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Thirty more Vermont girls passed through this place one day last week for the Cabotville factories.


A pair of oxen and cow belonging to Mr. Sargeant were killed in this town by being run over by the cars upon the Valley Railroad a few days since.


Farmers in this vicinity are holding on to their tobacco with a firm grip. Twenty five cents on the poles has in some instances been offered and refused,


The latest thing in sidewalks is a concrete walk now being laid in front of Ray’s block. The selectmen have been petitioned to lay a walk from Webster’s saloon to Van Doorn’s residence, and will probably do it.


A petition to the Legislature for the creation of a State police to endorse the liquor law, is in circulation here, and has been signed by many of our best and most influential citizens.


The bicycle club are to take a moonlight ride to Hinsdale this evening.


Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.


Street signs have now been put up on most all of Brattleboro's 200 streets due to the Rural Improvement Association and the board of bailiffs.


The bishop will make his annual visit to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next Sunday.


The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.


W.F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.


A new hydrant for the fire department has been placed at the corner of Oak and Chapin streets.


Moses Deyo, the well-known stone mason, had the sight of his right eye destroyed Wednesday morning by the explosion of a catsup bottle which he was attempting to open. The bottle had stood near a hot stove, causing fermentation of the contents.


A pure white squirrel has been seen this week near one of the Retreat summer cottages. It is like the ordinary red squirrel in every way except the color of its fur.


A new switch has been laid at the addition to the Pine street car barn of the street railroad company.


The Red Men will have a rehearsal adoption degree to-night, to be followed by a collation.


Peter Elwell hired as Brattleboro Town Manager.

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Hans U. Hielscher at First Baptist Church

World renowned organist returns to Brattleboro to support the Estey Organ Museum. Hans presented a recital on the magnificent Estey pipe organ at First Baptist Church, Brattleboro, Vermont, on Saturday, October 8, 2016.



Weekend Creativity Series - Halloween Props

Brattleboro kids do a great job with Halloween. Impressive amounts of creative work go into choosing and making costumes. Maybe adults in town can up the ante with a bit more Halloween prop making.

YouTube is filled with videos on makeup, costumes, haunted mansions and so forth. I’ve chosen this one as it gives a good overview of some easy tombstones, which seem essential for any Halloween haunted graveyard.


VFW Lunch Specials 10-24 to 10-28

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

Mon - handmade chicken cordon bleu w/mashed potato & veg.

Tues - chicken lo mein w/ homemade egg rolls

Wed - shepherd's pie w/ salad

Thur - roasted pork loin w/ mashed potato & veg.

Fri - clam roll w/ chowder

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.


This Week in Brattleboro History - First Peoples, Part I

Early Vermont histories portrayed this area's aboriginal peoples as transients who occasionally passed through southern Vermont, en route to and from Northern New York and Canada, but were ultimately not residents of the area and therefor had little claim on these lands.

In this podcast Joe Rivers and his intrepid band of middle school historians show that those early Vermont histories were very much mistaken.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 24th

Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 24th


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.

· Interstate Deck Repairs, Preventative Maintenance:

o On Tuesday, October 25th, I-91 Northbound will be closed between Exits 1 & 3 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

o On Wednesday, October 26th, I-91 Southbound will be closed between Exits 3 & 2 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.


BUHS #6 and Vernon School Boards Separation Agreement Meeting Agenda

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS District #6 Board of Directors will hold a joint meeting with the Vernon Town School Board at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24 at the Vernon Elementary School. Purpose: BUHS #6 / Vernon Separation Agreement.


38th Putney Craft Tour Features Three New Artisans

38th Annual Putney Craft Tour Named Top Ten Vermont Winter Event and Approved as an Official Vermont Arts 2016 Event

PUTNEY, VT—October 18, 2016—For the third year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2016/17). The tour has also been approved as a Vermont Arts Council 2016 event. Also of note, the tour is the oldest continuing craft studio tour in North America.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Have A Great Vermont Day

The excitement over a new Town Clerk, a maximum price set for Central Fire Station, and completed plans for the Police Station was somewhat tempered by the news that a longtime friend of Town government and volunteerism, James Banslaben, had passed away. The board offered heartfelt memories and was genuinely moved by the unexpected news.

Late fees and penalties due to the Town’s scheduling of Water & Sewer bills will not be abated, garbage is good, and child victims may gain an advocate.


BDCC Has Advice

     The Reformer headlined a story this past Monday about a report done by BDCC, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation on the closing of Yankee.  BDCC has for decades been the first and last word on the local economy and local economic development. The gist of the report was a review of the major problems associated with the closing of a nuke plant.   I also read part of the report itself.  Maybe I should have read it all.  However everything I read focused on what all the major parties involved in the closing and post closing affairs were doing since about 2010, two years before the plant was scheduled to close.


Death Cafe

The Death Café Comes Back to Brattleboro!

Brattleboro, Vermont . On Thursday evening, November 3rd, from 6:00pm-7:30pm, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Death Café at The Restless Rooster, at 134 Elliot Street, in Brattleboro. This free event is part of an international movement begun in Europe (www.deathcafe.com ), and is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly.

Previous events that have taken place throughout Windham County have been met with tremendous praise. People have reported them as comfortable, supporting a full range of emotions – from tears to raucous laughter, easier than anticipated, energy charged, inspirational and fun.


WNYT Albany, New York Asks Questions of Vermont Candidates for United States Senator, Cris Ericson Responds

To: Eric Hoppel, WNYT News Director

Answers to questions by candidate Cris Ericsson for U.S. Senator for Vermont



2) What specific steps should be taken to fight ISIS?

Hi! I'm candidate Cris Ericson for United States Senator for Vermont.

First of all, this question presumes that a candidate would agree that steps should be taken to fight ISIS. WNYT presents no facts in evidence to support the basis for this presumption. Just who do you think ISIS is? This is not a football game, where someone declares the team colors and says, "go, fight, win team, go, fight, win!".


Election Season Snapshot - The Long Strange Trip Winds Down

Every now and again, I like to take a step back and see where we are.  So here, three weeks from the presidential elections, are some of the news stories that define our present situation.  Is it a good situation?  I’ll leave that for you to judge.

First, the elections:  Trump made a run at it but as I wrote on a piece of paper on June 10 of this year and still see daily on my dresser, “It’s going to be Hillary.”  In short, it’s all over but the shouting, but boy are they shouting, daily from the headlines.  We happened to catch the 5 o’clock hour on the car radio yesterday afternoon and every newscast led off with a Trump story, strongly anti-Trump at that (not that he doesn’t give people plenty of ammo).


Dummerston Community Center Final 2016 Tag Sale

The Dummerston Community Center will hold the final 2016 tag sale on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 am - 12 noon. Featuring books, bedding, kitchenware, footwear, toy, clothing and many miscellaneous items. Come and find a treasure! Proceeds will benefit the Center's operating and maintenance cost. For information call:802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415. 

Dummerston Community Center
150 West Street, West Dummerston, Vt. 05357


4th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO

The 4th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO will be held on Thursday October 20th between 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden and the Brooks House Atrium. Each year, the Career Expo brings together local businesses, colleges, and career service providers to promote and support exciting career opportunities right here in Southern Vermont.


BCTV Schedules For Week of 10/17/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/17/16

Monday, October 17, 2016

12:00 am Express Fluency: Latin with Justin Bailey Part 1 of 3

2:15 am TED Talks: Adam Savage - My Love Letter to Cosplay

2:30 am EA Homestead: The Many Meanings of Maple

3:55 am America's Constitution - Progress & Promise


VFW Lunch Specials 10-17 to 10-21

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

Mon - grilled ham & cheese w/ soup

Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ fries

Wed - fried chicken sandwich w/ fries

Thur - beef stew w/ salad & a roll

Fri - beer battered haddock w/ fries & slaw

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.


The Reluctant Republic and the Breakdown of Secession

The founding of a nation-state must decide where its powers belong. In a nation where the dichotomy of centralization and decentralization proponents exists it is confronted with black or white propositions that actually create shades of gray tugging on both trends.

The United States Constitution was written to be a strongly centralist document with a smattering of decentralist characteristics. Some of the founding members thought that it lacked balance until the Bill of Rights satisfied their arguments against ratification.


C 10 Over Brattleboro Today?

While at the Brattleboro Literary Festival I head a loud plane, sounded like it was going down Main St. Then a little while later there was another plane that was low flying over the River.  Chris Nutting captured this image of the plane over Putney Road. 


Phone Scam?

If you receive a text message from "Brattleboro Savings and Loan Association" saying "Alert for (your phone number). Call 347-218-4082." YOU PROBABLY SHOULD NOT CALL BACK. I think it's a scam. The phone # is listed as an NYC number, and the recording told me that my ATM card is frozen. I do not have an ATM card with BSnL. It asked me to type in my account number.

If you need to contact BSnL, it's probably best to call the number they list in the phone book or online, not the number in this text.


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