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1840:

For Sale, at Chas. C. Frosts’s Sign of the Golden Boot, north-end Hall’s building, India Rubber Shoes, of superior quality, Blacking, in liquid, paste and powder; Waterproof paste, which renders leather impervious to water; Boot and Shoe Kit, Pegs, &c.

1840:

Why can’t people put bells on their horses when snow is on the ground? One might as well attempt to dodge ‘chain lightning’ as avoid sleighs in full speed without bells. Where is now the benefit of a Village Corporation if we do not see to this?

1845:

20 Pieces Tickings of all qualities, common, medium, and super, for sale by C. Townsley & Son.

1857:

Since our last issue we have had a spell of weather and a snowstorm that has been much more productive of interest to the meteorologist than to travelers or families short of wood, coal, and provisions. Sunday and Monday, the 18th and 19th days of January, will long be remembered for the intense cold of one and the severe storm of the other.

1861:

James Fisk, Jr. of this village, and H.D. Smith of South Adams have formed a copartnership in the silk and shawl trade, and will run their splendid peddling wagons through New England states in time to come.

1861:

The snow storm of Wednesday of last week was of a severer character and more damaging to railway locomotion than any one experienced in this vicinity for several years. Less than a foot of snow fell but it was nearly as compact and heavy as hail, and without sufficient moisture to give it coherence.

1873:

Wood is scarce.

1873:

Messrs. J. Estey & Co,. our well known cottage organ manufacturers, report upwards of 8,000 instruments turned off during the year 1872.

1879:

Hawley is just home from New York with bargains in table linen, napkins, shawls, dress goods, handkerchiefs, skirts, white checked nainsooks and pique; Hamburg embroidery; also some new things for his 5 cent counter and some new white and medium ground prints.

1890:

Miss Mary Howe and her brother Mr. Lucien Howe, have fixed upon Tuesday evening, February 11, as the date of their concert to be given in response to the request of Brattleboro citizens. They are to be assisted by the Beethoven club, Mr. C.N. Allen leader, the same organization which assisted Miss Howe’s farewell concert in November, 1888.

1890:

Cassie Timson, aged four and a half years, picked some arbutus this week in the pine woods near her home in Esteyville. The blossoms were as fresh and fragrant as in May.

1890:

La grippe still counts a good many victims in town, although the disease prevails less generally than last week, when it probably reached its highest point. The attendance in the public schools is gradually returning to the normal point. The Chase street, High street, and Washington street primary schools have been closed on account of the illness of the teachers.

1890:

The friends and neighbors of Mrs. Grauhering gave her a pleasant surprise on Wednesday, her 50th birthday, presenting her with an easy chair and a sum of money as tokens of their friendship and goodwill.

1896:

The latest attraction in Pullen & Whitney’s show window is an electric motor which furnishes power for running the coffee grinder.

1896:

The town house will be thrown open to the inspection of the public next week Saturday afternoon, Feb 1, beginning at 2 o”clock. The dedicatory exercises will occur in the evening. As the hall and furnishings are new it is suggested that tobacco-users and peanut-eaters leave their favorite luxuries at home.

1896:

Hackley & Moran announce that they are about to put in a complete bicycle repair shop, including facilities for reenameling. It is their purpose to do everything in this line of work which it has been necessary to send to city shops heretofore.

1896:

Morse & Edgett, the real estate dealers, are having quite a large correspondence with out-of-town people desirous of buying farm and village property.

1896:

The trolley wire snapped in two near I.O.P. Smith’s on Canal street yesterday. It will be spliced as soon as supplies are received, but is now held together by clamps, and the trolley pole is raised when the break is reached.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm in the Gibson Aiken Center conference room (207 Main Street).

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

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party is December 14th

On Thursday, December 14th, at 6:00 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the village's past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

At the gathering the West Brattleboro Community Leader of the Year Award will be presented to a deserving person or organization.  Previous winners have been Nancy Barber (2016), the staff and board of Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (2015), Bill and Judy Daley of the Vermont Country Deli (2014),  Ahmad and Kat Rashed of Rashed's Garden Center (2013), the staff and board of the Brattleboro Housing Authority (2012), and Todd Darrah of the Chelsea Royal Diner (2011), each for their many contributions to our community.

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Connie Snow's Retirement Speech

Connie Snow's retirement speech, made at the large party at the River Garden this evening (Thursday, December 7) honoring her retirement after 30 years as Executive Director of the Windsor and Windham Housing Trust (originally the Brattleboro Community Land Trust):

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Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners

Question: Why are SO many people in town learning to play the Ukulele these days?

Answer: Because it is surprisingly easy, and SUPER-FUN.


Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick is offering 2 sessions of her UKULELE-in-a-DAY workshop, coming right up!

* Sat., Dec. 30, Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT. 10am-3pm.

* Sun., Jan. 7, Brattleboro Music Center, 10am-3pm.

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45th Christmas at Christ Church: "Such Wondrous Tidings"

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 45th Christmas at Christ Church performances on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:00 p.m. That historic building is on Rt. 5 at the corner of Melendy Hill Rd., just over a mile from Exit 1 off Interstate 91. This season's theme, "Such Wondrous Tidings," is the title of one of ten mostly 15th-century carols to be sung by the thirteen-voice Guilford Chamber Singers, directed for a sixth season by Tom Baehr.

The group includes sopranos Catie G. Berg, Christina Gibbons, and Robin Wolf; altos Jenny Holan, Laurie Schneski, Susan Stember Buhlmann, and Joy Wallens-Penford; tenors Steven John, Bill Johnson, and Peter Tracy; and basses Calvin Farwell, Tom Green, and Peter Nadolny. Most of them, including Baehr, are active with other area choruses and church choirs.

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Navigate the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research with Jerry Carbone: AmericanAncestors.org

On Monday, December 11, at 6:30 PM, genealogist Jerry Carbone will discuss the genealogical treasures of the online content of Americanancestors.org, in his talk, "Navigating the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research, AmericanAncestors.org,” in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room, beginning at 6:30 PM.

While not part of the "genealogical giants,” or large genealogical databases like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, FindMyPast, AmericanAncestors.org is a very large online portal to the oldest genealogical society collection in the United States, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Astrology? Best Date to Impeach Donald Trump? January 14, 2018 With 6 Positions in Capricorn!

Morning News, Dec. 7, 2017 Wow, not good! Previously this week, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, took a vote to Impeach President Donald Trump, which did not get enough votes to do so. Too bad they rushed the vote so soon! Maybe they will write up another Impeachment Bill and try again.

My best amatuer astrological guess is that the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, will try again to Impeach President Donald Trump on or about January 14, 2018.     Astrology shows us that on this date at 3:35 PM Washington, D.C. time, there will be six (6) astrological positions in the sign of Capricorn, and this has not happened for many hundreds of years. This is incredibly rare. Because the Sun will be exactly and precisely 90 degrees of Uranus in Aries, (Uranus in Aries can cause sudden change) then this could mean a major earthquake or impeachment. Something rare, something major, with space dust coming down on us in a way that has not happened in hundreds of years....

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Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect Plans Ends 12/15/17

Open enrollment for health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect runs until December 15, 2017. If you don’t have coverage or if you want to change plans, you need to do so by December 15.

Information about plans and subsidies is available at https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov or 1-855-899-9600 (toll free).

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Raffle Drawing for the Library Holiday Gift Baskets!

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for!

The raffle drawing for the beautiful holiday gift baskets that have been generously donated by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library as an additional fundraiser,will occur some time by Monday evening, on December 18th.

The winners will receive notification by phone as soon as possible after the drawing, so please make sure that you have written your number CLEARLY and legibly on the tickets that you purchase :)

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The (Almost) Million Dollar Fire Truck

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard from the Fire Department concerning a request for a new aerial ladder truck. This would be to replace a used truck, which is replacing an out-of-service truck. The board was sympathetic to the request and need, but had some concerns about the cost and how best to pay for it.

Brattleboro will be sending a letter to VTrans with a request for safety improvements along Putney Road, Central Fire Station has a ribon-cutting scheduled, and more budget meetings are on the way.

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Trump Is Not An Accident

There is no such thing as an accident. Nothing in this Universe occurs haphazardly. There is no chance, no providence, and nothing ever just happens. What is, is, and what happens, happens, because of the need to balance out the repercussions from the attitudes and emotions of fragment-entities, put into a creative mode through their thoughts, words, and deeds.    

Essene Saying

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

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Watch the Brattleboro Selectboard Special Budget Meeting 12/2/17

It's not nearly as good as Chris' write-ups, but here's the "fresh off the edit station" recording of last Saturday's budget meeting. It's four hours of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRlLRWRjbr8

And to be able to follow along with the numbers at home, here's the current proposed budget document too:

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Brattleboro Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Maple View Conference Room at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

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

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The Brattleboro Shop - Retro Brattleboro Posters

Our final look at The Brattleboro Shop this season is a tour through our Retro Brattleboro Poster section.

Here you’ll find six original works of art featuring notable, iconic Brattleboro destinations. All were done in the style of screen printed travel posters from days gone by.

The series includes:

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/4/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/4/17

Monday, December 4, 2017

2:45 am Bookstock - Jean Hanff Korelitz

3:30 am Bear Pond Books - Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Tuesday News Show 11/14/17

5:30 am True North Reports TV - The Carbon Tax and the Essex Plan

6:00 am UVM Community Medical School - Politics, Money, & Science: Current Debates in Public Health & Health Policy

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Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm.

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia, Shrewsbury (UK)) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Free Documentary Film Screening: Standing With Standing Rock, by Director Fidel Moreno

Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno will present a FREE screening of his documentary work-in-progress, Standing With Standing Rock, at Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, December 8th, at 6 pm.

Standing with Standing Rock was shot on location, and chronicles the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. It has been culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock, including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located 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, French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Dec. 4th - Dec. 8th
Mon - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Tues - Eyvonne's mac n' cheese, grilled hot dogs, veg
Wed - roast pork, roast red potatoes, veg
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, veg
Fri - clam roll w/ chowder

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Navel Engagement

I’m watching a documentary which features a number of paintings by famous Old Masters.

Many of these depict Adam and Eve with navels.

Since neither was “born of woman” in the usual manner, how did they get them?

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Monday Morning Movie

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BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

DECEMBER SHOWINGS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 

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