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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 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.

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.

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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BMH Level 2 Spinal Health Class Starts March 25

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services will offer another edition of its five-week “Standing Tall Spine Health: Level 2” program beginning Monday, March 25.

The program is designed for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis who have previously completed the Level 1 course. The classes consist of advanced strengthening exercises for the core and postural muscles as well as a continuation of progressive balance challenges. Level 1 education principles will be reinforced through class discussion while exercising.

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Free Computer Ergonomics Presentation at BMH, March 25

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free presentation on computer ergonomics Monday, March 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Center.

“How to Properly Set Up Your Workstation” is for anyone who experiences stiffness or discomfort when sitting at a computer for work or personal use. Chris Vitello, occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, will demonstrate how to set up a computer station in the best possible way to fend off pain and injuries.

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BMH Stress Reduction Class Starts April 3

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free, introductory session for its six-week course, “Letting Go of Stress” on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:15 PM in Brew Barry Conference Room 2.

The multi-session class will provide participants with the theory, practice and motivation to establish and maintain an effective lifelong stress reduction program. Following the introductory course, the program will meet every Wednesday through May 15.

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Student Art Month

On Exhibit: Student Art Month   
March is Student Art Month in Windham County, and the library hosts exhibits of artwork by Brattleboro elementary school children. Two-dimensional art can be seen on the main floor, and three-dimensional creations are found in display cases in the second-floor entryway and the north side of the mezzanine.    

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Just Vote "Yes" and We'll Pay $50.00 Tax Per Ounce!

Vermonters won't have that nasty Federal Budget Sequester to worry about much longer! We're going to legalize and tax the heck out of marijuana sold to adults age 21 and over!  That makes good budget sense!
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House Bill 499, An Act Relating to Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana.
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-499.pdf

Introduced by Representatives Davis of Washington,  Deen of Westminster, Masland of Thetford,  Stevens of Shoreham, and Zagar of Barnard.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:

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HIDE film screening

New documentary film "Hide" takes us inside the daily lives of several migrant dairy workers from Latin America who sustain Vermont's iconic dairy farms and working landscapes. "Hide" illuminates the feelings and experiences of the hidden lives of migrant farmworkers--feelings of isolation, fear, lack of recognition and sometimes hope. Using an unusual narrative form, the film combines original music, obscured images, and multi-voiced narration to provide an intimate glimpse at the daily lives of migrant workers and their fight for dignity.

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Pedagogy of the Poor Book Tour in Brattleboro, Guilford & Dummerston

The Vermont Workers’ Center is hosting the Poverty Initiative on their nationwide Pedagogy of the Poor book tour. 

Based at New York City’s Union Theological Seminary, the Poverty Initiative is an organization dedicated to raising up generations of religious and community leaders committed to ending poverty. Pedagogy of the Poor, co-authored by Poverty Initiative's Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann, examines the root
causes of poverty and considers the role of faith leaders in building a social movement to end it. The authors highlight stories of poor people organizing alongside one another, building leadership, and raising consciousness through political education.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 3/18/13

BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 3/18/13

Monday March 18                  

12:00 am      Inside Your Statehouse: Rep. Bill Lippert & Rep. Ann Pugh discuss Vermont’s drug abuse problems

12:30 am      ORCA Media Pres: State House Coverage: Pre-Kindergarten Education Bill Pt 1

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Vermont National Guard - Change of Command Ceremony

5:15 am       Vermont Right to Know GMO’s

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Artist ala Mode with Electric Fence

Artist ala Mode featured Electric Fence on the March show.

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You Can’t Say ThankYou Anymore

It’s now a registered trademark of Citicorp:

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At The Right Hand of Einstein

"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism." [Einstein]

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District 1 Caucuses Coming

TO ALL DISTRICT I REPS AND VOTERS:

Thanks to 5 new folks – Steve Cormier, Peter Diamondstone, Paula Melton, Lynn Russell, and Eric Strickland -- who showed up last night to volunteer their services as Town Meeting Members for I year, and to 10 sitting reps who showed up to appoint them, District 1 now is only 4 slots away instead of 9 from its allotted representation. To remedy that shortfall [and contrary to last night’s announcement], District 1 will
again caucus at Academy School at 6:15 pm, Wednesday, March 20 – and if need be, at 8 a.m., March 23, in the BUHS gym, NE corner [enter gym, turn right], before TM begins at 8.30.

Spread the word, recruit your friends and show up to send our district into the meeting with its full representation.

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Master Plan Planning Master

“My name is Dorman D. Dorsinc. I have been appointed by the Vermont Legislature as the new Master Plan Planning Master for the State of Vermont. My planning qualifications include a PhD in Early Childhood Recidivism. My thesis was entitled: Born in Diapers – Die in Diapers – What Happens In Between? I am here in Brattleboro today at the request of the Vermont League of Uninformed Voters to mandate a new master plan planning master mandate mandating the residents of Brattleboro to support, fund, and implement by June 30, 2013.”

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The Economy of Love

This short TED talk (choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video) might be of interest to community members who wish to save the River Garden for our use as a community. Would you like to be part of a new non-profit organization whose purpose is to run the River Garden as a community venue? Please be in touch with me if you would: John Wilmerding, 219 High Street, Apartment #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301-6073 -- 802-254-2826 -- wilmerding@myfairpoint.net

Again, choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video ... thanks!

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5:45 Live: 3/15/13

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Life in One Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop

Life in one Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Brooks Memorial Library will host a Local history/genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School Librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Whether one is a family historian, a researcher into local history, or just curious, the daily lives ordinary people lived in the past can seem a mystery.

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Weekend Concert: the Buzzcocks, Auf Wedersehen, 1981

The old guard was the Who (two week ago’s concert).

Punk’s vanguard was the Sex Pistols (Americans could argue for the Ramones & the New York Dolls, but Britain had far and away the more vibrant movement and the Pistols were its undisputed leader and last week’s
concert).

This week our concert band is a member of punk’s rearguard: the Buzzcocks. This 1981 concert was the band’s last till they reformed in 1989.

It’s amazing to me now that such a good band would have failed. However, the punk & new wave movement spawned more bands than could be supported and many good ones fell by the wayside and others never got the recognition they probably deserved (XTC and Husker Du come to mind).

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BCTV - Town Budget Info Mtg 3/13/13- For Representative Town Meeting Members On-Demand

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Brattleboro Dog Licenses Due, Area Rabies Clinic Announced

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Spaghetti Supper Benefit for Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford has been gifting the Guilford Central School with a Music Enrichment Program for the past five seasons, with partial funding from the Max Y. Seaton Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by a dinner and concert evening in a Brattleboro venue featuring the program's residency artists and also, for the past two seasons, by a Spaghetti Supper held at the school.

This year's pasta supper is set for Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.; the school is at 374 School Rd., Guilford Center.

The menu includes pasta with a gluten-free option, a vegetarian sauce made from scratch, homemade meatballs for carnivores, green salad, bread both plain and garlic, beverages, desserts and a sundae bar.

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