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1846:

Windham Provident Institution for Savings chartered.

1857:

Ho for good soap, plenty of fun and liberal premiums - fun and premiums gratis - soap at the usual price. Ross 2nd will address the ladies and gentlemen of Brattleboro and vicinity, Friday evening at Town Hall. Subject: matters and things in general, and soap in particular.

1857:

The bridge over the Connecticut River is rapidly approaching a completion, and will be opened for travel in a few days. The new bridge is about four feet higher than the old one. The central pier has been relaid in the most thorough manner. We think both are safe from ice and floods.

1861:

A preliminary meeting of the “loyal women” of our village was held on Monday, with reference to acting in concert with the Sanitary Commission, recently established for the relief of our sick and wounded soldiers at the seat of war.

1873:

Leonard & Roess, cigar makers, have discharged about one-fourth of their help - 12 or 15 hands - on account of the hard times.

1879:

J.S. Brown and wife were pelted with eggs on Elliot street last Thursday evening by a party of young roughs, as they were returning from a temperance meeting. It is not supposed that any responsible person had a hand in the affair, but it was an outrageous occurrence, and one of a kind which is always sure to stir up a public sentiment against the parties engaging in it.

1879:

G.G. Green has not been appointed liquor agent, and states, moreover, that he will not, under any circumstances accept the office.

1884:

The bill changing the time of holding our annual village meeting from the first Monday in December to the first Tuesday in May has passed both houses of the legislature and was signed by the governor yesterday.

1884:

Barrett, the machinist, has some of his new patent roller-skates completed and on sale at B.A. Clark’s. They are handsomely finished and undoubtedly possess points of decided superiority over any other roller skate made. If their sale is properly pushed their manufacture ought to become an important item of business here.

1884:

Mr. Matthews’s steamboat, which was to navigate the Connecticut river in this vicinity, on a trial trip the other day proved unable to ascend Hastings rapids.

1890:

Some of the base ball enthusiasts are doing a good piece of work on the island in grading the base ball ground. When finished the infield will be entirely level and in fine shape for next season’s games.

1890:

Dr. Lawton, for nine years past the senior assistant physician at the asylum, has been granted leave of absence for a year to pursue a further course of study, and to go abroad.

1890:

The big and ugly light pole erected on Main street in front of the Herrick & Wyman building proved so objectionable for the property owners, and so unsatisfactory for the company’s purposes, that it was taken down on Tuesday morning.

1902:

Reverend George B. Lawson becomes minister at First Baptist Church in Brattleboro.

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You Are Suspicious - Domestic Surveillance of Americans

Many people suspected it, but now it is known for certain. The US government is spying on Americans, collecting vast amounts of electronic information to sort and store, and has been doing so for the last seven years.

The Guardian and Glenn Greenwald have the stories, and more reports are said to be on the way. 

Edward Snowden was working at a high level for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and was able to see how the various spying systems scoop up emails, phone records, locations, durations, chats, and almost anything you do online. This information is combined with other available information to create profiles of each of us. Snowden has documentation to prove it, and shared it with Greenwald.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 6/10/13

BCTV Ch.8 Schedule for the week of 6/10/13

                        Monday June 10

                   

12:00 am      Phantom Music presents: The Stray Birds Part 2

1:00 am       Telling Untold Stories - The People’s Media Project

1:30 am       Words of Peace: Knowing

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West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, June 13, 6:00-7:30 pm, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will hold its monthly meeting at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. The Association will review the treasury, traffic safety especially as it regards the stretch of Route 9 from Academy School to Greenleaf Street, the ‘Neighborhoods Project’, and any news regarding Glen Park and Mountain Home Park.

In addition, Association members will review the work plan for the remainder of the year starting with Village Day on Saturday, June 22, held on the West Brattleboro common in front of the firehouse. The group will discuss items to be displayed in the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce window promoting the event.

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Pizza

Does anybody know what's going on at the pizza place on Canal Street? It seems like renovations have been going on for quite a while and now there's a sign up that says Georgios.

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Strolling of the Heifers Parade Pictures

The Strolling of the Heifers had good weather, to our surprise, and the sunshine resulted in some nice parade pictures, taken by my brother Bill, who is visiting on vacation.

Strolling of the Heifers Cow Character

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Did Anyone Get Pictures of the Heifer Parade Couple, The Fly and The Naturalist With His Net ?

This year in the Heifer Parade, my wife Cynthia was a scatophagid fly, stopping at each cow pile, and I was a naturalist with my entomologist net. We know many people took photos, but wonder if anyone who snapped a shot of us might post one here, so we could see it.

Thanks,

Rolf

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Father's Day Brunch in Guilford

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH IN GUILFORD JUNE 16

Broad Brook Grange will present its 17th annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 16, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices  will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

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Dim Sum at Farmers Market Today

The Dim Sum stand will be open throughout the morning and afternoon today at the regular Saturday Brattleboro Farmers Market location on Western Avenue, during and after the Heifers Parade happenings. For further information call (802) 579-9088.

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Farmers' Market Open Today, No Cancellation

UPDATE-- The Brattleboro Farmers' Market will be open today, June 8th. The water level is safe and some vendors will be ready for business. The public is welcome, 9am to 2pm.
802-254-8885

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A Cappella à la Carte Tonight (June 8) Features Guilford Chamber Singers

For the past several years, Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 47th season, has been presenting an "A Cappella à la Carte" evening as the finale to its annual calendar. This year, the Guilford Chamber Singers are featured in "Melodies Steal Into My Heart," the musical segment of this Saturday evening's three-part menu. The setting is Guilford Community Church, just a short distance from Exit 1 off Interstate 91.

The festivities begin at 6 pm with a brief and merry Friends of Music membership meeting. Folks can sign up on the spot and participate in voting for the upcoming year's board of trustees, as well as symbolically ratify the current board's actions in the fiscal year just ending. Plans for the 48th annual season of concerts are shared with everyone present.

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New Putney Tour Company Leads Small Group Tours to Europe

Travelers from around Windham Country and Vermont can now visit Spain, Holland, Italy and France with Travel Fever Tours, a new company based in Putney. The company specializes in small group tours, each focusing on a theme or activity, such as cycling, birding, art, or the history and culture of a specific location in Europe.

Travel Fever Tours has been founded by long-time Putney residents Cicely Carroll and Bob Lawson who have spent large parts of the past decade living or working in Spain, Italy and Switzerland. After exploring Europe on their own, the two will now be sharing their favorite spots and activities with small groups of up to 12 people.

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Discipline and Boundaries

I read a short report in today's Brattleboro Reformer about an "assaultive student" at the Austine School who was cited into court for simple assault and disorderly conduct. It's the second one in recent memory. A previous report sounded much more threatening, and was more detailed, but either way, there's something that doesn't sit well with me in reading about police being called for student discipline. As with so many other things, it's not the way it used to be when I was a kid.

The Brattleboro Retreat, although not recently, has also relied on the police to take authority over unruly or combative youth and there have been past incidents where those youthful patients were tasered into compliance.

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Weekend Concert: The Clash Live in Tokyo 1982

The Clash: Live in Tokyo 1982

" The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk. Along with punk, their music incorporated elements of reggae, ska,dub,funk rap, and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, the Clash consisted of Joe Strummer ( lead guitar ,vocals), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals) Paul Simonon( bass guitar, vocals) and Nicky "Topper Headon ( drums , percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jone's departure the following year in 1986. " from Wikipedia

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Old-time Gospel Music


An old-time gospel hour is planned in West Dummerston on Sunday June 9th, starting at 10:30 AM. The event, to be held at the Dummerston Community Center, will feature guitar and vocals by Gin Mill Bill. There will be no preacher, and no preaching! Light refreshments will be available. Donations will be accepted for the Community Center's heating and maintenance fund.The Community Center is located at 150 West St. in West Dummerston village, just off Route 30. For information call Jean at 254-9212.

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Welch Denounces Seizure of Phone Records

Washington, DC. (June 6th, 2013)- After recent reports that the government has been seizing millions of telephone records of US citizens from service providers, Rep. Welch made the following remarks:

“I cannot fathom a reason for the federal government to cast such a wide and indiscriminate net in the name of national security. This confirms the worst fears of those of us who oppose the Patriot Act.

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West Brattleboro Association Seeks Donations For New Signs

The West Brattleboro Association is raising funds to put up two "Welcome to West Brattleboro" signs, one at either end of the village. These will add to the village's sense of pride and make the village even more inviting and attractive to both visitors and locals.

To do it right, this will cost about $3,000 per sign, or $6,000 total. To date the Association has raised around $1,400 toward this goal.

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Sanders Slams Secret Surveillance

WASHINGTON, June 6 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today criticized a secret domestic surveillance program that swept up millions of telephone records on calls by Americans who were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

A court order demanding the records be turned over was obtained under a controversial interpretation of a provision in the so-called Patriot Act, which Sanders voted against when it was first enacted in 2001 and when it was reauthorized in 2006 and 2011.

“As one of the few members of Congress who consistently voted against the Patriot Act, I expressed concern at the time of passage that it gave the government far too much power to spy on innocent United State citizens and provided for very little oversight or disclosure. Unfortunately, what I said turned out to be exactly true.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Special Meeting - Nutrition Program Contract

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

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in the WSESU Central Office Conference, Room, 53 Green Street: Purpose: (a) Discuss/Review Nutrition Program Bids – Action (b) Discuss and Review Flooring Bids – Action.

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Upper Living Memorial Park: A Possible Skatepark Site- BCTV Film

A film by Montgomery/Socci produced by Maria Dominguez; Upper Living Memorial Park: A Possible Skatepark Site is now available to watch on BCTV for the first time. It was filmed over 8 months ago based on my hand out  submitted to a site selction process requested by concerned citizens which was denied by the selectboard in March 2011. Please excuse  some of the repetition on points and reasons why we think ULMP  just may be the best skatepark location, this was our first attempt at filming. The Upper Living Memorial Park is under utilized in the summer and we think would be an almost ideal location for an expansive skatepark accommodating many various skate type activities within our public recreation park designated for such use and could tastefully coexist with present alternate season ski slope without too much interference.

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