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1836:

Wanted. A Smart, active laboring Man can find employment on application to Holbrook & Co. at the Paper Mill.

1836:

FOR SALE - The Trials of Lyman Beecher, D.D., before the Presbytery of Cincinnati, and of Mrs. Rebecca Peake, indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake. Also, a choice collection of second hand Law Books, at the Brattleboro Bookstore.

1840:

Judge Royall Tyler married to Laura B. Keyes at the same time her sister Ellen marries Frederick N. Palmer.

1847:

Straw Sewers and Apprentices wanted immediately by T.J. Bascom.

1881:

In view of the general public expectation that we are to have a series of out-door concerts from out military band during the approaching warm season, and in the lack of a suitable place for such concerts in the business centre of the village, why should not the village common be utilized for that purpose? It would be a simple matter to furnish accommodations there for the band and, if need be, to scatter a few seats of benches about for the use of the listeners.

1881:

John Retting is making preparations to build a dwelling house on Green street, opposite Dr. Post’s.

1881:

Vegetation never came nearer to smiling audibly than during the warm gentle rain of last night and this morning.

1887:

Plans have been decided upon for converting the skating rink into an armory and the work will proceed at once. The entrance will be changed to the center and a complete renovation made of the interior to adapt to its new uses.

1887:

Cashier O. A. Marshall leads the way in tandem bicycling in Brattleboro, Mr. Marshall having bought one of the Humber (Rudge) machines for the use of himself and wife.

1887:

Professor Charlier's decision to put into the market all of his land lying between Elliot street and the foot of the terrace south of the large house, will give an opportunity for the village to extend in that direction about as largely as it is extending in the north-western quarter by the sale of the Chapin property. The whole southern slope of the Charlier land can be converted into pleasant lots, and made accessible from Union street.

1892:

A striking phenomena was witnessed in the southern sky Monday evening. It was in the form of a narrow band of white, luminous mist. At first it appeared to be only a few feet in length, in the east, but it gradually extended toward the west until it almost spanned the heavens. Portions of the mist seemed to be driven in waves, at a rapid rate, in the same manner in which fog is sometimes seen to pass over a pond, but without materially changing the effect.

1892:

The old pathetic Scotch ballad, “John Anderson,” will be sung by Mrs. Robertson at the entertainment Wednesday evening. Mrs. Robertson is 76 years old, but her voice is well preserved, and it will be a novel feature to hear a person of her age sing the good old song, with genuine Scotch dialect.

1892:

C.P. Gibson holds another great auction sale at his Elliot street stables next Thursday, when 60 good horses and a lot of harnesses and carriages will be offered.

1892:

The Connecticut river valley tobacco crop which has not been sold is being held for higher prices, and may bring upwards of 30 cents. The high prices have stimulated growers to build new barns, buy more fertilizers, and plant more acres. The acreage in the different towns in the valley will be from 20 to 30 per cent larger than last year.

1892:

Six men under the direction of Mr. Perry began work on the mountain road on Monday, to make the necessary repairs, and it will be put in good condition to the top. Very little damage has been done by washing or otherwise during the winter and spring.

1898:

Two big two-horse loads of beer barrels and kegs were an unusual sight in Main street Tuesday afternoon. The goods came from the Matthews farm in New Hampshire, near the suspension bridge, where they had been stored since the successful raids were made upon the island brewery last fall.

1898:

The board of trade has given the contract to build the corn canning factory to W.H. Fletcher for $3550, and work upon the buildings will begin at once.

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Scrabble! A Fun Evening Out at Brooks Library

Stop by for Drop-in Scrabble, weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm. No need to bring anything; we've got the boards and tiles. Newcomers welcome. See you there. Every Wenesday, except for the first Wednesday of each month, when you might want to drop in for the First Wednesdays lecture series! 

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Reinventing the Family Home: First Wednesdays Lecture at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays lecture at Brooks Memorial Library. On April 5 at 7 pm, Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

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Windham Regional Career Center Offers Spring 2017 Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this spring. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator has coordinated 16 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

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Brattleboro Selectboard: Members Sworn In, Officers Appointed

The Brattleboro Selectboard swore-in two new members (and one returning) Monday evening. New Town Clerk Hilary Francis administered the oath of office to Brandie Starr, Tim Wessel, and David Schoales at a special meeting.

Officers were also appointed: Kate O’Connor is the new Chair., Vice Chair is Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel is the Clerk.

(This may be the first time women have served as Chair and Vice Chair together in Brattleboro. Can anyone think of another time?)

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The Brattleboro Shop Opens, With Love For Old Lettering

The Brattleboro Shop is now open.

As most people know, I’m a big fan of both Brattleboro and local history. I’ve combined those two passions into a project that others can enjoy - The Brattleboro Shop. It’s an online gift store with exclusive, unique Brattleboro-centric gifts and goodies. 

My fun comes from re-making old logos and designing retro-looking artwork. It’s good practice for me to study old lettering and to try to imitate old poster styles, and it is joyful to give some of these old designs new use.

You get to benefit by having access to some really neat, new, unique Brattleboro gifts.

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The Commons: Voices Live! What’s Really Being Done About Opiates in Our Community?

April 3, 2017 5:30-7:00 pm at The Brooks Memorial Library (Main Level)

Join The Commons and the COR (Community Opioid Response) Committee for a discussion on what is being done and what resources are available to tackle the opioid problem in our community.

The evening includes a panel discussion with members of the Turning Point of Windham County, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, Habit Opco, and The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont's Syringe Support Program.

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Rare Statewide Initiative Involves Celebrity Artist to Connect Schools and Communities

Grammy-winning Jazz Guitarist John Jorgenson works with Windham County students and teachers spotlighting creativity in learning and living

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Thirty-nine teachers from 15 schools in nine communities around Vermont are involved in an ambitious and creative enterprise involving world-renowned jazz guitarist John Jorgenson. The year-long, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular project will culminate in April when Jorgenson – who has played with such diverse musicians as Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti and Bonnie Raitt – performs at four community concerts in April in Brattleboro, Stowe, Barre, and Randolph.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/27/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/27/17

Monday, March 27, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour

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Brattleboro School Bond Issue Results

"Article 4: Shall general obligation bonds or notes of the Brattleboro Town School District in an amount not to exceed Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000), subject to reduction from future state and federal grants-in-aid and the application of future reserves, payable over a term not to exceed ten (10) years, be issued for the purpose of making heating system improvements to the Green Street School, the estimated cost of such improvements being Nine Hundred Forty-Six Thousand Dollars ($946,000)? This article shall be voted upon by Australian ballot."  

Yes = 114
No = 6

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Bagels and Blocks Playgroup April 2nd

Make new friends while having fun with your child! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to
offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Join us April 2nd at our new time, 2:00-3:30 pm, for a Passover-themed Bagels and Blocks playgroup! We'll be transported back to Egypt while we taste some traditional Passover foods, sing our favorite songs, make frogs with working tongues, and learn more about the holiday.

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for infants and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play. Playgroups are on the 1st Sunday of each month and are free and open to all.

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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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