10 years of OB/Maternal-Child health experience at Cheshire Medical Center. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the Permanent Charge Nurse of the OB unit. A role which put her in charge in managing clinical and support staff for patient care activities, among other duties. 

“OB is Erinna’s passion, and becoming the Director of the Birthing Center brings together her experience and enthusiasm,” said Mary Urquhart, RN, Vice President of Patient Care Services at BMH. “We’re looking forward to her joining the team.”


Bread From Fresh Local Grains Now Available At The Coop!

I was really excited to learn that Green Mountain Flour has started delivering bread to the Brattleboro Food Coop. Green Mountain Flour's flour (is that redundant?) has been available at the coop for a while now, but not their bread.

It will be really nice not to have to go all the way up to Windsor to get great bread made from flour that was grown locally and milled just in time for each bake.


Vermonter in Voluntary Quarantine After West African Visit

From VPR today:

"A Vermonter has recently returned from West Africa and entered voluntary quarantine. The individual is not currently showing symptoms of Ebola, and will be monitored for 21 days, according to Gov. Peter Shumlin"

And that's all they know for the moment.


iBrattleboro Refresher For New Users

There have been many new users in the last few months, so I thought it might be useful to take a moment to briefly explain iBrattleboro to our relatively new friends. Long-time users of the site are welcome to add additional information in comments.

iBrattleboro was started in February of 2003 as an experiment in do-it-yourself media. It was a reaction to a number of things including big media consolidation, a lack of local reporting, and our personal interest in developing an online community resource.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Jeff Coffin and The Mu-tet

On November 1st at 8:00 PM, The Vermont Jazz Center will present 3-time Grammy Winner, Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band and Béla Fleck’s Flecktones. At the VJC, he’ll be performing with the Mu’tet, a group that reflects Coffin's philosophy that “music must change and mutate in order to evolve.” Their repertoire consists of catchy tunes set over an array of complex feels: deep funk, New Orleans, Latin and swing. Their sound is propelled by rhythms you’ve never heard before and imbued with world music influences. The surprise factor is that the compositions are often in odd meters, delivered over precise, danceable grooves.


Kurn Hattin To Unveil New Historical Exhibit; Public Reception Nov. 6 at Brattleboro's River Garden

WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will hold a public reception to celebrate the unveiling of a new historical exhibit entitled, A Legacy of Caring: Adapting to the Changing Needs of Children and Families. All are welcome to attend Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. Brattleboro.

This opening reception will be hosted by Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Executive Director, Connie Sanderson, and will feature a brief presentation and Q and A session. Refreshments will be provided.


Car Crash On Route 30 Under 91 Bridge. No Official Report Released Yet

Cars were diverted from route 30 today, due to an accident that occurred close to the construction project near the 91 overpass. My boy and I saw the black cadillac that was severely damaged,on the back of a tow truck. We asked the tow truck driver what happened to the car, and he replied that the car struck the ledge near the bridge. The top of the car was basically shredded and looked like it may have been travelling at a high rate of speed. Of course, a ledge is an unforgiving and immovable object, so maybe high speed was not a factor.


Three-Minute Siren Test Scheduled for Area Vt., N.H., and Mass. Towns Saturday, November 1 at Noon

On Saturday, November 1 at Noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible sounding of the 37 sirens located within the Vermont Yankee ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey and Winchester. In Massachusetts the sirens are located in Gill, Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston and Northfield.

The three-minute siren testing is being conducted by the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 10/27/14

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/27/14

Monday, October 27, 2014

12:00 am Stephen Stearns - 10/6/14

2:00 am Organic Politics: Guest Sharonda Hill

2:30 am 1st Wed: Katherine Paterson - 10/1/14

4:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace - Soldiers of Conscience

5:00 am At Landmark: 2014 Symposium- Dr. Mark Hakkinen

6:15 am Conversations VT: Heroin Forum


Dog Eat Dog - "And To You It Shall Be For Food"

Several times a year the Vatican has children release and let fly white doves over the crowds in St. Peter’s Square as signs of peace. During one such release the horrified crowds witnessed a mid-air attack by a hungry crow and seagull when they killed the pope’s blessed doves.

To prevent this brutal contraindication of papal peace, the Swiss Guard acquired a female Harris Hawk with a four-foot wingspan. Like Michael armed with a sword in his hand, the hawkeyed bird of prey perches at the ready to slay these winged dragons who dare to publicly eat the holy symbols of peace.


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