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Lieutenant John Sargent asks for land grant, and 200 acres above Northfield in the vicinity of Fort Dummer were granted to him

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5:45 Live Breaking News: Bank Robbery at BS & L - 11/20/14


Following the apprehension of a single suspect who attempted to rob the Brattleboro Savings and Loan Main Street branch 5:45 Live recorded this report from the scene of the crime.

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Robbery at Brattleboro Savings & Loan

Brattleboro Police and BS&L report a robbery at the bank this afternoon.

Brattleboro Police Captain Mark Carignan tweeted "Robbery at downtown Brattleboro bank. One suspect in custody. No other suspects at this time. No injuries reported. Press rlse later today."

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Drugmakers Mum on Huge Price Hikes - Legislation Filed to Save Taxpayers $500 Million

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 – Sharp increases in prices for many generic drugs were examined today at a Senate hearing where three pharmaceutical companies refused to testify.

Generic drugs, copies of drugs no longer protected by patents, historically have cost much less than brand-name prescription medicines. But federal records made public at the hearing show the price for 1,215 generic drugs increased 448 percent on average from July, 2013 to July, 2014. During that period, nearly 10 percent of all generic drugs more than doubled in price, according to the analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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I-91 Bridge Replacement Project: Week of November 23

No planned closures this week.

Motorists should expect traffic delays related to Thanksgiving travel on I-91 between Exits 2 and 3, especially Wednesday afternoon and evening northbound, and Sunday afternoon and evening southbound.

The project team wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meetings Scheduled

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:00pm to discuss labor relations agreements with employees, and reconvene the business meeting at 5:20pm.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5:00pm in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Paws for Prevention Photo Fundraiser

Come support Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition and Windham County Humane Society on Saturday by coming out with your two-legged and four-legged loved ones and enjoy the fun of having a professional photograph taken, by Liz LaVorgna of Core Photo, in a nostalgic winter holiday setting.

Photos will be provided in digital form to download  to a personal computer or smartphone. Prints may be ordered online and the images can be used to create unique holiday gifts such as mugs, calendars and more.

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Vermont Partnership Updates Vision, Mission

Brattleboro. Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity has revised its vision, mission, and position statements according to Dr. Ann-Marie White, president of the organization’s board of directors.

“We refined our vision, mission, and position statements after listening closely to the attendees at our 3rd Annual Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Conference held in early November,” states White. The participant-driven conference celebrated the completion of the first decade of Vermont Partnership’s four-decade in length Vermont Vision for a Multicultural Future Initiative. Formerly known as Facing Change: The Changing Face of Vermont, the initiative prepares the state, its leaders, and residents for an increasingly multi-racial/ethnic/lingual/cultural/abled landscape.

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Young Guitarist Plays in Brattleboro

Sunday, November 23 there will be a contra dance at the “Stone Church” on Main St in Brattleboro. Dances will be called by Quena Crain, with live music from Everest Witman, Peter Siegel and Audrey Knuth. Witman, 16, is the youngest of this trio, and is a thoughtful, intelligent and clearly-spoken young man with the ability to laugh at himself. He and his band, Nova, appeared earlier this year at the Brattleboro Contra Dance to loud cheering and stomping from the crowd of dancers.

Witman is this year’s recipient of the Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The fund was established to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing instruments used for traditional New England dance music.

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November Poets: Sydney Lea and Becky Sakellariou at Brooks Library

The November poetry readings at Brooks Memorial Library feature two outstanding Vermont and New Hampshire poets: Sydney Lea and Becky Sakellariou. They will read from their new works on Wednesday November 19, at 7:00 PM. in the BML 2nd floor meeting room. Arrive early to insure a good seat. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the library at 802-254-5290 ext 101, or info@brookslibraryvt.org.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Scoping Study Endorsed; Feasibility Study Withdrawn

Enginer Gary King is retiring from the Department of Public Works after 30 years of service.

The West Brattleboro Scoping Study was accepted and endorsed, with five varying options described, ranging from nothing to new bike and people paths through the backyards of West Brattleboro properties. Likely, a more simple approach of bike lanes and sidewalks will be attempted.

Brattleboro signed on to help the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust apply for a grant to do energy improvements at five local properties that they own, Brattleboro will apply for brownfield site planning funds, and a sustainable energy program feasibility study vanished from the agenda without explanation, but with discussion.

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Building Tar Sands Pipeline Would Be 'Insane,' Sanders Says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that it would be “insane” to construct the Keystone XL pipeline to ship the dirtiest oil on the planet from Canada’s tar sands region to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

“The scientific community is telling us that we have a narrow window of opportunity to address the crisis of climate change and to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders said in prepared remarks. “This legislation would move us in exactly the wrong direction toward not only more dependence on fossil fuels but on some of the dirtiest fossil fuel imaginable. That is insane.”

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Vintage Game - Crossbows and Catapults

I know this is a very long shot but thought I'd give it a try. My son's had a game in the 80s called "Crossbows and Catapults" which they loved. We were trying to find one of these for a reasonable price. EBay and Amazon have several ranging from $150 to $275 ....ridiculous.  

So, I'm wondering if somewhere in the diverse land of ibrattleboro someone might have one of these languishing in their attic? As I said, I realize the chances are slim but thought it was worth a try. I'm happy to pay a reasonable price for it. Thanks!

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BMH Physician Group Adds Post-Acute Care Provider

BMH Physician Group announces the addition of Nancy J. Redfield, RN, MS, ARNP, BC to its Post-Acute Care Services.

Redfield will work with Eric Pofcher, MD to provide direct care for patients from the time of discharge from Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, or another acute care facility, to admission at a skilled nursing facility. Their duties include managing medical problems in post-acute medical episode recovery, stabilizing chronic conditions and supporting decisions for individualized end-of-life care.

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Why The Dems Lost - One Voter's View

I didn't vote this year.  For the first time in well over a decade, I was too annoyed to participate.  Over the last six years, I've watched as the Democrats held power but proved unwilling or unable to wield it effectively.  To make matters worse, those of us who fall left of center have been effectively stifled.  Mainstream Democrats saw to that.  So while many on the left fret about the Republicans and their Tea Party antagonists, I would argue that it was this stifling of discussion within the Democratic party that led to the debacle of the 2014 midterms. The Democrats are a party that is silently divided.

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Brattleboro Town School Board To Hold Community Forum On 'Testing' 11/19

The Brattleboro Town school board is holding a public forum this coming Wednesday, 11/19, on the role and the effects of various standardized testing that takes place in our schools.  This has been a point of lively discussion on iBrattleboro and it would be worth encouraging the school board to continue this process of public engagement by attending.

The forum takes place at Academy School on Wednesday, November 19, 6:00-7:30 pm.

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