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For Sale, at Chas. C. Frosts’s Sign of the Golden Boot, north-end Hall’s building, India Rubber Shoes, of superior quality, Blacking, in liquid, paste and powder; Waterproof paste, which renders leather impervious to water; Boot and Shoe Kit, Pegs, &c.


Why can’t people put bells on their horses when snow is on the ground? One might as well attempt to dodge ‘chain lightning’ as avoid sleighs in full speed without bells. Where is now the benefit of a Village Corporation if we do not see to this?


20 Pieces Tickings of all qualities, common, medium, and super, for sale by C. Townsley & Son.


Since our last issue we have had a spell of weather and a snowstorm that has been much more productive of interest to the meteorologist than to travelers or families short of wood, coal, and provisions. Sunday and Monday, the 18th and 19th days of January, will long be remembered for the intense cold of one and the severe storm of the other.


James Fisk, Jr. of this village, and H.D. Smith of South Adams have formed a copartnership in the silk and shawl trade, and will run their splendid peddling wagons through New England states in time to come.


The snow storm of Wednesday of last week was of a severer character and more damaging to railway locomotion than any one experienced in this vicinity for several years. Less than a foot of snow fell but it was nearly as compact and heavy as hail, and without sufficient moisture to give it coherence.


Wood is scarce.


Messrs. J. Estey & Co,. our well known cottage organ manufacturers, report upwards of 8,000 instruments turned off during the year 1872.


Hawley is just home from New York with bargains in table linen, napkins, shawls, dress goods, handkerchiefs, skirts, white checked nainsooks and pique; Hamburg embroidery; also some new things for his 5 cent counter and some new white and medium ground prints.


Miss Mary Howe and her brother Mr. Lucien Howe, have fixed upon Tuesday evening, February 11, as the date of their concert to be given in response to the request of Brattleboro citizens. They are to be assisted by the Beethoven club, Mr. C.N. Allen leader, the same organization which assisted Miss Howe’s farewell concert in November, 1888.


Cassie Timson, aged four and a half years, picked some arbutus this week in the pine woods near her home in Esteyville. The blossoms were as fresh and fragrant as in May.


La grippe still counts a good many victims in town, although the disease prevails less generally than last week, when it probably reached its highest point. The attendance in the public schools is gradually returning to the normal point. The Chase street, High street, and Washington street primary schools have been closed on account of the illness of the teachers.


The friends and neighbors of Mrs. Grauhering gave her a pleasant surprise on Wednesday, her 50th birthday, presenting her with an easy chair and a sum of money as tokens of their friendship and goodwill.


The latest attraction in Pullen & Whitney’s show window is an electric motor which furnishes power for running the coffee grinder.


The town house will be thrown open to the inspection of the public next week Saturday afternoon, Feb 1, beginning at 2 o”clock. The dedicatory exercises will occur in the evening. As the hall and furnishings are new it is suggested that tobacco-users and peanut-eaters leave their favorite luxuries at home.


Hackley & Moran announce that they are about to put in a complete bicycle repair shop, including facilities for reenameling. It is their purpose to do everything in this line of work which it has been necessary to send to city shops heretofore.


Morse & Edgett, the real estate dealers, are having quite a large correspondence with out-of-town people desirous of buying farm and village property.


The trolley wire snapped in two near I.O.P. Smith’s on Canal street yesterday. It will be spliced as soon as supplies are received, but is now held together by clamps, and the trolley pole is raised when the break is reached.

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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. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Dec. 25th - Dec. 29th
Mon - closed Merry Christmas
Tues - meatloaf, potato, gravy, veg. & brownie
Wed - boiled kielbasa dinner w/ salad
Thur - garlic roast por,k, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle over toast or crackers


Are UFOs Real?

 A UFO or Unidentified Flying Object is any real or apparent flying object which cannot be identified by the observer and which remains unidentified after investigation.  They are also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs).


The NY Times recently released 2 front page articles about UFOs, the department of defense & the pentagon:

  • Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program



Winter Farmers' Market Open Today, December 23rd!

There will be a market today!  Weather forecast looks to have the worst of the storm ending by 10.  

Hope to see you there.  

If not, we'll be open next week as well, Dec 30th.  And every Saturday through March 2018.

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays to all,

Sherry Maher, 
Market Manager


Thank You! From Brooks Memorial Library

Everyone here at Brooks Memorial Library is so grateful to all of our patrons for the many holiday-oriented gifts that they have brought us over the last couple of weeks! Thank you so very much, and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday!


VFW Closing 4 pm 12/22

Brattleboro VFW is closing at 4 pm today due to the weather.


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29





A Christmas Message from Ben and Jerry

Ben & Jerry's co-founders send a Christmas message to Donald Trump:

“Jerry and I finally found something that we have in common with Donald Trump -- we all love Oreo cookies!"

In the spirit of Christmas, this is their video message to the Donald.



Send Out Your Hopes and Dreams for the New Year: Make a Card at the Library!


What is Unconstitutional About Today's New Federal Tax Law?

DEC. 20, 2017 

To be signed by President Donald Trump;  some sources claim he will wait until 2018 to sign it. It's Unclear When Trump Will Actually Sign the Tax Bill - Bloomberg"

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 115th Congress (2017-2018)


Report Hoped For on Tonight's Brattleboro School Board Vote

At tonight's Brattleboro Town School Board meeting there may be a vote taken on whether that board will support the Alternative Governance Structure proposal to the State Agency & Board of Education.  (See a letter to the editor in today's Reformer.)  For those of us living in other towns, it feels just a tad inappropriate -- tho it is perfecty permissible -- to attend other towns' meetings.  But it would be great if the result of this vote could be shared on ibrattleboro.  Thanks to whomever could attend the meeting and let us know.


An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing

Time once again for An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing, featuring the sock puppet select board. (This is fictional. All resemblance to actual socks or Selectboard members is merely coincidental.)

This was produced a decade ago, yet remains a timeless tribute to decision-making, scheduling, local government and holiday cheer. And what other town has their own holiday special with puppets?


Selectboard Meeting Notes - Number of Things, The Annual Hurting Of Feelings, and Climate Action

The Brattleboro Selectboard had numbers on the agenda for their final meeting of 2017. Budget numbers, audit numbers, financial reports, grants, and even dates on the calendar. They talked about numbers, reviewed numbers, noted errors and omissions, and made calculations.

They also had the annual visit from the designated downtown organization to hear about workplans and budgets. If you were expecting this to go smoothly, think again. Traditions must be kept...

In other matters, Brattleboro is taking action regarding climate action by joining the Vermont Climate Action Coalition.


Women's Marching Continues On...


As we approach December 22nd, the end of the Congressional session, our lives and freedom are on the line. We have days left to stop some of the gravest injustices this Administration has thrown at us. Please call (202) 224-3121 to reach your Senators and your Representatives today.


Pellet Stove Replacement Program

Green Mountain Home Repair, a program of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, is pleased to announce a pellet stove replacement program for Windham County residents. Eligible homeowners will get a price reduction of $2,000 to $4,000 on the cost of purchasing and installing an approved pellet stove to replace an old wood stove, or kerosene or propane heater.

Funding for this two-year program comes from the State of Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund. Each new pellet stove replacement will decrease pollution, increase energy efficiency, and reduce homeowner’s fuel usage. Loans are available to pay the remainder of the installation cost and all homeowners will get a complimentary home check up to review maintenance, health and safety concerns.


Brattleboro Holiday Closures

In observance of the Christmas holiday:

Brattleboro Town offices will close at 12:00 noon on Friday, December 22, and will be closed through Monday, December 25, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will be open for regular hours on Friday, December 22. It will close at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 23, and will remain closed through Monday, December 25, 2017.

All Recreation & Parks programs scheduled after 1:30pm on Friday, December 22 will be held as scheduled. The Nelson Withington Skating Facility will be closed on Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25.


Monday Night Snow Removal on Western Avenue

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the Western Ave area and side streets must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Brattleboro Town Manager FY19 Budget Memo

The Brattleboro Selectboard will meet tomorrow (12/19 at 6:15pm) as previously warned. Town Manager Peter Elwell was asked to provide the Selectboard with a summary of Unfinished Business in connection with the FY19 Budget discussions. Attached is a copy of his memorandum (which has also been posted to the Town’s website under Selectboard Supporting Documents, New Business Part 2).

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


BCTV Schedules Week of 12/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/18/17

Monday, December 18, 2017

12:00 am Historical Society of Windham County - Annual Meeting 2017 - Days Gone By

1:15 am The Rhema Word - 11/30/17

2:00 am Vote For Vermont - Politics and Graveyards

3:00 am Bear Pond Books - Bill McKibben


Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 18 thru December 22

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 18 thru December 22


Dec. 18- Chicken Pot Pie


Butternut Squash

Cranberry Mousse


Electromagnetic Radiation

Whenever someone says “Let’s”, someone else immediately forms an ad-hoc group to oppose it. Doesn’t matter what is said after “let’s”.

Back in Edison’s days, people opposed putting electricity in homes. Some even claimed that electricity would “leak” from wall outlets and harm peoples’ health.

In the early days of TV, people feared “cathode rays” emanating from the cathode ray tubes in every TV. I can remember my mother telling me not to sit directly in front of the TV. Turns out these things are harmless streams of electrons, not rays at all, and they are entirely contained within the tubes.


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