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1724:

"the Indians belonging to the garrison found a fresh Indian trail, and, following it, discovered about forty warriors, whom, however, because of their superior force they did not attack. The enemy hovered about the region all summer at intervals..."

1766:

Earliest plan of Brattleboro according to the Crown grant.

1773:

Samuel Gale of Philadelphia marries Rebecca Wells of Brattleboro.

1840:

Cattle - At Auction. Will be sold at Auction at Chase’s on Saturday, 27th inst., a prime yoke of 5 year old Cattle. C. Swain.

1846:

Committee recommends books for use in district schools: The Sacred Scriptures; Colburn’s First Lessons; Adams’ Arithmetic; Wells’s Grammar. The committee wished to take further time to examine before recommending other text books, as not to make decisions in haste.

1859:

The people of West Brattleboro are repairing their church. To help out the funds they are preparing for a grand Pic-nic Celebration on the fourth, hoping to get a little of the money which “Patriotism” is bound to spend on that day. We trust they will be successful.

1859:

We are informed that a trial will be made with Willard & Ross’ “Vermont Mower,” and the “Buckeye” Mowing Machine, on the farm of David Goddell in this place, on Saturday, the 2d day of July, at 2 o’clock, P. M. All interested in mowing machines and all who wish to see the mowers operate will do well to be present.

1875:

Last Saturday we noticed on our streets the somewhat novel spectacle of a band-organ man accompanied by a woman of mature years, carrying a tambourine and tin-pail. The man was minus the evil look which marks so many of his class, while the woman was bright, active and - shall we say it? - better looking than the women average.

1875:

For the benefit of strangers and young persons we are requested to state that the uncommon looking thing on the corner of Main and High streets was originally intended as a drinking fountain. Its use for that purpose having become obsolete, we presume it will, in due time, be recast into a monument to commemorate the discovery and former use of water as a beverage.

1875:

Frank Stockwell and Oscar Smith have been placed on duty as village night watch.

1880:

The ties are already laid on the narrow gauge road to a point beyond Fayetteville, and by the end of next week they will be laid to and beyond Townshend.

1880:

There is very little which is is new to report this week in connection with S. M. Waite’s forgeries, and the ruin of First National Bank. There is a more favorable outlook for the stockholders, and the present probabilities are that no assessment on them will be necessary to pay the depositers, but that, on the contrary, there will be a dividend to come to them from the sale of Waite’s private property. Of Waite’s whereabouts nothing is known.

1886:

Col. L. K. Fuller is about to present to the village a beautiful park with all the modern improvements, including a stand for our Esteyville brass band. This park is a triangular piece of land lying just south of the schoolhouse, between Estey and Pleasant streets, and is the geographic center of Esteyville.

1886:

A call is out for a citizens’ meeting at the town hall this evening to arrange for a Fourth of July celebration.

1897:

A substantial iron railing has been placed along the wall at the little park at the east end of Walnut street.

1897:

The logmen arrived early in the week and built a second boom from the cove to the toll bridge. The logs of the big drive are now going down the river.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu June 26 thru June 30

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 26 thru June 30

 

June 26 - Quiche

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The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on June 30

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm.

The Lonely Heartstring Band is Berklee College of Music graduates George Clements, Patrick M'Gonigle, Matt Witler, Gabe Hirshfeld and Charles Clements. Their music is a combination of old and new styles, melding the sounds of traditional bluegrass with modern songwriting and arranging. Featuring soulful instrumental virtuosity and soaring three-part harmonies, the quintet has generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and venues since 2012.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, June 26, 2i017 at 5:30pm in the Brooks Memorial Hospital Meeting Room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Harmony Lot Partial Closure June 26-30

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Starting Monday, June 26th through Friday June 30th, the EAST side of the Harmony Parking Lot will be closed from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for construction. Parking will be available in the Transportation Center. Pedestrians will have access to all the businesses with entrances in the parking lot during the construction hours.

Attached to this press release is a map showing the area of the closure.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Dupont Brothers on Sunday, June 25

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 25 with indie folk-rock trio The Dupont Brothers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

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SeVWA's 2017 E. coli Monitoring of Local River Sites Began June 21st

The Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance (SeVWA) began its monitoring program for the summer of 2017 on Wednesday, June 21st. Volunteers will be collecting samples from 34 sites on nine rivers and streams every other week through the end of August. This year, we have sites on the West River, Flood Brook, North Branch Ball Mountain Brook, Rock River, Williams River (including the Middle Branch), Saxtons River, East Putney Brook, Sacketts Brook, and Whetstone Brook.

One of the parameters we test the water we collect for is Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli. It is a bacterium that is found in the guts of all warm blooded animals, including humans. Most E. coli will not make a person sick, but sometimes they can become pathogenic which means they can cause illness. Additionally, the presence of E. coli in waters acts as an indicator for the presence of other, more difficult to test for pathogens that may cause waterborne illnesses to those swimming, wading, or boating. We publish our results to the public in order to help everyone make informed decisions about recreating in Vermont’s waters.

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Stunning Turn of Events

In a stunning turn of events, Republicans are poised to lose the House of Representatives in 2018.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, voters prefer a Democratic majority by 54 to 38 percent!

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VFW Lunch Specials June 26th - June 30th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30-1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438

Mon - BBQ ribs w/ macaroni salad
Tues - chicken vegetable stir fry w/ rice
Wed - goulash w/ salad
Thur - meatloaf, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - coconut shrimp w/ French fries or onion rings

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 26th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Please follow advanced warning signs. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Two Months Left To Prepare For The Big Total Solar Eclipse Which Hasn't Happened In 99 Years!

June 21, 2107 So much for my previous astrological prediction of some kind of news announcement today. Oh well, they did announce an electrical outage for a short period at the State House. That didn't stop their tongues from flapping on the roofs of their mouths, they just brought in a generator. U.S. News & World Report, 6 hours ago, MONTPELIER, VT (AP) "Power has been restored to the VT Statehouse following about an hour-long outage as legislators were..." So, while I was still waiting for some news on marijuana legalization, I studied other seriously important astrological issues, combined with real life Space astronomy, that yield amazing new predictions!

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Free Film Screening: SEED, The Untold Story at Brooks Library

Please join us on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 pm in the second floor Meeting Room for a special showing of SEED: The Untold Story! SEED follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

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Summer Fun: Museum & Park Passes at Brooks Memorial Library

Did you know you can check out passes for free and/or reduced prices at many area museums, parks, and nature centers? Check out the Museum Passes page for more info and to book a pass for your next great day trip.

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Half-Price: Brooks Memorial Library Booksale

Last chance! The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library book sale will continue until June 22nd. 1/2 PRICE! All proceeds benefit Brooks Memorial Library, and support programming, materials, and technology. Looking for a good summer read? There are still plenty of treasures to be found! 

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Energy, Diversity, Plastic Bags, and New Trails

The energy of the Brattleboro Selectboard was spent on many issues of energy - from a demonstration of carbon use during a fuel oil purchase to appointing, oddly, multiple weighers of coal. Energy improvements were contemplated, but not firm enough to take hold quite yet.

The conversation about diversity continued, with a status report and a plan to survey experts and others in the community before jumping in with decided plans. Green Street and surrounding areas will get a new network of trails. And the board asked for an ordinance to ban single use plastic bags from retail outlets.

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The Skills Gap - Has America's Educational System Hurt Young Workers?

For the last few years, there have been rumblings that our educational system is not adequately preparing students to take their place in the workforce.  They call it career-readiness, and unfortunately, a lot of young job applicants aren't, ready that is.

The Spring issue of my alumni magazine raised the point again, in response to a recent survey by PayScale.com.  The article, entitled “Essential Skills: What does it take to be career-ready in today's workforce,” would not have caught my eye had it not been for the colorful bubbles atop the page.  Inside those bubbles were numbers – 56%, 44%, 60% – which represented how many hiring managers thought recent college graduates lacked certain skills.  The skills our newest workers lack may not surprise us, but they should worry us more than a little.

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Unusual Mummy

Unusual mummified body recently found in Nazca, Peru.

Humanlike, it measured 5’-6’ tall, with an elongated skull and apparently, no external ears, just earholes. Most distinctive were the fingers and toes – long and thin, and 3 in number. (See picture)

Carbon dating suggests it is about 1700 years old. DNA samples have been sent for analysis.

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When Sun & Mercury Are In The Same Sign, Same Number of Degrees, Expect a Major Political Announcement!


When the Sun & Mercury are in the same astrological sign, the same number of degrees, then you can expect a major political announcement!  Of course, Washington, D.C. is just about close to the same astrological timing, so also look there for a major news announcement about 11 a.m.


June 21 at 11 a.m. in Montpelier, Vermont,  the Sun will be in zero degrees Cancer and also Mercury will be in zero degrees Cancer.  This indicates that we should expect a major political announcement! 

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Part 10 - Federal Marijuana Laws - Can the United Nations Really Seize Our Marijuana?

PART 10 (TEN) FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: If Governor Phil Scott signs a compromise recreational marijuana legalization Bill on June 21 or June 22, 2017, after much slinging of the tongues in Montpelier, Vermont, can the United Nations then send in UN Troops to seize "legalized" marijuana?  Huh? WTF?  OMG!  I hate to warn and inform you, but we really need to have a look at what on earth goes on at the United Nations!

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Teen Summer Reading Program At Brooks Memorial Library

A new teen reading program is happening this summer at the library. Teens, going into 7th grade and up to 18 years old, can participate in our NEW scratch-ticket summer reading program. Every time a teen checks-out a book this summer they earn a scratch ticket—one ticket per day. Also, teens can earn tickets by attending library programs.

Some scratch tickets will be winners and others will encourage teens to return to the library another day to try again. Prizes for winning tickets will include: books, water bottles, gift certificates to Brueggers and other local eateries and stores.

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