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1837:

The Selectmen of this town, we learn, have purchased of Mr. Arad Stockwell, his farm, containing about 140 acres,for the residence of the Poor. Price of the farm provided it contains 140 acres, $2990 — if more or less, same proportion.

1837:

Wanted to Hire, a Journeyman Brick-layer and Plasterer, who understands building chimnies. James. M. Reed.

1843:

On Saturday night last, about 12 o’clock, Mr. John Birge’s Woolen Factory, half a mile from our village, was discovered on fire, and every article of property within it was destroyed. More than 1000 yards of cloth manufactured for customers and ready for delivery, was destroyed, besides wool in process of manufacturing, to considerable amount.

1848:

A Committee from the Directors of the Brattleboro and Fitchburg Road, met in this place on Tuesday last, to hear the parties interested in the proposed location for the Depot. The two proposed locations are, one on the flat upon the Vernon road, near the residence of the late Dr. Wilson, and the other on the bank in the rear of the Congregational Church.

1848:

Wanted. A Man And Wife without children, to do the cooking of a public establishment. Apply at this office.

1855:

The number of farms and the amount of personal property exposed for sale at auction in this county, was never before so great as during the present season. A large number of our citizens seem determined to emigrate somewhere. Some have gone to Kansas, some to Iowa, others to Illinois and to the indefinite “West.”

1860:

“The Water-Cure World” is the title of a new monthly newspaper published in this village by Dr. C.R. Blackkall.

1871:

I.K. Allen, our well known lumber dealer, has just returned from Burlington, where he purchased one million cedar shingles, besides a large amount of spruce and pine lumber, including clapboards, &c. There is to be some building here this season, and “Isaac” evidently intends to do his share to encourage it.

1871:

The Holbrook plow, invented by our well known townsman Ex. Gov. Holbrook, has gradually won its way to the front rank among agricultural implements — a position which it seems likely to maintain against all opponents.

1871:

Those rumors in regard to the erection of new shops by Messrs. J. Estey & Co., it appears were not without foundation. Two new buildings have been contracted for, and their erection will commence next month. They are to be of uniform size and adjoining those put up last year.

1876:

Mr. James Fisk gave a street exhibition of his patent harness last Saturday afternoon.

1876:

List of historic relics and curiosities at Women’s Centennial Entertainment, with names of owners, published.

1882:

Estey & Co. have completed plans for a new brick dry-house of large capacity, to be built under L.K. Fuller’s patents taken out some time since, and which have become the leading system of the country. They propose to move their existing dry house and convert it into an additional shop of cutting up lumber.

1893:

Frank Mayo owns probably the largest dog in America. It is a pure St. Bernard and weighs nearly 200 pounds. It is named D’Arcagnan, and has a pedigree tracking back nine generations.

1893:

The Brattleboro savings bank has recently bought a Hammond Universal typewriter through Miss Florence E. Clark. Miss Clark is working up a good supply trade in connection with her sale of typewriters, including ribbons for Caligraph and Remington machines as well as all supplies for Hammond typewriters.

1893:

Morse & Simpson are to receive 1000 lilies from Bermuda for distribution Easter.

1893:

Almost no maple sugar has been made the past week, but the farmers ar expecting the season to open in full blast any day.

1899:

The state railroad commissioners have ordered car fenders placed in the next 90 days on all electric cars in Vermont. The commissioners have approved three fenders, and one of these must be used.

1899:

S.A. Smith & Co. are planning to put an electric motor into the Crowell building on Flat street to furnish power to run their machinery.

1899:

The Brooks House pharmacy has this week put in a new soda fountain from the factory of A.D. Puffer & Sons, Boston.

1899:

Jack Martin emerged for an encounter on the Connecticut river bridge Friday night with a badly battered physiognomy. There are different versions of the affray, one to the effect that a railroad man assaulted Jack, another that two men attacked him; and from the other direction is a report that Jack posed as Joe Ott looking for trouble and got it.

1989:

VY asks for license extension from 2007 to 2012.

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Slovenian Wins Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested two dozen of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Blaz Pavlic broke the hill’s long-distance record with a 104-meter jump in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., placing second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

“The headwind helped me,” Pavlic said of his historic leap. “It lifted me up, and then I just said, ‘Go for it.’”

The nearly century-old event featured athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

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Area's First of the Season Sugar on Snow Supper

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the many activities of the Grange, which serves as a town community resource, hosting pre-town meeting, Green Up Day, Independence activities, the Food Pantry, and a community Thanksgiving dinner, and provides Christmas stockings for seniors, free dictionaries for every Guilford 3rd grader, and a college scholarship.  The newest program at the Grange is Guilford Center Stage.  In addition, the building is used for private rentals, town and community meetings, and is the polling place for General Elections.  

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Slovenian Scores On First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested 25 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Blaz Pavlic won the Pepsi Challenge in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

The nearly century-old event is featuring athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

One hometown jumper, Brattleboro’s Spencer Knickerbocker, not only is competing but also is helping the snowmaking crew maintain the hill.

“It’s perfect,” the 24-year-old Knickerbocker said of the jump’s condition.

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Wind Turbine Syndrome Is Real

It’s caused by a virus, and the virus is spread by word of mouth!

Seriously, there is such a thing as wind turbine syndrome, but it’s not caused by the turbines themselves.

It’s caused by negative feelings toward turbines harbored by individuals.

In medical terms, this is called a “nocebo”.

These negative feelings, in turn, are mostly created by anti-wind evangelists who travel the state spreading their gospel of misinformation.

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Artist Forum at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Forum, complementing the large group show Spring Visions on Saturday, February 25, from 5-7pm. The Forum will feature gallery artists Matt Brown, Torin Porter, Donald Saaf, and David Holzapfel, with introductions by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings.

Printmaker Matt Brown,  from Lyme, New Hampshire, creates work in the Japanese hanga method, utilizing separate hand-carved blocks for each color. From Glover, Vermont, sculptor Torin Porter explores “humanness” in his imaginative, stylized steel figures. Fine Art and Folk Art intersect in the collage paintings of Marlboro artist Donald Saaf. Also from Marlboro, wood artist David Holzapfel’s structural forms celebrate the imperfections, personalities, and inherent beauty of wood.

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Brattleboro March 7 Local Election Information & Sample Ballot

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 7th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 6.

Polling place for all three districts in Brattleboro is the Selectboard Meeting Room, second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on March 7, 2017.

The entire back parking lot at the Municipal Center will be reserved for voters on election day. There are handicapped parking spaces close to the back entrance.

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So Like A Mirror: An Exhibition of Works on Paper by Julia Zanes

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So like a mirror is the sea/So vast the vault above, an exhibition of works on paper and poems by JULIA ZANES featuring text from the work of F. Hopkinson Smith, will be exhibited at The Emblem Museum, 21 Elliot Street, 2nd Floor, Brattleboro Saturday March 4, 2017-Saturday, April 22, 2017. The opening reception is on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 PM.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 21, 2017

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard will be approving purchases and permits.

The board will hear an update from the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, get an update on the facilities projects, hear about town finances, and talk about demolition of part of Melrose Terrace. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Bagels and Blocks - A Drop-in Playgroup!

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).

Our next playgroup is March 5th from 1-3pm. Join us for a Purim party! Make masks, eat some hamantaschen (yummy Jewish pastries), sing some songs, and hear a story. Come in costume or use our play clothes for dress up!

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Session Begins

Are you looking for healthful ways to feel good? Singing has been shown to do just that. And the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus offers any woman or girl age 10 or older the opportunity to create music in a community of other singers.

The spring session will begin on Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church or Thursday, March 2 from 10 am – noon at Centre Congregational Church. The first rehearsals are open to anyone who would like to experience chorus with no obligation.

The session will culminate in a concert on Mothers’ Day at the Latchis Theatre. Some people enjoy singing week to week without being in the concert, while others enjoy being part of a performance with professional instrumentalists.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 5:00pm 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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Chariots of Dire

A mile is four times around the track. Each lap can be seen as a year, with a full presidental term of office being a mile.

This administration, after four weeks out of the blocks, has covered a bit more than 100 ft. of that mile.  Pace wins races.

So far stiff headwinds, skipping lanes, some doping, and stalking horses doing their thing. Still holding rallies yet not out of the first turn (which seems weird, kind of like stretching after the race has started).

Any early indications or predictions of how this ends? 

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Guilford Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.  

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.   

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.   

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

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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 Monday, February 20th 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.

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Snow Removal From Brattleboro Streets Thursday Evening

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. Streets will include, but not limited to the following: Elliot, Walnut, Harris, Canal, and Western Ave. If time permits, additional clean up on Main Street may also occur

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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Representative Town Meeting Article: Indigenous Peoples' Day

We hope you enjoy this interview with Rich Holshuh regarding a Representative Town Meeting article advising Brattleboro change to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

What question would you like Brattleboro to vote on?

To simply change the holiday observed on the second Tuesday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Why is this an issue for Brattleboro?

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Brattleboro Presidents Day Closings

In observance of Presidents’ Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and February 20. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and February 20, 2017.

Trash, recycling, and composting are NOT affected by the holiday. Collections will take place on the normal schedule

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Town of Brattleboro Volunteer Energy Coordinator Position Available

On February 13, 2017, the Brattleboro Selectboard announced a vacancy for the volunteer Town Energy Coordinator position. The position is defined in the Town Charter as follows: “Town Energy Coordinator: One 1-year term. The energy coordinator, created by the Vermont Legislature, reviews energy-related material received by the town and advises the town on energy conservation measures. S/he reviews as needed.”

The Energy Coordinator’s job description is as follows:

This person is appointed by the Selectboard and is supervised by the Energy Committee.

In working with the Energy Committee, the Volunteer Town Energy Coordinator gets involved with energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other energy-related matters.

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Who's Crazy?

Every family has secrets. Mine had more than its share. If there were a way that my mother could have avoided telling me about Aunt Rose, I am sure that I would never had found out about her.

Rose had been in Rockland State Hospital since the 1930s when her brief marriage failed, and she lost custody of her only child. Now, in 1956, her three sisters (Aunt Fanny, Aunt Yetta, and my mother) were planning a visit. We went in two cars: Uncle Irving’s DeSoto Deluxe, and Uncle Mac’s Oldsmobile Rocket 88. 

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Harris Hill Ski Jump Set For Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, 2017

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from Austria, Slovenia and the United States leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.Austria, Slovenia and the United States.

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