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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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 13th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, March 12th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed. Additional ramp closures are not scheduled in March or April.

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Chef Cai, Just Back From China, Presents a Tasting Menu and Demonstration

Cai’s Dim Sum Teahouse presents the experience of a Tasting Menu with a Chef Demonstration, Friday March 10th, seatings 5:00-7:00 pm. presented by Chef Cai and her team. For reservations and inquiries, 802.257.7898. $35 per person.

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Artist Opening At Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts: David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016

March 16 - April 30: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is proud to feature a retrospective of watercolor paintings by Vermont painter David Rohn in David Rohn Watercolors: 1974-2016 . For the first time, MGFA will devote the entire gallery to a single artist with this exhibition of over thirty-five paintings. An opening reception is set to take place Thursday, March 16 at 5, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm.

Rohn’s ability to speak through watercolor suggests an element of magic in his choice and command of materials and technique. Never intentionally arranged, the objects in Rohn’s compositions create a relationship of inherent balance and established order, bringing harmony and satisfaction to the eye. Remarks Rohn, “Sometimes a hidden composition seems so resolutely preconceived it is like finding an unknown Bach Partita crumpled in the trash.” His extraordinary gift of playful observation allows an unexpected appreciation and analysis of the common object.

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Expired Tags

Just found myself driving behind a Vermont state trooper vehicle. It was an unmarked van, but the plate said that it was a state trooper plate, #530.  

It also had an expired sticker, indicating the vehicle needed to be renewed a few months ago, by 10/16.

I was tempted to pull them over and issue a warning, but my car has yet to be fit up for such purposes.

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Photos, Stories, and Exhibit on Local Student's Semester in Ecuador

All are Invited to a Special Presentation of Photos, Stories, and Exhibit of a Kroka Expedition on Saturday, March 11th at 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM at the The Dummerston Community Center. 

Natasha Diamondstone-Kohout will be sharing photos, stories, and an exhibit of her work from her 4 month Kroka Expedition - biking and backpacking through Southeastern Vermont, Southwestern NH, and Ecuador, helping on organic farms, supporting and celebrating indigenous communities, venturing down rivers, and climbing glaciers on some of the highest mountains in the western hemisphere! Snow Date is March 18th.

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Brattleboro Town Meeting Informational Forum and District Caucuses - Public Invited

Brattleboro Town Selectboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 15 at Academy School beginning at 7:00 PM. At 6:30 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, all three districts will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has seven seats to appoint, District 2 has two seats to appoint, and District 3 has three seats to appoint.

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Official Brattleboro Election Results

Good morning,

Please see attached for the official results from last night’s Annual Town Meeting.

Thank you,

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

hfrancis@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Great Bridge Walk and Liquor Stings

As elections wrapped up in the Municipal Center, the Brattleboro Selectboard (minus John Allen) met at Brooks Memorial Library. They carried on regular business at a long table, with Selectboard at one end and Town staff at the other.

The board had much to say about the recent walk across the I-91 bridge. They also granted three liquor licenses, learned about a new financial report to aid them through facility construction, and set in motion a plan to change the speed limit along a portion of Rt. 142.

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Guilford Town Meeting Day Australian Ballot Results

From: Don McLean

Town of Guilford

Board of Civil Authority

 

Town & School District Meeting March 7, 2017  9:00 pm

Unofficial Results of Australian Balloting

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Starr, Wessel, Schoales To Brattleboro Selectboard: Bag Ban, Compassionate Cities Pass

The quick results:

Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel will fill the available one year seats on the Brattleboro Selectboard. David Schoales, running unopposed will return in a 3 year seat.

Bag Ban non-binding resolution passes.

Compassionate City non-binding resolution passes.

Full unofficial results attached. Explore and analyze!

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Brattleboro Not-Quite-Town-Meeting Today

It's Town Meeting Day in Vermont.

If you haven't already done so, take some time today to go to the Municipal Center on Main Street to cast your vote for town officers and issues. Polls are open until 7 pm, and we'll have the unofficial results here for you when they tabulated and shared.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/6/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/6/17

Monday, March 6, 2017

12:00 am Confronting Racism Pt2

3:20 am At Landmark: Tom Wessels, Self-organization 2/20/17

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am Brattleboro Mass Rally at TD Bank 2/22/17

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - March 6 to March 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 6 to March 10

March 6 - Greek Bean Bake

Sweet Potato

Spinach

Jello w/Fruit

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Bill Gates Is #1 Murderer of Kids Dying 1 Every 5 Seconds! & Any US President Could End Starvation

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Bill Gates, with $75 billion owns at least twice as much wealth as the poorest 1/10th of humanity - 750 million fellow human beings suffering hunger throughout the year and watching millions of their children die of starvation. If Bill gave the UN the $30 billion it needs to end hunger everywhere for one year, he would drop to fourth richest person in the world. Trump could have the 540 US billionaires raise that $30 billion.

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VFW Lunch Specials 3-6 to 3-10

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 - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ fries or onion rings
Wed - chicken parmesan w/ spaghetti
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ a salad

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Native Nations March on Washington

Are there enough people from Vermont and Western Massachusetts to merit engaging an extra passenger car or two on the train? Read on and respond soon! (by Monday)

Friends:

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully march on Washington DC on Friday March 10. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. from the Mall to the White House beginning at 10am. After the march, we will gather for a rally at the Ellipse. It is here we will make our demands to the new administration. 

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Walking On The I-91 Bridge in Brattleboro

A beautiful, clear, cold day in Brattleboro for a town field trip to the new I-91 bridge, for a rare chance to walk across the bridge before it is opened to traffic. Many people took advantage of the offer of free bus rides to the site, departing from the BUHS parking lot at regular intervals.

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Brooks Memorial Library Joins Foundation Center's Global Network

Funding Information Network Provides Resources for Local Grantseekers

Brattleboro, Vermont, February 27, 2017 – 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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Next WBA Meeting on March 9th to Feature Q&A with District 1 Town Meeting Members

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 PM in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the W Bratt PO). After a review of the treasury report and the 2017 budget, the Neighborhoods Fund, and BizUp activities, the WBA will discuss various potential uses of the balance in the Sign Fund.

A feature of this month’s meeting is the WBA hosting of District 1 Town Meeting representatives at 7:00 that evening. This is a chance for area residents to engage in an informal Q&A regarding the warrant for the upcoming March 25th Annual Representative Town Meeting. This part of the meeting will be facilitated by Paula Melton and Chris Chapman, District 1 caucus co-chairs.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 7, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss the possibility of a change in speed limit for Rt 142 at their regular meeting, to be held in the library on Town Meeting Day.

The board will also review progress with the police and fire facilities, renew an agreement with the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, apply for some money for a battery-powered “jaws of life” tool, tend to committee matters, and approve liquor licenses. They will also tour a newly-renovated Brooks Memorial Library.

You can bring up other issues not on the agenda during public participation.

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