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1840:

Reverend Joseph Freeman was chosen as pastor at First Baptist Church.

1885:

The good weather of the past week has brought the wheelmen out in force, and it is evident that bicycling as a healthful and manly recreation is growing in favor with our young men every season.

1885:

Mr. Harry L. Emerson left Milford, NH on Monday for Brattleboro, VT where he will take charge of the large furniture business purchased there by the firm of Emerson & Son.

1903:

The top story of C.O. Robbins’ new house on the corner of Oak and High streets has been put on this week. Mr. Robbins expects to have the house completed the coming autumn. It is divided into six tenements and in the centre is a large open space which admits light to all of the tenements.

1905:

Some boys who were either bent on mischief or did not know better piled some rubbish up against the watercure building on the north side of Elliot street one day this week and set fire to it, but fortunately they were seen in time to prevent what might have been a bad affair.

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UFO's over Brattleboro, April 5, 2014

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Host An International Exchange Student


It is that time of year !!! Planning your summer? Got an idea for you. Host
an exchange student from Spain in July...just 3+ weeks. Bring an international dimension to your life and share Vermont with an eager teen. For more info contact Ann, 802-257-4710, exchangevt@gmail.com. Host families also needed for the coming school year for kids from around the globe.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brattleboro Begins Work To Recognize Martin Luther King Day

It’s not official yet, but the Brattleboro Selectboard promised that the town will take steps to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a town holiday, despite concerns of complexity voiced by the Interim Town Manager and the results of an informal poll of town staff. 

Sidewalk plowing on Cedar Street was debated, but with the snow season coming to an end the board decided to contemplate the issue for a while longer before making any decisions.

Duo gets a loan, CRT gets a memo of understanding, and the Fire Department is staffed well. All this and more follows below.

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Wooly Mar and Home Body At Future Collective Show

We arrived fashionably late for the Future Collective show Friday night and missed Wooly Mar's opening. We regret that but we had the bill upside down.

Wooly Mar is Maria Pugnetti, an “intermedia artist” living in Northampton, MA, who has done various musical things through the years, usually described as some kind of folk music. Currently, she's doing her own thing with a fluctuating group of musical collaborators, of whom we heard one, a bass player named Kurt. Armed with a compact array of keyboard, drum machine, effects units, and other gear, she coupled sounds and effects with her own sinuous voice in a way that was frankly mesmerizing and slightly levitational. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this woman was luminous, or as one girl shouted out, “pure magic.”

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Community Radio Station WOOL Completes Historic Upgrade

In 2006, Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company submitted an application for a new radio license. WOOL-LP, the community radio station started by the organization had only been broadcasting a short while when the opportunity arose to increase their broadcast power. Today, after more than eight years of finagling, strategizing, fundraising, and borrowing, WOOL finalized the process and is now operating on a new frequency with a more powerful transmitter and is heard in many towns where its first station had been silent. The station has stopped broadcasting on 100.1FM. Its new frequency is 91.5FM.

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Cabin Fever - Two More Performances!

The Snack Theatre's production of Cabin Fever, a benefit for Strolling of the Heifers, continues on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. at the River Garden. The one-act play, dubbed a "comedy of menace" features (from left to right) Bill Hickok, Beth Kiendl and William Stearns discussing what cabin fever is really all about.

Admission is $15, more if you are so inclined, and includes yummy home-baked goodies. For reservations, phone the Stroll office at 802-246-0982.

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Skatepark Site Selection Committee Minutes Draft - March 13, 2014

Meeting called to order: at 5:20 PM

Members present: Joe Bushey, Marty Fitzgerald, Betsy Gentile, Elizabeth McLouglin, Jacob Roberts, Andrea Watkins. Others present: Jeff Clark, Francine Vallario, Howard Weiss-­‐Tisman, Linda Whelihan, Patty Fitzgerald

Agenda:

  • Public Participation

    Jeff Clark, the chair of BASIC informed the SSSC members that there might be vacancies coming up on their committee. He thought some members from SSSC might be interested in seeing the skate park project through to completion (possibly a new design, fund raising and building) and would be welcome to serve on BASIC as members or consultants. Chair, Betsy Gentile, replied that it would be a very good idea and a logical step for members to consider when their work on the site selection committee was completed.

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    Missing Dog Islay ("eye-la") in West B.

    PLEASE HELP FIND ISLAY!!! (eye-la) Our dog ran off in West Brattleboro, from the home of Michael Gigante, PhD, (31 frog hill) toward Hilltop Montessori. She had no collar on, and was running away from a chocolate lab.

    Please help her to get home, which is 1469 Windmill Hill Rd South in Putney.

    She left their home around 11 am yesterday, March 17th. She is very shy and probably won't come if called. If you see her, please call Heather Taylor at 802-451-6340 or John Todd at 802-380-3455.

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    Dummerston Community Center Spring Tag Sale!

    The much-anticipated Spring Tag Sale happens this Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 AM until noon at the Dummerston Community Center, in scenic West Dummerston village. Items for sale include books, toys, games, kitchenware, clothing, footwear, and miscellaneous treasures. The sale will benefit the Center's operating and maintenance costs. The Center is handicapped accessible. For information call 254-9212 or 254-2415.

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    150 Years Ago (1864 3/16-18)

    Brattleboro, Mar. 16, 1864

    Dearest wife,

    I seat myself this pleasant morning to write. Shall I say that I am homesick? The weather has been of the
    finest kind for several days. It is just the weather to make a man that has been accustomed to out door life feel a little gloomy. We are not shut up, but the barracks and camp generally look gloomy enough, you can imagine how much so as well as I can write.

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    Townshend Death Cafe

    Are you curious about Death Café’s but haven’t been able to attend? Your next opportunity has arrived—once again we’ll be hosting a Café, this time in Townshend! We’ll gather on Tuesday, April 1st, 6 – 7:30pm @ the Townshend Dam Diner, 5929 Route 30, W. Townshend, 2 miles north of Townshend Dam. Event and munchies are free and everyone is welcome, but RSVP’s are a must!

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    Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition Community Survey: Price Chopper/Rite Aid

    During the month of March, Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC)  is doing a community survey to determine if people are bothered by second-hand smoke in front of Price Chopper and/or Rite Aid on Canal Street.

    BAPCwill be hosting a community Facebook chat in early April to discuss the results and determine the next step. Please complete the survey, pass it along, and join us for the Facebook chat on April 8th from 7-8 PM. 

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    Items to Cost More if 1% Local Option Tax Passes

    From the Vermont Department of Taxes, a list of some of the items that qualify for the 1% local option tax. 

    Clothing

    • Belt buckles sold separately
    • Costume masks sold separately
    • Patches and emblems sold separately
    • Sewing equipment and supplies including knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures and thimbles.
    • Sewing materials such as buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers
    • Briefcases
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    BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 3/17/14

    BCTV CH.8 Schedule for the week of 3/17/14

                       Monday March 17            

    12:10 am      The VT Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - O

    1:00 am       The Shires of Vermont Byway: VT Rt.7 and Historic Rt.7A

    2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

    4:00 am       For the Animals: Amy Emerson

    4:30 am       VIT Presents: Public Service Board Hearing on Telecommunication

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    Linking In To Metadata

    Not being a mobile phone user, I haven’t felt particularly tied into the metadata flap, although I understand why that data is so useful to the powers that be.  This morning, however, I had a particularly graphic moment with the concept that gave me pause.  It all started when I received an invitation to “connect” with someone on LinkedIn.  

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    Retirement Planning for Civilization Collapse

    I’m turning 50 this year, which means I have 15-20 years to retirement age -- if all goes well.

    Let’s look at the news and see if things are going well. Lost airplane, Crimea, oh wait, what’s this?  Nasa-funded study: industrial civilization headed for ‘irreversible collapse’? That might impact my retirement. You have my attention.

    The article says collapses are a normal part of the cycle of civilization. Rome, for example. OK, we knew that. Nothing new there.

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