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The Recording Angel statue has arrived safely in Washington, and is soon to be exhibited there. Permission has been obtained to set it up in the Rotunda of the Capitol, where it will be most accessible to members of Congress and visitors in the city. Mr. Mead is now engaged in modeling a figure for a statue to be placed on the dome of our State House by order of the Legislature.


The Brattleboro Ice Company have their crop about half gathered, and the ice is of excellent quality. They have storage for some 1,200 tons.


H. N. Houghton has received a patent for his wine and cider press.


The revival at the Baptist church is still in progress, with very encouraging results.


We are likely to see a larger drive of logs go past here the coming season than ever before. A force of 600 men, 160 horses and 46 oxen are getting out the logs in the forest near the head waters of the Connecticut.


Hawley is just home to-day from New York, and on Saturday will be ready to show a large and attractive collection of Hamburg embroideries, new table damasks, white goods, ties, ruchings, black cashmeres, cretonnes, &c.


The heavy fall of sleet last week did considerable injury to fruit and forest trees in this vicinity.


Selectman Hall has the work well advanced on his part of the annual town report, and the auditors will begin their examination next Monday. This year’s report will be much more detailed and explicit than ever before.


The large audience of the sterner sex which gathered at the town hall last Friday evening expecting to see in the Clemenceau Case something rich, rare and racy, was disappointed. The performance was entirely proper in character, and the opera glasses were laid aside when Iza, the model, appeared in her winter costume. The posing was in reality one of the best parts of the performance, but the play was weak as a whole.

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Heat Pump Workshop Offered January 12

Are you paying too much to heat your home, business, or rental property, or looking to cut your use of fossil fuels? A new generation of super-efficient electric heat pumps, suitable for northern climates, may be the answer for you. These devices provide heat and domestic hot water using 25-50% less energy than conventional systems. They are environmentally-friendly as well – 87% free of carbon emissions in Green Mountain Power territory. Heat pumps can also be combined with solar electric panels to provide 100% renewable energy.


1984: High Street Runaway Truck and Song

Today is the 30th anniversary of the runaway truck down the High Street hill, December 8, 1984. It was a busy shopping Saturday in Brattleboro. Margaret MacArthur's song, "Stephen Johnson" tells the story. It's available online at the VermontFolklifeCenter website.


I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Pothole Repair Postponed

Based on weather forecasts, the closure of I-91 Northbound between exits 2 and 3to complete pothole repair that was tentatively schedule for this week has been postponed. We hope to complete the repair the night of Monday December 15. This work is weather dependent. We will alert stakeholders 48 hours prior to the closure date, once it is set for certain.


The Future of the Putney Co-op Is In Our Hands

The Future of the Putney Co-op is in our hands. An important member discussion on the direction we as a community would like to see our Co-op evolve toward.

Thursday, December 11th at 7:00 PM, Putney Library

Find out about major changes that have been proposed to our bylaws, and what they would mean for our co-op and our community.


Keep Your Holidays From Going Up in Flames! Brattleboro Fire Department Offers Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe and Festive Holiday Season

December 4, 2014 For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few of us consider is that the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. Many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations also significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires. Add to that the hectic nature of the holidays, when people are trying to accomplish multiple tasks and the chance for home fires grows even more.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 12/8/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 12/8/14

Monday, December 8, 2014

12:00 am Boom Vermont Drum Festival 10/18/14

2:02 am Community Forum on Opiate Addiction 11/17/14

4:00 am Community Briefing - 100,000 Homes Homeless Registry

4:57 am Suds and Science Series: A Discussion on Whip-Poor-Wills

6:00 am Stephen Stearns - 10/27/14


Best Air Pump In Brattleboro?

It's time to put air in my tires. Since it is impractical to try them all, I thought I'd ask you for your opinions on local area air pumps.

Has any service station out there installed any new, innovative air pump machines? Have there been any technologiocal advancements in recent years? Where is the best place to fill tires? Any good deals?

Up until now I often stop in at one of the stations near Exit 3, but I don't have to go there if there is a better option.


Net 10 Phones in Brattleboro?

Does anyone have experience using a phone from Net 10?

If so, can you rate the reception and coverage around town?


Brattleboro Time Trade Week of December 7

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 contra kinda evening:


Angel Tarot Reading
Amateur Massage
Roosters and Hens for Giving or Taking - They Need to Go!
Develop a Conscious Business Model
Mattress Double Bed Very Clean
Network Setup and Support
Home Networking Setup


The BAJC "Pop-up" Gift Shop for Chanukah!

The BAJC "pop-up" gift shop will be open for several  days this week and next.  Chanukah candles are available, along with menorahs, dreidels, chocolate "gelt" and other Judaica and gift items. Although you can't purchase anything on Shabbat,  you can select your candles and gifts next Saturday morning (12/13), and pay another day, when it's not Shabbat. (You can send a check to BAJC.) 

The gift shop (in the BAJC office--the cottage behind the shul) will also be open on Monday 12/8 from 3:00 to 6:00on Wednesday the 10th from 1:30 to 5:30, on Thursday the 11th from 3:00 to 8:30, and on Friday the 19th from 4:00 on.


West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 11th

On Thursday, December 11, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

 In addition to this being a time to enjoy each other at this festive season, there will be a couple of short presentations.  The Association’s board president Michael Bosworth will give a brief “state of the Association” report after which the group will present the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year to a deserving person or entity. Come to our party to help us celebrate this worthy recipient! Previous winners have been Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center, the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority, and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner, each for their many contributions to our community.


Weekend Concert Series: Bruno Mars

A new king of pop? New hardest workin’ man in show business? Bruno Mars might be that person.

Mr. Mars hails from Hawaii and in his earlier years spent some time doing Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Little Richard impersonations. You'll see it in the way he moves today.


Sanders and UVM Host Youth Climate Summit

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 5 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the University of Vermont held a Youth Climate Summit today.

More than 150 Vermont high school students and dozens of teachers from 26 high schools throughout the state worked in small teams to create climate action plans for their high schools.

“Global warming is the planetary crisis of our time,” Sanders told the students. “The scientific community is telling us that we have a narrow window of opportunity to address the crisis of climate change and to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy,” added the senator, a member of both the Senate energy and environment committees.


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Employee Matter

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:15pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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


Friends of Brooks Memorial Library 9th Annual Holiday Book Sale

The 9th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Holiday Book Sale will be held in the Library on Friday, December 5 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday, December 6 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Gift quality books and gently used fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and CDs will be on sale. Non-fiction titles include art, cooking and gardening, history, music and more subjects.

Book sale discount coupons are now available from the Front Desk of the Library. In addition to the wide range of books and CDs for sale, the Friends will provide free gift-wrapping of purchased items on Saturday from 11 AM to l PM.


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