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1784:

Reverend Abner Reeve appointed settled minister.

1839:

Scarlet Dye, a prime article for coloring scarlet, at 37 1/2 cents a bottle, for sale, by Williston & Tyler.

1839:

Haying Tools. 50 doz. Blanchard’s celebrated cast and German steel scythes. Also, Sibly’s, Farwell’s, and a variety of other kinds of Grain and Grass Scythes. Likewise, rakes, hay forks, scythe snaths, grain cradles, scythe stones, &c. by Blake & Lawrence.

1844:

Rocking Chairs. A small lot for sale cheap, to close off, by A. E. Dwinell.

1844:

For Rent, For one or more years, the Store formerly occupied by A. E. Dwinell, next door South of the Vermont House. Possession given immediately. Apply to Edward Kirkland.

1856:

The grass crop promises unusual abundance. It is much more forward than usual, and the farmers have commenced cutting their clover.

1856:

S. A. Morse & Co., have opened a Livery Stable in the rear of the Brattleboro House. A nice barn, new carriages, fresh horses, and attentive hostlers, constitute their chief claim for patronage.

1872:

Last Friday was a terribly hot day. Mercury 94 to 98 in the shade.

1872:

The new bell of the Congregational church, proving unsatisfactory, has been removed, and another is to be procured.

1872:

Messrs. J. Estey & Co. of this place have pledged $5000 toward the establishment of a seminary for the education of colored women, at Raleigh, N.C.

1872:

The opening ceremonies at the Brooks House on Thursday evening of last week were of an appropriate and pleasing character. Upwards of 200 persons were present. The parlors filled with guests, the gentlemen clothed with their finest apparel, the ladies dressed in “magnificent array,” the richly furnished apartments, and withal the unexceptionable yet genuinely social character of the occasion, combined to present a scene of elegance, and beauty, of festivity and enjoyment, which was a pleasure to witness.

1878:

Village taxpayer can save five per cent by paying their taxes on or before July 1st.

1878:

The White Mountain express train goes upon the road next Monday.

1878:

Eddy, the hulled corn man, sells an article of spruce beer which makes a very palatable drink. Try it.

1878:

Col. and Mrs. L. K. Fuller sailed from New York, Wednesday afternoon for Paris and the Exposition. They will return about the first of August, probably.

1889:

The Christian Science association will hold their next meeting with Mrs. M. E. Morse on Spruce street on Wednesday evening

1889:

As part of the plan of Messrs. Crosby & Adams, the new proprietors of the Brooks House, to make the hotel attractive to its guests, weekly musicals will be given in the parlor during the summer.

1889:

The two ball games and the Baptist ladies’ lawn party will be the home attractions for July 4th.

1889:

Mr. Ray has made special provision this season of horses which are safe for ladies and elderly people to drive, as well as of low, easy carriages for leisurely driving.

1895:

Another sign that Brattleboro is growing cosmopolitan: A German street band appeared here on Tuesday.

1895:

The question of extending the tracks of the electric railroad to the fair ground is under discussion. The expense would be about $3000-$2500 for building the road and $500 for grading the hill.

1895:

The trolley railroad will be practically completed to West Brattleboro to-morrow night.

1895:

During the thunder storm Friday night lightning struck the summer cottage for women at the Retreat. The shock was comparatively light and did but little damage, destroying a clapboard or two and splitting a few shingles.

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Brattleboro Special Needs Assistance

The Town of Brattleboro is interested in knowing the needs of our citizens with disabilities so that during an emergency local public safety personnel can perform their jobs more efficiently and provide special assistance, as needed.

If you or someone in your household needs extra assistance during an emergency please let us know in advance. Do you use a wheelchair or need wheelchair accessible transportation? Do you have trouble hearing or are you visually impaired? Are you on oxygen or do you have any other condition that hinders you from helping yourself in an emergency?

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The BHS Oral History Podcast: Bill Holiday's Year 2000 Interview with Andy Natowich

In 2000, BHS trustee and former head ball coach of the BUHS football team, Bill Holiday, interviewed venerated Brattleboro sports legend Andy Natowich.

The BHS Podcast is proud to present that interview, in its entirety, for the first time.

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Fairpoint Internet Outage?

Anyone out there a valued Fairpoint DSL custumer, like us?  Our eternally-poor service got even poorer on Friday night when we lost internet -- turns out a system failure that is apparently affecting other users around the state.  It was still off this a.m.  Wondering if anyone else has any news about it?  Unlike Green Mtn Power, which is quite good at sharing outage info, Fairpoint has no place on its website for this, & their tech people are very careful not to reveal anything.

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1879 Advertisement - The Self-Organist

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/27/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/27/16

Monday, June 27, 2016

12:00 am Your Investment Matters: Personal Divestment Workshop

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3:30 am Zero Energy Now - Press Conference 6/7/16

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75th New Brook Horse Show to be held Saturday, 2 July 2016

(Brookline, Vermont) --- Southern Vermont's oldest horse show will be held Saturday, July 2 at West River Stables At Meadowbrook Farm, 102 Hill Road. The first class starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Admission is free to this family-friendly event and spectators are encouraged to root for their favorites from ringside. Refreshments will be served by the New Brook Fire Department Auxiliary and all show profits will benefit the New Brook volunteer fire department which serves Newfane and Brookline.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 27 to June 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 27 to June 30

 

June 27 - Quiche

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While We Still Have One

Let’s say Trump is elected and his first meeting with Kim Jong-un goes terribly wrong. The belligerence on both sides reach unprecedented levels. The kid, feeling threatened, decides to lob an ICBM over the polar icecap towards Manhattan, but misses. Instead, it accidentally explodes over downtown Brattleboro during the school year just after lunch recess. In March 2013, the boastful “Supreme Leader” threatened the United States with a preemptive nuclear attack. He is known to have tested a 10 kiloton nuclear weapon to “reliably defend the sovereignty and the dignity of the nation.”

If you’re a student anywhere within the full five-mile radius of a 10 kiloton air burst, you probably won’t be needing your school books anymore.

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Jewish School in Brattleboro Welcomes New Students

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The Scythe, Hand Tools and Maintaining Land

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Weekend Creativity Series - Water Fountains

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One of my favorite things to do when living in DC, for example, was to visit all the water effects along the mall on a hot day. There’s a first ladies’ grotto by the capital that is very cool and refreshing, the Canadian embassy and East Wing of the art museum feature fountains, there are reflecting pools, fountains at the Navy exhibit, and a pond at Freedom Plaza, to name but a few.

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Britain Leaves the European Union

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What will it mean for:

UK?

EU?

US?

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Ireland?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Visiting Streets

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and will conduct site visits at three locations (see agenda). The Board will convene at 5:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center then recess and move to each of the three sites to hold site visits. At the conclusion of the site visits, the Board will reconvene the special meeting in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center (approximately 7:30pm) and hold public hearings pertaining to each site.

ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members when the Board reconvenes at the Municipal Center after the site visits.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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SeVWA's 2016 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 22nd

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This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Brattleboro Historian Dick Mitchell

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 27th

I-91

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To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, July 4th from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

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Wondering About Westgate

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Learn to Play the Ukulele! New Beginners Class Forming

Learn to play the ukulele from scratch, with instructor Lisa McCormick.

In this beginner-friendly class in Brattleboro, you'll learn all about tuning, playing basic chords, basic strumming techniques, and how to play several fun classic Folk and Boomer songs, in an easy-going small group setting.

Class will run for 6 weeks, at the Marlboro Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro, featuring off-street parking and wheelchair accessibility. Tuition is a sliding scale between $140-$160. 

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A Cappella à la Carte & 50th Season Party

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As usual, the annual A Cappella à la Carte menu offers three distinct elements: a membership meeting, a community potluck, and a vocal concert. The brief and entertaining Annual Membership Meeting sums up the year's events, introduces plans for the following season, and offers a slate of trustees for a vote, among other agenda items. The gathering is open to all interested folks, but only members can participate in any voting; one can join the organization on the spot to participate fully in the meeting.

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