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1777:

Windham County faced a "broken situation' over state loyalty

1842:

Every individual who regards the happiness of the community, and the welfare of our country at large, must feel a deep interest in the subject of Education. Where the greatest amount of ignorance is to be found, there also, is the greatest amount of crime. An intelligent mind can not be enslaved - when light and knowledge beam upon the soul the bonds of tyranny are broken. We rejoice at every manifestation of interest in our schools, and at every improvement designed to extend or increase their usefulness.

1864:

We are sure that the boys and girls of the village, as well as their fathers and mothers, will be glad to learn that measures have been taken to procure a bell to be placed on the High School building. It is said to be of sufficient size to be heard in all parts of the village, and may serve as a regulator for all schools.

1864:

We have heard of several recent incidents of petty thieving in this village. There are no doubt here, as well as elsewhere, individuals who had rather steal than earn their bread.

1881:

The bailiffs’ report of the financial condition of the village make a very satisfactory showing. Deducting from the gross expenditures of the year the sums paid on account of sewer construction, we have $4828 as the running expenses for the year.

1881:

Estey & Co., are driving their factories to their full capacity to keep up with their business - the last two months having brought some of the largest sales the concern has ever made. In October and November the sales were some 1250 organs per month, and this month will only be limited by the capacity of the works.

1881:

The old railroad station has been moved back to its place on the edge of the bank, and in due course will be converted into a respectable store-house.

1881:

Dry hard wood is very scare in this market, and brings $7 to $9 per cord - figures which exceed those of war times.

1881:

A new directory of the Brattleboro telephone exchange, issued on the 14th inst., shows 61 subscribers.

1887:

The personal effects of Prof. Charlier, consisting of a large quantity of household furniture, carpets, mattings, wagons, sleighs, harness, etc. will be sold at auction on the Charlier place next Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10 A.M.

1887:

Mr. Ross White, who in the past three years has built up a large business in the manufacture and sale of toilet paper, on Elm street, is preparing to add to his business the manufacture of blank books, writing pads, and paper notions of various kinds.

1887:

The dedication of the new Masonic hall and departments will take place about Dec. 15.

1892:

The Brattleboro Beef company began business on Monday in the quarters which were fitted up in such a complete manner a year ago on the railroad grounds, using the old depot building as a frame work. This is a station of the Swift company of Chicago. Telephone number: 47-3.

1892:

Hereafter the grocery stores will be closed Tuesday evenings.

1892:

The display of new goods in the Brattleboro stores is a reminder of the near approach of the holiday season.

1892:

The first of the current event talks, at the Good Will club, was conducted by Miss Mary Cabot Wednesday evening, a good number being present.

1898:

The Estey Organ company has bought a new steam engine to furnish motive power for its factories. It is a Green engine, manufactured in Providence, R.I. and has a capacity of 300 horse power. Its drive wheel is 16 feet in diameter and has a face of about 34 inches. The present engine has been in use since 1871.

1898:

Those who remember hearing Miss Ella B. Chamberlain, the whistling soloist, in her appearances here a few years ago, without doubt will recall the unique and artistic performance which she gave, and will not need to be reassured of the musical treat which will await them at the auditorium next Tuesday evening.

1898:

One end of the store house at the plant of the Snowflake canning factory has settled three or four inches since work at the factory ceased, owing to the large amount of canned goods which have been stored there.

1898:

The San Francisco minstrels left, on the whole, an unfavorable impression upon the audience at the Auditorium Saturday evening. There were some meritorious features in the performance, but they were outnumbered by the features that were “no use.”

2001:

Robert A. Woodward mortally wounded by police after entering an All Souls UU Church service and brandishing a hunting knife.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - December 16, 2016

It’s going to be a long meeting Tuesday night when the Brattleboro Selectboard takes up an agenda covering just about everything.

There will be an update on the Police and Fire facilities, a presentation on the Rt 30 “gateway,” a decision on what to do about recycling and the Town Representative voting against Town wishes, and more budget discussion. And...

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 10:00am in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Town Clerk's Office Closed December 13

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, December 13, as staff will be conducting the Town School Vote in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Annette L. Cappy
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

acappy@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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Scrabble! At Brooks Memorial Library

Interested in joining others in a lively game of Scrabble? Weekly drop-in Scrabble at Brooks Memorial Library begins on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at 6 pm. Drop-in Scrabble will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Local History Room, except on First Wednesdays. 

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: How William Carlos Williams Changed Poetry

UVM professor Huck Gutman will look at the work and legacy of poet William Carlos Williams in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on December 7 at 7 pm. His talk, “William Carlos Williams: America’s Most Revolutionary Twentieth Century Poet,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Gutman’s talk will consider how Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms.

Huck Gutman is Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry, and in modern poetry in translation. A former Chair of the English Department, he has twice taught abroad as a Fulbright Fellow. He has written or edited four books, and has been a regular political columnist for major newspapers abroad.  He has returned to teaching at UVM after six years in Washington, where he served as Chief of Staff to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

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Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale

Don't miss the 11th Annual Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Like-New Holiday Book Sale! It will be held Thursday and Friday, December 1st & 2nd, from 10am-6pm, and Saturday, December 3rd from 10 am-2 pm. What better place to find a gift for the holidays?

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This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous

This Week in Brattleboro History - James Conland, Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of December 5th

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.

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Bagels and Blocks - A Drop In Playgroup

Make new friends while having fun with your child!

Brattleboro Area Jewish Communityis excited to offer a Jewish-based drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and their infants and toddlers (0-5 years).

Bagels and Blocks is a facilitated parenting group as well as an activity group for babies and toddlers. These fun and friendly gatherings feature songs, stories, crafts, snacks, and free play.

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Town School Vote December 13

Wednesday December 7, is the last day for Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney residents to register to vote at the Special Town School District vote to be held on Tuesday, December 13.

If you are currently registered to vote in the town where you reside, you do not need to register again.

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River Gallery School to Take Artists to Mexico in February

The River Gallery School will take artists in search of inspiration and sunshine to Mexico in February on a tour led by instructor Mary Giammarino. The trip will be based in Oaxaca and run from February 4 to 11, 2017.

In the mornings, the tour will introduce participants to the sights of southern Mexico, with daily instruction in oils, water colors and pastels by the trip’s resident art instructor. Afternoons and evenings will be devoted to exploring the small city’s many galleries, workshops and art museums, not to mention the excellent cuisine.

Brattleboro’s River Gallery School has previously run artist tours to Italy and Spain.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day, This Sunday, Almost Sold Out

Take a break from the news, and holiday chaos this Sunday. Come immerse yourself in learning all the basics of playing the ukulele, in this one-day workshop for beginners.

Last workshop sold out, and this one is almost full. Ukuleles available to rent, or to purchase at class. No musical background needed. Sunday, Dec. 4, 10-3. Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT.

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Act 46 Study Committee Community Forum Warnings Guilford, Dummerston, Putney, Brattleboro

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE
Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District
http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will hold a Public Information Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Guilford Central School.

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District,
Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District
http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at the Putney Central School.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Selectboard Special Meeting Notes - FY18 Department of Public Works Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard held a special meeting to continue their discussion of the proposed FY2018 town budget. In the very short meeting we learned of two big announcements - a first mention of a $2 million DPW facility being pencilled in as a placeholder in the 2021 budget, and news that Brattleboro’s downtown crosswalks and intersections would be cleared of snow by the DPW this winter.

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Fake News Isn't The Problem. We Are For Falling For It.

Fake news isn’t the ailment. It’s the symptom.

The problem is education. We’ve tolerated a slow slide in the quality of education over the last few decades, leaving many of our fellow citizens without the basic skills required to participate in or understand the world around them, making them vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection.

Combine that with a dizzying array of media choices and some intentional confusion injected into the system and you have a recipe for poor decision making at multiple levels. At the very least, it leaves a substantial portion of the population at the whim of whatever rumors float their way.

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Wet Wednesday?

Today is “Giving Tuesday”.  It follows “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”.

What will tomorrow be?

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Sock the Homeless! BAJC Winter Sock Drive

Sock a homeless person today! Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is running their first annual sock drive for the homeless this winter. Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item to the homeless in the winter months? Many of us don't take the time to think about homeless people walking all day, but for the most part that is exactly what they do. It’s cold outside. They need socks.

Socks will be given out each month when BAJC serves dinner at the overflow shelter. Socks will be distributed through April of 2017.

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Darol Anger, Tony Trischka & Emy Phelps Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present Darol Anger’s 5th Annual Keepin' It In The Fam Holiday Show at Next Stage on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm. In addition to fiddler Darol Anger, the concert features banjoist Tony Trischka, singer/songwriter Emy Phelps, bassist Ethan Jodziewicz and guitarist Grant Gordy.

To celebrate the holidays, Darol Anger and Emy Phelps have gathered some of the country's best string musicians for an evening of mythical, magical, musical mayhem. The multigenerational musical experience focuses on the spirit of midwinter and the turning of the year. Anger has a long history of organizing holiday shows, from Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concerts through Newgrange to Yulegrass, and his old friend and musical colleague, banjo genius Tony Trischka, will be on board as this year’s very most special guest. Bassist and Edgar Meyer protege Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull) and guitar wizard Grant Gordy (David Grisman Quintet) round out the band.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

MENU UPDATE

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to December 2

 

November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato

Broccoli

Cookie

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