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1845:

Brattleboro is highly favored about these hot days - Circuses, menageries, Allbinos, orang outangs, concerts, &c. contribute in no small degree to amuse the public during this hot weather. We understand that the way is preparing for a regular band, brass band we suppose, in our pleasant village. Such a band could throw a magic over the village these summer evenings that would be irresistible to our music loving citizens.

1861:

The news of the defeat of our army at Manassas created more excitement in this village than even the fall of Fort Sumter. A feeling of determination rather than of despair was plainly visible in nearly every countenance.

1873:

The hay crop in this section, which is mostly secured, is of superior quality and the quantity nearly double what was expected, the late rains having caused a rapid growth. Many hill farms are producing more than last year.

1873:

A new iron flower vase costing $35 has lately been placed upon the green in front of the high school house, through the praiseworthy action of a few private citizens.

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.

1884:

Mr. E. A. Matthews of Centreville is building a steamboat which he intends to launch on the Connecticut at this place and run up and down the river for the accommodation of pleasure parties. The boat is 30 feet in length and hold 25-30 passengers. It is to be run by a paddlewheel placed at the stern.

1890:

The continued drought in this part of the county was broken on Saturday by a heavy shower, accompanied by hail and a few scattered snowflakes, which was of brief duration. Both north and south of us showers have been of frequent occurrence.

1902:

The committee having in charge the arrangements for the visit of President Roosevelt, Aug. 30, have arranged a program which, though subject to change, is substantially as it will be carried out. It is expected that the president will arrive from the North about 4 o’clock on a special train, accompanied by his secretary and Senator Proctor.

1902:

The working drawings of a part of the proposed Thompson hospital are under way.

1902:

The bell boys at the Brooks House have new uniforms furnished by Carl Cain.

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Free Writing Contest for Southern Vermont and Nearby Counties in New Hampshire and Mass

WRITE ACTION is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest for adults and teens. Entries will be judged anonymously. Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state area. Judge for both prose and poetry in the youth category is retired head of the BUHS English Department, Nancy Olson. Judge for poetry is James Kates; prose judge is Joe Mazur.

All entries, on-line or through the post, must be sent by June 30th, 2017. There is no theme this year.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/12/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/12/17

Monday, June 12, 2017

12:00 am Cuban Bridge Ep64: Red Clover Jazz Trio

1:00 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

2:38 am 1st Wed: Jane Austen in Her Time

4:00 am Feminist Media Review: Wargasm

4:30 am Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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A Cappella à la Carte: Supper & Songs

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 51st season finale on Saturday, June 17, an annual three-part event dubbed “A Cappella à la Carte.” Set at Guilford Community Church, just off Rt. 5 near Exit 1 off I-91, the evening includes a short meeting, a potluck dinner, and a 7:30 concert of vocal music. Each optional segment is open to the general public; admission to the concert is by donation.

    The FOMAG Annual Membership Meeting at 6:00 p.m. is typically short and entertaining, about 30 minutes, and offers a summary of the year, a look ahead to next season, and election of the board of trustees.

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Last Brunch of the Year in Guilford June 18

Broad Brook Grange will present its 21st annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 18, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

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Part 7 Federal Marijuana Laws: Chemicals The Govt Approves To Spray Vermont to Kill Marijuana

PART 7 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS "Prima facie", in the law, means that if you have a state offense for marijuana spelled with a j in the law, marihuana spelled with an h in the law, or cannabis, then that is OBVIOUS that you may have also violated federal law. How many Vermont State Senators and Vermont Representatives know that they may be setting you up for a federal prison term, by their little ol' Vermont slap on the hand statute?

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Read the Puritanical Puritan Laws On The Books In Vermont Before You Video Tape Anyone Nude Swimming!

Why it's Sunday in Vermont, again, and time to get to know our existing, and in full force, NUDITY LAWS IN VERMONT! Whoops, and it might be so warm today, you might have thought of going skinny dipping. Well, leave the camera and video-camera at home! No wonder the motion picture industry rarely films movies in Vermont!

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Childrens Book Artwork by Ellen Tumavicus: Ralph Flies the Coop

Please read this lovely write up by Artist Ellen Tumavicus, about the process of working with author Jaime Scanlon on the book "Ralph Flies the Coop." This exhibit will be on display through July!

Artist Statement:
I have always loved to draw and paint. Throughout my life, I have drawn the world around me. My face in a mirror, the view from the window of the train or the bus or the airplane, people on the subway and on park benches, my kids sleeping, the feelings I can’t put into words, the pears in the bowl on the kitchen table. Drawing has consistently been my avenue towards feeling good and connected with my inner and outer self.

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Free Film Screening: SEED, The Untold Story

Please join us at Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, June 28th at 6
pm for a free showing of the movie: SEED, The Untold Story, brought to you by Brooks Memorial Library and the Radical Lending Library at the Root Social Justice Center!

For more information please visit our the Brooks Memorial Library calendar or our Facebook event.

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Opening Reception at MGFA: Eric Boyer "Garden of Delights"

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Garden of Delights, an exhibition of wire-mesh sculptures by Eric Boyer. An Opening Reception will take place Thursday, June 22 at 5 pm, with an Artist Talk Saturday, June 24 from 5-7 pm.  

Eric Boyer began exploring in wood, ceramics, and metalwork, and his work in wire-mesh is the result of a continuous search for a personal, expressive medium, which he discovered accidentally while working with metal scraps in a blacksmith shop. Garden of Delights represents over 20 years of artistic creation and reflects Boyer’s fascination with figure, form, and the endless expressive potential found in the intimate connection to one's materials. "Occasionally the figures have a story to tell..." says Boyer, "yet the wire-mesh itself is a material with no foreseeable limits as an artistic medium." Garden of Delights serves as a celebration of artistic investigation and the ongoing satisfaction that resonates through a chosen medium.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:00am in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 12th

Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 12th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. 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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Ode to Donald Trump

When I was hungry, you cancelled my food stamps

when I was thirsty, you diverted chemicals into my water

when I was sick, you tripled my insurance rates

when I was naked, you raped me & blamed me because I was naked.

when I was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations

when I was a stranger with brown skin you deported me

from the lonely you took away social programs

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VFW Lunch Specials June 12- June 16th

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

June 12th - June 16th

Mon - Salisbury steak w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - chef's salad
Wed - shepherds pie w/ salad
Thur - stuffed cabbage w/ mashed potato
Fri - homemade seafood chowder w/ salad

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WKVT Presents "A Call To Action: Teen Suicide," June 22

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Teen Suicide from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, June 22 in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. 

Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions or share information during the broadcast, which will be moderated by WKVT hosts Peter “Fish” Case and Chris Lenois. Organizations participating in the panel include the Center for Health and Learning, the Brattleboro Retreat, Youth Services, Inc., and the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro. 

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Brattleboro Senior Center Monday Morning Movies for June

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE, BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER, 207 MAIN STREET

JUNE SHOWINGS BUSTING OUT ALL OVER

JUNE 5th

Starring: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan – 10:00am

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents Nomad vs. Settler on Sunday, June 11

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 11 with indie rock quartet Nomad vs. Settler. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 5 thru June 9

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 5 thru June 9

 

June 5 - Ravioli w/Meat Sauce

Seasoned Spinach

Cauliflower

Chocolate Pudding

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Ukulele Weekend Retreat for Women

This very special weekend retreat, just outside of Brattleboro, VT, includes: pop-up spontaneous ukulele song circles, nightly Grand-Slam Jams with full band, gentle restorative yoga for musicians, Gateless writing salon, intimate unplugged concert with Lisa McCormick, Sacred Ukulele Sunday Morning Circle, introduction to the Note2Self Method of super-charging your music-learning process.

Time and space to rest, relax, play, journal, explore the spectacular gardens, meadows and forests on a mid-summer weekend in the countryside. All inclusive: overnight accommodations and delicious healthy home-cooked meals included. Led by Lisa McCormick.

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Emergency Appeal: Help Save Farmland

Hello Everyone,

There is a beautiful piece of land, right off exit four (I-89) that is currently active farm land and has a stunning vista of the surrounding valley. This particularly special piece of land is under threat of development from someone that wants to build a hotel and a gas station. Please, pleeeeeeeease- help me preserve this land by clicking the link below and donating.

They only have one week left to raise $120,000 towards their $1million goal! Donate today and I'll give you a hug and thank you my self!

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Diversity Discussion and Emergency Repairs

The Brattleboro Selectboard held an extensive discussion of diversity, both in Town hiring practices and the community at large. It was a start and step toward something probably positive, though the goals and steps to get there remain to be more fully developed.

Emergency repairs at the pool and the Harris parking lot were the other big items on the agenda, but the long diversity discussion made for quick summaries of these and other smaller matters due to a late hour.

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