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1837:

Our Customers who calculate to pay us — any thing — on Old debts — or on new contracts, will do us a favor by remitting soon. Birge & Dickinson.

1837:

Found. On the 11th inst. in the road between Brattleboro and Guilford, a Box of Powder, done up in papers. Enquire of the Printer.

1843:

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith’s Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.

1843:

Pale Brick. 2 M. Pale Brick, for sale very cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1848:

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill’s section, just below the village.

1848:

“McAllister’s All Healing Ointment,” in large and small boxes, for sale by A. H. Day & Brother.

1855:

We noticed in the store of Messrs. Frost & Goodhue, last evening, six bushels of Peaches which have just arrived by Express, and are the first that have appeared in this market the present season.

1855:

The fair weather of the week now about closing has been improved by the farmers to secure their crops of hay, wheat and rye, and their uncommon great crop of oats.

1855:

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the “Belknap Estate,” in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.

1860:

“Diphtheria,” or the “New Disease,” as it is sometimes named, has recently made its appearance in our village, but it is not so “new” as is supposed by many persons.

1860:

Brattleboro Academy. This well known institution at West Brattleboro is to be revived, in a sort of general connection with “Glenwood Seminary,” under the charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leavenworth.

1860:

It is said that Mr. Morse, on Canal Street, has a tree that shuts its leaves and goes to sleep when night comes. By taking out a candle it is caught in the innocent act.

1871:

The prospects for the firemen’s muster on the 1st of September are highly encouraging. The necessary funds have been raised, and several companies from a distance have already signified their intentions of being present. No plans will be spared to make the trial a first class affair. The playing will be horizontally through 300 feet of hose, with ten minutes allowed each machine.

1877:

President Rutherford B. Hayes stays two nights and mentions his family ties to Brattleboro in address at the railroad station.

1882:

Hon. R.C. Burlage, Consul-General of the Netherlands, is at the Brooks House.

1882:

The blueberry crop is unusually light, the crop of berries being nearly or entirely a failure. The drought has withered the berries, and such as come to the market are for the most part small and uninviting.

1882:

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster’s concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.

1893:

E.P. Carpenter has been appointed a member of the board of award on musical instruments at the World’s Fair.

1893:

The Brattleboro Jelly company will take sound ripe apples at their works Wednesday and Saturday of next week. Price 20 cents per hundred pounds.

1899:

The lack of interest which the people of Brattleboro take in the election of school district officers was shown at the special meeting Tuesday. Hon. J.L. Martin was unanimously the choice of an enthusiastic crowd of three persons.

1899:

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.

1905:

The amount of horse stealing which has taken place within a few miles of Brattleboro the past few weeks is considered remarkable by the local officers. It is noticeable also at this time that very few of the thieves are caught.

1905:

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.

1922:

Plane crash of Curtiss "Oriole" at dedication of new "flying field" kills 3 passengers as 3000 spectators watch (Aug. 18), setting back local aviation.

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Saturday Aug 5th Summer Cinema Slam - Rain or Shine!

The Brattleboro Film Festival and The Northern Routes Film Collaborative present the 3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam, giving Vermont artists and audiences a place to connect.

3rd Annual Summer Cinema Slam 
Saturday, August 5th 5:15pm
New England Youth Theater 100 Flat St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

RAIN OR SHINE! INDOOR & OUTDOOR EVENT!

5 Vermont made films w/ filmmaker Q&As 
Live music by Folk Duo Vermonters Hungrytown
Food Trucks, Beer & Wine

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A Writers for Recovery Free Public Reading: Sharing Our Stories

On Monday, August 21, at 7 pm there will be a special FREE reading featuring authors from Writers for Recovery, a writing workshop for people recovering from addiction. Group members will read from works they created during the healing process, and that serve as inspirations for others who struggle with addiction. For more information about this workshop, please visit: http://www.writersforrecovery.org/

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Stockwell Brothers Band on Sunday, August 6

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 6 with contemporary bluegrass and folk music quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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Brattleboro Employee Picnic Office Hours

All Brattleboro Town Offices, including Brooks Memorial Library, will be closed on Friday, August 4, 2017, from 11:30am to 1:00pm for the annual employees’ picnic.

All emergency services will remain in full operation.

TOWN OF BRATTLEBORO
Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-4541
FAX (802) 257-2322

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VJC's 42nd Annual Student Summer Showcase Concert

The VJC's 42nd Annual Summer Jazz Workshop culminates with performances by participants. An evening of music with performers ages 14-85 and hailing from all over the globe!

Set 1: 3:30- 5:30 pm
Set 2: 8:00- 10:00 pm

Tickets: At the door, by donation.

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VJC's 42nd Annual Summer Faculty Showcase Concert

An evening showcasing the wide breadth of experience and talent of the VJC's Summer Program faculty members.

Featuring:

Brian Adler
Claire Arenius
Cameron Brown
Freddie Bryant

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - A Dump Truck, Street Sweeper, and Potential Energy

The midsummer night’s selectboard meeting was relaxed and productive. Brattleboro is getting a new dump truck and street sweeper, businesses received liquor licenses, police and fire facilities are coming along, and committee members were appointed.

The Energy Committee gave the board a heads up on two potential project they hope to discuss more fully in September. The board responded with some questions they hope would be answered when they return.

They also decided to be on call for the remainder of the month, with the next official meeting coming in September.

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Our Enemy

I recently heard an official denouncing Russia as our “Enemy”.

When and how did that happen?

I thought the cold war was over with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“Russia threatens no U.S. vital interest” Pat Buchanan

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

AUGUST MOVIES

KICK UP YOUR HEELS

AUGUST 7TH

Starring: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamar– 9:30 am

AUGUST 14TH

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson – 10:00 am

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Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 31st - Addendums

Route 30 -ADDENDUM

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.

In order to protect the public during the bridge staining operations, and for staining access, Route 30 will be closed during daylight hours (6am to 7pm) on Wednesday 08/02/17 and Thursday, 8/3/17. Please detour accordingly.

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Ukulele Flash Mob Friday, Pliny Park!

Come to Pliny Park on Friday, August 4, at 6pm for a FREE and SUPER-FUN Ukulele Flash Mob, led by Lisa McCormick. Smack in the middle of Gallery Walk, smack in the middle of downtown Brattleboro.

Music will be provided. Free and open to all, whether you play or not - just come and enjoy! We're celebrating the 1-Year Anniversary of Brattleboro's Ukultion! For more info about upcoming ukulele classes and events: http://bit.ly/svtuke

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BCTV Schedules Week of 7/31/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/31/17

Monday, July 31, 2017

12:00 am Pres. Coolidge Birthday Celebration 7/4/17

1:30 am David Budbill Memorial Celebration - June 25, 2017

3:00 am Pentangle Arts - Interplay Jazz

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Getting Greener - Green Mountain Power Rooftop Solar Panels Program

 Big ideas for solar power

Editor: The United States has enormous rooftop square footage located in a combo of vast urban, suburban and corporate real-estate environments. President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu has proposed reducing greenhouse gas emissions by painting all U.S. rooftops (and highways) white.

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VFW Lunch Specials July 31st - Aug. 4th

The Brattleboro VFW 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, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - garlic parmesan or buffalo wings w/ French fries or onion rings
Tues - reubens w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - chicken parmesan over noodles
Thur - stuffed peppers w/ salad
Fri - fish n chips

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 1 thru August 4

REVISED LUNCH MENU

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 1 thru August 4

 

Aug 1 Meals On Wheels Only

Colcannon Potatoes

Mixed Greens

Oranges Julius

No Congregate Dinning/Bernie Sanders Lunch

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New Police Facility

A short rant about the way I look at the new police facility.

Did we NEED new facilities? No.

It's the American way. It's not about needing anything, rather keeping up with the "Joneses" so to speak. "There is this fancy new thing, or that fancy new thing, I mean every other department has it. We need that, we're supposed to have that." In my opinion it's consumerism on a grand scale. It's not needed and I don't honestly think we will benefit from it one bit. How much of our money will they spend on fancy new devices and a sharp modern looking building? How will that enhance our protection or services? Do we think this new facility will actually benefit us in any tangible way?

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1st Thursdays in the Memorial Garden

A brief community memorial service will take place on Thursday August 6th from 5:30-6:00 at the Hospice Memorial Garden located at Living Memorial Park in Brattleboro. The short program will consist of brief reflections on grief and loss, an opportunity to decorate a memorial stone to place in the garden or take home, and some quiet time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. Everyone is invited to this free event. The “First Thursdays in the Memorial Garden” program will be repeated on September 7th. The facilitator is Connie Baxter, Brattleboro Area Hospice Bereavement Program Coordinator.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - August 1, 2017

A few midsummer grants and bids will be considered at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting, scheduled for Tuesday August 1 at the Municipal Center. (You remember the Selectboard, right?)

The board will also hear from ther Energy Committee regarding a climate action accord and downtown building energy project, will buy a dump truck and street sweeper, and more. You can, as always, bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 31st

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Bridge staining on the superstructure will begin next week, requiring lane closures for both Northbound and Southbound traffic for the month of August. 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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