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Rebecca Wells, the eldest daughter of Samuel Wells, the early Brattleboro landowner and prominent Loyalist, born.


J.B. King of Shelburne Falls, arrived in our village on Wednesday in a sleigh drawn by four Newfoundland dogs. This turnout attracted the attention and excited the admiration of a crowd of lookers-on. These dogs are well trained and are capable of travelling forty or fifty miles per day if the roads are in good order.


Geo. B. Kellogg, Esq. delivered a Lecture on Tuesday evening upon the Distinctions and Fashions of New England Society. He said the purse and dress are the keys which unlock the doors and open wide the gates of fashion.


The market is fairly glutted with snow. Full fifteen inches of the article have been thrust upon the market during the last seven days, mostly in installments, much after the style of continued stories in the New York Ledger. We have now a winter’s stock on hand, and as soon as it is well pathed the wood-drawer’s voice and the merry jingle of sleighbells will mingle in a not unpleasant symphony.


Henry Burnham has bought the old Unitarian church. he will probably have it moved back on to his lot, convert it into a shop, and have the old one removed.


The purchase of the building lot on Elliot street was completed by the Methodists, and the papers passed, last Friday. It is now in contemplation by the committee to have every thing in readiness to begin work on the new edifice with the opening of spring.


People who have occasion to drive about the streets complain of the coal ashes which thoughtless householders throw upon roads. Have mercy on the horses and stop the practice.


Doolittle Brothers are engaged in getting out 4000 cords of wood this winter, besides a large quantity of lumber, and give employment to over 40 men.


Railroad freights are very light, and old train men say they never knew passengers so few.


The Brattleboro Farmers’ League will hold a meeting at district No. 1 schoolhouse to-morrow, Saturday evening, at 7:30 o’clock. A general invitation is extended, and a free discussion upon the purposes and mission of the league is on the program.


The invitations for the military ball have been sent out this week. The Estey Guard are now drilling three nights each week in preparation for their exhibition at the ball.

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Brattleboro Union High School Finance Committee Meeting

Brattleboro Union High School
Finance Committee Meeting – Monday November 28, 2016
8:00 am James E. Kane Conference Room

Robert Woodworth, Ruth Barton, Shaun Murphy, Michael Collier, Frank Rucker, Steve Perrin, Ron Stahley, Marisa Duncan-Holley, Shelly Wilson


1. FY18 Budget Development: Special Education Programs and Revenue Assumptions

2. Other


Free and Live - Three Days of Music at the Cotton Mill

Three days of extraordinary music are scheduled during the 18th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale Friday–Sunday, December 2-4, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT.

Daniel Ehrenberg is providing a venue for five top-notch musicians at his Aegis Art Work Studio on the 3rd floor of the mill. The line-up of performers is so outstanding that you just might want to return each day for continued musical enjoyment. The performances in Ehrenberg's studio are free and space is limited, so plan your time.


Peak Oil? Peak Demand?

I saw this interesting article about how technology is disrupting the petrochemical industry, and perhaps, challenigng old conceptions of peak -oil.


46th Messiah Sing on Dec. 3 to Benefit the Homeless

Brattleboro, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford invites singers and music lovers in the Tri-State region to start their holiday season at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the 46th annual Community Messiah Sing, a benefit for the homeless. Centre Congregational Church, at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro, has been home for the Sing since 1982 and for a few prior seasons as well.

Anthony Speranza, a resident of Vernon, led the Sing from 1989 through 2001 and again in 2010. His interest in conducting began as a 6-year member of the St. Kilian Boychoir and School in New York State (from age 7 to 13); he later earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in conducting, and was vocal music teacher for the town of Brattleboro for many years. William McKim, who has played the organ at this event for twenty-eight past seasons, and officially "retired" twice from doing so, now has his sights on continuing in this role as long as he can. Joyana Damon, in her eighteenth year as instrumental and classroom music teacher at Vernon Elementary School, and a performer with a number of Tri-State groups, will be featured on trumpet this season.


Exciter Function

About twenty five years ago I went to see a showing of the Holocaust film, Shoah. For those who aren’t familiar, this is a ten hour documentary, normally shown in two parts consecutively, with a small meal break. The film is notably devastating in effect for its lack of gore, absent of explicit rendering of atrocity. All that unfolds hits the viewer as reverberation. The mind, and heart can and must fill in the blanks. What’s shown is verbatim testimony of the everyday execution of the tasks set before the hard working members of the newly ascendant Nazi party. Schedules, Daily Rounds, Routines of Construction and Mainenence. 

I became a student of this subject early in my adult life, and have filled too many hours with contemplation of this grave facet of history.  On one side of my lineage, all but my great-grandfather were exterminated in Poland. Those relatives never reached the camps, they were shot in front of their house, as far we know. Hard to believe that may be considered a lucky break of sorts, but so it goes.  What I’m going to relate now, in the light of this is so trivial, so minuscule, so remote as to almost be ridiculous. But for some reason it sticks in my mind as we see the daily unfolding of our incoming regime change.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu November 21 to November 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu 

November 21 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce


Garlic Bread

Jello w/Fruit


BCTV Schedules For Week of 11/21/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/21/16

Monday, November 21, 2016

12:05 am How Professionals Think: Circus Smirkus' Rob Mermin

1:50 am Norwich Bookstore: Archer Mayor 10/19/16

2:40 am VTRANS Bd Public Forum on Passenger & Freight Trains 11/19/16

4:30 am Vote for VT: Visiting Nurses Association


Brattleboro Mention In Oberlin Alumni Magazine

The Fall 2016 issue of the Oberlin alumni magazine has a feature that begins by talking about former students meeting in Brattleboro to discuss their craft. What is their craft? Circus arts!

Terry Crane, Erica Rubenstein, and Sam Payne are all mentioned in conjunction with contempoprary circus performing at the New England Center for Circus Arts. Payne lives in the area, and the others toured through with their circus arts show.


Ken Sold His Book!

Greetings Former Neighbors! - 

More than excited to announce that my first book will be released Spring 2017 and Brattleboro features quite a bit heavily in the text. I most definitely think you all are going to enjoy it. We set up a website to collect e-mail addresses to notify folks when the book is ready for order and IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME if you would sign up! - http://www.kenschneck.com/seriously

More to come!,
Ken Schneck


VFW Lunch Specials Nov. 21st - Nov. 25th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onions rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - hot dogs with homemade baked beans & cottage cheese
Tues - baked ham w/ scalloped potatoes & veg
Wed - pot roast w/ mashed potato & veg.
Thur - closed, no lunch
Fri - no lunch served

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - November 22, 2016

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. Note the revised time of the meeting. ASL interpreters will NOT be available at this meeting.

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


Vermont Cheeses Honored as Finalists for the 2017 Good Food Awards

Vermont Cheese Council members chosen for commitment to Good Food Foundation standards

Randolph, VT: Five Vermont Cheesemakers were honored in San Francisco on Monday when the Good Food Awards announced its 2017 nominees for the Good Food Awards. Along with the Vermont Cheese Council members, six long time artisan food exhibitors who participate in the annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival were honored as well.


To My Fantastic Bicycle Commuting Friends

Thank you for your commitment to keeping your fossil fuel intake to a minumum. You are all awesome. We appreciate you and many of us envy you! I've enjoyed seeing more and more of my friends peddling around town doing errands and commuting to work. This is a great example of people working together for our collective future.


Brattleboro Union High School Finance Committee Meeting

Brattleboro Union High School
Finance Committee Meeting – Monday November 21, 2016
8:00 am James E Kane Conference Room

Robert Woodworth, Ruth Barton, Shaun Murphy, Michael Collier, Frank Rucker, Steve Perrin


1. FY18 Budget Development: District Wide programs / Senior High Budget


Long Distance Local Scam Calls?

Recently, our caller ID has shown us calls that identify as though they come from the Bratt Chamber and Famolare, Inc, and the phone numbers listed appear as the correct 802 numbers. When answered they were long distance, foreign-sounding folks making the calls.

Anyone else getting odd long-distance calls from what appear to be local numbers and ID's?


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of November 21st


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, November 27th (Sunday after Thanksgiving) from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.


Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to advise everyone that the winter parking ban will go into effect, starting Friday, November 18, 2016. 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.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Um, But We Said To Vote Against It

David Schoales' recent vote as Brattleboro’s representative to the Windham Solid Waste District was called into question by fellow board members who were shocked to learn that he had voted in favor of something the Brattleboro Selectboard had recently resolved to be against.  His vote has now been scheduled as a discussion topic for a December meeting, and he may be facing removal from his position as representative.

FY18 budget revenues, projects and expenses were the kick-off topics in the annual budget setting process. The board is learning what town staff propose, and are beginning to question and push back on items. Do we really need to replace the fire truck that failed inspection? Budget meetings will continue into January.

The skatepark and dog park projects were approved by the state, with permits granted for work to get underway. Brattleboro may have some permanent micro housing for the homeless, and the new West Brattleboro fire station walls will have better moisture control thanks in part to someone noticing and asking questions.


Postpubescent Tumescence - The Sexual Twilight Zone

When researching the age of consent within the context of the history of human sexuality in western civilization, the most notable consequence of archaic patriarchal sex laws is the dehumanizing effect on sexual norms. In the United States, the very phrase, “sexual norms” in fact, advances the denial and deprivation of individual positive biological sexual functions and qualities. Those functions are grounded in the physiology and age of individuals from postpubescence throughout adulthood. They should not be based on arbitrary or moral legal-age limits and norms.


BUHS Finance Committee Meeting

Brattleboro Union High School
Finance Committee Meeting – Thursday November 17, 2016
8:00 am James E Kane Conference Room

Robert Woodworth, Ruth Barton, Shaun Murphy, Michael Collier, Frank Rucker, Keith Lyman, Steve Perrin


1. Approval of Warrants:

2. Approval of Payrolls:

3. FY18 Budget Development: BAMS and WRCC review


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