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1844:

Notice. Who wants Money? Cash paid for seasoned Slitwork and Bass Boards if delivered soon, to the subscriber. A Van Doorn.

1870:

J. Estey & Co. shipped twenty-four instruments on Tuesday of this week, thirteen of which were destined for California. Their new works on Birge street are progressing finely, one building — 40 by 100 feet and three stories high — having already been erected. A second, of similar proportions, is to go up next week, and a third will soon follow.

1870:

Agreeably to notice a goodly number of the friends of woman’s suffrage, met at the Wesselhoeft House in this village on Friday last, and after due deliberation voted to form a Windham County Woman’s Suffrage Association. A partial organization was effected by the choice of Rev. Addison Brown of this village as President.

1881:

Last week was the best one yet for the narrow-gauge passenger business. The whole number carried on the regular passenger train was 450.

1881:

An unusually large number of logs will be sent down the river this spring. An immense drive is waiting at McIndoes for the ice to go out.

1887:

The agitation of the creamery question among the farmers in town has at length resulted in a call for a meeting to be held at Engine hall, West Brattleboro, to-morrow afternoon. The project seems to meet with very general favor. It is understood that some $4000 will be needed to give the undertaking a good start, and it is believed this sum can be raised without much effort.

1887:

The board of trade have caused to be hung in the Brooks House two books where buyers and sellers may make their wants known to each other. In one farmers or others who have anything to sell, live stock, produce, or what not, may record the fact, and in the other those who want to buy any article may register the fact.

1887:

The executors of Mr. Brooks’s estate paid over to the Brooks Library Trustees, on 17th inst., the endowment of $15,000 given by Mr. Brooks’s heirs to the library. The money has been invested in Chicago real estate of unquestioned permanent value, which is now under a five years’ lease at a rental which insures a satisfactory net income.

1887:

“Dummy” Manning was arrested at Stockwell’s fish market Saturday evening for drunkenness by officers Warren and Williams, and given an opportunity to sober up in the lockup until Monday morning. He claimed to have obtained his liquor by express from Boston.

1887:

D. Leonard is getting out for the Estey Organ company a new and revised edition of their “Organ Method” — a job requiring six tons of extra-quality book paper and 260,000 impressions.

1892:

The town clerk suggests to owners of dogs that the time remaining in which licenses can be procured for $1.00 is short.

1892:

A representative of the Non Secret Endowment order has been in town this week to reassure its local members as to the soundness of the concern.

1898:

The cyclonic rushes and cataleptic shoots of Sanders and Howe saved the basket ball game Wednesday night between “Brattleboro” and the Y.M.C.A. champions from mediocrity.

1898:

A representative of the Standard Oil company arranged Tuesday with Superintendent D. Mackenzie for the location in the lower part of the railroad yard of a steel tank of 25,000 barrels capacity, The oil will be brought from the refineries in New Jersey direct to New London in tank steamers, and will be shipped from there to Brattleboro in tank cars.

1939:

Alfred "Peewee" Wojchick held as a material witness in the deaths of two who drank poisoned whiskey. He denies procuring the deadly pint. The investigation continues.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda, March 27, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. An ASL interpreter will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

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

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VFW Lunch Specials Mar. 27th - Mar. 31st

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - fried chicken sandwich w/ macaroni salad
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 27 to March 31

 

March 27- Corn Chowder

Ham Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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District 1 Caucus - Public Invited

Brattleboro District 1 will caucus just prior to Representative Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25 at Brattleboro Area Middle School beginning at 8:00 AM in the Mulitpurpose Room. Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 AM. District 1 will be accepting nominations to fill and appoint two town meeting member seats for 1 year.

Any residents from District 1 interested in being considered for this position should be present at Saturday’s 8:00AM caucus. The public is invited to attend their district’s caucus and stay for the information meeting.

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Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1 (There is a grace period, this year only, until April 3rd due to the fact that April 1 falls on a Saturday). Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Impeaching Trump

Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster.  He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest.  No doubt there are other allegations against him, but there is very strong evidence against him on this account, and a call is rising all over the country for impeachment. 

There should be no fear of this action because of Mr. Pence.  Trump is not holding him back now.  First thing's first.  We should heed this call in Brattleboro.  

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 20 to March 24

 

March 20 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips

Mandarin Oranges

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Water Treatment Expenses Could Top $10 Million, Local Compost Continues

Despite Dick DeGray’s call to freeze rates at current levels, utility rates will remain unchanged while the Town conducts some engineering studies to see how many millions, exactly, will be required to upgrade Brattleboro’s water treatment and water mains. Very preliminary estimates put combined upgrades at over $10 million, and the engineering studies will deterimine actual requirements and costs.

Compost will continue to go to the Windham Solid Waste Management District (only recycling will go to Rutland after July 1), West Brattleboro fire station is in operation and sucking well, Peter Havens will be expanding with new space for special events and Jasmine’s Bakery, energy proposals were deemed non-conflicting, and the board shared some thoughts regarding the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting for Dick DeGray and David Gartenstein.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

Back by popular demand, Ukulele-in-a-Day, a 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for anyone wanting to get started on the ukulele, comes to Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT, on Sunday, April 9.

Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick, students will learn: How to tune, How to strum, proper positioning, easy powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and all the skills they'll need to be able to play lots of fun and easy songs.

No musical background is required. A take-home handbook is included, with all info from the class, plus many songs to play. Ukuleles will be available to use for the day, or purchase. 

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Putney Central School

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Brattleboro RTM Act 46 Non-Binding Resolution for School Self-Evaluation

At Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting, it is expected that Representative Andy Davis will introduce a non-binding resolution on the topic of Act 46 and school mergers for members to discuss, debate, and vote upon during "Other Business" at the end of the meeting.

I asked him about the resolution and here's what he said:

"The basic meaning of this is straightforward. We have been unable to form a "preferred" merger under the rules of Act 46. There are provisions in Act 46 for school boards - not the study group - to find an alternative path towards the goals of Act 46. This resolution simply directs the Brattleboro Town School Board to pursue this alternative path under Sec. 9 of Act 46.

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Two Factor Authentication, Do It Now!

First let me say sorry for the dramatic title, but seriously,  DO IT NOW!  If you are unfamiliar with what two factor authentication is, it is a way for you to add another security layer for your important logins besides just a password. Many websites and services that contain potentially valuable data will have the ability to use two factor authentication, but it is usually disabled by default.

Why is two factor authentication important? Well, lets just say a hacker is able to obtain your password somehow. Once he tries to log into your account, he will be prompted to enter another code which is typically sent to your cell phone via text or an authentication app. There are some variations in how it works, but you get the idea.

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Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Talk with David Rohn

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is excited to offer a very special Artist Talk with David Rohn this Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm. Rohn is the feature of the gallery-wide exhibit David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016, running from March 16-April 30.

 

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Happy Spring!

Celebrate Spring with Erroll Garner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3z96Z3UEk

(Nice day for it)

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/20/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

12:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop: Winter Blues? Need a Lift?

1:45 am Sustainability Academy: International Fair 2/9/17

3:00 am WWAC: Rodney Bent - US International Developement 3/1/17

4:22 am ArtStory: Season 2 - Ep 1

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VFW Lunch Specials 3-20 to 3-24

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - Salisbury steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - 1000 island burger w/ French fries
Wed - stuffed peppers w/ salad
Thur - turkey dinner w/ all the fixings
Fri - coconut shrimp

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Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro March 24th!

Join BAJC for a Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro.

All are welcome!

At 6 pm we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, hear a story, and sit down to eat a wonderful meal together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy dessert and will wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some lively z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 21, 2017

It's the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting before Representative Town Meeting, and before the newly-elected members are sworn-in. The current board is still keeping busy, though, with an agenda that includes financial reports, facilities updates, a compost agreement, utility rates, renewable energy proposals, grants, loans, and assignment of duties.

You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 4:00pm, in the Brattleboro Savings & Loan meeting room. NOTE: the change in location for this meeting only.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 23, 2017, 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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