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1781:

Brattleboro organized as a town under the State of Vermont.

1812:

Nineteen Master Masons petition to form lodges in Guilford and Brattleboro

1840:

1200 Brooms of Superior Manufacture, for sale Cheap at Birge & Dickinson’s.

1858:

Richards Bradley has purchased between forty and fifty acres of land north of Prospect street and between the road leading to Dummerston and Connecticut river, upon which he proposes erecting a splendid mansion and out buildings. When completed this will form one of the most beautiful situations in Brattleboro.

1858:

Saturday evening about ten o’clock, Jonas Cutler’s bakery, on Main Street was discovered to be on fire. During the evening the warm oven had been filled with wood placed there to dry with the flue damper of the oven closed. After a while the wood ignited and pyroligneous acid gas was formed to such an extent that the oven door burst open, and the fire was communicated to the wood work in the room.

1862:

It is now hard upon the first of April, and not a sugar orchard in the county, so far as we can learn, is in running order. The depth of the snow has rendered it impossible to tap the trees, gather the sap or make the sugar.

1862:

The expenses of all the schools — a High School, and Intermediate School, and five Primary Schools — during the past year was $3626.80.

1874:

Bemis, the express agent, reports over 40,000 pounds of maple sugar shipped from this place since the season began.

1874:

The Hyers sisters (colored) gave a concert at the town hall on Tuesday evening, which only lacked a good audience, a comfortable atmosphere, and sufficient gas light to afford a mutual recognition between audience and singers, to make it a success. The programme was an excellent one, and the singers themselves among the most talented that we have lately listened to.

1885:

The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system will be considered by the ladies of the W.C.T.U. at their meeting next Tuesday afternoon.

1885:

After April 1 the Brattleboro post-office will be prepared to issue money orders on Hong Kong and Egypt and orders can be sent directly to Sweden without having to go by way of Germany, as heretofore.

1885:

We are shocked to have learned since last Friday what a dangerous and reckless practice has grown up in Brattleboro, confined, however, we judge, to a limited district on South Main street. It is out impression, indeed, that a practice so alarming is without a parallel in history. We refer to the use of turpentine as a beverage.

1891:

The largest single shipment of sugar ever received in Brattleboro now stands in the railroad yard. This is a full car of 110 barrels of refined sugar, of 24,000 pounds weight. The purchase was made by Mr. Harlow to meet large local demand.

1891:

Several unruly boys, who have gotten into the habit of making themselves obnoxious at the free library in the evening, need looking after by the police.

1891:

Crosby & Adams have contracted with Orton & Howe to put into the Brooks House kitchen a large refrigerator, in place of the old one, to be in readiness for the summer business.

1891:

A meeting was held at James Hooker’s last evening with reference to forming a tennis association. It is expected the association will have grounds at the corner of Oak and High streets. A movement has also been started for a club which will have grounds on the Frost meadow on Flat street.

1896:

The footlights at the auditorium have been reduced from 60 to 30 jets, and one foot burners substituted for the four foot ones.

1896:

Hackley & Moran announce their opening display of bicycles to-morrow, Saturday, March 28. They will carry in stock these makes: Barnes, Iver Johnson, Eclipse, Norwood, Silver King, Envoy, Fleetwing, Fitchburg, Crescent, Pattee.

1896:

Rev. G.H. DeBevoise will speak at the Centre church next Sunday morning upon the work of the Kurn Hattin home for boys at Westminster. This is a very interesting work in behalf of children with excellent gifts by unfavorable circumstances, who there are given an opportunity of training for usefulness in life.

1896:

Goddard & Pentland’s show of fancy bantams in the window of the Famers & Mechanics’ exchange has been followed by a display of several varieties of pigeons owned by W.F. Goddard and G.W. Pierce.

1896:

An arrangement for testing the sound waves of atmosphere has been added to the High School’s physical laboratory.

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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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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/13/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/13/17

Monday, March 13, 2017

12:00 am Exploring Human Origins Opening: What Does It Mean to be Human

2:10 am Daisy Turner's Kin - a VT Humanities Council Event 2/25/17

3:30 am Hunger Mtn Coop: Coaching Skills

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Brooks Library Main Reading Room & Mezzanine Closed March 19-25

The Brooks Memorial Library Main Reading Room and Mezzanine will be closed due to renovations March 19-25. The Children's Room and Teen Room will remain open. We will be installing flooring in our first floor reading room. Materials may be requested via email and picked up in the Children's Room when their arrival has been confirmed. Thanks for your patience as we build an even better Brooks Memorial Library.

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Student Art Month: Elementary School Art at Brooks Library

March is Student Art Month in Windham County. Student Art Month spotlights and gives public recognition to the outstanding visual art created by our elementary, middle school, and high school students. Make sure you don't miss the 2017 displays in Downtown, Brattleboro and at Brooks Memorial Library.​

Elementary School Art displays can be seen at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street. 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after growing up.” Pablo Picasso

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Brooks Memorial Library Joins Foundation Center's Global Network

Funding Information Network Provides Resources for Local Grant Seekers. Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers in the Brattleboro area now have access to a valuable collection of resources at the Brooks Memorial Library, which has become a Funding Information Network partner with Foundation Center.

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Digital Library Services: Hands-On Sessions at Brooks Library

Have you discovered the free resources available with your Brooks Memorial library card on your home computer or mobile device? Are you curious about Overdrive and OneClick and want to learn more? Did you try some of this and get frustrated? Matt and Jeanne are teaming up for two hands-on sessions to get you cruising forward into the digital library world.

Drop by for either session: Monday, March 13th or Monday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m. 

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A Father's Letter To His Son

A Jewish friend of mine gave me permission to share recent communication that he had with his son about their ancestry. The correspondence began when my friend asked about his son’s results from DNA testing:

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Putney General Store Fundraiser

Join us on March 26th at Hot Wheelz Cycle Studio in Putney to Spin for The Putney General Store!  No experience is necessary.  Just come and have a great time for a good cause.  You can ride for an hour or more. There will be great music and great friends!  Donations will also be accpeted if you'd rather suppor that way.

Full information is on our website at www.hotwheelzcycle.com or feel free to call 802-3850-9137

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VFW Lunch Specials 3-13 to 3-17

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - homemade chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg.
Tues - 1000 island burger w/ fries
Wed - baked chicken quarter w/ rice & veg.
Thur - corned beef & cabbage dinner
Fri - homemade crab cakes

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Facts You Didn't Want To Know

How many M&Ms are produced by Mars, Inc. (Mars Bars) every day?

Answer:

Estimated to be over ½ Billion.

400 Million are produced in the firm’s American plants.alone.

(My nephew works there)

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Brattleboro History Podcast e91 - Mary Shiminski I Love You!

In 1974 Mary Shiminski broke up with her boyfriend, Bert Salva. What followed inspired poetry, art and song. Here's the story...

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We Can!

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday March 19th 12 pm - 4 pm

The Winston Prouty Campus (Formerly Austine School)

 

WeCAN: Spring Into Action

An Action Fair to find out how you can plug in to work effectively and sustainably for the kind of world you want.

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Cooking Class: An Evening in Tuscany at Next Stage Arts on March 27

Next Stage invites you to enjoy An Evening in Tuscany with Chef Linda Stavely on Monday, March 27 from 6 to 8:30 pm. This class will be a mix of demonstration and hands on making a delicious dinner of Italian appetizers, entree, side dishes, and dessert. The class will dine together, and wine will be included!

Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. Please bring a cutting board and your favorite knife.

The class will take place in our newly renovated, state-of-the-art kitchen.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 14, 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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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda, March 15, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00pm, in the Academy School gymnasium, just prior to the Representative Town Meeting Informational Session. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 6:00pm to discuss negotiating or securing of real estate purchase or lease options, and immediately adjourn after the executive session.

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

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - March 13 to March 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 13 to March 17

March 13 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

Brussel Sprouts

Pears

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Garbage Bag

In her meticulous manner, Carla had wrapped Jerry’s big kitchen knife in stiff layers of cardboard, generously wound with black tape. Whatever torn wrappers, putrid chicken bones, dented old cans, sticky wet tissues and other debris may have filled the bag; they were merely the packing material to conceal the evidence. 

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Brattleboro Food Co-op Seeks Input on Two Design Projects

The Brattleboro Food Co-op is looking for participants in two focus groups this month to solicit feedback and generate ideas for two endeavors currently underway: the Co-op’s Bulk department is being updated, and a new website is currently being designed.  

The Bulk department focus group will take place on Wednesday the 22nd from 5 to 6pm, and the website group on Thursday the 30th, 4:30-5:30pm.  “We care deeply about our customers and our community; as a consumer-owned cooperative, we have to, because we’re literally owned by them!  We also have a lot of respect for what they’re able to bring to the table,” says Marketing and Community Relations Manager Jon Megas-Russell.  “The more input and involvement we have from our owners and shoppers the better our store will be.”

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