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1840:

Blake & Lawrence have on hand a good assortment of Wet and Dry Groceries, at the lowest prices.

1858:

The Bailiffs of this village have issued a notice that the Village By-Law relative to the firing of crackers, &c., in the streets will be enforced on the 3rd of July. Special police have been appointed who with those already in office will enforce this regulation.

1858:

Hydropath Engine Company of this village, on Saturday evening, threw a streem of water over the pole in this village, the top of which is 182 feet 7 inches from the ground, playing through 237 feet of hose. They will play for a private purse at the conclusion of the Firemen’s Muster.

1862:

We learn that William Chapin son of Dr. Charles Chapin of this town, and George H. Salisbury with his son Ransom Salisbury, also of this town, but acting as sutlers in the army before Richmond, were bagged by the rebels in their raid on the 13th inst., where they came down to within four miles of the White House. Geo. H. Salisbury succeeded in effecting his escape, but his son and young Chapin were made prisoners.

1862:

We do not hear of any movements in this place for a general celebration of the anniversary of our nations birth-day. There will be, as usual pic-nics, and rides by families, parties, and perhaps societies, but a general celebration would create more astonishment here than the appearance of a steam engine would have excited in Sleepy Hollow in the days of the Knickerbockers.

1874:

Brattleboro will not celebrate the Fourth.

1874:

The prospect for summer visitors here this season is not flattering.

1885:

Barnum’s agent was in town Wednesday, but no definite arrangement was made as to the place of exhibition.

1885:

Editor Geo. E. Crowell of the Household has bought all the stock, machinery and tools of the Higby sewing machine company, at a reported cost of $6000.

1891:

H. M. Wood gave his annual fireworks exhibition and balloon ascension from the island last evening.

1891:

Thorough repairs have now been practically completed on the Main street bridge. All decayed or imperfect timbers have been replaced and the planking has been entirely renewed. The cost of the job has been about $400. It would have been a great stroke of economy had a stone arch been put in years ago.

1891:

Several desks were maliciously broken in the High school building on Thursday night of last week. The author of the mischief is not known, and it is difficult to understand what could have been the motive for the act.

1896:

The Vermont Wheel club will hold a club run about town on Tuesday evening, June 30, starting from the club house on Elliot street at 7 p.m. It is hoped that every cyclist, especially the ladies, will consider this a personal invitation, as it would be impossible to reach every one by letter.

1896:

The World’s Fair award to the Carpenter Organ company has recently arrived and is on exhibition in Jordan & Van Doorn’s window.

1896:

A meeting of the Vermont and Massachusetts boundary-line commissioners was held at the Brooks House for the purpose of holding a consultation preliminary to putting surveyors at work to locate the exact boundary line between the two states.

1896:

The narrow-gauge engine house made another persistent effort to burn down Monday. Fire started on the roof from sparks from a passing engine. The fire department will waste not a great many more efforts to save this building unless it is slated or covered with a tin roof.

1903:

Miss Mercy Cox gave a musical at her South Main street home to the members of the junior banjo and mandolin club and their parents. Ice cream and cake were served. This gathering closed the rehearsals of the club until fall.

1903:

J. Grover has sold his milk route to Bert Hildreth.

1903:

The first fair test of Sewall Morse’s automobile, which was made in J.H. Rand’s machine shop, was given Saturday. The trial showed that the principle of the machine is all right, and also the alterations necessary to make it a perfect running machine. The principal trouble is that it wastes steam, which is due to faulty steel castings.

1903:

The Fourth will be observed on Main street by the general closing of the stores.

2007:

Brattleboro passes a resolution and becomes the second Fair Trade town in the nation and first in New England.

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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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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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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 Polling Improvements

Poll lovers will enjoy some new options with iBrattleboro polls.

First, we will be getting rid of the beloved "Other" option in most cases. It has served us well for allowing flexibility but its time has come.

It is replaced by the ability to add your own responses. You will now see (write-in) as an option. If you select it, you can add another choice for people to consider.

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