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1845:

The 27th of November will be a great day - all the governors appoint it for thanksgiving; we have seen no other day named.

1845:

Wanted, A boy from 14 to 15 years old, to work for his board, in a small family, and go to school. Inquire at this office.

1858:

The School Committee of Brattleboro with the parents and friends of the pupils are respectfully invited to attend the afternoon session of the High School on Friday, Nov. 5th at two o’clock.

1858:

A fact - If you want to deal with gentlemen of liberality always consult the columns of a newspaper. A man who is too hoggish to advertise, is too bristly to give a good bargain. That’s so.

1862:

It is useless to disguise the work that, as a self-governing people, we have to do. We should no longer be frightened by the hard word abolitionist. Abolitionism, as the principle of a small party in the United States, is far behind the wants of the present time. The question now before the American people is “the rights of man,” not only of four million of Africans, but all mankind.

1869:

Big fire destroys business section, Elliot to High Street.

1874:

The Baptist church is now lighted with gas from Estey & Co.’s meter, and the result is highly satisfactory. The edifice is furnished with just 100 burners, including that in front of the church.

1874:

It is now announced, and may be regarded as certain - barring unforeseen hindrances - that Henry Ward Beecher will fulfill his engagement to lecture in Brattleboro on the evening of Nov. 9th.

1874:

A.F. Waite of this town had a narrow escape from a horrible death, being attacked by an enraged bull. By the vigorous use of a pitchfork he escaped with some severe bruises.

1885:

Dr. Solomon, who recently healed the sick in Brattleboro, was indicted by an unappreciative Keene grand jury for practicing medicine without authority of law.

1885:

Seven immediate delivery letters at the Brattleboro office the past week. The messenger boy retires to-morrow night to live on his income.

1891:

The building association, for which Bailey & Co. are agents, expect to erect a large number of dwellings in town next season.

1891:

“Discretion is the better part of valor,” meditated a young man who is well known at the Brooks House, as he very cautiously escorted a young lady into the house, and quietly stole away, leaving the big man asleep on the piazza.

1891:

Two important additions have recently been made to the plant of the Ross White paper mill on Elm street. One of these is a new reel of improved pattern, built at Bellows Falls at a cost of several hundred dollars, and the other a fine new Marston beating machine.

1896:

Judge Royall Tyler died in his home on Tyler street at half-past 12 Tuesday afternoon. His final illness was short. There was no specific disease. Death was due to the natural decline of old age.

1896:

C.L. Cobb killed a large red fox on Keyes hill yesterday afternoon with a charge of shot. This is the only fox he has ever run across while hunting. Mr. Cobb has also shot 50 gray squirrels and ten partridges this season. He caught a partridge in his front door yard with his hands recently.

1896:

Moses Deyo’s right eye was removed by Drs. Gorham and Miller last Friday. The sight of the eye was destroyed on Wednesday of last week by the bursting of a catsup bottle. The other eye was sympathetically affected but is now better.

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Great Produce, Great Music at the Saturday Farmers' Market!

Saturday, October 18th, the Brattleboro Farmers' Market hosts live music by Mary Lea and friends from 11-1.

As always, there's lots of great produce at the market and this time of year there are bountiful apples, pears, cider, donuts and pies from local orchards, plus pumpkins, winter squash (including bulk sales!), potatoes, onions, hardy fall greens, fresh lettuces and bunched carrots and beets, and lots more.

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Real Estate Recovery: Wishful Thinking?

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National real estate and other economic indicators are mixed and increasingly volatile, with even a fragile recovery, uncertain. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reports that prices for existing homes nationwide rose by 4.8% in August compared with the previous year, despite the number of sales slipping by 1.8%.

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Retreat Tower Questions

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of 10/19 and Road Closure

I-91 Northbound Closure for Pothole Repair: Monday Night, October 20th

I-91 Northbound between exits 2 and 3 will be closed to all traffic to complete pothole repair in advance of the winter season. This work is scheduled starting at 8:00 pm Monday October 20th through Tuesday morning, October 21 at 6:00 am. Traffic will be routed onto Route 5, and law enforcement officials will be on site. If this closure needs to be rescheduled due to weather, we will inform stakeholders a minimum of 72 hours in advance after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed.

Upper Dummerston Road Closure: October 27th 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Upper Dummerston Road will closed on Monday, October 27th, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM to allow work on the new bridge that will span Upper Dummerston Road. If this closure needs to be rescheduled due to weather, we will inform stakeholders a minimum of 72 hours in advance after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed.

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Don't Let Billionaires Buy the Senate, Sanders Tells Labor Convention

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 15 – Speaking at a labor union convention here today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the future of American democracy is at stake.

“We are not living in a democracy when 60 percent of Americans are not voting, while billionaires like the Koch Brothers are spending hundreds of millions to buy the United States Senate. That's called oligarchy, not democracy,” Sanders said.

The billionaires Charles and David Koch and other wealthy individuals are pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into this fall’s campaigns by taking advantage of a disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling and subsequent court decisions that gutted federal and state laws limiting campaign spending.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Personnel

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:15pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 6:15pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Town Manager Search Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Town Manager Search Citizen Committee will meet on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Committee will enter into executive session at 2:00pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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Resigning From Academy School

Letter to the Editor,

It is with deep sadness that after almost thirty years of dedicated service to the children of Brattleboro, I have made the decision to resign as a fourth grade teacher at Academy School.

I want to thank the approximately six hundred brilliant, insightful and talented students I have been privileged to work with while they learned, questioned, problem solved and continued their growth towards becoming empathetic and socially responsible members in their community.

I am in awe of the hundreds of devoted and nurturing parents I have had the privilege to work with as they wrestled with the educational, social and personal issues that parents raising children today face.

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Hungrytown Duo Coming to Brattleboro

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library will host a fundraising concert on Friday, November 7, 7:30 PM in the Library, with Hungrytown, a Vermont folk-based duo. Hungrytown is the musical and married team of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson.  They have released two highly acclaimed CDs, Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011), both of which continue to receive much airplay on folk and Americana stations worldwide. 

Rebecca and Ken tour full time; their adventures have taken them throughout the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.  Their songs have been performed by many other artists, including Nashville songwriting legend David Olney, and bluegrass veterans the Virginia Ramblers. Hungrytown's music has also appeared on several television shows, including the Independent Film Channel's hit series, Portlandia. 

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Rakers and Other Yard Work in Brattleboro?

I am looking for ideas for someone to rake my yard and do some light gardening,

Any suggestions?

Thanks, we are located downtown. Robin

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2nd Annual Career Expo & Job Fair -- Nov. 10 @ BUHS gym

2nd Annual CAREER EXPO & JOB FAIR:

Monday, Nov. 10, Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium

Top employers from tri-state area are coming together to raise awareness of career opportunities; will also recruit for specific job openings. Several schools, agencies also on hand to support job searches, training needs

Whether an experienced professional or a newcomer to the job market, all are welcome to stop by the Brattleboro Union High School gymnasium, Nov. 10, to learn how to advance your career in southeastern Vermont and in the greater tri-state area. More than 20 employers, along with several temporary staffing agencies, colleges, technical schools, and human service agencies, will be staffing informational tables as part of the Second Annual Career Expo & Job Fair organized by the Windham Workforce Investment Board.

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How Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?

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The history books I studied in school portrayed a great man.

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150 Years Ago (1864 10/14)

Derby, Oct. 14, 1864.

Sister Abiah,- 

I have hired the Skinner House for one year and shall come after you Monday and stay all night so as to pack up and get an early start Tuesday. Father will come Tuesday for you and the children. Have Father Mansur come and help load Tuesday. Rec'd you letter last night.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Invite: Oct 24 - "Medicare Facts & Medicare Fraud"

The next "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" is planned for Friday, October 24,  2014 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

This month’s presentation will be given by Kelly McElheny, Southern VT Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Community of Vermont Elders - SMP Program.

The Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is a federally-funded volunteer and education program designed to help protect Medicare beneficiaries from becoming the victim of healthcare fraud, error or abuse. The SMP message "Protect. Detect. Report.", is delivered through the support of volunteers throughout Vermont. This program is helpful to those just turning 65, already on Medicare or caregivers and families.

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Lisa McCormick's New Beginning Guitar Course Has Global Reach

Brattleboro singer/songwriter and guitar instructor, Lisa McCormick, is teaching the world to how play the guitar. Senior faculty with the leading online guitar education provider, GuitarTricks, McCormick’s comprehensive new Guitar Fundamentals course went live on the internet on October 10. 

“Hundreds of thousands of people are going to learn to play the guitar from this course,” says Jon Broderick, Founder and CEO of GuitarTricks. The online education site has a subscription base of over two million members. 

McCormick has been teaching guitar in the Brattleboro area for over 20 years, combining her professional music skills with her Bachelors of Science degree in Education. 

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