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1836:

Brattleboro, Athol, and Boston Stage will leave Brattleboro from Chase's at 2 o'clock on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Fare $3.75

1842:

Brattleboro, East Village, is comprised within one school district. It contains about 1500 inhabitants, not far from 400 of whom are from four to eighteen years of age. The average attendance at our schools is about 300. We have 5 public schools, 4 taught by females, the other by a male teacher. The children in the primary schools are required to go through a prescribed course of studies preparatory to the Central School.

1847:

The First Frost visited us on Wednesday night of last week, and was followed by another one on Thursday night. No essential damage was done in this vicinity, so far as we have heard.

1881:

The news of President Garfield’s death caused a profound and universal feeling of sorrow in this community - a feeling which found expression not only in spoken words, but in the look on men’s faces and their movements on the street. All business places are draped in black and many private residences wear mourning emblems. Memorial exercises will be held Monday afternoon at the town hall at 2 o’clock.

1887:

The Valley Mill company have completed their new elevator, which greatly enlarges their storage capacity, and enables them to handle 500 bushels of corn per hour, or to unload a new car of corn in 20 minutes.

1887:

The work of putting in the heating apparatus at the town hall was begun yesterday, and today the carpenters are to begin laying the new floor.

1892:

Those who have hunted through the town to find sewing machine needles will be glad to learn that Morse & Simpson are to put in a line of needles for machines of various makes.

1892:

The merry-go-round, which did such a thriving business at Bellows Falls for several weeks, was brought here Monday and put in operation on the island ball ground.

1892:

F.D. Williams is building for E.E. Stockwell a cart weighing two tons, which has four-inch steel axles and tires six inches wide. It is to be used in drawing the Estey monument from the station to the cemetery. Sixteen yoke of oxen will be attached. One piece of the monument weighs 20 tons.

1898:

A special attraction in this year’s poultry department at the Valley Fair will be an exhibit of English pheasants by Peter S. Chase of Esteyville. He has raised this year a large number of chicks and he will exhibit in all 50 birds, shown in several pens.

1904:

S.B. Emerson is receiving his annual consignment of grapes from his Lake Erie vineyards for the supply of the local market. The crop is abundant and the fruit unusually fine in appearance and flavor.

1904:

The telephone line between Brattleboro and Newfane was out of business a large part of the day Wednesday, a tree having been blown against the wire by heavy wind Tuesday night.

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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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Living Smart, Living Frugally, Living Gay! [or Recycling Can Be Pretty!]

If anything annoys me more than bad planning for development of tranquil public green spaces, it’s boring furniture, and the impact of production on the planet and society. In the 25 years KM and I have been living in domestic bliss (careful here, KM) we have always looked at labels to see where things (food included) are produced before we buy them (always choosing local, regional or USA, first), carried our own canvas shopping bags and recycled, long before these now common practices were common.

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