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1791:

Vermont becomes the 14th state of the union.

1836:

A secret conclave of the canine race, “hound, puppy, whelp and cur of low degree,” was holden some time on Thursday night last, on the public square near the hay scales, to testify, by snarl and growl and yelp, their utter contempt for certain laws passed by their biped masters, derogatory of their rights as free and independent citizens. Many deep-toned “bow-wows” were uttered by the ringleaders, which seemed to give show of fight and determined resistance to becoming collar men.

1836:

The town meeting article in relation to changing the place of holding the meetings from the west to the east village will excite the most interest. Another question of more moment is, whether the Bridge over West River shall be made free.

1847:

Potatoes Wanted, Cash, and the highest price paid for a few bushels Lady Fingers potatoes by Williston & Tyler.

1847:

Herds Grass & Clover Seed, just received and for sale by Wheeler & Pratt.

1881:

A pleasant entertainment was given at St. Helen’s school in this village last Saturday evening, by the principal, Mrs. Ives. A play in French, by the young lady pupils of the school, enlivened by excellent music, some of it composed and executed by village talent, was the chief feature of the occasion.

1881:

The attendance at the town meeting on Tuesday was smaller than usual, and the business was transacted without unusual friction or excitement.

1881:

Blank inventories by which taxpayers are to make up their lists for the listers are now in the town clerk’s office, and it is the duty of every taxpayer not having already received one to call and obtain one before the 20th inst., as provided by law.

1881:

Edwin Earl has opened his new store at 45 Main street, for the sale of pianos, sewing machines, pictures, stationery, etc. The rooms are neatly and attractively fitted up, and the goods well worthy of examination.

1887:

Clapp & Jones, stationers, will give away a barrel of ink in handsome inkstands on market day.

1887:

One of the most gratifying features of the town meeting was the entire unanimity and cheerfulness with which money was voted for the support of the free library. Such action showed not only a just appreciation of the benefits of the library, but of the gifts of Mr. Brooks and his heirs.

1887:

Prof. Bristol’s trained horses drew crowded houses at all four of their Brattleboro exhibitions, and won nothing but praise for all who saw them. In spite of the snow storm there were 780 tickets represented in the hall Saturday afternoon.

1887:

J.K. Pierce & Co. have added a new corn cracker to their grist mill.

1887:

Frank Reid and Chas. Crosby have dissolved partnership in their bicycle business. Reid will continue with the sale of the Columbia machines and Crosby will take the agency of the Victor.

1887:

Brattleboro merchants are in earnest in meaning to make the weekly market-day, which will be established next Monday, a special feature and something worth coming to Brattleboro for.

1892:

Ten working hours a day is now the rule at the Estey shops.

1892:

The children of Miss Clay’s Chase street school found a winter curiosity in the shape of a caterpillar on the school grounds on Tuesday, March 1.

1892:

Town Meeting Resolution: That it is the sense of the voters of Brattleboro that the Australian ballot law, so far as it has reference to the election of town officers, ought to be repealed.

1898:

Dr. G.F. Gale’s weather record shows a total snow-fall for the last four months of 101 1/2 inches, and a rain-fall of 13.69 inches.

1898:

C.E. Gilman arrived at the Gibson horse stables, Elliot street, Saturday, with a carload of horses, said the be the best large and general purpose horses which ever came into the valley.

1898:

Mrs. Albert Duquette of Vergennes was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. James Izard over Sunday, and sang the Ave Maria by Millard as a solo at the 10:30 mass at the Roman Catholic church. It was very beautifully rendered and was esteemed one of the finest musical numbers ever heard in the church.

1917:

Brattleboro's new Federal Building, the Post Office and courthouse, open.

1923:

Dr. Shailer E. Lawton dies.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Postponed

The Brattleboro Energy Committee meeting previously scheduled for today has been rescheduled due to the weather. The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 5:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Express Fluency Opens Classroom in Downtown Brattleboro

Express Fluency- a language school offering innovative courses in VT, MA, ME, and NY, has opened a new classroom at 73 Main Street in Brattleboro.

Express Fluency offers a new approach to learning a language which has helped thousands of people, including those who were previously unsuccessful language students, gain fluency in Spanish quickly and easily. French and Mandarin classes will be added in 2015.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 2/2/15

BCTV Ch 8 schedule for the week of 2/2/15

Monday, February 2, 2015

12:00 am Nontombi Naomi Tutu: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations 1/18/15

1:30 am UVM Comm Med School: Keep Life Sweet

3:00 am Common Good VT_ Using Census Data to Tell Your Story

4:55 am Focus - Ep.1: Free Speech and Charlie Hebdo

5:30 am True North Reports: Prospects for Advancing the Cause of Liberty

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - February 3, 2015

The Brattleboro Selectboard will begin working to identify and promote an explanation for their public position against proposed Charter changing amendments at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Muncipal Center.

The board will also approve grants and funds for a radio repeater, sidewalk repair, and "highway safety equipment," learn more about VT Alert from the Fire Department, consider giving out three more licenses for liquor samples for a tasting and sampling event at the River Garden, and more.

Watch it all on BCTV, or better yet, attend in person and participate. You can read all about it here the next day.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00pm 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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Town of Brattleboro Notice of Availability of Auditors' Reports

NOTICE is hereby given that the Brattleboro Town and Town School District Auditors’ Reports for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, are available upon request and may be picked up at the Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office, 230 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Auditors’ Reports will also be available as part of the Town and School District Annual Report which will be available at the Town Clerk’s office no later than February 20, 2015.

Based on vote at Representative Town Meeting, March 20, 2010, the Town will no longer mail the Auditors’ Reports to all voters of the Town.

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World Music Concert on Feb. 6 to Benefit Guilford School Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 49th concert season, has been presenting a 3-day Music Enrichment residency for the Guilford Central School (GCS) for seven seasons. Master teacher Todd Roach, a drummer-percussionist based in Brattleboro, and a number of his performing colleagues have been working with the upper grades at GCS in rhythm, voice, and instrumental workshops. Participants demonstrate what they have been learning at an assembly performance for the whole school on the final day.

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Brooks Memorial Library Receives Bequest

The estate of Brattleboro resident Ronald James Read, who passed away in June 2014, has notified the Brooks Memorial Library of a bequest. The unrestricted gift will increase the library’s current endowment fund by over $1.2M.

“The staff, Friends of the Library, volunteers and board are delighted at this great news,” noted Jerry Goldberg, President of the Board of Trustees. “Mr. Read’s bequest, by far the largest since that made by George J. Brooks in 1886, is a legacy that is far reaching. It will help to guarantee the future viability and sustainability of Brattleboro’s public library, an institution much respected by Mr. Read. It is, indeed, his gift to the entire Greater Brattleboro community.”

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Weekend Comedy Series: Jeff Foxworthy

I had a different show picked out, but in the last day or so it was removed from YouTube, so instead of Check Your Neck, we’ll visit Jeff Foxworthy in the early 1990’s via his “You Might Be A Redneck” special.

Foxworthy is famous for his “you might be a redneck if...” jokes and TV shows, but how many knew that he did a five year gig maintaining IBM mainframes?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - A Short Summary of 3.5 Hours of Agenda Setting

It was a special meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard, so we’ll have a special form of coverage - a quick version:

- No one appears to be running against incumbent Selectboard members, as was also the case last year.

- $7,000 of BMAC repair and maintenance costs were added back in to the budget for FY16.

- The FY16 general municipal budget was approved for presentation to Representative Town Meeting. It comes to a request for $15,721,494, or a 2% increase in property tax.

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Accident on Putney Road

I was the victim of that accident. I payed attention to my surroundings on both sides, and was in a crosswalk. I was fully sober, as I am now. I have been in recovery and AA for over a month now. I was struck by the car on the outside of my left leg, so I had definitely already gotten through the close lane (with a car, its headlights on, waiting) or else I was hit by a car crossing lanes.

I imagine the police must have identified the driver by now, as there was busy traffic leading down to the triangle and an officer was on site rapidly. My mom and uncle were speaking to an officer not far away when the accident occurred, and he naturally rushed to the scene. I was told by an officer at the hospital that the driver had been a man in his 80s who had simply not seen me.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda - Annual Informational Meeting On Budget

In anticipation of the BUHS District #6 Annual meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 in the high school gymnasium, the BUHS District #6 Annual Reports are available at all WSESU schools, Superintendent's Office, Brooks Memorial Library, District Town Offices (Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, Vernon), and www.wssu.k12.vt.us. A public Forum to discuss the proposed FY '16 budget will be held at 6:30 p.m on Monday, 2/2/15 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

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Revenge: A Reading and Discussion Series at Brooks Library

Revenge: A Reading and Discussion Series at Brooks Library. 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.

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"Presumed Consent" Is NOT "Informed Consent" And The VT State Legislature Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves!

PRESUMED CONSENT OF ORGAN DONATION. OH, REALLY? WHAT A CREEPY WAY FOR THE STATE OF Vermont TO MAKE MONEY because "presumed consent" is NOT "informed consent"!

This Act shall take effect on January 2, 2016. Bill as introduced, H. 57 It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont: Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. chapter 110A is added to read: CHAPTER 110A. ANATOMICAL GIFTS § 5232. PRESUMED CONSENT All Vermont residents 18 years of age or older shall be presumed to consent to making an anatomical gift of some or all of their organs, eyes, tissues, or a combination thereof upon their death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education.

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Brattleboro Planning Commission Agenda for February 2, 2015

The Brattleboro Planning Commission will meet at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 2, 2015 in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. The agenda is as follows:

A. Meeting called to Order

B. Approve Minutes of January 14, 2015

C. Announcements

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