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Today In Local History

1845:

Thirty more Vermont girls passed through this place one day last week for the Cabotville factories.

1858:

A pair of oxen and cow belonging to Mr. Sargeant were killed in this town by being run over by the cars upon the Valley Railroad a few days since.

1874:

A petition to the Legislature for the creation of a State police to endorse the liquor law, is in circulation here, and has been signed by many of our best and most influential citizens.

1874:

Farmers in this vicinity are holding on to their tobacco with a firm grip. Twenty five cents on the poles has in some instances been offered and refused,

1874:

The latest thing in sidewalks is a concrete walk now being laid in front of Ray’s block. The selectmen have been petitioned to lay a walk from Webster’s saloon to Van Doorn’s residence, and will probably do it.

1885:

The bicycle club are to take a moonlight ride to Hinsdale this evening.

1885:

Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.

1885:

Street signs have now been put up on most all of Brattleboro's 200 streets due to the Rural Improvement Association and the board of bailiffs.

1891:

The bishop will make his annual visit to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next Sunday.

1891:

The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.

1891:

W.F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.

1891:

A new hydrant for the fire department has been placed at the corner of Oak and Chapin streets.

1896:

Moses Deyo, the well-known stone mason, had the sight of his right eye destroyed Wednesday morning by the explosion of a catsup bottle which he was attempting to open. The bottle had stood near a hot stove, causing fermentation of the contents.

1896:

A pure white squirrel has been seen this week near one of the Retreat summer cottages. It is like the ordinary red squirrel in every way except the color of its fur.

1896:

A new switch has been laid at the addition to the Pine street car barn of the street railroad company.

1896:

The Red Men will have a rehearsal adoption degree to-night, to be followed by a collation.

2014:

Peter Elwell hired as Brattleboro Town Manager.

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Morning Glory channels its inner Mick Jagger.

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Official BrattRock 2017 Line-up

Hey Everybody!

The official line-up of bands playing at The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has been announced, and it is awesome!

Check out the band photos & fun-to-read bios for all 18 bands and get updates on the BrattRock Facebook and Instagram pages!

Advance tickets are available now at www.brattrock.org  $10 adults and $8 students -- A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Youth Services. 

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Crazy Question

Does anybody know the name of this painting and who painted it?

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Open Container Law?

I'm just wondering if the open container laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages have changed in the state or if our town is just choosing not to enforce them?

It seems there is a tremendous amount of drinking going on in public places, IE busstop by Gouger's, parking garage area, accross from the co-op, stoups in front of the apartments and businesses on Elliot Street.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Cookers

The Cookers at the Vermont Jazz Center, Friday, Sept. 15th at 8:00 PM

The Vermont Jazz Center will kick off its season with an energetic blast. On Friday, September 15th at 8:00 PM, The Cookers—a septet heralded by Downbeat Magazine as “a group of the world’s best musicians”—will present two sets of jazz at its highest level. The musicians in The Cookers are Billy Harper (tenor Sax), Eddie Henderson and David Weiss (trumpet), Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), George Cables (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), and Billy Hart on drums. Each of these individuals is a major leader in their own right, but the unified force of this group is seen as a worthy personal and musical investment by each of its members.

As an enduring unit (they’ve been together for over a decade), The Cookers perform carefully arranged original music and have been called a “dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop [masters]” (Nate Chinen, New York Times). The rhythm section alone (piano, bass and drums) of George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart reveals star-power enough to attract any jazz devotee, but when the front (horn) line is added with its glorious combinations of colors and improvisational prowess, the opportunity to hear this group locally is almost too good to be true.

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The Drawing Studio Open House

Hi All

Today from 4 to 7 pm The Drawing Studio will have it's Open House. 

This is a chance to see the studio, sign up for classes in drawing and color mixing/color theory and meet other people who love this stuff too. 

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Making Hay Out of Climate Change - Forum Tuesday

Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm @ 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, Vermont

Climate change has been called the global issue of our age.  George Harvey, host of Energy Week on BCTV, talks about the fossil fuel industry dying a quick death over the next 10-20 years, but there is also the potential to create two jobs in renewable energy for every one lost in natural gas, oil and coal.  Climate change may be the biggest economic development opportunity that Vermont – and the world – has ever seen. But only if we act now to make sure our response is strong, equitable and done right.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 11, 2017

I-91

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

Punchlist work requiring lane closures for northbound and southbound traffic will continue. 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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Dummerston Community Center Rummage and Tag Sale

The Dummerston Community Center will be holding a Rummage Sale on Saturday, September 9th from 9 am-noon. Proceeds will help to offset maintenance & operating costs for the building. Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items and treasures.

The sale will be held rain or shine, an indoor event. Coffee and Lester's donuts will be for sale. The Dummerston Community Center is located at 150 West St. in the West Dummerston Village. For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.

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Stolen Lions

BRONZE LIONS STOLEN FROM 1222 PUTNEY ROAD – THE VERMONT BUILDING, $1000 REWARD FOR RECOVERY

BRATTLEBORO, VT September 5, 2017: During the past Labor Day Weekend of 2017, the bronze pair of lions were stolen from a well-known commercial building entrance of “The Vermont Building” located at 1222 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT or just North of exit 3 on Putney Road – Route 5 North. The Brattleboro Police Department have been notified and are conducting an investigation.

The building owner/management is offering a $1,000 reward for the recovery of the pair of lions. The photo shows only the right-side lion. Both right side and left side lions were stolen. The lions were made of bronze and had been at the building entrance since the opening of the building in 1989. Their approximate size is 5 ft long and 3 ft high and 2 ft wide.

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Our 50th Birthday Party! All Day Party at Brooks Memorial Library!

 

Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday Party will be from 10 am-6pm, Saturday, September 23rd. Come on down for free Food, Fun, and CAKE! Our schedule of events will be:

Kids’ celebration 10 am-noon in the Second Floor Meeting Room:
10:30 Seriously funny guy Kevin O’Keefe will present his one man show followed by scrumptious birthday cake.
You can also make a birthday card for our building!

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Celebrate Brooks Library's Birthday With Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz!

With
playful harmonies, acoustic guitars, percussion and upright bass, Sharon Leslie and Daniel Kasnitz will help us celebrate our 50th Birthday by performing acoustic versions of popular hits with a funky, jazzy twist.

They will be playing between 1 and 2 pm on Saturday, September 23. Come on down!

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Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Advisory Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)

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Cheryl Wheeler plus Willa Mamet & Paul Miller at Next Stage on Saturday, September 9

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter and comedienne extraordinaire Cheryl Wheeler, plus Americana duo Willa Mamet and Paul Miller, at Next Stage on Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 pm.

It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the microphone. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. As the poet and comic forces join, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a delightful, gifted and openhearted performer.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Panhandling, and A Big Ol' Meeting To Catch Up

The Brattleboro Selectboard returned from summer break to a full agenda and long meeting. A continued discussion of panhandling provided updates on efforts now underway as well as a new suggestion for a sign explaining “the rules.”

The panhandling discussion led some to a discussion of drug use on Flat street, which the Chief of Police says is on the rise and spreading to adjacent areas.

Other matters included grants, proposed parking and speed limit changes, bigger acts possibly coming to the Latchis, new bus routes and schedules, and much more.

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Brattleboro Storm Damage Report

At approximately 4:15pm a strong thunderstorm moved through the area with very gusty winds. The storm brought down numerous trees and power lines, mostly centered in an area of Putney Rd from the Veterans Bridge north to the town line.

The Brattleboro Fire Department answered 15 calls for assistance during and immediately after the storm, including trees and wires down, fire alarms and an odor of smoke. Areas that sustained tree damage as well as isolated power outages included but are not limited to Stockwell Drive, Black Mountain Rd, Kipling Road, Cedar St, Upper Dummerston Rd, Cresent Drive and several areas along Putney Rd. There was no property damage or injuries reported.

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A Trash Collection Question

Several questions, actually:

Will trash be collected on Wednesday for A households, or will it be next week?

Is there a specific bucket to be used for compost, as is compost collected every week?

Which colored bags are for which product, and must they be in containers, or free standing?

 

Thanks!

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BCTV Schedules Week of 9/4/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/4/17

Monday, September 4, 2017

12:00 am VT Film Essentials - The Graduate

1:00 am Havana Fairfax Connection - Los Van Van and the Songomania Style

2:20 am Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Hiroshima Day Peace Walk

4:30 am Vote For Vermont - Brian Savage

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

SEPTEMBER SHOWINGS

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 4 thru September 8

Sept. 4 CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

Sept. 5 - Egg Salad Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Clam Chowder

Cole Slaw

Cantaloupe

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VFW Lunch Specials 9-4 to 9-8 Open to the Public!

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.

Sept. 4th - Sept. 8th

Mon - no lunch open 11-7
Tues - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Wed - hamburger gravy over mashed potato w/ veg
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - shrimp scampi w/ salad

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