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1840:

Wool Carding. The subscribers would inform the public that they have fitted up their Carding Machines with new Cards in complete order, and are now ready to operate under the superintendence of Mr. John Fowler, who will be happy to wait on those who may favor him with a call. Hines, Newman & Co.

1845:

Water Cure opens in Brattleboro with 15 patients (soon growing to 150).

1858:

James Fisk Jr.’s exhibition took place on Friday afternoon of last week as announced in the programme. The procession drove through the principal streets in the village, to West Brattleboro and back again, escorted by as good music as ever led such a column. The streets were lined and side-walks covered with a multitude of eager gazers from this and neighboring towns who stared as if some menagerie or circus were just making its appearance.

1862:

Rev. Addison Brown having had charge for a year and a half of the Lenni Lenape Institute in Phillipsburgh, N.J., in connection with Miss Z. J. Hall of Vernon, recently deceased, has returned to his home in this village, and we learn is to supply the pulpit in which he formerly preached for a few Sundays.

1874:

J. Retting & Co. have about 25 hands employed in the new furniture shop, and are constantly increasing the number. They are now making chamber sets of the best grades, and demand for their work thus far is fully equal to the supply.

1874:

The last block of the Fisk monument was laid on Saturday. It lacks the inscription, which will not be put on until the dedication.

1885:

The new reservoir for the fire department, to be located near E.E. Stockwell’s on Forest square, will be built under the immediate direction of the bailiffs. It is to have a capacity of nearly 50,000 gallons and will be covered with railroad iron and stone in a substantial manner.

1885:

Contrary to general expectation, this year’s grand list, which was completed yesterday, shows an increase of $26,000. The total list amounts to $3,665,749.

1891:

Clark Frost, son of R.L. Frost of West Brattleboro, was brought before Justice Newton and fined $3 and costs, amounting to $12.37, for taking and having in his possession trout less than six inches long. The prosecution is the first of the kind ever made in southern Vermont.

1896:

The Barnum & Bailey bill boards were put up at the railroad station yesterday.

1896:

Two new street cars, one open and one closed, with motors, arrived Tuesday from the Jackson & Sharp company. The street railroad company now has eight cars - four open and four closed.

1923:

Twin State announces Brattleboro street railways will be ripped up and replaced with busses.

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First Wednesdays at Brooks Library: The Indian World of George Washington

The upcoming Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesday lecture will discuss how George Washington handled his interactions with Indian peoples. Join us on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm at Brooks Memorial Library. Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway will look at the first president's relations with Indian peoples and consider how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic.

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

Everyone is cordially invited and welcome to attend our Open House in celebration of our recent renovations, April 29th from 2-5 pm! Please come take the tour! Light refresments will be served. There will be an official welcome at 2:30, and a seek-and-find raffle. You can win prizes!

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Groundworks Collaborative Recruits Campers for 5th Annual Camp for a Common Cause

BRATTLEBORO – On Friday, May 19, Groundworks Collaborative will host the fifth annual Camp for a Common Cause on the Brattleboro Common. This fund- and awareness-raising event has been a great success each year since it began in 2013 as a collaborative fundraiser to support both Morningside Shelter and the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center. The two organizations went on to merge in June 2015 to form Groundworks Collaborative. All funds raised through Camp for a Common Cause support Groundworks’ efforts to house our neighbors experiencing homelessness.

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What Do Electric Car Owners Do If They Run Out Of Fuel?

An electric car was on the side of 91 the other day with no one around. If it had been a gasoline powered vehicle I might have thought the owner was walking to a gas station with a can to fill up. But what do electric car owners do if they run out of fuel on the highway? Carry a battery to a charging station? Pay for towing?

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What A Way To Start A Day

I was up early today. Too early. Our old cat woke me up at about 5:30 am and got me up to feed her and give her some attention. After a few hours, I was ready to start working. I was really tired from a lack of sleep, but have done this sort of effort before.

I checked my inbox of email and saw a message from the German American Musicians in Buffalo, with a subject line of "My Condolences". My dad plays tuba in the GAM band. Condolences?

It began "We are so very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. When we found out yesterday that he had passed away, it came as a shock to all of us."

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/24/17

Monday, April 24, 2017

12:00 am Ethan Allen - Prisoner of War

1:10 am MGFA presents: Petria Mitchell

3:00 am Prydein in Concert - Enosburg Opera House 3/18/17

4:45 am Common Good Vermont: Environmental Impact Bonds

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: April 25th

Good morning!

Beginning today, April 25th, Upper Dummerston Road at I-91 will be completely closed in order to perform demolition of the old bridge. This closure will only occur between 6am and 7pm, and will continue through May 1st (excluding Sunday). Traffic will be detoured accordingly during this closure.

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
Public Relations Officer
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
p 802-251-0709 | f 802-251-0695

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At Sea

Recently I was greeted in town by someone, somewhat familiar, and in connection with the skatepark. It was an awkwardish moment, maybe I’m reading into it.

There was a bemused smile from them, and some sympathy for what must be my lassitude. Though I’m no longer directly involved in BASIC, it was like I was a Methuselah of sorts, and since the building of the park is an uncertainty, given the biblical span so far, would my longevity hold until the park was realized?

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First Work-in-Progress Showing of Babylon

On Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th Sandglass Theater will present the first full work-in-progress showing of Babylon at Next Stage Arts Project at 7:30pm, with an additional fundraising event for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program on Friday after the show. Babylon is a piece about refugees: their journeys, traumas, and challenges to resettlement. Performed by puppets and actors with moving panoramas, known as crankies and with choral singing. Sandglass has been developing this piece for nearly two years, and will begin touring in Autumn of 2017.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Adam O'Farrill Quartet (Emerging Artist Series)

Young, Award-winning Trumpeter and Jazz Composer, Adam O’Farrill to Perform with Quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Adam O’Farrill and his quartet, Stranger Days, will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 PM. O’Farrill is an award-winning first call trumpeter from Brooklyn. He is a regular member of the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (led by his Grammy-award winning father, Arturo O’Farrill) and the ensembles of Rudresh Mahanthappa. He can be found performing and recording with top artists such as Christian McBride, Vijay Ayer, Jason Lindner and others. Adam’s quartet, Stranger Days, is the band he created to hone his compositions and develop his unique notions of form, improvisation and interaction. It is a collaborative project he shares with his brother, drummer Zack O’Farrill, saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown and bassist Walter Stinson. They are good friends who practice together, talk deeply about music and develop ideas as a team; they are four brilliant musicians striving to get to the core of a unified concept.

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Zuckerman, Toleno and Legalizing Cannabis

David Zuckerman was in town yesterday, and spoke with groups of democrats and progressives.  At the latter someone asked if there was any way that cannabis reform was going to happen in VT this legislative session.  David, who was being videotaped throughout the event by a representative of th Republican Governors Association, gave a very thoughtful analysis of the state of cannabis reform in the state and country.  He said that the best way for us here in Brattleboro to help make something happen might be to call Tristan Toleno, who is serving as the democratic whip in the House, because in that role Toleno not only counts votes but can push to get certain bills considered.

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VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 24th - Apr. 28th

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 potato
Tues - smothered burger w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - bacon mac & cheese w/ a salad
Thur - stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - salmon pea wiggle

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Brooks Memorial Library Open House

The Trustees and staff of the Brooks Memorial Library invite you to check out our new meeting spaces, teen room, renovated reading room and children’s area and more during an Open House and tour, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2pm-5pm. There will be a brief welcome at 2:30pm and tour guides on hand for exploration of the new spaces.

Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Thanks to Brooks Memorial Library Volunteers

Brooks Memorial Library and the community are a better place because of our volunteers. National Volunteer week is April 23-29. National Volunteer week was established in1974 by President Nixon. Each year, the current president issues a special proclamation in honor of volunteers. This week is a time to recognize our 35 volunteer who generously give of their time to help achieve the overall mission of the Library.

Several of our volunteers have over 20 years of service while many have been recognized with over 5 years of service to the library. We also have some turn over and immensely appreciate and depend on new volunteers to come forward. We are fortunate that our volunteer positions do not remain vacant for long.

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New Beginners Hunyuan Chen Style Taiji Quan Starting in Putney May 2nd.

Beginner's Hunyuan Taiji Quan is a 8 week series that  introduces the principles of  alignment, balance, correct movement, qi (vital energy) cultivation. Each week participants will learn a new movement of the Hunyuan 12 movement Taiji Quan form. Through dedicated practice, students will complete the form by the end of the series. Participants will also learn chan si gong (silk reeling) exercises to help open and relax the joints while simultaneously nourishing the vital qi and blood of the body. All are foundational practices to re-condition the mind/body connection, deepening one's capacity to relax, release stress, improve balance, and build core strength. 

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room.

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

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Opening Reception for Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present "Before Words", an exhibition of steel sculptures by Torin Porter running from May 4th to June 18th. An opening reception will take place on May 4th at 5pm. An Artist Talk is set for June 10 from 5-7pm.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language and logic come into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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Brattleboro Historical Society Podcast e98 - Robert Wesselhoeft's Water Cure

In 1840 Dr. Robert Wesselhoeft moved to Boston from Germany. He was publicly humiliated by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and driven from town. Wesselhoeft moved his family to Brattleboro and opened a "Water Cure"...here's the story...

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 24th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

A single lane closure and intermittent shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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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Ken Schneck's Brattleboro-Related Book is Now Available!

I'm MOST pleased to let you all know that my book "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" is now available for order on Amazon. I think you all are truly going to love it (and you'll definitely see a TON of Brattleboro-related life in there!). And, of course, it would mean the world to me if you pre-ordered it! - http://tinyurl.com/SeriouslyAmazon

WIth great appreciation,
Ken 

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In July Brattleboro can co-mingle recycling. For me,

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