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1880:

The last issue of the Vermont Record and Farmer appears.

1880:

The big egg campaign opens for the season with a specimen produced by one of Wm. A. Conant’s Plymouth Rock hens, which measured 6 1/8 by 7 3/4 inches.

1880:

J. Estey & Co have leased the building of the New England Furniture Co on Flat street and will immediately occupy it for the manufacture of their organs. The rental is for one year, for the sum of $500.

1897:

Dr. E. J. Prescott, the occultist, can be consulted at the Brooks House, room 1, opposite the parlor.

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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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$20 Of Coffee For $15. Deadline For Donations Is April 12, 2014

 If you drink coffees at Mocha Joes, you can get $20 worth of coffee for only $15. 

All you have to do is donate $15 to their fundraiser for Cameroonian organic farmers, and VOILA ! you get a gift certificate that you can use yourself, to get any coffee drink you so choose.  

April 12 is the last day of the campaign. Help yourself, and help others. It really is that easy. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mocha-joe-s-cameroon-organic-coffee-p...

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Strolling of the Heifers 2014 Locavore Index Highlights Benefits of Food From Local Farms

Brattleboro-based Strolling of the Heifers has released its third annual Locavore Index, a state-by-state ranking of commitment to local foods.

By compiling the Index, Strolling of the Heifers hopes to strengthen local farms and food systems by encouraging efforts across the country to increase the use of local foods in homes, restaurants, schools and institutions.  

The 2014 Locavore Index incorporates four measures for which current data is available for all states: the number of farmers markets, the number of consumer-supported agriculture operations (CSAs), the number of food hubs — all compared on a per-capita basis — plus the percentage of each state’s school districts with active Farm-to-School programs. But more data on local foods should be gathered, Strolling of the Heifers says.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 4/7/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 4/7/14

                   Monday April 7                

12:10 am      Windham Orchestra: Bratt Senior Meals Benefit - 3/20/14 at Latchis

1:30 am       The Artful Word: Irish Heritage Celebration - 3/17/14

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       That Was The Week That Was - Educational Governance in Vermont

5:30 am       Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Vermont

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Friends of Brooks Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

This year’s annual Friends of Library Big Book Sale is coming early with Spring flowers. Join your fellow community members and sift through the thousands of  paperbacks, DVD's, and audio books for the Big Spring Book Sale, to raise funds for the support of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library.

The sale is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 10 to 6 and Saturday, April 12, 10  to 2. Books and other items are piling up for this important annual event. Come early for the best selection! Remainders will be on sale during the month of April during regular library hours.

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Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman-supported Birth in America

On Monday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., local author and women’s health advocate Elayne Clift will be at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro to read from and discuss her latest book, with Christine Morton, Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-emergence of Woman-supported Birth in America.

Published by Praeclarus Press in January, the book about women who offer physical and emotional support to birthing mothers, is already garnering rave reviews. Clift, a volunteer doula at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Birth Center, will be joined by doula Carol Schnabel, volunteer coordinator of the Doula Program at the hospital, and a contributor to the book.

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Anyone Missing a Hound?

This hound (mix? looked houndier in person) was running in traffic on Canal Street (*NO* traffic sense whatsoever) Sunday around 5pm.  I followed him up Maple St., but lost him near the corner of Locust when he started cutting through yards. He was traveling at speed.  I called the ACO and left a message with dispatch.

Sorry about the crappy photos. 

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5:45 Live: 4/4/14

 

A shooting at America's Best Inn, petition to send the Bratt Town Budget back to the voters, and Gallerywalk at its best, and just some of the stories packed into BCTV's first media round-up of the spring.

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Brattleboro: Why Does It Burn So?

I have noticed that our lovely town has a fire problem. The big fire, before I arrived, was on Main St. where the Paramont theater once stood. I waltz down memory lane: I am sure there are house and apartment building fires I will have missed. But here is a list of fires I have witnessed:

Wilder block, Lawrence block, Sam's, 214 Elliot, 107 Elliot, 119 Green St., 72 Green St., Brooks House-

Some say the fires are because Brattleboro has so many old wooden buildings. I am sure part of the problem is that the buildings are not sprinklered. Cigarettes & cooking grills may have contributed. I'm sure that's one of the reasons we are seeing a move towards smoke free housing.

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We Hiked, We Saw, We Will Be Conquered. Photo of UFOs Over Brattleboro, Taken April 5, 2014

My friend Ivan and I hiked up Wantastiquet today. What a lovely site it was, to see Brattleboro from up there. I took some photos, unaware of what I was about to capture with my camera.

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Fire On the Corner of Green St. & Whipple St.

Yes, another fire. Second floor porch and 2nd alarm. We had at least 5 fire trucks. Another Bob Remy-Powers building. 

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Brattleboro Time Trade -- Week of April 5th

This week's listings, arranged hap hazard ly:

RECENT OFFERS:
Car Pooling To Putney Community Supper
Clean Sod And Garden Soil Available
Need Some Heavy Duty Glue?
Offer Home Building, Energy Efficiency, Solar System/Site Consultation
Canoe Or Single Kayak For Use
Live Music For Parties, Weddings Or Concerts, Fundraisers
Hand Readings
Electrical Work
Need Some Help Getting Your Garden Ready?

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The Final Solution to the Palestinian Problem

The Palestinian problem has been an enormous thorn in the relations between Israel and the greater world. This has prevented a capable Western styled government from bringing the full fruits of its democracy to the Middle East. With the constant niggling and debate of rights, it is time for Israel to assert its full historic right to the full and final occupation of Greater Israel from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River to Lebanon and south to Sinai. We can stop the illusion and fantasy of a Palestinian state in the West Bank. Historically, this land was Israel, with stretches of time occupied by every power in the region. Though we had a period of Diaspora and left the area for two thousand years does it matter whether it was two days or two thousand years? Of course not.

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Cuba Sí, ZunZuneo No!

I have always been led to believe that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was a humanitarian agency, providing assistance to people around the world to improve their lives, not to overthrow their government (AKA “Regime Change”). Silly me!

According to the Associated Press, Yahoo News and other sources, an intelligence program, known as “ZunZuneo,” was created through a cleverly crafted network of unsuspecting executives and an offshore Cayman Islands bank account, all funded through the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID.

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Newfane Yoga Opening Monday, April 7!

Newfane Yoga is opening Monday, April 7. Join us for our first vinyasa flow class @ 6pm. Your first class is only $5. We're located right next to the Newfane Cafe & Creamery.

Please visit www.newfaneyoga.com for the full class schedule. We're excited to bring yoga to Newfane and Windham County.

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New Sessions: Adult Daytime Music Programs

SINGING STRONG

A singing program for Seniors

Brattleboro Music Center choral director Susan Dedell leads “ Singing Strong,” a new chorus specifically designed for seniors. Singing has been making big headlines in the health field for the last decade, as multiple studies conclude that singing in a group is one of the most effective ways to stay healthy, alert, and happy throughout the course of a life time. Among its many benefits,  singing boosts the immune system, improves heart health, lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. Best of all, it makes you happier! Susan will lead everyone in songs chosen from a variety of musical styles, mostly from the great song repertoire of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Absolutely no prior singing experience or music reading skills necessary! 

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