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Today In Local History

1837:

Lyceum - Tuesday evening, January 24, Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for debate - “Ought females to be allowed the right of suffrage?”

1837:

The number of inhabitants in Brattleboro East Village, on the first day of Jan. 1837, was 1442: The number of children in District No. 2 (including said Village) between the ages of 4 and 18, was 381.

1843:

The dedication of the Centre Church, recently completed in this village for the Brattleboro East Society, took place on Wednesday the 11th inst. Although the travelling was very unpleasant, at an early hour people from the surrounding country began to pour in, and before the commencement of the services every seat was filled, and a large number were unable to find seats.

1871:

The number of depositors at the Windham Provident Institution for Savings has reached 10,000.

1871:

At the village meeting held on Monday evening last, it was voted to raise a tax of 25 cents on the dollar of the grand list to pay the expenses of the coming year. The members of the fire department are to be paid the same as heretofore.

1882:

Larkin G. Mead has been elected to a professorship in the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts.

1882:

Oscar Wilde ought to have a ride in N. H. White’s “1756” sleigh. It is as gay as a sunflower, and an “esthetic” imagination might easily see in it the limp lily for so dear to Oscar’s heart.

1882:

W.C. Dolloway got a bad cut in his hand, by the slip of a chisel, at Estey & Co.’s on Thursday. He will be disabled a fortnight or more.

1888:

Frank E. Housh & Co., printers, report that they now have a larger amount of business on hand than ever before. Nine tons of book paper are required this month, which will be printed into magazines, books, and catalogues.

1888:

A petition, largely signed, was presented to the selectmen last week, asking for a widening of the highway at a point on Western avenue between the junction of Union street and the residence of Mrs. Mary Pitkin.

1888:

Another presentation of the “Chimes of Normandy” by the Sherlock sisters and our local company is talked of.

1893:

The Canal street school building has been turned over to the village authorities by Pellet Brothers, the contractors.

1893:

The firm of Emerson & Son has been dissolved, but will be continued under the same name. S. B. Emerson retires and his son, H. L. Emerson, is now the sole proprietor. The firm holds an enviable position among the substantial business concerns of Brattleboro, and enjoys and deserves a large patronage.

1893:

The first coasting accident of the season occurred yesterday when Michael Devine was knocked down on the Elm street hill by a traverse filled with boys. Mr. Devine was unconscious for some time after the accident, and was carried to his home on Vernon street.

1920:

Centre Church sold Goodhue property to Dunham Bros.

2009:

BUHS Band performs at Inauguration of President Obama in D.C.

2015:

Peter Elwell becomes Town Manager for Brattleboro.

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Fundraiser: Help Finish the Mahalo Art Center Gathering Hall

The Mahalo Art Center Gathering Hall Needs Your Help!

The Mahalo Art Center is a beautifully designed space, and hosts a diversity of events, from yoga classes and art therapy intensives, to meditation retreats and sound healing, and the many people who participate. The Mahalo Rose temple is a clean space where no food may enter. This allows the intention to remain clear: a space for people to build community, connectedness and mutual growth in a beautiful, clean and focused environment.

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Brattleboro Snow Removal From Downtown District

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/25/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/25/17

Monday, December 25, 2017

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - Rights and Democracy

2:30 am Avant Garde Music Radio Show - Blood and Sunflower, Dub Perpetual, OSABA and more (Part I)

4:08 am Discussion on the Opioid Crisis in Vermont

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show 12/22/17

5:30 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 1

6:25 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 2

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Brooks Memorial Library Hosts a Wikipedia Library Event– #1Lib1Ref

Do you use Wikipedia to start your research? You too can add footnotes to Wikipedia to help verify that the information is correct! On Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30-8 pm, Brooks Memorial Library will host a session for librarians and information seekers to learn how to add references to Wikipedia, and to discuss the role of Wikipedia in research.

Wikipedia’s strength is in the references that support it. Wikipedia is an ever changing source of information. Librarians, researchers and information seeker can help improve Wikipedia and make it a better resource for everyone. The annual #1lib1ref campaign (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref) asks every librarian and information seeker to add a reference to Wikipedia, to help ensure that Wikipedia's information is backed by reliable research.

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Vermont High School Wants To Take Boarding Students To Stay Open. Great Idea!

VERMONT HIGH SCHOOL WANTS TO TAKE BOARDING STUDENTS TO STAY OPEN! GREAT IDEA!!!

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/vermont/articles/2017-12-26/vermont-schools-seeks-permission-to-take-boarding-students

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vermont-schools-seeks-permission-to-take-boarding-students-466610883.html

"CABOT, Vt. (AP) A tiny Vermont school district is asking for state permission to keep its high school open while marketing it to out-of-state students who would live in the community. Members of the Cabot school board had considered various merger options as required by Vermont law."

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Brooks Memorial Library - First Wednesday Event: An Evening With Langston Hughes

Join us on Wednesday, January 3rd, at 7 pm, as we celebrate the work of Langston Hughes, Jazz Poet and one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Actor and writer David Mills was inspired to perform a compilation of Hughes' poems and short stories when he lived in his historic home for three years. He will celebratethe life of Langston Hughes in a dramatic rendition of the Harlem Renaissance writer’s poems and short stories.

This program is underwritten by Jack and Mary Ellen Bixby.

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Cold Weather Tips

The National Weather Service is forecasting bitter cold temperatures Wednesday through at least New Year’s Day, including dangerously cold wind chill values. Presently, the immediate forecast is for temperatures to fall to -6 degrees tonight into Wednesday and plummet to -21 degrees with wind chills on Wednesday night into Thursday. The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to remind you of some cold weather tips as we move into the first cold snap of this winter;

Prepare your home:

Make sure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They provide early warning and save lives.

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A Christmas Story

This happened to me quite a few years ago.

I left Wardsboro about noon on Xmas Day to visit my sister in Ct.

I figured I’d gas up in West Dover, on the way.

My mistake. All the gas stations were closed.

Wilmington, too.

Not worried, I was sure I could fill up in North Adams or Pittsfield.

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Dec. 25th - Dec. 29th
Mon - closed Merry Christmas
Tues - meatloaf, potato, gravy, veg. & brownie
Wed - boiled kielbasa dinner w/ salad
Thur - garlic roast por,k, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle over toast or crackers

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Are UFOs Real?

 A UFO or Unidentified Flying Object is any real or apparent flying object which cannot be identified by the observer and which remains unidentified after investigation.  They are also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs).

 

The NY Times recently released 2 front page articles about UFOs, the department of defense & the pentagon:

  • Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

By HELENE COOPER, RALPH BLUMENTHAL and LESLIE KEAN  NY Times, Dec. 16, 2017

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Winter Farmers' Market Open Today, December 23rd!

There will be a market today!  Weather forecast looks to have the worst of the storm ending by 10.  

Hope to see you there.  

If not, we'll be open next week as well, Dec 30th.  And every Saturday through March 2018.

Safe Travels and Happy Holidays to all,

Sherry Maher, 
Market Manager
802-869-2141

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Thank You! From Brooks Memorial Library

Everyone here at Brooks Memorial Library is so grateful to all of our patrons for the many holiday-oriented gifts that they have brought us over the last couple of weeks! Thank you so very much, and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

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VFW Closing 4 pm 12/22

Brattleboro VFW is closing at 4 pm today due to the weather.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 25 thru December 29

 

Dec. 25CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

 

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A Christmas Message from Ben and Jerry

Ben & Jerry's co-founders send a Christmas message to Donald Trump:

“Jerry and I finally found something that we have in common with Donald Trump -- we all love Oreo cookies!"

In the spirit of Christmas, this is their video message to the Donald.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsvukN8LpWc

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Send Out Your Hopes and Dreams for the New Year: Make a Card at the Library!

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What is Unconstitutional About Today's New Federal Tax Law?

DEC. 20, 2017 

To be signed by President Donald Trump;  some sources claim he will wait until 2018 to sign it. It's Unclear When Trump Will Actually Sign the Tax Bill - Bloomberg"

H.R.1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 115th Congress (2017-2018)

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Report Hoped For on Tonight's Brattleboro School Board Vote

At tonight's Brattleboro Town School Board meeting there may be a vote taken on whether that board will support the Alternative Governance Structure proposal to the State Agency & Board of Education.  (See a letter to the editor in today's Reformer.)  For those of us living in other towns, it feels just a tad inappropriate -- tho it is perfecty permissible -- to attend other towns' meetings.  But it would be great if the result of this vote could be shared on ibrattleboro.  Thanks to whomever could attend the meeting and let us know.

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An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing

Time once again for An Extra Special Selectboard Winter Holiday Thing, featuring the sock puppet select board. (This is fictional. All resemblance to actual socks or Selectboard members is merely coincidental.)

This was produced a decade ago, yet remains a timeless tribute to decision-making, scheduling, local government and holiday cheer. And what other town has their own holiday special with puppets?

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