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Stephen Greene, founder of Stephen Greene Press in 1957 with wife Janet, killed in Chicago crash of American Flight 191.

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The Golden Rule

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Original Enigma No. 1, Another Word Puzzle From 1837

Alright, enigma fans. Here is another, from today's Phoenix in 1837. This one is noted as "Original Enigma No. 1," for what it is worth. Put on your thinking caps and try to solve this if you dare:

"Original Enigma, No. 1

I am a word of eleven letters, — and the title of a periodical in the United States.

My 2, 6, 5, 8, 4, 10, 7 and 1 is the name of a distinguished Indian chief.

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Raising School Taxes

The Vermont Senate is considering a bill that will provide tax incentives to school that find ways to cooperate with surrounding districts to improve efficiency and student opportunities. The schools in our supervisory union are widely recognized as leaders in these kinds of changes, having begun implementing them a decade ago.

The bill also cuts supports for small schools, and cuts support for schools adjusting to declining numbers of students. Guilford, Putney, Vernon, and the high school district benefit from these supports and will see tax rates increase if they are cut.

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Nepal Relief

From a close friend who has lived in Kathmandu for years. One problem with Nepalese relief is that there is substantial graft and one must be very careful about who one donates through. I just received this and want to pass it along. 

Besides Pachak Rinpoche's relief fund ( Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation), here is another one where the money will go to relief and not to admin. costs. Friend, Chris Kolisch, has written below about a good place to donate for disaster relief here in Nepal:

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Free Elder Financial Abuse Seminar - BS&L Community Room

Please join us in the BS&L Community Room Tuesday April 28th (tomorrow) at 6pm for a free seminar on Elder Financial Abuse.  This is a very important topic and it happens more than you might imagine, to those you love. Call 802.254.5333 to reserve your seat!

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Vermonters Are Held In Prison Even After Their Release Date If They Don't Find A "Qualified" Home

The family of Oscar Mark Delgado, Sr.  from Johnson, Vermont are looking for someone to provide a home for their adult son, Oscar Delgado, Jr. In the State of Vermont, people are held in prison after their sentences are completed if they can not find a qualified home that the probation officer approves. This results in a high rate of prison over-population in Vermont and it results in sending people to out-of-state prisons because too many people who have already completed their sentences are forced to stay in Vermont prisons because their probation officer will not "qualify" the new residence of the person to be released.  

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 4/27/15

BCTV Ch. 8 schedule for the week of 4/27/15 

Monday, April 27, 2015

12:00 am Community Meeting on Decommissioning VT Yankee 3/18/15

4:30 am UVM Power from the North Conf: The Past - How We Got Here

6:20 am Poets and Their Craft - Lecture 1: Sydney Lea at the Norwich Book Store

7:10 am BTT: Gwendolyn Hallsmith - 2015 Annual Mtg Guest Speaker

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of April 26

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a jet lagged brain:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Home Energy Assessment
Buddy Assistance with Members
Free Antique Piano~Upright, Needs Tuning & Missing 1Pedal, but Works!
Gabriel Organics Seaweed Bath & Shower Gel
Goat Care Guidance

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Hebrew School Registration

Time for forsythia and tulips and time to register children for Hebrew school 5776!  At this time we are planning to follow our traditional structure, with an Aleph class for 6-7 year olds, Bet for 8-9 year olds, Gimmel for 9-10 year olds and Dalet for 11-12 year olds, and Hey for children who are 12 and older, have been in our Hebrew school for at least one year, and are planning to become bar- or bat-mitzvah next year.

Classes will meet from 3:45 to 5:45; the b’nai mitzvah class will probably meet from 5:30 to 7:30.  We hope to keep our excellent, experienced, dedicated teaching staff, but we need to know how many students we will have (and their ages and grade in public school) so we can plan staff and space to accommodate all who wish to attend.  We particularly need to know about any new students who might wish to attend.

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Looking for 2 People and a Truck in Brattleboro

Sometime in the next 2 weeks I am getting a couch from a house in Brattleboro. I need to have my old couch moved out of my apartment and disposed of- taken to the dump, I guess. Then I need the new couch moved to my house. Looking for recommendations for someone who does short distance moving for a reasonable price and could do it with just a couple of days notice.

I have tried Brattleboro Time Trade but no luck yet.

Two strong bodies needed -both couches are heavy.

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We're Looking for a Few Heroes!

CALLING ALL SUPER HEROES!

Have you ever wanted to be a super hero - even for a day? Now is your chance!

During the Month of May the Children's Room at Brooks Memorial Library will be holding a very special event:

"LIBRARY SUPER HEROES". This fun event, sponsored by Friends of the Library will feature a mural of a friendly town ( much like Brattleboro!) inhabited by many colorful super heroes; flying, sitting and just standing around being..well...super. Emblazoned on their costumes will be the name of a specific craft supply that the children's room uses for their wonderful, family friendly projects.

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Ask-a-Baha'i

In the spirit of “Ask-a-Cop” and “Ask-a Realtor”, our local Baha’i community has decided to launch its own series, called “Ask-a-Baha’i”.

Although many have heard of the Baha’i Faith, few know much about the Faith's history and teachings.

Through “Ask-a-Baha’i”, we want to create a space for people to ask questions from the privacy and convenience of their homes or mobile devices.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Sarah Silverman

This week we find ourselves studying the comedy stylings of our New Hampshire neighbor, Sarah Silverman.

In 2005 she released a film of her one-woman show, Jesus is Magic. In it, Sarah boasts to her friends that she, like them, has something cool going on in her life. A big show. It’s a lie, so she has to go put on a major production just to hide the fib, And then her stand-up begins.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu

April 27     Turkey & Cheese Wraps

                Curried Apple & Cauliflower Soup

                Spinach Salad  

                Mango

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Rep. Welch Outlines Energy Efficiency Agenda for New Congress

Vermont Energy Efficiency Leaders Gather to Discuss Latest Initiatives to Save Money, Create Jobs, and Protect the Environment

MONTPELIER, VT. At Blodgett Supply in Montpelier today, Rep. Peter Welch met with a broad cross-section of Vermont energy efficiency leaders to outline his efficiency priorities for the new Congress and learn about the latest energy efficiency innovations in Vermont. The roundtable discussion comes on the heels of House approval this week of Welch-authored energy efficiency legislation which President Obama will soon sign into law.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 26

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. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

Night work adjacent to Route 30 will continue this week, but will not affect traffic.

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 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Ethnocide in the Green Mountain State

While this is an event, it's such short notice I'm posting it as more of a PSA. A presentation by Prof. Fred Wiseman in Bradford, VT tomorrow (Sat., 04/24/2015) at 1 pm... this is a story which has not been told as openly as it merits.

Not just history, this is the ongoing situation of the Western Abenaki, the indigenous people who lived - and live - right here. Vermont, the poster child for tolerance and progressive politics, can do better. Link here.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April, 28, 2015

Brattleboro will adopt the PACE program, if all goes as planned, at the next (ir)regular Selectboard meeting on Tuesday at the Municipal Center. Issues between the Town and Vermont Energy Investment Corporation have been worked out and documents have been revised.

The rest of the agenda is a mix of liquor license approvals, grant applications, and items postponed from their previous meeting. Falling somewhat by the wayside for the moment are the previously scheduled presentations about comprehensive reviews of town operations and presentations about the changes to Brattleboro's land use regulations. 

You can attend in person, or watch on BCTV. Feel free to bring up other items not on the agenda during Public participation.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Spring 2015

Time for another installment of “what have you noticed in Brattleboro recently?”

Here are a few to get us started:

- Brattleboro Savings & Loan is building a new branch office at Black Mountain Square, near their ATM and next to the Radio Shack.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library community room.

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

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