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Wanted, 500 children, to braid Palm Leaf, notch braid, by E.W. Prouty


The examination of the Village High School under the charge of Mr. Bacon on Monday last, was very satisfactory. The pupils did themselves and their teacher much credit. Their recitations showed their own industry and their teachers faithfulness.


J. Estey & Company becomes incorporated as the Estey Organ Company: Jacob Estey, president; Levi K. Fuller, vice-president, and Julius J. Estey, secretary and treasurer.


J. Estey & Co. have laid a gas main from their works on Western avenue for the supply of people desiring to introduce gas into their dwellings.


Bills of the new “People’s National Bank” are already in circulation.


Knowlton has reduced his stage fares to a point just inside the railroad rates, and seems determined to give the narrow gauge a lively competition.


The blacksmiths have had a lively and, no doubt, a thankful Thanksgiving this week. The cold weather and icy ways have given them a regular “drive” of shoeing and sharpening,


The asylum family celebrated Thanksgiving in true New England style yesterday, with a dinner which comprised all the essentials and accessories of the annual feast, and wound up the day’s festivities with a dance in the gymnasium, which also opened the winter’s entertainment course.


Mr. E.S. Charlier was in town last week making arrangements for the sale of some additional building lots from the lower side of the Chalier estate. Prof. and Mrs. Charlier are to leave New York very soon to spend the winter in northern Africa.


H.M. Burke, the well-known livery man, has put in a large stock of new sleighs, both single and double, which he will be glad to show to intending buyers in Brattleboro and vicinity.


There will be a butterfly supper at the Universalist church next Thursday evening.


The Thanksgiving social at the Congregational church, Tuesday evening, was unusually well-attended by grown folks as well as children, and nearly every one present brought something which would help make a Thanksgiving dinner. There were turkeys and chickens in good number and almost everything in the line of vegetables and fruits. All of these articles will be distributed among the worthy poor throughout the town and in this way much good will be done.


The Brattleboro Women’s Club contributed a handsome, daintily dressed “Mary Howe” doll to the exhibition of the international collection of dolls.


The first one of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories, appears in the place of honor in the Christmas number of St. Nicholas which was issued yesterday. It is the story of how the whale got its tiny throat


A gavel which is being made at the Estey organ factories by George A. Hines for the Brattleboro chapter of the society of Daughters of the American Revolution will be, when completed, a valuable souvenir. The materials is a piece of wood which was formerly a part of the old court house at Westminster. The gavel will be elaborately carved and will be mounted with silver.


Nearly 100 couples attended the Thanksgiving dance held in the armory Wednesday evening, by the Estey Guard.


BUHS band marches in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Jeff Coffin and The Mu-tet

On November 1st at 8:00 PM, The Vermont Jazz Center will present 3-time Grammy Winner, Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band and Béla Fleck’s Flecktones. At the VJC, he’ll be performing with the Mu’tet, a group that reflects Coffin's philosophy that “music must change and mutate in order to evolve.” Their repertoire consists of catchy tunes set over an array of complex feels: deep funk, New Orleans, Latin and swing. Their sound is propelled by rhythms you’ve never heard before and imbued with world music influences. The surprise factor is that the compositions are often in odd meters, delivered over precise, danceable grooves.


Kurn Hattin To Unveil New Historical Exhibit; Public Reception Nov. 6 at Brattleboro's River Garden

WESTMINSTER, VT—Kurn Hattin Homes for Children will hold a public reception to celebrate the unveiling of a new historical exhibit entitled, A Legacy of Caring: Adapting to the Changing Needs of Children and Families. All are welcome to attend Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. Brattleboro.

This opening reception will be hosted by Kurn Hattin Homes for Children's Executive Director, Connie Sanderson, and will feature a brief presentation and Q and A session. Refreshments will be provided.


Car Crash On Route 30 Under 91 Bridge. No Official Report Released Yet

Cars were diverted from route 30 today, due to an accident that occurred close to the construction project near the 91 overpass. My boy and I saw the black cadillac that was severely damaged,on the back of a tow truck. We asked the tow truck driver what happened to the car, and he replied that the car struck the ledge near the bridge. The top of the car was basically shredded and looked like it may have been travelling at a high rate of speed. Of course, a ledge is an unforgiving and immovable object, so maybe high speed was not a factor.


Three-Minute Siren Test Scheduled for Area Vt., N.H., and Mass. Towns Saturday, November 1 at Noon

On Saturday, November 1 at Noon, state and local public safety agencies will conduct an audible sounding of the 37 sirens located within the Vermont Yankee ten-mile emergency planning zone. The pole-mounted sirens are located in the Vermont towns of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Vernon, and in the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Richmond, Swanzey and Winchester. In Massachusetts the sirens are located in Gill, Colrain, Leyden, Bernardston and Northfield.

The three-minute siren testing is being conducted by the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts state public safety agencies in compliance with the regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the effectiveness of the public notification system.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 10/27/14

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/27/14

Monday, October 27, 2014

12:00 am Stephen Stearns - 10/6/14

2:00 am Organic Politics: Guest Sharonda Hill

2:30 am 1st Wed: Katherine Paterson - 10/1/14

4:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace - Soldiers of Conscience

5:00 am At Landmark: 2014 Symposium- Dr. Mark Hakkinen

6:15 am Conversations VT: Heroin Forum


Dog Eat Dog - "And To You It Shall Be For Food"

Several times a year the Vatican has children release and let fly white doves over the crowds in St. Peter’s Square as signs of peace. During one such release the horrified crowds witnessed a mid-air attack by a hungry crow and seagull when they killed the pope’s blessed doves.

To prevent this brutal contraindication of papal peace, the Swiss Guard acquired a female Harris Hawk with a four-foot wingspan. Like Michael armed with a sword in his hand, the hawkeyed bird of prey perches at the ready to slay these winged dragons who dare to publicly eat the holy symbols of peace.


Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of October 26

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 an organized space:


Interior Design & Organization
Music Tutorials: Guitar, Harmonica and Banjo
Houskeeping or Organizing Help.
Offering Respite for Elders
Avocado Trees
Audio Cable To Trade


Brattleboro Retreat Celebrates Fifth Anniversary of LGBT Program w/Benefit Boston Gay Men's Chorus Benefit Concert Live at The Latchis

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Performs Live at the Latchis -Fundraiser for Brattleboro Retreat’s LGBT Program - Draws Attention to Celebrating Our Differences

BRATTLEBORO, VT—The Brattleboro Retreat presents the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Live at the Latchis (Brattleboro) on Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm. In this first-ever performance in Brattleboro and rare performance in Vermont, the event will raise funds for the Retreat’s program serving Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) individuals.


5:45 Live: 10/24/14

- Summary: Plenty of big headlines in this late October episode with footage from the board's long awaited new town manager hire, new content emerging from Keene's Pumpkin Festival riots as well as press conference quotes from NH's top officials as they look for answers, plus new interviews in the Fairpoint workers strike story, and much much more.


Representative to U.S. Congress Debate on Vermont PBS with all Six Candidates! Rare Democracy!

The majority of the candidates for Representative to Congress are opposed to a natural gas pipeline running underneath Lake Champlain in Vermont.   Matthew Andrews, Liberty Union Party candidate, announced good news of an upcoming Protest, and the majority of candidates clapped their hands in applause.

"Pirate Captain Cris Ericson" announced that because the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an Opinion declaring that Corporations are "persons" and because the U.S. Congress did not Impeach them, which the U.S. Congress had the legal right to do, then, that proved the U.S. Congress is in favor of Corporations being "persons" and she - Pirate Captain Cris Ericson, was going to "take back" America away from the control of Corporations and  give it back to We, the People.  She wore a Pirate hat to emphasize her point.


Weekend Concert Series: Bernie Worrell Orchestra

Time for some magical keyboard playing by master funkateer Bernie Worrell. This show has him playing in Minneapolis with the Bernie Worrell Orchestra, touring after a release of an album of jazz standards.

This show mixes his classics with these new interpretations, and is quite the hour and half of musicianship.

In addition to seeing him with P-Funk many times, I had the pleasure of seeing Bernie play in Boston at the Middle East as a solo artist. It was an embarrassingly small crowd for someone of his musical stature, but he played as if his life depended on it and we were treated to an excellent small show.


VY Siren Test November 1st

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 the VT Yankee Nuclear Power Plant will be conducting the annual test of the warning sirens in all EPZ towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

The sirens will be activated at 12 noon and will sound for a full three (3) minutes.

Please direct any questions to Mark Gilmore, VT Yankee at 802-258-4168.

-Town Manager's Office


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Citizen Police Communications Committee will meet on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


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