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Today In Local History

1836:

Rutherford Hayes, grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes and operator of Hayes Tavern, dies in West Brattleboro.

1845:

Mr. John Plummer, of West Brattleboro, committed suicide early last Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a butcher’s knife, which had been made very sharp. He had himself, indeed, previously told his friends to keep all edge tools away from his sight, saying his mind was sometimes strangely inclined to do himself harm. Mr. Plummer was 63 years of age, was a man of some property, and had been esteemed here as one of our best and most useful citizens.

1858:

Donati’s Comet - This erratic visitor may be seen every clear evening as it has been during the past three weeks, in the heavens, a little below the tail of the ‘Dipper.” It is exceedingly brilliant with millions of miles of tail. Although this is not strictly a local item, an observation of its beauties is worthy the attention of our readers in this latitude. It is expected the comet will not brush the earth with its caudal appendage.

1874:

Trade is reviving.

1874:

Crosby’s brick building in the rear of the “Crosby block,” has been enlarged by an addition of a new section on the north, fronting on the Brooks House square. The building will be known as “Harmony block,” and the location as “Harmony place.”

1874:

The “brook road” between this village and Centreville is now open to travel. The bridges have been leveled up, the road straightened and graded, and altogether bettered. The amount expended is somewhere between $1500 and $2000.

1874:

A number of our Main street merchants have adopted the plan of closing their shops at 8 o’clock in the evening.

1885:

E.A. Matthews tells of a sunflower in his yard at Centreville which measures 43 inches in circumference.

1891:

Two former employees of Ross White are to open a tissue paper business in the basement of Harmony block.

1891:

The Brooks House needs 100 more rooms at the time of the Valley Fair. It will be a matter of public convenience, which will aid in making the fair a success, if the people who come here can be provided for. All persons who have rooms which can be used should notify the manager of the Brooks House at once.

1891:

A concrete walk is being laid this week through Bullock street.

1896:

It was the same story over again Tuesday night. The auditorium was packed with people to see Lyman Howe’s moving pictures exhibit. Mr. Howe has as good a machine as is made, as good views as are obtainable, and he strives to please his audience. There are pictures for all tastes, and if you sit in amazement at one picture you will laugh at the next one.

1896:

It will be a novelty to dance to music by the entire First Regiment band of 25 pieces at the great harvest ball at Festival hall both Valley Fair nights.

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Opioid Crisis First Responder Appreciation Event

An Appreciation for Brattleboro's First Responders is going to be held at Turning Point this Wednesday from 12 - 1 pm.

Due to the opioid crisis, these men and women have repeatedly brought people back from overdose.

According to reports, this past year has been especially busy, and at times trying. If you have time to celebrate their effort, and thank them for it, please come to this appreciation.

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Kushner Using Private Emails/Server

Jared Kushner is reported to have used a private email account and a personal server to send/reply to e-mails while working on White House business. Other White House aides have also used private accounts.

From Politico: "Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails."

Private emails and server use can help avoid the Presidential Records Act.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 9/18/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 9/25/17

Monday, September 25, 2017

12:30 am Summer Concert Series - The Other Guys 8/17/17

2:00 am The FEED

2:30 am ArtfulWord - 8/10/17

3:20 am Stuck in Vermont - Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

3:30 am Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts - MGFA presents: Jim Giddings & Petria Mitchell

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Oct. 1: "Viva la Voce!" with Raylynmor Opera Performers

Guilford, Vt. -  Now in its 52nd season, Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) has a long history with "Stage Music Projects." These have ranged from musical theater song revues to concerts of arias and art song presented by some of the region's acclaimed operatic performers. Also in the mix were fully staged but less well-known Broadway or off-Broadway shows and premieres of one-act or full-length operas created by some of the organization's musically gifted founders, among other composers.
 
This fall, FOMAG is teaming up with New Hampshire's Raylynmor Opera for a concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church, a program of the singers' favorite arias. Since its founding in 1995, Raylynmor has presented 38 full-length operas at various locations in our "twin state." Raylynmor's artistic director since 2014 is tenor Benjamin Robinson, who has performed in professional productions and concert settings from Alaska to the East Coast. He was featured in Pirates of Penzance for Raylynmor in 2011 and has helped diversify and expand the organization's vision since taking the reins.

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Disappearing Bus Service

Last September there was all this news about Megabus bringing cheap direct rides from Brattleboro to NYC, and MAX bus company bringing cheap and frequent rides from here to Boston. Was great to have cheaper alternatives to compete with costly Amtrak rides to NYC and Greyhound service, which only goes to Boston and back twice a week.

Anyone notice that Megabus and MAX already ended service here? Took less than a year. Sucks to lose something before having a chance to even use it. What are we, chopped liver? Anyone else disappointed or even hear about Megabus and MAX in time before they left, or do most people not really care?

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Rooster Flys Away

Tho not a breakfast person, I enjoyed several visits for coffee & to join friends who were breakfasting at a nice cafe on Elliot St called The Restless Rooster.  Just heard they lost their lease & are closing.  Thought that might be picked up on ibrattleboro, but not seen anything.  Facts needed.  But the place was cheerful and pleasant, & the times I was there seemed quite active with happy customers.  

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 25 thru September 29

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu September 25 thru September 29

 

Sept. 25 - Herb Roast Pork

Mashed Potato

Brussels Sprouts

Apple Crisp

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:00pm at the River Garden located at 156 Main Street.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Board of Civil Authorities will meet in the Town Clerk’s office at the Municipal Center on Tuesday, September 26, at 10:00 AM to discuss polling hours for the upcoming November 7 Act 46 vote.

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Boating Accident at Exit 3

I was out on errands and was thinking about the long list of disasters we’ve seen lately - hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, earthquakes, nuclear saber-rattling, and so on. No specific thoughts, but just general awe of the list.

I came off 91 North at Exit 3 and went to the circle. I moved over to the left lane to get ready to go into the circle and beyond the first turnoff down Putney Rd.

There was one car ahead of me, and to our right was a van hauling a boat on a trailer. Both pulled out and started around. The lane was clear so I followed.

The car was heading to NH and did the right thing - moved to the inside lane to go around and head to NH.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials Open to the Public 9-25 to 9-29

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri. from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Sept. 25th - Sept. 29th

Mon - Sloppy joes with french fries or onion rings

Tues - grilled marinated chicken w/ pasta salad

Wed - ham, baked potato & veg

Thur - lasagna w/ salad

Fri - fish n' chips

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Brattleboro Area Hospice to offer Seven Week Grief Support Group

A new Seven Week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins October 5th and will meet each Thursday from 5:00-6:30 pm, ending November 16th. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. Connie Baxter is the facilitator of the group. Interested individuals must meet with her prior to the first session, so please call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by September 29th for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people.

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BrattRock Is Here!

The official 2017 program and peformance schedule for all 18 bands performing at this year's Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival has now been posted on the BrattRock website. Check out all the band bios and get tickets and more info at www.brattrock.org!

See everyone at 118 Elliot this Saturday, September 23! Gates open at 4 PM. Performances take place on two stages (one indoor and one outdoor) between 4:30 - 10:30.

See you there!

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Save the Chickpea Flour

Do you purchase chickpea flour (besan) at the coop? Unbelievably, this extremely versatile and delicious product is one of the numerous items that the coop is planning to discontinue.  If you want to see chickpea flour remain in the bulk bins, please let Sabine or Bronwyn know.

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Brattleboro Board and Committee Vacancies

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board ADA Advisory Committee
Arts Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)
Design Review Committee (Alternate)
Development Review Board
Development Review Board (Alternate)
Fence Viewer (by statute, must be legal voters of the Town)

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One-Act Premieres in Guilford Oct 6-8

Guilford Center Stage will give the first-ever performances of four short plays written 70 years ago, in To Their Appointed End, by Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963.) The one-acts will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, October 8, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792780  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

The playwright, whose son, Don McLean, is a founder of Guilford Center Stage, wrote poetry, short stories, and these four, short plays.  The production, which concludes Guilford Center Stage’s third season, is being given in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright, who grew up living in the parish family of an Episcopal Church in New Jersey, where her father was rector.

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What Is Going On In The U.S. Congress Regarding a New Health Care Bill? Watch Them Like a Hawk!

How can we really keep an eye on Health Care Bills in U.S. Congress and know what on earth they are really up to? The number one criminal gang in the world,the U.S. Congress, has given license under this federal law, "private securities litigation reform act of 1995" to allow corporations to deceive us all under the guise of flimsy terminology!

Today's morning news, September 20, 2017:

"Emerald Health Pharmaceuticals’ Scientific Team Leads Cannabinoid Research Showing Potential to Impact Neurodegenerative Diseases"...

"British Journal of Pharmacology publishes new research results supporting the potential of THCA to provide neuroprotection"...

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Signs, & Climate

Brattleboro’s Town Manager revealed the results of his summer explorations of issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. He got generally good reviews for the summary of his report, but more than a few requested some additional specifics be included. Brattleboro seems to be in a good position to make progress over the long term, but benchmarks and budgets might help.

The pesky panhandling sign returned in a semi-uncertain form, with wording in question and sponsoring organizations and services asking for their logos to be removed. The private effort was to be a collaboration, but appears to have offended a few too many.

The board also signed a statement in support of other climate agreements being signed around the globe.  (For Kate O’Connor’s sake, I’ll say here that Brattleboro has been working on climate issues for a long time, is committed to action, and will continue to be so.)

All this, and possibly more.

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Romantic... Almost

I came by,
Hoping to admire you
from a distance.

It did not work out.
In your absence
I had coffee
and an apple cinnamon muffin.

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The Smell of Smoke?

I have been smelling smoke in my Frost Place neighborhood for a few days now. Any ideas on from whence it is coming?


Thanks!

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