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Today In Local History

1846:

The annual fair and cattle show of the Windham County Agricultural Society will be holden at the East village in Brattleboro on the 7th and 8th of October next. The exhibition of animals will be on the Common, where suitable pens and posts will be provided.

1859:

Powder! Powder! Frost & Goodhue are Agents for the sale of E.R. Tinker & Co.’s Sporting and Blasting Powder. The trade supplied at manufacturers prices. Also, agents for the sale of the Safety Fuse.

1859:

Cool: Ice pitchers that will keep the ice 10 hours sure. A good assortment at Chase & Tripp’s.

1869:

Brattleboro's "Jubilee Jim" Fisk with Jay Gould cause "Black Friday" panic after trying to corner the gold market.

1875:

The new street from Main to Oak is to be opened in about a fortnight.

1875:

A meeting of stockholders of the new “People’s National Bank of Brattleboro” was held last Saturday, and officers chosen. The location is not yet fixed upon.

1886:

The fact of the arrest of Silas M. Waite, the fugitive president and cashier of the First National bank, first became known in this village on Wednesday morning, when the news was contained in a brief dispatch published in the Rutland Herald. He was arrested at the house of his brother-in-law in Omaha. The house was surrounded when Waite ran into the cellar and tried to make his escape through a back door. When caught, he threatened to commit suicide, and precautions were taken to prevent any such deed.

1886:

R.G. Hardie, jr., is now engaged on a life size porttrait of Mr. Geo. J. Brooks, which in due time will be hung in the new Brooks Library building. Mr. Brooks gives the sittings for this portrait at the request of several leading citizens of Brattleboro, who wished in this way to attest their appreciation of his generous gift to the town and of his interest in everything that pertains to its welfare.

1897:

The work of making Maple street in Esteyville three rods wide is now in progress under the direction of E.E. Stockwell. The improvements will be carried to completion as far west as Pleasant street this fall, and to the Clark road next year.

1897:

Photographer John. C. Howe has presented the school committee with a large framed photograph of the old High school building which stood just south of the site of the present one. The picture will be hung in the High school room.

1920:

Twenty eight large work horses owned by the Champlain Realty Co. made a sight on Main street yesterday that was much admired by horse lovers. They arrived from Ohio and stayed here over night, leaving this noon for Jamaica, where the company is cutting pulp wood. The animals weighed 1500 pounds each and were led in fours, wearing only halters.

1920:

Secretary D.E. Tasker has several more Valley Fair advertising blankets which he would be glad to give to any automobile drivers if they will call at the office of the Crystal Springs Ice company.

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Sugar on Snow Supper in Guilford on March 2nd

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There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

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David Schoales - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Mr. Schoales is running for a 1 year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?

I am concerned about the future and whether we will have a strong enough community and local economy to weather the challenges ahead.  When I saw that Dick and Dora were leaving it seemed like it might be an opportunity to be part of a more collaborative board that could work well together toward strengthening our community and economy.

Why run for the 1 year seat?

I prefer to come back to the community for signatures every year rather than risk feeling entitled to the position. That's why I have always taken one-year petitions for the town school board seat.

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Lawrin Crispe - iBrattleboro 2013 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Moderator Interview

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Lawrin Crispe is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.

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Automatic License Plate Reader

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President's Day Lecture with David Sanger

David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent, offers a look inside the Obama Administration's use of innovative weapons and new tools of American power to manage rapidly shifting global threats and challenges.

Sanger has been part of journalistic teams that has won the Pulitzer Prize twice. In 2011, his team was a finalist for the Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of Japanese nuclear disaster.

His background also includes reporting on economic and foreign policy and how these issues effect U.S. competitiveness and relationships with America's major allies. Sanger has also bee bureau chief in Tokyo for six years. His most recent book is Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, Crown, 2012.

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

It's in the Calemdar already, but I got the feeling iBrattleboro wants Guilford news & this seems to be it for this week. (I do see your note in the guidelines saying events should go in the Calendar, maybe not here, so am not sure you want this here, but anyway!!!)

This Thursday at Broad Brook Grange at 7 pm is the annual pre-town meeting.  First the Selectboard, then School board, will outline the items they're going to be bringing to the voters on Mar 5.  This is good venue to ask questions in an informal setting.  Candidates for Town & School Board offices are also asked to attend to introduce themselves. Guilford doesn't get as fancy as having a candidates' forum, so this is it.

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Small Business Slump Continues

In case you were wondering, the economy really did slow down again last summer.  A spike of business failures in July led to a cooling trend in August, and by September there was a discernible chill in the air.  Nowhere was this so keenly felt as in small business.

Dun & Bradstreet’s Small Business Health Index Report documents this new wave of recession in typically bland terms, but the numbers say what thousands of small business owners cannot — the second half of 2012 (and continuing into the current quarter of 2013) stunk for small business.  

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A Few Days In - An iBrattleboro Update

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Overall, we’re really happy with the way things are going. You seem to be finding your way back, logging in, and using the site like before. Do fill out your user profile, and be sure to list your skills...

We’re very happy to receive your reports of problems, issues, and suggestions. We’ve solved many of them, and are continuing down the list. Next up is work on the image uploading system. 

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 2/18/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 2/18/13

                          Monday February 18

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PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) Info Event, February 27th - All Welcome, Especially Town Meeting Reps!

To the Brattleboro Community:

The PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) subcommittee of the Brattleboro Energy Committee invites all Brattleboro citizens - especially Town Meeting Reps - to an evening workshop on Wednesday, February 27 to learn about the PACE decision on the agenda of our upcoming town meeting on 3/23, and get answers to any questions you may have about this very exciting and significant new avenue to energy efficiency and renewable energy in our town.

Efficiency Vermont consultant and PACE expert Carol Weston will join us either in person or via Skype to answer your questions and describe how communities all over Vermont are in the process of implementing PACE.

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iBrattleboro Weekend Concert Series: Modest Mouse

To make up for last week, and only a day late at that, I opted for a more straight-ahead rock show from now veteran Modest Mouse, performed in 2010.  YouTube commenters seem to have decided that the venue was in Sioux Falls, SD.  I've been a fan of Modest Mouse for most of the last decade, having originally fallen for Moon Over Antarctica.  One of the best songs on that record, Third Planet, is included on the playlist along with a host of other tunes from throughout their career.

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Skatepark Design on Selectboard Agenda This Tuesday

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Readers of iBrattleboro.com:

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Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

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In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.

They also point out that a shift to five-day service could lead to further declines in mail volume and revenues, worsening the U.S. Postal Service’s overall condition.

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Gay Jew in Uganda Travelogue/Fundraiser

If you're free, please please come! (I really want to pack the house...)  -Ken

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River Garden Finances

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Safely Dispose Of Your Medication In An Rx Drug Drop Box Near You

Flushing your prescription medications is not safe for the environment. Medications thrown in the trash or left in your home could end up in the wrong hands. Three Prescription (Rx) Drug Drop Boxes are now available in Windham County. Safely dispose of your prescription medications (pills and patches only) at the following locations:

Brattleboro Police Department: 230 Main St., Brattleboro (24/7)

Bellows Falls Police Department: 170 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls (24/7)

Windham County Sheriff's Department: 11 Jail St., Newfane (7am-10pm daily)

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Brains Matter - Understanding the Developing Adolescent Brain

At BAPC, we're often asked by parents, caregivers and educators, in our community, to share tips and strateges for preventing youth from experimenting with drugs, alcohol and other substances. Many parents are aware that teens often have a prevelant misconception about the safety of experimenting with substances including marijuana and prescription drugs.

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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.

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