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1839:

Sam’l Chipman, Esq. will deliver two Lectures on the subject of Temperance, at the Chapel, Elliot street, next Tuesday, April 2d, afternoon and evening, commencing at half past 2 and 7 o’clock. All are invited to attend.

1839:

Dr. Wright, of this village, will lecture on the Thompsonian System of Medical Practice, on Monday evening next, April 1st, at the Methodist Meeting House — to commence at 7 o’clock.

1839:

The Rev. Mr. Pennington, a colored clergyman from Hartford, spent the last Sabbath in our place. In the afternoon he preached in the Congregational Church, and in the evening delivered an address in the Unitarian Church. The rarity of the occurrence attracted large audiences, who so far as we can tell from their silent attention were highly gratified.

1854:

Birth of Robert Gordon Hardie, portrait painter.

1856:

Brattleboro Cornet Band. — This band are about procuring a new Uniform. It will consist of a blue coat, drab pantaloons, and a high crowned cap with broad visor, the whole trimmed with gilt lace. Such a dress will give their appearance a coincidence with their musical capabilities.

1872:

Those using the old fashioned sperm oil will be glad to learn that M.T. Van Doorn has just received a lot which is proving a very superior article.

1872:

A large gang of men have been employed for the past week in cutting the ice below the Connecticut river bridge, in order to “assist nature” in clearing the channel when the break-up comes and avert danger from the bridge.

1878:

A movement is on foot for a Poultry and Pet Stock exhibition to be held in this town some time during the coming fall or winter. Some forty of our leading citizens have already joined the movement and signed a paper agreeing to furnish an exhibit and to give aid and encouragement to the enterprise.

1889:

Fish Commissioner Frank Atherton took 60,000 brook trout from the hatchery at Fairhaven Tuesday to stock the streams of Windham county.

1889:

There is considerable talk on the streets in regard to local capitalists having the building of an opera house under consideration.

1889:

The Dundon cottage on the Vernon road was the scene Sunday of one of the lowest carousels which ever disgraced the town. The details of the proceedings are too repulsive for publication.

1889:

The attendance at the special school meeting on Tuesday evening was not what would be called a large one.

1895:

About $1000 for three races will be offered by the Valley fair association for the trotting meeting on the afternoon of July 4. It is probable that arrangements will be made for some other attraction in the forenoon.

1895:

Miss Mary Ellis and Miss Minnie Wilson, of the New York state library at Albany, ar at ex-Gov. Fuller’s house arranging and cataloging his library after the latest and most modern system, that in vogue at Albany under State Librarian Dewey, the inventor of the decimal system of arranging libraries.

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Dr. Craig Rinder Joins BMH Physician Group

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced that Craig Rinder, MD, will join BMH Physician Group, effective March 2, 2015.

When the transition is complete, Dr. Rinder’s current practice, known as Craig Rinder, MD, LLC, will be called BMH Urology. Its offices will still be located at 375 Canal Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. The new phone number for making appointments will be 802-251-8720.

Dr. Rinder has been practicing urology in Vermont and New Hampshire for over 17 years. His practice provides medical and surgical care for illnesses involving the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra), the adrenal glands and the male reproductive tract.

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FCC Vote Opens Opportunities

The Federal Communications Commission voted today to regulate broadband under Title II of the Communications Act. In ordinary speak, this is Net Neutrality. It eliminates threats of a multi-tiered system, where certain bandwidth costs more than other bandwidth depending on what you want to access.

The actual rules will be published in the near future, but the impact is a good one for anyone who has, or is wanting to start, a site on the internet. Your site will remain as accessible as all others.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of March 1

Route 30: One-Way Traffic and Night Work: Night work on the new bridge Route 30 will be conducted Monday night, March 2nd through Friday night, March 6th. Traffic on Vermont Route 30 within the work zone will be reduced to one-way starting later this week, so that the team can work on a very slight realignment of Route 30. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only, and flaggers will be present to control traffic. The work will be completed by the end of next week.

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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Brattleboro Time Trade - week of February 22

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

BTT's First Annual Spring Forward Extravaganza:

Friday, March 6
from 4:30-8:30 pm at the River Garden (during Gallery Walk):
• Spring Gardening Show • Music
• Silent Auction & Raffle • Dessert Bar & Cafe!

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

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Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: Technology That You Can Borrow From Brooks Library

Bring your lunch and learn about tech toys you can borrow from Brooks Library! As part of the Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series, Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh and Library Director Jerry Carbone will talk about the technology that you can borrow from Brooks Memorial Library.

The library has pre-loaded Kindles, Nooks, and iPads and more. The library also has a LCD projector, Canon Digital camera, and portable screen, which were received as part of a Vermont Economic Development Project from the Vermont Department of Libraries. The policy and procedures needed to borrow these items will be reviewed at that time. 

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At Brooks Library: Revenge - A Reading and Discussion Series

Revenge-- A Reading and Discussion Series on Wednesdays 7 pm - 8:30 pm. What are the causes of revenge? What are the consequences? Is taking revenge ever justified? Explore this most passionate and provocative of human desires through drama, short stories, and novels. Join Vermont Humanities Scholar and long-time Brooks facilitator Richard Wizansky for an evening of engaged discussion on this universal topic. First in the four-part series: Agamemnon. Books are available for checkout at the circulation desk.

The books, which will be available for checkout, are the following:
February 25, 7 PM: Aeschylus, Agamemnon
March 18, 7 PM: E.L. Doctorow, Welcome to Hard Times
April 15, 7 PM: Andre Dubus, Selected Stories
May 27, 7 PM: Russell Banks, The Sweet Hereafter

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Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market Seeks New Members

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is now accepting applications for new members to vend their products at the Saturday and/or midweek markets. The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is the region’s largest and oldest open-air market and supports local agriculture, prepared foods and crafts. The market features over 50 diverse vendors from the local area and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is a not-for-profit membership organization and welcomes applications from those who grow and/or create their own high-quality products, especially those working with local ingredients/materials to bring variety to the market’s offerings.

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Brattleboro Women's Chorus Spring Session Begins

The spring session of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus begins Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and there is a second rehearsal option of Thursday, March 5 at 10:00 - Noon. These first rehearsals are open to anyone interested in trying out chorus without obligation. Both sessions will be held at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street. This is a location change until April for the Wednesday rehearsal.

Founder-director Becky Graber will lead the chorus in songs of travel in preparation for two concerts in May. Participation in the concerts is optional. All women and girls ages 10 and above are welcome to join without audition or previous musical experience. Financial aid is available.

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Heads Up!

A big, fat false flag is likely in the works, so the DHS can get its funding

 A video purported to be by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab urged Muslims to attack shopping malls in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other Western countries.

The masked narrator concluded an hour-long video by calling on Muslims to attack shopping malls, specifically naming the Mall of America, as well as the West Edmonton Mall in Canada and the Westfield mall in Stratford, England.

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New Town Rep Candidates Badly Needed!

Alert! More candidates needed for Representative Town Meeting!

If you read the paper, you know that Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting is woefully short of candidates for the Town Election next week (Tuesday, March 3).

So we are putting out an appeal to all Town residents to consider running as write-in candidates for any uncontested (currently having NO candidates) seats at Representative Town Meeting.

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Economic Development Pitch Night with Lt. Governor Phil Scott

On behalf of both the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation and Lt. Governor Phil Scott, we wish to invite you to attend the Southern Vermont Regional Economic Pitch Night.  The event will be held at Vernon Elementary School in Vernon from 4pm-6pm on Monday, March 9th.

Southeastern Vermont has done extensive analyzing of and strategic planning for growing the Windham Regional economy through development of our Federally approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies.  Now you are also invited to present ideas to legislators on how to move the Vermont State economy forward. Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes per person.  This is an opportunity to provide positive ideas for improving Vermont's economy, and hopefully encourage new legislation.

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1% Local Option Tax

Brattleboro residents can vote on March 3 ( or by early voting now at the Town Clerk's Office) about whether we should add a 1% optional sales tax here in Brattleboro.

This is a difficult issue because many fear it will hurt our downtown businesses and Brattleboro residents will also pay this extra 1% tax.( It won't just be people who live out - of -town or out -of -state. ) On the other hand, it has been estimated that it could raise around $600,000 in extra revenue for the town.

I haven't heard much public comment about this issue and I 'd be interested to know what I-Brattleboro readers think.

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iBrattleboro Interview: David Gartenstein

David Gartenstein is running for a one-year seat on the Brattleboro Selectboard. We asked him some questions, and his answers follow. Election day is Tuesday, March 3rd.

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- What lessons would you say you have you learned since joining the board? 

Serving as a member of the Selectboard, and as Chair, have reinforced for me the vital importance of ensuring that everyone is heard with respect.  We face many competing priorities in Brattleboro, and our goal should be to achieve what is best for the town and its residents given our limited resources.

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Brattleboro Town Clerk Election Hours

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon for early voting in Brattleboro’s Annual local elections. The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Tuesday, March 3 as staff will be conducting elections in the Municipal Center, room 212. Polling hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Area Hospitals Launch Community Health Needs Assessment

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for hospitals to maintain compliance with federal regulations.

The three health care organizations are working collaboratively to gather information by conducting focus groups, developing and disseminating a short survey to the general public, and collecting and analyzing quantitative data. The Vermont Department of Health is providing population based indicators as part of the process.

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