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First Universalist Society organized in Brattleboro on this day.


We were in hope before going to press, to be able to say just how much stock had been subscribed to the Vermont and Massachusetts Rail Road, but we are not. — The amount, however, is about $300,000, and the subscriptions are still going on. The farmers in the neighboring towns are doing their duty upon the subject.


The return of Spring has reminded us of a subject which has long occupied our own thoughts, and to which we wish to call the attention of our citizens — the present condition of our village burial ground. No place in our village is so frequently visited, both by citizens and strangers, as this, and yet there is none that is more unsightly in itself, or that brings so much reproach upon our good taste and cultivated feelings.


The office of Town Agent for the sale of spirituous liquors under the law of 1852, has been removed to the building on the corner of Main and High streets. There is no doubt that these liquors are as pure as can be obtained in the country.


Larkin G. Mead, Jr., a young and promising artist of our village, has recently completed a bust, in Italian marble, of the late Leonard Wheeler, which is in every way creditable to his genius. He has never received any instructions in this department of art, yet his first attempts will compare favorably with the matured productions of men of fame.


For the benefit of those persons who have thus early in the season begun to steal plants and flowers from lots in the cemetery, it may be well to say that a liberal reward has been offered for the discovery of any party or parties guilt of such depredations, and that, in case of their detection, a determination is expressed to give them the full benefit of the very stringent provisions of the law upon this subject.


The interior of the Roman Catholic church is to be frescoed, 14 memorial windows and new seats put in, and a main entrance and broad aisle built. Services for the next two or three months will be held in the armory.


The committee of arrangements for the Memorial-day exercises make the usual request for gifts of flowers, which should be taken to the lower town hall as early as possible on Thursday morning.


The Chesterfield bridge has taken shape with great rapidity the past week, and will be ready for the flooring early next week.


Peas are in bloom in Geo. E. Crowell’s garden.


Charles F. Hill was arrested Monday by Sheriff Starkey, charged with stealing hens. He was arraigned before Justice Royall Tyler. He pleaded guilty and was fined about $5 and costs.


The material for the electric railroad has nearly all been received. There are 15 to 20 carloads of rails, bolts, straps, tools, etc.


The highway is being widened, new gutters put in and other improvements made on High street near the foot of the hill leading to the avenue.


The bailiffs have posted notices in the rear of the buildings and stores on the east side of Main street, forbidding the dumping of rubbish down the railroad bank.


Brattleboro town voters approved a $5.4 million bond issue to expand and renovate our town school buildings.

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Gov Vetoes Marijuana Bill

There is a lot of conversation going around about the Governor's veto. It is indeed on the veto session for June 21. But there is no way the General Assembly will override it. While we do have the votes in the Senate to do so (2/3 is needed, that means 20 in the Senate) but the House does not have the votes. It only passed with about 80+votes and they would need 100 to override. So the bill is dead until next January when we will see if there is any compromise he can live with.

His two concerns seem to be driver safety: we do not have a road side test but we know that people were arrested for drunk driving before there were breathalyzers and we know that the best road side test in Drug Recognition Experts (which we have and the bill would have allowed more to be trained).


They’re Coming To Take You Away, Ha, Ha.

Warning! Reader Discretion. Graphic Fascist thoughts and feelings may be realized. All of you internet denizens of free speech and antiestablishment, if you don't want "to be scooped up," beware! Pay particular attention to the third paragraph

Words like fascist and authoritarian get thrown around too promiscuously. But there is no other way to describe David Clarke, who today announced that he was named assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.The Department has not confirmed Clarke’s appointment.) Clarke occupies the extremist, anti-democratic fringe of far-right officials, even by the standards of the Trump administration.

Clarke, a Milwaukee sheriff, rocketed into national prominence as a conservative provocateur by virtue of his rabid opposition to Black Lives Matter.


Special Vermont Legislature Session June 21, 2017 To Vote Yes Or No To Over-Ride Veto Of Recreational Marijuana Law

Other news wrongly reported that the bill is dead. It is not dead. It is waiting upon the Vermont State Legislature to decide whether or not to over-ride Governor Phil Scott's veto of the recreational marijuana bill. 

I called the Vermont State Legislature 1-802-828-2228 and my question was directed to the Senate Secretary who stated that the June 21 sesson is a session where the legislators vote to over-ride a veto, and that s.22 recreational marijuana is on the list to vote on that day. Don't listen to fake news, no matter how important they tell you they are. Do your own research and make your own phone calls.



Doing Science Simply for the Sake of Learning How Nature Works

I was breakfasting at Flamingo’s on Canal Street recently and noted the flamingo motifs situated in the restaurant. I recall someone at the counter mentioned that flamingoes slept standing up. When I saw this article I was surprised what the flamingoes do to catch a few Zzzzzz’s.“Humans consider standing on one leg something best done in a yoga class. Flamingos, on the other hand, consider it the most comfortable sleeping position.

And they never seem to fall.


How Did I Miss It?

Yesterday was World Turtle Day!


Brattleboro Memorial Day Closings

In observance of Memorial Day, all Brattleboro Town offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017, with the exception of emergency services.

Parking is free at all metered spaces and in the pay-and-display lots on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29, 2017. All other violations will be enforced.


Robot Roundup Spring 2017

Time for an occasional robot roundup, where we look at advances in robotics.


Cobots. One of the big trends at the moment is development of cobots, or collaborative robots. It’s a friendly name for you helping the robot do its work until you are no longer needed, though they advertise these as robots to work with humans.

For example, here’s a robotic arm that can be placed next to humans and do work such as screwing, drilling, and buffing. The big innovation? Torque control, to be able to detect when it collides with anything at all. Previous robotic arms hand a tendency to snap humans in half if they collided. This one can avoid those sorts of accidents.


Part 2, Federal Marijuana Laws for Governor Phil Scott To Consider This Morning Before His Big Decision To Ignore, Sign or Veto The Marijuana Bill On His Desk!

Today we start off with Title 18 Criminal laws: explosives & marijuana; prisons & marijuana; and then Title 19 international treaties & marijuana. Please keep in mind that changing state marijuana laws does NOT change federal laws which are spelled three different ways in the federal laws: marijuana, marihuana and cannabis.

Previously, in Part 1, we looked at food stamps & marijuana, federal forest land & marijuana, federal immigration laws & marijuana, and U.S. Military law & marijuana.


Between a Rock and a Hard Place in New America

The signs are everywhere, I mean really. I cannot go from the library to the Ground Works Drop In without seeing at least three it seems. A lot of people are literally out there with signs. It is tough times, I know. I am ready to make a sign that says " I am so mad I made a sign! " I know it's been done before, but I can't help it.

My Girlfriend Andrea lives on the other side of Amherst MA in a nice town, kind of like ours. She is a hard working independent and dedicated Mom. She has her own household to care for with little support from Co-father, and she was curious about my previous postings here. Andrea has been great through my struggle and it smacks dab into what happens when something wild happens and finds one person out of work in The New America that it puts everyone close to them struggling a bit more. Andrea said she did not see where I had explained the whole situation and that I should. I said I thought it was mentioned in the "In a Pickle". But I will try and once again put out the struggle I have been in since late last year and the support that has kept me one step from..a Harder Place.


Irrefragable Truth

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
~ Spinoza

To this day the trifecta of human fear, ignorance and superstition remains unparalleled. Without adequate tools to assimilate knowledge, early humans evolved beliefs to deal with the unknown. No other set of ensuing attitudes have supplanted those irrational beliefs.

Competitively speaking, science is a latecomer. It got off to a slow start because it requires critical thinking. Science places a greater demand and reliance on "the little grey cells." Belief, on the other hand, is the path of least resistance for the lazy man who'd rather be told what to believe then think for themselves.


Part 1: Federal Marijuana Laws "Trump" State Marijuana Laws, So It Is Time To Learn Federal Pot Laws!

FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS which pre-empt, or "trump" state laws; PART 1.

I want to copy all of the federal marijuana laws and post them, but it is getting rather long, so I will just post what I have so far; and there are a lot more, but rather than you getting bored, just read this much so far, O.K.?

The laws I have copied and pasted here, so far, include laws regarding people who receive foods stamps, people in the U.S. Military, and people who enjoy our national parks. If that's you, you need to know about federal marijuana laws!


BCTV Schedules Week of 5/22/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/22/17

Monday, May 22, 2017

12:00 am Rivergarden: Michael Hertz & Bunny Macauley 4/28/17

1:00 am Carolina Stories - Down but Not Out

2:00 am Champlain College 2017 Student Video Showcase

3:43 am Bradley House Groundbreaking Ceremony 5/1/17

4:00 am Vote for Vermont - Mental Health Policing


Guilford Resident Begins Service in Peace Corps China

WASHINGTON, May 22nd, 2017 - Anna Pettee, 22, of Guilford, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for China in June to begin training as an English teaching volunteer. Pettee will live and work in a community, teaching spoken and written English at the post-secondary level.

Pettee was inspired to apply to the Peace Corps' program in China by her personal history as well as her professional goals. "I was adopted from China and have always felt a pull towards that vast country" she said. "When I was accepted to serve in China, the country where I was adopted from, I knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime in many ways.”


Organ Barn Concert & Cookout on May 28 features Virtuoso Justin Hartz

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG), now in its 51st Concert Season, is preparing for its 9th annual Spring Recital in the Organ Barn at Tree Frog Farm, the site of its founding event in 1966. Each season begins with an organ concert in this intimate barn on Labor Day Weekend. Over the past decade, a sort of "bookended" concert towards the end of FOMAG's season has given the organization a second opportunity to celebrate its roots. This spring's concert is at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, and is followed by an optional holiday cookout.


VFW Lunch Specials May 22nd - May 26th

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. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438

Mon - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg
Tues - Turkey club w/ French fries
Wed - spaghetti & meatballs w/ a salad
Thur - pot roast, mashed potato, gravy & veg
Fri - jambalaya w/ a salad


Idyllic Spot

This idyllic waterway is located in a most unexpected place.

It is in the US, in fact, in a state that borders Vermont.

Does anybody want to venture a guess as to exactly where?

Hint: The name of the waterway will reveal the location.


Death by a Thousand Twits

After a pair of incarnations spanning seven or so years, my sense is that the terminal phase of this application is at hand.

Many millions of users have now acclimated to the deluge of data drops like teens hitting the flumes at a bar-mitzvah waterpark afterparty, and it's made the ride so snide, so baked with innuendo and hyperbole, so locked and loaded, so half-cocked, so hyper, so meta, anticipatory as the storied pisstape, it's nigh impossible now to sift the once tasty nectars from its stem.

More than many never got it…”What do I wanna do spend my day hearing about an anime gecko’s lunch strategy and calorie totals?”. Or something to that effect.


How Police In Australia Test Drivers For Marijuana!

How police in Australia test drivers for marijuana!  I saw this in a movie.  I get some really great DVD's at yard sales in the summer.  I just can't wait for yard sale season to start again!   O.K., I don't recall the name of the movie, and I'd have to dig through boxes to find it, but basically it goes like this, sort of:

Two Australian Police Officers at a roadside traffic stop, cleary marked for a driver survey, so cars politely slow down.  When a car comes to a stop, directed by an officer helping to stop cars, the other officer goes to the window (was it on the wrong side of the car?  I can't recall, this was a movie, do they drive on the wrong side in Australia?) 


Here is the Marijuana Bill the Governor Might Sign, So Please Read It!

This is the Marijuana bill we are waiting to see if Vermont Governor Phil Scott will sign or veto. The legislature could overcome a veto. It says Fentanyl, but it gets around to the marijuana, keep scrolling down!


Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu May 22 thru May 26

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 22 thru May 26


May 22 - American Chop Suey 

Brussel Sprouts

Carrots & Turnips  

Grapenut Custard


iBrattleboro Poll

The amount of panhandling in Brattleboro