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Today In Local History

1729:

Oliver Willard, one of the first land owners in the town of Brattleboro, born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts.

1758:

Captain Fairbanks Moor and son Benjamin killed in Indian attack. Son's wife and children kidnapped.

1770:

Major John Arms, one of Brattleboro's first settlers, dies.

1840:

Town Meeting: Voted to raise 4 cents on the dollar to defray expenses of the town.

1858:

We are informed that the trains on the Connecticut River railroad that were recently taken off will be restored next week. The department having all the facts before them will not consent to a further detention of the New York mail at Greenfield over night, to accomodate the obstinacy of a railroad corporation.

1862:

Town Meeting in Brattleboro passed off quietly enough, the stormy weather and the shocking bad travelling rendering the attendance unusually limited. The greatest strife was for Town Clerk, Lafayette Clark, the past popular clerk, declining a re-election, he having held the office for 45 years. The office will now be kept in this village, instead of West Brattleboro as heretofore since the organization of the town.

1874:

March comes in decidedly lamb-like.

1874:

It is now said the Fisk monument will be erected next Decoration day.

1874:

The town is now supporting ten persons at the poor farm - five males and five females.

1874:

Town Meeting passed off quietly, only about 200 voters being present. It was voted that the entire village of Brattleboro be included in one highway district, under charge of Mr. Herrick.

1885:

Several houses about town are minus chimneys which the snow, sliding off the roofs, took with it.

1885:

“It is the hit bird that flutters,” said the town-meeting orator. And then he immediately proceeded to flutter.

1885:

“Dummy” Manning, arrested on Thursday night of last week for drunkenness, persisting in his refusal to tell where he obtained his liquor, was on Saturday committed to Newfane jail.

1885:

The post office war has opened in earnest in Brattleboro, petitions being now in diligent circulation on behalf of both F.W. Childs and J.J. Fenton for appointment as Mr. Mansur’s successor.

1891:

A few cases of mumps are reported about town.

1891:

The snow drifted badly in the back country roads yesterday and for a time Prospect street from South Main to Central street was impassable.

1891:

Cyrus Ramsdell has invented a new drinking cup for poultry houses.

1891:

Town Meeting - First Trial of the Australian Ballot System. It works well and is a success for everybody but the vote counters. With this change the old regime of noisy ballot peddling, vote soliciting, and crowding and jostling at the polls, is relegated to the “dim and misty” past, never to return it is to be hoped, for the new system is certainly a step forward in the march of progress.

1896:

To rent - A Tenement at No. 3 Organ street, to a small family, at $7.50 a month. Running water. E.L. Holton.

1896:

The elements have held high carnival since last Saturday. For two or three days it was rainfall and freshets, followed by three days of high wind, the total wind movement being one of the greatest recorded.

1896:

The Hinsdale bridges, which were weakened by the recent flood, have been posted by the selectmen today. The notice reads “Walk your horses, or you will be fined,” and the board evidently mean what they say.

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:00pm 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 Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 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 ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Opening Reception on March 7 for John Dimick's Exhibit "A Mix of Oil and Water"

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- The Arts Committee of All Souls Church is hosting an opening reception for “A Mix of Oil and Water,” an exhibit of oils and watercolors by John Dimick of Guilford, on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Three dozen works are featured, primarily landscape paintings and prints of scenes in the surrounding region. Several studies of downtown Brattleboro capture the town from unusual vantage points, such as along the railroad tracks. A few of the featured works are pairings of the same scene in both mediums to allow viewers an interesting comparison of Dimick's creative techniques.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes from Feb 20 - Center for Wound Healing @BMH

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February 20,  2015  •  Gibson-Aiken Center                                                                                                                                                                 

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Entergy Will Be Allowed to Shrink EPZ

On March 2, 2015, the NRC Commissioners voted to allow VY to shrink it's Emergency Panning Zone (EPZ) from 10 miles down to the site boundary in ~Arpil 2016. This will eliminate >2 milllion emergency planning dollars per year that Entergy currently provides to Vermont and will allow Entegy to futher reduce site staff at that time.

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I haven't seen an offical Vermont response yet.

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The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Bill Charlap Trio

On Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes to its stage a piano trio that chooses to focus on the classic sounds of the Great American Songbook. The Bill Charlap Trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), represents the epitome of this particular style: elegant, lush, and swinging.

This trio is renowned throughout the world for its work interpreting the lesser-known but equally beautiful songs that were written for musical theater and film. Charlap and his trio pay homage to the great songs that were written when Broadway and Tin Pan Alley provided the soundtrack to popular, North American culture. Charlap states: “The music I’m attracted to – music theater and film music is a different blueprint of American music and popular music… I’m still in love with that beautiful aesthetic of those lyricists and composers of that period.”

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From a Plow Driver: An Open Letter To Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

*Please Visit the VSEA facebook page to post a comment on the below letter.*  

To Mr. Governor Shumlin,

I am a hard working Vermont State employee for the Agency of Transportation (District 3). I plow the roads. As you may recall, we in AOT have endured many challenges in the recent past ....Including Tropical Storm Irene (2011), Pay Cuts and Pay Freezes (2008-9), Changes to our Health Insurance with Higher deductibles and less coverage (2014). And despite all these hardships and challenges, we still get up, as needed, at 3am (sometimes working 7 days a week) to make sure our roads are safe so Vermonters (including yourself) can go to work, so tourists can come here and spend their money, and so everyone’s kids can get to school.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: March 7 -14

One-Way Traffic: This Saturday, March 7, we need to make a major concrete placement adjacent to Route Consequently, traffic on Vermont Route 30 within the work zone will be reduced to one-way beginning at 5:30 AM, and continuing to approximately 5:30 PM. Flaggers will be present to control traffic.

One-Way Traffic: The completion of the realignment or Route 30 is tentatively scheduled for completion on Monday, March 9. Traffic on Route 30 will be one-way during the day on Monday, as workers repaint the road. This work is weather dependent, so may need to be rescheduled.

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On Elephants and Circuses

Ringling Bros is going to end the era of elephants performing in their circuses in the near future.

I have mixed feelings about this, given where we are in history. Elephant population has dropped significantly, so much that they could become extinct within decades. Hundreds are killed each day for ivory, meat, and trophy.

I like elephants and would hope we don’t eliminate them from the planet. I don’t want to see them abused, either.

I worry that freeing them from circuses and zoos won’t be enough to protect them. That is, I worry we are trading some good feelings about ending abuse at a circus, when wealthy hunters may just kill them all anyway.

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March For Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals Celebrates March for Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals joins with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to celebrate March for Meals with a kickoff luncheon March 13, 2015 with Congressman Peter Welch.  Congressman Welch is part of the House Hunger Caucus for the past eight years that engages in the House’s work on national and international hunger and food insecurity issues.  This will give us an opportunity to ask Congressman Welch questions about the functions of the House Hunger Caucus. He will also discuss SSA and Medicare. 

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District 1 Q&A and WBA Meeting

On Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM, in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive, the West
Brattleboro Association is hosting a Q&A session with District 1 Town Meeting members.  All residents, most especially District 1 residents, are invited. The hour-plus meeting will be facilitated by Orion Barber.

Immediately preceding the Q&A, at 6 PM in the same community room, the WBA will be holding its regular monthly meeting. The primary topic will be the pursuit of both Vermont and federal non-profit-hood.  If time permits, there will also be discussion of safety issues related to Marlboro Road traffic and to recent break-ins..

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Senate Sustains Tar Sands Pipeline Veto

WASHINGTON, March 4 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate energy and environment committees, issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to sustain President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would have allowed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline:
“I applaud President Obama for vetoing the Keystone XL legislation and the Senate for sustaining that veto.

“The Senate and President Obama have sent an important message that the United States finally is listening to the scientific community and recognizing that global warming poses a real threat to our planet.

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Guiding Good Choices Courses in Windham County

Guiding Good Choices Course for Parents and Caregivers Throughout Windham County in March

Windham County- Guiding Good Choices is a free, interactive, five-session course for parents and caregivers of 4th to 9th grade children. The series provides the tools and strategies to meet the challenges of guiding your child through adolescence. The course covers setting clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, controlling and expressing anger constructively, promoting family bonds, and preparing kids with "refusal" skills for the time down the road when trouble may tempt them.

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First Wednesday Program at Brooks Library: Photography as Fine Art: Alfred Steiglitz and Camera Work

Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography.

Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving examines Stieglitz’s work and his advocacy for photography as a fine art, with special attention to his quarterly journal Camera Work. Wednesday March 4th, 7 pm - 9 pm. 

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