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1740:

Moses Johnson, designer of Brattleboro's first meetinghouse, born in Connecticut.

1844:

Prints! Prints! 50 PS., new patterns Spring Prints, just received at the New York Store, and offered at low prices. W. P. Cune.

1849:

Mrs. E. Hinkley has on hand a splendid assortment of Winter Bonnets, which she will sell at cost, it being so late in the season. Also, a great variety of Rich Millinery Goods, consisting of Caps, Head-Dresses, Laces, Flowers, Wrought Collars and Chemisetts, and an uncommon assortment of Ribbons, Mourning Bonnets, Caps, and Collars. Grave Clothes ready, as usual. Straw Bonnets bleached and repaired in the best manner. Likewise, Dress making in the best style.

1856:

The storm of Saturday night and the blow ever since have thrown the trains on all the roads (in this vicinity, at least) into the utmost confusion. No storm this winter, which has already been embarrassing without precedent, has so paralyzed railroad passage.

1866:

Town Meeting Article: To see if the town will vote to pay some compensation to Erastus Simonds, S.W. Wilder, and Lerenzo Elmer, who were drafted and actually went into service of the United States under the call of the president.

1877:

The roofing-in of the boiler house at the asylum has been completed, and comparatively few traces of last week’s fire are now visible. The work of permanent rebuilding will not begin until spring opens.

1877:

We trust the dullness of business and the drouth of local news has reached its climax this week

1883:

The warrant for the annual March meeting has been posted. Aside from the usual routine business there is a special article to see if the town will rescind its action voting aid to the Brattleboro & Bennington railroad and electing commissioners.

1883:

Estey & Co. are putting in an electrical watchman’s clock or time-detector, which will record the movements of the watchmen during the night, registering the precise moment at which each man passes certain points in each shop or building, where push buttons are placed which the watchman must touch - the touch registering the exact time of the action on a dial in the office.

1883:

The children’s dancing parties at Crosby hall are proving exceedingly pleasant and profitable. They will close on march 28th with a “Mother Goose” party.

1894:

Claude Freligh is writing a farce-comedy, based on local events, which will be presented soon.

1894:

The Retreat family enjoyed an evening of delightful entertainment. Saturday night M.C. Robbins presented his “Visit to the World’s Fair,” which was of special interest to the large number of shut-ins who in this way had their first glimpse of the wonders of the exposition.

1894:

Charles Ebbighausen is rejoicing over the prompt way in which a very official looking legal document brought home his missing chickens.

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Avery Schwenk Withdraws Selectboard Candidacy

A brief message from Hilary Francis, Town Clerk in Brattleboro:

"Avery Schwenk has withdrawn his candidacy for the one year Selectboard seat."

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Silly Acid - The Ubiquitous Medical Mineral

Fluoride therapy as a medical necessity is a valuable tool in dispensing dental care. The question of whether or not it should be added to drinking tap water was resolved in 1995 when a majority of Brattleboro citizens decided against it being added to the municipal water supply. It was largely agreed that fluoridation of the water supply amounted to mass medication.

There is also the issue that most of any added fluoride would end up as runoff straight to waste treatment. Moreover, there is no room to site the equipment feeder to add fluoride to the water supply at the water works plant.In fact, Brattleboro’s Pleasant Valley Water Plant is a ground water supply where dissolved mineral residue does provide natural fluoride of about 0.10 milligrams per liter of water, well below any state regulations.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Meeting Cancelled

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled for today (February 7) has been CANCELLED due to weather, and is RESCHEDULED to Monday, February 13, 2017 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:15pm to discuss contracts, real estate leases, and labor relations agreements with employees, and reconvene the business meeting at 6:15pm.

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

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The Gaslight Tinkers and The Bluebird Orchestra at Next Stage on Friday, February 10

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present a midwinter dance party/concert featuring The Gaslight Tinkers and The Bluebird Orchestra at Next Stage on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 pm.

The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of African, Caribbean, funk, reggae and Latin rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional roots, New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Audrey Knuth (fiddle), Jopey Fitzpatrick (drums), Garrett Sawyer (bass) and Peter Siegel (guitar) create the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

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Select-All Delete: Why We Sometimes Delete Comments

Sometimes on iBrattleboro, we find ourselves forced to delete comments that violate our community standards.  We hate having to do that, but there are times when comments cross the line — for instance, when a commenter personally attacks a business owner for promoting a product, service, or event that the commenter thinks is wrong.  Deleting comments, no matter how harsh the comments may be, inevitably leads to accusations that we’re denying the commenter their free speech.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Candidate Interview: Tim Wessel

We hope you enjoy this interview with Tim Wessel, candidate for the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard?

I’m running for a one-year seat. I feel that this is a good time for me to contribute to the town by serving the community that I have grown to love over the past 17 years of living in this area, and I think I can bring a good listening ear and solid judgment to the board.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I offer voters a good balance between relative youth and a good amount of experience with town politics and board positions. I served for 11 years on the board of BCTV, and served as President for my final year. I was a town meeting representative for 6 years, and I also served on the BACC board for 5 years. I'm a local fiscal conservative, with the taxpayers' concerns at the forefront of my mind, but I also recognize the need for some creative thinking and smart expenditures when it comes to new revenue sources and making Brattleboro affordable to all.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/6/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/6/17

Monday, February 6, 2017

12:20 am Chandler Center for the Arts Presents: Amy Goodman & Bill McKibben

2:00 am 10th Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

3:00 am Suds and Science: Citizen Science Project

4:20 am Bernie Sanders Speech at the Women's March on Montpelier

4:30 am 2016 Tiny House Fest #9: Taking the Plunge

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 6th - Feb. 10th

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 - turkey pot pie w/ biscuit
Tues - crispy fried onion burger w/ fries or onion rings
Wed - bacon mac n' cheese w/ hotdogs
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - beer battered haddock w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invitation

            

                        

Brattleboro Selectboard Candidates Forum

Friday, February 17, 2016
(doors open 7:30 am)

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 7, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will take up some energy topics Tuesday night, at their first regular meeting in February at the Municipal Center on Main Street. A potential net metering agreement and a job description for a (volunteer) energy coordinator are on the agenda.

The board will also learn about TIF districts, accept and apply for grants, appoint committee members, and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro 2017 Town and Town School Meeting Warnings - Full Text

Here's the complete set of meeting warnings for Brattleboro 2017 Town, School, and Representative Town meetings.

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ANNUAL TOWN AND TOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING March 7, 2017

The legal voters of the Town of Brattleboro and the Town School District of Brattleboro, are hereby notified and warned to meet at the polling places designated for the three districts in said Brattleboro, on Tuesday, the seventh day of March, 2017, to act on the following articles:

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, February 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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BUHS #6 Annual Reports Available

BUHS #6 Annual Reports are available in all WSESU schools, town offices, Brooks Memorial Library, WSESU Central Office, and online at www.wssu.k12.vt.us.

Barb Nowakowski
WSESU.org

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 6 to February 10

 

February 6 - Chicken Pot Pie

Brussel Sprouts

Butternut Squash

Cranberry Mousse

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Dinner & A Movie: SELMA @ Next Stage Arts

In honor of Black History Month, Next Stage presents: SELMA, historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay on Thursday, February 23. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel,Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. DInner: 5:30 pm., Movie: 7:00 pm.

The film will be hosted by Artist, Essayist, Activist Shanta Lee.

Continuing by popular demand, Next Stage Arts Project and The Gleanery continue a special combination Dinner and A Movie on the fourth Thursday of the month.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of February 6th

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, February 5th 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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Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room will be Closed!

Due to rennovations, the Brooks Memorial Library Children's Room will be closed from Monday, February 6th through Saturday, February 11th. The rest of the library will be open, and patrons can drop off books downstairs throughout the week. Thank you for your patience as we work on building a better library.

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Harris Hill Ski Jump February 18 and 19, 2017

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Feb. 18 and 19 during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from North America and Europe leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.

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Can You Recommend a Good Home Pest Inspector/Expert Near Brattleboro?

I specifically need a "wood-boring insect specialist" to evaluate and potentially treat an area that may or may not have carpenter ants. Would love to hear of others' experiences with this in Brattleboro -- recommendations welcome if you've hired them and been happy with the results! Thanks.

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The Body Portrait Project

If you are a woman over 50 years old and considered 'plus size' ( size 14 +) you are invited to participate in a nationwide project;

The Body Portrait Project is a series of interviews with women who don't fit the traditional model of beauty. It offers an opportunity for women to tell their stories and talk about how they view their bodies; how those views have impacted their lives and to celebrate all the incredible things our bodies can do - regardless of age or size.

Do you know that 67.8% of all women in the United States are considered "plus size"? Half of those women are 50 years old and older. Women that fall into those categories- over 50 and plus size- are invisible in society and certainly in the fashion/media worlds. Being able to put a voice and a face to those hundreds of thousands of women is an important step not only in the battle for equality in all areas but in the very necessary movement to empower women to embrace and appreciate their bodies and be more self confident and comfortable in their skin.

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