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1726:

Timothy Dwight, Jr., born. Dwight was claimed to be the first white child born in Vermont by some accounts.

1847:

On account of “Western Fever,” the advertiser offers for sale his two large Dwelling Houses situated on Green St. One comprises two and the other three tenements, and both have a piazza in front. It is only a few rods from the celebrated Cold water Establishment, and on rising ground. Part or the whole will be sold at a bargain, as the owner is desirous of going west. James M. Reed.

1847:

Mr. Wolfedr Springer, from Germany, having settled here, tenders his services to the citizens of Brattleboro in the art of Dyeing in all colors, to the satisfaction of the most fastidious. Applications to be made at the Silk Factory.

1881:

The Brattleboro Telephone Exchange company have received their switch board and announce that they will be ready for business by June 1. The terms, within the village limits, with one-half mile of wire or less, are $25 per year, or $30 with transmitter.

1881:

The stakes for the new railroad station were driven on Thursday. The main building will be 26 by 66 feet, with a projection of four or five feet in the centre, fronting the track, for a ticket office, and a similar wing or projection on the opposite side for a ladies dressing room. On the northeast corner there will be an ell about 16 by 34 feet, for a baggage room and telegraph office. Brick for the walls will be bought at Montague, Mass.

1887:

The young men employed on the east and west sides of Main street will play a match game of base ball on Frost’s meadow next Thursday afternoon.

1887:

Something of a sensation was occasioned last Monday by a report that the workmen engaged in excavating the cellar for W.G. Doolittle’s house on High street had unearthed a human skeleton. The report proved true, and hundreds of people visited the spot during the day to view the remains and conjecture over the mystery surrounding them.

1892:

Announcement has been made that Mr. Blair of Cromwell, Conn., has definitely decided to locate his pickle factory in Brattleboro.

1892:

Conversation by telephone was carried on at the Brattleboro exchange on Sunday with people in Baltimore, by means of the long distance line.

1892:

The unusually abundant supply of water in Crowell’s reservoir has caused serious problems for some of the Forest Square residents. The overflow has filled the frog pond more than full, and water from this has found its way down into the cellars of the luckless dwellers below. Strange to say, they don’t like it.

1893:

Brattleboro's Vermont Asylum for the Insane changes its name to the Retreat.

1897:

An earthquake shock "of five distinct vibrations" was felt in Brattleboro.

1898:

A flag pole has been raised on the top of the stone tower on the grounds of the Brattleboro Retreat.

1898:

Hooker, Corser & Mitchell advertise in another column for 25 girls to run new machines which have been placed recently in their overall factory. The firm is doing large business, and has about 150 hands in its employ. The total output of the factory will soon be 200 dozen overalls, jumpers, coats, etc., per day.

1898:

The selectmen will issue a call in a few days for bids for the construction of a granite arch over Whetstone brook at Main street.

1904:

A Chinese sociable will be held at the First Baptist church next Thursday. The main feature will be a representation of a missionary instructing three heathen Chinese, all in native costume, just as it is done in the foreign field.

1904:

On complaint of some of the bailiffs, Deputy Sheriff Knapp arrested John McCarthy, a man who was thought to be a tramp, and put him in lock-up. He pleaded not guilty, and it was found that he secured work the day before and had 75 cents or more in his pocket. He was discharged.

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Play Auditions in Guilford

Guilford Center Stage announces open auditions for its October premiere of To Their Appointed End: the One-Act Plays of Jean Stewart McLean.  There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to Noon, and Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  William Stearns directs the production.

There are a number of roles for men and women from about age 20 and up.  No reservation is needed, and auditioners may arrive anytime during the 2-hour session.  Those trying out may prepare or bring a dramatic reading, or a passage from a play of their choosing, of about one minute in length.   Director Stearns will also have passages from the one-acts available for those who wish to try some dialogue.  Stage helpers are welcome, also.

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Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Crazier!

I had thought that the Saturday Night Live skit with Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes outside a White House window was just SNL, over-the-top humor. 

Then I saw a Washington Post newstory, which not only described Spicer hiding in White House bushes to avoid reporters' question about the firing of FBI Director Comey, but then -- upon being discovered by reporters demanding answers -- Spicey agreed to take questions only on condition that the press room lights would be turned off so that no one could film him. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump...

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BrattRock Youth Rock Festival Announces New Events; Performer Registration Now Open

Planning is underway for this year's BrattRock--The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Now in its second year, the festival's mission is to provide a venue for musical youth from Brattleboro and the surrounding region to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Events and activities emphasize both educational and performance opportunities. Participation is free and open to youth under age 20 who are musicians, or who have an interest in music or the music industry. 

Last year's inaugural event included workshops offered by local music professionals, including Samirah Evans, Kevin Parry, and Aaron Chesley. The public concert held at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, featured live performances by 14 area youth bands on two different stages and drew an audience of over 400 spectators. 

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BCTV Schedules Week of 5/15/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/15/17

Monday, May 15, 2017

12:00 am Brattleboro We Can Spring Into Action 2017

3:00 am Nuclear Waste - From VT Yankee to Texas 5/6/17

4:45 am All About BCTV! (2017 Mini-Doc)

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show 5/12/17

5:30 am You and Your Health - Episode 1

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Donald Trump vs The Establishment

On Nov. 13, 2016, Candidate Donald Trump gave a great speech. Too bad it was all a lie.

 (You Tube link - https://youtu.be/_uJ6djc12l8)

Here’s the transcript:

(The best part is the last 2 sentences)

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt, political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.

The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

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Tents in the Common This Weekend

I found out from one of our local morning radio shows that the camp out for homeless awareness at the Brattleboro Common is this Friday night to Saturday morning is this Friday, the 19th. The Ground Works is sponsoring it with the hope of drawing awareness of our homeless here in B-boro and surrounding communities. I plan on being there early to get my spot. I have dealt with homelessness at times, usually couch surfing after a break up while I try and find my own place, but 

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U.S. Terminates Russian Money Laundering Case

New York (CNN)A major US investigation into Russian money laundering has come to an abrupt end.

The case aimed to expose how Russian mobsters allegedly stole $230 million and hid some of the cash in New York City real estate. Also sure to come up was the suspicious death of the Russian lawyer who exposed the alleged fraud, though US prosecutors weren't alleging that the defendants were behind it.

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Timberlake in Battleboro

Justin Timberlake's car broke down in Brattleboro. Or maybe not. He said he was in "Battleboro"...

"BATTLEBORO, Vermont – In a radio interview this morning, pop star Justin Timberlake took a few moments to praise Battleboro, Vermont residents for helping him after his rental car encountered a mechanical issue as he was passing through the city recently:

“We were just leaving Battleboro, Vermont when our car began to overheat so I pulled over to the side of the road and noticed there were a couple of cars pulling up behind me. They got out and asked if I needed any help and I told them that I was just about to call someone. Then one of them says that he has a brother who owns a tow truck and a few minutes later it showed up and they towed it in to get fixed."

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Learning Through Wild Eyes 3 pm Sat 13th May

Please note! Through Wild Eyes begins at 3 pm on Saturday, May 13th. 

Please join us on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 pm in the Library's Main Reading Room for a presentation of live animals and storytelling, where we will explore the lessons and lore from our neighbors with feather and fur. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and Wolfgard Northeast have collaborated to give you a glimpse of the entertaining and educational world where human culture and wildlife intersect. This family-friendly, all ages event is free to attend!

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Yard Sale

Come to 43 Chestnut Hill for a Yard Sale on Saturday, May 13 from 8:30AM to 1:30PM at the McCarty Residence.

Lots to give away (books, skiis, and so much more). Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 15 thru May 19

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 15 thru May 19

 

May 15 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips  

Raspberry Rhubarb Tart

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 16, 2017

Energy efficiency at the the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Drinking Water Asset Management will be among the issues taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

A parking study will get underway, various grants and agreements will be discused and signed, and the FY18 Parking and Utility Budgets will be up for review. There's also a little issue with Pay As You Throw bag revenue being less than expected.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and can stay and discuss any of the agenda items as they are presented.

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Quick! Pick Dandelions Before Neighbors Mow Them Down! Full of Vitamins & Nutrients to Eat!

Quick! Send your kids over to the neighbors to pick their dandelions before they mow their lawns! Town halls, libraries, police stations, and the State House in Montpelier, Vermont should not mow down dandelions, but instead, put notices up in laundromats where low income people do their laundry because they can't afford their own washer and dryer at home, and tell them to come get the free food growing on public property: DANDELIONS! Always help children to pick dandelions because the best tasting ones have BEES eating them!

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Fruit Pies In June

Today is the last day to enter the Strolling of the Heifers fruit pie competition. You can use any old dough recipe, they say, as long as it includes the sponsor’s product, but “the filling and overall pie recipe MUST be original.” Ingredients should be local.

I am a pie nut, and have been making them since I was a kid. I have quite a few pies that would amaze judges, but not in June.

The only fruit pie that might possibly be made fresh from local ingredients in June would be strawberry-rhubarb, if one got lucky and those were available. Apples, peaches, cherries, berries, and so on all come later in the season around here, and would be great for a harvest festival fruit pie competition. Key lime and such aren’t local.

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Trump vs Comey

I think somebody has something on Trump so big and egregious that it could take Trump down in a New York minute.

It may have something to do with a fellow billionaire named Epstein, a Democrat named Podesta, and even a couple named Bill and Hillary.

If it comes out, it won’t be pretty.

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Vermont Governor Phil Scott is a Race Car Driver - Is That More or Less Safe Than Smoking Marijuana?

Vermont  Governor Phil Scott is a Race Car Driver - Is That More or Less Safe Than Smoking Recreational  Marijuana?

All of the people of Vermont, who are in favor of making marijuana legal, are waiting with their eyes and ears on the news!

WCAX: "Will the governor back legal pot? Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, is the only voice that matters left in the debate over legalizing marijuana in Vermont."

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 15th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.

Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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.

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VFW Lunch Specials May 15th - May 19th

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 are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - baked pork chop, baked potato, & veg.
Tues - garlic parmesan wings w/ French fries or onion rings
Wed - chicken pot pie
Thur - corned beef dinner
Fri - homemade fish n chips

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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