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1837:

$50 Reward. Stolen from the pasture of the subscriber on Thursday night, a bay mare, with black mane and tail, shod all around, and marks of the traces on the right thigh, and was 11 years old. A blind bridle with brass nails upon the blinders, was also taken. Whoever will secure the Thief and Mare, shall receive the above reward, or $25 for either.

1843:

New Store and New Goods. The subscriber is now opening his new Brick Store, opposite the Stage House, a large and splendid assortment of seasonable Dry Goods, worthy of the attention of the public as it regards prices and styles. A.E. Dwinell.

1848:

That same miserable rascal made another attempt to burn the Catholic Church in this village on Monday evening last. A lot of shavings was stuck through a window and set fire to. The villain whoever he may be, who persists in his fiendish attempts to burn the church should recollect that there is a “fearful looking for of fiery indignation” awaiting him somewhere!

1848:

On Wednesday last, a stone weighing about 25 lbs. was thrown from a blast on the Depot grounds in this village, on to the roof of the store now occupied by Messrs F. & L. T. Woodcock. It broke a rafter, and then bounded off without doing further damage.

1860:

A slight shock of an earthquake was perceived in this village at about 6 o’clock, a.m. of the 17th inst. It extended throughout New England and was more violent in Canada than further south. In some places in northern Vermont, fastened doors were opened by the concussion, and church bells were rung.

1876:

The subject of Rev. Mr. Moors’ lecture this evening will be “Egypt and the Pyramids.”

1882:

The Selectmen and Mr. Crowell have been carefully looking over the ground on Elliot street this week with a view to the contemplated widening of the street between Dr. Gary’s and Crowell’s sewing machine shop. The improvement is a much needed one.

1882:

The old brick structure forming a wing of the Valley mill - one wall of which partially tumbled into the brook Wednesday night - is to be rebuilt.

1893:

One estimate has it that there is $700,000 worth of property in town not taxed, under the law exempting schoolhouses, churches, new manufacturing plants and a part of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1893:

It is understood that a pocket-peddling business in wet goods is being carried on by a man of malodorous reputation, who meets his customers on the New Hampshire side of the river.

1899:

A calculagraph or recording clock has been placed in the local office of the New England Telephone and Telegraph company by which the length of time occupied by a person using the telephone may be recorded.

1899:

The Electric Hosiery company is planning to increase its facilities. With this company the demand is greater than the supply, and a large New York concern is ready to take all the product the company can turn out.

1931:

A Brattleboro committee was elected to raise emergency fund to relieve local unemployment.

1937:

Paramount Theater opens in downtown Brattleboro.

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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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Lending a Helping Hannaford - Suggestions for the Checkout Lane

Hannaford has made corporate decisions that play out in strange ways at the checkout aisle.

Having shopped for nearly half a century (and with a grandfather in the grocery business), when I’m ready to check out I put my groceries on the belt in easy bagging order. Heavy things, cans, bottles, and boxes go first, then the smaller, lighter things such as parsley or garlic.  A cashier could simply scan and pop it into the bag. We worked as a team to keep things moving along.

Not too long ago, I realized cashiers were scanning and piling all groceries to the other side without bagging anything. Only after all items had been scanned would any bagging occur. It was taking almost twice as long.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:15pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 19, 2013

Brattleboro’s historic train station is up for discussion again at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting. Fulcrum Arts has abandoned their plans for the space, taking the board back to planning how best to use the building.

The Brooks House team is expected to ask the board for a tax stabilization agreement, the board will consider the nearly $5 million FY14 Utilities budget which includes an over-$635,000 deficit There will also be multiple grants from Homeland Security for more training and equipment, annual liquor and tobacco licenses will be renewed and more.

You can watch it all on TV or attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street. If you do go, you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during Public Participation and speak to anything on the agenda.

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The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block

The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block 11:00 am March 15 

Just in case anyone's curious or has a ton of extra cash lying around.

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