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1842:

Lyceum next Tuesday evening. Question for discussion: “Is the present rejection of all belief in spectres ill founded and unphilosophical?”

1870:

Probably not less than 800 people were present at the temperance meeting at the town hall last Sunday evening, and eighty-seven names were added to the pledge. BY all that is good and holy, let these be encouraged and sustained in their noble efforts at reformation by all the lovers of temperance and virtue in Brattleboro.

1870:

Although the year 1870 has been a poor one in general business activity, our carpenters and masons have not been idle. Sixteen dwelling houses have been erected within the limits of the village, at an approximate cost of $45,000, while the amount invested in workshops, business blocks and public buildings will swell the outlay to about $160,000.

1881:

Albert M. Fuller, the 15 year-old son of Geo. W. Fuller, left home last Friday without saying goodbye or making his intentions known. An epidemic of run-a-ways seems to have struck the town, this being the fifth or sixth within a short time.

1881:

The committee on the reorganization of the fire department will hold a meeting at the office of S.N. Herrick to-morrow evening at 7 o’clock, when all persons who have any ideas to present on the subject of the proposed reorganization are requested to be present and give them expression.

1887:

Brattleboro music lovers are promised a treat in a concert to be given Jan. 11th by the Kanya Geza Hungarian gypsy quartet.

1887:

All wishing Christmas trees will find them at H.M. Wood’s.

1887:

Sleds and sleighs for the little ones at Retting Bros.

1887:

There will be a New Year’s calico ball for old and young at the town hall on Friday evening, Dec. 30th.

1892:

It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. “The brewery” has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.

1892:

Every voter in the village should attend the special village meeting at the town hall next Tuesday evening, to take preliminary action toward a suitable water supply, by electing a committee to engage an engineer to make an investigation.

1898:

Brattleboro coal dealers report an unusual scarcity of coal of all kinds. The scarcity is undoubtedly due in a large measure to the loss of so many ships laden with coal from the Pennsylvania fields during the storm along the Atlantic coast two weeks ago.

1898:

The Brooks House pharmacy opened its doors to the public Wednesday with a clean, new appearance about it which makes the store one of the most attractive looking on the street.

1898:

Chief of Police E.S. Hall has changed his night headquarters from the engine house on Elliot street to the selectmen’s room in the town hall. Mr. Hall may be found in the selectmen’s room at any hour during the night when he is not on the street.

1898:

Cold weather has prevailed throughout the week, and on Wednesday morning the thermometer recorded 16 to 24 below zero, the official record being 17. The daily mean temperature was 6 above zero.

1927:

Forty-nine cattle destroyed in burning of Retreat barn.

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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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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 11 thru December 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 11 thru December 15

 

Dec. 11 - Swedish Meatballs

Rice

Broccoli

Pears

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Gibson Aiken Center conference room (207 Main Street).

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

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 14th

On Thursday, December 14th, at 6:00 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 village's 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.

At the gathering the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization.  Previous winners have been Nancy Barber (2016), the staff and board of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (2015), Bill and Judy Daley of the Vermont Country Deli (2014),  Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center (2013), the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority (2012), and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner (2011), each for their many contributions to our community.

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Connie Snow's Retirement Speech

Connie Snow's retirement speech, made at the large party at the River Garden this evening (Thursday, December 7) honoring her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of the Windsor and Windham Housing Trust (originally the Brattleboro Community Land Trust):

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iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow

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