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1849:

A severe North-east storm, mainly of snow, but interspersed with rain and hail, commenced here on Sunday morning, and continued until Wednesday evening. In length and tediousness, it has not been rivaled this winter, at least.

1877:

Boys find valise with gentlemen’s underwear, children’s stockings, etc. on river bank near Richards Bradley’s residence. Ownership is a mystery. Intials “G.W.F” were found on some items.

1877:

The Easter services at St. Michael’s (Episcopal) church will be as follows: Early morning services at 7 A.M.; Holy Communion, anthems and sermon at 11 A.M.; children’s service, with Easter Carols, at 3 P.M.; Evensong at 7 P.M.

1877:

Last Sunday, which was known to the church as Palm Sunday, celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, received appropriate recognition in nearly all our village churches.

1877:

The annual school meeting of District No. 2, which was held on Tuesday evening, was undoubtedly the most remarkable gathering of its kind ever held in this village. Its remarkable character, however, did not consist of any unusual demonstration which took place, but simply in the full attendance, and the entire unanimity of sentiment and perfect good feeling which prevailed.

1883:

We have been specially requested to omit any mention of the one sensational incident in the Mother Goose party on Wednesday evening. There was only one performer, and he acquitted himself in the most Goodhu(e)mored manner.

1883:

Lots of friends have been glad to see Postmaster Mansur on the street once more this week.

1888:

Robins and bluebirds were heard in the village on Wednesday morning.

1888:

Tomorrow is the last day of grace for the licensing of dogs.

1888:

The contract with the Vermont Construction company for the new Elm street iron bridge calls for a bridge which will carry a load of 140 tons, the breaking strain to be six times this amount. The price is to be $2050 and the bridge is to be put in place about May 20.

1888:

The young sports about town have been discussing for some time past the advisability of having a ball nine the coming season. The principal drawback seems to be the lack of suitable grounds. Recent building has practically shut out playing on Frost’s meadow and the fair ground is too far away for daily practice. It is quite probable that an effort will be made to secure the island, the only available location left.

1888:

As soon as his insurance is adjusted S. Simkovetz will reopen his clothing store in the old rule factory.

1894:

Elm street is closed to traffic while the bridge is being replanked.

1894:

Power users will be interested in the one-half horse power, single phase, alternating current motor now on exhibition at the electric light station.

1894:

North street hall was well filled on Friday evening, when a class of 12 of the physical culture pupils of Miss Tina Goodall gave an exhibition. The young ladies showed skill and grace in the various movements, and their work was much appreciated and warmly applauded by the lookers-on.

1894:

H.M. Wood has rented the upper floor of the Taft building for a bicycle riding school, and is prepared to give private instructions on a floor 32 by 100 feet in size.

2009:

Senator Leahy, Governor Douglas and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin hold economic recovery forum at Latchis.

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Sugar on Snow Supper in Guilford on March 2nd

The annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 2, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Traditionally the first sugar supper in Windham County each year, the meal features ham, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

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David Schoales - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Mr. Schoales is running for a 1 year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard.

Why do you want to be on the Selectboard this year?

I am concerned about the future and whether we will have a strong enough community and local economy to weather the challenges ahead.  When I saw that Dick and Dora were leaving it seemed like it might be an opportunity to be part of a more collaborative board that could work well together toward strengthening our community and economy.

Why run for the 1 year seat?

I prefer to come back to the community for signatures every year rather than risk feeling entitled to the position. That's why I have always taken one-year petitions for the town school board seat.

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Lawrin Crispe - iBrattleboro 2013 Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Moderator Interview

This year, two candidates are hoping to get your vote to become Moderator of Representative Town Meeting. 

Lawrin Crispe is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.

Tell us a little about yourself...

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Automatic License Plate Reader

“10-86 this is Dispatch. Where are you?”

"We are working the once per year Code 18 in West Brattleboro across from Gilles Seafood Restaurant. We have two unmarked vehicles parked nose to nose in the center lane with a police cruiser behind each vehicle with lights flashing. When passing traffic slows down to rubber neck at the phony accident scene we look at their inspection sticker, license plate registration sticker, and seat belts. If we see an infraction we ticket them. We are also testing our new ALPR toys compliments of Homeland Security.”

“How is the automatic license plate reader working?”

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President's Day Lecture with David Sanger

David Sanger, New York Times chief Washington correspondent, offers a look inside the Obama Administration's use of innovative weapons and new tools of American power to manage rapidly shifting global threats and challenges.

Sanger has been part of journalistic teams that has won the Pulitzer Prize twice. In 2011, his team was a finalist for the Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of Japanese nuclear disaster.

His background also includes reporting on economic and foreign policy and how these issues effect U.S. competitiveness and relationships with America's major allies. Sanger has also bee bureau chief in Tokyo for six years. His most recent book is Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, Crown, 2012.

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Guilford Pre-Town Meeting

It's in the Calemdar already, but I got the feeling iBrattleboro wants Guilford news & this seems to be it for this week. (I do see your note in the guidelines saying events should go in the Calendar, maybe not here, so am not sure you want this here, but anyway!!!)

This Thursday at Broad Brook Grange at 7 pm is the annual pre-town meeting.  First the Selectboard, then School board, will outline the items they're going to be bringing to the voters on Mar 5.  This is good venue to ask questions in an informal setting.  Candidates for Town & School Board offices are also asked to attend to introduce themselves. Guilford doesn't get as fancy as having a candidates' forum, so this is it.

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Small Business Slump Continues

In case you were wondering, the economy really did slow down again last summer.  A spike of business failures in July led to a cooling trend in August, and by September there was a discernible chill in the air.  Nowhere was this so keenly felt as in small business.

Dun & Bradstreet’s Small Business Health Index Report documents this new wave of recession in typically bland terms, but the numbers say what thousands of small business owners cannot — the second half of 2012 (and continuing into the current quarter of 2013) stunk for small business.  

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A Few Days In - An iBrattleboro Update

I thought I’d give a little update on where we stand after a few days with the new site.

Overall, we’re really happy with the way things are going. You seem to be finding your way back, logging in, and using the site like before. Do fill out your user profile, and be sure to list your skills...

We’re very happy to receive your reports of problems, issues, and suggestions. We’ve solved many of them, and are continuing down the list. Next up is work on the image uploading system. 

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 2/18/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 2/18/13

                          Monday February 18

12:00 am        Chiho Kaneko Eyewitness Report from Fukushima 1/22/13

1:45 am          Putney Diner Redux

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PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) Info Event, February 27th - All Welcome, Especially Town Meeting Reps!

To the Brattleboro Community:

The PACE (Property-Assessed Clean Energy) subcommittee of the Brattleboro Energy Committee invites all Brattleboro citizens - especially Town Meeting Reps - to an evening workshop on Wednesday, February 27 to learn about the PACE decision on the agenda of our upcoming town meeting on 3/23, and get answers to any questions you may have about this very exciting and significant new avenue to energy efficiency and renewable energy in our town.

Efficiency Vermont consultant and PACE expert Carol Weston will join us either in person or via Skype to answer your questions and describe how communities all over Vermont are in the process of implementing PACE.

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iBrattleboro Weekend Concert Series: Modest Mouse

To make up for last week, and only a day late at that, I opted for a more straight-ahead rock show from now veteran Modest Mouse, performed in 2010.  YouTube commenters seem to have decided that the venue was in Sioux Falls, SD.  I've been a fan of Modest Mouse for most of the last decade, having originally fallen for Moon Over Antarctica.  One of the best songs on that record, Third Planet, is included on the playlist along with a host of other tunes from throughout their career.

Warning: There are a few swears.

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Skatepark Design on Selectboard Agenda This Tuesday

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Readers of iBrattleboro.com:

You will recall that the Selectboard acted a handful of months ago to commit to a contract with a design firm, which has since been working on the design for the skating facilities at Crowell Park.

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Senators Challenge Postal Plan to End Saturday Delivery

Unauthorized proposal would hurt rural communities, cost jobs

WASHINGTON – Twenty-four senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, are challenging the postmaster general’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval.

In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the senators acknowledge the financial challenges the Postal Service is facing and urge him to work with Congress to address these problems through bipartisan reform, such as the Senate legislation passed last year.

They also point out that a shift to five-day service could lead to further declines in mail volume and revenues, worsening the U.S. Postal Service’s overall condition.

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Gay Jew in Uganda Travelogue/Fundraiser

If you're free, please please come! (I really want to pack the house...)  -Ken

"TULIBALUGANDA" A BENEFIT TRAVELOGUE PERFORMANCE FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AIDS CHARITIES, AT THE NEW ENGLAND YOUTH THEATRE ON FEBRUARY 20, 2013 at 7:00pm.

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River Garden Finances

Does anyone have a comprehensive file on how much public monies were invested in the Robert Gibson River Garden?  At a recent Selectboard meeting, a member of the Town Finance Committee asked the question. After some thought, the Town Manager said the Town probably could not answer that specific question. It could only account for Town funds that went into the property, not all public funds.

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Safely Dispose Of Your Medication In An Rx Drug Drop Box Near You

Flushing your prescription medications is not safe for the environment. Medications thrown in the trash or left in your home could end up in the wrong hands. Three Prescription (Rx) Drug Drop Boxes are now available in Windham County. Safely dispose of your prescription medications (pills and patches only) at the following locations:

Brattleboro Police Department: 230 Main St., Brattleboro (24/7)

Bellows Falls Police Department: 170 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls (24/7)

Windham County Sheriff's Department: 11 Jail St., Newfane (7am-10pm daily)

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Brains Matter - Understanding the Developing Adolescent Brain

At BAPC, we're often asked by parents, caregivers and educators, in our community, to share tips and strateges for preventing youth from experimenting with drugs, alcohol and other substances. Many parents are aware that teens often have a prevelant misconception about the safety of experimenting with substances including marijuana and prescription drugs.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 19, 2013

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Brattleboro’s new Town Plan will be approved by the Selectboard at their next regular Tuesday night meeting at the Municipal Center.

If you attend in person or watch on TV, you will also hear discussions of a new gravity fed sewer line for Black Mountain, an update on progress with Brattleboro’s new skatepark design, talk of taxing your gasoline, thoughts on changing the boundaries for the Downtown Improvement District, and the parking garage committee will be dissolved.

All this and more on Tuesday night, and you can read about it in detail here the morning after.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:00pm 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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