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1821:

Elizabeth Rowell Thompson born in log cabin at Lyndon, Vermont.

1840:

Boy Wanted, Of good habits and disposition, about 12 or 14 years of age, to work in a Family. Enquire of Wm. W. Fessenden.

1845:

Drugs and Medicines. Williston & Tyler, have recently replenished their stock. Among the articles, are Protoiode Mercury, Iodine, Iodeiron, Hyd. Potash, Veratrine, Kreosote, Morphine, Ammoniated Tartrite Iron, &c. Physicians and Families, supplied on the lowest terms, and every article warranted.

1857:

Mr. J. F. Willard having taken the shop in the lower room of Estey’s Building, formerly occupied by R. Walken, is now prepared to do all kinds of Planing, Sawing and Matching, (usually done at such an establishment) promptly, and in the best possible manner. Mr. W. will also furnish packing boxes, sinks, wardrobes, and every thing else in his line at short notice and on reasonable terms.

1861:

F.H. Fessenden has increased the collections in this village, for the relief of the suffering people of Kansas, to over $250. The citizens of West Brattleboro have forwarded about $80 in money, and the ladies have sent on two boxes of clothing.

1873:

Mr. Wells Goodhue and wife, being about to remove from their old residence on Main street, gave a grand reception on Tuesday evening last, which was attended by over one hundred guests.

1873:

Father St. Onge, our new Catholic priest, promises to deliver at the town hall, on St. Patrick’s day, March 17, a public lecture descriptive of his eight years’ residence among the Snake Indians of Oregon.

1879:

A friend who has tried it hands us this recipe for delicious ice cream: To one pint of pure cream add one tea cup of granulated or powdered sugar; flavor to suit the taste, and stir in newly-fallen snow till the mixture is of the usual consistency of ice cream. A dessert can thus be prepared in five minutes which all the arts of Prof. Blot cannot rival.

1879:

J.W. Hosford has a very handsome and useful piece of furniture in his rooms at Gregg’s drug store in the shape of a combination writing desk and sewing machine. Any sewing machine can be used on the stand, and when not in use the machine swings down upon a hinge down out of the way and the desk top takes its place.

1890:

February is truly a great month for the music-loving people of Brattleboro. First, the Mary Howe testimonial; second, the Artillery band concert, and now here comes the announcement that those prime favorites, the Lotus Glee club, with Miss Marshall, the reader, are booked for the town hall next Monday evening.

1890:

All the men who sold ties to be used on the narrow gauge railroad were offered a free ride to Brattleboro last Friday and 15 availed themselves of the opportunity.

1890:

“Anarchism” will be the subject of the Sunday evening lecture by Rev. F. W. Sprague at the Universalist church.

1890:

The stained glass windows for St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church are being put in place and are already beginning to lend their beautiful and artistic effect to the enlarged and remodeled audience room with its handsome decorations of fresco work. The side windows are eight in number and there will be a double window above the alter.

1896:

Mrs. V.O. Jones gave a small fan tan party Tuesday evening which was much enjoyed.

1896:

Parents will do well to caution their children not to run in front of the electric cars. Many children of late have indulged in this dangerous sport.

1896:

The first public exhibition game of basket ball ever played in Brattleboro will be contested Saturday evening at the armory at 8 o’clock between teams representing the local Y.M.C.A. and Vermont Academy. Basket ball possesses many of the attractions of foot ball, while the roughness of that game is eliminated.

1896:

Brattleboro town expenses for the coming year: $28,964.15.

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Brattleboro’s Stump Streets, formerly Forest Square, are succeeding in ridding the neighborhood of pesky trees. Our landlord has joined the in-crowd and has taken down a 150 year old maple tree with the encouragement of a tree cutting service.

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

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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

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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?

Working in the IT field I often see a common occurrence with businesses and consumers alike. Everyone hears about large companies being hacked or their neighbors computer catching a virus, but often times people do not put as much priority on their computers security as they should. We all hope that it never happens to us, and many people think they are too small to be a target for hackers. The truth is, smaller targets are often easier to attack so instead of spending months trying to penetrate a large corporation or financial institution, hackers will spend far less time attacking many small businesses at once.

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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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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, January 19, 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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The End of Free VY Calendars

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These calendars contained the required safety information for the nuclear plant about emergency notifications, iodine tablets, special alert radios, evacuating the area, shelters, what to do with pets, siren testing, and a message about how radiation is natural and accidents unlikely.

The final calendar (unless one shows up soon) was sent out in 2016. Sure, it contains mini-calendar in the back for 2017 and 2018, but it was the final full calendar sent.

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Brattleboro Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closings

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Monday, January 16. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16.

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

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 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Putney Central School.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of January 16th

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.

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For your planning purposes, ramp closures are also scheduled 1/22/17 and 1/29/17 in January.

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Paths of the Gods: Hiking the Sorrento Peninsula at Brooks Library

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Brattleboro History - The Hollows

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Produced by Joe Rivers and his students at the Brattleboro Area Middle School.
Released January 12, 2017

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The Snaz Plays Saxtons River

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Woman's Educational and Industrial Union

From Today in History 1894:

Many people will learn with regret that the women in charge of the “Woman’s
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Looks like the parent organization existed until quite recently in Boston.

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/weiu.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_Educational_and_Industrial_Union

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