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Quinces. 20 Bushels of Connecticut Quinces just received and for sale by Hall & Townsley.


Brattleboro had its first experience of the wonders of the Bell telephone last Thursday evening, when Mr. A. C. Harvey of St. Johnsbury was in town with several instruments, which he exhibited by attaching them to the wires of the amateur telegraph company, one of the instruments being placed in Chamberlain’s hat store and the other in Tripp’s jewelry store. Their operation was witnessed and listened to by a large number of citizens. It is probable that one or more parties in the village will rent sets of this telephone and put them into practical operation.


R. G. Hardie, jr., has just completed a fine crayon portrait of Col. J. J. Estey, made entirely from sittings. The general treatment of the subject is skillful and satisfactory, and we regard it as one of the best things that we have seen yet from Hardie’s easel.


Mrs. Livingstone gives her lecture on “Superfluous Women” at Crosby hall on Tuesday evening of next week.


Brattleboro people waked up on Wednesday morning to find the ground white with snow and a cold, raw storm of snow and rain prevailing. The hills were white throughout the day.


Scales for weighing cars and freight are being put in near the north end of the station platform — in a place, we are sorry to say, which doesn’t indicate that we are to hope for any betterment in the arrangement of the station approaches. The scales are chiefly for the use of the narrow gauge road.


I. B. Thorn has sold his half-interest in the drug store to his brother, E. C. Thorn. The change is made because the sale of hop and burdock tonic and cough cure has increased to such an extent that Mr. I. B. Thorn deems it essential that he should devote his whole time to that part of the business.


The Mather place, containing 50 acres of land, situated one half mile beyond the West village, has been bought of Seneca Howe and son for a town farm. The buildings consist of a two-story house and barn, both slated. It is a very desirable place and will give ample room for the support of the town poor. The price paid is $3250.


We refuse absolutely to repeat the remarks about the condition of the street crossings which the letter carriers have made to us the past week. They are all good boys, and if they grew profane when they saw the mud half-way up to their knees they were excusable and it will never be set against them as a sin.


J. E. Jacobs has sold his tea and grocery store to his two clerks, H. C. Clisbee and Frank Reed, who took possession on Monday. Mr. Jacobs has built up an excellent trade and retires only because he finds the confinement too sever for his health. He retains his county tea trade and will keep his teams on the road as usual.


The formal installation of the Rev. Mr. Phalen as pastor of the Unitarian society will take place next Wednesday evening. Rev. S. J. Barrows, editor of the Christian Register, Boston, will preach the sermon. The services will begin at 7:30 and the public are invited.


The trustees of the Brooks library have instructed a committee to expend an amount not exceeding $600 from the Brooks memorial fund for the purchase of new books of standard value.


Sylvanus Fox returned Monday from Rutland, where he has spent several weeks in the house of correction.


A Burlington Communications technician (VY’s siren vendor) inadvertently activated all 37 sirens in the emergency planning zone, causing many to wonder if they should evacuate.

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Staying Safe Online at Putney Library: Viruses, Scams and Flim-flams in the 21st Century

There are many ways to be snookered, manipulated, tricked and even bullied into becoming a victim on the internet, as well as through regular mail, phone, etc. People tricking others into doing things against their better interests is not a new phenomenon, but the ways that can happen has changed in recent times. It helps us all to have us all be more aware, more informed, and more skeptical of seemingly innocent inquiries.


BHS Podcast - First Peoples, Part II, with Rich Holschuh

Rich Holschuh serves on the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs and spends his nights and weekends investigating the story of Brattleboro and its peoples, dating to a time 12,000 years before William Brattle was even a twinkle...

In this podcast, Rich talks about his work uncovering the history of Brattleboro's first peoples and reconnecting modern peoples to that heritage.


Future Use of Melrose Terrace

Board of Commissioner Action on the Future Use of Melrose Terrace

The Brattleboro Housing Partnerships’ Board of Commissioners affirmed the following statement at their regular meeting on October 24, 2016:

“After extensive engineering, planning and analysis we have determined that it is in the best interest of the entire community for the future use of the land at Melrose Terrace to be used for the Brook and flood hazard area water storage. We have worked very closely with Town staff in reaching this decision and plan. We have adopted a plan to remove 11 buildings at Melrose Terrace; widen the Whetstone Brook and add a box culvert to the George Miller Bridge. We have submitted a request for Pre-Disaster Mitigation funds to assist with this project and are looking for other funding as well. After we have done this work, we will proceed to remove all the remaining structures.


Menopause - The Climacteric Cause of Female Life Extension and the Freedom of Newfound Sexuality

My sister-in-law told me that when she was menstrual and having babies she had little to no interest in sex. It was more obligatory to please my brother than necessary for her.Yet, after her divorce, and when she reached menopause, she said that she was really horny all the time, but because she was older and in her opinion, less attractive and post mid-forty, her opportunities to meet men to satisfy the newly acquired sexual urges were diminished. She complained that the sexual frustration was difficult to bear. I found her candor fascinating and I immediately understood that she was not alone.


Chain Reactions

135-65 Million years ago, shallow seas covered much of what would later be constellated as the Southern States.  More specifically, the ancient North American coastline corresponded with what is now termed the Mississippi Delta. As a result, the soil there, in a fairly narrow crescent, was particularly fertile due to the deposits of chalk and other alkaline elements. So fertile, in fact, that cotton production flourished to a greater degree there than anywhere else on the planet. 


Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair



I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Reminder

A reminder of the lane closures for Tuesday, October 25th and Wednesday, October 26th.

· Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:

o On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 1 & 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

o On Wednesday, October 26th, I-91 Southbound will be closed between Exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.


Know It All, Or Just Part?

Would it be better to have a supercomputer loaded with all the world’s knowledge, or just the “good” knowledge?

An immensely powerful AI engine could be loaded with everything we know, good or bad. It can know about love, puppies, and flowers. It can be told about torture and abuse. Those programming it can set a direction.

Would it be better to go forth relying on something that knows evil, or should evil be programmed out of the AI system?


BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/24/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/24/16

Monday, October 24, 2016

12:15 am Sothern Vermont Idol: Week 3

2:30 am Kellogg Hubbard Library: Dan Kittredge - The Solution is in the Soil

4:25 am 20-20 - Insights into Vision Loss

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am VINS - Neotropical Migrant Birds


Grove Street/Municipal Center Access - Revised Schedule

Grove Street/Municipal Center Access – Revised Schedule

A revised project schedule for the water line installation at the Brattleboro Municipal Center results in the following impact to the public.

Thursday, October 27: Grove Street- Open to Through Traffic
Municipal Center Access - Access from Linden Street
Parking Meters - Not Available


Recent Cyberattack

USA today reports that a massive attack by yet unknown perpetrators disrupted the net yesterday:

“If you live on the East Coast and had trouble accessing Twitter, Spotify Netflix, Amazon or Reddit Friday morning, you were not alone.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/10/21/cyber-attack-takes-down-east-coast-netflix-spotify-twitter/92507806/

Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, was the victim.


Hans U. Hielscher at First Baptist Church

World renowned organist returns to Brattleboro to support the Estey Organ Museum. Hans presented a recital on the magnificent Estey pipe organ at First Baptist Church, Brattleboro, Vermont, on Saturday, October 8, 2016.



Weekend Creativity Series - Halloween Props

Brattleboro kids do a great job with Halloween. Impressive amounts of creative work go into choosing and making costumes. Maybe adults in town can up the ante with a bit more Halloween prop making.

YouTube is filled with videos on makeup, costumes, haunted mansions and so forth. I’ve chosen this one as it gives a good overview of some easy tombstones, which seem essential for any Halloween haunted graveyard.


VFW Lunch Specials 10-24 to 10-28

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

Mon - handmade chicken cordon bleu w/mashed potato & veg.

Tues - chicken lo mein w/ homemade egg rolls

Wed - shepherd's pie w/ salad

Thur - roasted pork loin w/ mashed potato & veg.

Fri - clam roll w/ chowder

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.


This Week in Brattleboro History - First Peoples, Part I

Early Vermont histories portrayed this area's aboriginal peoples as transients who occasionally passed through southern Vermont, en route to and from Northern New York and Canada, but were ultimately not residents of the area and therefor had little claim on these lands.

In this podcast Joe Rivers and his intrepid band of middle school historians show that those early Vermont histories were very much mistaken.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 24th

Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 24th


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.

· Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:

o On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 1 & 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

o On Wednesday, October 26th, I-91 Southbound will be closed between Exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.


BUHS #6 and Vernon School Boards Separation Agreement Meeting Agenda

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Board of Directors will hold a joint meeting with the Vernon Town School Board at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24 at the Vernon Elementary School. Purpose: BUHS #6 / Vernon Separation Agreement.


38th Putney Craft Tour Features Three New Artisans

38th Annual Putney Craft Tour Named Top Ten Vermont Winter Event and Approved as an Official Vermont Arts 2016 Event

PUTNEY, VT—October 18, 2016—For the third year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2016/17). The tour has also been approved as a Vermont Arts Council 2016 event. Also of note, the tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Have A Great Vermont Day

The excitement over a new Town Clerk, a maximum price set for Central Fire Station, and completed plans for the Police Station was somewhat tempered by the news that a longtime friend of Town government and volunteerism, James Banslaben, had passed away. The board offered heartfelt memories and was genuinely moved by the unexpected news.

Late fees and penalties due to the Town’s scheduling of Water & Sewer bills will not be abated, garbage is good, and child victims may gain an advocate.


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