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1845:

Ground broken for first railroad serving Brattleboro on farm of Judge Paine at Windsor.

1845:

All the planets but Juno are now above the horizon early in the evening. Mercury, Venus, Pallas, and Saturn in the S.W.; Ceres in the S.; Mars and Herschell in the S.S.E.; Jupiter in the E.; Vesta in the E.N.E. - Herschell, Pallas, and Ceres are not visible to the naked eye.

1845:

The members of the Fire Hook and Ladder Co., of this village, present their thanks to Mr. Frederick Holbrook for his promptness in furnishing a team to transport the members with their apparatus to the fire in Algiers this morning.

1849:

Central Vermont Railroad completed to Bellows Falls.

1858:

Messrs. Allen & Pratt, of this village, are preparing a very superior article of tripe. It is infinitely ahead of that usually sold here but prepared for the cities. It is clean, sweet and digestible as we can testify after a full and eminently satisfactory trial.

1858:

A little assistance from one or more well-informed individuals in every town will do a vast deal to make the Local Intelligence department of a newspaper interesting and profitable. To this end we again invite every man in the county who knows an important fact or incident, to communicate the same for publication.

1874:

The street lamps will not be lit until January 1st.

1874:

The village gas supply gave out entirely Wednesday evening, and our merchants and hotel keepers were obliged to fall back on kerosene and tallow candles.

1874:

We learn that the Catholics of Brattleboro are raising money to build a school house of their own, and have about $1000 already subscribed. They want $3000.

1874:

On Friday evening of this week Miss Potter is to give her readings and impersonations, and we bespeak for her a good audience.

1885:

C.E. Barrett’s business in the manufacture of paper-making machinery has never been more prosperous than at present, and his shop is crowded to the fullest capacity to keep up with orders. He is now building a large 72 inch paper machine for parties in Mottville, N.Y.

1885:

Mr. Wm. Steers, superintendent of the Brattleboro Tool company, and inventor of the plane and other tools which they manufacture, has produced a steam engine, a small and imperfect model of which is now in successful operation at the company’s rooms in Crowell’s building on Flat street.

1885:

The Sunday school of the Baptist church is to enjoy, on Christmas Eve, a cantata entitled “Santa Claus’s Mistake,” together with the distribution of gifts to the primary and intermediate departments.

1885:

“No more school for two weeks” will be the glad cry of Brattleboro children when they go trooping home to night.

1891:

The show windows at the different stores about town never presented a handsomer appearance than now, and the displays are all of a holiday character. Among the attractions arranged this week is the Christmas scene at Austin Miller’s. Santa Claus and his reindeer still hold forth at Hawley’s, and every night the lights gleam forth from the windows and the Christmas bells peal from the belfry of the snow-covered church.

1891:

The horses of the Estey Organ company’s team, driven by A.E. Brown, took fright on Tuesday at a carpet on a line on Brook street, and ran. Mr. Brown was seated on an organ box in such a position that it was almost impossible to control the animals, but he held pluckily to them. When the horses turned the corner to Canal street, the reins broke and Mr. Brown was thrown. The horses continued in their mad career, turned down the Elm street hill, and two of the organs were thrown off near the bridge. The horses were stopped near Smith & Co’s shop.

1896:

Work was begun yesterday on the redecoration of the Brooks House dining room. Meals are served in the parlor while it is in progress.

1896:

Those rollicking Irish comedians, Conroy & Fox, will appear at the auditorium to-night in “O’Flarity’s Vacation.”

1896:

An innocent little mouse ran out of a woman's cloak sleeve in one of the Main street stores this week. A special photograph is needed to give a correct idea of the scene which followed.

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Brattleboro Halloween 2014 Costumes on Cedar Street

Close to 200 trick-or-treaters combed the Forest Square section of Brattleboro on Halloween. As is tradition, here’s your official 2014 list of costumes. Apologies to those we missed or got wrong, and thanks to all for all the original and entertaining ideas that kids had this year.

One notable trend: Star Wars is back. Other trends include parents getting more involved, nerds, and Robin Hoods.

Frozen princess Elsa
Ghoul
A red skin suit
Tiny Batman (Returns, one year later)

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Weekend Concert Series: Art Ensemble of Chicago

Great jazz show from 1970 at the Festival de jazz de Chateauvallon featuring the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Prepare to go on a sonic journey.

Not sure why Europe reveres jazz from America seemingly more than Americans themselves, but I’m thankful for all of the Italian recordings, and here, French film of groups like this at that time.

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American Bus Association Names Stroll Weekend One of North America's 100 Best Events for 2015

The American Bus Association has named Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers Weekend (June 5-7) as one of its Top 100 Events in North America for 2015.

Inclusion in the Top 100 list indicates that Stroll Weekend offers “excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world,” according to ABA.

Held annually since 2002, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend is built around an agriculturally-themed parade on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street, which is headed by 100 or more well-groomed and well-dressed heifer calves from regional farms, led by farmers and 4-H club members.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00am 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 Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Thursday, November 6, 2014 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 Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6:00pm 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 Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm 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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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. Attached is the second revised agenda.

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

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Brattleboro Fire Department Smoke Detector Reminder

The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to remind residents that when you turn back your clocks this Saturday night, Nov. 2, you should also change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

According to the department, 83% of all fire deaths occur in the home. The majority of those occur at night when people were asleep in homes without working smoke alarms.

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Check Out The Amazing New Craft Store

We were happy to see that a new craft store had opened up on Main Street in between Mocha Joe's and Sam's. The name of this new business is The Crafty Cauldron, which would make you think it's a Halloween store, but you'd be wrong. The store has a large assortment of different unique and homemade crafts plus natural skin care products. Some of the prices for the different crafts were affordable for those who have a minimal amount to spend.

The two owners are from Massachusetts and they have a long commute to get to Brattleboro. They are extremely nice and understanding.

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Winter Market Opens for 9th Season!

Hiphiphooray!  Look what's happening!

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Greetings Winter Farmers' Market Fans!<

Despite what the thermometer might say, Winter Market season is here!  Join us at the River Garden this Saturday from 10 to 2 as we kick off the 9th season of the market.  Follow many of your favorites from the summer market and find some new faces indoors in a warm and dry location every week through March.

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Governor Peter Shumlin & His Annointed Public Service Board vs. Champ the Lake Champlain Monster

CHAMP, the LAKE CAMPLAIN MONSTER a sad political tale by Cris Ericson

Lake Champlain waters flow north, so if a natural gas pipeline, carrying entirely un-natural fracked gas, is built
 underneath Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga, then while they are building it there will be a great deal of upheaval of the lake water and underlying soil, a huge muddy mess, and the mud and debris will flow north to Burlington.

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This Was Sent To Me Because I'm a Candidate; But You Need To Read It, Too. O.K.? You'll Read It? Please?

I have always been opposed to private-for-profit out-of-state prisons; and I received this in my e-mail box today; and you need to read it, too.  O.K.?  You'll read it?  Please?

Vermont prisoners have been locked up and shipped away for too long:

Bring them home! It's the Vermont way.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:44 AM
From: "Locked Up and #ShippedAway - VT Campaign"
vcjrcoordinator@gmail.com

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Remembering Galway Kinnell 30 October 2014:

I remember Galway as a man of action, conviction, and kindness. Some years ago I had spoken to him about our mutual poet friend Hayden Carruth, and Hayden never receiving the recognition that he deserved as one of the truly great Vermont poets. I had suggested that Hayden should be recognized as a state poet laureate, but the state wouldn’t offer that recognition. Galway quietly said, “Let’s see what we can do.”

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Beloved Boston Mayor Dies

Tom Menino, Boston's longest standing mayor has died from cancer. He was a wonderful, compassionate mayor and man who loved his city and the people who lived in it. He was a strong urban leader and felt that before a city could address the needs and wants of tourism the well being of it's citizens had to be addressed.

I lived in Boston for 38 years and he was a rare bird in City Hall. Not perfect by any means but ethical, level headed, smart. He didn't back down and he always belived that Boston didn't need to prove anything to anyone. There was seldom a community event that he wasn't at, mingling, playing with the kids, asking people what they needed; how their lives were.

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