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Law Notice: The subscribers have formed a Copartnership as Attorneys At Law. Asa Keyes, Royall Tyler, Brattleboro, October 1839.

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The Hidden Art Treasures of Brooks Memorial Library

Get a rare sneak peek at the Library's Collection of Hidden Treasures on Friday, October 10, 5:30 PM. Through gifts and bequests over the past 150 years, Brooks Memorial Library has assembled a rich and varied collection of art and artifacts that rivals even some museums.

The collection includes sculpture, ceramics, paintings, rare books, maps, photographs and other ephemera and archaeological objects. Many if not most of these pieces have not been displayed for years - some, in fact, never.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Fire, Then Police, Maybe, We Hope

The Police and Fire facilities project was divided and conquered, perhaps, by the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. They heard of Plan F, which divides the project into phases with the fire facilities being completed first, and the police facilities being put on hold for a relocation and redesign. Whether this conquers the issue will be left up to Representative Town Meeting and voters.

The board agreed that Human Services funding requests should be limited to $120,000 this year, waded into the waters of asking non-profits for payment for town services, and accepted and ratified grants. Read on for all the details.

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Brattleboro Area Techies To Hold First Meeting October 16

Brattleboro Area Techies, a new Windham Country group, will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 16 at Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro. The new group is designed to facilitate networking among the area’s many high tech workers who are all too often locked in an office behind a computer.

The group is intended to include designers, makers, educators, programmers, freelancers, videographers, artists, consultants and business people who work in these fields. The first meeting will be informal and give everyone who attends the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work. This will be followed by time for relaxed networking.

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Sanders: Paul Ryan is Dead Wrong to Propose Cuts in Social Security and Disabled Veterans' Benefits

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 7 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today strongly disagreed with a proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to cut Social Security and disabled veterans’ benefits to pay for more defense spending.

Ryan has resurrected a discredited plan to change the formula that the federal government uses for calculating annual cost-of-living adjustments. According to published reports, Ryan said he wants to boost the Pentagon budget by taking what he called “savings” in Social Security and other programs pegged to annual adjustments in the consumer price index.

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Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' to be held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, October 11, 2014. These trail talks will discuss the status of the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project and allow the public to ask questions. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor), and Garrett Hoffman, Design Manager for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Brattleboro's Representation at the Sixth Community Solutions Conference

Subject: Re: [climatechangecafe] CLIMATE CHANGE CAFE; Request for Support to Attend Climate Conference

On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM, Tim Stevenson <bereal@vermontel.net> wrote:

Lynn Russell has written that she feels it would be valuable to  have representation from our area at theSixth Community Solutions Conference; Climate Crisis Solutions: Curtailment and Community, that will be held in Yellow Springs, Ohio, 7-9 November.(see conference brochure below for details).

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Calling Yourself

A friend and I have both received calls that show up on caller ID as coming from our own phones. I didn't pick up, figuring it was a scam. She did, and it was a man with an accent telling her her credit card was overdue. She hasn't had a credit card in many years.

Well at least I know it wasn't a killer in my house, or future me calling to tell me something important, as another friend suggested. Just another scam.

:D

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Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 24, 2014

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 7, 2014

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The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Dafnis Prieto's Si O Si Quartet

The Vermont Jazz Center will present the Dafnis Prieto and his creative working ensemble called the Si o Si Quartet. This group features Prieto on drums and percussion with longtime collaborators Peter Apfelbaum on saxophones, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass. Bass Musician states: To "hear such a world class quartet navigating this music live is an experience not to be forgotten."

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Vermont Jazz Center Receives Chamber Music America's 2014 Acclaim Award

The Vermont Jazz Center will receive an Acclaim Award from Chamber Music America on Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 PM during a concert offered by Cuban drum virtuoso, Dafnis Prieto.  The concert and award ceremony will take place at the Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The CMA Acclaim award recognizes "extraordinary cultural contributions in a locality or region." The CMA Acclaim award is offered by Chamber Music America (http://www.chamber-music.org/) an institution that serves thousands of members through  grants, commissions, networking opportunities a monthly magazine and an annual conference in New York City. CMA's definition of chamber music "encompasses myriad forms including contemporary and traditional jazz, classical and world genres."  Their membership includes musicians, presenters, educators, patrons, managers and producers.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 3:00pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee. No further business will be conducted.

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

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Feeling Crankie... An Evening of Crankies, Songs and Storytelling with Members of Sandglass Theater and Friends.

On Friday, October 10th, at 7:30pm and Sunday, October 12th at 3pm at Sandglass Theater, —Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Brendan Taaffe, Anna Patton, Kirk Murphy and Amanda Maddock share with you the mystique and low-tech charm of pairing song and story with scrolling pictures.
 
With the serenade of ballads, stories, comic songs and originally composed music, this exciting team of artists will present an assortment of beautifully handcrafted crankies for your delight and entertainment. Crankies are scrolling illustrations, wound inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that the images move across a viewing screen. Once called ‘moving panoramas’, crankies were as close as it got to films in the early 19th century. Recently crankies have made a fresh and invigorated appearance throughout the nation, appearing in circuses, music events and yes...puppet theaters.

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Free Parenting Education Classes (Children Ages 9-19) Being Offered Throughout Windham County

 Are you a parent or caregiver of an older youth or teen? You are invited to visit a new website www.WindhamParentingEd.org for free upcoming parenting classes being provided in Windham County through the school year. While visiting the website, don’t forget to sign up for email updates to stay informed of future class dates and locations.

Currently the classes being offered are Guiding Good Choices (children in 4th to 8th grade) and Parenting Teens Wisely (children ages 10 to 19) for parents and caregivers FREE of cost. 

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10 Things You Need To Know About Voting at The Municipal Center

1. Voting will be on the 2nd floor, Room 212, the Cosman and Selectboard Meeting Rooms.

2. You won't need to step up or down even one step to vote! There is an elevator just inside the back entrance at ground level.

3. Wheelchairs are available on the second floor when you exit the elevator.

4. Parking won’t be a problem. Lots of free spaces have been set aside exclusively for voters. Parking is located in the rear of the building, accessible from the Grove Street entrance. Handicapped spaces are right next to the back entrance.

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National Fire Prevention Week - Check Your Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That's the message behind this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives:  Test Yours Every Month!"

Along with fire departments and safety advocates nationwide, the Brattleboro Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, to remind local residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home and testing them monthly.

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