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1831:

William Czar Bradley II born.

1846:

Brattleboro Academy. The Winter term will commence Monday, the 21st of December. Tuition as usual - Board from $1.25 to $1.50 per week. R. Harris, Principal.

1859:

Paper Mill Pond in this village has been covered day and night during the present week with skaters of all ages, from little boys and girls of six or seven years to men on the wrong side of thirty and women of very indifinite ages, whose steel shoes gleam in the sunlight and in the moonlight, and whose silver voices ring out peals of merriment and delight as they glide over the glare surface.

1863:

Wanted. 500 Cords of Hemlock Bark, for which the highest price will be paid in cash on delivery at the Tannery at Centerville. Those having Bark will do well to call before settling elsewhere. Wright & Silsby.

1869:

The villagers and the travelling public seem greatly rejoiced that the bridge over Whetstone brook is so far completed that teams can now pass over it. When finished it will be a substantial and convenient structure.

1869:

Suitable for Christmas presents, always useful, Fanchild’s gold pens. A full stock at Town Hall Book Store.

1875:

A course of six lectures by J. Frank Baxter, spiritual medium, opens at Harmony hall next Sunday afternoon. First lecture free.

1880:

Thursday January 13th next is the date fixed for the sheriff’s sale by auction of the Hinsdale bridge. One suggestion of last week that the towns of Brattleboro, Hinsdale, and Chesterfield ought to unite and buy the bridge and make it free meets with universal approval.

1880:

A large assortment of Christmas toys, etc., can be found at Miss Hatch’s, on Forest square.

1880:

The milkmen have gone back to their old price of 5 cents per quart.

1886:

Clapp & Jones have a unique window attraction in the shape of a railroad locomotive in miniature which is complete in all its parts and capable of being fired up and run just like a big machine.

1886:

St. Johnsbury is one of the four fortunate places which had a lecture from Stanley, the African explorer, during his flying visit to this country. He lectured there last Friday and passed through Brattleboro at 3:30 Saturday afternoon on his way to Amherst. He made the same mistake at the station that many travelers naturally do under the conductor’s misleading shout, “Passengers for the New London Northern road change cars,” and was within an ace of getting left on the platform.

1886:

Complaint is made of the bad habit which many people have of leaving their teams standing on the street crossings, to the great inconvenience of ladies and others.

1886:

The Prospect Hill association trustees assure us that the move for the enlargement of the cemetery is not due to the number of doctors and druggists in town.

1897:

The Y.M.C.A. basket ball team is practicing three times a week and is fast getting into winning form.

1897:

Tyler camp, Sons of veterans, will give an entertainment in Grand Army hall tonight to which the public is invited. A program of literary and musical selections will be rendered and will include selections on the gramophone or talking machine.

1897:

Dr. Webster and Major Childs, who were confined to their homes by illness, listened to the Choral Union concert last evening through telephones.

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Master Plan Planning Master

“My name is Dorman D. Dorsinc. I have been appointed by the Vermont Legislature as the new Master Plan Planning Master for the State of Vermont. My planning qualifications include a PhD in Early Childhood Recidivism. My thesis was entitled: Born in Diapers – Die in Diapers – What Happens In Between? I am here in Brattleboro today at the request of the Vermont League of Uninformed Voters to mandate a new master plan planning master mandate mandating the residents of Brattleboro to support, fund, and implement by June 30, 2013.”

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The Economy of Love

This short TED talk (choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video) might be of interest to community members who wish to save the River Garden for our use as a community. Would you like to be part of a new non-profit organization whose purpose is to run the River Garden as a community venue? Please be in touch with me if you would: John Wilmerding, 219 High Street, Apartment #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301-6073 -- 802-254-2826 -- wilmerding@myfairpoint.net

Again, choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video ... thanks!

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5:45 Live: 3/15/13

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Life in One Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop

Life in one Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Brooks Memorial Library will host a Local history/genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School Librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Whether one is a family historian, a researcher into local history, or just curious, the daily lives ordinary people lived in the past can seem a mystery.

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Weekend Concert: the Buzzcocks, Auf Wedersehen, 1981

The old guard was the Who (two week ago’s concert).

Punk’s vanguard was the Sex Pistols (Americans could argue for the Ramones & the New York Dolls, but Britain had far and away the more vibrant movement and the Pistols were its undisputed leader and last week’s
concert).

This week our concert band is a member of punk’s rearguard: the Buzzcocks. This 1981 concert was the band’s last till they reformed in 1989.

It’s amazing to me now that such a good band would have failed. However, the punk & new wave movement spawned more bands than could be supported and many good ones fell by the wayside and others never got the recognition they probably deserved (XTC and Husker Du come to mind).

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BCTV - Town Budget Info Mtg 3/13/13- For Representative Town Meeting Members On-Demand

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Brattleboro Dog Licenses Due, Area Rabies Clinic Announced

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Spaghetti Supper Benefit for Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford has been gifting the Guilford Central School with a Music Enrichment Program for the past five seasons, with partial funding from the Max Y. Seaton Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by a dinner and concert evening in a Brattleboro venue featuring the program's residency artists and also, for the past two seasons, by a Spaghetti Supper held at the school.

This year's pasta supper is set for Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.; the school is at 374 School Rd., Guilford Center.

The menu includes pasta with a gluten-free option, a vegetarian sauce made from scratch, homemade meatballs for carnivores, green salad, bread both plain and garlic, beverages, desserts and a sundae bar.

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Living Smart, Living Frugally, Living Gay! [or Recycling Can Be Pretty!]

If anything annoys me more than bad planning for development of tranquil public green spaces, it’s boring furniture, and the impact of production on the planet and society. In the 25 years KM and I have been living in domestic bliss (careful here, KM) we have always looked at labels to see where things (food included) are produced before we buy them (always choosing local, regional or USA, first), carried our own canvas shopping bags and recycled, long before these now common practices were common.

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Lending a Helping Hannaford - Suggestions for the Checkout Lane

Hannaford has made corporate decisions that play out in strange ways at the checkout aisle.

Having shopped for nearly half a century (and with a grandfather in the grocery business), when I’m ready to check out I put my groceries on the belt in easy bagging order. Heavy things, cans, bottles, and boxes go first, then the smaller, lighter things such as parsley or garlic.  A cashier could simply scan and pop it into the bag. We worked as a team to keep things moving along.

Not too long ago, I realized cashiers were scanning and piling all groceries to the other side without bagging anything. Only after all items had been scanned would any bagging occur. It was taking almost twice as long.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:15pm 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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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 19, 2013

Brattleboro’s historic train station is up for discussion again at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting. Fulcrum Arts has abandoned their plans for the space, taking the board back to planning how best to use the building.

The Brooks House team is expected to ask the board for a tax stabilization agreement, the board will consider the nearly $5 million FY14 Utilities budget which includes an over-$635,000 deficit There will also be multiple grants from Homeland Security for more training and equipment, annual liquor and tobacco licenses will be renewed and more.

You can watch it all on TV or attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street. If you do go, you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during Public Participation and speak to anything on the agenda.

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The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block

The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block 11:00 am March 15 

Just in case anyone's curious or has a ton of extra cash lying around.

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Ask-a-Cop - Reporting Domestic Abuse

Welcome back to "Ask-a-Cop." This is an official question and answer feature on ibrattleboro set up a few years ago. It is written by a Brattleboro police sergeant and all answers are approved by Chief Wrinn before posting. We haven't had questions in a while but got this one the other day.

If you have a question for Ask-a-Cop, please email it to info@ibrattleboro.com and put "Ask-a-Cop" in the subject line.

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"If I'm aware of domestic abuse problems with another couple, am I required to report it? How can I tell if it is worth reporting?"

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Curbside Compost - 500th Participant!

Jon Evans, Akley Rd. resident, was the 500th person to sign up for Curbside Compost!  Jon was awarded a year's supply of GLAD compostable bags! 


Jon writes, 

"Thank you so much for the (year's supply of GLAD compostable bags)! I am truly looking forward to participating in this composting project!  I will be looking forward to the email (saying) that I can come and get the container ...  I will be sharing this project with everyone I know in town!"

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Prenatal Yoga in Putney!

A new prenatal yoga class is starting in Putney at Medicine for the People (125 Main St Putney VT) on Mondays 5:30-6:45PM

Prenatal yoga is extremely beneficial for all women at any stage of pregnancy regardless of whether you're an experienced yogi or have never done a downward dog in your life. 

Some of the benefits of prenatal yoga:

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Member Recruitment

Brattleboro Town Meeting Members of Districts 1, 2 and 3 will meet on Wednesday, March 20 to accept nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies. Appointments are for one year. District 1has four vacancies, District 2 has two vacancies and District 3 has three vacancies. Anyone interested in being considered for these positions should be present at Academy School on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15PM to meet with their district prior to the Town School District’s 6:30 p.m. pre-town meeting information session at the same location. If you are not able to attend but wish to be considered for a position, call the town clerk’s office at 251-8129, prior to the meeting.

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Rabies Clinics?

Anyone know if there are any upcoming rabies clinics in Brattleboro? There usually are this time of year, but so far the only one I've heard about is in Wilmington.

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5:45 Live: 3/12/13

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Summary : Leahy and Sanders take Chuck Hagel to
task over the distinguished warfare medal, the weekend's gun show and
Fukushima rally make the headlines, Jamaica talks an LED overhaul for
the town, and much more.

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Public Talk - Introduction to Psychosynthesis

There will be an introduction to psychosynthesis on the evening of Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:30 p.m. in Brattleboro. The program includes a brief presentation on the principles of psychosynthesis, along with some experiential exercises and an overview of training opportunities in the field.

Psychosynthesis literally refers to the synthesis of the many aspects of the self into a more complete and whole experience of being. Developed by Dr. Roberto Assagioli, a contemporary of Carl Jung, psychosynthesis is used in the fields of counseling, mental health, social work, education and other related fields of human development.

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