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It will be seen by a notice of the Trustees of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane, that the Institution is now ready for the reception of patients.The pleasant location of the establishment, the convenient arrangement of the building, and the means which are provided for the comfort and restoration of its inmates, seem to warrant the assurance that, with the favor of God, it will be the means of dispensing the blessing of health and reason to those who may require its aid.


We had hoped, by this time, to be able to give the official result of the Presidential election in all the States - but it is yet “in the fog,” as Webb says. It is impossible to tell how the six Western and South Western States have voted. Rumour, however, says that Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansaw have gone for White. Alabama and Missouri for Van Buren - and Illinois for Harrison.


Fresh Groceries. C. Townsley & Son have just received a Fresh Supply of Groceries of all descriptions; Spices, whole and ground, Raisins, Box and Keg, &c.


On the day after Thanksgiving a rifle bullet was fired into the Esteyville school house, entering through the porch, shattering a slate blackboard in the front end of the schoolroom, passing across the room and lodging in the wall at the opposite end. The committee looked after the matter sharply and finally sifted the matter down to two boys, aged about 14, who were called up and made to confess.


Geddis & Newcomb’s big doll is at once the delight and the despair of every little girl in town


It is understood that all stores which deal in holiday goods will be open every evening during the next week and the week after.


Pratt, Wright & Co. ask those who are in doubt what to give a gentleman for Christmas to call and examine their stock of new neckwear, silk and cashmere mufflers, silk and linen handkerchiefs, silk umbrellas, and everything pertaining to a gentleman’s outfit.


The pupils of the North street school are making extensive preparations for a play to be presented some time this month, in a very complete manner. Music will be furnished by and orchestra, and the costumes will be provided by a Boston firm.


Many people will be anxious to secure the world’s fair souvenir silver coins. It has been decided to send these coins to the banks of the country. Cashier Marshall of the People’s National bank has given an order for them, and they will be furnished for $1 while the supply lasts.


The east side of the new main street bridge was open to public travel Monday morning. The street cars were first allowed to cross during the forenoon Wednesday.


C.H. Grant has been awarded the contract for furnishing the granite for the foundation for the Estey Organ company’s new 300-horse power engine.


An ad hoc committee was established to pursue a community television station in Brattleboro, which led to BCTV.


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This Week in Brattleboro History - A Stroll is Born

Orly Munzing, Dwight Miller and the genesis of Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers.

Released November 24, 2016.

Produced by BHS trustee, Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.


Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries


Although Trump has castigated the administration of Prez Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the US regime change wars that have brought death and destruction to the Middle East, these genocidal prosecutable crimes against humanity continue even as Americans gave thanks for their own well being as usual in utter disregard or ignorance of what was being done in their name to millions of innocent children, women and men


Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Annual Big Band Gala- A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald f. vocalist Wanda Houston

Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Gala with guest vocalist Wanda Houston Celebrates the Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

The Vermont Jazz Center will present its annual big band swing gala on Friday, December 2nd at 8:00 PM paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers in history. The performance will celebrate Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday anniversary by featuring arrangements she performed with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. All proceeds will support the VJC’s Scholarship Program. The VJC Big Band is comprised of area professionals, is led by music director Rob Freeberg and administrated by band manager Sherm Fox. Acclaimed vocalist Wanda Houston will front the band for this gala performance, an annual concert that has evolved into one of the VJC’s most popular events.


VFW Lunch Specials Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd

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 - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries
Wed - cheese tortellini w/ sausage & garlic bread
Thur - stuffed cabbage rolls w/ mashed potato
Fri - salmon burgers w/ onion rings

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.


BAJC's Annual Chanukah Party

Oy Chanukah, Oy Chanukah!

Please join us for the annual BAJC Chanukah Party on Friday December 23. We will start at 5:00 pm with an hour of story and study; we’ll look at how the story of Chanukah is told in the Books of the Maccabees and after, and what it means to us now in this era of zealotry and intolerance. Then at 6:00 pm we’ll light Shabbat candles – it’s the day before Chanukah really begins, so (sadly) we won’t be lighting our Chanukiot (menorahs) this year.

We'll sing Shabbat blessings and a Chanukah song. Then we’ll feast on latkes (potato pancakes), applesauce and sour cream, with veggies side dishes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and chocolate gelt for dessert. After our latke feast we’ll hear and share stories of the season.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 28 to November 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to November 30


November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato




Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY18 Public Works Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the revised time of the meeting.

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


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of November 28th


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 Selectboard Special Meeting - FY18 Budget Discussion of Police and Fire Departments

The Brattleboro Selectboard, sans John Allen, held a special meeting regarding the FY18 budget, focusing on the numbers for the Police and Fire departments.

With no preliminary announcements, the meeting got right down to business.

Public Participation

Rich Holschuh returned to the Selectboard with a petition signed by 540 voters, over 5% of the registered voters in town. The petition asks to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Brattleboro, and for the question to be placed on the 2016 Representative Town Meeting warning for a vote.


My Recipe in Progress - Crazy, Easy Grain Free, Flour Free Cookies

Throw 2c of cooked & well drained black beans, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1 capful of flavor extract of your choice, 1/4 c shredded coconut, 1/4 to 1/2 cup low glycemic sweetener of your choice, such as coconut nectar, into a food processor. Blend until mixture forms a ball. Form into cookies. Bake at 380 degrees for 12-15 mins.

Marvel at the versatility of black beans.


WKVT Hosts "A Call To Action" Forum on Internet Safety, Dec. 1

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Internet Safety from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, December 1 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center. 

Panelists will include Karen Bates, Information Specialist for the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Detective Erik Johnson of the Brattleboro Police Department and officials from area banks and schools. 

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions or share information during the broadcast, which will be moderated by WKVT hosts Peter “Fish” Case and Chris Lenois.  


Indigenous Peoples' Day: Closing the Circle in Brattleboro

Tonight we will be presenting to the Brattleboro Selectboard, at their 5:30 meeting, a full complement of signed petitions to place an article on the 2016 RTM Warning for a permanent changein the Town from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Following the action at the Board's Oct. 4th meeting, at which they (through a failed motion) declined to take direct action themselves on such an initiative, the remaining course of action was a petition drive. Five percent of the registered voter list is required, currently at about 8,760, thus 438 signatures are needed. While procedurally the signatures will be proofed by the Town Clerk, we are taking the step of formally notifying the Selectboard that we have reached the threshold and followed through on the original intention.


Citizen Media in the Trump Years

President Trump seems to be presenting a unique opportunity for citizen journalists. Yes, I’m digging up that dusty term to remind you that you have the power of the pen.

The unique opportunity appears to be that he plans to bypass traditional media and go direct to the people via Twitter and YouTube.

When he announced his first 100 day plan, it came as an upload to YouTube, not a press conference. Professional reporters were forced to write stories about an online video.


Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closures

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 23, and will be closed on Thursday, November 24. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26.


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


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro should continue to fund and staff an Energy Coordinator position...