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Johnathan Dorr Bradley born this day in Westminster.


Thermometers registered 74 degrees in the shade in this village and it became apparent that there would be a flood through the Connecticut River Valley due to melting snow. Old records state that the water of the Connecticut River on April 17, 1862, was the highest it had been in fifty years.


Mrs. Susan (Burnett) Cutting, Brattleboro's oldest resident in the 1920's and grandmother of Dr. L. S. Edwards, celebrated her 100th birthday on this day.


Evening fire at Brooks House lasts until next morning; apartments and businesses destroyed by fire and water damage.

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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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An Example of Where Direct Trade is Sometimes Better than Fair Trade: The Cameroon Coffee Project

This article in the Reformer provides the details that I did not in an earlier post.

After reading the article, please consider donating to this effort to make more of Brattleboro's Coffee orhanic and helping the farmers who grow it escape loan rates of 200%. 


Representative Town Meeting in Brattleboro - Part 1: Its Origins and Adoption

Why does Brattleboro have Representative Town Meeting? Why not a regular, open Town Meeting like the rest of Vermont? These questions led me on a search through old newspapers and town records to look at Brattleboro’s town meetings in the 1950’s to see if there was some obvious answer.

It turns out, there was no single reason that led to the “representative form of government” in Brattleboro. There were many factors, personalities, and coincidences unique to Brattleboro that contributed to its adoption.

Arguments made in favor of representative town meeting were sometimes specific to Brattleboro, such as outgrowing the public meeting hall. Other times they were more lofty, arguing that representative government would be more fair and better able to deal with complex issues, while giving voters a greater say in how the town operates.


Sanders Statement on Climate Change All-Nighter

WASHINGTON, March 10 – As part of an all-night Senate discussion on climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement from remarks prepared for delivery later tonight:

“The scientific community has been extremely clear. Climate change is real. Climate change is man-made. And climate change is already causing severe damage in terms of draught, floods, forest fires, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances.

“Given that reality, I find it extremely disturbing that virtually all of my Republican colleagues continue to ignore the scientific evidence and refuse to support legislation which will address this planetary crisis.


5:45 Live: 3/7/14


5:45 Live goes in depth on the Santa's Land investigation, 2014 Town Meeting Day shockers, 1% option tax-tastic voter approval margin, Putney Park & Ride construction, and much much more.


Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Stakeholder Update, Week of March 9


Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.

Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, March 9th through Friday Night, March 14th.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.


World Music & Jazz Roots Concert to Benefit School Music Program

On Friday, March 14, at 8:00 p.m. in the Vermont Jazz Center performance space at the Cotton Mill Hill complex, Friends of Music at Guilford presents a "World Music & Jazz Roots" concert benefiting its annual Music Enrichment Program at Guilford Central School.

The Friday concert features two ensembles drawing on jazz and classical foundations as well as traditional instrumental and vocal music from around the world. They blend those roots and rhythms into World Music and jazz forms, often original and sometimes skillfully improvised, but always a masterful, creative fusion carrying their audience along on a joyful, soulful journey.


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

BCTV Ch.8 schedule for the week of 3-10-14

                   Monday March 10            

12:00 am      Madison's Hell- Exploring Madisonian Constitutionalism

1:15 am       TED Talks: Christopher Soghoian: Government surveillance -  Just The Beginning

1:25 am       That Was the Week That Was: AARP Driver Safety Program

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Madison's Hell- Exploring Madisonian Constitutionalism


The Future Collective Rocks Brattleboro

Sometime last year, it broke into my consciousness that there was a new arts group in town called the Future Collective and they were doing interesting things. But it wasn't until this year, when suddenly they held a fundraiser and rented a space on Elliott Street, that I finally got around to figuring out who they were. What they are is very cool – a loosely affiliated group of artists, musicians, visionaries, and creative types who want to create a supportive scene around a free interpretation of the arts. I'm making that up. I have no idea what their actual mission is but it seems related to joy, freedom, beauty, and awesomeness for all. Mission aside, they've already given me one thing I'd been missing for a while – loud, live rock and roll music.


150 Years Ago (1864 3/9)

Another night has passed, and such a night of storm. It commenced raining about 7 o'clock and rained very hard and snowed all night. This morning it is snowing very fast and thawing. The whole face of the ground is covered with snow and water. No drilling today. It is the best weather to make the sap run I ever saw. Well, I dated my letter wrong, should have been Sunday 6th. It is now Wednesday 9th. I have got in debt to you now two letters certain, one Saturday night, and I was made glad again tonight by another which has reminded me that I must hurry up this. I do not think that I shall hardly get it finished, as I have to go on guard tomorrow and I must get this off by half past 8 o'clock. I go on guard at nine tomorrow morning and come off at nine Friday morning.




Brattleboro Farmers' Market New Member Meeting this Wednesday!

The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market is now accepting applications for new members to vend their products at the Saturday and/or Wednesday Markets. The Farmers’ Market is the region's largest and oldest open-air Market and supports local agriculture, prepared foods and crafts. The Market features over 50 diverse vendors from the local area and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market is a not-for-profit, membership organization and welcomes applications from those who grow and/or create their own high-quality products, especially those working with local ingredients/materials to bring variety to the Market's offerings.


Sanders, Other Senators to Speak All Night in Wake-Up Call to Congress on Global Warming

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 9 – In a dramatic gesture to urge action on climate change, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other members of the Senate Climate Action Task Force will pull an all-nighter speaking on the Senate floor from Monday night through Tuesday morning.

“When I go home to Vermont, people ask me what world the United States Congress is living in,” said Sanders. “They understand that the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that climate change is real, it is caused by human activity and it is causing devastating damage all over the world. They want us to act and take bold measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."


Crack This Word Puzzler and Get a $20 Gift Certificate at Mocha Joe's

Crack this word puzzler, and get $20 Gift Certificate for Mocha Joe's. Below is a word puzzler for your fun.Crack it, and you will see a brief and grammatical correct message. Whoever solves it first, should email me for the prize at rolf . ParkerHoughton at gmail .com

If you can't crack this word puzzle, but still would like to get $20 worth of coffee for only $15, you can
donate to the campaign to help farmers in Cameroon obtain organic certification. See the attached video for an explanation of the campaign.


Brattleboro Time Trade -- Week of March 8th

This week's listings, arranged without prejudice:

Ubuntu Linux Operating System Help
Kombucha Starter
Legal Writing
Spanish Immersion Weekend
IT Support for Computers and Software


Art Reception Today, 2 to 4 pm: Landscapes by Nancy Calicchio at All Souls Church

Nancy Calicchio Shows Vermont Landscapes Through April

During March and April, Westminster West painter Nancy Calicchio is showing "Landscape Trilogy" in the foyer and other gallery spaces at All Souls Church in West Brattleboro. This exhibition features groups of three paintings of the same subject, each canvas a further interpretation of the landscape. In the larger (36”x36”) works, Nancy explores the balance between earth and sky. She invites the viewer to feel the long view of overlapping hills and the mysterious ambiguity of the far horizon as she searches to create the illusion of depth on a flat surface. Additional paintings round out her study of the earth-sky relationship.


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