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1837:

A gentleman who came in the stage from Albany this week, informs us that for sixteen miles of the distance, across the Green Mountains, the sleighing was delightful! In one place, the stage overtook a team, ‘set’ in the snow, which was more than two feet deep, and the passengers were obliged to get out and assist in treading down the snow, before a passage could be effected.

1843:

Old Cheese, Of superior quality, for sale by J.H. Wheeler.

1846:

Coffins. A Very Large Assortment of all sizes, at A. Van Doorn & Sons, at reduced prices.

1848:

Mrs. Hinckley invites the attention of the Ladies to her rich and elegant assortment of Millinery Goods. Also, in about 10 days she will return from New York with a new assortment of Fashionable Millinery, for the Spring and Summer Trade, of the latest and most desirable styles.

1855:

Lost. Somewhere in the village of Brattleboro, on the 21st inst., a Hair Ear-Ring with gold mountings. It is of great value to the owner, and whoever will return the same to the care of Day, Robinson & Co., shall be liberally rewarded.

1855:

We noticed on Wednesday, that the farmers on the river between this place and Bellows Falls, were busily engaged in plowing their lands which appeared to be in good order for tillage.

1860:

The “Brattleboro Chess Club” is the name of a promising institution which has been lately organized in this village. This Club have fitted up a Club and Reading Room in Dwinell’s Block, next door to the Phoenix Office, which is furnished with suitable tables, implements and books for the use of the club and such chess-players as they may invite in.

1865:

About fifty sick and wounded soldiers have arrived at the U.S. Hospital in this village within a week, and a squad of twenty has been sent to the front.

1871:

The room in the town hall lately occupied by Clarke & Haskins as a law office has been converted into an ice cream saloon, affording a neat and convenient place for the enjoyment of that cooling compound.

1871:

Canal street rejoices in the possession of three new street lamps recently erected by the village authorities.

1876:

Mrs. T.H. Grigg of this village has a sweet-scented geranium growing in her front room, which in two years and a half has attained the height of eight feet, while the stalk at the base measures one inch in diameter.

1876:

We hear numerous complaints of needless cruelty to calves which are brought here for sale, or are transported through the place. The matter should receive the attention of the proper officers. It is about time that Brattleboro had one of those societies with a long name which has so often been talked about.

1889:

The tree committee of the rural improvement society give notice to property holders who wish to set or complete lines of shade trees on their premises that they may have the work done at one dollar for each tree on application to the committee.

1890:

Peleg Barrows, owner of a dry goods and novelties shop on Main Street, died.

1905:

The selectmen met on Saturday to discuss the question of widening Green street near the site of the Reed “castle,” the building having been torn down by H. L. Emerson. It was decided to widen the street and to have a survey made to determine just what changes would be made.

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Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro March 24th!

Join BAJC for a Community-wide Shabbat Dinner in West Brattleboro.

All are welcome!

At 6 pm we’ll gather to light candles, share blessings, hear a story, and sit down to eat a wonderful meal together. Following the dinner we’ll enjoy dessert and will wrap up with Birkat HaMazon (blessing after the meal) and some lively z’mirot (Shabbat evening songs).

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 21, 2017

It's the final regular Brattleboro Selectboard meeting before Representative Town Meeting, and before the newly-elected members are sworn-in. The current board is still keeping busy, though, with an agenda that includes financial reports, facilities updates, a compost agreement, utility rates, renewable energy proposals, grants, loans, and assignment of duties.

You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 4:00pm, in the Brattleboro Savings & Loan meeting room. NOTE: the change in location for this meeting only.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7:00pm, in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Everybody's Irish

 

‘Tis said, that everybody’s Irish for a day on St. Paddy’s.

So, a Happy St. Paddy’s day to all you Irishpersons on this lovely March day!

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Sheila Jordan, Alan Broadbent, and Harvie S

NEA JAZZ MASTER SHEILA JORDAN TO SING AT VJC WITH ALL STAR TRIO

On Saturday, March 18th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan in a performance with pianist Alan Broadbent and bassist Harvie S. All three are musicians of the highest caliber who have spent years together using the great American Song book as their canvas. Sheila paints with her voice and Alan and Harvie use their instruments to individually create a rich palette of colors and textures. They give us collective art.

Collaboratively the trio comes together to merge their vision: They focus meticulously over predetermined song forms infusing them with what appears to be an uncanny sense of freedom. Their playful interactions are deeply grounded, they are dependent upon an adherence to form, a deep respect for the jazz lineage and a working knowledge of its language. Their spontaneity and unfettered flow of creativity are supported by their open minds, athleticism of ideas and wisdom earned over decades of experience.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 20th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Bridge Opening Update (Northbound Lanes)

Pending weather conditions, the northbound traffic shift to the new bridge is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. Traffic will be shifted using a rolling road block/slow roll with assistance from (2) deputies from the Sherriff’s office.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Climate Change Skepticism From A Leftist

The fear mongering around climate change needs to stop.

Here are 10 reasons I have always been skeptical of climate change theory:

1) Humans like to believe we know it all and have the answers. The weather is massively complicated involving a multitude of factors and variables. We as a human species are more primitive than we like to believe we are. We often do reprehensible things and can barely take care of each other. Look at the Syrian Civil War, our last Presidential election, the fact that there is still so much racism that we have to say Black Lives Matter in 2017, homophobia, and wage inequality as just some examples that we humans aren't as enlightened and intelligent as we like to think we are. Therefore, I struggle to believe even our best scientists really grasp something as massively complex as the weather.

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Trump Dismantles America

To pay for an increase in defense spending, a down payment on the border wall and school voucher programs, among other things, funding was cut from the discretionary budgets of other executive departments and agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and the Agriculture Department took the hardest hits. The proposal also eliminates funding for 19 agencies.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting District Caucuses - Public Invited

Brattleboro Town Schoolboard will hold a pre-town meeting information forum on Wednesday, March 22 at Academy School beginning at 6:30 PM in the Music Room. At 6:00 p.m., town meeting members of each district will be available to meet with constituents to offer residents an opportunity to share their views and discuss articles to be voted on at the annual meeting. Also, at that time, Districts 1 and 2 will be accepting nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies for 1 year.

District 1 has three seats to appoint and District 2 has one seats to appoint. District 1 will be meeting in classroom 131 and District 2 will be meeting in classroom 132.

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Brattleboro 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.

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

Streets will include, but NOT limited to the following: Main Street, surrounding streets, Upper Canal St, Western Ave area.

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Construction: Library Automatic Door

>Dear Library Community,

 

Some of the construction in the Main reading Room has already begun, and the automatic door opener has been disabled.If anyone needs help entering or exiting the building, your trusty library staff are ready to assist!
Please just let us know that you need our help

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Avant-Garde: The Four of Us and the Single Issue Movement

As a longtime marijuana activist, I took an informal review of the state of marijuana in Vermont when I came to Brattleboro almost ten years ago. Evidently, marijuana was a very popular drug of choice and commonly used. But I never dreamed that down the road four guys would help to create a refuge from the storm of prosecutorial madness for personal-use possession of marijuana.

In early March 2010 the Brattleboro Reformer published a photograph of Daryl Pillsbury holding a large sign during Election Day that said “Legalize Marijuana.” There was no article.

By itself, it was electrifying.

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Sandglass Theater's Winter Sunshine Series

On March 18th at 11am and 2pm Sandglass’s beloved Winter Sunshine series begins with Double Image Theater Lab. I Laid an Egg is an original piece inspired by a dream the co-creator Margot had as a child. Margot goes on an adventure with her imaginary pal, Egg, in a world made of shadows and household items. A nonverbal, interactive show filled with many unexpected surprises and discoveries, I Laid an Egg bears elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater and music, inviting the audience into a child’s realm of make-believe. It presents a poetic imaginative journey for the child in all of us.

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Brattleboro Downtown Snow Removal Wednesday 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.

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

Streets will include, but NOT limited to the following: S Main St Hill, Main Street, Chapin Street, Elliot Street, Flat Street, Lower Canal St, Grove Street, Walnut Street, Harris Place, Green St, Elm Street and Oak Street. Whatever is NOT done tonight will be picked up tomorrow night.

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John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter John Gorka at Next Stage on Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 pm.

John Gorka is perhaps the quintessential iconic singer/songwriter of the 1980’s folk scene. Hailing from New Jersey, he honed his craft and persona as a shy, wry and insightful singer/songwriter in the Greenwich Village “Fast Folk” and Boston music scenes. Gorka got his start at Godfrey Daniels, a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania, which is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions in the country.

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Art Talk with Renowned Sculptor Paul Bowen

March 17, 2017

Welsh-born sculptor Paul Bowen will be giving an Art Talk at 118 Elliot in Brattleboro on Friday, March 24, 6-7:30 PM. There is a $10 admission charge to help support 118 Elliot Gallery. Bowen will be introduced by curator and gallery director, Lisa C. Mendelsund and will give a slide talk about his 40-year career. He also will briefly talk about a selection of objects from his collection. This presentation offers a unique glimpse into Bowen's creative process. The talk will be followed by an open conversation. 

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Brooks Memorial Library: First Floor Renovations Will Affect Access

Work in progress

Dear Library Community,

You can find the following important information about what is happening next week at Brooks Memorial Library on the events calendar, and on Facebook and Twitter:

FIRST FLOOR RENOVATIONS OF LIBRARY WILL AFFECT ACCESS

Brooks Memorial Library will be installing new flooring in the main reading room from March 19th through March 25th. The Main Street entrance, first floor and mezzanine will be closed to the public during that time. 

The children’s room, teen room and meeting room WILL be open via the 2nd floor entrance from the Municipal Center parking lot.  Library patrons are welcome to request materials via their online account, email or phone.

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Sun., March 19, 3-5 pm: Group Art Show Opens at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro - Through the end of April, the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church (ASC) are featuring a group show of mixed-media, watercolors, and pastels by members of the Brattleboro Brush & Palette Painters and Saxtons River Art Guild. Participants include Carolyn Albee, Bob Askey, Barb Borek, Dawn Chattin, Maisie Crowther, Nancy DiMauro, John Dimick, Kathy Greve, Mike Hanley, Karen Hesse, Deedee Jones, Molly Martin, Patricia McPike, and Lois Reynolds. Some of these artists are members of both groups.

The ASC Arts Committee invites the public to an Opening Reception for the exhibit
from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their inspiration and creative process. Otherwise, the gallery is open for visitors weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, as well as during Sunday worship and other public events in the building.

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Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Meeting Cancelled

Please note the following cancellation and rescheduled meeting time.

Due to the weather, the meeting of the Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees previously scheduled for today is CANCELLED. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at 4:45 in the library meeting room.

Thanks,

Starr

Starr LaTronica, Library Director
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro,VT 05301
802-251-8195 ext. 101

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