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1781:

Brattleboro organized as a town under the State of Vermont.

1812:

Nineteen Master Masons petition to form lodges in Guilford and Brattleboro

1840:

1200 Brooms of Superior Manufacture, for sale Cheap at Birge & Dickinson’s.

1858:

Richards Bradley has purchased between forty and fifty acres of land north of Prospect street and between the road leading to Dummerston and Connecticut river, upon which he proposes erecting a splendid mansion and out buildings. When completed this will form one of the most beautiful situations in Brattleboro.

1858:

Saturday evening about ten o’clock, Jonas Cutler’s bakery, on Main Street was discovered to be on fire. During the evening the warm oven had been filled with wood placed there to dry with the flue damper of the oven closed. After a while the wood ignited and pyroligneous acid gas was formed to such an extent that the oven door burst open, and the fire was communicated to the wood work in the room.

1862:

It is now hard upon the first of April, and not a sugar orchard in the county, so far as we can learn, is in running order. The depth of the snow has rendered it impossible to tap the trees, gather the sap or make the sugar.

1862:

The expenses of all the schools — a High School, and Intermediate School, and five Primary Schools — during the past year was $3626.80.

1874:

Bemis, the express agent, reports over 40,000 pounds of maple sugar shipped from this place since the season began.

1874:

The Hyers sisters (colored) gave a concert at the town hall on Tuesday evening, which only lacked a good audience, a comfortable atmosphere, and sufficient gas light to afford a mutual recognition between audience and singers, to make it a success. The programme was an excellent one, and the singers themselves among the most talented that we have lately listened to.

1885:

The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system will be considered by the ladies of the W.C.T.U. at their meeting next Tuesday afternoon.

1885:

After April 1 the Brattleboro post-office will be prepared to issue money orders on Hong Kong and Egypt and orders can be sent directly to Sweden without having to go by way of Germany, as heretofore.

1885:

We are shocked to have learned since last Friday what a dangerous and reckless practice has grown up in Brattleboro, confined, however, we judge, to a limited district on South Main street. It is out impression, indeed, that a practice so alarming is without a parallel in history. We refer to the use of turpentine as a beverage.

1891:

The largest single shipment of sugar ever received in Brattleboro now stands in the railroad yard. This is a full car of 110 barrels of refined sugar, of 24,000 pounds weight. The purchase was made by Mr. Harlow to meet large local demand.

1891:

Several unruly boys, who have gotten into the habit of making themselves obnoxious at the free library in the evening, need looking after by the police.

1891:

Crosby & Adams have contracted with Orton & Howe to put into the Brooks House kitchen a large refrigerator, in place of the old one, to be in readiness for the summer business.

1891:

A meeting was held at James Hooker’s last evening with reference to forming a tennis association. It is expected the association will have grounds at the corner of Oak and High streets. A movement has also been started for a club which will have grounds on the Frost meadow on Flat street.

1896:

The footlights at the auditorium have been reduced from 60 to 30 jets, and one foot burners substituted for the four foot ones.

1896:

Hackley & Moran announce their opening display of bicycles to-morrow, Saturday, March 28. They will carry in stock these makes: Barnes, Iver Johnson, Eclipse, Norwood, Silver King, Envoy, Fleetwing, Fitchburg, Crescent, Pattee.

1896:

Rev. G.H. DeBevoise will speak at the Centre church next Sunday morning upon the work of the Kurn Hattin home for boys at Westminster. This is a very interesting work in behalf of children with excellent gifts by unfavorable circumstances, who there are given an opportunity of training for usefulness in life.

1896:

Goddard & Pentland’s show of fancy bantams in the window of the Famers & Mechanics’ exchange has been followed by a display of several varieties of pigeons owned by W.F. Goddard and G.W. Pierce.

1896:

An arrangement for testing the sound waves of atmosphere has been added to the High School’s physical laboratory.

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 13th - Feb. 17th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - country fried steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - baked stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato & veg
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & salad
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade salmon burgers w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Downtown Snow Removal Friday Night

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.

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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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - February 13 - 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 13 to February 17

 

February 13 - Greek Bean Bake

Asparagus

Wax Beans

Mango

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Intolerance

The set is dressed up, down to the smallest detail.  Actors are in place. The director cues lights, camera, slate, calls out, “Action”.  Everything animates, yet moments later, as if taking back time itself the director cries out, “Cut! Cut!..” By the furrow in their brow, everyone knows Maestro is not happy. Something is amiss.

In this instance, fictional as it may be, actors playing Nazis, (or Terrorists, or Banditos) despite being members of the ethnic group that are represented stereotypically, are not being authentic enough. They’re somehow not menacing, leering, or dark enough to satisfy the director’s vision. This auteur is known as a tyrant, goes for hyper-realism, stark verisimilitude.

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Pets Welcome on Entire Vermonter Route

Amtrak announced the expansion of its pets program on the Vermonter, allowing more options for customers to travel with their pets. Small dogs and cats can now join their owners on the entire Vermonter route from Washington D.C. to St. Albans, VT, as long as the trip duration is no more than seven hours (see requirements). Previously, pets were not able to travel on the Connecticut portions of the route.

More than 15,000 pets and their human companions have traveled around the country since the program launched on the Northeast Corridor in October 2015. Record ridership was achieved for the month of July with more than 2,000 pets and owners traveling onboard. The program has also generated more than $1 million in revenue since its inception.

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Tractor Trailer Crash Closes I-91 South for 1.5 Hours

From the VT State Police report:

"SUMMARY OF CRASH: 

On 02/09/2017 at approximately 12:39 pm, members of the Vermont State Police (Westminster Station), VT DMV and the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to Interstate 91 (I91) in the Town of Brattleboro for a reported TT-Unit which had jackknifed and was blocking the southbound lane.  

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Historical Society Podcast - Anna Marsh and the Brattleboro Retreat Origin Story

Anna Marsh witnessed the horrors of mental health care in the early 1800's through the tragic experiences of a friend and a family member.

Here's the story of the origins of the Brattleboro Retreat as researched by Maggie, a BAMS student...

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings Cancelled

The meeting of the Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee previously scheduled on February 10 has been CANCELLED due to weather.

The meeting of the Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee previously scheduled on February 16 has been CANCELLED.

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

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Brooks Library Trustees Planning Meeting Cancelled

“The Brooks Memorial Library Board of Trustees Building and Strategic Planning meeting scheduled for Feb. 9, 2017, has been cancelled due to the weather and will be re-scheduled for a future date.”

Starr LaTronica, Library Director
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main St.
Brattleboro,VT 05301
802-251-8195 ext. 101

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 13th

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 Sunday, February 12th 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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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Christian Sands Trio

Christian Sands to Perform an Overview of Jazz-trio Piano History at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, February 11th.

The Vermont Jazz Center welcomes the Christian Sands Trio to the stage on February 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM in eager anticipation of a guided tour through the colorful and exciting history of jazz piano. Sands is one of the top, young pianists of our time. Mentored personally by Dr. Billy Taylor, influenced by Barry Harris, Hank Jones and Oscar Peterson and apprenticed in the hot seat of Christian McBride’s trio, Christian Sands’ playing is steeped in the tradition--but not limited to--its constraints. He is comfortable playing old-school stride piano like Fats Waller, stretching out in a post-bop setting like McCoy Tyner or re-arranging a hip-hop anthem by Drake. Sands notes that “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” He will be performing with long-time associates Russell Hall on acoustic bass and Jerome Jennings on drums.

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Snow Day 2017

This morning Brattleboro is being treated to a very nice snow storm. It's a heavy, constant snow, covering up all the dirt and grime of the previous storm. For a moment, it looks like a calendar, or snow globe.

We've had four or five inches so far, and more is falling. Is the snow falling to the ground, or the ground rushing up to meet it?

When I first looked out this morning, I saw flakes that were hovering in mid-air over the street, just bouncing along at a height of about 8 feet with no intention of dropping. Others were choosing to drop, but a certain class of flakes would have nothing of it.

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Brattleboro VFW Closed Thursday

The Brattleboro VFW will be closed Thursday due to the weather

- Brattleboro VFW

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Your Old Car Can't Pass the New Inspection Law? Turn it into a Gardening Green House!

While the Vermont state legislature might come up with another new proposed marijuana legalization bill, Vermonters who are low income are struggling with the new vehicle inspection law.

I would suggest that all old cars and vans which will not meet inspection requirements can be used to create a new product line: old vans and cars can be re-created into green houses, and meet requirements, if marijuana is legalized, for secure locked growing facilities.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Davey Cadran

We hope you enjoy this interview with Davey Cadran, candidate for the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?

I am currently running for one of the two open one-year seats on the Selectboard. I previously ran for the Selectboard and I believe that some of the issues facing the town then are still facing us now. Particularly around economic development and a pro-business atmosphere. I have had several conversations with business owners in the community who feel that the town is either outwardly against their business or suffering a form of complacency. They actually want the government to do more. You don't often hear that from business owners.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

Brattleboro is an incredible town that suffers from a lack of good middle-class jobs. Go out and find someone in their late 20's in this town and ask them what they do for work. They will often tell you that they have to string along multiple jobs just to get by.

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Brattleboro Taxes & Utilities Due

The third installment of the 2016 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on February 15th, 2017. Payments made after February 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on February 15th, 2017. Payments made after February 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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Storm Damage

Last night between 3 and 4:30 AM or so I counted 13 breaking branches or falling trees.  There were other sounds, too, that I couldn't identify but might well have been other trees.  Does anyone have photos of the damage?  I was a bit surprised to wake at 7 and find the grid still up.

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Avery Schwenk Withdraws Selectboard Candidacy

A brief message from Hilary Francis, Town Clerk in Brattleboro:

"Avery Schwenk has withdrawn his candidacy for the one year Selectboard seat."

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Silly Acid - The Ubiquitous Medical Mineral

Fluoride therapy as a medical necessity is a valuable tool in dispensing dental care. The question of whether or not it should be added to drinking tap water was resolved in 1995 when a majority of Brattleboro citizens decided against it being added to the municipal water supply. It was largely agreed that fluoridation of the water supply amounted to mass medication.

There is also the issue that most of any added fluoride would end up as runoff straight to waste treatment. Moreover, there is no room to site the equipment feeder to add fluoride to the water supply at the water works plant.In fact, Brattleboro’s Pleasant Valley Water Plant is a ground water supply where dissolved mineral residue does provide natural fluoride of about 0.10 milligrams per liter of water, well below any state regulations.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled for today (February 7) has been CANCELLED due to weather, and is RESCHEDULED to Monday, February 13, 2017 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:15pm to discuss contracts, real estate leases, and labor relations agreements with employees, and reconvene the business meeting at 6:15pm.

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

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