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1779:

"Committees from neighboring towns and from Springfield and Weathersfield, assembled in convention at the house of Colonel Sargent in Brattleboro for the purpose of concerting measures to protect themselves and their constituents from the indignities to which they were subjected by the authorities of Vermont."

1859:

The gas company in this village have put down mains on Elliot and Green streets.

1875:

What with the old soldiers’ reunion the third week of August, and the encampment of State troops the week following, Brattleboro people will imagine the old war times returned.

1875:

The Fisk, Jr. base ball club of this place played a matched game with a picked nine at Bellows Falls last Saturday, and were whipped by a score of 9 to 21.

1880:

We are glad to know that measures are to be taken to call a legal meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank at the earliest possible day. The directors owe it to themselves no less than to the stockholders to have it made entirely apparent that they are doing everything possible to take care of the suffers of this calamity. Definite means should be provided for the payment of a suitable reward for the apprehension and return for trial and punishment of S. M. Waite.

1880:

The hand fire engines “Fountain No. 4,” and “Active No. 3,” are to be sold at auction August 11, in accordance with the vote at the last village meeting. A rare opportunity is thus offered to towns or villages desirous of procuring first-class fire engines at small cost.

1880:

Complaint is made of the condition of the West river bridge, upon which repairs were begun a long time ago and never completed. Why is this thus, Messrs. Selectmen?

1880:

Messrs. J Estey & Co. are increasing their business to meet the still growing demand for their organs, and are now turning out fifty instruments per day.

1886:

It is probable that the strawberry crop of Brattleboro reached nearly or quite 1000 bushels this year.

1886:

Some of the firemen are dissatisfied over the prospect of a paid fire department, and the bailiffs received a petition asking for a special town meeting to see if the village will reconsider the vote establishing a paid department. It is an open question whether the matter could be reconsidered.

1886:

The fee on domestic money orders for sums not to exceed five dollars has been reduced from eight to five cents, beginning Monday next.

1886:

The parade of a dozen or more bicyclers last Wednesday evening attracted considerable attention.

1897:

A gramophone entertainment was given at the rooms of the Vermont Wheel club Tuesday night.

1897:

The trustees of the Brooks memorial fund have bought for the Brooks free library a work entitled “A Library of the World’s Best Literature,” published by S. Peale and J.A. Hill of New York. It covers the entire field of letters, ancient and modern, and is the only publication of its kind ever attempted. The first 10 volumes have been received, and the other 20 will be forwarded as soon as published.

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Anti-Free Speech Legislation in Brattleboro

Government to people: be quiet!

Over that last few years town government has voted too often against the people.  In 2010 there was a
referendum on Pay-As-You-Throw trash collection.  The police-Fire Project (PFP) and the parking garage were approved by the RTM after being rejected by the people.  In April the people rejected the 2015 budget
by referendum because of high taxes and the PFP, and on Monday (June 2) the selectboard and the RTM adopted it.  (Well, the budget had been approximately $16 million and now it’s ALMOST $16 million.)  After the budget referendum Mr. Gartenstein admitted that the referendum was largely about the PFP, but at recent hearings and at the RTM on Monday the board threatened that anyone discussing the PFP would be declared out-of-order.

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150 Years Ago (1864 6/5)

Washington, June 5, 1864.

Dearest wife,

Here I am yet. This morning received two letters from you. They come double. Was very sorry to hear that Edmond Goodwin was killed. I am going to the Columbia Hospital and Carver this afternoon. Was in to Mr. Baxter's room this morning. Told Mrs. Baxter where I was going. Gave me a dollar and told me to buy some Strawberries for some of the boys at the Carver. She gave me their names and Wards. She spends all her time for the soldiers, goes to all the hospitals and finds the wants of the boys, If she does not have a supply, impresses some one into the service and sends them next day. She had a list of the articles that they wanted where she was going today, some Lemon pies, some Rhubarb, some dried apple turn over, some oranges and some lemons. These things she pays for with her own money.

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Strolling of the Heifers Book Sale

The 13th edition of the Friends of Library Strolling of the Heifers Booksale will take place in the Main Room of the Library on Friday, June 6, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday, June 7, 8 AM to 2 PM. The Giant June book sale is the Friends’ biggest sale of the year. There will be approximately 5,000 items for sale including hardback, paperback and coffee-table books.

Book prices will range from 25 cents to $3.00 with some special interest and coffee-table books priced higher. Titles cover a wide range of subject areas as well as a good selection of fiction. All books have been donated to the Library by community members. The books are screened for good quality and sorted by subject area by Library volunteers.

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Brattleboro Arts Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 10, 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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Creating the Cat Alphabet

Recently, I spent some time combining two things I enjoy - pets and typography.  I know people like learning how things are made, so I thought I’d walk you through the process of creating a Cat Alphabet. Maybe you can help me profit from it. : )

The project started without much thought. I like drawing and having been using my cats as models for some time now. They are willing and able, and the bone structure of humans and other animals match up quite nicely. We all have ankles, knees, elbows, etc. You just have to get the proportions right for the animal you are drawing.

I decided to see how cats would fit into the various letters of the alphabet. I’ve been a fan of the alphabet since an early age, and started my life in graphic arts with hand-lettered posters in college.

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 5:00pm 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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Welch Statement on Sanders-McCain Agreement on VA Reforms

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Peter Welch made the following statement after Senators Sanders and McCain announced a bipartisan agreement for reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs:

“The cost of any war must include the cost of caring for warriors when they return home. That solemn commitment has been shaken by recent events.

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Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:00am at Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:00pm 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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Sanders, McCain Reach Agreement on Veterans Bill

WASHINGTON, June 5 – Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today reached a bipartisan agreement to improve veterans’ access to health care and address serious problems facing the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“While this is not the bill that I would have written, we have taken a significant step forward with this agreement,” said Sanders.

At a time when VA medical facilities in parts of the country have waiting lists that are too long, this legislation would give veterans access to private doctors, community health centers, Department of Defense medical facilities and facilities funded by the Indian Health Service.

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Reset The Net

I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of today’s Reset The Net efforts to increase privacy and security on the internet.

It’s an interesting campaign, with many ways to participate. The basic goal is to plug up holes that have been exploited by the NSA and nefarious types to illegally access your personal information.

So, check out Reset The Net. You’ll see ways to spread the word, but also be given tools and instructions (a “privacy pack”) for increasing your personal privacy and security. There are freebies to encrypt email, chats, and browsing. They have hints for encrypting your personal computer. They have tips for professionals and suggestions of where to lend coding skills.

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Abigail Baird, Former Resident of Brattleboro, Starts To Make It Big

Congatulations Abby Baird, former resident of Brattleboro. Watch her amazing performance on America's Got Talent, a combinatuion of aerial work and animation, onstage.  (video below)

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Organic Straw Near Brattleboro?

Where can I get a bale or two of organic straw nearby?

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Did You Hear About This?

In April the people REJECTED the budget in a referendum. The selectboard and town reps met and REAPPROVED THE SAME BUDGET on Monday.   Well, it was AROUND $16 million: now it’s ALMOST $16 million, and

                                           DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS ? 

At the meeting it was announced that anyone discussing the Police-Fire project  would be declared OUT OF ORDER. !!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Special Meeting Scheduled - Personnel

The Brattleboro Selectboard will hold a special meeting on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session at 5:30pm to discuss a personnel matter.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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