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1838:

Henry Dwight Holton, M.D. born in Rockingham

1840:

Groceries. White and Brown Sugars; prime Molasses; Raisins; Cassio; black and green Tea; Coffee; Cocoa; Spices all kinds; white and brown Soap, &c. &c., for sale low by Dwinell & McLallen.

1840:

1000 LBS. Tallow, for sale by Hall & Townsley.

1858:

A Promenade Concert of Vocal and Instrumental Music will be given at the Town Hall, on Tuesday evening of next week, for the benefit of N. Wivild. Mr. Wivild lost his all in the failure of the Old Water Cure Establishment a year or two since, and his numerous friends take this opportunity of attesting the sincerity of their regard.

1858:

The Episcopal Church is now quite finished, and is regularly used by the congregation for purposes of worship. It is a neat and substantial specimen of church architecture. The grounds about the building have been laid out by Mr. Clapp, with his usual good taste in such matters. The first service was held in the Church on Sunday the 11th inst.

1862:

The sum of $1000 has been subscribed by prominent and patriotic individuals in this place, chiefly in sums of $25, which will be equally divided among the first one hundred accepted recruits who enlist in this Probate District within forty days from the 21st day of July inst. Has any other village done more?

1868:

Quite a number of dwelling houses are in process of construction on Prospect Hill this season — and no wonder, for the locality is pleasant, and good building lots are obtainable at not exorbitant prices.

1868:

The Home Journal says that James Fisk, Jr. the well-known Wall street banker, formerly of this town, has leased the Fifth Avenue Theatre on Twenty fourth street, for ten years.

1868:

As near as we can ascertain, the people of this village regaled themselves on about 200 bushels of strawberries during the season just closed, for which they paid the sum of $1600. This, of course, isn’t taking into account those raised by individuals for their own consumption.

1868:

Mr. Holden of Northfield, the “blueberry man,” whose annual appearance on our streets is looked for with an interest similar to that of St. Nick, has commenced his trips for the season.

1868:

Our readers will of course remember that the Circus of Stone, Rosston & Murray will be in town next Wednesday.

1874:

Work upon the new Unitarian church edifice is progressing very rapidly. The laying of the foundation and the placing of the granite underpinning was completed last week, and this week the walls are steadily going up.

1874:

The third and last meeting of S. M. Waite’s creditors, before Judge Tyler’s court of insolvency, was held yesterday. A protest was received from Waite’s counsel.

1885:

Emerson & Son have taken the agency for the “Climax” pillow sham holder and lifter, undoubtably the best article of its kind made.

1885:

C.H. Eddy & Co. are doing a larger bottling business this season than ever before, their daily shipments amounting to some 60 dozen bottles of tonic beer and 16 gross of ginger ale. The business gives employment to eight men, and a barrel of sugar is used per day.

1891:

The material for the electric fire alarm system has arrived and will be put in as soon as the poles are ready.

1891:

Work is already well advanced on the addition to the steamer engine house on Elliot street to give stable accommodations for the horses of the fire department.

1891:

The dogs of the Nettie Morris equine and canine paradox company killed several cats about town, and created havoc in the gardens in their chase after the felines.

1903:

The Philadelphia hosiery man who came to Brattleboro Friday to look over the ground with a view to establish a new hosiery factory here, was favorably impressed with the location, but could give no positive announcement as to whether he would locate in town.

1903:

There will be the usual cake sale this week at the rooms of the Y.M.C.A. The sale will be in charge of the ladies of the Episcopal church.

2007:

Brattleboro Police Department uses Tasers on protestors Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray on Putney Road.

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How Sweet Is The First Cry Of A Baby?

It’s not that women aren’t violent. Of course they can be and have been violent.

It’s that women have the evolutionary advantage of violent events and changes to their natural bodies that put them on notice of what’s to come.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting & Notes

The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 22, 2013 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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

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Accident at the Bridge?

Anyone hear what happened at the bridge in town? I just heard there was something involving a person jumping or possibly getting hit?

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Brooks Memorial Library - Front Entrance Not Accessible April 22-25 - Doors Being Replaced

Starting Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25,  the Library’s Front Entrance on Main St.  will be not be accessible due to installation of new doors. The book drop (NOT VIDEO DROP)  on Main Street will be accessible all day throughout the construction.  
 
The Library’s Back Entrance next to the Municipal Center parking lot will be open and will accommodate wheelchairs. Handicap parking is in the Municipal Center lot.

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Terrifying Times

Just spoke with friends in Boston and Cambridge and they have never seen anything like this before. Everything is shut down; public transporation; taxis; schools; government offices, businesses- everyone in Boston and surrounding towns have been ordered to stay inside. A friend who lives in Cambridge said it's like a ghost town - nobody on the streets, no sounds of traffic, nothing. Very eery.

I hope that no more innocent people are killed in the ongoing search for the remaining bombing suspect. 19 years old - you wonder how someone becomes this evil; this twisted by such a young age. Frightening times we live in. I wonder if we will ever see peace.

I doubt it will happen in my lifetime - hopefully in my grandson's. 

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Tonight: Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio

On Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm, the Brattleboro Music Center will present the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio, at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro, VT.

Bound by their Israeli roots, pianist Alon Goldstein, cellist Amit Peled, and clarinetist Alex Fiterstein formed the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in 2005. Today, the ensemble’s performances reflect both the special gifts and originality of the three artists as soloists as well as their marvelous sense of ensemble and love of chamber music. 

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Weekend Concert: King Crimson, Hyde Park Free Concert, London, 1969

This is being posted for annikee:

This is the first of many, many lineups of this seminal progressive band:

Greg Lake is on bass and vocals, Robert Fripp is the guitarist, Ian MacDonald plays keyboards, reeds, woodwinds and vocals, Peter Sinfield plays synthesizer and writes lyrics,

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Weird Clouds in the Sky Today

All day the clouds passed over town. I have seen these type of clouds only in photos of HAARP clouds. So I ask myself why would we have Chemtrail HAARP clouds over our little town?

They looked man-made. I have pictures, but I hope you all did look up today and noticed them yourselves.


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New Hours for Computer Coaching Sessions at Brooks Memorial Library

Through the auspices of e-Vermont and a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, the Brooks Memorial Library is able to continue its free one-on-one computer coaching sessions into May and beyond.

In these private 45-minute sessions, participants meet with a skilled student intern from Community College of Vermont to learn basic computer tasks, such as setting up and using an email account, creating a Facebook account, or using a word processor or other popular software program. Experienced computer users are also welcome to bring their questions. The library has computers available, or participants may bring their own tablets, smart phones, or laptops to explore the capabilities of those devices; for example, downloading ebooks or other digital media.

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Changing Restaurant Landscape in Brattleboro

As reported early this week, The Tavern at the Colonial Motel will be under new ownership come May. There are also a few other restaurant changes in the Brattleboro area.

Gillies Seafood is closed and the windows are bare. This was a go-to seafood restaurant in West Brattleboro staffed by friendly people, with good food and seemingly big crowds not too long ago. They also featured a fish market next door.

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World Book Night Reception at Brooks Memorial Library

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host a reception for the 16 Brattleboro area residents who will be World Book Night givers this year. On Saturday, April 20th from 11 AM -1:30 PM WBN givers will be able to pick up their books, meet their neighbors who are also participating, enjoy some refreshments and share where they will be giving away their books on April 23rd- World Book Night.

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Sanders Votes for Background Checks, Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON, April 17 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today voted for expanded background checks on gun buyers and for a ban on assault weapons but the Senate rejected those central planks of legislation inspired by the shootings of 20 first-grade students and six teachers in Newtown, Conn.

“Nobody believes that gun control by itself is going to end the horrors we have seen in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., Blacksburg, Va., Tucson, Ariz. and other American communities,” Sanders said. “There is a growing consensus, however, in Vermont and across America that we have got to do as much as we can to end the cold-blooded, mass murders of innocent people. I believe very strongly that we also have got to address the mental health crisis in our country and make certain that help is available for people who may be a danger to themselves and others,” Sanders added.  

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Common Warning Signs of Teen Alcohol Use

Sometimes it's hard to know the difference between normal teen behavior and the warning signs of alcohol use. Many teens act out and test boundaries. It's what they do. This video gives parents and caregivers examples of sudden changes that could be signs of underage alcohol use, and how to connect with other parents and advocates for help.

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CRVBL Opens 12th Season This Sunday

The Connecticut River Valley Baseball League resumes the tradition of New England Town Team adult baseball on Sunday, April 21 when it begins its 12th season at four local ballparks.  All eight of the League's teams are in action on Opening Day, with three New Hampshire teams hosting clubs from Vermont, and one all-New Hampshire game.
 
The games, all of which are free to the public, begin at 11 a.m. when the defending CRVBL champion Claremont Cardinals host the Putney Fossils at Barnes Park; the Keene Black Dawgs entertain the Chester Crush at Marlborough Field in Marlborough, and the league's newest entry, the Sunapee Old Lakers, play host to the Newport Polar Bears.
 

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Appliance Repairman Near Brattleboro?

We're looking for an appliance repairman to do some work on our dryer.

Suggestions appreciated. Thanks

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Email Scam Targets Sovernet Users

Sovernet users are being hit with what appears to be an email scam know as “phishing” in which a scammer tries to get you to give up your email address and account information. I've gotten a few of these in the past couple of days.

The email says:

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Film: The Invisible War Wednesday

Film: The Invisible War, Wednesday April 17, 2013, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM

On Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 PM, the Womens' Freedom Center will present a screening and discussion of The Invisible War.

Anna Mullany of the WFC will lead the discussion.

The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow about sexual assault in the United States military. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. The film is nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Goals Approved, Brattleboro Budgets Explained

Lacking two members, the Brattleboro Selectboard took up a relatively light agenda in their absence. A liquor license was approved for The Tavern, Selectboard goals were approved, and new members were appointed to town committees.

Town Manager Barb Sondag took advantage of the reduced work load for the meeting and took time to educate new board members, and the public, about budgets, committees, and other various reports that Selectboard members receive.

The class was short but informative, and the meeting’s business was done within an hour.

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NEYT ~ SACPIN Directed By: Steven Stearns

Scapin directed by Stephen Stearns, April 11-20

About the Play:
Scapin is a Commedia dell’arte style, comic farce written by Moliere, one of the greatest masters of comedy who ever lived. NEYT uses the rave review off-Broadway adaptation created by America’s most famous clowns, Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, who starred in the original production. It is literally laugh-a-second mayhem!

Two clever servants trick two rich and gullible fathers out of their millions and arrange for their sons to marry two mysterious women whom the fathers detest! NEYT graduating seniors Henry Weisel and Alec Silver will be featured as the two servants, Scapin and Sylvester, who get themselves into the wildest and most ridiculous scrapes.

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