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1922:

Workman digging for Presby-Leland plant found 3 skeletons alleged to date back to Ft. Dummer burying ground.

1923:

The airplane of H. Rafus of Wilmington and W. White of Long Island nose-dived into the West River near the Retreat.

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Raising Butterflies On The Porch

It was early September and I was standing on my back porch enjoying a bit of afternoon sunshine, when I saw a large butterfly, dusky winged but with the telltale tails of the swallowtail, fluttering down the driveway.  For some reason that I did not at that moment comprehend, she (for she it was) seemed fascinated by the two orange trees growing in pots outside.  She fluttered from leaf to leaf, never staying on one for long.  And then it hit me.  She’s laying eggs.  Oh no! She’s laying eggs in September in Vermont!  Which is how I came to have a family of giant swallowtail caterpillars on my porch, over whom I am anxiously watching as the nights get colder and their prospects as children of nature diminish....

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Vermont Law: Handheld Devices While Driving

State transportation records show 379 crashes resulting from electronic distracted driving from 2009 through 2013. There was one fatality.

Vermont became the 13th state to bar all drivers from handheld cell phone use.

Vermont Law S.314 Starts October 1, 2014

>All uses of handheld devices banned while driving (cellphones, MP3 players, iPods, etc.)

>Drivers under 18 banned from using “all handheld and hands-free devices” while driving

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Train Your Brain to Retain: Sat. Oct 25: A Day-Long Memory Workout, Shared With Others

The Northeast PsychoNeuroImmunology Institute for Healing presents “Train Your Brain to Retain,” a one-day program bringing people together to improve their mental acuity. On Saturday, October 25th, we will gather in a relaxed, private home setting to learn memory strengthening techniques, to support one another on our memory journeys, to eat food that’s good for the brain (and the soul!), and to have a good time.

Participants will learn how to give their memories a workout by using tools proven through neuro-science. Advances in neuroplasticity show us that the brain can actually increase its capacity to learn and remember. This is a class for people who know their minds are still capable, but who have noticed declines in their sharpness.

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150 Years Ago (1864 9/27)

(Post marked Martinsburg, W. Va. Oct. 1, 1864)

 6th Vt. Vols. Spt. 27, 1864.

Madam -

 It is with very sad heart that I inform you of the death of your husband. He was killed in action Sept. 19th, at the battle of Winchester during the last charge made by our Regt; A canister shot passing through his breast. His last words were, “I am a dead man.” We were in a great hurry at the time and I did not see him fall and did not learn of it until after the excitement was over. His things were all lost much to my sorrow.

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Weekend Concert Series: Styx 1982 Live at Budokan

Ahh, Styx. Make me think of my high school neighbor, Jack. He and I used to have arguments over the best bands. I tended toward Beatles and Stones. He insisted Kiss and Van Halen were the true rulers of rock. We’d each take turns playing songs for each other in an attempt to convince the other.

Jack liked Styx while they were rocking hard with albums such as Cornerstone, Pieces of Eight, and Grand Illusion. He wasn’t so sure about Paradise Theater, their 1981 release. It was a rock opera and a new direction. Still, it was Styx and it eventually won him over.

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Brattleboro Energy Settlement Funds Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Settlement Funds Working Group will meet on Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00pm in the Planning Services Department at the Municipal Center

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

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Brattleboro Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-fire Facilities Building Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:00pm I the Hanna Cosman 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 Human Services Review Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee will meet on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00am in the Brattleboro Food Co-Op Community Room.

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

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We Would Like To Apologize For That Failed Launch

Recently, The University of Brattleboro made two failed attempts at foisting hoaxes on the public.

The first was a spectacular failure. We attempted the largest UFAUX launch in the history of the University. Sadly, the result, while large in scale, fell far short of our hopes. The result was news stories such as the following. . .

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Patty Larkin at Next Stage on Saturday, September 27

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer/songwriter Patty Larkin at Next Stage on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30pm.

Patty Larkin is a true phenomenon among singer/songwriters in the American folk music scene today. She has been described as “riveting” by the Chicago Tribune, “hypnotic” by Entertainment Weekly and a “drop dead brilliant performer” by Performing Songwriter.

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Brooks Development Plans Grand Opening

The 24 million dollar renovation of Brattleboro’s Brooks House will be celebrated on October 3 at 5p in the Brooks House Atrium in downtown Brattleboro. The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of Vermont will be in attendance, along with Brooks House Development consisting of local businessmen Bob Stevens, Craig Miskovich, Ben Taggard, Pete Richards and Drew Richards.

A fire gutted the historic building, formerly a hotel, in April 2011. A few months later Tropical Storm Irene slammed the downtown area, causing significant flooding. Since that summer, the block-long Brooks House in the middle of Main Street has been boarded up and surrounded by tarps and scaffolding. A group of local businessmen and developers, formed to purchase and renovate it.

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Cultured Foods For Your Kitchen: Book Events and Localvore Tastings From Dosa Kitchen

Join local author Leda Scheintaub as she launches her new cookbook just out from Rizzoli, Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen: 100 Recipes Featuring the Bold Flavors of Fermentation

Learn how to incorporate ferments into your everyday cooking and enjoy a free sampling of ferment-centered localvore foods from Dosa Kitchen, the South Indian food truck dedicated to our favorite ferment, the dosa (fermented rice and lentil crepe). Signed copies of the book will be available.

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Qigong for Healing and Living Fully

QiGong for Healing and Living Fully
 with Thomas Garbarino, L.Ac, M.Ac.


You are your best healer! Come learn how each and everyone of us is born with the innate gift to heal ourselves. In this half-day intensive, you will experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body's innate healing ability while deepening your capacity to relax and enjoy your life more completely. Participants will leave with a renewed and empowered sense of health and well-being. All are welcome; no experience required.

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There Is No Way To Peace

There is no way to peace. Peace IS the way… David Swanson (WorldBeyondWar.org)

Ask yourself, and then ask your congress members “why are we at war with so many people in so many places around the world?”

How are these people threatening our “homeland”?  (Don’t fall for the ISIS BS).

Why have we been replacing secular, progressive “regimes” with Islamic religious strife?

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Physician Assistant Temmen Returns to BMH Ortho

The BMH Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine office is pleased to welcome back certified physician assistant Wayne Temmen, PA-C, to their team.

Wayne Temmen has more than 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and care of orthopaedic patients under the supervision of orthopaedic surgeons. His background includes surgical assistance for general orthopaedic surgery, assistance with total joint replacements and arthroscopy, and follow-up care for surgical patients.

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