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1847:

Sofas. A Large Lot of new and beautiful patterns, just received and for sale cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1864:

On digging out the earth under the old Wheeler house, recently occupied by Wyman, Felton and others, the workmen found the bones of a human skeleton; some of them, the cranium, teeth, thigh bones and others in a tolerable state of preservation. The ground from which they were taken appears to be the natural soil. How the bones came there, how long they have been there buried, and to whom they once belonged, are questions for the learned and curious. Will some of our savans give us the solution?

1881:

A tame-bear show was one of the street attractions on Sunday evening.

1881:

A pet canary belonging to Mrs. Kitteredge Haskins managed to slip out of the house Tuesday morning, and on Wednesday morning, knocked for admission at Mrs. Keith White’s on High street, terribly sleepy, but none the worse for a day’s liberty. Later in the day he told his mistress that he had seen enough of the world and was glad to get home.

1887:

Every one should remember the entertainment to be given at Crosby hall this evening for the benefit of the working girls vacation society. The young people have spared no pains to render the program attractive, and the object is certainly a most worthy one.

1887:

The library reading room is now open to the public.

1887:

It is expected that the Brattleboro & Whitehall railroad company’s new iron bridge over West river will be completed by the middle of next week.

1887:

The fresh air children at Highland park were entertained with a stereopticon exhibition last evening by Rev. Mr. Parry.

1892:

A youth of seven sat in front of the American express office Wednesday dispensing lemonade to the sweltering public, when he was accosted by one of our good citizens, who asked him if he had a license. “No,” replied the lad, “I have lemonade.”

1898:

The Standard Oil company has staked off land near the railroad yard for a location for an oil tank which is to be erected soon and from which local dealers will be supplied.

1898:

The taxpayers of Brattleboro will be interested to learn that the tax rate per $1000 in Brattleboro this year is considerably less than last year. The tax in the village last year was $18.60. This year it is $17.10.

1904:

Bitten by a fly or stung by a bee, Charles Downer’s horse started up quickly on South Main street Wednesday afternoon, and in turning the corner by H. O. Collidge’s house overturned the tea wagon to which it was attached, smashing the canopy top, breaking the wiffletree and one thill and spilling a small amount of tea. The horse was not scared and went but a few rods.

2006:

Pliny Park at the corner of High and Main Streets in Brattleboro is dedicated and given to the town for maintenance.

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Free Afternoon Films at Brooks Library

June 11th at 3 pm, join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, for a Thursday afternoon at the movies, to watch a film starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou. 

The second Thursday of the month, continuing through Thursday, October 8. Movies begin at 3 PM. For film titles and information, contact Brooks Library by phone at 802-254-5290 ext 0, by email at info@brookslibraryvt.org, or on the web at brookslibraryvt.orgBrooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

The event is free and open to the public. Location Library Meeting Room 2nd floor.

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Pay As You Throw Bags Available, Kinda, Sorta

I checked the trash bag section at Hannaford today, to see if there was an exciting new display of PAYT bags and helpful information for getting started. No such luck.

But, at the checkout, the cashier did ask if I was from Brattleboro.

“Yes?”

“We have the new Pay As You Throw bags,” she said. They are for sale from the cashiers, not in the aisles.

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Nan Levinson: War Is Not a Game: Reading and Discussion at Brooks Library

Wednesday, June 10, at 7 PM, join writer, teacher, and journalist, Nan Levinson, for a reading and discussion of her latest book  War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built. Written with sensitivity and humor, War Is Not a Game gives readers an uncensored, grunt’s-eye view of the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, while conveying the equally dramatic struggles that soldiers face upon returning home. 

On July 23, 2004, five marines, two soldiers, and one airman became the most unlikely of antiwar activists. Young and gung-ho when they first signed up to defend their country, they were sent to fight a war that left them confused, enraged, and haunted. Once they returned home, they became determined to put their disillusionment to use. So that sultry summer evening, they mounted the stage of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall and announced the launch of Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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"For the Love of Art": A Benefit Auction on June 14

West Brattleboro, Vt. - On Sunday, June 14, from 4 to 6:30 pm, All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites area art lovers to "For the Love of Art," a gala reception and fundraising auction for 53 works of art donated to the church by Beverly Alberts. This is an "everything must go to a new home" event, so minimum bids are set a very modest levels, most under a hundred dollars, many under fifty.

Nearly all of the collection is by artists from the local area, including Maisie Crowther, Carolyn DiNicola Fawley, Gennaro Prozzo, Petria Mitchell, Susan McDormand, Karen Becker, Simi Berman, Dorothy Kehaya, Bob George, Trudy Crites, Gib Taylor, Brian Cohen, and Linda Wright, among others. The exhibit includes photographs, prints, and paintings in a variety of mediums, and a few artful posters. Six larger pieces—by artists Jeanne Carbonetti, Arrin Fancher, Bill Hunt, Eric Slayton, and Sally Warren, as well as a 4-panel Chinese screen—will be sold by live auction at 6 pm as the Silent Auction comes to a close.

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A Cappella à la Carte: A Meeting, Potluck & Concert

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford’s traditional season finale on Saturday, June 13, is a three-part event dubbed “A Cappella à la Carte.” Set at Guilford Community Church, just off Rt. 5 near I-91, the evening includes a short meeting, a potluck dinner, and a 7:30 concert of vocal music. Each optional segment is open to the general public; admission to the concert is by donation.

    The FOMAG Annual Membership Meeting at 6 p.m. is typically short and entertaining, about 30 minutes, and offers a summary of the year, a look ahead to next season—in this case, it will be the organization’s 50th Anniversary Season featuring some special elements—and election of the board of trustees.

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June 16 Forum to Promote New No- or Low-Interest Financing for Energy Improvement Projects

Two great low or no-interest financing options are now available to help Vermonters make energy improvements in their homes: PACE financing and the Heat Saver Loan.

A public informational forum on these energy financing options will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited – to register, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org.

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The Very Long Sentence

Today, while reading an 1855 account of the local fireman's festival, I came across the following whopper of a sentence. It kicked off the story, and I thought writers and fans of writing would enjoy it.

The Fireman’s Festival. — Sacred to the memory of departed militia heroes; of officers in short-waisted, shallow-tail coats, who, at the head of their several commands of citizen soldiery, exhibited more of the “pride of circumstance and the pomp of war,” than any Crimean commander has reason to feel; and that of the rank and file themselves, who, in uniforms and without uniforms, of all sizes and nearly all ages, went through their several duties of marching and counter marching with more zeal than discipline, fired blank cartridges at an imaginary enemy without flinching, and only surrendered as the shades of evening came on, after a prolonged and most unequal contest with “Old jamaica or pure New England"; sacred the the memories of this and of those in the hearts of all Vermonters, is the first Tuesday in June.

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Public Invited to 'Trail Talk' To Be Held for I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project

The PCL+FIGG Team will conduct the next on-site “trail talk” for the Public on Saturday, June 13, 2015. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site, which will be shared with attendees. The talks will originate at the West River Trail near the marina. The trail talk will be led by Caleb Linn, Project Manager for PCL (lead contractor) and William Johnson, Senior Quality Engineer for FIGG (bridge designer).

Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Statement of Congressman Peter Welch In Response to Governor Peter Shumlin's Announcement That He Will Not Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON—Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) released the following statement in response to Governor Peter Shumlin’s announcement that he will not seek a fourth term as governor:

“Governor Shumlin has been compiling an extraordinary record of service as Vermont’s 81st governor.

“He led us through the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, mobilizing Vermonters across the state to help one another and to rebuild Vermont to be stronger than before the storm. He was a resolute advocate for marriage equality. And, thanks to his bold leadership, the Vermont General Assembly became the first state legislature in the country to make marriage equality the law of the state.

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Governor Shumlin Announces He Won't Run For Another Term

Governor Peter Shumlin just held a press conference to announce he will not be running... for governor of Vermont in the next election. He says he's accomplished his goals, according to WCAX.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/8/15

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/8/15

Monday, June 8, 2015

12:00 am The American Legion Auxiliary Presents: The USO Show 5/24/15

1:40 am Green Mtn Club - 2015 Long Trail End - to - Enders

3:40 am Discussing Issues of VT Law Enforcement

4:56 am That Was The Week That Was - Solarize

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 7

The Strolling of the Heifers Weekend

We coordinated w/ the organizers, and hope that bridge construction did not affect the festival. We hope everyone had a wonderful time!

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 7

Brattleboro Time Trade:  www.brattleborotimetrade.org Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.  See below for more exciting Upcoming Events and learn what Time Trade can do for you!

How Time Trade Works: You do something for someone and earn time credits for your "bank," which you can then put towards someone else doing something for you! It's that simple - and amazing!

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from Heifer withdrawl:

OFFERS (i.e. things people could do for you):

Appliance Dolly (Hand Cart for Transporting Appliances)
Vegan Raw Cookbook
Garden Seedlings - Cabbage, Squash, Basil, Kale

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Calling All Windham College Alumni

Plans are in the works for a late September (25-27) reunion when Landmark College celebrates its 30th year. This is the institution that since 1985 has occupied the former Windham campus. The dates are during foliage season, so make hotel/motel reservations soon.

Windham alums (which includes those who attended the College but did not graduate) will meet at the Marina restaurant on Friday evening, 25 September from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The Marina is located at 28 Spring Tree Road (off Route 5 on the West River [exit 3, I-91]; telephone: 802-257-7563.

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Pet Rabbit Found on Cedar St

A stray pet rabbit (gray, lion's head) has been found on Cedar St. near Myrtle.  Would like to re-unite it with its owner.  E-mail sprocter@sover.net or call 802-490-4983.

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Weekend Comedy Series: Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor, live in concert from 1979 at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, California.

Remember Richard Pryor? He grew up in a brothel, was expelled from school, worked the comedy clubs, and ended up one of the most successful comedy writers and stars of the 70’s and 80’s. Go figure.

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu

Brattleboro
Senior Meals Menu June 8 – June 12

June 8 Meatballs Stroganoff

Baked Potato

Asparagus

Cantaloupe                             

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