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William Czar Bradley II born.


Brattleboro Academy. The Winter term will commence Monday, the 21st of December. Tuition as usual - Board from $1.25 to $1.50 per week. R. Harris, Principal.


Paper Mill Pond in this village has been covered day and night during the present week with skaters of all ages, from little boys and girls of six or seven years to men on the wrong side of thirty and women of very indifinite ages, whose steel shoes gleam in the sunlight and in the moonlight, and whose silver voices ring out peals of merriment and delight as they glide over the glare surface.


Wanted. 500 Cords of Hemlock Bark, for which the highest price will be paid in cash on delivery at the Tannery at Centerville. Those having Bark will do well to call before settling elsewhere. Wright & Silsby.


The villagers and the travelling public seem greatly rejoiced that the bridge over Whetstone brook is so far completed that teams can now pass over it. When finished it will be a substantial and convenient structure.


Suitable for Christmas presents, always useful, Fanchild’s gold pens. A full stock at Town Hall Book Store.


A course of six lectures by J. Frank Baxter, spiritual medium, opens at Harmony hall next Sunday afternoon. First lecture free.


Thursday January 13th next is the date fixed for the sheriff’s sale by auction of the Hinsdale bridge. One suggestion of last week that the towns of Brattleboro, Hinsdale, and Chesterfield ought to unite and buy the bridge and make it free meets with universal approval.


A large assortment of Christmas toys, etc., can be found at Miss Hatch’s, on Forest square.


The milkmen have gone back to their old price of 5 cents per quart.


Clapp & Jones have a unique window attraction in the shape of a railroad locomotive in miniature which is complete in all its parts and capable of being fired up and run just like a big machine.


St. Johnsbury is one of the four fortunate places which had a lecture from Stanley, the African explorer, during his flying visit to this country. He lectured there last Friday and passed through Brattleboro at 3:30 Saturday afternoon on his way to Amherst. He made the same mistake at the station that many travelers naturally do under the conductor’s misleading shout, “Passengers for the New London Northern road change cars,” and was within an ace of getting left on the platform.


Complaint is made of the bad habit which many people have of leaving their teams standing on the street crossings, to the great inconvenience of ladies and others.


The Prospect Hill association trustees assure us that the move for the enlargement of the cemetery is not due to the number of doctors and druggists in town.


The Y.M.C.A. basket ball team is practicing three times a week and is fast getting into winning form.


Tyler camp, Sons of veterans, will give an entertainment in Grand Army hall tonight to which the public is invited. A program of literary and musical selections will be rendered and will include selections on the gramophone or talking machine.


Dr. Webster and Major Childs, who were confined to their homes by illness, listened to the Choral Union concert last evening through telephones.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Gibson Aiken Center conference room (207 Main Street).

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


West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 14th

On Thursday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the village's 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.

At the gathering the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization.  Previous winners have been Nancy Barber (2016), the staff and board of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (2015), Bill and Judy Daley of the Vermont Country Deli (2014),  Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center (2013), the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority (2012), and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner (2011), each for their many contributions to our community.


Connie Snow's Retirement Speech

Connie Snow's retirement speech, made at the large party at the River Garden this evening (Thursday, December 7) honoring her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of the Windsor and Windham Housing Trust (originally the Brattleboro Community Land Trust):


Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners

Question: Why are SO many people in town learning to play the Ukulele these days?

Answer: Because it is surprisingly easy, and SUPER-FUN.

Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick is offering 2 sessions of her UKULELE-in-a-DAY workshop, coming right up!

* Sat., Dec. 30, Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT. 10am-3pm.

* Sun., Jan. 7, Brattleboro Music Center, 10am-3pm.


45th Christmas at Christ Church: "Such Wondrous Tidings"

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 45th Christmas at Christ Church performances on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:00 p.m. That historic building is on Rt. 5 at the corner of Melendy Hill Rd., just over a mile from Exit 1 off Interstate 91. This season's theme, "Such Wondrous Tidings," is the title of one of ten mostly 15th-century carols to be sung by the thirteen-voice Guilford Chamber Singers, directed for a sixth season by Tom Baehr.

The group includes sopranos Catie G. Berg, Christina Gibbons, and Robin Wolf; altos Jenny Holan, Laurie Schneski, Susan Stember Buhlmann, and Joy Wallens-Penford; tenors Steven John, Bill Johnson, and Peter Tracy; and basses Calvin Farwell, Tom Green, and Peter Nadolny. Most of them, including Baehr, are active with other area choruses and church choirs.


Navigate the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research with Jerry Carbone: AmericanAncestors.org

On Monday, December 11, at 6:30 PM, genealogist Jerry Carbone will discuss the genealogical treasures of the online content of Americanancestors.org, in his talk, "Navigating the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research, AmericanAncestors.org,” in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room, beginning at 6:30 PM.

While not part of the "genealogical giants,” or large genealogical databases like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, FindMyPast, AmericanAncestors.org is a very large online portal to the oldest genealogical society collection in the United States, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts.


Astrology? Best Date to Impeach Donald Trump? January 14, 2018 With 6 Positions in Capricorn!

Morning News, Dec. 7, 2017 Wow, not good! Previously this week, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, took a vote to Impeach President Donald Trump, which did not get enough votes to do so. Too bad they rushed the vote so soon! Maybe they will write up another Impeachment Bill and try again.

My best amatuer astrological guess is that the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, will try again to Impeach President Donald Trump on or about January 14, 2018.     Astrology shows us that on this date at 3:35 PM Washington, D.C. time, there will be six (6) astrological positions in the sign of Capricorn, and this has not happened for many hundreds of years. This is incredibly rare. Because the Sun will be exactly and precisely 90 degrees of Uranus in Aries, (Uranus in Aries can cause sudden change) then this could mean a major earthquake or impeachment. Something rare, something major, with space dust coming down on us in a way that has not happened in hundreds of years....


Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect Plans Ends 12/15/17

Open enrollment for health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect runs until December 15, 2017. If you don’t have coverage or if you want to change plans, you need to do so by December 15.

Information about plans and subsidies is available at https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov or 1-855-899-9600 (toll free).


Raffle Drawing for the Library Holiday Gift Baskets!

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for!

The raffle drawing for the beautiful holiday gift baskets that have been generously donated by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library as an additional fundraiser,will occur some time by Monday evening, on December 18th.

The winners will receive notification by phone as soon as possible after the drawing, so please make sure that you have written your number CLEARLY and legibly on the tickets that you purchase :)


Selectboard Meeting Notes - The (Almost) Million Dollar Fire Truck

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard from the Fire Department concerning a request for a new aerial ladder truck. This would be to replace a used truck, which is replacing an out-of-service truck. The board was sympathetic to the request and need, but had some concerns about the cost and how best to pay for it.

Brattleboro will be sending a letter to VTrans with a request for safety improvements along Putney Road, Central Fire Station has a ribon-cutting scheduled, and more budget meetings are on the way.


Trump Is Not An Accident

There is no such thing as an accident. Nothing in this Universe occurs haphazardly. There is no chance, no providence, and nothing ever just happens. What is, is, and what happens, happens, because of the need to balance out the repercussions from the attitudes and emotions of fragment-entities, put into a creative mode through their thoughts, words, and deeds.    

Essene Saying

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.


Watch the Brattleboro Selectboard Special Budget Meeting 12/2/17

It's not nearly as good as Chris' write-ups, but here's the "fresh off the edit station" recording of last Saturday's budget meeting. It's four hours of fun!


And to be able to follow along with the numbers at home, here's the current proposed budget document too:


Brattleboro Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Maple View Conference Room at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

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


The Brattleboro Shop - Retro Brattleboro Posters

Our final look at The Brattleboro Shop this season is a tour through our Retro Brattleboro Poster section.

Here you’ll find six original works of art featuring notable, iconic Brattleboro destinations. All were done in the style of screen printed travel posters from days gone by.

The series includes:


BCTV Schedules Week of 12/4/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/4/17

Monday, December 4, 2017

2:45 am Bookstock - Jean Hanff Korelitz

3:30 am Bear Pond Books - Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Tuesday News Show 11/14/17

5:30 am True North Reports TV - The Carbon Tax and the Essex Plan

6:00 am UVM Community Medical School - Politics, Money, & Science: Current Debates in Public Health & Health Policy


Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm.

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia, Shrewsbury (UK)) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.


Free Documentary Film Screening: Standing With Standing Rock, by Director Fidel Moreno

Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno will present a FREE screening of his documentary work-in-progress, Standing With Standing Rock, at Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, December 8th, at 6 pm.

Standing with Standing Rock was shot on location, and chronicles the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. It has been culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock, including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters.


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, and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Dec. 4th - Dec. 8th
Mon - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Tues - Eyvonne's mac n' cheese, grilled hot dogs, veg
Wed - roast pork, roast red potatoes, veg
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, veg
Fri - clam roll w/ chowder


Navel Engagement

I’m watching a documentary which features a number of paintings by famous Old Masters.

Many of these depict Adam and Eve with navels.

Since neither was “born of woman” in the usual manner, how did they get them?


iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow