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Legislature incorporates “The Windham Provident Institution for Savings” - an Institution, the want of which has been long felt among us, and the object of which is to provide a method of enabling the industrious and economical to invest such a portion of their property as they can conveniently spare, in such a manner that will afford both security and profit.


Throughout the community the minds of the people were saddened at the event of John Brown’s execution. Some of the more enthusiastic opponents of slavery proposed the tolling of the bells, which sort of manifestation of public sympathy was not sufficiently extensive to be practical. The Buchanan democracy in this region held their jubilations, and manifested their great glee at the execution.


Annual town expenses for the previous year, $1147.87.


To defray the expenses of the current year - estimated at about $7,000 - it was voted to lay a tax of 40 cents on the dollar of the grand list.


Rather than go home at night in the dark, as they did two years ago, Brattleboro people now pay $1,000 a year for street lights.


Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “Hard Times.”


Mr. Knowlton already finds it an unprofitable business competing with the railroad. He is looking toward a transfer of the mails to the railroad. This, of course, would involve a discontinuance of his stage line.


J.W. Goodner, stenographer of J. Estey & Co., will form a class in short-hand at the reform club reading room tomorrow evening.


The present week has given us the perfection of winter weather. The sleighing in all parts of the county is reported as “never better.” On Thursday morning the mercury marked 8 to 17 degrees below zero.


Dairy Maids’ Festival at the rink Dec. 15. Over 50 dairy maids in the march.


Some of the wide awake young men are again moving for the erection of a toboggan slide for Brattleboro. Mr. Crowell offers the free use of his land in the rear of Forest square and those who have investigated the matter think the most available way is to start the slide from the top of “burnt hill” and trestle from toward the foot on to the meadow. Brattleboro is pretty sure to have its share of “winter sports” after the modern fashion this year.


Mr. Barrett had his electric lights in operation last night and the experiment seems likely to prove a success.


Miss Florence Goodenough has recently put on the market a High school calendar of her own design. It contains reproductions of pen drawings of the High school building and its interior.


W. H. Childs has recently given the Brattleboro High school his collection of valuable meteorological instruments, so that the High school in now better equipped in this line than any other school in the state.

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What Draws You to iBrattleboro?

I lived in Putney for twelve years and watched iBrattleboro grow to the strong site it is. I've since moved away to a similar sized city withOUT a citizen journalism/community portal site. I tried to sit by idly and pretend I didn't care, but alas, I really wanted something similar. So, what did I do? I created my own site for my new city, it's called Ashland Talks.

Ashland Talks has been live for almost two months and we've received some community member submissions, but it is still largely me posting news. I don't expect the site to take off over night, but it did get me to start wondering: what is it that draws people to iBrattleboro.com? What do you all like to publish here that you don't just post on Facebook or Nextdoor?


What Are Those Oversized Loads For?

Anyone know what the almost-windowless and doorless, tan, oversized loads going through town are? There seem to be some sort of utlitites attached to the back, maybe air, but otherwsie they are quite non-descript.


Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Caili O'Doherty Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Acclaimed Pianist and Composer, Caili O’Doherty to Perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on October 1st

On Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present the Caili O’Doherty Quartet as part of their Emerging Artist Series. O’Doherty is a young, highly acclaimed pianist who hails from Portland, Oregon. She will be performing with her working Quartet, three of whom appeared on her recent recording “Padme,” which won NPR’s 2015 Jazz Critics’ Debut Album Award. Caili is a virtuosic talent as both a composer and pianist - she has received national awards for jazz piano performance and composition from Downbeat Magazine as well as an ACAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award.


History Today Column: Biography of Joe Pentland the Clown Performing at Island Park in 1861

Many circuses came to Brattleboro, thanks to the train. At the link below there is more information about the life of Pentland the famous clown, who was mentioned in the Today in History Column.


Here is the original post that Chris posted from a newspaper from that time. 


Lent’s Great National Circus which exhibits of the Island to-day is one of the oldest established as well as one of the most extensive exhibitions extant. Joe Pentland is the clown."


BCTV Schedules For Week of 9/26/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/26/16

Monday, September 26, 2016

12:00 am Racism and the Culture of Policing

2:00 am 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow pt2

4:20 am FIRE - The Lebanon NH Fire of 1964

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am 2016 ACM National Conference: John Nichols' Keynote Address


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 – www.brattleboro.org. 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.


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro should continue to fund and staff an Energy Coordinator position...