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1840:

Wool Carding. The subscribers would inform the public that they have fitted up their Carding Machines with new Cards in complete order, and are now ready to operate under the superintendence of Mr. John Fowler, who will be happy to wait on those who may favor him with a call. Hines, Newman & Co.

1845:

Water Cure opens in Brattleboro with 15 patients (soon growing to 150).

1858:

James Fisk Jr.’s exhibition took place on Friday afternoon of last week as announced in the programme. The procession drove through the principal streets in the village, to West Brattleboro and back again, escorted by as good music as ever led such a column. The streets were lined and side-walks covered with a multitude of eager gazers from this and neighboring towns who stared as if some menagerie or circus were just making its appearance.

1862:

Rev. Addison Brown having had charge for a year and a half of the Lenni Lenape Institute in Phillipsburgh, N.J., in connection with Miss Z. J. Hall of Vernon, recently deceased, has returned to his home in this village, and we learn is to supply the pulpit in which he formerly preached for a few Sundays.

1874:

J. Retting & Co. have about 25 hands employed in the new furniture shop, and are constantly increasing the number. They are now making chamber sets of the best grades, and demand for their work thus far is fully equal to the supply.

1874:

The last block of the Fisk monument was laid on Saturday. It lacks the inscription, which will not be put on until the dedication.

1885:

The new reservoir for the fire department, to be located near E.E. Stockwell’s on Forest square, will be built under the immediate direction of the bailiffs. It is to have a capacity of nearly 50,000 gallons and will be covered with railroad iron and stone in a substantial manner.

1885:

Contrary to general expectation, this year’s grand list, which was completed yesterday, shows an increase of $26,000. The total list amounts to $3,665,749.

1891:

Clark Frost, son of R.L. Frost of West Brattleboro, was brought before Justice Newton and fined $3 and costs, amounting to $12.37, for taking and having in his possession trout less than six inches long. The prosecution is the first of the kind ever made in southern Vermont.

1896:

The Barnum & Bailey bill boards were put up at the railroad station yesterday.

1896:

Two new street cars, one open and one closed, with motors, arrived Tuesday from the Jackson & Sharp company. The street railroad company now has eight cars - four open and four closed.

1923:

Twin State announces Brattleboro street railways will be ripped up and replaced with busses.

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Final Round of Primaries

The primaries are about to wrap up with a series of state results in early June. Time to check in once again with our occasional political commentary series, starring your commentary.

In recent news, Trump is edging ahead of Clinton in head-to-head polls, Clinton has backed out of debating Sanders in California, and Sanders... isn’t being covered much by the mainstream news anymore. If you look hard, Sanders is continuing to attract large crowds, does well in polls against Trump, and is calling out the DNC for being less than fair.

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Movie Monday - June

June Showings

THE MATING GAME

 Movies starring:

June 6th – Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell - 10 am

June 13th – Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, & Eileen Hacket – 10 am

June 20th – Claudette Colbert, Clark Cable - 10 am

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - May 23 to May 31

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 23 to May 31

 

May 23 - Pea Soup

Egg Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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My Prediction (West River Interstate Bridge)

You heard it here from me first: my prediction as a citizen observer is that the West River interstate bridge will not be completed until August/September 2020.

That's with every single last thing done: boths side, lines on the pavement, all construction equipment removed, landscaping done, everything. My prediction is that Labor Day weekend 2020 will be the grand opening completion celebration.

This isn't a diss to the project, it's just stating my prediction based on how long it has taken thus far and how far they realistically still have to go, that it won't be done until Labor Day weekend 2020.

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Does This Get the Selectmen's Juices Flowing?

How about the Townspeople of Bratt? 

Written by Michael Knight who advocates living in a Sharing Economy rather than a selfish economy. His facebook page can be found hither: https://www.facebook.com/michaelevknight?fref=nf

"By working TOGETHER and SHARING we can use a lot less vehicles which helps starve the money beast/system more/faster. We could have just 1 fifteen passenger van for every 45-60 people in a town. Members can take turns driving other members around town in the vans as part of their 10 - 20 hours a week for the community.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/23/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/23/16

Monday, May 23, 2016

12:00 am Wabenaki Confederacy Conference

1:00 am Valley Homegrown: Rambling Kind

2:00 am First Wednesdays: Who Stole the American Dream

3:45 am Lit Fest 2015: Ann Beattie

4:30 am FOLA Follies: A Comedy Tonight

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Look For The Little Non-GMO Label

I probably wouldn’t have noticed if there hadn’t been two of them, but there I was fixing dinner, two cans of food (Tuttorosso tomatoes and Pearls black olives) before me on the counter.  Both sported a little green label that I couldn’t read without my glasses but on which were printed the following words: “Non-GMO Project Verfied.”  What’s this?  A GMO label?  I thought we weren’t allowed to have those.  But no, it’s apparently fine to label your food products as long as it’s not mandatory to do so.

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Pride Goeth Before the Fall

The issue of inclusion has long been a concern of lesbian and gays. Following the gay riots in 1969 it was gay pride that was the focus of the movement. The Gay Liberation Front was the militant group of activist who helped to establish gay rights.In those days many gay people did not believe in bisexuals and oftentimes, like straight people, they denied there was such a thing. Gay pride was born of and lives in a dichotomous, black and white world where gays and straights are the axis of powers.

The struggle for gay rights extended through the Seventies and Eighties. Subsequently, it was gay people who took it upon themselves to add bisexuals to the initialism to create LGBT, in good part because it helped to buff up their numbers. The success of social movements regularly depend on how many thousands or millions they can put into the streets or add to their mailing lists to demonstrate widespread support.

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Weekend Creativity Series - Cake Decorating

Want to turn an ordinary cake into something a bit more fancy? You must learn to use a piping bag and cake decorating tips! It’s scary and weird the first few times, but you’ll get more comfortable with practice and soon you’ll be able to make any cake look a bit more finished.

Wilton is the company that makes and sells most cake decorating supplies, and they supplied this introductory video. To do some decorating, you’ll need something to hold the frosting (a bag), a variety of tips, a coupler to attach your tips to your bag, and then some practice.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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

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Brattleboro Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Cemetery Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - Fats Waller & Estey Organs

Fats Waller slams it down with Attila Zoller and other jazz luminaries on his Estey organ, from Brattleboro!

In 1927 famous jazz musician and composer Fats Waller recorded the first organ jazz records using a modified Estey Pipe Organ from Brattleboro. This is the story of Fats Waller, the Estey Organ and Brattleboro...

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New Work by Donald Saaf at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to introduce recent paintings by Donald Saaf with an artist reception and exhibition opening Thursday, June 2, 5-7 pm. The exhibit continues through July 10, with an Artist Talk scheduled for Saturday, June 18 at 7 pm.

 

Donald Saaf’s unique oil paintings provide a personal glimpse into regional landscape and community. His peopled rustic scenes are crafted with attention to overall surface pattern and texture; he utilizes collaged fabric, distorted perspective and highly stylized figures to create  rich, quilt-like surfaces alive with activity. Saaf suggests trying to “...see the pictures simultaneously both for their ‘story’ and as pure abstraction… hinting perhaps at the passage of time or suggestion that reality is more pliable than we usually think.”

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May 1888 Advertisement - Prof. Bristol's Equescurriculum

From a May 1888 issue of The Phoenix, following up on our earlier exploration of this traveling show.

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Lisa McCormick to Host Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class for Women

Singer/songwriter and guitar instructor Lisa McCormick is offering a brand new Women’s Easy Acoustic Music Ensemble Class, beginning June 7, in Brattleboro.

The class invites women to experience playing acoustic Folk and Boomer classic songs together, in a fun easygoing group ensemble.

A world-renowned guitar instructor, McCormick specializes in teaching adult beginners through intermediate level students.

Women with basic functional skills on an acoustic instrument are encouraged to join. Instruments may include guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, keyboards, and others. Singing is optional, and encouraged.

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Overheard On The BBC

While discussing some recent unrest in Eastern Europe, the commentator on BBC’s “Newshour” (VT Public Radio) stated: ”we must bring peace even if we do it by force”

Huh?

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Incident at Williams Street?

Something like a traffic accident happened at the Elliot-Williams-Frost-Union intersection @ about 6PM Wednesday the 18th.

Anybody know anything?

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Brattleboro Hospital Cited For Patient Rights, Safety Issues

"A state inspection found multiple violations of patient rights and emergency services standards at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, including an instance of “unnecessary force” used when police were summoned to subdue a mental health patient, new documents show."  (VTDigger)

Brattleboro Hospital Cited For Patient Rights, Safety Issues

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Savings Bank of Walpole Concerts on the Green

Keene, NH -- Savings Bank of Walpole (SBW) is pleased to announce the dates and bands scheduled to perform at the annual “Concerts on the Green” summer concert series held on the town green in Walpole, New Hampshire.

The nine-concert series will kick off on Sunday, June 26 with a performance by The Springfield, VT Community Band and conclude with two concerts on August 14th featuring the Hope Haitian Choir (who are being sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Walpole) and The Jazz Express. All of the performances will take place on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00 PM except for August 14th when the first show starts at 4:00 and runs until 5:30 PM followed by the second show which will begin at 6:30 PM. The concerts will be held rain or shine.

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Help Obama Kickstart World War III!

President Obama needs your help starting World War III!

Find out how you can help!

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