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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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Book Signing & Reading 7:30 May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group

Tony Cape will read from his memoir, Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America on May 9th at Brattleboro Shambhala Meditation Group

Author and educator Tony Cape talks about his experiences as an early student and personal attendant to the seminal Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Aquaponics Introduction and Workshop

Around the world, humans are rediscovering aquaponics, an ancient way of cultivating fruits, vegetables, and fish together in closed systems that recycle water and nutrients. One of these humans, Mark Crowther, lives in West Brattleboro, and has constructed “barrelponic” systems in which he has been growing cold weather crops year-round in his home, with the help of a school of minnows.

Mark Crowther would like to share what he has learned with you. During this introductory presentation, Mark will talk about the history of aquaponics, the environmental benefits, and the basics of creating a system that works. Aquaponics may be a way to greatly increase the amount of food that can be produced locally, especially during cold months.

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Weekend Concert Series- Led Zeppelin "The Song Remains The Same"

Released in 1976, this concert film was taped over several days in 1973. Aside from the concert footage itself taped at Madison Square Garden in three nights, it features several dream sequences of the band manager (Peter Grant) as a gangster and the band members in their individual fantasy vignettes, It runs just over 2 1/4 hours.

This was the tour in which nearly a quarter-million dollars was stolen from their hotel's safe deposit box and there's some footage of that as well. It's even a good portrait of NYC in the early 1970s. Enjoy.

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F Troop in the People’s Republic of Vermont

F Troop in the People’s Republic of Vermont

Yup, I was born in Vermont, but through no fault of my own, I wound up living in the People’s Republic of Vermont. As that poet said, “Brattleboro is a socialist experiment gone deeply awry.” I would add, it is a socialist experiment, greased with payola, and incompetency that makes the F Troop look like an efficient organization.

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Cheese, Cheese and More Cheese

At last...Brattleboro Cheese and Cafe is opening today for business!! It's been a long,sad wait for all the cheese lovers in town but at 11 AM today we can go to their gorgeous new shop at 39 Main Street and indulge ourselves. Welcome back, Brattleboro Cheese!!

You have been greatly missed!

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Ask-a-Cop: Faded License Plates

"As I drive around town, I've noticed that there seems to be a growing number of vehicles that have very faded Vermont license plates.  They are so faded that you can't possibly read them.  They seem to be more recent plates.  The one I've had on my car for 15 years is still bright and readable.  Are these plates made of some material that fades rather quickly in the sun maybe?

I just wondered if this is a problem for the police, who I would think would have considerable difficulty reading the plates. And would these drivers be able to get a newer copy of the same plate somehow?"

Regarding license plates, Vermont law section 511 of Chapter 7, Title 23 requires that, among other things,  "The number plates shall be kept entirely unobscured, the numerals and the letters thereon shall be plainly legible at all times."

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BMH Receives Grant for New Cancer Rehab Service

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced it has received a grant from an anonymous foundation. This grant fully funds the training and implementation of the STAR Program into its Rehabilitation and Oncology Departments.

STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) is a national certification program developed by Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. The program provides hospitals and health care providers with the tools and training needed to minimize the side effects of cancer treatment.

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The Putney School Fundraiser for Rwanda

On May 11th, The Putney School students are available to help with yard and housework, such as raking, trimming, or painting. Money earned by Putney School students during the work day will support CHABHA, Children affected by HIV/AIDS organization in several ways including establishing a weaving workshop in Kigali. In July a group from Putney school will bring looms and yarns to Rwanda. They will teach young Rwandans to weave, giving them with a source of income to provide for their education and healthcare. Your support will make this possible.

For more information or to request students for a project go to this website: www.Tinyurl.com/bo8flrd

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Get Ready To Be Inspired!

Watch this touching video of the Kurn Hattin Select Choir's journey to the finals of WGBY's Together in Song!

http://kurnhattin.vidcaster.com/UTbQ/together-in-song/

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Brattleboro Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 4th - With the Maypole!

The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market opens for the season Saturday, May 4th! Join us in welcoming new and returning vendors, market friends and customers, and the many signs of spring-- including the traditional Maypole Dancing, with Andy Davis and friends, from 11 to 1. Families are welcome!

The market is open outdoors on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro, rain or shine, every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. EBT and debit cards are welcome. Enjoy our picnic tables, children's area and take advantage of our ample parking or Frequent Walker/Biker Program.

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Windham Child Care Association Selling Gifts for Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is Friday, May 10. In honor of this day of recognition, Windham Child Care Association is selling bags of Vermont Country Tea, custom designed for the organization.

For $5.00, a set of 18 teabags will be delivered along with a personalized note of thanks. The ‘Warm Moments: Tropical Comfort’ tea is a fruit tea combining black tea with mango, pineapple and coconut oils.

Orders can be made online at www.windhamchildcare.org, by calling 254-5332 with credit card information, or by sending a check to 130 Birge St. in Brattleboro. Deadline for orders is Monday, April 29th.

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Guns for Tots: Time To Arm The Children?

Guns for Tots: Time to arm the Children?

It is absurd to think that we need to have armed guards in schools. A more pragmatic approach is to arm the children. From kindergarten to college, everyone is armed, from the tiny little cute derringers in the guise of a cell phone, to the backpack portable semi-automatic rifles, or the gym bag size to hold a few Berettas.

When, we Americans think of our proud tradition of gun ownership we recall Daniel Boone as a child killing a bear with a flintlock or Davie Crocket as a lad killing a mountain lion. Tupac Shakur who wasn’t afraid to face life with a gun in his hand, “No longer living in fear, my pistol close in hand.” If our heroic ancestors can kill these ferocious beasts, why can’t any child worth his salt --- lock and load?

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Creative Arts Summer Camps

Creative arts based Summer Camps in July for Ages 4.5-10

A great place for children who like to make things with their imagination and hands; who want to create fun friendships; who like to play games where everyone wins; who like healthy, yummy snacks; who want to play outside as well as inside; who want to learn “giraffe language”; who like magical creative things; who like to laugh and have fun!

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Brattleboro Police Fire Facility Committee Meeting & Minutes

The Brattleboro Police Fire Facility Committee will meet on April 25th at 4pm in the Hanna Cosman room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Book Discussion: Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility

Two Hundred Years of Pride and Prejudice: A Look at Jane Austen's Endurance
Thursday April 25, 2013
1:30 PM until 3:00 PM

The reading/discussion series: Jane Austen Endures will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice and explore Austen’s publishing staying power. The two-book series sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council will also examine Austen’s universal appeal, her talent for capturing the time she lived in, and her comic, satiric tone, among other aspects of her writing

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Home Energy Challenge Tour Features Local Homes

Homeowners and landlords interested in saving money on their heating bills are invited to a group tour of four Brattleboro homes on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Diverse in size, style and age, the homes have all been retrofitted to save energy. The contractors and homeowners will be on hand to talk about the energy-saving features of each home.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for folks to see a wide variety of energy-efficient homes in their community, and to learn from contractors and homeowners about how to cut energy bills”, said Paul Cameron, Director of Brattleboro Climate Protection, one of the organizers of the tour. “The typical Vermonter can reduce their energy bills by 20-30% through a home efficiency project, an average annual savings of $1,000.”

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BMH Auxiliary Hosts Discussion with Governor Madeline Kunin, May 8

The Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a community wide event with former Vermont Governor Madeleine M. Kunin on Wednesday, May 8 at the New England Youth Theatre.

Based on her 2012 book The New Feminist Agenda (Chelsea Green), Kunin’s discussion will address longstanding concerns about opportunity and family responsibilities, including innovative work/family policies embracing affordable quality child care, paid family leave, and equal pay for equal work. “Can women and men unite on sensible and fair family/work issues?” she asks in her book The New Feminist Agenda. President Bill Clinton states: “In this important new book, Madeleine Kunin argues that empowering women to succeed at home and at work is both good economics and good social policy. She presents a convincing roadmap for how we achieve that vision, and calls on all of us to be part of a brighter future.”

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Lyrics and Fictions: Authors Chard deNiord and Vincent Panella

Lyrics and Fictions: Authors Chard deNiord and Vincent Panella

Wednesday April 24, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Join poet Chard deNiord and novelist Vince Panella in the Library Meeting Room for Local Authors reading Lyrics and Fictions.Poet Chard deNiord will read from his new collection of poems, Interstate, and Vincent Panella will read from his novella and story collection, Disorderly Conduct.DeNiord is a Professor of of English at Providence College and author of The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005).

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Brattleboro Curbside Compost Set to Start - Cart Distribution Schedule

Over 700 households have signed up for Brattleboro’s upcoming curbside compost program.

Distribution of curbside carts and kitchen containers will be held at the Nelson E. Withington Ice Rink at Memorial Park Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday May 11th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those who wish to participate, but have not signed up, are welcome. All participants must currently have their trash and recycling picked up by the town. Those living in buildings with 5 or more units cannot participate – they should speak with their landlord about recycling and composting options.

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Saturday April 27th 10am-2pm

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of accumulated unwanted and unused prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for misuse of these medications. Clean out your medicine cabinet and bring your expired and unused medications to one of the following locations.

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