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1791:

Vermont becomes the 14th state of the union.

1836:

The town meeting article in relation to changing the place of holding the meetings from the west to the east village will excite the most interest. Another question of more moment is, whether the Bridge over West River shall be made free.

1836:

A secret conclave of the canine race, “hound, puppy, whelp and cur of low degree,” was holden some time on Thursday night last, on the public square near the hay scales, to testify, by snarl and growl and yelp, their utter contempt for certain laws passed by their biped masters, derogatory of their rights as free and independent citizens. Many deep-toned “bow-wows” were uttered by the ringleaders, which seemed to give show of fight and determined resistance to becoming collar men.

1847:

Potatoes Wanted, Cash, and the highest price paid for a few bushels Lady Fingers potatoes by Williston & Tyler.

1847:

Herds Grass & Clover Seed, just received and for sale by Wheeler & Pratt.

1881:

A pleasant entertainment was given at St. Helen’s school in this village last Saturday evening, by the principal, Mrs. Ives. A play in French, by the young lady pupils of the school, enlivened by excellent music, some of it composed and executed by village talent, was the chief feature of the occasion.

1881:

The attendance at the town meeting on Tuesday was smaller than usual, and the business was transacted without unusual friction or excitement.

1881:

Blank inventories by which taxpayers are to make up their lists for the listers are now in the town clerk’s office, and it is the duty of every taxpayer not having already received one to call and obtain one before the 20th inst., as provided by law.

1881:

Edwin Earl has opened his new store at 45 Main street, for the sale of pianos, sewing machines, pictures, stationery, etc. The rooms are neatly and attractively fitted up, and the goods well worthy of examination.

1887:

Clapp & Jones, stationers, will give away a barrel of ink in handsome inkstands on market day.

1887:

One of the most gratifying features of the town meeting was the entire unanimity and cheerfulness with which money was voted for the support of the free library. Such action showed not only a just appreciation of the benefits of the library, but of the gifts of Mr. Brooks and his heirs.

1887:

Prof. Bristol’s trained horses drew crowded houses at all four of their Brattleboro exhibitions, and won nothing but praise for all who saw them. In spite of the snow storm there were 780 tickets represented in the hall Saturday afternoon.

1887:

J.K. Pierce & Co. have added a new corn cracker to their grist mill.

1887:

Frank Reid and Chas. Crosby have dissolved partnership in their bicycle business. Reid will continue with the sale of the Columbia machines and Crosby will take the agency of the Victor.

1887:

Brattleboro merchants are in earnest in meaning to make the weekly market-day, which will be established next Monday, a special feature and something worth coming to Brattleboro for.

1892:

Ten working hours a day is now the rule at the Estey shops.

1892:

The children of Miss Clay’s Chase street school found a winter curiosity in the shape of a caterpillar on the school grounds on Tuesday, March 1.

1892:

Town Meeting Resolution: That it is the sense of the voters of Brattleboro that the Australian ballot law, so far as it has reference to the election of town officers, ought to be repealed.

1898:

Dr. G.F. Gale’s weather record shows a total snow-fall for the last four months of 101 1/2 inches, and a rain-fall of 13.69 inches.

1898:

C.E. Gilman arrived at the Gibson horse stables, Elliot street, Saturday, with a carload of horses, said the be the best large and general purpose horses which ever came into the valley.

1898:

Mrs. Albert Duquette of Vergennes was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. James Izard over Sunday, and sang the Ave Maria by Millard as a solo at the 10:30 mass at the Roman Catholic church. It was very beautifully rendered and was esteemed one of the finest musical numbers ever heard in the church.

1917:

Brattleboro's new Federal Building, the Post Office and courthouse, open.

1923:

Dr. Shailer E. Lawton dies.

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Heads Up!

A big, fat false flag is likely in the works, so the DHS can get its funding

 A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

The masked narrator concluded an hour-long video by calling on Muslims to attack shopping malls, specifically naming the Mall of America, as well as the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Westfield mall in Stratford, England.

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New Town Rep Candidates Badly Needed!

Alert! More candidates needed for Representative Town Meeting!

If you read the paper, you know that Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting is woefully short of candidates for the Town Election next week (Tuesday, March 3).

So we are putting out an appeal to all Town residents to consider running as write-in candidates for any uncontested (currently having NO candidates) seats at Representative Town Meeting.

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Economic Development Pitch Night with Lt. Governor Phil Scott

On behalf of both the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, we wish to invite you to attend the Southern Vermont Regional Economic Pitch Night.  The event will be held at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon from 4pm-6pm on Monday, March 9th.

Southeastern Vermont has done extensive analyzing of and strategic planning for growing the Windham Regional economy through development of our Federally approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.  Now you are also invited to present ideas to legislators on how to move the Vermont State economy forward. Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes per person.  This is an opportunity to provide positive ideas for improving Vermont's economy, and hopefully encourage new legislation.

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1% Local Option Tax

Brattleboro residents can vote on March 3 ( or by early voting now at the Town Clerk's Office) about whether we should add a 1% optional sales tax here in Brattleboro.

This is a difficult issue because many fear it will hurt our downtown businesses and Brattleboro residents will also pay this extra 1% tax.( It won't just be people who live out - of -town or out -of -state. ) On the other hand, it has been estimated that it could raise around $600,000 in extra revenue for the town.

I haven't heard much public comment about this issue and I 'd be interested to know what I-Brattleboro readers think.

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iBrattleboro Interview: David Gartenstein

David Gartenstein is running for a one-year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard. We asked him some questions, and his answers follow. Election day is Tuesday, March 3rd.

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- What lessons would you say you have you learned since joining the board? 

Serving as a member of the Selectboard, and as Chair, have reinforced for me the vital importance of ensuring that everyone is heard with respect.  We face many competing priorities in Brattleboro, and our goal should be to achieve what is best for the town and its residents given our limited resources.

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Brattleboro Town Clerk Election Hours

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting in Brattleboro’s Annual local elections. The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, March 3 as staff will be conducting elections in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Area Hospitals Launch Community Health Needs Assessment

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for hospitals to maintain compliance with federal regulations.

The three health care organizations are working collaboratively to gather information by conducting focus groups, developing and disseminating a short survey to the general public, and collecting and analyzing quantitative data. The Vermont Department of Health is providing population based indicators as part of the process.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/23/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 2/23/15

Monday, February 23, 2015

12:00 am Energy Week Extra: Aquaponics

1:00 am A Crazy Cat Lady: Kitty Kisses

2:00 am Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Police Militarization

3:00 am VT Religious Leaders' Call for Reevaluation of F-35 Base in Burlington

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1849 Opening of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad

The Vermont Phoenix account of the first train arriving in Brattleboro, from Boston, on February 20, 1849.

Celebration of the Opening of the Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad

This celebration took place on Tuesday last, the 20th inst., and will be long remembered by those who were present at it. By the arrangements made, the cars from Boston were to arrive about 1 o’clock P.M., but owning to the large train of passengers, they did not arrive until 3 P.M. Our citizens, and guests from the adjacent country, in the mean time were assembled “en masse” - and notwithstanding the long delay, had not the least difficulty in keeping cool.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free educational series designed for caregivers of elders. This six-week program will be offered for the first time in our region starting March 31 and meeting every Tuesday through May 5. Led by staff from Senior Solutions, the meetings will be 2:00-3:30 P.M. at Hayes Court in West Brattleboro.

Family and friends who help elders will learn how to reduce stress, improve communication, find helpful resources, navigate difficult decisions, and balance their lives.

RSVP by March 18 to the Senior Helpline: 1-800-642-5119.

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Thursday

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall. 

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.  

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.  

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Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Feb 22, 2015

Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Feb 22, 2015

 

I just watched you get arrested.

The waitress noticed it first.

Oh, wow, she said, someone is getting arrested

And I saw two policemen talking to you while

one of them pointed something in your face.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 5:30pm in the community room at the Brooks Memorial Library.

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

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE.

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

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6th Annual Brattleboro Rotary Club "International Film & Food Festival" Set for March 1st

The Brattleboro Rotary Club is raising money to help upgrade the radio station KILI, a non-profit radio station broadcasting to the Lakota people on the  Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and  Rosebud Indian Reservations, part of the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota.

On Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 4-8PM at the New England Youth Theatre, the Brattleboro Rotary Club will be sponsoring the sixth annual “International Film & Food Festival,” with proceeds benefiting KILI which serves 30,000 people on the three reservations and seeks to preserve Native American culture and instill pride in the peoples' unique heritage.

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