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Rutherford Hayes, grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes and operator of Hayes Tavern, dies in West Brattleboro.


Mr. John Plummer, of West Brattleboro, committed suicide early last Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a butcher’s knife, which had been made very sharp. He had himself, indeed, previously told his friends to keep all edge tools away from his sight, saying his mind was sometimes strangely inclined to do himself harm. Mr. Plummer was 63 years of age, was a man of some property, and had been esteemed here as one of our best and most useful citizens.


Donati’s Comet - This erratic visitor may be seen every clear evening as it has been during the past three weeks, in the heavens, a little below the tail of the ‘Dipper.” It is exceedingly brilliant with millions of miles of tail. Although this is not strictly a local item, an observation of its beauties is worthy the attention of our readers in this latitude. It is expected the comet will not brush the earth with its caudal appendage.


Crosby’s brick building in the rear of the “Crosby block,” has been enlarged by an addition of a new section on the north, fronting on the Brooks House square. The building will be known as “Harmony block,” and the location as “Harmony place.”


The “brook road” between this village and Centreville is now open to travel. The bridges have been leveled up, the road straightened and graded, and altogether bettered. The amount expended is somewhere between $1500 and $2000.


A number of our Main street merchants have adopted the plan of closing their shops at 8 o’clock in the evening.


Trade is reviving.


E.A. Matthews tells of a sunflower in his yard at Centreville which measures 43 inches in circumference.


Two former employees of Ross White are to open a tissue paper business in the basement of Harmony block.


The Brooks House needs 100 more rooms at the time of the Valley Fair. It will be a matter of public convenience, which will aid in making the fair a success, if the people who come here can be provided for. All persons who have rooms which can be used should notify the manager of the Brooks House at once.


A concrete walk is being laid this week through Bullock street.


It was the same story over again Tuesday night. The auditorium was packed with people to see Lyman Howe’s moving pictures exhibit. Mr. Howe has as good a machine as is made, as good views as are obtainable, and he strives to please his audience. There are pictures for all tastes, and if you sit in amazement at one picture you will laugh at the next one.


It will be a novelty to dance to music by the entire First Regiment band of 25 pieces at the great harvest ball at Festival hall both Valley Fair nights.

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Jewish New Years Begins

At sundown on Sunday, October 2nd, Jewish people all over the world will welcome Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish year 5777. Rosh Hashanah begins a sacred period known as the Days of Awe that culminates ten days later on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, observed this year on October 12th.

Daniel Kasnitz, President of Congregation Shir Heharim, announces that the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will offer Rosh Hashanah services beginning at 7pm on October 2nd at the West Village Meeting House of All Souls Church on South Street in West Brattleboro, and continuing there the next day at 9:30 am. The traditional second day of services will be offered at the congregation’s synagogue at 151 Greenleaf Street in West Brattleboro, on Tuesday morning at 9:30 am.


Science and...

The author of a recent polemic, titled, The Separation of Science and Belief - "Give No Solace to the Faithful” posed a great question. He asked: 

“Is it irrational to believe in something that cannot be proven?”

It was clear that he intended it as a rhetorical question, to which there could only be one right answer. Some dialogue followed, and a lot of insult. I think this question is too important to get lost in the fog of verbal warfare. I hope we can revisit it… more productively this time. 


VFW Lunch Specials 9-26 to 9-30

Monday - liver & onions w/ mashed potatoes
Tues - Salisbury steak w/ mushroom gravy, roasted red potato & veg.
Wed - lasagna w/ a salad
Thur - stuffed cabbage w/ mashed potato
Fri - seafood alfredo w/ a salad

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


Early & Absentee Voting Started in Vermont!

Early and Absentee Voting Started Today in Vermont! Please vote your conscience!

I'm voting for myself, Cris Ericson for U.S. Senator; and I will also vote for Randy A. Gray for State Senator in Windsor 3-1, Dan Feliciano for Auditor of Accounts, and Rosemarie Jackowski for Attorney General.

I can honestly say I have met Rosemarie, Randy and Dan in person and have spoken with them, and trust them to be very good people. I am also facebook friends with Galen P. Dively III of St. Johnsbury, Vermont area, and he is on the ballot up there for State Senator. I would vote for him if I lived up in the North East Kingdom.


Weekend Creativity Series - Japanese Tea Ceremony

If you’ve studied Japan, you’ve probably come across a wonderful book called the Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo. In it, the traditional Japanese tea ceremony is explained. What one learns is that there is art in tea, and the tea ceremony is a reflection of life and culture.

This is the opposite of Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. A tea ceremony tales a while, and allows the tea drinker to relax and focus. Each move is deliberate. There is a right way and a wrong way to do each step. Each utensil is special and handled with care. Everything is shown respect.


Paul Cameron Resigns

The Reformer is reporting that long-time Brattleboro Energy Coordinator Paul Cameron has resigned as is moving to North Carolina to be closer to family.

His work on climate protection and energy issues for the town over the years has been substantial, and the Energy Committee frequently cites his participation as essential.  The small amount allocated by Representative Town Meeting each year toward his work has reaped significant savings in energy costs, helping to keep property taxes down and efficiency up.

On top of that, he's a really nice guy, too.  Definitely will be missed.


Brattleboro Conservation Commission Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission will meet on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 5:15 PM in the Hanna Cosman Room at the Municipal Center.

Rita Johnson
Planning Clerk & E911 Coordinator
Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 26 to September 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 26 to September 30

September 26 - Hot Pulled Pork on a Bulkie Roll

Sweet Potato




Making America Great Again

A number of people I know are very concerned that Trump might be elected. I have a suggestion to take the wind out of his sails and make his service to the nation unnecessary.

Trump's promise is to "make America great again." If everyone steps up, works hard, and makes America great again before Election Day, he won't be needed. As an added bonus, the newly re-greatized nation would remain that way, with Clinton maintaining the new status quo.

Here's how I'd do it:


Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the new location for this meeting only.

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


Heidi Wouldn't Lie!

But would our government?

Abraham Lincoln said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”

Bill Casey wanted to fool all of the people all of the time. Here’s a quote:

“We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”

[William Joseph Casey was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1981 to 1987. In this capacity he oversaw the entire United States Intelligence Community and personally directed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).]


Brattleboro Human Services Funding FY18

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee is accepting applications for FY18 Human Services Funding. The Application, as well as Instructions and Guidelines, will be posted on the Brattleboro website – The deadline to submit applications to the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12:00pm.

The information session regarding human services funding is scheduled on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. Applicants are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the application process, contact Jan Anderson in the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office at 802-251-8151.


iPhone vs. Android?

I am finally ready to upgrade from my flip-phone, so it is time to make a purchasing decision

I have heard that geeks prefer the android system, but less technically astute people (like me) would find an iphone more user-friendly. Then other people say, "No, no, that's not true. You won't have any problem with an android, and you'll love it!"

That leaves me paralyzed, unable to come to a decision. I would be very interested in the persepctive of ibrattleboro participants.


I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 26th


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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, September 25th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

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.


Windham Regional Career Center Offers Fall 2016 Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this fall. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has coordinated 15 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.


Note on Belva Lockwood in the Today in History Column

I saw the Today in History Column had a mention of a Belva Lockwood Burlesque, and thought that other readers would be interested in knowing that Belva was a famous advocate of women's rights in her day, and that men in numerous towns created Belva Lockwood burlesques, where they would mock her, apparently by dressing up in drag, and mocking her, as near as I can make of it from reading old books that have been digitized.

Here is the wikipedia biography.



Selectboard Meeting Notes - Boston By Bus, $30k For Pedestrians, and Bittersweet Reconsideration

Perhaps the biggest news revealed at the regular meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard had almost nothing to do with any board decision. A bus company has decided to start a daily route from downtown Brattleboro to and from Boston starting October 1.

The board did handle some meaty topics themselves, of course. They had healthy discussion of  accessibility features of the new police station, a lesson on business development activities, a decision to spend $30,000 on pedestrian safety and work safety into future budgets, another decision to reconsider their decision regarding Bittersweet Lane, a scolding for the public for not paying attention, and more. 


West Brattleboro Association Chicken BBQ Is Saturday, October 8, 11 Am Till Gone

The annual Columbus Day weekend Chicken BBQ will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) on Saturday, October 8th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until gone. The event will be held in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. There will also be a bake sale (and maybe more) sponsored by the Church.

The half barbecued chicken, which uses a barbecue sauce recipe from the Guilford Fair Fireman’s BBQ, will be available with a pickle for $7. Watch for an updated announcement soon, and meanwhile get October 8th on your calendar!

Proceeds from the BBQ help the West Brattleboro Association with its many activities for the community!  


Act 46 Meeting Agenda and Minutes


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 Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Putney Central School.


I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair




An Enigma-Like Puzzle

I've taken up Rolf's challenge to create a puzzle. I haven't hidden any prizes, but this could certainly be adapted to become a treasure-seeking endeavor in the future. Enjoy!


LSCMOS makes a square

BBMDEGHJWOWEPMLC are simply around

RO WB are varieties

and ACPMC also in pies can be found


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