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Today In Local History

1839:

Girls Wanted. A few girls can have employment at light mechanical work and good wages given. Apply at this office.

1878:

The Brattleboro boys are organizing a professional nine to contend for the base ball championship of the Connecticut valley next season.

1878:

It is now two days more than a year since we have had a snow storm of any marked amount. The last heavy snow of last winter came one year ago Tuesday afternoon and night, January 15, and after that time, for the balance of the winter, hardly more than an inch or two fell in all. Previous to that time, however, for more than a month, the rule had been from one to three heavy storms per week.

1878:

Warrants have been posted for a town meeting to see if the town will vote to instruct the railroad commissioners to subscribe the sum of $50,000, voted last April to the Brattleboro and Whitehall railroad, to a two-feet gauge road to be built from Brattleboro to South Londonderry. With Brattleboro promptly taking the lead in the matter we believe that every other interested town is morally sure to speedily fall in line.

1884:

Mr. Edward Crosby left yesterday morning on his annual tour among the western millers.

1884:

The E.P. Carpenter organ company will occupy the Flat street annex of Crowell’s big building, which is now being fitted up for the purpose, and it is expected that the company will get to manufacturing next month.

1884:

The ladies of Brattleboro interested in the free library are invited to meet at the Brooks House parlor next Tuesday at 2 P.M., to consider the question of holding an entertainment of some kind for the benefit of the library fund.

1884:

The opening of the new skating rink, Wednesday evening, attracted a crowd of young people numbering some 1200, who had a very jolly time. The floor was occupied - frequently in the fullest sense - by scores of young people, most of whom were novices in the use of roller skates, and as a consequence there was lots of fun, particularly for the lookers on.

1889:

This winter has been the dullest season for years for traveling shows. There is hardly a company that has the town hall engaged for future dates.

1889:

The turn-table for the new engine house has arrived at last and is now being put in place.

1889:

Frank L. Hunt’s new house on North street is the first in town to be wired for automatic gas lighting and incandescent lamps. Mr. Clary did the work.

1889:

No ice on the rivers, very little on the ponds, and the middle of January. These are conditions producing anxiety in the minds of the ice dealer and consumer. Last year the ice crop was well housed by this time.

1889:

The Philharmonic orchestra furnish music for seven dances this week - one Tuesday evening, two each on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and one each on Friday and Saturday evenings.

1895:

The Swedish Lutheran society will give a fair and festival in the lower part of their church tomorrow, Saturday evening. There will be a supper, sale of articles and entertainment. The public is invited.

1895:

S. A. Smith & Co. were assigned 500 feet of floor space at the national exhibition of furniture manufacturers, which opened in New York city this week. They have made a handsome display there with 40 styles of baby carriages.

1895:

Mr. Hawley advertises today the beginning of his annual midwinter clearance sale. The public has learned what to expect from these sales, and it should call to Brattleboro many customers from a distance.

1914:

Grange block was practically destroyed by fire, with loss of the Vermont Wheel club quarters.

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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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