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Today In Local History

1839:

New Books. Truth made Simple, by Todd. McDomer, by Jacob Abbott. Young Men’s Aid, by Rev. H. Winslow. School-Boy, by J. S. C. Abbott. Part 26, Parley’s Magazine. Life of Colby. Mountain Wild Flower, &c. at the Brattleboro Book Store.

1844:

Lincoln Breed Boar. The Subscriber informs the Public, that he has a very fine Boar, of the Lincoln Breed, and all who wish to procure this kind of Hogs, (decidedly the best ever in this section) can now have an opportunity. Inquire for the Subscriber at Estey’s Lead Pipe Shop. Jonas Putnam.

1848:

Henry Smith becomes Brattleboro's postmaster.

1856:

The first snow seen in this vicinity fell on Friday night of last week. Saturday morning the ground was quite white, and it was several days before this mantle disappeared.

1856:

We learn with pleasure that L. G. Mead, Jr. contemplates opening a Drawing School this winter for the benefit of all who may desire to acquire this useful and beautiful accomplishment. As yet the arrangements for the different classes are not made, but we learn the school is to be so conducted that all persons of both sexes who wish to take lessons can have an opportunity.

1872:

Estey & Company are putting up gas works for the purpose of lighting their shops, the present supply being unsatisfactory.

1872:

During the rain of Thursday last, a young lady of this place performed the remarkable feat of walking all the way home from Jamaica, a distance of 27 miles, without an umbrella. How about modern female degeneracy now?

1872:

A knock-down scrape occurred last Saturday in the west part of town, in which several parties were engaged and a Canadian named Brownell received a severe pommelling. No arrests have yet been made.

1878:

The Windham County Poultry and Pet Stock Association, intimations in regard to which have heretofore been made in our columns, was formally organized on Monday evening by the adoption of a constitution and by-laws and the choice of officers

1878:

The village schools will have their usual Thanksgiving recess during next week.

1889:

We are inclined to think that the Vermont savings bank’s new plate glass window is the greatest single improvement which has ever been made on Main street. The new coat of paint on the front sets the window off handsomely.

1889:

The electric light poles were not made to be used as supports for bill boards, etc., and people who have pride in the looks of the village will not use them for this purpose. A word to the wise, etc.

1889:

The iron is beginning to arrive for the new Vermont Valley railroad bridge across the mouth of the West river. The boarding has been stripped away from the old bridge and other preliminary work is in progress.

1895:

President Crosby of the street railroad company wishes it understood that he pays no attention to anonymous letters. Any criticism of the company or its employees should be signed in order to receive consideration.

1895:

The Retreat will open its entertainment course with a dance Thanksgiving evening.

1895:

All of the young people’s religious societies in town, in the churches which have been wont to unite on other general occasions, are invited to meet for the sunrise Thanksgiving prayer meeting, which will be held in the Centre church chapel next Thursday morning at 7 o’clock. It is a custom too good to be lost, for the young people to come together, once or twice a year and by praise and prayer to feel the forces of divine love and goodness which are always at work drawing them upward and toward each other, and which as they alike agree, find supreme expression in the teachings of Jesus.

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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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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, June 07, 2013, 12:00pm - 12:30pm

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.  
Tours and research consultations are also available on demand.  

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Sculling Clinic Has Two Openings Left

RowBOC- Rowing Program with Brattleboro Outing Club - Docks and Boathouse on Spriing Tree Lane on the West River.

There are 2 openings left in the 2nd Clinic this season - Learn to Row - single and double sculling will be taught.

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Brattleboro History Center Preview Opening June 7-9

The Brattleboro Historical Society will unveil its new downtown History Center with a preview opening featuring special hours during June’s first-Friday Gallery Walk and Strolling of the Heifers weekend.

The new center on the first floor of the Masonic building at 196 Main St. (with a separate south-side entrance and rear-door wheelchair ramp) will feature the first of a series of changing exhibits — starting with a look at local agricultural history, farm life and the former Valley Fair — on Friday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Vacancy

The Brattleboro Selectboard is seeking candidates to fill a Selectboard vacancy created by the resignation of member Ken Schneck.

Persons interested in serving the remainder of this term (ending March 24, 2014) should send letters of interest to the Town Manager’s Office (Attn: Selectboard Vacancy, 230 Main Street, Suite 208, Brattleboro VT 05301).

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Grant to Subsidize Kitten Spay/Neuter in Windham County!

Dr. White, the veterinarian who does the spay/neuter clinics at Windham County Humane Society and in Bellows Falls (as well as all over the state!) has received a grant through VT-CAN to subsidize kitten surgeries.

For the Month of June, residents of Windham County can get kittens (6 months old or younger) spayed or neutered for only $20.  Vaccinations can be done at the time of the surgery (Rabies and Distemper) for an additional $10.

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Fear of Speaking Out

Fear of Speaking Freely

Being afraid to speak, is a Civil Rights issue. Students, Teachers, Journalists and the Public should have the freedom to speak freely and to assemble, yet they do not.

Students and citizens need to know, to see and hear alternatives to mainstream media and decide for themselves what is fact and what is fiction. Important issues of fact are being intentionally omitted; key items of history are being rewritten and replaced with contrived innuendo. Few who are normally relied upon for investigation or debate, dare to stand up to these forces.

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Are You Loco About Trains? Here You Go... 18 Videos

Here are link to 18 videos of trains arriving, departing or just passing through Brattleboro that I've collected on YouTube.  Enjoy!!! 

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

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Acclaimed Andean Shamans in Brattleboro June 11-16

Don Francisco and doña Juana, elders of the Q'ero nation, will offer healing and Initiations of Connection in Brattleboro from June 11-16.  Check the IBrattleboro calendar for specifics on group events.  

This is a time when we are all experiencing great change and transition, and this is the ideal opportunity to shed what no longer serves and step into the Star that burns deep within you. 

The Q’ero -- don Francisco’s and doña Juana’s people, are saidto be the last direct descendants of the Inca.  They historically were respected as the keepers of the knowledge, and held a place of honor at traditional gatherings and festivals.  After the Spanish conquest, they remained invisible, living in small villages as high as 16,000 feet above sea level.

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