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1847:

A Desirable Farm For Sale, in Brattleboro, Vt., The subscriber will sell his Farm in Brattleboro, consisting of about 140 acres of good Land, with suitable and convenient Buildings. Amongst other advantages, it has upon it a good apple orchard - young trees of select ingrafted fruit, and a thrifty sugar orchard. Elisha Prouty.

1860:

A large number of buildings will probably be erected in the southern portion of the village, on the hill opposite the cemetery, during the coming season. Many of our enterprising mechanics have purchased building lots on which they will place neat and substantial edifices. This location bids fair to be one of the most desirable in our very pleasant village.

1860:

L.G. Mead, Jr. has this week received from the Rutland Marble quarries two large blocks of superior statuary marble for his contemplated statue of Ethan Allen, The blocks are each six feet in length and more than three feet square. Mr. Mead has erected a building near the depot in which the rough work connected with making this statue will be done.

1876:

It isn’t often that parsnips, fresh from their native earth, are to be had at this time of year, but we notice that they are now in the market in abundance. A year ago nothing short of a charge of dynamite would have brought them out of the ground.

1881:

A new boring machine just completed at Barrett’s machine shop is a fine specimen of mechanical skill, and was made to be used in the manufacture of sewing machine tables for a company in New Jersey. It bores 14 holes at one time.

1881:

In response to a petition, a special village meeting has been called for Monday afternoon, Jan. 31st, to see whether the village will vote to accept the proposed amendments to the village charter. Our own view was that it would be better to wait until a sufficient time had elapsed to wipe out all personal and angry feeling on the subject before a second meeting was called.

1881:

Through mail service over the narrow gauge road to South Londonderry began on Tuesday.

1887:

The Wheel club boys have sent out invitations for their annual concert and ball to be held on Friday evening of the next week. The handsome rooms of the club will be at the disposal of guests during the evening. It is said that the boys have a scheme on foot to introduce an electric light in the hall for the festive occasion.

1887:

The performances of the St. Bernard dogs last week were interesting and satisfactory to the well-filled houses which attended them. The dogs were well-trained, but the attractive thing about them was their native intelligence and good temper.

1887:

I.B. Thorn and D. Leonard have formed a copartnership, under the style of “The Thorn Hop and Burdock Compound Company,” for the purpose of making and pushing the sale of Mr. Thorn’s hop and burdock compound, together with his cough cure and hop and burdock plasters.

1887:

Some of the residents of Oak and Grove streets are suffering from an invasion of gas into their houses, occasioned by a leakage from one of the street mains, which as yet the gas companies fail to locate.

1898:

Last Sunday evening at the Universalist church, Mr. Maxwell gave a very thoughtful address on the subject of “Crime.” He touched briefly on the increase and causes of crime and criticized the methods of punishment employed at our penal institutions.

1898:

“A Romance of Coon Hollow” drew an audience of 600 people to the Auditorium last Saturday evening. Southern life as depicted, and the songs and dances by the Carolina darkies make pleasing specialties. The characters were well taken as a whole.

1898:

The Free Library has had nearly 125 volumes of new books placed upon its shelves this week through the generosity of Miss Julia Chester Wells of New York whose name, in connection with that of her father, will long be remembered by patrons of the library.

1898:

Retting Brothers have disconnected the gas pipes in their furniture store this week and are putting in a system of electric lights throughout.

1922:

The 172nd Infantry Band is organized, with Master Sergeant Alson J. Dugan as Band Leader. The band recruited up to 38 men.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 17, 2017

After many a meeting to discuss the details, the FY18 Municipal Budget will likely be approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

An $80,000 IT plan will be presented. The board also will hear about financial audits, work out an easement arrangement with Commonwealth Dairy, loan some money to Hermit Thrush Brewery, and more.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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

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The End of Free VY Calendars

Everyone who moved to southern Vermont in the last few decades was treated to a free calendar. It was sent out each year by Vermont Yankee (and later Entergy) and featured old photos from historical societies in the area.

These calendars contained the required safety information for the nuclear plant about emergency notifications, iodine tablets, special alert radios, evacuating the area, shelters, what to do with pets, siren testing, and a message about how radiation is natural and accidents unlikely.

The final calendar (unless one shows up soon) was sent out in 2016. Sure, it contains mini-calendar in the back for 2017 and 2018, but it was the final full calendar sent.

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Brattleboro Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closings

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 16. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

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 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 16th

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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, January 16th (MLK Day) from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled 1/22/17 and 1/29/17 in January.

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Paths of the Gods: Hiking the Sorrento Peninsula at Brooks Library

Save the date! Join former Library Director Jerry Carbone and his touring companions, Arthur and Carol Westing (Putney, Vt.), on January 28, at 3 PM, in the Library's meeting room, for a talk on a recent hiking trip to Italy's famed Sorrento peninsula. The group hiked and toured the area for two weeks in November. The slide presentation will include views and topography from the ancient trails and mule paths that line the limestone Latarri Mountain range and Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Brattleboro History - The Hollows

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Produced by Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.
Released January 12, 2017

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The Snaz Plays Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Local indie rock band The Snaz will hit the stage at
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Woman's Educational and Industrial Union

From Today in History 1894:

Many people will learn with regret that the women in charge of the “Woman’s
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Looks like the parent organization existed until quite recently in Boston.

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/weiu.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Educational_and_Industrial_Union

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Holiday lights at the 5/9/91 Roundabout?

Just thought of this as I was driving around the Roundabout this morning.  One day in December when I was driving by, there were a few people in the center of the roundabout setting up what looked like big stars full of lights.  But then they weren't there the next time I drove by.  Does anyone know about this?  Did some people set it up without permission or encounter a lack of electricity?

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What to Know Before You Build: Expert Tips for Homeowners Planning Renovation or New Construction Projects

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Selectboard Special Meeting - FY18, Solar at the Landfill, DeGray Not Running Again

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It’s not that hard to do. I called up Comcast and asked to be disconnected. My rep said, sure, then went through the script to try to prevent me from leaving.

Why do you want to end the service? Um.. ever-increasing rates, too many PBS stations, way too many shopping and religious channels, Comcast is a cruddy company, and so on.

Maybe you need more channels, how about an upgrade to 40 channels? Uh, no thanks. It costs more and doesn’t solve the problem.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/9/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/9/17

Monday, January 9, 2017

12:00 am At Landmark: Professor Lyrical, 'Rapping with the Professor' 2/8/16

1:30 am Northern Roots 2016

3:30 am Sean Gaskell's Kora Concert

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am New England Cooks: Chef Todd Cassell

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Bubble Party

From today in history, 1885:

The Ceres club will give a “bubble party” next Thursday at Miss Minnie Pettee’s.

Apparently it was quite the fad in the 1870s-80s, among adults more than children!

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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