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1846:

Legislature incorporates “The Windham Provident Institution for Savings” - an Institution, the want of which has been long felt among us, and the object of which is to provide a method of enabling the industrious and economical to invest such a portion of their property as they can conveniently spare, in such a manner that will afford both security and profit.

1859:

Annual town expenses for the previous year, $1147.87.

1859:

Throughout the community the minds of the people were saddened at the event of John Brown’s execution. Some of the more enthusiastic opponents of slavery proposed the tolling of the bells, which sort of manifestation of public sympathy was not sufficiently extensive to be practical. The Buchanan democracy in this region held their jubilations, and manifested their great glee at the execution.

1875:

Lecture in the Universalist church next Sunday evening. Subject, “Hard Times.”

1875:

To defray the expenses of the current year - estimated at about $7,000 - it was voted to lay a tax of 40 cents on the dollar of the grand list.

1875:

Rather than go home at night in the dark, as they did two years ago, Brattleboro people now pay $1,000 a year for street lights.

1880:

J.W. Goodner, stenographer of J. Estey & Co., will form a class in short-hand at the reform club reading room tomorrow evening.

1880:

The present week has given us the perfection of winter weather. The sleighing in all parts of the county is reported as “never better.” On Thursday morning the mercury marked 8 to 17 degrees below zero.

1880:

Mr. Knowlton already finds it an unprofitable business competing with the railroad. He is looking toward a transfer of the mails to the railroad. This, of course, would involve a discontinuance of his stage line.

1886:

Dairy Maids’ Festival at the rink Dec. 15. Over 50 dairy maids in the march.

1886:

Some of the wide awake young men are again moving for the erection of a toboggan slide for Brattleboro. Mr. Crowell offers the free use of his land in the rear of Forest square and those who have investigated the matter think the most available way is to start the slide from the top of “burnt hill” and trestle from toward the foot on to the meadow. Brattleboro is pretty sure to have its share of “winter sports” after the modern fashion this year.

1886:

Mr. Barrett had his electric lights in operation last night and the experiment seems likely to prove a success.

1897:

Miss Florence Goodenough has recently put on the market a High school calendar of her own design. It contains reproductions of pen drawings of the High school building and its interior.

1897:

W. H. Childs has recently given the Brattleboro High school his collection of valuable meteorological instruments, so that the High school in now better equipped in this line than any other school in the state.

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Movie Monday in December

December Showings

LET’S CELABRATE

December 5th – 10:00 am

Starring: George Burns, John Denver

December 12th – 10:00 am

Starring: Bill Murry, Karon Allen

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 11/28/16

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 11/28/16

Monday, November 28, 2016

12:00 am How Professionals Think: Circus Smirkus' Rob Mermin 

1:50 am Norwich Bookstore: Archer Mayor 10/19/16 

2:40 am VTRANS Bd Public Forum on Passenger & Freight Trains 11/19/16 

4:30 am Vote for VT: Visiting Nurses Association 

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West Brattleboro Association Holiday Party Is December 8th

On Thursday, December 8th, at 5:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host its annual Holiday Party at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association’s numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d’oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op community room.

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

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This Week in Brattleboro History - A Stroll is Born

Orly Munzing, Dwight Miller and the genesis of Brattleboro's Strolling of the Heifers.

Released November 24, 2016.

Produced by BHS trustee, Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.

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Thanksgiving Weekend During US 9 Nation Regime Change Death & Destruction Trump Opposes & Decries

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Although Trump has castigated the administration of Prez Obama and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for the US regime change wars that have brought death and destruction to the Middle East, these genocidal prosecutable crimes against humanity continue even as Americans gave thanks for their own well being as usual in utter disregard or ignorance of what was being done in their name to millions of innocent children, women and men

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents its Annual Big Band Gala- A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald f. vocalist Wanda Houston

Vermont Jazz Center Big Band Gala with guest vocalist Wanda Houston Celebrates the Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Raises Money for Scholarship Fund

The Vermont Jazz Center will present its annual big band swing gala on Friday, December 2nd at 8:00 PM paying tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers in history. The performance will celebrate Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday anniversary by featuring arrangements she performed with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. All proceeds will support the VJC’s Scholarship Program. The VJC Big Band is comprised of area professionals, is led by music director Rob Freeberg and administrated by band manager Sherm Fox. Acclaimed vocalist Wanda Houston will front the band for this gala performance, an annual concert that has evolved into one of the VJC’s most popular events.

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VFW Lunch Specials Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Specials are only $5.50 a plate. Burgers, fries, onions rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries
Wed - cheese tortellini w/ sausage & garlic bread
Thur - stuffed cabbage rolls w/ mashed potato
Fri - salmon burgers w/ onion rings

If you have more than 4 people in your group, please call ahead of time at 257-0438. Take out orders are available, and some specials sell out fast.

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BAJC's Annual Chanukah Party

Oy Chanukah, Oy Chanukah!

Please join us for the annual BAJC Chanukah Party on Friday December 23. We will start at 5:00 pm with an hour of story and study; we’ll look at how the story of Chanukah is told in the Books of the Maccabees and after, and what it means to us now in this era of zealotry and intolerance. Then at 6:00 pm we’ll light Shabbat candles – it’s the day before Chanukah really begins, so (sadly) we won’t be lighting our Chanukiot (menorahs) this year.

We'll sing Shabbat blessings and a Chanukah song. Then we’ll feast on latkes (potato pancakes), applesauce and sour cream, with veggies side dishes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and chocolate gelt for dessert. After our latke feast we’ll hear and share stories of the season.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 28 to November 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 28 to November 30

 

November 28 - Hot Pulled Pork w/Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato

Broccoli

Cookie

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY18 Public Works Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. NOTE the revised time of the meeting.

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

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of November 28th

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 Sunday, November 27th (Sunday after Thanksgiving) 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.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - FY18 Budget Discussion of Police and Fire Departments

The Brattleboro Selectboard, sans John Allen, held a special meeting regarding the FY18 budget, focusing on the numbers for the Police and Fire departments.

With no preliminary announcements, the meeting got right down to business.

Public Participation

Rich Holschuh returned to the Selectboard with a petition signed by 540 voters, over 5% of the registered voters in town. The petition asks to change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Brattleboro, and for the question to be placed on the 2016 Representative Town Meeting warning for a vote.

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My Recipe in Progress - Crazy, Easy Grain Free, Flour Free Cookies

Throw 2c of cooked & well drained black beans, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, 1 capful of flavor extract of your choice, 1/4 c shredded coconut, 1/4 to 1/2 cup low glycemic sweetener of your choice, such as coconut nectar, into a food processor. Blend until mixture forms a ball. Form into cookies. Bake at 380 degrees for 12-15 mins.

Marvel at the versatility of black beans.

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WKVT Hosts "A Call To Action" Forum on Internet Safety, Dec. 1

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Internet Safety from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, December 1 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Brattleboro Municipal Center. 

Panelists will include Karen Bates, Information Specialist for the Vermont Department of Public Safety, Detective Erik Johnson of the Brattleboro Police Department and officials from area banks and schools. 

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions or share information during the broadcast, which will be moderated by WKVT hosts Peter “Fish” Case and Chris Lenois.  

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Indigenous Peoples' Day: Closing the Circle in Brattleboro

Tonight we will be presenting to the Brattleboro Selectboard, at their 5:30 meeting, a full complement of signed petitions to place an article on the 2016 RTM Warning for a permanent changein the Town from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Following the action at the Board's Oct. 4th meeting, at which they (through a failed motion) declined to take direct action themselves on such an initiative, the remaining course of action was a petition drive. Five percent of the registered voter list is required, currently at about 8,760, thus 438 signatures are needed. While procedurally the signatures will be proofed by the Town Clerk, we are taking the step of formally notifying the Selectboard that we have reached the threshold and followed through on the original intention.

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Citizen Media in the Trump Years

President Trump seems to be presenting a unique opportunity for citizen journalists. Yes, I’m digging up that dusty term to remind you that you have the power of the pen.

The unique opportunity appears to be that he plans to bypass traditional media and go direct to the people via Twitter and YouTube.

When he announced his first 100 day plan, it came as an upload to YouTube, not a press conference. Professional reporters were forced to write stories about an online video.

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Brattleboro Thanksgiving Closures

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, 2016, with the exception of emergency services.

Brooks Memorial Library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 23, and will be closed on Thursday, November 24. It will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26.

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Brattleboro Union High School Finance Committee Meeting

Brattleboro Union High School
Finance Committee Meeting – Monday November 28, 2016
8:00 am James E. Kane Conference Room

Robert Woodworth, Ruth Barton, Shaun Murphy, Michael Collier, Frank Rucker, Steve Perrin, Ron Stahley, Marisa Duncan-Holley, Shelly Wilson

Agenda

1. FY18 Budget Development: Special Education Programs and Revenue Assumptions

2. Other

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Free and Live - Three Days of Music at the Cotton Mill

Three days of extraordinary music are scheduled during the 18th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale Friday–Sunday, December 2-4, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, VT.

Daniel Ehrenberg is providing a venue for five top-notch musicians at his Aegis Art Work Studio on the 3rd floor of the mill. The line-up of performers is so outstanding that you just might want to return each day for continued musical enjoyment. The performances in Ehrenberg's studio are free and space is limited, so plan your time.

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