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Lyceum. Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for discussion, “Have mankind been benefitted by the perusal of Profane History?”


Leather preservative. The subscriber has for sale, Partridge’s Leather Preservative - Paste Blacking - Black Ball of the first quality - Macassar Oil - Oil Soap, &c. &c. D.B. Thompson.


Wanted, To contract with a responsible person for the digging of 270 rods of ditch, at the Brattleboro Water Cure Establishment.


Windham County Woman's Suffrage Association was formed.


The narrow-gauge carried 90 passengers on its regular passenger train last Monday - the best day’s travel yet.


Several unknown correspondents are reminded this week that if their communications, items of news, etc., had been accompanied by a responsible name they would have been published.


In Brattleboro good sleighing began the first day of last December and continued, without interruption, till the end of last week. Some single sleighs have been in the street this week, but since Saturday and Monday all heavy teams have been on wheels.


All members of the Sovereigns of Industry with their families are invited to meet at Crosby hall, Wednesday, March 23rd, ay 6 p.m., to enjoy a sugar-eat and social time.


The Free Library books have now all been removed to the new building and placed upon the shelves, where they make a handsome appearance, and the trustees and librarian are busy with work preparatory to re-cataloguing.


A.E. Shackford has begun the manufacture of his incubator for which he obtained a patent last month, and has already sold the first lot, one of which went to Denver, Colo.


The real ownership of the Valley Mill property has not yet been divulged, but the wise ones grow more and more ready to give odds on their guess that it now belongs to the New London Northern railroad company.


Monday was Brattleboro’s first Market Day.


The Brooks House proprietors find that, in addition to the other extensive improvements now being completed, it will be necessary to renew the electric bell system of the house.


Ranger & Thompson on Saturday swung out a new sign in the shape of a huge watch.


Mr. and Mrs. Rudyard Kipling returned to Brattleboro Monday night, remaining with Mrs. Kipling’s brother, Mr. B.S. Balestier, until yesterday afternoon, when they returned to New York. It is among the probabilities of the future that after their return from a tour around the world the Kiplings will build a house in Brattleboro for their future home.


Business is driving at S.A. Smith & Co.’s as never before in the history of that prosperous concern. The shop is being run to its full capacity, with all the help that can be employed, and still the orders accumulate faster than they can be filled. In one day last week orders for 500 baby carriages were received.


The telephone exchange has talked three times this week with New York over the long distance wires.


A service in the Swedish tongue was held at the Baptist chapel on Wednesday evening, Rev. Johannes Franzen officiating.


The executive committee of the Choral Union have issued a statement to the male members of the Union stating that hereafter unless there is a larger attendance at rehearsals, especially on the part of the men, the committee will not feel warranted in a continuance of the work.


Over 100 people attended the grange sugar supper Monday night. The supper was followed by a dance in which 25 to 30 couples joined.

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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.


A Guide to the New iBrattleboro Navigation

It might be helpful if we showed you around the place, eh? Let's take a tour of the new iBrattleboro navigation bar at the top of the page.

Note that what you see up there depends on if you are logged in or not.

In this story we'll discuss the features you'll see if you are logged in. If a feature is missing for you, you probably need to log in to see it.


Brattleboro Elections & Representative Town Meeting 2013

Brattleboro Election Info 2013

The following information about Brattleboro Town Meeting & Elections 2013 comes to us courtesy of the town and the candidates themselves unless otherwise indicated. Click the tabs below to browse our Town Meeting and Election information. Corrections, additions, and feedback: please email info@ibrattleboro.com.

The New iBrattleboro Weather Page Details

Icicle MoonWhen you first arrive on the new iBrattleboro Weather page you'll get a quick forecast for Brattleboro and surrounding areas. Click around and you'll find an enormous quantity of weather information to explore.

At the very top of the page are 8 tabs that help you jump to various weather information - Current Conditions, Advisories, Forecast, Forcast Discussion, Local Radar, National Radar, Links, and Space Weather.

Within those tabs are charts, maps, descriptions, and other useful information for tracking local weather.

You can get to the weather section by clicking on the current weather icon at the top of the home page, or by clicking on the weather link in the upper navigation bar.


New iBrattleboro Sections and Headers

The new version of iBrattleboro replaces icons for sections with new section page headers. Taking away the icons, we hope, will inspire you to illustrate your stories with images.

There are a few changes to the Sections, too. We've changed Kids to Family, to include all ages of family members. Recreation has now become Sports and Recreation. Police has now become Police and Fire.

New sections have been added: Culture, Economics, Living, Philosophy, State News, Travel, and The Region, including space for news from Vernon, Guilford, Dummerston, Marlboro, Putney, the West River Valley, and Deerfield Valley in Vermont and Chesterfield and Hinsdale in New Hampshire.


Guilford, You Have An Official Section!

Greetings Guilford,

As you can see, you have a brand new section of the site to publish Guilford news, events, and commentary. Your stories will still go on the homepage first, like all others, but now they can all be found in one place.

Chesterfield, Deerfield Valley, Dummerston, Hinsdale, Marlboro, Putney, Vernon, and West River Valley are also included in the regional section.


iBrattleboro Polling Improvements

Poll lovers will enjoy some new options with iBrattleboro polls.

First, we will be getting rid of the beloved "Other" option in most cases. It has served us well for allowing flexibility but its time has come.

It is replaced by the ability to add your own responses. You will now see (write-in) as an option. If you select it, you can add another choice for people to consider.


New Expanded Profiles

With the new site come new profiles. You'll be greeted by your new profile page when you log in, and anytime you click on My: Profile in the upper green bar after you are logged in.

The View Tab

Your username is displayed on a nifty badge. There are places for you to add your location, a short bio, a mini-resume, your occupation, a link to your work or business, where you volunteer and what organizations you've belonged to in town.

You can add a profile picture, birthday information, your interests, and your hobbies.


Adding An Image

With this new site we've tried to make it easier to add images. You can add them to your stories, comments, and events, and also submit them directly to be included in new image galleries, or as a featured Photo Fun photo.

Let's look at some of the options. (Note: UPDATED April 2, 2013)

Embedding Via Flickr

If you use Flickr, you can now use their embed code to place images and slideshows on the site.

1. Choose an image on Flickr to share.

2. Find the Share button near the image or slideshow.

3. Click on Grab the HTML/BBCode for an image, or Grab the embed HTML for a slideshow.


New Ways to Embed Media

Here are some examples of the kind of media you can now embed in your stories and comments.

To use one, set the story input mode to Advanced HTML, disable rich-text and paste in the embed code from the media you'd like to share.

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Pets Section Now Features Windham County Pets

Adopt a PetIf you look in the right sidebar in the Pets section, you'll see that we're now featuring pets available for adoption from the Windham County Humane Society. It used to be that we could only show pets from all of Vermont. It's great to now be able to feature local pets that need homes.

The box will load a pair of random pets from the available pet list maintained by WCHS.


How To Create a Repeating Event

Everyone who submits events should know that repeating and recurring events are now possible in the iBrattleboro Calendar. In this help article, we'll cover how to make an event repeat, and a few other fun features.

1. The first thing to do is to log in. Why? Because if you log in, you will be able to edit, update, and track your event later on.

2. Click on Contribute>Event in the upper green bar.

3. The instructions at the top tell you that you are submitting and event to the calendar, and how to submit things to other parts of iBrattleboro.

4. The first box is for the title of your event.


A Bit About iBrattleboro Classifieds

Did someone say Classifieds?

iBrattleboro now has Classified Ads in a variety of flavors. Here is some information to get you familiar with some of the options.

1. Click on Browse: Classifieds in the upper green bar to get to the Classifieds section. Listings default to an old-fashioned style for browsing. You will see tabs for General Classifieds, Housing, and Jobs.


Brattleboro Town Planning Basics - Who Does What?

Information about planning in Brattleboro and Vermont is necessary for good community discussions of planning. The information below comes from the Town's web site, Smarth Growth Vermont, and from The Vermont Planning Information Center (VIPC). VPIC provides a great, free document from the VT Land Use Education and Training Collaborative called "Essentials of Local Land Use Planning and Regulation, 2nd Edition, May 2007".


iBrattleboro Poll

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