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1781:

Windham County divided into Westminster and Marlboro shires.

1846:

An Englishman, calling himself John Smith, was apprehended here last Sunday, with several articles of property stolen in this Village, in his possession. An examination was had on Monday, and he was committed to jail to await his trial at the April term of the Court. He said he had been engaged on the Cheshire Railroad.

1859:

If the people were sufficiently watchful of their own best interest - if they would duly appreciate the fact, that electing public servants best calculated to give vitality and force to their own laws, is the goal of republicanism - the mainspring that shapes and regulates the measures of our government, we could confidently anticipate an improved condition of public affairs.

1859:

Prof. Kirbye proposes to give an entertainment in this village on Friday and Saturday evenings, including ventriloquism, gymnastic performance, feats of strength, balancing, &c. We have no doubt the performances will be quite entertaining to all who may witness them.

1859:

William Bartlett of this village was arrested last week for stealing wood from diverse persons in this place, and was brought before Justice Tyler. He plead guilty and was fined $10 and costs.

1875:

An article will be embodied in the warrant for town meeting to see if action will be taken for reducing the grade of High and Green streets.

1875:

The weather last Saturday morning was the coldest ever known in this town, the mercury registering in various localities from 27 to 36 degrees below zero. In some sections hereabouts it went as low as 40 degrees.

1886:

The Philharmonic society gave a musical and reception at their rooms on Tuesday evening which gave much enjoyment to a company of 80 or more invited guests The instrumental pieces were rendered with the spirit and finish which always marks the Philharmonic performances, and the male quartet won deserved encores.

1886:

The warm weather of the past week has had a wonderful effect in bringing out the beauties of the railroad bank. We may very probably have something to say on this subject later in the season.

1892:

The Elliot Hose company have received their new badges. They are of silver and of a very attractive design.

1892:

The unclaimed packages of the American express company which have been accumulating at the different offices in the state during the past two years are to be sold at the Brattleboro office tomorrow, beginning at 7:30 P.M. This sale will probably attract a large crowd, as it will have all the interest of a lottery, as no one knows what the packages contain.

1892:

The New Zealanders continued their performances at the town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings. The distribution of gifts, especially of the gold watch and diamond ring, was generally declared a “snide” game, and caused considerable indignation.

1892:

The first installment of claims in the Estey Organ company benefit association were paid the 15th.

1892:

The Estey Organ company have ordered a long distance telephone to be placed in their office.

1897:

The board of trade held its first meeting at the People’s bank Friday afternoon to fix the time for the monthly meetings and to appoint standing committees.

1897:

Miss Anna Barrows of Boston will give a lecture upon bread making and meat cooking, with some hints about pastry, at Grange hall next Tuesday evening. She is one of the editors of the American Kitchen Magazine and is a teacher of domestic science.

1897:

Mrs. Mary Howe-Lavin will close a remarkably successful season of grand opera and concert in Berlin in about two months, and, unless something unexpected happens, when will return to Brattleboro with her brother, Lucien Howe, about May 1.

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Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Library

Writing Thank-You Letters at Brooks Memorial Library. Start the New Year with Gratitude. Join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Thursday 19 January 2017, 3 pm - 5 pm and Monday 23 January 2017, 6 pm - 8 pm for writing thank you letters. More info at Brooks Library events calendar http://brookslibraryvt.org/upcoming-events/icalrepeat.detail/2017/01/19/2896/-/start-the-new-year-with-gratitude

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Trump Inauguration Thoughts

Rumor has it a new president is being sworn in. I believe his name is Donald Trump.

Here's some space for you to opine, praise, vent, or otherwise comment on this solemn tradition of our great nation.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 23rd

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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, January 22nd 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.

For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled for January 29th and February 5th, 12th, 20th, and 26th.

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Brattleboro Snow Removal Wednesday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 10:30pm or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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"If You Can't Get On A Bus, Come And Stand With Us!"

From noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, there will be a SIster Vigil at Pliny Park, at Main and High Streets in Brattleboro, to stand in solildarity with marchers in Washington, D.C. -- and all over the world (https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters).

There may be many people in the area who would like to join the Women's March but will be staying here for whatever reason.  This vigil is for them -- for us.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: FY18 Budget Approved, IT Plan To Understand Earthlink Accounts Before Ending Them

Brattleboro’s FY18 budget was approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard for presentation to Representative Town Meeting in March, ending a nine week process of review and adjustment. Your municipal taxes will increase 3.5 cents if approved by representatives.

A new IT plan will streamline Town networks and allow staff to use 2017 technology. Commonwealth Dairy and Hermit Thrush Brewery were assisted with land and loans, a new Mexican restaurant will open soon, Town audits show a clean bill of financial health, and mobile homes will be protected from future flooding.

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Environmentalis

What’s the difference between a climate advocate and a climate denier?

Not much.

Most “liberals”, “progressives” and Democrats are climate advocates.

Most “conservatives”, “libertarians” and Republicans are climate deniers.

If climate advocates believe that fossil fuels contribute to dangerous CO2 levels and hence climate catastrophe, why do they fly around in planes for the slightest reason? Why do they hold conferences that require colossal amounts of carbon emissions? It is understandable that their work may require flying but flying for vacations?

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 1/16/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/16/17

Monday, January 16, 2017

12:00 am Emergency Forum Legislative on VT Civil Rights 12/12/16

1:40 am MGFA presents: Artist Talk - Jon Gregg

3:00 am Amahl and the Night Visitor

4:00 am Vote for VT: Bringing Water to Kenya

4:30 am Windham County Sheriff Office Grant Check Presentation 12/8/16

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu January 16 to January 20

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January 17- Baked Lasagna

Turnip & Carrots

Garlic Bread

Apricot Pudding

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Winterpills and Antje Duvekot at Next Stage on Saturday, January 21

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present indie/folk/chamber-pop quintet Winterpills, plus contemporary folk singer/songwriter Antje Duvekot, at Next Stage on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 pm.

One of the most exciting bands to emerge from Northampton, MA in recent years, Winterpills plays haunting, delicate, dynamic music with shimmering melodies and aching lyrics. Critically praised as a mirror of sorrows and a beacon of hope, the music of Winterpills - true to the band’s name - is medicine for weary hearts.

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Tim Wessel Running for Selectboard Seat - One Year

Hello to all iBrattleboro readers!

As some of you may have heard, last week I announced my candidacy for the Brattleboro Selectboard.  I will be on the ticket for one of the two available one-year seats.

I feel that this is a good time to inject a little energy and positive ideas into our town, and I hope to be part of that effort.  I think I’ll be able to bring a straightforward voice to the board, balancing the desire to try some new directions and also be firmly planted in fiscal responsibility - important to all hard-working taxpayers (like myself!).

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Sister Marches Go Global

Local  Sister Rallies and/or Marches are in Montpelier,  Putney  Brattleboro,  Keene,   Greenfield and Northampton..    There may still be seats on the bus leaving from Putney VT to Washington D.C. 

Brattleboro Update:    From noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, there will be a SIster Vigil at Pliny Park, at Main and High Streets in Brattleboro, to stand in solildarity with marchers in Washington, D.C

Sister Marches Press Releases
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Women’s Marches Planned for all 50 States and More Than 40 Other Global Cities Grassroots Efforts from Sydney to Atlanta Could Top 1 Million Participants Organizing for Freedom and Democracy for All

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Brattleboro's Stump Square - Now With More Stump!

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They’ve nagged her for years and she finally gave in. The tree is in pretty good shape. They are out there right now being very careful to preserve all of the nice wood they are getting paid to harvest.

The tree was planted in the middle of the 1800’s by a group of Brattleboro residents that had formed a Shade Tree Association. They wanted to make sure future generation would have lovely shaded trees for cool, summer walking.

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Lunar New Year of China, Korea, and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam. Sunday, January 29th, 1-3 at 118 Elliot Street, downtown Brattleboro (across from the fire station). It’s the 15th annual celebration of its kind in southeastern Vermont. It's a potluck.

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VFW Lunch Specials Jan. 16th - Jan. 20th

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. - Salisbury steak w/ mushroom gravy, mashed potato & veg.
Tues - baked chicken w/ potato & veg.
Wed - spaghetti w/ meat sauce & salad
Thur - pot roast w/ potato & veg
Fri - homemade crab cakes w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Town Meeting Petition

I am circulating a petition to get a positive question on the Brattleboro Town Meeting Warning for a March vote. In short, it provides a chance for Brattleboro to say we have our standards and values and we will live up to them regardless of what happens in Washington.

Please use the link below to download a copy of the petition, sign it (and maybe get a couple of signatures from folks in your household) and return in to the Brattleboro Town Clerk by Thursday, Jan. 19. Or you can stop in at Everyone's Books on Elliot Street and sign the copy on their counter.

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The End of Ringling Bros. Circus

The Ringling Bros. circus is shutting down this May after 146 years. This circus would come to Brattleboro back in the day.

Owners says it is a combination of the times (we are easily distracted by other things), the cost of hauling an enormous show from town to town, and a lack of elephants. Elephants had been a part of the show until last year and there was a major drop-off in attendance after they left.

Final shows will be in Providence, RI, and Uniondale, NY later this spring. 500 employees will be looking for work.

(Note to former-circus folk, do consider coming up to Brattleboro. Our circus schoool is being built as I type and we could use more!)

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I Am Running For Selectboard

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Cyber Threats. How Real Are They?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 17, 2017

After many a meeting to discuss the details, the FY18 Municipal Budget will likely be approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting at Tuesday’s meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

An $80,000 IT plan will be presented. The board also will hear about financial audits, work out an easement arrangement with Commonwealth Dairy, loan some money to Hermit Thrush Brewery, and more.

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