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1838:

Have you any borrowed books? Punctuality in returning borrowed books, as well as carefulness in the use of them, is not merely an act of polite attention, but a moral and religious duty.

1866:

Jacob Estey & Co. have nearly completed and are about occupying their new building near Whetstone Brook. The building will be heated by steam and lighted by gas made on the premises. They expect to employ 100 + workmen.

1867:

Birth of William Hayden Rockwell, physician and author.

1877:

While Col. Austine and Rev. W.H. Collins were out driving on Tuesday afternoon their horse became frightened near the residence of J.W.Frost on Green street, and running, overturned the carriage, throwing out Col. Austine and dragging Mr. Collins for a little distance down the hill toward Elliot street. Both gentlemen were well shaken up and more or less bruised, but fortunately no serious injuries were sustained.

1877:

Mr. Nash has men at work cleaning the brick and clearing away the rubbish about the ruins of the Revere House. He also has under consideration a project for building a hotel of wood on the site of the burned buildings.

1883:

Much complaint is made of late because of boys robbing grapevines and stealing other valuable fruit. If the one caught in the act on Elm street, the other evening, had been made an example of, the lesson might have had a wholesome effect.

1883:

Tenements are inconveniently scarce.

1888:

A burlesque Belva Lockwood procession escorted by the drum corps paraded the streets Friday evening.

1888:

Tomorrow evening, at 7 o’clock, the school committee will give a hearing in regard to the neighborhood trouble about the noise and play on the school grounds on Washington street.

1888:

Next Friday afternoon, the second day of the Valley Fair, the stores, banks and all places of business will be closed. Work at all manufacturing establishments in town will probably be suspended during a portion or whole of both Thursday and Friday.

1894:

Brattleboro will be furnished with special warnings of storms and cold waves by the chief of the weather bureau during the winter months.

1894:

A new stone and iron covering has been placed on the Oak street cistern taking the place of the wooden one which has caved in.

1900:

The strike in the coal fields of Pennsylvania have affected the coal supply in Brattleboro, and there is a scarcity here as elsewhere. The price of anthracite coal has risen to $7 a ton, with prospects of its soaring still higher.

1900:

Several of the trotters entered for the Valley Fair races are now in training at the fair grounds.

1900:

Manager Jones has offered to lay out a field for foot ball playing near Brookside park, if a team is organized to represent the town.

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Strand Ave, Crosby Street Temporarily Closed in Brattleboro

Strand Avenue will be closed to through traffic tentatively until August 6th, 2013 while BUR Construction performs drainage and retaining wall construction. Crosby Street will also be closed to through traffic from the intersection of Crosby and Strand to 65 Crosby Street tentatively until August 6th, 2013.

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Medicare Plan D Admits There Are Problems That Can Create A Serious Threat To Members

How Well Is Medicare Plan D Working For You? How well is Medicare Plan D working for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Congressman Peter Welch? (all over age 65)

I received this letter from my current Medicare Plan D today, simply dated, "May 2013"  so  I have no idea what day of the month they actually sent it.

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5:45 Live: 5/21/13

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Here's a 5:45 Live packed to the gills with local footage, including Bernie at BMAC talking Danish healthcare, a VY systems tour from plant operations manager Derek Jones as the CPG heats up over a new backup generator, the big break down on Vermont's freshly inked End of Life legislation, the details on Dummerston newly state-approved Gravel Pit, and much more.

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Brattleboro Bike Equipment Rentals?

Does anyone know if there is someplace local to rent a bike with a kid's seat and helmet? Need it for June 1st through the 4th.

Or do any ibrattleboro folks have one they would rent out/loan? Thanks!

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Full Moon Friday Night Should Bring Surprises Into Your Life!

It's been a rough week with horrific events in the news.


The full moon Friday night May 25, 2013  through  Saturday will be in Sagittarius, the Gambler, in opposition to Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter all in Gemini - the planet of wind and change.

Be prepared for the Gambler to risk everything when it comes to home security (Sun), love (Venus),  political and religious views (Mercury) and the larger picture of life in the long run (Jupiter).

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Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro town offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2013, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2013. All other violations, including extended parking, will be enforced.

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Sanders: Let States Require GMO Food Labels

WASHINGTON, May 22 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to the farm bill that would let Vermont and other states require clear labels on any food or beverage containing ingredients that have been genetically modified.

“All over this country, people are becoming more conscious about the foods they are eating and the foods they are serving to their kids and this is certainly true for genetically engineered foods,” Sanders said. “I believe that when a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her child.”

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Does Vermont Have a Heroin Problem?

Tune into VPR today, Wed 5/22/13 Noon& 7 pm The number patients seeking treatment for heroin and prescription opiates in Vermont has risen significantly over the last few years. And the spin-off effects, like burglary, have also been in evidence in the state.

United States Attorney Tristram Coffin explains the depth of the heroin and opiate abuse problem. We also hear from Skip Gates, whose son overdosed on heroin, and about the documentary (“The Opiate Effect”) that his death inspired.

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On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman

On Exhibit at the Library: Barbara Johansen Newman    

2nd Floor Children's Illustrator Book Cases May/June  2013    

Johansen Newman has illustrated many children's books with her colorful, whimsical illustrations, including the first book she also authored, Tex and Sugar: A Big City Kitty Ditty, and her newest, Glamorous Glasses. Check out her website HERE. 

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Denny Rivers Named BMH 2013 Employee of the Year

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital named Denny Rivers, MLT, its 2013 Employee of the Year during an employee appreciation event held May 16.

A member of the Laboratory Services secretarial staff since 1995, Rivers was nominated for the award in recognition of her problem-solving abilities, among other qualities. She holds a Medical Laboratory Technician certification from University of Vermont, which her peers say makes her a fast worker and thinker while guiding patients.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brattleboro Housing Authority Updates, and Ash Tree Destroying Insects

The Brattleboro Selectboard heard sobering news about rental housing for low income citizens at Tuesday’s meeting. Section 8 funds are threatened, said the Brattleboro Housing Authority, which could impact residents and landlords alike.

The board also heard about the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect expected to start eating our ash trees in the near future if action isn’t taken soon. The board discussed bonding, budgets, project architects, and whether it was a good idea to serve liquor outdoors in Harmony Lot.

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Host Families Needed for Spanish Students this Summer

Expand your family’s horizons this summer by welcoming a student from Spain into your home. These boys and girls, who range in age from 14 to 17, will arrive on June 26 and spend 3 1/2 weeks in New England. 

The students are all from the Basque region of Spain and have studied English for several years.  Host families provide a warm and safe home environment for the student, as well as meals and transportation to a meeting
spot for field trips (to Boston and  Six Flags--host families are invited too). It’s fine for a student to share a room with a host sibling, and students have their own spending money and medical insurance.

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Tip Jar Stolen from Top of the Hill Grill

I took my family to the Top of the Hill Grill for dinner on Tuesday night around 7:00 pm. Just before we arrived, apparently someone walked off with the staffs tip money, jar and all!

If anyone at that time noticed that happening, I would hope that they would tell someone anything that might bring the theives to justice. Maybe a description or a licence plate #.

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Among the Wounded: A Civil War Talk by Dave Twombly

Among the Wounded: A Civil War Talk by Dave Twombly

Wednesday May 22, 2013
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM

Please join fellow Civil War enthusiasts and others who treasure family heirlooms for a talk by local area resident Dave Twombly about the discovery of his great-great grandfather's civil war diary that was written between May-June 1864 as a volunteer minister in the Union Army.

The diary came to light in 1995 when David's daughter was in sixth grade and needed information for a report on the Civil War. Twombly's father, Gilmer, found this Civil War-era memoir entitled “Among the Wounded in 1864,” written by his great-grandfather Alexander S. Twombly in an old steamer trunk some years ago, and then sent her several illustrations from the memoir.

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Sanders Calls for Gas Price Probe, Emergency Action by Oil Market Regulators

WASHINGTON, May 21 – With gasoline prices rising rapidly, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today proposed an amendment to make U.S. federal regulators follow the lead of Europeans and investigate oil and fuel price manipulation.

Sanders also proposed a 30-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use its emergency powers to curb excessive speculation in crude oil markets.

“We must do everything that we can to make sure that oil and gasoline prices are transparent and free from fraud, manipulation, abuse and excessive speculation,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy committee.

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Unstoppable Progress on the New Appian Way

Roughly two Millennia ago, settlers atop the high plateau of Masada, in the Judean Desert, saw the approach and intended siege by the Romans. The largest ramp in human history was erected before their eyes to breech the fortress.  Imagine the experience of watching one's slow but inevitable overtaking by legions of warriors. Followed by the conqueror's worldview being instilled unavoidably.

When the Romans finally succeeded and surmounted the peak, they found a surprise.

If you're not familiar with the event, feel free to Google it.

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River Garden Repayment Repealed (Annotated)

 After sending out the Brattleboro Reformer article appearing below, I received several emails questioning the sentence reading

the original language of the bill said that “Building a Better Brattleboro, Inc., its successors and assigns, shall not convey this property to a for-profit entity, unless it shall reimburse the town of Brattleboro the sum of $150,000, without interest, at the time of said conveyance, if it ever were to occur.”

And folks are rightly confused!  This language is not in the original bill. That bill, Act 29 (1999)  contained the following wording:

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

CHESTER/SAXTONS SWEEPS BRATTLEBORO, KEENE KNOCKS OFF CLAREMONT, SUNAPEE EDGES PUTNEY AND WALPOLE BEATS NEWPORT IN CRVBL ACTION

By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

The Chester/Saxtons Crush vaulted into first place in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League by sweeping a doubleheader against Brattleboro, while the Keene Black Dawgs handed Claremont its first loss of the year. In other town team action, Sunapee's Old Lakers edged Putney and the Walpole Wild Blue defeated the Newport Polar Bears.

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Horse and Rider Become One at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children

Riders and horse enthusiasts from all over New England converged at Kurn Hattin Homes’ Westminster campus last weekend for the Two-As-One-Horsemanship® Clinic, presented by renowned horse trainers
and riding clinicians Bob Jeffreys and Suzanne Sheppard of Middletown, NY. The Two-As-One philosophy, developed by Jeffreys and Sheppard, focuses on teaching riders steps toward better communication with their
horse, improved connection and partnership, and a higher degree of harmony between horse and rider, resulting in enhanced riding performance.

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A New Era Begins - Recycling Week Is Every Week

Just a reminder that today marks the beginning of a new era in Brattleboro trash and recycling history. As of today, recycling is being picked up every week.

No more does anyone have to wonder if this week is the right week to put out the recycling. Every week is the right week.

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