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1811:

A Library Society was formed.

1836:

Lyceum Tuesday evening, half past six. Lecture by Dr. Gilbert; subject, “Science of organic bodies.” Question for discussion, “Does woman exert a greater influence in society than man?”

1836:

The Town Clerk, Justices of the Peace, and Selectmen of the Town of Brattleboro, are requested to meet at Col. Chase’s Inn on Saturday, the 23rd inst. at 3 o’clock P.M. on business of said town.

1846:

Buggy Trimmings, Cheaper than ever. Brass and Plated Buggy Bands, some new and elegant patterns, Buggy Lamps, Drab Cloth, Oil Cloth, Coach Lace, Tufts, Ecliptic Springs, and Dash Frames, received and for sale at very low prices. B. Ranger.

1846:

The census of this Village has just been taken by Mr. F. H. Fessenden, with the view of ascertaining the No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, belonging to School District No. 2. Whole No. of inhabitants, 1850, - being an increase of 230 since last January. No. of children between the ages of 4 and 18, 468.

1859:

The side walk from the corner of Main and High streets to the Brattleboro House is in a dilapidated, slippery and dangerous condition. During the winter it is covered with ice to the great annoyance of those who have business at the post office, and in the spring it is under water.

1859:

Messrs. Frost and Goodhue have a supply of anti-nervous smoking tobacco, an article that will delight the palate of those who are votaries of the weed in this form.

1875:

The Universalist Sunday school raised $64.25 last Sunday for the grasshopper sufferers in Kansas and Iowa.

1875:

Whitmore & Clark’s minstrels had a big audience Tuesday evening, and in the performances they fairly outdid themselves. No better minstrel troupe travels.

1875:

The vicious dog spoken of last week as a terror to the people of Brattleboro House has left town. He can be spared.

1875:

Mercury 15 to 25 degrees below zero Wednesday morning.

1886:

The idea is suggested that, with the incoming of a new postmaster at this place, the time would be a favorable one for the introduction of street letter boxes in various parts of the village where letters could be deposited by those living in the vicinity, and their contents gathered up at stated hours of each day and taken to the post office for mailing.

1892:

The Estey Organ company benefit organization is now fully organized. 318 men have joined.

1892:

Specimens of the new 10, 25 and 50 cent pieces, which have just been put into circulation, have been received in Brattleboro. These coins contain the head of Liberty on the obverse side and on this side of the larger pieces are the words “In God we trust.”

1892:

F.J. Bohrman cut a thumb quite badly at the Estey shops on Monday and will be disabled for two or three weeks. At the time of the accident Mr. Bohrman had in his possession one of the membership cards of the Estey Organ company benefit association, but had not filled it out.

1892:

Mr. Royal G. Wood, who feels a strong interest in the proposed home for the aged and infirm, has stated his willingness to give a site for such a home on the land owned by him on South Main street, provided that should be thought to be a desirable location. Who is the person to make the next move?

1897:

A second crop of ice is soon to be cut from Frost’s pond.

1897:

Carl Schorling appeared with a new meat sleigh yesterday.

1897:

An informal meeting of about 50 business men of Brattleboro was held at the People’s National bank Tuesday evening to discuss the ways and means which might be provided for bringing to Brattleboro some industry which would give good employment to the laboring men of our town who are out of work because of the general business depression.

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Co-op Enters Mobile Marketing Arena

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Since May the Co-op has featured a different steeply discounted item everyday under the banner of “Wild Deal of the Day”. Now, consumers will be able to get these notices sent directly to their mobile phone. David Cadran, Shareholder Services Coordinator, said “The process is designed to be as simple as possible, just text the keyword to the phone number provided and you’re signed up.”

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Iced Ice Rink in Brattleboro

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Seeing how the estimate of repairs obtain by the town had been so far off from the bid received for the job reading that the selectboard had chose to not pull the checkbook out and pay the the extra 120,000 was comforting. The board wanting to step back and access what other options are out there just seems like the most practical thing to do giving the state of economic affairs at the moment.

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Brattleboro's Colonels Softball team D. 1 State Champs

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Also answered the fleeting question I had on Friday; "What was all the sirens about?". Again, congratulations to the team and all the supporters of the team.

Three cheers.

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Kurn Hattin to Hold 22nd Annual Golf Benefit Tournament July 17 at the Keene Country Club

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A Little Poem

In My Good Death 

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I will find myself waist deep in high summer
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The humming shock of the golden light.

And I will hear them before I see them and know
right away who is bounding across the field to meet me.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/24/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 6/24/13

                   Monday June 24
                  
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White Wolf Von Atzingen on WVEW, July 2nd

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting & Agenda

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Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
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(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
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(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 4:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Trash Recycle & Compost Pick-Up

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- Town Manager’s Office 

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Rep. Welch Official Appearances in Brattleboro

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7:30 a.m. Delivering remarks at the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce Breakfast, Brattleboro Retreat, Education Conference Center, 75 Linden St., Brattleboro

9:15 a.m. Tour of Brooks House - The Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro was heavily damaged by fire in mid-April of 2011 and Congressman Welch toured the site soon afterwards. Rep. Welch will be receiving an update on planned renovations and the role the federal New Market Tax Credit is playing in redevelopment of this historic building. Corner of High St. and Main, Brattleboro

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Smart Meter News

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Summer officially began today at 1:04 AM EDT. 

This photo of the sun was taken in Italy by someone else. 

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(802) 251-8100

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