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1842:

Lyceum next Tuesday evening. Question for discussion: “Is the present rejection of all belief in spectres ill founded and unphilosophical?”

1870:

Probably not less than 800 people were present at the temperance meeting at the town hall last Sunday evening, and eighty-seven names were added to the pledge. BY all that is good and holy, let these be encouraged and sustained in their noble efforts at reformation by all the lovers of temperance and virtue in Brattleboro.

1870:

Although the year 1870 has been a poor one in general business activity, our carpenters and masons have not been idle. Sixteen dwelling houses have been erected within the limits of the village, at an approximate cost of $45,000, while the amount invested in workshops, business blocks and public buildings will swell the outlay to about $160,000.

1881:

Albert M. Fuller, the 15 year-old son of Geo. W. Fuller, left home last Friday without saying goodbye or making his intentions known. An epidemic of run-a-ways seems to have struck the town, this being the fifth or sixth within a short time.

1881:

The committee on the reorganization of the fire department will hold a meeting at the office of S.N. Herrick to-morrow evening at 7 o’clock, when all persons who have any ideas to present on the subject of the proposed reorganization are requested to be present and give them expression.

1887:

Sleds and sleighs for the little ones at Retting Bros.

1887:

There will be a New Year’s calico ball for old and young at the town hall on Friday evening, Dec. 30th.

1887:

Brattleboro music lovers are promised a treat in a concert to be given Jan. 11th by the Kanya Geza Hungarian gypsy quartet.

1887:

All wishing Christmas trees will find them at H.M. Wood’s.

1892:

It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. “The brewery” has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.

1892:

Every voter in the village should attend the special village meeting at the town hall next Tuesday evening, to take preliminary action toward a suitable water supply, by electing a committee to engage an engineer to make an investigation.

1898:

Brattleboro coal dealers report an unusual scarcity of coal of all kinds. The scarcity is undoubtedly due in a large measure to the loss of so many ships laden with coal from the Pennsylvania fields during the storm along the Atlantic coast two weeks ago.

1898:

The Brooks House pharmacy opened its doors to the public Wednesday with a clean, new appearance about it which makes the store one of the most attractive looking on the street.

1898:

Chief of Police E.S. Hall has changed his night headquarters from the engine house on Elliot street to the selectmen’s room in the town hall. Mr. Hall may be found in the selectmen’s room at any hour during the night when he is not on the street.

1898:

Cold weather has prevailed throughout the week, and on Wednesday morning the thermometer recorded 16 to 24 below zero, the official record being 17. The daily mean temperature was 6 above zero.

1927:

Forty-nine cattle destroyed in burning of Retreat barn.

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Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners

Question: Why are SO many people in town learning to play the Ukulele these days?

Answer: Because it is surprisingly easy, and SUPER-FUN.


Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick is offering 2 sessions of her UKULELE-in-a-DAY workshop, coming right up!

* Sat., Dec. 30, Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT. 10am-3pm.

* Sun., Jan. 7, Brattleboro Music Center, 10am-3pm.

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45th Christmas at Christ Church: "Such Wondrous Tidings"

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 45th Christmas at Christ Church performances on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:00 p.m. That historic building is on Rt. 5 at the corner of Melendy Hill Rd., just over a mile from Exit 1 off Interstate 91. This season's theme, "Such Wondrous Tidings," is the title of one of ten mostly 15th-century carols to be sung by the thirteen-voice Guilford Chamber Singers, directed for a sixth season by Tom Baehr.

The group includes sopranos Catie G. Berg, Christina Gibbons, and Robin Wolf; altos Jenny Holan, Laurie Schneski, Susan Stember Buhlmann, and Joy Wallens-Penford; tenors Steven John, Bill Johnson, and Peter Tracy; and basses Calvin Farwell, Tom Green, and Peter Nadolny. Most of them, including Baehr, are active with other area choruses and church choirs.

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Navigate the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research with Jerry Carbone: AmericanAncestors.org

On Monday, December 11, at 6:30 PM, genealogist Jerry Carbone will discuss the genealogical treasures of the online content of Americanancestors.org, in his talk, "Navigating the Online Portal for New England Genealogical Research, AmericanAncestors.org,” in the Brooks Memorial Library meeting room, beginning at 6:30 PM.

While not part of the "genealogical giants,” or large genealogical databases like Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, FindMyPast, AmericanAncestors.org is a very large online portal to the oldest genealogical society collection in the United States, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Astrology? Best Date to Impeach Donald Trump? January 14, 2018 With 6 Positions in Capricorn!

Morning News, Dec. 7, 2017 Wow, not good! Previously this week, the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, took a vote to Impeach President Donald Trump, which did not get enough votes to do so. Too bad they rushed the vote so soon! Maybe they will write up another Impeachment Bill and try again.

My best amatuer astrological guess is that the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives, will try again to Impeach President Donald Trump on or about January 14, 2018.     Astrology shows us that on this date at 3:35 PM Washington, D.C. time, there will be six (6) astrological positions in the sign of Capricorn, and this has not happened for many hundreds of years. This is incredibly rare. Because the Sun will be exactly and precisely 90 degrees of Uranus in Aries, (Uranus in Aries can cause sudden change) then this could mean a major earthquake or impeachment. Something rare, something major, with space dust coming down on us in a way that has not happened in hundreds of years....

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Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect Plans Ends 12/15/17

Open enrollment for health insurance plans through Vermont Health Connect runs until December 15, 2017. If you don’t have coverage or if you want to change plans, you need to do so by December 15.

Information about plans and subsidies is available at https://portal.healthconnect.vermont.gov or 1-855-899-9600 (toll free).

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Raffle Drawing for the Library Holiday Gift Baskets!

Finally, the moment you have been waiting for!

The raffle drawing for the beautiful holiday gift baskets that have been generously donated by the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library as an additional fundraiser,will occur some time by Monday evening, on December 18th.

The winners will receive notification by phone as soon as possible after the drawing, so please make sure that you have written your number CLEARLY and legibly on the tickets that you purchase :)

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The (Almost) Million Dollar Fire Truck

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard from the Fire Department concerning a request for a new aerial ladder truck. This would be to replace a used truck, which is replacing an out-of-service truck. The board was sympathetic to the request and need, but had some concerns about the cost and how best to pay for it.

Brattleboro will be sending a letter to VTrans with a request for safety improvements along Putney Road, Central Fire Station has a ribon-cutting scheduled, and more budget meetings are on the way.

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Trump Is Not An Accident

There is no such thing as an accident. Nothing in this Universe occurs haphazardly. There is no chance, no providence, and nothing ever just happens. What is, is, and what happens, happens, because of the need to balance out the repercussions from the attitudes and emotions of fragment-entities, put into a creative mode through their thoughts, words, and deeds.    

Essene Saying

In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

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Watch the Brattleboro Selectboard Special Budget Meeting 12/2/17

It's not nearly as good as Chris' write-ups, but here's the "fresh off the edit station" recording of last Saturday's budget meeting. It's four hours of fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRlLRWRjbr8

And to be able to follow along with the numbers at home, here's the current proposed budget document too:

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Brattleboro Committee Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Maple View Conference Room at the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

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 Brattleboro Shop - Retro Brattleboro Posters

Our final look at The Brattleboro Shop this season is a tour through our Retro Brattleboro Poster section.

Here you’ll find six original works of art featuring notable, iconic Brattleboro destinations. All were done in the style of screen printed travel posters from days gone by.

The series includes:

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/4/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/4/17

Monday, December 4, 2017

2:45 am Bookstock - Jean Hanff Korelitz

3:30 am Bear Pond Books - Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Tuesday News Show 11/14/17

5:30 am True North Reports TV - The Carbon Tax and the Essex Plan

6:00 am UVM Community Medical School - Politics, Money, & Science: Current Debates in Public Health & Health Policy

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Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriters Mark Erelli and Stephen Chipman at Next Stage on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm.

Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past eighteen years, appearing onstage everywhere from coffeehouses and major folk festival stages (Newport, Philadelphia, Shrewsbury (UK)) to Fenway Park, where he once sang the national anthem before a Red Sox game. He has won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest. In recent years, Erelli has gained notoriety as a multi-instrumentalist sideman and producer, accompanying Grammy-winning artists such as Lori McKenna, Paula Cole and Josh Ritter everywhere from Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Free Documentary Film Screening: Standing With Standing Rock, by Director Fidel Moreno

Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno will present a FREE screening of his documentary work-in-progress, Standing With Standing Rock, at Brooks Memorial Library on Friday, December 8th, at 6 pm.

Standing with Standing Rock was shot on location, and chronicles the story of the protesters at Standing Rock and their connection to the history of the American Indian Movement on their treaty-given lands of the American west. It has been culled from 18 hours of interviews with 33 people at Standing Rock, including youth, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, First Nation people and non-Indian supporters.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri. from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, French fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, soups, and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 802-257-0438.

Dec. 4th - Dec. 8th
Mon - meatloaf, mashed potato, veg
Tues - Eyvonne's mac n' cheese, grilled hot dogs, veg
Wed - roast pork, roast red potatoes, veg
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, veg
Fri - clam roll w/ chowder

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Navel Engagement

I’m watching a documentary which features a number of paintings by famous Old Masters.

Many of these depict Adam and Eve with navels.

Since neither was “born of woman” in the usual manner, how did they get them?

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

DECEMBER SHOWINGS

JINGLE ALL THE WAY 

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 4 thru December 8

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu December 4 thru December 8

 

Dec. 4 - Baked Chicken Breast

Roasted Potatoes

Broccoli

Peaches 

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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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iBrattleboro Poll

Brattleboro is considering a second sidewalk snowplow. That snowplow

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