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1826:

Miss Amelia Tyler started her Brattleboro school which was famous for 50 years.

1922:

Dr. Horace G. Ripley appointed superintendent at the Retreat.

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Write Action Picnic in Guilford

We hope you can join Write Action for schmoozing, good food, the open reading, and more at our annual potluck picnic. It is at noon on Sunday, Aug 17.

Write Action is southern Vermont's non-profit that promotes and strives to inspire writers, with workshops, open readings, writing contests and more. www.writeaction.org. We hope to see some of you there.

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Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.

More here

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West Brattleboro Association Offers Free Movie Night

On Thursday, August 21, the West Brattleboro Association will present its first free movie night.  “Triplets of Belleville” (appropriate for families) will be shown at dusk outdoors next to the West Brattleboro Fire Station. There will be movie shorts beginning at 7:30 followed by the main feature at 8.

At 7 pm bike-powered smoothies from the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project will be for sale.  There will be music and circus toys.  There will also be ice cream donated by the Chelsea Diner and free popcorn.

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Weekend Concert Series: Moody Blues at Red Rocks

Why The Moody Blues? Well, it seems like they have been coming up in conversation a lot lately.

For all of you who need to have the Blues this weekend.

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Notice of Democratic Town Caucus to Elect Nominees to Serve as Justice of the Peace

Notice is hereby given that the Democratic Town Committee of Brattleboro will hold a caucus for the purpose of electing nominees to stand for election as justice of the peace on the 2014 general election ballot.

The meeting will be held at Brattleboro Savings & Loan (in the community room around behind the building) on August 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.  If no one is at the door, there is a doorbell which will alert someone to let you in.  (This is especially important if you're a couple of minutes late, or as we Democrats say, "on time.")

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SeVWA’s August 14, 2014 River Sampling Was Cancelled; Next Sampling Date is August 27th

Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance’s (SeVWA’s) water quality monitoring program was begun about 10 years ago. At that time, the organization was known as West River Watershed Alliance (WRWA). In 2014 there are 26 river and stream sites that SeVWA is monitoring and those sites are in the West River and Williams River watersheds and along the Saxtons River and Whetstone Brook. There are 26 volunteers that sample at those sites every 2 weeks during the summer, with 8 additional volunteers filling-in for the “regulars” on occasional days during the monitoring season. This summer the river monitoring program began on Wednesday, June 18th. The last 2014 sampling date at all sites will be on August 27th.

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Road Work

August 15, 2014

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

Milling of three streets was completed on Thursday and clean up around structures and along curb lines is taking place as planned on Friday. Resurfacing has been pushed back to Wednesday and Thursday, August 20-21. The tentative schedule has Lane Construction starting on Cotton Mill Hill, followed by Fairground Road and Birge Street. The second day would be Chapin, Grove Street and finally on Guilford Street. This can change with rainy weather between now and then.

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150 Years Ago (1864 8/15)

  Aug. 15th. Here in the same spot. When we came in here the supply trains were just coming
in. The report was that the whole of the cavalry train of thirty-five wagons had been captured by guerillas that came through Snicker's Gap. Our train was in the rear, the cavalry train in the center of the train guarded by hundred days men. They run without firing a gun, in fact, there was no firing on either side. That was all true, but last night we heard the rest of the story. Our cavalry in small force came up before they had time to remove the wagons or the supplies. There was a paymaster and his wagon, and money with the train. They had got the paymaster and had just got the money out and were opening the box but got none of the money. Others were taking off the mules. The cavalry retook all except the paymaster and a few of the mules. My informant said that he saw 16 of the guerillas that were captured and that there were others, so that and that Snicker's Gap region is an infernal one. They care but little for anything but the plunder.

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Dosa Kitchen: South Indian Soul Food Serving Dinner Alfresco With a River View this Saturday (8/16)

This SATURDAY (8/16) we will be extending our hours from noon till 8 pm. Come join us for alfresco dinner with a view of the river!

139 Main Street, down the alley toward the Hooker-Dunham theater

(regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 3)

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Too Urban?!

Too Urban?

It's seeming that the Elm Street parking lot is quickly becoming the favorite choice for the location of the Brattleboro skatepark. It's an odd turn of events considering this location is not supported by BASIC or the larger skateboarding community. It's a little bit confusing because when the new Selectboard pulled the $50,000 dollar designer rug out from under BASIC and roped everyone back to the start line it was to “ensure due public process and identify the most ideal location for a skatepark.” Is the Elm street lot the best location for a skatepark?

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My Boy Is Seven and Someone Took His BMX Bike

Someone took my boy's "Roadmaster" BMX bike. It is glossy black, with green handle grips, and has a black chain guard. We can't remember if we wiped out all of the purple letters on the old chain guard or left some on, so there may still be some purple letters left.

The value of the bike is really derived from the effort he took in redecorating it. He actually worked on removing the old grips himself.

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August 1914: In Witness. Speak for Peace

Friends,

A moment to remember WWI. In the darkness of the wars in the Middle East, the insane invasion of Gaza, and the random madness and
war, we send this prayer for peace.

In whatever way we can speak out for peace in our lives, in our communities,
and yes speaking out against the estimate $1 trillion dollar US Military budget. 

 Last week, Zoe and I were at Universal peace day in NYC. It was
beautiful to perform the poem PALESTINE that said, "Peace, shaalom,
saalam" as over 50 flags of Israel and Palestine were knotted together
and raised high as a prayer for peace.

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150 Years Ago (1864 8/14)

New Middletown, Va. Aug. 14th, 1864.

Dearest Wife,

I hardly know at which end of this march to commence this letter, but think I will begin where I left off. Well, in a few minutes after I sent off my last, Aug. 9th, went on picket. Did not go back to camp, but started to go up the Shenandoah Valley. I had a paper put up to send and told you where we were going, but had no chance to send it until yesterday. We followed and the rebels retreated, the cavalry occasionally skirmishing, occasionally a reb killed or wounded and quite often a few captured. Came through Charlestown, where John Brown was hung on the 10th. On the 11th in the forenoon left Berryville about a mile on the left.

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Where Would You Go?

I've a weeklong visitor coming and need ideas of where to take an older, low key guy with walking problems. Ideas please!?

Thanks in advance!

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Change In Brattleboro's Voting Place and Hours for Primary and General Elections

Brattleboro’s polling place and hours will change for the Aug. 26 Primary and Nov. 4 General election. Due to budget constraints, The Board of Civil Authority has voted to hold both the August and November elections in the Selectboard Meeting Room of the Municipal Center. Polling hours have also been extended and will open at 7 a.m.

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