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1845:

“The Baker Family” will give another Concert in this village on Tuesday Evening Next, August 5th, at Wantastiquet Hall, commencing at half-past 7 o’clock. Tickets 12 1/2 cents.

1845:

Snells Augers. 1 Case Snells superior Augers, just received at Williston & Tyler’s.

1856:

Brattleboro Shade Tree Association formed, with dues being $1.

1857:

Raw Hair Bought Or Exchanged, at the Hair-Work Manufactory, under the Revere House, by E. Pinaud.

1857:

Willow Carts For Children, for sale by A. E. Dwinell.

1857:

The Slave Minstrels’ Concert on Wednesday evening was well attended, and the audience were quite satisfied with their entertainment. We understand these Melodists have just purchased their freedom by the avails of their concerts, and are now singing as FREEMEN.

1857:

The Promenade Concert on Tuesday evening should interest all, (and their number is legion,) in favor of improving and adorning the Common. Let their be a full house.

1861:

Hon. A. J. Rowell was in town Thursday and Friday in his capacity as Bank Commissioner, making his annual visitation of our moneyed institutions. Of course he found them all right.

1861:

On Friday morning of last week over eighty horses were transported through this place en route for the seat of war. They were for the use of the 2nd and 3rd Regiments.

1873:

The ladies of the Unitarian society are preparing for their annual festival and fair, which will probably be held week after next. Among the articles to be offered on the occasion is a bugle of elegant design, which will be awarded by vote to the most popular fire company.

1873:

A party of fifty-three persons from this village, under the escort of F. Goodhue, Esq., one of the directors of the Vt. and Mass. railroad, visited Hoosic tunnel, last Friday, in a car specially engaged for the occasion.

1873:

The committee have made arrangements for the coming lecture course as follows: Thomas Nast, Oct. 27; Mrs. Livermore, Nov. 10; Hon. Wm. C. Parsons, Nov. 24; John B. Gough, Dec. 4.

1879:

We learn that a respectable gentleman, who had done good work of the kind in Greenfield, Bennington, and other places, is desirous of coming here to place street numbers on the houses of the village. It is a matter to which our people ought to give favorable consideration.

1879:

Our Brattleboro text-book committee have recommended the following books for use in the public schools of the town for five years from the first day of next November, under provisions of the new law: Franklin Readers, Analytic Spellers, Spencerian Writing Books, Reed and Kellogg’s Grammars, Swinton’s Geographics, Franklin Arithmetics, Good Morals and Gentle Manners.

1884:

The work of grading the High school grounds is in progress, under the charge of Architect Hines.

1884:

A 42-foot extension to the skating rink is in progress.

1884:

Wantastiquet mountain has been pretty thoroughly stripped of its crop of blueberries this season. It is reckoned that no less than 100 berry-pickers visited the mountain some days last week, bringing an average of six or eight quarts a piece, or some 20 bushels altogether on a single day.

1884:

Mr. J. D. Plummer completed the brick work on Hooker’s block last week, and the removal of the staging brings to view a very neat and well proportioned structure, credible to the proprietor and architect and an ornament to the town. The carpenters are now busily employed upon the interior.

1884:

E. L. Hildreth, and employee at Leonard’s printing office, was the surprised but happy recipient of a table and easy chair from some of his fellow typos and other friends last Saturday.

1890:

The Fessenden Helping Hand society will give a lawn party next Wednesday evening on the Centre church grounds.

1890:

T.J. Doolin has sold his fruit and confectionery stand at the corner of Flat and Main streets to A.E. Miller, who will run it as a branch of his Elliot street business.

1902:

The Colonial Moving Pictures, company will give an entertainment in Brattleboro. This company is regarded as the leading exponent today of all that pertains to moving pictures.

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Cat Box Liner And Litter Package Tested And Approved For Brattleboro's Curbside Composting Program

Liner converts into a clean, sealed disposal bag

Brattleboro, VT July 10, 2015, Litter-2-U is a product that gives cat owners a convenient way to dispose of cat litter in their curbside composting cart. This fast, easy and clean way to change cat litter compliments Brattleboro’s curbside composting program and diverts litter from costly, harmful landfills to usable compost.                

Litter-2-U (L2U) is a compostable plant-based liner pre filled with a 100% wood-pellet litter, which is highly absorbent and effective at odor control. The strong 2-ply liner has a jute drawstring that can later be cinched for disposal. With L2U, Brattleboro cat owners can avoid putting their litter in a costly non-compostable PAYT bag destined for the landfill. L2U is currently available online at www.litter-2-u.com and is delivered to your door.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Norm MacDonald

This comedy special starts with Norm’s parents convincing him to stop being a doctor and become a comedian.

This Canadian comic is seen here in HBO’s One Night Stand, at a performance in Chicago. Some say Norm is not funny (such as his boss at NBC), but I beg to differ. He is good at making uncomfortable jokes, and jokes that can make you wince, and some find this approach a bit harsh.

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Unknown Vermonter?

Who is this guy?

He is a well-known Vermont personality.

Several times he ran for office on the Liberty Union ticket, but he lost.

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2015 Notice to Brattleboro Taxpayers

Notice to Taxpayers

The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2015 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer's Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:

1st Installment due August 17, 2015
2nd Installment due November 16, 2015
3rd Installment due February 16, 2016
4th Installment due May 16, 2016

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:00pm 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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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00pm 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 12

I-91

On Sunday, July 12, the Southbound lane of I-91 between Exits 3 and 2 and the Exit 3 on-ramps will be closed to all vehicles from 5:00 AM to 9:00 AM to make it possible to conduct a routine bridge inspection. This time period was selected because it is the period of lowest traffic volume during the daylight hours needed to conduct the inspection. Southbound traffic will be routed to Exit 1, and Northbound traffic attempting to use the Exit 3 on ramp will be routed north on Route 5 to Exit 4. Officers will be on hand to control traffic. I-91 Northbound will remain open.

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Senators Call on FCC to Probe Cable, Broadband Prices

WASHINGTON, July 10 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and three colleagues today asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate “ridiculous prices” for cable and broadband services.

“Consumers in our country have little or no choice in their Internet and cable provider,” Sanders wrote in the letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “As a result, these companies are able to charge ridiculous prices and add hidden fees onto a customer’s bill,” he added in the letter also signed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.). “It’s no wonder the American public rank these providers last in customer satisfaction,” the senators said.

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Brattleboro Solar Summer Ice Cream Social July 25th

Brattleboro Solar Summer Ice Cream Social, Saturday, July 25, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at Pliny Park, corner of Main and High Streets, Brattleboro. In the event of rain, event will be held in the Brooks House lobby, across High Street from Pliny Park

Enjoy free ice cream from the Chelsea Royale Diner and gelato from the Newfane Creamery along with live music from John Ungerleider & Friends, and learn why there's never been a better time to go solar.

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Brattleboro Baroque Quartet Concert

BRATTLEBORO BAROQUE QUARTET CONCERT AND SALON

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host a concert by the Brattleboro Baroque Quartet on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 in the Brooks Library on Main Street, Brattleboro. 

The quartet members are: Martin Hanft on the traverso and recorder; Michelle Liechti on the violin; Laurie Rabut playing the viola da gamba, and Wendy Redlinger at the harpsichord. 

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Front Desk of the Library or at the door the evening of the event.

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RT 30 Will Remain Closed For A While Longer

Good Afternoon:
The work that necessitates the closure of RT 30 is wrapping up. We anticipate being able to reopen Rt 30 in approximately 2 hours. Apologies for this unavoidable inconvenience, and thanks again for your patience and understanding.

Cindy Cook
Public Information Officer
Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project

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A Presidential Candidate - Jim Gilmore

(I almost missed this one.)

Jim Gilmore thinks it is his time to become your president.

“I bring to the table experience that others don’t have.”

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NEA "Our Town" Grant Screening Committee Application Deadline Extended To July 16, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard is accepting applications for interested people to become a part of an ad hoc Screening Committee to conduct the initial screening of proposals submitted by artists who apply for funding through the Town’s NEA “Our Town” grant. The Screening Committee will review all application materials submitted by all artists and will recommend to the Selectboard a group of finalists. The Screening Committee’s work will occur during the week of July 27-31. The Selectboard will consider the Screening Committee’s recommendations on August 4. The only minimum requirements for service on the Steering Committee are residence in Brattleboro and/or prior experience in judging artistic ability and experience.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Mike + Ruthy Band on Sunday, July 12

Twilight Music continues its 13th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 12 with an evening of Americana hoedowns, sassy blues, Motown soul, old-timey harmonies, rock-n-roll energy and inspired songwriting by The Mike + Ruthy Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 23. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at The Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations.

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BS&L Summer Series - Yoga & Workout with Trisha Selbach! Friday 2-4

Join us tomorrow as we close out the week refreshed and pumped for the weekend! Trisha has a few things up her sleeve, like yoga, an obstacle course, and who knows what else? She promises to take it easyish on us!!! cotact Brandie Starr bstarr@brattbank.com with any questions! See you there!

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RT. 30 Closed Longer Than Expected

RT 30 will be closed past 11AM today, because work is progressing more slowly than anticipated. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will let you know as soon as we’re able to reopen RT 30.

Thank you for your patience!

Cindy Cook
Public Information Officer
Principal, Adamant Accord, Inc.
Past Vice President, Association for Conflict Resolution

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 16 in the James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

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Guilford 5K Run & Freedom Fest Saturday

The Guilford 5K Race & Freedom Fest will be held Saturday, July 11 at Broad Brook Grange.

The event will begin with a 5K race and continue with two hours of family fun, food, and music.  Events are an hour earlier this year, so that the race can be run in cooler temperatures. 

Registration for Guilford’s 4th annual 5K run takes place from 8 to 9 am, with the registration fee of $15 benefitting the Grange Building Fund.  The race starts at 9 am beginning at the Grange, and takes a circuit past the Town Office and School, through woodlands and up Barney Hill, through farmland, and back through historic Guilford Center to the Grange. There will be a number of prizes for runners.  John Majonen will again manage this event, and may be contacted for more information at <majonen@gmail.com> or 802-257-4067.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Taxes, Trash, Tunnels, and Traffic

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard a range of reports at their first regular meeting of July, from preliminary experiences regarding Pay As You Throw, to the work of our designated downtown organization.

Brattleboro’s new tax rate was set, financing for recent vehicle purchases was approved, the formation of the Our Town Steering Committee was postponed to the next meeting, community members were appointed to a variety of other committees, and more.

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Brattleboro Savings and Loan, and the Confederate Flag Check Logo

A few months ago when I was reordering checks from Brattleboro Savings and Loan, I looked through the possible options for a logo/symbol to put on them, and came across a confederate flag as one option.  I contacted the bank to ask if there was a check company I could deal with that didn't offer that as I did not want to support such a company. 

My request was not received with the most understanding response, and I was quite concerned that my bank did not understand my concern.  I let it slide, and tried to find a company on my own, but soon realized it would take me a long time to go through all the other companies and their choices, and gave up and went back to Harland-Clarke, through BS&L.  Then, the horrible mass shooting/murders in South Carolina happened, and the nation focused on the issue of the flag.  I decided I could not sit by any longer. 

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