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1840:

Blake & Lawrence have on hand a good assortment of Wet and Dry Groceries, at the lowest prices.

1858:

The Bailiffs of this village have issued a notice that the Village By-Law relative to the firing of crackers, &c., in the streets will be enforced on the 3rd of July. Special police have been appointed who with those already in office will enforce this regulation.

1858:

Hydropath Engine Company of this village, on Saturday evening, threw a streem of water over the pole in this village, the top of which is 182 feet 7 inches from the ground, playing through 237 feet of hose. They will play for a private purse at the conclusion of the Firemen’s Muster.

1862:

We learn that William Chapin son of Dr. Charles Chapin of this town, and George H. Salisbury with his son Ransom Salisbury, also of this town, but acting as sutlers in the army before Richmond, were bagged by the rebels in their raid on the 13th inst., where they came down to within four miles of the White House. Geo. H. Salisbury succeeded in effecting his escape, but his son and young Chapin were made prisoners.

1862:

We do not hear of any movements in this place for a general celebration of the anniversary of our nations birth-day. There will be, as usual pic-nics, and rides by families, parties, and perhaps societies, but a general celebration would create more astonishment here than the appearance of a steam engine would have excited in Sleepy Hollow in the days of the Knickerbockers.

1874:

Brattleboro will not celebrate the Fourth.

1874:

The prospect for summer visitors here this season is not flattering.

1885:

Barnum’s agent was in town Wednesday, but no definite arrangement was made as to the place of exhibition.

1885:

Editor Geo. E. Crowell of the Household has bought all the stock, machinery and tools of the Higby sewing machine company, at a reported cost of $6000.

1891:

H. M. Wood gave his annual fireworks exhibition and balloon ascension from the island last evening.

1891:

Thorough repairs have now been practically completed on the Main street bridge. All decayed or imperfect timbers have been replaced and the planking has been entirely renewed. The cost of the job has been about $400. It would have been a great stroke of economy had a stone arch been put in years ago.

1891:

Several desks were maliciously broken in the High school building on Thursday night of last week. The author of the mischief is not known, and it is difficult to understand what could have been the motive for the act.

1896:

The Vermont Wheel club will hold a club run about town on Tuesday evening, June 30, starting from the club house on Elliot street at 7 p.m. It is hoped that every cyclist, especially the ladies, will consider this a personal invitation, as it would be impossible to reach every one by letter.

1896:

The World’s Fair award to the Carpenter Organ company has recently arrived and is on exhibition in Jordan & Van Doorn’s window.

1896:

A meeting of the Vermont and Massachusetts boundary-line commissioners was held at the Brooks House for the purpose of holding a consultation preliminary to putting surveyors at work to locate the exact boundary line between the two states.

1896:

The narrow-gauge engine house made another persistent effort to burn down Monday. Fire started on the roof from sparks from a passing engine. The fire department will waste not a great many more efforts to save this building unless it is slated or covered with a tin roof.

1903:

Miss Mercy Cox gave a musical at her South Main street home to the members of the junior banjo and mandolin club and their parents. Ice cream and cake were served. This gathering closed the rehearsals of the club until fall.

1903:

J. Grover has sold his milk route to Bert Hildreth.

1903:

The first fair test of Sewall Morse’s automobile, which was made in J.H. Rand’s machine shop, was given Saturday. The trial showed that the principle of the machine is all right, and also the alterations necessary to make it a perfect running machine. The principal trouble is that it wastes steam, which is due to faulty steel castings.

1903:

The Fourth will be observed on Main street by the general closing of the stores.

2007:

Brattleboro passes a resolution and becomes the second Fair Trade town in the nation and first in New England.

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Call for Photo Book Entries at Vermont Center for Photography

The call for entries for the Vermont Center for Photography's 2nd Juried Photographic Book Exhibition “By the Books” is open until July 15, 2017. Noted photographer, Henry Horenstein will jury this exhibition Opening on August 4, 2017, it will showcase a wide variety of outstanding photographic books from artists around the world. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to “break out of the frame” and share your photographic work in an alternative format. All submitted books will be reviewed by our juror who will be solely responsible for selecting the books to be on display.

One artist will be chosen to receive the “Best in Show” award and will be presented with a complimentary two year VCP Membership as well as a $500 cash prize.

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Guilford Street Extension Paving Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 27th, 2017, Vermont Roadworks, LLC, a contractor of the Town, will be repaving a section of Guilford Street (in the area PAST Summit Circle to near the Guilford/Brattleboro town line). We anticipate traffic impacts from approximately 7:00 am until the paving is completed around 7:00 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/26/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/26/17

Monday, June 26, 2017

12:00 am Vernon Black Gum Swamp - Public Mtg 5/8/17

1:05 am Vote for Vermont - VT Workforce Future

2:00 am Bear Pond Books - Salted and Cured

3:05 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

4:43 am TED Talks: Marlon Preston - Am I Not Human

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE

BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER

207 MAIN STREET

JULY SHOWINGS

SOMETIMES RED – SOMETIMES BLUE

JULY 3RD  

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John
Carradine – 9:30 am

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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

Sweet Potato

Green Beans w/Tomatoes

Apricot Pudding

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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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