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1840:

For Sale, at Chas. C. Frosts’s Sign of the Golden Boot, north-end Hall’s building, India Rubber Shoes, of superior quality, Blacking, in liquid, paste and powder; Waterproof paste, which renders leather impervious to water; Boot and Shoe Kit, Pegs, &c.

1840:

Why can’t people put bells on their horses when snow is on the ground? One might as well attempt to dodge ‘chain lightning’ as avoid sleighs in full speed without bells. Where is now the benefit of a Village Corporation if we do not see to this?

1845:

20 Pieces Tickings of all qualities, common, medium, and super, for sale by C. Townsley & Son.

1857:

Since our last issue we have had a spell of weather and a snowstorm that has been much more productive of interest to the meteorologist than to travelers or families short of wood, coal, and provisions. Sunday and Monday, the 18th and 19th days of January, will long be remembered for the intense cold of one and the severe storm of the other.

1861:

James Fisk, Jr. of this village, and H.D. Smith of South Adams have formed a copartnership in the silk and shawl trade, and will run their splendid peddling wagons through New England states in time to come.

1861:

The snow storm of Wednesday of last week was of a severer character and more damaging to railway locomotion than any one experienced in this vicinity for several years. Less than a foot of snow fell but it was nearly as compact and heavy as hail, and without sufficient moisture to give it coherence.

1873:

Wood is scarce.

1873:

Messrs. J. Estey & Co,. our well known cottage organ manufacturers, report upwards of 8,000 instruments turned off during the year 1872.

1879:

Hawley is just home from New York with bargains in table linen, napkins, shawls, dress goods, handkerchiefs, skirts, white checked nainsooks and pique; Hamburg embroidery; also some new things for his 5 cent counter and some new white and medium ground prints.

1890:

Miss Mary Howe and her brother Mr. Lucien Howe, have fixed upon Tuesday evening, February 11, as the date of their concert to be given in response to the request of Brattleboro citizens. They are to be assisted by the Beethoven club, Mr. C.N. Allen leader, the same organization which assisted Miss Howe’s farewell concert in November, 1888.

1890:

Cassie Timson, aged four and a half years, picked some arbutus this week in the pine woods near her home in Esteyville. The blossoms were as fresh and fragrant as in May.

1890:

La grippe still counts a good many victims in town, although the disease prevails less generally than last week, when it probably reached its highest point. The attendance in the public schools is gradually returning to the normal point. The Chase street, High street, and Washington street primary schools have been closed on account of the illness of the teachers.

1890:

The friends and neighbors of Mrs. Grauhering gave her a pleasant surprise on Wednesday, her 50th birthday, presenting her with an easy chair and a sum of money as tokens of their friendship and goodwill.

1896:

The latest attraction in Pullen & Whitney’s show window is an electric motor which furnishes power for running the coffee grinder.

1896:

The town house will be thrown open to the inspection of the public next week Saturday afternoon, Feb 1, beginning at 2 o”clock. The dedicatory exercises will occur in the evening. As the hall and furnishings are new it is suggested that tobacco-users and peanut-eaters leave their favorite luxuries at home.

1896:

Hackley & Moran announce that they are about to put in a complete bicycle repair shop, including facilities for reenameling. It is their purpose to do everything in this line of work which it has been necessary to send to city shops heretofore.

1896:

Morse & Edgett, the real estate dealers, are having quite a large correspondence with out-of-town people desirous of buying farm and village property.

1896:

The trolley wire snapped in two near I.O.P. Smith’s on Canal street yesterday. It will be spliced as soon as supplies are received, but is now held together by clamps, and the trolley pole is raised when the break is reached.

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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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Free Talk at Brooks Memorial Library Making Sense of Your DNA Testing Results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

DNA testing for ancestry has exploded in popularity due to marketing campaigns and lower prices. However, many people are unsure what to do with their results once they receive them.

Join us on Wednesday, January 27th at 3 pm for a FREE talk by Genealogist Jennifer Stone Randolph, the owner of New Hampshire-based Touchstone Genealogy, will discuss the types of information testing provides, and how best to use it for family research. Real-life examples and case studies will illustrate the kinds of questions testing can and cannot answer. She will offer some insights into matters of privacy, accuracy, the potential for unexpected results, and the importance of being an informed consumer.

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Brattleboro Kicks Off Season 2 Of Road Trip Masters

The Road Trip Masters that the episode filmed in Brattleboro will air on the Discovery Channel this Saturday - January 6 - at 5am. The episode outline is below. Look for friends and neighbors.

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1/6/18-Road Trip Masters/Brattleboro Episode will air on Discovery channel at 5am. We encourage DVRing the show. Brattleboro will be kickoff our Season 2.

1/7/18- Road Trip Masters/Brattleboro episode will air on The Pursuit Channel at 5am. This is a smaller nationwide network that is available to approximately 40 million households.

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What Is UP With This Local Ukulele Craze?

Perhaps you've noticed that Brattleboro has been swept up in a bona fide ukulele craze in recent months?

Why? Because it is super-fun, way easier than you think, and good for the heart and soul.

Ring in your New Year with a new adventure, with a ukulele class or workshop with Lisa McCormick.

No musical background needed, and ukuleles are available to rent or buy at class.

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Municipal Center Boiler Fails, Selectboard Meeting Relocated

Good Morning –

The Municipal Center has two boilers. Under normal conditions, one boiler is enough to heat the building. However when its gets really cold, both boilers are needed to maintain a proper temperature. One of the boilers has failed. We are obtaining the part that is needed for the repair, but that may not get completed today. Even if we get the second boiler back online this afternoon, we won’t be able to overcome the extreme cold to heat the building to a normal inside temperature before 5:30pm tonight.

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Cold Enough For You?

This has been quite the cold snap, eh? A stretch of single and negative digits for over a week. How are you holding up?

We get a short break Wednesday and Thursdays with balmy 20 degree+ temperatures before dropping again for the weekend. Saturday's HIGH is expected to be - 1. The LOW is expected to be -16.

Parts of Florida have a winter storm watch in effect.

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Petitions, Openings, and Schedule for March Elections in Brattleboro Now Available

Petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 6, and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 24.

Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

Candidates for Town Meeting Member must file a nomination petition with at least 10 valid signatures of voters from the district where the candidate lives. Petitions of new candidates must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29 (same date as Town Officer petitions). Incumbents for Town Meeting Member must return their Notice of Intent form no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 29.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 1/1/18

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - Rights and Democracy

2:30 am Avant Garde Music Radio Show - Blood and Sunflower, Dub Perpetual, OSABA and more (Part I)

4:08 am Discussion on the Opioid Crisis in Vermont

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show 12/22/17

5:30 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 1

6:25 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 2

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Private Spies

Erik Prince (Blackwater) and Oliver North have submitted a set of proposals to provide the CIA Director and
the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/04/trump-white-house-weighing-plans-for-private-spies-to-counter-deep-state-enemies/

The plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the
intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Winter Art Classes at The Drawing Studio

The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro is offering classes in traditional and experimental drawing practices, color theory and composition and drop in figure drawing sessions.  Our semester begins the week of January 8th 2018.  Please check out the website to see if this might be for you or someone you love.

www.vermontdrawingstudio.com  It is a beautiful place to be, draw and learn.  (some trade and scholarship options are available too)

Happy New Year!  

Jason Alden

802 380 4997

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Weekend Drawing Workshop January 6 and 7

The Drawing Studio in Brattleboro will host a Weekend Drawing Intensive on January 6th and 7th.  This workshop is for absolute beginners and experienced artists.  Our aim is to:

-increase our understanding of the basic visual elements of shape, line, tone, pattern and gesture

-offer a framework that allows us to draw from our experience with curiosity, directness and enjoyment.

This will be an eye opener and an inspiration for the New Year.  You have much more capacity for drawing than you know!  

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Monday Morning Movie

January Showings

HAPPY FUNNY NEW YEAR

Movies starring:

Jan 8th   The Marx Brothers –10 am

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 1 thru January 5

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 1 thru January 5

 

Jan. 1& CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS DAY

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Terror Incidents

Unless there's a further Terror Incident in the USA this year, the final tally is 29. 24 of those were by White Supremacists, White Power Groups and Trump Supporters. Bet you didn't read about most of them. (Courtesy: Far Right Watch)

The U.S. government would never even think about committing acts of terrorism on their own population...Right???

Wrong!!! In 1962 a plan entitled “Operation Northwoods” called for hijacking US planes and acts of terrorism and murder to be committed on innocent civilians which would be blamed on Cuba to justify an invasion of their country.

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Healthcare Storytelling and Letter-writing + Potluck

The January potluck of the Hive Mutual Support Network will feature a letter-writing and storytelling workshop, facilitated by the Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign of the Vermont Workers’ Center. As with all Hive activities, this event is open to the public.

The vision of the campaign is that our healthcare system should guarantee all of us access to care we need. Sharing our experiences with the healthcare system is an important way we can change the public narrative about healthcare to one that is human-centered, rather than being framed in terms of costs, profits, and policy that is divorced from our lives.

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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. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Jan 1st - Jan. 5th
Mon - no lunch, open 1-7pm
Tues - hot roast beef sandwich w/gravy & French fries
Wed - penne chicken alfredo w/ salad
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - baked haddock, rice, & veg

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