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1784:

Reverend Abner Reeve appointed settled minister.

1839:

Scarlet Dye, a prime article for coloring scarlet, at 37 1/2 cents a bottle, for sale, by Williston & Tyler.

1839:

Haying Tools. 50 doz. Blanchard’s celebrated cast and German steel scythes. Also, Sibly’s, Farwell’s, and a variety of other kinds of Grain and Grass Scythes. Likewise, rakes, hay forks, scythe snaths, grain cradles, scythe stones, &c. by Blake & Lawrence.

1844:

Rocking Chairs. A small lot for sale cheap, to close off, by A. E. Dwinell.

1844:

For Rent, For one or more years, the Store formerly occupied by A. E. Dwinell, next door South of the Vermont House. Possession given immediately. Apply to Edward Kirkland.

1856:

The grass crop promises unusual abundance. It is much more forward than usual, and the farmers have commenced cutting their clover.

1856:

S. A. Morse & Co., have opened a Livery Stable in the rear of the Brattleboro House. A nice barn, new carriages, fresh horses, and attentive hostlers, constitute their chief claim for patronage.

1872:

Last Friday was a terribly hot day. Mercury 94 to 98 in the shade.

1872:

The new bell of the Congregational church, proving unsatisfactory, has been removed, and another is to be procured.

1872:

Messrs. J. Estey & Co. of this place have pledged $5000 toward the establishment of a seminary for the education of colored women, at Raleigh, N.C.

1872:

The opening ceremonies at the Brooks House on Thursday evening of last week were of an appropriate and pleasing character. Upwards of 200 persons were present. The parlors filled with guests, the gentlemen clothed with their finest apparel, the ladies dressed in “magnificent array,” the richly furnished apartments, and withal the unexceptionable yet genuinely social character of the occasion, combined to present a scene of elegance, and beauty, of festivity and enjoyment, which was a pleasure to witness.

1878:

Village taxpayer can save five per cent by paying their taxes on or before July 1st.

1878:

The White Mountain express train goes upon the road next Monday.

1878:

Eddy, the hulled corn man, sells an article of spruce beer which makes a very palatable drink. Try it.

1878:

Col. and Mrs. L. K. Fuller sailed from New York, Wednesday afternoon for Paris and the Exposition. They will return about the first of August, probably.

1889:

The Christian Science association will hold their next meeting with Mrs. M. E. Morse on Spruce street on Wednesday evening

1889:

As part of the plan of Messrs. Crosby & Adams, the new proprietors of the Brooks House, to make the hotel attractive to its guests, weekly musicals will be given in the parlor during the summer.

1889:

The two ball games and the Baptist ladies’ lawn party will be the home attractions for July 4th.

1889:

Mr. Ray has made special provision this season of horses which are safe for ladies and elderly people to drive, as well as of low, easy carriages for leisurely driving.

1895:

Another sign that Brattleboro is growing cosmopolitan: A German street band appeared here on Tuesday.

1895:

The question of extending the tracks of the electric railroad to the fair ground is under discussion. The expense would be about $3000-$2500 for building the road and $500 for grading the hill.

1895:

The trolley railroad will be practically completed to West Brattleboro to-morrow night.

1895:

During the thunder storm Friday night lightning struck the summer cottage for women at the Retreat. The shock was comparatively light and did but little damage, destroying a clapboard or two and splitting a few shingles.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Successful Union Negotiations and General Goodness For Solstice

The Brattleboro Selectboard approved of contracts for most of the town’s union and non-union employees, with a range of raises, salary adjustments, and benefits packaged at minimal additional cost to taxpayers over the next three years. The negotiating process went smoothly, with cooperation on all sides, pleasing those involved.

Brattleboro’s 4th of July parade permit was approved, finances are looking good, tax bills will be delayed, Bradley House got lots of money, paving will be done under budget, grants were accepted, the town is suing over a breached contract, citizens were appointed to committees, a property will be demolished, Brattleboro businesses will face fines, and more.

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Pre-Convention Politics

The latest twist in the presidential campaign season comes primarily on the GOP side, with regular, traditional GOP members freaking out about Trump as their nominee. So much so that delegates to the Republican convention are being given a nod and wink to, if they want, maybe, perhaps, just change their support come convention time. (But not you Democrats! Stay in line!)

Others are reporting push polls testing Paul Ryan and Kasich against Clinton. President Ryan?

Clinton, meanwhile, has called for those under FBI investigation to not be allowed to purchase handguns. This comes while she is under investigation by the FBI.

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IRS Scam

There’s a very scary scam going around purporting to be from the IRS.

A very threatening robocall promises that very bad things will happen to you if you don’t call their number immediately.

It’s all BS. The IRS doesn’t work this way.

They can be every bit as nasty and scary, but they will contact you directly, not via a robocall.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 6/20/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/20/16

Monday, June 20, 2016

12:00 am Voices Live! Homelessness Forum 6/8/16

1:30 am Reinventing Harmony Place: Unveiling the Vision 5/31/16

3:05 am GGE: Ep 4 - Global Social Entrepreneurs Lab

3:50 am Celebrating Burlington Poets

6:00 am 2016 Strolling of the Heifers Parade 6/4/16

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Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty

The story of the Liberty is not well known. On the surface, it doesn’t make sense at all.

Yet it happened, and Lyndon Johnson covered it up.

Read what Phil Giraldi says about it:

“Last Wednesday at noon at Arlington National Cemetery I attended the annual commemorative gathering of the survivors and friends of the U.S.S. Liberty. The moving service included the ringing of a ship’s bell for each one of the thirty-four American sailors, Marines and civilians that were killed in the deliberate Israeli attack that sought to sink the intelligence gathering ship and kill all its crew.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 21, 2016

Raises and benefits for town employees will be among the various items the Brattleboro Selectboard plans to discuss at their next regular Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center.

Attend in person or watch on BCTV, and you’ll learn more about grants, paving, finances, parade permits, Business Property Tax Fines, and more! You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Weekend Creativity Series: Topiary

I’m a sucker for good topiary. It’s unreal and unusual, unnatural and often results in something quite amazing and lovely.

My first memories of topiary are, of course, the gardens at Walt Disney World. Disney has long employed master gardeners and encourages creative topiary work that shows off their characters and other fanciful creatures. There was a sea serpent made of multiple shrubs, for example, that seemed to be swimming near the entry to the Magic Kingdom. EPCOT, by the way, hosts an annual garden festival.

(Another not-as-fond memory is the topiary in the remake of The Shining.)

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Nimby-Pimby

It’s very easy to fear that which you don’t know (or highly misunderstand). And the average person knows very little about drugs and addiction. Part of this is by design. The very lucrative “war on drugs” would have never happened if people were better informed. TPTB filled us full of fear about drugs and druggies, and Presto! Unlimited funding!

This has left a deep scar upon society which destroyed lives and persists today.

One consequence is the morbid fear felt by most of the populace about drug treatment and the people undergoing it.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center. NOTE: This meeting replaces the meeting that was previously scheduled on July 4.

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

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu - June 20 to June 24

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 20 to June 24

 

June 20 -Pea Soup

Egg Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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Dim Sum Buffet with Leonard Ragouzeos Paintings on Paper - and More - Sunday June 19

This Sunday, June 19th, welcome to Chef Cai's Dim Sum Buffet, the Dim Sum Teahouse, at C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT: dimsumvt.com/events/

* seatings from 11am to 7pm. Fixed price, all you can eat, with gluten free and vegan options, a selection from the menu


* Call ahead for a visit or reservation: (802) 257-7898.


* other days, throughout the month, dining in, orders to go, or other catering can be arranged from the menu at dimsumvt.com and dimsumvt.com/party-menus.

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Bernie and the Revolution

All along, Bernie Sanders has been telling us that he is seeking nothing less than “a political revolution” — a complete change in the way America operates with regard to its people and the world.  As it turns out, he’s not the only one. Over 25 million people cast a vote for change in the recent primaries on both sides of the political spectrum, or about 65% of voters.  How individuals define “change” differs from right to left, but in the end, both sides are united in their disenchantment with the current state of government and the continued unravelling of their hopes and dreams.

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Host a Spanish Teen This Summer

Expand your family’s horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home through the STEP-to-U.S.A. program. The boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, will arrive on June 25 and spend 3 1/2 weeks in New England, departing on July 20.

The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and are at an intermediate English level. Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting spot on the days there are field trips ( Boston and Six Flags--host families are invited to come along).

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Gang of Motorcycling Investors Seeks Businesses Looking to Grow

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Strolling of the Heifers and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation invite you to apply to participate in the 2016 FreshTracks Road Pitch.

The Road Pitch, a gang of motorcycling business investors and advisors, is stopping in Brattleboro on the afternoon of August 2 to hear up to six funding pitches from local businesses that are ready to scale up.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - 1952, The First Graduating Class at BUHS

In 1952 the first class at the new million dollar high school graduated. Here's the story...

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 20th

Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 20th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound. No additional restrictions are anticipated.

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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Elliot Street Bridge Closed For Repair

I'm a bit surprised that no one has mentioned that the Elliot Street bridge construction is now underway. Work started a few days ago.

If you are used to using the bridge near the end of Elliot, where it meets up with Williams, Birge, etc. as a crosstown cut-through, you will need to change your travel plans for a short while.

If you are a fan of Public Works, take this chance to go see the project.

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Will Patrick Leahy Lose Aug. 9th Primary After Giving Super Delegate Votes To Hillary Clinton?

Will US Senator Patrick Leahy lose the Aug. 9th primary after giving his super delegate votes to Hillary Clinton?

Cris Ericson (D) vs. US Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont primary election Aug. 9th.

Will Bernie fans revolt against Patrick Leahy for giving super delegate votes to Hillary Clinton?

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Lost dog? - Mt Wantastiquet, Tues., 6/14/16

My neighbor and I live across the river on Wantastiquet Dr in Brattleboro, and we both heard a dog howling in distress on Mt. Wantastiquet. We weren't sure if he/she was hurt or lost, but realized it was most likely lost when we heard the howling move further away towards the NH side. 

We first heard the howling on the VT side of the mtn. at about 8:30pm. 

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Act 46 Study Committee 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 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.
AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 5:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

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

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