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Today In Local History

1836:

Brattleboro, Athol, and Boston Stage will leave Brattleboro from Chase's at 2 o'clock on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Fare $3.75

1842:

Brattleboro, East Village, is comprised within one school district. It contains about 1500 inhabitants, not far from 400 of whom are from four to eighteen years of age. The average attendance at our schools is about 300. We have 5 public schools, 4 taught by females, the other by a male teacher. The children in the primary schools are required to go through a prescribed course of studies preparatory to the Central School.

1847:

The First Frost visited us on Wednesday night of last week, and was followed by another one on Thursday night. No essential damage was done in this vicinity, so far as we have heard.

1881:

The news of President Garfield’s death caused a profound and universal feeling of sorrow in this community - a feeling which found expression not only in spoken words, but in the look on men’s faces and their movements on the street. All business places are draped in black and many private residences wear mourning emblems. Memorial exercises will be held Monday afternoon at the town hall at 2 o’clock.

1887:

The Valley Mill company have completed their new elevator, which greatly enlarges their storage capacity, and enables them to handle 500 bushels of corn per hour, or to unload a new car of corn in 20 minutes.

1887:

The work of putting in the heating apparatus at the town hall was begun yesterday, and today the carpenters are to begin laying the new floor.

1892:

Those who have hunted through the town to find sewing machine needles will be glad to learn that Morse & Simpson are to put in a line of needles for machines of various makes.

1892:

The merry-go-round, which did such a thriving business at Bellows Falls for several weeks, was brought here Monday and put in operation on the island ball ground.

1892:

F.D. Williams is building for E.E. Stockwell a cart weighing two tons, which has four-inch steel axles and tires six inches wide. It is to be used in drawing the Estey monument from the station to the cemetery. Sixteen yoke of oxen will be attached. One piece of the monument weighs 20 tons.

1898:

A special attraction in this year’s poultry department at the Valley Fair will be an exhibit of English pheasants by Peter S. Chase of Esteyville. He has raised this year a large number of chicks and he will exhibit in all 50 birds, shown in several pens.

1904:

S.B. Emerson is receiving his annual consignment of grapes from his Lake Erie vineyards for the supply of the local market. The crop is abundant and the fruit unusually fine in appearance and flavor.

1904:

The telephone line between Brattleboro and Newfane was out of business a large part of the day Wednesday, a tree having been blown against the wire by heavy wind Tuesday night.

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Brattleboro Police Fire Facility Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

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

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman meeting room at the Municipal Center.

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

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Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS 

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

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Weekend Concert Series - Trouble Funk in Japan

It’s February 1988 and we’ve travelled to Japan with Trouble Funk.

Trouble Funk was a DC Go Go band that was attempting to break out of DC and bring the go go sound - a mixture of funk, jazz, and latin grooves - to a wider audience. They had some success in England and in Japan, but by touring the world they lost touch with their local fans.

I love Trouble Funk. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to see them again. I love the driving percussion and call and response with the audience, the horn section, the meaty keyboards and bass, and touch of rock guitar.

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Strolling of the Heifers is named a Top 10 US Summer Festival

The Strolling of the Heifers has been named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. 

In the announcement, Livability editor Matt Carmichael said, “The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents. That community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.”

Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed weekend festival, taking place in Brattleboro June 7-9 this year. The festival’s centerpiece is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 8 followed by the all-day Slow Living Expo featuring local food, fun, entertainment and educational exhibits.

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Small Business Loans for Brattleboro Residents

Community Capital of Vermont is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. Loans range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be used for business start-up or growth and expansion. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Loan proceeds can be used for working capital, equipment or vehicle, inventory, or to refinance debt.

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Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users


Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users
Friday May 3, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

Join  Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.

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Any Tips For Someone New To Biking To And Around Brattleboro?

Where are the bike racks in Brattleboro? 

I recenty moved to town and even more recently got my bike/helmet in shape.  Now all I need to do is venture out.  I love the idea of biking as alternate transportation, particularly when there are errands to run or events to go to.  What does a Brattleboroan bicyclist need to know?

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Wind Howling

"Wind
Howling Through the Streets "

 

A Chilean woman spoke to me

late into the night in Valparaiso
about

living during the time of Pinochet.

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Police Fire Petition & Questions of the Legality of the Town Representative Vote

The citizens of Brattleboro had rejected the Police Fire Station proposal at least three times, as I best remember, over a ten year peiod. I was aghast again to find not only was the town and Slectboard was pushing this, the town and Selectboard knew that if they gave it the voters it would be rejected. This was the opinion of the Selectboard.

They then had the town representatives vote on it.  When I spoke to representives in my district, he  said, "I'll vote the way I want, regardless of what you would like."  This is the most egregious example of the town representatives. He was absolutely in favor of the Police Fire station regardless of what the people in his district wanted. I aksed him if he would reconsider and put this before a town wide vote, and he said, "No, I have made up my mind. And the citizens don't have the information they need to make an informed decision." 

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Paralyzed Like Lumps Of Coal On A Fire

Does not the first generation who must endure the changes to a new world have the hardest time living through it? Will there be any free space left to sit on the ground “and tell sad stories of the death of kings?”

Have you not heard the lament of our resident philosopher, Spinoza? The call to action from our resident documentarian, Chris Pratt? Is this site created by Chris Grotke and Lise LePage as much for the future as it is for the past and present?

What is it about the future we seem to fear so much? Will we all end by “dining on ashes” paralyzed like lumps of coal on a fire?

We have to start somewhere.

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BSD Spring Dance Tickets Go On Sale May 9

Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 9 for the Brattleboro School of Dance annual spring recital. Performances take place the weekends of May 17-19 and May 24-26 at the New England Youth Theatre, located at 100 Flat Street in downtown Brattleboro.

Current dance students and alumni will perform in 14 pieces choreographed by faculty and guests of the school, demonstrating a breadth of styles that include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and belly dancing.

The recital’s 2013 theme, “Evolution,” reflects the progression of several pieces in the program over the course of different shows, says BSD director Jennifer Moyse, as well as the generational transition within the school’s community since it was founded by Kathleen Keller in 1976.

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Shumlin's Administration Harrasses Small Business in Windham County Run by Senior Citizen!

Open Letter to Governor Peter Shumlin:

Dear Governor Shumlin,
If you would please read the Vermont Journal, page 6A, May 1, 2013, you will find that Vermonters are outraged and angry at your Administration.

I join them in their written protest against over-regulation.

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Home Energy Challenge Tour Features Local Brattleboro 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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What Will Happen To The Carbon Harvest Structure At The Town Dump?

With Carbon Harvest declaring bankruptcy, what will happen to the...greenhouse thingy...that was built at the dump on Old Ferry Road?  Are there plans to seek a use for it that will honor the original intent as best as possible?  I am very curious about this.  Hope someone is working on it.  Anyone here know anything about it?

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West Brattleboro Association Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, May 9, 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, the status of the town’s traffic safety study as it regards the stretch of Route 9 from Academy School to Greenleaf Street, and review its participation in Green Up Day. The group will also discuss the ‘Neighborhoods Project’ and any news regarding Glen Park and Mountain Home Park.

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Earth, Roots, Petals, & Paths Garden Tour, June 15 & 16

Earth, Roots, Petals, & Paths, a tour of perennial and vegetable gardens in Putney, Vermont and “The Garden on Rice Mountain” in Walpole, New Hampshire. This first annual garden tour will be held the weekend of June 15th & June 16th. The tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday.

Earth, Roots, Petals & Paths includes private perennial and vegetable gardens in Putney, The Putney School gardens & farm, the Putney Central School garden & orchard and the renowned four-acre garden created by Theodora and Peter Berg on Rice Mountain in Walpole, NH with the assistance of Gordon Hayward, garden designer, and Dan Snow, dry stone craftsman.

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Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day
Wednesday May 1, 2013
7:00 PM until 9:00 PM 

The poetry of Robert Frost and William Wordsworth depends heavily on the natural world and the “language really used by men.” Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores the poets’ similarities, differences, and influence on other poets.

The lecture is a First Wednesday program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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5:45 Live- 4/30/13

5:45 Live: 4/30/13 in High Def

5:45 Live: 4/30/13 in Standard Def

With a webcast from the high school to gear up for the NRC hearing, the breakdown on the state's FY14 Budget cuts, and footage from Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, CoreArts, VA, and SIT, every second of this midweek edition is made to count.

Which link is right for you? Find out by clicking here to test your internet speed. 

Higher than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- High Def Link

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