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1846:

Harness Trimmings. Brass, Plated, Tinned and Jappan’d Harness Trimmings. Buggy Trimmings, Laces, Bands, Springs, &c., received and for sale at the very lowest prices. B. Ranger.

1846:

Cheese! Cheese! Earl’s Cheese for sale by Dutton & Clark.

1859:

About a year since Mr. Asa Wheeler of this town received letters patent for a new and greatly improved kind of skate of his own invention. During the past season he has been engaged in putting machinery into his axe factory and making necessary preparations for the manufacture of these skates. In these improved skates a neat leather casing is buckled over the top of the feet, entirely enclosing the foot from any movement independent of the skate.

1859:

We shall publish the Annual Message of the President in a supplement to The Phoenix, next week. Our readers must prepare themselves for a long and not very brilliant homily on “the great value of the Union,” and a dissertation on “Sectional Strife,” or more precisely, that sort of strife that is engendered by anti-slavery men. Southern sectionalism will, of course, be let off with a very gentle reprimand, merely for the looks of the thing.

1869:

This village exhibits a good degree of activity and stir. Drilling and blasting and moving stone, laying walls and abutments, repairing shops and building a dam across Whetstone brook, setting glass and painting, repairing buildings and erecting new ones, constructing sidewalks, &c, gives the appearance of earnestness and determination to repair the damages of flood and fire, and to make substantial and permanent improvements.

1869:

J. Cutler & Son announce re-fitted and re-opened bakery in Cutler's Block, with fresh crackers, bread, biscuits, pies and cakes made fresh daily.

1869:

We will thank our correspondents in the several towns to send us the local news frequently, and thus aid in giving interest to the paper.

1875:

A recent visit to the furniture manufactory of Messrs. J. Retting & Co., shows that they are turning our some extra nice chamber sets. The establishment is acquiring a reputation for good workmanship and square dealing, which, as the times improve, will be likely to have a healthy effect upon the business.

1875:

Waite’s new road on the east side of the Connecticut, opposite this village, has opened for travel.

1875:

We learn that O. L. Miner shipped this year for the Thanksgiving market 188 boxes of poultry, weighing 30,443 pounds, net. Pretty good for Windham County.

1880:

A dispensation has been granted by the Grand Master of Vermont for a new Masonic lodge in this place, to be called the Brattleboro Lodge.

1880:

The new street extending from Forest square to the neighborhood of the Asylum is open for travel.

1880:

Christmas goods in variety may be found at Cora Hatch’s on Forest square.

1886:

C.E. Barrett, the machinist, is the first man to make a beginning of electric lighting in Brattleboro. The apparatus will be ready for trial in a day or two.

1886:

Emerson & Son, in order to accomodate their customers during the holiday season, will keep their store open until eight o’clock every evening until after Christmas.

1886:

The bailiffs have had numerous complaints in regard to the neglect of people to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice since the recent storms, also in regards to dumping coal ashes into the streets and they propose hereafter that the village bylaws in this regard be enforced.

1886:

The members of the 'Lend a Hand' club held a very jolly soap bubble party at their room in Crosby block last Saturday evening.

1897:

Twenty-three buffaloes were seen in Brattleboro Tuesday. They occupied two cars and belonged to the estate of Austin Corbin. The animals were docile with the exception of the leader of the herd, “Major Mckinley.”

1897:

The ladies have this week begun to unpack and arrange the furniture and other goods which have been given from time to time to the Home for the Aged and Disabled. Many applications for admittance to the home have already been received.

1897:

The birds in the natural history collection at the Free library are being relabeled by Taxidermist C.H. Evans of Townshend.

1897:

The Boy’s Guild of St. Michael’s church was organized at a meeting held at the residence of Dr. Roberts on Wednesday evening.

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Cracker Jacks

This election is like opening a box of Cracker Jacks.

 

God only knows what Trump might do.

I take that back, God doesn’t know, and neither does Trump.

In the contradictory and bizarre word salads Trump serves up he is liable to say just about anything. In his speeches and tweets, he often starts with “a lot of people say,” followed by looney tunes claims and ending with, “you can look it up on the Internet.

However, I don’t believe he’d lead us to war.

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The Gratitude Board Is Back

The Gratitude Board is back, now located at the new MamaSezz Foods location on Route 9 in West Brattleboro!

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Art Opening & Book Signing: Robin Truelove Stronk, DVM

West Brattleboro -- The foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist are showing paintings -- from race horses to raptors to farm animals and more -- by retired veterinarian Robin Truelove Stronk through the end of December. The public is invited to an artist's reception and book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

This exhibit includes four large canvases featuring race horses and dressage horses painted with the fingers and palm of Robin's left hand while she was recuperating from surgery on her dominant right hand. Several raptors and owls will also make an appearance: "My focus in my art is the eye of the animal, and they have such large, amazing eyes that I find them irresistible," she says. Other works include two oversize florals; three large fabric feed bags with graphics creatively enhanced by many colorful breeds of chicken; and a "mixed bag" of other farm animals.

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Another "Where"

(I know the answer to this one!)

It’s a real picture of a real place. I find the location surprising.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, November 7, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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David Schoales, Mollie Burke

I have favorite candidates for every office on the ballot, but the two for whom I feel greatest enthusiasm are David Schoales for Windham County Senator, and Mollie Burke, Brattleboro District 2 Representative.  

For years while the Clark-Canal Summer Program was going, as a volunteer, Mollie Burke taught art to neighborhood children. Hardly anyone knew about this: She did it solely because she is a good neighbor with love in her heart. Mollie talks with neighborhood people all the time, not just when electioneering. She is approachable, intelligent, responsive. We are fortunate to have an effective representative in the State House, and it is going to a pleasure to vote for her. 

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Where Is This Roundabout

Does anybody recogize where this super roundabout is located?

Full disclosure: I haven't a clue as to where.

(It is rumored that the engineer who designed it lost his mind)

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - Bittersweet Lane

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting, site visit, and public hearing on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, starting at 4:30pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center, followed by a site visit at Bittersweet Lane, and a public hearing at approximately 5:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room. ASL interpreters will be available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Who's It Gonna Be?

With less than four days to go until Election Day, now seems like a good time to get our predictions in as to who the winner will be.  Which of the two dubious candidates placed before us for our consideration will be the next president?  

Will it be the evil Donald Trump, hated by the media and good people everywhere?  Or will it be the beleaguered anti-Trump Hillary Clinton?  I know who I think it will be and will post my prediction below.

Who do you think will win the American presidency — and why do you think that?

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Brattleboro Skatepark Back in Action

The Brattleboro Skatepark committee is having a fundraiser on Tuesday, December 6th at 5pm at Elliot Street Fish & Chips. We are busy working to push us over the top so we can put the shovel in the ground and get kids skating in Brattleboro at Living Memorial Park. Please tell your family, friends, etc...to come out and support the skatepark. Fun times!

60% of the evenings proceeds will go toward the construction of the Brattleboro Skatepark.

www.brattleboroskatepark.com

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Brattleboro Town Clerk Voting Hours

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon for those wishing to vote early. The office will be closed on Tuesday, November 8. Staff will be administering the election at the VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are unsure if you are registered, call the town clerk at 251-8129.

Annette L. Cappy
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301
acappy@brattleboro.org
ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of November 7th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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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, November 10 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street, Brattleboro.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - November 7 to November 11

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu November 7 to November 11

November 7 - Egg Salad Sandwich w/Lettuce & Tomato

Clam Chowder

Cole Slaw

Cantaloupe

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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams at Next Stage on Saturday, November 5

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of acoustic/electric Americana music from Sleepy Hollow, NY by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (aka The Grand Slambovians) at Next Stage on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 pm.

The music of The Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana” - a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. The quartet taps a broad palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, featuring an exotic instrumental arsenal in addition to standard rock regalia, the music is uplifting, empowering and a lot of fun.

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Brooks Library - Under Construction and Survey!

Please forgive the dust and occasional noise in the library in the next couple of months. We're building an even better Brooks Memorial Library!

If you missed the email about the library survey... Don't worry; there's a link right here. What do you love? What do you wish for? Please tell us what you think! They survey takes about 7-10 minutes, or longer if you want to share details. It's your choice. Thanks for being part of the conversation! 

Library Survey Link

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Lightning-Round Interview with Matthew Wojcik, Electronic Services Support Specialist at Brooks Library

To book an appointment with Matt on Monday evenings, send him an email (http://www.brookslibraryvt.org/matthew-wojcik), or call him at (802) 254-5290 x109.

Matt arrived at Brooks in September, bringing extensive technical experience in a variety of challenging environments. You'll see him at the front desk and out on the floor, helping visitors with technology questions.  

Q:What do you like best about helping people with technology?

A: Helping people past the confusion and frustration technology makes us all feel at times, to get to the fun and useful things.

Q: Tell us an interesting fact about you outside your library tech life.

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Next WBA Meeting November 10th, Local Legislators Invited

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 PM at the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive.

After a review of the treasury report and discussion of possible uses of remaining sign funds, the group will talk about the upcoming Holiday Party plans. And speaking of holiday, the use of non-powered decorations for the West B common this year will be considered.

Members of the WBA will hear updates on various topics including the status of the Neighborhoods Fund and of economic development initiatives.

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Jim Arnosky

Famous children's author and illustrator Jim Arnosky is featured as October and November's illustrator in the top floor display cases. Arnosky has written and illustrated over 140 picture and nature books for kids. He has also written many Vermont nature guides for adults. He has won several awards for his work including the ALA Gordon Award, the Chirstopher Medal, and the Outstanding Science Book Award.

See lots more at http://www.jimarnosky.com/

Brooks Memorial Library224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Contact us at info@brookslibraryvt.org or 802-254-5290

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Job Hunt Help at Brooks Library

Meet the library's new Job Hunt Helper, Danielle Braverman! Danielle will help library visitors use computer technology for job and career-related tasks like preparing resumes, exploring careers, and completing online job applications. Contact the Reference Desk to make an appointment with Danielle, or just drop by during her regular library hours: Tuesdays 10:00-1:00 and Thursdays 1:00-4:00.

Danielle's services are provided through a partnership between the Community College of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Libraries, with funding from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation and the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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