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Legislature incorporates “The Windham Provident Institution for Savings” - an Institution, the want of which has been long felt among us, and the object of which is to provide a method of enabling the industrious and economical to invest such a portion of their property as they can conveniently spare, in such a manner that will afford both security and profit.


Throughout the community the minds of the people were saddened at the event of John Brown’s execution. Some of the more enthusiastic opponents of slavery proposed the tolling of the bells, which sort of manifestation of public sympathy was not sufficiently extensive to be practical. The Buchanan democracy in this region held their jubilations, and manifested their great glee at the execution.


Annual town expenses for the previous year, $1147.87.


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “Hard Times.”


To defray the expenses of the current year - estimated at about $7,000 - it was voted to lay a tax of 40 cents on the dollar of the grand list.


Rather than go home at night in the dark, as they did two years ago, Brattleboro people now pay $1,000 a year for street lights.


J.W. Goodner, stenographer of J. Estey & Co., will form a class in short-hand at the reform club reading room tomorrow evening.


The present week has given us the perfection of winter weather. The sleighing in all parts of the county is reported as “never better.” On Thursday morning the mercury marked 8 to 17 degrees below zero.


Mr. Knowlton already finds it an unprofitable business competing with the railroad. He is looking toward a transfer of the mails to the railroad. This, of course, would involve a discontinuance of his stage line.


Dairy Maids’ Festival at the rink Dec. 15. Over 50 dairy maids in the march.


Some of the wide awake young men are again moving for the erection of a toboggan slide for Brattleboro. Mr. Crowell offers the free use of his land in the rear of Forest square and those who have investigated the matter think the most available way is to start the slide from the top of “burnt hill” and trestle from toward the foot on to the meadow. Brattleboro is pretty sure to have its share of “winter sports” after the modern fashion this year.


Mr. Barrett had his electric lights in operation last night and the experiment seems likely to prove a success.


Miss Florence Goodenough has recently put on the market a High school calendar of her own design. It contains reproductions of pen drawings of the High school building and its interior.


W. H. Childs has recently given the Brattleboro High school his collection of valuable meteorological instruments, so that the High school in now better equipped in this line than any other school in the state.

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South Main Street Fire Report

Date: December 10, 2016
Nature of call: House Fire

Address: 572 – 574 South Main St
Time of Call: 6:50am

Type of Building: 2 ½ story wood frame duplex
Number of Residents: 6



“Washington Republicans are plotting a war on seniors,” (Sen. Charles Schumer incoming Senate minority leader.)

President-elect Donald Trump reassured voters during his political campaign that he would protect Medicare, Social Security and other popular federal assistance programs.

However, in tapping Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be his Health and Human Services secretary, he has elevated
one of the most aggressive proponents of dramatically overhauling the government safety net for seniors and low-income Americans, a long-held conservative goal.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu


December 2nd – French Toast, Home Fries, Sausage, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

December 6th – Scrambled Eggs w/Boursin Cheese & Spinach, Vegetable Hash w/Celeriac, Turnip & Carrots, Scone, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

December 9th – Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

December 13th  Breakfast Croissant w/Egg & Cheese, Sausage, Home Fries,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 11 to December 16


December 12 - Swedish Meatballs





Ethan and Ira Allen at the VASS Conference

This week BAMS students traveled to Burlington to present our podcast to the Vermont Alliance for Social Studies Conference at the Hilton. Ethan and Ira Allen were sketchy land speculators during the 1770's, as well as, Vermont independence heroes. This is the story...


Recommendations for Piano Movers in the Brattleboro area?

Looking for a professional piano mover to move a piano from South Newfane to West Brattleboro.


Cheney & Clapp Advertisement, December 1881


Puppies and Kittens: The Morning Briefing

I think we make a mistake by requiring the president to have a morning intelligence meeting.  Why? I think it ends up brainwashing those elected to favor certain information.

Imagine if instead, the president received a morning puppy and kitten briefing from the ASPCA. Yes, this sounds absurd already, but if we have morning meetings about spies and bad guys, it is possible to have a morning meeting on a weird topic.

So, each morning it is puppies and kittens. I think most of us would begin our presidency being polite and interested in the presentations. Within a few months, we may start to get involved with the details of all these puppies and kittens. 


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 12th


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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.


Internet Rumors

There's stuff circulating on the net that Julian Assange is among the missing, maybe even dead. Specifically, he has not made an identifyable appearance in 6 weeks or so. Lending credibility to the story is the infallible Alex Jones.

Does anybody know where he went?

10 reasons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAbq9RbgVyc


Reminder - West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party Dec 8th at Dalem's Chalet

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.


44th Christmas at Christ Church: "O, Happy Yule!"

Friends of Music at Guilford’s 44th annual holiday program at Christ Church, the iconic New England landmark along Rt. 5 in Guilford, Vt., is set for December 16 and 17. Performances on Friday at 7:30 and Saturday at 4:00 p.m. will include vocal music, instrumental interludes, a holiday story, and a brief carol sing, the  traditional format. The “O, Happy Yule!” subtitle refers to this season’s thematic choice of Music from the British Isles.

The Guilford Chamber Singers, under the direction of Tom Baehr for a fifth season, present ten a cappella seasonal songs from England, Ireland, and Wales. These span several centuries and are interspersed with instrumental selections played by the Guilford Chamber Players under the direction of Amy Cann.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Single Stream Coming, MRF Killed, RT 30 Planned, Budgets Examined

The selectboard got through a long meeting, accomplishing much but under strained and tense moments at times. They chastisted one of their own for poor judgement and actions, explored a change in Rt 30 as it approaches and leaves Brattleboro, voted to go forward with a switch to single stream recycling, killed the MRF at the WSWMD, offered suggestions to organizations over workplans and budget requests, and more.


Rise Above

On the morning of November 8, Election Day 2016, I was standing in my kitchen looking out the window up at the sliver of sky you can see between the houses next door.  As I looked at that slice of blue, two little words popped into my head: “rise above.”  And I thought, today of all days, that’s probably good advice.  And then, that it might be good advice in many situations beyond just electoral politics.  How many of the world’s ills could be solved if we could somehow rise above, at least long enough to get a clear view and the lay of the land?


New Brattleboro Skatepark Promotional Video and Crowdsourcing link - Donating Made Easy!

The Living Memorial Skatepark has its ACT 250 permit and is ready to hopefully break ground in 2017. We just need more contributions. Please donate to this important cause for recreation and youth in Brattleboro. A skate park would be a tremendous asset to our town and region!!

Here is the link to watch the new video and DONATE! https://www.youcaring.com/brattleboroareaskatepark-688731


Making Connections Conference Welcomes Stern Center Professional

Brattleboro, VT- On November 5, the Brattleboro Area Early Childhood Educators hosted the Making Connections Conference at Brattleboro Retreat. Professional learning providers from around the state shared their expertise through workshops covering a variety of topics, thereby enhancing the knowledge of roughly 80 Vermont early childhood providers and educators. Funded by the generous support of the Turrell Fund, Karen Rodgers, a Speech Language Pathologist at the Stern Center for Language and Learning, was able to provide two valuable workshops to these educators.


Town Trash Bag Quality?

Just this past week putting out trash in the early morning dark I had the large purple bag split open like a ripe watermelon and no I wasn't over stuffing or using excessive force. The next time around two weeks later when I had less trash going out, the smaller yellow bag failed me when I went to pull the draw string it just simpley ripped off like a fly away rip cord to no where, so I had to do a quick make shift tie job with what was left of excess plastic bag on the top barely binding enough to tie a simple granny knot, not the best way to start the day.The entire package of yellow bags had the same defect. 

Should I feel like this is just a fluke in the overall  quality of these costly bags or is anyone else out there had a simular experience?


BCTV Schedules For Week of 12/5/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/5/16

Monday, December 5, 2016

12:00 am Deep Change for Climate Justice

1:30 am Mongolian Music and Dance- 10/29/16

3:30 am Western Bombs-Eastern Societies: Destruction of Nations and Humanitarian Interventionism

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am The Next Chapter - An Exploration of Caregiving


Drive, Walk, and Ride Safely

Brattleboro is getting a first dose of real winter weather, and conditions for walking, biking, and driving are poor. Take your time, go a bit slower, and get to your destination safely.

Just this morning I was walking near Western Ave and Cedar and BANG - two cars collided. (Another guy and I were close enough to check on everyone. We also directed traffic for a moment until the police arrived.) Both drivers were safe, but they are both looking at lots of car repair.

If you don't need to go out, by all means stay in. And watch the forecasts. More snow and rain is expected this week, along with cold temperatures.


VFW Lunch Specials Dec. 5th - 9th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg
Tues - beef stew w/ homemade bread
Wed - chicken marsala w/ mashed potato & roll
Thur - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & salad
Fri - crab cakes w/ coleslaw & onion rings

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro should continue to fund and staff an Energy Coordinator position...