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1830:

Birth of Colonel Leavitt Hunt, philologist and photographic artist.

1832:

Unitarian Congregational meeting house dedicated.

1839:

Buck-wheat, Genesee, Troy and Ohio Flour, just received. Hall & Townsley.

1839:

The High School in this village, will be opened on Monday, 4th March, under care of Mr. David Kimball, in connexion with his sister, Miss Kimball. Terms as usual.

1878:

The Gregorian Grand Mass for the dead was celebrated at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church last Monday morning at 9 o’clock for the repose of the soul of the Pope Pius Ninth. The alter of the church was appropriately draped in mourning for the occasion.

1878:

Our town auditors estimate the ordinary expenses of the town for the coming year at $11,750. To raise this amount and pay $4000 on our indebtedness will require a tax of 70 cents on a dollar of the grand list.

1878:

Plans for a mode of exit from the rear of the town hall have been prepared by the selectmen and will be submitted to the voters at the coming town meeting.

1878:

The number of dog licenses issued by the town clerk last year was 278. This year it bids fair to be less.

1884:

W.F. Richardson & Co., recently brought out and weighed a string of 14 yokes of oxen whose aggregate weight was 52,410 pounds. Experienced cattle men say they are the handsomest lot of oxen ever seen in Brattleboro.

1884:

An exhibition and test of the Harden hand-grenade fire-extinguisher is to be made in front of the town hall this afternoon. This invention consists of a glass globe filled with a gas-generating and fire-extinguishing fluid, and is endorsed by many well-known parties.

1884:

Col. L.F. Copeland, of Indiana, known as the “Prince of Orators,” will give his lecture on “Snobs and Snobbery” in the town hall on Tuesday evening, March 11.

1889:

One of the largest and pleasantest social parties of the season was held by the Freemasons at their handsome hall last evening. The Philharmonic orchestra furnished music for dancing, and Mr. Cooper served the refreshments.

1889:

The selectmen’s estimate of the coming year’s expenses amounts to a total of $42,639.98.

1889:

C.E. Allen’s catalogue for 1889 is out this week from Housh & Co.’s press. It has an unusually attractive cover and has grown to be a manual of an even 100 pages. Twenty pages are devoted at the beginning to novelties and specialties which Mr. Allen thinks it worth the while of his customers to make a trial of this summer, and then follows the usual lists of standard varieties in plants, flowers and vegetables.

1889:

Mr. E.R. Pratt sends us from Paris a handsome lithograph of the wonderful iron tower which is being erected in that city for the great exposition of 1889 after the designs of M. Eiffel.

1895:

There is to be a sash dance and supper at Perry’s hall, West Brattleboro, next Thursday evening.

1895:

All prospects are favorable for a fine entertainment next Tuesday evening, when “Living whist” will be given at the Elliot street armory under the auspices of the Murray club. The managers wish to have all spectators in their places promptly at 8 o’clock, as it would interfere badly with the performance to have people crossing the floor after the march, shuffle, and deal had begun.

1895:

The first copies of C.E. Allen’s seed and plant catalogue of 1895 were issued Wednesday and the mailing, to customers and other applicants, of the whole edition of 10,000 will proceed as rapidly as possible.

1918:

The pupils of the Sew-a-Square club of the Oak Grove public school have just completed an attractive comforter to be included in the next shipment of products from the Red Cross. Accompanying the comforter are a number of letters made up of good wishes and local news items, signed by the pupils contributing to the patchwork.

1918:

“Indian day” has become an annual national event, and, as in the past, will be celebrated on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22. It has marked for a long period of years the formal opening of the motorcycle season. C. S. Squires, local distributor for Indian motorcycles and bicycles, will keep open house throughout the day at his place of business on the corner of Canal and Elm streets.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Melrose Structures Approved for Demolition, and Permits

The Brattleboro Selectboard was missing both their Chair and Town Manager, but efficiently managed their agenda at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

The board approved of most of their annual list liquor permits and polices, though two establishments have an additional hurdle before their licenses are granted. They also approved of demolition of four buildings at Melrose Terrace, the Strolling of the Heifers received event permits, and a debate over parking meters for the Stroll will occur at a later date. 

Cruisers will get up-fits, Cultural Intrigue will get technology, and the Town will get servers.

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55 Brisk Lane Fire Report

Date: 02/21/2017
Nature of call: Building Fire

Address: 55 Brisk Lane
Time of Call: 7:54am

Type of Building: 150’ x 60’ Industrial Warehouse

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm @ 7:58am 3rd alarm @ 8:10am

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Gracie is Missing

My cat, Gracie, got out yesterday when some work was being done in my apartment. She is small/medium size; long haired, black and grey with white chest and paws. No collar. She does have a micro chip and is spayed. She escaped from 83 Oak Street - in between Williston and Chapin.

She is a very timid, indoor cat so I'm guessing she is probably terrified and hiding somewhere. I've been out several times looking for her and calling her - no luck so far. My other cat, Sava , went missing last summer in a similar situation and was gone 4 days before my neighbor discovered him napping on her porch. I'm hoping this current situation ends as happily.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 20 to February 24

 

February 20 - CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY

 

February 21 - Beef Stew

Corn w/Peppers

Biscuit

Tropical Fruit

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 21st - Feb. 24th

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.

Tues - chicken enchiladas w/ rice
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - parmesan crusted pork w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg

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Rotary District 7870 Announces the Janice H. McElroy Scholarship Program

The Rotary Club of Brattleboro is pleased to announce the initial offering of a new district wide scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 Governor in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in securing a Rotary International grant of $412,000 to help southern Vermont rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene. This scholarship is made possible due to donations from friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs throughout the District 7870.

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Winston Prouty Center Hosts 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Classic for Grownups and Families on March 4 & 5

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development is hosting its 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for grownups and families on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 5, 2017, respectively. The two-day "FUN-raiser" is open to the public.

Saturday's tournament for grownups is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare, music, raffles, and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person.  

Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or only $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard.

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iBrattleboro Turns 14

Well, well. One day we’re sitting around planning a community news site and fourteen years later we’re looking back as if in a Talking Heads’ song. My god, what have we done?

Same as it ever was.

For fourteen years now, almost every day of our lives has had an extra layer to it - iBrattleboro.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/20/17

Monday, February 20, 2017

12:00 am The Trump Effect: What Sociologists Can Tell Us About the 2016 Elections

1:30 am Howard Coffin - THe Civil War from a Vermonter's Perspective

3:16 am Artful Word: Special Olympics Penguin Plunge

3:45 am At Landmark: John Elder, Climate Change 2/6/17

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CIA Fed False Media, Hillary Dems, Cities Bomber McCain Demand War With & Destruction of Russia

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The seeds of public awareness of decades of monolithic mainstream media lies, news manipulation & deception sown by a maverick president, who is surely backed by a segment of Wall Street investors whose portfolios are NOT heavily weighted toward the manufacture WMDs and expected gargantuan profits from a new world war, will eventually grow public understanding of US crimes against humanity that began in Korea and continued on

TEXT:
‘What? our ‘crazy’ president’s National Security Advisor was making nice with a Russian ambassador even before he was appointed? We got ‘em! It’s against the law! ‘

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Slovenian Wins Harris Hill Ski Jump

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested two dozen of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Sunday to win the Harris Hill Ski Jump’s annual namesake Fred Harris Memorial Tournament.

Blaz Pavlic broke the hill’s long-distance record with a 104-meter jump in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., placing second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

“The headwind helped me,” Pavlic said of his historic leap. “It lifted me up, and then I just said, ‘Go for it.’”

The nearly century-old event featured athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

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Area's First of the Season Sugar on Snow Supper

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the many activities of the Grange, which serves as a town community resource, hosting pre-town meeting, Green Up Day, Independence activities, the Food Pantry, and a community Thanksgiving dinner, and provides Christmas stockings for seniors, free dictionaries for every Guilford 3rd grader, and a college scholarship.  The newest program at the Grange is Guilford Center Stage.  In addition, the building is used for private rentals, town and community meetings, and is the polling place for General Elections.  

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Slovenian Scores On First Day of Harris Hill Ski Jump in Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — An 18-year-old Slovenian bested 25 of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers Saturday on the first day of this weekend’s Harris Hill Ski Jump.

Blaz Pavlic won the Pepsi Challenge in front of a crowd of several thousand spectators, with Brian Wallace, 23, of St. Paul, Minn., second and Zak Silih, 21, of Slovenia third.

The nearly century-old event is featuring athletes from eight states, Austria and Slovenia shooting off New England’s only Olympic-size venue at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

One hometown jumper, Brattleboro’s Spencer Knickerbocker, not only is competing but also is helping the snowmaking crew maintain the hill.

“It’s perfect,” the 24-year-old Knickerbocker said of the jump’s condition.

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Wind Turbine Syndrome Is Real

It’s caused by a virus, and the virus is spread by word of mouth!

Seriously, there is such a thing as wind turbine syndrome, but it’s not caused by the turbines themselves.

It’s caused by negative feelings toward turbines harbored by individuals.

In medical terms, this is called a “nocebo”.

These negative feelings, in turn, are mostly created by anti-wind evangelists who travel the state spreading their gospel of misinformation.

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Artist Forum at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents an Artist Forum, complementing the large group show Spring Visions on Saturday, February 25, from 5-7pm. The Forum will feature gallery artists Matt Brown, Torin Porter, Donald Saaf, and David Holzapfel, with introductions by gallery owners Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings.

Printmaker Matt Brown,  from Lyme, New Hampshire, creates work in the Japanese hanga method, utilizing separate hand-carved blocks for each color. From Glover, Vermont, sculptor Torin Porter explores “humanness” in his imaginative, stylized steel figures. Fine Art and Folk Art intersect in the collage paintings of Marlboro artist Donald Saaf. Also from Marlboro, wood artist David Holzapfel’s structural forms celebrate the imperfections, personalities, and inherent beauty of wood.

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Brattleboro March 7 Local Election Information & Sample Ballot

Below is information that might be helpful to know for March 7th local elections.

Attached is a sample ballot from each of Brattleboro’s three districts. All districts’ ballots are the same except for Town Meeting Members for each district. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office and may be requested until 5:00 pm on Monday, March 6.

Polling place for all three districts in Brattleboro is the Selectboard Meeting Room, second floor of the Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Room 212, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm on March 7, 2017.

The entire back parking lot at the Municipal Center will be reserved for voters on election day. There are handicapped parking spaces close to the back entrance.

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So Like A Mirror: An Exhibition of Works on Paper by Julia Zanes

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So like a mirror is the sea/So vast the vault above, an exhibition of works on paper and poems by JULIA ZANES featuring text from the work of F. Hopkinson Smith, will be exhibited at The Emblem Museum, 21 Elliot Street, 2nd Floor, Brattleboro Saturday March 4, 2017-Saturday, April 22, 2017. The opening reception is on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 PM.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 21, 2017

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, the Brattleboro Selectboard will be approving purchases and permits.

The board will hear an update from the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, get an update on the facilities projects, hear about town finances, and talk about demolition of part of Melrose Terrace. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Bagels and Blocks - A Drop-in Playgroup!

Make new friends while having fun with your child!
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Our next playgroup is March 5th from 1-3pm. Join us for a Purim party! Make masks, eat some hamantaschen (yummy Jewish pastries), sing some songs, and hear a story. Come in costume or use our play clothes for dress up!

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Session Begins

Are you looking for healthful ways to feel good? Singing has been shown to do just that. And the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus offers any woman or girl age 10 or older the opportunity to create music in a community of other singers.

The spring session will begin on Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at All Souls Church or Thursday, March 2 from 10 am – noon at Centre Congregational Church. The first rehearsals are open to anyone who would like to experience chorus with no obligation.

The session will culminate in a concert on Mothers’ Day at the Latchis Theatre. Some people enjoy singing week to week without being in the concert, while others enjoy being part of a performance with professional instrumentalists.

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