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At a secret session, the United States Congress ordered the arrest of Col. Samuel Wells forcing him to flee Brattleboro.


Thanksgiving. We greet our readers with a world of good wishes for their happiness on this, the return of our ancient and joyous festival. Our Green Mountain breezes still blow fresh and pure, wafting health and buoyant spirits among our happy population.


Mr. Strong will resume instruction in penmanship in Brattleboro, on Monday Dec. 6th. Lessons will be given at the High School and Brattleboro House.


The first snow of the season came on Friday morning, Nov. 20th, accumulating to the depth of about five inches; and on Monday morning last about six inches more fell. This was followed by rain, which, however, didn’t spoil the sleighing entirely.


Estey’s shops, when lighted up in the early part of the evening, make a splendid sight as seen from Green and Elliot streets.


The new street running from Western avenue to the Elliot street bridge - which has been named Union street - is now practically completed and open for travel.


A complete set of Harper’s Magazine has been bought for the Free Library ay a cost of only $90, and will form one of the most valuable additions yet made.


Thanksgiving day passed in Brattleboro with almost Puritan quietness and solemnity, if one might judge by the outward seeming. The storm and peculiarly disagreeable traveling gave the streets a Sunday stillness.


The Carpenter organ shop is being supplied with a patent dust arrester, similar to that used at the Estey organ shops, which collects dust from the several rooms and delivers it at a point where it can be conveniently used for fuel to feed the engine.


Brattleboro will never solve the problem of how to get good roadways in its village streets until it goes to work on a settled plan of building each year a small amount of scientifically-made and permanent roadway.


The cistern for fire purposes near the Estey shops, which has been open for some time, was pumped out last Saturday and has since been covered.


Mr. Day remarked at the Thanksgiving service yesterday on the hospital question, stating that inquiry of most of the Brattleboro doctors had convinced him that there was no pressing need for a hospital as a separate institution.


Several sleighs were seen on the streets after Saturday’s snow storm.

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Evening of Community Contra Dancing in Dummerston

The Village Dance Series provides an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England’s traditional pastimes. Experience is not necessary, as all the dances are taught.

Our next evening of community contra and square dances will take place at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center on Saturday, October 17, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Mary Cay Brass will be calling the dance. There will be a traditional folk tale midway through the evening. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances.


Weekend Creativity Series: Howard Gardner

Multiple Intelligences is a theory put forth by Howard Gardner that says that we don’t all learn or think in the same way. Instead of us all having a single, standard brain equally capable of all functions, he says that what we really have is a collection of abilities with our own, unique combination of strengths and weaknesses.

Those abilities fall into categories such as musical–rhythmic, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, bodily–kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Existential and moral abilities are sometimes included, too.



On a long drive recently the idea floated itself to list timeless and ancient activities, doings that constitute deep down humanness, yet now may be threatened by convenience, sedentary habits, commodification, voueyerism, living through celebrities, overspecialization, and other boons of progress.

Without overthinking it I let reel the first things that popped into my head.  My main criteria were: -They had to be skills (not qualities)... -Activites I currently do or have engaged in...-They need to be important enough to feel compelled to share this know-how with my offspring...-They need to have been done by people (and/or animals) for millenia.


Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy Concert

Renowned folk musicians Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy will perform a benefit concert in the Main Reading Room of Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, on Friday, November 6 at 7PM.

Barrand and Murphy will feature songs and ballads composed by James Atwood and family members during the mid19th century in West Dover, Vermont.

The Atwood collection includes dramatic ballads, romantic and funny songs about domestic life and marriage, and children’s songs.  Tony and Keith will sing “Jubilee Jim Fisk,” a song about Brattleboro’s own Jim Fisk, notorious Robber Baron of the Gilded Age.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BAMS Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, October 19 in the BAMS Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 TCC Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19 in BUHS Room 228.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Speak Out for BCTV at 10/21 Public Hearing About Comcast CPG

The Vermont Public Service Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 PM at Vermont Interactive Television, located in Room 125 at Brattleboro Union High School. The public is invited to attend the hearing and comment on how well Comcast is meeting the region's telecommunications needs as a cable provider.  This is an opportunity to provide feedback as part of the renewal process for Comcast's Certificate of Public Good (CPG) with the State of Vermont, and occurs once every 11 years.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 18

Starting the night of Friday, October 16 and continuing for the first part of next week we will have some short (approx. 10 minute) traffic interruptions on RT 30 as we launch our formwork out over Route 30.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, October 18from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open. The October 18 closure is the last scheduled closure of the on ramps in October.


Please see above re Sunday closure of Exit 3 on ramps.

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.


Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 has been cancelled. A special Selectboard meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm and reconvene for the business meeting at 6:15pm. An agenda for the October 27 meeting will be available and posted on the Town’s website by Friday, October 23.

Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-8151 FAX (802) 257-2322


BMH Presents Lower Back Pain Workshop

As part of its commitment to community wellness, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will present a workshop examining different perspectives on treating lower back pain. Wayne Temmen, PA-C of BMH Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine and Brett Hynninen, MD of Pioneer Spine and Sports Physicians, West Springfield, MA will be the co-presenters of “We’ve Got Your Back” on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Center. The workshop is free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided.

Wayne Temmen, PA-C and Brett Hynninen, MD

Wayne Temmen, PA-C and Brett Hynninen, MD


Heat Pump Workshop Offered in Brattleboro Nov. 9

Do cold climate heat pumps make sense for you? Cold climate heat pumps have rapidly emerged as a promising technology for Vermont. Come to a workshop to learn about heat pump options for both hot water and space heating to see if they make sense for your home, business, or rental property.

These devices provide heat and domestic hot water using 25-50% less energy than conventional systems. They are environmentally-friendly as well – 87% free of carbon emissions when the electricity comes from Green Mountain Power. Heat pumps can also be combined with solar electric panels to provide 100% renewable energy.


Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 23, 2015

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 6, 2015


Desperately Seeking...

Well, maybe not desperately but thought I'd throw this out there. If anyone in ibrattleboro land has any used legos that their kids have outgrown and they'd like to sell, I'd be interested in them. My grandson has just gotten into them and new sets are crazy expensive. I'd like to do a combination of some new and some used. Amazon has many "used' legos but, as I sadly discovered- they are more often than not rip offs of actual Legos and don't even fit with the real ones. Or they are being shipped from Malaysia or Tokyo- we'd be waiting months and who knows the quality.  I'm not looking for any rare or collectible Legos - they're for a 6 year old- just thought someone might have a bag of them hanging around - waiting for someone in bare feet to step on them. Thanks!


Usual US Criminal Insanity! Presidential Heroes of Mostly Children Genocide in Vietnam? John Kerry's Ass

During the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate, yesterday millions of simple-minded Americans listen to the now time worn touting of various candidates as heroes, for having “fought for their country in Vietnam.” 
Here is what former Democratic candidate for President and present Secretary of State John Kerry testified about the American war in Vietnam before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.


Zine Workshop @ Brooks Memorial for Teens Read Week

This year to celebrate Teens Read Week, we will be offering a FREE Zine workshop!

The fall zine workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 20th from 4:45-6:45 at Brooks Memorial Library and will be led by local artist and cool creator Hannah Cummins. The zine workshop will be a great opportunity to create an awesome mini maga(ZINE) about something you care about. Share your artwork, thoughts, comics, favorite bands, favorite movies, or games in a mini maga(ZINE) at this
workshop. Celebrate this Teens Read Week, by creating something awesome at your library. Email paige@brookslibraryvt.org or call (802)-254-5290 x110 to register.


The 34th Annual Design-A-Plate @ Brooks Memorial Library

Don’t miss the 34th annual Design-a-Plate workshop on Saturday October 17. Stop in any time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to make a 10-inch melamine plate or 20-ounce melamine bowl.  Each item costs $6.00. Cash and checks made out to Brooks Memorial Library are accepted. Plates and bowls will be ready for pickup in December, just in time for holiday gift giving. Design-a-Plate is great for children of all ages and a fun measure of your child’s changes through the years. The workshop will be held in the Meeting Room. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 802-254-5290 x110.


New VA Program Helps Disabled Veterans

Program Shown to Reduce Hospital Stays, Improve Quality of Life for Veterans Comes to Vermont and New Hampshire:

A national Veterans Administration program that keeps disabled veterans out of the hospital and improves their quality of life is coming to Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Medical Foster Home program, based at the regional VA headquarters in White River Junction, is aimed at veterans who are no longer able to live independently, placing them in homecare settings with a qualified single adult or a family. Sponsored by 113 VA’s around the country, the program has served over 3,100 veterans since it was created in 2000.


Career Social Gathering, Oct. 22 5:30 at Backroom Bar of Duo Restaurant

The Windham Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) are pleased to announce the Career Social, Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30-7 pm, at the backroom bar of Duo Restaurant in downtown Brattleboro. Aspiring entrepreneurs, makers, and creators are encouraged to attend. The Career Social will provide a casual, fun atmosphere to mingle and meet with a panel of eight local entrepreneurs, as they share how they have managed to follow their passions while living in Southeastern Vermont. Event goers will gather insights and inspiration for pursuing their own enterprises.

The panel includes
Avery Schwenk, Hermit Thrush Brewery
Natalie Blake, Natalie Blake Studios and Fulcrum Arts
Jesse Kayan, Wild Carrot Farm


Annual Harris Hill Ski Jump To Be Held February 20 & 21, 2016, In Brattleboro, Vermont

The Two Day Event Will Include the USASJ U.S. Cup Finals

Brattleboro, Vt. – The Harris Hill Ski Jump, the only Olympic-sized, 90-meter ski jumping hill in New England, will host its annual two-day ski jumping event February 20 and 21, 2016. The event will feature the Brattleboro-specific Fred Harris Memorial Tournament and the Pepsi Challenge, and the weekend will also serve as the U.S. Cup Finals of the United States American Ski Jumping (USASJ) series.

Founded in 1922, the annual jumping competition held on Harris Hill attracts several thousand spectators each year not only to watch local jumpers reach great heights but also to view world renowned jumpers soar in the sport of ski jumping. Seven different countries were represented at last year’s event.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - October 12 to October 16

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 12 to October 16



October 13    Pork Stir Fry


Corn & Peppers

Tropical Fruit


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 10/12/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/12/15

Monday, October 12, 2015

12:00 am Bookstock: Bill Gifford - How to Live Longer

12:50 am TED Talks: ShaoLan: Learn to Read Chinese with Ease! "

1:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop Workshop Series: Signs of the Times

2:30 am Beethoven, Jazz and the Road Less Travelled


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