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1844:

Notice. Who wants Money? Cash paid for seasoned Slitwork and Bass Boards if delivered soon, to the subscriber. A Van Doorn.

1870:

J. Estey & Co. shipped twenty-four instruments on Tuesday of this week, thirteen of which were destined for California. Their new works on Birge street are progressing finely, one building — 40 by 100 feet and three stories high — having already been erected. A second, of similar proportions, is to go up next week, and a third will soon follow.

1870:

Agreeably to notice a goodly number of the friends of woman’s suffrage, met at the Wesselhoeft House in this village on Friday last, and after due deliberation voted to form a Windham County Woman’s Suffrage Association. A partial organization was effected by the choice of Rev. Addison Brown of this village as President.

1881:

An unusually large number of logs will be sent down the river this spring. An immense drive is waiting at McIndoes for the ice to go out.

1881:

Last week was the best one yet for the narrow-gauge passenger business. The whole number carried on the regular passenger train was 450.

1887:

The agitation of the creamery question among the farmers in town has at length resulted in a call for a meeting to be held at Engine hall, West Brattleboro, to-morrow afternoon. The project seems to meet with very general favor. It is understood that some $4000 will be needed to give the undertaking a good start, and it is believed this sum can be raised without much effort.

1887:

The board of trade have caused to be hung in the Brooks House two books where buyers and sellers may make their wants known to each other. In one farmers or others who have anything to sell, live stock, produce, or what not, may record the fact, and in the other those who want to buy any article may register the fact.

1887:

The executors of Mr. Brooks’s estate paid over to the Brooks Library Trustees, on 17th inst., the endowment of $15,000 given by Mr. Brooks’s heirs to the library. The money has been invested in Chicago real estate of unquestioned permanent value, which is now under a five years’ lease at a rental which insures a satisfactory net income.

1887:

“Dummy” Manning was arrested at Stockwell’s fish market Saturday evening for drunkenness by officers Warren and Williams, and given an opportunity to sober up in the lockup until Monday morning. He claimed to have obtained his liquor by express from Boston.

1887:

D. Leonard is getting out for the Estey Organ company a new and revised edition of their “Organ Method” — a job requiring six tons of extra-quality book paper and 260,000 impressions.

1892:

The town clerk suggests to owners of dogs that the time remaining in which licenses can be procured for $1.00 is short.

1892:

A representative of the Non Secret Endowment order has been in town this week to reassure its local members as to the soundness of the concern.

1898:

The cyclonic rushes and cataleptic shoots of Sanders and Howe saved the basket ball game Wednesday night between “Brattleboro” and the Y.M.C.A. champions from mediocrity.

1898:

A representative of the Standard Oil company arranged Tuesday with Superintendent D. Mackenzie for the location in the lower part of the railroad yard of a steel tank of 25,000 barrels capacity, The oil will be brought from the refineries in New Jersey direct to New London in tank steamers, and will be shipped from there to Brattleboro in tank cars.

1939:

Alfred "Peewee" Wojchick held as a material witness in the deaths of two who drank poisoned whiskey. He denies procuring the deadly pint. The investigation continues.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 4:00pm, in the Brattleboro Savings & Loan meeting room. NOTE: the change in location for this meeting only.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7:00pm, 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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Everybody's Irish

 

‘Tis said, that everybody’s Irish for a day on St. Paddy’s.

So, a Happy St. Paddy’s day to all you Irishpersons on this lovely March day!

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent, and Harvie S

NEA JAZZ MASTER SHEILA JORDAN TO SING AT VJC WITH ALL STAR TRIO

On Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in a performance with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. All three are musicians of the highest caliber who have spent years together using the great American Song book as their canvas. Sheila paints with her voice and Alan and Harvie use their instruments to individually create a rich palette of colors and textures. They give us collective art.

Collaboratively the trio comes together to merge their vision: They focus meticulously over predetermined song forms infusing them with what appears to be an uncanny sense of freedom. Their playful interactions are deeply grounded, they are dependent upon an adherence to form, a deep respect for the jazz lineage and a working knowledge of its language. Their spontaneity and unfettered flow of creativity are supported by their open minds, athleticism of ideas and wisdom earned over decades of experience.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 20th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Bridge Opening Update (Northbound Lanes)

Pending weather conditions, the northbound traffic shift to the new bridge is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. Traffic will be shifted using a rolling road block/slow roll with assistance from (2) deputies from the Sherriff’s office.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

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

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Climate Change Skepticism From A Leftist

The fear mongering around climate change needs to stop.

Here are 10 reasons I have always been skeptical of climate change theory:

1) Humans like to believe we know it all and have the answers. The weather is massively complicated involving a multitude of factors and variables. We as a human species are more primitive than we like to believe we are. We often do reprehensible things and can barely take care of each other. Look at the Syrian Civil War, our last Presidential election, the fact that there is still so much racism that we have to say Black Lives Matter in 2017, homophobia, and wage inequality as just some examples that we humans aren't as enlightened and intelligent as we like to think we are. Therefore, I struggle to believe even our best scientists really grasp something as massively complex as the weather.

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Trump Dismantles America

To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for 19 agencies.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting District Caucuses - Public Invited

Brattleboro Town Schoolboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 22 at Academy School beginning at 6:30 PM in the Music Room. At 6:00 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, Districts 1 and 2 will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has three seats to appoint and District 2 has one seats to appoint. District 1 will be meeting in classroom 131 and District 2 will be meeting in classroom 132.

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Thursday 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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Streets will include, but NOT limited to the following: Main Street, surrounding streets, Upper Canal St, Western Ave area.

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Construction: Library Automatic Door

>Dear Library Community,

 

Some of the construction in the Main reading Room has already begun, and the automatic door opener has been disabled.If anyone needs help entering or exiting the building, your trusty library staff are ready to assist!
Please just let us know that you need our help

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Avant-Garde: The Four of Us and the Single Issue Movement

As a longtime marijuana activist, I took an informal review of the state of marijuana in Vermont when I came to Brattleboro almost ten years ago. Evidently, marijuana was a very popular drug of choice and commonly used. But I never dreamed that down the road four guys would help to create a refuge from the storm of prosecutorial madness for personal-use possession of marijuana.

In early March 2010 the Brattleboro Reformer published a photograph of Daryl Pillsbury holding a large sign during Election Day that said “Legalize Marijuana.” There was no article.

By itself, it was electrifying.

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Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine Series

On March 18th at 11am and 2pm Sandglass’s beloved Winter Sunshine series begins with Double Image Theater Lab. I Laid an Egg is an original piece inspired by a dream the co-creator Margot had as a child. Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary pal, Egg, in a world made of shadows and household items. A nonverbal, interactive show filled with many unexpected surprises and discoveries, I Laid an Egg bears elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater and music, inviting the audience into a child’s realm of make-believe. It presents a poetic imaginative journey for the child in all of us.

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Brattleboro Downtown Snow Removal Wednesday 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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Streets will include, but NOT limited to the following: S Main St Hill, Main Street, Chapin Street, Elliot Street, Flat Street, Lower Canal St, Grove Street, Walnut Street, Harris Place, Green St, Elm Street and Oak Street. Whatever is NOT done tonight will be picked up tomorrow night.

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John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 pm.

John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980’s folk scene. Hailing from New Jersey, he honed his craft and persona as a shy, wry and insightful singer/songwriter in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk” and Boston music scenes. Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, which is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in the country.

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Art Talk with Renowned Sculptor Paul Bowen

March 17, 2017

Welsh-born sculptor Paul Bowen will be giving an Art Talk at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro on Friday, March 24, 6-7:30 PM. There is a $10 admission charge to help support 118 Elliot Gallery. Bowen will be introduced by curator and gallery director, Lisa C. Mendelsund and will give a slide talk about his 40-year career. He also will briefly talk about a selection of objects from his collection. This presentation offers a unique glimpse into Bowen's creative process. The talk will be followed by an open conversation. 

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Brooks Memorial Library: First Floor Renovations Will Affect Access

Work in progress

Dear Library Community,

You can find the following important information about what is happening next week at Brooks Memorial Library on the events calendar, and on Facebook and Twitter:

FIRST FLOOR RENOVATIONS OF LIBRARY WILL AFFECT ACCESS

Brooks Memorial Library will be installing new flooring in the main reading room from March 19th through March 25th. The Main Street entrance, first floor and mezzanine will be closed to the public during that time. 

The children’s room, teen room and meeting room WILL be open via the 2nd floor entrance from the Municipal Center parking lot.  Library patrons are welcome to request materials via their online account, email or phone.

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Sun., March 19, 3-5 pm: Group Art Show Opens at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro - Through the end of April, the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church (ASC) are featuring a group show of mixed-media, watercolors, and pastels by members of the Brattleboro Brush & Palette Painters and Saxtons River Art Guild. Participants include Carolyn Albee, Bob Askey, Barb Borek, Dawn Chattin, Maisie Crowther, Nancy DiMauro, John Dimick, Kathy Greve, Mike Hanley, Karen Hesse, Deedee Jones, Molly Martin, Patricia McPike, and Lois Reynolds. Some of these artists are members of both groups.

The ASC Arts Committee invites the public to an Opening Reception for the exhibit
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their inspiration and creative process. Otherwise, the gallery is open for visitors weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, as well as during Sunday worship and other public events in the building.

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Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Meeting Cancelled

Please note the following cancellation and rescheduled meeting time.

Due to the weather, the meeting of the Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees previously scheduled for today is CANCELLED. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at 4:45 in the library meeting room.

Thanks,

Starr

Starr LaTronica, Library Director
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro,VT 05301
802-251-8195 ext. 101

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings Cancelled Due To Snow

Due to the weather, the meetings of the Brattleboro Arts Committee and Brattleboro Tree Committee previously scheduled for today are CANCELLED.

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

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VFW Closed Tuesday

The Brattleboro VFW will be closed Tuesday due to the weather. Stay safe!

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