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1836:

Wanted. A Smart, active laboring Man can find employment on application to Holbrook & Co. at the Paper Mill.

1836:

FOR SALE - The Trials of Lyman Beecher, D.D., before the Presbytery of Cincinnati, and of Mrs. Rebecca Peake, indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake. Also, a choice collection of second hand Law Books, at the Brattleboro Bookstore.

1840:

Judge Royall Tyler married to Laura B. Keyes at the same time her sister Ellen marries Frederick N. Palmer.

1847:

Straw Sewers and Apprentices wanted immediately by T.J. Bascom.

1881:

In view of the general public expectation that we are to have a series of out-door concerts from out military band during the approaching warm season, and in the lack of a suitable place for such concerts in the business centre of the village, why should not the village common be utilized for that purpose? It would be a simple matter to furnish accommodations there for the band and, if need be, to scatter a few seats of benches about for the use of the listeners.

1881:

John Retting is making preparations to build a dwelling house on Green street, opposite Dr, Post’s.

1881:

Vegetation never came nearer to smiling audibly than during the warm gentle rain of last night and this morning.

1887:

Professor Charlier's decision to put into the market all of his land lying between Elliot street and the foot of the terrace south of the large house, will give an opportunity for the village to extend in that direction about as largely as it is extending in the north-western quarter by the sale of the Chapin property. The whole southern slope of the Charlier land can be converted into pleasant lots, and made accessible from Union street.

1887:

Plans have been decided upon for converting the skating rink into an armory and the work will proceed at once. The entrance will be changed to the center and a complete renovation made of the interior to adapt to its new uses.

1887:

Cashier O. A. Marshall leads the way in tandem bicycling in Brattleboro, Mr. Marshall having bought one of the Humber (Rudge) machines for the use of himself and wife.

1892:

A striking phenomena was witnessed in the southern sky Monday evening. It was in the form of a narrow band of white, luminous mist. At first it appeared to be only a few feet in length, in the east, but it gradually extended toward the west until it almost spanned the heavens. Portions of the mist seemed to be driven in waves, at a rapid rate, in the same manner in which fog is sometimes seen to pass over a pond, but without materially changing the effect.

1892:

The old pathetic Scotch ballad, “John Anderson,” will be sung by Mrs. Robertson at the entertainment Wednesday evening. Mrs. Robertson is 76 years old, but her voice is well preserved, and it will be a novel feature to hear a person of her age sing the good old song, with genuine Scotch dialect.

1892:

C.P. Gibson holds another great auction sale at his Elliot street stables next Thursday, when 60 good horses and a lot of harnesses and carriages will be offered.

1892:

The Connecticut river valley tobacco crop which has not been sold is being held for higher prices, and may bring upwards of 30 cents. The high prices have stimulated growers to build new barns, buy more fertilizers, and plant more acres. The acreage in the different towns in the valley will be from 20 to 30 per cent larger than last year.

1892:

Six men under the direction of Mr. Perry began work on the mountain road on Monday, to make the necessary repairs, and it will be put in good condition to the top. Very little damage has been done by washing or otherwise during the winter and spring.

1898:

Two big two-horse loads of beer barrels and kegs were an unusual sight in Main street Tuesday afternoon. The goods came from the Matthews farm in New Hampshire, near the suspension bridge, where they had been stored since the successful raids were made upon the island brewery last fall.

1898:

The board of trade has given the contract to build the corn canning factory to W.H. Fletcher for $3550, and work upon the buildings will begin at once.

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Chemtrail Meeting at the Climate Change Cafe

Sometimes at meetings about something really important like chemtrails, I get kinda wound up when I realize the attendees know almost zilch about the subject. You’d think that people would look up at the sky now and then wouldn’t you?   Thanks to Post Oil for getting the conversation started.

James Hansen just published a climate study that says we’re in for a lashing from climate change much worse than scientists have previously predicted.  It makes me restless listening to people thinking that writing to their Congresscritters or holding a petition is going to yield results. How many petitions are going on? Do we see anything getting better come out of them? Maybe the occasional bone is thrown in order to shut us up or give some evidence that the system is working.

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Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Dummerston School.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Jukrislim Woman - This is Bone of My Bones

In the beginning the LORD Thankgodiamaman created the heaven and the earth.

On the second day Thankgodiamaman gets very busy creating all kinds of things out of the void and from the face of the deep.

He said let there be light, let there be a firmament; let there be lights in the firmament and stars in the heavens; he made the land, he made the wetland; he divided the waters from the waters; he brought forth grasses, herbs and fruit trees; he made the creatures, two by two, on the land, in the waters and flying fowl, whereupon Thankgodiamaman blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply.”

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WKVT Presents "A Call to Action: Mental Health" Forum, March 31

WKVT radio presents a live broadcast of a public forum about mental health needs and services in the community, from 10:00am to 12:00noon on Thursday, March 31 in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

Much like the 2014 “Call to Action” program that addressed opiate abuse, WKVT hosts Peter “Fish” Case and Chris Lenois will moderate a guest panel consisting of state and local officials involved in policy-making, treatment, and emergency response, as well as impacted individuals and families. 

“There is a similar level of urgency around mental health issues as there is around addiction in Windham County and the surrounding area,” says Case. “We hope to connect those people who are facing the same challenges with those who are working on solutions, so the community has a better understanding of the available resources.”

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Michael Zsoldos + String Quartet

On March 26th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a listening experience that will appeal to lovers of both classical and jazz music. Saxophonist Michael Zsoldos will pay tribute to one of the jazz lineage’s top tenor saxophonists Ben Webster. For this concert his jazz quartet will be augmented by a string quartet. Together they will perform an evening of music that Zsoldos transcribed from two recordings released by Webster in 1954: “Music for Loving” and “The Warm Moods.” Zsoldos will be joined by Miro Sprague (piano), Dave Clark (acoustic bass) and Tim Gilmore (drums). The jazz quartet will be complemented by string players Alicia Casey, Ben Van Vliet (violins), Marcia Cassidy (viola) and Ben Kulp (cello).

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 3/21/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 3/21/16

Monday, March 21, 2016

12:00 am 1st Wednesdays: The Pulitzer Gold

1:30 am Hunger Mtn Coop Workshop Series - Creative Ideas

3:30 am From VT to VZ: Building a Global Movement for Social and Environmental Justice

5:00 am Northern Roots 2016

7:00 am Open Studio: Louis Josephson - CEO, Brattleboro Retreat

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of March 20

Brattleboro Time Trade: www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time. See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn
time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone
else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from an Equinoxian state of mind:

Now anyone can see a listing of all our Offers and Requests: https://brattleboro.timebanks.org/ads?type=1

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Help with Spring and Summer Chore's: Many T.T. References
Back Issues of "Nourishing Traditions" Magazine
Available
Seeds
Strawberry Plants

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April Services at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

There will be two Shabbat morning (shacharit/Torah) services this month, at 10:00 on April 2nd, led by Cantor Kate Judd, and on the 9th, led by a guest leader. Morning services are followed by a light kiddush snack and time for shmoozing.

There will be a Yizkor service on the last night of Passover, April 29th, at 6:30, the third of the four required Yizkor services in the Jewish calendar--the special memorial prayer recited by all those who have lost a parent or a close loved one.  A minyan is needed for the service, which will be quite brief. Please come for Yizkor, then stay, if you wish,for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and dessert potluck (no chometz, please!).

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Do You Crochet or Knit? Help Us Help the Homeless!

Come join us on Sunday afternoon, April 10th, from 1:00-3:00 pm, to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric.

Crafting for the Homeless is in its second year of meeting on the first Sunday of the month (Except this month only!) at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim.

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That's Funny - You Don't Look Gnostic!

Join us Sunday April 10th from 3:00-5:00 p.m to explore Gnosticism with Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Keiner. 

Gnosticism is the shared root of Jewish, Christian and other ancient Mediterranean faiths and cultures. But just what exactly is shared between these various religions? What is Gnosticism? How is it embedded in Jewish text, life and practice today?  During our afternoon with Rabbi Andrea, we will explore the core concepts of the Jewish mystical tradition and its Gnostic roots. We will ask what the core insights of this tradition are, and how it is reflected today in our communities.  As these principles draw us into a deeper understanding of our own beliefs and practices, we will also gain the ability to have meaningful interfaith dialogue with others.

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100 Year Old Tree Down in Crowell Lot?

Anybody know what happened to the tree in the Crowell Lot around 3/17? Lightning? Wind? I think D&E Tree was on the scene to clean up the body. The kids just got a new piece of playground equipment - 2 tree stumps. While I'm at the Crowell Lot, has anyone noticed the basketball stuck in the tree about 50 feet up?

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Brattleboro Rejects Columbus

In a stealth vote in the final moments of Representative Town Meeting today, fairly new RTM member Dylan Mackinnon of District Two proposed the following non-binding resolution:

"I move that the town change, in reference to the second Monday in October, as Indigenous People's Day in place of Columbus Day."

K. Daims attempted an amendment to have the Selectboard bring this proposal to a town-wide resolution, but the amendment was defeated 28 to 43.  The proposal passed overwhelmingly, though the exact vote was obscured by a vast WHOOSH! of indigenous spirits flooding the room with silent whoops and hollars.

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Bart Simpson Predicts President Trump

Bart Simpson predicts a President Trump – and he’s a disaster!

In the 2000 episode "Bart to the Future," 'The Simpsons' joked that President Lisa Simpson (THAT Lisa Simpson) would inherit a budget disaster from President Donald Trump. http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/flashback-watch-the-simpsons-predict-president-trump-in-2000-20160317

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Purimpalooza Musical Costume Party Tonight at Vermont Jazz Center

Purimpalooza Musical Costume Party with Wanda Houston and Eugene Uman at Vermont Jazz Center, tonight, March 19

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) marks the holiday of Purim this year with “Purimpalooza,” a costume party open to everyone, starring jazz vocalist extraordinaire Wanda Houston and Brattleboro’s own jazz master pianist Eugene Uman, along with several other local performers, at 7:00-10:30 PM at the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, VT.

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Hillary Swaps Partners, Switches Parties!


New York, NY -- Friday, March 18, 2016 -- (SAP: Satirical Amalgamated Press) -- Hillary Clinton has announced that she is planning to leave the Democratic Party and join the Republicans.

Faced with the ascendancy of the junior Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Clinton explained in an interview today that she feels her chances of being nominated her party's candidate for the presidency will be better among the Republicans.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu March 21 to March 25

March 21- Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnip

Mince Tart

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Watch Town Meeting Live on BCTV's Youtube Channel

Join members of Brattleboro's Representative Town Meeting body for a day of deliberations over passage of the Town and School District budgets.

The meeting starts at 8:30 AM but we'll have the stream up at 8:00 AM so you can check it out ahead of time. At any point if your stream gets behind (this can happen if you pause the feed, or if it needs to buffer) just click the 'Live' button in the bottom left and it will skip you ahead.

Click here to find out more at the Town Rep page at brattleboroTV.org.

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5:45 Live: 3/18/16

Get all the details on Brattleboro's twice-recounted Selectboard Race, decision to move the Police Station to Black Mtn Rd, structural problems at the Parking Garage, construction on the Green St Ext, water poisoning in Bennington, the Retreat's new CEO, and more!

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Weekend Creativity Series - Parliamentary Procedure

In honor of Representative Town Meeting, this weekend we’ll take a short look at Parliamentary Procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order.

This video shows how your 4-H club or other organization can be an effective governing body by using well-recognized procedures for meetings. They cover everything from committee reports to making and amending budgets, tabling items, and delaying actions on items.

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What Does Jane "Win" If Her Husband, Bernie Sanders, Wins The Election For President?

I was greatly criticized by friends of Jane Sanders for commenting on Facebook that she should improve her wardrobe and leave the "hippy" dresses behind here in Vermont. What incentive would help her to decide to make her wardrobe more upscale? After all, she is the wife of a U.S. Senator; but does her appearance look like a "First Lady"?

What Does Jane "Win" If Her Husband, Bernie Sanders, Wins The Election For President?

For starters, Jane "wins" the First Lady's Office in the White House!

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