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Today In Local History

1838:

50 Prime Indian Tanned Buffalo Robes, just received and for sale low, by Birge & Dickinson.

1866:

Owl Caught - Lewis F. Gilbert, a lad 14 years of age, recently caught in a steel-trap, near the residence of J. B. Estey of this town, an owl which measured 4 1/2 feet from tip to tip of wings, and which weighed 4 pounds.

1866:

We understand that the Wantastiquet Hotel Company have in contemplation the purchase of the Chapin property, consisting of the buildings on Main street from the Brattleboro House to High street, and the ground and buildings in the rear for the purpose of erecting a large and commodious building, the upper stories of which are to be fitted up and used as a First Class Hotel, and the lower story for stores.

1877:

A petition to Congress in the interest of woman suffrage is in circulation in this town, and has already obtained several hundred signatures.

1877:

G. M. Fisk, at the Brattleboro fish market, has a large variety of beautiful sea shells which he thinks are quite fine enough for holiday presents.

1883:

Cheney & Clapp will take pleasure in showing their selection of engravings to visitors whether purchasers or not.

1883:

Prof. Gardner, a peripatetic sage, has been lecturing before the school children in the higher grades this week at 10 cents a head.

1883:

The workmen at Highland park have completed the rustic bridge and are now at work upon a rustic arbor located on an eminence a little further north.

1883:

In spite of the extremely short crop of turkeys locally there promise to be enough of that favorite New England bird to enable everybody who has money enough to buy one to give thanks next Thursday. Retail prices will range at 22 and 23 cents.

1888:

W. F. Richardson & Co. are building on their farm a piggery, the dimensions of which are 100 by 30 feet.

1888:

The much talked about election supper was given by the Democratic to the Republican members of the Vermont Wheel club last Friday evening. All who were present agree that the affair was one of rare enjoyment in which ceremony was done away with and “hilarity unconfined reigned.”

1888:

E. E. Stockwell is laying a wall, which will be 30 feet high when completed, along the south side of Green street near John Retting’s, at the point where the earth has been falling away and rendering the road impassable.

1894:

Sunday will be “chrysanthemum day” at the Baptist church. All those who received chrysanthemum plants at Easter will bring them Saturday afternoon or early Sunday morning to the church, and they will be used in decorating the audience room and chapel.

1894:

The fire department was called out again, Tuesday afternoon, on account of a slight blaze in the Chase street schoolhouse. The fire, like the one last year, came from overheating the furnace pipes, which were too near the wood work.

1894:

To rent - One up-stairs, one down-stairs tenement of three rooms each. $7 per month. - Eugene Clark.

1894:

Gen J. J. Estey will be charged with stealing John Goodenough’s rooster, at the mock trial to be held at the town hall the evening of Dec. 4.

1894:

The Junior Murray club held its first meeting since its organization at the Universalist vestry Monday evening. The general subject of the meeting was “Brattleboro.”

2007:

Retreat Meadows frozen over and ready for skating.

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Brattleboro Spring Water Main Flushing Schedule

WATER  MAIN  FLUSHING  TO  START

Utilities Division crews will start Spring Flushing of the Town water mains on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. and continue through Saturday, May 11, 2013. 

NOTE!!  Some daytime flushing will continue throughout the week of May 13, 2013.

Please note that water main flushing will occur at night and also during the day.

Customers are asked to check the flushing schedule closely as flushing causes water discoloration, low water pressure, and in some areas intervals of no water.

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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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