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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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Piano Celebration at Main Street Arts

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – What do you do when someone gives you a Steinway piano? You enlist some of the area’s finest musicians to play it.

And that is just what Main Street Arts will do in a three-part series of concerts beginning Sunday, Apr. 9 at 3 p.m. when Hugh Keelan and Ken Olsson will share the piano bench in four- hand harmony.

They will be followed Sunday, Apr. 23 when Keelan will be joined by Gudrun Weeks on violin, Peggy Spencer, viola, Pedro Pereira, cello, and Doug Cox, bass, for a performance of Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Last in the series is Sunday, May 21, when Keelan and four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen will perform piano and cello magic.

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Conscious Painting Using Oils or Pastels with Stephanie Birdsall

This workshop is about learning to put on your canvas or paper only what you choose to be there in a very deliberate and conscious way. This requires a slowing down, learning how to really see what you are wanting to paint, and never dabbing at it when you are thinking about what you wish to do next. Every stroke counts! Often referred to, with a smile, as a "Birdsall’s Boot Camp."  

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Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk?

I'm currently enrolled in a business class and we were having an online discussion about CEO's and their ability to affect change as mouth pieces and captains of industry. One of my class mates posted some blog posts from the CEO of ULINE. ULINE is a company that provides business supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, equipment, tape, etc.) They are one of the leading business supplier in America and I can guarantee that there are businesses in town, including prominant ones (Co-op? I think they did a few years ago anyway). I will let you all check out the links and tell me what you think:

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Next WBA Meeting, April 13th, with Cassandra Holloway of Prevention Coalition

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, April 13th at 6:00 PM in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the West Brattleboro Post Office). The evening will include guest speaker Cassandra Holloway of the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, talking about efforts to address and prevent substance abuse.

The meeting will begin with a review of the treasury report, the 2017 budget, the Neighborhoods Fund, and BizUp/Commercial Spaces activities.

The nomination of Felicity Ratte as a new WBA board member will be voted on.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 10th

I-91

Southbound I-91 traffic will remain on the old SB bridge (1 lane) through April. Northbound traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge structure (2 lanes). The new bridge structure is 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

A single lane closure for northbound traffic through 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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WVEW Presents: Belle Machine, Thomas Nola and Snow Pot at 118 Elliot

What are you doing tonight? Nothing special, right? Come on down to 118 Elliot and have a night out.

Please join WVEW 107.7FM, Brattleboro's community radio station, for our 3rd in a series of monthly fundraiser events at 118 Elliot St. This month, the station presents local acts Belle Machine, Thomas Nöla, and Snow Pot.

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U.S. House "Freedom Caucus" Is Using Facebook To Deny Voters Freedom Of Speech To Communicate With Them

Open Letter To The United States Congress, House of Representatives, Freedom Caucus and Mark Meadows Freedom Caucus Has An "Official" Facebook Page But Facebook Keeps Kicking Me Out And Depriving Me Of Freedom Of Speech To Leave You Comments!!!


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Town of Brattleboro Volunteer Energy Coordinator Position Available

The Brattleboro Selectboard recently announced that applications for the volunteer Town Energy Coordinator position are being accepted until 5:00pm on Monday, April 24, 2017. The position is defined in the Town Charter as follows: “Town Energy Coordinator: One 1-year term. The energy coordinator, created by the Vermont Legislature, reviews energy-related material received by the town and advises the town on energy conservation measures.”

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - New Board Members, New Plans and Perspectives

The newly-formed board had a range of regular issues as well as a few “getting started” issues to attend to at Tuesday’s meeting. Public participation also returned, giving the board some additional points of view to consider.

The board approved of grants, appointed committee members, bought a truck, and did other routine business. They also had some interesting discussions about issues of public participation, energy, town meeting advisories, as well as their own rules for conduct and the power of the Chair.

It was just one meeting, but there were some indications that this new board plans to approach things in slightly new ways.

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Tiny House Talk at Brooks Library

First Wednesdays:Reinventing the Family Home
Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us for a free lecture, as Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Blue Jays Hiding Peanuts For Later

I was watching a pair of blue jays go after a small pile of peanuts left for squirrels.

The pair would alternate, each taking a peanut and flying off. At first we presumed they were taking them to a tree to eat, but it became clear that they were working their way through the peanut pile too quickly. They were storing them for later.

This was confirmed when we saw one of the jays take a peanut, fly about 10 feet, and put it down near a neighbors house, and come right back. No eating, just saving for later.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/3/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/3/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour

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Drawing from the Visible World: Work by Alden, Bowen & Danaher: April 7-27 at 118 Elliot

Drawing from the Visible World, an exhibition of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by JASON ALDENPAUL BOWEN and MYLES DANAHER will be on view from Friday, April 7, 2017-Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 118 Elliot Gallery. The opening reception is on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The gallery is located at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT. Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat, 2-6 PM.

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Square Dance in Guilford Saturday

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season at Broad Brook Grange, not with a play, but with a square dance, on Saturday, April 8, at 7 pm.  The event is a benefit for the Grange’s resident theater company, and features Bob Livingston, caller, with the Falltown String Band.    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under,  and maximum for a family is $25.  

Come to Dance; or Just to Listen:  The caller will teach dances, so, even if you’ve never square danced, come and give it a try.  As is traditional at square dances, there will be waltzes, too.  And the bvand will also play instrumental songs for listening. 

Square dances were a tradition at grange halls throughout the region, and were important social occasions throughout much of the past century at Broad Brook Grange, with its stage for the band and large dance floor.

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Things We Got Wrong

Some things we got wrong

 

The world was once considered flat.

Titanic was sinkable after all

Dewey never defeated Truman

Nixon was indeed a crook

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VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 3rd - Apr. 7th

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 - open faced meatloaf sandwich w/ baked potato
Tues - parmesan chicken wings w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - country style spare ribs w/ potato salad
Thur - roast pork, roasted potato & veg
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Saturday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Learn to Play the Ukulele this Spring!

Learn to play the ukulele this spring! Classes and workshops taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

UKULELE-in-a-DAY, 1-day quick-start for beginners, Sun. April 9, Putney, VT. 10-3. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeDay

UKULELE CLASSES, 6-week sessions start the week of April 17, Brattleboro, VT. Many levels and times to choose from. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeClass.

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Things To Do While It Is Snowing! (it is snowing right now in Chester, Vt 05143)

Things to do while it is snowing tonight? Make friends with some Syrians!

After all, if Syrian REFUGEES will be coming to Vermont, or any other people from any other Countries, invite some now to your Facebook page and enjoy!I meet foreigners by doing a search on Facebook for news, for example, I looked for "syria news" and found: Syria News 357,618 people like this Syria Real Infos And News - SYRIAN 94,942 people like this etc., etc.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 4, 2017

The first official meeting of the new incarnation of the Brattleboro Selectboard will be held Tuesday evening at the Municipal Center. They have a full agenda.

There will be grant applications (skatepark!) and letters to approve, a pick-up truck will be bought, committee members appointed, and a discussion of Town Meeting and Representative Town Meeting matters will occur. They will appoint an Energy Coordinator.

The board will also set goals, learn rules, and find out about facilities being built and changes to the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. Other matters not on the agenda can be brought up during Public Participation. Attend and participate!

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