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Today In Local History

1779:

"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."

1846:

Found, a small sum of money, which the owner can recover by calling upon Thos. Chubbuck, Engraver. Office over the Post Office.

1846:

Welch & Mann’s Mammoth National Circus. Messrs. Welch & Mann, most respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and its vicinity, that they propose to visit this place on Saturday, August 8th, 1846 for one day only.

1859:

The gas company in this village have put down mains on Elliot and Green streets.

1875:

What with the old soldiers’ reunion the third week of August, and the encampment of State troops the week following, Brattleboro people will imagine the old war times returned.

1875:

The Fisk, Jr. base ball club of this place played a matched game with a picked nine at Bellows Falls last Saturday, and were whipped by a score of 9 to 21.

1880:

We are glad to know that measures are to be taken to call a legal meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank at the earliest possible day. The directors owe it to themselves no less than to the stockholders to have it made entirely apparent that they are doing everything possible to take care of the suffers of this calamity. Definite means should be provided for the payment of a suitable reward for the apprehension and return for trial and punishment of S. M. Waite.

1880:

The hand fire engines “Fountain No. 4,” and “Active No. 3,” are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.

1880:

Complaint is made of the condition of the West river bridge, upon which repairs were begun a long time ago and never completed. Why is this thus, Messrs. Selectmen?

1880:

Messrs. J Estey & Co. are increasing their business to meet the still growing demand for their organs, and are now turning out fifty instruments per day.

1886:

It is probable that the strawberry crop of Brattleboro reached nearly or quite 1000 bushels this year.

1886:

Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.

1886:

The fee on domestic money orders for sums not to exceed five dollars has been reduced from eight to five cents, beginning Monday next.

1886:

The parade of a dozen or more bicyclers last Wednesday evening attracted considerable attention.

1897:

A gramophone entertainment was given at the rooms of the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night.

1897:

The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled “A Library of the World’s Best Literature,” published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

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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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New Expanded Profiles

With the new site come new profiles. You'll be greeted by your new profile page when you log in, and anytime you click on My: Profile in the upper green bar after you are logged in.

The View Tab

Your username is displayed on a nifty badge. There are places for you to add your location, a short bio, a mini-resume, your occupation, a link to your work or business, where you volunteer and what organizations you've belonged to in town.

You can add a profile picture, birthday information, your interests, and your hobbies.

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Adding An Image

With this new site we've tried to make it easier to add images. You can add them to your stories, comments, and events, and also submit them directly to be included in new image galleries, or as a featured Photo Fun photo.

Let's look at some of the options. (Note: UPDATED April 2, 2013)

Embedding Via Flickr

If you use Flickr, you can now use their embed code to place images and slideshows on the site.

1. Choose an image on Flickr to share.

2. Find the Share button near the image or slideshow.

3. Click on Grab the HTML/BBCode for an image, or Grab the embed HTML for a slideshow.

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New Ways to Embed Media

Here are some examples of the kind of media you can now embed in your stories and comments.

To use one, set the story input mode to Advanced HTML, disable rich-text and paste in the embed code from the media you'd like to share.

You Tube (Old Style)

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Pets Section Now Features Windham County Pets

Adopt a PetIf you look in the right sidebar in the Pets section, you'll see that we're now featuring pets available for adoption from the Windham County Humane Society. It used to be that we could only show pets from all of Vermont. It's great to now be able to feature local pets that need homes.

The box will load a pair of random pets from the available pet list maintained by WCHS.

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How To Create a Repeating Event

Everyone who submits events should know that repeating and recurring events are now possible in the iBrattleboro Calendar. In this help article, we'll cover how to make an event repeat, and a few other fun features.

1. The first thing to do is to log in. Why? Because if you log in, you will be able to edit, update, and track your event later on.

2. Click on Contribute>Event in the upper green bar.

3. The instructions at the top tell you that you are submitting and event to the calendar, and how to submit things to other parts of iBrattleboro.

4. The first box is for the title of your event.

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A Bit About iBrattleboro Classifieds

Did someone say Classifieds?

iBrattleboro now has Classified Ads in a variety of flavors. Here is some information to get you familiar with some of the options.

1. Click on Browse: Classifieds in the upper green bar to get to the Classifieds section. Listings default to an old-fashioned style for browsing. You will see tabs for General Classifieds, Housing, and Jobs.

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Brattleboro Town Planning Basics - Who Does What?

Information about planning in Brattleboro and Vermont is necessary for good community discussions of planning. The information below comes from the Town's web site, Smarth Growth Vermont, and from The Vermont Planning Information Center (VIPC). VPIC provides a great, free document from the VT Land Use Education and Training Collaborative called "Essentials of Local Land Use Planning and Regulation, 2nd Edition, May 2007".

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iBrattleboro Poll

How can we best increase the number of affordable rentals in Brattleboro?

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