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Today In Local History


Our young friend Larkin G. Mead, Jr., is now at the seat of war, with the Vermont brigade, employed as an artist, taking officers, camps, regiments, brigades, or entire divisions as opportunity presents. A harmless way of doing it, to be sure, using as he does, only a pencil.


The following are the contents of the first box sent to the hospital by the Brattleboro Relief Society: 4 heavy woolen blankets, 2 do. comfortables, 1 heavy blanket shawl, 7 calico comfortables, 1 calico bedquilt, 1 cashmere dressing gown, 3 prs. pillow cases, 2 prs. sheets, 16 prs. cotton drawers, 6 short bed gowns, 9 long bed gowns, 50 prs woolen socks, 9 rolls bandages, 1 box lint, 3 packages Castile and Windsor soap, 1 box fine tooth combs, 2 pillows, 2 Bibles.


The third company of Vermont sharpshooters now recruiting in this village, is nearly full.


The call has been issued for the annual village meeting which occurs on Monday evening Dec. 1. Among the articles upon which voters will be called upon to act are the following: To see if the village will authorize the building of more reservoirs, and also authorize the payment of $500 toward the building of the new tomb at the cemetery.


The new chapel of the Congregational church was dedicated on Tuesday evening last, with appropriate exercises of a religious and social nature.


The town report for 1879 shows that it cost for streets and sidewalks in the village of Brattleboro, in 1878, about $5000, or, including bridges, the sum was about $6800.


All the little folks, and a good many “children of a larger growth,” will be delighted to learn that the veritable and genuine General and Mrs. Tom Thumb (nee Lavinia Warren), Major Newell, and a company of other little people will visit Brattleboro on Thanksgiving day, giving performances afternoon and evening.


Crosby hall was lighted up on Wednesday evening and thrown open for the inspection of all who cared to look in.


A petition to the selectmen is now being circulated to have Mr. Crowell granted certain rights of occupation on Flat Street for the erection of his proposed new building, so that he may at once go on with the work without waiting for formal legal process before the courts.


Serious trouble has been encountered this week with the heating apparatus in the new school building, the furnaces failing to heat some of the rooms sufficiently to allow the children to be kept in them. The High school room warms without trouble, but in the recitation rooms on the second floor the temperature cannot be raised above 65 degrees.


The first article on the warrant for the annual village meeting is to see if the village will accept the amendment of the charter recently made by the legislature, changing the time of holding the annual meeting to the first Tuesday in May.


The annual rush is on at the Estey factory and some of the departments are being run over time to keep up with the work.


L.R. Plummer will have an opening tomorrow of his new five and ten cent store in the rear of his main store at 33 Elliot street.


Miss Mary Howe sang in Providence on Tuesday evening, in Washington last evening, and her date in Philadelphia is tomorrow evening, making for an unusually busy and exacting week. The date for her first appearance in New York city is fixed for next Tuesday.


Mrs. Edward Crosby, who has been very critically ill with congestion of the kidneys since Thursday of last week, is still living at the hour of going to press, although the end has been almost hourly expected for several days past. Her constitutional endurance has proved to be very much greater than is usual in such cases.

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Brattleboro Union High School Board Special Meeting - Nutrition Program Contract

Windham Southeast Supervisory Union
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301


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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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


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.


Gordon Haywood at Putney Library on Thursday, June, 6th at 7pm

Gordon Haywood, local legend, author and flower garden expert will present a special program at the Putney Public Library on Thursday, June 6th at 7pm. He will present slides and a talk that feature his amazing landscaping creation at the Berg's garden in Walpole, N.H.

The Berg's garden will be part of the upcoming Garden Tour on June 15th and 16th to benefit the Putney Central and Putney Public Libraries.

For more information on both these events contact the Putney Public Library at 387-4407


Selectboard Meeting Notes: Should Non-Payers of Property Tax Contribute Anyway?

The Brattleboro Selectboard chose an architectural engineering firm for the Police Fire Facility project at their Tuesday meeting. The board also started a discussion about asking property owners with tax exemptions to pay something anyway for the services they receive.

Arkham fought for and received their outdoor consumption permit, the Town got a clean bill of health from auditors, the Grand List is up, and an upcoming Selectboard vacancy was officially announced. Read on for details.


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