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1839:

Sam’l Chipman, Esq. will deliver two Lectures on the subject of Temperance, at the Chapel, Elliot street, next Tuesday, April 2d, afternoon and evening, commencing at half past 2 and 7 o’clock. All are invited to attend.

1839:

Dr. Wright, of this village, will lecture on the Thompsonian System of Medical Practice, on Monday evening next, April 1st, at the Methodist Meeting House — to commence at 7 o’clock.

1839:

The Rev. Mr. Pennington, a colored clergyman from Hartford, spent the last Sabbath in our place. In the afternoon he preached in the Congregational Church, and in the evening delivered an address in the Unitarian Church. The rarity of the occurrence attracted large audiences, who so far as we can tell from their silent attention were highly gratified.

1854:

Birth of Robert Gordon Hardie, portrait painter.

1856:

Brattleboro Cornet Band. — This band are about procuring a new Uniform. It will consist of a blue coat, drab pantaloons, and a high crowned cap with broad visor, the whole trimmed with gilt lace. Such a dress will give their appearance a coincidence with their musical capabilities.

1872:

Those using the old fashioned sperm oil will be glad to learn that M.T. Van Doorn has just received a lot which is proving a very superior article.

1872:

A large gang of men have been employed for the past week in cutting the ice below the Connecticut river bridge, in order to “assist nature” in clearing the channel when the break-up comes and avert danger from the bridge.

1878:

A movement is on foot for a Poultry and Pet Stock exhibition to be held in this town some time during the coming fall or winter. Some forty of our leading citizens have already joined the movement and signed a paper agreeing to furnish an exhibit and to give aid and encouragement to the enterprise.

1889:

Fish Commissioner Frank Atherton took 60,000 brook trout from the hatchery at Fairhaven Tuesday to stock the streams of Windham county.

1889:

There is considerable talk on the streets in regard to local capitalists having the building of an opera house under consideration.

1889:

The Dundon cottage on the Vernon road was the scene Sunday of one of the lowest carousels which ever disgraced the town. The details of the proceedings are too repulsive for publication.

1889:

The attendance at the special school meeting on Tuesday evening was not what would be called a large one.

1895:

About $1000 for three races will be offered by the Valley fair association for the trotting meeting on the afternoon of July 4. It is probable that arrangements will be made for some other attraction in the forenoon.

1895:

Miss Mary Ellis and Miss Minnie Wilson, of the New York state library at Albany, ar at ex-Gov. Fuller’s house arranging and cataloging his library after the latest and most modern system, that in vogue at Albany under State Librarian Dewey, the inventor of the decimal system of arranging libraries.

1918:

The Brattleboro Buick company delivered Friday to W. F. Robertson of Hinsdale a two-ton Republic truck.

1918:

The school board has voted to continue one session in all grades for the spring term. School work has been well covered and any pupils who need help will be called back in the afternoon to receive such help. A very large percentage of the older boys and many of the girls have this winter taken afternoon jobs and this will enable them to continue their work. Garden work will be stressed by all grade teachers this spring.

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Purimpalooza 2017 - A Musical Costume Party!

Are you feeling frantic? Worn out by the nightly news? In need of encouragement? Don’t despair -- Purim is coming! March 11 at the Vermont Jazz Center, we’ll let loose, wear wild costumes and masks, vent our rage at evil and oppression by shaking our graggers (noisemakers) at the name of Haman (or any other evil government official you’d like), and retell the story of how one brave undercover Jewish woman saved the whole Jewish people.

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Dummerston Community Center to host Pampered Chef Fundraiser

The Dummerston Community Center is hosting a Pampered Chef fundraiser on Saturday, March 4th from 12:55-2:55pm. For more information or to RSVP, call Kim at 802-257-8602, Ann at 802-254-2415, or Jean at 802-254-9212.

Kim Martin will host the show, with new spring products, recipes, demonstrations of many cooking needs, also hands-on-cooking and the tasting of spices, sauces, and rubs. There will be special drawings through-out the show. Proceeds will assist in operating expenses for the Community Center

Dummerston Community Center, 150 West Street, West Dummerston, VT

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How Can I Tell If I Have Russian Hackers In My Social Networking Account?

How Can You Tell If You Have A "Russian" Hacker?

In 2014 my Twitter account became full of peculiar tweets in a foreign language that I did NOT write!
I put some of these tweets into Google Translator http://translate.google.com

They appeared to be "Russian", but the content of the few I read did not seem to be anything but harmless advertisements.

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 27th - Mar. 3rd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potatoes & veg.
Tues - Cajun crab cakes w/ dirty rice
Wed - steak & cheese grinder w/ chips or onion rings
Thur - shepard's pie w/ a salad
Fri - seafood salad roll w/ potato chips

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Citizens Breakfast - Candidates for Brattleboro 1 yr Seats

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Brattleboro Candidate Forum Thoughts, and Advice For Progress

I had the pleasure of co-moderating the Selectboard Candidates Forum on BCTV Thursday evening. I say pleasure, because I found it to be a refreshing and interesting discussion of town issues in a number of ways. I have a few observations and some advice.

The sponsoring organizations and members of the audience asked some really tough questions on a wide variety of topics, while keeping the focus primarily on what can be done locally about issues that often go beyond the town line.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Community Room at the Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Selectboard 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 February 27th

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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, February 26th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

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Ukulele Lunchtime Jams to Begin in Brattleboro - Free!

All area ukulele players are invited to six free Lunchtime Ukulele Jams to be held the first and third Mondays in March, April and May. Running from 11:00 a.m. - noon., the jams will take place at Latchis 4 Gallery, on Main Street, in Brattleboro, VT.

Mark your calendar! The Lunchtime Ukulele Jam dates are March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17; and May 1 & 15. Come to just one jam, or make it a bi-weekly tradition!

The Lunchtime Ukulele Jams are an outgrowth of the classes, salons and flash mobs led by instructor and singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick, in response to a groundswell of enthusiasm by local players interested in continuing to play together.

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Parenting for Social Justice at Brooks Memorial Library

Parenting for Social Justice Chats will be happening at Brooks Memorial Library for three Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8:00pm: March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th. This initial series will focus on race and racial justice.

Parenting is beautiful and it is challenging. One of the things we struggle with as parents is having hard conversations with our kids. Many of us are seeking support and ideas for how to have the hard conversations with our kids about racism and police brutality, about transgender issues, about hatred for Muslims and many other social justice issues. And we are looking to turn those conversations into action.

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Tracey Madigan, MSW, Joins InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services

InnerWell is delighted to welcome Tracey Madigan, MA, MSW, to join InnerWell Integrative Counseling Services in Brattleboro. Tracey brings a natural warmth and strong empathic presence to therapy with couples and individuals. Her approach focuses on client strengths, rooted in the belief in resiliency and potential for positive change. 

Tracey’s work as a therapist draws deeply on her extensive experience as a grief counselor, as well as her training in mindfulness-based and trauma-informed treatment approaches, and in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Supporting clients through the unique experience of grief has allowed her to bring an authentic presence supporting clients as they face a variety of difficult life transitions. Tracey delights in helping clients – both couples and individuals -- to meet life right where they are, and to discover new possibilities for how things might unfold moving forward.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Melrose Structures Approved for Demolition, and Permits

The Brattleboro Selectboard was missing both their Chair and Town Manager, but efficiently managed their agenda at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

The board approved of most of their annual list liquor permits and polices, though two establishments have an additional hurdle before their licenses are granted. They also approved of demolition of four buildings at Melrose Terrace, the Strolling of the Heifers received event permits, and a debate over parking meters for the Stroll will occur at a later date. 

Cruisers will get up-fits, Cultural Intrigue will get technology, and the Town will get servers.

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55 Brisk Lane Fire Report

Date: 02/21/2017
Nature of call: Building Fire

Address: 55 Brisk Lane
Time of Call: 7:54am

Type of Building: 150’ x 60’ Industrial Warehouse

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm @ 7:58am 3rd alarm @ 8:10am

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Gracie is Missing......No Longer!!!!!

My cat, Gracie, got out yesterday when some work was being done in my apartment. She is small/medium size; long haired, black and grey with white chest and paws. No collar. She does have a micro chip and is spayed. She escaped from 83 Oak Street - in between Williston and Chapin.

She is a very timid, indoor cat so I'm guessing she is probably terrified and hiding somewhere. I've been out several times looking for her and calling her - no luck so far. My other cat, Sava , went missing last summer in a similar situation and was gone 4 days before my neighbor discovered him napping on her porch. I'm hoping this current situation ends as happily.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 20 to February 24

 

February 20 - CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY

 

February 21 - Beef Stew

Corn w/Peppers

Biscuit

Tropical Fruit

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 21st - Feb. 24th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Tues - chicken enchiladas w/ rice
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - parmesan crusted pork w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg

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Rotary District 7870 Announces the Janice H. McElroy Scholarship Program

The Rotary Club of Brattleboro is pleased to announce the initial offering of a new district wide scholarship in memory of Janice H. McElroy, who served as Rotary District 7870 Governor in 2011-2012 and was instrumental in securing a Rotary International grant of $412,000 to help southern Vermont rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Irene. This scholarship is made possible due to donations from friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs throughout the District 7870.

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Winston Prouty Center Hosts 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Classic for Grownups and Families on March 4 & 5

Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development is hosting its 3rd Annual Indoor Mini-Golf Tournament for grownups and families on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 5, 2017, respectively. The two-day "FUN-raiser" is open to the public.

Saturday's tournament for grownups is a black-tie optional evening that will feature light dinner fare, music, raffles, and a cash bar. The tournament will be from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 per person.  

Sunday's family fun day will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, or only $12 for a foursome if you bring your Saturday night scorecard.

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iBrattleboro Turns 14

Well, well. One day we’re sitting around planning a community news site and fourteen years later we’re looking back as if in a Talking Heads’ song. My god, what have we done?

Same as it ever was.

For fourteen years now, almost every day of our lives has had an extra layer to it - iBrattleboro.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/20/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/20/17

Monday, February 20, 2017

12:00 am The Trump Effect: What Sociologists Can Tell Us About the 2016 Elections

1:30 am Howard Coffin - THe Civil War from a Vermonter's Perspective

3:16 am Artful Word: Special Olympics Penguin Plunge

3:45 am At Landmark: John Elder, Climate Change 2/6/17

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