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1849:

A severe North-east storm, mainly of snow, but interspersed with rain and hail, commenced here on Sunday morning, and continued until Wednesday evening. In length and tediousness, it has not been rivaled this winter, at least.

1877:

Boys find valise with gentlemen’s underwear, children’s stockings, etc. on river bank near Richards Bradley’s residence. Ownership is a mystery. Intials “G.W.F” were found on some items.

1877:

The Easter services at St. Michael’s (Episcopal) church will be as follows: Early morning services at 7 A.M.; Holy Communion, anthems and sermon at 11 A.M.; children’s service, with Easter Carols, at 3 P.M.; Evensong at 7 P.M.

1877:

Last Sunday, which was known to the church as Palm Sunday, celebrating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, received appropriate recognition in nearly all our village churches.

1877:

The annual school meeting of District No. 2, which was held on Tuesday evening, was undoubtedly the most remarkable gathering of its kind ever held in this village. Its remarkable character, however, did not consist of any unusual demonstration which took place, but simply in the full attendance, and the entire unanimity of sentiment and perfect good feeling which prevailed.

1883:

We have been specially requested to omit any mention of the one sensational incident in the Mother Goose party on Wednesday evening. There was only one performer, and he acquitted himself in the most Goodhu(e)mored manner.

1883:

Lots of friends have been glad to see Postmaster Mansur on the street once more this week.

1888:

Robins and bluebirds were heard in the village on Wednesday morning.

1888:

Tomorrow is the last day of grace for the licensing of dogs.

1888:

The contract with the Vermont Construction company for the new Elm street iron bridge calls for a bridge which will carry a load of 140 tons, the breaking strain to be six times this amount. The price is to be $2050 and the bridge is to be put in place about May 20.

1888:

The young sports about town have been discussing for some time past the advisability of having a ball nine the coming season. The principal drawback seems to be the lack of suitable grounds. Recent building has practically shut out playing on Frost’s meadow and the fair ground is too far away for daily practice. It is quite probable that an effort will be made to secure the island, the only available location left.

1888:

As soon as his insurance is adjusted S. Simkovetz will reopen his clothing store in the old rule factory.

1894:

Elm street is closed to traffic while the bridge is being replanked.

1894:

Power users will be interested in the one-half horse power, single phase, alternating current motor now on exhibition at the electric light station.

1894:

North street hall was well filled on Friday evening, when a class of 12 of the physical culture pupils of Miss Tina Goodall gave an exhibition. The young ladies showed skill and grace in the various movements, and their work was much appreciated and warmly applauded by the lookers-on.

1894:

H.M. Wood has rented the upper floor of the Taft building for a bicycle riding school, and is prepared to give private instructions on a floor 32 by 100 feet in size.

2009:

Senator Leahy, Governor Douglas and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin hold economic recovery forum at Latchis.

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Opening Reception on March 7 for John Dimick's Exhibit "A Mix of Oil and Water"

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- The Arts Committee of All Souls Church is hosting an opening reception for “A Mix of Oil and Water,” an exhibit of oils and watercolors by John Dimick of Guilford, on Saturday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. Three dozen works are featured, primarily landscape paintings and prints of scenes in the surrounding region. Several studies of downtown Brattleboro capture the town from unusual vantage points, such as along the railroad tracks. A few of the featured works are pairings of the same scene in both mediums to allow viewers an interesting comparison of Dimick's creative techniques.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes from Feb 20 - Center for Wound Healing @BMH

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February 20,  2015  •  Gibson-Aiken Center                                                                                                                                                                 

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Entergy Will Be Allowed to Shrink EPZ

On March 2, 2015, the NRC Commissioners voted to allow VY to shrink it's Emergency Panning Zone (EPZ) from 10 miles down to the site boundary in ~Arpil 2016. This will eliminate >2 milllion emergency planning dollars per year that Entergy currently provides to Vermont and will allow Entegy to futher reduce site staff at that time.

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I haven't seen an offical Vermont response yet.

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The Vermont Jazz Center Presents: The Bill Charlap Trio

On Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center welcomes to its stage a piano trio that chooses to focus on the classic sounds of the Great American Songbook. The Bill Charlap Trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), represents the epitome of this particular style: elegant, lush, and swinging.

This trio is renowned throughout the world for its work interpreting the lesser-known but equally beautiful songs that were written for musical theater and film. Charlap and his trio pay homage to the great songs that were written when Broadway and Tin Pan Alley provided the soundtrack to popular, North American culture. Charlap states: “The music I’m attracted to – music theater and film music is a different blueprint of American music and popular music… I’m still in love with that beautiful aesthetic of those lyricists and composers of that period.”

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From a Plow Driver: An Open Letter To Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin

*Please Visit the VSEA facebook page to post a comment on the below letter.*  

To Mr. Governor Shumlin,

I am a hard working Vermont State employee for the Agency of Transportation (District 3). I plow the roads. As you may recall, we in AOT have endured many challenges in the recent past ....Including Tropical Storm Irene (2011), Pay Cuts and Pay Freezes (2008-9), Changes to our Health Insurance with Higher deductibles and less coverage (2014). And despite all these hardships and challenges, we still get up, as needed, at 3am (sometimes working 7 days a week) to make sure our roads are safe so Vermonters (including yourself) can go to work, so tourists can come here and spend their money, and so everyone’s kids can get to school.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: March 7 -14

One-Way Traffic: This Saturday, March 7, we need to make a major concrete placement adjacent to Route Consequently, traffic on Vermont Route 30 within the work zone will be reduced to one-way beginning at 5:30 AM, and continuing to approximately 5:30 PM. Flaggers will be present to control traffic.

One-Way Traffic: The completion of the realignment or Route 30 is tentatively scheduled for completion on Monday, March 9. Traffic on Route 30 will be one-way during the day on Monday, as workers repaint the road. This work is weather dependent, so may need to be rescheduled.

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On Elephants and Circuses

Ringling Bros is going to end the era of elephants performing in their circuses in the near future.

I have mixed feelings about this, given where we are in history. Elephant population has dropped significantly, so much that they could become extinct within decades. Hundreds are killed each day for ivory, meat, and trophy.

I like elephants and would hope we don’t eliminate them from the planet. I don’t want to see them abused, either.

I worry that freeing them from circuses and zoos won’t be enough to protect them. That is, I worry we are trading some good feelings about ending abuse at a circus, when wealthy hunters may just kill them all anyway.

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March For Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals Celebrates March for Meals

Brattleboro Senior Meals joins with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to celebrate March for Meals with a kickoff luncheon March 13, 2015 with Congressman Peter Welch.  Congressman Welch is part of the House Hunger Caucus for the past eight years that engages in the House’s work on national and international hunger and food insecurity issues.  This will give us an opportunity to ask Congressman Welch questions about the functions of the House Hunger Caucus. He will also discuss SSA and Medicare. 

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District 1 Q&A and WBA Meeting

On Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 PM, in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive, the West
Brattleboro Association is hosting a Q&A session with District 1 Town Meeting members.  All residents, most especially District 1 residents, are invited. The hour-plus meeting will be facilitated by Orion Barber.

Immediately preceding the Q&A, at 6 PM in the same community room, the WBA will be holding its regular monthly meeting. The primary topic will be the pursuit of both Vermont and federal non-profit-hood.  If time permits, there will also be discussion of safety issues related to Marlboro Road traffic and to recent break-ins..

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Senate Sustains Tar Sands Pipeline Veto

WASHINGTON, March 4 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate energy and environment committees, issued the following statement today after the Senate voted to sustain President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would have allowed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline:
“I applaud President Obama for vetoing the Keystone XL legislation and the Senate for sustaining that veto.

“The Senate and President Obama have sent an important message that the United States finally is listening to the scientific community and recognizing that global warming poses a real threat to our planet.

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Guiding Good Choices Courses in Windham County

Guiding Good Choices Course for Parents and Caregivers Throughout Windham County in March

Windham County- Guiding Good Choices is a free, interactive, five-session course for parents and caregivers of 4th to 9th grade children. The series provides the tools and strategies to meet the challenges of guiding your child through adolescence. The course covers setting clear guidelines with both positive and negative consequences, controlling and expressing anger constructively, promoting family bonds, and preparing kids with "refusal" skills for the time down the road when trouble may tempt them.

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First Wednesday Program at Brooks Library: Photography as Fine Art: Alfred Steiglitz and Camera Work

Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography.

Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving examines Stieglitz’s work and his advocacy for photography as a fine art, with special attention to his quarterly journal Camera Work. Wednesday March 4th, 7 pm - 9 pm. 

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library in March

Lots of art at the Library this month! Mezzanine Wall & Main Floor: Student Art Month. The Arts Council of Windham County is inviting the community to join them in recognizing and honoring the many young people in Windham County who are involved in a wide range of the arts.

So, for the 34th consecutive year, they have set aside March as Student Art Month, a time to spotlight, through shows and events, the terrific kinds of work coming from our young people and the teachers and school programs which help these young artists to blossom. 

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