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1840:

Reverend Joseph Freeman was chosen as pastor at First Baptist Church.

1840:

Umbrellas. New covered and otherwise repaired, at the Music Store. J. Woodbury.

1858:

Frost & Goodhue have just made an addition to their already large stock of groceries, provisions, &c. Without disparagement to other establishments it may be truthfully said that their stock of goods is the largest, richest and most varied of any grocery store in the State.

1862:

Frost & Goodhue have recently re-juvenated their store, and by the judicious application of various pigments have given it an unusually neat and jaunty appearance.

1862:

The Selectmen have called a Town meeting for Saturday afternoon, May 5th, to see what action the town will take in relation to rebuilding the West River bridge, and in raising money to pay for the same. It is very evident that the bridge at that place must be rebuilt and that speedily.

1862:

Great Flood of 1862. During the past week the inhabitants of the valley of the Connecticut river have witnessed, and many of them painfully experienced, a greater and more disastrous flood than any other that has preceded it within the memory of the “oldest inhabitants.” The rise of water was a full five feet above the highest marks of former freshets.

1874:

By the purchases of land which the Unitarian building committee have recently made, a lot with eighty feet front on Main St., and one hundred and three feet in depth, has been secured on which to place the proposed new church edifice, which will stand about twenty feet further south and eighteen feet further west than the old church.

1874:

People interested in secret societies should hear the lecture by Hon. Henry Clark of Rutland, at the town hall on Saturday evening next.

1885:

The warrant is up for the annual village meeting, Tuesday evening May 5. Besides the routine business there are articles to see if the village will appropriate money for the observance of Memorial day — a matter which was forgotten at the annual town meeting — and to see if the village will buy a playground for the boys.

1885:

The good weather of the past week has brought the wheelmen out in force, and it is evident that bicycling as a healthful and manly recreation is growing in favor with our young men every season.

1885:

Mr. Harry L. Emerson left Milford, NH on Monday for Brattleboro, VT where he will take charge of the large furniture business purchased there by the firm of Emerson & Son.

1891:

Joseph Hartnett, a horse dentist, was arrested near the Crosby store house last Saturday for intoxication.

1891:

Ice carts made their appearance on the streets last week.

1891:

The water was turned on to the Wells fountain on Monday. The fountain was draped on the day of Mr. Wells’s funeral.

1891:

An accident to the engine at the Estey Organ works last Saturday morning has caused a suspension of the greater part of the works during the week. At twenty minutes past seven Saturday morning the piston head broke inside the cylinder, bringing the machinery to a standstill. It was necessary to carry the piston to Providence, R.I. for a new one to be made.

1896:

A bicycle built for two, the Wolff American duplex, is attracting a deal of attention this week. Mellen & Proctor are agents.

1896:

There will be a change next Sunday in the Sunday schedule of the electric cars. The first car will start from Prospect Hill at 9 o’clock and from West Brattleboro at 9:20, running thereafter on 20 minutes schedule, pass Main street bridge at 10 minutes before the hours, 10 minutes after, and on the half hours.

1896:

Six Scotch collie puppies owned by Chas. W. Sargent are the attraction in the Farmers’ & Mechanics’ exchange window today.

1903:

The top story of C.O. Robbins’ new house on the corner of Oak and High streets has been put on this week. Mr. Robbins expects to have the house completed the coming autumn. It is divided into six tenements and in the centre is a large open space which admits light to all of the tenements.

1905:

Some boys who were either bent on mischief or did not know better piled some rubbish up against the watercure building on the north side of Elliot street one day this week and set fire to it, but fortunately they were seen in time to prevent what might have been a bad affair.

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At Sea

Recently I was greeted in town by someone, somewhat familiar, and in connection with the skatepark. It was an awkwardish moment, maybe I’m reading into it.

There was a bemused smile from them, and some sympathy for what must be my lassitude. Though I’m no longer directly involved in BASIC, it was like I was a Methuselah of sorts, and since the building of the park is an uncertainty, given the biblical span so far, would my longevity hold until the park was realized?

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First Work-in-Progress Showing of Babylon

On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies and with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for nearly two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Adam O'Farrill Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Young, Award-winning Trumpeter and Jazz Composer, Adam O’Farrill to Perform with Quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Adam O’Farrill and his quartet, Stranger Days, will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 PM. O’Farrill is an award-winning first call trumpeter from Brooklyn. He is a regular member of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (led by his Grammy-award winning father, Arturo O’Farrill) and the ensembles of Rudresh Mahanthappa. He can be found performing and recording with top artists such as Christian McBride, Vijay Ayer, Jason Lindner and others. Adam’s quartet, Stranger Days, is the band he created to hone his compositions and develop his unique notions of form, improvisation and interaction. It is a collaborative project he shares with his brother, drummer Zack O’Farrill, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. They are good friends who practice together, talk deeply about music and develop ideas as a team; they are four brilliant musicians striving to get to the core of a unified concept.

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Zuckerman, Toleno and Legalizing Cannabis

David Zuckerman was in town yesterday, and spoke with groups of democrats and progressives.  At the latter someone asked if there was any way that cannabis reform was going to happen in VT this legislative session.  David, who was being videotaped throughout the event by a representative of th Republican Governors Association, gave a very thoughtful analysis of the state of cannabis reform in the state and country.  He said that the best way for us here in Brattleboro to help make something happen might be to call Tristan Toleno, who is serving as the democratic whip in the House, because in that role Toleno not only counts votes but can push to get certain bills considered.

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VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 24th - Apr. 28th

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

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato
Tues - smothered burger w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - bacon mac & cheese w/ a salad
Thur - stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

The Trustees and staff of the Brooks Memorial Library invite you to check out our new meeting spaces, teen room, renovated reading room and children’s area and more during an Open House and tour, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2pm-5pm. There will be a brief welcome at 2:30pm and tour guides on hand for exploration of the new spaces.

Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Thanks to Brooks Memorial Library Volunteers

Brooks Memorial Library and the community are a better place because of our volunteers. National Volunteer week is April 23-29. National Volunteer week was established in1974 by President Nixon. Each year, the current president issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers. This week is a time to recognize our 35 volunteer who generously give of their time to help achieve the overall mission of the Library.

Several of our volunteers have over 20 years of service while many have been recognized with over 5 years of service to the library. We also have some turn over and immensely appreciate and depend on new volunteers to come forward. We are fortunate that our volunteer positions do not remain vacant for long.

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New Beginners Hunyuan Chen Style Taiji Quan Starting in Putney May 2nd.

Beginner's Hunyuan Taiji Quan is a 8 week series that  introduces the principles of  alignment, balance, correct movement, qi (vital energy) cultivation. Each week participants will learn a new movement of the Hunyuan 12 movement Taiji Quan form. Through dedicated practice, students will complete the form by the end of the series. Participants will also learn chan si gong (silk reeling) exercises to help open and relax the joints while simultaneously nourishing the vital qi and blood of the body. All are foundational practices to re-condition the mind/body connection, deepening one's capacity to relax, release stress, improve balance, and build core strength. 

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room.

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

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Opening Reception for Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present "Before Words", an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter running from May 4th to June 18th. An opening reception will take place on May 4th at 5pm. An Artist Talk is set for June 10 from 5-7pm.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language and logic come into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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Brattleboro Historical Society Podcast e98 - Robert Wesselhoeft's Water Cure

In 1840 Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft moved to Boston from Germany. He was publicly humiliated by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and driven from town. Wesselhoeft moved his family to Brattleboro and opened a "Water Cure"...here's the story...

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 24th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

A single lane closure and intermittent shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Ken Schneck's Brattleboro-Related Book is Now Available!

I'm MOST pleased to let you all know that my book "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" is now available for order on Amazon. I think you all are truly going to love it (and you'll definitely see a TON of Brattleboro-related life in there!). And, of course, it would mean the world to me if you pre-ordered it! - http://tinyurl.com/SeriouslyAmazon

WIth great appreciation,
Ken 

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Full Text - Brattleboro's Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation

Here's the full text of the resolution adopted Tuesday night by the Brattleboro Selectboard.

"RESOLUTION FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY

WHEREAS, at the Town of Brattleboro 2017 Annual Representative Town Meeting, the Town unanimously approved a petitioned article to advise the Selectboard to proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Brattleboro Selectboard heeds said advice and desires to recognize the Indigenous People of Wantastegok in Sokwakik - the immediate area now known as Brattleboro, Vermont – dwelling here prior to and during the colonization begun by Christopher Columbus in the Western Hemisphere; and

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Samirah Evans Salutes Billie Holiday at FOMAG House-Concert Gala

Now in its 51st season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 8th Women in Music Celebration, a house-concert gala, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. "This fundraiser for our concert season includes three important elements," explains administrator Joy Wallens-Penford. "

A bounty of good food, some delightful music, and a special Silent Auction offering numerous 2-for-1 tickets to arts events around the region and some special gift certificates. We help to promote other organizations' events and garner vital support for the many free and affordable programs we present in the community."

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Adopts Indigenous Peoples' Day, Buys Hydraulic Hammer

With two Brattleboro Selectboard members absent, Tuesday night’s agenda was both shortened of items and extended by additional background information for the benefit of new members.

The board adopted a resolution proclaiming the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, making Brattleboro one of the first in the state to make such a proclamation. It was not without controversy, however. Rebel Pete expressed concern.

Grants were accepted, a loan was approved, financials were reported, and Brattleboro bought a hydraulic hammer attachment and a water slide. Contracts were approved and amended. 

Oh, and by the way, there will also be an emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, so don’t freak out. We’re especially looking at you, area around Oak Grove School.

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West Brattleboro Fire Station Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Construction on the new West Brattleboro Fire Station (Station 2) is complete and the Fire Department is now operating out of the new building. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the station, see the equipment, and celebrate this important milestone for our community.

West Brattleboro Fire Station
Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Open House from 9am-Noon
Brief Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30am
Light Refreshments Will Be Served

If the weather permits, the station and surrounding grounds will be open throughout the open house.  In the event of inclement weather, activities will take place in the interior of the station.

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Cantrip and Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures.
Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

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The New 10 Commandments

There have been many attempts to re-write the Commandments. Many have been intended to improve  them with varying degrees of success. Some have been idealistic. Some have been humorous. And some have been cynical.

Here is one of the cynical ones, composed by Professor Jack D Forbes.

 

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Guided Walk to Vernon's Black Gum Swamps

A trio of experts will lead a guided walk to visit one or more the Black Gum Swamps in Vernon’s J. Maynard Miller Town Forest on Friday, April 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for people who may never have visited the Black Gum Swamps to see them, and for anyone interested to gain a better understanding of their ecological uniqueness and their value to the town and the region.

Leading this excursion will be:

  • William C. “Bill” Guenther, Windham County Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
  • Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Bob Zaino, State Lands Ecologist, Barre Office. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dep’t, Wildlife Division
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