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1839:

Law Notice. The subscribers have formed a Copartnership as Attorneys at Law. Asa Keyes, Royall Tyler.

1839:

The best assortment of Looking Glasses, and every description of House Hold furnishing goods can be found, and cheapest, at B. & D.’s.

1844:

Winter, Fall Refined Whale Oil; also 1 box superior Sperm Candles, just received at C. Townsley & Son’s.

1856:

Frank Steen has been appointed Agent of Fiske & Co.’s, and Thompson & Co.’s Express in this village in place of S. M. Waite, resigned. While we are sorry to lose Mr. Waite from Brattleboro, we are sure that the appointment could not fall into better hands. Mr. Waite is intending to remove to “the West” the ensuing winter. He has capacities that will command success anywhere.

1856:

The first frost of any consequence that has been felt in this village occurred on Tuesday night.

1872:

Vermont Phoenix reports that the Estey workforce was "making on average, one instrument every twenty-five minutes during the working day of ten hours" at new Birge Street location.

1878:

It is announced that Mrs. Elizabeth Cady Stanton of New York, the well-known advocate of woman’s rights, will deliver her great lecture on “Our Girls,” at the town hall on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24th. Mrs. Stanton is a lecturer of conceded ability, and as this will be her first lecture in Brattleboro, we have no doubt she will be accorded a large hearing.

1878:

J. S. Elliot, the Brattleboro pop-corn man, attended the Jacksonville fair last Thursday and had about $10 in silver coin and a stock of candies valued at the same amount stolen from his wagon some time during the evening.

1878:

The first flight of wild geese toward the south the present season was observed last Friday.

1889:

Some people are so cruel as to think it an amusing incident that one day last week a newly married couple were so absorbed in each other that they boarded the train and started on their trip, leaving their baggage and tickets at the depot.

1889:

The mountain and Marlboro hills were white with snow Sunday morning, but the last few days have brought perfect October weather.

1889:

The Universalist ladies will give an oyster supper at the vestry next Thursday evening.

1895:

Invitation is again given to all daughters of the American Revolution in Brattleboro and vicinity to meet the Brattleboro chapter at the home of Mrs. Haskins on Terrace street, to-morrow afternoon, Oct 19, from 3 to 5 o’clock. This invitation is intended to include the aged daughter of soldiers of the revolution, whether members of any chapter or not.

1895:

A street is being broken on High Lawn, D. S. Pratt’s residence section on the south side of Western avenue.

1895:

The hanging harness at the engine house are finally in place, and the horses are being drilled to take their places promptly. The best record for a quick hitch is 18 seconds.

1895:

“Ottawa Irish” and “Brooklyn Slim,” the post-office thieves, passed through Brattleboro yesterday, en route to Albany, N.Y., in charge of United States Marshall Emory Harris of Bennington.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/1/13

BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 7/1/13

                   Monday July 1

12:00 am      A Fukushima Refugee: Chikako Nishiyama

1:45 am       TED Talks: Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen (2006)

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Retreat from Canada: Revolutionary War Re-enactment

4:40 am       TED Talks: Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice (2005)

5:00 am       Education-Join the Conversation Ep. 9: Harassment & Bullying Prevention

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Love Letter

I started this letter last year, in a fit of pique at President Obama, who I perceived was moving in the wrong direction. Today, I finished it. Here's what I wrote:

Dear President Obama,

All of your policies are wrong. Here are some things missing from your policies:

- heart
- soul
- beauty
- love
- joy

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Saturday Power Outages in Brattleboro

Does anyone know what has happened in Brattleboro today?   We've lost electricity twice today. Once around 5:45 am and again at 4:45pm.   I saw some telephone'and power trucks'over by Linden Street and it looked like a line was down.  It is odd to lose power a total of now three times this passing week.

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Weekend Concert(s) - Cream/Traffic/Blind Faith

" Cream were a 1960's British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce, guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. Their sound was characterized by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining the psychedelic-themed lyrics, Eric Clapton's blues guitar playing and vocals,  Jack Bruce's voice and prominent bass playing and Ginger Baker's jazz influenced drumming." from Wikipedia

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 2, 2013

The Brattleboro Selectboard would like to know what you think about the proposed solar farm along I-91. They've carved out time during Tuesday's meeting to listen to your ideas.

If you go, you'll also be able to participate in discussions of the skating rink compressor, local hiring, the town website, the Town Manager search process, various grants and permits, and other issues. 

The proceedings are broadcast and streamed by BCTV, and you can read a wrap-up here the day after.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:00pm 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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Miniatures and Models Added at the Brattleboro History Center

If you like miniatures and models, the Brattleboro History Center has a few new items you might want to see next time you come downtown.

Recent additions to the History Center include a large, colorful model of Ft. Dummer, a beautiful scale model of the covered bridge to Dummerston over the West River, and an HO scale model of the Newfane station and railroad buildings of the West River Railroad.

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Pine Street Vandalism

Many cars (at least 5) in the Pine Street area are were spray painted on Wed. night this week between 9:30-11pm, they also vanalized the granite pillars leading to Morningside Cemetery.  More disturbing than that is the racial slur sprayed on a house on Pine St. the same night. I doubt it was directed at the home owner, as I think the house is vacant. What a shame to our neighborhood and community.

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Flood Watch in Effect for Windham County

There's a flood watch in effect for Windham County for most of the day, and a chance of thunderstorms showing every day now through Independence Day next Thursday. A very wet week.

The Windham County Sheriff's Department posted this photo of the Whetstone this morning:

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Reductions in Emergency Housing Program - Brattleboro Support Agencies Plan Tent & Sleeping Bag Drive

BRATTLEBORO – Brattleboro’s Continuum of Care group is conducting a Tent and Sleeping Bag Drive in response to anticipated increases in people experiencing homelessness. July 1st marks another round of budget cuts by the Vermont Legislature, reducing services for General Assistance emergency temporary housing statewide. The last-resort program, which provides limited emergency motel vouchers for elderly and disabled homeless individuals and homeless families with young children, continues to experience cuts. This year, it means many families and individuals who currently qualify will be ineligible for services starting July 1st, and those who do qualify will see the length of their motel stay drastically reduced.

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How To Format Links in Stories and Comments on iBrattleboro

Sooner or later, most people like to add links to their stories or comments. To make things easier for your readers it is helpful to learn to format your links.  This helps you avoid really long, ugly internet addresses in the middle of your great work.

Here’s how to format a link in a story or comment on iBrattleboro:

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Accident on the Avenue June 27, 2013

I heard there was a terrible accident on Western Avenue on Thursday. Anybody know anything? Our paper didn't cover the scene for today's edition.

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Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast Video - GMO-Right To Know & What We Can Do

June 21st Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast: GMO-Right To Know & What We Can Do

Speaker: State Representative Tristan Toleno

Topic:  Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Bill-H.112

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Brattleboro Agricultural Advisory Committee To Discuss Prime Agricultural Soils at Solar Farm Location

The Agricultural Advisory Committee will be meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 1, 2013 in the Hanna Cosman Room of the Muncipal Center.

The agenda is attached.

Julia Perks
Planning Services Clerk
230 Main Street, Ste 202
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-251-8107

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Contractual & Personnel Matters

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session to discuss a contractual matter and personnel matter.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Double Matching "Harvest Health" Coupons for EBT Customers at the Brattleboro Farmers Market - July

Attention EBT customers! The Brattleboro Farmers' Market will be matching EBT dollars spent at market (up to $10 per person, per visit) with the Harvest Health Coupons, available starting in July.

The Brattleboro Farmers Market operates the Wednesday Market, downtown by the Co-op on the Whetstone Pathway, 10-2, and the Saturday Market, 9-2, on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro (past the covered bridge). Come to market, swipe your EBT card at the manager's booth, and receive wooden tokens that can buy any EBT eligible foods, like fresh produce, fresh breads, eggs and meats, maple syrup, etc. While supplies last, double your EBT money and receive the matching Harvest Health coupons.

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

CLAREMONT BEATS BRATTLEBORO IN CRVBL ACTION

By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

The defending Connecticut River Valley Baseball League champion Claremont Cardinals held off a surprisingly strong effort by the winless Brattleboro River Rats and came out with a 6 to 3 victory in recent CRVBL action.

The game at Claremont's Barnes Park featured strong pitching by Claremont's Mike Wells and Brattleboro's Todd Bell, both of whom pitched complete games. Cardinal third baseman Justin Pierce singled, doubled, scored a run and drove in two more, while John Waitekus of the River Rats went three for three with a pair of RBI.

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Electric Fence in Saxtons River

Electric Fence returns to Pleasant Valley Brewing in Saxtons River, Friday night, June 28. Music starts at 8 p.m. Our good friend Alan Metcalfe will join us to blow some sweet harp. Electric Fence is Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jonny Sheehan and Jeremy Holch. Music is free. Pleasant Valley is a great pub so come on up.

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Eat Some More! Brattleboro Cheese Introduces Expanded Lunch and Light Dinner Menu

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, June 27th, Brattleboro Cheese rolls out its new and expanded lunch and light dinner menu.  In addition to our great grilled cheese sammiches, we now offer more options, all developed by Chef Joseph Motika.  Come see us before you head to the movies! 

Our new menu is available Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am-7pm; Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-8pm; and Sunday from 12:30 to 5pm.  Don't forget!  Breakfast every day (but Monday, when we're closed) from 7am-11am, Sundays til noon!

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Senator Sanders’ Warning on Student Loans

WASHINGTON, June 26 – Citing a major crisis in college costs, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today urged quick action by Congress to keep student loan interest rates from doubling on Monday.

“If we do not act immediately, the subsidized Stafford loan program will see a doubling of interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent,” Sanders said in a Senate floor speech. “That would be a disaster for millions of students and their families in our country. We must not allow that to happen.”

At the very least, Sanders said, the current Stafford loan program interest rate of 3.4 percent must be extended. In the long term, the Higher Education Act should guarantee that students will be able to attend college and not be burdened with crippling loans.

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