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1828:

Birth of Richard Morris Hunt, the architect.

1857:

On Monday next the winter arrangement in the running time of the Railroads in this vicinity goes into effect. The working time of the employees on the Valley railroad has been diminished one fourth, and their pay made to correspond.

1861:

That any individual or corporation should be so obtuse as to suppose the commendable injunction, “Take Time by the forelock,” is to be answered by the mere setting forward of the clock, is hard to be understood. We call for a remedy - a convention of time-keepers, a compromise, anything.

1873:

The dwelling house of Mrs. Johanna Keane, on the lane west of Elliot street, has been sold to Patrick Leahey, for $1070.

1873:

Great exhibition at the town hall Saturday. Two panoramas, comprising 10,00 feet of canvas, with views of New York City and the Chicago fire, all to be seen for 25 cents.

1873:

Nast’s lecture on Monday evening was quite humorous and entertaining, fully equalling our expectations. His characteristic off-hand sketches illustrative of his subject were so numerous as to form in reality the bulk of the lecture.

1879:

Hawley has been in the New York market again this week and bought another big lot of cloaks.

1884:

Messrs. Batchelder & Flint, candy manufacturers, open their store in Market block tomorrow.

1884:

We have never known any speech or public utterance of any kind in Brattleboro to be more universally condemned than has been W.H. Alexander’s brutal and uncalled for attack on Edward Crosby at last Monday’s meeting. It has come to be a practically settled thing that whenever the town, village, or school district get together to transact business the time is monopolized by some buffoon while intelligent self-respecting men hold their peace.

1890:

The contemplated repairs and improvements on the Episcopal church have begun.

1890:

Mary Howe is to make her first appearance in New York on the 25th of November.

1890:

A very fine painting of Josephine, Imperatice de France, owned by Judge Shea, is now on exhibition in Clapp & Jones’s window.

1890:

The report that Mr. Geo. E. Crowell had sold the Household caused a general surprise in the business community. Advances were made to Mr. Crowell for its purchase some four or five years ago, but they were declined.

1902:

Shipments of apples from the local railroad station have kept up the average to about four cars a day since two weeks last Monday. Total shipments thus far amount to 12,000 to 14,000 barrels.

1902:

The Brattleboro Retreat’s fine herd of cattle got stranded on the island at the north end of the Retreat meadow Tuesday and were obliged to remain there overnight.

1902:

Snowflakes were floating in the air at intervals Tuesday.

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Citing New Billionaires List, Sanders Says Congress Must Act on 'Obscene' Wealth Gap

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 4 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that the “incredible and obscene” level of income and wealth inequality in America has become a danger to our economic and political systems – and must be addressed.

According to a new Forbes magazine tally, the 400 wealthiest Americans are now worth $2.29 trillion. Their combined wealth grew last year by $270 billion – a 13 percent increase. These billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom half of America – more than 150 million people.

While the very rich become richer, most Americans have become poorer. Median family income has declined by almost $5,000 since 1999 and more than half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings.

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Weekend Concert Series: Firehouse Five Plus Two

This isn’t exactly a concert, but it does contain live performances by the Firehouse Five.

Who are the Firehouse Five? It is a dixieland band (comprised chiefly of Disney animators) that was most popular in the 1950’s. They released 13 records, are a lot of fun, and are thus is deserving of another look.

The leader is Ward Kimball, trombone player and animator of characters such as Jimminy Cricket and the Mad Hatter. Harper Goff is on banjo. He did concept drawings for Disney World, and art direction for the original film version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Frank Thomas, on piano, is animator of such characters as Bambi and Thumper on the ice, the dancing penguins in Mary Poppins, and King Louie in Jungle Book.

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Windham Regional Career Center's Fall 2014 Community Education & Training Programs

Windham Regional Career Center Offers Fall Community Education and Training Programs

The Windham Regional Career Center at Brattleboro Union High School is pleased to announce their Community Education and Training Programs for this fall. Betsy Gentile, Workforce Development Manager and Adult Education Coordinator is coordinating 15 community education and training programs to meet the needs of area employers and their employees as well as providing personal and professional enrichment opportunities for all community members.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 7, 2014

The Brattleboro Selectboard plans to discuss Human Services Funding at their next regular Tuesday meeting. They will be exploring options to increase, reduce, level-fund, or eliminate the payments entirely in an effort to keep taxes down.

There will be an update on the status of the Police & Fire facility project, a discussion of charging non-profits for emergency services, a look at Town Manager evaluation forms, and more.

Watch on BCTV or attend in person. You can speak to any issue, or bring up something that isn’t on the agenda during Public Participation.

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Whetstone Brook Community Forum

BRATTLEBORO – Oct. 3, 2014: The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) and the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) invite Brattleboro businesses, employees and homeowners to attend a community forum on October 15 to learn about a project studying the Whetstone Brook and to gather community input on ways to protect business and the local economy from future floods.

The community forum is the first step in a project called the Vermont Economic Resiliency Initiative or VERI. The VERI project is designed to help Brattleboro evaluate the flood risk to business and infrastructure (roads, bridges, utilities), and identify the steps Brattleboro and the state can take to minimize rebuilding and recovery costs and ensure businesses stay open—saving jobs and protecting the economy. The project is modeled on the success of a similar project in Bennington that reduced the flood impacts of Tropical Storm Irene and saved the town and businesses millions of dollars in economic damages.

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Noticed About Town - Fall 2014 Edition

Brilliance is back in the Brooks House. The frozen yogurt place is a new establishment next door, opening just in time for fall and winter. They’ll need some love to get them to a hot summer day.

Duo, the restaurant at the corner of the Brooks House, has been active. They are likely open by the time you read this. I saw a training session going on through the window the other night.

Shall we just say the Brooks House is back?

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:00pm 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 Representative Town Meeting Ad Hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00pm 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, October 10, 2014 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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PBS Offered Candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor "Candidate Commentary" TV Spots

Vermont PBS offered each candidate for Governor and Lt. Governor of Vermont the opportunity to record a series of messages to be broadcast on-air throughout October.  These "candidate commentaries"  are one minute long, each. The 3  topics are Jobs/Economy, Healthcare, and the Candidate's #1 Priority.  

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Winner of the Annual Write Action Flash Fiction Contest: Anna Blackburn

Anna Blackburn's story, "Visiting Hours", was selected as the 1st prize winner of this year's winner of the Write Action contest. She is invited to read this story at the Write Action Local Author Showcase, during the Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct 5, 2014. 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

There were so many excellent stories that it was a prolonged descion.

We hope you can come to the Showcase to hear local authors read some of their work.

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Congressman Peter Welch Coming To Brooks House Grand Opening

Congressman Peter Welch, United States House of Representatives

Official Appearance Schedule - Wednesday, October 3rd, 2014

5:30 p.m.
Brooks House Grand Opening: Brattleboro
Rep. Welch will join the celebration and make remarks at the Brooks House Grand Opening.

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Congress Investigating Why Generic Drug Prices Are Skyrocketing

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 2 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) today launched an investigation into soaring generic drug prices.

“We are conducting an investigation into the recent staggering price increases for generic drugs used to treat everything from common medical conditions to life-threatening illnesses,” Sanders, chairman of a Senate health care subcommittee, and Cummings, ranking member of the House oversight committee, wrote in letters to 14 pharmaceutical companies.

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BMH Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Recertified by Industry Leader

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the recertification of its Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BMH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

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On Exhibit: A World Illuminated by Imagination

Namaya and his B4Peace Team will be hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library in a multifaceted exhibit called "A World Illuminated by Imagination" to celebrate the library, the enchantment of books, and how they enrich lives and communities. Main Floor Panels & Mezzanine Wall, through October 2014

The Brooks Memorial Library houses an extensive permanent art collection, including works by Daniel Chester French, Larkin Mead, and William Morris Hunt, among others. There are also artifacts from history and pre-history: come see the mammoth tusk! Visitors are invited to take the self-guided fine arts walking tour. Tour pamphlets are available on both floors. 

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