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1875:

L.K. Fuller is preparing to build a fine residence on his lot near the south end of Canal Street. Leander Thomas has bought Asa Field’s corner lot on Prospect street - the most sightly location in the village - and will of course build a house to correspond. Other houses of an expensive character are also in contemplation.

1927:

William Plattner engaged as Town Manager for Brattleboro.

1929:

The Drum Corps marched and played in the rain to welcome Count Luckner to Brattleboro.

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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/24/14

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 3/24/14

                   Monday March 24  

12:00 am      Green Mountain Vets for Peace: Ep. 130

1:00 am       Pres. Coolidge Site Panel Discussion

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       The Folklorist Ep. 6

4:30 am       The Vermont Healthcare Experiment

5:00 am       Common Good VT: The VT Community Foundation's Food and Farm Initiative

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Interesting Query On Money From The Net

"What shall we call "hard" non-fiat currencies?

I propose the following: Gold based currency and Oil based currency.

The Gold Based currency should be called the Trojan because its value is reckoned on a troy ounce of .999 fine gold

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Not In Your History Books - Part 3

Authors Note: An Eidetic Memory is the ability to remember the intricate details of sights, sounds, and conversations during the adolescent’s years with no relationship to the child’s intelligence or learning skills. It is estimated that between two to ten percent of children are born with this aptitude. In the medical profession this memory phenomena is diagnosed as HSAM or Highly Superior Autobiographic Memory that some health professionals dispute.

As a follow-up to the high school student interview in Part 2, the one sided dialogue in Part #3 is with the same individual who discussed the events surrounding the implementation of the Vermont Sales Tax in 1971. When asked one question about the Hinsdale Raceway, the twenty-six hundred word response revealed an incredible detailed description of what transpired during a three hour timeframe fifty-four years ago. This is a very personal and poignant remembrance about growing up in Brattleboro.

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Vt House Notion to Kill School Boards Deserves Similar Fate

I eavesdropped on ibrattleboro's excellent coverage of your town mtg, & was pleased to see the discussion about the ill-conceived proposal from the legislature to kill our local school boards.  I believe the Vt legislature originally met for much shorter sessions, and like so many institutions has grown bigger just because there was time available for it to do so. This proposal suggests they have too much time on their hands and are inventing fixes for things that ain't broke.

Sure, we can always use improvements to our public education system, but abolishing our citizen school boards seems misguided, especially since they cost almost nothing to maintain (in Guilford, for example, just over $2,000 a year in a school budget of some $2 million!)

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Brattleboro Time Trade -- Week of March 22nd

This week's listings, arranged in Robert's Rules of Order:

RECENT REQUESTS:
Gallery Greeter at BMAC
Events Security at BMAC
Moving Furniture with Truck March 22-23
Seeking Dog Trainer
Help Putting Up Flyers in Brattleboro and Surrounding Towns
Request for Special Diets Foods for April 11th Putney Community Supper
Help Me Find Alternative to my Current Windows XP!
I Need Some Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky), New or Old!
Repair Plastic Window Velcro-Backing on Yurt Wall
Some Lingering Questions Using my Windows 8

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1% Local Options Tax Defeat Disappointing

While watching town meeting today many downtown merchants spoke about their opposition to the proposed  1% local options tax because it will send people to NH (as if those of us on the border towns don't shop there already). I was very disappointed to hear little to no discussion about how NOT approving this tax continues to hammer those of us who pay property taxes in Brattleboro.

Downtown merchants shifted their focus to out-of-state visitors long ago. We have very few stores that provide necessities anymore: a drug store, a hardware store, an Elliot Street convenience store, the Co-op. The bike stores, specialty/gift stores, and even Sam's non-clothing sections target specific hobbies or are for discretionary items.

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Registration open for Tulip Trot 5K Run/Walk on May 24

Last year the inaugural Tulip Trot 5K had over 250 enthusiastic runners and walkers. Please help us make this year's event even bigger and better! Come out rain, mud and/or shine and support the Green Street School PTO while you walk or run down neighborhood streets and scenic woodland trails. Let's get out and moving to celebrate the springing of spring!

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Joan Bowman To Run For Vermont State Senate

Joan Bowman is excited to announce that she will be running for a seat in the Vermont State Senate, representing Windham County, as a Democrat.

“I am pleased to announce my candidacy and look forward to a spirited campaign that focuses on the issues that matter to residents of Windham County. Over the last six months I have had the pleasure of serving as a navigator for the Vermont Health Connect program. In this capacity I assisted hundreds of Vermonters in their efforts to finally get the affordable health care they deserve. As a Vermont State Senator I will work toward sensible solutions that pilot our region and state towards economic prosperity and social equity.”

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting 2014 - Live Blog

We'll be attempting the annual live blog of Representative Town Meeting. The official festivities get under way at about 8:30 am at the high school. See you in a few...

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Brattleboro 2014 Finance Committee Report

Here is the Finance Committee Report for this year.  

    Click here to read the entire report

   Following are  most of the recommendations:

     The Town finances are being handled competently.

     The economy is very fragile.  

     Prime importance should be on making effective use of the $10 million development money that Entergy agreed to contribute to the region.  Without good jobs and increased incomes we'll be forced to make significant changes in the way we live.

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Weekend Concert Series: Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise

This week a mix of poetry, cosmic vibrations, and space philosophy. A discussion of magic and myth to help cleanse and transcend. Sun Ra can help guide us to a deeper reality with a trip with his Arkestra.

Not part of history, but part of mystery.

This is a documentary about jazz musician Sun Ra, who comes from Saturn.

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Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC) will meet on Monday, March 24, 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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Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee Meeting and Agenda

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 8:30am 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 Police-Fire Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, March 27, 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

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