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1843:

White Slate Pencils, a new and superior article, from the only Quarry of the kind in the World. The peculiar advantages of these Pencils over any other kind hitherto in use, are, they make a beautiful white mark - are very soft and easy to write with, and at the same time are much stronger than the common kind. J. Steen Agent for W. Co.

1843:

Rail Road Convention held at Centre Church to consider and discuss the best measures to be projected and carried out to promote the extension of the Fitchburg and Boston Rail Road.

1848:

Doct. Seymour’s Balsam of Wild Cherry, Comfrey and Tar For all Lung Difficulties, Coughs, Colds, Influenza, Asthma, Whooping Cough, Croup, &c. This medicine combines all the properties of the Wild Cherry, Comfrey and Tar, which renders it much more reliable and effacious than other preparations. Price, $1.00 a bottle - 6 bottles for $5.00. Dutton & Clark.

1855:

Pursuant to a proper notice a meeting of the legal voters of the town of Brattleboro was held in the new Town House on Tuesday afternoon of this week. The object of the meeting was to hear the report of the Committee heretofore raised to build a Town House, and authorize them to borrow money for its completion and furnishing. The first floor contains a Hall, capable of accommodating about 300 people, and four offices. On the second floor, the main Hall and two anterooms.

1860:

J.H. Kathan’s marble and soapstone works, near the depot in this village, are well worthy a visit. The useful and the ornamental are happily blended in his productions.

1865:

On Wednesday evening next the ladies of the village are to have a Fair and Festival at the Town Hall, for the destitute and suffering freedmen - especially to furnish them with garments.

1865:

There are now on Oak street some twenty or twenty-five eligible lots for dwelling houses, and since houses are in such demand, they should not remain vacant.

1865:

The following Resolution is to be discussed at the Lyceum at Centreville on Monday next. Resolved, That the colored race is equal physically, morally, and intellectually, with the other races of mankind.

1871:

John Burns, one of the workmen engaged upon Brook’s hotel, was brought before Justice Newton, charged with having stolen a lot of tools from the carpenters employed up[on the same building. He was found guilty and put under $500 bonds for trial next April, and taken to Newfane.

1871:

Christmas goods in endless variety at Van Doorn’s consisting of vases, cologne sets, busts, statuettes, etc.

1876:

J. Estey & Co. make the welcome announcement that from the first of December the price of their gas will be reduced from $10 to $8 per thousand feet. For two years past we have found their gas to furnish an economical and satisfactory light.

1882:

Raging winds and big snow drifts are reported from the hill towns this morning.

1882:

Loud complaint comes from teamsters of the coal ashes which some thoughtless householders throw into the street. The practice should be stopped.

1882:

Taylor’s holiday store in the Brooks House block should not be overlooked in the search for Christmas goods. The chance to draw a gold watch or china set is an attractive feature to many.

1882:

Last Monday afternoon a raid was made on two of the Main street saloons and a considerable quantity of beer seized and carried off.

1893:

Angelo Gorborino’s new steam power corn popper and peanut roaster has attracted the attention of hundreds who have passed the town hall this week, and there has been liberal patronage of the tempting goods which it turns out.

1893:

The electric railroad is at last in operation in Brattleboro. The trolley system is used, and although the moving cars attract much attention the expected opposition to the line has not materialized, all agreeing that it is a”good thing.”

1899:

The Brattleboro blacksmiths have held two informal meetings at which the matter of adopting a uniform schedule of prices for blacksmithing was discussed.

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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The 12 Items of Budget-mas

The Brattleboro Selectboard had a special Thursday meeting to discuss other items not currently in the FY19 budget. This list included possible new employees, equipment, training, funding, and even some consideration of a donation to the skatepark project.

You can sing along at home. See below.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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iBrattleboro Supports Net Neutrality

It should come as no surprise that iBrattleboro is a supporter of Net Neutrality. It's essential for a vibrant, free, all-access internet.

Getting rid of it opens up the possibility and likelihood of ISP's deciding what internet content gets seen, and what sites get traffic. Comcast content will slide right to you; iBrattleboro content, well maybe.

Internet access should be treated like a utility. It's a necessity, like water and electricity.

We don't pay extra for water to cook with and less for water to wash with -- it is on, or off.

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Savings Bank of Walpole To Join New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB)

Savings Bank of Walpole to join New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB)

New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) to join its organization. New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, a mutual holding company, was formed in 2013 when two New Hampshire-based community banks, Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) and Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) formally affiliated – the first relationship of its kind in New Hampshire. In 2015, MillRiver Wealth Management became the third subsidiary when it was created from the investment services arms of
MVSB and the Merrimack.

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Discounts at the Library Like-New Book Sale - Ongoing Until They Are Gone!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library put in a lot of time and effort the other week to help the rush of book-loving holiday shoppers!

There are still books left, so please stop by to check out the remaining books, children's books, puzzles, DVDs and audio books. They have now been further discounted to help you save for the holidays. Books are now an extra dollar off, and Audiobooks are now 1/2 price!

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The Drawing Studio Winter Open House

Please join us this Thursday December 14th for an Open House at The Drawing Studio from 4 to 7 pm. Come and learn about our classes in traditional and experimental drawing practices, color mixing and composition, as well as our weekly drop in life drawing groups. We also have gift certificates available if you want to bring art into the life of someone you love this Winter.

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Tuesday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Celebrate Life, The War that Never Was, at Everyone's Books and ArtRageous

Happy Holidays!

Beautiful children's music and CD track that you can listen to for FREE. Whether child or adult it is delightful! Enjoy!

https://namayajazzpoetstoryteller.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-island-of-bi...

For those who had enjoyed and purchased the Celebrate Life and CDS thank you. This is a convenient way to shop and send some holiday love. You can read samples on the links below along with reviews.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee meeting previously scheduled for this evening has been CANCELLED due to the snow storm.

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 Board of Listers Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Listers will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:00am in the Assessor’s Office (Suite 109) at the Municipal Center.

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 Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/11/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/11/17

Monday, December 11, 2017

12:30 am Havana Fairfax Connection

1:30 am Youth Services Battle of the Bands - BYS Battle of the Bands 2017

4:00 am Vote For VT - Holding State Government Accountable

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

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

Dec. 11th - Dec. 15th
Mon - shepherd's pie w/ salad
Tues - turkey club w/ French fries
Wed - beef stew w/ bread
Thur - boiled ham, cabbage, potatoes & carrots
Fri - tuna melt w/ French fries or onion rings

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Library Raffle Fundraiser: Holiday Gift Baskets - Books and More!

Brooks Memorial Library is having a super-fun raffle fundraiser!

There are 4 gift baskets to choose from, and the tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5 :)
Pictures will be posted soon, but each one is unique. They are:
- Luxury Basket - Full of goodies and books.
- Artist's Way Basket - Inspirational and creative gifts
- Nutcracker Basket - Goodies and books to fit the seasonal theme.

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The Alt-Right / NeoNazi Threat

I’ve known about the existence if these people for a long time. I have always felt that they kept a low profile because they realized that their views were antithetical to mainstream ideas in America and they wished to avoid conflict. They could share their ideas with each other, and gloat over how ignorant the rest of us were.

In part because of limited exposure, I believed their numbers have been small, and their influence insignificant.

This may not be the case.

Recently, a friend whose judgement I respect sent me an essay that puts the lie to my beliefs. If it is in any respect true, we’re all in deep trouble.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 11 thru December 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 11 thru December 15

 

Dec. 11 - Swedish Meatballs

Rice

Broccoli

Pears

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Gibson Aiken Center conference room (207 Main Street).

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

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 14th

On Thursday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the village's past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

At the gathering the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization.  Previous winners have been Nancy Barber (2016), the staff and board of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (2015), Bill and Judy Daley of the Vermont Country Deli (2014),  Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center (2013), the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority (2012), and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner (2011), each for their many contributions to our community.

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Connie Snow's Retirement Speech

Connie Snow's retirement speech, made at the large party at the River Garden this evening (Thursday, December 7) honoring her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of the Windsor and Windham Housing Trust (originally the Brattleboro Community Land Trust):

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Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners

Question: Why are SO many people in town learning to play the Ukulele these days?

Answer: Because it is surprisingly easy, and SUPER-FUN.


Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick is offering 2 sessions of her UKULELE-in-a-DAY workshop, coming right up!

* Sat., Dec. 30, Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT. 10am-3pm.

* Sun., Jan. 7, Brattleboro Music Center, 10am-3pm.

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Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow

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