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1837:

$50 Reward. Stolen from the pasture of the subscriber on Thursday night, a bay mare, with black mane and tail, shod all around, and marks of the traces on the right thigh, and was 11 years old. A blind bridle with brass nails upon the blinders, was also taken. Whoever will secure the Thief and Mare, shall receive the above reward, or $25 for either.

1843:

New Store and New Goods. The subscriber is now opening his new Brick Store, opposite the Stage House, a large and splendid assortment of seasonable Dry Goods, worthy of the attention of the public as it regards prices and styles. A.E. Dwinell.

1848:

That same miserable rascal made another attempt to burn the Catholic Church in this village on Monday evening last. A lot of shavings was stuck through a window and set fire to. The villain whoever he may be, who persists in his fiendish attempts to burn the church should recollect that there is a “fearful looking for of fiery indignation” awaiting him somewhere!

1848:

On Wednesday last, a stone weighing about 25 lbs. was thrown from a blast on the Depot grounds in this village, on to the roof of the store now occupied by Messrs F. & L. T. Woodcock. It broke a rafter, and then bounded off without doing further damage.

1860:

A slight shock of an earthquake was perceived in this village at about 6 o’clock, a.m. of the 17th inst. It extended throughout New England and was more violent in Canada than further south. In some places in northern Vermont, fastened doors were opened by the concussion, and church bells were rung.

1876:

The subject of Rev. Mr. Moors’ lecture this evening will be “Egypt and the Pyramids.”

1882:

The Selectmen and Mr. Crowell have been carefully looking over the ground on Elliot street this week with a view to the contemplated widening of the street between Dr. Gary’s and Crowell’s sewing machine shop. The improvement is a much needed one.

1882:

The old brick structure forming a wing of the Valley mill - one wall of which partially tumbled into the brook Wednesday night - is to be rebuilt.

1893:

It is understood that a pocket-peddling business in wet goods is being carried on by a man of malodorous reputation, who meets his customers on the New Hampshire side of the river.

1893:

One estimate has it that there is $700,000 worth of property in town not taxed, under the law exempting schoolhouses, churches, new manufacturing plants and a part of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1899:

A calculagraph or recording clock has been placed in the local office of the New England Telephone and Telegraph company by which the length of time occupied by a person using the telephone may be recorded.

1899:

The Electric Hosiery company is planning to increase its facilities. With this company the demand is greater than the supply, and a large New York concern is ready to take all the product the company can turn out.

1931:

A Brattleboro committee was elected to raise emergency fund to relieve local unemployment.

1937:

Paramount Theater opens in downtown Brattleboro.

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River Garden Repayment Repealed (Annotated)

 After sending out the Brattleboro Reformer article appearing below, I received several emails questioning the sentence reading

the original language of the bill said that “Building a Better Brattleboro, Inc., its successors and assigns, shall not convey this property to a for-profit entity, unless it shall reimburse the town of Brattleboro the sum of $150,000, without interest, at the time of said conveyance, if it ever were to occur.”

And folks are rightly confused!  This language is not in the original bill. That bill, Act 29 (1999)  contained the following wording:

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

CHESTER/SAXTONS SWEEPS BRATTLEBORO, KEENE KNOCKS OFF CLAREMONT, SUNAPEE EDGES PUTNEY AND WALPOLE BEATS NEWPORT IN CRVBL ACTION

By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

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A New Era Begins - Recycling Week Is Every Week

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Peter Amidon and Jokers Wild perform at Putney Contradance Sat. May 25

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Our caller will be Peter Amidon, who for the past twenty years has dedicated himself to traditional song, dance and storytelling. Renowned for his teaching, Peter is a familiar face at the major northeast U.S. music and dance festivals, at teacher conferences, and at summer folk camps of traditional dance and song. He last appeared at Pierce's Hall anchoring the packed fundraising dance that helped make the hall's new roof possible. Learn more.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 21, 2013

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You can participate by attending the meeting at the Municipal Center, or by watching on BCTV. As always, we’ll have coverage here the next day, too.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/20/13

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Monday May 20         

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Presenter: Martin Langeveld -newsafternewspapers@gmail.com

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Cornel, how am i doing?

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IF Our Re-elected Prez is WarCriminal, What Are We? King would have asked! by jay janson

DESCRIPTION:
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Q'ero Shamans of Peru - Exclusive Programs in Brattleboro June 8-16.

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We live in a time when many of us are experiencing a time of awakening, life examination and new choices.  The programs being offered locally, as well as the two-day initiation workshop on Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, contain authentic rituals and ceremonies that are sure to help you unlock the special gifts you carry in ways that bring you joy and fulfillment.  

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Weekend Concert Series - Kid Creole and the Coconuts 1985 Paris

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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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

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