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Birth of Richard Morris Hunt, the architect.


On Monday next the winter arrangement in the running time of the Railroads in this vicinity goes into effect. The working time of the employees on the Valley railroad has been diminished one fourth, and their pay made to correspond.


That any individual or corporation should be so obtuse as to suppose the commendable injunction, “Take Time by the forelock,” is to be answered by the mere setting forward of the clock, is hard to be understood. We call for a remedy - a convention of time-keepers, a compromise, anything.


The dwelling house of Mrs. Johanna Keane, on the lane west of Elliot street, has been sold to Patrick Leahey, for $1070.


Great exhibition at the town hall Saturday. Two panoramas, comprising 10,000 feet of canvas, with views of New York City and the Chicago fire, all to be seen for 25 cents.


Nast’s lecture on Monday evening was quite humorous and entertaining, fully equalling our expectations. His characteristic off-hand sketches illustrative of his subject were so numerous as to form in reality the bulk of the lecture.


Hawley has been in the New York market again this week and bought another big lot of cloaks.


We have never known any speech or public utterance of any kind in Brattleboro to be more universally condemned than has been W.H. Alexander’s brutal and uncalled for attack on Edward Crosby at last Monday’s meeting. It has come to be a practically settled thing that whenever the town, village, or school district get together to transact business the time is monopolized by some buffoon while intelligent self-respecting men hold their peace.


Messrs. Batchelder & Flint, candy manufacturers, open their store in Market block tomorrow.


The contemplated repairs and improvements on the Episcopal church have begun.


Mary Howe is to make her first appearance in New York on the 25th of November.


A very fine painting of Josephine, Imperatice de France, owned by Judge Shea, is now on exhibition in Clapp & Jones’s window.


The report that Mr. Geo. E. Crowell had sold the Household caused a general surprise in the business community. Advances were made to Mr. Crowell for its purchase some four or five years ago, but they were declined.


Shipments of apples from the local railroad station have kept up the average to about four cars a day since two weeks last Monday. Total shipments thus far amount to 12,000 to 14,000 barrels.


The Brattleboro Retreat’s fine herd of cattle got stranded on the island at the north end of the Retreat meadow Tuesday and were obliged to remain there overnight.


Snowflakes were floating in the air at intervals Tuesday.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Necessary PAYT Fees & The Question of Human Services

The Pay As You Throw Working Group is leaning toward high fees for Act 148 compliance, the Brattleboro Selectboard learned Tuesday evening. The “necessary fee” isn’t yet calculated, but is suggested to be calibrated to cover the costs of all tipping fees, program costs, and program materials, and no sliding scale for low income residents is planned.

The board also contemplated cuts to human service funding, and asked for citizen input on the question. The Police received a grant to improve their abilities to unlock and look at everything on your phone, tablet, or GPS device. (Your silly passwords are useless.)

Other grants were received and community members stepped up to serve on town committees and boards. All this and more, below.


Someone You Know is Walking for Animals - Please Donate In Their Honor!

The Windham County Human Society's 14th annual Walk for Animals is Saturday, September 27. The Walkers (and the animals) would love to have your support! 

Dozens of Walkers have signed up and are collecting donations to support their Walk. They've raised more than one-third of our goal, but there's a ways to go!

And of course, it would be great to exceed the goal so we can do even more for animals in need.

What it supports: The money raised at the Walk goes to help the Humane Society meet these important needs:


BMH Nutrition and Cardiac Rehab Staff Host Mediterranean Dinner

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is hosting a special event entitled, "Mediterranean Dining: A Healthy Approach to Living," sponsored by the hospital's Nutrition Services Department and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

The event will feature a dinner of Mediterranean food and a presentation by Drs. Judy and Ed Flower, a clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist. They will address how chronic illness is not just an individual problem but involves the whole family system. They will speak from their professional orientation and their own personal experience.


Early & Absentee Voting Start September 19th But VT Candidate Information Guide Has Not Been Published!

What does "one week prior to the general election" really mean?    The Secretary of State Elections Division has announced on its website that Early and Absentee Voting Ballots will be at your Town Clerks Office on September, 19, 2014.   That means you can start voting.  But, the Elections Division has not distributed the NEW internet version of the Candidate Information Guide which Vermont Election law 17 V.S.A., Chapter 59, Section 2810, requires shall be published one week prior to the general election. 


Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of September 14

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a view:


Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the Senior Center
FREE Garden Bed Edging
Learn to Sell on E-Bay
Borrow My Chimney Brush
Guitar or Piano/Keyboard Lessons
Computer Assistance - Brattleboro/Townshend/Newfane
Tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, or English
Resume Revision/Composition


BMH Offers Free Health Series on "Freedom to Choose"

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering a free health education workshop series entitled, "Freedom to Choose: Basic Concepts and Principles," beginning on September 23, 2014.

Co-sponsored by BMH, Grace Cottage, and the Brattleboro Retreat as part of Wellness in Windham, this new, interactive bimonthly health education series is designed to empower people to advocate for the medical treatments that they want by providing them with the knowledge and language necessary to understand what is available.


1860: The Little Fairy, Dollie Dutton

1860: The little fairy, Dollie Dutton, finished her series of entertainments to the inhabitants of Brattleboro in the Town Hall on Monday evening. While she herself os but nine years old, measuring 29 inches in height and weighing 15 pounds, she was assisted and sustained by two other persons, upon whose births the reverse ends of a powerful magnifying glass had seemed to smile in respective proportions.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/15/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 9/15/14

                   Monday September 15                 

12:00 am      All About Alzheimer's - Vermont Town Hall Meeting on Alzheimer's Disease

1:30 am       Newport Baptist Church Special Music Team 8/8/14

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       VT Historical Society 2nd Saturday: Yankee Schoolmarms

5:00 am       Former Vermont Governor Douglas - New Way Book Launch


It's Business License Renewal Time in the Town of Brattleboro!

For your convenience a form is now available to renew or obtain your 2015 General Business License through the town of Brattleboro. This license will be valid until December 31, 2015! You can also choose to be listed in our FREE online Business Directory when you fill out the application!


150 Years Ago (1864 9/15)

Clifton Farm, Va.

Sept. 15th, 1864.

Dearest Abiah,

Went on picket Monday. Left a letter to be sent out that night, as there was a man going out, but came in and still find it here. It was not sent by some mistake, so now will let it go for what it is worth, and give you a new addition. We see no signs of moving, but we never know what the day may bring forth. We went on picket Monday, as I said before. On Tuesday our division were taken out on a scout towards Winchester. They went out about five miles and came back at some time in the night between 10 and 11.


Maduro! Please Remind Obama! MLK Condemned US Atrocities Covert Violence on Three Continents

  • Tell Americans and the world that the corporate media that works to destroy the beautiful Chavista peaceful revolution for a government of all Venezuelans and not just mostly for the rich, is the same media Martin Luther King condemned for lying and promoting US "atrocity wars and covert violence on three continents, since 1945, meant to maintain unjust predatory investments"
  • Dear President Maduro, slanderous Western media, promoting war and violence for capital gains of the mercilessly amoral automaton functioning speculative interest banking industry, has put you in their spotlight to better target you with defamation. This is then your opportunity to be heard a bit world-wide. In telling the truth about the USA, you will be protecting all of us, Venezuela included. 


The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The T.S. Monk Sextet

The Legacy Continues: T.S. Monk to kick off VJC Season on September 20th @ 8 pm

Short Summary
Who: T.S. Monk Sextet: T.S. Monk on drums and vocals, Josh Evans (trumpet), Willie Williams (tenor sax), Patience Higgins (alto sax), Brandon McCune (piano) and Belden Bullock (bass).

What: Hard-bop jazz influenced by the music of Thelonious Monk


Vidda Crochetta of Marijuana Resolve on WVEW

Yet again..its time for another experience that you won't soon forget..this time join us this tuesday the 16th when Vidda Crochetta,co-founder of marijuana will be our guest. The topic? Marijuana.. medical, decriminalization, legalization, etc… and the witty musical stylings of the Stupor Bothers.

Tune in,get turned on and drop out of the rat race! Brattleboro Community Radio-107.7fm and www.wvew.org


Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation (RSVP)

“Vermont Yankee Decommissioning: Unanswered Questions”                                          

The next "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" is planned for Friday, September 19,  2014 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

Clay Turnbull from the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution (based in Brattleboro) will be discussing some of the issues currently in play at Vermont Yankee.  “We are actually a long way from decommissioning the plant.  What should happen with VY's high-level nuclear waste presently stored in an elevated, water-filled pool?  Entergy does not yet have approval to build a second dry cask storage facility.  The site is going to be decommissioned, the question is -- to what standards?”


Weekend Concert Series: 1979 Blondie Live at the Apollo Theatre

1978 was the year that the Blondie took the world by storm. Sure, they had been around for a while and had even released a couple of albums, but it was their third record, Parallel Lines that gave us Heart of Glass, One Way or Another, and Hanging on the Telephone.

A bit of disco, a bit of punk and new wave, a bit of rock and rap, and a lot of Debby Harry made them a unique and lasting staple of radio and dance floors ever since.


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