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On Saturday last the proprietors of the Hotels and Saloons, six in number, were brought before Royall Tyler, Esq., on complaint of the grand juror, for violations of the liquor law. They all plead guilty, and were severely fined $10 each and costs, all of which they readily paid.


The Brattleboro post office was robbed on Monday night of money and stamps to the value of about $2000. It is thought that the fellows left town on the early train south. Brattleboro officers are on their track.


The “poor widow” with two children - a girl of about seven and a boy of fourteen - who have been wandering about in this vicinity for the past week or two for the pretended purpose of getting employment, is pronounced to be a fraud. Look out for her.


The Dickens medium is now engaged upon a Christmas story.


The end of the week will see the entire sub-structure of the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad, including both road bed and bridges, completed and made ready to receive the rails with the opening of spring.


We regret to learn that, as a pecuniary “benefit” to the proprietor, the Crosby hall dedication was not a success.


W.H. Childs used the money he won on election wagers to buy 20 turkeys which he distributed among 20 poor families who must otherwise have gone without such a luxury - a very happy way, certainly, of letting others taste the fruit of Mr. Childs’s own satisfaction in Cleveland’s election.


The asylum family at their usual Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, consuming some 40 turkeys and 60 chickens.


The water began running into Crowell’s reservoir yesterday.


Callender’s minstrels, the genuine colored article, are to play at town hall to-morrow evening. They are accompanied by the celebrated Hyers sisters.


Dr. Holton secured the passage of a bill incorporating our village school district. The status of the district is in no way changed by the act.


The Zo-Zo company is booked for the town hall Dec. 16.


Mary Howe sang for the first time in New York on Tuesday evening, when she appeared as the leading soloist in the opening concert of the seventh season of the Musurgia, one of the leading musical organizations of the city.


The death of Mrs. Edward Crosby took place at 8:30 last Saturday morning.


Brattleboro Food Coop doubles size, changes membership structure, remodels an entire store, and changes locations to site of former Finast grocery store.

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Snow at iBrat HQ

Well, that was somewhat unexpected. Some snow at HQ on Cedar Street today.

Surprised cats came to the back door, wanting to come back in after expecting to be out most of the day. Both were covered with snowy ice pellets.

Did you get some flakes, or was this a micro-weather event?


Organ Spooktacular with the Phantom

The Estey Organ Museum will host an “Organ Spooktacular with the Phantom” on Friday, October 30, at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street, Brattleboro. The event will feature two shortened silent films, “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Nosferatu”. The “Phantom” features Lon Chaney, and “Nosferatu” includes Max Schreck in the lead roles. Both will receive appropriate accompaniment on the church’s Estey pipe organ.

In addition there will be live performances of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “The Phantom of the Opera” as well as appropriate spooky music played on the organ.

Organist for the event will be Mark Andersen from Lumberton, NC. Mark began his education at East Carolina University in North Carolina where he studied organ, harp, voice and carillon. His graduate studies carried him to Chicago and the American Conservatory and then on to a full scholarship at the Paris Conservatory where he studied organ with Marcel Dupre and composition with Nadia Boulanger.


Fire at 176 Canal Street Press Release

Brattleboro Fire Department, 103 Elliot Street * Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802-254-4831 FAX: 802-257-2323

Michael Bucossi, Fire Chief
Peter Lynch, Assistant Chief


Date of Incident: 10/17/15
Location of Incident: 176 Canal Street

Nature of Call: Fire in attic

Time Reported: 04:40am
Time Under Control: 5:36am


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


iBrattleboro Poll

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