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1740:

Moses Johnson, designer of Brattleboro's first meetinghouse, born in Connecticut.

1844:

Prints! Prints! 50 PS., new patterns Spring Prints, just received at the New York Store, and offered at low prices. W. P. Cune.

1849:

Mrs. E. Hinkley has on hand a splendid assortment of Winter Bonnets, which she will sell at cost, it being so late in the season. Also, a great variety of Rich Millinery Goods, consisting of Caps, Head-Dresses, Laces, Flowers, Wrought Collars and Chemisetts, and an uncommon assortment of Ribbons, Mourning Bonnets, Caps, and Collars. Grave Clothes ready, as usual. Straw Bonnets bleached and repaired in the best manner. Likewise, Dress making in the best style.

1856:

The storm of Saturday night and the blow ever since have thrown the trains on all the roads (in this vicinity, at least) into the utmost confusion. No storm this winter, which has already been embarrassing without precedent, has so paralyzed railroad passage.

1866:

Town Meeting Article: To see if the town will vote to pay some compensation to Erastus Simonds, S.W. Wilder, and Lerenzo Elmer, who were drafted and actually went into service of the United States under the call of the president.

1877:

The roofing-in of the boiler house at the asylum has been completed, and comparatively few traces of last week’s fire are now visible. The work of permanent rebuilding will not begin until spring opens.

1877:

We trust the dullness of business and the drouth of local news has reached its climax this week

1883:

The warrant for the annual March meeting has been posted. Aside from the usual routine business there is a special article to see if the town will rescind its action voting aid to the Brattleboro & Bennington railroad and electing commissioners.

1883:

Estey & Co. are putting in an electrical watchman’s clock or time-detector, which will record the movements of the watchmen during the night, registering the precise moment at which each man passes certain points in each shop or building, where push buttons are placed which the watchman must touch - the touch registering the exact time of the action on a dial in the office.

1883:

The children’s dancing parties at Crosby hall are proving exceedingly pleasant and profitable. They will close on march 28th with a “Mother Goose” party.

1894:

Claude Freligh is writing a farce-comedy, based on local events, which will be presented soon.

1894:

The Retreat family enjoyed an evening of delightful entertainment. Saturday night M.C. Robbins presented his “Visit to the World’s Fair,” which was of special interest to the large number of shut-ins who in this way had their first glimpse of the wonders of the exposition.

1894:

Charles Ebbighausen is rejoicing over the prompt way in which a very official looking legal document brought home his missing chickens.

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Tracey Madigan, MSW, Joins InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services

InnerWell is delighted to welcome Tracey Madigan, MA, MSW, to join InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services in Brattleboro. Tracey brings a natural warmth and strong empathic presence to therapy with couples and individuals. Her approach focuses on client strengths, rooted in the belief in resiliency and potential for positive change. 

Tracey’s work as a therapist draws deeply on her extensive experience as a grief counselor, as well as her training in mindfulness-based and trauma-informed treatment approaches, and in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Supporting clients through the unique experience of grief has allowed her to bring an authentic presence supporting clients as they face a variety of difficult life transitions. Tracey delights in helping clients – both couples and individuals -- to meet life right where they are, and to discover new possibilities for how things might unfold moving forward.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Melrose Structures Approved for Demolition, and Permits

The Brattleboro Selectboard was missing both their Chair and Town Manager, but efficiently managed their agenda at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

The board approved of most of their annual list liquor permits and polices, though two establishments have an additional hurdle before their licenses are granted. They also approved of demolition of four buildings at Melrose Terrace, the Strolling of the Heifers received event permits, and a debate over parking meters for the Stroll will occur at a later date. 

Cruisers will get up-fits, Cultural Intrigue will get technology, and the Town will get servers.

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55 Brisk Lane Fire Report

Date: 02/21/2017
Nature of call: Building Fire

Address: 55 Brisk Lane
Time of Call: 7:54am

Type of Building: 150’ x 60’ Industrial Warehouse

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm @ 7:58am 3rd alarm @ 8:10am

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Gracie is Missing......No Longer!!!!!

My cat, Gracie, got out yesterday when some work was being done in my apartment. She is small/medium size; long haired, black and grey with white chest and paws. No collar. She does have a micro chip and is spayed. She escaped from 83 Oak Street - in between Williston and Chapin.

She is a very timid, indoor cat so I'm guessing she is probably terrified and hiding somewhere. I've been out several times looking for her and calling her - no luck so far. My other cat, Sava , went missing last summer in a similar situation and was gone 4 days before my neighbor discovered him napping on her porch. I'm hoping this current situation ends as happily.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 20 to February 24

 

February 20 - CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY

 

February 21 - Beef Stew

Corn w/Peppers

Biscuit

Tropical Fruit

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 21st - Feb. 24th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Tues - chicken enchiladas w/ rice
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - parmesan crusted pork w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg

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Rotary District 7870 Announces the Janice H. McElroy Scholarship Program

The Rotary Club of Brattleboro is pleased to announce the initial offering of a new district wide scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 Governor in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in securing a Rotary International grant of $412,000 to help southern Vermont rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene. This scholarship is made possible due to donations from friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs throughout the District 7870.

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Winston Prouty Center Hosts 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Classic for Grownups and Families on March 4 & 5

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development is hosting its 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for grownups and families on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 5, 2017, respectively. The two-day "FUN-raiser" is open to the public.

Saturday's tournament for grownups is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare, music, raffles, and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person.  

Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or only $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard.

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iBrattleboro Turns 14

Well, well. One day we’re sitting around planning a community news site and fourteen years later we’re looking back as if in a Talking Heads’ song. My god, what have we done?

Same as it ever was.

For fourteen years now, almost every day of our lives has had an extra layer to it - iBrattleboro.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/20/17

Monday, February 20, 2017

12:00 am The Trump Effect: What Sociologists Can Tell Us About the 2016 Elections

1:30 am Howard Coffin - THe Civil War from a Vermonter's Perspective

3:16 am Artful Word: Special Olympics Penguin Plunge

3:45 am At Landmark: John Elder, Climate Change 2/6/17

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CIA Fed False Media, Hillary Dems, Cities Bomber McCain Demand War With & Destruction of Russia

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The seeds of public awareness of decades of monolithic mainstream media lies, news manipulation & deception sown by a maverick president, who is surely backed by a segment of Wall Street investors whose portfolios are NOT heavily weighted toward the manufacture WMDs and expected gargantuan profits from a new world war, will eventually grow public understanding of US crimes against humanity that began in Korea and continued on

TEXT:
‘What? our ‘crazy’ president’s National Security Advisor was making nice with a Russian ambassador even before he was appointed? We got ‘em! It’s against the law! ‘

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Slovenian Wins Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested two dozen of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Blaz Pavlic broke the hill’s long-distance record with a 104-meter jump in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., placing second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

“The headwind helped me,” Pavlic said of his historic leap. “It lifted me up, and then I just said, ‘Go for it.’”

The nearly century-old event featured athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

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Area's First of the Season Sugar on Snow Supper

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the many activities of the Grange, which serves as a town community resource, hosting pre-town meeting, Green Up Day, Independence activities, the Food Pantry, and a community Thanksgiving dinner, and provides Christmas stockings for seniors, free dictionaries for every Guilford 3rd grader, and a college scholarship.  The newest program at the Grange is Guilford Center Stage.  In addition, the building is used for private rentals, town and community meetings, and is the polling place for General Elections.  

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Slovenian Scores On First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested 25 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Blaz Pavlic won the Pepsi Challenge in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

The nearly century-old event is featuring athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

One hometown jumper, Brattleboro’s Spencer Knickerbocker, not only is competing but also is helping the snowmaking crew maintain the hill.

“It’s perfect,” the 24-year-old Knickerbocker said of the jump’s condition.

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Wind Turbine Syndrome Is Real

It’s caused by a virus, and the virus is spread by word of mouth!

Seriously, there is such a thing as wind turbine syndrome, but it’s not caused by the turbines themselves.

It’s caused by negative feelings toward turbines harbored by individuals.

In medical terms, this is called a “nocebo”.

These negative feelings, in turn, are mostly created by anti-wind evangelists who travel the state spreading their gospel of misinformation.

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Artist Forum at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Forum, complementing the large group show Spring Visions on Saturday, February 25, from 5-7pm. The Forum will feature gallery artists Matt Brown, Torin Porter, Donald Saaf, and David Holzapfel, with introductions by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings.

Printmaker Matt Brown,  from Lyme, New Hampshire, creates work in the Japanese hanga method, utilizing separate hand-carved blocks for each color. From Glover, Vermont, sculptor Torin Porter explores “humanness” in his imaginative, stylized steel figures. Fine Art and Folk Art intersect in the collage paintings of Marlboro artist Donald Saaf. Also from Marlboro, wood artist David Holzapfel’s structural forms celebrate the imperfections, personalities, and inherent beauty of wood.

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Brattleboro March 7 Local Election Information & Sample Ballot

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 7th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 6.

Polling place for all three districts in Brattleboro is the Selectboard Meeting Room, second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on March 7, 2017.

The entire back parking lot at the Municipal Center will be reserved for voters on election day. There are handicapped parking spaces close to the back entrance.

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So Like A Mirror: An Exhibition of Works on Paper by Julia Zanes

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So like a mirror is the sea/So vast the vault above, an exhibition of works on paper and poems by JULIA ZANES featuring text from the work of F. Hopkinson Smith, will be exhibited at The Emblem Museum, 21 Elliot Street, 2nd Floor, Brattleboro Saturday March 4, 2017-Saturday, April 22, 2017. The opening reception is on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 PM.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 21, 2017

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard will be approving purchases and permits.

The board will hear an update from the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, get an update on the facilities projects, hear about town finances, and talk about demolition of part of Melrose Terrace. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Bagels and Blocks - A Drop-in Playgroup!

Make new friends while having fun with your child!
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Our next playgroup is March 5th from 1-3pm. Join us for a Purim party! Make masks, eat some hamantaschen (yummy Jewish pastries), sing some songs, and hear a story. Come in costume or use our play clothes for dress up!

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