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1837:

Our Customers who calculate to pay us — any thing — on Old debts — or on new contracts, will do us a favor by remitting soon. Birge & Dickinson.

1837:

Found. On the 11th inst. in the road between Brattleboro and Guilford, a Box of Powder, done up in papers. Enquire of the Printer.

1843:

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith’s Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.

1843:

Pale Brick. 2 M. Pale Brick, for sale very cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1848:

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill’s section, just below the village.

1848:

“McAllister’s All Healing Ointment,” in large and small boxes, for sale by A. H. Day & Brother.

1855:

We noticed in the store of Messrs. Frost & Goodhue, last evening, six bushels of Peaches which have just arrived by Express, and are the first that have appeared in this market the present season.

1855:

The fair weather of the week now about closing has been improved by the farmers to secure their crops of hay, wheat and rye, and their uncommon great crop of oats.

1855:

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the “Belknap Estate,” in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.

1860:

“Diphtheria,” or the “New Disease,” as it is sometimes named, has recently made its appearance in our village, but it is not so “new” as is supposed by many persons.

1860:

Brattleboro Academy. This well known institution at West Brattleboro is to be revived, in a sort of general connection with “Glenwood Seminary,” under the charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leavenworth.

1860:

It is said that Mr. Morse, on Canal Street, has a tree that shuts its leaves and goes to sleep when night comes. By taking out a candle it is caught in the innocent act.

1871:

The prospects for the firemen’s muster on the 1st of September are highly encouraging. The necessary funds have been raised, and several companies from a distance have already signified their intentions of being present. No plans will be spared to make the trial a first class affair. The playing will be horizontally through 300 feet of hose, with ten minutes allowed each machine.

1877:

President Rutherford B. Hayes stays two nights and mentions his family ties to Brattleboro in address at the railroad station.

1882:

The blueberry crop is unusually light, the crop of berries being nearly or entirely a failure. The drought has withered the berries, and such as come to the market are for the most part small and uninviting.

1882:

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster’s concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.

1882:

Hon. R.C. Burlage, Consul-General of the Netherlands, is at the Brooks House.

1893:

E.P. Carpenter has been appointed a member of the board of award on musical instruments at the World’s Fair.

1893:

The Brattleboro Jelly company will take sound ripe apples at their works Wednesday and Saturday of next week. Price 20 cents per hundred pounds.

1899:

The lack of interest which the people of Brattleboro take in the election of school district officers was shown at the special meeting Tuesday. Hon. J.L. Martin was unanimously the choice of an enthusiastic crowd of three persons.

1899:

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.

1905:

The amount of horse stealing which has taken place within a few miles of Brattleboro the past few weeks is considered remarkable by the local officers. It is noticeable also at this time that very few of the thieves are caught.

1905:

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.

1922:

Plane crash of Curtiss "Oriole" at dedication of new "flying field" kills 3 passengers as 3000 spectators watch (Aug. 18), setting back local aviation.

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Any Tips For Someone New To Biking To And Around Brattleboro?

Where are the bike racks in Brattleboro? 

I recenty moved to town and even more recently got my bike/helmet in shape.  Now all I need to do is venture out.  I love the idea of biking as alternate transportation, particularly when there are errands to run or events to go to.  What does a Brattleboroan bicyclist need to know?

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Wind Howling

"Wind
Howling Through the Streets "

 

A Chilean woman spoke to me

late into the night in Valparaiso
about

living during the time of Pinochet.

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Police Fire Petition & Questions of the Legality of the Town Representative Vote

The citizens of Brattleboro had rejected the Police Fire Station proposal at least three times, as I best remember, over a ten year peiod. I was aghast again to find not only was the town and Slectboard was pushing this, the town and Selectboard knew that if they gave it the voters it would be rejected. This was the opinion of the Selectboard.

They then had the town representatives vote on it.  When I spoke to representives in my district, he  said, "I'll vote the way I want, regardless of what you would like."  This is the most egregious example of the town representatives. He was absolutely in favor of the Police Fire station regardless of what the people in his district wanted. I aksed him if he would reconsider and put this before a town wide vote, and he said, "No, I have made up my mind. And the citizens don't have the information they need to make an informed decision." 

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Paralyzed Like Lumps Of Coal On A Fire

Does not the first generation who must endure the changes to a new world have the hardest time living through it? Will there be any free space left to sit on the ground “and tell sad stories of the death of kings?”

Have you not heard the lament of our resident philosopher, Spinoza? The call to action from our resident documentarian, Chris Pratt? Is this site created by Chris Grotke and Lise LePage as much for the future as it is for the past and present?

What is it about the future we seem to fear so much? Will we all end by “dining on ashes” paralyzed like lumps of coal on a fire?

We have to start somewhere.

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BSD Spring Dance Tickets Go On Sale May 9

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring recital. Performances take place the weekends of May 17-19 and May 24-26 at the New England Youth Theatre, located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

Current dance students and alumni will perform in 14 pieces choreographed by faculty and guests of the school, demonstrating a breadth of styles that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dancing.

The recital’s 2013 theme, “Evolution,” reflects the progression of several pieces in the program over the course of different shows, says BSD director Jennifer Moyse, as well as the generational transition within the school’s community since it was founded by Kathleen Keller in 1976.

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Shumlin's Administration Harrasses Small Business in Windham County Run by Senior Citizen!

Open Letter to Governor Peter Shumlin:

Dear Governor Shumlin,
If you would please read the Vermont Journal, page 6A, May 1, 2013, you will find that Vermonters are outraged and angry at your Administration.

I join them in their written protest against over-regulation.

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Home Energy Challenge Tour Features Local Brattleboro Homes

Homeowners and landlords interested in saving money on their heating bills are invited to a group tour of four Brattleboro homes on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Diverse in size, style and age, the homes have all been retrofitted to save energy. The contractors and homeowners will be on hand to talk about the energy-saving features of each home.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for folks to see a wide variety of energy-efficient homes in their community, and to learn from contractors and homeowners about how to cut energy bills”, said Paul Cameron, Director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, one of the organizers of the tour. “The typical Vermonter can reduce their energy bills by 20-30% through a home efficiency project, an average annual savings of $1,000.”

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What Will Happen To The Carbon Harvest Structure At The Town Dump?

With Carbon Harvest declaring bankruptcy, what will happen to the...greenhouse thingy...that was built at the dump on Old Ferry Road?  Are there plans to seek a use for it that will honor the original intent as best as possible?  I am very curious about this.  Hope someone is working on it.  Anyone here know anything about it?

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West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, May 9, 6:00-7:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will hold its monthly meeting at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. The Association will review the treasury, the status of the town’s traffic safety study as it regards the stretch of Route 9 from Academy School to Greenleaf Street, and review its participation in Green Up Day. The group will also discuss the ‘Neighborhoods Project’ and any news regarding Glen Park and Mountain Home Park.

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Earth, Roots, Petals, & Paths Garden Tour, June 15 & 16

Earth, Roots, Petals, & Paths, a tour of perennial and vegetable gardens in Putney, Vermont and “The Garden on Rice Mountain” in Walpole, New Hampshire. This first annual garden tour will be held the weekend of June 15th & June 16th. The tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Earth, Roots, Petals & Paths includes private perennial and vegetable gardens in Putney, The Putney School gardens & farm, the Putney Central School garden & orchard and the renowned four-acre garden created by Theodora and Peter Berg on Rice Mountain in Walpole, NH with the assistance of Gordon Hayward, garden designer, and Dan Snow, dry stone craftsman.

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Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day
Wednesday May 1, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM 

The poetry of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth depends heavily on the natural world and the “language really used by men.” Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores the poets’ similarities, differences, and influence on other poets.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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5:45 Live- 4/30/13

5:45 Live: 4/30/13 in High Def

5:45 Live: 4/30/13 in Standard Def

With a webcast from the high school to gear up for the NRC hearing, the breakdown on the state's FY14 Budget cuts, and footage from Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, CoreArts, VA, and SIT, every second of this midweek edition is made to count.

Which link is right for you? Find out by clicking here to test your internet speed. 

Higher than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- High Def Link

Lower than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- Standard Def Link

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Does Anybody Know What Happened at The Meadows Today?

Does anybody know what happened this afternoon around 3:15pm? I drove past two fire trucks, six police cars, rescue,... I saw a guy in a yellow and black dive suit~ all at the mouth of The Meadows on Route 30.

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

CHESTER/SAXTONS, CLAREMONT, NEWPORT AND SUNAPEE WINNERS IN CRVBL WEEK 2

There's now a three-way tie atop the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League after the Chester/Saxtons River Crush, the Claremont Cardinals, Newport Polar Bears and Sunapee Old Lakers were winners in the season's second week of town team action.

Chester/Saxtons River started off the weekend with a 5 - 1 victory over the Walpole Wild Blue at the baseball complex in Walpole. Nick Wirkkala of the Crush went six innings on the mound, giving up just three hits and striking out seven. He was also 1 for three at the plate, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Scott Renfro went 3 for 4 with an RBI double, Toby Miller also went 3 for 4 scoring two runs and Jamie Spence had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

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Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast - Curbside Compost

Curbside Compost-Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

Speaker: Moss Kahler, April 19, 2013

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01304&video=151879

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Building a Better Business Culture

I just had the quintessential bad experience trying to return a rug to Macy’s; hard to reach customer service, no call backs, endless e-mails, and then being told the rug was not returnable because the 30 day period had expired (due to Macy’s own unavailability and failure to respond).

Because our struggling little hamlet is not without her own public relations and customer service issues, I am sharing this info with the hope that it will hit a mark and make a difference for the better.

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First Tuesday

I know I said I would provide updates for those who are interested called First Tuesday. They were supposed to take place on the First Tuesday ofevery month. Sorry… I really have no excuse, but rest assured I have not been idle. I have updated the deceptions website so everything is now is in one place (movie, magazine, You Tube Channel and PegMeda write up for “Pants on Fire.” Additionally I am now setup to do an ongoing blog from this site.

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Tony Trischka Band w/ Bruce Stockwell at Next Stage on Saturday. May 4

Twilight Music presents International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band, plus Putney-based banjoist Bruce Stockwell at Next Stage on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm.

Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students. Trischka has been a key figure in opening the banjo and acoustic music in general to wider influences, having shared the stage and studio with the likes of Steve Martin, David Grisman, John Denver, The Boston Pops, Jorma Kaukonen, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Earl Scruggs and countless others. He has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage," and is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Driving Miss Daisy’ and the theme song of the NPR show “Books on the Air.”

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Kathy from Brown and Roberts - Where's Kathy

For Kathy, the wonderful person who worked at Brown and Roberts.

Where’s Kathy?

 “Kathy, you know

what I mean…

 

the thing a
majig

on top of the
lamp.”

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