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The Melodeon shop of Messrs. Estey & Green is now in full operation. Their facilities for expediting work are much greater than they enjoyed in their old quarters before the fire. Their shop is kept warm night and day conjointly with steam and a furnace which admits a much more rapid progress in their finishing department.


There have been recruited in Brattleboro 147 volunteers to the war besides those who enlisted in the cavalry regiment, the number of whom we estimate to be about 30. This give 177 for Brattleboro out of a population in 1860 of 3855.


The winking and blinking of the gas on Wednesday evening was conducive to - anything but pleasant thoughts.


We wonder of the chief engineer fully weighed the import and meaning of his words when he stated, in open meeting, that he would not order a company with a heavy machine to step one side to let a lighter machine go by to save a burning building! It has been generally supposed that the primary object of the fire department was to protect village property, and not to nurse and gratify rivalries among the several companies.


It is pretty evident, from the vote taken last Friday evening, that the village believes that it has authority to direct the location and use of its fire apparatus, legal opinion to the contrary not withstanding.


The ninth lecture in the citizens’ course will be delivered this evening, by Col. Kittredge Haskins, on the subject: “Woman in Politics.”


The coarse, heavy snow, accompanied by more or less rain, which fell Monday night, forming a solid mass three inches deep, made the worst work for railroads that has been experienced this winter.


Sam Boyce was arrested by Policeman Alls on Monday night for making a drunken disturbance on Elliot street, and on arraignment before Justice Newton the next day told contradictory stories as to where he obtained his liquor, but he was let off on payment of fine and costs amounting to $15.28.


The New York Press gave a portrait of Mary Howe, and a sketch of her life and in the course of study she has pursued. In the course of the sketch the writer says: “She is said to sing one note higher than any vocalist living, taking high F with an ease and a purity of tone absolutely phenomenal.”


Perry, the clothier, is making special low prices on all winter weight clothing.


The Estey saw mill on the Brook road, owned by the Estey Organ company, was burned last Sunday afternoon between two and three o’clock. There was no telephone in the vicinity, so that it was necessary for a man to mount a horse and ride to the Estey shops before a general alram could be given.


There will evidently be but little observance of St. Valentine’s day, to-morrow.


Three young boys left town Saturday to seek new worlds, and their parents have no idea where they have gone.


13" of snow brought the winter total to over six feet to date


Harris Hill Ski Jump re-opens after renovations.

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Heading South: How to Avoid I 91 Construction in Springfield?

Is it worth getting onto Route 5 south to avoid delays? If yes, how and where do I get on and off route 5?
Should I take Mass Turnpike (90) to 5 south? Get back on 91 at Agawam? Thanks.
Theresa Maggio


Christ's Birthday in an America That Kills Jesus Multiple Times in Multiple Countries Daily

Jesus warns harming God's children is equivalent to harming the Lord. "As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." This principle of a common humanity is basic to the Nuremberg Principles of Int’l Law, written to prosecute anyone, who would ever do what the Nazis did, which included bombing, invading and occupying innocent nations as Christian Americans have done since end of World War Two


What Happened to The "3 White Guys" ?

With the intense focus on the supposed Islamic Bonnie and Clyde team of Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a lot of people seem to have forgotten that the initial reports of the tragedy fingered 3 white guys.  Cops on KTLA reported that witnesses said as much. 

Indeed, the Fox affiliate in Los Angeles tweeted that police were seeking 3 white males in relation to the shooting, in this tweet helpfully screen-capped at in a story by Lilandra Ra.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - December 28 to January 1, 2016

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 28 to January 1, 2016


December 28 - French Meat Pie

Stewed Tomatoes




1887 Advertisement for I. B. Thorn

For our final December historical advertisement, let's see what I. B. Thorn has to offer downtown on Main Street, across from High.

Thorn is thinking ahead. Not only does he offer Christmas gifts, but also gifts for the New Year. It's "the finest display of holiday novelties ever seen in town," after all. Not bad for a drug store.


A Challenge Grant

iBrattleboro was just given a generous gift of $300, and the person doing the giving asked us to challenge readers to match the gift. Our guess is that the hope is we can raise another $300 for hosting, upkeep, and so on from some small donations.

If you are so inclined, you can contribute using PayPal (a box here in the iBrattleboro section in the right column should assist) or send a check to iBrattleboro, 41 Cedar Street, Brattleboro, 05301.


Act 46 Study Committee Agenda


Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District


The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Academy School.


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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


1886 Advertisement for N. I. Hawley

Hawley sells clothes. Each season he goes to New York City to find the latest and greatest fashions and best prices for his Brattleboro customers. He returns with a new load, tells us all what he has for sale, and we buy it from him.

Here is his complex advertisement for December 1886. Get your holiday goods and staple supplies!


An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing

An annual tradition since 2007, An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing captures the spirit of both the holidays and the selectboard, regardless of who is currently serving.

Presented in glorious Sock-o-rama.


Faraday Cable

1888: Seventy-seven feet of Faraday cable have been added to the telephone circuit this week to take the place of the wires which run from the switch-board in the exchange to the large standard on Harmony block. This makes a total of 481 feet of the cable in use.

Essentially, this means they are replacing bare wires with insulated wires and a multi-wire system.   That's the nutshell version; it took a lot of research and technological advances to get there.  A lot of that work was spurred on by the effort to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable, which finally succeeded in 1866, and made use of Michael Faraday's research into electromagnetism and induction.


BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 12/21/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/21/15 

Monday, December 21, 2015

12:00 am Vermont Humanities Fall Conference 11/14/15

1:30 am Hunger Mtn Coop Workshop Series: Living Tiny Conversations with Lisa Rochelle

2:50 am 1st Wed: Face to Face with the Emotional Brain

4:00 am A Retrospective on Vermont Environmental History

5:20 am Rights & Democracy Summit: Building an Economy for People & the Planet


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of Decemeber 20

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone
else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from Solstice Eve:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Home Arts and Crafts Projects
Learn to Stack a Round Woodpile
Pet Care in Your Home
Paper Leaf Collection Bags
Brattleboro Food Coop Member Hours
Time Credits for New Member Recruitment! Last week!


Crafting for the Homeless

Crafting for the Homeless 

Come join Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim on Sunday afternoon, January 3rd, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

All you need is enthusiasm and interest--techniques will be taught and projects will use basic techniques and simple patterns. This event is suitable for adults, teenagers, and kids old enough to sit still and participate. Kids younger than 12 will need to have an adult in attendance with them. If you want to, you can take projects home to work on between meetings. 


Habayyah - Schabayya

A Christian professor from Wheaton College has been censured for wearing a Habayyah in solidarity with her Muslim counterparts. The College claimed she violated their “evangelical Statement of Faith." by publicly stating that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God”.

The irony (and ignorance) of this is that she was literally correct.

Allah translates directly to “the God” or more correctly, “THE God” (In the sense of the “one and only”). Arabic Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews also refer to God as “Allah”.


1885 Advertisement for F. E. Drown

Mr. Drown is excited to share the news of holiday sales of soles. He has good goods!

In this ad, we see a cannon exploding with shoes and slippers, blasting them to residents of Brattleboro and all of Windham County. Trade is "booming," of course. Get it?


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - December 21 to December 25

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 21 to December 25


December 21 - Red Flannel Hash

Green Beans


Apricot Pudding


Light & Shade: Cyanotypes and Drawings by Tom Fels at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts, January 7 to February 7, 2016.

Light & Shadow: Cyanotypes and Drawings by Tom Fels will be on view at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, in downtown Brattleboro, from January 7 to February 7, 2016.

A public opening for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, January 7, from 5-7 PM. An artist talk is scheduled for
Friday, January 22, at 7 PM.

Works on display include large cyanotype prints from the Arbor and Catalpa Series from 2011 to 2014, and a selection of smaller minimalist drawings from the Linea Series of 2014. Concurrent with this exhibition, several of Fels’s large drawings from his recent Classics series are included in the biennial Open Call show at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


Weekend Creativity Series: Julia Child's Buche De Noel

Creativity comes in all flavors. This week it involves chocolate, baking, and Julia Child.

Watch this episode to see how common items such as flour, sugar, and eggs can be creatively combined to make an edible yule log.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - December 21

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday to discuss budget matters and police and fire facility plans.

I don't plan to cover this. Consider it my gift to the board - a week free of close scrutiny. (Anyone reading this is qualified and welcome to write this meeting up, of course. A gift for me?)


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