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1845:

Leeches! 100 healthy European Leeches, just received and for sale by Dutton & Clark.

1845:

Wanted. A good common Work Horse, for which cash will be paid, at the Vermont Asylum. Apply to W. H. Rockwell.

1857:

The ferry-boat recently constructed in this village to supply the loss occasioned by the destruction of the Hinsdale Bridge in February, has been launched, and is now in operation. It is in contemplation to have the bridge re-built by the 1st of September.

1861:

In Brattleboro, a hundred men have given in their names preparatory to enlistment as soon as the necessary papers are received. They are drilling nightly in the Town Hall.

1861:

Prof. Felix DeLannoy having determined to become a resident of Brattleboro, respectfully offers his services as Teacher of the French language.

1873:

The destruction of young fruit trees by mice has been quite serious hereabouts.

1873:

The Brattleboro Cornet Band has been disorganized — a fact, we doubt not, a large proportion of our citizens will be as sorry to learn as we are to announce. The reason is because of a lack of sufficient encouragement on the part of the public.

1873:

Beautiful weather now-a-days, with a healthy stimulation in the air and a growing greenness under foot.

1873:

George Spaulding, barber, of this place had his horse stolen from one of the Northampton hotels on Tuesday, while attending Barnum’s exhibition.

1879:

The army of tramps is apparently migrating northward with the advancing season. A day or two ago thirty were counted at one time in the neighborhood of the railroad depot, but we hear no complaint about them on the score of begging or general behavior.

1879:

Brattleboro votes to build a bridge over the Whetstone near the organ works.

1884:

Mr. Coleman, a well-known Brattleboro summer visitor, and his winter protégé, Master Sam Frothingham, are in town from Florida.

1884:

The Richardson ice company have begun running their carts for the accomodation of local custom, having on hand a supply of some 300 cords of first-quality ice to dispose of.

1884:

The first brick on the Hooker block was laid Thursday afternoon, the ceremony performed in due form by Col. Hooker’s son, Master Jamesy, with a group of family friends as witnesses. The occassion was the young man’s 11th birthday.

1890:

The base ball season in Brattleboro will open next Thursday with a game between the Morrill nine of Boston and the Dartmouth college boys.

1890:

The order of the Eastern Star intend to organize a chapter in Brattleboro.

1890:

There was a good attendance at the town hall last evening to hear the lecture of Belle Boyd, the famous “Rebel Spy.” The lecture was a vivid recountal of the things seen by the speaker during the war, and of which she was a part, and was listened to with absorbing interest.

1890:

Layer cakes every day 25 cents, ten varieties to order, at MacDonalds Domestic Bakery.

1890:

From the general tone of the discussion of the proposed plan of buying the Crowell water works by the village, it is evident there will be a disposition to proceed with great caution.

1890:

A new auxillary of the Village Improvement Society started May day, on Cedar street, by a few of the children, whom worked faithfully and well clearing away stones and rubbish, leaving a neat, clean highway. Many thanks are due, and we think the children merit great praise for their worthy undertaking.

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Kill the Messenger (2014 film) - Mena, Arkansas, and the Crack Cocaine Epidemic, According to Journalist Gary Webb

http://tinyurl.com/eyewitnessaccounts

'Kill the Messenger'
is a 2014 film based on a true story, the work of journalist Gary Webb in uncovering the circumstances behind the CIA's, Nicaraguan Contras', and organized crime's roles in massive drug trafficking, leading to the early 1980s crack cocaine epidemic. This in turn led to the USA's over-incarceration binge, which has imprisoned black Americans in numbers vastly out of proportion to their percentage of the general population.

[Gary Webb's original journalistic revelations in these matters were originally published in the San Jose (CA) Mercury News, and he later compiled them into his 1998-99 book 'Dark Alliance: the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion'.]

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Theater Camp this August in Guilford

Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are collaborating on Stage & Stream, a new, weeklong theater and library camp this August 15-19.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

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National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16th

TAKING STEPS BRATTTLEBORO is pleased to join in the nationwide celebration of the right of all adults to think about, talk about and make decisions about Advance Planning. Projects are underway in every state to help people truly consider their personal beliefs and wishes regarding health care options at times of serious accidents or illness.

In recognition of National Health Care Decision Day, TAKING STEPS BRATTTLEBORO is opening its volunteer facilitator training to the general community. Interested community members are encouraged to call to find out more about becoming a part of the Taking Steps Brattleboro team of volunteer Advance Care Planning Facilitators.

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Way of Council Training, May 7 and May 21

Open a space for every voice in the room. Practice leading by listening from the heart. Gain experience & confidence in group facilitation.

Join us for this experiential course in the art of council facilitation, led by two masters in the field, Paul LeVasseur and Kirstin Edelglass. Council is a dialogic process that stimulates compassionate understanding, deeper self-awareness, community building, collective decision-making, conflict transformation, and shared leadership. It is used worldwide in a variety of contexts including public schools, universities, prisons, social service agencies, faith-based communities, families, wilderness programs, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

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WVEW-lp Biannual Meeting April 13th

VT Earth Works, Inc, the 501(c)(3) non-profit which manages WVEW-lp, Brattleboro's Community Radio Station, invites all levels of its membership, as well as interested members of the public, to WVEW's Bi-annual Meeting (and Potluck!), to be held on Wednesday April 13th, 2016, starting at 6pm.

There will be a vote to confirm an appointment to the Board, and a vote for new Board Members. Please be aware that in order to vote you must be a currently paid-up Full Member (now $75.00/year). The meeting will include a discussion of the station's no-tolerance policy on profanity, and whether or not to allow adult language in adult hours as permitted by the FCC's 'safe harbor' regulations. (That policy allows profanity - but not obscenity - between the hours of 10pm and 6am.)

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Sometimes It Snows In April

We should probably note for the on-going record that it is currently snowing in Brattleboro, and there is close to an inch of the stuff piled up on the ground. What makes this somewhat unusual is that we've had almost no snow in March, the temperatures were warmer than average, and everything had melted. 

Spring was well on its way, with snowdrops, crocuses, and daffodils starting to blossom, leaves on some bushes and trees starting to bud, and birds returning from their migrations. Many humans had begun yard clean-up and spring cleaning. Now it is all put on pause until it watms back up.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/4/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/4/16

Monday, April 4, 2016

12:00 am Wind vs Water in the Grafton Woodlands

1:35 am Movement to Save Our Democracy 3/16/16

2:00 am SEON: Regional Roundtable - Zero Energy Now Program 2/23/16

3:05 am Quiet Rebel - The Lynn Martin Story

4:30 am The Cuban Bridge: Ep 52 - Rowan

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 3

Brattleboro Time Trade: www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time. See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from snowy spring:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Pet Care, Dog Hiking
Fresh Exotic Sprouts, Grown Just for You!
One B&W Ad Per Year in The Commons for Each BTT Member
Organization
Dog Sitting in Our Home

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 3

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Vermont Makes the News

At long last.

Zippy Link

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Susan Brearey's Elemental Images Opening Reception and Book Launch

You are cordially invited to the new exhibition, Susan Brearey: Elemental Images, reception for the artist and book launch - Saturday April 2, 4-6pm, C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT (802) 257-7898. Exhibition open daily by appointment. cxsilvergallery.com/susan-brearey.

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Weekend Creativity Series - Watercolor Washes

Wet into wet. Wet on dry. Dry on wet. Washes Here’s a 15 minute video to help spice up your watercolor abilities. If you follow along, you’ll end up with a series of abstract paintings that you can use to redecorate your home.

Grab some watercolors and some watercolor paper, some brushes of varying sizes, and some water. Then play along with the video.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - The Trophies

This Week in Brattleboro History by Joe Rivers and BAMS, et. al., Friday, April 1, 2016, “The Trophies”

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 5, 2016

Dick DeGray will be sworn-in and the Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing next steps for the Police and Fire facilities projects at the board’s next regular meeting on Tuesday.

They will also discuss Bradley House renovations and expansion plans, the possibility of forming a Town Promotion Committee. the upcoming change to every other week trash bag collection, numerous grants, and more. You can also bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation. Watch it all on BCTV, attend in person, or read about it here after it is over.

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Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Guilford Central School.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:15am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room. PLEASE NOTE - This meeting will not begin at the usual time, the meeting will instead begin at 11:15am.

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Elephants to Stroll With Heifers

Marking a first for the organization, Brattleboro’s Strolling of the Heifers is planning to feature their newest acquisition in this year’s parade - 42 Asian elephants.

“We were watching the accelerated retirement of the Ringling elephants and realized they needed a new home quickly,” said a spokesperson for the Stroll.”Why not southern Vermont?”

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Chemtrail Conspiracy

It was not a secret government agency. But today’s meeting was top secret. 

HASP is quite sensitive,” the Colonel explained, “If the truth ever got out…”

“But Colonel,” interrupted Faraday, “Chemtrails are all over the internet. It’s a bit late for hush-hush!” It was true: almost from its inception, the High Altitude Spraying Program had been exposed.

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Vital Forces

These are my homeopathic books. Needless to say I have an abiding interest in this subject. Perhaps another time, when the vibes are less hostile, that story can be told.  It's hard to conceive all the information contained within these pages is mass hallucination, unicorn farts, and utter bunk. 

I don’t practice homeopathy anymore actively, for me the deal-breaker was encountering the disdain, abuse, mocking harassment, even legal threats from those who choose to thwart and crush rather than consider possibilities and positives.

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Lost iPhone

A family member lost an iphone 5S with a blue leather case on Thursday about 2:00 pm in front of about 69 Green Street in Brattleboro.  If you may have found it, please reply to me.  Thanks

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