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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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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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Part 9 Federal Marijuana Laws - Where's The Roadside Drug Test?

PART 9 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS - We know perfectly well that Governor Phil Scott wants a roadside marijuana safe driver test, and federal law backs him up. The problem is, that despite the intentions of the United States Congress to fund highway safety research and development, nothing has been accomplished satisfactorily yet, and this law, which is on the books, seems to have made an initial requirement way back when, calling upon the U.S. Congress to have a report by December 31, 1979. Then herein, we see another date of Dec. 4, 2015; and then what? Nothing? Well, Governor Phil Scott, this one is your call, and you can just call up U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Congress Representative Peter Welch and ask them WTF?

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Town of Brattleboro Job Opening E-Mail List

The Town of Brattleboro is asking for help from anyone and everyone who is interested in promoting increased diversity on the Town staff. In addition to proactively distributing all future job opening notices more widely than in the past, the Town will send those notices to any individual or group who wishes to receive them.

The goal of creating this “Job Openings Distribution List” is to help the Town achieve greater diversity in applicant pools. Participants are asked to forward Town job opening notices to their email lists or social media contacts, or to use other means by which to distribute those notices either broadly or to target audiences of their choosing. Each participating individual or group will decide for themselves when and to whom such job opening notices will be forwarded.

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Death of Bruce Hesselbach, Local Citizen and Writer

The following notice was posted on the St Michael's Episcopal Church's website.

"Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that our brother in Christ, Bruce Hesselbach, died of a heart attack yesterday evening. Bruce was 66 years old. Bruce and his wife Carol, faithful members of St. Michael's for many years, recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Bruce's death is a shock to all of us.

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Part 8 Federal Marijuana Laws: Focus On The Money!

PART 8 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS: ( I'm not familiar with where you apply for grants for schools to keep the children off drugs, but you could try http://www.grants.gov Home | GRANTS.GOV https://www.grants.gov/ Apply for a Grant Online Now. Apply for grants by creating a workspace. Workspace enables you and your colleagues to edit online forms and apply together. (ps. and you might get more money if your school is not consolidated with some other schools; I can't be sure, check it out! ) Title 20 USC, Education & Marijuana

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Free Writing Contest for Southern Vermont and Nearby Counties in New Hampshire and Mass

WRITE ACTION is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Poetry and Prose Writing Contest for adults and teens. Entries will be judged anonymously. Each category will be judged by an esteemed writer from the tri-state area. Judge for both prose and poetry in the youth category is retired head of the BUHS English Department, Nancy Olson. Judge for poetry is James Kates; prose judge is Joe Mazur.

All entries, on-line or through the post, must be sent by June 30th, 2017. There is no theme this year.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/12/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 6/12/17

Monday, June 12, 2017

12:00 am Cuban Bridge Ep64: Red Clover Jazz Trio

1:00 am 2017 Slow Living #1: Conscious Capitalism, Raj Sisodia

2:38 am 1st Wed: Jane Austen in Her Time

4:00 am Feminist Media Review: Wargasm

4:30 am Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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A Cappella à la Carte: Supper & Songs

Guilford, Vt. - Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 51st season finale on Saturday, June 17, an annual three-part event dubbed “A Cappella à la Carte.” Set at Guilford Community Church, just off Rt. 5 near Exit 1 off I-91, the evening includes a short meeting, a potluck dinner, and a 7:30 concert of vocal music. Each optional segment is open to the general public; admission to the concert is by donation.

    The FOMAG Annual Membership Meeting at 6:00 p.m. is typically short and entertaining, about 30 minutes, and offers a summary of the year, a look ahead to next season, and election of the board of trustees.

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