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Today In Local History

1836:

Brattleboro, Athol, and Boston Stage will leave Brattleboro from Chase's at 2 o'clock on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Fare $3.75

1842:

Brattleboro, East Village, is comprised within one school district. It contains about 1500 inhabitants, not far from 400 of whom are from four to eighteen years of age. The average attendance at our schools is about 300. We have 5 public schools, 4 taught by females, the other by a male teacher. The children in the primary schools are required to go through a prescribed course of studies preparatory to the Central School.

1847:

The First Frost visited us on Wednesday night of last week, and was followed by another one on Thursday night. No essential damage was done in this vicinity, so far as we have heard.

1881:

The news of President Garfield’s death caused a profound and universal feeling of sorrow in this community - a feeling which found expression not only in spoken words, but in the look on men’s faces and their movements on the street. All business places are draped in black and many private residences wear mourning emblems. Memorial exercises will be held Monday afternoon at the town hall at 2 o’clock.

1887:

The Valley Mill company have completed their new elevator, which greatly enlarges their storage capacity, and enables them to handle 500 bushels of corn per hour, or to unload a new car of corn in 20 minutes.

1887:

The work of putting in the heating apparatus at the town hall was begun yesterday, and today the carpenters are to begin laying the new floor.

1892:

Those who have hunted through the town to find sewing machine needles will be glad to learn that Morse & Simpson are to put in a line of needles for machines of various makes.

1892:

The merry-go-round, which did such a thriving business at Bellows Falls for several weeks, was brought here Monday and put in operation on the island ball ground.

1892:

F.D. Williams is building for E.E. Stockwell a cart weighing two tons, which has four-inch steel axles and tires six inches wide. It is to be used in drawing the Estey monument from the station to the cemetery. Sixteen yoke of oxen will be attached. One piece of the monument weighs 20 tons.

1898:

A special attraction in this year’s poultry department at the Valley Fair will be an exhibit of English pheasants by Peter S. Chase of Esteyville. He has raised this year a large number of chicks and he will exhibit in all 50 birds, shown in several pens.

1904:

S.B. Emerson is receiving his annual consignment of grapes from his Lake Erie vineyards for the supply of the local market. The crop is abundant and the fruit unusually fine in appearance and flavor.

1904:

The telephone line between Brattleboro and Newfane was out of business a large part of the day Wednesday, a tree having been blown against the wire by heavy wind Tuesday night.

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Author Elizabeth Minnich: Community Conversation and Book Discussion

Please join us as we welcome Author Elizabeth Minnich at a FREE event on Friday, September 8, at 4 pm in the Second Floor Meeting Room. She will introduce and open discussion abnout her new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking.

A moral philosopher, Elizabeth began her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make 'extensive evils" (genocide, slavery) and "extensive good" possible when, as Hannah Arendt's teaching assistant, accompanied her to defent Arendt's controversial concept, the banality of evil.

For more information about the author, please visit her website below!

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WRC Expands Windham Wood Heat Program in Windham County

The Windham Wood Heat Initiative (WWH) has expanded its program eligibility, timeline, and technical assistance as it fully enters the “implementation phase” of the program under the Windham Regional Commission leadership. The WWH program has added non-profit owned buildings and expanded its timeline now to conclude in December of 2018. WWH, which began in 2015, -- funded through closure of Vermont Yankee via the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) – assists municipal, school, and the now eligible non-profit buildings convert to heating with automated, high-efficiency wood boilers while addressing those buildings’ energy efficiency and durability needs.

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Monumental Questions

The events in (and following) Charlottesville are myriad and complex. There is a stew of issues bubbling and boiling. To name but a few: race, Neo-Nazism, history, culture, the Civil War, monuments, art, speech, accountability, Trump & Co., ancestors, and many more.

The easy part (for most people) is denouncing the hate, white supremacy, and violence. I can pat myself on the back and tell myself that’s not me, that’s not what I believe, and I’m against it in all forms. I very much dislike hatred, and work to make the world a better place as best I can.

The harder part is figuring out what to do about the rest of it.

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Shoot the Moon Theater Co. Holds Auditions for "War of the Worlds" Aug 29

Shoot the Moon Theater Company will hold open auditions for The War of the Worlds on Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery located at 139 Main Street, Brattleboro Vermont.  

Participants do not need to prepare any material, they will be asked to read from provided pages at the audition.  Rehearsals will begin mid-September.  The show will run at 7:30pm each evening during the weekends of October 20-21, October 27-28 and November 3-4. 

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Book Scanning at Experienced Goods

The other day, while looking at books at Experienced Goods, I noticed two middle-aged women working their way around the room with a handheld device.

Watching for just a moment, I could see that it was a smart phone with a scanner attachment.

One woman was checking each section for possible “candidates” to scan, while the other scanned each barcode. Her device would then do a quick lookup to, I assume, tell her how much she could expect to sell that book for. If the amount was more than what Experienced Goods was charging, they’d add it to their pile.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 8/14/17

Monday, August 14, 2017

12:00 am Pres. Coolidge Birthday Celebration 7/4/17

1:30 am David Budbill Memorial Celebration - June 25, 2017

3:00 am Pentangle Arts - Interplay Jazz

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu August 14 thru August 18

Aug 14 - French Meat Pie

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Broccoli

Pineapple

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Dummerston Perennial Swappers Visited Ann Newsmith's Garden on Aug. 10, 2017

It is free to join the Dummerston Perennial Swappers. New gardeners can come and get free perennials and advice from seasoned gardeners who have too much of one thing or another and would rather share the wealth than throw perfect plants into a compost heap. We meet every two weeks in the growing season. Then we tour a local garden.

This one belonged to Ann Newsmith in West Brattleboro. Next Perennial Swappers meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday 24 August, meeting outside the church in Dummerston Center.for the swap, then we will tour the Daigler garden. Great for getting ideas and just enjoying the beauty. Membership is free but everybody puts a dollar in the cookie tin to cover expenses ( maps, directions, ice cream for last meeting of the season)

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

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 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Aug. 14th - Aug. 18th

Mon - stuffed chicken breast w/ squash & salad
Tues - turkey club w/ potato chips
Wed - grilled pork chop w/ potato salad
Thur - spaghetti & meatballs w/ garlic bread
Fri - fried cod sandwich w/ onion rings & coleslaw

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Borter's Studio Offers Jewelry Workshop Series

BRATTLEBORO: Borter’s Jewelry Studio is bringing together the skills of three local jewelers to offer a series of beginner- and intermediate-level metalsmithing workshops.

Bob Borter, who has been making and selling his jewelry in Brattleboro for more than 30 years, will co-teach the classes with fellow silversmiths Susanna Haas (susannahaasjewelry.com) and Chris Lann (chrislanndesigns.com).

Borter said the trio wants to give budding jewelers a taste of what other Brattleboro collectives such as Brattleboro Clayworks, Fire Arts and the River Gallery School offer to novice potters, glass blowers and fine artists, respectively.

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Harmony Parking Lot - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Harmony Parking Lot is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all sidewalks and curbing adjacent to the buildings, new concrete walkways and tree grates in the islands, leveling to improve drainage, new pavement, and fresh paint. The work will be performed in phases so that either the east side or the west side of the Harmony Lot will be available for public parking during the majority of the estimated five week project.

Removing or re-pouring of sidewalks will typically be done early or late in the day, and temporary wooden or gravel access ramps will be built as needed to maintain pedestrian access to shops. While limited business interruptions are possible, the Town will work closely to coordinate the schedule with all businesses and especially those that have limited access.

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Gibson Aiken & Harris Parking Lots - Project Schedule

A significant project to improve the Gibson Aiken and Harris Parking Lots is about to get underway. The scope of the project includes replacing all pavement, new sidewalks and curbing, improved drainage, and fresh paint. The public should expect these lots to be closed for public parking throughout the majority of the estimated four week project.

A temporary access ramp will be built from the parking lot behind Fairpoint Communications in order to maintain pedestrian access to the Senior Center at the Gibson Aiken Center. During construction regular permit holders in the Harris Lot will have their parking permits honored in the High Grove, Spring Street and the Non-Reserved section of the Brattleboro Transportation Center. The reserved section is for reserved permit holders only. The reserved section is marked and located on the 3rd floor, just to the right as you enter from Elliot Street.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Selectboard meeting previously scheduled on August 15, 2017 has been CANCELLED. The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro Tree Board Needs Members

Do you like trees? They reduce energy use, provide erosion control, and help control storm water runoff. The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board is short-handed and needs two new members. If you are a resident of Brattleboro, and want to help us look after the Town’s trees, fill out the online application at the Town’s website: www.brattleboro.org > Serving the Community > Boards and Committees > Application. (Don’t be intimidated by the application; it’s an all-purpose document. If you have questions about it, Jan Anderson at 251-8100 can help.)

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 14, 2017

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two available lanes of traffic in both directions.

Earthwork construction requiring lane closures for southbound traffic will continue. 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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Navigating the World's Largest Online Genealogy Database with Jerry Carbone

On Saturday, September 9, at 1:30 p.m., we will host a 1 hour introduction to the largest genealogical database in the world,Familysearch.org. Former library director Jerry Carbone will discuss methods and strategies to search billions of records as well as searching the full-text genealogical books and catalog. The FamilySearch database offers access to over 5.6 billion names; 1.2 billion browse-only records; and has over 7.2 million users, world-wide.

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Newsless For A Week

We’re doing a media experiment. Lise is going without news for a week.

This started last Wednesday, and she’s been diligently avoiding headlines and talking heads. My role is to jot down the big headlines of the day, but not tell her. She’s allowed to look at weather forecasts.

I jokingly promised to warn her if a nuclear weapon was launched at Vermont (but not if it hit California or elsewhere...). Little did I know how closely I’d need to monitor that story.

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A New Drawing School in Brattleboro

This September, The Drawing Studio opens in Brattleboro. Located in The Whetstone Studio for the Arts at 28 Williams Street, The Drawing Studio will offer classes and workshops in traditional and experimental drawing practices and color theory and color mixing for painters. In addition to open, sunny work space The Drawing Studio also has a first rate art library with windows overlooking the Whetstone Brook and a coffee/tea bar.
The founder, Jason Alden, has taught drawing and painting at the River Gallery School and privately for the last 10 years. The Drawing Studio is an effort to clarify, develop and share what he loves most about drawing and the communication of Art. From the website, www.vermontdrawingstudio.com

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Brattleboro Taxes and Utilities Due

The first installment of the 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes will be due on August 15th, 2017. Payments made after August 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest added to the unpaid balance.

The utility billing is also due on August 15th, 2017. Payments made after August 15th, 2017 will have an additional 1% interest, as well as an 8% penalty added to the unpaid balance.

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