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1838:

Henry Dwight Holton, M.D. born in Rockingham

2007:

Brattleboro Police Department uses Tasers on protestors Jonathan Crowell and Samantha Kilmurray on Putney Road.

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Senator Sanders Statement on Court Ruling on Workers

BURLINGTON, Vt., June 30 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the Supreme Court ruled that some home health care workers cannot be required to pay fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision by Justice Alito and four other extreme right-wing Republicans is another attack on the rights of workers to collectively bargain for higher wages and decent benefits. Make no mistake: this decision will lead to an increase in income inequality, a further decline in the wages of middle-class workers and an increase in poverty.

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Brattleboro Independence Day Schedule

In observance of the July 4th holiday, all Town offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014, with the exception of emergency services.

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

Brooks Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014. It will be open for normal business hours on Thursday, July 3, and Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Trash, recycling and composting schedules will not be affected by the holiday. All curbside pick ups will be on the regular schedule.

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Welch Reacts to Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

Washington, DC (June 30th) – Congressman Peter Welch made the following statement after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius:

“The Supreme Court got it wrong today. A woman’s access to health care should not depend on the religious views and conscience of her employer,” said Welch. “Decisions about the use of contraceptives should be between a woman and her doctor. The Court’s misguided decision in this case is a good example of why Congress should have included a public option in the Affordable Care Act, which would have removed employers from the equation of health care coverage.”

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Record of Time to Successfully Make Payment On Phone for Vermont Health Connect

We have not been receiveing our Health Connect Bill in the mail.

Today I tried to make a payment via phone for Health Connect. Here is the log of what transpired.

  • On hold. 
  • After 27 minutes, talked to human being, whom I was able to tell that I wanted to make a payment. 
  • Transferred to next line. Now waiting to talk to payment specialist. 
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DJ Flashcube on WVEW!

Its time for another experience that you won't soon forget… join DJ Pockets, this tuesday the 1st of July, as he welcomes internationally known and unknown, musician, poet, songwriter, producer, etc.. DJ Flashcube.

tune in 6pm-8pm on Brattleboro Community Radio
107.7fm and www.wvew.org

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/30/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 6-30-14

                   Monday June 30    

12:00 am      Energy Week Extra: Steve Reucroft, CERN - 6/12/14

1:00 am       2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Fest. - Meet the Artist: Linda Oh

1:45 am       Nicaragua Pueblo Project: Nicaragua Pueblo Project

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Marita's France Travelogue: D-Day Part 2

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150 Years Ago (1864 6/30)

On the Petersburgh & Weldon Railroad

10 miles from Petersburgh, June 30, 1864.

Dear wife,

I came in here last night. The whole 6th Corps is here. We have been at work all the morning
intrenching. Our regiment has just finished. I can tell you just how we lie. The Station is called Ream's or [indecipherable]. The 6th Regiment is about ten rods south of the station, see backside. I am well. Have seen Zopher this morning for the first time. He is now in the tent here. The tenth Vermont lies up on the right of the line. This paper is dirtier than some I have, but I must keep it for better occasion. I just write this to let you know where I am. I am well. Lie right in the dirt. Have washed up my face and hands this morning, but water is scarcer than dirt.

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Coop Union Vote

The vote to ratitify the contract is happening on Wednesday. I must admit that I do admire the committment and effort that the union organizers have shown. And I love their devotion to their vision of the best interests of the Coop community. I don't agree with their opinion that we need a union. But I am posting this because the vote is premature.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 29

Brattleboro Time Trade:

Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

See below for exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade is all about!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from a crescent moon view:

OFFERS:

Tai Chi Practice
Chinese Lessons and Tutoring
Intensives for Business, Educational Exchange & Other Travel Opportunities.
Tutoring for Math, Reading, Writing, Other Academics
Origami Gift Boxes

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Criticism Worth Reviewing

I was revisiting one of my posts and I came across a comment that deserves repetition in light of our current and yet unsolved budgetary crisis. Though this post is about a “Y”, much of its criticism is worth reviewing:

Why does Brattleboro instead nickel and dime our tourists and shoppers at the parking meters, fix $65,000 ice machines to make a skate rink when we live in VERMONT, New England, and could have an outdoor rink that would also attract winter visitors, why does this town build gyms for 14 MILLION dollar police and fire stations with a few dozen employees rather than invest in a "Y" for ALL the (taxpaying) residents?

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History, and Speculation. The Arch Duke Ferdinand Died 100 Years Ago

Here is a link to an interesting speculative piece, "What if the Arch Duke Ferdinand had never been killed?"

 

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Chris Kleeman Band Sunday, June 29

Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 29 with an evening of hard driving, house rocking, in your face blues by The Chris Kleeman Band. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. 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. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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Koch Brothers

If you haven’t heard of the Koch Brothers by now, you mustn’t be breathing.

It’s not their wealth that is bad, it’s the way they are using it.

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The Skatepark and The Return of the "Waiting Sharks" on Elm Street

My friend, Josh Werner, who passed away several years ago, used to go to Turning Point, when it was on Elm Street, before it moved out to Putney Road. 

I shared with him that I had seen people, wating across the street from Turning Point, calling out to clients and members of Turning Point such quaint  lines as, "Hey Jimmy, wanna party ? Come on over to my place". 

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Weekend Concert Series: Neil Diamond 1971

Here is Neil Diamond performing live at the BBC in 1971, not long after he reached the top of the charts with songs such as Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, and Song Sung Blue.

Some interesting things you may or may not know about Mr. Diamond. It’s his real name. He’s from Brooklyn. Sweet Caroline is about Caroline Kennedy. He once opened for the Who. Rick Rubin produced a 2005 album. He just signed (2014) a new deal with Capitol Music Group.

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