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1837:

The Selectmen of this town, we learn, have purchased of Mr. Arad Stockwell, his farm, containing about 140 acres,for the residence of the Poor. Price of the farm provided it contains 140 acres, $2990 — if more or less, same proportion.

1837:

Wanted to Hire, a Journeyman Brick-layer and Plasterer, who understands building chimnies. James. M. Reed.

1843:

On Saturday night last, about 12 o’clock, Mr. John Birge’s Woolen Factory, half a mile from our village, was discovered on fire, and every article of property within it was destroyed. More than 1000 yards of cloth manufactured for customers and ready for delivery, was destroyed, besides wool in process of manufacturing, to considerable amount.

1848:

A Committee from the Directors of the Brattleboro and Fitchburg Road, met in this place on Tuesday last, to hear the parties interested in the proposed location for the Depot. The two proposed locations are, one on the flat upon the Vernon road, near the residence of the late Dr. Wilson, and the other on the bank in the rear of the Congregational Church.

1848:

Wanted. A Man And Wife without children, to do the cooking of a public establishment. Apply at this office.

1855:

The number of farms and the amount of personal property exposed for sale at auction in this county, was never before so great as during the present season. A large number of our citizens seem determined to emigrate somewhere. Some have gone to Kansas, some to Iowa, others to Illinois and to the indefinite “West.”

1860:

“The Water-Cure World” is the title of a new monthly newspaper published in this village by Dr. C.R. Blackkall.

1871:

I.K. Allen, our well known lumber dealer, has just returned from Burlington, where he purchased one million cedar shingles, besides a large amount of spruce and pine lumber, including clapboards, &c. There is to be some building here this season, and “Isaac” evidently intends to do his share to encourage it.

1871:

The Holbrook plow, invented by our well known townsman Ex. Gov. Holbrook, has gradually won its way to the front rank among agricultural implements — a position which it seems likely to maintain against all opponents.

1871:

Those rumors in regard to the erection of new shops by Messrs. J. Estey & Co., it appears were not without foundation. Two new buildings have been contracted for, and their erection will commence next month. They are to be of uniform size and adjoining those put up last year.

1876:

Mr. James Fisk gave a street exhibition of his patent harness last Saturday afternoon.

1876:

List of historic relics and curiosities at Women’s Centennial Entertainment, with names of owners, published.

1882:

Estey & Co. have completed plans for a new brick dry-house of large capacity, to be built under L.K. Fuller’s patents taken out some time since, and which have become the leading system of the country. They propose to move their existing dry house and convert it into an additional shop of cutting up lumber.

1893:

Morse & Simpson are to receive 1000 lilies from Bermuda for distribution Easter.

1893:

Almost no maple sugar has been made the past week, but the farmers ar expecting the season to open in full blast any day.

1893:

Frank Mayo owns probably the largest dog in America. It is a pure St. Bernard and weighs nearly 200 pounds. It is named D’Arcagnan, and has a pedigree tracking back nine generations.

1893:

The Brattleboro savings bank has recently bought a Hammond Universal typewriter through Miss Florence E. Clark. Miss Clark is working up a good supply trade in connection with her sale of typewriters, including ribbons for Caligraph and Remington machines as well as all supplies for Hammond typewriters.

1899:

The state railroad commissioners have ordered car fenders placed in the next 90 days on all electric cars in Vermont. The commissioners have approved three fenders, and one of these must be used.

1899:

S.A. Smith & Co. are planning to put an electric motor into the Crowell building on Flat street to furnish power to run their machinery.

1899:

The Brooks House pharmacy has this week put in a new soda fountain from the factory of A.D. Puffer & Sons, Boston.

1899:

Jack Martin emerged for an encounter on the Connecticut river bridge Friday night with a badly battered physiognomy. There are different versions of the affray, one to the effect that a railroad man assaulted Jack, another that two men attacked him; and from the other direction is a report that Jack posed as Joe Ott looking for trouble and got it.

1989:

VY asks for license extension from 2007 to 2012.

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Harris Hill Ski Jump Set For Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, 2017

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Some of the world’s best up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to fly at New England’s only Olympic-size venue Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, during the annual Harris Hill tournament in Brattleboro, Vt.

The nearly century-old competition will feature athletes from Austria, Slovenia and the United States leaping off a 90-meter hill that’s one of just six of its size in the country.

Since its start in 1922, the annual event attracts several thousand spectators who watch jumpers shoot at speeds of 60 mph before soaring more than 300 feet in the air.Austria, Slovenia and the United States.

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Brattleboro Rabies & Chipping Clinic March 4

Low Cost Rabies AND Micro-Chipping Clinic

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th - 10am to 1pm

Location: Brattleboro Auto Mall (800 Putney Rd. Brattleboro,VT)

Open to pets from everywhere!

$10.00 Rabies Vaccination
$20.00 Micro-Chipping

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Mainstream News: USA Heroic in Vietnam 15 Years No Victory 7 Million Dead, TV News: Trump Dangerous

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Trump calls mainstream reporters and commentators 80% liars. Blood soaked war-promoting CIA fed monopolized mainstream media accusing Trump supporters and allies of ‘fake news’ has backfired. Essay traces history of genocide justifying media in America. Ramsey Clark expects eventual prosecution of media executives and media celebrities. Five Nazi media celebrities were convicted a Nuremberg. Two hanged.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Solar Agreement Approved, Sidewalk Plow In and Out of Action

The Brattleboro Selectboard took up a number of somewhat ordinary agenda items at their postponed regular meeting Monday evening. Facility updates, grants, certificates of mileage, parking lot contracts and other mundane matters were handled with ease. There was a minor TIF tiff, too.

The high points, perhaps, were discussions of solar net meter credits, the new energy coordinating volunteer position, and news that the most recent storm broke our sidewalk plow.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 2/13/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 2/13/17

Monday, February 13, 2017

12:00 am Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Spectacular Sing-Along

2:00 am Chinese New Year Presentation

4:00 am Norwich Bookstore: Cindy Pierce

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Brattleboro Monday Night Parking Lot 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 parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Monday Evening Snow Removal in Downtown Brattleboro

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.

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Trivia Night at Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club To Benefit Brooks Library

Calling all trivia buffs and library supporters! This week, the Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club's Trivia Night will benefit the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

Please join us on Monday, Feb. 13th, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm at the American Legion Hall, 32 Linden St., Brattleboro. Teams can consist of 4 to 6 players. Bring your friends or join a team when you arrive. Dinner is provided by Entera Catering, and a cash bar will be available as well. Admission is $20 and includes dinner and a donation to the Friends.

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Dogs Die In Not-Too-Hot Cars

I am sharing this sad story so that citizens who find a dog locked in a car can share that dogs die in cars even on not so hot days.  Tragically, this dog died on a 70 degree F day after being left unattended for three hours. This occured in our neighborhood here in Palm Springs.

Now, if you find a dog locked in a car, and a police officer or store owner dismisses your concern with "it's not that hot out" you can site this case as evidence to support your concern.  Of course science has proven this for years, but we continue to frame the problem as "dogs die in hot cars".  Not always. 

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Call for Chamber Singers to Perform on June 17

The Guilford Chamber Singers start rehearsals on February 27 in Brattleboro for their June 17 A Cappella à la Carte event. The Singers are sponsored by Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st concert season. This program will present works by New England composers who have been featured in FOMAG concerts over the years, including at least three world premieres. Composers include Don McLean, Peter Amidon, and Anna Patton, as well as nationally renowned composers Alice Parker and Gwyneth Walker. There are openings for new and returning singers for
all voices. Contact Chamber Singers director Tom Baehr at (802) 387-2796 or the FOMAG office at (802) 254-3600 or office@fomag.org.

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Feb. 25: HeartSoulVoice Performs Celtic, Shakespeare & More

Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 51st concert season, will present its annual Midwinter Musicale program on Saturday, February 25, at Guilford Community Church, just over a mile from Exit 1 off the Interstate. The evening will begin with a pre-concert soup supper at 6 p.m., continue at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring the HeartSoulVoice duo from Boston, and be capped by a dessert reception.

The pre-concert light supper, included in the $12 admission fee, will offer hearty homemade soups, Vermont bread and cheese, salad, and fruit. An array of desserts will be served at a post-concert reception.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00pm 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 Selectboard Candidate Interview: David Schoales

We hope you enjoy this interview with David Schoales, candidate for Brattleboro Selectboard.

Which seat are you running for, and why do you want to be on the Selectboard again?

I am running for the three year seat and I want to serve a few more years to help assure the good progress we made over the past four years continues as new members gradually replace us.

Give us your stump speech/qualifications...

I've served on a day care board, health center board, land trust board, school boards, union boards- lots of experience working with others to get things done that will help my neighbors. I'm a good listener, a strong advocate, I love learning new stuff, and I care a lot about what happens to people.

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VFW Lunch Specials Feb. 13th - Feb. 17th

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 - country fried steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - baked stuffed chicken breast w/ mashed potato & veg
Wed - spaghetti w/ homemade meatballs & salad
Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade salmon burgers w/ onion rings

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Brattleboro Downtown Snow Removal Friday 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 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.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - February 13 - 17

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu February 13 to February 17

 

February 13 - Greek Bean Bake

Asparagus

Wax Beans

Mango

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Intolerance

The set is dressed up, down to the smallest detail.  Actors are in place. The director cues lights, camera, slate, calls out, “Action”.  Everything animates, yet moments later, as if taking back time itself the director cries out, “Cut! Cut!..” By the furrow in their brow, everyone knows Maestro is not happy. Something is amiss.

In this instance, fictional as it may be, actors playing Nazis, (or Terrorists, or Banditos) despite being members of the ethnic group that are represented stereotypically, are not being authentic enough. They’re somehow not menacing, leering, or dark enough to satisfy the director’s vision. This auteur is known as a tyrant, goes for hyper-realism, stark verisimilitude.

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Pets Welcome on Entire Vermonter Route

Amtrak announced the expansion of its pets program on the Vermonter, allowing more options for customers to travel with their pets. Small dogs and cats can now join their owners on the entire Vermonter route from Washington D.C. to St. Albans, VT, as long as the trip duration is no more than seven hours (see requirements). Previously, pets were not able to travel on the Connecticut portions of the route.

More than 15,000 pets and their human companions have traveled around the country since the program launched on the Northeast Corridor in October 2015. Record ridership was achieved for the month of July with more than 2,000 pets and owners traveling onboard. The program has also generated more than $1 million in revenue since its inception.

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Tractor Trailer Crash Closes I-91 South for 1.5 Hours

From the VT State Police report:

"SUMMARY OF CRASH: 

On 02/09/2017 at approximately 12:39 pm, members of the Vermont State Police (Westminster Station), VT DMV and the Brattleboro Fire Department responded to Interstate 91 (I91) in the Town of Brattleboro for a reported TT-Unit which had jackknifed and was blocking the southbound lane.  

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Historical Society Podcast - Anna Marsh and the Brattleboro Retreat Origin Story

Anna Marsh witnessed the horrors of mental health care in the early 1800's through the tragic experiences of a friend and a family member.

Here's the story of the origins of the Brattleboro Retreat as researched by Maggie, a BAMS student...

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