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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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U.N. Issues Climate Change Warning

WASHINGTON, March 31 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today that the latest report from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is another jolting wake-up call for nations around the world.

The report by the U.N. panel said the effects of global warming already are occurring on every continent and across the world’s oceans. The scientists warned that the problem was likely to grow much worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are brought under control.


BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/31/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 3-31-14

                   Monday March 31              

12:00 am      Pres. Coolidge Site Panel Discussion

1:28 am       Book Talk - Ep.1: Amy Howlett - VT Dept of Libraries

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       VT Workers Center - Informational Mtg 3/16/14


Heavy Rains Delay Closing Rt. 30 for Bridge Repair Work

Good Morning:

The heavy rains we’re getting have resulted in a slow down on the project. We now anticipate that we won’t be ready to do the work that necessitates the closing of VT RT 30 until April 9 or later. I will let everyone know as soon as we’ve set the new dates.

When it rains, it pours,


Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


The BUHS Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS District #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.


Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me . . .

@THISISVT Wait, Wait, don't tell me! Is a #brattleboro #vt pothole a new tourist attraction? @TomBodett tells all? http://t.co/rBYcKIUgqM


150 Years Ago (1864 3/30)

Brattleboro, Mar. 30th, 1864.

Dearest Abiah, -

I received a letter from you this evening. It came in last night. You were wondering why I did not write, and before you get this you will wonder more, I am afraid. The fact is, last Thursday I was ordered to go out with a detachment of recruits to the Army of the Potomac. Had to hurry to get ready There was no time to spare. I got back last night. I am well, but pretty well tired out. Have not been paid off yet. Expected to have been paid while I was gone. Left an order with Lieutenant Fisher. I will give you an account of the trip.


"Dark Girls" On Youtube

For anyone who attended or wanted to attend the outstanding event today at The Root Social Justice Center, where part of the documentary "Dark Girls" was shown, if you would like to watch the rest of the movie, it can be found here.


Bowl for Kids' Sake Seeks Teams

Brattleboro, VT--Families, friends and teams from work are invited to celebrate the 33rd Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Youth Services’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program on Saturday, April 5. The fundraising event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teams signing up for a one-hour time slot at Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.

The 4-5 p.m. time is reserved for teams of teens and “Bigs and Littles” and will have a special “Cosmic Bowling” atmosphere. The financial goal of the event is to raise $65,000 in pledge money and business sponsorship to help cover the cost of running the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.


Four Short Videos on a Different Kind of Economy


Designing for Generosity, by Nipun Mehta, 18 minutes
Sacred Economics, the Gift Economy, and the New Story, by Charles Eisenstein, 15 minutes (coming to the Slow Living Summit June 6th)
You Don't Ask, You Just Give: An Indigenous Approach to the Gift Economy, 6 minutes
Three Stages of Generosity, by Nipun Mehta, 9 minutes


Brattleboro Time Trade -- Week of March 29th

This week's listings, arranged from Lion to Lamb:

Need Help Flyering
Piano Lessons
Help Us Plans our Garden/Landscape
Prep Work for Driveway
Landscaping Help
Assistance with Transportation
Gallery Greeter at BMAC
Hebrew Tutor for Bar Mitzvah


Weekend Concert Series: Kraftwerk

To contrast with our outer space visionary of last week, Sun Ra, I thought we might tilt ourselves in the other direction, toward our future robot overlords. (Did I say overlords? I meant protectors.)

Here is Kraftwerk in San Paolo, from March 2009. The German electronic music group formed in 1970, but I first heard them in the 1980’s, on dance floors and urban radio stations with crossover hits like ‘Tour de France,’ ‘Trans World Express,’ and ‘Numbers.’ They brought a futuristic, computery vocoded sound to music, and the rap and R&B world ate it up for a while, with much imitation as a form of compliment. Afrika Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock” is an homage, as are songs by Warp 9, and the Jonzun Crew.


Congressman Peter Welch To Visit Brattleboro, Discuss Energy Efficiency

Congressman Peter Welch, United States House of Representatives Official Appearance Schedule

Monday, March 31st , 2014, 9:30 a.m., Energy Efficiency Roundtable: Brattleboro

Rep. Welch will convene a meeting on energy efficiency with community members, contractors, and energy efficiency leaders.


Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 1, 2014

The “new” Brattleboro Selectboard will have their first regular Tuesday meeting of the year on April 1.

There are some atypical items on the agenda awaiting them, too. There will be a Representative Town Meeting follow-up discussion, and an issuance of a Health Order against Susan Rockwell, owner of 19 Elm Street.

Also on the agenda, a new cell tower for Meadowbrook Road, an update from the Skatepark Site Selection Committee, a request for additional solar energy use, and more.

You can watch on BCTV or attend in person. If you go, you may bring up additional items not on the agenda during Public Participation.


Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, April 3, 2014 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


Late March - Out Like a What?

The old rule of "March - in like a lion, out like a lamb" seems to have gone haywire this year. It's more of an "out like a ice-breathing water dragon," or maybe a "cold toad."

Have the seasons shifted?  Perhaps April will now be in like a lion and out like a lamb. But that might lead to May showers bringing June flowers. (Which will lead to the loss of a quality joke for 6 year olds. What do May flowers bring? Pilgrims! It doesn't work with Juneflowers.)


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