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1811:

A Library Society was formed.

1836:

Lyceum Tuesday evening, half past six. Lecture by Dr. Gilbert; subject, “Science of organic bodies.” Question for discussion, “Does woman exert a greater influence in society than man?”

1836:

The Town Clerk, Justices of the Peace, and Selectmen of the Town of Brattleboro, are requested to meet at Col. Chase’s Inn on Saturday, the 23rd inst. at 3 o’clock P.M. on business of said town.

1846:

Buggy Trimmings, Cheaper than ever. Brass and Plated Buggy Bands, some new and elegant patterns, Buggy Lamps, Drab Cloth, Oil Cloth, Coach Lace, Tufts, Ecliptic Springs, and Dash Frames, received and for sale at very low prices. B. Ranger.

1846:

The census of this Village has just been taken by Mr. F. H. Fessenden, with the view of ascertaining the No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, belonging to School District No. 2. Whole No. of inhabitants, 1850, - being an increase of 230 since last January. No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, 468.

1859:

The side walk from the corner of Main and High streets to the Brattleboro House is in a dilapidated, slippery and dangerous condition. During the winter it is covered with ice to the great annoyance of those who have business at the post office, and in the spring it is under water.

1859:

Messrs. Frost and Goodhue have a supply of anti-nervous smoking tobacco, an article that will delight the palate of those who are votaries of the weed in this form.

1875:

The Universalist Sunday school raised $64.25 last Sunday for the grasshopper sufferers in Kansas and Iowa.

1875:

Whitmore & Clark’s minstrels had a big audience Tuesday evening, and in the performances they fairly outdid themselves. No better minstrel troupe travels.

1875:

The vicious dog spoken of last week as a terror to the people of Brattleboro House has left town. He can be spared.

1875:

Mercury 15 to 25 degrees below zero Wednesday morning.

1886:

The idea is suggested that, with the incoming of a new postmaster at this place, the time would be a favorable one for the introduction of street letter boxes in various parts of the village where letters could be deposited by those living in the vicinity, and their contents gathered up at stated hours of each day and taken to the post office for mailing.

1892:

Mr. Royal G. Wood, who feels a strong interest in the proposed home for the aged and infirm, has stated his willingness to give a site for such a home on the land owned by him on South Main street, provided that should be thought to be a desirable location. Who is the person to make the next move?

1892:

The Estey Organ company benefit organization is now fully organized. 318 men have joined.

1892:

Specimens of the new 10, 25 and 50 cent pieces, which have just been put into circulation, have been received in Brattleboro. These coins contain the head of Liberty on the obverse side and on this side of the larger pieces are the words “In God we trust.”

1892:

F.J. Bohrman cut a thumb quite badly at the Estey shops on Monday and will be disabled for two or three weeks. At the time of the accident Mr. Bohrman had in his possession one of the membership cards of the Estey Organ company benefit association, but had not filled it out.

1897:

A second crop of ice is soon to be cut from Frost’s pond.

1897:

Carl Schorling appeared with a new meat sleigh yesterday.

1897:

An informal meeting of about 50 business men of Brattleboro was held at the People’s National bank Tuesday evening to discuss the ways and means which might be provided for bringing to Brattleboro some industry which would give good employment to the laboring men of our town who are out of work because of the general business depression.

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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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BCTV Schedules Week of 1/8/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/8/18

Monday, January 8, 2018

1:15 am Female Founders - Building a Global Brand in Vermont

2:30 am Vote For Vermont - Politics and Graveyards

3:30 am Dummerston Conservation Commission - DCC: Birds at Our Feeders 12/5/17

4:40 am Yoga for You - 10-16-17

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 8 thru January 12

 

Jan. 8 - Sweet & Sour Chicken

Rice Pilaf

Asparagus

Mango

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Keeping Warm at the Library

In spirit with the services that public libraries provide equally to all
who come, we received an excellent write-up in the Brattleboro Reformer
this weekend! You can read it online with your library card:

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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, onion rings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Jan. 8th - Jan. 12th
Mon - fried chicken breast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Tues - BLT on homemade bread w/ soup
Wed - goulash w/ salad
Thur - strip steak, baked potato & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ French fries or onion rings

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Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Seeks Two New Members

The Board of Trustees for Brooks Memorial Library is looking for two new members to help guide this great community library!

Click here for a PDF version of the Trustee search, and you may also follow us on Facebook for event and news updates.

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Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market CANCELLED for Saturday, Jan. 6th

MARKET CANCELLED - Due to extreme cold weather, the Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market will not open tomorrow Saturday Jan 6th.

We urge folks to stay indoors, safe and warm, and take care of animals, infrastructure, and your homes! 

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

Contact - Sherry Maher 802-869-2141 or farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.org

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 9, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:15pm 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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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:30pm in the conference room at the Gibson Aiken Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 10:00am 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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January 4, 2018 Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana After Threat by US Attorney General Sessions!

Vermont House votes to legalize marijuana

By Brandon Carter - 01/04/18 06:44 PM EST  
 
"The Vermont House passed a bill Thursday night to legalize recreational possession of marijuana..."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Department of Justice policy on legal marijuana."...
..."allow adults over the age of 21 to grow and possess small amounts of legal marijuana beginning in July.";;;
..."State Senate still needs to approve the measure"... "Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) has signaled that he will sign the bill."...

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Vermont Governor Scott's State of the State 2018

"2018 State of the State Governor Phil Scott January 4, 2018

Madame Speaker, Mr. President, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests and fellow Vermonters:

Since 1778, Vermonters, elected by their neighbors and bound by a common oath, have gathered to open the legislative session. They left farms, families and businesses, traveled over rugged mountain gaps and winding valley roads, from every corner of our state to come together to solve problems and shape the future.

The work of those who came before us, carved out Vermont’s place in the world with a greater share and influence than our small size or population would prescribe.

Through our courage and conviction, Vermont has pushed forward with progress when progress seemed unachievable. We’ve been the example, set the tone and helped usher positive change into our nation, when the need for change was essential.

My friends, we’ve reached that time again.

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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

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will hold a Public Information Meeting on the Proposed FY ’19 Budget at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room. The Board’s Regular meeting will immediately follow.

REVISED AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:30 p.m. – Ricky Davidson, Board Chair

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WVEW 107.7 FM Is Now Streaming, Officially

Here’s some Brattleboro trivia for you. What local radio station is the first to have a legal stream of all programming on their station?

If you guessed WVEW 107.7 on the FM dial, you are correct. You can get the new stream by going to wvew.org and looking for the streaming links.

Adding the streaming option meant raising extra money to pay for a new level of digital rights in addition to the regular broadcast fees paid each year. It also means that local Brattleboro radio shows can be heard far and wide, anywhere there is an internet connection.

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Join the 2018 Reading Challenge!

Will you join the 2018 Reading Challenge?

This is a fun way to join a community of readers in a group event, and is also a great way to while away the days of cold winter weather :) Once great place to find a good read to bring you up to the challenge speed, is Brooks Memorial Library!

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - FY19 Budget Decisions Continue, New Bank Account, NECCA Loan

The first meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard in 2018 was almost entirely about money. They continued their discussion of remaining FY19 budget issues, narrowing the list of undecided items by saying yes to some and maybe to others. It makes for a rather high potential tax increase, but many decisions remain that could bring the proposed rates down again. More budget meetings are planned.

The board approved of a planning grant for Tri Park and bulletproof vest purchases for police officers. And, just like many of you, Brattleboro will be depositing $5 million in a new money market account to earn a bit more interest.

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