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1846:

Much complaint has been made of late of the irregularity of the Southern and New York Mail. Passengers come through from New York to Brattleboro in sixteen hours - why should not the Mail do the same? There is something wrong with this Post Office business which needs looking into.

1859:

We learn that Mr. Hiram Orcutt has decided to establish and sustain a First Class Ladies’ Seminary at West Brattleboro. A new building is to be erected under Mr. Orcutt’s supervision and the School opened in the Autumn of 1860.

1875:

The new bank will be ready to commence business next week. The safe procured is of Herring & Co.’s manufacture, 6400 lbs in weight, and was raised to its position in the second story of Crosby block on Saturday.

1875:

Messrs. J. Estey & Co. have reduced the pay of their employees ten per cent, and J. Retting have made a reduction of twenty-five per cent.

1880:

The half-mile race against time, by the bicycle club, which took place on Cemetery hill last Saturday afternoon, brought out a large crowd of spectators and was a highly enjoyable affair, it being the first bicycle race ever witnessed in Brattleboro. The new sport is making quite a sensation in Brattleboro.

1880:

Sheriff Herrick made a descent upon the Vermont House at West Brattleboro, Tuesday, and succeeded in capturing two bottles of liquor, which were forfeited.

1886:

A prominent citizen who has lived in the world long enough to know says it is a relic of barbarism pure and simple the way our street crossings are neglected all over town in muddy times such as we have had this week, and he is right.

1886:

Lest some should think otherwise, we hasten to say that the Brattleboro Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle yet lives, and its members are still at work upon a practical answer to the question, “How to get strong mentally and how to stay so.”

1886:

The bailiffs are putting up new street gas lamps on Williston and Chapin streets. About 20 new gas lamps have been put up this season, of which some 14 were substituted for gasoline.

1897:

The initial exhibition of the Edison kinetoscope in this place occurred last evening at the Baptist church, under the auspices of the Christian Endeavor society, and a large audience was pleasantly entertained for nearly two hours. The pictures thrown upon a screen as by a stereopticon, were made vivid and real by the life and action given by the moving figures. The variety of the views was good, including express trains, street scenes, cavalry practice, and humorous scenes.

1897:

J.G. Burpee sold his Main street restaurant yesterday to Mrs. George J. Bacon.

1897:

Mrs. Horton’s “International Doll Show” was opened this morning in the new store in Retting’s block. A really remarkable collection is shown, containing over 200 dolls.

1984:

"Wealthy eccentric" Fred Koch of Guilford, tired of "cotch" pronunciation, legally changes name to "Coke-is-it."

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District 1 Caucuses Coming

TO ALL DISTRICT I REPS AND VOTERS:

Thanks to 5 new folks – Steve Cormier, Peter Diamondstone, Paula Melton, Lynn Russell, and Eric Strickland -- who showed up last night to volunteer their services as Town Meeting Members for I year, and to 10 sitting reps who showed up to appoint them, District 1 now is only 4 slots away instead of 9 from its allotted representation. To remedy that shortfall [and contrary to last night’s announcement], District 1 will
again caucus at Academy School at 6:15 pm, Wednesday, March 20 – and if need be, at 8 a.m., March 23, in the BUHS gym, NE corner [enter gym, turn right], before TM begins at 8.30.

Spread the word, recruit your friends and show up to send our district into the meeting with its full representation.

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Master Plan Planning Master

“My name is Dorman D. Dorsinc. I have been appointed by the Vermont Legislature as the new Master Plan Planning Master for the State of Vermont. My planning qualifications include a PhD in Early Childhood Recidivism. My thesis was entitled: Born in Diapers – Die in Diapers – What Happens In Between? I am here in Brattleboro today at the request of the Vermont League of Uninformed Voters to mandate a new master plan planning master mandate mandating the residents of Brattleboro to support, fund, and implement by June 30, 2013.”

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The Economy of Love

This short TED talk (choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video) might be of interest to community members who wish to save the River Garden for our use as a community. Would you like to be part of a new non-profit organization whose purpose is to run the River Garden as a community venue? Please be in touch with me if you would: John Wilmerding, 219 High Street, Apartment #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301-6073 -- 802-254-2826 -- wilmerding@myfairpoint.net

Again, choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video ... thanks!

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5:45 Live: 3/15/13

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Life in One Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop

Life in one Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Brooks Memorial Library will host a Local history/genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School Librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Whether one is a family historian, a researcher into local history, or just curious, the daily lives ordinary people lived in the past can seem a mystery.

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Weekend Concert: the Buzzcocks, Auf Wedersehen, 1981

The old guard was the Who (two week ago’s concert).

Punk’s vanguard was the Sex Pistols (Americans could argue for the Ramones & the New York Dolls, but Britain had far and away the more vibrant movement and the Pistols were its undisputed leader and last week’s
concert).

This week our concert band is a member of punk’s rearguard: the Buzzcocks. This 1981 concert was the band’s last till they reformed in 1989.

It’s amazing to me now that such a good band would have failed. However, the punk & new wave movement spawned more bands than could be supported and many good ones fell by the wayside and others never got the recognition they probably deserved (XTC and Husker Du come to mind).

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BCTV - Town Budget Info Mtg 3/13/13- For Representative Town Meeting Members On-Demand

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Brattleboro Dog Licenses Due, Area Rabies Clinic Announced

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Spaghetti Supper Benefit for Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford has been gifting the Guilford Central School with a Music Enrichment Program for the past five seasons, with partial funding from the Max Y. Seaton Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by a dinner and concert evening in a Brattleboro venue featuring the program's residency artists and also, for the past two seasons, by a Spaghetti Supper held at the school.

This year's pasta supper is set for Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.; the school is at 374 School Rd., Guilford Center.

The menu includes pasta with a gluten-free option, a vegetarian sauce made from scratch, homemade meatballs for carnivores, green salad, bread both plain and garlic, beverages, desserts and a sundae bar.

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Living Smart, Living Frugally, Living Gay! [or Recycling Can Be Pretty!]

If anything annoys me more than bad planning for development of tranquil public green spaces, it’s boring furniture, and the impact of production on the planet and society. In the 25 years KM and I have been living in domestic bliss (careful here, KM) we have always looked at labels to see where things (food included) are produced before we buy them (always choosing local, regional or USA, first), carried our own canvas shopping bags and recycled, long before these now common practices were common.

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Lending a Helping Hannaford - Suggestions for the Checkout Lane

Hannaford has made corporate decisions that play out in strange ways at the checkout aisle.

Having shopped for nearly half a century (and with a grandfather in the grocery business), when I’m ready to check out I put my groceries on the belt in easy bagging order. Heavy things, cans, bottles, and boxes go first, then the smaller, lighter things such as parsley or garlic.  A cashier could simply scan and pop it into the bag. We worked as a team to keep things moving along.

Not too long ago, I realized cashiers were scanning and piling all groceries to the other side without bagging anything. Only after all items had been scanned would any bagging occur. It was taking almost twice as long.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:15pm 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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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 19, 2013

Brattleboro’s historic train station is up for discussion again at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting. Fulcrum Arts has abandoned their plans for the space, taking the board back to planning how best to use the building.

The Brooks House team is expected to ask the board for a tax stabilization agreement, the board will consider the nearly $5 million FY14 Utilities budget which includes an over-$635,000 deficit There will also be multiple grants from Homeland Security for more training and equipment, annual liquor and tobacco licenses will be renewed and more.

You can watch it all on TV or attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street. If you do go, you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during Public Participation and speak to anything on the agenda.

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The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block

The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block 11:00 am March 15 

Just in case anyone's curious or has a ton of extra cash lying around.

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Ask-a-Cop - Reporting Domestic Abuse

Welcome back to "Ask-a-Cop." This is an official question and answer feature on ibrattleboro set up a few years ago. It is written by a Brattleboro police sergeant and all answers are approved by Chief Wrinn before posting. We haven't had questions in a while but got this one the other day.

If you have a question for Ask-a-Cop, please email it to info@ibrattleboro.com and put "Ask-a-Cop" in the subject line.

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"If I'm aware of domestic abuse problems with another couple, am I required to report it? How can I tell if it is worth reporting?"

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Curbside Compost - 500th Participant!

Jon Evans, Akley Rd. resident, was the 500th person to sign up for Curbside Compost!  Jon was awarded a year's supply of GLAD compostable bags! 


Jon writes, 

"Thank you so much for the (year's supply of GLAD compostable bags)! I am truly looking forward to participating in this composting project!  I will be looking forward to the email (saying) that I can come and get the container ...  I will be sharing this project with everyone I know in town!"

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Prenatal Yoga in Putney!

A new prenatal yoga class is starting in Putney at Medicine for the People (125 Main St Putney VT) on Mondays 5:30-6:45PM

Prenatal yoga is extremely beneficial for all women at any stage of pregnancy regardless of whether you're an experienced yogi or have never done a downward dog in your life. 

Some of the benefits of prenatal yoga:

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Member Recruitment

Brattleboro Town Meeting Members of Districts 1, 2 and 3 will meet on Wednesday, March 20 to accept nominations to fill town meeting member vacancies. Appointments are for one year. District 1has four vacancies, District 2 has two vacancies and District 3 has three vacancies. Anyone interested in being considered for these positions should be present at Academy School on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15PM to meet with their district prior to the Town School District’s 6:30 p.m. pre-town meeting information session at the same location. If you are not able to attend but wish to be considered for a position, call the town clerk’s office at 251-8129, prior to the meeting.

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Rabies Clinics?

Anyone know if there are any upcoming rabies clinics in Brattleboro? There usually are this time of year, but so far the only one I've heard about is in Wilmington.

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5:45 Live: 3/12/13

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