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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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BizUp West B at MamaSezz, April 19th

Do you live or own a business West of I-91?  If so, JOIN US on Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm for our spring BizUp West B event.  Food tastings, presentations, and meeting up with fellow business owners.  The Community Development Action Team of the West Brattleboro Association will be co-hosting the fun, informative and tasty event with our new West Brattleboro business, MamaSezz.  (mamasezz.com)

MamaSezz is at 127 Marlboro Road (Rte. 9) in West Brattleboro.  Look for the "What are you grateful for" sign on the side of the building.  (And post something you're grateful for!)

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Brattleboro Spring Leaf Pick-up Schedule

TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO SPRING LEAF COLLECTION SCHEDULE

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Spring Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 21, 2017

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 5, 2017

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste...leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1" in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

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VFW Lunch Specials

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

Tues - chili hot dogs, homemade baked beans, coleslaw
Wed - lasagna w/ a salad
Thur - marinates steak tips, mashed potato, and veg.
Fri - homemade crab Rangoon w/ shrimp lo mein

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False Flag Attack?

I’m listening to the BBC this morning on Vermont Public Radio. I am appalled at the steady stream of commentators denouncing Assad for his dastardly deed. Every one of them is convinced he did it despite lack of evidence and common-sense arguments that he didn’t.

I could be wrong, but my BS meter is pinging off-scale.

I’ve heard two cogent arguments, one from the Right (Ron Paul) and one from the Left (Tulsi Gabbard) questioning this conclusion.

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In a Pickle

A grave situation I have encountered. I am hoping to get my story out there for help.

I was working for a long standing and real Vermont based company here in town. On December 11th 2016 while loading a truck I felt my left hip buckle as I was trying to get a 400 pound stack over the dock plate. I really thought at that moment had I stayed in that position for a split second longer I would have had the hip give out.

I did finish my shift and did not report it that day. I was working two extra shifts that week, getting ready for Christmas with my Kids. I had been working 67 hour weeks for the whole month. I went home on the 11th, had to be back for my last shift of the 6 day work week in 12 hours. I went in, worked that shift, sore and stiff as usual and got home on the 12th. I had the 13th off, my only day off before signing up for my last 6 day work week before the Holiday. I woke up in real pain and went in and reported it to my HR Director at work. We filled out the accident report with my Supervisor and I was told to go to they're vendor to be looked at.

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Spring Attempts Arrival

Ir appears that Spring is trying to come in for a landing today.

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Church Street Closure

On Monday, April 10, 2017 and Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Church Street (between Green Street and Elliot Street) will be closed to all traffic from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm for operations related to the Central Fire Station upgrade.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255.

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Linden Street Closure

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 the Brattleboro Department of Public Works, Utility Divsion will be performing an emergency road closure for the southbound lane of Linden Street from Anna Marsh Lane to Chapin Street during the hours of 6:30 am until approximately 6:00 pm to repair a failed valve. Northbound traffic will still be able to travel on Linden Street.

There will be access to Chapin Street from Park Place. Heavy truck traffic travelling south bound on Linden Street/Route 30 will be assisted through the job site due to limited access in the detour. A detour will be clearly signed during the hours of the closure. DPW staff will also deploy electronic message boards on April 10th to notify the public.

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Applicants Sought For Forestry Scholarship

The Windham Regional Woodlands Association (WRWA) is currently seeking scholarship applications from Windham County high school seniors or college students interested in forestry or an allied field (e.g., wildlife management). WRWA will award one $3,000 scholarship for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters ($1,500 per semester) to a Windham County resident attending or about to enroll in a two- or four-year college program in Forest Management or a related major. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2017.

For more information, email WRWA at windhamwoodlands@gmail.com or go to our website, www.windhamwoodlands.org, and click on Scholarships.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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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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