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Colonel John Sargent purchases a farm in the location of the current Retreat Meadows.


Rev. William Wells appointed minister at a salary of 80 pound per year in Brattleboro.


George H. Clapp born on this day.


Improved Order of Red Men, Quonekticut Tribe No. 2, formed in Brattleboro.


Dr. Shailer E. Lawton is made Superintendent of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane in Brattleboro. Dr. Lawton changed the name of Asylum to "the Retreat."

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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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Change In The Air At BMH?

I have not yet met Steve Gordon, the new CEO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, but after I wrote to him about a problem I had experienced at a BMH physician's practice, the problem got resolved.

This was refreshing. It was the first time since the Reformer ran my Oct. 5, 2007 op-ed, "Hospital's complaint process needs reform," that I felt a glimmer of hope. In that piece, I had written:

"Patients are naturally vulnerable, and rely on the hospital staff and administration for kindness and protection. To prevent lapses, there must be a trustworthy complaint procedure."


Hire Putney School Students to Work For You - Proceeds Go to Citta (An International NGO)

Charitable Work Day is The Putney School's way of contributing to the global community by donating our labor towards a cause. This year's Charitable Work Day will be Saturday, May 10th.

This year we have elected to donate the funds we raise to Citta, an organization dedicated to providing access to healthcare and education in some of the poorest and most isolated places in the world. Citta also works holistically with these communities to help them develop their prospects for sustainable economic development.


I Do Believe That Another UFO Is Coming. And, I Don't Mean A Silly Photo

I received this email, so, it seems that all is in place. 


Scientific Sales, Inc. Order #A917907 has shipped and the tracking information is below. Thank you for your business!"

I personally believe that T. P. James would be prouid, or, at least encouraging. 


Weekend Concert Series - De La Soul in Montreux

De La Soul has been on my mind lately. They were a refreshing entry into the rap scene, adding some silliness and psychedelia to a sound dominated, at the time, by bragging. De La Soul switched the rules around and broke rap open with others such as the Jungle Brothers, Tribe Called Quest , Shortie, Monie Love and others.

Suddenly there was room for some smarter poetry. Jungle Brothers gave us songs about eating well and respecting women, for example. Tribe lost their wallet in El Segundo. De la Soul rapped about potholes in their lawn, and daisies.


Brattleboro Town Clerk's Office Closed Wednesday

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office will be closed Wednesday, April 23. Staff will be attending training seminars.

Annette L. Cappy
Brattleboro Town Clerk
230 Main Street, Suite 108
Brattleboro. VT 05301

ph 802-251-8129
fax 802-257-2312


Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting - FY15 Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 8:30am in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100


1902 Report on Necessary Fire Department Repairs and Expenses

From April 18, 1902, published in the Brattleboro Phoenix, a discussion of necessary repairs for the fire department:

"Your bailiffs report that during the last year they have thoroughly renovated the engine house on Elliot Street, repainting both its interior and exterior, putting on a new roof, putting in a bath room and improving the accommodations for the men permanently on duty there’ this house had not been painted for six years and the roof had not been renewed for ten, thus making there repairs absolutely necessary. The expense connected with this was about $1400. The repairs from the Estey Organ company’s steamer, which was damaged in the Crosby block fire, was another extra expense in connection with the fire department....


Rt 30 Reopens

Good Morning:

The section of VT Rt 30 that intersects with I-91 is now open to traffic.

Cindy Cook
Public Relations Officer
Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project


FCC Uses 1950s Jim Crow Laws To Allow VPR To Exclude Independent Candidates From General Election Debates

FCC, the Federal Elections Commission, is using 1950s Jim Crow Laws that were created by the U.S. Congress to keep Negroes out of political candidate debates, but they are STILL using them today, even in 2014, to keep independent candidates from participating in Vermont Public Radio general election debates.   (Bernie Sanders runs in the Primary in the summer as a Democrat and takes millions of dollars from them and their PACs, and then switches at the last minute in the general election for November to "independent" so he is not a "real" independent.) 


Brattleboro Budget Rejected

Brattleboro voters rejected the proposed budget Tuesday.

478 voted in favor, but 771 voted against, sending the Brattleboro Selectboard back to work on another version.

1249 people participated by voting. 554 of those were by absentee ballot. Results are for the entire town; votes were not counted by district.


Community Conversation: Preventing Teen Rx Misuse

Did you know that 1 in 5 Windham southeast high-school students have misused a prescription (Rx) stimulant or opiate (pain reliever), not prescribed to them? And 1 in 10 have misused an Rx medication in the past 30 days?

The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) will be hosting a Community Conversation-Preventing Teen Rx Misuse. This event is designed to bring teens, parents, adult mentors, educators and community members together, using a "World Cafe" styled event, to discuss and develop solutions to prevent youth Rx misuse.

Teens and adults will take part in determining achievable strategies to address teen Rx misuse and create an opportunity to develop and execute strategies in the coming year.


The Bondville Boys at the River Garden, Friday Night

As a reminder, southern Vermont's best-loved bluegrass group, the Bondville Boys ("some of them are from Bondville, and some of them are boys") will rock the River Garden this Friday night, the 18th, from 7 to 10:30, presented by Strolling of the Heifers. Tickets $10 at the door, $30 family cap. Details on the Stroll site.

As a preview, here's a video of one of their recent appearances:


Strolling of the Heifers presents Maple 'n Mud Fest at the River Garden

In another sign of spring, Strolling of the Heifers will host its Maple ‘n Mud Fest on Saturday April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, downtown Brattleboro.

The festival celebrates the changing of the seasons with an array of participating farmers and maple product producers. This community event is free and open to the public at the new home of the Strolling of the Heifers.

The official grades of maple syrup are being renamed in Vermont to provide the general public with a little more clarity on what each grade is best suited. Visitors can see, and then taste the differences at an exhibit presented by Hidden Springs Maple.


Free Parenting Workshop Offers Valuable Tools to Improve Communications with Teens

Do you want to learn how to problem-solve with your teen, encourage cooperation, how to listen and be heard, and to develop fair and effective discipline skills? On Monday, May 5th from 6 to 9 PM the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is offering the FREE Parenting Teens Wisely workshop held at the Marlboro College Graduate Center at 28 Vernon Street in Brattleboro. This free three hour workshop teaches parents skills and techniques to help them better understand and deal with children ages 10-19. Participants will learn how to problem-solve and encourage cooperation with their teen and learn to develop fair and effective discipline skills.  



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