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1842:

Lyceum next Tuesday evening. Question for discussion: “Is the present rejection of all belief in spectres ill founded and unphilosophical?”

1870:

Probably not less than 800 people were present at the temperance meeting at the town hall last Sunday evening, and eighty-seven names were added to the pledge. BY all that is good and holy, let these be encouraged and sustained in their noble efforts at reformation by all the lovers of temperance and virtue in Brattleboro.

1870:

Although the year 1870 has been a poor one in general business activity, our carpenters and masons have not been idle. Sixteen dwelling houses have been erected within the limits of the village, at an approximate cost of $45,000, while the amount invested in workshops, business blocks and public buildings will swell the outlay to about $160,000.

1881:

Albert M. Fuller, the 15 year-old son of Geo. W. Fuller, left home last Friday without saying goodbye or making his intentions known. An epidemic of run-a-ways seems to have struck the town, this being the fifth or sixth within a short time.

1881:

The committee on the reorganization of the fire department will hold a meeting at the office of S.N. Herrick to-morrow evening at 7 o’clock, when all persons who have any ideas to present on the subject of the proposed reorganization are requested to be present and give them expression.

1887:

Sleds and sleighs for the little ones at Retting Bros.

1887:

There will be a New Year’s calico ball for old and young at the town hall on Friday evening, Dec. 30th.

1887:

Brattleboro music lovers are promised a treat in a concert to be given Jan. 11th by the Kanya Geza Hungarian gypsy quartet.

1887:

All wishing Christmas trees will find them at H.M. Wood’s.

1892:

It is doubtful that there is a resident of Brattleboro, who is not aware that a beer-drinking establishment has been running full blast the past season on the New Hampshire side of the river, directly opposite the village. “The brewery” has been the subject of many a jocose remark. Its patronage has been enormous. At almost any time during the day men have been seen going to get their beer.

1892:

Every voter in the village should attend the special village meeting at the town hall next Tuesday evening, to take preliminary action toward a suitable water supply, by electing a committee to engage an engineer to make an investigation.

1898:

Brattleboro coal dealers report an unusual scarcity of coal of all kinds. The scarcity is undoubtedly due in a large measure to the loss of so many ships laden with coal from the Pennsylvania fields during the storm along the Atlantic coast two weeks ago.

1898:

The Brooks House pharmacy opened its doors to the public Wednesday with a clean, new appearance about it which makes the store one of the most attractive looking on the street.

1898:

Chief of Police E.S. Hall has changed his night headquarters from the engine house on Elliot street to the selectmen’s room in the town hall. Mr. Hall may be found in the selectmen’s room at any hour during the night when he is not on the street.

1898:

Cold weather has prevailed throughout the week, and on Wednesday morning the thermometer recorded 16 to 24 below zero, the official record being 17. The daily mean temperature was 6 above zero.

1927:

Forty-nine cattle destroyed in burning of Retreat barn.

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Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob This Coming Saturday!

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Halloweeny Ukulele Flash Mob, Saturday Oct. 28, from 6:00-6:30 pm, at the Brooks House Atrium, Main St., Brattleboro. Led by Lisa McCormick.

Free and open to all, even if you don't play the ukulele (yet!)

Family-friendly, accessiable. Feel free to come a little early to get settled in. Music starts at 6pm!

Printed music will be provided. Costumes highly encouraged. Wicked fun guaranteed.

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Hoaxed Flowers

The fruit trees in my parking lot have just begun to bloom. (10/22/17)

Don't they know that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." as Trump tweeted.

Also: "Snowing in Texas and Louisiana, record setting freezing temperatures throughout the country and beyond. Global warming is an expensive hoax!"

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Uber Update

Just got story posted in Reformer

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Dosa Kitchen This Fall and Winter

Thanks to everyone who came out for dosas, curries, and lassis at Dosa Kitchen this season. We appreciate you welcoming South Indian food to southern Vermont. A big thanks to Wild Carrot Farm for our endless supply of kale!

This Sunday, October 22, is the last day of food truck season. We will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12-3. We hope to see you!

This fall and winter you’ll find us at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, Putney Winter Farmers’ Market, and Fridays for lunch at NECCA. Check Facebook for updates.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizens Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Tyler Conference Room at the 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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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 23 thru October 27

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 23 thru October 27

Oct. 23 - Stuffed Cabbage w/Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower

Garlic Bread

Jello w/Fruit

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public 10/23 to 10/27

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. 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 out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - stuffed chicken breast, mashed potato, & veg
Wed - roast pork, roasted red potatoes, & veg
Thur - strip steak, baked potato, veg
Fri - baked haddock, rice & veg

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ACT 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Notes

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 Monday, October 23, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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(Revised) Brattleboro Citizens' (not a) Breakfast Invitation - Oct 27 - Still Unclear About the Act 46 Vote?

Still unclear about the Act 46 Vote?

 Friday, October 27, 2017

8:00am

Change of venue: due to renovations at the Senior Center, this (not a) Breakfast will be held in the Selectboard Meeting Room of the Municipal Center

Please: no food or beverages in the Meeting Room!


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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Friday Signs

Good afternoon Stakeholders!

Tomorrow, Friday, October 20th, there will be two signs posted at the bridge access at the north end of the bridge. One sign will be for construction vehicles only. We ask that no pedestrians use this access point as there will be final groundwork being performed and many construction vehicles. There will be a sign clearly marking pedestrian access through the field. Please follow these signs.

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Brattleboro Stormwater Study

The Town of Brattleboro, Department of Public Works is working with Watershed Consulting Associates from Burlington, VT to complete a study in the local watershed. The study is designed to find and eliminate potential sources of water pollution linked to non-stormwater discharges into stormwater systems, such as those from sanitary sewers or leaking septic systems. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will use grant funds from the Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) to fund this study.

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Art Exhibit At Brooks Memorial Library: Astrid Sheckels, Children's Book Illustrator

We are pleased to announce an exhibit of lovely children's book illustrations by Massachusetts artist Astrid Sheckels! It will be on display during our regular business hours in the glass case across from the Children's Room through November 30th.

She cannot remember a time when she was not telling or illustrating stories, especially ones involving imaginary animals.

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New Hat

I just got a new “Tinfoil Hat” and I’m itching to try it out. The Las Vegas incident seems like an ideal opportunity.

While it is too soon to know if there are signs that the Las Vegas attack was a false flag, possibly supported
and enabled by what Ron Paul and others refer to as the Deep State, anyone who does not at least ask the question has not been paying attention.

There is convincing evidence that law enforcement is not telling us the whole story.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Panhandling Sign Defeated, Budget Season Approaches

There will be no Town panhandling sign. That was the split decision of the Brattleboro Selectboard Tuesday evening.

The board had an active and long night. Much of it had to do with financial matters and planning, such as approving a letter of intent to rent space in the Municipal Center, reviewing long term financial plans, buying a fire truck, debating the thickness of single use plastic bags, and contemplating energy issues.  

Budget season starts officially at the next meeting, but it peeked its head in and said hello this week.

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Journalism Film Discussion Series Resumes With Free Showing of "All the President's Men" at the Latchis Theater on October 22, at 4pm.

What started as a “third-rate burglary” ended with the resignation of a president of the United States. 

On Sunday, October 22 at 4pm, the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” will be shown free of charge on the big screen at the Latchis Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the importance today of investigative journalism. On the panel will be deputy editor of The Commons Randy Holhut, long-time reporter for the Rutland Herald Susan Smallheer, and former editor-in-chief of the Brattleboro Reformer and now editorial manager for the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Kata Casa. 

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Revised Revised Panhandling Sign Text

The Selectboard will be taking up the matter of a possible panhandling sign at tonight's meeting, and for the momentous occasion a new draft of proposed language has been given to the board for consideration:

“Brattleboro is a compassionate community and recognizes that it is legal for people to carry signs or to ask for money in public places. We are also committed to the safety of every resident and visitor in our town and recognize that aggressive or threatening behavior can cause legal activites to become illegal. If you feel threatened, you can call the Police at 802-257-7950 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. If you need food, shelter, or other assistance, you can call 2-1-1 for referral to local service agencies.”

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Brattleboro Early/Absentee Ballots Available

Early/absentee ballots for the Brattleboro Town School District special meeting to be held November 7, are now available in the Brattleboro, town clerk's office – for those registered to vote in Brattleboro. If you are registered to vote in Dummerston, Guilford or Putney, please contact those Town Clerks for details. Anyone wishing to vote prior to November 7 may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6. Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 10/16/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/16/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

12:00 am Express Fluency - Spanish with Annabelle Allen Part 2

2:45 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Jerry Johnson

3:15 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Eric George

3:45 am Vote For Vermont - Anson Tebbetts

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State of Vermont Hopes To Lease 10,000 Square Feet of Municipal Center

The State of Vermont would like to lease space at the Municipal Center for a period of ten years with options two five-year extension options. This is presented in a Letter of Intent dated October 5, 2017, to be discussed at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting.

The Letter of Intent comes from Christopher Cole, Commissioner of Buildings and General Services for the State of Vermont.

The space will be approximately 10,000 square feet, and will use “a portion of the second floor and a portion of the third floor” in the building.

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Brattleboro Planners To Hold a Workshop on Downtown Parking on October 25, 2017

The Town of Brattleboro will host a community workshop to discuss parking in downtown Brattleboro. The workshop will feature interactive roundtable stations for the public to express their opinions on the various parking-related solutions.

The Downtown Parking Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 118 Elliot Street. All members of the public are welcome.

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