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An Anti Slavery Meeting will be held on the last Monday evening of the present month, at the Academy in West Brattleboro. Meeting to commence at half past 6 o’clock. Address by Rev. Mr. Brewster.


We are once more troubled with a multitude of our boys sliding down hill in every part of the village. Where is our village authority? Are they asleep, or have they concluded to have the roads blocked up with hand-sleds for the ensuing winter?


Since Saturday last, the weather has been mild and beautiful as in September. The sun has shone with almost summer heat, there is no frost on the ground, and the nights are nearly as warm as the days.


$8,500 Wanted, in sums of not less than $500 each on the credit of the town of Brattleboro, for a term of years, by the Committee for Building the Town Hall. E. Kirkland, Chairman.


A brilliant display of the coruscation's of the aurora borealis took place Saturday evening. Flashes of red light shot up from the horizon throughout the whole extent of the northern hemisphere, while at the same time a bright arch of steady straw colored light arose in the north to an angle of 50 degrees sufficiently bright to cast a shadow.


There was a large gathering of people on Monday evening to dedicate the new school-house on Canal street, just finished.


We are desired to state that the post-office in this village will not for the present be open on Sundays.


Freedman's Aid Association organized in Brattleboro.


The mercury fell to from 8 to 14 degrees below zero this morning. There is about eight inches of snow on the ground, wheels are entirely discarded, and the farmers are bringing in their wood.


The question having been raised since the village meeting on Monday evening as to whether a sum equivalent to a tax of 80 cents on the dollar of the grand list will really be required to meet the current expenses of the year and to pay the special expenses as voted.


The Household, editor Crowell’s popular home monthly, begins the new volume with an edition of 60,000 copies, and increase of 6,000 copies over last year.


The Spiritualists of this vicinity are arranging to hold a convention at the town hall Jan. 12th, 13th, and 14th, under the auspices of the State Spiritualist Association. Distinguished speakers and test mediums are expected to be present.


Merton C. Robbins’s World’s Fair lecture, with 70 entirely new views, will be given at the town hall next Thursday evening.


The American House now sports a printed bill of fare.


Coasting has been the sport of the week, with the boys and girls, and large crowds have been on the Green street and other hills each evening. Early in the week there was skating on about 30 acres on the Retreat meadow, but the slight fall of snow covered the ice.


S.H. Barrett, formerly of Brattleboro, as invented a steam auto-truck. It will weigh 1,500 pounds with two five-horsepower engines. Gasoline or kerosene will be used to heat the boiler. located beneath the front of the wagon body.

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Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of December 14

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from holiday card mania:


Install a Toilet
Lonely and Want to Chat?
Chinese Translating


Wall Street Runs Washington, Sanders Says in Proposing to Break Up Big Banks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will introduce legislation to break up Wall Street megabanks that are using a bill before the Senate today to put taxpayers on the hook for the banks’ risky investments.

Sanders outlined the proposal as the Senate, in a rare Saturday session, prepared to take up a House-passed bill that would roll back a law limiting risky investments like those that caused the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed.


Bridge of the Year

Roads & Bridges' Top 10 Bridge awards, created in 2000, recognize the top projects in North America. Each year, nominations are submitted to the R&B editorial staff, which determines the Top 10 list based on project challenges, impact to region and scope of work.

In 2014 the top bridge chosen by Roads and Bridges is the I-91 bridge in Brattleboro over the West River.

You can read the article here on Roads and Bridge's web site. Number 1 bridge

Roads and Bridges also made a site visit earlier in the year and produced a video that you can watch here.

Bridge video


WBA Names Daleys Community Leaders Of Year At Annual Holiday Party

The West Brattleboro Association (WBA) announced the Community Leader of the Year recipients during its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 11, at The New England House. The winners of this 4th annual award are Bill and Judy Daley, owners of the Vermont Country Deli as well as the associated, brand new Market next door.

After living for ten years in Central Vermont, the Daleys came to Brattleboro to purchase the ever-popular delicatessen in 2007. Bill grew up in Cleveland and met Judy, who grew up in Brattleboro, at Miami University (Ohio). She is the daughter of Sylvia and (the late) John Hunter who was president of the Vermont National Bank. Since buying the deli seven years ago, together the Daleys have made it thrive even more, adding many features including a quick-stop facility with extra parking next door.  The new market is in the process of becoming an official Vermont Ambassador Welcome Center, and will be adding an ATM in January. Both Bill and Judy work full time in their Deli.


Festive Fruitcake

This year, the Beard household is having a big, whiskey-soaked fruitcake. In years past I've made small fruitcakes, one pounders that were tasty and spirited, but this year it's a bundt cake. The small loaf is gone too fast!

We were a store-bought, tea-totalling fruitcake family growing up. Nobody liked them, and nobody ate them. When I began making them my opinion of fruitcake changed. I went to all lengths, soaking brown paper and wrapping it tightly, tying in cheesecloth and keeping in a pot, baking in a Bain Marie. To my relief, I've found that regular baking techniques work just fine. A standard spice cake recipe with alcohol-soaked fruit bakes up perfectly. I continue "feeding" the cake every other day until serving.


Important Changes Coming to Zoning and Subdivision Regulations

There are significant changes coming to the Brattleboro Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision Regulations. The changes will have significant impacts on property owners, land development patterns and Grand List values.

If such matters interest you, please get involved early. As time passes so does the ability to participate. Raising concerns after the ship has sailed is a fruitless tradition.

Meetings will held on the following dates:


Local Gas Prices

The other day I paid attention to gas prices along my route from Westminster to Newfane. DANG - what a difference a few miles can make!

For 87 octane, the price ranged from $2.679 (Circle K on Route 30 in Dummerston) to $2.829 (Allen Bros) to $2.959 (Putney Sunoco).

What have you noticed in town?


Weekend Concert Series: James Brown, April 1971, Bologna, Italy

This is a truly funky line-up, and perhaps my favorite era for James Brown. Everyone in the band was great.

We have Bobby Byrd, backing up James on vocals. We have the horn section that included Fred Wesley, Darryl Jamison, Chicken Gunnells. We have young Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Cheese Martin, and two drummers Jabo Starks and Tiger Martin.

This film isn’t great quality, but it has it all: funky suits, dances, and breaks, plus crazed Italian fans, and what seems to be Sophia Loren’s sister acting as a narrator in parts. My Italian isn’t so good, but she was talking about Sonny and Cher for a moment. If any of you can translate, please share/Cher...


Governor Allocates $814,000 for Projects in Windham County

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Governor Shumlin announced today that $814,000 from Round 1 of the Windham County Economic Development Program will be allocated to five projects. A small amount will be dedicated to legal costs and technical assistance to applicants and the remainder of the $2 million from this round will roll over to the next round in 2015 and the program will be redesigned to attract more business applications for loans and grant applications that meet specific entrepreneurial economic development objectives.

“I am allocating funds to a limited number of projects that promise job creation and investment in Windham County,” said Governor Shumlin. “The rest of the funding will roll over to the next round and I’ve asked Commerce Secretary Pat Moulton to redesign the application and allocation process.”


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 14, 2014

The Brattleboro Selectboard will receive their first official report on possible police facility locations at their final regular meeting of the year. You can attend in person at the Municipal Center, or watch on BCTV.

If you do, you can join talk of additions to the FY16 budget in the form of capital improvements and expenses, a discussion of the Windham Solid Waste District budget, a continued debate on a motion to incorporate life cycle costs considerations for town capital projects, an update from the Pay As You Throw Committee, a request by the Stroll for a permit for their June parade, and wishing a happy retirement to a long-time children’s librarian.

All this and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 14

NOTE: Upcoming night closure of I-91 Northbound between Exits 2 and 3 to re-address pothole problems. This work is weather dependent. It is tentatively scheduled for Monday night, December 15th between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. The actual closure date will be communicated to stakeholders at least 48 hours in advance, after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed.


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.


Sanders Opposes Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement on a massive $1.01 trillion spending bill that the Senate plans to take up later today:

“At a time when the middle class continues to disappear, and the gap between the very rich and everyone else grows wider, this bill comes nowhere close to reflecting the needs and priorities of America’s working families.

“Instead of helping to strengthen Social Security, Medicare and other programs that help working families, this bill would allow the Pentagon to spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined on our military and seemingly never-ending wars in the Middle East.”


Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Committee (PAYT) will meet on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.  The Committee will then meet jointly with the Selectboard starting at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Selectboard on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 starting at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 – 6:15pm
Joint Meeting with Selectboard
Selectboard Meeting Room, Municipal Center


Larry Bloch and Wetlands Preserve Remembered

If you missed the Sunday Keene Sentinel, here is a link to the front page story. This is a story of Brattleboro activist Larry Bloch's (1953-2012) well-known NYC nightclub Wetlands Preserve. At Larry's request, his first wife and "dream companion," Laura Bloch Bourque, gathered together the many boxes of carefully saved calendars and photos of their nightclub into one amazing book which must be seen to be appreciated. Bands such as the Dave Mathews Band, Phish, Hootie and the Blowfish and so many others played at Wetlands Preserve in the 1990s.

The Sentinel article tells about the love that went into the writing and publishing of the book. The book itself is for sale at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street in Brattleboro and Toadstool's in Keene and Peterborough, NH


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The recent decision to add the full Police Fire project back into the budget mix is