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Today In Local History

1840:

Blake & Lawrence have on hand a good assortment of Wet and Dry Groceries, at the lowest prices.

1858:

The Bailiffs of this village have issued a notice that the Village By-Law relative to the firing of crackers, &c., in the streets will be enforced on the 3rd of July. Special police have been appointed who with those already in office will enforce this regulation.

1858:

Hydropath Engine Company of this village, on Saturday evening, threw a streem of water over the pole in this village, the top of which is 182 feet 7 inches from the ground, playing through 237 feet of hose. They will play for a private purse at the conclusion of the Firemen’s Muster.

1862:

We learn that William Chapin son of Dr. Charles Chapin of this town, and George H. Salisbury with his son Ransom Salisbury, also of this town, but acting as sutlers in the army before Richmond, were bagged by the rebels in their raid on the 13th inst., where they came down to within four miles of the White House. Geo. H. Salisbury succeeded in effecting his escape, but his son and young Chapin were made prisoners.

1862:

We do not hear of any movements in this place for a general celebration of the anniversary of our nations birth-day. There will be, as usual pic-nics, and rides by families, parties, and perhaps societies, but a general celebration would create more astonishment here than the appearance of a steam engine would have excited in Sleepy Hollow in the days of the Knickerbockers.

1874:

Brattleboro will not celebrate the Fourth.

1874:

The prospect for summer visitors here this season is not flattering.

1885:

Barnum’s agent was in town Wednesday, but no definite arrangement was made as to the place of exhibition.

1885:

Editor Geo. E. Crowell of the Household has bought all the stock, machinery and tools of the Higby sewing machine company, at a reported cost of $6000.

1891:

H. M. Wood gave his annual fireworks exhibition and balloon ascension from the island last evening.

1891:

Thorough repairs have now been practically completed on the Main street bridge. All decayed or imperfect timbers have been replaced and the planking has been entirely renewed. The cost of the job has been about $400. It would have been a great stroke of economy had a stone arch been put in years ago.

1891:

Several desks were maliciously broken in the High school building on Thursday night of last week. The author of the mischief is not known, and it is difficult to understand what could have been the motive for the act.

1896:

The narrow-gauge engine house made another persistent effort to burn down Monday. Fire started on the roof from sparks from a passing engine. The fire department will waste not a great many more efforts to save this building unless it is slated or covered with a tin roof.

1896:

The Vermont Wheel club will hold a club run about town on Tuesday evening, June 30, starting from the club house on Elliot street at 7 p.m. It is hoped that every cyclist, especially the ladies, will consider this a personal invitation, as it would be impossible to reach every one by letter.

1896:

The World’s Fair award to the Carpenter Organ company has recently arrived and is on exhibition in Jordan & Van Doorn’s window.

1896:

A meeting of the Vermont and Massachusetts boundary-line commissioners was held at the Brooks House for the purpose of holding a consultation preliminary to putting surveyors at work to locate the exact boundary line between the two states.

1903:

Miss Mercy Cox gave a musical at her South Main street home to the members of the junior banjo and mandolin club and their parents. Ice cream and cake were served. This gathering closed the rehearsals of the club until fall.

1903:

J. Grover has sold his milk route to Bert Hildreth.

1903:

The first fair test of Sewall Morse’s automobile, which was made in J.H. Rand’s machine shop, was given Saturday. The trial showed that the principle of the machine is all right, and also the alterations necessary to make it a perfect running machine. The principal trouble is that it wastes steam, which is due to faulty steel castings.

1903:

The Fourth will be observed on Main street by the general closing of the stores.

2007:

Brattleboro passes a resolution and becomes the second Fair Trade town in the nation and first in New England.

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Rally to "Say No to the (State Budget) Veto"

Governor Scott just vetoed the entire state budget and education funding bills including funding for child care, affordable housing, clean water, fighting the opioid crisis and our state colleges. The education funding bill is what ensures our schools are open to all students to receive the high-quality education they deserve. Many people believe his actions are an attempt to undermine teachers' collective bargaining rights. If you want to speak out against the veto, and support teachers, unions, and collective bargaining, come to the rally Wednesday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 at Pliny Park. Other rallies are being held across the state, including in Putney & Bellows Falls.

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Friends of Brooks Annual Book Sale - Ongoing until June 22nd

Looking for a good summer read? The Friends of Brooks annual book sale is ongoing until June 22nd, with all items 1/2 price starting on the 15th. Proceeds benefit the Brooks Memorial Library, and will support programming, materials, and technology. Hurry on down during open hours, plenty of treasures still to be found! 

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Part 6 Federal Marijuana Laws - Is Not Knowing The Law A Form of "Entrapment"?

PART 6 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: 21 USC 960
Law Library of Congress
https://www.loc.gov/
http://uscode.house.gov/browse.xhtml
Is it "entrapment" if you are not fairly warned and informed of all the federal marijuana laws?

When I'm finished finding all of the federal marijuana laws, would it help put a dent in police "entrapment" of people who have not been fairly warned and informed of the existing federal laws, for the State of Vermont to publish a complete booklet of all marijuana laws, state and federal, and mail it out to every registered voter, and publish copies for all high school students, and give them a test on the subject before graduation? I'll bet none of the Vermont State Legislators, Senate and Representatives, could pass a complete test on the subject!

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

The Vermont Jazz Center presents Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project on June 10th at 8:00 PM. The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that have influenced him - it includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic) and Jon Fisher on drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Josh Bruneau on trumpet.

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, the native home of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed Blues para Urabá, a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Colombian Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

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Part 5 Federal Marijuana Laws: Go To Federal Prison For Selling A Bong or Roach Clip

Hello again, here are some more federal marijuana laws, and this is a biggie: did you know that if U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gets too excited down there in Washington, D.C. that he could send federal agents to Vermont to arrest people under federal law for selling bongs and roach clips?

I'm actually more worried about homeless people today.  A woman in one vehicle, and a boy by a truck,  stopped in front of my house. He was struggling to tie something around a heavy object in the back of the truck.  The woman said he was 12 years old and that she had other sons, and one was attending a local school for one month, and that was why they were "up here".

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/5/17

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 6/5/17

Monday, June 5, 2017

12:00 am Women's March Huddle - Intersectionality Panel

2:00 am Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from VT to Texas

3:55 am Senior Moments: The Beatles - Class 4

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:25 am DCC: Lessons from the Long Trail - Deborah Lee Luskin 5/4/17

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CD Release Party for Julian Gerstin Sextet


Drums from Martinique and Cuba mingle with rhythms of Turkey and Bulgaria in the jazz world of percussionist/composer Julian Gerstin. Living in Martinique for two years, Julian studied the unusual tanbou drum, played with both hands and one foot. To bring this instrument to life here, he composed music for a jazz setting, where musicians can improvise and create on the basis of tradition.

Anna Patton, clarinet, also has a grounding in both jazz and Balkan music, trumpeter Don Anderson is a salsa veteran, and pianist Eugene Uman splits his time between Vermont and Colombia.

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Appalachian Coal Mining

West Virginia and Kentucky have led the nation in underground mining employment for over a hundred years. These have been highly paid jobs due to the danger involved and the activities of the United Mine Workers union.

But this is all changing.

Trump wants to halt the decline by instituting policies that enhance the prospects of these miners.

I’d like to help him out by suggesting some activities that would help their prospects.

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Dummerston Perennial Swappers Invites New Gardeners to Come to Swaps Empty-Handed!

[Dummerston]-- Back in 1987, Ruth Marx, a human geneticist and avid gardener, had paid a man good money for his blue lobelias only to hear a friend later say, “Oh, why didn't you tell me? I'd have given you some of that.” About the same time, Bess Richardson, a nurse at Grace Cottage, was tossing her culled perennials over a bank. “Ruth and I talked at church one day,” she said, and they came up with the only logical result: Dummerston Perennial Swappers, a loose-knit club designed to put excess perennials into the hands of people who want them.

We named it Perennial Swappers because of the radio swap show on Smith and Clarke in the Morning on WTSA,” Marx said. “But it's a plant giveaway.” No one has to bring an item to get one. Pre-internet, Richardson and Marx spread the news through church announcements. At the first meet people swapped plants then convened in the church's basement kitchen to hear some sound gardening advice. “ I put up a slide of a cat smelling a crocus,” Richardson remembered, and then she gave the talk. After subsequent swaps, “We started visiting flower gardens, and sometimes those gardeners had plants to share, too.”

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New York Public Library Photo

The historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library can be yours for only $1. Only 1 month left to buy tickets! The drawing will be held July 5th at 7pm! 

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be seen in person. 

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New Job Hunt Helper for Brooks Memorial Library

Job Hunting? Need help filling out online job applications and other technology tasks? Job Hunt Helper Isabel Renaud has drop-in office hours on Tuesdays, 10 am -1 pm and Thursdays 1 - 4 pm. Isabel's work is sponsored by Community College of Vermont, in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Libraries. Stop by with your questions! 

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Horse Drawn Yogurt: Author Reading by Peter Gould at Brooks Library

We hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 pm, downstairs in the Main Reading Room. Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a collection of true-life stories of a young man's life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the movement. The performance is free, accessible, and open to the public. Gould will read from the book, and will have copies for sale. 

Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

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Artist Talk with Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Torin Porter on Saturday, June 10th from 5-7pm. Porter’s show “Before Words” has been featured in MGFA for the month of May and will continue through June 18. This talk is free and open to the public, part of a series of events at MGFA intended to better connect communities and their artists.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language comes into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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In Hot Pursuit of Slow Living

[Not quite a true story. I combined separate events and embellished fact — a sprinkling of fiction to improve the tale.]

I am walking briskly to a workshop on Slow Living and Friendship, only to be waylaid when my neighbor, Bobby, calls from his porch: "Hey Steve, got a minute?" 

I stop myself from calling back over my shoulder, "No, Bobby, I don't want to be late for the Slow Living Summit workshop… it's on friendship, which is really important to me," as I speed up in a hurry to make it on time. But instead, I say, "Sure, Bobby," and he invites me in, apologizing for the mess as he leads me to a little table in the corner of his living room to show me the covered bridge he has made of popsicle sticks. 

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PART 4 Federal Marijuana Laws & Demonstration & Protest June 21 & June 22 In Montpelier

PART 4 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS
Law Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/
http://uscode.house.gov/browse.xhtml
Now we will read more federal marijuana laws, and this time we will continue where we left off in Title 21 United States Code.

How can Governor Phil Scott call himself a "Republican" when he wastes taxpayer dollars by enforcing state laws which merely duplicate federal laws and burden the taxpayers? What kind of "Republican" is that?

Remember, you can go demonstrate to your state senators and state representatives if you want them to vote against Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana by making your own protest demonstration signs and stand on the state house lawn and hold them up on June 21 and June 22, 2017 during the legislative veto session on those days. Get their attention, wear flowers in your hair!Go early to catch their attention on their way in to the building!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 6, 2017

Emergency repairs at the Harris Place railroad embankment and at the Living Memorial Park swimming pool will be issues taken up at the Brattleboro Selectboard's first regular meeting in June.

The board will also give a raise to some employees, begin preliminary engineering at the water treatment plant, buy a truck, name a square, and continue their discussion of diversity of town staff. You can participate, and even bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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VFW Lunch Specials June 5th - June 9th

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

 

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg

Tues - soup & sandwich of choice

Wed - lasagna w/ salad

Thur - steak, cheese & onion grinder w/ chips

Fri - tuna melt w/ french fries

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We'll Always Have Paris

The President has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement, a 200 country effort to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius (3.6 degrees F) over the pre-industrial era. We’re currently about 1.5 C above normal. There isn’t much wiggle room, and it isn’t a good time to thumb a nose at working together to keep the planet livable.

Pulling out is significant, in that the US had already agreed and signed on. It’s also a cynical, easy way to toss a bone to Trump’s base - quit something and claim a major accomplishment.

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Annual Literary Contest - Poetry & Prose - From Write Action

WRITE ACTION 15th ANNUAL LITERARY CONTEST

WRITE ACTION is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest for adults and teens. Entries will be judged anonymously. Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state area. Judge for both prose and poetry in the youth category is  retired head of the BUHS English Department, Nancy Olson. Judge for adult poetry is J Kates; for prose it is Joe Mazur.

The FIRST PLACE winners in both categories will be awarded $100, the SECOND PLACE winners $50, and THIRD PLACE winners $25. First-place winners will have the opportunity to read in the Spotlight Reading at this year's Literary Festival. All entries, on-line or through the post, must be dated no later than June 30th, 2017. There is no theme this year.

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