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Today In Local History

1845:

Thirty more Vermont girls passed through this place one day last week for the Cabotville factories.

1858:

A pair of oxen and cow belonging to Mr. Sargeant were killed in this town by being run over by the cars upon the Valley Railroad a few days since.

1874:

A petition to the Legislature for the creation of a State police to endorse the liquor law, is in circulation here, and has been signed by many of our best and most influential citizens.

1874:

Farmers in this vicinity are holding on to their tobacco with a firm grip. Twenty five cents on the poles has in some instances been offered and refused,

1874:

The latest thing in sidewalks is a concrete walk now being laid in front of Ray’s block. The selectmen have been petitioned to lay a walk from Webster’s saloon to Van Doorn’s residence, and will probably do it.

1885:

The bicycle club are to take a moonlight ride to Hinsdale this evening.

1885:

Edward Edwards has introduced a novel article of manufacture in Brattleboro, having made a large number of toboggans after the genuine Canadian pattern.

1885:

Street signs have now been put up on most all of Brattleboro's 200 streets due to the Rural Improvement Association and the board of bailiffs.

1891:

The bishop will make his annual visit to St. Michael’s Roman Catholic church next Sunday.

1891:

The old depot building on the railroad grounds has been leased to G.F. and E.C. Swift of Boston, the Eastern branch of the Swift refrigeration company of Chicago, and work is now in progress to fit it up for a beef house, or a local supply station for the sale of Western dressed meats of all kinds and smoked meats.

1891:

W.F. Richardson & Co. have recently bought over 300 lambs at Wilmington, and the flock was driven to Brattleboro this week.

1891:

A new hydrant for the fire department has been placed at the corner of Oak and Chapin streets.

1896:

Moses Deyo, the well-known stone mason, had the sight of his right eye destroyed Wednesday morning by the explosion of a catsup bottle which he was attempting to open. The bottle had stood near a hot stove, causing fermentation of the contents.

1896:

A pure white squirrel has been seen this week near one of the Retreat summer cottages. It is like the ordinary red squirrel in every way except the color of its fur.

1896:

A new switch has been laid at the addition to the Pine street car barn of the street railroad company.

1896:

The Red Men will have a rehearsal adoption degree to-night, to be followed by a collation.

2014:

Peter Elwell hired as Brattleboro Town Manager.

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Morning Glory channels its inner Mick Jagger.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 10/2/17

BCTV Channel 8 schedule for week of 10/2/17

Monday, October 2, 2017

12:00 am Summer Concert Series - The Other Guys 8/17/17

1:30 am Dig Infinity! Oliver Trager as Lord Buckley 9/16/17 

2:45 am The Best Pictures - 9-25-17

4:00 am Vermont Treasures - Queche Celtic Festival

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The Hinsdale Bridge: An Audio History from the Brattleboro Historical Society

Plans for a new Brattleboro-Hinsdale Bridge are in the works. Here's some history on the subject...

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VFW Lunch Specials Open to the Public Oct 2nd - Oct. 6th

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

Specials 10-2 to 10-6

Mon - chicken cordon bleu w/ baked potato & veg

Tues - turkey club w/ potato chips

Wed - ham mac n' cheese w/ salad

Thur - marinated steak tips w/ mashed potato & veg

Fri - tuna noodle casserole

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Royal Diner

Brattleboro makes the big time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Chelsea Royal  Diner (or at least part of it) is featured in today's "Zippy the Pinhead".

Zippy doesn't appear in any of our local newspapers, so you need to search the web to see it.

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Celebrate Heirloom Apples at Scott Farm Orchard: 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day -Sunday, October 8

The 15th Annual Heirloom Apple Day at Scott Farm Orchard on Kipling Road in Dummerston, VT beckons apple lovers of all ages to celebrate this iconic fall fruit. Come visit the 571-acre historic farm and orchard that border Rudyard Kipling’s former Vermont home, Naulakha, and other historic rental properties owned and renovated by Landmark Trust USA.   

On Sunday, October 8 at 10 AM, Noon and 2 PM, Scott Farm’s Orchardist Zeke Goodband entertains guests with the enlightening history of the orchard and its ecologically-grown fruits, accompanied by a free tasting of some of the more than 125 varieties of heirloom apples grown on the property.

Sample Old World and Early American heirloom varieties such as Esopus Spitzenburg, a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, grown at Monticello;  Reine des Reinette, a French apple from the 1700s, considered the best hard cider apple in Normandy; Blue Pearmain, a New England apple dating back to the 1700s, mentioned by Henry David Thoreau in his journal, and Cox’s Orange Pippin, an English favorite, awarded the highest honors by the Royal Horticultural Society—just to name a few of the exciting flavors bound to excite your palate. 

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"The Gathering" Live Stream on Ecological Devastation

This Sunday , Oct. 1 there will be a live stream of a series called "The Gathering" with Rev. Dr. William Barber of North Carolina. The topic this month is Ecological Devastation. The live stream is from 5:30-8:30 at The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. The Root is nut-free and fragrance-free.

Dr. Barber, past president of the North Carolina NAACP, was a prime leader of the NC Moral Monday movement. He is now leading the new Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival, which is reviving the vision and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was working with other activists on the original Poor People’s Campaign when he was assassinated.  "The Gathering" is presented by Repairers of the Breach, which is part of the new Poor People's Campaign. They describe their mission as building “a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square…. Repairers will bring together clergy and lay people from different faith traditions with people without a spiritual practice but who share the moral principles at the heart of the great moral teachings.”

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Guilford Plays Next Weekend

“Wonderful, little plays,” is the comment of a cast member at a recent rehearsal, as all of us involved in the Guilford Center Stage fall production are discovering that these short plays, which have been sleeping on the printed page for 7 decades, are both moving and entertaining on stage.

I have known these plays since before my mother died in 1963, and always hoped to see them come to life. It’s been very rewarding to watch our fine director and skilled community actors work on these pieces, and we look forward to sharing them with you next weekend.

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The New Panhandling Sign Up For Discussion

So that everyone will be informed about the proposed panhandling sign being discussed at Tuesday's Selectboard meeting, here is the latest draft under consideration. (text below). This is the official Town version, unrelated to the one proposed by the downtown organization.

What say ye? An abomination? An improvement?

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - October 3, 2017

The Brattleboro Selectboard will be discussing at their next meeting, once again, a potential sign for public properties explaining panhandling laws and rights.

They'll also hear an update on work being done by BDCC and SeVEDS, go over financial information, consider replacing our old ladder truck at the Fire Department, and more. You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, too.

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Monday Morning Movie

MONDAY MORNING MOVIE
BRATTLEBORO SENIOR CENTER
207 MAIN STREET
OCTOBER SHOWINGS

GHOSTS, GOBLINS & SPIRITS “OH MY”

OCTOBER 2ND

Starring: Boris Karloff – 10:00 am

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 2 thru October 6

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu October 2 thru October 6

Oct. 2 - Baked Ham

Scalloped Potatoes

Turnip & Carrots

Peaches

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Building.

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 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 BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Could Vermont Use A Tax Break?

Are you paying enough, not enough, or none at all? You decide if a break is needed. Seems Vermont has plenty of tax to go around as compared to the rest of the country.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/money/2017/09/27/vermonters-rat...

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Out in the Open Summit for Rural & Small Town LGBTQ Folks October 27-29

We're one month away from the 2017 Out in the Open Summit for rural & small town LGBTQ folks would love to see you there! Register at greenmountaincrossroads.org/out-in-the-open-2017.

There will be sessions on making art for demonstrations, beekeeping, QueerDharma, starting a community garden in a small town, making comics, becoming active in local politics, Mad Pride, and many more! And all looking through the lens of our own experiences as rural & small town LGBTQ people.

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Why So Many Traffic Fatalities In Vermont?

Lately I've noticed that there has been a lot of vehicle fatalities in the State of Vermont.  It doesn't matter if it's 91, 89, 7 or just a country road. It seems everyday there is a report (WCAX) of a fatality or an accident resulting with serious injuries.  Is it due to drugs and alcohol?  Or do we have crazy and distracted drivers? My heart goes out to the innocent victims and their families.  Perhaps we need more police officers to patrol the highways but I know funding is tight.  So if you plan on leaf peeping in a few weeks...be alert and defensive on the roads.  You just never know who you are sharing the road with.

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Rally and March to End Over-Incarceration

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5-6 PM. there will be a rally and march to call for an end to over-incarceration in VT. The rally starts at 5 PM at Pliny Park.

Featured speakers are Shela Linton, who serves on The Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile System Advisory Panel created by H.308 and Anna Stevens of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform (VCJR). Participants in the rally will be invited to read anonymous excerpts from letters that VCJR has received.

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Groundworks Collaborative To Hold 7th Annual Hike for the Homeless on Mount Wantastiquet

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Groundworks Collaborative will hold the seventh annual Hike for the Homeless fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, on Mount Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. There will be two start times, 10am and 12:30pm, each beginning at the Mountain Road trailhead in Hinsdale (an immediate left after the second bridge on Route 119 when coming from downtown Brattleboro). Registration begins at 9:30 for the 10am start, and at noon for the 12:30pm start. Whether hiking to the summit or walking the River Trail at the mountain’s base, participants can anticipate spectacular fall-foliage views of the town of Brattleboro. Hikers may raise funds individually (a minimum of $50 is suggested) or as a team (suggested minimum $250).

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Opioid Crisis First Responder Appreciation Event

An Appreciation for Brattleboro's First Responders is going to be held at Turning Point this Wednesday from 12 - 1 pm.

Due to the opioid crisis, these men and women have repeatedly brought people back from overdose.

According to reports, this past year has been especially busy, and at times trying. If you have time to celebrate their effort, and thank them for it, please come to this appreciation.

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Kushner Using Private Emails/Server

Jared Kushner is reported to have used a private email account and a personal server to send/reply to e-mails while working on White House business. Other White House aides have also used private accounts.

From Politico: "Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails."

Private emails and server use can help avoid the Presidential Records Act.

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