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1740:

Captain Josiah Willard informs the governor that they will build stockade fence and sentry boxes. He and others loan the government money to get it done.

1847:

A meeting of individuals, representing several of the districts in town, was recently held for the purpose of making arrangement for a Common School Celebration, if thought expedient. It is expected that several addresses will be made and hoped that the occasion will be one of much interest both to parents and children. A procession of the children and teachers will be formed at the Centre School House, thence be marched to a grove.

1864:

We understand that accommodations for over 1,000 patients are nearly ready at the U.S. Hospital in this village. If the fighting should long continue to be as severe as it has been thus far in the campaign, all the hospital will be full.

1881:

About 50 volumes of valuable new books, including biography, travel, and fiction, have been added to the public library.

1881:

Geo. E. Crowell is making some desirable improvements upon his “Salisbury place,” at the head of High street, including the blasting away of the ledge next to the street. Besides improving the place, this will enable the street and sidewalk to be widened, as they should be.

1881:

For an absolute unique specimen of an unintelligible botch, combined with an exhibition of dense and hopeless ignorance, commend us to recommend the Defamer’s account of the High school graduating exercises last week.

1892:

Work on the new Canal street schoolhouse is progressing rapidly. The first floor is on and the walls will be ready for the second floor next week.

1898:

The Brattleboro Gaslight Company now has more than 80 customers who are using gas for cooking during the summer months. The expense of fuel begins only when the cooking begins, and it stops instantly when the work is done.

1898:

J. H. Chamberlain will sell at the Brooks House stables, 28 horses brought to him in an express car from Indiana. This is the last load of the season. The shipment includes matched pairs, single drivers, grocery, farm, and draft horses.

1904:

Dummerston’s reputation for political irregularities has been extended this week by stories of ballot box stuffing at the caucus Saturday night.

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The Importance of Being of No Consequence

Over the years, I’ve often posed this question to many people, “If I could somehow give you an eternal afterlife, but with the caveat that you cannot take God with you, would you still take the afterlife?

Because the question is unprecedented, it at first takes the person by surprise. After all, most Western people still connect an afterlife with the God they were raised to believe in. It would not normally occur to them to have one without the other.

So, there is often hesitation, but not for long.

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Tin Hats

I am prudent enough to protect myself, and sensible enough not to be shamed out of it by scornful mockery. 

At times, ignorant people and paid provocateurs make fun of tin hats. In fact tin hats are obsolete technology — no one talks about them any more — other than to smear those of us who have the good sense to protect ourselves from EMFs, and other electromagnetic dangers. 

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Burden of Proof - A Preponderance of Evidence

What follows is a tiny but representative section from my website. All the statements here are either self evident and well established facts or they are borne from several thousand source articles or videos which have often been produced by mainstream media or other news outlets.

Do I draw conclusions from all these references? Do I feel that these references provide overwhelming evidence of a pattern? Do I feel these articles support the positions I and millions like me take? Absolutely.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Renee Rosnes Quartet

Pianist Renee Rosnes will perform at the Vermont Jazz Center on April 16th at 8:00 PM with her world-class quartet including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash. Cited as “one of the finest pianists in jazz,” Rosnes has recorded and toured with a veritable who's who of jazz including legends Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson.

Rosnes demonstrates brilliance in her approach to jazz standards and has dedicated albums to playing these classic songs (her recording A Time For Love is a good example), but it is her esteemed work as a composer whose focused ability to choose a complex concept and express it through music that further elevates her reputation. In a review of her most recent recording, Written in the Rocks, Downbeat magazine claims “Rosnes is a virtuoso jazz composer...advanced yet accessible, complex but never ostentatious, this is as good as writing can get in this setting."

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Weekly Menu April 11 to April 15

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu April 11 to April 15

April 11 - Salisbury Steak

Baked Potato

Brussel Sprouts

Pears

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Weekend Creativity Series: Chuck Jones

One of my creative mentors is Chuck Jones, one of the best directors to work with Bugs Bunny. I met him first through Saturday morning cartoons, then later as part of the animation program we were running at the children’s museum in DC.

Above my desk is a drawing of the coyote and road runner that he drew as part of a class at the museum. I can still remember him drawing it, explaining each line as he went along. It reminds me of him, and of the types of conversations he liked having. He was extremely well-read and drew from a lifetime of paying attention to little details.

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New Scam

I have received this 3 times

A robocall informing me that the IRS has me under investigation. They give a number to call for more info.

The IRS doesn't work this way.

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The Brattleboro Historical Society Presents: This Week in Brattleboro History Podcast - H.P. Lovecraft

It was 86 years ago this week that the writer HP Lovecraft was home in Providence, Rhode Island creating his story, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Lovecraft was a self-described writer of “weird tales” which often blended fantasy, horror and science fiction. “The Whisperer in Darkness” is one of those weird tales set in a fictionalized Vermont in an area much like our own Brattleboro.

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Town of Brattleboro Spring Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Spring Leaf Collection. Whereas in the past leaf pickup was determined by scheduled day of rubbish pickup, all locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, April 22, 2016

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, May 6, 2016

All leaves and clippings must be in brown paper leaf bags and at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on scheduled leaf collection days. Acceptable waste...leaves, grass, clippings, garden waste, twigs, no branches larger than 1" in diameter and 2 feet long. No other household trash is to be included.

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Portion of Harmony Lot Closed Monday

As part of the Green Street Retaining Wall Project, the WEST side of the Harmony Parking lot will be closed on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Public Works, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254-4255.

Town of Brattleboro
Department of Public Works

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Mixed Media Assemblages by Lauren Pollaro at MGFA

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present Color & Construct, an exhibit featuring the mixed media assemblages of Lauren Pollaro. The show opens with a receptionThursday, April 21, at 5pm and continues through May 29. An Artist Talk is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 5pm.

 Lauren was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1962, and comes from a family of accomplished artists. Her father, Paul Pollaro, taught, served as Assistant Director of the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, and has exhibited nationally over a hugely successful and lengthy career.

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Brattleboro Committee Meetings and Agendas

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Tree Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum

Are you interested in the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on Brattleboro’s roads?

Are you interested in road projects in Brattleboro that relate to bicyclists and pedestrians?

If so, please plan to come to Brattleboro: Safer Streets Forum on Thursday, May 5th at the River Garden from 5-7:30. 

The goals of the forum are three-fold:

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Annette Spaulding Presents West River Petroglyph Find at the Vermont History Museum

In the spring of 1909, the completion of a new hydro-electric dam in Vernon created at 28 mile long lake, from Vermont's southern boarder with Massachusetts to Bellows Falls, as waters began to back up and subsume much of the river-adjacent countryside. On average, the water level rose 30 feet and eventually flooded more than 150 farms. Among the lands subsumed by permanent flood waters were a series of petroglyphs sites near the confluence of the West River and Connecticut River dating from a precolonial epoch, in the lands now known as Brattleboro, Vermont.

 

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Vermont Community Foundation Awards Grant to HCRS

Award will support HCRS’ work to help the severely disabled

Springfield, VT, April 8, 2016Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), the second largest community mental health center in Vermont, announced today that the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program has awarded HCRS a $2,500 grant.  The award recognizes HCRS’ mission to provide creative, collaborative, and compassionate health care services and will support its Shared Living Providers program, which provides homes for clients with developmental disabilities.

“Small and Inspiring projects remind us of the importance of community,” said Jen Peterson, vice president for program and grants at the Community Foundation. “As we are confronted daily with news stories that incite feelings of fear and distrust, we are honored to support work that brings us together and nourishes the social fabric of our Vermont communities.”

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Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee Vacancy Announced

On April 5, the Selectboard reconstituted the Police-Fire Facilities Building Committee and announced a vacancy on the committee. If you are interested in serving on the committee, please submit your application on-line, or send an e-mail to the Town Manager’s office – tmsecretary@brattleboro.org, or mail or deliver the application to: Brattleboro Town Manager’s Office, Attn: Police-Fire Committee, 230 Main Street, Suite 208, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Police-Fire Next Steps, No Promo For Now

The Brattleboro Selectboard put off the formation of a new promotion committee. It was a suggestion of the Arts Committee and got mixed reactions from the board.

The Town Manager outlined a series of current and next steps for the police and fire facilities projects, currently moving full steam ahead. The board played a version of Match(ing Grant) Game with the Bradley House project, the end of weekly trash bag pickup was previewed, and more.

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Kill the Messenger (2014 film) - Mena, Arkansas, and the Crack Cocaine Epidemic, According to Journalist Gary Webb

http://tinyurl.com/eyewitnessaccounts

'Kill the Messenger'
is a 2014 film based on a true story, the work of journalist Gary Webb in uncovering the circumstances behind the CIA's, Nicaraguan Contras', and organized crime's roles in massive drug trafficking, leading to the early 1980s crack cocaine epidemic. This in turn led to the USA's over-incarceration binge, which has imprisoned black Americans in numbers vastly out of proportion to their percentage of the general population.

[Gary Webb's original journalistic revelations in these matters were originally published in the San Jose (CA) Mercury News, and he later compiled them into his 1998-99 book 'Dark Alliance: the CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion'.]

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Theater Camp this August in Guilford

Guilford Free Library and Guilford Center Stage are collaborating on Stage & Stream, a new, weeklong theater and library camp this August 15-19.  The session will be open to 5th-8th graders, and will be FREE to Guilford kids.  Those from other towns may attend for a fee of $50 for the week.

The camp day will run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at a pair of adjacent 1890’s venues in the village of Guilford Center.

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National Healthcare Decision Day is April 16th

TAKING STEPS BRATTTLEBORO is pleased to join in the nationwide celebration of the right of all adults to think about, talk about and make decisions about Advance Planning. Projects are underway in every state to help people truly consider their personal beliefs and wishes regarding health care options at times of serious accidents or illness.

In recognition of National Health Care Decision Day, TAKING STEPS BRATTTLEBORO is opening its volunteer facilitator training to the general community. Interested community members are encouraged to call to find out more about becoming a part of the Taking Steps Brattleboro team of volunteer Advance Care Planning Facilitators.

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