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Today In Local History

1775:

First Ministerial Association in Vermont organized in Brattleboro.

1857:

Our townsman, James Fisk, Jr. took the first premium of $100 for the best four-in-hand team, at the Springfield Horse Show.

1873:

This year will witness an increase of ten new dwelling houses on Prospect Hill - a larger number than any other section of the village can boast.

1873:

Partridges are reported uncommonly plenty this fall.

1879:

The Murphy Miniature Opera Pinafore Company are to give “Pinafore” at the town hall on Wednesday evening. The company, composed of 40 children selected from public schools in Boston, is the same which played a remarkably successful season of 100 nights at the Boston Museum.

1879:

That was a lonesome looking load of lager beer kegs which went through the street Wednesday afternoon, bearing the mysterious legend “Closed.”

1879:

Crosby hall is to have fine stage scenery painted by Piggott, the well-known scenic artist. Mr. Piggot arrived and began work on Wednesday.

1879:

Chestnuts are so plenty that they bring only $1.25 per barrel.

1884:

Brattleboro people woke up Thursday morning to find the ground whitened with snow.

1884:

A ladies’ auxiliary of the Young Men’s Christian Association is in process of formation.

1884:

The Y.M.C.A. gymnasium, which is now ready for use, contains a very excellent and complete outfit of the most approved appliances for physical exercise and development - including horizontal and parallel bars, horizontal ladder, rowing machine, spring board, Indian clubs, dumb bells, etc. This gymnasium is the very handsome gift of Col. Estey to the association.

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Revised Revised Panhandling Sign Text

The Selectboard will be taking up the matter of a possible panhandling sign at tonight's meeting, and for the momentous occasion a new draft of proposed language has been given to the board for consideration:

“Brattleboro is a compassionate community and recognizes that it is legal for people to carry signs or to ask for money in public places. We are also committed to the safety of every resident and visitor in our town and recognize that aggressive or threatening behavior can cause legal activites to become illegal. If you feel threatened, you can call the Police at 802-257-7950 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. If you need food, shelter, or other assistance, you can call 2-1-1 for referral to local service agencies.”

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Brattleboro Early/Absentee Ballots Available

Early/absentee ballots for the Brattleboro Town School District special meeting to be held November 7, are now available in the Brattleboro, town clerk's office – for those registered to vote in Brattleboro. If you are registered to vote in Dummerston, Guilford or Putney, please contact those Town Clerks for details. Anyone wishing to vote prior to November 7 may apply for an early/absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6. Early/absentee ballots may be voted in person in the clerk's office, mailed to the voter by the clerk's office, picked up by the voter or delivered to the voter's residence by two justices of the peace. All voted ballots must be received by the clerk before the polls close on election day in order to be counted.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 10/16/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for the week of 10/16/17

Monday, October 16, 2017

12:00 am Express Fluency - Spanish with Annabelle Allen Part 2

2:45 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Jerry Johnson

3:15 am The Songwriter's Notebook - Eric George

3:45 am Vote For Vermont - Anson Tebbetts

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State of Vermont Hopes To Lease 10,000 Square Feet of Municipal Center

The State of Vermont would like to lease space at the Municipal Center for a period of ten years with options two five-year extension options. This is presented in a Letter of Intent dated October 5, 2017, to be discussed at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting.

The Letter of Intent comes from Christopher Cole, Commissioner of Buildings and General Services for the State of Vermont.

The space will be approximately 10,000 square feet, and will use “a portion of the second floor and a portion of the third floor” in the building.

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Brattleboro Planners To Hold a Workshop on Downtown Parking on October 25, 2017

The Town of Brattleboro will host a community workshop to discuss parking in downtown Brattleboro. The workshop will feature interactive roundtable stations for the public to express their opinions on the various parking-related solutions.

The Downtown Parking Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 25 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at 118 Elliot Street. All members of the public are welcome.

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VFW $6 Lunch Specials open to the Public Oct 16th - Oct.20th

The Brattleboro VFW located at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served Mon - Fri from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take out available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - meatloaf, baked potato, veg
Tues - honey garlic chicken over rice w/ veg
Wed - shepherd's pie w/ roll
Thur - spaghetti & homemade meatballs w/ salad
Fri - clam strip roll w/ coleslaw & onion rings

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Artist Talk at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts: Susan Osgood

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts invites you to an Artist Talk with Susan Osgood on Saturday, October 28 at 5pm. Osgood will be speaking and answering questions about her current exhibit Mapping the Unknown, featuring monotypes, oil paintings and collages accompanied by the ekphrastic poetry of GennaRose Nethercott. Mapping the Unknown will run at MGFA through November 5.

Susan Osgood’s work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer “to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination.” It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 16 thru October 20

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 16 thru October 20

 

Oct. 16- Sausage & Potato Bake

Stuffed Mushrooms

Succotash

Plums 

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 17, 2017

Brattleboro will be renting a "substantial portion" of Municipal Center to the State of Vermont.

The Brattleboro Selectboard will also take up grants for the skatepark, a revised Long Term Financial Plan, a first reading of a ban of single-use plastic bags, energy matters including an update on the Energy Coordinator position, a temporary ladder truck, and more. You can bring up other matters not on the agenda if you want, during public participation.

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Desensitization

Desensitization occurs when someone is overexposed to scenes of violence, cruelty or suffering. Those scenes then become less likely to cause feelings of shock or distress.

There is another definition. Desensitization is also a process by which someone is freed from a fear or neurosis by gradually exposing that person to the thing they fear until it is no longer an issue.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Traffic Safety Committee will meet on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 8:00am in the Selectboard 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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Brattleboro ADA Meeting Cancelled

The October meeting of the Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee previously scheduled on Friday, October 13, has been cancelled.

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

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Free Poetry Reading at Brooks Memorial Library

Join us for a FREE Poetry reading at Brooks Memorial Library at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 25th 2017!
The following poets will share their works with us:

Verandah Porche - Recipient of the Ellen McColloch-Lovell Award and the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Progressive Party Biennial Reorganization

The Windham County Progressive Party Caucus Organizing Meeting Monday, Oct 23rd, 6:30 pm at the Root Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. All welcome to join or listen.

The Progressive Party is, steadfastly, the progressive agenda. Vermont has the strongest Progressive Party organization in the country. In fact it is the most successful third party period. We have seven House and three Senate seats in the state legislature and two state offices, David Zuckerman, Lieutenant Governor, and Doug Hoffer, Auditor.

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Brattleboro Paving Project Delayed

The Town wide paving project scheduled to start today (October 10th) will be delayed until further notice. We will follow up when we have a new start date and appreciate the community’s patience.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Tyler, Highway and Utilities Superintendent at (802) 254 – 4255 or htyler@brattleboro.org.

Town of Brattleboro
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS

211 Fairground Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301
Tel: 802-254-4255 • Fax: 802-257-2316 • E-mail: htyler@brattleboro.org

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Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule 2017

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 20, 2017

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 3, 2017

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Tom Harrell Quartet

Trumpet Legend, Tom Harrell to perform with his quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center on October 14th

On Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 PM, the Vermont Jazz Center will welcome the legendary trumpeter, Tom Harrell to the stage.  He will be touring with pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Joe Dyson in support of their new release, Moving Picture.

Although Harrell has recorded 30 discs as a leader, this current album is the first that features him as the sole horn in a quartet setting. Like Miles Davis before him, Harrell can most often be found in a quintet setting pairing
him with a tenor saxophonist (usually Wayne Escoffery), but, for this project, he has intentionally chosen to record and tour without another frontline instrument. This gives him room to work on unexplored textures and stretch out on his solos. In the liner notes of their current release he elaborates: “I wrote the arrangements with the instrumentation of the quartet and the specific players in mind. There’s a lot of ensemble writing on Moving Picture - concerted writing with piano and trumpet as well as unison writing with bass and trumpet. I think this brings interest, as it is different from my writing for previous records. Then too, when I write a melody I think of it as something for the globe. I try to make it accessible for everyone and capable of being played or sung by any combination of instrument(s) or voice(s).”

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Does the Chelsea Diner Have a Twin?

This is on Route 202 in Lebanon, Maine shortly after the NH/ME state line on the left (north) side fo the road, in the back corner of a diner parking lot (Dee's Diner, recently closed).  Seems to be used as a storage shed. 

Sorry for the poor picture quality, got them off Facebook because the quick photo I tried to take from my car was even worse.

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An Indigenous Ballad

In fourteen hundred ninety-two

Columbus sailed the ocean blue

It was a courageous thing to do

But someone was already here.

 

Chorus:

Inuit and Cherokee,

Aztec and Menominee,

The Onondaga and the Cree;

Someone was already here.

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