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1849:

A severe North-east storm, mainly of snow, but interspersed with rain and hail, commenced here on Sunday morning, and continued until Wednesday evening. In length and tediousness, it has not been rivaled this winter, at least.

1877:

Boys find valise with gentlemen’s underwear, children’s stockings, etc. on river bank near Richards Bradley’s residence. Ownership is a mystery. Intials “G.W.F” were found on some items.

1877:

The Easter services at St. Michael’s (Episcopal) church will be as follows: Early morning services at 7 A.M.; Holy Communion, anthems and sermon at 11 A.M.; children’s service, with Easter Carols, at 3 P.M.; Evensong at 7 P.M.

1877:

Last Sunday, which was known to the church as Palm Sunday, celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, received appropriate recognition in nearly all our village churches.

1877:

The annual school meeting of District No. 2, which was held on Tuesday evening, was undoubtedly the most remarkable gathering of its kind ever held in this village. Its remarkable character, however, did not consist of any unusual demonstration which took place, but simply in the full attendance, and the entire unanimity of sentiment and perfect good feeling which prevailed.

1883:

We have been specially requested to omit any mention of the one sensational incident in the Mother Goose party on Wednesday evening. There was only one performer, and he acquitted himself in the most Goodhu(e)mored manner.

1883:

Lots of friends have been glad to see Postmaster Mansur on the street once more this week.

1888:

The young sports about town have been discussing for some time past the advisability of having a ball nine the coming season. The principal drawback seems to be the lack of suitable grounds. Recent building has practically shut out playing on Frost’s meadow and the fair ground is too far away for daily practice. It is quite probable that an effort will be made to secure the island, the only available location left.

1888:

As soon as his insurance is adjusted S. Simkovetz will reopen his clothing store in the old rule factory.

1888:

Robins and bluebirds were heard in the village on Wednesday morning.

1888:

Tomorrow is the last day of grace for the licensing of dogs.

1888:

The contract with the Vermont Construction company for the new Elm street iron bridge calls for a bridge which will carry a load of 140 tons, the breaking strain to be six times this amount. The price is to be $2050 and the bridge is to be put in place about May 20.

1894:

Elm street is closed to traffic while the bridge is being replanked.

1894:

Power users will be interested in the one-half horse power, single phase, alternating current motor now on exhibition at the electric light station.

1894:

North street hall was well filled on Friday evening, when a class of 12 of the physical culture pupils of Miss Tina Goodall gave an exhibition. The young ladies showed skill and grace in the various movements, and their work was much appreciated and warmly applauded by the lookers-on.

1894:

H.M. Wood has rented the upper floor of the Taft building for a bicycle riding school, and is prepared to give private instructions on a floor 32 by 100 feet in size.

2009:

Senator Leahy, Governor Douglas and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin hold economic recovery forum at Latchis.

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Cyber Threats. How Real Are They?

Working in the IT field I often see a common occurrence with businesses and consumers alike. Everyone hears about large companies being hacked or their neighbors computer catching a virus, but often times people do not put as much priority on their computers security as they should. We all hope that it never happens to us, and many people think they are too small to be a target for hackers. The truth is, smaller targets are often easier to attack so instead of spending months trying to penetrate a large corporation or financial institution, hackers will spend far less time attacking many small businesses at once.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 17, 2017

After many a meeting to discuss the details, the FY18 Municipal Budget will likely be approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

An $80,000 IT plan will be presented. The board also will hear about financial audits, work out an easement arrangement with Commonwealth Dairy, loan some money to Hermit Thrush Brewery, and more.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4:00pm 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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The End of Free VY Calendars

Everyone who moved to southern Vermont in the last few decades was treated to a free calendar. It was sent out each year by Vermont Yankee (and later Entergy) and featured old photos from historical societies in the area.

These calendars contained the required safety information for the nuclear plant about emergency notifications, iodine tablets, special alert radios, evacuating the area, shelters, what to do with pets, siren testing, and a message about how radiation is natural and accidents unlikely.

The final calendar (unless one shows up soon) was sent out in 2016. Sure, it contains mini-calendar in the back for 2017 and 2018, but it was the final full calendar sent.

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Brattleboro Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closings

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 16. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.

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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 Tuesday, January 17, 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 16th

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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled 1/22/17 and 1/29/17 in January.

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Paths of the Gods: Hiking the Sorrento Peninsula at Brooks Library

Save the date! Join former Library Director Jerry Carbone and his touring companions, Arthur and Carol Westing (Putney, Vt.), on January 28, at 3 PM, in the Library's meeting room, for a talk on a recent hiking trip to Italy's famed Sorrento peninsula. The group hiked and toured the area for two weeks in November. The slide presentation will include views and topography from the ancient trails and mule paths that line the limestone Latarri Mountain range and Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Brattleboro History - The Hollows

There are murder mysteries and strange names associated with a few small hollows in our region... here are a couple of stories...

Produced by Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.
Released January 12, 2017

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The Snaz Plays Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Local indie rock band The Snaz will hit the stage at
Main Street Arts Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for an energetic live performance of their quirky brand of throbbing rhythm.

   Billed as “coming from the depths of Brattleboro,” the group is made up of four local kids who came together four years ago as young teens and have grown and improved since, finding a favored spot in Windham County’s competitive music scene and expanding farther afield across New England.

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Woman's Educational and Industrial Union

From Today in History 1894:

Many people will learn with regret that the women in charge of the “Woman’s
Educational and Industrial union” have decided to give up the work and close the room in Ryther building February 1. The union has been very useful in helping women to help themselves.

Looks like the parent organization existed until quite recently in Boston.

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/weiu.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Educational_and_Industrial_Union

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Holiday lights at the 5/9/91 Roundabout?

Just thought of this as I was driving around the Roundabout this morning.  One day in December when I was driving by, there were a few people in the center of the roundabout setting up what looked like big stars full of lights.  But then they weren't there the next time I drove by.  Does anyone know about this?  Did some people set it up without permission or encounter a lack of electricity?

For perspective, I was involved in the past in the Putney Road Business Association, which became the North End Business Association, which has now been pretty much inactive due to lack of leadership and shortage of volunteers.  We used to do the luminaria around the intersection in the 90s, and for a year or two we put lights on the (at the time very small) trees in the middle of the roundabout.  We had an arrangement with either the town or the state for electricity.

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What to Know Before You Build: Expert Tips for Homeowners Planning Renovation or New Construction Projects

The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) will host a panel presentation for the public on “What to Know Before you Build: Expert Tips for Homeowners Planning Renovation or New Construction Projects” on Monday, January 23rd from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Marlboro Graduate Center in Brattleboro.

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Selectboard Special Meeting - FY18, Solar at the Landfill, DeGray Not Running Again

Dick DeGray will be joining David Gartenstein at the proverbial Selectboard retirement center, announcing his intentions not to run at Tuesday’s special meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The meeting had two focal points and one interesting diversion. The FY18 budget and tax rate is very close to being finalized, a new era of solar net-meter credits has dawned, and a citizen wonders how to get attention for a dangerous stretch of road.

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BMH Expansion: Could It Tap Into BUHS Heat Plant?

It looks like BMH is growing again to meet the needs of changing technology and a greying population. Part of this expansion is the multi-million dollar replacement of the oil boilers with new ones that use a slightly cheaper form of oil. A question I would like to pose is what is the possibility of extending lines from the wood chip plant at BUHS to meet the needs of BMH.

I am sure there are A LOT of considerations (cost, ability to serve both, etc etc) but I just wanted to pose the idea and get people's thoughts... I just want to see them move off of oil....

Thanks

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Cutting the Cord

My years of cable TV are coming to an end. The combination of rising cable service prices and completely lackluster programming options led me to make the move.

It’s not that hard to do. I called up Comcast and asked to be disconnected. My rep said, sure, then went through the script to try to prevent me from leaving.

Why do you want to end the service? Um.. ever-increasing rates, too many PBS stations, way too many shopping and religious channels, Comcast is a cruddy company, and so on.

Maybe you need more channels, how about an upgrade to 40 channels? Uh, no thanks. It costs more and doesn’t solve the problem.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/9/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/9/17

Monday, January 9, 2017

12:00 am At Landmark: Professor Lyrical, 'Rapping with the Professor' 2/8/16

1:30 am Northern Roots 2016

3:30 am Sean Gaskell's Kora Concert

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am New England Cooks: Chef Todd Cassell

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Bubble Party

From today in history, 1885:

The Ceres club will give a “bubble party” next Thursday at Miss Minnie Pettee’s.

Apparently it was quite the fad in the 1870s-80s, among adults more than children!

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Stop Jeff Sessions

Please,  if you agree with this information,  then pass this along,  and get friends from other states to also phone their Senators and speak out ..    

Move On Stop Jeff Sessions Video

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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