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1849:

Festive opening of the last section of Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road.

1858:

A fire occurred in a dwelling house in West Brattleboro, on Friday night of last week, belonging to Cromwell Carpenter, but occupied by one Staples. The occupant undertook to smoke some bacon in the wood-shed during the evening and left the fire to take care of itself; the destruction of the building was the result.

1858:

Henry Burnham will deliver a lecture next week, at the Town Hall, embodying facts and reminiscences connected with the early history of this village.

1862:

Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B., is to Lecture in the Town Hall this (Thursday) evening. Subject: “The Humorous Phases of the War.” Doesticks, alias Mortimer Thompson, has by personal intercourse and examination rendered himself familiar with many scenes and events connected with the war and its management that do not find their way into the columns of a newspaper.

1874:

At the Grand Army charity fair, next Thursday evening, a silver trumpet, now on exhibition at Holding’s jewelry store, is to be voted to one of the fire companies.

1874:

The auditors of the town of Brattleboro have made their annual report for the year ending Feb. 7. The expenses for the current year are estimated at $13,730. The present grand list of the town is $22,723. To raise the amount deemed necessary will require a tax of 60 cents on the dollar, which the auditors recommend.

1880:

Rev. E.W. Whitney’s fifth lecture to young people will be given next Sunday evening. Subject, “Mysterious Failures.”

1880:

Rev. Mr. Green’s discourse for next Sunday evening will be on “Everlasting Torments, Annihilation, or Final Restoration - which?”

1885:

Estimated town expenses for the coming year are $17,761; some unusual expenses on account of the repair and rebuilding of bridges will be necessary.

1885:

The Prospect Hill and Esteyville housewives plead for an extension of the weather signal system, and one of them whispers that a flag would be especially handy on Monday mornings - “so as to know about putting out the washing, you know.”

1885:

E.L. Parker, proprietor of the Elliot street jobbing shop, is filling a western order for 300 washing machines, necessitating the employment of two extra workmen

1891:

A new rifle range is being put in the armory. The target is of steel plate, covered with pasteboard in which the bullets will embed themselves, and is reduced to correspond to a range of 200 yards.

1891:

A colt belonging to Milton Miller became fractious on North Main street yesterday and kicked the front of the sleigh into kindling wood.

1891:

Col. L.K. Fuller has recently introduced a very perfect system of lighting into his house. It is a storage battery system, charged from a dynamo at the factory.

1891:

The warrant for the annual March meeting contains only two articles calling for other than routine business. The first of these is to see what actions the town will take under act 17 of the laws of 1890 allowing a 20 per cent highway tax payable in labor or a 15 per cent tax payable in money, to be levied.

2003:

iBrattleboro is launched; a haiku about snow was the first story.

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Brains Matter - Understanding the Developing Adolescent Brain

At BAPC, we're often asked by parents, caregivers and educators, in our community, to share tips and strateges for preventing youth from experimenting with drugs, alcohol and other substances. Many parents are aware that teens often have a prevelant misconception about the safety of experimenting with substances including marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 19, 2013

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Brattleboro’s new Town Plan will be approved by the Selectboard at their next regular Tuesday night meeting at the Municipal Center.

If you attend in person or watch on TV, you will also hear discussions of a new gravity fed sewer line for Black Mountain, an update on progress with Brattleboro’s new skatepark design, talk of taxing your gasoline, thoughts on changing the boundaries for the Downtown Improvement District, and the parking garage committee will be dissolved.

All this and more on Tuesday night, and you can read about it in detail here the morning after.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson 

Executive Secretary 

Brattleboro Town Manager's Office 
(802) 251-8100

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Near Misses

In the many years I have worried about what disaster could befall Vermont Yankee, I never imagined this one:

"...the area where the meteor exploded was 100 kilometers (60 miles) from
the Mayak nuclear storage and disposal facility, which holds dozens of
tons of weapons-grade plutonium. He said the Russian government has
underestimated potential risks of the region.

A chemical weapons disposal facility at Shchuchye in the Chelyabinsk region
contains some 6,000 tons (5,460 metric tons) of nerve agent including
sarin and VX, accounting for about 14 percent of the chemical weapons
that Russia is committed to destroy."

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Douglas Cox - iBrattleboro 2013 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Moderator Interview

This year, two candidates are hoping to get your vote to become Moderator of Representative Town Meeting. As with Selectboard candidates, we’ve sent emails and invitations to use the site to communicate with voters to each.

Douglas Cox is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.

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Tell us a little about yourself...

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Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses Shoulder Injuries, February 28

Southern Vermont Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will
present a free talk about shoulder injuries by Dr. William Vranos on Thursday,
February 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Brew Barry
Conference room.

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Photo... Solar Collector...

In Which Doodle Takes Advantage of Some Bright February Sunshine to Fight the Cabin Fever, and I Try to Figure out the New iBrattleboro Image Posting System

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Sanders, Boxer Propose Climate Change Bills

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change.

Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.

Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.

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David Cadran - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Each year, iBrattleboro sends questions to Selectboard candidates and invite them to use the site to connect with voters.

This year's questions have been sent, and David Cadran is the first to respond.

Mr. Cadran is running for a 1 year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Committee Forming

The Town of Brattleboro is seeking applications from residents to serve on the newly created Police-Fire Facility Committee. This seven member ad hoc committee is responsible for providing financial and technical oversight to the Police-Fire renovation/addition project.

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Downtown Brattleboro Sidewalk Project Meeting

Residents and Business Owners:

The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of Main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project. The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street. Two FHWA Enhancement grants and a local match in the form of a bond fund this project.

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Welcome To The New iBrattleboro

After over 46 million page views, 22 thousand stories, and 100 thousand comments on the old site, we give you a new iBrattleboro.

We hope you like it. We’ve been listening to feedback, thinking about how people use the site, and have new features to share.

Our primary goal was to keep it similar to the old site, but also to make everything better. We looked at each of the features of the old site and then for ways to improve them. You can now do repeating events with calendar submissions, add write-in votes on polls, and add images to stories, comments, and events.

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Logging In For the First Time

We want you to log in and enjoy all the new features of the new iBrattleboro.

To accomplish the transition to the new site, we've set things up here on the new site with your username and email address. 

Here are the steps to take to log in to the new iBrattleboro for the first time.

 

1. Click on Log in using the link in the upper right corner of the site.

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Bugs, Problems, and Other Issues

Use the comments below to alert us to bugs or problems you come across while exploring the new iBrattleboro.

Please be patient, too. There are a lot of moving parts and we expect to be busy answering questions and helping people for the near future. We will get to everything as best we can.

High priority will be placed on things that are broken. Lower priority will be assigned to suggestions for improvements. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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The New iBrattleboro Has Features

Our goal was to keep things similar, but make improvements everywhere. Here are just a few of the many new features you'll find as you explore the new iBrattleboro.

Enhanced stories - there is a WYSIWYG editor, so you can make story text bold, italic, and so on. Please use it wisely (that is, only if necessary.)

New organization - we've cleaned up and condensed site navigation and have some changes to the sections.

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A Guide to the New iBrattleboro Navigation

It might be helpful if we showed you around the place, eh? Let's take a tour of the new iBrattleboro navigation bar at the top of the page.

Note that what you see up there depends on if you are logged in or not.

In this story we'll discuss the features you'll see if you are logged in. If a feature is missing for you, you probably need to log in to see it.

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Brattleboro Elections & Representative Town Meeting 2013

Brattleboro Election Info 2013

The following information about Brattleboro Town Meeting & Elections 2013 comes to us courtesy of the town and the candidates themselves unless otherwise indicated. Click the tabs below to browse our Town Meeting and Election information. Corrections, additions, and feedback: please email info@ibrattleboro.com.

The New iBrattleboro Weather Page Details

Icicle MoonWhen you first arrive on the new iBrattleboro Weather page you'll get a quick forecast for Brattleboro and surrounding areas. Click around and you'll find an enormous quantity of weather information to explore.

At the very top of the page are 8 tabs that help you jump to various weather information - Current Conditions, Advisories, Forecast, Forcast Discussion, Local Radar, National Radar, Links, and Space Weather.

Within those tabs are charts, maps, descriptions, and other useful information for tracking local weather.

You can get to the weather section by clicking on the current weather icon at the top of the home page, or by clicking on the weather link in the upper navigation bar.

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New iBrattleboro Sections and Headers

The new version of iBrattleboro replaces icons for sections with new section page headers. Taking away the icons, we hope, will inspire you to illustrate your stories with images.

There are a few changes to the Sections, too. We've changed Kids to Family, to include all ages of family members. Recreation has now become Sports and Recreation. Police has now become Police and Fire.

New sections have been added: Culture, Economics, Living, Philosophy, State News, Travel, and The Region, including space for news from Vernon, Guilford, Dummerston, Marlboro, Putney, the West River Valley, and Deerfield Valley in Vermont and Chesterfield and Hinsdale in New Hampshire.

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Guilford, You Have An Official Section!

Greetings Guilford,

As you can see, you have a brand new section of the site to publish Guilford news, events, and commentary. Your stories will still go on the homepage first, like all others, but now they can all be found in one place.

Chesterfield, Deerfield Valley, Dummerston, Hinsdale, Marlboro, Putney, Vernon, and West River Valley are also included in the regional section.

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iBrattleboro Poll

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