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1837:

The Selectmen of this town, we learn, have purchased of Mr. Arad Stockwell, his farm, containing about 140 acres,for the residence of the Poor. Price of the farm provided it contains 140 acres, $2990 — if more or less, same proportion.

1837:

Wanted to Hire, a Journeyman Brick-layer and Plasterer, who understands building chimnies. James. M. Reed.

1843:

On Saturday night last, about 12 o’clock, Mr. John Birge’s Woolen Factory, half a mile from our village, was discovered on fire, and every article of property within it was destroyed. More than 1000 yards of cloth manufactured for customers and ready for delivery, was destroyed, besides wool in process of manufacturing, to considerable amount.

1848:

A Committee from the Directors of the Brattleboro and Fitchburg Road, met in this place on Tuesday last, to hear the parties interested in the proposed location for the Depot. The two proposed locations are, one on the flat upon the Vernon road, near the residence of the late Dr. Wilson, and the other on the bank in the rear of the Congregational Church.

1848:

Wanted. A Man And Wife without children, to do the cooking of a public establishment. Apply at this office.

1855:

The number of farms and the amount of personal property exposed for sale at auction in this county, was never before so great as during the present season. A large number of our citizens seem determined to emigrate somewhere. Some have gone to Kansas, some to Iowa, others to Illinois and to the indefinite “West.”

1860:

“The Water-Cure World” is the title of a new monthly newspaper published in this village by Dr. C.R. Blackkall.

1871:

I.K. Allen, our well known lumber dealer, has just returned from Burlington, where he purchased one million cedar shingles, besides a large amount of spruce and pine lumber, including clapboards, &c. There is to be some building here this season, and “Isaac” evidently intends to do his share to encourage it.

1871:

The Holbrook plow, invented by our well known townsman Ex. Gov. Holbrook, has gradually won its way to the front rank among agricultural implements — a position which it seems likely to maintain against all opponents.

1871:

Those rumors in regard to the erection of new shops by Messrs. J. Estey & Co., it appears were not without foundation. Two new buildings have been contracted for, and their erection will commence next month. They are to be of uniform size and adjoining those put up last year.

1876:

Mr. James Fisk gave a street exhibition of his patent harness last Saturday afternoon.

1876:

List of historic relics and curiosities at Women’s Centennial Entertainment, with names of owners, published.

1882:

Estey & Co. have completed plans for a new brick dry-house of large capacity, to be built under L.K. Fuller’s patents taken out some time since, and which have become the leading system of the country. They propose to move their existing dry house and convert it into an additional shop of cutting up lumber.

1893:

Frank Mayo owns probably the largest dog in America. It is a pure St. Bernard and weighs nearly 200 pounds. It is named D’Arcagnan, and has a pedigree tracking back nine generations.

1893:

The Brattleboro savings bank has recently bought a Hammond Universal typewriter through Miss Florence E. Clark. Miss Clark is working up a good supply trade in connection with her sale of typewriters, including ribbons for Caligraph and Remington machines as well as all supplies for Hammond typewriters.

1893:

Morse & Simpson are to receive 1000 lilies from Bermuda for distribution Easter.

1893:

Almost no maple sugar has been made the past week, but the farmers ar expecting the season to open in full blast any day.

1899:

The state railroad commissioners have ordered car fenders placed in the next 90 days on all electric cars in Vermont. The commissioners have approved three fenders, and one of these must be used.

1899:

S.A. Smith & Co. are planning to put an electric motor into the Crowell building on Flat street to furnish power to run their machinery.

1899:

The Brooks House pharmacy has this week put in a new soda fountain from the factory of A.D. Puffer & Sons, Boston.

1899:

Jack Martin emerged for an encounter on the Connecticut river bridge Friday night with a badly battered physiognomy. There are different versions of the affray, one to the effect that a railroad man assaulted Jack, another that two men attacked him; and from the other direction is a report that Jack posed as Joe Ott looking for trouble and got it.

1989:

VY asks for license extension from 2007 to 2012.

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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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The Gaslight Tinkers and The Bluebird Orchestra at Next Stage on Friday, February 10

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present a midwinter dance party/concert featuring The Gaslight Tinkers and The Bluebird Orchestra at Next Stage on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm.

The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of African, Caribbean, funk, reggae and Latin rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional roots, New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jopey Fitzpatrick (drums), Garrett Sawyer (bass) and Peter Siegel (guitar) create the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

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Select-All Delete: Why We Sometimes Delete Comments

Sometimes on iBrattleboro, we find ourselves forced to delete comments that violate our community standards.  We hate having to do that, but there are times when comments cross the line — for instance, when a commenter personally attacks a business owner for promoting a product, service, or event that the commenter thinks is wrong.  Deleting comments, no matter how harsh the comments may be, inevitably leads to accusations that we’re denying the commenter their free speech.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Tim Wessel

We hope you enjoy this interview with Tim Wessel, candidate for the Brattleboro Selectboard.

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

I’m running for a one-year seat. I feel that this is a good time for me to contribute to the town by serving the community that I have grown to love over the past 17 years of living in this area, and I think I can bring a good listening ear and solid judgment to the board.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I offer voters a good balance between relative youth and a good amount of experience with town politics and board positions. I served for 11 years on the board of BCTV, and served as President for my final year. I was a town meeting representative for 6 years, and I also served on the BACC board for 5 years. I'm a local fiscal conservative, with the taxpayers' concerns at the forefront of my mind, but I also recognize the need for some creative thinking and smart expenditures when it comes to new revenue sources and making Brattleboro affordable to all.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/6/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/6/17

Monday, February 6, 2017

12:20 am Chandler Center for the Arts Presents: Amy Goodman & Bill McKibben

2:00 am 10th Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

3:00 am Suds and Science: Citizen Science Project

4:20 am Bernie Sanders Speech at the Women's March on Montpelier

4:30 am 2016 Tiny House Fest #9: Taking the Plunge

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 6th - Feb. 10th

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 - turkey pot pie w/ biscuit
Tues - crispy fried onion burger w/ fries or onion rings
Wed - bacon mac n' cheese w/ hotdogs
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - beer battered haddock w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

            

                        

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates Forum

Friday, February 17, 2016
(doors open 7:30 am)

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 7, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will take up some energy topics Tuesday night, at their first regular meeting in February at the Municipal Center on Main Street. A potential net metering agreement and a job description for a (volunteer) energy coordinator are on the agenda.

The board will also learn about TIF districts, accept and apply for grants, appoint committee members, and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro 2017 Town and Town School Meeting Warnings - Full Text

Here's the complete set of meeting warnings for Brattleboro 2017 Town, School, and Representative Town meetings.

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ANNUAL TOWN AND TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING March 7, 2017

The legal voters of the Town of Brattleboro and the Town School District of Brattleboro, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the polling places designated for the three districts in said Brattleboro, on Tuesday, the seventh day of March, 2017, to act on the following articles:

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