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1837:

A gentleman who came in the stage from Albany this week, informs us that for sixteen miles of the distance, across the Green Mountains, the sleighing was delightful! In one place, the stage overtook a team, ‘set’ in the snow, which was more than two feet deep, and the passengers were obliged to get out and assist in treading down the snow, before a passage could be effected.

1843:

Old Cheese, Of superior quality, for sale by J.H. Wheeler.

1846:

Coffins. A Very Large Assortment of all sizes, at A. Van Doorn & Sons, at reduced prices.

1848:

Mrs. Hinckley invites the attention of the Ladies to her rich and elegant assortment of Millinery Goods. Also, in about 10 days she will return from New York with a new assortment of Fashionable Millinery, for the Spring and Summer Trade, of the latest and most desirable styles.

1855:

Lost. Somewhere in the village of Brattleboro, on the 21st inst., a Hair Ear-Ring with gold mountings. It is of great value to the owner, and whoever will return the same to the care of Day, Robinson & Co., shall be liberally rewarded.

1855:

We noticed on Wednesday, that the farmers on the river between this place and Bellows Falls, were busily engaged in plowing their lands which appeared to be in good order for tillage.

1860:

The “Brattleboro Chess Club” is the name of a promising institution which has been lately organized in this village. This Club have fitted up a Club and Reading Room in Dwinell’s Block, next door to the Phoenix Office, which is furnished with suitable tables, implements and books for the use of the club and such chess-players as they may invite in.

1865:

About fifty sick and wounded soldiers have arrived at the U.S. Hospital in this village within a week, and a squad of twenty has been sent to the front.

1871:

The room in the town hall lately occupied by Clarke & Haskins as a law office has been converted into an ice cream saloon, affording a neat and convenient place for the enjoyment of that cooling compound.

1871:

Canal street rejoices in the possession of three new street lamps recently erected by the village authorities.

1876:

Mrs. T.H. Grigg of this village has a sweet-scented geranium growing in her front room, which in two years and a half has attained the height of eight feet, while the stalk at the base measures one inch in diameter.

1876:

We hear numerous complaints of needless cruelty to calves which are brought here for sale, or are transported through the place. The matter should receive the attention of the proper officers. It is about time that Brattleboro had one of those societies with a long name which has so often been talked about.

1889:

The tree committee of the rural improvement society give notice to property holders who wish to set or complete lines of shade trees on their premises that they may have the work done at one dollar for each tree on application to the committee.

1890:

Peleg Barrows, owner of a dry goods and novelties shop on Main Street, died.

1905:

The selectmen met on Saturday to discuss the question of widening Green street near the site of the Reed “castle,” the building having been torn down by H. L. Emerson. It was decided to widen the street and to have a survey made to determine just what changes would be made.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 4:00pm 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 3rd

I-91

Southbound I-91 traffic will remain on the old SB bridge (1 lane) through April. Northbound traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge structure (2 lanes). The new bridge structure is 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

A single lane closure for northbound traffic through the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Solo Jazz Piano Fest

Vermont Jazz Center Solo Piano Fest – Something for Everyone, April 7-8, 2017

Summary:
On April 7 and 8, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a day and a half-long festival including eight concerts and five educational presentations on solo jazz piano. This festival is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. VJC’s Solo Jazz Piano Fest is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.

Now that the VJC is home to a top-level instrument, it is the only venue in New England that supports a festival devoted exclusively to the art of solo jazz piano performance. Pianists presenting concerts and educational offerings in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board & Finance Committee Agendas

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the BAMS Conference Room.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Revolt! No Legal Marijuana! Well, Then Make Home Brewed Wine!

MY VERY FIRST ATTEMPT AT HOME BREWED WINE!

Oh, my deceased mother would be proud! She used to make dandelion wine.

Well, what do you do when the State of Vermont Legislature doesn't vote to pass a bill to make marijuana legal?

 I went through my freezer, I was out of anything chocolate, my first line of comfort.

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Two Activists Charged With 15 Felonies For Privacy Violations VS. Google & Facebook Charged With None!

In the news: 2 activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood are charged with 15 felonies. Also in the news: no more internet privacy for me and you, your emails and internet messages can be sold without your knowledge!So, what difference does it make TO YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS if a conversation is in writing, such as in an email, and you thought that only the person or persons you were sending the email to would be reading it - or if your communication is in spoken words with someone?

When you are on Facebook or Google or any other internet entity, aren't they sitting in on your conversations and seeing and recording everything?

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"A Call to Action: Civics" Radio Forum w/VT Sec'y of State Jim Condos and Others, March 30

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Civics and Civics education from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 30 in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. 

Panelists will include Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos; former Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, Stephan Morse; Brattleboro Area Middle School Social Studies teacher, Anne Koplinka-Loehr; and Matt Wright from Brattleboro Indvisible. 

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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake

(This is not my list)

  1. You know there's no meaningful difference between major political parties
  2. You understand that the Federal Reserve, or international central banking more broadly, is the engine of our economic problems
  3. You know that preemptive war is never necessary
  4. You know that you're being systematically poisoned, how, by whom, and why
  5. You understand that government can never legislate morality, nor should they
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Please Call Your State Representative Today To Support The New Marijuana Legalization bill H.170

Vermont House of Representatives will VOTE on legalization of marijuana, maybe today! Call 1-802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Representative. The Clerk should give your Representative a note card with your message!

"Speaker Mitzi Johnson has scheduled debate on the marijuana bill to come first, on Tuesday and Wednesday. H. 170 would allow adult possession of up to one ounce of pot. The bill would also permit adults to cultivate marijuana at home -- limited to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. No sale or taxation is permitted."
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/vermont-house-to-vote-on-new-state-budget-...

http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.170

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PASS Exhaust Specialist

The Joy of Biofuels

There is a loose collective of people in the region who run our cars on biofuels.  We generally find vintage diesel VW's and Mercedes Benzes, convert them to accept an unfamiliar fuel and drive around town in an almost climate-neutral manner smelling of french fries or onion rings.  Old cars are much more forgiving than newer models, and better lend themselves to owner maintenance.  One of the big downsides is parts.  Finding a power window motor for a 1980 Benz 300D can take a week on Google.  Finding trim parts for a 1980 Scirocco can be impossible. 

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Scrabble! A Fun Evening Out at Brooks Library

Stop by for Drop-in Scrabble, weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm. No need to bring anything; we've got the boards and tiles. Newcomers welcome. See you there. Every Wenesday, except for the first Wednesday of each month, when you might want to drop in for the First Wednesdays lecture series! 

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Reinventing the Family Home: First Wednesdays Lecture at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture at Brooks Memorial Library. On April 5 at 7 pm, Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Windham Regional Career Center Offers Spring 2017 Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this spring. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has coordinated 16 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

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Brattleboro Selectboard: Members Sworn In, Officers Appointed

The Brattleboro Selectboard swore-in two new members (and one returning) Monday evening. New Town Clerk Hilary Francis administered the oath of office to Brandie Starr, Tim Wessel, and David Schoales at a special meeting.

Officers were also appointed: Kate O’Connor is the new Chair., Vice Chair is Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel is the Clerk.

(This may be the first time women have served as Chair and Vice Chair together in Brattleboro. Can anyone think of another time?)

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The Brattleboro Shop Opens, With Love For Old Lettering

The Brattleboro Shop is now open.

As most people know, I’m a big fan of both Brattleboro and local history. I’ve combined those two passions into a project that others can enjoy - The Brattleboro Shop. It’s an online gift store with exclusive, unique Brattleboro-centric gifts and goodies. 

My fun comes from re-making old logos and designing retro-looking artwork. It’s good practice for me to study old lettering and to try to imitate old poster styles, and it is joyful to give some of these old designs new use.

You get to benefit by having access to some really neat, new, unique Brattleboro gifts.

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The Commons: Voices Live! What’s Really Being Done About Opiates in Our Community?

April 3, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm at The Brooks Memorial Library (Main Level)

Join The Commons and the COR (Community Opioid Response) Committee for a discussion on what is being done and what resources are available to tackle the opioid problem in our community.

The evening includes a panel discussion with members of the Turning Point of Windham County, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Habit Opco, and The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont's Syringe Support Program.

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Rare Statewide Initiative Involves Celebrity Artist to Connect Schools and Communities

Grammy-winning Jazz Guitarist John Jorgenson works with Windham County students and teachers spotlighting creativity in learning and living

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Thirty-nine teachers from 15 schools in nine communities around Vermont are involved in an ambitious and creative enterprise involving world-renowned jazz guitarist John Jorgenson. The year-long, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular project will culminate in April when Jorgenson – who has played with such diverse musicians as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti and Bonnie Raitt – performs at four community concerts in April in Brattleboro, Stowe, Barre, and Randolph.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/27/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/27/17

Monday, March 27, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour

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Brattleboro School Bond Issue Results

"Article 4: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Brattleboro Town School District in an amount not to exceed Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), subject to reduction from future state and federal grants-in-aid and the application of future reserves, payable over a term not to exceed ten (10) years, be issued for the purpose of making heating system improvements to the Green Street School, the estimated cost of such improvements being Nine Hundred Forty-Six Thousand Dollars ($946,000)? This article shall be voted upon by Australian ballot."  

Yes = 114
No = 6

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Bagels and Blocks Playgroup April 2nd

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).

Join us April 2nd at our new time, 2:00-3:30 pm, for a Passover-themed Bagels and Blocks playgroup! We'll be transported back to Egypt while we taste some traditional Passover foods, sing our favorite songs, make frogs with working tongues, and learn more about the holiday.

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for infants and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play. Playgroups are on the 1st Sunday of each month and are free and open to all.

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