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Today In Local History

1858:

Asher Spencer, famous stage driver and owner, appointed Postmaster in Brattleboro.

1860:

The crops are now all looking finely with the exception of grass, and the weather of the present week has given that a start which will do much to redeem the previous deficiency. Some farmers will of course say there will not be half a crop; but every year they tell the same story. There is plenty of time for the growth of an abundant crop now. Corn is unusually promising. Potatoes look finely. All sort of fruit give promise of an abundant harvest.

1876:

During a thunder shower Wednesday, the lightning struck the railroad track in front of the passenger depot. Several persons were standing upon the platform at the time, but were uninjured.

1876:

The Crosby free library has been removed from Harmony hall. Books may be had by applying to C.K. Jones.

1882:

New granite curbings are being set on portions of Main, High and Green streets, preparatory to the laying of new concrete walks in the fall.

1882:

Six hundred feet (in length) of billboard is to be furnished by I.K. Allen & Co. for the display of Barnum’s show bills.

1882:

Jumbo is coming! Barnum’s agent was in town Wednesday to make arrangements for the show, and Tuesday, July 25, is fixed as the date.

1893:

Why not give us poor pedestrians a few street crossings on Main street, Mr. Road Commissioner? All that it needs is a man and a hoe, and life would be a great deal more tolerable.

1893:

The big telephone poles which have been set in Main street from the bridge up to the People’s bank are undoubtably “cosmopolitan, you know,” but they are a crying offence to the eye, and their effect is as ugly as it is possible to imagine.

1893:

A.T. Kirkwood was driving one of the Estey Organ company’s teams in front of the Brattleboro House Friday, when the blast where the sewer is being laid on Union street was exploded. His horses turned suddenly about and Mr. Kirkwood was thrown to the ground, the wheels passing within a few inches of him. The wagon was heavily loaded with organs. The horses snapped off the pole and were at once stopped. One of the bones of Mr. Kirkwood’s ankle was broken.

1899:

The suits for the Brattleboro base ball team have arrived. The breeches, shirt, and cap are of dark blue with a white “B” on the shirt front. The belts and stockings are black and the entire costume will give the boys a neat, attractive appearance in the field.

1986:

NRC says VY's safety system has 90% probability of failure.

2010:

5.0 earthquake in Quebec is felt by some in Brattleboro.

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Station 2: "If they sent us to hell, we'd put it out!"

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SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 21st

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, June 21st. Volunteers will be collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

One of the parameters we test the water we collect for is Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli. It is a bacterium that is found in the guts of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Most E. coli will not make a person sick, but sometimes they can become pathogenic which means they can cause illness. Additionally, the presence of E. coli in waters acts as an indicator for the presence of other, more difficult to test for pathogens that may cause waterborne illnesses to those swimming, wading, or boating. We publish our results to the public in order to help everyone make informed decisions about recreating in Vermont’s waters.

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Stunning Turn of Events

In a stunning turn of events, Republicans are poised to lose the House of Representatives in 2018.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, voters prefer a Democratic majority by 54 to 38 percent!

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VFW Lunch Specials June 26th - June 30th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - BBQ ribs w/ macaroni salad
Tues - chicken vegetable stir fry w/ rice
Wed - goulash w/ salad
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ French fries or onion rings

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 26th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Please follow advanced warning signs. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Two Months Left To Prepare For The Big Total Solar Eclipse Which Hasn't Happened In 99 Years!

June 21, 2107 So much for my previous astrological prediction of some kind of news announcement today. Oh well, they did announce an electrical outage for a short period at the State House. That didn't stop their tongues from flapping on the roofs of their mouths, they just brought in a generator. U.S. News & World Report, 6 hours ago, MONTPELIER, VT (AP) "Power has been restored to the VT Statehouse following about an hour-long outage as legislators were..." So, while I was still waiting for some news on marijuana legalization, I studied other seriously important astrological issues, combined with real life Space astronomy, that yield amazing new predictions!

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Free Film Screening: SEED, The Untold Story at Brooks Library

Please join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the second floor Meeting Room for a special showing of SEED: The Untold Story! SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

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Summer Fun: Museum & Park Passes at Brooks Memorial Library

Did you know you can check out passes for free and/or reduced prices at many area museums, parks, and nature centers? Check out the Museum Passes page for more info and to book a pass for your next great day trip.

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Half-Price: Brooks Memorial Library Booksale

Last chance! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library book sale will continue until June 22nd. 1/2 PRICE! All proceeds benefit Brooks Memorial Library, and support programming, materials, and technology. Looking for a good summer read? There are still plenty of treasures to be found! 

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Energy, Diversity, Plastic Bags, and New Trails

The energy of the Brattleboro Selectboard was spent on many issues of energy - from a demonstration of carbon use during a fuel oil purchase to appointing, oddly, multiple weighers of coal. Energy improvements were contemplated, but not firm enough to take hold quite yet.

The conversation about diversity continued, with a status report and a plan to survey experts and others in the community before jumping in with decided plans. Green Street and surrounding areas will get a new network of trails. And the board asked for an ordinance to ban single use plastic bags from retail outlets.

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The Skills Gap - Has America's Educational System Hurt Young Workers?

For the last few years, there have been rumblings that our educational system is not adequately preparing students to take their place in the workforce.  They call it career-readiness, and unfortunately, a lot of young job applicants aren't, ready that is.

The Spring issue of my alumni magazine raised the point again, in response to a recent survey by PayScale.com.  The article, entitled “Essential Skills: What does it take to be career-ready in today's workforce,” would not have caught my eye had it not been for the colorful bubbles atop the page.  Inside those bubbles were numbers – 56%, 44%, 60% – which represented how many hiring managers thought recent college graduates lacked certain skills.  The skills our newest workers lack may not surprise us, but they should worry us more than a little.

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Unusual Mummy

Unusual mummified body recently found in Nazca, Peru.

Humanlike, it measured 5’-6’ tall, with an elongated skull and apparently, no external ears, just earholes. Most distinctive were the fingers and toes – long and thin, and 3 in number. (See picture)

Carbon dating suggests it is about 1700 years old. DNA samples have been sent for analysis.

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When Sun & Mercury Are In The Same Sign, Same Number of Degrees, Expect a Major Political Announcement!


When the Sun & Mercury are in the same astrological sign, the same number of degrees, then you can expect a major political announcement!  Of course, Washington, D.C. is just about close to the same astrological timing, so also look there for a major news announcement about 11 a.m.


June 21 at 11 a.m. in Montpelier, Vermont,  the Sun will be in zero degrees Cancer and also Mercury will be in zero degrees Cancer.  This indicates that we should expect a major political announcement! 

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Part 10 - Federal Marijuana Laws - Can the United Nations Really Seize Our Marijuana?

PART 10 (TEN) FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: If Governor Phil Scott signs a compromise recreational marijuana legalization Bill on June 21 or June 22, 2017, after much slinging of the tongues in Montpelier, Vermont, can the United Nations then send in UN Troops to seize "legalized" marijuana?  Huh? WTF?  OMG!  I hate to warn and inform you, but we really need to have a look at what on earth goes on at the United Nations!

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Teen Summer Reading Program At Brooks Memorial Library

A new teen reading program is happening this summer at the library. Teens, going into 7th grade and up to 18 years old, can participate in our NEW scratch-ticket summer reading program. Every time a teen checks-out a book this summer they earn a scratch ticket—one ticket per day. Also, teens can earn tickets by attending library programs.

Some scratch tickets will be winners and others will encourage teens to return to the library another day to try again. Prizes for winning tickets will include: books, water bottles, gift certificates to Brueggers and other local eateries and stores.

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Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - New Book

Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida is finished. It is now available on Kindle and Amazon.com  At the end of this note, are several poems and photos from this book and because it is father's day i have included sample of poems that you can share with your favorite "dad/man" in your life. Happy Fathers/ Men Day

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Brattleboro Gets Rain

Just noting for the record the rather spectacular rainfall we just experienced in Brattleboro. This was some of the hardest rain I've seen in quite a while. "Buckets!" as they like to say.

I think I saw a squirrel go by in a small boat.

Along with the rain was some rather percussive, precision thunder and lightning displays.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/19/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/19/17

Monday, June 19, 2017

12:00 am Vernon Black Gum Swamp - Public Mtg 5/8/17

1:05 am Vote for Vermont - VT Workforce Future

2:00 am Bear Pond Books - Salted and Cured

3:05 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

4:43 am TED Talks: Marlon Preston - Am I Not Human

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US Jet Shoots Down Syrian Plane

ISiS doesn’t have planes.

This is NOT good.

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VFW Lunch Specials June 19th - June 23rd

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.

Tues - cheese tortellini alfredo w/ a salad

Wed - BBQ chicken w/ potato salad

Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg

Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu June 19 thru June 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 19 thru June 23

 

June 19 - Pea Soup

Egg Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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