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1837:

The Selectmen of this town, we learn, have purchased of Mr. Arad Stockwell, his farm, containing about 140 acres,for the residence of the Poor. Price of the farm provided it contains 140 acres, $2990 — if more or less, same proportion.

1837:

Wanted to Hire, a Journeyman Brick-layer and Plasterer, who understands building chimnies. James. M. Reed.

1843:

On Saturday night last, about 12 o’clock, Mr. John Birge’s Woolen Factory, half a mile from our village, was discovered on fire, and every article of property within it was destroyed. More than 1000 yards of cloth manufactured for customers and ready for delivery, was destroyed, besides wool in process of manufacturing, to considerable amount.

1848:

A Committee from the Directors of the Brattleboro and Fitchburg Road, met in this place on Tuesday last, to hear the parties interested in the proposed location for the Depot. The two proposed locations are, one on the flat upon the Vernon road, near the residence of the late Dr. Wilson, and the other on the bank in the rear of the Congregational Church.

1848:

Wanted. A Man And Wife without children, to do the cooking of a public establishment. Apply at this office.

1855:

The number of farms and the amount of personal property exposed for sale at auction in this county, was never before so great as during the present season. A large number of our citizens seem determined to emigrate somewhere. Some have gone to Kansas, some to Iowa, others to Illinois and to the indefinite “West.”

1860:

“The Water-Cure World” is the title of a new monthly newspaper published in this village by Dr. C.R. Blackkall.

1871:

I.K. Allen, our well known lumber dealer, has just returned from Burlington, where he purchased one million cedar shingles, besides a large amount of spruce and pine lumber, including clapboards, &c. There is to be some building here this season, and “Isaac” evidently intends to do his share to encourage it.

1871:

The Holbrook plow, invented by our well known townsman Ex. Gov. Holbrook, has gradually won its way to the front rank among agricultural implements — a position which it seems likely to maintain against all opponents.

1871:

Those rumors in regard to the erection of new shops by Messrs. J. Estey & Co., it appears were not without foundation. Two new buildings have been contracted for, and their erection will commence next month. They are to be of uniform size and adjoining those put up last year.

1876:

Mr. James Fisk gave a street exhibition of his patent harness last Saturday afternoon.

1876:

List of historic relics and curiosities at Women’s Centennial Entertainment, with names of owners, published.

1882:

Estey & Co. have completed plans for a new brick dry-house of large capacity, to be built under L.K. Fuller’s patents taken out some time since, and which have become the leading system of the country. They propose to move their existing dry house and convert it into an additional shop of cutting up lumber.

1893:

Morse & Simpson are to receive 1000 lilies from Bermuda for distribution Easter.

1893:

Almost no maple sugar has been made the past week, but the farmers ar expecting the season to open in full blast any day.

1893:

Frank Mayo owns probably the largest dog in America. It is a pure St. Bernard and weighs nearly 200 pounds. It is named D’Arcagnan, and has a pedigree tracking back nine generations.

1893:

The Brattleboro savings bank has recently bought a Hammond Universal typewriter through Miss Florence E. Clark. Miss Clark is working up a good supply trade in connection with her sale of typewriters, including ribbons for Caligraph and Remington machines as well as all supplies for Hammond typewriters.

1899:

The state railroad commissioners have ordered car fenders placed in the next 90 days on all electric cars in Vermont. The commissioners have approved three fenders, and one of these must be used.

1899:

S.A. Smith & Co. are planning to put an electric motor into the Crowell building on Flat street to furnish power to run their machinery.

1899:

The Brooks House pharmacy has this week put in a new soda fountain from the factory of A.D. Puffer & Sons, Boston.

1899:

Jack Martin emerged for an encounter on the Connecticut river bridge Friday night with a badly battered physiognomy. There are different versions of the affray, one to the effect that a railroad man assaulted Jack, another that two men attacked him; and from the other direction is a report that Jack posed as Joe Ott looking for trouble and got it.

1989:

VY asks for license extension from 2007 to 2012.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Great Bridge Walk and Liquor Stings

As elections wrapped up in the Municipal Center, the Brattleboro Selectboard (minus John Allen) met at Brooks Memorial Library. They carried on regular business at a long table, with Selectboard at one end and Town staff at the other.

The board had much to say about the recent walk across the I-91 bridge. They also granted three liquor licenses, learned about a new financial report to aid them through facility construction, and set in motion a plan to change the speed limit along a portion of Rt. 142.

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Guilford Town Meeting Day Australian Ballot Results

From: Don McLean

Town of Guilford

Board of Civil Authority

 

Town & School District Meeting March 7, 2017  9:00 pm

Unofficial Results of Australian Balloting

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Starr, Wessel, Schoales To Brattleboro Selectboard: Bag Ban, Compassionate Cities Pass

The quick results:

Brandie Starr and Tim Wessel will fill the available one year seats on the Brattleboro Selectboard. David Schoales, running unopposed will return in a 3 year seat.

Bag Ban non-binding resolution passes.

Compassionate City non-binding resolution passes.

Full unofficial results attached. Explore and analyze!

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Brattleboro Not-Quite-Town-Meeting Today

It's Town Meeting Day in Vermont.

If you haven't already done so, take some time today to go to the Municipal Center on Main Street to cast your vote for town officers and issues. Polls are open until 7 pm, and we'll have the unofficial results here for you when they tabulated and shared.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 3/6/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/6/17

Monday, March 6, 2017

12:00 am Confronting Racism Pt2

3:20 am At Landmark: Tom Wessels, Self-organization 2/20/17

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am Brattleboro Mass Rally at TD Bank 2/22/17

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - March 6 to March 10

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 6 to March 10

March 6 - Greek Bean Bake

Sweet Potato

Spinach

Jello w/Fruit

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Bill Gates Is #1 Murderer of Kids Dying 1 Every 5 Seconds! & Any US President Could End Starvation

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Bill Gates, with $75 billion owns at least twice as much wealth as the poorest 1/10th of humanity - 750 million fellow human beings suffering hunger throughout the year and watching millions of their children die of starvation. If Bill gave the UN the $30 billion it needs to end hunger everywhere for one year, he would drop to fourth richest person in the world. Trump could have the 540 US billionaires raise that $30 billion.

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VFW Lunch Specials 3-6 to 3-10

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - grilled ham & cheese w/ tomato soup
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ fries or onion rings
Wed - chicken parmesan w/ spaghetti
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ a salad

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Native Nations March on Washington

Are there enough people from Vermont and Western Massachusetts to merit engaging an extra passenger car or two on the train? Read on and respond soon! (by Monday)

Friends:

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous grassroots leaders call on our allies across the United States and around the world to peacefully march on Washington DC on Friday March 10. Standing Rock and Native Nations will lead a march in prayer and action in Washington D.C. from the Mall to the White House beginning at 10am. After the march, we will gather for a rally at the Ellipse. It is here we will make our demands to the new administration. 

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Walking On The I-91 Bridge in Brattleboro

A beautiful, clear, cold day in Brattleboro for a town field trip to the new I-91 bridge, for a rare chance to walk across the bridge before it is opened to traffic. Many people took advantage of the offer of free bus rides to the site, departing from the BUHS parking lot at regular intervals.

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Brooks Memorial Library Joins Foundation Center's Global Network

Funding Information Network Provides Resources for Local Grantseekers

Brattleboro, Vermont, February 27, 2017 – Nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers in the Brattleboro area now have access to a valuable collection of resources at the Brooks Memorial Library, which has become a Funding Information Network partner with Foundation Center.

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Next WBA Meeting on March 9th to Feature Q&A with District 1 Town Meeting Members

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, March 9th at 6:00 PM in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the W Bratt PO). After a review of the treasury report and the 2017 budget, the Neighborhoods Fund, and BizUp activities, the WBA will discuss various potential uses of the balance in the Sign Fund.

A feature of this month’s meeting is the WBA hosting of District 1 Town Meeting representatives at 7:00 that evening. This is a chance for area residents to engage in an informal Q&A regarding the warrant for the upcoming March 25th Annual Representative Town Meeting. This part of the meeting will be facilitated by Paula Melton and Chris Chapman, District 1 caucus co-chairs.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 7, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will discuss the possibility of a change in speed limit for Rt 142 at their regular meeting, to be held in the library on Town Meeting Day.

The board will also review progress with the police and fire facilities, renew an agreement with the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, apply for some money for a battery-powered “jaws of life” tool, tend to committee matters, and approve liquor licenses. They will also tour a newly-renovated Brooks Memorial Library.

You can bring up other issues not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Local History Room. NOTE the change in location.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00am 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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AAUW Celebrates Women's History Month With Talk On The Other Mrs. Adams

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Abigail is the woman who comes to mind when we mention Mrs. Adams, but her daughter-in-law Louisa Catherine also holds a significant spot in history as both the wife of President John Quincy Adams and in her own right.

The Brattleboro Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate Women’s History Month and the life of the other Mrs. Adams Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Brooks Memorial Library with a talk by Mary Ackerman Hayes of Keene, N.H., based on the biography Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams.

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Local Artist Offers Unique Recycling and Up-cycling Workshop to Benefit Groundworks Food Shelf

BRATTLEBORO – With an up-cycled twist on basket weaving, a three-part workshop – taught by local artists Jackie Abrams, Jen Wiechers, and Janette Smuts – will benefit the Groundworks Food Shelf. The workshop, which takes place on three Thursday evenings (March 30, April 6, and April 20) at the River Gallery School’s Main Street Studio in Brattleboro, will cover the art of making ‘yarn’ from used plastic bags to crochet strong, colorful, and multi-purpose tote bags.

“I have been offering​ this workshop in Brattleboro since 2011, always to benefit the Brattleboro Food Shelf. It is a great way to use those plastic bags, and to create an environmentally friendly bag,” reports Abrams. “Instead of a ‘quilting bee,’” she says, “it is a ‘plastic crocheting bee.’" Always fun!”

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Breakfast Menu for March

MARCH  BREAKFAST MENUS

March 3rd – Bavarian Waffles w/Strawberries & Whipped Cream, Ham, Yogurt Parfait, Juice, Coffee.

March 7th – Scrambled Eggs w/Boursin & Spinach, Vegetable Hash w/Celeriac, Turnip & Carrots, Scone, Fruit, Juice & Coffee

March 10th – Corned Beef Hash, Scrambled Eggs, Muffin,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Coffee

March  14th   Breakfast Sandwich w/Egg & Cheese, Sausage, Home Fries,  Fruit, Yogurt, Juice & Coffee

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Local Musician Joel Veena Tours India and Netherlands with New Album

Brattleboro-resident musician Joel 'Veena' Eisenkramer has released his new world music album on digital platforms worldwide and is now on a concert tour in India and the Netherlands. This tour will span from March to May 2017 and cover ten different cities in the respective countries. The album, 'Unexpected Blessings,' features Joel's 21-stringed Indian slide guitar in collaboration with local and international musicians including Gordon Korstange, Todd Roach and Jed Blume of Vermont, Suraj Nirwan of India and Kees van Boxtel from Holland.

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War With Russia?

When it looked like a Hillary coronation, I feared that the chances of a war with Russia would increase.  After all, she and the media had been demonizing Putin for years.  http://theduran.com/heres-your-putin-did-it-survival-guide/

With Trump, I can relax (…a little – but he’s still too unstable to be anywhere near the nuke button).

He’s not going to start a conflict with Russia.

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Publishing and Printing in Brattleboro Today

PUBLISHING AND PRINTING IN BRATTLEBORO TODAY
 
Write Action has joined the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library and the Brattleboro Historical Society in researching and promoting Brattleboro’s past heritage and present status as a “book town.”   This current collaboration is focused on both the history of, and identifying and presenting today’s publishing and printing businesses as an important and vibrant part of our community.
 
The Brattleboro publishing and printing collaborative launched its initiative in 2015 with a public meeting that generated ideas about ways to promote the town’s book history and reputation.  Subsequent projects have included the preparation of annotated bibliography about relevant holdings at the Brooks Memorial Library, and a public presentation about the Stephen Daye Press.

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