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1828:

George Chandler Hall born in house on site of Baptist church.

1843:

The subscriber having purchased of Edwin Foster his right in the Fisher Brick yard, and also his share of Brick now on hand, offers to the public, on very low terms, 75,000 first rate Brick. James M. Reed.

1843:

Lyceum. Next Tuesday evening, Feb 21st. Lecture by Mr. Woolson. Subject: Chemistry.

1855:

The population of District No. 2, which comprises the village of Brattleboro - on the first of January, 1855, was 2675; last year 2561, showing a gain of 114.

1855:

We understand that quite a number of our most worthy citizens will leave this place for the West next week. Their destination is not fully known to themselves, but they intend, we believe, settling in Illinois or Iowa. Several will take their families with them.

1882:

The Brattleboro library association meeting votes to transfer library to the town under certain proper conditions. As the matter now stands, it rests with the town to say, at its annual meeting, whether, by acceptance of the very generous terms proposed by the library association, a free public library shall be established, at insignificant expense, of which every resident of the town shall have the full and unrestrained benefit.

1882:

The number of telephone instruments in use in Brattleboro is 85.

1882:

Lest friends abroad should suppose that a temperature of - 20 degrees still prevails in Brattleboro it may be well to say that the past week has been one of April warmth and balminess, with bright sunshine and heavy rains so alternating that the sleighing has been seriously damaged, and the face of old Wantastiquet has been stripped of half its wintry look.

1888:

J.H. Chamberlain advertises a clearing-up sale of horses this week to make room for a carload of horses from the Indiana blue-grass region, which he will have here about the first of March.

1888:

Teamsters who draw heavy loads across the West River bridge say that they are not afraid that the chords will give way, but that the flooring is rotten and liable to drop out some day. This is a matter to be looked after.

1888:

The Lenten services at the Roman Catholic church opened on Ash Wednesday morning with Mass at 9 o’clock, preceded by the blessing and distribution of the ashes.

1893:

Blessings have been called down on the heads of the village authorities for causing the icy sidewalks to be covered with sand.

1893:

A canvas has been made among our people to learn if sufficient interest was felt in the appearance of Lieut. Peary to warrant his engagement, and so generous a response has been made that his coming is assured. His lecture is illustrated with the stereopticon, and he brings with him his Eskimo dogs, sledge and driver. It is hoped that Mrs. Peary will also accompany him.

1893:

A railroad strike of infantine proportions took place at the depot yesterday. The three brakemen of the freight train south at 11:10 refused to go with the train, claiming that they had not been paid for three extra half-days work done last week. Three new men were hired and the train left at 2:15.

1899:

It is expected that the present town officers will be candidates for reelection at the annual March meeting, and, so far as is known, there are no candidates against them.

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Terror Incidents

Unless there's a further Terror Incident in the USA this year, the final tally is 29. 24 of those were by White Supremacists, White Power Groups and Trump Supporters. Bet you didn't read about most of them. (Courtesy: Far Right Watch)

The U.S. government would never even think about committing acts of terrorism on their own population...Right???

Wrong!!! In 1962 a plan entitled “Operation Northwoods” called for hijacking US planes and acts of terrorism and murder to be committed on innocent civilians which would be blamed on Cuba to justify an invasion of their country.

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Healthcare Storytelling and Letter-writing + Potluck

The January potluck of the Hive Mutual Support Network will feature a letter-writing and storytelling workshop, facilitated by the Healthcare Is A Human Right campaign of the Vermont Workers’ Center. As with all Hive activities, this event is open to the public.

The vision of the campaign is that our healthcare system should guarantee all of us access to care we need. Sharing our experiences with the healthcare system is an important way we can change the public narrative about healthcare to one that is human-centered, rather than being framed in terms of costs, profits, and policy that is divorced from our lives.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon-Fri from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Jan 1st - Jan. 5th
Mon - no lunch, open 1-7pm
Tues - hot roast beef sandwich w/gravy & French fries
Wed - penne chicken alfredo w/ salad
Thur - turkey dinner
Fri - baked haddock, rice, & veg

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Artist Opening at MGFA, "Winter Group"

Jan. 11 - Mar. 18: Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts presents “Winter Group”, an exhibit of new work by Donald Saaf, Torin Porter, Josh Bernbaum, and Jackie Abrams, and select work by our gallery artists.  We are pleased to welcome and introduce printmaker Erika Radich. Artists Reception Thursday, January 11, 5 - 7pm. Collaborative Artist Talk Saturday, February 10 at 5pm.

Painter and collage artist Donald Saaf creates work at the intersection of fine and folk art, exploring place as it is experienced in one’s memory.  His newest pieces reflect themes of inner growth and contentment. Torin Porter’s steel sculptures engage our imagination with his playful, stylized figures. His newest work is richly symbolic of conflict and transcendence. Josh Bernbaum’s hand blown glass  stands out with its vibrant colors, patterns, and surprising intricate textures. New work featured in this show is inspired by patterns of West African textiles and cacti in the Southwest. Fiber artist Jackie Abrams explores feminine form and experience through her woven vessels, with delicate and luminescent pieces featured in this show.

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Dog Training Classes Starting Soon!

Dog Training classes in Putney starting next week.  Do you have a new pooch that arrived for the holidays?  Or is one of your New Years resolutions to get fred some training?  Ultimate Companions Dog Training has everything from Puppy Kindergarten to classes for dogs that are reactive to other dogs or people.  For more information, contact Bill Grant at info@ultimatecompanion.com or visit www.ultimatecompanion.com.
Help your buddy start the new year off on the right paw!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 2, 2018

The Brattleboro Selectboard will consider depositing $5 million into a new money market account as part of their first regular meeting of the new year.

The board will continue their discussion of the FY19 budget, consider a loan to New England School for Circus Arts, approve a tax stabilization agreement, spend some grant funds, and appoint new committee members. Also, for the first time in a long time, there is no need for an update on the police or fire facilities.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Winter Farmers' Market Saturday Dec 30

Happy Almost 2018~

Stop by the Winter Farmers' Market this Saturday and wish Happy New Year to your favorite farmers, bakers and pickle makers!

We have a great line up of vendors for you who have you covered from cabbage to chocolate, syrup to soap, potatoes to pottery and more in between.  

Bundle up, and come be part of the warm community gathering that happens every Saturday, November thru March 10-2 at the River Garden in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. 

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Thought You Should Know There's Never Going To Be An End Now To The Fight About Corporations Being "Persons"!

JUDGE DENIES REQUEST TO GRANT ELEPHANTS 'PERSONHOOD'

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Judge-Denies-Request-to-Grant-Elephants-Personhood-466961733.html

Thought you should know now that there's never going to be an end to the fight about Corporations being "persons" while the government maintains that Corporations are "persons" and gives them  much better  tax breaks than "real" people.  So, here the battle is brought out in an entirely creative way, but I'll bet this will go on and on and on, with different objects and animals being taken into Court  for view and asserted as "persons" just like Corporations are "persons" according the the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Hinsdale Bridge Notice of Public Hearing

The New Hampshire and Vermont Departments of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Hinsdale (New Hampshire) Town Hall regarding acquisition of property that is planned for construction of the new bridge connecting Brattleboro and Hinsdale. Attached is the Notice of Hearing which must be posted in at least 5 conspicuous places. Please post it in the usual places – Town Clerk, Library, Recreation & Parks, Fire Department, and Public Works, as well as the home page of the Town’s website under “News.” Thank you.

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Anyone Know About Pre-Paying Tax?

There's been a bunch of publicity about some states allowing property owners to pre-pay some or all of their 2018 property tax before the close of 2017 as a work-around of the new federal limit on "SALT" deductions.  Anyone know if Vermont allows this?  Guess one could phone the appropriate agency, but of course I thought of this after hours!  Can find nothing on the Vt tax dept website or anywhere else online about this.  Thanks, & HNY.

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Brattleboro Solidarity - MLK Day: Annual SpeakOUT

Speak Out for Justice, a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior  is FREE, family friendly, and open to the public!

It will again be hosted by Brooks Memorial Library. It is sponsored by Brattleboro Solidarity and Indigo Radio.

The event will be at Brooks Memorial Library, January 13, from 3-5 pm

The program will include:

A Community Open Mic - let your voice be heard!

Collective Art

Music

Soup and Bread after the event

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Allyn Olney Retirement

It's with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude that the Brattleboro Fire Department is announcing the retirement of Firefighter Allyn Olney. Firefighter Olney joined the Call Force in June of 1986 was hired to the Career Staff in October of 1987, serving the citizens of Brattleboro for the past 30 years. Al has been a very special employee, a dedicated firefighter and a role model for all. Al received the “Firefighter of the Year Award” in 2004 and a “Meritorious Unit Citation” for his work as part of a group during a very difficult patient extrication at a fatal car accident in 2014. Known for his calm and laid-back demeanor, Firefighter Olney has embraced the role of “senior firefighter”, taking new employees under his wing, and sharing his knowledge, wisdom and history with all of us.

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Saturday: Ukulele-in-a-Day Quickstart Workshop for Total Beginners

Question: Why are SO many people in town learning to play the Ukulele these days?

Answer: Because it is surprisingly easy, and SUPER-FUN.

Back by popular demand, Lisa McCormick is offering 2 sessions of her UKULELE-in-a-DAY workshop, starting this coming Saturday.

* Sat., Dec. 30, Next Stage Arts, Putney, VT. 10am-3pm.

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Fundraiser: Help Finish the Mahalo Art Center Gathering Hall

The Mahalo Art Center Gathering Hall Needs Your Help!

The Mahalo Art Center is a beautifully designed space, and hosts a diversity of events, from yoga classes and art therapy intensives, to meditation retreats and sound healing, and the many people who participate. The Mahalo Rose temple is a clean space where no food may enter. This allows the intention to remain clear: a space for people to build community, connectedness and mutual growth in a beautiful, clean and focused environment.

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Brattleboro Snow Removal From Downtown District

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 11:00pm 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.

Contact the Brattleboro Police Department at 257-7950 for any questions.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 12/25/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 12/25/17

Monday, December 25, 2017

1:30 am All Things LGBTQ - Rights and Democracy

2:30 am Avant Garde Music Radio Show - Blood and Sunflower, Dub Perpetual, OSABA and more (Part I)

4:08 am Discussion on the Opioid Crisis in Vermont

5:00 am Green Mtn Mornings Tonight - GMMT: Friday News Show 12/22/17

5:30 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 1

6:25 am Shirley Squires: A Touch of Heaven - Pt. 2

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Brooks Memorial Library Hosts a Wikipedia Library Event– #1Lib1Ref

Do you use Wikipedia to start your research? You too can add footnotes to Wikipedia to help verify that the information is correct! On Wednesday, January 17 from 6:30-8 pm, Brooks Memorial Library will host a session for librarians and information seekers to learn how to add references to Wikipedia, and to discuss the role of Wikipedia in research.

Wikipedia’s strength is in the references that support it. Wikipedia is an ever changing source of information. Librarians, researchers and information seeker can help improve Wikipedia and make it a better resource for everyone. The annual #1lib1ref campaign (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref) asks every librarian and information seeker to add a reference to Wikipedia, to help ensure that Wikipedia's information is backed by reliable research.

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Vermont High School Wants To Take Boarding Students To Stay Open. Great Idea!

VERMONT HIGH SCHOOL WANTS TO TAKE BOARDING STUDENTS TO STAY OPEN! GREAT IDEA!!!

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/vermont/articles/2017-12-26/vermont-schools-seeks-permission-to-take-boarding-students

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vermont-schools-seeks-permission-to-take-boarding-students-466610883.html

"CABOT, Vt. (AP) A tiny Vermont school district is asking for state permission to keep its high school open while marketing it to out-of-state students who would live in the community. Members of the Cabot school board had considered various merger options as required by Vermont law."

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Brooks Memorial Library - First Wednesday Event: An Evening With Langston Hughes

Join us on Wednesday, January 3rd, at 7 pm, as we celebrate the work of Langston Hughes, Jazz Poet and one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Actor and writer David Mills was inspired to perform a compilation of Hughes' poems and short stories when he lived in his historic home for three years. He will celebratethe life of Langston Hughes in a dramatic rendition of the Harlem Renaissance writer’s poems and short stories.

This program is underwritten by Jack and Mary Ellen Bixby.

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