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1837:

A gentleman who came in the stage from Albany this week, informs us that for sixteen miles of the distance, across the Green Mountains, the sleighing was delightful! In one place, the stage overtook a team, ‘set’ in the snow, which was more than two feet deep, and the passengers were obliged to get out and assist in treading down the snow, before a passage could be effected.

1843:

Old Cheese, Of superior quality, for sale by J.H. Wheeler.

1846:

Coffins. A Very Large Assortment of all sizes, at A. Van Doorn & Sons, at reduced prices.

1848:

Mrs. Hinckley invites the attention of the Ladies to her rich and elegant assortment of Millinery Goods. Also, in about 10 days she will return from New York with a new assortment of Fashionable Millinery, for the Spring and Summer Trade, of the latest and most desirable styles.

1855:

Lost. Somewhere in the village of Brattleboro, on the 21st inst., a Hair Ear-Ring with gold mountings. It is of great value to the owner, and whoever will return the same to the care of Day, Robinson & Co., shall be liberally rewarded.

1855:

We noticed on Wednesday, that the farmers on the river between this place and Bellows Falls, were busily engaged in plowing their lands which appeared to be in good order for tillage.

1860:

The “Brattleboro Chess Club” is the name of a promising institution which has been lately organized in this village. This Club have fitted up a Club and Reading Room in Dwinell’s Block, next door to the Phoenix Office, which is furnished with suitable tables, implements and books for the use of the club and such chess-players as they may invite in.

1865:

About fifty sick and wounded soldiers have arrived at the U.S. Hospital in this village within a week, and a squad of twenty has been sent to the front.

1871:

The room in the town hall lately occupied by Clarke & Haskins as a law office has been converted into an ice cream saloon, affording a neat and convenient place for the enjoyment of that cooling compound.

1871:

Canal street rejoices in the possession of three new street lamps recently erected by the village authorities.

1876:

Mrs. T.H. Grigg of this village has a sweet-scented geranium growing in her front room, which in two years and a half has attained the height of eight feet, while the stalk at the base measures one inch in diameter.

1876:

We hear numerous complaints of needless cruelty to calves which are brought here for sale, or are transported through the place. The matter should receive the attention of the proper officers. It is about time that Brattleboro had one of those societies with a long name which has so often been talked about.

1889:

The tree committee of the rural improvement society give notice to property holders who wish to set or complete lines of shade trees on their premises that they may have the work done at one dollar for each tree on application to the committee.

1890:

Peleg Barrows, owner of a dry goods and novelties shop on Main Street, died.

1905:

The selectmen met on Saturday to discuss the question of widening Green street near the site of the Reed “castle,” the building having been torn down by H. L. Emerson. It was decided to widen the street and to have a survey made to determine just what changes would be made.

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VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 17th - Apr. 21st

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
Tues - fried chicken sandwich w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - BBQ pulled pork sandwich / coleslaw & salad
Thur - shepard's pie w/ a salad
Fri - fried haddock sandwich w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 18, 2017

Indigenous Peoples' Day will be officially proclaimed by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center on Main Street.

The board will discuss Town Staff diversity, give loans, apply for grants, review new police and fire purchases, and buy a pumper-rescue vehicle, a hydraulic hammer, and a water slide. They will also take up internal business again, such as review of their Rules of Conduct and the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations.

All this and more, and you can participate by attending in person.

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Impairment Is Obvious

Canada has introduced legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana by July 2018. Governor Phil Scott has said that he wants a (non-existent) roadside marijuana test to be available before he would consider signing any legalization bills in Vermont.

Not terribly long ago, the test for impaired driving was simply "are you obviously driving impaired?" Swerving, driving the wrong speed, being extra cautious, taking turns widely, overcompensating for corrections, forgetting to turn on lights, failing to stop, failing to use a turn signal, and so on were (and are) good signs that a driver might be impaired.

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Brattleboro Spring 2017 Water Main Flushing Schedule

Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

NOTE!! Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of May 8th and May 15th.

Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and also during the day.

Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure, and in some areas, intervals of no water.

Night flushing will occur from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.. Day flushing will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

A Schedule of Water Main Flushing Follows:

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Brattleboro Door To Door Vendors

Brattleboro residents are notified that personnel from Integrated Solar Applications Corp., will be going door-to-door through May 31, 2017 soliciting sales of solar products. Sales personnel are required to visibly wear photo IDs. If you have any questions, contact Brattleboro Police Dispatch at 802-257-7946.

TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO
Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street Brattleboro, VT 05301

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 17th

I-91

Southbound I-91 traffic is anticipated to shift to the new bridge by the end of next week! Southbound traffic will continue to be limited to one lane during demolition of the old bridge structure and construction of the remaining southbound roadway.

A single lane closure and intermittent shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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"The Passion of Joan d'Arc" Featuring Live, Original Music by Dan DeWalt

On Saturday, April 15  from 7:30-9:00. The Williamsville Hall presents the 1928 French silent film "The Passion of Joan d'Arc" featuring the premiere performance of an original soundtrack performed live on piano by Dan DeWalt.  Admission is by donation and will raise funds for the Williamsville Hall. The Hall is located off of Route 30 in Williamsville (across from the Eatery).

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Ukulele Classes Start Next Week in Brattleboro!

Ukulele Classes with Lisa McCormick start next week in Brattleboro! Plant a super-fun new seed in your life this spring! Beginner, Advanced Beginner, and Early Intermediate Levels. Daytime and evening options.

Ukuleles available to use in class, rent, or buy. More info, and sign-up: http://bit.ly/UkeClass

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Brattleboro Winter Parking Ban Lifted

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban. Starting 04/12/16, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area. The following streets are never available for overnight parking:

Main Street
High Street
Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)
Flat Street

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BizUp West B at MamaSezz, April 19th

Do you live or own a business West of I-91?  If so, JOIN US on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm for our spring BizUp West B event.  Food tastings, presentations, and meeting up with fellow business owners.  The Community Development Action Team of the West Brattleboro Association will be co-hosting the fun, informative and tasty event with our new West Brattleboro business, MamaSezz.  (mamasezz.com)

MamaSezz is at 127 Marlboro Road (Rte. 9) in West Brattleboro.  Look for the "What are you grateful for" sign on the side of the building.  (And post something you're grateful for!)

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Brattleboro Spring Leaf Pick-up Schedule

TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO SPRING LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Spring Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 21, 2017

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 5, 2017

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste...leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1" in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

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VFW Lunch Specials

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

Tues - chili hot dogs, homemade baked beans, coleslaw
Wed - lasagna w/ a salad
Thur - marinates steak tips, mashed potato, and veg.
Fri - homemade crab Rangoon w/ shrimp lo mein

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False Flag Attack?

I’m listening to the BBC this morning on Vermont Public Radio. I am appalled at the steady stream of commentators denouncing Assad for his dastardly deed. Every one of them is convinced he did it despite lack of evidence and common-sense arguments that he didn’t.

I could be wrong, but my BS meter is pinging off-scale.

I’ve heard two cogent arguments, one from the Right (Ron Paul) and one from the Left (Tulsi Gabbard) questioning this conclusion.

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In a Pickle

A grave situation I have encountered. I am hoping to get my story out there for help.

I was working for a long standing and real Vermont based company here in town. On December 11th 2016 while loading a truck I felt my left hip buckle as I was trying to get a 400 pound stack over the dock plate. I really thought at that moment had I stayed in that position for a split second longer I would have had the hip give out.

I did finish my shift and did not report it that day. I was working two extra shifts that week, getting ready for Christmas with my Kids. I had been working 67 hour weeks for the whole month. I went home on the 11th, had to be back for my last shift of the 6 day work week in 12 hours. I went in, worked that shift, sore and stiff as usual and got home on the 12th. I had the 13th off, my only day off before signing up for my last 6 day work week before the Holiday. I woke up in real pain and went in and reported it to my HR Director at work. We filled out the accident report with my Supervisor and I was told to go to they're vendor to be looked at.

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Spring Attempts Arrival

Ir appears that Spring is trying to come in for a landing today.

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Church Street Closure

On Monday, April 10, 2017 and Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Church Street (between Green Street and Elliot Street) will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm for operations related to the Central Fire Station upgrade.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255.

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Linden Street Closure

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the Brattleboro Department of Public Works, Utility Divsion will be performing an emergency road closure for the southbound lane of Linden Street from Anna Marsh Lane to Chapin Street during the hours of 6:30 am until approximately 6:00 pm to repair a failed valve. Northbound traffic will still be able to travel on Linden Street.

There will be access to Chapin Street from Park Place. Heavy truck traffic travelling south bound on Linden Street/Route 30 will be assisted through the job site due to limited access in the detour. A detour will be clearly signed during the hours of the closure. DPW staff will also deploy electronic message boards on April 10th to notify the public.

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Applicants Sought For Forestry Scholarship

The Windham Regional Woodlands Association (WRWA) is currently seeking scholarship applications from Windham County high school seniors or college students interested in forestry or an allied field (e.g., wildlife management). WRWA will award one $3,000 scholarship for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters ($1,500 per semester) to a Windham County resident attending or about to enroll in a two- or four-year college program in Forest Management or a related major. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

For more information, email WRWA at windhamwoodlands@gmail.com or go to our website, www.windhamwoodlands.org, and click on Scholarships.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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