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1779:

"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/23/14

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 6/23/14

Monday June 23          

12:00 am      Ethan Allen Homestead: Gen. Burgoyne's March

1:19 am       2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Fest. - Meet the Artist: Linda Oh

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Solar Energy: Imagine The Possibilities

6:00 am       The Artful Word: Fascism and Immigration - Italy and the U.S

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Brown Bag Lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite

Brown Bag lunch at the River Garden: BuildingGreen Suite, Monday 23 June 2014, Noon - 1 pm. 

BuildingGreen, Inc. is a local company that serves architects and building professionals nationwide with a well-respected online resource, BuildingGreen Suite. This subscription-based website keeps building professionals up-to-date on progressive building strategies and developments in the constantly changing world of green building materials.

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150 years Ago (1864 6/23)

Left of Petersburg, June 23, 1864.

Down to the left of petersburg near the rail road. I am well. We left that nasty line where we were at about 12 at night. Lost one man in our regiment. We then came round here. Laid down here at about 1 o'clock. It is now 10 A.M. This is the first time I have slept since I joined the regiment. The 10th is near us. They were just ahead of us last night, but we have no time to visit. The time I have had for rest has been well improved by me. I have kept in the ranks yet.

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Brattleboro Time Trade Listings - Week of June 22

Brattleboro Time Trade: Exchanging services, creating connections, strengthening communities, one hour at a time.

This week's fabulous listings, brought to you from the longest day of the year: 

OFFERS:

Fermentation Lessons
Garlic Scapes to Give Away
Reiki and Flower Essences Available
Organizing Computer Files and Emails
Computer Help and Services Offered
Gathering in Gratitude Camp for All Ages
Heirloom Tomato and Butternut Squash Plants
Resume Revision/Composition
Basic Waltz & Contra Lessons
Bicycle Tune-Up
Interior Design & Organization
Borrow my Canoe
Join us for the Monthly Citizen's Awareness Breakfast at the
Senior Center!

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P.T. Barnum in Brattleboro, and Jumbo in the Whetstone

Time for a summer circus story.

As I was reading some old newspapers, I found an entry that caught my eye. In a report about a flood, the newspaper mentioned that it was hard to believe that the flooded field by the Whetstone was the same place that had been host to P.T. Barnum and Jumbo just a year prior.

I’m a big circus fan, but didn’t know that P.T. Barnum had come to town, let alone that his world famous Jumbo walked about our streets. I dug around some more and found that this circus story began much earlier and was more interesting than I imagined. 

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 23 - Southbound Closure

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 in the Fall of 2015.

On Monday night, June 23 and Tuesday night, June 24, the southbound lane of I-91 will be closed to complete necessary shoulder repairs. The specifics of the closure are:

- The closure will be from 9 PM – 6AM and will take place over two nights, Monday 6/23 and Tuesday 6/24

- The closing will be for southbound traffic only between Exits 3 and 2.

- All southbound traffic will be detoured off at Exit 3.

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Yard Sale on High Street - Toys, Office Furniture, Antiques & More

We are hosting a yard sale at 76 High Street (McCarty Law Offices) in Brattleboro on Satuday, June 21st from 8-3PM. We have lots of inventory from antiques, a Persian Rug, kids toys (a lot of it from my childhood), books, office furniture and Christmas decorations.

We would love to see it go and for you to come down and see what we have. Hope to see you there.

-McCarty Law Offices

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150 Years Ago (1864 6/21)

“Just to the right of Petersburg”

Outer Line of Breast Works June 21, 1864.

Dear wife,

Here I am, just down to the right of Petersburg. Have to be low, so I will improve the time in letting you know how I am and how I got here. I shall always tell you just how it is. Thursday afternoon I went to Camp Distribution. On the next morning about seven hundred of us went to Alexandria, took a steamer for Bermuda Hundred but did not land there. Went back down the river a short distance and came on a few miles, Sunday night, and camped. Heard the roar of guns all night when I was awake, but I slept most of the time. In the morning started again to the Army Headquarters, found it and a lot of rebel prisoners. Then started for Corps Headquarters, found it. There saw a few rebel compliments in the shape of shell. The first one struck a little ways from me. Well, a few dropped around, but no one seemed to mind it, so I thought I would not. There were but four of us to report to this Brigade, that was up to the right of Petersburg, near to the rail road.

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Weekend Concert Series: Stray Cats Live at Montreux 1981

The Stray Cats hit big time with a weird niche. While others were going to discos and still others were reacting by inventing punk, the Stray Cats returned us to 50’s rockabilly with a new energy for it that hadn’t been seen in decades.

Brian Setzer is a great guitarist, and the stripped down, simple setup of guitar, bass, and drum was all they needed. Sure, everyone knows the hits, like Rock This Town, but this show allows us to see them more fully. I’m glad to see Runaway Boys and Rumble in Brighton on the set list.

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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, starting with a site visit at 8:00am at the Linden Lodge/Phoenix House on Linden Street, and reconvening in the Selectboard meeting room at the Municipal Center at approximately 8:30am.

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

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting ad hoc Futures Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 6:00pm 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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Brattleboro Trustees of Public Funds Meeting

The Brattleboro Trustees of Public Funds will meet on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 2:00pm at Putnam Insurance Agency, 91 Western Avenue.

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

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) Meeting Minutes and Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Brooks Memorial Library in the community room.

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

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Sanders and Vermont Religious Leaders Address Wealth and Income Inequality

BURLINGTON, Vt., June 20 – Vermont religious leaders joined U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today to address the moral implications of extreme wealth and income inequality.

Bishop Thomas Ely, the Rev. Dr. Lynn Bujnak, Monsignor Roland Rivard and Rabbi Joshua Chasan joined Sanders to emphasize that increasing wealth and income inequality in the United States is one of the great moral issues of our time and is undermining the fabric of our nation.

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Congressman Welch Joins Overwhelming House Vote To End Some NSA Activities

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch voted in favor of defund some of the NSA’s spying on innocent Americans yesterday. He added his support to a bill that stops the backdoor searches of information collected under the Section 702 program and blocks the NSA from mandating that tech companies add backdoors in their software or hardware.

The Senate and White House will need to approve, but a vote of 293-123 shows that the House, at least, is ready to curtail some of the NSA’s unnecessary activities. It’s the first time that Congress has acted to defund NSA activities since Edward Snowden gave documents to journalists just over a year ago. It’s a pretty solid vote, too, across party lines.

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