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1839:

Mr. Elliot Cresson, it is expected, will address the inhabitants of Brattleboro on Sunday next, upon the subject of Colonization.

1839:

The Boston Quartette Club will give a Concert this evening, (Thursday) at the Chapel in Elliot Street.

1844:

Again We Caution the people against lying reports and publications on the day of the election. Look out for them and treat them with the contempt they merit.

1844:

Whig Ladies! Wives, don’t suffer your husbands or your sons, if they are entitled to vote, to remain at home on the 3d day of September. Turn them out to the polls, rain or shine.

1856:

Just Received by Chase & Tripp, two gross Fine London Tooth Brushes, made to their order. Never buy a cheap French Brush.

1856:

Dr. E. K. Kane, the world renowned Arctic Explorer, is rusticating in our village. He stops at the Wesselhoeft Water Cure.

1856:

We take this opportunity to suggest to the citizens of this village the importance of additional facilities for obtaining a supply of water, in case of fire on High or Green streets. At present that portion of the village is not adequately provided in this respect. Another reservoir of greater capacity than any now in the village is necessary, and it should be located at some accessible point between Green and High streets.

1872:

Result of a vote on the Tuesday morning train south from this place: Grant 177, Greeley 17, on the fence 7.

1872:

Frost’s old building in the rear of Crosby’s block, formerly used as a store, has been removed, and the material is to be used in the erection of three tenements on the Brook road, west of Birge street.

1878:

Willard’s drug store was visited Monday evening by several hundred people to see Mrs. Bradley’s night-blooming cereus, which exhibited twelve blossoms.

1878:

The clothing stores now close by agreement at 7 o’clock on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and the hardware stores at the same hour on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. A similar move on the part of the dry goods merchants has been talked of, and we presume would not be received with disfavor from the public.

1878:

There was a slight frost in this vicinity last Monday morning.

1889:

The Brattleboro Jelly company finished yesterday the first run of goods from this season’s apples, and the result is a choice product put up in attractive tumblers of new design.

1889:

So much interest was shown in target practice at last week’s muster, and the record of Co. I was so good that Col. Estey has directed the establishment of a target range in the Brattleboro armory, where the Estey Guard will have regular practice.

1895:

A petition is in circulation asking the bailiffs for the lighting of the streets during the entire night. Main street has been so lighted for years, but the change in service is asked because so many burglaries have occurred recently.

1895:

The new hosiery company, which Burke & Pigeon have established here, will be known as the Whetstone Hosiery company.

1974:

Chelsea House Cafe opened in the barn of the Old Locke Farm in West Brattleboro.

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One's Lure of Choice

It’s peak summer, buzzing abounds. I was recently struck by the correlation between bikes and flies. This article attempts to chase that down. An exercise in vernal observation and kinetic free association, admittedly esoteric.

Sitting by the side of the road, gazing with even a slight degree of critical attention, you’ll see Harleys, BMWs, Ducatis, Triumphs, and a spate of Japanese varieties, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki.  Within each company selections are offered which do specific things optimally. The Touring Bike, the Cruiser, the Racer, the Dirt Bike. Also dotting the landscape, an array of hybrids made to straddle on and off-road use, they do various tasks reasonably well. These are the Enduros, Spyders, Dual Sports, etc. It’s a vast domain, with models for every passion and taste.

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Pay As You Throw and the Rising Cost of Recycling

Pay As You Throw wasn't so bad, now was it? All you have to do is spend a few extra hours (and/or dollars) a week on your trash and voila! It's trash day and out to the curb it goes, in multiple assorted bins, to be sure, but at least it's gone and that's what matters. End of story, right?

Oh, how we wish. Unfortunately, now that we're all composting, recycling, and reducing our landfill waste to little piles of plastic and metal oddments, we have a new problem. Curbside recycling is not profitable. It doesn't even pay for itself. In many places, including Brattleboro, the recycling companies have to be propped up financially by the municipalities, costing taxpayers money (again).

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iBrattleboro and The State of Local News Startups

As a long-time reader and occasional contributor to iBrattleboro, I'm interested in the changes in contribution levels and types over the years. These days the site seems to have a larger proportion of announcements and less original content/commentary than when it started.

If I'm right about this, I'm wondering about the causes of the trend.

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A Presidential Candidate - Scott Walker

Scott Walker has heard the call and is running to become president of the United States.

"Now, I am running for president to fight and win for the American people."

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/13/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 7/13/15

Monday, July 13, 2015

12:35 am 2015 Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wannabe Contest

2:30 am 9/11 - The New Pearl Harbor? Pt 1

3:30 am Oral History: David Rohn, Vietnam War Era

4:25 am Vets: Civil War Memorial Day 2015 - Virginia's Secession

5:30 am Vermont Youth Orchestra - 2015 Spring Concert

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Power Outage in Brattleboro

We just had a nice four hour break from electricity here at headquarters on Cedar Street. Very peaceful, except for the generator running the entire time at a nearby property.

Looks like lots of people were taken offline:

"A tree fell on a line snapping wires & poles in Brattleboro. Crews making repairs for 4500 out. Eta by 11:30 pm." say GMP.

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Brattleboro Freecycle?

Anyone know what's going on with Brattleboro Freecycle? It seemed to be working just fine, then it got changed, and now it appears to be non-existent.

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The TOR Big Summer Road Trip!

Everyone's Books is pleased to present four of the most exciting Science Fiction and Fantasy authors of the modern era at The Space at 118 Elliot St. at 6pm on Saturday, July 25th.

Local author Brian Staveley's  second book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series,focuses on the three heirs to the Annurian Empire as they embark on different routes to the same goal. Adare, having discovered who killed their father, rallies the people, who believe she has been touched by a goddess; Valyn has allied with invading nomads; and Kaden, the rightful heir, has already infiltrated the capital. Read chapter one from The Emperor's Blades here, and an excerpt from book two, The Providence of Fire, here.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 13 – July 17

July 13 Pork Riblet

 Oven Roasted Potatoes

 Green Beans

 Melon Salad    

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Cat Box Liner And Litter Package Tested And Approved For Brattleboro's Curbside Composting Program

Liner converts into a clean, sealed disposal bag

Brattleboro, VT July 10, 2015, Litter-2-U is a product that gives cat owners a convenient way to dispose of cat litter in their curbside composting cart. This fast, easy and clean way to change cat litter compliments Brattleboro’s curbside composting program and diverts litter from costly, harmful landfills to usable compost.                

Litter-2-U (L2U) is a compostable plant-based liner pre filled with a 100% wood-pellet litter, which is highly absorbent and effective at odor control. The strong 2-ply liner has a jute drawstring that can later be cinched for disposal. With L2U, Brattleboro cat owners can avoid putting their litter in a costly non-compostable PAYT bag destined for the landfill. L2U is currently available online at www.litter-2-u.com and is delivered to your door.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Norm MacDonald

This comedy special starts with Norm’s parents convincing him to stop being a doctor and become a comedian.

This Canadian comic is seen here in HBO’s One Night Stand, at a performance in Chicago. Some say Norm is not funny (such as his boss at NBC), but I beg to differ. He is good at making uncomfortable jokes, and jokes that can make you wince, and some find this approach a bit harsh.

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Unknown Vermonter?

Who is this guy?

He is a well-known Vermont personality.

Several times he ran for office on the Liberty Union ticket, but he lost.

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2015 Notice to Brattleboro Taxpayers

Notice to Taxpayers

The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2015 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer's Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:

1st Installment due August 17, 2015
2nd Installment due November 16, 2015
3rd Installment due February 16, 2016
4th Installment due May 16, 2016

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:00pm 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 Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00pm 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 12

I-91

On Sunday, July 12, the Southbound lane of I-91 between Exits 3 and 2 and the Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed to all vehicles from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM to make it possible to conduct a routine bridge inspection. This time period was selected because it is the period of lowest traffic volume during the daylight hours needed to conduct the inspection. Southbound traffic will be routed to Exit 1, and Northbound traffic attempting to use the Exit 3 on ramp will be routed north on Route 5 to Exit 4. Officers will be on hand to control traffic. I-91 Northbound will remain open.

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Senators Call on FCC to Probe Cable, Broadband Prices

WASHINGTON, July 10 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and three colleagues today asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate “ridiculous prices” for cable and broadband services.

“Consumers in our country have little or no choice in their Internet and cable provider,” Sanders wrote in the letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “As a result, these companies are able to charge ridiculous prices and add hidden fees onto a customer’s bill,” he added in the letter also signed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.). “It’s no wonder the American public rank these providers last in customer satisfaction,” the senators said.

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Brattleboro Solar Summer Ice Cream Social July 25th

Brattleboro Solar Summer Ice Cream Social, Saturday, July 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at Pliny Park, corner of Main and High Streets, Brattleboro. In the event of rain, event will be held in the Brooks House lobby, across High Street from Pliny Park

Enjoy free ice cream from the Chelsea Royale Diner and gelato from the Newfane Creamery along with live music from John Ungerleider & Friends, and learn why there's never been a better time to go solar.

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Brattleboro Baroque Quartet Concert

BRATTLEBORO BAROQUE QUARTET CONCERT AND SALON

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host a concert by the Brattleboro Baroque Quartet on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 in the Brooks Library on Main Street, Brattleboro. 

The quartet members are: Martin Hanft on the traverso and recorder; Michelle Liechti on the violin; Laurie Rabut playing the viola da gamba, and Wendy Redlinger at the harpsichord. 

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Front Desk of the Library or at the door the evening of the event.

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RT 30 Will Remain Closed For A While Longer

Good Afternoon:
The work that necessitates the closure of RT 30 is wrapping up. We anticipate being able to reopen Rt 30 in approximately 2 hours. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience, and thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Cindy Cook
Public Information Officer
Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project

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