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1882:

P. T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth, and Howes' Great London Circus and Sanger's Royal British Menagerie plays Brattleboro.

1882:

Barnum & London's Jumbo the elephant visits Brattleboro and plays in the Whetstone brook.

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The Wild Peacock of West Brattleboro

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The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

The Friends of the Library will present a free lecture, The Beatles: Band of the Sixties by scholar, Aaron Krerowicz on Friday, July 18 at 7PM in the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. This 60-minute presentation includes a film and audio clips plus excerpts of interviews with the band members.

The lecture starts with the band’s seminal visits to Hamburg from 1960-62; continuing through Beatlemania in 1963-65. Krerowicz will also review the Beatles psychedelic experimentation, their trip to India to study Transcendental Meditation and the subsequent White Album in 1968. He will conclude his presentation with Let It Be and Abbey Road in 1969.

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Tanabata+Obon, Japan's Double Summer Festivals, in Pliny Park

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Brattleboro's Tanabata-Obon Festival, 2012, downtown, in Pliny Park Park, corner of Main and High Streets.

This festival celebrates a Japanese tradition: the double festivals of summer in a single evening observance, downtown, during the July Gallery Walk.

Obon is a celebration of ancestors and remembrance of loved ones and the departed. Tanabata is a star festival for communities to make wishes for the future (happening each year when the paths of two of the brightest stars, Vega and Altair, meet in the sky).

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150 years Ago (1864 7/2-4)

Down in the Woods near the Railroad,

July 2, 1864.

Dearest wife, 

Here I am on Picket again, near a good spring. Some of the boys have shot a fat heifer and are engaged in
frying, drying and boiling the meat, but I draw more than I can eat, though my appetite is pretty good, I assure you.

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July West Brattleboro Association meeting

Hi, all those interested in West Brattleboro - Next Thursday, July 10 is the West Brattleboro Association's monthly meeting, at the New England House at 6pm.  We are having this meeting partly to make some decisions, including on the location of Welcome signs.  An agenda is below the dotted line.  We will not have any guest speaker, so there will be quality time for internal discussion.

Plans are proceeding for a Chamber/WBA mixer on Thursday, July 31 at the New England House.

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Hazel

A new eatery is open downtown: Hazel, 75 Elliott Street. Soft opening.

Pizza, BBQ, sandwiches, salads. Some interesting sides: poutine, collards. And some interesting pizza ingredients: Grafton cheddar, pulled pork, crushed peanuts. No anchovies. Kids menu. All sandwiches and pizzas available gluten-free, or gluten-full. 

This message presented in the spare style of Hazel's storefront and interior.

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Brattleboro Town Arts Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Independence Day in Brattleboro, 1858

A report on plans for Independence Day celebration in Brattleboro of July 3, 1858, written in The Phoenix. (It was celebrated on the 3rd of July back then...)

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"INDEPENDENCE - The celebration on the 3rd by the fire department of Brattleboro and the several companies from abroad will be one of more than ordinary magnificence. The number of firemen who will be present, the reputation of the companies into which they are organized, and the arrangements for the occasion all give evidence of an unusual and unprecedented display. Information has been received by the committee of arrangements of the attendance on Saturday of Companies from Claremont, Keene, and Hinsdale in New Hampshire, from Greenfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, South Royalston and Baldwinville, in Massachusetts. These with our own excellent companies will make a special pageant.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled - DID and Personnel

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 4:10pm to discuss the appointment or employment or evaluation of a public officer or employee.

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

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Community Second-Hand Smoke Survey- 4th of July Event at Living Memorial Park

Have you been bothered by second-hand smoke during the 4th of July events at Living Memorial Park? Please complete the survey below and share your experience and opinion. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/4thAtMemorialPark

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Laugh Out Loud! Screwball Comedy Film Series at the Brooks Library

Beginning Wednesday, July 9th and continuing through November 12th, the Brattleboro Film Festival and Brooks Memorial Library will present free afternoon screenings of nine Hollywood classic screwball comedies from Tinseltown’s Golden Era.

A film by renowned Director Preston Sturges whose comedies mix the sensibilities of “a lowbrow aristocrat” with a that of a “melancholy wiseguy” will kick-off the five month-long series on July 9th at 2 p.m. in the library’s Meeting Room on the 2nd Floor. Eight other comedies will screen on select Wednesdays through mid-November. 

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Spark a Reaction! 2014 Teen Summer Reading Program at Brooks Memorial Library

Want to read this summer? Want to win a prize? Start reading now until August 9, and track your reading online. Share what you are reading with your fellow teens at Engagedpatrons.org.

Check out books, magazine, or audiobooks from the Brooks Memorial Library’s Teen Collection on the Main Floor. We also have a display of graphic novels and audiobooks. Those count too!

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Skatepark Location Remains TBD

The Brattleboro Selectboard officially heard the official recommendations of the official Skatepark Site Selection Committee at their Tuesday meeting, but questions from the board and the public remain, and second-guessing of the results began almost immediately. An official Selectboard decision should come by the end of August.

The Selectboard also set the FY15 tax rate, agreed to go forward with improvements at Union Hill and Western Ave, discussed upcoming funding options using money form VY, learned about the potential threat to our ash trees, bought fuel, and more in a long meeting for returning board member David Gartenstein.

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Shumlin's New Law: 15 Years In Prison For Lying To A Town Clerk. This Is So Punitive It Is Un-American!

ALERT! NEW VERMONT ELECTION LAW!

In the State of Vermont, Democrat Governor Peter Shumlin has created a new way to fill the private for profit prisons. His new law which he just signed 2014 will send people to prison for up to 15 years for allegedly falsely stating a fact or matter to a town clerk.

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