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Today In Local History

1740:

Captain Josiah Willard informs the governor that they will build stockade fence and sentry boxes. He and others loan the government money to get it done.

1847:

A meeting of individuals, representing several of the districts in town, was recently held for the purpose of making arrangement for a Common School Celebration, if thought expedient. It is expected that several addresses will be made and hoped that the occasion will be one of much interest both to parents and children. A procession of the children and teachers will be formed at the Centre School House, thence be marched to a grove.

1864:

We understand that accommodations for over 1,000 patients are nearly ready at the U.S. Hospital in this village. If the fighting should long continue to be as severe as it has been thus far in the campaign, all the hospital will be full.

1881:

About 50 volumes of valuable new books, including biography, travel, and fiction, have been added to the public library.

1881:

Geo. E. Crowell is making some desirable improvements upon his “Salisbury place,” at the head of High street, including the blasting away of the ledge next to the street. Besides improving the place, this will enable the street and sidewalk to be widened, as they should be.

1881:

For an absolute unique specimen of an unintelligible botch, combined with an exhibition of dense and hopeless ignorance, commend us to recommend the Defamer’s account of the High school graduating exercises last week.

1892:

Work on the new Canal street schoolhouse is progressing rapidly. The first floor is on and the walls will be ready for the second floor next week.

1898:

The Brattleboro Gaslight Company now has more than 80 customers who are using gas for cooking during the summer months. The expense of fuel begins only when the cooking begins, and it stops instantly when the work is done.

1898:

J. H. Chamberlain will sell at the Brooks House stables, 28 horses brought to him in an express car from Indiana. This is the last load of the season. The shipment includes matched pairs, single drivers, grocery, farm, and draft horses.

1904:

Dummerston’s reputation for political irregularities has been extended this week by stories of ballot box stuffing at the caucus Saturday night.

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Robot Roundup Spring 2017

Time for an occasional robot roundup, where we look at advances in robotics.

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Cobots. One of the big trends at the moment is development of cobots, or collaborative robots. It’s a friendly name for you helping the robot do its work until you are no longer needed, though they advertise these as robots to work with humans.

For example, here’s a robotic arm that can be placed next to humans and do work such as screwing, drilling, and buffing. The big innovation? Torque control, to be able to detect when it collides with anything at all. Previous robotic arms hand a tendency to snap humans in half if they collided. This one can avoid those sorts of accidents.

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Part 2, Federal Marijuana Laws for Governor Phil Scott To Consider This Morning Before His Big Decision To Ignore, Sign or Veto The Marijuana Bill On His Desk!

Today we start off with Title 18 Criminal laws: explosives & marijuana; prisons & marijuana; and then Title 19 international treaties & marijuana. Please keep in mind that changing state marijuana laws does NOT change federal laws which are spelled three different ways in the federal laws: marijuana, marihuana and cannabis.

Previously, in Part 1, we looked at food stamps & marijuana, federal forest land & marijuana, federal immigration laws & marijuana, and U.S. Military law & marijuana.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place in New America

The signs are everywhere, I mean really. I cannot go from the library to the Ground Works Drop In without seeing at least three it seems. A lot of people are literally out there with signs. It is tough times, I know. I am ready to make a sign that says " I am so mad I made a sign! " I know it's been done before, but I can't help it.

My Girlfriend Andrea lives on the other side of Amherst MA in a nice town, kind of like ours. She is a hard working independent and dedicated Mom. She has her own household to care for with little support from Co-father, and she was curious about my previous postings here. Andrea has been great through my struggle and it smacks dab into what happens when something wild happens and finds one person out of work in The New America that it puts everyone close to them struggling a bit more. Andrea said she did not see where I had explained the whole situation and that I should. I said I thought it was mentioned in the "In a Pickle". But I will try and once again put out the struggle I have been in since late last year and the support that has kept me one step from..a Harder Place.

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Irrefragable Truth

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
~ Spinoza

To this day the trifecta of human fear, ignorance and superstition remains unparalleled. Without adequate tools to assimilate knowledge, early humans evolved beliefs to deal with the unknown. No other set of ensuing attitudes have supplanted those irrational beliefs.

Competitively speaking, science is a latecomer. It got off to a slow start because it requires critical thinking. Science places a greater demand and reliance on "the little grey cells." Belief, on the other hand, is the path of least resistance for the lazy man who'd rather be told what to believe then think for themselves.

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Part 1: Federal Marijuana Laws "Trump" State Marijuana Laws, So It Is Time To Learn Federal Pot Laws!

FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS which pre-empt, or "trump" state laws; PART 1.

I want to copy all of the federal marijuana laws and post them, but it is getting rather long, so I will just post what I have so far; and there are a lot more, but rather than you getting bored, just read this much so far, O.K.?

The laws I have copied and pasted here, so far, include laws regarding people who receive foods stamps, people in the U.S. Military, and people who enjoy our national parks. If that's you, you need to know about federal marijuana laws!

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BCTV Schedules Week of 5/22/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/22/17

Monday, May 22, 2017

12:00 am Rivergarden: Michael Hertz & Bunny Macauley 4/28/17

1:00 am Carolina Stories - Down but Not Out

2:00 am Champlain College 2017 Student Video Showcase

3:43 am Bradley House Groundbreaking Ceremony 5/1/17

4:00 am Vote for Vermont - Mental Health Policing

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Guilford Resident Begins Service in Peace Corps China

WASHINGTON, May 22nd, 2017 - Anna Pettee, 22, of Guilford, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China in June to begin training as an English teaching volunteer. Pettee will live and work in a community, teaching spoken and written English at the post-secondary level.

Pettee was inspired to apply to the Peace Corps' program in China by her personal history as well as her professional goals. "I was adopted from China and have always felt a pull towards that vast country" she said. "When I was accepted to serve in China, the country where I was adopted from, I knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime in many ways.”

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Organ Barn Concert & Cookout on May 28 features Virtuoso Justin Hartz

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st Concert Season, is preparing for its 9th annual Spring Recital in the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm, the site of its founding event in 1966. Each season begins with an organ concert in this intimate barn on Labor Day Weekend. Over the past decade, a sort of "bookended" concert towards the end of FOMAG's season has given the organization a second opportunity to celebrate its roots. This spring's concert is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, and is followed by an optional holiday cookout.

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VFW Lunch Specials May 22nd - May 26th

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 are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - Turkey club w/ French fries
Wed - spaghetti & meatballs w/ a salad
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - jambalaya w/ a salad

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Idyllic Spot

This idyllic waterway is located in a most unexpected place.

It is in the US, in fact, in a state that borders Vermont.

Does anybody want to venture a guess as to exactly where?

Hint: The name of the waterway will reveal the location.

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Death by a Thousand Twits

After a pair of incarnations spanning seven or so years, my sense is that the terminal phase of this application is at hand.

Many millions of users have now acclimated to the deluge of data drops like teens hitting the flumes at a bar-mitzvah waterpark afterparty, and it's made the ride so snide, so baked with innuendo and hyperbole, so locked and loaded, so half-cocked, so hyper, so meta, anticipatory as the storied pisstape, it's nigh impossible now to sift the once tasty nectars from its stem.

More than many never got it…”What do I wanna do spend my day hearing about an anime gecko’s lunch strategy and calorie totals?”. Or something to that effect.

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How Police In Australia Test Drivers For Marijuana!

How police in Australia test drivers for marijuana!  I saw this in a movie.  I get some really great DVD's at yard sales in the summer.  I just can't wait for yard sale season to start again!   O.K., I don't recall the name of the movie, and I'd have to dig through boxes to find it, but basically it goes like this, sort of:

Two Australian Police Officers at a roadside traffic stop, cleary marked for a driver survey, so cars politely slow down.  When a car comes to a stop, directed by an officer helping to stop cars, the other officer goes to the window (was it on the wrong side of the car?  I can't recall, this was a movie, do they drive on the wrong side in Australia?) 

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Here is the Marijuana Bill the Governor Might Sign, So Please Read It!

This is the Marijuana bill we are waiting to see if Vermont Governor Phil Scott will sign or veto. The legislature could overcome a veto. It says Fentanyl, but it gets around to the marijuana, keep scrolling down!

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu May 22 thru May 26

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 22 thru May 26

 

May 22 - American Chop Suey 

Brussel Sprouts

Carrots & Turnips  

Grapenut Custard

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 5:30pm at Brooks Memorial Library in the Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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The Arts Council of Windham County Needs a New Look! Can You Help Us?

We are inviting artists throughout the region to participate in our new logo contest. We are looking for artists to design a new logo for use by the Arts Council of Windham County & for our Gallery Walk! Our logo contest is being supported by a number of sponsors including the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, Latchis Theatre, Mondo Mediaworks, River Gallery School, T.J. Buckley's, and Zephyr Designs.

We are searching high and low for an artist or designer to craft new logos for use for the Arts Council of WIndham County and with our monthly Gallery Walk, is that you? Entries can include a range from typography and photography to drawing, painting or other types of visual submissions. We do understand that there is a range of art forms and in the future, the Arts Council of Windham County will be inviting artists from other genres to participate in creating other kinds of materials for the Arts Council.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 22nd

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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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West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 27th

On May 27th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  This year the chicken is being supplied by the good folks at the Guilford Country Store.

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Annual Brattleboro Water Quality Report Available

The Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Water Quality Report for 2016 is now available on-line at www.brattleboro.org. Printed copies can be obtained at the Town of Brattleboro’s Municipal Center, in the offices of the Treasurer and the Town Clerk, at the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road, and the Brooks Memorial Library on Main Street.

Cheryl (Petrin) Dyer
Office Manager
Dept of Public Works
Town of Brattleboro
802-254-4255
fax 802-257-2316

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Picnic and Circus Arts Performance by the River, May 26, Brattleboro

Come celebrate being outside by the Connecticut River!

New England Center for Circus Arts and the artists of the From the River, To the River public art project invite the community to a potluck picnic and circus arts performance on Friday, May 26, at 5:30 on the banks of the river.

Students in New England Center for Circus Arts’ Foundation program will perform their river-themed production “Unknown is the Ripple” against the backdrop of the river and art installations at 23 Depot Street in Brattleboro. Bring a picnic, and join us in welcoming summer and celebrating the life force of the river. Lemonade and house-made pub chips with Whetstoner Sauce, thanks to Whetstone Station and Brewery!

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