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Today In Local History

1836:

Rutherford Hayes, grandfather of President Rutherford B. Hayes and operator of Hayes Tavern, dies in West Brattleboro.

1845:

Mr. John Plummer, of West Brattleboro, committed suicide early last Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a butcher’s knife, which had been made very sharp. He had himself, indeed, previously told his friends to keep all edge tools away from his sight, saying his mind was sometimes strangely inclined to do himself harm. Mr. Plummer was 63 years of age, was a man of some property, and had been esteemed here as one of our best and most useful citizens.

1858:

Donati’s Comet - This erratic visitor may be seen every clear evening as it has been during the past three weeks, in the heavens, a little below the tail of the ‘Dipper.” It is exceedingly brilliant with millions of miles of tail. Although this is not strictly a local item, an observation of its beauties is worthy the attention of our readers in this latitude. It is expected the comet will not brush the earth with its caudal appendage.

1874:

A number of our Main street merchants have adopted the plan of closing their shops at 8 o’clock in the evening.

1874:

Trade is reviving.

1874:

Crosby’s brick building in the rear of the “Crosby block,” has been enlarged by an addition of a new section on the north, fronting on the Brooks House square. The building will be known as “Harmony block,” and the location as “Harmony place.”

1874:

The “brook road” between this village and Centreville is now open to travel. The bridges have been leveled up, the road straightened and graded, and altogether bettered. The amount expended is somewhere between $1500 and $2000.

1885:

E.A. Matthews tells of a sunflower in his yard at Centreville which measures 43 inches in circumference.

1891:

Two former employees of Ross White are to open a tissue paper business in the basement of Harmony block.

1891:

The Brooks House needs 100 more rooms at the time of the Valley Fair. It will be a matter of public convenience, which will aid in making the fair a success, if the people who come here can be provided for. All persons who have rooms which can be used should notify the manager of the Brooks House at once.

1891:

A concrete walk is being laid this week through Bullock street.

1896:

It was the same story over again Tuesday night. The auditorium was packed with people to see Lyman Howe’s moving pictures exhibit. Mr. Howe has as good a machine as is made, as good views as are obtainable, and he strives to please his audience. There are pictures for all tastes, and if you sit in amazement at one picture you will laugh at the next one.

1896:

It will be a novelty to dance to music by the entire First Regiment band of 25 pieces at the great harvest ball at Festival hall both Valley Fair nights.

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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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When Sun & Mercury Are In The Same Sign, Same Number of Degrees, Expect a Major Political Announcement!


When the Sun & Mercury are in the same astrological sign, the same number of degrees, then you can expect a major political announcement!  Of course, Washington, D.C. is just about close to the same astrological timing, so also look there for a major news announcement about 11 a.m.


June 21 at 11 a.m. in Montpelier, Vermont,  the Sun will be in zero degrees Cancer and also Mercury will be in zero degrees Cancer.  This indicates that we should expect a major political announcement! 

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Part 10 - Federal Marijuana Laws - Can the United Nations Really Seize Our Marijuana?

PART 10 (TEN) FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: If Governor Phil Scott signs a compromise recreational marijuana legalization Bill on June 21 or June 22, 2017, after much slinging of the tongues in Montpelier, Vermont, can the United Nations then send in UN Troops to seize "legalized" marijuana?  Huh? WTF?  OMG!  I hate to warn and inform you, but we really need to have a look at what on earth goes on at the United Nations!

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Teen Summer Reading Program At Brooks Memorial Library

A new teen reading program is happening this summer at the library. Teens, going into 7th grade and up to 18 years old, can participate in our NEW scratch-ticket summer reading program. Every time a teen checks-out a book this summer they earn a scratch ticket—one ticket per day. Also, teens can earn tickets by attending library programs.

Some scratch tickets will be winners and others will encourage teens to return to the library another day to try again. Prizes for winning tickets will include: books, water bottles, gift certificates to Brueggers and other local eateries and stores.

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Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida - New Book

Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida is finished. It is now available on Kindle and Amazon.com  At the end of this note, are several poems and photos from this book and because it is father's day i have included sample of poems that you can share with your favorite "dad/man" in your life. Happy Fathers/ Men Day

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Brattleboro Gets Rain

Just noting for the record the rather spectacular rainfall we just experienced in Brattleboro. This was some of the hardest rain I've seen in quite a while. "Buckets!" as they like to say.

I think I saw a squirrel go by in a small boat.

Along with the rain was some rather percussive, precision thunder and lightning displays.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/19/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/19/17

Monday, June 19, 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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US Jet Shoots Down Syrian Plane

ISiS doesn’t have planes.

This is NOT good.

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VFW Lunch Specials June 19th - June 23rd

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 - liver & onions w/ mashed potato & veg.

Tues - cheese tortellini alfredo w/ a salad

Wed - BBQ chicken w/ potato salad

Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg

Fri - baked haddock w/ rice & veg.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Lunch Menu June 19 thru June 23

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu June 19 thru June 23

 

June 19 - Pea Soup

Egg Salad Sandwich

Pineapple Cole Slaw

Mango

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 20, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will continue working on diversity issues at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center. They'll also start discussing the possibilities of plastic bag ban options for the town.

David Schoales has a suggestion to transfer funds to address energy and conservation projects. The board will lock in a price for heating oil, approve bids for parking lot paving, accept grants, and the dog park will be approved for fencing. (En garde, Snoopy!) All this and more.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and you are welcome to participate throughout the meeting.

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Make It Stop

Amazon is reported to be buying Whole Foods. This will be good for....?

Discuss and debate.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 19th

Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of June 19th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure. All four lanes of traffic will be on the bridge by the end of the week!

In order to apply permanent line striping, single lane and shoulder closures for northbound and southbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed, as well as rolling road blocks (slow rolls). Right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Please follow advanced warning signs.

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Act 46 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE
Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the Oak Grove School Gymnasium.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Skywatchers

There is much to talk about. How come we're not talking about this? The fact that nobody's talking about it, doesn't that make you go hmm?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--wogQ9-Cuc&t=14s

Frankenskies The Movie Coming Soon!:
http://www.aircrap.org/2017/…/13/fran...
https://www.facebook.com/FrankenSkyTh...

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Arthur Lemon-Butter

One of my sisters just crossed the 50 year mark. To celebrate, I made her a short animation.

She's always been a fan of artichokes, so I thought I would animate her favorite vegetable doing something. I wasn't quite sure what it should do, though. Dance around? Eh.

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Summer Programming at Brooks Memorial Library

For libraries, summer time means summer reading. This year’s theme is “Build A Better World,” and the Children’s Room will be busy providing new programs and continuing with previous popular summer programs.

This year we will offer a summer challenge for kids, ages 4-12. (Teen programs and programs for littler ones will also be available.) This program offers kids the chance to earn points for reading, being read to, or listening to audiobooks. Kids can also earn points by attending library programs. All these points are recorded a specific form that can be picked up in the Children’s Room. When a child earns 25 points, they can progress to the next level to earn more points and more prizes; the higher the level, the better the prizes. There will also be special tasks throughout the summer to earn bonus points. Prizes include free books, free snacks at local establishments, and free passes to other fun activities. Children can sign up starting Monday, June 19th, and then all the way through the summer. The completed forms have to be turned in by Saturday, August 12th to be able to win any prizes.

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