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Today In Local History

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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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Eugene Uman's Convergence Project

The Vermont Jazz Center presents Eugene Uman’s Convergence Project on June 10th at 8:00 PM. The Convergence Project is Uman’s vehicle to present his original compositions and music that have influenced him - it includes Michael Zsoldos, saxophones; Jeff Galindo, trombone; Uman, piano; David Picchi, bass (electric and acoustic) and Jon Fisher on drums. Special musical guests will include Wanda Houston on vocals and Josh Bruneau on trumpet.

After spending several years in Colombia, South America, the native home of his wife, Eugene Uman found a niche blending the rhythms of Colombia such as cumbia, bambuco and pasillo with jazz harmonies. While living in the state of Antioquia, Uman was commissioned by the Big Band of Medellín to write for their 20-piece orchestra. He composed Blues para Urabá, a tribute to the strength of the common people of Urabá who were at that time in the midst of a civil war. The rousing climax of that composition used a rhythm from the Colombian Atlantic coast called currulao. After that powerful experience, Uman continued to investigate the rhythms and forms of the music of his newly adopted homeland, internalizing a small handful of the immense and richly varied catalog of Colombian rhythms.

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Part 5 Federal Marijuana Laws: Go To Federal Prison For Selling A Bong or Roach Clip

Hello again, here are some more federal marijuana laws, and this is a biggie: did you know that if U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gets too excited down there in Washington, D.C. that he could send federal agents to Vermont to arrest people under federal law for selling bongs and roach clips?

I'm actually more worried about homeless people today.  A woman in one vehicle, and a boy by a truck,  stopped in front of my house. He was struggling to tie something around a heavy object in the back of the truck.  The woman said he was 12 years old and that she had other sons, and one was attending a local school for one month, and that was why they were "up here".

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BCTV Schedules Week of 6/5/17

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 6/5/17

Monday, June 5, 2017

12:00 am Women's March Huddle - Intersectionality Panel

2:00 am Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from VT to Texas

3:55 am Senior Moments: The Beatles - Class 4

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:25 am DCC: Lessons from the Long Trail - Deborah Lee Luskin 5/4/17

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CD Release Party for Julian Gerstin Sextet


Drums from Martinique and Cuba mingle with rhythms of Turkey and Bulgaria in the jazz world of percussionist/composer Julian Gerstin. Living in Martinique for two years, Julian studied the unusual tanbou drum, played with both hands and one foot. To bring this instrument to life here, he composed music for a jazz setting, where musicians can improvise and create on the basis of tradition.

Anna Patton, clarinet, also has a grounding in both jazz and Balkan music, trumpeter Don Anderson is a salsa veteran, and pianist Eugene Uman splits his time between Vermont and Colombia.

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Appalachian Coal Mining

West Virginia and Kentucky have led the nation in underground mining employment for over a hundred years. These have been highly paid jobs due to the danger involved and the activities of the United Mine Workers union.

But this is all changing.

Trump wants to halt the decline by instituting policies that enhance the prospects of these miners.

I’d like to help him out by suggesting some activities that would help their prospects.

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Dummerston Perennial Swappers Invites New Gardeners to Come to Swaps Empty-Handed!

[Dummerston]-- Back in 1987, Ruth Marx, a human geneticist and avid gardener, had paid a man good money for his blue lobelias only to hear a friend later say, “Oh, why didn't you tell me? I'd have given you some of that.” About the same time, Bess Richardson, a nurse at Grace Cottage, was tossing her culled perennials over a bank. “Ruth and I talked at church one day,” she said, and they came up with the only logical result: Dummerston Perennial Swappers, a loose-knit club designed to put excess perennials into the hands of people who want them.

We named it Perennial Swappers because of the radio swap show on Smith and Clarke in the Morning on WTSA,” Marx said. “But it's a plant giveaway.” No one has to bring an item to get one. Pre-internet, Richardson and Marx spread the news through church announcements. At the first meet people swapped plants then convened in the church's basement kitchen to hear some sound gardening advice. “ I put up a slide of a cat smelling a crocus,” Richardson remembered, and then she gave the talk. After subsequent swaps, “We started visiting flower gardens, and sometimes those gardeners had plants to share, too.”

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New York Public Library Photo

The historic 1948 New York Times Photo Collection Image of the New York Public Library can be yours for only $1. Only 1 month left to buy tickets! The drawing will be held July 5th at 7pm! 

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are holding a raffle for a 14x17 framed photo print by James Sneddon from the New York Times Photo Collection. Generously donated by Mary Ide, it is valued at $250. Tickets are $1 each, and will be on sale at the circulation desk at Brooks Library, where the print may be also be seen in person. 

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New Job Hunt Helper for Brooks Memorial Library

Job Hunting? Need help filling out online job applications and other technology tasks? Job Hunt Helper Isabel Renaud has drop-in office hours on Tuesdays, 10 am -1 pm and Thursdays 1 - 4 pm. Isabel's work is sponsored by Community College of Vermont, in cooperation with the Vermont Department of Libraries. Stop by with your questions! 

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Horse Drawn Yogurt: Author Reading by Peter Gould at Brooks Library

We hope you will join us as Peter Gould presents his new book, Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm, here at Brooks Memorial Library, on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 pm, downstairs in the Main Reading Room. Horse-Drawn Yogurt, from Green Writers Press, is his first published non-fiction book. It's a collection of true-life stories of a young man's life on a Vermont farm commune at the height of the movement. The performance is free, accessible, and open to the public. Gould will read from the book, and will have copies for sale. 

Gould was a founding member of the 1970's "Back-to-the-Land" commune movement in Vermont, a story he has told in various ways in his two nationally-known novels, "Burnt Toast" and "Write Naked," which won the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award.

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Artist Talk with Torin Porter at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts is pleased to present an Artist Talk with Torin Porter on Saturday, June 10th from 5-7pm. Porter’s show “Before Words” has been featured in MGFA for the month of May and will continue through June 18. This talk is free and open to the public, part of a series of events at MGFA intended to better connect communities and their artists.

Torin Porter’s playful stylized figures suggest the communicative power of sculptural art before language comes into play. In Before Words Porter pays tribute to the most intimate of conversations that take place between art and those who create and view it, and examines the results of the physical dynamic of the process of creating.  As Porter states, “Art is a form of human communication that everyone young or old, no matter what language they speak, responds to directly.”  Within his work an emphasis is placed on humanness as it exists in the imagination and its inventions.

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In Hot Pursuit of Slow Living

[Not quite a true story. I combined separate events and embellished fact — a sprinkling of fiction to improve the tale.]

I am walking briskly to a workshop on Slow Living and Friendship, only to be waylaid when my neighbor, Bobby, calls from his porch: "Hey Steve, got a minute?" 

I stop myself from calling back over my shoulder, "No, Bobby, I don't want to be late for the Slow Living Summit workshop… it's on friendship, which is really important to me," as I speed up in a hurry to make it on time. But instead, I say, "Sure, Bobby," and he invites me in, apologizing for the mess as he leads me to a little table in the corner of his living room to show me the covered bridge he has made of popsicle sticks. 

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PART 4 Federal Marijuana Laws & Demonstration & Protest June 21 & June 22 In Montpelier

PART 4 FEDERAL MARIJUANA LAWS
Law Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/
http://uscode.house.gov/browse.xhtml
Now we will read more federal marijuana laws, and this time we will continue where we left off in Title 21 United States Code.

How can Governor Phil Scott call himself a "Republican" when he wastes taxpayer dollars by enforcing state laws which merely duplicate federal laws and burden the taxpayers? What kind of "Republican" is that?

Remember, you can go demonstrate to your state senators and state representatives if you want them to vote against Governor Phil Scott's veto of recreational marijuana by making your own protest demonstration signs and stand on the state house lawn and hold them up on June 21 and June 22, 2017 during the legislative veto session on those days. Get their attention, wear flowers in your hair!Go early to catch their attention on their way in to the building!

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - June 6, 2017

Emergency repairs at the Harris Place railroad embankment and at the Living Memorial Park swimming pool will be issues taken up at the Brattleboro Selectboard's first regular meeting in June.

The board will also give a raise to some employees, begin preliminary engineering at the water treatment plant, buy a truck, name a square, and continue their discussion of diversity of town staff. You can participate, and even bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation.

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

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VFW Lunch Specials June 5th - June 9th

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. Specials listed below are only $6 a plate. Hand made burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available. Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

 

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg

Tues - soup & sandwich of choice

Wed - lasagna w/ salad

Thur - steak, cheese & onion grinder w/ chips

Fri - tuna melt w/ french fries

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We'll Always Have Paris

The President has withdrawn the US from the Paris agreement, a 200 country effort to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius (3.6 degrees F) over the pre-industrial era. We’re currently about 1.5 C above normal. There isn’t much wiggle room, and it isn’t a good time to thumb a nose at working together to keep the planet livable.

Pulling out is significant, in that the US had already agreed and signed on. It’s also a cynical, easy way to toss a bone to Trump’s base - quit something and claim a major accomplishment.

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Annual Literary Contest - Poetry & Prose - From Write Action

WRITE ACTION 15th ANNUAL LITERARY CONTEST

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 adult poetry is J Kates; for prose it is Joe Mazur.

The FIRST PLACE winners in both categories will be awarded $100, the SECOND PLACE winners $50, and THIRD PLACE winners $25. First-place winners will have the opportunity to read in the Spotlight Reading at this year's Literary Festival. All entries, on-line or through the post, must be dated no later than June 30th, 2017. There is no theme this year.

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Library Book Sale - 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifers

The wonderful Friends of Brooks Memorial Library is hosting the 15th Annual Strolling of the Heifer's Book Sale!
The sale hours will be:
Thursday and Friday, June 1st & 2nd from 10 am - 6pm
Saturday June 3, 8 am -1 pm

All proceeds will benefit Brooks Memorial Library. The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library fund technology, Children's Room programming, Library lectures and material purchases.

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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 Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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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Brattleboro Union High School Board Agenda

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

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 5 in the Brattleboro Area Middle School Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 8 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street

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