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Hard Times. We have received a photograph from J.L. Lovell, of Amherst Mass., formerly of this village, representing a man in a seedy, dilapidated condition, with his last dollar in hand, and that a worthless bill. It indicates the present condition of many persons just at present. The picture, as a work of art, is worthy of all praise.


The ladies’ sewing society connected with the Centre Congregational church met for the first time this season, in their new church parlors Wednesday afternoon of this week, and a goodly number were present.


Another village meeting has been called on petition of several of our prominent citizens, to reconsider the action of the last meeting in regard to the tomb, and to take some definite action in relation to the gas and police questions. The call is issued for Tuesday evening 30th inst.


The variety of holiday goods at Cheney & Clapp’s is entirely too large to specify.


An awkward and senseless typographical blunder in our last week’s notice of the Park Garden “Pinafore” was copied, verbatim et literatim, into a local sheet which, no, never, steals anything from the Phoenix.


On Tuesday night at 11 o’clock it was discovered that fire was working under the flooring of the fourth floor of the Brooks House, about midway of the house. Lines of hose were carried up to the third and fourth stories, holes cut in floors and partitions, the house thoroughly drenched, and after upward of an hour’s work the fire was soaked out.


At Batchelder & Flint’s confectionary store on Elliot street, special attractions for the holiday trade are offered. Among their large assortment of sweetmeats will be found animals, toys, dolls, panorama eggs, birds, satchels, Cinderella slippers, Helen’s babies, banjoes, lanterns, mottoes, fruits, nuts, bonbons, etc. forming a very beautiful and tempting display.


Santa Claus, in his own proper person, with furs, beard, bells and sleigh, made everybody in Brattleboro, the West village included, a visit yesterday. He had two of his boys with him, and through them gave everybody a souvenir of “Brattleboro Christmas Bells” - an illustrated paper handsome enough not only to read but to keep.


Henry Whitacre is building a saw and planing mill near the Elliot street iron bridge, and has the privilege of using the waste water from the old woolen factory.


One of the handsome sights of yesterday morning was the big snow roller drawn by Stockwell’s team of six big horses.


The ice crop this season is the best for many years, and the local dealers are already gathering their supply. The ice is ten inches in thickness and as clear as crystal.


The bailiffs have granted permission for coasting on the Green st hill and on the hill near Col. Fuller’s, Canal street, and on Forest street down through Chapin, but not on Asylum hill.


Brattleboro Women's Chorus Releases 1st CD

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Vermont Partnership Updates Vision, Mission

Brattleboro. Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity has revised its vision, mission, and position statements according to Dr. Ann-Marie White, president of the organization’s board of directors.

“We refined our vision, mission, and position statements after listening closely to the attendees at our 3rd Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference held in early November,” states White. The participant-driven conference celebrated the completion of the first decade of Vermont Partnership’s four-decade in length Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative. Formerly known as Facing Change: The Changing Face of Vermont, the initiative prepares the state, its leaders, and residents for an increasingly multi-racial/ethnic/lingual/cultural/abled landscape.


Young Guitarist Plays in Brattleboro

Sunday, November 23 there will be a contra dance at the “Stone Church” on Main St in Brattleboro. Dances will be called by Quena Crain, with live music from Everest Witman, Peter Siegel and Audrey Knuth. Witman, 16, is the youngest of this trio, and is a thoughtful, intelligent and clearly-spoken young man with the ability to laugh at himself. He and his band, Nova, appeared earlier this year at the Brattleboro Contra Dance to loud cheering and stomping from the crowd of dancers.

Witman is this year’s recipient of the Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The fund was established to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing instruments used for traditional New England dance music.


November Poets: Sydney Lea and Becky Sakellariou at Brooks Library

The November poetry readings at Brooks Memorial Library feature two outstanding Vermont and New Hampshire poets: Sydney Lea and Becky Sakellariou. They will read from their new works on Wednesday November 19, at 7:00 PM. in the BML 2nd floor meeting room. Arrive early to insure a good seat. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 802-254-5290 ext 101, or info@brookslibraryvt.org.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Scoping Study Endorsed; Feasibility Study Withdrawn

Enginer Gary King is retiring from the Department of Public Works after 30 years of service.

The West Brattleboro Scoping Study was accepted and endorsed, with five varying options described, ranging from nothing to new bike and people paths through the backyards of West Brattleboro properties. Likely, a more simple approach of bike lanes and sidewalks will be attempted.

Brattleboro signed on to help the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust apply for a grant to do energy improvements at five local properties that they own, Brattleboro will apply for brownfield site planning funds, and a sustainable energy program feasibility study vanished from the agenda without explanation, but with discussion.


Building Tar Sands Pipeline Would Be 'Insane,' Sanders Says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that it would be “insane” to construct the Keystone XL pipeline to ship the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada’s tar sands region to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

“The scientific community is telling us that we have a narrow window of opportunity to address the crisis of climate change and to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders said in prepared remarks. “This legislation would move us in exactly the wrong direction toward not only more dependence on fossil fuels but on some of the dirtiest fossil fuel imaginable. That is insane.”


Vintage Game - Crossbows and Catapults

I know this is a very long shot but thought I'd give it a try. My son's had a game in the 80s called "Crossbows and Catapults" which they loved. We were trying to find one of these for a reasonable price. EBay and Amazon have several ranging from $150 to $275 ....ridiculous.  

So, I'm wondering if somewhere in the diverse land of ibrattleboro someone might have one of these languishing in their attic? As I said, I realize the chances are slim but thought it was worth a try. I'm happy to pay a reasonable price for it. Thanks!


BMH Physician Group Adds Post-Acute Care Provider

BMH Physician Group announces the addition of Nancy J. Redfield, RN, MS, ARNP, BC to its Post-Acute Care Services.

Redfield will work with Eric Pofcher, MD to provide direct care for patients from the time of discharge from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, or another acute care facility, to admission at a skilled nursing facility. Their duties include managing medical problems in post-acute medical episode recovery, stabilizing chronic conditions and supporting decisions for individualized end-of-life care.


Why The Dems Lost - One Voter's View

I didn't vote this year.  For the first time in well over a decade, I was too annoyed to participate.  Over the last six years, I've watched as the Democrats held power but proved unwilling or unable to wield it effectively.  To make matters worse, those of us who fall left of center have been effectively stifled.  Mainstream Democrats saw to that.  So while many on the left fret about the Republicans and their Tea Party antagonists, I would argue that it was this stifling of discussion within the Democratic party that led to the debacle of the 2014 midterms. The Democrats are a party that is silently divided.


Brattleboro Town School Board To Hold Community Forum On 'Testing' 11/19

The Brattleboro Town school board is holding a public forum this coming Wednesday, 11/19, on the role and the effects of various standardized testing that takes place in our schools.  This has been a point of lively discussion on iBrattleboro and it would be worth encouraging the school board to continue this process of public engagement by attending.

The forum takes place at Academy School on Wednesday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 pm.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 11/17/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 11/17/14

Monday, November 17, 2014

12:00 am VT State Archeology Ctr: Great Vermont Discoveries

1:50 am Vermont Retired Americans Conference

4:00 am Salaam / Shalom: Incitement to Genocide

5:00 am Green Mtn. Vets for Peace: Ep.138

6:00 am Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative 10/2/14


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of November 16

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 the nest:


KidsPLAYce, Come and PLAY!
Learn to Play Again with InterPlay
Help in using Dragon Naturally Speaking
Lodging in Homer, Alaska
Kung Fu, Chinese Martial Arts Classes


Tuesday's Electorate! The Most Suckered, Desperate, Egoistic, Depressed, Proudly Ignorant, Dangerous People on Earth

This self-indulgent blind, deaf and dumb US electorate is dangerous for the genocide and eventual WW III it mostly unconsciously continues to vote for.

Americans voting on Tuesday are dangerous because the grand majority of them will be voting unconsciously for continuing genocidal wars, which, as Martin Luther King cried out one year to the day before he received a bullet to his head), "are meant to maintain unjust predatory investments on three continents." America's interests abroad' is what this overwhelming majority of those voting will understand as protecting American freedom at home.


Marx in Soho, Plus More!

The Commons, Windham County's local independent weekly, is proud to host Jerry Levy and Acting on Impulse Productions presenting Levy's 10th Anniversary Celebration of Howard Zinn's one-man play about the life of Karl Marx, MARX IN SOHO, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St, Brattleboro VT.

These benefit performances will be on the evenings of Thursday, November 20th and Saturday, November 22nd at7:30 p.m.


Weekend Concert Series: Controversy-Era Prince

Prince has been in the music news lately, having released two rather good albums simultaneously, rejoined Warner Bros., got control of his back catalog, and appeared on SNL.

He’s notoriously hard to find on the internet, but somehow we are (for the moment, at least) able to peer back to 1982, just as he was ascending. Note that this linked file may vanish.

This is from the Controversy tour, just before 1999 and Purple Rain, when many were still just finding out about him and trying to figure out what exactly they had found. Punk? Funk? New Wave? What was this? A controversy.


Postal Service Revenue Rises as Service Cuts Loom

BURLINGTON, Vt., Nov. 14 – Calling on the Postal Service to avert damaging service cuts and job losses, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pointed to a new report today that revenue for the mail delivery service rose by $569 million during the fiscal year that just ended.

It was the second year in a row that profits rose, mainly because of increases in package deliveries to online shoppers.

Despite almost $1 billion in revenue growth over the past two years, the Postal Service is forging ahead with plans to shut down as many as 82 mail processing plants beginning in January. The closings would put 15,000 jobs in jeopardy.


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