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Today In Local History

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 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.

1874:

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

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 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.

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.

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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Electromagnetic Radiation

Whenever someone says “Let’s”, someone else immediately forms an ad-hoc group to oppose it. Doesn’t matter what is said after “let’s”.

Back in Edison’s days, people opposed putting electricity in homes. Some even claimed that electricity would “leak” from wall outlets and harm peoples’ health.

In the early days of TV, people feared “cathode rays” emanating from the cathode ray tubes in every TV. I can remember my mother telling me not to sit directly in front of the TV. Turns out these things are harmless streams of electrons, not rays at all, and they are entirely contained within the tubes.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 19, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will have their regular meeting on Tuesday, and will take up quite a few financial matters. They'll review their FY17 budget additions, review errors and omissions to the Grand List, consider financial reports, close out a grant, review Downtown Alliance workplans and budget, join a climate action effort, and more. You can bring up other matters not on the agenda during public participation.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Dec. 18th - Dec. 22nd
Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - chicken fried rice w/ homemade eggrolls
Wed - spaghetti & meatballs w/ garlic bread
Thur - unstuffed cabbage casserole w/ salad
Fri - fried cod w/ coleslaw & fries

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New Year's Eve at the VFW. Public Invited!

Dec 31 2017 - 5:00pm - Jan 1 2018 - 12:30am

Come on out to the VFW and ring in the New Year with The Visitors Band.

For $20 a person, you get your choice of Prime Rib or Garlic Roasted Pork, baked potato, veg. salad and roll. Snacks are provided during the night, with a champagne toast at midnight for those of age. Yes, we've got the noisemakers, beads, and hats too.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes: The 12 Items of Budget-mas

The Brattleboro Selectboard had a special Thursday meeting to discuss other items not currently in the FY19 budget. This list included possible new employees, equipment, training, funding, and even some consideration of a donation to the skatepark project.

You can sing along at home. See below.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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iBrattleboro Supports Net Neutrality

It should come as no surprise that iBrattleboro is a supporter of Net Neutrality. It's essential for a vibrant, free, all-access internet.

Getting rid of it opens up the possibility and likelihood of ISP's deciding what internet content gets seen, and what sites get traffic. Comcast content will slide right to you; iBrattleboro content, well maybe.

Internet access should be treated like a utility. It's a necessity, like water and electricity.

We don't pay extra for water to cook with and less for water to wash with -- it is on, or off.

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Savings Bank of Walpole To Join New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB)

Savings Bank of Walpole to join New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB)

New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp (NHMB) announced today that it has signed an agreement with Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) to join its organization. New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, a mutual holding company, was formed in 2013 when two New Hampshire-based community banks, Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack) and Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) formally affiliated – the first relationship of its kind in New Hampshire. In 2015, MillRiver Wealth Management became the third subsidiary when it was created from the investment services arms of
MVSB and the Merrimack.

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Discounts at the Library Like-New Book Sale - Ongoing Until They Are Gone!

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library put in a lot of time and effort the other week to help the rush of book-loving holiday shoppers!

There are still books left, so please stop by to check out the remaining books, children's books, puzzles, DVDs and audio books. They have now been further discounted to help you save for the holidays. Books are now an extra dollar off, and Audiobooks are now 1/2 price!

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The Drawing Studio Winter Open House

Please join us this Thursday December 14th for an Open House at The Drawing Studio from 4 to 7 pm. Come and learn about our classes in traditional and experimental drawing practices, color mixing and composition, as well as our weekly drop in life drawing groups. We also have gift certificates available if you want to bring art into the life of someone you love this Winter.

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Tuesday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Celebrate Life, The War that Never Was, at Everyone's Books and ArtRageous

Happy Holidays!

Beautiful children's music and CD track that you can listen to for FREE. Whether child or adult it is delightful! Enjoy!

https://namayajazzpoetstoryteller.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-island-of-bi...

For those who had enjoyed and purchased the Celebrate Life and CDS thank you. This is a convenient way to shop and send some holiday love. You can read samples on the links below along with reviews.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee meeting previously scheduled for this evening has been CANCELLED due to the snow storm.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Board of Listers Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Listers will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 9:00am in the Assessor’s Office (Suite 109) at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/11/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/11/17

Monday, December 11, 2017

12:30 am Havana Fairfax Connection

1:30 am Youth Services Battle of the Bands - BYS Battle of the Bands 2017

4:00 am Vote For VT - Holding State Government Accountable

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri form 11;30 - 1:30 PM. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Dec. 11th - Dec. 15th
Mon - shepherd's pie w/ salad
Tues - turkey club w/ French fries
Wed - beef stew w/ bread
Thur - boiled ham, cabbage, potatoes & carrots
Fri - tuna melt w/ French fries or onion rings

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Library Raffle Fundraiser: Holiday Gift Baskets - Books and More!

Brooks Memorial Library is having a super-fun raffle fundraiser!

There are 4 gift baskets to choose from, and the tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5 :)
Pictures will be posted soon, but each one is unique. They are:
- Luxury Basket - Full of goodies and books.
- Artist's Way Basket - Inspirational and creative gifts
- Nutcracker Basket - Goodies and books to fit the seasonal theme.

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The Alt-Right / NeoNazi Threat

I’ve known about the existence if these people for a long time. I have always felt that they kept a low profile because they realized that their views were antithetical to mainstream ideas in America and they wished to avoid conflict. They could share their ideas with each other, and gloat over how ignorant the rest of us were.

In part because of limited exposure, I believed their numbers have been small, and their influence insignificant.

This may not be the case.

Recently, a friend whose judgement I respect sent me an essay that puts the lie to my beliefs. If it is in any respect true, we’re all in deep trouble.

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iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow

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