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1858:

The Melodeon shop of Messrs. Estey & Green is now in full operation. Their facilities for expediting work are much greater than they enjoyed in their old quarters before the fire. Their shop is kept warm night and day conjointly with steam and a furnace which admits a much more rapid progress in their finishing department.

1862:

There have been recruited in Brattleboro 147 volunteers to the war besides those who enlisted in the cavalry regiment, the number of whom we estimate to be about 30. This give 177 for Brattleboro out of a population in 1860 of 3855.

1874:

The winking and blinking of the gas on Wednesday evening was conducive to - anything but pleasant thoughts.

1880:

We wonder of the chief engineer fully weighed the import and meaning of his words when he stated, in open meeting, that he would not order a company with a heavy machine to step one side to let a lighter machine go by to save a burning building! It has been generally supposed that the primary object of the fire department was to protect village property, and not to nurse and gratify rivalries among the several companies.

1880:

It is pretty evident, from the vote taken last Friday evening, that the village believes that it has authority to direct the location and use of its fire apparatus, legal opinion to the contrary not withstanding.

1880:

The ninth lecture in the citizens’ course will be delivered this evening, by Col. Kittredge Haskins, on the subject: “Woman in Politics.”

1885:

The coarse, heavy snow, accompanied by more or less rain, which fell Monday night, forming a solid mass three inches deep, made the worst work for railroads that has been experienced this winter.

1885:

Sam Boyce was arrested by Policeman Alls on Monday night for making a drunken disturbance on Elliot street, and on arraignment before Justice Newton the next day told contradictory stories as to where he obtained his liquor, but he was let off on payment of fine and costs amounting to $15.28.

1891:

The New York Press gave a portrait of Mary Howe, and a sketch of her life and in the course of study she has pursued. In the course of the sketch the writer says: “She is said to sing one note higher than any vocalist living, taking high F with an ease and a purity of tone absolutely phenomenal.”

1891:

Perry, the clothier, is making special low prices on all winter weight clothing.

1891:

The Estey saw mill on the Brook road, owned by the Estey Organ company, was burned last Sunday afternoon between two and three o’clock. There was no telephone in the vicinity, so that it was necessary for a man to mount a horse and ride to the Estey shops before a general alram could be given.

1891:

There will evidently be but little observance of St. Valentine’s day, to-morrow.

1891:

Three young boys left town Saturday to seek new worlds, and their parents have no idea where they have gone.

1913:

13" of snow brought the winter total to over six feet to date

2009:

Harris Hill Ski Jump re-opens after renovations.

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Deerfield Valley Inn Holds "Your American Dream" Essay Contest To Award $600,000 Country Property

Contest will award winning entrant financial freedom via ownership of The Deerfield Valley Inn, a $600,000 country inn property in the Mount Snow area of southern Vermont.

WEST DOVER, VT (November 2015) – The owners of the Deerfield Valley Inn (DVI) have announced an essay contest to award full ownership, free and clear, of the inn to the winning entrant. Entrants will submit an essay on the subject: “This is my dream: To own a Vermont country inn property”.  While the property has operated as a country inn for more than 60 years, the contest rules do not require the new owner to operate as an inn.

After more than 17 years of ownership, the owners have decided to use the growing popularity of the “Essay Contest” to find the next owner of the DVI. The winning contestant will be awarded the $600,000 property and the
keys to their financial future. Doreen Cooney, owner, observed: “While a great many people are interested in the B & B lifestyle, many have difficulty financing their dream.

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What's Up, West B? BizUp! That's What's Up!

Connect, Collaborate, Innovate!

On Wednesday, January 13, at 6:30pm, the Community Development Action Team of the West Brattleboro Association will host the first ever BizUp West B! This will take place in the center conference room at 55 Marlboro Road.  (The building with Central Appliance on one corner.)

Connect, Collaborate and Innovate! BizUp events intend to connect our talented local business owners and organizational leaders with one another, providing the possibility of sharing resources, supporting collaboration and sparking innovation.

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Mobility Scooter Problem at Hannaford

I use a store mobility scooter when grocery shopping.  Today at Hannaford's at the checkout, they asked me if I would like them to get me another cart to go out to my car.  I said, "Why would I need another cart?"  They said because you aren't allowed to take the cart outside anymore.  A myriad of thoughts went through my head.  It's hard enough for me to get all the way into the store now, since they moved the electric carts out of the entranceway, and they expect me to get all my groceries and me out to my car without the e-cart? What is going on? 

A letter from corporate apparently came down with the pronouncement.  I will be calling corporate 1/7/16 to find out more.  The line I was given by the frontline staff was that there have been accidents because the carts are too low.  I said, oh, are they going to stop allowing children and any Little People in the parking lot, too?  Never at a loss for a sarcastic retort, am I!!  I apologized, and said I would contact corporate with my concerns and stop taking out my anger on them.

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A Presidential Candidate - Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson has announced his intention of running for the office of President of the United States.

“I do believe that crony capitalism is alive and well. It’s Democrats and Republicans that contribute to that. I’d like to be that choice that is not going to succumb to that.”

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Project Survey

The Brattleboro Selectboard is seeking public input on how the Town should proceed with the proposed improvements to the Town’s fire stations and police station. The current condition of these facilities is unsafe and prevents the Fire Department and Police Department from being as effective as they can be in serving our community.

Brattleboro residents are asked to provide their opinions on the project by filling out a survey questionnaire by January 18. The results of the survey will be published on the Town’s website and the Selectboard will consider the results of the survey during the Selectboard meeting on Tuesday, January 19.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Whether to Tap Excess Funds Now or Later

Two members of the Brattleboro Selectboard voiced opposition to moving the police station to Black Mountain Road at Tuesday night's meeting. It was just one item in a packed agenda that included a range of issues, from trash collection to green undertakers.

The board is wrestling with whether to apply some excess funds toward tax savings now, save it for another year, or split it up. A Survey Monkey questionnaire regarding police and fire facility options is in development, soon to be filled out by you. Utilities must get out of the way for bridge work, committee members were appointed, and two locations in town were leased out.

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Montreal to Ban Fireplaces and Vintage Woodstoves

They’re not so far away!

Starting in 2018, wood-burning appliances will be banned unless they meet rigorous new emission standards of
2.5 grams of fine particles or less per hour. The bylaw is among the strictest in North America, said Réal Ménard, the city’s executive committee responsible for the environment. Presently, transforming a stove or fireplace with inserts
so that it is in compliance with the coming regulations costs between $2,000 and $8,000.

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District
http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Dummerston School.

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More Downtown Brattleboro Snow Removal

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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

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

If vehicles are going to remain in Town overnight they should park in the Brattleboro Transportation Center. If you use the Transportation Center, do not park in a Reserved Permit space without a permit. Pay and Display is in effect after 9:00 a.m.

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Annual Meeting Notice for Brattleboro Union High School District #6

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #6

FEBRUARY 9, 2016

The legal voters of Brattleboro Union High School District #6 are hereby notified and warned to meet at the gymnasium of the Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, Vermont on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, to act on the following articles:

Article 1. To act on reports of Officers.

Article 2. To elect by ballot a Moderator.

Article 3. To elect by ballot a Clerk.

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The Coming Saudi Crack-up?

The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia has a lot of oil.

The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia has a lot of Shiites.

Many of the oil workers in the Eastern Province (as well as Bahrain, Oman & UAE) are Shiites.

These Shiites are currently very angry.

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Brattleboro Design Review Committee Forming

The Brattleboro Selectboard recently established the new Design Review Committee. Attached is a press release with information about the committee and how to apply to become a member.

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

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Mass Incarceration and Vermont Forum

BRATTLEBORO - The Root Social Justice Center is partnering with Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform (VCJR) to host a free public forum, Mass Incarceration and Vermont. The event will be held at The Root Social Justice Center (28 Williams St., Brattleboro) from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 17.

“Vermont is known throughout the country for its progressive and family values,” says Sha’an Mouliert, a member of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform. However, her son, like hundreds of other Vermonters, was incarcerated out of state, far from home. While he was incarcerated in Kentucky, Sha’an remarked, “Christmases, birthdays, and other holidays -- there is a big hole. My son is missing his children. I am missing him.”

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Stroll Hosts Non-Profit Showcase During Gallery Walk

During Gallery Walk on Friday, January 8 (5:30-8:30 p.m.), Strolling of the Heifers invites the public to meet representatives of more than two dozen area non-profits at the River Garden in downtown Brattleboro.

At the event, which is called "Get the Word Out," visitors can learn about what the organizations do, how to obtain services from them, how to participate in their programs, and how to volunteer. In addition, VT Dinners a startup company making frozen meals using locally grown ingredients, will offer tastings of their products, and the Brattleboro Women's Chorus will entertain.

The Stroll's art gallery, Gallery at the Garden, will be open as well, with a re-installation of the exhibit "Windham Grows," which consists of photographic works by John Nopper and Jeffrey Lewis, depicting past winners of the Windham Regional Business Planning Competition sponsored by Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, along with interviews with the subjects by Elizabeth Stoumen.

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Deadline Nears for Sanders' State of the Union Essay Contest

BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 4 – The deadline for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) sixth annual State of the Union essay contest is noon on Friday. Sanders essay contest calls upon Vermont’s high school students to address what they view as the major issues facing the United States. President Barack Obama will deliver his final State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 12.

Sanders’ annual essay contest is an opportunity for Vermont high school students to articulate what issues they would prioritize if they were president. A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays and select a winner. The 20 finalists will have their essays entered into the Congressional Record -- the official archive of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 2:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 1/4/2016

BCTV Ch8 schedule for the week of 1/4/16

Monday, January 4, 2016

12:00 am Vermont Humanities Fall Conference 11/14/15

1:30 am Hunger Mtn Coop Workshop Series: Living Tiny Conversations with Lisa Rochelle

2:50 am 1st Wed: Face to Face with the Emotional Brain

4:00 am A Retrospective on Vermont Environmental History

5:20 am Rights & Democracy Summit: Building an Economy for People & the Planet

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Downtown Brattleboro Snow Removal

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 streets in the downtown area this evening.

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

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How To End War

This year's seasonal epiphany had a fitting theme – peace and how to attain it.  It was a two part revelation.  The first is very simple: stop starting new wars.  If there's not already a war somewhere, don't start one.  Period.  No matter how undemocratic you think the regime or how crappy their policies, bombing a country does not improve the lives of the people there.  On the contrary, it destroys lives in every sense.  

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