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1726:

Timothy Dwight, Jr., born. Dwight was claimed to be the first white child born in Vermont by some accounts.

1847:

On account of “Western Fever,” the advertiser offers for sale his two large Dwelling Houses situated on Green St. One comprises two and the other three tenements, and both have a piazza in front. It is only a few rods from the celebrated Cold water Establishment, and on rising ground. Part or the whole will be sold at a bargain, as the owner is desirous of going west. James M. Reed.

1847:

Mr. Wolfedr Springer, from Germany, having settled here, tenders his services to the citizens of Brattleboro in the art of Dyeing in all colors, to the satisfaction of the most fastidious. Applications to be made at the Silk Factory.

1881:

The Brattleboro Telephone Exchange company have received their switch board and announce that they will be ready for business by June 1. The terms, within the village limits, with one-half mile of wire or less, are $25 per year, or $30 with transmitter.

1881:

The stakes for the new railroad station were driven on Thursday. The main building will be 26 by 66 feet, with a projection of four or five feet in the centre, fronting the track, for a ticket office, and a similar wing or projection on the opposite side for a ladies dressing room. On the northeast corner there will be an ell about 16 by 34 feet, for a baggage room and telegraph office. Brick for the walls will be bought at Montague, Mass.

1887:

The young men employed on the east and west sides of Main street will play a match game of base ball on Frost’s meadow next Thursday afternoon.

1887:

Something of a sensation was occasioned last Monday by a report that the workmen engaged in excavating the cellar for W.G. Doolittle’s house on High street had unearthed a human skeleton. The report proved true, and hundreds of people visited the spot during the day to view the remains and conjecture over the mystery surrounding them.

1892:

Announcement has been made that Mr. Blair of Cromwell, Conn., has definitely decided to locate his pickle factory in Brattleboro.

1892:

Conversation by telephone was carried on at the Brattleboro exchange on Sunday with people in Baltimore, by means of the long distance line.

1892:

The unusually abundant supply of water in Crowell’s reservoir has caused serious problems for some of the Forest Square residents. The overflow has filled the frog pond more than full, and water from this has found its way down into the cellars of the luckless dwellers below. Strange to say, they don’t like it.

1893:

Brattleboro's Vermont Asylum for the Insane changes its name to the Retreat.

1897:

An earthquake shock "of five distinct vibrations" was felt in Brattleboro.

1898:

A flag pole has been raised on the top of the stone tower on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1898:

Hooker, Corser & Mitchell advertise in another column for 25 girls to run new machines which have been placed recently in their overall factory. The firm is doing large business, and has about 150 hands in its employ. The total output of the factory will soon be 200 dozen overalls, jumpers, coats, etc., per day.

1898:

The selectmen will issue a call in a few days for bids for the construction of a granite arch over Whetstone brook at Main street.

1904:

On complaint of some of the bailiffs, Deputy Sheriff Knapp arrested John McCarthy, a man who was thought to be a tramp, and put him in lock-up. He pleaded not guilty, and it was found that he secured work the day before and had 75 cents or more in his pocket. He was discharged.

1904:

A Chinese sociable will be held at the First Baptist church next Thursday. The main feature will be a representation of a missionary instructing three heathen Chinese, all in native costume, just as it is done in the foreign field.

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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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Near Misses

In the many years I have worried about what disaster could befall Vermont Yankee, I never imagined this one:

"...the area where the meteor exploded was 100 kilometers (60 miles) from
the Mayak nuclear storage and disposal facility, which holds dozens of
tons of weapons-grade plutonium. He said the Russian government has
underestimated potential risks of the region.

A chemical weapons disposal facility at Shchuchye in the Chelyabinsk region
contains some 6,000 tons (5,460 metric tons) of nerve agent including
sarin and VX, accounting for about 14 percent of the chemical weapons
that Russia is committed to destroy."

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Douglas Cox - 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. As with Selectboard candidates, we’ve sent emails and invitations to use the site to communicate with voters to each.

Douglas Cox is one of those candidates, and his interview follows.

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Tell us a little about yourself...

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Orthopedic Surgeon Discusses Shoulder Injuries, February 28

Southern Vermont Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will
present a free talk about shoulder injuries by Dr. William Vranos on Thursday,
February 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Brew Barry
Conference room.

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Photo... Solar Collector...

In Which Doodle Takes Advantage of Some Bright February Sunshine to Fight the Cabin Fever, and I Try to Figure out the New iBrattleboro Image Posting System

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Sanders, Boxer Propose Climate Change Bills

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced comprehensive legislation on climate change.

Boxer is chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders sits on the environment committee and also is a member of the Senate energy committee.

Under the legislation, a fee on carbon pollution emissions would fund historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. The proposal also would provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal or gas companies to raise prices.

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David Cadran - iBrattleboro 2013 Selectboard Candidate Interview

Each year, iBrattleboro sends questions to Selectboard candidates and invite them to use the site to connect with voters.

This year's questions have been sent, and David Cadran is the first to respond.

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

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

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Committee Forming

The Town of Brattleboro is seeking applications from residents to serve on the newly created Police-Fire Facility Committee. This seven member ad hoc committee is responsible for providing financial and technical oversight to the Police-Fire renovation/addition project.

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Downtown Brattleboro Sidewalk Project Meeting

Residents and Business Owners:

The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of Main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project. The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street. Two FHWA Enhancement grants and a local match in the form of a bond fund this project.

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Welcome To The New iBrattleboro

After over 46 million page views, 22 thousand stories, and 100 thousand comments on the old site, we give you a new iBrattleboro.

We hope you like it. We’ve been listening to feedback, thinking about how people use the site, and have new features to share.

Our primary goal was to keep it similar to the old site, but also to make everything better. We looked at each of the features of the old site and then for ways to improve them. You can now do repeating events with calendar submissions, add write-in votes on polls, and add images to stories, comments, and events.

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Logging In For the First Time

We want you to log in and enjoy all the new features of the new iBrattleboro.

To accomplish the transition to the new site, we've set things up here on the new site with your username and email address. 

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High priority will be placed on things that are broken. Lower priority will be assigned to suggestions for improvements. All feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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The New iBrattleboro Has Features

Our goal was to keep things similar, but make improvements everywhere. Here are just a few of the many new features you'll find as you explore the new iBrattleboro.

Enhanced stories - there is a WYSIWYG editor, so you can make story text bold, italic, and so on. Please use it wisely (that is, only if necessary.)

New organization - we've cleaned up and condensed site navigation and have some changes to the sections.

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