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1779:

"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."

1846:

Found, a small sum of money, which the owner can recover by calling upon Thos. Chubbuck, Engraver. Office over the Post Office.

1846:

Welch & Mann’s Mammoth National Circus. Messrs. Welch & Mann, most respectfully announce to the citizens of Brattleboro and its vicinity, that they propose to visit this place on Saturday, August 8th, 1846 for one day only.

1859:

The gas company in this village have put down mains on Elliot and Green streets.

1875:

What with the old soldiers’ reunion the third week of August, and the encampment of State troops the week following, Brattleboro people will imagine the old war times returned.

1875:

The Fisk, Jr. base ball club of this place played a matched game with a picked nine at Bellows Falls last Saturday, and were whipped by a score of 9 to 21.

1880:

Complaint is made of the condition of the West river bridge, upon which repairs were begun a long time ago and never completed. Why is this thus, Messrs. Selectmen?

1880:

Messrs. J Estey & Co. are increasing their business to meet the still growing demand for their organs, and are now turning out fifty instruments per day.

1880:

We are glad to know that measures are to be taken to call a legal meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank at the earliest possible day. The directors owe it to themselves no less than to the stockholders to have it made entirely apparent that they are doing everything possible to take care of the suffers of this calamity. Definite means should be provided for the payment of a suitable reward for the apprehension and return for trial and punishment of S. M. Waite.

1880:

The hand fire engines “Fountain No. 4,” and “Active No. 3,” are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.

1886:

It is probable that the strawberry crop of Brattleboro reached nearly or quite 1000 bushels this year.

1886:

Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.

1886:

The fee on domestic money orders for sums not to exceed five dollars has been reduced from eight to five cents, beginning Monday next.

1886:

The parade of a dozen or more bicyclers last Wednesday evening attracted considerable attention.

1897:

A gramophone entertainment was given at the rooms of the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night.

1897:

The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled “A Library of the World’s Best Literature,” published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

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Sanders Supporter Clara Daims (From Brattleboro) Files Emergency Injunction Before California Primary

Brattleboro should be proud.  

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Mourn Deceived GIs! "US Foreign Policy Greatest Crime Since WWII" (Ex US Att. Gen. Ramsey Clark)

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1994, Ramsey Clark wrote in his The Fire This Time - US War Crimes in the Gulf, "The greatest crime since WWII has been US foreign policy," in Crime in America, 1970, "Crimes are meant to be prosecuted," and in Challenge to Genocide, 1998 that 'investments in the illegal and genocidal use of the nation’s Armed Forces, CIA and mass media will be made unprofitable and brought to an end through prosecution under the law'

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Pet Peeve - Brattleboro Tax Tabs

May 30, 2016
John O’Connor
Town Treasurer/ Finance Director
Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Suite 111
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Dear John,

I was  preparing bills and I just felt compelled to air a pet peeve that I have had for years.

Every year I get a Property Tax Statement that contains four tear off tabs that I am to mail in to the Town with a check for the quarterly payment of my property taxes. 

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From the Halls of Montezuma

From the Halls of Montezuma-To the shores of Tripoli (Marine’s Hymn)

In 1805, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries attacked the Tripolitan port city of Derna. The Marines and Berbers were on a mission to depose Yusuf Karamanli, the ruler of Tripoli. (Pirates from the Barbary States were seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom).

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 5/30/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/30/16

Monday, May 30, 2016

12:00 am Hunger Free VT - Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Hunger

1:54 am ArtStory Extra: "Art Extravaganza" Report 2016

2:00 am Valley Homegrown: Outer Stylie

3:00 am History Where It Happened: Bennington Museum Pt1

3:30 am Poem City - Reading with Poet Neil Shepard

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Progressive Party Meeting Notice

NOTICE of MEETING

      The Brattleboro Town Committee of the Progressive Party will meet on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 145 Green Street, 6:00 PM.  The agenda will include:   1) Acceptance of new members  2)  discuss and act on nomination of Mollie Burke as State Representative, District 2;  3) Other business     

  All interested persons welcome.

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Enemies

The PTB are constantly scrambling to find enemies that we can hate so they can continue their nefarious activities without scrutiny.

Here’s a few quotes on the subject:

"In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.": Thich Nhat Hanh

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Disabled Parking in Brattleboro?

Hi folks -

I've looked on the parking enforcement website but cannot find any information concerning Disabled Parking. Is it free? Can a person park there all day?

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of May 27

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 unexpected stay-cation:

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):

Give Away Videos
Canoe Available to Borrow
Large Garden Space to Share or Barter
ARTful Save of Permanently Stained Clothes
Do you Need Help with Your Computer?
Help Moving Items and/or Hauling Items to the WSWMD ENDS MAY
3O, 2016
Vermont Sugar Maples

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Cris Ericson Responds to VSEA's Questions to Vermont Candidates

VERMONT STATE EMPLOYEES' ASSOCIATION QUESTIONS TO CANDIDATES, including Cris Ericson for Governor,
on the Democratic Party primary election ballot Aug. 9, 2016.
https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/757630/2016-statewide-primary-qualifie...

Cris Ericson's responses below to VSEA.org Questions.

On Fri, 5/27/16, Susan DeVoid wrote:
Subject: VSEA Endorsement Process
To: "crisericson@yahoo.com"
Date: Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:26 AM
Ms. Ericson:
As per your request, please find the below questionnaire for the VSEA Endorsement Process. You may respond to my email address.

1. Should the work of State government be performed by State employees?

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Weekend Creativity Series - Tree Houses

For a kid in the summer, nothing quite compares to having one’s own tree house to escape to to for privacy. It was the perfect place meet with friends. Parents knew where you were, but you were away from them and could see them coming. Just think of all the deep discussions that have been held by those admitted to treetop forts.

Tree houses aren’t just for kids to play in, of course. All around the world grown-ups build tree houses to work, play, and live in.

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Brattleboro's Lower Whetstone Brook Corridor: Planning a Design Response to Climate Change Charrette, June 6 - 8

With assistance from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Town of Brattleboro will host a 3-day design charrette from June 6-8, 2016. This a multi-day opportunity for property owners, business owners and Brattleboro residents to collaborate with a team of planners, landscape architects, and hydrologists to create a new vision for the Lower Whetstone Brook.

“We were inspired by work of other communities redesigning urban river spaces with a focus on ecology, flood protection and amenity,” said Rod Francis, Brattleboro Planning Director. “Scientific research predicts more frequent and heavier downpours leading to increased flooding, this is the right time to visualize a resilient urban landscape for downtown Brattleboro.”

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New Evening Farmers' Market Starts Tuesday, May 31

The downtown Brattleboro farmers' market has a new time and place this year: Tuesdays, from 4 to 7PM on Flat Street, next to the Boys & Girls Club. You'll find Full Plate Farm, Circle Mountain Farm, and Lost Barn Farm, offering a variety of fresh, local produce and eggs, Mad Radish CSA with produce and a large selection of local meats, Walnut Ridge Farm with produce and plant starts for the garden, Jerry Smith's fresh cut flowers and maple syrup (and dahlia tubers, while they last), as well as prepared foods to grab on the go.

You can use your debit and EBT cards for market tokens, and don't forget about our EBT matching program! We'll match up to $10 in EBT tokens with Crop Cash coupons, good for fruits and veggies.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Weekend of May 27th and Week of May 30th

I-91

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday (Memorial Day), from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

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. There will be no lane closures scheduled during the holiday weekend.

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Closest Shaves

In the light of our electoral horror-show, one question screams out to me loudest, will we ‘dodge the bullet’? My concern comes mainly by way of the candidate who incites hate, separation, anti-intellectualism, a repudiation of altruism..in short… standing for everything anathema to humanist values.  His constituents seems to revel in exercising base expression of privilege, xenophobia and opportunism.  His ultimate opponent in the race, whomever that comes to be, while clearly more sympathetic to so-called liberal values, also chills me, but seems less potentially catastrophic due to perpetuating the familiar.

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Stroll Weekend Entertainment Features Fiddlers and Much More

Entertainment is front and center during all of Strolling of the Heifers Weekend, with the headline event being an all-start FiddleFest during Saturday’s Slow Living Expo.

“We’ve got a lineup of top-notch local fiddlers,” said Beth Kiendl, the Stroll’s entertainment chair. “This is a great chance to listen to lots of different fiddling styles, including English, Irish, New England and contemporary. “

The fiddlers will play from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Fiddlers Tent, which is on the Brattleboro Retreat
lawn.

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Dave Zuckerman: No Fortunate Son

Fellow Working Vermonters,

I am a former District Vice President and Member-At-Large of the Vermont AFL-CIO (UAW Local 1981). As such, I know there is only one candidate for Lieutenant Governor who has the backs of working class Vermonters; State Senator David Zuckerman. Dave has walked picket lines with me. He, like Bernie Sanders, has fought like hell (against the Democratic & Republican establishment) for livable wages, healthcare for all, and for the rights of union & non-union workers.

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Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts Annex Opens at the Brooks House Atrium

 

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is a two-year-old gallery showcasing contemporary art in solo and group exhibitions. Along with its 183 Main Street Brattleboro location this southern Vermont destination gallery is planning a celebration for its new Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts Annex located in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main Street, with a public opening reception at the Atrium, Saturday, June 4, from 6 - 8pm.

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The Ways to Think about and Talk about Addiction: A Community Conversation on Stigma

Recent news is full of stories about addiction, and not just the reports about arrests and overdoses. The good news is that more and more, we view addiction as a health-care condition, and we understand and support the life-saving measures available to manage the physical dependence. The media reflects this shift in attitude and covers things like new approaches to treatment and recovery; legislative efforts like the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and bills to combat the nation’s opiate crisis to ensure medical support is available to people struggling with substance abuse; more specialized programs, like Vermont’s Hub and Spoke provider system which supports people in medicated-assisted recovery from opiate addiction; programs like pre-trial services that redirect people to treatment rather than court when the situation allows it; and peer-recovery services that help people not only stop destructive behaviors but adopt healthy practices to thrive.

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Two Maps - Commuters and Overdoses

Couple of Interesting maps for map and big data lovers:

First up is a visualization of how people commute. Go to the I Like Big Bytes website and set the state and county to Vermont and Windham. You’ll see dots start flying around on the map. You can zoom in, slow things down or speed them up, and adjust the perimeter you are using.

What you’ll see is an animated graphic of showing people going to work and returning home. You’ll also see that the stories of Brattleboro being the hub for Windham County are true, with a rather dramatic shift of people in neighboring towns coming in to Brattleboro to work.

When you are done, go look at a big metropolitan area, such as NY, Boston, or DC.

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