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Today In Local History

1837:

Lyceum - Tuesday evening, January 24, Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for debate - “Ought females to be allowed the right of suffrage?”

1837:

The number of inhabitants in Brattleboro East Village, on the first day of Jan. 1837, was 1442: The number of children in District No. 2 (including said Village) between the ages of 4 and 18, was 381.

1843:

The dedication of the Centre Church, recently completed in this village for the Brattleboro East Society, took place on Wednesday the 11th inst. Although the travelling was very unpleasant, at an early hour people from the surrounding country began to pour in, and before the commencement of the services every seat was filled, and a large number were unable to find seats.

1871:

The number of depositors at the Windham Provident Institution for Savings has reached 10,000.

1871:

At the village meeting held on Monday evening last, it was voted to raise a tax of 25 cents on the dollar of the grand list to pay the expenses of the coming year. The members of the fire department are to be paid the same as heretofore.

1882:

Larkin G. Mead has been elected to a professorship in the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts.

1882:

Oscar Wilde ought to have a ride in N. H. White’s “1756” sleigh. It is as gay as a sunflower, and an “esthetic” imagination might easily see in it the limp lily for so dear to Oscar’s heart.

1882:

W.C. Dolloway got a bad cut in his hand, by the slip of a chisel, at Estey & Co.’s on Thursday. He will be disabled a fortnight or more.

1888:

Frank E. Housh & Co., printers, report that they now have a larger amount of business on hand than ever before. Nine tons of book paper are required this month, which will be printed into magazines, books, and catalogues.

1888:

A petition, largely signed, was presented to the selectmen last week, asking for a widening of the highway at a point on Western avenue between the junction of Union street and the residence of Mrs. Mary Pitkin.

1888:

Another presentation of the “Chimes of Normandy” by the Sherlock sisters and our local company is talked of.

1893:

The Canal street school building has been turned over to the village authorities by Pellet Brothers, the contractors.

1893:

The firm of Emerson & Son has been dissolved, but will be continued under the same name. S. B. Emerson retires and his son, H. L. Emerson, is now the sole proprietor. The firm holds an enviable position among the substantial business concerns of Brattleboro, and enjoys and deserves a large patronage.

1893:

The first coasting accident of the season occurred yesterday when Michael Devine was knocked down on the Elm street hill by a traverse filled with boys. Mr. Devine was unconscious for some time after the accident, and was carried to his home on Vernon street.

1920:

Centre Church sold Goodhue property to Dunham Bros.

2009:

BUHS Band performs at Inauguration of President Obama in D.C.

2015:

Peter Elwell becomes Town Manager for Brattleboro.

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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 - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, wings, chicken fingers, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Jan. 15th - Jan. 19th
Mon - chicken cordon bleu, mashed potato, veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - beer battered fish w/ coleslaw & French fries

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 15 thru January 19

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 15 thru January 19

 

Jan. 15 - CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY

 

Jan. 16 - Liver & Onions

Mashed Potato

Peas

Orange Julius

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Anderson Cooper Lets Out The Stops Responding to Trump on Haiti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjIsrpAg3JE

After describing the strength, determination, and courage of Haitians digging with bare and blooded hands through rubble to save strangers with no help from their government or from the outside. He describes seeing children, including a 5 year old boy, pulled from the rubble: 

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Fathom the Bowl: A Christmas Carol Song

The old English drinking song, Fathom the Bowl, taken from the Vermont Theater Company's production on A Christmas Carol. Recorded on December 16th, 2017, at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

Featuring Bruce Holloway, James Gelter, Jon Mack, Jonathan Reid, Sophie Bady-Kaye, Shannon Ward, Meredith Lewis, Gavin Holloway, Zoe Peterson, Katy Peterson, Krista Coughlin-Galbraith, Marit Bjerkdal, Jonathan Kinnersley, Tony Grobe & Ryan Buck.

A Christmas Carol was a production of the Vermont Theater Company, directed by Jessica Gelter.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott Has 5 Days From Jan. 10, 2018 To Sign the New Marijuana Bill - Will He Do It?

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has 5 days,  from Jan. 10, 2018,  to sign the new Marijuana Bill - will he do it? 

 (1) He can sign it. 

 (2) He can not sign it, but allow it to go into law after 5 days without his signature. 

 (3) He can Veto the new Marijuana Bill. 

So, which do you think he will choose: (1), (2) or (3)?

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What Do Singing and Seeds Have in Common?

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will be sending a group of singers to the Sister Singers Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan this coming summer. They will perform on their own as well as participate with twenty other women’s choruses in a festival that embraces the ideals of social justice and the values of love and compassion for themselves and our community. This is their opportunity to share their music with a national audience and support the music and the composers from other choruses. This festival can only deepen their singing skills and revitalize their energy for the importance of singing in our community.

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Red Sox Invite Brattleboro High School Students to Submit Applications for the 2018 Red Sox Service Scholarship

For the 8th consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox Foundation is seeking submissions from inspiring senior students, who are dedicated to making a positive impact in their communities, for the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship. The annual scholarship honors academically-inclined high school seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Those selected will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and recognition during a special pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 16, 2018

During their next regular meeting the Brattleboro Selectboard will begin filling in the warnings for Representative Town Meeting 2018. Numerous items will be considered to be placed before representatives, including tax exemptions and appointments.

The fire department will ask to apply for a grant to pay for a portion of the new aerial ladder truck, liquor licenses will be granted, and goals and finances will be reviewed. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman 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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Brattleboro Central Fire Station Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Construction on the renovated and expanded Central Fire Station is complete. A ribbon cutting and open house had originally been scheduled for next Friday, January 19. However, due to a calendar conflict, the event has been rescheduled to be held on Friday, February 9. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the facilities, meet the firefighters, and attend the Ribbon Cutting ceremony, as follows:

Central Fire Station Open House
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday, February 9, 2018

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Network Marketing: A Natural, Community Building Business Model

Do you ever wonder about alternative ways of making a living? Join experienced facilitators Trisha Selbach, Tara Gordon and Luz Elena Morey to learn more about this compelling vehicle for economic freedom that is sweeping the planet.

This FREE event will take place at the Putney Public Library on Thursday, January 18th, from 7-9 pm.

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A Molecule of Change

The snow and ice falling from the roof got me thinking about change.

One moment, the snow and ice is a solid mass sitting on top of the house. As it warms it approaches the point where it can no longer hold in one place. Eventually, it passes that point and the solid mass slides off, falls, and explodes on the ground.

The moment of change is what interests me. At first, lots of tiny bits of snow and ice grip the roof, working together to cling to the shingles. But a few little bits decide to buck the status quo, and they loosen their grip by melting.

Others join the melters. At some point, very few bits of snow and ice are holding everything in place. But the mass remains on the roof.

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Fake News

He says it never happened.

Who are you going to believe?

Trump or your lying eyes?

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Central Fire Station Open House Date Change

Good Afternoon –

I am writing to advise of a new date for the public event to celebrate the opening of Brattleboro’s renovated and expanded Central Fire Station. The event will be held on Friday, February 9, from 3-7pm with the ribbon cutting ceremony happening at 3pm sharp and open house, tours, and refreshments continuing until 7pm. The timing is intended to make it possible for many Town residents to participate, including those who have to work until 5pm. This timing worked well at the Police Station so we plan to do it again at the Central Fire Station.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Tax Storm Forecast - Tough FY19 Decisions, For Town Meeting Representatives

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting Tuesday to make some final decisions regarding the FY19 budget. Vice-Chair Brandie Starr led the meeting in Kate O’Connor’s absence.

Over the course of several recent meetings, the board has added, subtracted, increased and decreased various budget items for a total FY19 budget of $14,653,643, or $57,795 more than what was initially presented to them. As it stands, this would require a 3.16% increase (3.92 cents) in the property tax rate, and assumes a use of $770,000 from the unassigned General Fund balance for capital expenses (the ladder truck, paving, sidewalk repair, skating rink energy savings, roofing for Gibson-Aiken, computers, and replacement vehicles and trucks.)

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Occasional Robot Roundup - Artificial Intelligence Edition

In December it was announced that a chess player with four hours of training beat the world’s world champion chess-playing program. The player was AlphaZero, an AI (artificial intelligence) program operated by Google.

It was told the game rules, but was given no chess-playing strategies or solutions. It knew very little at the outset, played itself over and over again (rather randomly at first,) and got better very quickly over the course of 68 million games played. It had the benefit of massive computing power as well, something unavailable to its opponent, which ran on an ordinary PC.

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Brattleboro Closures for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town Offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 15. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Wycliffe Gordon and his International All Stars

Wycliffe Gordon and his International All Stars to perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, January 13th

Wycliffe Gordon is one of the leading jazz trombonists in the world and he will be performing at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, January 13th at 8 PM. Although he is the recipient of numerous awards, Gordon is best known for his long tenure with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. For his Vermont performance, Gordon will be joined by his touring ensemble, “The International All-stars.” They are a group modeled after trumpeter Louis Armstrong’s All-stars. Their music draws from and builds on Armstrong’s rich and varied repertoire as demonstrated in their 2017 recording, Hello Pops, which features a varied repertoire influenced by or dedicated to Louis Armstrong. The recording even includes a New Orleans second-line brass-band tune called “Pops for President.”

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Special Meeting Agenda

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

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

The BUHS District #6 Board of Directors will hold a special meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. Purpose: FY ’19 Budget Work Session-Action / Annual Meeting Warning Articles

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Call To Action: WSESU Proposes To Eliminate Diversity Director Position

CALL TO ACTION!

At a time when the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union grows more diverse in its student population and educators clamor for tools to engender relevant cultural inclusion and equity, the WSESU School Board has proposed to cut Mikeala Simm’s position as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice. The proposal to cut her position was just announced today before the upcoming board meeting tonight. Let come out in force this evening at the Windham Regional Career Center Conference room at 6:30 p.m.

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