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1845:

Thirty more Vermont girls passed through this place one day last week for the Cabotville factories.

1858:

A pair of oxen and cow belonging to Mr. Sargeant were killed in this town by being run over by the cars upon the Valley Railroad a few days since.

1874:

A petition to the Legislature for the creation of a State police to endorse the liquor law, is in circulation here, and has been signed by many of our best and most influential citizens.

1874:

Farmers in this vicinity are holding on to their tobacco with a firm grip. Twenty five cents on the poles has in some instances been offered and refused,

1874:

The latest thing in sidewalks is a concrete walk now being laid in front of Ray’s block. The selectmen have been petitioned to lay a walk from Webster’s saloon to Van Doorn’s residence, and will probably do it.

1885:

The bicycle club are to take a moonlight ride to Hinsdale this evening.

1885:

Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.

1885:

Street signs have now been put up on most all of Brattleboro's 200 streets due to the Rural Improvement Association and the board of bailiffs.

1891:

The bishop will make his annual visit to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next Sunday.

1891:

The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.

1891:

W.F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.

1891:

A new hydrant for the fire department has been placed at the corner of Oak and Chapin streets.

1896:

Moses Deyo, the well-known stone mason, had the sight of his right eye destroyed Wednesday morning by the explosion of a catsup bottle which he was attempting to open. The bottle had stood near a hot stove, causing fermentation of the contents.

1896:

A pure white squirrel has been seen this week near one of the Retreat summer cottages. It is like the ordinary red squirrel in every way except the color of its fur.

1896:

A new switch has been laid at the addition to the Pine street car barn of the street railroad company.

1896:

The Red Men will have a rehearsal adoption degree to-night, to be followed by a collation.

2014:

Peter Elwell hired as Brattleboro Town Manager.

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5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO - Thursday October 19th, 2017 1:00pm-5:00pm

The Windham County Workforce Development Network (Windham WorkNet) is hosting the 5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO and Career Social on Thursday October 19th, 2017. Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have booths set up at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs will be able to connect with employers and learn about both full-time and part-time job opportunities or look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. The day will end with the Career Social, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Lounge, to meet and network with young professionals and successful business leaders.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 9/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/18/17 

Monday, September 18, 2017

1:00 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. One

2:18 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. Two

3:45 am Authors at the Aldrich - Catherine Donelly

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Anti-War Songs

Last night I kept waking up with a song in my head. A song about a WWI casualty named Willie McBride.

I searched this morning and found the original: “The Green Fields of France” (No Man’s Land)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM,
an anti-war ballad by Scotsman-turned-Australian Eric Bogle.

Bogle has written another which is perhaps the most poignant anti-war anthem ever: “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

One verse refers to “The legless. The armless, the blind, the insane”

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VFW Lunch Specials. Open to the Public.

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.

Sept. 18th - Sept. 22nd

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Tues - chef salad
Wed - roast chicken, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - bacon burger w/ French fries

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Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer @ Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday Party!

Enjoy music with the Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer from 4-6 pm, September 23rd, as we rock out to the classics to top off our 50th Birthday Party celebrations!

https://sites.google.com/site/wyldnightzband/about-us

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 19, 2017

Diversity in Town government and the banning single-use plastic bags will be front and center at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting.

The board will also hear a suggested Climate Accord Resolution, hold a public hearing on parking changes, approve wording of a sign to educate people about asking for money on the streets, oversee financial reports, and more.

You can participate in all of this by attending, and can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Sept. 18 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower

Garlic Bread

Apricot Pudding

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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ACT 46 Study Committee Meeting in Montpelier

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 participate in the State Board of Education’s meeting at 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday Septemeber 20, 2017 at the Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive, Montpelier, Vermont

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The Latest Fashion Trend Is All About Your Data -- And Your Money

Five days ago, my former favorite magazine Nylon, a young woman's fashion magazine out of NYC, announced that they are ending their print edition, of which I am a subscriber. According to their press release, they will concentrate their (increasingly confused) efforts on their web and social media presence in their new role as "influencers."

You've probably heard about influencers with regard to hipsters on YouTube and Instagram, who leverage their status as high-traffic cool kids to present products provided to them by manufacturers so that other less cool people will buy them.

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Molly Stark Motel Fire Press Release

Date: September 14,2017
Nature of Call: Structure Fire
Address: 829 Marlboro Road
Time of Call: 11:09am
Type of Building: Motel building
Number of Residents: 19
Number of Alarms: 2nd alarm at 11:12am
Under Control: 11:57am

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Fire at Molly Stark Motel

If you've been hearing sirens this morning, it is likely that they were on the way to the Molly Stark Motel at 829 Marlboro Road.

It was a 2 alarm fire at about noon.

NH Fire Alarm tweeted that "Heavy Fire On Arrival"

You might want to avoid Rt 9 for the time being.

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Harmony Parking Lot 3rd Project Update

The public can expect the east side of the Harmony Parking Lot to reopen to vehicular traffic, with the exception of the alley to Elliot Street, and the west side to remain open to vehicular traffic on Friday, September 15, 2017. The Harmony Parking Lot is expected to be open for vehicular traffic during the weekend on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and September 17, 2017.

The entire Harmony Parking Lot, both the east and the west sides, will be closed to all vehicular traffic beginning on Monday, September 18, 2017 and continuing through Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

The contractor’s hours of operation are permitted as follows: Monday through Thursday 7:00am to 7:00pm; Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm; and, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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Gibson Aiken & Harris Parking Lots - Project Update

A significant project to improve the Gibson Aiken and Harris Parking Lots is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all pavement, new sidewalks and curbing, improved drainage, and fresh paint. The public should expect these lots to be closed for public parking throughout the majority of the estimated four week project.

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Brattleboro Water Main Flushing Schedule Fall 2017

Utilities Division crews will start Fall Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, October 7, 2017.

NOTE!! Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the weeks of October 9th and 16th.

Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and also during the day.

Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure, and in some areas, intervals of no water.

Night flushing will occur from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.. Day flushing will occur from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

A Schedule of Water Main Flushing Follows:

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First Wednesdays - Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself: FDR and the New Deal

From 1929 to 1939, the US experienced the longest and worst economic depression in its history and the first in which the federal government acted decisively to reverse it. Join us on October 4, 2017 at 7 pm as UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler discusses how Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal changed the government’s role in the economy and affected the lives of Americans in ways that are still with us today.

This program is underwritten by: University of Vermont Humanitites Center

Statewide underwriters include:

National Life Group

Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation

Vermont Department of Libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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The Full Story: Brooks Memorial Library Celebrates Building's 50th Aniversary with All-Day Party on September 23rd

For centuries, Brattleboro has enjoyed a love affair with books.

“Since 1842, Brattleboro readers have been privileged to borrow books,” begins the 1965 prospectus for a new modern, $560,000 library building on Main Street that would open on September 23, 1967.  It’s your 50th birthday, Brooks Memorial Library building!

In celebration, the Trustees of Brooks Memorial Library, the staff and the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are throwing a big party for the public on Sept. 23 — the very day the library opened fifty years earlier!

The library itself goes back even further. It is named after one of Brattleboro’s most colorful characters, George J. Brooks, who gave the town its first library building way back in 1887. Brooks was described this way in the prospectus: “(The money) was given by a bachelor who spent his boyhood in Chesterfield, N.H. clerked in stores in Brattleboro, farmed in Illinois and made his fortune in a wholesale paper business on the West Coast in the “gold fever” years, the building Mr. Brooks constructed and presented to the town was described as ‘beautiful and commodious.’ At its opening it housed a collection of about 5,000 volumes. The impressive dedication ceremonies took place on Jan. 25, 1887, a month after the town’s benefactor died unexpectedly of a heart attack, a draft of his dedication speech on his desk.”

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Public Safety/Law Enforcement Hearings

One of the topics covered by Senate Government Operations is public safety. As Chair of that committee I realize that over the past years, many studies have been done concerning law enforcement/public safety in the State of Vermont. A few of the recommendations have been implemented but the more controversial aspects of each study have gone untouched because many would be unpopular with various segments of both the population and law enforcement agencies.

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Senator Sanders Introduces Medicare For All

Here's the video Seantor Sanders released announcing Medicare For All.

And a link if you can't see the video here: https://youtu.be/Qy_rOan5hxM

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Looking For Primary Doctor Near Brattleboro

I am looking for a primary care doctor. Female is preferred, but will consider a male if he listens to and respects women. Would like someone who practices integrative medicine, i.e. homeopathy and naturopathy, but with an MD or DO degree.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

Robbie

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