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1837:

Our Customers who calculate to pay us — any thing — on Old debts — or on new contracts, will do us a favor by remitting soon. Birge & Dickinson.

1837:

Found. On the 11th inst. in the road between Brattleboro and Guilford, a Box of Powder, done up in papers. Enquire of the Printer.

1843:

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith’s Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.

1843:

Pale Brick. 2 M. Pale Brick, for sale very cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1848:

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill’s section, just below the village.

1848:

“McAllister’s All Healing Ointment,” in large and small boxes, for sale by A. H. Day & Brother.

1855:

We noticed in the store of Messrs. Frost & Goodhue, last evening, six bushels of Peaches which have just arrived by Express, and are the first that have appeared in this market the present season.

1855:

The fair weather of the week now about closing has been improved by the farmers to secure their crops of hay, wheat and rye, and their uncommon great crop of oats.

1855:

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the “Belknap Estate,” in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.

1860:

“Diphtheria,” or the “New Disease,” as it is sometimes named, has recently made its appearance in our village, but it is not so “new” as is supposed by many persons.

1860:

Brattleboro Academy. This well known institution at West Brattleboro is to be revived, in a sort of general connection with “Glenwood Seminary,” under the charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leavenworth.

1860:

It is said that Mr. Morse, on Canal Street, has a tree that shuts its leaves and goes to sleep when night comes. By taking out a candle it is caught in the innocent act.

1871:

The prospects for the firemen’s muster on the 1st of September are highly encouraging. The necessary funds have been raised, and several companies from a distance have already signified their intentions of being present. No plans will be spared to make the trial a first class affair. The playing will be horizontally through 300 feet of hose, with ten minutes allowed each machine.

1877:

President Rutherford B. Hayes stays two nights and mentions his family ties to Brattleboro in address at the railroad station.

1882:

The blueberry crop is unusually light, the crop of berries being nearly or entirely a failure. The drought has withered the berries, and such as come to the market are for the most part small and uninviting.

1882:

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster’s concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.

1882:

Hon. R.C. Burlage, Consul-General of the Netherlands, is at the Brooks House.

1893:

E.P. Carpenter has been appointed a member of the board of award on musical instruments at the World’s Fair.

1893:

The Brattleboro Jelly company will take sound ripe apples at their works Wednesday and Saturday of next week. Price 20 cents per hundred pounds.

1899:

The lack of interest which the people of Brattleboro take in the election of school district officers was shown at the special meeting Tuesday. Hon. J.L. Martin was unanimously the choice of an enthusiastic crowd of three persons.

1899:

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.

1905:

The amount of horse stealing which has taken place within a few miles of Brattleboro the past few weeks is considered remarkable by the local officers. It is noticeable also at this time that very few of the thieves are caught.

1905:

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.

1922:

Plane crash of Curtiss "Oriole" at dedication of new "flying field" kills 3 passengers as 3000 spectators watch (Aug. 18), setting back local aviation.

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Free Public Readings: Marlboro College Summer Writing Intensive

Marlboro College's summer writing intensive connects writers who are just starting out with writers who have made a career out of the craft. Authors will be reading excerpts of their work Monday July 31 - Friday August 4th at 5 pm in the library's main room. All of the readings are free! Marlboro's Summer Writing Intensive this year will include a series of free, public readings by celebrated writers with military connections.

This year's visiting authors include;

Dave Cullen - Monday, July 31, 5 pm
Mira Ptacin - Tuesday August 1, 5 pm
Mira Jacob - Wednesday, August 2, 5 pm
Ron Currie - Thursday, August 3, 5 pm
There will be a reading on  August 5 of selections from participants of the intensive!

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 24 thru July 31

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 24 thru July 31

 

July 24 -Enchilada Casserole

Spanish Rice, Mexicorn

Mango

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VFW Lunch Specials July 24th - July 28th

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

Mon - Salisbury steak, mashed potato, & veg
Tues - chicken club w/ potato chips
Wed - roast pork, mashed potato & veg
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato & veg
Fri - shrimp lo mein w/ eggrolls

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SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued July 19th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, July 19th. Volunteers this year are collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Ukraine Doings

So…

The bloodless annexation of Crimea by Russia after an overwhelmingly favorable plebiscite by the Crimeans themselves was illegal.

But..

Our overthrow of the legitimately elected government of the Ukraine, AKA “Regime Change” (as revealed by Victoria Nuland’s “Yats is the one” public phone call) was a legitimate humanitarian endeavor.

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NECCA Announces New Leadership

July 20, 2017

Brattleboro, VT—The New England Center for Circus Arts has announced that effective July 20, 2017, the board of directors has elected seven new members and hired an interim executive director and an operations director. The board has also rescinded the termination letters sent to founders and artistic directors Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, and invited the return of those coaches who resigned in protest recently.

The changes come in the wake of two weeks of uncertainty following the abrupt termination of the founders, a coaches strike in response, and a significant outpouring of community support for the coaches and the founders in Brattleboro and throughout the international circus community.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 24th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. 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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Bonnyvale Road Closure

Starting Monday, July 24th Bonnyvale Road will be closed to through traffic from Mather Road to Western Avenue while we replace a failing retaining wall for approximately four weeks. Through traffic will be detoured on to Mather Road and Greenleaf Street. Residents within the closure will still have access to their homes.

Attached to this press release is a map showing the area of the closure.

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Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities To Hear Property Tax Appeals

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Hanna Cosman Room of the Municipal Center on Wednesday, August 9th, at 6:00 PM and Thursday, August 10th, at 6:00 to hear property tax assessment appeals.

Hilary Francis
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

hfrancis@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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Green-Up Kids at Brooks Memorial Library

For Kids Who Love Animals and Protecting the Planet


CS Wurzberger, The Green Up Girl® and director of Green Up Kids will be presenting 2 workshops for Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday, July 27th and August 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00pm. C S and her team provide youth with the platform and mentoring they need to launch, manage, and grow their Planet-Protecting Projects; all with the purpose of preserving, protecting, and giving back tothe world. The kids have a unique opportunity to take ownership of projects, market their ideas, and benefit from a variety of activities, events, and workshops. GreenUpKids.org 

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Take the Downtown Parking Survey!

The Brattleboro Planning Services Department is conducting a study on the Downtown Parking system. We value your input! Please take time to fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G6769RR.
The survey will be open until August 31, 2017.

The purpose of this survey is to collect and analyze data about the users of the parking facilities available downtown, and to understand the characteristics that are important to you. Your answers will help guide the consultant’s recommendations to Town officials on how parking is being utilized, determining if the existing supply of parking is sufficient to meet demand, and possible options for the future.

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Save the Date: Brooks Memorial Library's 50th Birthday Party!

Save the Date!

Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday will be Saturday, September 23rd, @ the Library :)

EVERYONE is invited for food, fun and celebration!

There will be more information about party details when September rolls around.
See you there!

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Fantastic Wantastiquet: Brattleboro Celebrates People and Place!

‘Fantastic Wantastiquet’, a new multi-disciplinary arts and cultural festival, will take place annually beginning in 2017 during the ‘Fall Foliage’ season; from September 1 through mid-to-late October. This year, major events and activities of the Festival will extend from Friday, September 1 through Monday, October 8, allowing for the possibility that some events may occur later in October as well.

The festival’s purpose and mission is to draw together existing arts and cultural events and activities in Brattleboro and in nearby areas of Windham County, VT, Cheshire County, NH, and Franklin County, MA.  We will create a common schedule and calendar, and share marketing, publicity, and promotional efforts. We also hope to eventually create an annual grant program to assist new jointly-produced productions, works, and special events.

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"My Country Tis of Thee"

A couple of days before the recent presidential election I was outside doing chores.

My granddaughter Bella whom I had just picked up from school was playing on a swing nearby. A happy child, she was always singing some pop tune during play, but on this day I heard her singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”

Made me smile, and then I remembered this picture her father had taken of her a few years ago which, to me, was so impactful and impressionable.

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Help Survey the Retreat Meadows for Water Chestnut and Other Aquatic Invasive Species - July 25, 2017

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission is hosting a free, on-the-water workshop on the Retreat Meadows to check for the presence of invasive water chestnut and other aquatic invasive species. Laurie Callahan, aquatic biologist, will lead the session and will provide some basic training at the start of the workshop.

The event will be weather permitting. Please contact Laurie Callahan (therivermist@hotmail.com or 802-258-1877) if you would like to participate. Sessions may be cancelled on short notice due to weather, etc.

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16th Annual 2017 Westminster Cares Garden Tour

Our 16th Annual Garden Tour has been slated for this weekend of July 22nd and 23rd - 10am to 3pm.

On display will be the Gardens of:
Gordon and Mary Hayward
Cyndy Fine - Genius Loci
Lily & Gene Walsh
Toby Young & Sharon & Ingrid Boccelli

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Undiscovered Gem - Rhododendron State Park

Just across the river, there’s a beautiful park filled with gorgeous flowers.

Rhododendron State Park in Fitzwilliam is a natural stand of Rhododendrons that are in bloom right now.

The park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July.

Other trails, including a special wildflower trail wind through the forest adjacent to the grove.

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Sovernet/First Light Spam is Already Circulating Soon After Merger

I received this email today; it is NOT from Sovernet or First Light.  If you receive one, do NOT respond or click on links.

The actual email address it comes from is a gmail address, not an official corporate address.

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VFW Lunch Specials July 17th - July 21st

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

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - BBQ pulled pork sandwich w/ corn on the cob
Wed - bacon or ham mac n' cheese w/ salad
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

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