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Today In Local History

1849:

Festive opening of the last section of Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road.

1858:

A fire occurred in a dwelling house in West Brattleboro, on Friday night of last week, belonging to Cromwell Carpenter, but occupied by one Staples. The occupant undertook to smoke some bacon in the wood-shed during the evening and left the fire to take care of itself; the destruction of the building was the result.

1858:

Henry Burnham will deliver a lecture next week, at the Town Hall, embodying facts and reminiscences connected with the early history of this village.

1862:

Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B., is to Lecture in the Town Hall this (Thursday) evening. Subject: “The Humorous Phases of the War.” Doesticks, alias Mortimer Thompson, has by personal intercourse and examination rendered himself familiar with many scenes and events connected with the war and its management that do not find their way into the columns of a newspaper.

1874:

At the Grand Army charity fair, next Thursday evening, a silver trumpet, now on exhibition at Holding’s jewelry store, is to be voted to one of the fire companies.

1874:

The auditors of the town of Brattleboro have made their annual report for the year ending Feb. 7. The expenses for the current year are estimated at $13,730. The present grand list of the town is $22,723. To raise the amount deemed necessary will require a tax of 60 cents on the dollar, which the auditors recommend.

1880:

Rev. E.W. Whitney’s fifth lecture to young people will be given next Sunday evening. Subject, “Mysterious Failures.”

1880:

Rev. Mr. Green’s discourse for next Sunday evening will be on “Everlasting Torments, Annihilation, or Final Restoration - which?”

1885:

Estimated town expenses for the coming year are $17,761; some unusual expenses on account of the repair and rebuilding of bridges will be necessary.

1885:

The Prospect Hill and Esteyville housewives plead for an extension of the weather signal system, and one of them whispers that a flag would be especially handy on Monday mornings - “so as to know about putting out the washing, you know.”

1885:

E.L. Parker, proprietor of the Elliot street jobbing shop, is filling a western order for 300 washing machines, necessitating the employment of two extra workmen

1891:

A new rifle range is being put in the armory. The target is of steel plate, covered with pasteboard in which the bullets will embed themselves, and is reduced to correspond to a range of 200 yards.

1891:

A colt belonging to Milton Miller became fractious on North Main street yesterday and kicked the front of the sleigh into kindling wood.

1891:

Col. L.K. Fuller has recently introduced a very perfect system of lighting into his house. It is a storage battery system, charged from a dynamo at the factory.

1891:

The warrant for the annual March meeting contains only two articles calling for other than routine business. The first of these is to see what actions the town will take under act 17 of the laws of 1890 allowing a 20 per cent highway tax payable in labor or a 15 per cent tax payable in money, to be levied.

2003:

iBrattleboro is launched; a haiku about snow was the first story.

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Bubble Party

From today in history, 1885:

The Ceres club will give a “bubble party” next Thursday at Miss Minnie Pettee’s.

Apparently it was quite the fad in the 1870s-80s, among adults more than children!

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Stop Jeff Sessions

Please,  if you agree with this information,  then pass this along,  and get friends from other states to also phone their Senators and speak out ..    

Move On Stop Jeff Sessions Video

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro Food Co-op Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff and Board of Directors are pleased to announce they will be honoring Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday, January 16th with numerous social justice and activist organizations featured in the store throughout the day. There will also be a free screening of the movie "13th" in the evening, a bit of music, and, of course, food! The idea for the event grew out of the Co-op Board of Directors’ newly formed "Engagement Committee," as well as feedback from staff. As Ruth Garbus, employee and Board Member, says, “We gotta get together!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY18 Budget, Solar

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Run for Office in Guilford

GUILFORD TOWN & SCHOOL BOARD OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION

Petitions are now available for those interested in seeking public office to be voted by Australian ballot at Guilford’s March 7th Town Meeting.  The filing deadline is Monday, January 30, at 5 pm, at the Guilford Town Office, where petition forms are now available. The office is open Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.

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Brattleboro January Senior Meals Breakfast Menu

JANUARY  BREAKFAST MENUS

January 3rd – Stuffed Egg w/Sausage Gravy, Scone, Potato Pancake, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee.

January 6th – Whole Wheat Pancakes, Syrup, Sausage, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

January 10th – Greens, Eggs & Ham, Home Fries,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 9 to January 13

 

January 9 - Sweet & Sour Chicken

Rice Pilaf

Asparagus

Mango

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presenting Stretch Music

New Orleans Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to present “Stretch Music” at the VJC on Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The Vermont Jazz Center presents Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s Stretch Music on Saturday, January, 14th, 2017 at 8 PM. Scott is one of the leading voices of his generation – a composer, a bandleader, a record producer, an educator, an articulate activist championing racial equality and prison reform; he is an eloquent speaker whose goals include “reaching a consensus to move forward.”

Scott aTune Adjuah will be performing on trumpet as well as two custom-designed horns: a reverse flugel and a sirenette. He will appear with the same group that plays on his most recent and highly acclaimed CD Stretch Music. The ensemble includes renowned young artist Elena Pinderhughes (flute), Logan Richardson (alto saxophone), Lawrence Fields (acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes), Kris Funn (upright and electric bass) and Corey Fonville on drums.

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VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 9th - Jan. 13th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - Hungarian goulash over noodles
Thur - corned beef & cabbage dinner
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

Take outs available by calling 257-0438

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Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Six Week Grief Support Group

A new Six Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins January 18th and will meet each Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending February 22nd. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Interested individuals must meet with the facilitator, Connie Baxter, prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by January 13th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.

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My Failure As Inspector of Lumber

For many years I was a Fence Viewer, a town position that was fairly active, with a few calls and inquires per year. When I hit my term limit, I decided to continue to volunteer and looked at the two other “odd” jobs, Weigher of Coal and Inspector of Wood, Lumber and Shingles.

As a Fence Viewer I learned there were both state statutes and materials available from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns to help explain the job, so my first step with Coal and Lumber was to look up what the jobs required.

VLCT said the positions were considered obsolete and unnecessary. They date from an earlier time prior to consumer protection laws, and now everything these positions were responsible for are handled in other ways.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 9th

I-91

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, January 16th (MLK Day) 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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Loss of Fairground Rd Trash Bins

Am I hearing this right?

What a stupid move.

I lived in a town (Lake Luzerne, NY) where they tried something like this many years ago.

The unintended consequence was a “Yuuge” increase in trash being discarded by the side of the road.

Why not eliminate all trash and garbage collection for good and let the free market do its magic?

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Ukulele Classes Start Next Week in Brattleboro!

Join the local 'Ukulution' and learn to play this sweet and easy instrument, with instructor Lisa McCormick!

Classes start the week of Jan.9, and run for 6 weeks, at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St., in Brattleboro.

Beginners (no musical background needed!), and Advanced Beginner levels available. Daytime and evening options. Ukuleles avaible for use in class.

More info and schedule: bit.ly/UkeClass

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: The FY18 5 Cent Tax Increase Discussion, and Gartenstein Not Seeking Re-Election

David Gartenstein will end six years of Selectboard service at the end of his current term. He announced his intentions not to seek re-election at the start of a long, first Selectboard meeting of 2017.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing budget loose ends and lingering questions regarding the FY18 budget. The board also heard about facilities project updates, had a late-evening welcome for our new Town Clerk and took up a few matters related to Representative Town Meeting.

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Start the New Year with Gratitude, Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. At this time of year we think that it’s important to find and express the things that we’re grateful for. To that end we’re setting up some tables with paper, pencils, pens, envelopes, and stamps and we’re writing letters. Thank-you letters. We’re writing letters to thank the sun for coming up, to thank a friend for their love, to thank our bodies for carrying us through life.

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Drop-In Scrabble at Brooks Library - Weekly EXCEPT on First Wednesdays

Weekly Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, EXCEPT on First Wednesdays. Free and all welcome. Join us for 1st Wednesday Jan 4th, hope to see you at scrabble next week!

Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290

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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: Canterbury Tales, Still Funny after All These Years

Dartmouth professor Peter Travis will discuss the genius, comic wisdom, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry,” in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., in Brattleboro on January 4 at 7:00 pm.

His talk, “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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That Which Accounts for the Blueness of the Sky

Has anyone told you, you have beautiful eyes today? No? Why don’t you try on hazel eyes for a day and let me be the first?

The beauty of hazel eyes adds a bit of a mystery on the human eye-color chart. Less than 7% of the world’s population has hazel eyes, which make hazel eyes rather rare.

The science of the observable characteristics of hazel eyes is, like all eye colors, determined by genetic traits “influenced by up to sixteen known genes, passed to you that you inherit.” Science no longer thinks that your hazel eyes “(or any other eye color) happened because of a dominant gene.”

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