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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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Appliance Repairers in Brattleboro?

Washer and dryer both acting up and need troubleshooting and possible repair. Does anyone do this sort of thing around here any more? They're not all that old, hate to replace them if they're fixable.

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Creating Smoke-Free Places, Spaces, Events and More in the Brattleboro Area

Would you like to play are role in increasing smoke-free environments in the Brattleboro area community?
Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is looking for workgroup members to assist in the following actions:

  • Increasing smoke-free public places and events

  • Increasing workplace outdoor smoke-free policies

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Rockingham Library Leads Trip to Boston's Isabell Stewart Gardener Museum--Saturday, April 13

The Rockingham Free Public Library is planning an excursion to Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Saturday, April 13. A chartered bus will depart Bellows Falls at 7AM, returning at 7PM. The cost is $95 per person and includes round trip transportation and a museum tour. There will be time for shopping and lunch in addition to the tour.

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NEYT Jazzes up its Spring Fundraising

Friday April 19th, at 6:00pm New England Youth Theatre will be rolling out the red carpet for a special gala fundraising event!

Join us for delicious French cuisine from local chefs, an assortment of fine wine, and live music performed by Deniz Cordell at 6pm.

Then enjoy a NEYT senior company performance of Scapin, written by France's king of comedy - Moliere. NEYT uses the rave review off-Broadway adaptation created by America’s most famous clowns, Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, who starred in the original Broadway production. It is literally laugh-a-second mayhem!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Organizational Meeting

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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Another Loss for Brattleboro - Adivasi

I was saddened to hear that ADIVASI will be closing it's beautiful store on Flat Street. It hs always been a favorite place of mine to pick up an unusual gift or a beautiful tablecloth while supporting independent artisans. This is a huge loss for our town. I wish the family well.

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One of the Best Little Towns!

Brattleboro has been named one of the 10 best towns in the US by Fodor's magazine! Despite all our problems and all the complaining it's still a pretty good place to live. Also included in the top 10 was Provincetown, Massachusetts- one of my favorite places to spend time.

www.fodors.com

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Book Series: Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen's Endurance

Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen's Endurance: A Two Book Reading Series

The reading/discussion series: Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen’s publishing staying power. The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen’s universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing.

Thursday April 4, 2013 1:30 PM until 3:00 PM
Richard Wizansky will lead a discussion on April 4, 2013, beginning at 1:30 PM in the Library's meeting room on Pride and Prejudice.

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Save the Dates! Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Giant Booksale

The Big booksale is coming early this year.

Reserve the dates! 

Friday, April 12, 10 to 6
Saturday April 13, 10 to 2

Stop by the Library to browse and purchase some of the thousands of fabulous hardcover books, paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books available. 

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Escape the Snow: Film Festival: Travel to Vacanza in Italia

Vacanza in Italia Film Festival: Contact Library for this week's film title, Wednesday March 20, 20136:30 PM until 9:00 PM

What causes people to travel to Italy? Is it the food, the pace of life, the sun? Or is it the civilizing influence of all of this. Do they always find what they think they should?

Please join fellow cinephiles at Brooks Memorial Library for a series of films that will make you want to "vacanza in Italia."

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Tax Stabilization For Brooks House, Departing Board Members Say Good-Bye

Amidst discussions of Brooks House tax stabilization and other business came the final thoughts and words of three Selectboard members sharing a final regular Tuesday meeting together. The two longest serving agreed that Brattleboro could use a mayor.

The Brooks House got their savings, Chris Chapman started a discussion about future plans for the Brattleboro’s earliest existing train station, the utility budget was approved for FY14, and many liquor licenses were approved en masse.

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Curbside Composting video

Here is the link to "Brattleboro Curbside Composting" You Tube video. http://youtu.be/kfoD2ZkPufc

Please watch it and learn the why's and how's of Curbside Composting. Share with your friends and neighbors who have doubts or questions about the Curbside Composting program.

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The Lonely Heartstring Band at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, March 23

Twilight Music presents The Lonely Heartstring Band, a dynamic new quintet of Berklee College of Music students who share a love of bluegrass and acoustic music, as well as the music of the Beatles, at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 pm.

George Clements, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Louis Fram play traditional and original songs as well as the songs of the Beatles, which they play as close to the original arrangements as possible, while adding their own influences. They create a new and unique sound using the standard bluegrass lineup of instruments - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and acoustic bass.

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The Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Inc.

The River Garden as Part of our Commons

[Click 'Read More' below if you wish to read the many statements made on behalf of the River Garden at the meeting described below. -- JW]

If you're interested in saving the River Garden for public use, or even if you aren't, please read these statements excerpted from the record of the Brattleboro Selectboard meeting of December 5, 2006 - the topic at hand was whether or not the Town should ask the State Legislature for "forgiveness" of a restriction attached to the first State grant of $150,000 used to purchase the land where the River Garden now stands, which stated that the Town or BaBB would have to pay the Legislature back those funds were the River Garden ever to be sold to a private individual or a for-profit entity. The 'suitor' or prospective purchaser of the property at that time was Tony Elliott's Windham Development Group, LLC, the recent renovator of the Windham Hotel in Bellows Falls.

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What Is A Homeowner Suppose To Do?

2012 will be remembered as an extraordinarily difficult year for Brattleboro residents. Since January the Vermont Legislature has voted out of committee to increase the state education tax rate by five cents; to increase the gas tax by two cents with another eight cent increase in the future; and to tax any drink containing sugar at one cent per ounce that will add thirty-three cents to the price of a liter.

At the local level property owners will be hit with a projected utility budget deficit of $600,000; the annual increase in the water and sewer rates for the new treatment plant; the increase in property taxes for the new fire and police station; the increase in the town operating budget; the increase in the town school budget; and the increase in the BUHS budget. Adding to the taxpayer’s misery is a town grand list that has flat-lined.

What is a homeowner suppose to do?

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Representative Welch Introduces Two Bills to Boost Vermont Maple Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Mar. 19, 2013) – With maple season in full swing, Rep. Peter Welch is pushing two bills to promote Vermont’s maple industry and make sugaring operations more energy efficient.

“Maple syrup and those who produce it are part of the fabric of Vermont," Welch said. "Their trade goes back generations and is an important part of our economy as well as a key defining characteristic of our state brand. These investments in the maple industry will ensure it remains a strong part of Vermont's economy and identity for generations to come."

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Pedagogy of the Poor Book Tour- Weather Update

The Pedagogy of the Poor Book Tour event in Dummerston has been cancelled due to the weather.

The event at the First Baptist Church from 12:30-2:30 is still happening.

At this event Pedagogy of the Poor co-authors Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann will discuss their book which highlights stories of poor people organizing alongside one another, building leadership, and raising consciousness through political education. 

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Hot Wheelz Cycle Studio Now Offers 6:00 AM Classes

Hot Wheelz Cycle Studio, Putney's newest Spinning (indoor cycling) facility will be offering 6:00 AM classes starting on March 26th. 

Early classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, in addition to the host of other classes that are currently being offered.   If you haven't had a chance to check out the studio yet, we would love have you come by for a visit.

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River Garden RFP Information Now Available

Building a Better Brattleboro today published its formal call for proposals concerning the Robert Gibson River Garden on its new website, www.brattleboro.com.

In the event you have difficulty navigating from the home page, the direct link to the RFP page is here.

Documents on that page include the River Garden Operational Information.

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