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1846:

Windham Provident Institution for Savings chartered.

1857:

Ho for good soap, plenty of fun and liberal premiums - fun and premiums gratis - soap at the usual price. Ross 2nd will address the ladies and gentlemen of Brattleboro and vicinity, Friday evening at Town Hall. Subject: matters and things in general, and soap in particular.

1857:

The bridge over the Connecticut River is rapidly approaching a completion, and will be opened for travel in a few days. The new bridge is about four feet higher than the old one. The central pier has been relaid in the most thorough manner. We think both are safe from ice and floods.

1861:

A preliminary meeting of the “loyal women” of our village was held on Monday, with reference to acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission, recently established for the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers at the seat of war.

1873:

Leonard & Roess, cigar makers, have discharged about one-fourth of their help - 12 or 15 hands - on account of the hard times.

1879:

J.S. Brown and wife were pelted with eggs on Elliot street last Thursday evening by a party of young roughs, as they were returning from a temperance meeting. It is not supposed that any responsible person had a hand in the affair, but it was an outrageous occurrence, and one of a kind which is always sure to stir up a public sentiment against the parties engaging in it.

1879:

G.G. Green has not been appointed liquor agent, and states, moreover, that he will not, under any circumstances accept the office.

1884:

The bill changing the time of holding our annual village meeting from the first Monday in December to the first Tuesday in May has passed both houses of the legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.

1884:

Barrett, the machinist, has some of his new patent roller-skates completed and on sale at B.A. Clark’s. They are handsomely finished and undoubtedly possess points of decided superiority over any other roller skate made. If their sale is properly pushed their manufacture ought to become an important item of business here.

1884:

Mr. Matthews’s steamboat, which was to navigate the Connecticut river in this vicinity, on a trial trip the other day proved unable to ascend Hastings rapids.

1890:

Some of the base ball enthusiasts are doing a good piece of work on the island in grading the base ball ground. When finished the infield will be entirely level and in fine shape for next season’s games.

1890:

Dr. Lawton, for nine years past the senior assistant physician at the asylum, has been granted leave of absence for a year to pursue a further course of study, and to go abroad.

1890:

The big and ugly light pole erected on Main street in front of the Herrick & Wyman building proved so objectionable for the property owners, and so unsatisfactory for the company’s purposes, that it was taken down on Tuesday morning.

1902:

Reverend George B. Lawson becomes minister at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 9 thru October 13

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 9 thru October 13

Oct. 9 CLOSED FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

 

Oct. 10 - Chicken Marsala w/Egg Noodles

Spinach

Carrots

Cantaloupe

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Nobel Peace Prize goes to Anti-Nuclear War Group - So How Should Vermonters React?

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons New York Times - 3 hours ago, 

 So, how should Vermonters react?  Who could NOT qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and U.S. Congressman Peter Welch all were in favor of bringing the F-35 strike fighter jets to Vermont, which are designed to be dual capable to carry nuclear weapons.

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Brattleboro Paving Schedule Fall 2017

Starting Tuesday, October 10th, Mitchell Sand and Gravel (a contractor for the Town) will be starting the Town of Brattleboro’s annual Capital Paving Project. We will begin milling small joints at intersections and Project limits. Weather dependent, we anticipate paving on Washington Street, Frost Street, Willow Street, Williams Street, Terrace Street, Tyler Street, Bradley Avenue, and Black Mountain Road from Wednesday, October 11th through Friday, October 13th. Please anticipate traffic disruptions during these operations.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent at (802) 254–4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 5:15pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Local History Room. NOTE: the new time and location.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Republicans, Russians, Democrats, Qatar - Who Is Really Running Our Country?

I was listening to talk radio last night, Shawn Hannity Show, and they were going on and on about the alleged sins of Harvey Weinstein. I did my own research on him, here it is: Mr.Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of MIRAMAX, gave campagin donations to Democrats, including UNITED STATES SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY, and Miramax is funded by people who live in the foreign country of QATAR:

 Reference: The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2015, page 176, Miramax, owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC, whose investors include QATAR HOLDING LLC.

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VFW Lunch Specials Open to the Public Oct. 9th - Oct. 13th

The Brattleboro VFW 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, onion rings, sweet potato fries, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs are available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - country fried steak w/ mashed potato, gravy, & veg

Tues - fried chicken breast w/ mashed potato, gravy, & veg

Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg

Thur - stuffed cabbage leaves w/ mashed potato

Fri - coconut shrimp w/ french fries or onion rings

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Uber in Brattleboro (Free 1st Ride)

If anyone needs a ride, I'm now approved by Uber for servicing the Brattleboro area. Will tailer hours to demand. I'm based in downtown Bratt, and will provide rides anywhere in the region. Request a pickup from the Uber app anytime you need to get to or from somewhere. More affordable, luxurious and convenient then a taxi.

Riders provided with quick chargers for phones, and offered a choice of music from Pandora, SiriusXM, or even from their phone connected via Bluetooth. Clean, safe, newer model upscale car. I'm customer service oriented, eager to please, and will accomodate any reasonable request to make your ride more enjoyable. Service animals welcome. 

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Free Opening Reception: Brattleboro's Letterpress Years Exhibit

Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, (Vermont Words Project) and Brooks Memorial Library will present a FREE opening reception for “Brattleboro’s Letterpress Years” on Wednesday, October 11th from 5-7 pm. 

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What It Looks Like To Be Tracked

Intergalactic Armies - Lightbeam VisualizationA couple nights ago I was shutting down my computer when, in the process of quitting Firefox, a mysterious screen opened before my eyes with what appeared to be a galaxy of circles and triangles, interconnecting and sprouting new satellites as I watched. Closer inspection revealed it to be a graphic visualization of sites I had recently visited with all the third party sites they had notified in clusters around them. It was a moment out of War Games. Had I been hacked, I wondered?  But no, it turned out to be Lightbeam, a browser add-on that allows you to see in real time how your information is being shared on the Internet by the sites you visit, and with whom. I vaguely remember installing it a while back but I never got around to using it, hence my initial surprise when it seemingly opened itself in my browser.  But once I saw what it revealed, I was riveted.

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"The War of the Worlds" at Hooker-Dunham

Shoot the Moon theater company presents Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, 27-28 and November 3-4. 

This radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel created a varying levels of hysteria when it debuted in 1938. Many listeners who missed the disclaimers actually thought Martians were invading Earth, due to the simulated breaking news broadcast format created by director and narrator Welles in collaboration with Howard Koch, who is credited with adapting the nineteenth century work of literature. 

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Contributed By: Spinoza

When we started iBrattleboro, we had some grand visions. In addition to wanting to provide a platform for local news, views, and opinions, we hoped that local writers would enjoy publishing their work to a large, local audience. It would be possible for any writer to have a regular place on the site, and build a following of regular readers, but also compile their collected works into a book if they so desired.

Almost 14 years later, it happened. The essays of “spinoza” were recently collected and collated by some sneaky members of the spinoza family, and presented back in the form of a bound volume. A copy arrived mysteriously on our back doorstep recently, and it was a real joy to behold. It was a bit like admiring a new infant in the family for the first time. “So what do we have here?”

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How to Discard Syringes and Other Sharps

Zoning Administrator Brian Bannon sent along a flyer from the Vermont Department of Health with information about disposal of syringes. The text is below and the flyer PDF is attached so you can download, print out, and share. Thanks, Brian!

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"How to Discard Syringes and Other Sharps

Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
800-464-4343 • HealthVermont.gov

Syringes, needles, lancets and other sharp items used to treat diabetes, allergies and other medical conditions are called sharps. Syringes and needles are also used to inject drugs of abuse. Sharps can be found where you don’t expect them – in a house, in a park, or on the street.

Why should I care about sharps?

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Closings

In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 8 and 9, 2017.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Panhandling Sign Discussed Further, Tabled For Further Discussion

A three member Brattleboro Selectboard postponed a few issues on their agenda for the return of a full board, but took up the issue of a revised panhandling sign without them. After another long and involved discussion, the matter was tabled for when the full board returns.

A box of syringes served as an unexpected centerpiece to the board’s meeting table, placed there by a frustrated resident. A bid for pump station improvements at the Welcome Center was approved, SeVEDS gave an annual update, and committee appointments were made.

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Grace Cottage Hospital Ranks Top For Patient Satisfaction in New England

Grace Cottage Hospital has been recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Best Practice Recipient in Patient Satisfaction in the country by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Grace Cottage was selected for this exclusive “Top 20” list out of all 1,339 CAH facilities throughout the U.S and is the only CAH in New England to receive the “Best Practice – Patient Satisfaction” designation.

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Eaton represented Grace Cottage at the awards ceremony Sept. 28 during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) CAH Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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Brattleboro Human Services Funding FY19

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee is accepting applications for FY19 Human Services Funding. The Application, as well as Instructions and Guidelines, will be posted on the Brattleboro Town website – www.brattleboro.org. The deadline to submit applications to the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00pm.

The information session regarding human services funding is scheduled on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. Applicants are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the application process, contact Jan Anderson in the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office at 802-251-8151.

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Mass Shootings Are One Type Of Gun Violence

Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote a story at fivethrityeight.com (a site that loves statistics) warning that mass shootings are a bad way to understand gun violence.

In it she makes a few interesting points about gun violence being many problems, not one.

1. Mass shootings are rare. Of the more than 33,000 gun death each year, two-thirds are suicides.

2. Most gun murder victims are men, ages 15-34, and 66% are black. In mass shootings, 50% are women.

She says mass shootings are up, homicide rates are down, and suicide rates are climbing.

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Sen. Leahy's Comment on the Las Vegas Shooting

"Vermonters today are feeling the shock and sorrow that the entire country is feeling about the massacre in Las Vegas. We want all of these victims and their families to know that our hearts are broken and we stand in solidarity with them and with all of the people of Las Vegas. We are still learning the facts, but it's painfully clear that yesterday will go down as one of the darkest days in our nation's history.

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Congressman Welch's Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the deadly shooting in LasVegas:
“I know I join all Vermonters in reacting with horror and utter disbelief to the slaughter of innocent life in LasVegas early this morning. It’s hard for any of us to imagine the sheer terror experienced by concertgoers running fortheir lives, unsure of the depraved shooter’s location. It’s hard to imagine the inconsolable grief being experienced by thefamilies of the victims. And it’s hard to fathom the inaction of Congress in the face of so many mass shootings in thiscountry.

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Sen. Sanders Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas:

"My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and all those wounded in the horrific Las Vegas shooting. I also want to thank the first responders who did an outstanding job responding to this tragedy, saving many lives.

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