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1849:

Glue. A Very superior article of Glue for sale low by Williston & Tyler.

1866:

The Fair held at the Town Hall on Wednesday evening last, by the ladies of the Episcopal Church, was well attended and was a very pleasant gathering. The hall was tastefully decorated, the articles for sale were prepared with great taste, the refreshments were tempting to the appetite, and the music was delightful.

1877:

The new White Mountain express train appears to have had the effect of cutting off Brattleboro’s supply of summer visitors, none having stopped here since that train commenced running.

1877:

Horse-trading gypsies are about.

1883:

New potatoes of home production are now quite abundant, and retail at 90 cents to $1 a bushel.

1883:

O. L. Miner has already handled some 40,000 to 50,000 pounds of wool purchased in this vicinity since the season’s clip.

1888:

The strawberry season has been long drawn out this year. Stickney Bros. had a bushel of good berries from Wilmington on Tuesday.

1888:

The largest pair of dray horses ever seen in Brattleboro were brought in from Ohio by C. P. Gibson on Tuesday. The horses weigh 1770 and 1750 pounds, respectively, and are as handsome as they are big. They are a cross between Norman Percheron and Clydesdales They were bought by E. E. Stockwell, who now has them in use.

1894:

The Swedish Lutheran church on West street will be dedicated Wednesday, Aug, 22.

1927:

Colonel Charles Lindbergh flies over Brattleboro and drops a letter for residents.

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Jon Gregg Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to host an artist talk by the gallery’s current featured artist Jon Gregg on Saturday, July 23 at 5pm. Jon Gregg: evolving a mark will be on exhibit at both MGFA locations (183 Main Street and the new MGFA Annex at 132 Main Street in the Brooks House Atrium) through August 14th.

Jon Gregg’s work features gestural, abstract, richly textured oil paintstick on paper and canvas. Fortress-like structures and crowded spaces are central themes, even as his characters are caught mid-narrative, jostled by insistent markmaking and surface activity.

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Samirah Evans & George Kaye Quintet Cover the Music of George Gershwin, July 30

Samirah Evans and the George Kaye Quintet will make summertime living easy with a jazz concert featuring the music ofGeorge Gershwin at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, Vermont. Show time is at 8:00pm on Saturday, July 30. 

Vocalist Evans and bassist Kaye will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Michael Zsoldos (reeds), Eric Miller (trombone) and Claire Arenius (drums). The first set will consist of Gershwin’s popular jazz standards, while the second set will feature selections from the composer’s opera, “Porgy and Bess”  covered in the style of the 1958 recording of the work by Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra. 

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Business Pitch Practice Session for Technology Entrepreneurs Scheduled for July 21

The Brattleboro Area Tech networking group will meet on July 21 at 6:00 when it holds its first Business Pitch Practice Session. The meeting will be at the Marlboro Grad Center in Brattleboro..

The event will provide an informal setting where would-be entrepreneurs can present technology-oriented business ideas to a sympathetic audience. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to make a presentation, followed by a short question and answer.

This one is specifically for technology entrepreneurs. Presenters from all stages of business development are encouraged to attend and participate, from those with only a concept to those who are out actively raising money to fund their startup.

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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 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 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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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 7/19/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/19/16

Monday, July 18, 2016

12:00 am UVM Comm Med School: Examining Medical Cannabis

1:20 am Extempo Storytelling Series: The Blue Barn

2:00 am Energy Week Extra: Wind power

3:00 am Interview with Chris Bollyn 6/22/16

4:29 am Senior Moments: Jazz History with Eric Nielsen Pt 4 - Louis Armstrong

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A Distillation of DOD Funding Priorities for June 2016

Even though money is an abstract and arbitrary construct, the product of which is created from nothing and therefore can be created (again, from nothing) to provide whatever we need or desire, the money people earn and work for is stolen from them to pay for the adventures of lunatics.

Yes this stolen money provides jobs but we need infrastructure upgrades and that would provide jobs too.  Why doesn't it go to something that benefits the funders (ie: the  taxpayers?)  The likelihood of being killed by a terrorist is equal to being killed by furntiure. Yet we are allowing the money that comes from our toil to go to destructive purposes, since we (erroneously) think that the money has to come from limited revenues. This money is stolen out of the pockets of everyday workers.

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Rummage and Tag Sale in West Dummerston

Save the Date! There will be a benefit rummage and tag sale on Saturday, July 30th from 9-noon at the Dummerston Community Center located at 150 West St, in the West Dummerston Village.
Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear and many miscellaneous items. The sale will be held rain or shine, an indoor event.Benefit for the Center's operating and maintenance cost.
For information call 802-254-9212 or 802-254-2415.

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Flat Street Runs Dry?

I have heard tell that Flat Street Pub is closing and am sorry to face that prospect. Any other reports?

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Weekend Creativity Series: Shapes of Stories

I was reminded this week of a somewhat famous lecture by author Kurt Vonnegut on the shapes of stories. He creates graphs showing how stories can be plotted into diagrams, and that despite a diversity of tales out there, most stories follow some very simple story arcs.

Since giving his lecture, others have done similar analysis and studies of well-known and popular stories and their data basically backs up Vonnegut’s propositions. About six story arcs account for the majority of stories told.

Can you tell a tale using one of the common patterns? What happens if you break the pattern?

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4:00pm 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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This Week in Brattleboro History - Nude Brattleboro

Nine years ago a naked skateboarder was stopped by police and warned that he could be fined $25—not for nudity---but for skateboarding on a Brattleboro sidewalk. Here's the story...

 

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Exit 3 Ramp Closure

This Sunday, 07/17/2016, I-91 Exit 3 on ramps closure scheduled from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM will now be from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM (I-91 will remain open).

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
Public Relations Officer
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - July 19, 2016

The future of the Municipal Center is just one of many issues the Brattleboro Selectboard will take up at their next regular meeting.

Central Fire Station plans will be reviewed, the board will get a preliminary look at the 2016 year end financial report, they will hear about downtown activities, and consider an arts project for highways. All this and more. You can attend in person, participate, and bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 18 to July 22

July 18 - Gino’s Hub Cap Pie

Broccoli

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Pineapple

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 18th

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.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, July 17th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

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Two Sides of the Coin

I was so proud of our town last night when I saw how many people turned out for the Black Lives Matter rally and march. It was the most diverse group I've evr seen gathered in one place in Brattleboro; white people; black people, asian people, students, retirees, families with kids in tow, business owners, farmers, librarians...it was an impressive sight. It was a peaceful and powerful event and the police officers present seemed to understand that it was not - in any way an indictment of them but rather a unified attempt to stop the never ending violence in this country.

Reading the comments in the  article about the same event on the Reformer's FB page this morning elicited a very differnt feeling in me. While some of the comments were positive, most were displays of blatant, in your face racism, hatred and ignorance. Many commenters called BLM a "terrorist group" like ISIS and said the rally was only meant to be anti police. Horrible cartoons and memes were posted- people seeming quite proud about openly racist and, of course, the inevitable "terrorist" cartoons about our President.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Gubernatorial Candidate Meet, Greet & Lunch

Where: Senior Meals - Gibson-Aiken Center - 207 Main St., Brattleboro, VT  05301

When: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12 Noon

Who:  Sue Minter, Vermont’s former Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Irene Recovery Officer, and State Representative, is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor in the upcoming August 9 primary election.

Q&A:

Will there be lunch?

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS

The BUHS #6 Planning and Policy Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Incident in New Hampshire?

I was traveling West on NH Rt 9 about 11 this morning, when more than several NH State Police cars passed me with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Anybody know wassup???

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In Days Of Old When Knights Were Bold

…there were a bunch of families who owned and controlled everything.

They were known as “Nobility” and “Royalty”

And most of them were extremely wealthy by the standards of the time.

Many of these families still exist, such as the Habsburgs, the Hohenzollern, House of Orange-Nassau, and the Battenbergs (Anglicized to Mountbatten, AKA Windsor).

And they’re still extremely wealthy.

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