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1837:

Feathers & Furniture at the Furniture & Feather Store. S.W. Spooner is just receiving a large assortment of all sorts of Feathers. Also, is constantly receiving and manufacturing Furniture.

1843:

At half past 3, Tuesday morning of this week, a fire broke out in the building in the centre of our village, opposite the Stage House, owned by Zelotes Dickinson. The citizens repaired promptly to the spot on the alarm bells being rung, and, for the most part, performed their duty upon the occasion faithfully. We were highly gratified to see a large number of the Ladies of our village form themselves in line and assist for hours in passing water from the Mill Pond to the Engine.

1855:

The back towns in this county are well covered with snow, averaging nearly or quite four feet in depth. The prospect of a pleasant spring is not encouraging when contemplated in connection with such an obstruction. In this village, the sleighing is good but with small prospect for its continuance.

1871:

Brattleboro last year expended $21,148.30, of which $16,257.21 was for highways and bridges. The estimated expenses for 1871, together with the standing indebtedness of the town, amounts to $28,965.86, which is proposed to meet by a tax of $1.32 on the dollar, and thus leave the town free of debt.

1871:

Horse-stealing as a branch of industry has of late been mostly confined to the Western states, but a “bureau” appears to have been recently established in this vicinity which promises successful results. D.A. Barrett of Hinsdale had a team stolen last week by a stranger who had hired it to come to this village; and now Stephen Higgins of Newfane is mourning the loss of a valuable animal taken from his stable last Friday night.

1882:

T.P. James, of doubtful local recollection, is now said to be employed on the Boston Figaro.

1882:

Mr. Pettee, who has charge of the town liquor agency, says that not over one-half his sales are to Brattleboro people. People from not less than 40 different towns have come to him for liquors since the agency was opened.

1882:

Residents of Elliot street have been considerably excited of late by stories of a ghost having been seen in their neighborhood.

1882:

Town Meeting Articles: “To see what action the town will take in relation to the liquor agency,” “To see if the town will vote to pay James Fisk $100 for lightning rods placed on the town hall,” and “To see if the town will subscribe for five volumes of Miss Hemenway’s Gazetteer.”

1888:

Town Meeting Articles: “To exempt from taxation for five years the finishing establishment of S.A. Smith & Co., provided the same is moved to this town,” “To direct the selectmen to contract for three snow rollers for the use of the town,” and “To sell the present poor farm and buy another suitable for the purpose.”

1888:

Marshall Grout and wife were rendered partially insensible by coal gas escaping into their rooms last Friday night.

1888:

The Wilmington stage was unable to make its usual trip on Tuesday on account of the rain and the “slumping” roads.

1888:

The first number of the Holstein-Friesian Register, under the editorship of F.L. Houghton of Putney, and bearing date at Brattleboro, is at hand, and gives promise of being a bright, able, and useful exponent of the specialty to which it is devoted.

1893:

The Columbia and Victor cycles, patterns of 1893, are on exhibition in Van Doorn & Jordan’s windows.

1893:

Over 1300 people saw the Hinsdale curiosities during the three days they were on exhibition in the Emerson building last week.

1893:

Not a few people will learn with interest, and with a pang of regret, of the death of “Bose,” Judge Wheeler’s well-known shepherd dog, which took place last Saturday. He was a “good dog” and died of old age in a very human way.

1899:

L.L. Whitney has put upon the street this week a single horse surrey to carry persons to any part of the village.

1899:

A movement has been started for an appropriation at the town meeting for the benefit of the band. The band is in poor condition financially and the people should give it the support which it deserves.

1899:

Estimated town expenses for the coming year: $33,211.43

1931:

Mrs Carrie L. Hamilton, 66, overseer of the poor, died.

1944:

Originally installed in the J. Harry Estey home in August 1913 for a demonstration to Henry Ford, Brattleboro Lodge of Elks has voted to rebuild the two manual auto-playing pipe organ. The Estey Organ Company expects the work to be done by October.

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River Gallery School to Take Artists to Mexico in February

The River Gallery School will take artists in search of inspiration and sunshine to Mexico in February on a tour led by instructor Mary Giammarino. The trip will be based in Oaxaca and run from February 4 to 11, 2017.

In the mornings, the tour will introduce participants to the sights of southern Mexico, with daily instruction in oils, water colors and pastels by the trip’s resident art instructor. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to exploring the small city’s many galleries, workshops and art museums, not to mention the excellent cuisine.

Brattleboro’s River Gallery School has previously run artist tours to Italy and Spain.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day, This Sunday, Almost Sold Out

Take a break from the news, and holiday chaos this Sunday. Come immerse yourself in learning all the basics of playing the ukulele, in this one-day workshop for beginners.

Last workshop sold out, and this one is almost full. Ukuleles available to rent, or to purchase at class. No musical background needed. Sunday, Dec. 4, 10-3. Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT.

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Act 46 Study Committee Community Forum Warnings Guilford, Dummerston, Putney, Brattleboro

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 hold a Public Information Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Guilford Central School.

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes

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, December 1, 2016 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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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY18 Department of Public Works Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting to continue their discussion of the proposed FY2018 town budget. In the very short meeting we learned of two big announcements - a first mention of a $2 million DPW facility being pencilled in as a placeholder in the 2021 budget, and news that Brattleboro’s downtown crosswalks and intersections would be cleared of snow by the DPW this winter.

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Fake News Isn't The Problem. We Are For Falling For It.

Fake news isn’t the ailment. It’s the symptom.

The problem is education. We’ve tolerated a slow slide in the quality of education over the last few decades, leaving many of our fellow citizens without the basic skills required to participate in or understand the world around them, making them vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection.

Combine that with a dizzying array of media choices and some intentional confusion injected into the system and you have a recipe for poor decision making at multiple levels. At the very least, it leaves a substantial portion of the population at the whim of whatever rumors float their way.

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Wet Wednesday?

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Sock the Homeless! BAJC Winter Sock Drive

Sock a homeless person today! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is running their first annual sock drive for the homeless this winter. Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item to the homeless in the winter months? Many of us don't take the time to think about homeless people walking all day, but for the most part that is exactly what they do. It’s cold outside. They need socks.

Socks will be given out each month when BAJC serves dinner at the overflow shelter. Socks will be distributed through April of 2017.

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Darol Anger, Tony Trischka & Emy Phelps Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Darol Anger’s 5th Annual Keepin' It In The Fam Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. In addition to fiddler Darol Anger, the concert features banjoist Tony Trischka, singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, bassist Ethan Jodziewicz and guitarist Grant Gordy.

To celebrate the holidays, Darol Anger and Emy Phelps have gathered some of the country's best string musicians for an evening of mythical, magical, musical mayhem. The multigenerational musical experience focuses on the spirit of midwinter and the turning of the year. Anger has a long history of organizing holiday shows, from Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts through Newgrange to Yulegrass, and his old friend and musical colleague, banjo genius Tony Trischka, will be on board as this year’s very most special guest. Bassist and Edgar Meyer protege Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull) and guitar wizard Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet) round out the band.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

MENU UPDATE

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to December 2

 

November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

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Movie Monday in December

December Showings

LET’S CELABRATE

December 5th – 10:00 am

Starring: George Burns, John Denver

December 12th – 10:00 am

Starring: Bill Murry, Karon Allen

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 11/28/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/28/16

Monday, November 28, 2016

12:00 am How Professionals Think: Circus Smirkus' Rob Mermin 

1:50 am Norwich Bookstore: Archer Mayor 10/19/16 

2:40 am VTRANS Bd Public Forum on Passenger & Freight Trains 11/19/16 

4:30 am Vote for VT: Visiting Nurses Association 

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party Is December 8th

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:30 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 Association’s numerous accomplishments in this 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.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op community room.

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

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This Week in Brattleboro History - A Stroll is Born

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Released November 24, 2016.

Produced by BHS trustee, Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.

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Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Annual Big Band Gala- A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald f. vocalist Wanda Houston

Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Gala with guest vocalist Wanda Houston Celebrates the Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

The Vermont Jazz Center will present its annual big band swing gala on Friday, December 2nd at 8:00 PM paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers in history. The performance will celebrate Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday anniversary by featuring arrangements she performed with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. All proceeds will support the VJC’s Scholarship Program. The VJC Big Band is comprised of area professionals, is led by music director Rob Freeberg and administrated by band manager Sherm Fox. Acclaimed vocalist Wanda Houston will front the band for this gala performance, an annual concert that has evolved into one of the VJC’s most popular events.

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VFW Lunch Specials Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onions rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries
Wed - cheese tortellini w/ sausage & garlic bread
Thur - stuffed cabbage rolls w/ mashed potato
Fri - salmon burgers w/ onion rings

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.

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BAJC's Annual Chanukah Party

Oy Chanukah, Oy Chanukah!

Please join us for the annual BAJC Chanukah Party on Friday December 23. We will start at 5:00 pm with an hour of story and study; we’ll look at how the story of Chanukah is told in the Books of the Maccabees and after, and what it means to us now in this era of zealotry and intolerance. Then at 6:00 pm we’ll light Shabbat candles – it’s the day before Chanukah really begins, so (sadly) we won’t be lighting our Chanukiot (menorahs) this year.

We'll sing Shabbat blessings and a Chanukah song. Then we’ll feast on latkes (potato pancakes), applesauce and sour cream, with veggies side dishes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and chocolate gelt for dessert. After our latke feast we’ll hear and share stories of the season.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 28 to November 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to November 30

 

November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato

Broccoli

Cookie

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