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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:

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.

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.

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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Boating Accident at Exit 3

I was out on errands and was thinking about the long list of disasters we’ve seen lately - hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, earthquakes, nuclear saber-rattling, and so on. No specific thoughts, but just general awe of the list.

I came off 91 North at Exit 3 and went to the circle. I moved over to the left lane to get ready to go into the circle and beyond the first turnoff down Putney Rd.

There was one car ahead of me, and to our right was a van hauling a boat on a trailer. Both pulled out and started around. The lane was clear so I followed.

The car was heading to NH and did the right thing - moved to the inside lane to go around and head to NH.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public 9-25 to 9-29

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri. from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 25th - Sept. 29th

Mon - Sloppy joes with french fries or onion rings

Tues - grilled marinated chicken w/ pasta salad

Wed - ham, baked potato & veg

Thur - lasagna w/ salad

Fri - fish n' chips

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Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Seven Week Grief Support Group

A new Seven Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins October 5th and will meet each Thursday from 5:00-6:30 pm, ending November 16th. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Connie Baxter is the facilitator of the group. Interested individuals must meet with her prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by September 29th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.

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BrattRock Is Here!

The official 2017 program and peformance schedule for all 18 bands performing at this year's Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has now been posted on the BrattRock website. Check out all the band bios and get tickets and more info at www.brattrock.org!

See everyone at 118 Elliot this Saturday, September 23! Gates open at 4 PM. Performances take place on two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) between 4:30 - 10:30.

See you there!

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Save the Chickpea Flour

Do you purchase chickpea flour (besan) at the coop? Unbelievably, this extremely versatile and delicious product is one of the numerous items that the coop is planning to discontinue.  If you want to see chickpea flour remain in the bulk bins, please let Sabine or Bronwyn know.

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Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)

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One-Act Premieres in Guilford Oct 6-8

Guilford Center Stage will give the first-ever performances of four short plays written 70 years ago, in To Their Appointed End, by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963.) The one-acts will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792780  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

The playwright, whose son, Don McLean, is a founder of Guilford Center Stage, wrote poetry, short stories, and these four, short plays.  The production, which concludes Guilford Center Stage’s third season, is being given in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright, who grew up living in the parish family of an Episcopal Church in New Jersey, where her father was rector.

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What Is Going On In The U.S. Congress Regarding a New Health Care Bill? Watch Them Like a Hawk!

How can we really keep an eye on Health Care Bills in U.S. Congress and know what on earth they are really up to? The number one criminal gang in the world,the U.S. Congress, has given license under this federal law, "private securities litigation reform act of 1995" to allow corporations to deceive us all under the guise of flimsy terminology!

Today's morning news, September 20, 2017:

"Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals’ Scientific Team Leads Cannabinoid Research Showing Potential to Impact Neurodegenerative Diseases"...

"British Journal of Pharmacology publishes new research results supporting the potential of THCA to provide neuroprotection"...

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Signs, & Climate

Brattleboro’s Town Manager revealed the results of his summer explorations of issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He got generally good reviews for the summary of his report, but more than a few requested some additional specifics be included. Brattleboro seems to be in a good position to make progress over the long term, but benchmarks and budgets might help.

The pesky panhandling sign returned in a semi-uncertain form, with wording in question and sponsoring organizations and services asking for their logos to be removed. The private effort was to be a collaboration, but appears to have offended a few too many.

The board also signed a statement in support of other climate agreements being signed around the globe.  (For Kate O’Connor’s sake, I’ll say here that Brattleboro has been working on climate issues for a long time, is committed to action, and will continue to be so.)

All this, and possibly more.

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Romantic... Almost

I came by,
Hoping to admire you
from a distance.

It did not work out.
In your absence
I had coffee
and an apple cinnamon muffin.

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The Smell of Smoke?

I have been smelling smoke in my Frost Place neighborhood for a few days now. Any ideas on from whence it is coming?


Thanks!

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MuseArts - Celebrating 20 Years of Web Design

Rewind the clock a bit to 1997. Netscape just announced that their browser will be given away for free. Microsoft buys Hotmail. Macromedia introduced Dreamweaver. Google hadn’t bought any office space yet.

And over in Somerville, MA, Lise and Chris filed the paperwork to start a company called MuseArts.

Yes, today just happens to be the 20th anniversary of our web and digital design company, MuseArts. We’ve helped design and launch hundreds of web projects in that period of time.

Lise and I met at the Computer Museum in Boston in the exhibits department. When the museum moved to California, we were left with decisions to make about how to earn a living.

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Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - Everyone's Books Friday 22 September 2017 6 PM

CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by Namaya reading on 22 September Friday 6 – 6:30 PM  at Everyone’s Books. 

The new book CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA by the Vermont poet & storyteller – T. Namaya. The book  it is available at Everyone’s Books.

Samples below on Amazon link.  And audio.  http://amzn.to/2sK94Q9 
- Celebrate Life Kindle and print book. Audio Tracks and CDS: Celebrate Life 

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5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO - Thursday October 19th, 2017 1:00pm-5:00pm

The Windham County Workforce Development Network (Windham WorkNet) is hosting the 5th Annual Southern Vermont Career EXPO and Career Social on Thursday October 19th, 2017. Representatives from area employers, employment agencies, and educational organizations will have booths set up at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in downtown Brattleboro from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Windham County residents of all ages and various employment needs will be able to connect with employers and learn about both full-time and part-time job opportunities or look ahead to explore careers pathways and the training needed to pursue them. The day will end with the Career Social, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Lounge, to meet and network with young professionals and successful business leaders.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 9/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/18/17 

Monday, September 18, 2017

1:00 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. One

2:18 am Southern Vermont Idol - Week Two Pt. Two

3:45 am Authors at the Aldrich - Catherine Donelly

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Anti-War Songs

Last night I kept waking up with a song in my head. A song about a WWI casualty named Willie McBride.

I searched this morning and found the original: “The Green Fields of France” (No Man’s Land)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM,
an anti-war ballad by Scotsman-turned-Australian Eric Bogle.

Bogle has written another which is perhaps the most poignant anti-war anthem ever: “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI

One verse refers to “The legless. The armless, the blind, the insane”

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VFW Lunch Specials. Open to the Public.

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 18th - Sept. 22nd

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato, gravy & veg
Tues - chef salad
Wed - roast chicken, mashed potato, gravy, & veg.
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - bacon burger w/ French fries

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Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer @ Brooks Memorial Library's Birthday Party!

Enjoy music with the Wyld Nightz Trio with Jeff Brewer from 4-6 pm, September 23rd, as we rock out to the classics to top off our 50th Birthday Party celebrations!

https://sites.google.com/site/wyldnightzband/about-us

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - September 19, 2017

Diversity in Town government and the banning single-use plastic bags will be front and center at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting.

The board will also hear a suggested Climate Accord Resolution, hold a public hearing on parking changes, approve wording of a sign to educate people about asking for money on the streets, oversee financial reports, and more.

You can participate in all of this by attending, and can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 18 thru September 22

Sept. 18 - Stuffed Peppers w/Tomato Sauce

Cauliflower

Garlic Bread

Apricot Pudding

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