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1837:

A gentleman who came in the stage from Albany this week, informs us that for sixteen miles of the distance, across the Green Mountains, the sleighing was delightful! In one place, the stage overtook a team, ‘set’ in the snow, which was more than two feet deep, and the passengers were obliged to get out and assist in treading down the snow, before a passage could be effected.

1843:

Old Cheese, Of superior quality, for sale by J.H. Wheeler.

1846:

Coffins. A Very Large Assortment of all sizes, at A. Van Doorn & Sons, at reduced prices.

1848:

Mrs. Hinckley invites the attention of the Ladies to her rich and elegant assortment of Millinery Goods. Also, in about 10 days she will return from New York with a new assortment of Fashionable Millinery, for the Spring and Summer Trade, of the latest and most desirable styles.

1855:

Lost. Somewhere in the village of Brattleboro, on the 21st inst., a Hair Ear-Ring with gold mountings. It is of great value to the owner, and whoever will return the same to the care of Day, Robinson & Co., shall be liberally rewarded.

1855:

We noticed on Wednesday, that the farmers on the river between this place and Bellows Falls, were busily engaged in plowing their lands which appeared to be in good order for tillage.

1860:

The “Brattleboro Chess Club” is the name of a promising institution which has been lately organized in this village. This Club have fitted up a Club and Reading Room in Dwinell’s Block, next door to the Phoenix Office, which is furnished with suitable tables, implements and books for the use of the club and such chess-players as they may invite in.

1865:

About fifty sick and wounded soldiers have arrived at the U.S. Hospital in this village within a week, and a squad of twenty has been sent to the front.

1871:

The room in the town hall lately occupied by Clarke & Haskins as a law office has been converted into an ice cream saloon, affording a neat and convenient place for the enjoyment of that cooling compound.

1871:

Canal street rejoices in the possession of three new street lamps recently erected by the village authorities.

1876:

Mrs. T.H. Grigg of this village has a sweet-scented geranium growing in her front room, which in two years and a half has attained the height of eight feet, while the stalk at the base measures one inch in diameter.

1876:

We hear numerous complaints of needless cruelty to calves which are brought here for sale, or are transported through the place. The matter should receive the attention of the proper officers. It is about time that Brattleboro had one of those societies with a long name which has so often been talked about.

1889:

The tree committee of the rural improvement society give notice to property holders who wish to set or complete lines of shade trees on their premises that they may have the work done at one dollar for each tree on application to the committee.

1890:

Peleg Barrows, owner of a dry goods and novelties shop on Main Street, died.

1905:

The selectmen met on Saturday to discuss the question of widening Green street near the site of the Reed “castle,” the building having been torn down by H. L. Emerson. It was decided to widen the street and to have a survey made to determine just what changes would be made.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 1st

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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73 Main Street Fire Press Release

Date: April 27, 2017
Nature of call: Smoke coming from the back of the building
Address: 73 Main St
Time of Call: 8:29am
Type of Building: Mixed occupancy commercial
Number of Residents: 11 apartments
Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm–8:36am/3rd alarm–8:53am Under Control: 9:21am
Injuries: No
Type:
Fatalities: No

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Spanish Exchange Students Coming In June - Host Families Needed!

HOST A SPANISH STUDENT FOR JUST 3 WEEKS

Host families are urgently needed for a group of Spanish students will be spending 3 ½ weeks in southern Vermont this summer to improve their English and experience American family life. These boys and girls, who range in age from 15 to 17, arrive June 25 and depart on July 20.
They are all from the Basque region of Spain and come with their own spending money and medical insurance.

Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips to Boston, and Six Flags. It’s fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.

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Green Up Day is Coming!

Green Up Day is coming!

Always the first Saturday in May, this year May 6 marks 47 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition. Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. Vermont was the first state in the nation to designate one special day for cleaning the entire state. Many thanks to the hardworking state employees at the Vermont’s Agency of Transportation who clean Vermont’s Interstates and state highways, some 2,707 miles every spring. Now we depend on you to help clean town roads. Together, Vermonters clean up their communities for the community of Vermont. Come on out and take part!

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Thursday Morning Confusion - Fire on Main Street

There's  a fire at 73 main street that has traffic all gnarled up.

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Raffle Fundraiser: Historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be viewed.

“The New York Public Library – 1948,” is a picture of the iconic lions at the Main Branch of the New York Public Library, Patience and Fortitude, covered in snow. This photograph was published in the New York Times on December 20, 1948.

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Terry Sylvester's "The Back of Brattleboro" at Brooks Library

Dear Library Community,

Please take a moment to read about the lovely artwork called 'The back of Brattleboro," (2005) by Terry Sylvester, which is now on extended display as part of our renovation celebration! We hope you will come to see it in person!

Here is her statement:

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BHS Podcast e99 - The Guilford Street Ski Tow & The Origins of Living Memorial Park

The Guilford Street Ski Tow began in 1938. It was one of the 1st three ski tows in New England and led the way as nearly 700 community and neighborhood ski areas sprang to life in Vermont alone. In the intervening years 620 of those once-thriving community ski hills have closed, but the Guilford Street Ski Tow remains.

Here's the origin story of Brattleboro’s favorite ski hill and subsequent creation of a 4-season, Living Memorial Park, to honor all those who served in the second world war.

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Ralph DeAnna, The Reflective Eye at 118 Elliot Gallery

118 ELLIOT GALLERY

BRATTLEBORO--118 Elliot Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by Ralph DeAnna.  RALPH DEANNA, A REFLECTIVE EYE will be on view from Friday, May 5, 2017-Friday, May 19, 2017. The opening reception is on Friday, May 5 from 5:30-8:30PM. Gallery hours otherwise: Thurs-Sunday, 2-6PM and by appointment. 

Ralph DeAnna, A Reflective Eye, is the first one-man show at 118 Elliot Gallery. “DeAnna is that rare painter,” gallery director and curator, Lisa Mendelsund said, “who is a portraitist and storyteller with an architect's sense of formal perspective.” DeAnna will exhibit both large-scale oil paintings and small pastels. In his panoramic paintings, which often include portraits of himself, his models, and their surroundings as reflected and refracted in rear-view mirrors and windows, the viewer can see DeAnna’s longtime interest in multiple perspectives and the changeable nature of time and memory.

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Concert at Brooks Library: Verandah Porche & Patty Carpenter

Keeping Company With Songs and Poems: Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter Create Special Show to Benefit The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. Friday, May 5, 2017, 7 pm. Two local artists, the renowned poet Verandah Porche and her close friend, the jazz and rock musician Patty Carpenter, are combining their talents for a special show based on their friendship for the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library. The show will be at Brooks Memorial Library in the newly arranged Main Reading Room. Tickets are available at the library in advance of the show or at the door. To accommodate everyone, ticket prices are on a sliding scale: $12, $15 or $25.

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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: The Indian World of George Washington

The upcoming Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesday lecture will discuss how George Washington handled his interactions with Indian peoples. Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm at Brooks Memorial Library. Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway will look at the first president's relations with Indian peoples and consider how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic.

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

Everyone is cordially invited and welcome to attend our Open House in celebration of our recent renovations, April 29th from 2-5 pm! Please come take the tour! Light refresments will be served. There will be an official welcome at 2:30, and a seek-and-find raffle. You can win prizes!

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Groundworks Collaborative Recruits Campers for 5th Annual Camp for a Common Cause

BRATTLEBORO – On Friday, May 19, Groundworks Collaborative will host the fifth annual Camp for a Common Cause on the Brattleboro Common. This fund- and awareness-raising event has been a great success each year since it began in 2013 as a collaborative fundraiser to support both Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center. The two organizations went on to merge in June 2015 to form Groundworks Collaborative. All funds raised through Camp for a Common Cause support Groundworks’ efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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What Do Electric Car Owners Do If They Run Out Of Fuel?

An electric car was on the side of 91 the other day with no one around. If it had been a gasoline powered vehicle I might have thought the owner was walking to a gas station with a can to fill up. But what do electric car owners do if they run out of fuel on the highway? Carry a battery to a charging station? Pay for towing?

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What A Way To Start A Day

I was up early today. Too early. Our old cat woke me up at about 5:30 am and got me up to feed her and give her some attention. After a few hours, I was ready to start working. I was really tired from a lack of sleep, but have done this sort of effort before.

I checked my inbox of email and saw a message from the German American Musicians in Buffalo, with a subject line of "My Condolences". My dad plays tuba in the GAM band. Condolences?

It began "We are so very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. When we found out yesterday that he had passed away, it came as a shock to all of us."

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/24/17

Monday, April 24, 2017

12:00 am Ethan Allen - Prisoner of War

1:10 am MGFA presents: Petria Mitchell

3:00 am Prydein in Concert - Enosburg Opera House 3/18/17

4:45 am Common Good Vermont: Environmental Impact Bonds

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: April 25th

Good morning!

Beginning today, April 25th, Upper Dummerston Road at I-91 will be completely closed in order to perform demolition of the old bridge. This closure will only occur between 6am and 7pm, and will continue through May 1st (excluding Sunday). Traffic will be detoured accordingly during this closure.

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
Public Relations Officer
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
p 802-251-0709 | f 802-251-0695

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At Sea

Recently I was greeted in town by someone, somewhat familiar, and in connection with the skatepark. It was an awkwardish moment, maybe I’m reading into it.

There was a bemused smile from them, and some sympathy for what must be my lassitude. Though I’m no longer directly involved in BASIC, it was like I was a Methuselah of sorts, and since the building of the park is an uncertainty, given the biblical span so far, would my longevity hold until the park was realized?

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First Work-in-Progress Showing of Babylon

On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies and with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for nearly two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Adam O'Farrill Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Young, Award-winning Trumpeter and Jazz Composer, Adam O’Farrill to Perform with Quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Adam O’Farrill and his quartet, Stranger Days, will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 PM. O’Farrill is an award-winning first call trumpeter from Brooklyn. He is a regular member of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (led by his Grammy-award winning father, Arturo O’Farrill) and the ensembles of Rudresh Mahanthappa. He can be found performing and recording with top artists such as Christian McBride, Vijay Ayer, Jason Lindner and others. Adam’s quartet, Stranger Days, is the band he created to hone his compositions and develop his unique notions of form, improvisation and interaction. It is a collaborative project he shares with his brother, drummer Zack O’Farrill, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. They are good friends who practice together, talk deeply about music and develop ideas as a team; they are four brilliant musicians striving to get to the core of a unified concept.

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