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1840:

The Annual meeting of the “Brattleboro Thief Detecting Society,” for the choice of Officers and the transaction of other business, will be held at Wheeler’s Hall, on Tuesday the 25th inst. at 7 o’clock P. M. Per order, Addison Brown, Secretary.

1858:

The welcome news, received Tuesday morning, that the anxiously expected message from Queen Victoria to President Buchanan, had actually been received and his reply returned, was greeted here by the firing of cannon and other such impromptu demonstrations of joy as suggested themselves on the spur of the moment. The Brattleboro Cornet Band was called out and a procession formed, which marched through some of the principal streets, occasionally giving vent to their enthusiasm by hearty cheers.

1862:

A spirited war meeting was held in the Seminary at West Brattleboro on Monday. Dr. J.H. Stedman presided. The people of the “West Part” are getting thoroughly awake and do not mean to be behind in furnishing their quota of men and money.

1862:

War Meeting In This Village. A large number of the citizens of Brattleboro assembled at Town Hall last Saturday. Hon. D. Kellogg was called to the chair, who urged various reasons for making up the full quota of men called for, by volunteers, rather than by drafting. A committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of offering a bounty to those who should volunteer for nine months.

1874:

The final survey of the West River Railroad will be completed next week.

1885:

The village bailiffs, at the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, received and considered the petition for the erection of street signs. While the bailiffs look with favor upon the proposition, in their opinion supported by legal advice, the matter is one which properly comes under the department of highways. Proper signs will be erected if the town will give $25 toward the expense.

1896:

Several prominent hotel men from different parts of New England have been here within a few days looking over the Brooks House with a view to leasing it.

1896:

The Roland T. Oakes Co. of Holyoke are putting into the auditorium a J.P. Cushing switch-board for operating the electric lights on the opera house. The board is equipped with 38 switches which control the lights in all parts of the stage and audience room, and four dimmers for varying the intensity of the light, whereby any combination of colors can be made, producing sunlight and moonlight effects.

1903:

The work of digging the cellar and grading has been completed at the site of the Thompson hospital, and within a day or two at least a large force of men will be at work on the foundation, under the direction of Cutting & Co.’s superintendent of stone works.

1903:

Temperance day will be observed August 27 at the grove meetings at Sunset lake.

2007:

Cooling tower collapses at VY.

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Brattleboro Lunch Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 3 thru July 7

 

July 3CLOSED FOR THE 4TH

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Holiday Weekend Safe Driving Reminders

The Windham Regional Commission is assisting VTrans with getting word out about traffic safety this July 4th holiday.

This Fourth of July, Law Enforcement Is Here to Help Remind You: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

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Brattleboro Reminds Residents to Keep All Sidewalks Clear

The Town of Brattleboro reminds all property owners, residents, and business operators to keep sidewalks clear and free from any obstructions. This is necessary to maintain open and safe use of all sidewalks by all people, and it is especially important for people using wheelchairs, walkers, or strollers.

Town ordinances require that owners keep vegetation from encroaching on or over sidewalks. Residents also are required to keep garbage cans, recycling bins, and compost containers off of sidewalks and to bring those items back onto their property (away from curb) after Triple-T has collected the contents at curbside.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 3rd

I-91

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

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. 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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Plastics, and Recycling in Brattleboro

Brattleboro is about to change from dual stream to single stream recycling on July 3. The Town of Brattleboro sent out a postcard with a reminder of this date, and a reminder that another big change is coming: plastics 1-7 will now be collected.

I thought it might be helpful to dive a bit deeper and look at each type of plastic that Brattleboro could collect.

The first thing to know is that many plastic containers and packaging have numbers associated with them. This is a “resin identification code” developed by the plastics industries in the 1980’s to help with recycling. It’s sometimes stamped or molded into the bottom of the container.

Let’s look at each, how they are used, how they might be recycled, and also how to avoid them in the first place.

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Painting Animal Portraiture with Johanne Mangi Workshop

Wednesday-Friday, July 12-14, 2017          9:00am—4:00pm  

Village Arts of Putney is very excited to offer this premier workshop with visiting teacher, Johanne Mangi. She is a vivacious person and teacher as well as animal lover.  Johanne will share and guide you on how she is able to capture the spirit of pets and animals in an extraordinary, painterly way.  If you are inspired to paint animals and capture their essence, do not miss this special workshop!

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Shoot the Moon Theater Co presents "Trump's Fifth Avenue" July 14-15, 21-22

Shoot the Moon Theater Company continues its 2017 season at the Hooker-Dunham Theater with, “Trump’s Fifth Avenue: A Political Fantasia.” Show times are 7:30PM on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15 and July 21-22. 

Derived from speeches, interviews, — and of course, tweets, — by Donald Trump, Artistic director Joshua Moyse has conceived a non-linear look into the culture of the iconic Manhattan street that Trump once famously said he could stand in the middle of and shoot someone without suffering political consequences. 

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Theater Camp in Guilford Center this August

Theater and Library Camp Returns This Summer in Guilford Center

For a second summer, Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are again collaborating on Stage & Stream, a weeklong theater and library camp this August 14-18.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

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Noticed Around Brattleboro - Summer 2017

Another edition of "what have you noticed recently," in which you can report on the smallest of small things. You know, those things that make you stop for a second look, or that you mention to others when you get back from errands. No detail is too small.

As always, I shall get you started:

- NECCA is using their new circus building.

- Harmony Lot is getting refinished.

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Coffee Break at Welcome Center

The Dummerston Community Center is holding a Coffee Break (bake, snack, coffee) fundraiser at the I-91 Guilford Vermont Welcome Center on Friday, June 30 from 7:30 am to 7 pm. Donations of baked goods, snacks, fruit, veggies, coffee, coffee cream, bagels etc. are needed. Any donation of food, gift certificates, or money would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers to help on Friday, June 30 at the food tables are also needed. The Community Center will be open on Thursday, June 29 from 9 am to 8 pm for drop-off of donations.

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A Town Without Transportation

I was just shocked when I called Brattleboro Taxi to get a recorded message saying they were no longer operating! This is a huge blow to those of us who can no longer drive and have used the taxi to get to appointments and to errands.

I just used the taxi on Sunday so this was very sudden and with no notice.

I'm hoping that somebody will pick up the slack and start offering some kind of transportation service.

This is a blow to lots of us.

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Brattleboro Town Closures, Parade and Fireworks Schedule for 4th of July

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Tuesday, July 4. All other violations will be enforced.

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Trash, recycling and composting materials will be picked as normal on Monday, July 3. However, they will NOT be picked up Tuesday, July 4 and collections will then be delayed by one day for the rest of the week. This is also a reminder that curbside single stream recycling is available as of July 3.

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WVEW Back On Air, But Stream Goes Silent

WVEW 107.7 , Brattleboro’s low-power community station, has stopped streaming.

The major storms of June 19th knocked the station off the air. (It knocked WKVT off the air for a short while, too.) Brattleboro radios tuned to 107.7 were treated to a week of static. Luckily, things have been worked out and you can now hear WVEW over the airwaves again.

Typically, the go-to solution when there is trouble with the over-the-air signal is to direct listeners to the WVEW stream, and it worked again this time. The station had created an app, available for mobile devices and had links on their web page. Many shows had many streaming listeners, and Brattleboro folks could take WVEW with them when they were out of the area.

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Donald Trump's Healthcare Platform (2+2=4)

"Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the
Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation, passed by entirely partisan votes in the House and Senate and signed into law by the most divisive and partisan President in American history, has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices.

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Call for Photo Book Entries at Vermont Center for Photography

The call for entries for the Vermont Center for Photography's 2nd Juried Photographic Book Exhibition “By the Books” is open until July 15, 2017. Noted photographer, Henry Horenstein will jury this exhibition Opening on August 4, 2017, it will showcase a wide variety of outstanding photographic books from artists around the world. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to “break out of the frame” and share your photographic work in an alternative format. All submitted books will be reviewed by our juror who will be solely responsible for selecting the books to be on display.

One artist will be chosen to receive the “Best in Show” award and will be presented with a complimentary two year VCP Membership as well as a $500 cash prize.

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Guilford Street Extension Paving Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, Vermont Roadworks, LLC, a contractor of the Town, will be repaving a section of Guilford Street (in the area PAST Summit Circle to near the Guilford/Brattleboro town line). We anticipate traffic impacts from approximately 7:00 am until the paving is completed around 7:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/26/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/26/17

Monday, June 26, 2017

12:00 am Vernon Black Gum Swamp - Public Mtg 5/8/17

1:05 am Vote for Vermont - VT Workforce Future

2:00 am Bear Pond Books - Salted and Cured

3:05 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

4:43 am TED Talks: Marlon Preston - Am I Not Human

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

JULY SHOWINGS

SOMETIMES RED – SOMETIMES BLUE

JULY 3RD  

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John
Carradine – 9:30 am

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu June 26 thru June 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 26 thru June 30

 

June 26 - Quiche

Sweet Potato

Green Beans w/Tomatoes

Apricot Pudding

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The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on June 30

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Charles Clements. Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012.

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