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Today In Local History

1846:

William Rutherford Mead, architect, born.

1846:

Clapboards! For Sale Low, about 3000 feet of nice Clapboards, thoroughly seasoned. They are to be found at Capt. Lord’s Hotel.

1859:

It gives us much pleasure to lay before our readers this week the announcement of Nixon & Co.’s Mammoth Circus.

1859:

“The Main Spring” is the title of an occasional sheet published by those enterprising watch-makers and jewelers, Messrs. Chase & Tripp.

1859:

We are informed that the heirs of the late James Frost, of this village, have sold a lot of land situated at the upper end of High and Green streets and extending back to Elliot street, to Mr. Buckner of New Orleans, for the sum of $3750.

1875:

Not less than 5000 Chinese lanterns were used in the illumination on Wednesday evening.

1875:

Mrs. Shuster’s new life preserver received another trial on Monday afternoon in the Connecticut river, at the cove opposite Walnut street. A large crowd of people witnessed the trial, which was quite satisfactory.

1880:

H.F. Smith is about to build a new concrete walk, with granite curbings, on Main street from George Howe’s corner to the Universalist church; also one from the town hall to the Congregational church.

1886:

Photographers Howe and Wyatt have secured excellent views of the scene of Wednesday’s railroad disaster, when the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river went down under the 4:30 freight train with passenger car attached, and the bridge, locomotive, and seven loaded freight cars were precipitated in a confused mass to the river bottom, some 40 feet below.

1886:

S. M. Waite’s sentence of six years in the house of correction expired at midnight last Friday night, and he left the prison at once. He boarded a train and started for Omaha.

1897:

The Crescent Hosiery company has increased its number of employees to 18. Small children’s hose is all they are able to manufacture at present because of a lack of funds with which to buy new machinery; although they are constantly receiving orders for larger sized children’s hose and men’s and women’s hose which they are obliged to turn away. Why isn’t this home industry worth developing? Where is the board of trade?

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Conversations with the Unseen: Paintings by Rosemary Ladd at Next Stage Gallery

At Next Stage Gallery from August 25, 2017 to November 14, 2017 

All Day

Artist Statement: Rosemary Ladd

I have always wanted to be an artist and portray the beauty I see around me.

When illness affected my ability to paint, I took the opportunity to find new pathways. These paintings represent my exploration into the world of non-representational painting with cold wax and oil.

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VFW Lunch Specials 8-21 to 8-25

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 - mushroom swiss burger w/ onion rings
Wed - chicken primavera w/ salad
Thur - garlic roasted pork w/ mashed potato & veg
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ a salad

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ID Papers

I’m listening to VPR discussing the recent Barcelona Terror attack.

(a van plowed into a crowd of people killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others)

I wasn’t listening intently, as I was busy on the “Net” at the time.

However, I snapped to attention when I heard that the driver of the van had been identified, as he left his ID
behind.

Huh?

How many drivers leave their license behind when they leave their cars?

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 21 thru August 25

Aug 21 - Salisbury Steak

Potato Wedges

Turnip

Mango

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Science Sees the Forest for the Trees

"Wow, 25 degrees below zero, record cold and snow spell. Global warming anyone?" ~Donald Trump 2015

In their Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking State Progress the Union of Concerned Scientists rank Vermont number two in the country. One in sixteen Vermont workers are employed in the clean energy sector. Clean energy is vital to the future of forestalling the negative impacts of climate change.

Nevertheless, if I were to depend solely on my own observations, I would say that I see no evidence for climate change. It's because of my overall ignorance of the scientific observations, methods and measurements of meteorology that I'm left with some kind of belief to depend on only. Belief, however, in and of itself, is woefully inadequate to the task. But I feel I know why someone would doubt the human causes of climate change.

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SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local Rivers Continued August 16th

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) continued its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, August 16th. Volunteers this year are 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.

The days leading up to August 16th were hot and humid, with the majority of sites experiencing no rainfall in the 24 hours before samples were collected. Most of our sites tested below the “suitability for swimming” standard set by the State of Vermont and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The dry conditions in the 24-48 hours leading up to testing set the stage for safe conditions for swimming and boating. Because heavy rains can cause spikes in bacteria, is generally recommended to wait 24-48 hours after a significant rainfall to resume swimming in lakes and streams.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 21, 2017

I-91

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

Earthwork construction requiring lane closures for southbound traffic will continue. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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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Chemtrails: What Are They Spraying and Why? Who Are They?

I am looking for a local group which has found a way to fight chemtrails. I want to write letters but do not want to re invent the wheel. Would like to band with other people and do something. Meanwhile, I found this international group and their chemtrail documentary.

https://vimeo.com/16219493

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Act 46 Study Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

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 Thursday, August 24, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn Presents Simba on Sunday, August 20

Twilight Music concludes its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, August 20 with funk and world beat band Simba. The seventh and final concert of the 2017 series begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

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Hearing at Retreat Farm Yesterday?

I was just looking up schedule at Retreat Farm and saw notice there was a hearing there yesterday. When you look at the map on the website it shows at least one new building up in the forest, and I know the plans there when I left were to turn the main barn into an upscale shopping area and cafe, and to add a lodge, and LOTS more parking right along our beautiful road across from the Retreat Meadows. There are some great things happening there but I'm afraid some public oversight and interest is needed to make sure the character and history are better protected.

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Brattleboro's Best Festivals

The best festivals in Brattleboro, in my view, are the authentic ones. They are quirky, have substance, are tied to the community, and exist due to local passion for the event. They go beyond tourism and marketing gimmicks and tap into something genuine and local.

I think these are some of the best Brattleboro festivals, listed in no particular order. What others did I forget?

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Author Elizabeth Minnich: Community Conversation and Book Discussion

Please join us as we welcome Author Elizabeth Minnich at a FREE event on Friday, September 8, at 4 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room. She will introduce and open discussion abnout her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking.

A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make 'extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, accompanied her to defent Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil.

For more information about the author, please visit her website below!

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WRC Expands Windham Wood Heat Program in Windham County

The Windham Wood Heat Initiative (WWH) has expanded its program eligibility, timeline, and technical assistance as it fully enters the “implementation phase” of the program under the Windham Regional Commission leadership. The WWH program has added non-profit owned buildings and expanded its timeline now to conclude in December of 2018. WWH, which began in 2015, -- funded through closure of Vermont Yankee via the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) – assists municipal, school, and the now eligible non-profit buildings convert to heating with automated, high-efficiency wood boilers while addressing those buildings’ energy efficiency and durability needs.

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Monumental Questions

The events in (and following) Charlottesville are myriad and complex. There is a stew of issues bubbling and boiling. To name but a few: race, Neo-Nazism, history, culture, the Civil War, monuments, art, speech, accountability, Trump & Co., ancestors, and many more.

The easy part (for most people) is denouncing the hate, white supremacy, and violence. I can pat myself on the back and tell myself that’s not me, that’s not what I believe, and I’m against it in all forms. I very much dislike hatred, and work to make the world a better place as best I can.

The harder part is figuring out what to do about the rest of it.

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Shoot the Moon Theater Co. Holds Auditions for "War of the Worlds" Aug 29

Shoot the Moon Theater Company will hold open auditions for The War of the Worlds on Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery located at 139 Main Street, Brattleboro Vermont.  

Participants do not need to prepare any material, they will be asked to read from provided pages at the audition.  Rehearsals will begin mid-September.  The show will run at 7:30pm each evening during the weekends of October 20-21, October 27-28 and November 3-4. 

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Book Scanning at Experienced Goods

The other day, while looking at books at Experienced Goods, I noticed two middle-aged women working their way around the room with a handheld device.

Watching for just a moment, I could see that it was a smart phone with a scanner attachment.

One woman was checking each section for possible “candidates” to scan, while the other scanned each barcode. Her device would then do a quick lookup to, I assume, tell her how much she could expect to sell that book for. If the amount was more than what Experienced Goods was charging, they’d add it to their pile.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 8/14/17

Monday, August 14, 2017

12:00 am Pres. Coolidge Birthday Celebration 7/4/17

1:30 am David Budbill Memorial Celebration - June 25, 2017

3:00 am Pentangle Arts - Interplay Jazz

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Aug 14 - French Meat Pie

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Broccoli

Pineapple

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Dummerston Perennial Swappers Visited Ann Newsmith's Garden on Aug. 10, 2017

It is free to join the Dummerston Perennial Swappers. New gardeners can come and get free perennials and advice from seasoned gardeners who have too much of one thing or another and would rather share the wealth than throw perfect plants into a compost heap. We meet every two weeks in the growing season. Then we tour a local garden.

This one belonged to Ann Newsmith in West Brattleboro. Next Perennial Swappers meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday 24 August, meeting outside the church in Dummerston Center.for the swap, then we will tour the Daigler garden. Great for getting ideas and just enjoying the beauty. Membership is free but everybody puts a dollar in the cookie tin to cover expenses ( maps, directions, ice cream for last meeting of the season)

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