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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 Senior Meals Menu December 4 thru December 8

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Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time at Brooks Memorial Library

Don’t miss this year’s Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time on Saturday, December 9 at Brooks Memorial Library. Come make edible houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Younger kids can make edible Christmas trees from ice cream cones, frosting and candy. This year we are offering two sessions: session one runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and session two runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In order to ensure we have enough goodies for everyone, registration is strongly recommended – please contact the Children’s Room at 254-5290 x110. This event is free and donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands are appreciated. Children under 10 must have a responsible person with them.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 5, 2017

At their next regular meeting, the Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss the probable purchase of a million dollar fire truck, and how best to pay for it. It's part of their ongoing look at the proposed FY19 budget. (Don't forget you can attend a special Saturday morning meeting to learn about all the departments, their staffing, and any proposed changes to their operations on Dec 2.)

The board will also consider a letter to VTrans requesting pedestrian and bike safety improvements on Putney Road.

You can bring up other items, not on the agenda, during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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I’d like to re-format it so it jumps after 120 characters (The full width of my page).

I can do this by “brute force”, going line by line.

However, I feel there ought to be a way to do the whole article at once.

Does anybody know how to do it in WORD?  Open Office Writer? WordPad? Rich Text? Whatever?

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Why Don’t They Just Stop? A Community Discussion: Ways to Think and Talk About Addiction

 

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All Vermont High Schools & Colleges, Please Assign This Blog Entry For Required Reading!

All Vermont High Schools & Colleges, Please Assign This Blog Entry For Required Reading!

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Gala f. Kevin Mahogany and Dave Stryker

Big Band Jazz with World-Class Guest Artists; Kevin Mahogany and Dave Stryker Will Swing Hard With the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band, Friday, December 1st

On Friday, December 1st at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present its 15th annual Gala Scholarship Fundraiser Performance featuring internationally acclaimed vocalist, Kevin Mahogany and guitarist, Dave Stryker. The VJC Big Band, under the leadership of musical director, Rob Freeberg is a community orchestra made up of professional musicians who come together to rehearse and prepare for this annual event. The Vermont Jazz Center Big Band will accompany Mahogany and Stryker as they delve into a repertoire of blues and classic jazz standards. All money raised from this annual gala will go directly to the VJC’s Scholarship Fund.  It serves as the primary funding source to assist scholarship students attending VJC’s educational programs.  The VJC offers an average of $17,000 in scholarships each year to help students attend ensembles, private lessons and its annual Summer Jazz Workshop.

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The Amazing Snootch, 2001-2017

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The day we moved to Brattleboro we met Snootch. As we were unpacking our rental truck and putting boxes in the house, a very tiny yellow-orange kitten with a striped tail wandered up the driveway and began poking around. She was curious, said hello, and looked around a bit. She explored the house, looked in boxes, and tried to hop up on the bed.

Our first Vermont friend.

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Renowned Seattle Speaker Greg Bennick Speaking in Brattleboro Dec 1st and Burlington Dec 2nd

Greg Bennick will be in Vermont for two speaking engagements in early December both themed to the idea of “Changing the World Without Having a Clue”.

“Everyone can help to transform the world even if you don’t have a clue about where to start,” says Greg Bennick, founder and Executive Director of humanitarian organization One Hundred For Haiti (http://www.onehundredforhaiti.org).

Over the past thirty years, highly acclaimed speaker Greg Bennick, has spoken worldwide at events ranging from international conferences to Nobel Tribute banquets. Greg’s main focus and specialty is speaking in a relaxed and approachable way to everyday audiences, and the subject matter will apply to anyone with a social conscience.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee Second Revised Warning

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee CHANGED THE START TIME of its meeting on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm AND THE LOCATION OF THE MEETING. The Committee will meet at the Winston Prouty Campus (formerly Austine School), 209 Austine Drive, Holton Hall, 2nd Floor, on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. It is anticipated that the committee will enter into executive session at 7:05pm to discuss agencies’ financial records exempt from the access to public records. (See REVISED2 agenda)

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 Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally at Next Stage

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present “The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily & Katie McNally” at Next Stage on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm.

Seven-time All-Ireland accordion champion and Narada recording artist John Whelan teams up with roots band
Low Lily and Scottish-style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest of traditional and original music from Ireland, Scotland and America. Alongside uptempo jigs and reels will be lesser-known Christmas carols and wintry classics, featuring two fiddles, accordion, guitars, mandolin, double bass and lush, layered vocals. This diverse and energetic show brings the generations together for a fresh new take on roots music from both sides of the pond.

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Sandglass Theater's Crankie Celebration

PUTNEY- A crankie is an old storytelling art form that has recently become popular again. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung or just accompanied by music. This December Sandglass Theater is holding a crankie fundraising celebration with events including performances, a crankie building workshop and an online auction of crankies built by local artists.

Performances

This year is the fourth annual weekend of crankie performances at Sandglass Theater. Crankies! includes performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell.

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Poetry Discussion Group in Putney

Join us for the monthly Poetry Discussion Group Saturday, 2 December 2017, 12-2 p.m. at Antidote Books, 120 Main St, Putney. Free off-street parking is available for your convenience.

The group meets on the first Saturday of each month to read and discuss the work of a poet. Copies of the poems are provided. Admission is free, and the discussion is open to all; no experience or preparation necessary. These casual discussions are a great way to expand your knowledge of and appreciation for poetry. As a bonus, you’ll have a chance to browse the shelves at the area’s newest bookstore.

The poet for December is Lucille Clifton. Come and help us choose next month’s poet.

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47th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless

Brattleboro, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) invites singers and music lovers in the Tri-State region to start their holiday season at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, with the 47th annual Community Messiah Sing, a benefit for the homeless. Centre Congregational Church, at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro, has been home for the Sing since 1982 and for a few prior seasons as well.

Kenneth Olsson is conducting, and though new to this role at the Sing, is well known in the region as a performer in opera and musical theater productions as well as pianist, organist, and choral conductor. He has led FOMAG's season-opening Guilford Festival Orchestra since 2012.

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VTC Nursing Program Welcomes All to an Open House on Friday, Dec. 1, 4-6 PM

November 27, 2017

BRATTLEBORO—Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program, Southeast Region, located in Brattleboro, will hold an Open House on Friday, December 1, 4-6 PM. It will be held on the second floor of the Brooks House on Main Street (between Main Street and the Harmony Parking lot). Nursing faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the program and offer tours of the facilities.

Many people walking on Main Street in Brattleboro are often unaware of the hard-working instructors and student nurses just above them in the Brooks House, who represent only a part of the over 400 faculty, staff and students who make up the Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program. Brattleboro, along with Springfield, VT and Keene, NH,  represents the Southeast Region Campus, one of five regional campuses with nine different locations across the entire state of Vermont. Vermont Tech offers a one-year Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate, a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing plus an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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Photos With Santa: Paws For Prevention Fundraiser

Do you own a pet?

A dog, a cat, a duck, a rat?

A bird, a frog,

an iguana, a hog ?

Come to Achille Agway next Saturday December 2nd anytime from 9 am to 2 pm and get a picture of you, your family, your pet, and Santa. (Ok, it might be BAPC staffer Scott Kaltenbaugh in a Santa suit, but Fifi probably won't be able to tell.)

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