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New Books. Truth made Simple, by Todd. McDomer, by Jacob Abbott. Young Men’s Aid, by Rev. H. Winslow. School-Boy, by J. S. C. Abbott. Part 26, Parley’s Magazine. Life of Colby. Mountain Wild Flower, &c. at the Brattleboro Book Store.


Lincoln Breed Boar. The Subscriber informs the Public, that he has a very fine Boar, of the Lincoln Breed, and all who wish to procure this kind of Hogs, (decidedly the best ever in this section) can now have an opportunity. Inquire for the Subscriber at Estey’s Lead Pipe Shop. Jonas Putnam.


Henry Smith becomes Brattleboro's postmaster.


The first snow seen in this vicinity fell on Friday night of last week. Saturday morning the ground was quite white, and it was several days before this mantle disappeared.


We learn with pleasure that L. G. Mead, Jr. contemplates opening a Drawing School this winter for the benefit of all who may desire to acquire this useful and beautiful accomplishment. As yet the arrangements for the different classes are not made, but we learn the school is to be so conducted that all persons of both sexes who wish to take lessons can have an opportunity.


During the rain of Thursday last, a young lady of this place performed the remarkable feat of walking all the way home from Jamaica, a distance of 27 miles, without an umbrella. How about modern female degeneracy now?


A knock-down scrape occurred last Saturday in the west part of town, in which several parties were engaged and a Canadian named Brownell received a severe pommelling. No arrests have yet been made.


Estey & Company are putting up gas works for the purpose of lighting their shops, the present supply being unsatisfactory.


The Windham County Poultry and Pet Stock Association, intimations in regard to which have heretofore been made in our columns, was formally organized on Monday evening by the adoption of a constitution and by-laws and the choice of officers


The village schools will have their usual Thanksgiving recess during next week.


We are inclined to think that the Vermont savings bank’s new plate glass window is the greatest single improvement which has ever been made on Main street. The new coat of paint on the front sets the window off handsomely.


The electric light poles were not made to be used as supports for bill boards, etc., and people who have pride in the looks of the village will not use them for this purpose. A word to the wise, etc.


The iron is beginning to arrive for the new Vermont Valley railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river. The boarding has been stripped away from the old bridge and other preliminary work is in progress.


President Crosby of the street railroad company wishes it understood that he pays no attention to anonymous letters. Any criticism of the company or its employees should be signed in order to receive consideration.


The Retreat will open its entertainment course with a dance Thanksgiving evening.


All of the young people’s religious societies in town, in the churches which have been wont to unite on other general occasions, are invited to meet for the sunrise Thanksgiving prayer meeting, which will be held in the Centre church chapel next Thursday morning at 7 o’clock. It is a custom too good to be lost, for the young people to come together, once or twice a year and by praise and prayer to feel the forces of divine love and goodness which are always at work drawing them upward and toward each other, and which as they alike agree, find supreme expression in the teachings of Jesus.

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Brattleboro Thanksgiving Dinner?

There is usually a free public Thanksgiving dinner somewhere in town.

In the past it has been held at the River Garden.

I have heard it would be at St. Michael's this year, but there are 2 St. Michael's.

Does anybody know:

  • If
  • Where
  • and When it will be???


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro-West Arts Presents 17 Artists, 4 Days

BRATTLEBORO, Vt.: For the fourth year in a row, the art and crafts of Brattleboro-West Arts will make their way eastward for a downtown exhibit and sale, but this year’s event will feature an additional day of shopping, as well as delicious food and live music.

Titled simply 17 Artists, 4 Days, the show in the public event space at 118 Elliot St. will offer pieces ranging from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass.
The 2017 show will open a day earlier than in past years, with a Thursday, Nov. 30, reception offering snacks and a cash bar provided by Whetstone Ciderworks from 5 to 8 p.m.


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags, FY19 Revenue and Capital Discussed, and Happiness

Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags under 2.25 mil in thickness. It was the culmination of nearly a year-long effort of citizens and officials, and was adopted by a split-decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The Library plans to end late fees and fines. FY19 budget revenue, capital projects and purchases, a new step for alcohol license holders to comply with, abatement of some past due taxes, and happy moments were all part of this pre-Thanksgiving meeting.


Windham Regional Commission Seeks Input on Draft Energy Plan

The Windham Regional Commission looks for public comments as they develop the Regional Energy Plan with four public meetings in December and January. The meetings will be an opportunity for the public to come and learn about why the Regional Planning Commission is creating a Regional Energy Plan, what information is included in those plans, and what that means for towns. The attendees will be invited to express comments on the draft plan and, more broadly, on energy planning in our region.

The draft plan was developed with guidance from the Department of Public Service and the three Regional Planning Commissions who have completed their Energy Plans. The draft plan and background information can be found on the WRC website: http://www.windhamregional.org/energy/act-174-energy-planning.


BCTV Schedules Week of 11/20/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/20/17

Monday, November 20, 2017

12:05 am Bernie Sanders at Castleton College Fair October 14, 2017

1:15 am Gardening in the Off Season - Diseases and Pests of 2017

2:30 am For the Animals - VVSA Presents At Killington-Pico Rotary

3:00 am Spotlight On VT Issues - Freedom of Assembly


The Brattleboro Shop - Brattleboro Circus Gifts & Goodies

If you enjoy shopping online from home, be sure to visit The Brattleboro Shop and our collection of Brattleboro Circus souvenirs and gifts.

We’ve been steadily adding unique, exclusive Brattleboro circus artwork, such as these colorful, original Brattleboro circus posters celebrating circus arts. We have four in the series - Daring Trapeze, Spectacular Silks, Wondrous Wheels, and Astounding Aerialists. They are great for circus performers and fans alike, and you can customize sizes and styles.


Edison Phonograph

From Today's History, November 20, 1891:

"L.H. Barber has bought a large Edison phonograph of 40 cylinders. Fourteen persons can listen to its sounds at one time, and it can be fitted with a cone and entertainment given to a large audience. The phonograph will be open to the inspection of the public at some suitable place on Main
street next week."



Happy Thanksgiving Week Thank You to the #MeToo Movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

Happy Thanksgiving Week Thankyou to the #MeToo movement For Helping Women Say What They Need To Say!

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

USA TODAY - 2 days ago 

WASHINGTON — Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the “me too” movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections...


Gaeilge Gan Stró

Does anybody have a copy of the Irish Gaelic textbook Gaeilge Gan Stró – Beginners Level  they might want to sell?



VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, french fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, wings and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Nov. 20th - Nov. 24th

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg

Tues - fried chicken breast, baked potato, veg

Wed - lasagna w/ salad

Thur - closed

Fri - open from 1 pm - 9 pm, no lunch served


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 20 thru November 24

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 20 thru November 24

Nov. 20 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce


Garlic Bread

Jello w/Fruit


Piano Concert in Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. - Pianist Helen von Tiesenhausen will offer a concert at Main Street Arts Saturday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m.

Born in Odessa, Russia, Von Tiesenhausen left the country in 1943 with her mother, brother and grandparents due to World War II. Her father, an opera singer, had been taken to a Soviet forced-labor camp. The family eventually found refuge in Austria, where von Tiesenhausen continued the piano lessons she had begun at age five in Russia. She studied with Professor Honingen at The Mozarteum in Salzburg until leaving for America in 1949 at age 13.


Jazz Guitarists in Concert at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Draa Hobbs and John Stowell will bring The Jazz of Two Guitars to Main Street Arts Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Well known in the area, Hobbs will be joined by Stowell, who is an internationally recognized
performer, composer, author and lecturer who has toured widely both in this country and Canada, Europe and Australia. His “Through the Looking Glass” with bassist David Friesen was chosen Best Jazz Album of the Decade by the Los Angeles Examiner. He was also chosen as a Talent Deserving Wider Recognition by Down Beat’s International Critics Poll in 1978 and 1979.


Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closings

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 22, and will be closed on Thursday, November 23. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24. Parking will resume regular enforcement hours on Saturday, November 25. All other violations will be enforced.

Trash, recycling and composting WILL NOT be picked up on Thursday, November 23. Trash, recycling and composting normally picked up on Thursday will be picked up on Friday, November 24.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - November 21, 2017

A revised ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags will be taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting. If there aren’t objections, a 2.25 mil bag limit will be adopted.

Much of the remaining meeting time is related to money. The board will get a monthly finance report and begin discussing revenues, capital, and capital projects in the FY2019 proposed budget. The million dollar fire truck under consideration as a capital purchase will be discussed in early December.

Some taxes will be abated, committee vacancies announced, and a new step for liquor license applicants will also be up for discussion. You can also bring up other items not already on the agenda during public participation.


Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Mezzanine Meeting Room. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 5:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100


Brooks Memorial Library Closed For the Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Library Community,

The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, and we look forward to seeing you again on Friday, November 24th!

Happy Thanksgiving :)

~Your Library Staff


Public Forum: Strategies to Address Racial Disparities Within State Systems

There will be a public forum to discuss racial inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice system held here at Brooks Memorial Library. It is brought to you by the Root Social Justice Center, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. For more information, please click on this Facebook event link!


Ace in the Hole: Journalism Film Discussion Series Continues!

Journalism film series looks at the dark side of reporting Ace in the Hole’ examines fake news, ethics, and sensationalism, at the Latchis Theater, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 4 pm.

 The history of journalism hasn’t always been honorable. It is littered with the stories of scoundrels willing to do anything for a story — anything at all.

Perhaps the best portrayal of an amoral, anything-for-a-scoop reporter is found in the filmic one-two punch that is Billy Wilder’s 1951 Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas.

 The Journalism Film Festival will show this witty yet brutal film at the Latchis Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are welcome.


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