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1846:

The sound of the axe and hammer is heard in various parts of our pleasant village, indicating a state of prosperity and a feeling of enterprise which is encouraging to witness. We would call the attention of our citizens to the fact, that they are chiefly indebted to Nature for the beauty of the village and its vicinity; and they have done but comparatively little in ornamenting the town or their own private residences.

1859:

The Penniman House on Elliot street, was occupied at one time we believe, within the last three or four years, by three families, all of whom have since been blessed with a pair of twins. We can recommend this house as one presenting superior attractions to those in want of tenements and babies.

1859:

The “Swift Water” Boat Club are practicing navigation and rowing on the Connecticut every pleasant evening.

1859:

The examination of the High School in this village took place last Monday afternoon. There was present a large number of the friends and patrons of the school who were highly pleased with the recitations of the pupils, who were examined in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, History and Elocution. The scholars did themselves and their teacher great credit, and by their sobs and tears when Mr. Miles bid them farewell showed how much they loved and respected him.

1875:

The coming of a band organ and a Punch and Judy show, on Wednesday, prove beyond a doubt that Spring is here.

1875:

A third spelling school was held at the town hall on Thursday evening at which the number of competitors was limited to fifty, and the evening’s receipts were to be divided among the ten best spellers. Miss Lizzie Frost was the last to leave the platform. Words missed included scommony, orrery, chintz, lapidific, and parallelism.

1879:

Mrs. Sally Stockwell of West Brattleboro celebrates her 100th birthday today.

1880:

The season’s drive of 60,000,000 feet of logs has started down the river in charge of 700 men.

1880:

Mr. James Fisk is busily engaged with preparations for his traveling exhibition, to show the working of his patent harness, with which he will go upon the road about the middle of May. The tent in which the exhibition is to be given will be pitched in Mr. Fisk’s Western Avenue lot this week for preliminary rehearsals.

1886:

Harrigan’s Hibernian company, one of the best Irish comedy companies on the road, plays at Crosby hall next week Friday evening.

1886:

Housekeepers complain that carpet bugs are more numerous and destructive this spring than before in this section.

1886:

The asylum employees planted 31 trees on Arbor day on the new street running around by the asylum park to Forest square.

1886:

Mr. Brooks has awarded the contract fot the public library to the firm of Bartlett Brothers of East Whatley, Mass., who were the lowest bidders. It is now expected that they will begin the work of excavation next Monday. They agree to have the building finished on the first day of January next, and as much before as possible. The California redwood, for the inside finish, which Mr. Brooks had shipped from San Francisco during the winter via Cape Horn, is due to arrive in New York early in July.

1886:

At the annual village meeting next Tuesday the voters will be asked to make a special appropriation for a parade of the fire department at the call of the chief engineer. Last year the customary parade was dispensed with from motives of economy.

1897:

Sawdust is now shipped to Brattleboro from northern New Hampshire by the carload for use of the liverymen and others.

1897:

The work replanking Whetstone bridge came to a standstill yesterday owing to some difficulty between the contractors. The worst part of the bridge had been replanked before the trouble arose.

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Pizza Lovers, Take Heart....

I just ran into Frankie on Main Street and he assured me that, despite rumors to the contrary that have been floating around, he has not retired, but is actively looking for a new place in town to set up shop again. He had no firm date or location yet, but all is not lost ! Keep hope alive!

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Please Write-In "George Anthes" for Town Meeting Rep - District 3

I live off Cedar Street, between Crowell Lot and the Harris Hill Ski Jump. Brattleboro's a special place, and it will require thoughtful representation by its Representative Town Meeting to help the town strike the right balances as we try to keep our economy healthy and vibrant; educate, retain and attract young people; and live up to our values.

Among my priorities for Brattleboro town governance:

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Clifford Carnicom of the Carnicom Institute To Be Interviewed on WVEW

Clifford Carnicom is an expert on geo-engineering, also known as "chemtrails."

He will be on WVEW-LP, Brattleboro Community Radio Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30pm-7:30pm on DJ Pockets' "buttahmilk" show. Tune in locally at 107.7fm, or on your android phone app, or on www.wvew.org

thanks
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Write in Paula Melton for District 1 Town Meeting Member, 3-year seat

After noting that there are only TEN candidates to fill 16 seats for District 1 three-year Town Meeting Members, I have decided to declare myself a write-in candidate.

If elected, I will represent West Brattleboro residents and interests to the best of my knowledge and ability.

My personal hopes and interests for West Brattleboro's future include:

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Call for Singers: A Cappella à la Carte on June 8

Brattleboro, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford is beginning rehearsals next week for its "A Cappella à la Carte" concert season finale on Saturday, June 8, which follows its brief annual membership meeting and a community potluck dinner at Guilford Community Church in the Algiers village of Guilford.

The Guilford Chamber Singers will be led again by Tom Baehr, who conducted a group of nearly twenty singers for the organization's Christmas at Christ Church program in December. Entitled "Melodies Steal Into My Heart," the proposed spring program begins with madrigals, travels through 19th Century English Part Songs, and also includes some 20th Century tunes, a couple of 21st Century works, and even some Hoagy Carmichael.

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Datura Trio with Silk Road's Shane Shanahan

DATURA TRIO & SILK ROAD'S SHANAHAN PERFORM ON MARCH 8

Brattleboro, Vt. - On Friday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m., Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents a concert by the Datura Trio with guest percussionist Shane Shanahan, a founding member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. Proceeds from the concert and a pre-concert supper, both set at the Vermont Jazz Center on Cotton Mill Hill, will benefit FOMAG's Music Enrichment Program at Guilford Central School, where the Datura Trio is in residence on March 6-8. Student participants in rhythm and vocal workshops may also make an appearance at the evening concert.

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United Way of Windham County Grant Seeker Forum

BCTV producer Maria Dominguez brings us this informative forum, as Sue Degraff - Director of Community Investments of Windham County - explains, step by step, how to apply for program funding for non-profit organizations

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Please Write In "Holland Mills" for Town Meeting Representative in District 3

When I went to vote early on Friday, I was disturbed that, for the fifteen 3-year seats for District 3 there were only 10-11 printed candidates. I wrote myself in, and am now appealing to the community to write me in (don't forget to fill in the oval to the right of the write-in slot).

I've lived on Elliot Street right above Harmony Lot since September 2007, and have experienced many disturbing scenarios (2008-2009 was especially bad; it's better but there are continuing challenges). District 3 is the smallest in town, but it covers downtown and cannot afford to be underrepresented.

 

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Neighborhood Potluck Frost, Elm, Elliot

Neighborhood Potluck - Free

What does this neighborhood mean to you?

Sunday, March 10, 5:00-7:00 pm at Elliot St Café, corner Elm and Elliot, 134 Elliot St.

Join your neighbors for a potluck and discussion to create a vision for this neighborhood.

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Sanders: Budget Must Close Tax Loopholes

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 4 – Sen. Bernie Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said today he is working with the committee on a 10-year budget which would create jobs, lower the deficit and protect working families and the most vulnerable people in our society.

A bill from the committee should move to the Senate floor later this month.

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Kudos to Town of Newfane Administration & Volunteers

I had an opportunity to read Newfane's 154th Annual Town Report this weekend and am moved to give a shout-out to all the paid and volunteer folks who absorbed the huge amount of time associated with the aftermath of Storm Irene.

Extraordinary effort!

Thanks for all you do! 

Here's a link to the Town of Newfane website.

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BMH Doula Program Celebrates 10 Years

In conjunction with the international observation of World Doula Week March 22-28, the Doula Program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will celebrate 10 years of providing services to the community.

A doula is a trained woman who comforts and supports mothers and their families as they bring their babies into the world. Scientific trials have shown remarkable improved birth outcomes because of the presence of a doula. They also show a decreased amount of intervention and a higher number of mothers viewing their birth as a positive experience.

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Brattleboro Family Medicine Welcomes Gerald Doherty, PA

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Gerald Doherty, PA has joined Brattleboro Family Medicine and is accepting new patients.

Doherty graduated from the Physician Assistant Studies program at the School of Science and Health, Philadelphia University in Pennsylvania in 1999.  Most recently, he has been a Physician Assistant in Emergency Medicine at Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, New Hampshire.

He has also worked for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont and Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre.

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Vermont Leadership Institute Recruits Southern Vermont Members

Applications Invited for the Vermont Leadership Institute

The Snelling Center for Government invites members of the private, public and nonprofit sectors to apply for the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2014. The application deadline is March 29th; the class is announced in June; the program begins in September and graduates in June. The application process is competitive and includes an application, references and a local interview.

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STD Epidemic In Brattleboro?

“Thank you for this meeting. It’s a rare opportunity to confer with someone who specializes in contagions. The conversation we are about to have must remain confidential. My concern is that within the next few years Brattleboro may be on the verge of experiencing an STD pandemic that is rapidly dispersing itself throughout the United States and is headed straight for our town.”

“What is it about this particular strain of STD that in your observations makes it so virulent?”

“Three things are troublesome; the complacency of residents regarding the emotional and personal impact of this STD; the unimaginable intrusiveness of this STD into their physical life; and the motivation of some malcontents to promote the STD as good for the community.”

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Getting Rid of Critter?

There is a critter in the pipe of an unused wood stove in my house. John at Aardvark Wildlife is out of town. Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

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Cindy Cuthbertson - Write in Town Rep Candidate - District 3

I am posting in support of Cindy Cuthbertson (Write in candidate) for Town Rep 3 year term in District 3.

Cindy and I have lived in Brattleboro since 2002 and on Western Ave in District 3 since 2003. In full disclosure Cindy and I are married, so as they say I have a dog in the fight (and that's not meant to be a bad English joke). I thnk she would be an excellent rep, she is thoughtful, pays attention to Town matters, (some of it just having to listen to me) she will stand up and talk when she needs to and is concerned about the future of Brattleboro.


I ask you to vote for Cindy Cuthbertson by adding her name to the ballot 3 year Term under Jim Verzino, and then checking the little box.

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Dummerston Selectboard Meeting From February 27, 2013

Do to a technical problem, BCTV was forced to reschedule the regular play-out of the Dummerston Selectboard meeting from February 27, 2013.  The issue has been resolved, and the meeting can be seen this evening on BCTV channel 10 at 6:15 pm.

You may also watch this, and any municipal meetings, on demand at www.brattleborotv.org.

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Watch All Three Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Forums

Election day is this Tuesday! Now you can watch all three Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Forums on-demand at www.brattleborotv.org. You may click on the links below to view.

Citizen's Breakfast with the Candidates 2/15/13

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Forum - sponsored by the League of Women Voters

WTSA Candidate Forum March 2, 2013

Don't forget to vote!

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Bus Station In Brattleboro?

Is there a bus that goes from Bratt to NYC again?

Greyhound doesn't answer its phone. Vermont Transit still has Bratt on their website. But I remember the bus station went away a while ago.

Theresa Maggio

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