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1778:

Allies of New York protest against "pretended State of Vermont."

1847:

Mr. J.B. Miner, of this village, has a cow 5 years old last spring, (one half Durham) which has averaged for the last three months, 13 quarts milch measure, or 17 quarts wine measure per day; which would amount (at 4 cents per quart) to $43.20. She is a noble looking animal and gives a good quality of milk. The actual expense of keeping this cow is about $1.00 per week.

1847:

Wood and some Money would be taken in payment for The Phoenix, if delivered soon.

1860:

A party of nineteen couples from Greenfield visited our village on Wednesday, and took supper at the Brattleboro House. Well, we like to see people enjoying themselves in sleigh-riding if we can’t.

1876:

Quarterly meeting at the M.E. church next Sunday. Love-feast in the morning at 9:30, preaching at 10:30, and in the evening at 7 o’clock.

1876:

Seventy-five couples have already signified their intention to be present at the Centennial party to be given at the Brooks House on the evening of Washington’s birthday. The Brattleboro orchestra will furnish the music.

1876:

Mumps! Mumps! Mumps! Almost any of the children can tell you all about it.

1881:

The business of the Brattleboro & Whitehall road holds steadily up to the average heretofore reported. Fifteen car loads of freight have been brought down thus far this week, and were it not for the slow state of water in the streams the freight traffic would be largely increased.

1881:

We notice that Mr. Crowell of the Household renews his offer of a year’s subscription to his excellent paper free to every newly married couple, whose address and 10 cents to pay for postage, is sent to him within one year of the date of their marriage.

1887:

Derricks and other appliances have already arrived in readiness for the erection of the new narrow-gauge bridge, and work on the trestle approach on the west end will begin soon. Masons have been at work for some time repairing the further abutment which was injured in the disaster.

1887:

The children’s temperance celebration at the town hall Sunday at 3 P.M. promises to be a very interesting occasion. The program includes exercises by the children on the topics, “Intemperance the enemy of the children” and “The children the conquerors of intemperance.”

1887:

Brooks Library dedication exercises were held Tuesday evening at Town Hall and included a message from the hand of Mr. Brooks, who, “Being dead, yet Speaketh.”

1898:

E. Wales will hold a dance, or “pop and hop,” at Grange hall next Tuesday night from 8 to 12 o’clock.

1898:

A team owned by an Ashuelot man dashed out Elliot street Tuesday afternoon and started rapidly down the Main street hill. Raymond Elmer, who was near the top of the hill, managed to jump into the sleigh and then by hanging over one side like a trick circus rider he reached the reins which were dragging on the ground. He soon had control of the horse.

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Brattleboro Food Co-op Shareholder Forum Postponed

Tonight's Shareholder Forum is POSTPONED until next Sunday, January 25th, from 5-7pm. 

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Going To Bed Hungry - The Window To Health

In my early twenties during the 1970's I made a conscious decision to go to bed hungry most nights. My cutoff evening eating time was by 6 pm, not later than 7 pm. And, most nights I did indeed experience the growling of an empty stomach. Before long, I anticipated the feeling of being (really) hungry which I associated with a healthy outlook.My deliberate nightly hunger strike was based on my instinct that it was good for me.

Each morning I woke up looking forward to a hardy breakfast and good eats throughout the day...until 6 pm. Throughout my adulthood, it is a practice I continue to this day.

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Planning-in-Reverse

If you want to see how a developer (ZB Properties) can clear cut their land located at 382 Western Ave, create a public eye sore,  devalue adjacent property values and then AFTER-THE-FACT apply for a site plan, come.

Come, this Wed - Jan 21,  to the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municiple Center at 7PM. Watch ZB Properties apply for a "Retroactive Site Plan" and observe how the town’s Developmental Review Board conducts planning-in-reverse.

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Marshall Islands Republic Sues U.S. Government To Stop Nuclear Proliferation

And you thought that ended in 1970?

JANUARY 2015 FEDERAL COURT NEWS: The Marshall Islands Republic sues  to try to stop the U.S. Government from continuing nuclear proliferation in violation of the  1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

President Barack Obama (Democrat) claims to be opposed to nuclear proliferation while in reality, he supports it 100% as Commander in Chief of the United States Military.   F-35 strike fighter jets are designed to be dual capable to carry nuclear weapons.

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Mount Bratt Is Open!

One of the best kept secrets in Brattleboro is the nifty little ski resort tucked into the side of Living Memorial Park. Just like the big guys, it features a lift, snowmaking and grooming…and it’s open for night skiing too.

It may not be as challenging as some, but it IS fun, and all for the measly sum of FIVE BUCKS!

Historical note: In the early days of skiing, people from New York City used to come by train just to ski here.

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Weekend Comedy Series - Ellen DeGeneres - 1992

Almost everyone certainly knows of Ellen from her current talk show superstardom. It’s not a bad gig, but she also had a period when she was paying her dues and working her way up. That’s where we head this week.

She was breaking ground in comedy with a unique style. She’d deliver a line, then digress, and digress again. Her humor comes in waves, and she has kid-like, almost-innocent revelations about topics. Audiences get layers of jokes piled on thickly.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - January 20, 2015

Five different vendors of alcohol will ask for special event permits for a single night of samples, at the next regular Tuesday meeting of the Brattleboro Selectboard.

The board will consider a contract and loan to finish off the Black Mountain Gravity Sewer line, consider more items for inclusion on the Representative Town Meeting warning, will hear of revisions to plans for locating the skatepark, and will again offer time for the public to speak to issues of the FY16 budget before it is approved by the board.

Brattleboro's new Town Manager may also make an appearance, being the first day on the job.

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Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Pay-As-You-Throw Advisory Committee/Working Group will meet on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 5:00pm 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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Death By A Thousand Cuts - And Carving Into Stone

A story in the Guardian reports on two new studies of the environment. The short version: it’s worse than imagined for humans.

The studies from the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre have some stark conclusions. They looked at what makes life on earth possible and found that we’re in the red zone for 4 out of 9 of the core componets of life.

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Mary Wilkins Freeman's Story, "The Long Arm," On The Write Action Radio Hour This Sunday

This Sunday and every Sunday at 5 PM, the Write Action Radio Hour, brings ;literature to the air waves. This Sunday, I will be reading Mary Wilkins Freeman's crime story, "The Long Arm" My mission is to give it a reading worthy of the story, and worthy of radio. If you are interested in reading this story yourself, here is a link to it. 

This story was printed in numerous publications, including Brattleboro's newspaper, the Vermont Phoenix, in 1895.

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Come to the Blue Dot for Open Reading Night

Write Action hosts an open reading every month on the third Friday. This month, Jan 16 is the third Friday.

Readers will have about 7 minutes to read their poems, short stories, excerpts or a favorite piece by another author.

WHERE AND WHEN The Blue Dot Studio in the Hooker Dunham Building.We start the readings at 7:30. 

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

Night work on the new bridge will resume at Route 30. Night work will be conducted Monday night, January 19th thru Friday night, January 23rd.

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.

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Register For Classes At In-Sight Photography

We are open for registrations at the In-Sight Photography Project!

This semester we have a great selection of classes in both film and digital photography that are filling up fast. 

Students can get their photography fix from the following classes...

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Brattleboro rCredits Meeting

rCedits is an advanced complement to our US dollar system. It has undergone a 1.5 year testing phase in Greenfield and is ready to expand. 

Meetings in Montpelier have already begun along with those in 5 other states.  

We are offering 2 meetings on January 22.  Both will take place at the meeting room at the Brattleboro Coop, and will cover the same material. The first is 2 pm - 3:30, the second is 6 pm to 7:30.

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On King's Birthday Break the Blackout! Facebook/Twitter King's Condemnation of US Atrocity Wars for Predatory Investments

"On King's Birthday BREAK the BLACKOUT! Facebook/Twitter King's Condemnation of US Atrocity Wars for Predatory Investments." Ramsey Clark by jay janson for Ramsey Clark

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Social networking Facebook Twitter YouTube cellphone cameras Everyone everywhere especially in countries suffering US bombings or CIA covert deadly violence, starvation! BREAK 48 year BLACKOUT of King's condemnation of his gov."greatest purveyor of violence in the world," Don't let genocidal media sucker our eyes and ears Use King's 1963 "I have Dream' to erase his 1967'That Dream won't come true unless we end the Nightmare'

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