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At a secret session, the United States Congress ordered the arrest of Col. Samuel Wells forcing him to flee Brattleboro.


Thanksgiving. We greet our readers with a world of good wishes for their happiness on this, the return of our ancient and joyous festival. Our Green Mountain breezes still blow fresh and pure, wafting health and buoyant spirits among our happy population.


Mr. Strong will resume instruction in penmanship in Brattleboro, on Monday Dec. 6th. Lessons will be given at the High School and Brattleboro House.


The first snow of the season came on Friday morning, Nov. 20th, accumulating to the depth of about five inches; and on Monday morning last about six inches more fell. This was followed by rain, which, however, didn’t spoil the sleighing entirely.


Estey’s shops, when lighted up in the early part of the evening, make a splendid sight as seen from Green and Elliot streets.


The new street running from Western avenue to the Elliot street bridge - which has been named Union street - is now practically completed and open for travel.


A complete set of Harper’s Magazine has been bought for the Free Library ay a cost of only $90, and will form one of the most valuable additions yet made.


Thanksgiving day passed in Brattleboro with almost Puritan quietness and solemnity, if one might judge by the outward seeming. The storm and peculiarly disagreeable traveling gave the streets a Sunday stillness.


The Carpenter organ shop is being supplied with a patent dust arrester, similar to that used at the Estey organ shops, which collects dust from the several rooms and delivers it at a point where it can be conveniently used for fuel to feed the engine.


Brattleboro will never solve the problem of how to get good roadways in its village streets until it goes to work on a settled plan of building each year a small amount of scientifically-made and permanent roadway.


The cistern for fire purposes near the Estey shops, which has been open for some time, was pumped out last Saturday and has since been covered.


Mr. Day remarked at the Thanksgiving service yesterday on the hospital question, stating that inquiry of most of the Brattleboro doctors had convinced him that there was no pressing need for a hospital as a separate institution.


Several sleighs were seen on the streets after Saturday’s snow storm.

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iPads at Brooks Memorial Library!

Did you know the library has three iPads available for in-house use? iPads are easy to use, mobile, and lightweight. They are perfect for browsing, reading, and much more. Visit the Brooks Memorial Library circulation desk to try one today!

iPads at the Library!

Eye on the 60's: A Video Discussion with Videographer Chris Szwedo

Sponsored by the Brooks Memorial Library and the Brattleboro Camera Club members, please join us for an evening with Chris Szwedo, the director of the film Eye on the 60's: The Iconic Photography of Rowland Scherman, (and watch a trailer) in the library's meeting room, Wednesday, September 23, at 7 PM.

EYE is an inter-disciplinary, stratified story about a passionate photographer-- Rowland Scherman of LIFE magazine, who followed his path to remarkable people and events in the 1960s-- from the inception of the Peace Corps and JFK to Dylan, The March On Washington, the Beatles, LBJ, RFK 1968, iconic celebrities, war protests, and the Woodstock Festival.


Quiet Rebel: Lynn Martin's Story

A special showing of the locally produced film, Quiet Rebel: Lynn Martin’s Story, will be presented at the new arts venue, 118 Elliot. The 80 minute film is produced by Paul Bennett and Vidda Crochetta, and is being presented with the help and support of BCTV and Write Action. Long time Brattleboro resident, Lynn Martin is an activist, poet, and painter and a retired HIV Prevention Specialist of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, where she worked as a volunteer for 18 years.

In a Reformer story on Martin, by Becky Karush, Martin describes her turn to poetry, at age 50: "'I stood there, and in my mind I put all the people I was angry at....at the bottom of the stairs. And I told them off. And then, whatever it was inside me said, ‘Okay, Lynn, you are really angry. There is something missing from your life. Where are you going to be in five years? Are you going to be in the same place?' And I dragged the typewriter over, and that's where I started to write poetry. My joy is in giving voice to people who don't necessarily have it, because that was my story."


"American Pie" Decoded


Michaelmas: A Harvest Festival Of Yore

As summer turns to fall, I sometimes look into old traditions to cheer myself up. This year, I discovered Michaelmas. Although it's been forgotten over the years, it was once celebrated by English and Celtic peoples across the British Isles as the big annual harvest festival. We still hold harvest festivals to this day but they can't hold a candle to the harvest fests of yore. Here is a sample of what you might have might have experienced if you had to woken up late in September somewhere north of Liverpool:


Brattleboro Literary Festival

Has anyone else noticed the glaring lack of information and/or publicity about this year's Literary Festival? I've seen a couple of postings here but usually by this time I've received  not only a plea for money but a schedule of authors and events in the mail and via email. I haven't seen any posters anywhere - not even at the library. I know a few months ago there was some confusion over the potential dates but since it's right around the corner you'd think there would be some talk about it somewhere. I hope this doesn't mean the Festival is beginning to fade out. It's one of my favorite events in town and generally I have to try to juggle all the many wonderful authors that I want to go hear. I don't even know who is participating this year.


New York Polyphony Sings "Faith & Reason" on Sunday

Brattleboro, Vt. - As part of its 50th Anniversary Season, Friends of Music at Guilford is presenting a special guest-artist concert combining the Early Music repertoire with recently composed pieces that bridge the centuries of musical expression in between. Considered one of the world's finest vocal chamber ensembles, New York Polyphony will perform its "Faith & Reason" program on Sunday, September 27 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Centre Congregational Church at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro.

They have toured widely in the U.S. and Europe, appearing at major international festivals and prestigious music series. Their 2013 and 2014 CDs were Grammy-nominated, and a number of their albums have made the "Top 10" lists of The New Yorker, Gramophone, and BBC Music Magazine.


YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program To Be Offered At Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-led evidence-based program is delivered over a 12-month period in a supportive small group classroom setting. Sixteen weekly one-hour sessions are followed by eight monthly sessions. Facilitated by trained lifestyle coaches Teri Kneipp and Nancy Schaefer, the class is scheduled to begin October 1, 2015 and will be held at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital from 3:15 – 4:15 PM.


Where Have All The Comments Gone? The Participation Problem

A few people have noted that iBrattleboro commenting has dropped off a bit recently and wondered why. Usually, iBrattleboro follows the general trends in town, and Brattleboro as a whole has seen community participation dropping off for some time now.

Few people run for the selectboard or school boards, and town meeting struggles to find representatives. Public participation at selectboard and school board meetings is minimal. Few people commented publicly on major zoning changes being debated. Parents barely batted an eye when Common Core was implemented.

Food drives and non-profit fundraising efforts struggle to meet goals. Citizens haven’t been motivated to hold fundraising events for needed police and fire facilities. Skatepark fundraising efforts are quiet. And so on.


Conserving Our Water Resources: Green Infrastructure Workshops

The quantity and quality of water in our region has direct impacts on all of us. Flooding causes a huge financial burden on municipalities, businesses, and individuals while threatening public safety. Droughts lead to crop failures, inadequate domestic water supplies, and stressed ecosystems. Water quality degradation diminishes ecosystem health, domestic water supplies, and recreational opportunities. New Vermont Clean Water Act legislation reinforces the need for all of us to treat water as a valuable resource.

Green Infrastructure (GI) is a suite of design tools and structural techniques that address all of these water issues by employing strategies that help to maintain natural hydrologic processes. GI presents significant opportunities for Vermont municipalities, businesses and individuals to reduce the impacts of stormwater on budgets and assets while protecting vital natural resources. As we adapt to the impacts of climate change, it is essential that we seek strategies to protect life, property, and our region’s natural resources.


Future Of Local Journalism Is Subject of River Garden Panel Discussion

A group of local media business specialists will explore "The future of local journalism" in a panel discussion at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, downtown Brattleboro, on Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon.

The event is part of the daily Brown Bag Lunch events presented by Strolling of the Heifers, and is the second annual panel discussion on local journalism in the series.

Participants include Ed Woods, CEO of New England Newspapers, Inc. and publisher of the Reformer, Randy Holhut, deputy editor of The Commons, Kevin Moran, group editor for New England Newspapers, Roland Boyden, production manager of Brattleboro Community Television, and Martin Langeveld, retired newspaper executive and media blogger.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/21/15

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/21/15

Monday, September 21, 2015

12:00 am BCTV Archive: Llama Rangbar - Sacred Medicine, Sacred Space

2:00 am Building Vermont's Moral Economy

3:30 am Heirloom Seeds at the Sitzmark 9/5/15

6:00 am Concerts on the Green: The Green Brothers


Masters of the Short Story at Brooks

Masters of the Short Story, a reading and discussion series will be held in the Brooks Memorial Library this fall on Monday evenings. The books and authors to be discussed, with dates, are:  Park City by Ann Beattie (October 5), Selected Works of Flannery O’Connor (November 2), Five Great Short Stories by Anton Chekhov (November 30) and Poetry and Tales y Edgar Allen Poe (December 7).  

The series discussion facilitator will be VHC scholar Dr. Richard Wizansky.  This is a Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) event with support from the Vermont Country Store.  Each Monday discussion group will be held at 7PM in the Library Meeting Room.


Serene Frog Instructions

In order to see the entire frog in "Photo Fun", you have to click on it


Brattleboro Parking Rules

Does anyone know if there are town regulations about taking up more than one parking space on a public street? There are 2 public parking spaces directly in front of my house. One of the tenants in my building insists on parking in the middle of the spaces- making it impossible for another person to park in front of or behind her. This is not an occasional occurrence- she does this 24/7 and often does not move her vehicle for days at a time. It makes it impossible when anyone comes to visit and for deliveries of any kind. I get medical transportation to all of my doctor's appointments and the van has to either pull onto a side street or park in the middle of the street. It's particularly difficult when I am on crutches - which I currently am.


Sanders at Liberty University

Bernie Sanders speaks to 12,000 students, faculty and administrators at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a stronghold of political and religious conservatism:.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - September 21 to September 25

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu, September 21 to September 25

September 21 Meatloaf

Mashed Potato

Green Beans & Tomato



Weekend Creativity Series: Salvador Dali

This week we spend some time with surrealist Salvador Dali, speaking to reporter Mike Wallace in 1958.

Sometimes it is important to pay attention to things we don’t necessarily understand. Diving into subjects outside my own skill set can lead to inspiration and ideas which furthers my own work. I enjoy hearing from experts in almost any field discussing their work and ideas, and keep a notebook fo tips and tricks I’ve come across.


Main Street Sidewalk Update #8

Fortunately this week has presented us with perfect weather for construction! All the crews are moving full steam ahead and as you may have noticed, the majority of the sidewalks from High Street to Walnut Street are poured and opened!

We were able to get the small ditch on the street side of the new curbing paved earlier this week that will make parking and walking much easier on that portion of the project. The crew installing the brick strip is also moving right along (the picture above is an example of their work in the High Street bump out). We've gotten many questions about the purpose of the brick strip. Not only is it a decorative feature that ties together with our historic brick structures on Main Street, but it will allow us access to the underground electrical conduits in the future.


Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Roundtable Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center

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


iBrattleboro Poll

Regarding running for local office this year