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1779:

"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."

1859:

The gas company in this village have put down mains on Elliot and Green streets.

1875:

What with the old soldiers’ reunion the third week of August, and the encampment of State troops the week following, Brattleboro people will imagine the old war times returned.

1875:

The Fisk, Jr. base ball club of this place played a matched game with a picked nine at Bellows Falls last Saturday, and were whipped by a score of 9 to 21.

1880:

Complaint is made of the condition of the West river bridge, upon which repairs were begun a long time ago and never completed. Why is this thus, Messrs. Selectmen?

1880:

Messrs. J Estey & Co. are increasing their business to meet the still growing demand for their organs, and are now turning out fifty instruments per day.

1880:

We are glad to know that measures are to be taken to call a legal meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank at the earliest possible day. The directors owe it to themselves no less than to the stockholders to have it made entirely apparent that they are doing everything possible to take care of the suffers of this calamity. Definite means should be provided for the payment of a suitable reward for the apprehension and return for trial and punishment of S. M. Waite.

1880:

The hand fire engines “Fountain No. 4,” and “Active No. 3,” are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.

1886:

It is probable that the strawberry crop of Brattleboro reached nearly or quite 1000 bushels this year.

1886:

Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.

1886:

The fee on domestic money orders for sums not to exceed five dollars has been reduced from eight to five cents, beginning Monday next.

1886:

The parade of a dozen or more bicyclers last Wednesday evening attracted considerable attention.

1897:

A gramophone entertainment was given at the rooms of the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night.

1897:

The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled “A Library of the World’s Best Literature,” published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

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SeVWA's Third 2014 River Monitoring Day, July 16th - Halfway Point of the Sampling Season

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) had their third 2014 river monitoring day on Wednesday, July 16th, marking the halfway point of the sampling season. Volunteers successfully collected 26 samples from sites along the West, Williams, Middle Branch Williams and Saxtons Rivers as well as North Branch Brook, Rock River and the Whetstone Brook. Many of the results indicated very high E. colii levels. There were extremely heavy rains in the days preceding which likely washed contaminants from the land into the water resulting in these high numbers. The presence of E. coli in the water indicates a likely fecal contamination by warm-blooded animals. Swimming in water with an E.

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Man Drags Stolen Parking Meter

A few weeks ago, I noticed a missing parking meter on Canal St, with a dirt trail from it leading up the street. It seemed very curious; not something sanctioned by the town, so I decided to check my security footage to see if I could find when it happened it. Sure enough, I found it, right around 2am a few days after the 4th.

Some guy came up to it, rocked it back and forth, and ripped it right from the ground. Left the scene when a dog walker approached, but came back around 25 minutes later wearing a headlamp. Grabbed it, and dragged it up Canal St until dissapearing from view. It was pretty hilarious. Must have been noisy, I'm surprised no one saw it.

 

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150 Years Ago (1864 7/20)

Snicker's Gap, July 20th,
1864.

Dear Wife,-

Here I am just in the mountains. I wrote you Sunday when we laid back near Leesburgh. We have no mail now. Was detailed yesterday for cattle guard. The letter that I had written I gave to Asa Moran, as the 8th Vt. lay near our cattle and mails might go out and I know nothing about it, as we lay generally in some out of the way place with the Beeves that belong to our brigade. The third division came up Sunday. You can judge how anxious I was when they passed us, for the 10th Vt. came and Zopher among them all right, as you have probably heard before this time. We left Monday morning, came on by an easy march through the Gap and camped. The troops remained in the same place yesterday and I suppose are there now. The cattle were there then. Our forces are near the river. Last night just at dark got orders to take the cattle back into the mountains but not through. We got here just on the East side of the Ridge at 11 o'clock and are here now. It is now 8 o'clock A.M. How long we are to remain I know not. Most of the wagon train is near us. The air, the same as it was Sunday, is full of rumors.

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Town-Wide Tag Sale, Silent Auction & Bake Sale

The best darn tag sale, ever, happens next weekend in Marlboro center.  7/26 Saturday 9-3

Great bargains on Used Clothing, Furniture, Books, Toys, Housewares & more. Bake Sale, Cafe and Silent Auction. Two buildings full of stuff! And on Sunday from 11-2, everything is free!

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Weekend Concert Series: BIS 10th Anniversary 1007, Glasgow

You might not know about BIS, but you should. High-energy, political, dance music from the Scottish trio of Manda Rin, Sci-Fi Steven, and John Disco. They started in 1994, self-released a few things before being picked up by the Beastie Boy’s label, Grand Royal and then, of course, broke up.

One of their best known releases was The New Transistor Heroes, and this concert came from a three night return to the stage 10 years after its release (and a few years after the band broke up). They run through the whole disc at this show, and have a few backstage moments.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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The Beatles: Band of the Sixties - Lecture with Film Clips

This year is the Beatles 50 anniversary visit to the United States. Please join scholar Aaron Krerowicz on Friday, July 18, at 7 PM, in the Library's Meeting Room for The Beatles: Band of the Sixties--Lecture with Film Clips.

Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute presentation spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, through the Beatlemania years, and concluding with Abbey Road. The lecture will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.

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Community Service Opportunity For Students

Do you know a student who needs to complete community service hours?

If so, Vermont Partnership for Fairness & Diversity has such an opportunity that would take about three hours to complete.

Have them contact Curtiss at 254-2972. Thanks

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled - Goals, Paving, Skatepark Site Visits

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Vermont Senators Honor Gov. Phil Hoff

WASHINGTON, July 17 – In joint remarks before the U.S. Senate today, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) honored former Vermont Gov. Phil Hoff, who just turned 90 years old.

Hoff served three terms as governor. First elected in 1962, he was the first Democrat to hold the state’s highest office in more than a century.

“We rise today to celebrate Philip Hoff, the 73rd governor of the state of Vermont, for his extraordinary contributions to the state of Vermont, and to our nation,” Leahy and Sanders said in a joint statement submitted for the Congressional Record.

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Clown Repa Asks Tokpa Dorje a Most Important Question

One day Clown Repa came before Tokpa Dorje with a very important question. Earlier that morning, Tokpa Dorje had thought that perhaps he’d go for a walk, so he had a disciple bring him his cane. However when he sat up from his common reclining Buddha posture he was struck yet again with the sheer wonder of enlightened manifestation and was so joyously inspired, he hadn’t moved from that position. And so it was like this that Clown Repa found him. Not wanting to disturb him, he sat near some other disciples who were meditating in the room.

After awhile Tokpa Dorje turned to the others and said, “Clown Repa has a very important question that he’s dying to ask and it would pain me greatly if the son died before his father.”

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Shadow Puppetry and Poetry On Stage at Sandglass Theater

Putney-  East meets West in a shadow world where forbidden love and poetry collide. A Chance Shadow is a poetic play inspired by the Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897~1931) and the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca (1898~1936) who changed society with their passion for literature, social reform and true love. Two poets who had never met living on opposite sides of the earth, during

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Leahy and the Border Patrol

I hadn’t heard of this before today:

In 2008, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy was traveling in a car 125 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border in the state of New York.

They came to a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, which stopped the U.S. senior senator, and an agent ordered him to get out of the car.

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150 Years Ago (1864 7/17)

Six miles from Leesburgh, on the road to

Snicker's Gap, July 17, 1864.

Dear Wife,

Here we are on our march. I wrote to you last from Poolsville. Sent the letter to Washington by Bill Dwyer to be mailed. The day I wrote we laid still. The men were very badly used up by being up nights and the march. We left yesterday morning, followed the river up to White's Ford. The Ford was held by a few rebels. They were quickly shelled out. The cavalry crossed and took a few prisoners. The main force of the rebels crossed there, the day we came to Poolsville. We crossed about noon, forded the river. It was fun, then we came here by a rapid march.

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