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1837:

$50 Reward. Stolen from the pasture of the subscriber on Thursday night, a bay mare, with black mane and tail, shod all around, and marks of the traces on the right thigh, and was 11 years old. A blind bridle with brass nails upon the blinders, was also taken. Whoever will secure the Thief and Mare, shall receive the above reward, or $25 for either.

1843:

New Store and New Goods. The subscriber is now opening his new Brick Store, opposite the Stage House, a large and splendid assortment of seasonable Dry Goods, worthy of the attention of the public as it regards prices and styles. A.E. Dwinell.

1848:

That same miserable rascal made another attempt to burn the Catholic Church in this village on Monday evening last. A lot of shavings was stuck through a window and set fire to. The villain whoever he may be, who persists in his fiendish attempts to burn the church should recollect that there is a “fearful looking for of fiery indignation” awaiting him somewhere!

1848:

On Wednesday last, a stone weighing about 25 lbs. was thrown from a blast on the Depot grounds in this village, on to the roof of the store now occupied by Messrs F. & L. T. Woodcock. It broke a rafter, and then bounded off without doing further damage.

1860:

A slight shock of an earthquake was perceived in this village at about 6 o’clock, a.m. of the 17th inst. It extended throughout New England and was more violent in Canada than further south. In some places in northern Vermont, fastened doors were opened by the concussion, and church bells were rung.

1876:

The subject of Rev. Mr. Moors’ lecture this evening will be “Egypt and the Pyramids.”

1882:

The Selectmen and Mr. Crowell have been carefully looking over the ground on Elliot street this week with a view to the contemplated widening of the street between Dr. Gary’s and Crowell’s sewing machine shop. The improvement is a much needed one.

1882:

The old brick structure forming a wing of the Valley mill - one wall of which partially tumbled into the brook Wednesday night - is to be rebuilt.

1893:

It is understood that a pocket-peddling business in wet goods is being carried on by a man of malodorous reputation, who meets his customers on the New Hampshire side of the river.

1893:

One estimate has it that there is $700,000 worth of property in town not taxed, under the law exempting schoolhouses, churches, new manufacturing plants and a part of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1899:

A calculagraph or recording clock has been placed in the local office of the New England Telephone and Telegraph company by which the length of time occupied by a person using the telephone may be recorded.

1899:

The Electric Hosiery company is planning to increase its facilities. With this company the demand is greater than the supply, and a large New York concern is ready to take all the product the company can turn out.

1931:

A Brattleboro committee was elected to raise emergency fund to relieve local unemployment.

1937:

Paramount Theater opens in downtown Brattleboro.

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Free Opening Reception: Brattleboro's Letterpress Years Exhibit

Peoples, Places, and the History of Words in Brattleboro, (Vermont Words Project) and Brooks Memorial Library will present a FREE opening reception for “Brattleboro’s Letterpress Years” on Wednesday, October 11th from 5-7 pm. 

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What It Looks Like To Be Tracked

Intergalactic Armies - Lightbeam VisualizationA couple nights ago I was shutting down my computer when, in the process of quitting Firefox, a mysterious screen opened before my eyes with what appeared to be a galaxy of circles and triangles, interconnecting and sprouting new satellites as I watched. Closer inspection revealed it to be a graphic visualization of sites I had recently visited with all the third party sites they had notified in clusters around them. It was a moment out of War Games. Had I been hacked, I wondered?  But no, it turned out to be Lightbeam, a browser add-on that allows you to see in real time how your information is being shared on the Internet by the sites you visit, and with whom. I vaguely remember installing it a while back but I never got around to using it, hence my initial surprise when it seemingly opened itself in my browser.  But once I saw what it revealed, I was riveted.

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"The War of the Worlds" at Hooker-Dunham

Shoot the Moon theater company presents Orson Welles’ “The War of the Worlds” at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, 27-28 and November 3-4. 

This radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel created a varying levels of hysteria when it debuted in 1938. Many listeners who missed the disclaimers actually thought Martians were invading Earth, due to the simulated breaking news broadcast format created by director and narrator Welles in collaboration with Howard Koch, who is credited with adapting the nineteenth century work of literature. 

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Contributed By: Spinoza

When we started iBrattleboro, we had some grand visions. In addition to wanting to provide a platform for local news, views, and opinions, we hoped that local writers would enjoy publishing their work to a large, local audience. It would be possible for any writer to have a regular place on the site, and build a following of regular readers, but also compile their collected works into a book if they so desired.

Almost 14 years later, it happened. The essays of “spinoza” were recently collected and collated by some sneaky members of the spinoza family, and presented back in the form of a bound volume. A copy arrived mysteriously on our back doorstep recently, and it was a real joy to behold. It was a bit like admiring a new infant in the family for the first time. “So what do we have here?”

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How to Discard Syringes and Other Sharps

Zoning Administrator Brian Bannon sent along a flyer from the Vermont Department of Health with information about disposal of syringes. The text is below and the flyer PDF is attached so you can download, print out, and share. Thanks, Brian!

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"How to Discard Syringes and Other Sharps

Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
800-464-4343 • HealthVermont.gov

Syringes, needles, lancets and other sharp items used to treat diabetes, allergies and other medical conditions are called sharps. Syringes and needles are also used to inject drugs of abuse. Sharps can be found where you don’t expect them – in a house, in a park, or on the street.

Why should I care about sharps?

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Closings

In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, all Town offices will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday and Monday, October 8 and 9, 2017.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Panhandling Sign Discussed Further, Tabled For Further Discussion

A three member Brattleboro Selectboard postponed a few issues on their agenda for the return of a full board, but took up the issue of a revised panhandling sign without them. After another long and involved discussion, the matter was tabled for when the full board returns.

A box of syringes served as an unexpected centerpiece to the board’s meeting table, placed there by a frustrated resident. A bid for pump station improvements at the Welcome Center was approved, SeVEDS gave an annual update, and committee appointments were made.

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Grace Cottage Hospital Ranks Top For Patient Satisfaction in New England

Grace Cottage Hospital has been recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Best Practice Recipient in Patient Satisfaction in the country by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Grace Cottage was selected for this exclusive “Top 20” list out of all 1,339 CAH facilities throughout the U.S and is the only CAH in New England to receive the “Best Practice – Patient Satisfaction” designation.

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Eaton represented Grace Cottage at the awards ceremony Sept. 28 during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) CAH Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

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Brattleboro Human Services Funding FY19

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Human Services Review Committee is accepting applications for FY19 Human Services Funding. The Application, as well as Instructions and Guidelines, will be posted on the Brattleboro Town website – www.brattleboro.org. The deadline to submit applications to the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office is Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:00pm.

The information session regarding human services funding is scheduled on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. Applicants are encouraged to attend. For more information regarding the application process, contact Jan Anderson in the Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office at 802-251-8151.

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Mass Shootings Are One Type Of Gun Violence

Maggie Koerth-Baker wrote a story at fivethrityeight.com (a site that loves statistics) warning that mass shootings are a bad way to understand gun violence.

In it she makes a few interesting points about gun violence being many problems, not one.

1. Mass shootings are rare. Of the more than 33,000 gun death each year, two-thirds are suicides.

2. Most gun murder victims are men, ages 15-34, and 66% are black. In mass shootings, 50% are women.

She says mass shootings are up, homicide rates are down, and suicide rates are climbing.

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Sen. Leahy's Comment on the Las Vegas Shooting

"Vermonters today are feeling the shock and sorrow that the entire country is feeling about the massacre in Las Vegas. We want all of these victims and their families to know that our hearts are broken and we stand in solidarity with them and with all of the people of Las Vegas. We are still learning the facts, but it's painfully clear that yesterday will go down as one of the darkest days in our nation's history.

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Congressman Welch's Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

"WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the deadly shooting in LasVegas:
“I know I join all Vermonters in reacting with horror and utter disbelief to the slaughter of innocent life in LasVegas early this morning. It’s hard for any of us to imagine the sheer terror experienced by concertgoers running fortheir lives, unsure of the depraved shooter’s location. It’s hard to imagine the inconsolable grief being experienced by thefamilies of the victims. And it’s hard to fathom the inaction of Congress in the face of so many mass shootings in thiscountry.

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Sen. Sanders Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Monday in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas:

"My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims and all those wounded in the horrific Las Vegas shooting. I also want to thank the first responders who did an outstanding job responding to this tragedy, saving many lives.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 10/2/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for week of 10/2/17

Monday, October 2, 2017

12:00 am Summer Concert Series - The Other Guys 8/17/17

1:30 am Dig Infinity! Oliver Trager as Lord Buckley 9/16/17 

2:45 am The Best Pictures - 9-25-17

4:00 am Vermont Treasures - Queche Celtic Festival

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The Hinsdale Bridge: An Audio History from the Brattleboro Historical Society

Plans for a new Brattleboro-Hinsdale Bridge are in the works. Here's some history on the subject...

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VFW Lunch Specials Open to the Public Oct 2nd - Oct. 6th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Monday - Friday from 11:30 - 1:30 PM. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, sweet poato fries, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Specials 10-2 to 10-6

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg

Tues - turkey club w/ potato chips

Wed - ham mac n' cheese w/ salad

Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg

Fri - tuna noodle casserole

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Royal Diner

Brattleboro makes the big time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Chelsea Royal  Diner (or at least part of it) is featured in today's "Zippy the Pinhead".

Zippy doesn't appear in any of our local newspapers, so you need to search the web to see it.

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Celebrate Heirloom Apples at Scott Farm Orchard: 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day -Sunday, October 8

The 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard on Kipling Road in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages to celebrate this iconic fall fruit. Come visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard that border Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont home, Naulakha, and other historic rental properties owned and renovated by Landmark Trust USA.   

On Sunday, October 8 at 10 AM, Noon and 2 PM, Scott Farm’s Orchardist Zeke Goodband entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard and its ecologically-grown fruits, accompanied by a free tasting of some of the more than 125 varieties of heirloom apples grown on the property.

Sample Old World and Early American heirloom varieties such as Esopus Spitzenburg, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, grown at Monticello;  Reine des Reinette, a French apple from the 1700s, considered the best hard cider apple in Normandy; Blue Pearmain, a New England apple dating back to the 1700s, mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in his journal, and Cox’s Orange Pippin, an English favorite, awarded the highest honors by the Royal Horticultural Society—just to name a few of the exciting flavors bound to excite your palate. 

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"The Gathering" Live Stream on Ecological Devastation

This Sunday , Oct. 1 there will be a live stream of a series called "The Gathering" with Rev. Dr. William Barber of North Carolina. The topic this month is Ecological Devastation. The live stream is from 5:30-8:30 at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. The Root is nut-free and fragrance-free.

Dr. Barber, past president of the North Carolina NAACP, was a prime leader of the NC Moral Monday movement. He is now leading the new Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival, which is reviving the vision and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was working with other activists on the original Poor People’s Campaign when he was assassinated.  "The Gathering" is presented by Repairers of the Breach, which is part of the new Poor People's Campaign. They describe their mission as building “a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square…. Repairers will bring together clergy and lay people from different faith traditions with people without a spiritual practice but who share the moral principles at the heart of the great moral teachings.”

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Guilford Plays Next Weekend

“Wonderful, little plays,” is the comment of a cast member at a recent rehearsal, as all of us involved in the Guilford Center Stage fall production are discovering that these short plays, which have been sleeping on the printed page for 7 decades, are both moving and entertaining on stage.

I have known these plays since before my mother died in 1963, and always hoped to see them come to life. It’s been very rewarding to watch our fine director and skilled community actors work on these pieces, and we look forward to sharing them with you next weekend.

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