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1838:

Henry Dwight Holton, M.D. born in Rockingham

1874:

The third and last meeting of S.M. Waite’s creditors, before Judge Tyler’s court of insolvency, was held yesterday. A protest was received from Waite’s counsel.

1874:

Work upon the new Unitarian church edifice is progressing very rapidly. The laying of the foundation and the placing of the granite underpinning was completed last week, and this week the walls are steadily going up.

1885:

Emerson & Son have taken the agency for the “Climax” pillow sham holder and lifter, undoubtably the best article of its kind made.

1885:

C.H. Eddy & Co. are doing a larger bottling business this season than ever before, their daily shipments amounting to some 60 dozen bottles of tonic beer and 16 gross of ginger ale. The business gives employment to eight men, and a barrel of sugar is used per day.

1891:

The dogs of the Nettie Morris equine and canine paradox company killed several cats about town, and created havoc in the gardens in their chase after the felines.

1891:

The material for the electric fire alarm system has arrived and will be put in as soon as the poles are ready.

1891:

Work is already well advanced on the addition to the steamer engine house on Elliot street to give stable accommodations for the horses of the fire department.

1903:

The Philadelphia hosiery man who came to Brattleboro Friday to look over the ground with a view to establish a new hosiery factory here, was favorably impressed with the location, but could give no positive announcement as to whether he would locate in town.

1903:

There will be the usual cake sale this week at the rooms of the Y.M.C.A. The sale will be in charge of the ladies of the Episcopal church.

2007:

Brattleboro Police Department uses Tasers on protestors Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray on Putney Road.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 13

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.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

Night work on the new bridge will continue at the columns on Route 30. Night work will be conducted Monday night, July 13th thru Friday night July 18th.

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Putney Sits Atop CRVBL As Season Enters Final Month

After a break over the Independence Day weekend, six of the seven town teams in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League return to action next Sunday, each of them hoping to gain ground on the undefeated Putney Fossils. The Fossils enjoy another week off after running off nine straight victories to start the season. Regular season play will end in early August with two weeks of playoffs to determine the winner of the 2014 CRVBL Cup.

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WKVT "Green Mountain Mornings" Available as Podcasts

Fans of WKVT's "Live and Local" show probably know that due to some scheduling/programming changes, L&L is no more, but that host Chris Lenois is now on "Green Mountain Mornings" on WKVT (100.3 FM or 1490 AM) from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. with a similar approach to topics of local interest.

If, for whatever reason, you can't listen to the show live on-air, podcasts from "Green Mountain Mornings" can be heard online or on your iPod/MP3 player any time.

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No Palm Trees in Brattleboro

The ice at the poles are the highest since measurements, but the warming models predict otherwise! Oh well, it's good to be wrong unless you 're a palm tree salesmen !

Global warming latest: Amount of Antarctic sea ice hits new record high

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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, July 12, 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).

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New River Garden Exhibit, "Farms in 7 Media" - Gallery Walk Opening To Feature Bondville Boys

During July’s Gallery Walk (Friday, July 11) a new exhibit, featuring works by members of Brattleboro-West Arts, is arriving at the Strolling of the Heifers' Gallery at the Garden, located at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden at 157 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Entertainment during the opening will be by the Bondville Boys, an edgy, eclectic bluegrass band that plays a huge assortment of music, including a ton of original tunes and everything from Flatt and Scruggs to Blondie.

The reception, with refreshments, is free and open to the public. It takes place during Gallery Walk, Friday evening, July 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and thereafter will be on view weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., continuing through August. 

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I Dropped The Ball: On Missed Opportunities During Child Rearing

Recently I was hiking with my wife and boy, up Wantastiquet. We made this hike despite knowing that rattlesnakes have been seen on the trail suning themselves.  The chance to hike in nature, despite such risks, is one of the reasons we live here, and not some nature deprived metropolis. 

During this hike, I had a mission; to get up as far as we could in a certain amount of time.

Morgen, my boy, saw water coursing over the trail and down the hillside, in a little stream filled with rocks. "WOW !", he said. Can we explore that stream? Can you come with me?" My instantaneous reply was, " I think you know that we arem't going to do that right now". I had my mission, and it was to hike, and I marched farther up the trail.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 7/7/14

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7-7-14

Monday July 7             

12:00 am      2014 Slow Living Summit: Plenary 4 - Martin Ping: "Soil, Soul, and Society " 

1:30 am       True North Reports: 21st Century Info Age and Jeffersonian Ideals

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Lecture at the Montshire Museum: Black Bears of VT

5:00 am       The Vermont Difference - Essays on Vermont

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of July 6

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 the White Mountains:

OFFERS:

Fresh Garden Produce
Live Music for Parties, Weddings or Concerts, Fundraisers
from Singer/Songwriter and Guitarist
French Tutor
Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the Senior Center 3rd
Friday of the Month
Child Care

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Chris Lenois on WVEW

Join DJ Pockets this tuesday for another experience that you won't soon forget..this one features Chris Lenois former host of 1490 WKVT AM's "Live & Local". "Live & Local" is changing into Green Mountain Mornings...

Green Mountain Mornings is a morning news/talk program on WKVT 100.3 FM/1490AM in Brattleboro, Vermont, that broadcasts every weekday from 6:00-9:00am. Podcasts at www.wkvtradio.com. Guest booking: clenois@wkvt.com.

The show features interviews with local, state and national political figures, as well as members of the arts community, local newspapers, local town government officials, and anyone and everyone worth hearing from on the issues affecting life for folks in the area.

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Weekend Concert Series: FunkHome AllStars

I know almost nothing about this band other than they put on a very funky and sincere tribute to Prince, playing a megamix of some of the best and least heard of his songs. They might be from France.

Just some fun...

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Not An Optimist

Chris Martenson is a guy from nearby Montague Mass. He appears from time to time in Brattleboro. He’s a very bright guy with a PhD in neurotoxicology, but his real strength is economics.

Currently he is a writer and trend forecaster interested in macro trends regarding the economy, energy, finance and the environment. He is the founder of PeakProsperity.com and creator of the “Crash Course” which is available free on his website: www.peakprosperity.com (you can buy it on DVD as well).

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150 Years Ago (1864 7/5)

July 5th. Still in camp. Alvin Stokes came over to see me last evening. Had quite a visit from him. Shall try and see Zopher today if I can find the third, but the different divisions and brigades are moving to get good places for shade and water. Should like to see David Morse and Zopher before I finish this, but it will make it too late to get the letter off today. You asked me if I had a rubber blanket. I bought a light one in Washington and some other things. Have no woolen blanket. Could not carry it if I had. Want to keep as light a knapsack as possible. Have to keep four days rations on hand all the time, and that is no small load. Some throw the rations away and get short, but had rather sweat some more and have enough to eat.

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SeVWA's Second 2014 River Monitoring Day - E. coli Results Charts

On July 2nd SeVWA (Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance) successfully collected water samples from all 26 sites along the West, Williams, and Saxton rivers as well as the Whetstone brook. The E. coli results from our second sampling day of the summer can be found in the attached charts.

When reviewing the results please keep in mind that the samples were collected prior to the rain we just experienced and E. coli levels have a tendency to spike after it rains. This is due to run-off washing into the rivers and carrying animal, pet or human waste. The general rule is to wait 24-48 hours after a rain event before swimming in the rivers to minimize risk of waterborne illnesses.

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Globalization

For the brave few who listen to me I have been ensconced behind my computer developing a new website based on the principles of Free Speech. In doing so I came across the best video I have ever seen that describes Predatory Capitalism and does so in just over 2 minutes!

Don’t get me wrong I am not opposed to capitalism; I founded and ran my own software company for years. I am huge believer in SMALL business. What I am opposed to are the MEGA CORPORATIONS – you know the ones that pay Congress to write laws that Media never questions - the laws that makes them richer and the poor, poorer - those corporate giants that cashed in their morality for profits a long time ago.

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