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1838:

All persons wishing to purchase Tickets to cross the First West River Bridge the year ensuing, are requested to call at the Toll House of said bridge, on Monday, the 7th day of January next, where the subscriber will attend to the selling of the same, as no tickets will be given out after that time. By order of the Directors. Nathaniel Bliss.

1877:

Howe succeeded in making a very excellent portrait of Miss Le Franc as she appears upon the track in the act of walking 50 miles inside of 12 hours.

1877:

A prominent railroad man from the central part of the State, who is familiar to everybody in Vermont, said to a Brattleboro friend the other day that he believed that a railroad with a gauge of two feet would prove to be the thing for the needs of the West River valley; and he furthermore expressed the opinion that such a road would pay fair dividends on the cost of construction and equipment.

1883:

A very happy company of some 40 or 45 couples attended the Taurus club assembly held at Crosby hall on Tuesday evening. We have never seen the hall so tastefully decorated as on this occasion. The floor was made elegant with a carpet of heavy duck with a broad tapestry border, a huge Japanese umbrella, supporting a bouquet of pretty colored trifles, made a charming centre piece, while on the walls were a score or more of Will Stewart’s clever caricatures of club members.

1883:

Frank Horton’s little daughter has received a curious but interesting Christmas present in the shape of a young horned toad which came by mail from her Uncle Herbert, in Arizona.

1888:

All the hardware stores will be closed for the entire day on Christmas.

1888:

Seventy-seven feet of Faraday cable have been added to the telephone circuit this week to take the place of the wires which run from the switch-board in the exchange to the large standard on Harmony block. This makes a total of 481 feet of the cable in use.

1888:

E.L. Roberts has bought of Wallace Newcomb, for $1000, a cottage house and lot south of the fairground.

1888:

A large number of marksmen will shoot at Oak Grove range on Christmas day.

1894:

Gen. Estey’s residence is being connected with the long distance metallic telephone circuit.

1894:

Emerson & Son are fortunate in being able to show their customers a handsome collection of Turkish and Persian rugs, from which Christmas selections may be made. The exhibit is in charge of a native Armenian.

1894:

The long-named society will undoubtedly extend its protection to birds, or at least to doves, if certain boys of the village persist in their inhumane practice of firing at the doves with slings and other weapons. The boy who has the heart to indulge in such cruel sport deserves prosecution, and is in danger of getting it.

1894:

The guests at the Brooks House are to have a “tree” in the parlors Christmas evening.

1894:

The first copies of Picturesque Brattleboro were received last week and the sale and delivery of books is now in progress.

1900:

The Brooks House Pharmacy shows in the display of pipes which fill the north window two relics which were captured in a raid in an opium joint in Boston.

1900:

The granite monument which will be erected in Morningside cemetery in memory of the late ex-Gov. Fuller arrived Saturday. The total weight is about 55 tons.

1900:

The Brattleboro Ice company began cutting ice on the Frost pond yesterday. It was 11 inches thick and of excellent quality.

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Fairpoint Internet Outage

Fairpoint's high-speed interent service seems to be offline for Vermont and New Hampshiire.

As we rely on it (I'm away from the world HQ at the moment), updates to the site and answers to emails will be minmal, if at all, until they sort things out.

I wonder where Fairpoint could find a bunch of talented, knowledgeable technicians to help them bring this back online more quickly? Hmmm...

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Anonymity & Pseudonyms Promote Cyber-Bullying

Yeah I think I'be been 'pushed around' on iBrattleboro just a bit. And I have definitely spoken out quite a bit -- and been taken to task for -- questioning why people on iBrattleboro would want to debate serious issues under pseudonyms ... and especially why they might expect to do so and still be taken seriously. It particularly irked me recently when someone criticized a Town employee by name on this site, but declined to give their own!

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42nd Christmas at Christ Church: "All My Heart Rejoices!"

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford’s 42nd Annual Christmas at Christ Church program, featuring choral and instrumental music, a holiday reading, and carols, is set for 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Christ Church is at the corner of Rt. 5 south and Melendy Hill Road in the Algiers Village of Guilford.
      
This season's theme for the program -- "All My Heart Rejoices!” -- is reflected in nine mostly familiar holiday song texts in unfamiliar arrangements by composers from the past five centuries, including Arthur Sullivan's "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" and Charles Gounod's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Choral director Tom Baehr's composing and arranging skills, featured in the repertoire of several recent Chamber Singers concerts, are represented in the version of "All My Heart This Night Rejoices!" being performed this weekend.

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Elliot Street, Again

Today, we again have news of another persons stabbed, (multiple times), on Elliot Street. My friend was reading the paper. I didn't have my reading glasses, but I saw the headline had the word stabbing in it, and I immediately knew it was going to be on Elliot Street and in the early morning hours, as happened over and over again on that street, at that time.

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The Holiday Trade - A Look Among The Dealers, 1875

Digging through the old newspapers today, I found an interesting story describing the holiday items for sale at some of the stores downtown in 1875 during a period of economic hard times for many people.

The article provides quite a few extended details about the stores and items for sale, so I thought I'd share it. Set your iBrattleboro time machine for early December, 1875, and let's go shopping in downtown Brattleboro.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room

NOTICE OF MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Brattleboro Core Arts Project Update

We welcome you to a meeting to discuss the findings of the second track of the CoreArts project (conducted last Winter). The meeting will take place at noon on December 15, at the Marlboro College Graduate Center.

CoreArts conducted four moderated Panel Discussions: 1) Cluster v. District v. Hub? Who’s in, Who’s out? Concepts of Boundaries and Gates 2) Arts/Culture and community: What’s the economic model? 3) Exploring Brattleboro’s Cultural Landscape: Past, Present, and Future, 4) Cooperation and Collaboration: Lessons from the field.

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Vermont Wins $33 Million for Pre-K, Delegation and Governor Announce

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 – Vermont was awarded $7.3 million in what is expected to be a $33.4 million, four-year federal grant for pre-kindergarten programs at public schools and Head Start agencies throughout the state.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) announced the grant today.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Cancelled Due To Weather

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee meeting previously scheduled for tonight at 7:00am has been cancelled due to the weather.

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

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Special Selectboard Meeting Cancelled Due To Storm

The Special Selectboard meeting previously scheduled for tonight has been cancelled due to the weather conditions.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-810

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In Our Names - "The Torture Report"

What was released today is not the full 6000-page report but rather the redacted executive summary of the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee.  IMHO it is only a matter of time until someone releases the entire report.

I thought some here might appreciate links to coverage other than MSM.

The Intercept of course is all over this.  Glenn Greenwald is 'live-blogging' it:

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Sanders Statement on CIA Report

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued the following statement on a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation which found that the Central Intelligence Agency misled the White House and Congress about the brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects:

“A great nation must be prepared to acknowledge its errors. This report details an ugly chapter in American history during which our leaders and the intelligence community dishonored our nation’s proud traditions. Of course we must aggressively pursue international terrorists who would do us harm, but we must do so in a way that is consistent with the basic respect for human rights which makes us proud to be Americans.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas
My true love sent to me:
A late property tax interest fee.

On the second day of Christmas
My true love sent to me:
2 Parking meter tickets,
And a late property tax interest fee.

On the third day of Christmas
My true love sent to me:
3 Unpaid utility invoices,
2 Parking meter tickets,
And a late property tax interest fee.

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No Gracious Concession in the World of a Secret Ballot

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne who, for all intents and purposes, lost in his campaign against Peter Shumlin is asking the state legislature to vote for him. Not because he won the election, which he clearly did not, but because the Vermont Constitution sets aside any popular win under 50% and turns the decision over to the legislature.

Without going into precedents where losing candidates concede, this candidate will not lick his wounds graciously.While perhaps, as Milne is reported as saying that “Vermonters are fed up with the governorship of Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin” might be true, not enough of them voted to give Milne the governorship.

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