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Today In Local History

1837:

Lyceum - Tuesday evening, January 24, Lecture by Dr. Hyde. Question for debate - “Ought females to be allowed the right of suffrage?”

1837:

The number of inhabitants in Brattleboro East Village, on the first day of Jan. 1837, was 1442: The number of children in District No. 2 (including said Village) between the ages of 4 and 18, was 381.

1843:

The dedication of the Centre Church, recently completed in this village for the Brattleboro East Society, took place on Wednesday the 11th inst. Although the travelling was very unpleasant, at an early hour people from the surrounding country began to pour in, and before the commencement of the services every seat was filled, and a large number were unable to find seats.

1871:

The number of depositors at the Windham Provident Institution for Savings has reached 10,000.

1871:

At the village meeting held on Monday evening last, it was voted to raise a tax of 25 cents on the dollar of the grand list to pay the expenses of the coming year. The members of the fire department are to be paid the same as heretofore.

1882:

Oscar Wilde ought to have a ride in N. H. White’s “1756” sleigh. It is as gay as a sunflower, and an “esthetic” imagination might easily see in it the limp lily for so dear to Oscar’s heart.

1882:

W.C. Dolloway got a bad cut in his hand, by the slip of a chisel, at Estey & Co.’s on Thursday. He will be disabled a fortnight or more.

1882:

Larkin G. Mead has been elected to a professorship in the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts.

1888:

Frank E. Housh & Co., printers, report that they now have a larger amount of business on hand than ever before. Nine tons of book paper are required this month, which will be printed into magazines, books, and catalogues.

1888:

A petition, largely signed, was presented to the selectmen last week, asking for a widening of the highway at a point on Western avenue between the junction of Union street and the residence of Mrs. Mary Pitkin.

1888:

Another presentation of the “Chimes of Normandy” by the Sherlock sisters and our local company is talked of.

1893:

The firm of Emerson & Son has been dissolved, but will be continued under the same name. S. B. Emerson retires and his son, H. L. Emerson, is now the sole proprietor. The firm holds an enviable position among the substantial business concerns of Brattleboro, and enjoys and deserves a large patronage.

1893:

The first coasting accident of the season occurred yesterday when Michael Devine was knocked down on the Elm street hill by a traverse filled with boys. Mr. Devine was unconscious for some time after the accident, and was carried to his home on Vernon street.

1893:

The Canal street school building has been turned over to the village authorities by Pellet Brothers, the contractors.

1920:

Centre Church sold Goodhue property to Dunham Bros.

2009:

BUHS Band performs at Inauguration of President Obama in D.C.

2015:

Peter Elwell becomes Town Manager for Brattleboro.

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Brattleboro Street Closures for Tree Removal

The Town of Brattleboro has authorized Renaud Tree Care to temporarily close two streets to remove hazardous trees, as follows:

Monday, January 22, 2018 – Chapin Street will be closed to thru traffic between Linden Street and Oak Street from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 24.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Vine Street will be closed to thru traffic between Pleasant Street and Locust Street from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 26.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Agenda - FY19 Budget

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:15pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center. ASL interpreters will be present for deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

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

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Sh**holery

It seems we've always needed “shitholes” (Perhaps to placate lower-class whites by boosting their egos?)

Back in 1848 when my ancestors migrated, Ireland was the shithole. The Irish weren't considered “white”. They were relegated to the most difficult and dangerous jobs like building the railroads because they were expendable.

A few years later, as the Irish rose in society, Poland became the shithole. Subsequently, Italy replaced Poland.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee will meet on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room.

The Brattleboro ADA Committee will hold a special meeting Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 12:00pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden located at 157 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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Which Reality Do You Mean? A Look At VR, AR, MR, and SR

In the world of computing there a few flavors of reality. Can you tell your VR from your AR? Let’s look at some of the most popular realities available today.

To start, we have Reality. This is the world as it actually exists. No headsets or equipment required. It’s free and open-source.

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Governor Phil Scott Desperately Searching For Excuse To NOT Sign New Marijuana Legalization Bill!

Vermont Governor Phil Scott is still desperately searching for an excuse to NOT sign the new marijuana legalization Bill in Vermont.

Link

..."Scott says he has decided to sign H. 511, the marijuana legalization bill, between Thursday afternoon and Monday’s deadline."...

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Incident on Elm Street?

This morning, about 9, two fire engines were staked out on Elm between Elliot and Flat.

Anybody know what happened?

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Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.

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Statement From Governor Phil Scott On The Passing Of Timothy O'Connor, Jr.

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott issued the following statement regarding the passing of Timothy O’Connor, Jr., former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives:

“Today I join Vermonters and legislative leaders in mourning the loss of former Vermont House Speaker Tim O’Connor. Speaker O’Connor will be remembered for his impartiality and fairness during his time as Speaker, and the kindness and respect he carried with him throughout his life.

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Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Tim O'Connor

The O’Connors have been friends since I was a young lawyer starting my practice. Tim had such a great sense of humor, especially when it involved the Irish. I told Martha this morning how I will miss him but that I’ll look, every day, at the walking stick he brought me from Ireland.

Marcelle and I remember so fondly the meals at their home, and how they cared for us and our children. His love of our state was matched by his devotion to his family.

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Parking Lot Snow Removal in Brattleboro Wednesday Evening

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - The Passing of Timothy O'Connor

Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Selectboard began on a rather sad note, with John Allen explaining that Tim O’Connor had passed away earlier in the day. 

With both Kate O’Connor and Tim Wessel absent for family matters, the small board raced through their agenda and ending before 7 pm.

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Senator Calls Out Secretary of Homeland Security For Selective Amnesia: Complicity With Racism

At a Senate hearing, Senator Cory Booker passionately chastised Trump's Homeland Security Secretary for claiming not to remember what Trump said about African Countries.

Senator Booker cited Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel and others, and said that, "the greatest people in this country, spoke out against those who have convenient amnesia or are bystanders." Senator Booker told the Secretary that he knows she is aware of a GAO (Government Accounting Office) report that shows that since 9/11/2001 73% of violent extremist incidents that lead to death in this country were committed by far-right hate groups with anti-minority ideologies. He then asks whether as to whether, as Secretary of Homeland Security she spend 73% of her time is spent on white racist hate groups, or on people in fear of racist attacks.

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VT Alert Upgrade

Vermont Alert (www.vtalert.gov) has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its alerting capabilities for Vermonters. As part of the upgrade, you must re-register for the new system if you still want to receive alerts and notifications. The Town of Brattleboro also has the capabilities of sending local emergency messages to residents by way of phone, email and text message. If you have not previously registered, you are encouraged to go to www.vtalert.gov and register. VT Alert is the notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Brattleboro Fire Department at 254-4831.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 1/15/18

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 1/15/18

Monday, January 15, 2018

1:00 am Digital Civic Underground

2:46 am Common Good Vermont - A Legislative Update with the Public Assets Institute

3:00 am Little Jug - Some Poems for Dad

3:30 am Artful Word - Burlington City Arts Artist's Talk - Professor John Willis

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Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History

Puzzle Pieces Of Black American History  http://www.flickr.com/photos/22650076@N04/7145034325

I scanned some of my family history documents, Bills of sale of Slaves, including children, etc.  My browser is now out-dated so I can't check to see if the link is still good, and the library is closed today.

You will note that my last name, Ericson, isn't on the Slave documents, because my great-grandfather, Larse Ericson, sailed over from Sweden at age 10 and married Elizabeth Margruder (known in our family history to be part Native Indian).  My grandfather, George Robert Ericson, was born on the Hemp Lawn Farm on the Benson Pike in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which was where the Slaves lived and worked before the Civil War.

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Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A bit of Martin Luther King Jr, on MLK Day:

"First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

— Letter From a Birmingham Jail1963

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Norwegian: No Thank You, President Trump.

Today, Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, and we will not give up on our cradle-to-grave welfare. Our parental leave is a generous year, kindergarten is cheap, and our higher education is free. Health care is also free forevery Norwegian citizen. Our society strives to be tolerant. 

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Merciless Indian Savages

Quote: "He has...endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions."

 Who said it and where is it published? No fair googling the sentence or the title-that's too easy. I was astonished when I learned the source.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials open to the Public

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

Jan. 15th - Jan. 19th
Mon - chicken cordon bleu, mashed potato, veg
Tues - mushroom swiss burger w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - beef stroganoff over noodles w/ veg
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - beer battered fish w/ coleslaw & French fries

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