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1831:

James Fisk, Jr. born at Pownal.

1835:

Estey's first business was the pipe and plumbing business purchased of his employer, Stephen Parker, for $1,275. This included not only the shop, which had formerly been a tannery and later the Valley Mill Building, but also Mr. Parker's house on Canal Street.

1847:

New Arrangement. Brattleboro and Townshend Daily Line. On and after Thursday, April 1st, the Stage will leave Brattleboro for Townshend every day, Sundays excepted, at 7 1/2 o’clock, A.M. Will leave Townshend for Brattleboro every day, Sundays excepted, at 12 1/2 o’clock, P.M. Connecting at Brattleboro with the Stages for Albany, Springfield, and New York, Worcester, Fitchburg and Boston. R.T. Hall, Proprietor.

1881:

The settees for the vestry of the new Methodist church came Wednesday. The pews and carpeting have also arrived, and an early day will see the whole church ready for occupancy.

1881:

Hawley is just home from New York, and will be ready early next week to show spring styles in dress fabrics, outside garments, trimmings, etc.

1881:

At the auction sale of property belonging to the estate of the late John C. Tyler, last Saturday, a wooden heel said to have been worn by the once famous outlaw “Capt. Thunderbolt,” was sold for $2.25, Mr. Geo. H. Salisbury being the purchaser.

1887:

Signed and adopted by 22 farmers: “We the undersigned, hereby associate ourselves together for the purpose of manufacturing and dealing in milk products in Brattleboro, and to be known as the Brattleboro Creamery Association, with a capital stock of $3000, divided into 300 shares of $10 each.”

1887:

The few over-confident robins and bluebirds which put in an appearance last week are supposed to have sought the seclusion of the nearest hospital for cold-in-the-head and throat distempers.

1887:

Easter cards, souvenirs and booklets are very attractive at Clapp & Jones’s.

1887:

Dentist F.A. Woodbury has just placed one of the latest patterns of dental chairs in his Elliot street office.

1887:

Special Investigator S.E. Clark of the post office department came to town Monday and spent two days in an investigation of the need and qualifications of the place for the free delivery system. He called upon many leading citizens to obtain their views, and personally visited the several sections of the village. His impressions of Brattleboro were very favorable, and he said the need of the free delivery was greater than in many places of equal size.

1892:

The building committee have decided to award the contract for the erection of the new Canal street schoolhouse to Pellett Brothers of Worcester, former Brattleboro boys, sons of J.C. Pellett. The contract calls for a stone building, and the price is about $16,000.

1892:

All citizens interested in the question of sprinkling the streets are requested to meet at the lower town hall next Tuesday evening at 7:30. Mr. Crowell does not wish to furnish water for this purpose, and this meeting is to be held to see what action will be taken in regard to raising the money for the purchase of the necessary apparatus.

1892:

An experiment has been in progress last week and this on the farm of S.S. Sargeant of West Brattleboro, which has been watched with much interest by those who have known of it. An artesian well is being sunk, for the purpose of securing an additional supply of water to the reservoir in Highland park. If this experiment is a success other similar wells will undoubtedly be sunk.

1898:

C. E. Gilman, the new proprietor of the Elliot street stables, was formerly with the Cleveland Bay Horse company, and later was a breeder of Shetland ponies. The ponies which he had when he came to Brattleboro will arrive today, Mr. Gilman’s young son being with them. The ponies will be in a pen at the stables at 80 Elliot street and they will make a rarely pleasing sight for the little folks.

1898:

Quartermaster General Gilmore came to Brattleboro last Friday afternoon to inspect the guns of the Fuller Battery which were known to have been slightly out of order at the muster last summer. The guns were taken to the northern part of the island Saturday morning and fired several times, but no serious trouble was discovered.

1898:

A petition started by the people of Esteyville is being circulated asking the bailiffs not to change the name of Maple street as proposed.

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With the recent large snowfalls and more in the forecast in the coming days, the Brattleboro Fire Department would like to urge all residents to check your roofs and shovel them as needed. In the past couple of weeks we have received 2+ feet of snow, the weight of inches or feet of snow on even the sturdiest roof can cause structural or leakage problems.

One of the biggest problems is when the snow melts a little and then re-freezes.  This melting and re-freezing causes ice to form on the top of the snow pack, creating even more weight.  If you do not get the heavy weight of the snow off a flat roof before the melting and freezing occurs, you could wind up having structural issues and possible collapse. Flat roofs pose the biggest threat of collapse. 

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Notes from a Breakfast with the Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast   
January 23,  2015      
Gibson-Aiken Center                                                                                           

Breakfast with the Brattleboro Chief of Police Michael Fitzgerald
Michael.Fitzgerald@state.vt.us      (802) 257-7950
http://brattleboropolice.org/

Chief Michael Fitzgerald spoke about the vision he has for the Brattleboro PD as it relates to the community. “No one is immune from the impact” of the recent events in Ferguson, MO. What is needed is that we all sit down and have a candid and in depth conversation with the community.

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Brooks Memorial Library Closing At 6 P.M.

The Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro will be closing today (Monday, 2/9) at 6:00pm due to the weather. The bookdrop will be open and the Library will re-open tomorrow at 10:00am.

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

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27 Brattle Street Fire Investigation

On Friday evening, February 6, 2015 at 5:27pm the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to a reported kerosene heater explosion at 27 Brattle St. The 2nd floor front apartment, in the four unit apartment building, received extensive heat and smoke damage in the 2 alarm fire. Two occupants of the building received injuries, one treated for smoke inhalation, the other for minor burns.

A joint investigation by the Brattleboro Fire and Brattleboro Police Departments over the weekend has determined that the cause of the fire to be accidental. The investigation has revealed that there is a strong possibility that the wrong type of fuel was accidentally used in the heater.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/9/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 2/9/15 

Monday, February 9, 2015

12:00 am Common Good VT_ Using Census Data to Tell Your Story

2:00 am Electric Cars and Electric Bicycles Presentation

3:20 am Village Square Booksellers: Proof Positive with Archer Mayor

4:30 am Coming Clean on Lake Champlain 1/29/15

6:00 am Gimme Shelter Concert 2015

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The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Julian Lage Trio

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Julian Lage Trio at the Vermont Jazz Center on February 14th, 2015. Lage, at age 27 is one of the busiest guitarists on the jazz-infused scene today. He has released six albums as a leader and has played and recorded with many of today’s most significant jazz musicians including vibraphone legend Gary Burton whose band he played in from age 12 to 17.

He’ll be bringing with him bassist and drummer Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. When asked about choosing this venerable team, for his own trio, Lage stated “I first met Scott and Kenny when I heard them play in Jim Hall’s trio, I was eleven years old. Even then, I thought to myself - those are the guys I really want to play with! Now that we’re all on the east coast, I called them up and it worked out. But the most important reason I chose Scott and Kenny is that they’re both ridiculous.”

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"Older Man" Scam

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A 'heads up' for those men who may be regular customers at Home Depot, Hannafords or Wal-Mart. This one caught me totally by surprise. Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.  Here's how the scam works:

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West Brattleboro Economic Development Forum Postponed to Feb. 23rd

The West Brattleboro Economic Development Forum has been postponed until Monday, February 23rd.  That evening it will still be held at 5pm in the central conference room at the 55 Marlboro Road building.



 - Michael Bosworth, Board President, West Brattleboro Association

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Transportation Question

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Flakiness Intensifies

The seasonal frozen precipitation continues. Brattleboro should have an abundance of new flakes by morning.

Anyone doing anything interesting?

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 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 ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet with the Selectboard on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:15pm 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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5:45 Live: 2/6/15

The story behind Ronal Reid's $8 Million bequest to the hospital and library, return of the Police Fire debate, Leland & Gray's $7 Million budget passage make up the top headlines on a snowy Gallery Walk edition of 5:45 Live.
Find this and all 5:45 Live episodes at brattleboroTV.org.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Rita Rudner

Remember Rita? She’s sort of a cross between a fairy godmother and Gracie Allen, with her own style and grace, delivering innocent questions and observations with a delivery that packs a punch.

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