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Today In Local History

1797:

Joseph Steen, a printer and paper maker, was born in Brattleboro.

1842:

The last service in Church on the Commons prior to removal. Soon comes Centre Church.

1849:

The morning train from Boston is hereafter to be run as an express train to Fitchburg, in 1 1/2 hours - making only one stop, at the junction in Groton.

1856:

The ladies connected with the Universalist Society in this village, gave a Fair and Levee at the Town Hall, on Thursday evening last week. The attendance was much greater than we have ever before witnessed on such an occasion. It is with much pleasure that we have it in our power to say that lotteries and such like fashionable amusements were dispensed with by the managers of the fair.

1877:

Trotting on the ice on the Connecticut just above the mouth of the West river has furnished no end of amusement to many of our citizens during the past few days. On Tuesday there was a sweep-stakes race for a purse of $50, which drew a large crowd.

1877:

The annual town meeting occurs next Tuesday. The most important business to come up will be the election of officers, and on this subject we hope the voters will be prepared to act intelligently, and for the best good of the town.

1877:

The big egg season opens auspiciously with a specimen which was produced last week by a pullet belonging to Wm. Brown of Dummerston. The egg measures 8 1/4 by 6 1/4 inches, weighs the merest fraction less than four ounces, and was undoubtedly intended for the nourishment of the faithful during Lent.

1883:

Prof. H.H. Shaw lectures in the citizens’ course next Thursday evening, 8th inst., on “Witchcraft.” This will be the last lecture of the course.

1883:

Town meeting next Tuesday. Village tax-payers should bear in mind the need which exists for sidewalk improvements.

1888:

The Carpenter Organ company began using, on Thursday morning, March 1st, an Aldrich time register. It is an ingenious piece of work, each register keeping accurately the time of 100 men.

1888:

The contract for the new iron bridge on Elm street calls for its completion by May 1.

1888:

The Estey Guard officials who visited Montreal last week found that immense snow rollers are used on the streets of the city, with the result that, in spite of the great depth of snow, there are everywhere broad, smooth roadways, free from dipholes.

1894:

The steel wind mill which pumps water from Rudyard Kipling’s artesian well was blown down Friday, and Mr. Morse of Boston has been here to put it in place. Mr. and Mrs. Kipling left for the Bermudas Friday.

1894:

Albert J. Pullen is planning for a trip to Siberia the coming summer. He will probably go via Sitka and Unalaska, and from Siberia will follow the Asiatic coast south as far as Japan. He will make a special study of the people of Kamchatka and their customs.

1894:

Nineteen pupils of Miss Brasor’s room in the Canal street school are ill with the measles.

1894:

The Brattleboro Jelly company has issued an announcement to the public stating that it has bought the title, business and plant of the Vermont Maple Sugar exchange and will continue the business. The changes made “will be in the direction of uniformity of packages and better service.”

1894:

The telephone company will soon place automatic pay stations in the Brooks House and the American House.

1900:

The dames of the Centre church served a Colonial tea in the church parlors last evening at early candle light. The matrons and waiters were gowned in garments which their grandmothers and great grandmothers used to wear. Following the supper was a sale of work aprons.

1900:

The next in the series of concerts and dances will probably be given by the First Regiment band at the armory Tuesday night, March 13. The latest “rag time” melodies will be played for the two-step dances.

1900:

Dunham Brothers will give a complimentary banquet to their 30 employees at the Brooks House this evening.

1900:

Anonymous letters have been received by the prosecuting officers of Brattleboro containing complaints, threats, and libelous statements. These statements will receive no attention whatever, but will be consigned to the waste basket. If the would-be reformist wishes to avoid publicity let him have the courage of his convictions and bring forward his proof.

1900:

The Brooks House Pharmacy makes an interesting display of Indian relics in connection with its line of Kickapoo remedies.

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Public Invited to "Trail Talk" to be held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, February 21, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Continues

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from Western Ave this evening. If they have enough time then they will work on Main St and the North Bridge Down.

Parked vehicles in the downtown area must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Singers Needed for Nautical Program on June 13

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 49th year of producing concerts and stage projects in the region, is looking for a few more singers to participate in its A Cappella à la Carte season finale on Saturday, June 13.

The Guilford Chamber Singers are being directed for a third season by composer/arranger and instrumentalist Tom Baehr, of Putney, who sings tenor in several regional choirs and choruses. With a nautical theme this June, the Chamber Singers will reprise "Crossing the Bar," Rani Arbo's setting of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem.

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Brattleboro Time Trade - Week of February 15

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a sunny beach day in Northern Quebec:

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Calligraphy Lessons
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"Light & Variable: Music to Defy February" Features Variable Winds Quintet

If February didn’t exist, who would dare to invent it? But since it does, Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 49th season, has chosen the 21st of that unloved month to present LIGHT AND VARIABLE: Music to Defy February featuring the woodwind quintet Variable Winds in a program designed to take your mind off it.

“Light” may not be the first word you’d connect with Gustav Mahler, but the settings he made early in his career of poems from the folk collection “The Youth’s Magic Horn” are exactly that: tuneful, witty, and charming. Arranged by Trevor Cramer for wind quintet are three songs about music, “Rhine Legend,” “Who Thought Up This Little Song?” and “In Praise of Higher Understanding,” in which a singing contest between a cuckoo and a nightingale is judged by a donkey. (Think “Bavarian Idol.”)

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Tonight

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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February Tax & Utility Payments Due in Brattleboro

The third installment of the 2014 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on February 17th, 2015. Payments made after February 17th, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on February 17th, 2015. Payments made after February 17th, 2015 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed on February 16, 2015 in observance of President’s Day.

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Homelessness Marathon Tuesday Night on WVEW

WVEW-lp, Brattleboro Community Radio (107.7fm or wvew.org), will once again air the annual Homelessness Marathon, starting at 7pm Tuesday evening (Feb. 17th) and running until 9am the next morning. For those not familiar with the broadcast, it is not a fund-raiser, it's a conciousness raiser. This will be the 17th time the marathon has set up outdoors on one of the coldest nights of the year to talk to people who are homeless, housing advocates, workers at crisis centers, and occasionally a poitican or two willing to discuss the issue. This year the marathon will broadcast from Sarasota, Florida. (Last year it originated from Brattleboro using a booth set up in front of the Baptist Church.)

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/16/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 2/16/15

Monday, February 16, 2015

12:00 am Senator Sanders' Annual State of the Union Essay C

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3:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Keeping Blood Pressure in Check

4:42 am TED Talks: Barbara Natterson-Horowitz: What Veterinarians Know that Doctors Don't

5:00 am Do Vaccines Promote Health?

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Can You Hear Me Now?

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Tom Wheeler, was appointed by Obama, to be the FCC chairman. He could not be more of a corporate insider. Prior to this post Tom was the CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association for 12 years. Before that he served as president of the National Cable Television Association, a cable lobbying shop. "He's beloved in the telecom industry.”

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Brattleboro Food Coop Shareholder Forum Is Postponed - New Date is February 22, 2015

The Brattleboro Food Coop Shareholder Forum is postponed due to weather.

NEW DATE:  February 22, 2015 at 5:00-7:00PM in the Community Room at the Coop.  

Please join us!  Come to the Forum - Contribute, learn, share - be part of our amazing Cooperative.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 17, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard will take action on a number of issues related to the implementation of Pay As You Throw at their next regular Tuesday meeting. The decisions were delayed to this meeting in part to give the public time to weigh in.

The board will take up the matter of their special mailing to all residents in opposition to proposed Charter change amendments on the March ballot, learn about the Union Hill improvements at the Western Ave intersection, approve homeland security and terrorism prevention grants, and more.

You can attend in person at the Municipal Center, even participate in the meeting, or watch on BCTV and read about it here when it is over. If you are really ambitious, you can do all of those things.

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5:45: 2/13/15

Kia Bailey returns to the news desk for a Friday the 13th Valentines Day Harris Hill weekend edition of BCTV's weekly news round-up that breaks down the board's special PAYT meeting from Thursday, TransCanada's plan to cash out on tax obligations all up and down the CT river, and much much more.
Click here to watch @ brattleboroTV.org.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Steven Wright

A 1985 performance by Steven Wright. Droll, dead-pan one-liners delivered rapid-fire. His humor twists things around and requires some assembly, but he gives you the parts, and asks the questions.

“Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?”

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I-91 To Close Between Exits 2 and 3 Overnight February 18, 19

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