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1857:

We have received numerous complaints of late from persons living on High street, that after paying a heavy tax for protection from fire by the building of reservoirs, they are left defenceless. The Reservoir on this street is not half full nor has it ever been. It is hoped that the matter will not be neglected until winter.

1873:

Butternuts promise to be very plenty this fall, the trees in this vicinity being heavily laden.

1873:

Farmers in this vicinity are beginning to cut their tobacco.

1879:

G.W. Thomas is making quite thorough work of numbering the village streets, and expects to finish this week. Persons whose residences have been overlooked or omitted may call upon him at the Brattleboro House.

1879:

The Estey Guard and Fuller Battery will leave town next Tuesday morning on a special train to attend the annual muster at Bradford.

1884:

Messrs. Herrick and Boyden are laying plans for putting up a business block on their Elliot street lot lately bought of W.H. Esterbrook. The block is to have frontage of between 50 and 60 feet, with accommodations for two stores on the ground floor. The foundation will be laid this fall.

1884:

The stores in Hooker block are rapidly approaching completion and will be ready to be turned over to their prospective occupants for their fixtures in course of a few days. The plate glass for the windows is expected today.

1890:

The new school books are for sale and exchange at the bookstores of Clapp & Jones and W.R. Geddis, where lists of the books and their prices may be obtained.

1890:

There will be special meetings of the Swedes of Brattleboro in the chapel of the Congregational church tomorrow evening at 7:30 o’clock, and Sunday afternoon at 3.

1902:

The line of the president’s procession next Monday afternoon will be from the railroad station up Main, North Main street, to Common, and return via Linden street. Merchants and residents along the route are requested to display flags and to decorate with flags and bunting.

1923:

The Twin Line Bus line started operation.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 8/18/14

BCTV Channel 8 schedule Week of 8/18/14

                   Monday August 18              

12:00 am      Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers

1:30 am       Craft in the Southern Half - A Look at the Arts in Southern VT Ep.1

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Southern Vermont Dance Festival at Latchis - 7/17/14

5:05 am       Upstaged - Episode 2

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of August 17

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from thoughts of Ork:

OFFERS:

Visit BMAC
Typing, Editing and Some Computer Help
Rides Within 20 Miles
Help Setting Up Compost/Recycling
Handyman Services
Ride Offered to Women's Economic Opportunity Conference,
Sept. 20

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes -August 19, 2014

Emergency response capabilities for tragic events at schools will be the primary topic of discussion for the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next Tuesday meeting at the Municipal Center. The board will hear how Brattleboro’s response plan is “unlike any other in the state.”

In addition to the school response plan, the board will learn more about our general response plan for disasters and emergencies, will conduct staffing level reviews triggered by resignations of a dispatcher for the police department and an account clerk at the library, and will discuss forming a regional economic hub issue committee.

Attend in person or watch on BCTV.

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Brattleboro Solidarity With Palestine Hosting Another Event Thursday August 21st, 7pm @ Marlboro

Brattleboro Solidarity with Palestine is hosting another event Thursday August 21st, 7pm @ Marlboro (28 Vernon St. Downtown Brattleboro)

Gaza is still under siege. Over 5,000 homes have been destroy and people are seeking refuge in school, shelters and others' homes. The infrastructure in Gaza has been destroyed meaning that there is no water filtration for clean drinking water, no sewage systems, and no electricity. This then impacts the medical care that doctors are able to give. And these Israeli attacks would not have been possible without the military and financial support of the Unites States Government.

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Write Action Picnic in Guilford

We hope you can join Write Action for schmoozing, good food, the open reading, and more at our annual potluck picnic. It is at noon on Sunday, Aug 17.

Write Action is southern Vermont's non-profit that promotes and strives to inspire writers, with workshops, open readings, writing contests and more. www.writeaction.org. We hope to see some of you there.

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Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

More here

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West Brattleboro Association Offers Free Movie Night

On Thursday, August 21, the West Brattleboro Association will present its first free movie night.  “Triplets of Belleville” (appropriate for families) will be shown at dusk outdoors next to the West Brattleboro Fire Station. There will be movie shorts beginning at 7:30 followed by the main feature at 8.

At 7 pm bike-powered smoothies from the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project will be for sale.  There will be music and circus toys.  There will also be ice cream donated by the Chelsea Diner and free popcorn.

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Weekend Concert Series: Moody Blues at Red Rocks

Why The Moody Blues? Well, it seems like they have been coming up in conversation a lot lately.

For all of you who need to have the Blues this weekend.

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Notice of Democratic Town Caucus to Elect Nominees to Serve as Justice of the Peace

Notice is hereby given that the Democratic Town Committee of Brattleboro will hold a caucus for the purpose of electing nominees to stand for election as justice of the peace on the 2014 general election ballot.

The meeting will be held at Brattleboro Savings & Loan (in the community room around behind the building) on August 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  If no one is at the door, there is a doorbell which will alert someone to let you in.  (This is especially important if you're a couple of minutes late, or as we Democrats say, "on time.")

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SeVWA’s August 14, 2014 River Sampling Was Cancelled; Next Sampling Date is August 27th

Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance’s (SeVWA’s) water quality monitoring program was begun about 10 years ago. At that time, the organization was known as West River Watershed Alliance (WRWA). In 2014 there are 26 river and stream sites that SeVWA is monitoring and those sites are in the West River and Williams River watersheds and along the Saxtons River and Whetstone Brook. There are 26 volunteers that sample at those sites every 2 weeks during the summer, with 8 additional volunteers filling-in for the “regulars” on occasional days during the monitoring season. This summer the river monitoring program began on Wednesday, June 18th. The last 2014 sampling date at all sites will be on August 27th.

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Road Work

August 15, 2014

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Milling of three streets was completed on Thursday and clean up around structures and along curb lines is taking place as planned on Friday. Resurfacing has been pushed back to Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21. The tentative schedule has Lane Construction starting on Cotton Mill Hill, followed by Fairground Road and Birge Street. The second day would be Chapin, Grove Street and finally on Guilford Street. This can change with rainy weather between now and then.

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150 Years Ago (1864 8/15)

  Aug. 15th. Here in the same spot. When we came in here the supply trains were just coming
in. The report was that the whole of the cavalry train of thirty-five wagons had been captured by guerillas that came through Snicker's Gap. Our train was in the rear, the cavalry train in the center of the train guarded by hundred days men. They run without firing a gun, in fact, there was no firing on either side. That was all true, but last night we heard the rest of the story. Our cavalry in small force came up before they had time to remove the wagons or the supplies. There was a paymaster and his wagon, and money with the train. They had got the paymaster and had just got the money out and were opening the box but got none of the money. Others were taking off the mules. The cavalry retook all except the paymaster and a few of the mules. My informant said that he saw 16 of the guerillas that were captured and that there were others, so that and that Snicker's Gap region is an infernal one. They care but little for anything but the plunder.

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Dosa Kitchen: South Indian Soul Food Serving Dinner Alfresco With a River View this Saturday (8/16)

This SATURDAY (8/16) we will be extending our hours from noon till 8 pm. Come join us for alfresco dinner with a view of the river!

139 Main Street, down the alley toward the Hooker-Dunham theater

(regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 3)

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Too Urban?!

Too Urban?

It's seeming that the Elm Street parking lot is quickly becoming the favorite choice for the location of the Brattleboro skatepark. It's an odd turn of events considering this location is not supported by BASIC or the larger skateboarding community. It's a little bit confusing because when the new Selectboard pulled the $50,000 dollar designer rug out from under BASIC and roped everyone back to the start line it was to “ensure due public process and identify the most ideal location for a skatepark.” Is the Elm street lot the best location for a skatepark?

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