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Safety Tip of the Week - Driving

Driving - It's a privlege, not a right.

When parking, don't block sidewalks. Pedestrians and those in wheelchairs need to get through, so when you park a car, pay attention to keeping the sidewalk (or crosswalk) free.


Fake City

The US army has built a fake city designed to be used during combat training exercises.

The 300 acre 'town' includes a five story embassy, a bank, a school, an underground subway and train station, a football stadium, and a helicopter landing zone.

Located in Virginia, the realistic subway station comes complete with subway cars and the train station has real train cars.


Safety Tip of the Week - Driving

Yield at Crosswalks

Motorists, yield to pedestrians in all crosswalks, even at mid-block crosswalks. When downtown, stop for pedestrians who are waiting to cross. Pay particular attention to the crosswalk in front of the Post Office/Rec. Department.  

In other town crosswalks, stop for pedestrians if they are already in the crosswalk. Do not drive through the crosswalk if a pedestrian is crossing in it, even if they are on the far side of the lane from you.


Cell Phone Scam - One Ring, and Brattleboro in the 1950's

I was down at the Town Clerk's office today doing some research. While I was there, someone called asking how to get in touch with iBrattleboro, so they put me on the phone. He said he didn't have a computer but wanted to warn people about another phone scam.

He said that the scam goes like this. You cell phone will ring once. If you get curious and call it back, you get charged $20, plus another $9 a minute for as long as you stay on the phone.

So, be warned.

Part of my research involved looking at Selectboard minutes from the 1950's and I got to pass over many unrelated but interesting things we don't hear much about today (and some things we still hear about).

Do you remember:

- The West Brattleboro Speedway...


Safety Tip of the Week - Walking

Walking - you're in charge of your own safety. 

No sidewalk? Walk facing traffic. If there isn't a sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic. The mantra is "Walk left, ride right."


Safety Tip of the Week - Driving

Driving - It's a right, not a privilege.

Avoid distractions. Reaching for cell phones and other gadgets causes accidents. If you must make or receive a call, pull over or use a hands-free device. Texting while driving is illegal in Vermont. 


Safety Tip of the Week- Bicycling

Bicycling - Same roads, same rules.

Ride with traffic. Riding against traffic is a major cause of bike-car crashes. Ride right and follow the law.


Going 90 On Green Street

A couple of times in the last month or so, I’ve been clocked going 90 near Crowell Park heading toward Green Street. Impressive for an old Honda starting at zero mph at the Cedar Street turn, eh?

As I say, I was clocked going that speed. I wasn’t going that fast, of course.

Twice now I’ve seen the speed detector do an odd thing. As you approach at a normal speed, the reading suddenly and rapidly rises: “Your speed is 40, 50, 70, 90... Slow Down!” Then it resets itself.


Safety Tip of the Week - Walking

Walking - you're in charge of your own safety

Use crosswalks. Crosswalks are designed for your safety. If there is a crosswalk nearby, take the time and walk to it before crossing the street.

No crosswalk? Yield to cars. If there is no crosswalk nearby, you should cross the street only when there is a safe gap in traffic.


Driving Safety Tip of the Week - Privilege, Not a Right.

Driving - it's a privilege, not a right.

Be alert when driving. One moment of inattention can take someone's life. Don't take the road for granted!


New Study Confirms That Pedestrian and Bicycle Deaths In Distracted Driving Accidents Are Increasing

Funded by a grant from the Public Health Law Research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this study examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System database from 2005 to 2010 on every crash on US public roads that resulted in at least one death. Pedestrian fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes have steadily increased between 2005 and 2010 – from 347 in 2005 to 500 in 2010. Bicyclist fatalities caused by distracted driving crashes increased from 56 in 2005 to 77 in 2008, decreasing to 73 fatalities in 2010.

Want to learn more? Read the full article here.


More Suspicious Calls

Today I received two calls -both on my cell phone - both looking for medical information. The first- from # 767 - 275-9061-was from someplace called " National Medical Audits". The second - about 2 hours later- was from # 356-490-5697. and from "US Medical Associates" Both calls were obviously from call centers - there was a lot of background noise-and both times the caller was a man with a very pronounced Indian accent.


2014 Brattleboro Budget In The Black

[Brattleboro, 1,000 years ago]




Yet Another Telemarking Scam

I just received a new twist on the medical alert obnoxious telemarketing calls.  This one showed up in the caller ID as being from "Alert" so when I picked up, I just listened, didn't say anything.  A robo call came on saying that a system had already been paid for, including shipping ("perhaps by a friend or relative"), and all I needed to do was press one to arrange for delivery.  I didn't go down that road, but to be so bold as to say it is already paid for will undoubtedly get some people to respond.  How despicable can thes telemarketers get?  Please don't answer!!  I ask that rhetorically.  I'm sure your responses would be just as nasty as the thoughts going through my head!



“There was no excuse, in this country and in this time, for the spread of a deadly new epidemic.  For this was a time in which the United States boasted the world’s most sophisticated medicine and the world’s most extensive public health system, geared to eliminate such pestilence form our national life. When the virus appeared, the world’s richest nation housed the most lavishly financed scientific research establishments-both inside the vast governmental health bureaucracy and in other institutions - to investigate new diseases and quickly bring them under control."

- Journalist/ Historian Randy Shilts in ‘And The Band Played On.’   


Eating Worms

I was just listening to actor George Takei (Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise) on the radio, as he related some stories of his childhood in which his family was interned in a California concentration camp.

He explained: “We (his family) were Americans. My mother was from Sacramento. My father was a San Franciscan. I and my brothers were born in Los Angeles. But because we looked like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor, they threw us into jail.”


Brattleboro Un-burglary

This morning when I started my car, I found three one-dollar bills folded up and sitting in my cup holder. No note, no explanation, and nothing missing from the car that I could notice.

A pleasant surprise!

But more surprising, this is not the first time it has happened. Once before, I found $3.



JFK Memorial Events In Nearby Greenfield, MA

“Every once in a while a Generation has a chance to look back and reflect as to the state of the world. This November 22nd offers such an opportunity; it will be 50 years since the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Most Americans don't believe in the Warren Commission Report. What do you think? Was there a
military coup d'etat fifty years ago and a cover-up to this day?” …Jon Mark

On the eve of the anniversary consider the evidence in a documentary film by John Hankey, called: "Dark Legacy - George Bush and the Murder of John F. Kennedy." It will be shown at the GREENFIELD GARDEN CINEMA,
Thursday, November 21st, 7:00 PM.


Vermont Speaker of the House Shap Smith To Be Guest Speaker at November Full Commission Meeting

Speaker of the House Shap Smith will be the guest speaker at the November Full Commission meeting of the Windham Regional Commission to be held Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Westminster Institute (3534 Route 5). He will share his perspective on the issues confronting the legislature and the state in the upcoming session.


Age Math Trick

Here is a math trick for you.

1. Start with your shoe size (No half-sizes, round up to nearest whole number).

2. Multiply it by 5.

3. Add 50.

4. Multiply by 20.

5. Add 1,013.

6. Subtract the year you were born.

The first digit (or first two digits) is your shoe size and the last two digits is your age!


iBrattleboro Poll

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