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1837:

Our Customers who calculate to pay us — any thing — on Old debts — or on new contracts, will do us a favor by remitting soon. Birge & Dickinson.

1837:

Found. On the 11th inst. in the road between Brattleboro and Guilford, a Box of Powder, done up in papers. Enquire of the Printer.

1843:

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith’s Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.

1843:

Pale Brick. 2 M. Pale Brick, for sale very cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1848:

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill’s section, just below the village.

1848:

“McAllister’s All Healing Ointment,” in large and small boxes, for sale by A. H. Day & Brother.

1855:

We noticed in the store of Messrs. Frost & Goodhue, last evening, six bushels of Peaches which have just arrived by Express, and are the first that have appeared in this market the present season.

1855:

The fair weather of the week now about closing has been improved by the farmers to secure their crops of hay, wheat and rye, and their uncommon great crop of oats.

1855:

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the “Belknap Estate,” in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.

1860:

“Diphtheria,” or the “New Disease,” as it is sometimes named, has recently made its appearance in our village, but it is not so “new” as is supposed by many persons.

1860:

Brattleboro Academy. This well known institution at West Brattleboro is to be revived, in a sort of general connection with “Glenwood Seminary,” under the charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leavenworth.

1860:

It is said that Mr. Morse, on Canal Street, has a tree that shuts its leaves and goes to sleep when night comes. By taking out a candle it is caught in the innocent act.

1871:

The prospects for the firemen’s muster on the 1st of September are highly encouraging. The necessary funds have been raised, and several companies from a distance have already signified their intentions of being present. No plans will be spared to make the trial a first class affair. The playing will be horizontally through 300 feet of hose, with ten minutes allowed each machine.

1877:

President Rutherford B. Hayes stays two nights and mentions his family ties to Brattleboro in address at the railroad station.

1882:

The blueberry crop is unusually light, the crop of berries being nearly or entirely a failure. The drought has withered the berries, and such as come to the market are for the most part small and uninviting.

1882:

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster’s concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.

1882:

Hon. R.C. Burlage, Consul-General of the Netherlands, is at the Brooks House.

1893:

E.P. Carpenter has been appointed a member of the board of award on musical instruments at the World’s Fair.

1893:

The Brattleboro Jelly company will take sound ripe apples at their works Wednesday and Saturday of next week. Price 20 cents per hundred pounds.

1899:

The lack of interest which the people of Brattleboro take in the election of school district officers was shown at the special meeting Tuesday. Hon. J.L. Martin was unanimously the choice of an enthusiastic crowd of three persons.

1899:

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.

1905:

The amount of horse stealing which has taken place within a few miles of Brattleboro the past few weeks is considered remarkable by the local officers. It is noticeable also at this time that very few of the thieves are caught.

1905:

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.

1922:

Plane crash of Curtiss "Oriole" at dedication of new "flying field" kills 3 passengers as 3000 spectators watch (Aug. 18), setting back local aviation.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 10 thru July 14

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 10 thru July 14

July 10 - Vegetarian Lasagna

Garlic Bread

Italian Mixed Vegetables

Flan

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VFW Lunch Specials July 10th - July 14th

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

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg
Tues - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - salmon pea wiggle

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 11, 2017

A discussion of issues related to panhandling in Brattleboro is scheduled for the next meeting of the Selectboard. It is likely to be a starting point for the board, as no definitive action is being proposed.

The board will be busy as Water & Sewer Commissioners, approving a few big, expected projects. They will hear an update on progress toward building a skatepark at Living Memorial Park, set property tax rates, buy stuff for the new fire and police buildings, review their goals, approve some paving and celebrate dance in the region. All this and more, and you are invited to attend and participate.

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Reception, Sat. 2-4 pm, for Lynn Martin's Poetry & Paintings

West Brattleboro, Vt. - "The Art of Poetry," an exhibit of paintings and poems by Lynn Martin, will grace gallery spaces at All Souls Church through the end of August. An opening reception this Saturday, July 8, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., offers visitors an opportunity to speak with Lynn about her creative process as an artist and poet, and to enjoy a table of savory and sweet refreshments.

Since 1990, Lynn's poetry has moved readers with its direct, elegant, and no-holds-barred wordsmithing. She has published three books of poems to date: "Visible Signs of Defiance" in 1995, "Talking to the Day" in 2009, and "Birds of a Feather" in 2014. Her work has appeared in numerous poetry reviews and anthologies. Her nonfiction has also appeared a number of regional publications. In 2005, she took up painting and has not looked back since.

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SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued July 5th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, July 5th. Volunteers will be collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

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My Opinion: A Petition? Really? We're Already Doing Good Work for Brattleboro's Energy Future

I’m usually a fan of petitions. They’re an easy way to make your voice heard, especially these days when, on a national level, it sometimes feels like our leaders don’t share our values. But lately a local social media petition has been trying my patience a bit.

There’s an electronic petition making the rounds urging our town to “End Brattleboro’s Municipal Use of Heating Oil”. It points out, fairly, that as a town Brattleboro emits large amounts of carbon dioxide burning fuel oil, and that this is something that we should be working to reduce as much as possible. I fully agree with this sentiment. My problem with the petition? It seems to be either ignorant or dismissive of the very good work that has already been done around this issue. This is surprising, since the author has been present at almost every Selectboard meeting since I have been a member.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Next West Brattleboro Association Meeting July 13th

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and the 2017 budget, there will be updates on the Neighborhood Fund and BizUp/Commercial Spaces.

On the agenda also is a recap of the Chicken Barbecue held over Memorial Day weekend, including deliberating
whether the group should think about approaching it differently in the future.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 10th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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10 Overdoses

According to Mark Carignan of the Brattleboro Police, officers have been at the scene of 10 overdoses in about 24 hours.

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Brattleboro Goes Fourth - A Review

Hats off and a big thanks to the organizers and donors that made Brattleboro Goes Fourth happen this year. It was in many ways a perfect Independence Day.

First, the weather cooperated. Tuesday was neither too hot, nor too cool, with no rain, and just occasional clouds. It helped all the planned activities go off without a hitch.

The parade, which was a bit lacking last year, sprung back to life in 2017. It’s an essential feature for me, and I love that it is real and local. With the exception of some radio stations, a TV show, and a bit of bible thumping, it isn’t a parade trying to sell you anything. It’s just a snapshot of who we are at this moment in time.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 7/3/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/3/17

Monday, July 3, 2017

12:00 am WWAC: Randy Goodman - Reflections on Iran 5/12/17

1:50 am Woodstock Historical Society - Opium Eaters

3:00 am Senior Moments: The Beatles - Class 6

4:00 am Labyrinth Around America Walk at All Souls Church 5/10/17

4:45 am TED Talks: Michael Patrick Lynch: See Past Your Own Perspective and Find Truth

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Lost Dog

3 year old Samoyed - 55 lbs, long white hair - goes by name of Laoko

Lost in Dummerston in the vicinity of Middle Road near Route 5 and Houghton Road

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Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer

My beautiful loving sister Rupa Cousins has passed on today. I was awake most of the night restless. And there is great peace, joy with sadness in her passing. I wrote this last night and this morning i send this. To all who were touched by her magic, passion and love for life, let us celebrate, Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer.

Much love Namaya Art Rat Peace and Zoe Kopp

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"Rupa Sister Rainbow Dancer”

Star of grace who dances from the sky
and landed joyfully on this earth.
Fearless in her truth, she soars and flies.
To a life of joy and love she gave birth.

She reminded us all of the higher love,
and she, the true blessing of the - dove.

Noble laughing presence so rare,
a free spirit who soared and played.
With fearless love she inspired us to care

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Brattleboro Food Co-op Reaches Three Year Contract With Union

Managers and the Union Bargaining Committee at Brattleboro Food Co-op have come to a tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract. The contract is scheduled for ratification by July 15th. More details will be available thereafter. All participants were trained in Interest-Based Problem Solving by FMCS (Federal Mediation Conciliation Service), which will continue to be used as a tool as issues arise during the life of the contract.

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Naomi Klein's Five-Step Plan To Counter The Coming Shocks

Trump is this sort of rolling shock—every day there’s some shocking news

  • StepOne: Know what’s coming.

(We can expect them to impose some sort of state of exception or emergency where the usual rules of democracy no longer apply)

  • StepTwo: Get out of your home and defy the bans.

(There is only one way to respond: Disobey en masse)

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VFW Lunch Specials July 3rd - July 7th

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

Mon - no lunch open 1 pm - 7 pm
Tues - no lunch open 1 pm - 7 pm
Wed - sausage, peppers, onion grinder
Thur - stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato, veg.
Fri - seafood salad roll w/ potato chips

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Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 3 thru July 7

 

July 3CLOSED FOR THE 4TH

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Holiday Weekend Safe Driving Reminders

The Windham Regional Commission is assisting VTrans with getting word out about traffic safety this July 4th holiday.

This Fourth of July, Law Enforcement Is Here to Help Remind You: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

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Brattleboro Reminds Residents to Keep All Sidewalks Clear

The Town of Brattleboro reminds all property owners, residents, and business operators to keep sidewalks clear and free from any obstructions. This is necessary to maintain open and safe use of all sidewalks by all people, and it is especially important for people using wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers.

Town ordinances require that owners keep vegetation from encroaching on or over sidewalks. Residents also are required to keep garbage cans, recycling bins, and compost containers off of sidewalks and to bring those items back onto their property (away from curb) after Triple-T has collected the contents at curbside.

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