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1849:

Festive opening of the last section of Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road.

1858:

A fire occurred in a dwelling house in West Brattleboro, on Friday night of last week, belonging to Cromwell Carpenter, but occupied by one Staples. The occupant undertook to smoke some bacon in the wood-shed during the evening and left the fire to take care of itself; the destruction of the building was the result.

1858:

Henry Burnham will deliver a lecture next week, at the Town Hall, embodying facts and reminiscences connected with the early history of this village.

1862:

Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B., is to Lecture in the Town Hall this (Thursday) evening. Subject: “The Humorous Phases of the War.” Doesticks, alias Mortimer Thompson, has by personal intercourse and examination rendered himself familiar with many scenes and events connected with the war and its management that do not find their way into the columns of a newspaper.

1874:

At the Grand Army charity fair, next Thursday evening, a silver trumpet, now on exhibition at Holding’s jewelry store, is to be voted to one of the fire companies.

1874:

The auditors of the town of Brattleboro have made their annual report for the year ending Feb. 7. The expenses for the current year are estimated at $13,730. The present grand list of the town is $22,723. To raise the amount deemed necessary will require a tax of 60 cents on the dollar, which the auditors recommend.

1880:

Rev. E.W. Whitney’s fifth lecture to young people will be given next Sunday evening. Subject, “Mysterious Failures.”

1880:

Rev. Mr. Green’s discourse for next Sunday evening will be on “Everlasting Torments, Annihilation, or Final Restoration - which?”

1885:

Estimated town expenses for the coming year are $17,761; some unusual expenses on account of the repair and rebuilding of bridges will be necessary.

1885:

The Prospect Hill and Esteyville housewives plead for an extension of the weather signal system, and one of them whispers that a flag would be especially handy on Monday mornings - “so as to know about putting out the washing, you know.”

1885:

E.L. Parker, proprietor of the Elliot street jobbing shop, is filling a western order for 300 washing machines, necessitating the employment of two extra workmen

1891:

A new rifle range is being put in the armory. The target is of steel plate, covered with pasteboard in which the bullets will embed themselves, and is reduced to correspond to a range of 200 yards.

1891:

A colt belonging to Milton Miller became fractious on North Main street yesterday and kicked the front of the sleigh into kindling wood.

1891:

Col. L.K. Fuller has recently introduced a very perfect system of lighting into his house. It is a storage battery system, charged from a dynamo at the factory.

1891:

The warrant for the annual March meeting contains only two articles calling for other than routine business. The first of these is to see what actions the town will take under act 17 of the laws of 1890 allowing a 20 per cent highway tax payable in labor or a 15 per cent tax payable in money, to be levied.

2003:

iBrattleboro is launched; a haiku about snow was the first story.

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Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 2: About Town

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing.

What is a town? What turns an empty plot of land into a town?

In Vermont, the practical answer to your question is complicated by the fact that there is no unincorporated territory so even very rural areas (that lack a concentration of people and buildings) are part of Vermont towns. Legally, in all states, towns (like cities and villages and, in some states, townships and boroughs) are municipal corporations formed by states to do the public’s local business in a defined geographic area.

However, if we put aside the statutes and textbooks, I think it is reasonable in most cases to equate “town” with “community.” While there are communities that are not towns, I believe all towns do (or at least should) strive to create a sense of community among their inhabitants. For that reason, my philosophical answer to your question is as follows: A concentration of people and buildings turns an empty plot of land into a town and the behavior of those people, the arrangement and character of those buildings, and the combined impact of endless individual and group choices determine what kind of community the place becomes.

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Savings Bank of Walpole Offers Steps to Stop Cyber Theft

Keene, NH -- In recognition of National Data Privacy Day on Saturday January 28, Savings Bank of Walpole is urging consumers to take an active role in protecting their data.

“Savings Bank of Walpole’s first priority is to protect our customers’ money and their financial data,” said Dominic Perkins, V.P. Retail Administration. “We use a combination of safeguards to protect our customers’ information, and we encourage our customers to partner with us in that effort.”

To help ensure the safety of personal information, SBW suggests following
these four tips:

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 30th

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, January 29th 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.

For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled for February 5th, 12th, 20th, and 26th.

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Brattleboro Downtown District Snow Removal Thursday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening. This will also include Western Ave from High St to I-91 Bridge and Canal Street from Elm St to John Seitz Drive.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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BHS Podcast e85 - When History Happens Over the Weekend: A BAMS 7th Grader Marches in Washington

Windham County women have long been involved in the fight for Women's Rights. Here's the story of Ada, who marched in Washington this last weekend, and Clarina Nichols who argued for women's' rights before the Vermont legislature; two women separated by close to two centuries, united in the cause of justice...

 

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Super Groundhog Day Dance Party Downtown Feb 2

If you’ve been hibernating like the groundhog this winter, here’s a special press alert just for you: Groundhog Day is a great day for groundhogs of all ages to poke their heads out of their burrows — and go dancing.  WVEW Community Radio is hosting a dance party at 118 Elliot Street on Thursday, February 2, 2017 starting at 7:00PM.  You too can boogy down with us.  There will be an array of talented DJs, including yours truly and Chris Grotke, wearing our other hats as co-hosts of WVEW radio show Bubble Wrap.  With this line-up, expect lots of great dance music no matter what you like to dance to.  Trust us, it will be groovy.

So come on down next Thursday night, February 2, and have a great time dancing to some of the best dance music in town.  Better than karaoke!  Burns calories!  You can even sing along…

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Brattleboro Petitions for March Elections - Deadline Monday, January 30

Good afternoon,

As a reminder, petitions for Brattleboro Town and Town School District Officers and Town Meeting Members are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Town elections will be Tuesday, March 7, and the Annual Representatives Town Meeting, Saturday, March 25.

Petitions for Town Officers must contain at least 30 valid signatures of registered Brattleboro voters and be filed in the clerk’s office no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, January 30 in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

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Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Unfounded Claims Of Voter Fraud

“President Trump’s call for an investigation into his latest conspiracy theory is absurd, even for him. The President’s own press secretary could offer no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election. No studies support the President’s view. No Secretary of State anywhere in this country, Republican or Democrat, has reported any evidence that supports the President’s view. Even the President’s own lawyers stated in a court filing that, ‘All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.’ The President’s dangerous falsehoods must stop.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Brandie Starr

We hope you enjoy this interview with Brandie Starr, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?

I am running for a one year seat on the Selectboard, and I am running because I want an opportunity to be involved in decisions and policies that effect my town and my community members; myself and my family included.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

First and foremost I bring to the table a passion for this town and for the people in it, as well as a passion for being involved in the betterment of our area, our nation, and ourselves as a whole. Alongside my passions, I bring an ability to listen, a willingness to learn, and the sense to "ask an expert" when I am unsure. I am employed by a bank, so while I do not work directly with the finance dept., I have for the better part of the last nine years been an attendee at board meetings, and seen the drafting of a budget behind the scenes, including the various methodologies and dynamics that go into such work. I have seen the counter arguments, and compromise.

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Brattleboro Street Snow Removal Wednesday

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the streets in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown district must be removed by 11:00pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Governor Scott's 2017 Budget Address Transcript

Here is a transcript of Governor Scott's 2017 budget address, in which he calls for level-funding of schools across the state, proposes tax-free energy efficiency purchases, clean water, and low taxes, among other things.

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"Mr. President, Members of the General Assembly, fellow Vermonters:

Nineteen days ago, I stood in this very spot to lay out my vision for Vermont. One that helps us harness the power of our values, natural beauty and quality of life, to propel a strong, dynamic economy. And one that believes we can achieve great things through the strength and resourcefulness of our people, and our history of unity and respect for each other.

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Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies for Caregivers

Brattleboro, Vermont. On Thursday, February 9th, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Brattleboro Area Hospice & the VT Alzheimer’s Association will host Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies for Caregivers. The event will take place at the Gathering Place at 30 Terrace St. This event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Communication is more than just talking and listening—it’s about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their disease process and the ability of words is lost, families and caregivers need new ways to connect. Join us for this free program as we explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/23/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/23/17

Monday, January 23, 2017

12:00 am 2016 Bratt Lit Fest: Bill Littlefield, Glenn Stout

1:00 am 2016 Tiny House Fest #8: Housing Needs & Creative Solutions

2:00 am Standing Rock Report at the Peace and Justice Center

4:05 am Matin Luther King Jr Celebration: My Brother's Keeper - Youth Panel

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Tuesday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Winter 2017

It is time once again to list the little things that have caught your eye around town as you go about your day.

What have you noticed lately?

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- NECCA's circus school building on Putney Rd is looking good. The steel frame is up, and there's a really nice sign out in front of it all.

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Town of Brattleboro Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 24, 2017.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.

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Woman's March Signs - And Followup Actions

Here is a link to some of the Protest signs that one person thinks were memorable.

Would be nice to see photos, or read about the signs we made, carried or saw.   

Link

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Tech Help at Brooks Library

Almost everybody has a tech question, and Matthew Wojcik, the library's Electronic Services Support Specialist, offers free individual help on a wide variety of computers and mobile devices for all library patrons. Contact Matt or the Reference Desk to book one of the appointment slots, which are usually Mondays 5:00-7:00 and Thursdays 1:00-2:00. If those times don't work, it's good to inquire anyway, and Matt will make other arrangements when he can.

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Job Hunt Help Returns to Brooks Library

Job Hunt Helper Danielle Braverman will resume individual consultations for job hunters and career planners on January 24th. Contact the Reference Desk for an appointment, or simply drop by during Danielle's weekly hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Danielle's services are provided through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries, with funding from the J.

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VFW Lunch Specials 1-23 to 1-27

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 - homemade sloppy joes w/ onion rings
Tues - fried chicken breast w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Wed - country style ribs w/ macaroni salad
Thur - turkey dinner w/ mashed potato, gravy, vegetable, stuffing, cranberry sauce and roll
Fri - salmon pea wiggle

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