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1842:

Brattleboro Academy Trustees give notice that they have engaged the services of Mr. Joseph Russell Gaut, A.B., a graduate of Amherst College, as principal of this Institution. Such assistance will be employed as the patronage may demand. Terms of Tuition: Common English Branches, $3.00 per term. Higher English $3.50 per term. Ancient Languages, $4.00 per term. French, Drawing, Painting, addition for each $1.00 per term.

1847:

The Hutchinson Family gave a Concert in this village on Monday evening. Long before the hour appointed, the large Baptist Church was filled to overflowing. It was a perfect jam — not only the seats but the aisles were crowded full. Abby, the “sweetest songstress of the grove,” won all hearts, by the artless modesty of her demeanor, and the naive simplicity and archness with which she sang “Spider and the Fly.”

1881:

Surveyor Stockwell is building a concrete walk the whole length of Elliot Street.

1881:

The present week shows such a rush of railroading through and from Brattleboro as probably was never seen before. All southern bound trains are crowded and afternoon trains are from 30 minutes to two hours late. Yesterday the afternoon down train had nine cars, including five drawing rooms. In some cases it has been impossible for the baggage cars to take all the baggage.

1881:

S.M. Waite was brought to Brattleboro by the 10 o’clock train on Wednesday morning, by Deputy Marshal Sprague, to testify in the several cases now pending before the commissioners against his estate in insolvency. He walks the streets in company with the deputy-marshal with all his old-time air of enjoyment and careless indifference. Whatever else may be the matter with him Waite evidently is not a prey to remorse and compunction for his sins and crimes.

1887:

The foundation of the Asylum tower was laid in July and its massive walls are now rising slowly but surely. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 18 feet. The material is of stone and cement with an inner lining of brick. The stone is quarried near by on the high land among the trees in the park. The present season the walls will be carried to a height of ten feet, and five years will probably be occupied in completing the structure.

1887:

White & Gavin’s stove store is to be furnished with incandescent lights.

1898:

Superintendent Jones of the electric road has secured Main’s circus to exhibit on Clark’s meadow Sept. 17.

1898:

A new delivery tank has been received by the local agents of the Standard Oil company. The tank will be used in delivering oil from the main tank on Vernon street to merchants.

1898:

There seems to be no doubt but that the electric railroad will be able to accomodate the public during the two days of the Valley Fair although the new iron bridge will not be completed by that time.

1904:

D.E. Tasker, secretary of the Valley Fair, is at this time receiving many letters from fakirs and others asking for privileges and room to exhibit their “midway” attractions. This year, as always in the past, the fair management absolutely refuse to have any shows of this kind on the grounds, holding that a straight, clean agricultural and cattle show, with good racing, is what the people want.

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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All are welcome.

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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(802) 251-8100

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There is a registration fee of $10. Plastic straw pea shooters will be provided for free. Feel free to bring your own pea shooter if you prefer. Brass tubes from Brown and Roberts work great. If you want to practice in advance with one of these, make sure to get one that is the right diameter, one that works well with dried soybeans sized objects.

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Brattleboro NEA Our Town Grant Screening Committee Meeting Agenda

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Jan Anderson
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(802) 251-8100

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I’m about to teach you a very simple but dangerously effective recipe for a fudge-like chocolate frosting.

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