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1836:

Wanted. A Smart, active laboring Man can find employment on application to Holbrook & Co. at the Paper Mill.

1836:

FOR SALE - The Trials of Lyman Beecher, D.D., before the Presbytery of Cincinnati, and of Mrs. Rebecca Peake, indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake. Also, a choice collection of second hand Law Books, at the Brattleboro Bookstore.

1840:

Judge Royall Tyler married to Laura B. Keyes at the same time her sister Ellen marries Frederick N. Palmer.

1847:

Straw Sewers and Apprentices wanted immediately by T.J. Bascom.

1881:

In view of the general public expectation that we are to have a series of out-door concerts from out military band during the approaching warm season, and in the lack of a suitable place for such concerts in the business centre of the village, why should not the village common be utilized for that purpose? It would be a simple matter to furnish accommodations there for the band and, if need be, to scatter a few seats of benches about for the use of the listeners.

1881:

John Retting is making preparations to build a dwelling house on Green street, opposite Dr. Post’s.

1881:

Vegetation never came nearer to smiling audibly than during the warm gentle rain of last night and this morning.

1887:

Plans have been decided upon for converting the skating rink into an armory and the work will proceed at once. The entrance will be changed to the center and a complete renovation made of the interior to adapt to its new uses.

1887:

Cashier O. A. Marshall leads the way in tandem bicycling in Brattleboro, Mr. Marshall having bought one of the Humber (Rudge) machines for the use of himself and wife.

1887:

Professor Charlier's decision to put into the market all of his land lying between Elliot street and the foot of the terrace south of the large house, will give an opportunity for the village to extend in that direction about as largely as it is extending in the north-western quarter by the sale of the Chapin property. The whole southern slope of the Charlier land can be converted into pleasant lots, and made accessible from Union street.

1892:

A striking phenomena was witnessed in the southern sky Monday evening. It was in the form of a narrow band of white, luminous mist. At first it appeared to be only a few feet in length, in the east, but it gradually extended toward the west until it almost spanned the heavens. Portions of the mist seemed to be driven in waves, at a rapid rate, in the same manner in which fog is sometimes seen to pass over a pond, but without materially changing the effect.

1892:

The old pathetic Scotch ballad, “John Anderson,” will be sung by Mrs. Robertson at the entertainment Wednesday evening. Mrs. Robertson is 76 years old, but her voice is well preserved, and it will be a novel feature to hear a person of her age sing the good old song, with genuine Scotch dialect.

1892:

C.P. Gibson holds another great auction sale at his Elliot street stables next Thursday, when 60 good horses and a lot of harnesses and carriages will be offered.

1892:

The Connecticut river valley tobacco crop which has not been sold is being held for higher prices, and may bring upwards of 30 cents. The high prices have stimulated growers to build new barns, buy more fertilizers, and plant more acres. The acreage in the different towns in the valley will be from 20 to 30 per cent larger than last year.

1892:

Six men under the direction of Mr. Perry began work on the mountain road on Monday, to make the necessary repairs, and it will be put in good condition to the top. Very little damage has been done by washing or otherwise during the winter and spring.

1898:

Two big two-horse loads of beer barrels and kegs were an unusual sight in Main street Tuesday afternoon. The goods came from the Matthews farm in New Hampshire, near the suspension bridge, where they had been stored since the successful raids were made upon the island brewery last fall.

1898:

The board of trade has given the contract to build the corn canning factory to W.H. Fletcher for $3550, and work upon the buildings will begin at once.

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Full Text - Brattleboro's Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation

Here's the full text of the resolution adopted Tuesday night by the Brattleboro Selectboard.

"RESOLUTION FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY

WHEREAS, at the Town of Brattleboro 2017 Annual Representative Town Meeting, the Town unanimously approved a petitioned article to advise the Selectboard to proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Brattleboro Selectboard heeds said advice and desires to recognize the Indigenous People of Wantastegok in Sokwakik - the immediate area now known as Brattleboro, Vermont – dwelling here prior to and during the colonization begun by Christopher Columbus in the Western Hemisphere; and

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Samirah Evans Salutes Billie Holiday at FOMAG House-Concert Gala

Now in its 51st season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 8th Women in Music Celebration, a house-concert gala, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. "This fundraiser for our concert season includes three important elements," explains administrator Joy Wallens-Penford. "

A bounty of good food, some delightful music, and a special Silent Auction offering numerous 2-for-1 tickets to arts events around the region and some special gift certificates. We help to promote other organizations' events and garner vital support for the many free and affordable programs we present in the community."

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Brattleboro Adopts Indigenous Peoples' Day, Buys Hydraulic Hammer

With two Brattleboro Selectboard members absent, Tuesday night’s agenda was both shortened of items and extended by additional background information for the benefit of new members.

The board adopted a resolution proclaiming the second Monday in October to be Indigenous Peoples’ Day, making Brattleboro one of the first in the state to make such a proclamation. It was not without controversy, however. Rebel Pete expressed concern.

Grants were accepted, a loan was approved, financials were reported, and Brattleboro bought a hydraulic hammer attachment and a water slide. Contracts were approved and amended. 

Oh, and by the way, there will also be an emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, so don’t freak out. We’re especially looking at you, area around Oak Grove School.

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West Brattleboro Fire Station Open House and Ribbon Cutting

Construction on the new West Brattleboro Fire Station (Station 2) is complete and the Fire Department is now operating out of the new building. The Town of Brattleboro and the Fire Department personnel are proud of the new station and invite the public to tour the station, see the equipment, and celebrate this important milestone for our community.

West Brattleboro Fire Station
Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Open House from 9am-Noon
Brief Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30am
Light Refreshments Will Be Served

If the weather permits, the station and surrounding grounds will be open throughout the open house.  In the event of inclement weather, activities will take place in the interior of the station.

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Cantrip and Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of traditional and contemporary Celtic music featuring high energy bagpipes/fiddle/guitar trio Cantrip and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Emerald Rae at Next Stage on Friday, April 21 at 7:30 pm.

From the strong base of its Celtic roots, Cantrip branches out into the music of other European cultures.
Weaving together songs and tunes, Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald take an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style. Known for their innovative arrangements, un-produced sound and dry wit, Cantrip has toured throughout Scotland and the US, expanding the boundaries of Celtic music along the way.

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The New 10 Commandments

There have been many attempts to re-write the Commandments. Many have been intended to improve  them with varying degrees of success. Some have been idealistic. Some have been humorous. And some have been cynical.

Here is one of the cynical ones, composed by Professor Jack D Forbes.

 

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Guided Walk to Vernon's Black Gum Swamps

A trio of experts will lead a guided walk to visit one or more the Black Gum Swamps in Vernon’s J. Maynard Miller Town Forest on Friday, April 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity for people who may never have visited the Black Gum Swamps to see them, and for anyone interested to gain a better understanding of their ecological uniqueness and their value to the town and the region.

Leading this excursion will be:

  • William C. “Bill” Guenther, Windham County Forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
  • Laura Lapierre, Wetlands Program Director, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Bob Zaino, State Lands Ecologist, Barre Office. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dep’t, Wildlife Division
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Open Reading at the River Gallery School Every Third Friday

There is an open reading this Friday, (and every third Friday) at 7:30, at the River Gallery School, in Brattleboro.

Readers have about 7 minutes to read either prose or poetry. Most people choose to read their own work, but some read or recite a piece by an author they found inspiring.

The open reading is organized by Write Action, a non-profit dedicated to writing and writers in the southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire.

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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies for Caregivers

Brattleboro, Vermont. On Thursday, April 27th, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Bellows Falls and 5:30-7:30 pm in Brattleboro. Brattleboro Area Hospice & the VT Alzheimer’s Association will host 2 presentations on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies for Caregivers. The daytime presentation will take place at the Immanuel Retreat Ctr and Stone Church Arts (Currier House) at 12 Church St. in Bellows Falls. The evening presentation will take place at the Gathering Place at 30 Terrace St. in Brattleboro. The presentations are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/17/17

Monday, April 17, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Building Monticello

1:25 am At Landmark: John Van Alstine, A Sculptor Journey 3/27/17

2:30 am Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Muralists

3:50 am Hunger Mt.Coop - Crystal Bowl Sound Meditation

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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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