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1840:

Wool Carding. The subscribers would inform the public that they have fitted up their Carding Machines with new Cards in complete order, and are now ready to operate under the superintendence of Mr. John Fowler, who will be happy to wait on those who may favor him with a call. Hines, Newman & Co.

1845:

Water Cure opens in Brattleboro with 15 patients (soon growing to 150).

1858:

James Fisk Jr.’s exhibition took place on Friday afternoon of last week as announced in the programme. The procession drove through the principal streets in the village, to West Brattleboro and back again, escorted by as good music as ever led such a column. The streets were lined and side-walks covered with a multitude of eager gazers from this and neighboring towns who stared as if some menagerie or circus were just making its appearance.

1862:

Rev. Addison Brown having had charge for a year and a half of the Lenni Lenape Institute in Phillipsburgh, N.J., in connection with Miss Z. J. Hall of Vernon, recently deceased, has returned to his home in this village, and we learn is to supply the pulpit in which he formerly preached for a few Sundays.

1874:

J. Retting & Co. have about 25 hands employed in the new furniture shop, and are constantly increasing the number. They are now making chamber sets of the best grades, and demand for their work thus far is fully equal to the supply.

1874:

The last block of the Fisk monument was laid on Saturday. It lacks the inscription, which will not be put on until the dedication.

1885:

The new reservoir for the fire department, to be located near E.E. Stockwell’s on Forest square, will be built under the immediate direction of the bailiffs. It is to have a capacity of nearly 50,000 gallons and will be covered with railroad iron and stone in a substantial manner.

1885:

Contrary to general expectation, this year’s grand list, which was completed yesterday, shows an increase of $26,000. The total list amounts to $3,665,749.

1891:

Clark Frost, son of R.L. Frost of West Brattleboro, was brought before Justice Newton and fined $3 and costs, amounting to $12.37, for taking and having in his possession trout less than six inches long. The prosecution is the first of the kind ever made in southern Vermont.

1896:

Two new street cars, one open and one closed, with motors, arrived Tuesday from the Jackson & Sharp company. The street railroad company now has eight cars - four open and four closed.

1896:

The Barnum & Bailey bill boards were put up at the railroad station yesterday.

1923:

Twin State announces Brattleboro street railways will be ripped up and replaced with busses.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Our Town Grant Causes Confusion For Board, Arts Community

Oh, yes. Budgets were approved, contracts were signed, and money was granted, but the big discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard was about town arts. 

The discussion of a National Endowment for the Arts grant resembled an improvised performance piece at times, as the board learned of the status of the “Our Town” grant through a series of tension-filled monologues, criticisms, and accusations. Numerous views and opinions were expressed, and there was only a sliver of agreement among the players. Nothing was resolved, but many questions were posed, and decisions are required soon.

It was a long meeting, so settle in and get comfortable.

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I-91 Exit 3 On-Ramps Closed Memorial Day

On Memorial Day (Monday, May 25), both the Northbound and Southbound Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM to reduce congestion on I-91 Southbound caused by merging traffic. Because of highway logistics, we need to close both northbound and southbound on-ramps. Local southbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 South to Exit 1, and local northbound traffic will be rerouted to Route 5 North to Exit 4. Sheriff officers will assist in directing traffic.

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Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro town offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25, 2015. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.

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May 24 Organ Barn Recital Features Baroque Repertoire of N. Germany

Guilford, Vt. -- Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) is hosting its 7th annual Spring Recital & Holiday Cookoutbeginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Tree Frog Farm in idyllic rural Guilford. This year's Tracker Organ program focuses on music from the North German baroque, repertory for which the c. 1897 instrument is uniquely suited. 

All the works on the program, except one, are concerted. The exception is Dietrich Buxtehude’s Toccata in F, played by the afternoon’s guest organist, Ken Olsson. It starts the show with some virtuosic fireworks.  

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Brattleboro Area Hospice Invites All to Annual Memorial Planting Service

On Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm, Brattleboro Area Hospice will host its 18th Annual Memorial Planting Service. The event will take place at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park on Guilford Street in Brattleboro. The public is encouraged to attend.

The community is invited to join together to honor and remember loved ones who have died by planting flowers, painting memorial messages on stones to be placed in the garden, and by listening to the music of the Hallowell singers.

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Bush-Clinton '16

I really wish they'd just run together and save everyone time and money:

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year for a speaking engagement on behalf of Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education company in which Jeb Bush held an ownership stake and on whose board he served."

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Solar Workshop Offered

Learn the basics of solar at this free informational workshop, featuring a presentation by Kirk Shields of Green Mountain Power. Attendees will learn the advantages of solar electric systems, and about the different types of systems that are available, including community solar. Local installers will be on hand to answer questions about solar and its affordability.

The workshop is limited to 60 participants. Pre-registration is required – to sign up, contact Paul Cameron at (802) 251-8135 or at pcameron@brattleboro.org.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 17

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/18/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 5/18/15

Monday, May 18, 2015

12:00 am Vermont Blueprint for Health 2015

1:45 am Hell, Fire, and Brimstone

2:00 am Abydos Egypt - Uncovering Egypt's Ancient Past Pt 2

3:00 am Israeli Elections, American Jewry - The Road Ahead 4/26/15

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Bear Spotted in the Retreat Woods, 5/17, Evening

FYI, be aware that a bear was sighted this evening, 5/17, between around 7 and 7:30 pm in the Retreat Woods. It was a full-grown adult, and ran away from my dog and me when we surprised it. Location: between the "Just for Fun" trail and the highway, relatively close to Greenhill Parkway and Western Avenue. No cubs were seen.

Ralph Meima

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The Askance Dance Craze

In this maze of small town life, with our limited number of streets and alleys, and the weight of time’s accumulation, we can’t help but run into each other. With frequency. Or under some law of chance beyond our grasp. And as we carry our histories around, when we see each other when we do we’d sometimes rather not.

There's no controlling bumping into anyotherbody, so cunning methods of evasion are needed ‘to keep the peace’. Otherwise our aversions and misgivings, affronts and harbored hurts, the less pleasant stuff which comprise no small part of our histories, would be breaking out all over. Can't have that in 'civil society'.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - Week of May 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 18 – May 22

May 18          

Chicken

Baked Potato

Asparagus

Pineapple Chunks

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Howling Dog

Large dog Enzo is all alone down in his apartment and has been howling and barking since 9 AM. His owner, our tenant, hung up on me when I called her at work. The neighbor who lives upstairs from Enzo is on a work related phone conference call until 1pm and the noise makes it very difficult for him to do his work. The dog warden doesn't work today.

Suggestions?

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Weekend Comedy Series: Lewis Black

Lewis Black is a comedian who is very good at being angry. Vein-popping angry, about people, media, and politics. You can consider him a loud-mouthed social critic.

This is “Red, White and Screwed,” a performance at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. that was filmed at an HBO special in 2006. He’s in rare form, talking about Bush and Cheney’s 6th year in office. Ahh, the good old days.

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Stroll Seeks Teams To Enter Human Foosball Tourney At Expo

You can play chess with human chess pieces, on a very large board. But the players don't get much exercise, since it's a pretty slow game.

Not so with human foosball. Strolling of the Heifers is looking for teams of 6 players each to compete in its first-ever human foosball tournament. Excitement and action is guaranteed.

The tournament will take place on the Retreat ground during the Slow Living Expo on Saturday, June 6, following the Strolling of the Heifers Parade.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 19, 2015

For their fourth weekly meeting in a row, the Brattleboro Selectboard plans to formally adopt the enterprise fund budgets discussed at their previous week's meeting. The annual contract with Rescue, Inc., a conversation with the Arts Committee, a Town Plan public hearing, and approval of grants will also be topics of conversation and/or action.

You can participate in person at the Municipal Center, and bring up items that aren't on the agenda during the scheduled public participation portion of the program.

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Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:30pm 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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Brattleboro Arts Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Special Meeting

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 9:00am at the Creamery Bridge on Western Avenue.

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

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West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 23rd

On May 23rd, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.

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