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1860:

A meteoric body was seen passing through the heavens over this village at apparently no very great height on Friday evening of last week. The time was about ten o’clock and not more than a minute was occupied in the passage of the brilliant object. It lighted up the heavens with great brilliancy, and with its long and illuminating train it was momentarily thought to be an enormous piece of fireworks.

1876:

A fine Estey organ was sent last week to Wagner, the musical composer of Baireuth, Prussia.

1876:

One of the village night watchmen has been discharged for drunkenness.

1882:

Wm Leonard’s monkey made another savage attack upon him.

1893:

New York capitalists were here last week looking over valuable real estate with the intention of buying it.

1899:

The regular weekly raid was made on the brewery Monday by Officers Hinds and Metcalfe of Hinsdale, who found an abundance of beer. A sample of the beer was taken away, but no arrests were made. Charles Horton, who was in the brewery when the officers approached, sprinted across the green and escaped.

1899:

The work of paving Depot street was completed Saturday, a sufficient number of paving stones to complete the job having arrived from West Dummerston. The stones have been covered with dirt which will be left on them for a few weeks, or until the crevices between them becomes packed full, when it will be cleaned off.

1905:

The grey squirrel and cage which were set off the White Mountain train at the local station last week, were sent to Hardwick Saturday.

1990:

Breast Fest marches up Main Street for a woman's right to go topless.

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Worldwatch: 51% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Meat Production

Worldwatch's latest estimate is that 51% of greenhouse gas emmissions that are dramatically increasing climate change, are the result of meat production, (with a significant part of that coming directly from the methane created by cows.)

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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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