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1726:

Timothy Dwight, Jr., born. Dwight was claimed to be the first white child born in Vermont by some accounts.

1847:

On account of “Western Fever,” the advertiser offers for sale his two large Dwelling Houses situated on Green St. One comprises two and the other three tenements, and both have a piazza in front. It is only a few rods from the celebrated Cold water Establishment, and on rising ground. Part or the whole will be sold at a bargain, as the owner is desirous of going west. James M. Reed.

1847:

Mr. Wolfedr Springer, from Germany, having settled here, tenders his services to the citizens of Brattleboro in the art of Dyeing in all colors, to the satisfaction of the most fastidious. Applications to be made at the Silk Factory.

1881:

The Brattleboro Telephone Exchange company have received their switch board and announce that they will be ready for business by June 1. The terms, within the village limits, with one-half mile of wire or less, are $25 per year, or $30 with transmitter.

1881:

The stakes for the new railroad station were driven on Thursday. The main building will be 26 by 66 feet, with a projection of four or five feet in the centre, fronting the track, for a ticket office, and a similar wing or projection on the opposite side for a ladies dressing room. On the northeast corner there will be an ell about 16 by 34 feet, for a baggage room and telegraph office. Brick for the walls will be bought at Montague, Mass.

1887:

The young men employed on the east and west sides of Main street will play a match game of base ball on Frost’s meadow next Thursday afternoon.

1887:

Something of a sensation was occasioned last Monday by a report that the workmen engaged in excavating the cellar for W.G. Doolittle’s house on High street had unearthed a human skeleton. The report proved true, and hundreds of people visited the spot during the day to view the remains and conjecture over the mystery surrounding them.

1892:

Announcement has been made that Mr. Blair of Cromwell, Conn., has definitely decided to locate his pickle factory in Brattleboro.

1892:

Conversation by telephone was carried on at the Brattleboro exchange on Sunday with people in Baltimore, by means of the long distance line.

1892:

The unusually abundant supply of water in Crowell’s reservoir has caused serious problems for some of the Forest Square residents. The overflow has filled the frog pond more than full, and water from this has found its way down into the cellars of the luckless dwellers below. Strange to say, they don’t like it.

1893:

Brattleboro's Vermont Asylum for the Insane changes its name to the Retreat.

1897:

An earthquake shock "of five distinct vibrations" was felt in Brattleboro.

1898:

A flag pole has been raised on the top of the stone tower on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1898:

Hooker, Corser & Mitchell advertise in another column for 25 girls to run new machines which have been placed recently in their overall factory. The firm is doing large business, and has about 150 hands in its employ. The total output of the factory will soon be 200 dozen overalls, jumpers, coats, etc., per day.

1898:

The selectmen will issue a call in a few days for bids for the construction of a granite arch over Whetstone brook at Main street.

1904:

On complaint of some of the bailiffs, Deputy Sheriff Knapp arrested John McCarthy, a man who was thought to be a tramp, and put him in lock-up. He pleaded not guilty, and it was found that he secured work the day before and had 75 cents or more in his pocket. He was discharged.

1904:

A Chinese sociable will be held at the First Baptist church next Thursday. The main feature will be a representation of a missionary instructing three heathen Chinese, all in native costume, just as it is done in the foreign field.

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Lay of the Land: Paintings by Julia Jensen at Next Stage

From May 25 to August 22 May 26, Next Stage Arts Gallery is showing works by Artist Julia Jensen in a show titled "Lay of the Land."

Artist Statement: Julia Jensen

I have been painting landscapes for years drawing on my experiences living in Vermont and Nantucket. Landscape gives me a foothold on the path to an interior experience of art. At root all painting is about expression of direct experience. Paintings exist at the meeting ground between the external world and one’s internal, emotional, and spiritual responses to it. For me, landscape is the perfect point of access for this exploration.

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VFW Lunch Specials May 29th - June 2nd

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. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - open, no lunch served
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries
Wed - hot dogs w/ mac & cheese
Thur - roast pork, mashed potato, gravy, veg.
Fri - homemade crab cakes w/ onion rings

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June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana

June 21 Demonstration In Montpelier, VT: Bring Signs Asking Legislators To Over-ride Gov. Scott's Veto Of Recreational Marijuana to vote to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana S. 22 Bill in this June 21, 2017 Veto Session, a joint session of all Vermont State Representatives and Vermont State Senators voting yes or no to over-ride Vermont Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana!

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Brattleboro Community Justice Center Executive Director Retires

Brattleboro Community Justice Center, will be retiring in August. Kehnemuyi stepped into the position in August 2015 during a period of significant organizational changes, including new by-laws, a new Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Brattleboro, and a new Board of Directors. During these organizational changes, Kehnemuyi has overseen the day-to-day operations of the BCJC, providing Restorative Justice programs for the Department of Corrections and the Brattleboro Area community. The BCJC is stronger for his service.

The Board of Directors has begun a search for a new Executive Director to continue and expand the work of the BCJC, which is dedicated to the peaceful resolution of conflict.

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Field Trip

The scene is the Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee. For those unaware, in addition to its nickname as the birthplace of rock and roll, and being the largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis is named after another Delta city, the ancient capital of lower Egypt, a mighty dynasty long since vanished into oblivion. Most notably, Memphis is where Martin Luther King was shot. That exact spot being the setting for this encounter. 

King was killed on the balcony of Room 306 in the Lorraine Motel, and as you can see from pictures, something is frozen in time there.  Strikingly, the Civil Rights Museum is built into the Lorraine Motel. Its galleries mushroomed from the original motel, now one of the more intense curatorial excursions you can take in this country concerning the plight of African Americans.  

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 29th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

The Exit 3 On-Ramps will be closed on Monday, 5/29/17, from 11am to 6pm due to expected holiday traffic. Please use the RT5 (Putney Road) detour accordingly.

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Author Reading: Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm

We hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7:00, downstairs in the Main Reading Room.

Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a collection of true-life stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the movement.

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Gov Vetoes Marijuana Bill

There is a lot of conversation going around about the Governor's veto. It is indeed on the veto session for June 21. But there is no way the General Assembly will override it. While we do have the votes in the Senate to do so (2/3 is needed, that means 20 in the Senate) but the House does not have the votes. It only passed with about 80+votes and they would need 100 to override. So the bill is dead until next January when we will see if there is any compromise he can live with.

His two concerns seem to be driver safety: we do not have a road side test but we know that people were arrested for drunk driving before there were breathalyzers and we know that the best road side test in Drug Recognition Experts (which we have and the bill would have allowed more to be trained).

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They’re Coming To Take You Away, Ha, Ha.

Warning! Reader Discretion. Graphic Fascist thoughts and feelings may be realized. All of you internet denizens of free speech and antiestablishment, if you don't want "to be scooped up," beware! Pay particular attention to the italics in the last paragraph

Words like fascist and authoritarian get thrown around too promiscuously. But there is no other way to describe David Clarke, who today announced that he was named assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.The Department has not confirmed Clarke’s appointment.) Clarke occupies the extremist, anti-democratic fringe of far-right officials, even by the standards of the Trump administration.

Clarke, a Milwaukee sheriff, rocketed into national prominence as a conservative provocateur by virtue of his rabid opposition to Black Lives Matter.

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Special Vermont Legislature Session June 21, 2017 To Vote Yes Or No To Over-Ride Veto Of Recreational Marijuana Law

Other news wrongly reported that the bill is dead. It is not dead. It is waiting upon the Vermont State Legislature to decide whether or not to over-ride Governor Phil Scott's veto of the recreational marijuana bill. 

I called the Vermont State Legislature 1-802-828-2228 and my question was directed to the Senate Secretary who stated that the June 21 sesson is a session where the legislators vote to over-ride a veto, and that s.22 recreational marijuana is on the list to vote on that day. Don't listen to fake news, no matter how important they tell you they are. Do your own research and make your own phone calls.

http://legislature.vermont.gov/the-state-house/civic-education/how-a-bil...

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Doing Science Simply for the Sake of Learning How Nature Works

I was breakfasting at Flamingo’s on Canal Street recently and noted the flamingo motifs situated in the restaurant. I recall someone at the counter mentioned that flamingoes slept standing up. When I saw this article I was surprised what the flamingoes do to catch a few Zzzzzz’s.“Humans consider standing on one leg something best done in a yoga class. Flamingos, on the other hand, consider it the most comfortable sleeping position.

And they never seem to fall.

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How Did I Miss It?

Yesterday was World Turtle Day!

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Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29, 2017. All other violations will be enforced.

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Robot Roundup Spring 2017

Time for an occasional robot roundup, where we look at advances in robotics.

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Cobots. One of the big trends at the moment is development of cobots, or collaborative robots. It’s a friendly name for you helping the robot do its work until you are no longer needed, though they advertise these as robots to work with humans.

For example, here’s a robotic arm that can be placed next to humans and do work such as screwing, drilling, and buffing. The big innovation? Torque control, to be able to detect when it collides with anything at all. Previous robotic arms hand a tendency to snap humans in half if they collided. This one can avoid those sorts of accidents.

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Part 2, Federal Marijuana Laws for Governor Phil Scott To Consider This Morning Before His Big Decision To Ignore, Sign or Veto The Marijuana Bill On His Desk!

Today we start off with Title 18 Criminal laws: explosives & marijuana; prisons & marijuana; and then Title 19 international treaties & marijuana. Please keep in mind that changing state marijuana laws does NOT change federal laws which are spelled three different ways in the federal laws: marijuana, marihuana and cannabis.

Previously, in Part 1, we looked at food stamps & marijuana, federal forest land & marijuana, federal immigration laws & marijuana, and U.S. Military law & marijuana.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place in New America

The signs are everywhere, I mean really. I cannot go from the library to the Ground Works Drop In without seeing at least three it seems. A lot of people are literally out there with signs. It is tough times, I know. I am ready to make a sign that says " I am so mad I made a sign! " I know it's been done before, but I can't help it.

My Girlfriend Andrea lives on the other side of Amherst MA in a nice town, kind of like ours. She is a hard working independent and dedicated Mom. She has her own household to care for with little support from Co-father, and she was curious about my previous postings here. Andrea has been great through my struggle and it smacks dab into what happens when something wild happens and finds one person out of work in The New America that it puts everyone close to them struggling a bit more. Andrea said she did not see where I had explained the whole situation and that I should. I said I thought it was mentioned in the "In a Pickle". But I will try and once again put out the struggle I have been in since late last year and the support that has kept me one step from..a Harder Place.

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Irrefragable Truth

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
~ Spinoza

To this day the trifecta of human fear, ignorance and superstition remains unparalleled. Without adequate tools to assimilate knowledge, early humans evolved beliefs to deal with the unknown. No other set of ensuing attitudes have supplanted those irrational beliefs.

Competitively speaking, science is a latecomer. It got off to a slow start because it requires critical thinking. Science places a greater demand and reliance on "the little grey cells." Belief, on the other hand, is the path of least resistance for the lazy man who'd rather be told what to believe then think for themselves.

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Part 1: Federal Marijuana Laws "Trump" State Marijuana Laws, So It Is Time To Learn Federal Pot Laws!

FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS which pre-empt, or "trump" state laws; PART 1.

I want to copy all of the federal marijuana laws and post them, but it is getting rather long, so I will just post what I have so far; and there are a lot more, but rather than you getting bored, just read this much so far, O.K.?

The laws I have copied and pasted here, so far, include laws regarding people who receive foods stamps, people in the U.S. Military, and people who enjoy our national parks. If that's you, you need to know about federal marijuana laws!

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BCTV Schedules Week of 5/22/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/22/17

Monday, May 22, 2017

12:00 am Rivergarden: Michael Hertz & Bunny Macauley 4/28/17

1:00 am Carolina Stories - Down but Not Out

2:00 am Champlain College 2017 Student Video Showcase

3:43 am Bradley House Groundbreaking Ceremony 5/1/17

4:00 am Vote for Vermont - Mental Health Policing

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Guilford Resident Begins Service in Peace Corps China

WASHINGTON, May 22nd, 2017 - Anna Pettee, 22, of Guilford, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China in June to begin training as an English teaching volunteer. Pettee will live and work in a community, teaching spoken and written English at the post-secondary level.

Pettee was inspired to apply to the Peace Corps' program in China by her personal history as well as her professional goals. "I was adopted from China and have always felt a pull towards that vast country" she said. "When I was accepted to serve in China, the country where I was adopted from, I knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime in many ways.”

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