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1845:

Mohair Shawls! 1 Doz. more of those heavy nett Shawls, just received and for sale low by Dutton & Clark.

1845:

We were a little too hasty a week or two since in announcing that spring had come and summer was close at hand. The Almanac proves itself utterly unworthy of confidence.

1857:

A painful rumor is in circulation that Elbridge Gerry, formerly of this town, but lately of Osage Mitchell, Co., Iowa, has been murdered by the Indians. We trust the rumor will prove unfounded.

1857:

The Lawrence Water Cure is now open and ready for the reception of visitors. Its accommodations were never in better order, nor its capacity greater for the entertainment of guests. It is not yet determined, we believe, whether the Wesselhoeft Water Cure will be re-opened or not, during the present season.

1861:

The Home Guard now musters some fifty men, at company drills, and a considerable degree of precision is already attained by them in executing the first movements of the manual. We learn that less than fifty nurses have volunteered to share the perils of the campaign with the Guard.

1861:

Wesselhoeft Water Cure, the first of its kind in the country, has been in operation sixteen years and it was never in better order or more popular than at the present moment.

1861:

A severe thunderstorm accompanied by hail visited this section Saturday morning of last week. In the vicinity of High street the ground was nearly covered with hail stones some of which were three-eighths of an inch in diameter.

1861:

Company C. of this village have removed their head quarters to Fayetteville, both for the economy of boarding and as a “means of grace” in the avoidance of the temptations incident to a large village. They marched from this village Sunday morning and were about four hours on their way, a distance of 12 miles. The will probably remain there until called into rendezvous.

1873:

The selectmen have decided to lay a new street, running from Main, opposite Walnut, to Forest street. This will open some desireable building lots and prove a great convenience to many.

1878:

The Wilmington stage will begin running on its summer schedule on Monday, arriving in Brattleboro at 9 o’clock a.m. and leaving at 4 p.m.

1884:

Four Swede girls, employed as domestics in this village, taking advantage of the present low ocean rates, will sail from Boston tomorrow for a visit with friends in Sweden. The fare from Brattleboro to Gottenburg, steerage passage, is only $25.70 - cheaper for most of us than staying at home.

1890:

The extensive Brooks House improvements, which include electric lights, new plumbing throughout, and the large extension in the rear, are rapidly nearing completion. New steam laundry appliances are now being put in place.

1890:

The barbers have all agreed to close their shops on Thursday evenings, beginning week after next. A good thing to do.

1890:

Gibson’s auction sale of 55 horses takes place tomorrow.

1902:

Gold ore found at farm of Wm. H Mann of West Dover, valued at $538.06 per ton.

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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, May 14, 2016. There has been a lot of progress at the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge project site since the last trail talk. The talk 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, May 14, 2016, 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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Adrienne Ginter Exhibit Reception on Saturday at All Souls Church

West Brattleboro, Vt. - Putney-based artist Adrienne Ginter has just installed two solo exhibits for spring viewing at opposite ends of the state. Locally, a show of twenty finely detailed watercolors, oils, and paper-cuttings can be seen through May at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist in West Brattleboro. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 16, 4:30 to 6:-00 p.m. The Governor's Gallery at the State House in Montpelier is hosting a large exhibit of her paper-cuttings through late June.

The exhibit gracing gallery spaces at All Souls Church includes both intimately scaled and large-format works, some in archival print form. Ginter's work explores elements of the natural world as well as fanciful narratives depicting ancient myths, history, and her personal experience. In her artist's statement, Ginter shares that "every scene in nature tells a million little stories, and I work to incorporate an extreme amount of detail to tell not only the macro but the micro stories in a scene. This gives the viewer a greater sense of depth, not only visually but narratively, depending on how close they choose to engage with the piece." It can take weeks to complete her largest paintings and 30 or more hours for up to ten layers of work in paper.

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Brattleboro Parking - Lifting Winter Parking Ban

The Brattleboro Parking Department would like to announce the lifting of the winter parking ban. Starting 04/13/16, at midnight, overnight parking will be allowed on all streets EXCEPT in the downtown area. The following streets are never available for overnight parking:

Main Street

High Street

Elliot Street (from School St to Main St)

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Act 46 Study Committee Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE

Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District, and the Vernon Town School District
http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Oak Grove School.
AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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No Chance

"I watch Bernie. He wins, he wins, he keeps winning, winning and winning, and then I see he's got no chance. They always say he's got no chance. Why doesn't he have a chance?" "Because the system is corrupt. And it's worse on the Republican side."

Donald Trump, during a rally in Rochester, N.Y.

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BCTV Schedules For The Week Of 4/11/2016

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/11/16

Monday, April 11, 2016

12:35 am BTT: 2016 Spring Forward Extravaganza

3:00 am Chasing the Dragon

3:55 am Engineering on the Inside: Innovations in Implants

5:00 am Spotlight on Vermont Issues: Human Trafficking

7:00 am Open Studio: Can Cops Cook?

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April 1874 Advertisement - I. K. Allen Has Lumber For Sale

Below you will find an advertisement from the Vermont Phoenix, April 1874, that informs of us the wonderful selection of lumber at the lumber yard.

"Lumber! Lumber! The undersigned is now replenishing his Lumber Yard with a fresh stock of Lumber for the spring trade consisting of shingles, lath, and finishing lumber of all descriptions," it begins.

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The Importance of Being of No Consequence

Over the years, I’ve often posed this question to many people, “If I could somehow give you an eternal afterlife, but with the caveat that you cannot take God with you, would you still take the afterlife?

Because the question is unprecedented, it at first takes the person by surprise. After all, most Western people still connect an afterlife with the God they were raised to believe in. It would not normally occur to them to have one without the other.

So, there is often hesitation, but not for long.

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Tin Hats

I am prudent enough to protect myself, and sensible enough not to be shamed out of it by scornful mockery. 

At times, ignorant people and paid provocateurs make fun of tin hats. In fact tin hats are obsolete technology — no one talks about them any more — other than to smear those of us who have the good sense to protect ourselves from EMFs, and other electromagnetic dangers. 

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Burden of Proof - A Preponderance of Evidence

What follows is a tiny but representative section from my website. All the statements here are either self evident and well established facts or they are borne from several thousand source articles or videos which have often been produced by mainstream media or other news outlets.

Do I draw conclusions from all these references? Do I feel that these references provide overwhelming evidence of a pattern? Do I feel these articles support the positions I and millions like me take? Absolutely.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Renee Rosnes Quartet

Pianist Renee Rosnes will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on April 16th at 8:00 PM with her world-class quartet including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Cited as “one of the finest pianists in jazz,” Rosnes has recorded and toured with a veritable who's who of jazz including legends Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson.

Rosnes demonstrates brilliance in her approach to jazz standards and has dedicated albums to playing these classic songs (her recording A Time For Love is a good example), but it is her esteemed work as a composer whose focused ability to choose a complex concept and express it through music that further elevates her reputation. In a review of her most recent recording, Written in the Rocks, Downbeat magazine claims “Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer...advanced yet accessible, complex but never ostentatious, this is as good as writing can get in this setting."

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu April 11 to April 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 11 to April 15

April 11 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

Brussel Sprouts

Pears

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Weekend Creativity Series: Chuck Jones

One of my creative mentors is Chuck Jones, one of the best directors to work with Bugs Bunny. I met him first through Saturday morning cartoons, then later as part of the animation program we were running at the children’s museum in DC.

Above my desk is a drawing of the coyote and road runner that he drew as part of a class at the museum. I can still remember him drawing it, explaining each line as he went along. It reminds me of him, and of the types of conversations he liked having. He was extremely well-read and drew from a lifetime of paying attention to little details.

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New Scam

I have received this 3 times

A robocall informing me that the IRS has me under investigation. They give a number to call for more info.

The IRS doesn't work this way.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - H.P. Lovecraft

It was 86 years ago this week that the writer HP Lovecraft was home in Providence, Rhode Island creating his story, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft was a self-described writer of “weird tales” which often blended fantasy, horror and science fiction. “The Whisperer in Darkness” is one of those weird tales set in a fictionalized Vermont in an area much like our own Brattleboro.

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Town of Brattleboro Spring Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Spring Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 22, 2016

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 6, 2016

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste...leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1" in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

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Portion of Harmony Lot Closed Monday

As part of the Green Street Retaining Wall Project, the WEST side of the Harmony Parking lot will be closed on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254-4255.

Town of Brattleboro
Department of Public Works

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Mixed Media Assemblages by Lauren Pollaro at MGFA

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Color & Construct, an exhibit featuring the mixed media assemblages of Lauren Pollaro. The show opens with a receptionThursday, April 21, at 5pm and continues through May 29. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 5pm.

 Lauren was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1962, and comes from a family of accomplished artists. Her father, Paul Pollaro, taught, served as Assistant Director of the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, and has exhibited nationally over a hugely successful and lengthy career.

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Are you interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro’s roads?

Are you interested in road projects in Brattleboro that relate to bicyclists and pedestrians?

If so, please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden from 5-7:30. 

The goals of the forum are three-fold:

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