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Brattleborough East Society, with the purpose of settling and supporting a minister, was reorganized on a basis providing for more varied activities.


67 tons of Butter have been sent to market from the depot in three and a half months. This amount is exclusive of the large quantities that have been sent by Express.


A party of ladies and gentlemen from Greenfield visited Brattleboro on Thursday to see the statue of the “Recording Angel” by Mr. Mead. This statue will be packed in a few days and sent to Washington.


Religious services were held at the Town Hall by the Chaplain of the 8th Regiment, on Sunday morning, at which the members of the regiment attended en masse.


We commend the condition of the sidewalks in this village to the attention of our worthy Bailiffs, with the hope that they will ascertain if it is such as our village by-laws contemplate, and if not, find out who is at fault in the matter and see to it that the proper remedies are applied.


The tri-weekly mail between Brattleboro and Keene, via Chesterfield, will be resumed this week.


The choral union are engaged in practicing upon Bradbury’s cantata of Queen Esther, which will be brought out some time in the spring.


The fourth lecture of the citizens’ course was delivered by Chas. N. Davenport, Esq., on “The Rights and Responsibilities of Married Women.” At the close, the pros and cons of woman suffrage and “women’s rights” were briefly touched upon.


The Brooks House repairs are progressing rapidly, the work of the carpenters and masons being out of the way, and that of painting, retouching the walls, etc., being in progress. A careful examination of the boiler facility shows that there was no defect in that, and unless they can show some good reason to the contrary, the rats will probably have to take the responsibility for the fire.


The asylum dramatic company gave the pleasing drama, “One Upon a Time,” on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, to the great delight and entertainment of the patients.


Next Sunday evening Rev. E.W. Whitney will give a lecture in the Universalist church on the subject, “Is Life Worth Living?” All are cordially invited.


E.E. Stockwell began gathering ice from the paper mill pond, Monday, for the railroad company, the ice being about 10 inches thick.


Two young beaux of the town are prepared to give particulars (in private) of an (attempted) daring highway robbery on Clark street one evening this week.


I have connected my residence on Flat street with the telephone exchange and can be called, any time. Sundays call 28-4. My coupe will stand three days in front of H.B. Chamberlain’s store as usual. Call 31-1 short 1 long. - C.R. Simmonds


The ice in the river broke up Tuesday morning after the long rain, and slowly passed down stream in a great, grinding mass.


A horse hitched near one of the Main street letter-boxes, and lunching with evident enjoyment off a package of newspapers laid on top of the box for mailing, caused a ripple of amusement to street passengers a morning or two ago.


Arthur Howe this week has been moving his paper ruling establishment from the Miner building to Harmony block.

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Brooks Memorial Library Closed For the Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Library Community,

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, and we look forward to seeing you again on Friday, November 24th!

Happy Thanksgiving :)

~Your Library Staff


Public Forum: Strategies to Address Racial Disparities Within State Systems

There will be a public forum to discuss racial inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice system held here at Brooks Memorial Library. It is brought to you by the Root Social Justice Center, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. For more information, please click on this Facebook event link!


Ace in the Hole: Journalism Film Discussion Series Continues!

Journalism film series looks at the dark side of reporting Ace in the Hole’ examines fake news, ethics, and sensationalism, at the Latchis Theater, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4 pm.

 The history of journalism hasn’t always been honorable. It is littered with the stories of scoundrels willing to do anything for a story — anything at all.

Perhaps the best portrayal of an amoral, anything-for-a-scoop reporter is found in the filmic one-two punch that is Billy Wilder’s 1951 Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas.

 The Journalism Film Festival will show this witty yet brutal film at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.


The Stockwell Brothers Band at Mole Hill Theatre on Friday, November 17

Mole Hill Theatre presents contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 pm.

Bruce, Barry, Alan and Kelly Stockwell's music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms and three-part harmonies. They cover straight ahead bluegrass songs, finger picked acoustic guitar ballads, full tilt breakdowns and traditional mandolin tunes mixed in with more unusual fare - Americana melodies riding world beat grooves and Celtic, jazzy, even neo-classical instrumentals.


John McCutcheon at Next Stage on Sunday, November 19

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present folk singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, activist and author John McCutcheon at Next Stage on Sunday, November 19 at 7:30 pm.

Folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man” (Washington Post), John is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.


Closing at 6 PM Tonight - Brooks Memorial Library

Dear Brattleboro Community,

Due to a scheduled electrical grid repair, we regretfully must close early this evening, at 6PM.
We will re-open tomorrow at 10 am unless further repairs to the grid are needed.

~Your Library Staff


Emergency Outage In Brattleboro Needed This Evening

COLCHESTER, VT…Green Mountain Power will need to interrupt power for up an hour to customers in some areas of Brattleboro this evening at 6 p.m. in order to safely repair a damaged transmission line.

The areas affected include:

· Portions of downtown Brattleboro west of Main St.

· Western Ave. towards West Brattleboro as far as Orchard Street, including connected neighborhoods

· Williams Street area

· West River Road (Route 30) north of Park Place

· Upper Dummerston Road, including connected neighborhoods


Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban Starts Friday

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Friday, November 17, 2017. Overnight parking is forbidden on all streets in the town of Brattleboro. Vehicles parked for longer than one (1) hour between 11:00pm and 07:00am may be ticketed and towed at the owners expense.


The Brattleboro Shop - Watches and Clock Faces

Continuing our tour through the online Brattleboro Shop, let me introduce you to some one-of-a-kind watches featuring familiar Brattleboro clock faces. There are also a few fine accessories here you might find useful. Perhaps best of all, you don’t have to leave your house to do some shopping.

The most iconic Brattleboro clock faces are on Main Street, and we’ve spent some time recreating both the Main Street clock and the Centre Congregationalist Church clock faces for you.


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/13/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/13/17

Monday, November 13, 2017

12:25 am Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts - MGFA presents: GennaRose Nethercott

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - News & Burlington Pride Center

2:30 am Refugee Outreach Club Fundraiser with a Performance by Sabouyouma

4:30 am The World Fusion Show - Season 1, Ep 9 - Todd Roach


"Encourage Yourself!" Montpelier Community Gospel Choir to Perform Concerts in Barre and Montpelier

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, an ecumenical choir with members from all over Vermont, invites the community to attend two special evenings of celebration at the choir’s annual December concerts. The choir is dedicated to singing gospel music in the African-American tradition, as well as music by composers inspired by that tradition. MCGC shares a common desire to celebrate and honor this rich native choral heritage, and its power to move us spiritually and to create a profound sense of community. The choir honors the many thousands of singers who brought this music to us through unspeakable hardship and faith. Accompanied by a full band of local professional musicians, the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir is led by John Harrison, artistic director.


VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, wings and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Nov. 13th - Nov. 17th

Mon - creamed chipped beef over toast w/ veg

Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ french fries or onion rings

Wed - hot dogs, chili, baked beans & coleslaw

Thur - turkey dinner

Fri - beer battered haddock w/ french fries


ACWC's Spring 2018 Creative Forums Series: Sneak Peek!

2018 Creative Forums Series

Nourishing the Inner Artist: Ongoing Conversations About Art & Creativity
*We will provide more details about tickets and other events/activities associated with these forums will be announced as the March 8 Kick-Off approaches.

*If you are interested in volunteering and/or joining the forums e-mail list, please contact Shanta Lee Gander at shantavns@gmail.com.


Celebrate Life, The War that Never Was, at Everyone's Books and ArtRageous


The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the
Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya has just been released and availble
at books stores.  Readings/ performances
and book signings are being schedule.

Books, CDS, of Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida, Thirst - A novella, and Journal of the Plague can be had at your local bookstore Everyone's Books and ArtRageous Gallery in Brattleboro.  

 Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio. 
http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9  - Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life


Neil Taylor's Insight of Courage and Grace

Neil Taylor’s life


by his courage,

dignity and

insight to

a more profound



Court Rules In Favor of West River Trail Group

The public has rights, under a "prescriptive easement," to use a portion of the West River Trail in Dummerston, according to a ruling issued on Wed., Nov. 9 by Judge John W. Valente of the Windham County Superior Court.

The ruling also established that the non-profit group Friends of the West River Trail owns title to a two-acre disputed parcel of land including the trail itself, located at the Rice Farm Road end of the trail in Dummerston.

At that location, Melvin L. Mayo, the owner of several parcels of land along Rice Farm Road, had erected barriers intended to prevent use of the trail. In a judgment issued as part of his decision, Valente ordered that Mayo is "enjoined from interfering with the public's use of the railbed [the trail] for recreational purposes." 

Further, he ruled that "members of the public may remove all fencing, debris, barriers, or signs discouraging use of the railbed in a fashion consistent with the terms of the easement." 


Thank You For Your Service. Please Work For peace


I had my veterans for peace hat on and a
young man came by and said,
“Thank you for your service, sir.”
And he shook my hand.

“Thank you.” I said. “But
can you do me a favor?”

He seemed surprised, but
quickly said, “Yes, sir.”


Firefighters Benefit Association Bingo!

Bingo for the Brattleboro Firefighters Benefit Association Sunday, November 19th at the Brattleboro VFW Post #1034.

Doors open at 11 am, and games start at 1 pm.

No outside food or drinks allowed, but food and drink will be available for purchase.

Pre-buy packets are $35, which includes regular games of 12 faces, one each of the specials, and one u-pick-em. Jackpot game and additional cards are bought separately that Sunday.

Regular game payouts of $75 and $100 to a single winner.

Register for $35 pre-buy by calling the VFW at 802-257-0438. Admission at the door will be $40 if you do not register in advance.


Brattleboro Senior Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 13 thru November 17


Nov. 13 - French Meat Pie

Stewed Tomatoes




Brattleboro Taxes Due

The second installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on November 15th, 2017 by 5:00 PM. Payments made after November 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.


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