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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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 3rd

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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Plastics, and Recycling in Brattleboro

Brattleboro is about to change from dual stream to single stream recycling on July 3. The Town of Brattleboro sent out a postcard with a reminder of this date, and a reminder that another big change is coming: plastics 1-7 will now be collected.

I thought it might be helpful to dive a bit deeper and look at each type of plastic that Brattleboro could collect.

The first thing to know is that many plastic containers and packaging have numbers associated with them. This is a “resin identification code” developed by the plastics industries in the 1980’s to help with recycling. It’s sometimes stamped or molded into the bottom of the container.

Let’s look at each, how they are used, how they might be recycled, and also how to avoid them in the first place.

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Painting Animal Portraiture with Johanne Mangi Workshop

Wednesday-Friday, July 12-14, 2017          9:00am—4:00pm  

Village Arts of Putney is very excited to offer this premier workshop with visiting teacher, Johanne Mangi. She is a vivacious person and teacher as well as animal lover.  Johanne will share and guide you on how she is able to capture the spirit of pets and animals in an extraordinary, painterly way.  If you are inspired to paint animals and capture their essence, do not miss this special workshop!

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Shoot the Moon Theater Co presents "Trump's Fifth Avenue" July 14-15, 21-22

Shoot the Moon Theater Company continues its 2017 season at the Hooker-Dunham Theater with, “Trump’s Fifth Avenue: A Political Fantasia.” Show times are 7:30PM on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15 and July 21-22. 

Derived from speeches, interviews, — and of course, tweets, — by Donald Trump, Artistic director Joshua Moyse has conceived a non-linear look into the culture of the iconic Manhattan street that Trump once famously said he could stand in the middle of and shoot someone without suffering political consequences. 

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Theater Camp in Guilford Center this August

Theater and Library Camp Returns This Summer in Guilford Center

For a second summer, Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are again collaborating on Stage & Stream, a weeklong theater and library camp this August 14-18.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Summer 2017

Another edition of "what have you noticed recently," in which you can report on the smallest of small things. You know, those things that make you stop for a second look, or that you mention to others when you get back from errands. No detail is too small.

As always, I shall get you started:

- NECCA is using their new circus building.

- Harmony Lot is getting refinished.

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Coffee Break at Welcome Center

The Dummerston Community Center is holding a Coffee Break (bake, snack, coffee) fundraiser at the I-91 Guilford Vermont Welcome Center on Friday, June 30 from 7:30 am to 7 pm. Donations of baked goods, snacks, fruit, veggies, coffee, coffee cream, bagels etc. are needed. Any donation of food, gift certificates, or money would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers to help on Friday, June 30 at the food tables are also needed. The Community Center will be open on Thursday, June 29 from 9 am to 8 pm for drop-off of donations.

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A Town Without Transportation

I was just shocked when I called Brattleboro Taxi to get a recorded message saying they were no longer operating! This is a huge blow to those of us who can no longer drive and have used the taxi to get to appointments and to errands.

I just used the taxi on Sunday so this was very sudden and with no notice.

I'm hoping that somebody will pick up the slack and start offering some kind of transportation service.

This is a blow to lots of us.

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Brattleboro Town Closures, Parade and Fireworks Schedule for 4th of July

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Tuesday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Trash, recycling and composting materials will be picked as normal on Monday, July 3. However, they will NOT be picked up Tuesday, July 4 and collections will then be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. This is also a reminder that curbside single stream recycling is available as of July 3.

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WVEW Back On Air, But Stream Goes Silent

WVEW 107.7 , Brattleboro’s low-power community station, has stopped streaming.

The major storms of June 19th knocked the station off the air. (It knocked WKVT off the air for a short while, too.) Brattleboro radios tuned to 107.7 were treated to a week of static. Luckily, things have been worked out and you can now hear WVEW over the airwaves again.

Typically, the go-to solution when there is trouble with the over-the-air signal is to direct listeners to the WVEW stream, and it worked again this time. The station had created an app, available for mobile devices and had links on their web page. Many shows had many streaming listeners, and Brattleboro folks could take WVEW with them when they were out of the area.

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Donald Trump's Healthcare Platform (2+2=4)

"Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the
Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by entirely partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices.

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Call for Photo Book Entries at Vermont Center for Photography

The call for entries for the Vermont Center for Photography's 2nd Juried Photographic Book Exhibition “By the Books” is open until July 15, 2017. Noted photographer, Henry Horenstein will jury this exhibition Opening on August 4, 2017, it will showcase a wide variety of outstanding photographic books from artists around the world. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to “break out of the frame” and share your photographic work in an alternative format. All submitted books will be reviewed by our juror who will be solely responsible for selecting the books to be on display.

One artist will be chosen to receive the “Best in Show” award and will be presented with a complimentary two year VCP Membership as well as a $500 cash prize.

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Guilford Street Extension Paving Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, Vermont Roadworks, LLC, a contractor of the Town, will be repaving a section of Guilford Street (in the area PAST Summit Circle to near the Guilford/Brattleboro town line). We anticipate traffic impacts from approximately 7:00 am until the paving is completed around 7:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/26/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/26/17

Monday, June 26, 2017

12:00 am Vernon Black Gum Swamp - Public Mtg 5/8/17

1:05 am Vote for Vermont - VT Workforce Future

2:00 am Bear Pond Books - Salted and Cured

3:05 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

4:43 am TED Talks: Marlon Preston - Am I Not Human

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

JULY SHOWINGS

SOMETIMES RED – SOMETIMES BLUE

JULY 3RD  

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John
Carradine – 9:30 am

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu June 26 thru June 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 26 thru June 30

 

June 26 - Quiche

Sweet Potato

Green Beans w/Tomatoes

Apricot Pudding

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The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on June 30

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Charles Clements. Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 26, 2i017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Hospital Meeting Room.

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

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Brattleboro Harmony Lot Partial Closure June 26-30

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Starting Monday, June 26th through Friday June 30th, the EAST side of the Harmony Parking Lot will be closed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for construction. Parking will be available in the Transportation Center. Pedestrians will have access to all the businesses with entrances in the parking lot during the construction hours.

Attached to this press release is a map showing the area of the closure.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Dupont Brothers on Sunday, June 25

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 25 with indie folk-rock trio The Dupont Brothers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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