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1842:

We understand that a Mr. French, (a Millerite,) will commence giving a course of Lectures on the Second coming of Christ, at the Methodist Chapel in this village, on Saturday evening next. The First lecture will be “On the Nature, Manner, and Object of Christ’s Second Appearing.”

1864:

The lecture of Mr. Abbott at the town hall in this village on Wednesday evening last, was well attended, and highly satisfactory to the audience. It was devoted principally to the part which Gen. Grant has had in fighting the battles, and commanding our forces in this gigantic war. The applause of the audience whenever Gen. Grant’s name or that of Lincoln was mentioned, show how strong are the sympathies of the people in this vicinity with those men, and how firm their confidence in their ability to do effectually their whole duty in putting down this rebellion, and through hard and earnest fighting to restore peace to our afflicted country.

1870:

Ground has been broken for the new engine house on Elliot street.

1870:

The furniture of the Wesselhoeft House will be sold at private sale, commencing on the 24th.

1870:

Estey & Co. are this week engaged in completing the work of removal to their new and commodious quarters on Birge street.

1881:

Miss M. J. Salter, the blind girl who has been canvassing the town for the sale of her book entitled “The Lost Receipt,” desires to express her appreciation of the kindness with which she has been received by our citizens

1881:

All of the church organs in town are being put in tune by Mr. Joseph Chase, the well-known tuner of Boston.

1887:

The Canal and Washington street sewer, now completed, is found to have cost $4350, and the assessments of the 80-odd abutters range from $25 to $175, though only two are assessed over $100. It is expected that the Birge and Organ street sewer will be completed next week.

1892:

The exterior of the town hall is to be handsomely decorated for Columbus day. The national and Spanish colors will be used mainly.

1892:

The Selectmen have done something which will be universally approved in deciding to make a hitching park on the lot on Frost meadow which is under lease to the town for the stone-crusher plant. There is ample room there to provide for the accommodation of 50 teams. A watering trough is to be put in which will supply water the year round, and a railing erected for hitching purposes. The need of such a public hitching place has long been felt.

1898:

Practically no work has been done this week on the Main street bridge owing to the failure of the bridge company to keep their men supplied with the necessary iron. The company will be held to the original contract which calls for a vitrified brick flooring.

1898:

“Uncle Sam’s land; its makers and destiny” will be the subject of a lecture which will be delivered by Rev. A.J. Hough in the Methodist church next Wednesday evening. The lecture will cover the ground of the past and future of America, with special emphasis on the divine guiding through its strange history, and it will be interspersed with original poems on its life and men.

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Dosa Kitchen This Fall and Winter

Thanks to everyone who came out for dosas, curries, and lassis at Dosa Kitchen this season. We appreciate you welcoming South Indian food to southern Vermont. A big thanks to Wild Carrot Farm for our endless supply of kale!

This Sunday, October 22, is the last day of food truck season. We will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12-3. We hope to see you!

This fall and winter you’ll find us at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, Putney Winter Farmers’ Market, and Fridays for lunch at NECCA. Check Facebook for updates.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

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

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 23 thru October 27

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 23 thru October 27

Oct. 23 - Stuffed Cabbage w/Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower

Garlic Bread

Jello w/Fruit

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public 10/23 to 10/27

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato, & veg
Wed - roast pork, roasted red potatoes, & veg
Thur - strip steak, baked potato, veg
Fri - baked haddock, rice & veg

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ACT 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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(Revised) Brattleboro Citizens' (not a) Breakfast Invitation - Oct 27 - Still Unclear About the Act 46 Vote?

Still unclear about the Act 46 Vote?

 Friday, October 27, 2017

8:00am

Change of venue: due to renovations at the Senior Center, this (not a) Breakfast will be held in the Selectboard Meeting Room of the Municipal Center

Please: no food or beverages in the Meeting Room!


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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Friday Signs

Good afternoon Stakeholders!

Tomorrow, Friday, October 20th, there will be two signs posted at the bridge access at the north end of the bridge. One sign will be for construction vehicles only. We ask that no pedestrians use this access point as there will be final groundwork being performed and many construction vehicles. There will be a sign clearly marking pedestrian access through the field. Please follow these signs.

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Brattleboro Stormwater Study

The Town of Brattleboro, Department of Public Works is working with Watershed Consulting Associates from Burlington, VT to complete a study in the local watershed. The study is designed to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution linked to non-stormwater discharges into stormwater systems, such as those from sanitary sewers or leaking septic systems. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will use grant funds from the Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) to fund this study.

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Art Exhibit At Brooks Memorial Library: Astrid Sheckels, Children's Book Illustrator

We are pleased to announce an exhibit of lovely children's book illustrations by Massachusetts artist Astrid Sheckels! It will be on display during our regular business hours in the glass case across from the Children's Room through November 30th.

She cannot remember a time when she was not telling or illustrating stories, especially ones involving imaginary animals.

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New Hat

I just got a new “Tinfoil Hat” and I’m itching to try it out. The Las Vegas incident seems like an ideal opportunity.

While it is too soon to know if there are signs that the Las Vegas attack was a false flag, possibly supported
and enabled by what Ron Paul and others refer to as the Deep State, anyone who does not at least ask the question has not been paying attention.

There is convincing evidence that law enforcement is not telling us the whole story.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Panhandling Sign Defeated, Budget Season Approaches

There will be no Town panhandling sign. That was the split decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard Tuesday evening.

The board had an active and long night. Much of it had to do with financial matters and planning, such as approving a letter of intent to rent space in the Municipal Center, reviewing long term financial plans, buying a fire truck, debating the thickness of single use plastic bags, and contemplating energy issues.  

Budget season starts officially at the next meeting, but it peeked its head in and said hello this week.

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Journalism Film Discussion Series Resumes With Free Showing of "All the President's Men" at the Latchis Theater on October 22, at 4pm.

What started as a “third-rate burglary” ended with the resignation of a president of the United States. 

On Sunday, October 22 at 4pm, the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” will be shown free of charge on the big screen at the Latchis Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the importance today of investigative journalism. On the panel will be deputy editor of The Commons Randy Holhut, long-time reporter for the Rutland Herald Susan Smallheer, and former editor-in-chief of the Brattleboro Reformer and now editorial manager for the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Kata Casa. 

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Revised Revised Panhandling Sign Text

The Selectboard will be taking up the matter of a possible panhandling sign at tonight's meeting, and for the momentous occasion a new draft of proposed language has been given to the board for consideration:

“Brattleboro is a compassionate community and recognizes that it is legal for people to carry signs or to ask for money in public places. We are also committed to the safety of every resident and visitor in our town and recognize that aggressive or threatening behavior can cause legal activites to become illegal. If you feel threatened, you can call the Police at 802-257-7950 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. If you need food, shelter, or other assistance, you can call 2-1-1 for referral to local service agencies.”

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Brattleboro Early/Absentee Ballots Available

Early/absentee ballots for the Brattleboro Town School District special meeting to be held November 7, are now available in the Brattleboro, town clerk's office – for those registered to vote in Brattleboro. If you are registered to vote in Dummerston, Guilford or Putney, please contact those Town Clerks for details. Anyone wishing to vote prior to November 7 may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6. Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 10/16/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/16/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

12:00 am Express Fluency - Spanish with Annabelle Allen Part 2

2:45 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Jerry Johnson

3:15 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Eric George

3:45 am Vote For Vermont - Anson Tebbetts

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State of Vermont Hopes To Lease 10,000 Square Feet of Municipal Center

The State of Vermont would like to lease space at the Municipal Center for a period of ten years with options two five-year extension options. This is presented in a Letter of Intent dated October 5, 2017, to be discussed at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting.

The Letter of Intent comes from Christopher Cole, Commissioner of Buildings and General Services for the State of Vermont.

The space will be approximately 10,000 square feet, and will use “a portion of the second floor and a portion of the third floor” in the building.

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Brattleboro Planners To Hold a Workshop on Downtown Parking on October 25, 2017

The Town of Brattleboro will host a community workshop to discuss parking in downtown Brattleboro. The workshop will feature interactive roundtable stations for the public to express their opinions on the various parking-related solutions.

The Downtown Parking Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 118 Elliot Street. All members of the public are welcome.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials open to the Public Oct 16th - Oct.20th

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - meatloaf, baked potato, veg
Tues - honey garlic chicken over rice w/ veg
Wed - shepherd's pie w/ roll
Thur - spaghetti & homemade meatballs w/ salad
Fri - clam strip roll w/ coleslaw & onion rings

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Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts: Susan Osgood

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts invites you to an Artist Talk with Susan Osgood on Saturday, October 28 at 5pm. Osgood will be speaking and answering questions about her current exhibit Mapping the Unknown, featuring monotypes, oil paintings and collages accompanied by the ekphrastic poetry of GennaRose Nethercott. Mapping the Unknown will run at MGFA through November 5.

Susan Osgood’s work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer “to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.” It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 16 thru October 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 16 thru October 20

 

Oct. 16- Sausage & Potato Bake

Stuffed Mushrooms

Succotash

Plums 

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