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1849:

Festive opening of the last section of Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road.

1858:

A fire occurred in a dwelling house in West Brattleboro, on Friday night of last week, belonging to Cromwell Carpenter, but occupied by one Staples. The occupant undertook to smoke some bacon in the wood-shed during the evening and left the fire to take care of itself; the destruction of the building was the result.

1858:

Henry Burnham will deliver a lecture next week, at the Town Hall, embodying facts and reminiscences connected with the early history of this village.

1862:

Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B., is to Lecture in the Town Hall this (Thursday) evening. Subject: “The Humorous Phases of the War.” Doesticks, alias Mortimer Thompson, has by personal intercourse and examination rendered himself familiar with many scenes and events connected with the war and its management that do not find their way into the columns of a newspaper.

1874:

At the Grand Army charity fair, next Thursday evening, a silver trumpet, now on exhibition at Holding’s jewelry store, is to be voted to one of the fire companies.

1874:

The auditors of the town of Brattleboro have made their annual report for the year ending Feb. 7. The expenses for the current year are estimated at $13,730. The present grand list of the town is $22,723. To raise the amount deemed necessary will require a tax of 60 cents on the dollar, which the auditors recommend.

1880:

Rev. E.W. Whitney’s fifth lecture to young people will be given next Sunday evening. Subject, “Mysterious Failures.”

1880:

Rev. Mr. Green’s discourse for next Sunday evening will be on “Everlasting Torments, Annihilation, or Final Restoration - which?”

1885:

Estimated town expenses for the coming year are $17,761; some unusual expenses on account of the repair and rebuilding of bridges will be necessary.

1885:

The Prospect Hill and Esteyville housewives plead for an extension of the weather signal system, and one of them whispers that a flag would be especially handy on Monday mornings - “so as to know about putting out the washing, you know.”

1885:

E.L. Parker, proprietor of the Elliot street jobbing shop, is filling a western order for 300 washing machines, necessitating the employment of two extra workmen

1891:

A new rifle range is being put in the armory. The target is of steel plate, covered with pasteboard in which the bullets will embed themselves, and is reduced to correspond to a range of 200 yards.

1891:

A colt belonging to Milton Miller became fractious on North Main street yesterday and kicked the front of the sleigh into kindling wood.

1891:

Col. L.K. Fuller has recently introduced a very perfect system of lighting into his house. It is a storage battery system, charged from a dynamo at the factory.

1891:

The warrant for the annual March meeting contains only two articles calling for other than routine business. The first of these is to see what actions the town will take under act 17 of the laws of 1890 allowing a 20 per cent highway tax payable in labor or a 15 per cent tax payable in money, to be levied.

2003:

iBrattleboro is launched; a haiku about snow was the first story.

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Professional Bodyworkers Join Forces in 2017

Amelia Kinney, Board Certified Reflexologist and owner of Favour Your Feet Reflexology and Mary Adams, Certified Massage Therapist and owner of Harmonic Wellness, have recently joined forces in a professional suite at 220 Western Avenue in Brattleboro, Vermont.   

Mary Adams brings to the table transformative energy work via gentle soft tissue and fascia release by means of Qi Gong Massage, Hot stones, Trigger-Point, Shiatsu and Swedish techniques. For eleven years, Mary who is highly skilled at working with pre-natal, children and end-of-life phases has been helping to restore harmony, balance and well-being to her clients.  

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Sock the Homeless!

You can make a difference this winter! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's Social Action Committee is holding its first annual sock drive. Sock a homeless person this season! 

Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item to the homeless in the winter months? Many of us don't take the time to think about homeless people walking all day, but for the most part that is exactly what they do. They need socks. Lots of socks.

Socks will be given out each month when BAJC serves at the Overflow Shelter. Socks will be collected & distributed through April of 2017. WE HAVE GIVEN OUT ALMOST 100 PAIRS SO FAR!

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Dunham Shoe Factory and Cecilia Zabala at Next Stage on Friday, February 3

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of world music featuring contemporary acoustic ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory (Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey), plus Argentine guitarist, singer and composer Cecilia Zabala with Brazilian pianist Philippe Baden Powell, at Next Stage on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 pm.

Dunham Shoe Factory​ plays original compositions influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion and cello, their music draws from a myriad of styles including Brazilian, Egyptian, Jazz, Turkish, Classical and Indian music. The result is a musical experience ​that is exuberant and soulful.

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Bagels and Blocks - A Jewish-Based Drop-in Playgroup

Make new friends while having fun with your child! , Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years). Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play.

Our next playgroup is February 5th from 1-3pm Playgroups will be on take place the 1st Sunday of the month from 1-3pm

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates 2017- Schoales Wins!

David Schoales is the only candidate for the one 3-year seat, running unopposed. (Congratulations to him on the easy re-election, assuming there isn't a massive write-in campaign.)

For the two 1-year seats, the candidates are Davey Cadran, Avery Schwenk, Brandie Starr, and Tim Wessel.

Interview questions have been sent to all, including Schoales.

Read Brandie Starr's interview here.

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Movie Monday in February

February Showings

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Movies starring:

Feb 6TH - Margaret Sullivan, Jimmy Stewart –10 am

Feb 13th - Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart – 9:30 am

Feb 27th – Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud – 10 am

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Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts presents "Spring Visions," February 3 - March 12

February 2- March 12: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Spring Visions, a new group exhibition expanding upon December’s Winter Group. The show will feature a new selection of work by gallery artists, including Emily Mason, Torin Porter, Anne Johnstone, Eric Boyer, Jon Gregg, Tiffany Heerema and Robin Cheung. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 3 during Gallery Walk starting at 5:30pm.  An Artist Forum of featured artists will take place on Saturday, February 25 from 5-7pm.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/30/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/30/17

Monday, January 30, 2017

12:00 am Standing Rock Report at the Peace and Justice Center

2:05 am Spotlight on VT Issues: VT Health Care

3:30 am Ensemble Amphion - Jesse Lepkoff and friends

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Official Statement From Governor Phil Scott on Immigration

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTRICTING IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

29 January 2017

Montpelier, Vt. - Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement:

"As I said when the President’s Executive Order was first issued, I am concerned and disappointed with the message it sends, and the actions it takes. I applaud the federal court’s decision to stay the removal of individuals in the United States – and here in Vermont – legally with Green Cards and Visas, to their countries of origin.  It’s one thing to express concern about foreign terrorist entry, it is something entirely different to remove people who enter this country legally, only because they are from certain countries.

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Anti-Trump Rioters Oblivious To Solidarity With CIA-fed Criminal Media Owned by Investors in WW 3

January 21, 2017, famous singing pop star Madonna addressing the Women’s March on Washington,“Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything.”[1]

Interestingly, no celebrity confessed to thinking of blowing up the White House last year, when regime change death and destruction was being visited on eight Middle East and African nations by US military[2] and Islamic terrorists funded, equipped and inspired by Saudi Arabia and other compliant US allies. [3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Are the anti-President Trump demonstrations and riots not being fueled and featured in CIA fed[10][11] wars-promoting mainstream media because the President has condemned Obama’s and Hillary’s regime change death and destruction and perhaps worse, said America should be friends with Russia and China, not to mention calling his fellow Republican President predecessor a liar for “lying about weapons of mass destruction so he could invade Iraq” (and, as everyone knows, mercilessly destroy that nation taking more than a million lives)?

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The Giant Snow Head of 2017

Every winter, the Unverity of Brattleboro Art Faculty get together and create a giant snow head from a pile of snow in Brattleboro, in a fairly rudimentary salute to Brattleboro's famed sculpture, Larkin Mead. 

Here is this year's figure, created from a snow pile at the New England Youth Theater.

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If the People Will Lead...

If the people will lead…. Tim Kipp, 1/14/17
A commemoration speech on Martin Luther King’s Birthday

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In 1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “For years I labored with the idea of reforming existing institutions of society through a little change here and a little change there. But now I feel differently. You have to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values”.

By the 1960’s King’s political analysis was evolving; his conceptions of racial justice would now embrace political democracy and economic democracy. Questioning capitalism and its partner, imperialism would become part of his critical analysis along with integration and voting rights. He clearly understood the Marxist axiom: where there is economic power there is political power.

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VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 30th to Feb. 3rd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - homemade chicken cordon bleu w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - hot dogs w/ homemade baked beans
Wed - lasagna w/ salad & garlic bread
Thur - shepards pie w/ roll
Fri - spinach shrimp alfredo

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Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents "Winter Group Forum" Saturday, January 28

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to announce an Artist Forum for their Winter Group show on Saturday, January 28 from 5-7pm. The Forum will be a “roaming” style talk, featuring artists Petria Mitchell, Jim Giddings, Will Finkel, Anne Johnstone, Gene Parulis, Michele Ratté, and Chris Triebert.

Petria Mitchell of Brattleboro has been a painter for over 40 years, creating lush and ethereal landscapes. Jim Giddings paints richly textured surfaces carrying psychological and physical nuance. Painter and collage artist Anne Johnstone from Somerville, MA works in mixed media, oil, and wax, using distortion and exaggeration to convey a curiously heightened emotional response.

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:30pm at the West Brattleboro Fire Station for a site visit and meeting.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

FEBRUARY  BREAKFAST MENUS

February 3rd – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Home Fries, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

February 7th – Vegetable Frittata, Home Fries, Muffin, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

February 10th – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Ham,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - Town and Representative Town Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Building. An ASL interpreter will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 30 to February 3

 

January 30 - Roast Turkey

Mashed Red Skin Potato w/Gravy

Steamed Asparagus

Mandarin Oranges

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Dump Trump - President Pence?

I hear calls to "Dump Trump" and wonder - is this what is really wanted? If Trump goes, we have President Pence.

Is that truly the preference? If not, what's the follow-up plan?

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In the Male Preserve: A Sisterhood of Lost Power

On the first page of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, the author, Shulamith Firestone, warns women, “Feminists have to question, not just all of Western culture, but the organization of culture itself, and further, even the very organization of nature. Many women give up in despair: if that's how deep it goes they don't want to know.”

What Shulamith understood is that the one of the obstacles for making the case for feminist revolution were women themselves.

It was, in 1920, when American women won the vote, that they also lost their emancipation from the male domain. By given the vote in a man’s world, many men and women thought equal rights were thereafter redundant.

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