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1781:

Brattleboro organized as a town under the State of Vermont.

1812:

Nineteen Master Masons petition to form lodges in Guilford and Brattleboro

1840:

1200 Brooms of Superior Manufacture, for sale Cheap at Birge & Dickinson’s.

1858:

Richards Bradley has purchased between forty and fifty acres of land north of Prospect street and between the road leading to Dummerston and Connecticut river, upon which he proposes erecting a splendid mansion and out buildings. When completed this will form one of the most beautiful situations in Brattleboro.

1858:

Saturday evening about ten o’clock, Jonas Cutler’s bakery, on Main Street was discovered to be on fire. During the evening the warm oven had been filled with wood placed there to dry with the flue damper of the oven closed. After a while the wood ignited and pyroligneous acid gas was formed to such an extent that the oven door burst open, and the fire was communicated to the wood work in the room.

1862:

It is now hard upon the first of April, and not a sugar orchard in the county, so far as we can learn, is in running order. The depth of the snow has rendered it impossible to tap the trees, gather the sap or make the sugar.

1862:

The expenses of all the schools — a High School, and Intermediate School, and five Primary Schools — during the past year was $3626.80.

1874:

Bemis, the express agent, reports over 40,000 pounds of maple sugar shipped from this place since the season began.

1874:

The Hyers sisters (colored) gave a concert at the town hall on Tuesday evening, which only lacked a good audience, a comfortable atmosphere, and sufficient gas light to afford a mutual recognition between audience and singers, to make it a success. The programme was an excellent one, and the singers themselves among the most talented that we have lately listened to.

1885:

The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system will be considered by the ladies of the W.C.T.U. at their meeting next Tuesday afternoon.

1885:

After April 1 the Brattleboro post-office will be prepared to issue money orders on Hong Kong and Egypt and orders can be sent directly to Sweden without having to go by way of Germany, as heretofore.

1885:

We are shocked to have learned since last Friday what a dangerous and reckless practice has grown up in Brattleboro, confined, however, we judge, to a limited district on South Main street. It is out impression, indeed, that a practice so alarming is without a parallel in history. We refer to the use of turpentine as a beverage.

1891:

The largest single shipment of sugar ever received in Brattleboro now stands in the railroad yard. This is a full car of 110 barrels of refined sugar, of 24,000 pounds weight. The purchase was made by Mr. Harlow to meet large local demand.

1891:

Several unruly boys, who have gotten into the habit of making themselves obnoxious at the free library in the evening, need looking after by the police.

1891:

Crosby & Adams have contracted with Orton & Howe to put into the Brooks House kitchen a large refrigerator, in place of the old one, to be in readiness for the summer business.

1891:

A meeting was held at James Hooker’s last evening with reference to forming a tennis association. It is expected the association will have grounds at the corner of Oak and High streets. A movement has also been started for a club which will have grounds on the Frost meadow on Flat street.

1896:

The footlights at the auditorium have been reduced from 60 to 30 jets, and one foot burners substituted for the four foot ones.

1896:

Hackley & Moran announce their opening display of bicycles to-morrow, Saturday, March 28. They will carry in stock these makes: Barnes, Iver Johnson, Eclipse, Norwood, Silver King, Envoy, Fleetwing, Fitchburg, Crescent, Pattee.

1896:

Rev. G.H. DeBevoise will speak at the Centre church next Sunday morning upon the work of the Kurn Hattin home for boys at Westminster. This is a very interesting work in behalf of children with excellent gifts by unfavorable circumstances, who there are given an opportunity of training for usefulness in life.

1896:

Goddard & Pentland’s show of fancy bantams in the window of the Famers & Mechanics’ exchange has been followed by a display of several varieties of pigeons owned by W.F. Goddard and G.W. Pierce.

1896:

An arrangement for testing the sound waves of atmosphere has been added to the High School’s physical laboratory.

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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 2, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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 Hosts Battle of the Barbers

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Scissors will snip and curls will be clipped as the Battle of the Barbers heats up on Main Street Friday, March 3.

The tonsorial action will take place in the lobby of the Latchis Hotel beginning at 5 p.m. and features an appearance by Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and his nemesis, Signor Adolfo Pirelli.

These masters of the close shave will meet again in the Main Street Arts musical production of Sweeney Todd that opens Thursday, March 16 at the historic Bellows Falls Opera House for a two-weekend run.

“We wanted to have some fun while promoting our show,” said the show’s director, David Stern. “We will have real hair stylists on hand to do some speed cutting and maybe carving.”

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/27/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/27/17

Monday, February 27, 2017

12:30 am MGFA presents: Amy Arbus

3:50 am Genomic Medicine in VT

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am Vote for Vermont: State House Tour

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Town Clerk Office Election Hours

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting in Brattleboro’s Annual local elections. The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, March 7 as staff will be conducting elections in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Thank you,

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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Forum Follow-Up: Brandie Starr

Questions remaining at the end of the Selectboard Candidate Forum on BCTV were sent to the candidates. Here are the answers from Brandie Starr, candidate for the one year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

I would like to start this correspondance by saying how great it was to have so many voices from our local organizations at the forum. I sincerely hope that at least one rep from each organization can attend the Selectboard meetings regularly, bringing concerns, ideas, and their perspectives and expertise on these topics. I am also compelled to say, that these are serious and hugely important questions, and we need to really be focused and see how they addressed within the purview of the Selectboard with our Town Charter and Town Governance in its current structure.

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Them or Us - The Malice of Sexual Orientation

In the struggle for sexual identity bisexual people disappeared behind the battle lines drawn between the straights and the gays. One of the worst things to happen to modern sexual freedom was the misappropriation of bisexual people under the umbrella group of the gay, lesbian and queer liberation movement.By incorporating bisexuals as one of them, the LGBTQ group planted bisexuals squarely on one side of the dichotomous “them against us” syndrome. Moreover, when the foundational “gay” umbrella group evolved, it unfairly denied bisexuals, intentional or not, their own liberation from social inequality and injustice.

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1st Wednesdays At Brooks Library: In Her Time: A Fresh Look At Jane Austen With Dartmouth Professor Suzanne Brown

Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown will look at novelist Jane Austen’s response to the events of her era in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on March 1 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Jane Austen in Her Time,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

See the Facebook event here.

Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered “untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age.” Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them.

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Purimpalooza 2017 - A Musical Costume Party!

Are you feeling frantic? Worn out by the nightly news? In need of encouragement? Don’t despair -- Purim is coming! March 11 at the Vermont Jazz Center, we’ll let loose, wear wild costumes and masks, vent our rage at evil and oppression by shaking our graggers (noisemakers) at the name of Haman (or any other evil government official you’d like), and retell the story of how one brave undercover Jewish woman saved the whole Jewish people.

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Dummerston Community Center to host Pampered Chef Fundraiser

The Dummerston Community Center is hosting a Pampered Chef fundraiser on Saturday, March 4th from 12:55-2:55pm. For more information or to RSVP, call Kim at 802-257-8602, Ann at 802-254-2415, or Jean at 802-254-9212.

Kim Martin will host the show, with new spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, also hands-on-cooking and the tasting of spices, sauces, and rubs. There will be special drawings through-out the show. Proceeds will assist in operating expenses for the Community Center

Dummerston Community Center, 150 West Street, West Dummerston, VT

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How Can I Tell If I Have Russian Hackers In My Social Networking Account?

How Can You Tell If You Have A "Russian" Hacker?

In 2014 my Twitter account became full of peculiar tweets in a foreign language that I did NOT write!
I put some of these tweets into Google Translator http://translate.google.com

They appeared to be "Russian", but the content of the few I read did not seem to be anything but harmless advertisements.

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 27th - Mar. 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 - liver & onions w/ mashed potatoes & veg.
Tues - Cajun crab cakes w/ dirty rice
Wed - steak & cheese grinder w/ chips or onion rings
Thur - shepard's pie w/ a salad
Fri - seafood salad roll w/ potato chips

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Citizens Breakfast - Candidates for Brattleboro 1 yr Seats

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Brattleboro Candidate Forum Thoughts, and Advice For Progress

I had the pleasure of co-moderating the Selectboard Candidates Forum on BCTV Thursday evening. I say pleasure, because I found it to be a refreshing and interesting discussion of town issues in a number of ways. I have a few observations and some advice.

The sponsoring organizations and members of the audience asked some really tough questions on a wide variety of topics, while keeping the focus primarily on what can be done locally about issues that often go beyond the town line.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

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

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard 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 February 27th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, February 26th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

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Ukulele Lunchtime Jams to Begin in Brattleboro - Free!

All area ukulele players are invited to six free Lunchtime Ukulele Jams to be held the first and third Mondays in March, April and May. Running from 11:00 a.m. - noon., the jams will take place at Latchis 4 Gallery, on Main Street, in Brattleboro, VT.

Mark your calendar! The Lunchtime Ukulele Jam dates are March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17; and May 1 & 15. Come to just one jam, or make it a bi-weekly tradition!

The Lunchtime Ukulele Jams are an outgrowth of the classes, salons and flash mobs led by instructor and singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick, in response to a groundswell of enthusiasm by local players interested in continuing to play together.

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Parenting for Social Justice at Brooks Memorial Library

Parenting for Social Justice Chats will be happening at Brooks Memorial Library for three Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm: March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th. This initial series will focus on race and racial justice.

Parenting is beautiful and it is challenging. One of the things we struggle with as parents is having hard conversations with our kids. Many of us are seeking support and ideas for how to have the hard conversations with our kids about racism and police brutality, about transgender issues, about hatred for Muslims and many other social justice issues. And we are looking to turn those conversations into action.

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Tracey Madigan, MSW, Joins InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services

InnerWell is delighted to welcome Tracey Madigan, MA, MSW, to join InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services in Brattleboro. Tracey brings a natural warmth and strong empathic presence to therapy with couples and individuals. Her approach focuses on client strengths, rooted in the belief in resiliency and potential for positive change. 

Tracey’s work as a therapist draws deeply on her extensive experience as a grief counselor, as well as her training in mindfulness-based and trauma-informed treatment approaches, and in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Supporting clients through the unique experience of grief has allowed her to bring an authentic presence supporting clients as they face a variety of difficult life transitions. Tracey delights in helping clients – both couples and individuals -- to meet life right where they are, and to discover new possibilities for how things might unfold moving forward.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Melrose Structures Approved for Demolition, and Permits

The Brattleboro Selectboard was missing both their Chair and Town Manager, but efficiently managed their agenda at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

The board approved of most of their annual list liquor permits and polices, though two establishments have an additional hurdle before their licenses are granted. They also approved of demolition of four buildings at Melrose Terrace, the Strolling of the Heifers received event permits, and a debate over parking meters for the Stroll will occur at a later date. 

Cruisers will get up-fits, Cultural Intrigue will get technology, and the Town will get servers.

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55 Brisk Lane Fire Report

Date: 02/21/2017
Nature of call: Building Fire

Address: 55 Brisk Lane
Time of Call: 7:54am

Type of Building: 150’ x 60’ Industrial Warehouse

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm @ 7:58am 3rd alarm @ 8:10am

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