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1839:

For Sale — A few thousand Morus Multicaulis and Alpine Mulberry Trees, by Solymun Cune.

1844:

Wanted Immediately, As an apprentice to the Rule Making business, a boy 15 or 16 years old.

1844:

Paints. Oil, Varnish, Spirits, Turpentine, together with a full stock of Painters articles, are now receiving, and will be sold at a trifle above cost and freight, by Dutton & Clark.

1856:

The Hutchinsons, Judson, John, and Asa, will give a concert at the Town Hall on Saturday evening, 20th inst. They sing of Freedom and humanity; and all whose hearts are inclined to these virtues will not fail to catch the inspiration of such noble themes as it falls from the lips of song. Go early and take your friends with you.

1872:

C. Francis Allyn, a trance speaker, will speak at the town hall Sunday, Sept. 22nd and 29th, at 2 o’clock and 7 P. M.

1872:

No town fair this year.

1878:

Brattleboro’s contribution for the relief of the yellow fever sufferers now amounts to $800 cash. Well done.

1878:

The rain which disturbed our firemen’s muster last Thursday, and continued through the day Friday, was evidently a part of the great storm of unusual severity and destructiveness which swept over a wide territory, from the Carolinas to Canada, last week, destroying much valuable property, and causing the loss of many lives.

1878:

C. E. Allen’s annual fall catalogue of Dutch bulbs, winter flowering plants, and small fruits, is out, in tasteful dress, from the press of D. Leonard. The list of varieties are full and complete, and the directions for culture plain and explicit. The growth of the catalogue from eight pages heretofore, to sixteen the present year, is an agreeable indication of the continued prosperity of Mr. Allen’s business.

1889:

Get ready to put out the flags and decorate businesses places and private residences Oct. 2 and 3, the time of the Valley fair. It will help the looks of the town and help the fair to make these days gala days.

1889:

A conference was held Monday evening at the Brooks Library building, between the trustees of the building and the town trustees, one outcome of which was that leave was granted to the Natural History society to place certain cases of cabinet specimens around the walls of the north or ladies’ reading room, but not in such a way as to interfere with the use of the room for the purpose which Mr. Brooks designed it.

1889:

In the road hearings Monday, the application for the widening of Williston street was refused.

1889:

The High school alumni will meet at the Brooks House next Thursday evening at 8 o’clock for their third annual reunion.

1895:

Although the cutting of South Canal street hill is complete, the sidewalks and gutters and the approaches to the Fuller and Hall estates are not finished. There is much that is uncertain as to the true line of the Guilford road.

1895:

The bed of the Whetstone below the bridge was well spotted Wednesday with dead fish. They were probably killed by some refuse from the paper mill.

1895:

The electric road will probably be completed from the fair ground to the main line by to-morrow night.

1984:

Protestors heckle Vice President George H.W. Bush during visit to Brattleboro.

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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

Lower than 3 mbps (3000 kbps)- Standard Def Link

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Does Anybody Know What Happened at The Meadows Today?

Does anybody know what happened this afternoon around 3:15pm? I drove past two fire trucks, six police cars, rescue,... I saw a guy in a yellow and black dive suit~ all at the mouth of The Meadows on Route 30.

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

CHESTER/SAXTONS, CLAREMONT, NEWPORT AND SUNAPEE WINNERS IN CRVBL WEEK 2

There's now a three-way tie atop the Connecticut River Valley Baseball League after the Chester/Saxtons River Crush, the Claremont Cardinals, Newport Polar Bears and Sunapee Old Lakers were winners in the season's second week of town team action.

Chester/Saxtons River started off the weekend with a 5 - 1 victory over the Walpole Wild Blue at the baseball complex in Walpole. Nick Wirkkala of the Crush went six innings on the mound, giving up just three hits and striking out seven. He was also 1 for three at the plate, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Scott Renfro went 3 for 4 with an RBI double, Toby Miller also went 3 for 4 scoring two runs and Jamie Spence had two hits and drove in a pair of runs.

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Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast - Curbside Compost

Curbside Compost-Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

Speaker: Moss Kahler, April 19, 2013

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01304&video=151879

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Building a Better Business Culture

I just had the quintessential bad experience trying to return a rug to Macy’s; hard to reach customer service, no call backs, endless e-mails, and then being told the rug was not returnable because the 30 day period had expired (due to Macy’s own unavailability and failure to respond).

Because our struggling little hamlet is not without her own public relations and customer service issues, I am sharing this info with the hope that it will hit a mark and make a difference for the better.

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First Tuesday

I know I said I would provide updates for those who are interested called First Tuesday. They were supposed to take place on the First Tuesday ofevery month. Sorry… I really have no excuse, but rest assured I have not been idle. I have updated the deceptions website so everything is now is in one place (movie, magazine, You Tube Channel and PegMeda write up for “Pants on Fire.” Additionally I am now setup to do an ongoing blog from this site.

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Tony Trischka Band w/ Bruce Stockwell at Next Stage on Saturday. May 4

Twilight Music presents International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band, plus Putney-based banjoist Bruce Stockwell at Next Stage on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm.

Tony Trischka is perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 35 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students. Trischka has been a key figure in opening the banjo and acoustic music in general to wider influences, having shared the stage and studio with the likes of Steve Martin, David Grisman, John Denver, The Boston Pops, Jorma Kaukonen, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, Earl Scruggs and countless others. He has appeared on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Mountain Stage," and is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Driving Miss Daisy’ and the theme song of the NPR show “Books on the Air.”

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