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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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Library Renovations Complete!

Dear Library Community,
Thank you so much for your patience during the remodeling project downstairs! We know that being closed for a week was tough, and a big adjustment, and we appreciate that. On Monday morning we will be open for business as usual at 10 am. Come and see our new, spacious layout!

We look forward to showing you around :)

~Your Library Staff

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Ain't I Lucky?

Since yesterday (Friday the 24th), I have received no fewer than 9 phone calls from the Past POTUS.

(I'm not kidding)

He has yet to hang around long enough for me to find out what he wants.

Does anybody know?

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2017 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting

Good morning and welcome to the 2017 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting coverage.

You can watch the proceedings live on BCTV and follow along here throughout the day.

As always, I apologize in advance for misspellings. Feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and commentary at any time.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda, March 27, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special organizational meeting on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. 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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Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

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

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VFW Lunch Specials Mar. 27th - Mar. 31st

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 - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - fried chicken sandwich w/ macaroni salad
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & a salad
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 27 to March 31

 

March 27- Corn Chowder

Ham Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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District 1 Caucus - Public Invited

Brattleboro District 1 will caucus just prior to Representative Town Meeting on Saturday, March 25 at Brattleboro Area Middle School beginning at 8:00 AM in the Mulitpurpose Room. Representative Town Meeting begins at 8:30 AM. District 1 will be accepting nominations to fill and appoint two town meeting member seats for 1 year.

Any residents from District 1 interested in being considered for this position should be present at Saturday’s 8:00AM caucus. The public is invited to attend their district’s caucus and stay for the information meeting.

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Brattleboro Dog and Wolf-Hybrid Licenses Due

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1 (There is a grace period, this year only, until April 3rd due to the fact that April 1 falls on a Saturday). Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Impeaching Trump

Mr. Trumps' presidency is already an embarrassment and a disaster.  He has clearly violated the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prevents conflicts of interest.  No doubt there are other allegations against him, but there is very strong evidence against him on this account, and a call is rising all over the country for impeachment. 

There should be no fear of this action because of Mr. Pence.  Trump is not holding him back now.  First thing's first.  We should heed this call in Brattleboro.  

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 20 to March 24

 

March 20 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips

Mandarin Oranges

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Water Treatment Expenses Could Top $10 Million, Local Compost Continues

Despite Dick DeGray’s call to freeze rates at current levels, utility rates will remain unchanged while the Town conducts some engineering studies to see how many millions, exactly, will be required to upgrade Brattleboro’s water treatment and water mains. Very preliminary estimates put combined upgrades at over $10 million, and the engineering studies will deterimine actual requirements and costs.

Compost will continue to go to the Windham Solid Waste Management District (only recycling will go to Rutland after July 1), West Brattleboro fire station is in operation and sucking well, Peter Havens will be expanding with new space for special events and Jasmine’s Bakery, energy proposals were deemed non-conflicting, and the board shared some thoughts regarding the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting for Dick DeGray and David Gartenstein.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for Beginners!

Back by popular demand, Ukulele-in-a-Day, a 1-Day Quick-Start Workshop for anyone wanting to get started on the ukulele, comes to Next Stage Arts in Putney, VT, on Sunday, April 9.

Taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick, students will learn: How to tune, How to strum, proper positioning, easy powerful chords that work magic together, how to make smooth chord transitions, and all the skills they'll need to be able to play lots of fun and easy songs.

No musical background is required. A take-home handbook is included, with all info from the class, plus many songs to play. Ukuleles will be available to use for the day, or purchase. 

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Putney Central School

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Brattleboro RTM Act 46 Non-Binding Resolution for School Self-Evaluation

At Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting, it is expected that Representative Andy Davis will introduce a non-binding resolution on the topic of Act 46 and school mergers for members to discuss, debate, and vote upon during "Other Business" at the end of the meeting.

I asked him about the resolution and here's what he said:

"The basic meaning of this is straightforward. We have been unable to form a "preferred" merger under the rules of Act 46. There are provisions in Act 46 for school boards - not the study group - to find an alternative path towards the goals of Act 46. This resolution simply directs the Brattleboro Town School Board to pursue this alternative path under Sec. 9 of Act 46.

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Two Factor Authentication, Do It Now!

First let me say sorry for the dramatic title, but seriously,  DO IT NOW!  If you are unfamiliar with what two factor authentication is, it is a way for you to add another security layer for your important logins besides just a password. Many websites and services that contain potentially valuable data will have the ability to use two factor authentication, but it is usually disabled by default.

Why is two factor authentication important? Well, lets just say a hacker is able to obtain your password somehow. Once he tries to log into your account, he will be prompted to enter another code which is typically sent to your cell phone via text or an authentication app. There are some variations in how it works, but you get the idea.

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Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Talk with David Rohn

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is excited to offer a very special Artist Talk with David Rohn this Saturday, March 25 from 5-7pm. Rohn is the feature of the gallery-wide exhibit David Rohn Watercolors 1974-2016, running from March 16-April 30.

 

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Happy Spring!

Celebrate Spring with Erroll Garner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg3z96Z3UEk

(Nice day for it)

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/20/17

Monday, March 20, 2017

12:00 am Hunger Mtn Coop: Winter Blues? Need a Lift?

1:45 am Sustainability Academy: International Fair 2/9/17

3:00 am WWAC: Rodney Bent - US International Developement 3/1/17

4:22 am ArtStory: Season 2 - Ep 1

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VFW Lunch Specials 3-20 to 3-24

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 - Salisbury steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - 1000 island burger w/ French fries
Wed - stuffed peppers w/ salad
Thur - turkey dinner w/ all the fixings
Fri - coconut shrimp

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