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Lyceum. Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for discussion, “Have mankind been benefitted by the perusal of Profane History?”


Leather preservative. The subscriber has for sale, Partridge’s Leather Preservative - Paste Blacking - Black Ball of the first quality - Macassar Oil - Oil Soap, &c. &c. D.B. Thompson.


Wanted, To contract with a responsible person for the digging of 270 rods of ditch, at the Brattleboro Water Cure Establishment.


Windham County Woman's Suffrage Association was formed.


The narrow-gauge carried 90 passengers on its regular passenger train last Monday - the best day’s travel yet.


Several unknown correspondents are reminded this week that if their communications, items of news, etc., had been accompanied by a responsible name they would have been published.


In Brattleboro good sleighing began the first day of last December and continued, without interruption, till the end of last week. Some single sleighs have been in the street this week, but since Saturday and Monday all heavy teams have been on wheels.


All members of the Sovereigns of Industry with their families are invited to meet at Crosby hall, Wednesday, March 23rd, ay 6 p.m., to enjoy a sugar-eat and social time.


The Free Library books have now all been removed to the new building and placed upon the shelves, where they make a handsome appearance, and the trustees and librarian are busy with work preparatory to re-cataloguing.


A.E. Shackford has begun the manufacture of his incubator for which he obtained a patent last month, and has already sold the first lot, one of which went to Denver, Colo.


The real ownership of the Valley Mill property has not yet been divulged, but the wise ones grow more and more ready to give odds on their guess that it now belongs to the New London Northern railroad company.


Monday was Brattleboro’s first Market Day.


The Brooks House proprietors find that, in addition to the other extensive improvements now being completed, it will be necessary to renew the electric bell system of the house.


Ranger & Thompson on Saturday swung out a new sign in the shape of a huge watch.


Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Kipling returned to Brattleboro Monday night, remaining with Mrs. Kipling’s brother, Mr. B.S. Balestier, until yesterday afternoon, when they returned to New York. It is among the probabilities of the future that after their return from a tour around the world the Kiplings will build a house in Brattleboro for their future home.


Business is driving at S.A. Smith & Co.’s as never before in the history of that prosperous concern. The shop is being run to its full capacity, with all the help that can be employed, and still the orders accumulate faster than they can be filled. In one day last week orders for 500 baby carriages were received.


The telephone exchange has talked three times this week with New York over the long distance wires.


A service in the Swedish tongue was held at the Baptist chapel on Wednesday evening, Rev. Johannes Franzen officiating.


Over 100 people attended the grange sugar supper Monday night. The supper was followed by a dance in which 25 to 30 couples joined.


The executive committee of the Choral Union have issued a statement to the male members of the Union stating that hereafter unless there is a larger attendance at rehearsals, especially on the part of the men, the committee will not feel warranted in a continuance of the work.

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West Brattleboro Association Chicken BBQ Is Saturday, October 12, 11 am Till Gone

A Chicken BBQ will be sponsored by the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) on Saturday, October 12th, starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until gone. The Chicken BBQ held earlier this year was a sell-out by noon, so the WBA is increasing the number of chickens it barbecues along with the amount of baked beans and coleslaw. However, we suggest you plan to get to the event in West Brattleboro in front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in plenty of time to enjoy the chicken and fixin’s. There will also be a bake sale sponsored by the Church.

For $5 you can get half a barbecued chicken, or you can enjoy a dinner with sides of homemade baked beans and coleslaw for $8. The recipes used to make these goodies have a local history. The chicken barbecue sauce recipe is one used by the Guilford Fair Fireman’s BBQ, cooked up for many years by Joe Jewett when he was a member of the fire department.


Suspicious Phone Call About Medical Compensation

I just received a call from this #: 954 -399-6639 - and the man -who could just barely speak English -stated that he was calling about "medical compensation" due to me. When I asked where he was calling from he said his name was "Eddie' and he was calling from 'the medical office". I hung up and called the number back and got a message saying it was disconnected. More scams in the making.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7 in the Cusick Conference Room. 

The BUHS Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 in the Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast - VY is Closing: Now What?

The September 20th Citizens Breakfast

Speaker: Lissa Weinmann, Fellow at the World Policy Institute

Topic: VY is Closing: Now What

(video below)


The Power of Discovery-An After School STEM Program at The Grammar School in Putney

PUTNEY, VERMONT: The Grammar School is excited to announce a new program open to all students in grades 2-8: The Power of Discovery, an after school STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. TGS invites young people to join innovative, project-based after school clubs led by talented mentors and coaches.

The Power of Discovery will offer sixteen weeks of after school club activities from late October through February, open to all children. The after school clubs will focus on developing skills and interest in STEM areas as well as creative and critical approaches to problem solving. The program will offer young people a fun, safe environment to apply concepts learned during the school day and allow children to take risks through trial and error problem solving in collaborative, team settings.


Selectboard Meeting Notes: A New Station in West Brattleboro and New Location For Skatepark Contemplated

The Brattleboro Selectboard showed signs of revisiting the location of the skatepark, but no firm decision was made. Tuesday evening’s meeting saw opponents of the Crowell location pledging fundraising support for a different location, while BASIC petitioned to make the Crowell skatepark smaller and more in line with their expected funds.

The board also heard of changes in plans for the West Brattleboro Fire Station. It turns out that building a new wooden structure in line with the surrounding area would give the Fire Department a brand new station at a lower cost than repairing the current one. This and other money-saving ideas will be explored.

The town got an update on the solar installation planned for Technology Drive, and considered options for encouraging public hearings on the matter before the Public Service Board.

All this and more in an animated Selectboard meeting in Brattleboro.


Brattleboro Human Services FY15 Funding

The Brattleboro Human Services Review Committee will hold its initial meeting on October 15, 2013. The
applications and information for FY15 Human Services Funding will be made available soon after that. The Human Services Review Committee will also announce the date and time of the information meeting. The Town Manager’s office will issue a Press Release when the information is available and documents will be posted on the Town’s website – www.brattleboro.org.

For information regarding the application process, contact Jan Anderson in the Brattleboro Town Manager’s at 802-251-8151.


Help with the Vermont Health Connect

The federal government may not be operating at full steam today but you can be assured that Vermont is. Today Vermont Health Connect went live - there will be lots of stories and information about it.

Right now I would like to give you some contacts that can give you help. For individual customer support call 855-899-9600. Small businesses can access specific support at 855-899-9800. If you prefer to use the web the site is http://healthconnect.vermont.gov.

Good health to everyone.
Jeanette White


Help Clean Up Pliny Park on Wednesday

We’re cleaning up Pliny Park and need your help!

When: Wednesday, October 2nd - 5:30 p.m.

We’ll be raking, sweeping, and picking up trash Bring gloves, rakes, brooms or wheelbarrows if you have them.

Feel free to share this email with a friend!

This message is from your friends at
Building a Better Brattleboro
P.O. Box 961 – Brattleboro, VT 05302
(802) 257-4886


Green Mountain Camp Contra Dance, Saturday October 5th

Green Mountain camp is holding a family contra dance on Saturday October 5th at 6:30 PM at the camp – 565 Green Mountain Camp Road in Dummerston, Vermont. $10 per person or $25 per family with autumn snacks and cider for sale.  Dances are taught so no experience necessary. Old fashion family fun! Call 802-257-1751 for more information.


Local Artists Launch Kickstarter to fund Arts Education/Destination in Brattleboro

Two local artists, Natalie Blake and Randi Solin, have combined forces to create Fulcrum Arts Center, an arts destination on Route 30 (the old Tom and Sally's building). Work is well underway on the new Fulcrum Arts Center.

The Fulcrum Arts Center will house a gallery and studio facilities that will provide numerous ways for prospective buyers to view finished works and work in progress; as well as to learn about the tools, techniques, and artistry of fine glass and handmade ceramic pieces. Interested collectors and buyers will be able to purchase finished one-of-a-kind pieces and functional wares and commission new work. We will offer design consultation for in-home art placement as well. Solin and Blake, both highly exclaimed artists in their fields, will teach master classes and workshops.


Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast Video - Sustainable Energy Outreach Network

August 16th Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast

Speakers: Guy Payne, Jonathan Morise

Topic: Sustaniable Energy Outreach Network

(Video below)


Windham Regional Career Center Offers Fall 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 developed 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.


Escuelita Spanish School Offers Free Demo Class Wednesday, October 2nd

Come experience an exciting approach to second language acquisition. Escuelita Spanish School's courses make learning Spanish feel effortless, fun, and truly effective. Many people have had frustrating experiences learning a second language. The way we were taught in school might have taught us the rules of the language but, in most cases, did not teach us to speak. Escuelita's approach is based on brain and language acquisition research and it gets students understanding and speaking the language quickly and with a lot of laughter and fun along the way.


German Pipe Organist Hans Hielscher To Perform in Brattleboro October 13

Organist Hans U. Hielscher will perform on the Estey pipe organ at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The concert is a collaboration between the Estey Organ Museum and the Brattleboro Historical Society and will include works by Groom, Rawsthorne, Guilmant, Pasini, Ketèlbey, Goemanne and von Suppé.

Mr. Hielscher currently serves as Director of Music at the Wiesbaden Marktkirche in Germany and was Municipal Organist at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus Concert Hall from 1979 to 2004. Since 1962, he has presented more than 2,800 organ recitals throughout the world in such venues as Paris, Milano, London, Liverpool, Ely, Salisbury, Norwich, Wells, Canterbury, Prague, Budapest, Bern, Zürich, Oslo, and Stockholm.


Write Like Dickens, For $250: The T. P. James Writing Contest

As part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action and the "University of Brattleboro" will be sponsoring the T. P. James "Write Like The Dickens" writing contest.

Contestants will have time between 11 and 12 PM to hand write the next intallment of "The Life and Adventures of Bockley Wickleheap". This was the second novel that T. P. James claimed was being dictated to him by the ghost of Charles Dickens, back in the 1870's, right here in Brattleboro.


Notes From - "VY is Closing: Now What?" (Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - September 20, 2013)

NOTES FROM: VY is Closing: Now what?

Presenter: Lissa Weinmann   lrweinmann@gmail.com 

Lissa Weinmann, a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute, has long specialized in US-Cuba relations and international trade laws and has worked on a variety of domestic and international policy initiatives.. She said she thought there would be nothing tougher and more polarized than dealing with US Cuba policy -- but that half-century imbroglio pales in comparison to the equally as long-lived and intractable problems surrounding nuclear waste policy.


Refrigerator Repair in Brattleboro Area?

Who do you recommend for refrigerator repair in the Brattleboro area?


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 9/30/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 9-30-13

                   Monday September 30            

12:00 am      1st Women's' Voices: Native American Women and Their Experiences

1:35 am       TED Talks: Chris Anderson - How web video powers global innovation

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       People and Pottery: An Ancient and Intimate Relationship

5:50 am       No Film Film Festival 2: 80's Remake - Pt 2


Corn Maze?

Does anyone know of a corn maze in this area that's open now? It looks like the one in Guilford doesn't open until Columbus Day weekend. Thanks!


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