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1843:

First Universalist Society organized in Brattleboro on this day.

1844:

We were in hope before going to press, to be able to say just how much stock had been subscribed to the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road, but we are not. — The amount, however, is about $300,000, and the subscriptions are still going on. The farmers in the neighboring towns are doing their duty upon the subject.

1844:

The return of Spring has reminded us of a subject which has long occupied our own thoughts, and to which we wish to call the attention of our citizens — the present condition of our village burial ground. No place in our village is so frequently visited, both by citizens and strangers, as this, and yet there is none that is more unsightly in itself, or that brings so much reproach upon our good taste and cultivated feelings.

1856:

The office of Town Agent for the sale of spirituous liquors under the law of 1852, has been removed to the building on the corner of Main and High streets. There is no doubt that these liquors are as pure as can be obtained in the country.

1856:

Larkin G. Mead, Jr., a young and promising artist of our village, has recently completed a bust, in Italian marble, of the late Leonard Wheeler, which is in every way creditable to his genius. He has never received any instructions in this department of art, yet his first attempts will compare favorably with the matured productions of men of fame.

1878:

For the benefit of those persons who have thus early in the season begun to steal plants and flowers from lots in the cemetery, it may be well to say that a liberal reward has been offered for the discovery of any party or parties guilt of such depredations, and that, in case of their detection, a determination is expressed to give them the full benefit of the very stringent provisions of the law upon this subject.

1889:

The interior of the Roman Catholic church is to be frescoed, 14 memorial windows and new seats put in, and a main entrance and broad aisle built. Services for the next two or three months will be held in the armory.

1889:

The committee of arrangements for the Memorial-day exercises make the usual request for gifts of flowers, which should be taken to the lower town hall as early as possible on Thursday morning.

1889:

The Chesterfield bridge has taken shape with great rapidity the past week, and will be ready for the flooring early next week.

1895:

Peas are in bloom in Geo. E. Crowell’s garden.

1895:

Charles F. Hill was arrested Monday by Sheriff Starkey, charged with stealing hens. He was arraigned before Justice Royall Tyler. He pleaded guilty and was fined about $5 and costs.

1895:

The material for the electric railroad has nearly all been received. There are 15 to 20 carloads of rails, bolts, straps, tools, etc.

1895:

The highway is being widened, new gutters put in and other improvements made on High street near the foot of the hill leading to the avenue.

1895:

The bailiffs have posted notices in the rear of the buildings and stores on the east side of Main street, forbidding the dumping of rubbish down the railroad bank.

1995:

Brattleboro town voters approved a $5.4 million bond issue to expand and renovate our town school buildings.

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 I went through my freezer, I was out of anything chocolate, my first line of comfort.

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Two Activists Charged With 15 Felonies For Privacy Violations VS. Google & Facebook Charged With None!

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When you are on Facebook or Google or any other internet entity, aren't they sitting in on your conversations and seeing and recording everything?

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"A Call to Action: Civics" Radio Forum w/VT Sec'y of State Jim Condos and Others, March 30

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Civics and Civics education from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 30 in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. 

Panelists will include Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos; former Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, Stephan Morse; Brattleboro Area Middle School Social Studies teacher, Anne Koplinka-Loehr; and Matt Wright from Brattleboro Indvisible. 

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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake

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Please Call Your State Representative Today To Support The New Marijuana Legalization bill H.170

Vermont House of Representatives will VOTE on legalization of marijuana, maybe today! Call 1-802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Representative. The Clerk should give your Representative a note card with your message!

"Speaker Mitzi Johnson has scheduled debate on the marijuana bill to come first, on Tuesday and Wednesday. H. 170 would allow adult possession of up to one ounce of pot. The bill would also permit adults to cultivate marijuana at home -- limited to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. No sale or taxation is permitted."
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/vermont-house-to-vote-on-new-state-budget-...

http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.170

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There is a loose collective of people in the region who run our cars on biofuels.  We generally find vintage diesel VW's and Mercedes Benzes, convert them to accept an unfamiliar fuel and drive around town in an almost climate-neutral manner smelling of french fries or onion rings.  Old cars are much more forgiving than newer models, and better lend themselves to owner maintenance.  One of the big downsides is parts.  Finding a power window motor for a 1980 Benz 300D can take a week on Google.  Finding trim parts for a 1980 Scirocco can be impossible. 

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Scrabble! A Fun Evening Out at Brooks Library

Stop by for Drop-in Scrabble, weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm. No need to bring anything; we've got the boards and tiles. Newcomers welcome. See you there. Every Wenesday, except for the first Wednesday of each month, when you might want to drop in for the First Wednesdays lecture series! 

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Reinventing the Family Home: First Wednesdays Lecture at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture at Brooks Memorial Library. On April 5 at 7 pm, Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Windham Regional Career Center Offers Spring 2017 Community Education and Training Programs

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Brattleboro Selectboard: Members Sworn In, Officers Appointed

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Officers were also appointed: Kate O’Connor is the new Chair., Vice Chair is Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel is the Clerk.

(This may be the first time women have served as Chair and Vice Chair together in Brattleboro. Can anyone think of another time?)

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The Brattleboro Shop Opens, With Love For Old Lettering

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My fun comes from re-making old logos and designing retro-looking artwork. It’s good practice for me to study old lettering and to try to imitate old poster styles, and it is joyful to give some of these old designs new use.

You get to benefit by having access to some really neat, new, unique Brattleboro gifts.

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The Commons: Voices Live! What’s Really Being Done About Opiates in Our Community?

April 3, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm at The Brooks Memorial Library (Main Level)

Join The Commons and the COR (Community Opioid Response) Committee for a discussion on what is being done and what resources are available to tackle the opioid problem in our community.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/27/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/27/17

Monday, March 27, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour

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Brattleboro School Bond Issue Results

"Article 4: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Brattleboro Town School District in an amount not to exceed Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), subject to reduction from future state and federal grants-in-aid and the application of future reserves, payable over a term not to exceed ten (10) years, be issued for the purpose of making heating system improvements to the Green Street School, the estimated cost of such improvements being Nine Hundred Forty-Six Thousand Dollars ($946,000)? This article shall be voted upon by Australian ballot."  

Yes = 114
No = 6

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Bagels and Blocks Playgroup April 2nd

Make new friends while having fun with your child! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to
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Join us April 2nd at our new time, 2:00-3:30 pm, for a Passover-themed Bagels and Blocks playgroup! We'll be transported back to Egypt while we taste some traditional Passover foods, sing our favorite songs, make frogs with working tongues, and learn more about the holiday.

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Library Renovations Complete!

Dear Library Community,
Thank you so much for your patience during the remodeling project downstairs! We know that being closed for a week was tough, and a big adjustment, and we appreciate that. On Monday morning we will be open for business as usual at 10 am. Come and see our new, spacious layout!

We look forward to showing you around :)

~Your Library Staff

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

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