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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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River Garden RFP Information Now Available

Building a Better Brattleboro today published its formal call for proposals concerning the Robert Gibson River Garden on its new website, www.brattleboro.com.

In the event you have difficulty navigating from the home page, the direct link to the RFP page is here.

Documents on that page include the River Garden Operational Information.

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Windham Orchestra: Pathways to Imagination & Performance

On Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, continues its commitment to offering extraordinary opportunities for young artists and music lovers with “Pathways to Imagination & Performance” at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, VT.

Anchoring Sunday’s performance is Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1945 Symphony No. 9. Although originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

From masterwork to the local works of our community’s young composers, the Windham Orchestra performs a medley of original compositions by elementary and middle school students. This unique opportunity creates a pathway for bringing the artistry and imagination of young composers into reality.

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Thoughts on the Women’s Film Festival

Thoughts on the Women’s Film Festival:

The differences are starkly noticeable, in both breadth and depth. Instead of a long span of many days’ worth of films in multiple venues along Main Street, there are two weekends in only one location. Instead of each film being shown twice so the viewing public can get multiple opportunities to see the favorites, each is shown once. Instead of the highest quality films for and about women, we get some good ones and some mediocre ones. Logistical glitches abound (like the single movie in one of the time-slots being only 30 minutes long).

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All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist Service

All Souls February Service.

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BMH Level 2 Spinal Health Class Starts March 25

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services will offer another edition of its five-week “Standing Tall Spine Health: Level 2” program beginning Monday, March 25.

The program is designed for individuals diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis who have previously completed the Level 1 course. The classes consist of advanced strengthening exercises for the core and postural muscles as well as a continuation of progressive balance challenges. Level 1 education principles will be reinforced through class discussion while exercising.

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Free Computer Ergonomics Presentation at BMH, March 25

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free presentation on computer ergonomics Monday, March 25 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Brew Barry Conference Center.

“How to Properly Set Up Your Workstation” is for anyone who experiences stiffness or discomfort when sitting at a computer for work or personal use. Chris Vitello, occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, will demonstrate how to set up a computer station in the best possible way to fend off pain and injuries.

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BMH Stress Reduction Class Starts April 3

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free, introductory session for its six-week course, “Letting Go of Stress” on Wednesday, April 3 at 5:15 PM in Brew Barry Conference Room 2.

The multi-session class will provide participants with the theory, practice and motivation to establish and maintain an effective lifelong stress reduction program. Following the introductory course, the program will meet every Wednesday through May 15.

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On Exhibit at Brooks Library: Student Art Month

On Exhibit: Student Art Month   
March is Student Art Month in Windham County, and the library hosts exhibits of artwork by Brattleboro elementary school children. Two-dimensional art can be seen on the main floor, and three-dimensional creations are found in display cases in the second-floor entryway and the north side of the mezzanine.    

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Just Vote "Yes" and We'll Pay $50.00 Tax Per Ounce!

Vermonters won't have that nasty Federal Budget Sequester to worry about much longer! We're going to legalize and tax the heck out of marijuana sold to adults age 21 and over!  That makes good budget sense!
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House Bill 499, An Act Relating to Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana.
http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2014/bills/Intro/H-499.pdf

Introduced by Representatives Davis of Washington,  Deen of Westminster, Masland of Thetford,  Stevens of Shoreham, and Zagar of Barnard.

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced:

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HIDE film screening

New documentary film "Hide" takes us inside the daily lives of several migrant dairy workers from Latin America who sustain Vermont's iconic dairy farms and working landscapes. "Hide" illuminates the feelings and experiences of the hidden lives of migrant farmworkers--feelings of isolation, fear, lack of recognition and sometimes hope. Using an unusual narrative form, the film combines original music, obscured images, and multi-voiced narration to provide an intimate glimpse at the daily lives of migrant workers and their fight for dignity.

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Pedagogy of the Poor Book Tour in Brattleboro, Guilford & Dummerston

The Vermont Workers’ Center is hosting the Poverty Initiative on their nationwide Pedagogy of the Poor book tour. 

Based at New York City’s Union Theological Seminary, the Poverty Initiative is an organization dedicated to raising up generations of religious and community leaders committed to ending poverty. Pedagogy of the Poor, co-authored by Poverty Initiative's Willie Baptist and Jan Rehmann, examines the root
causes of poverty and considers the role of faith leaders in building a social movement to end it. The authors highlight stories of poor people organizing alongside one another, building leadership, and raising consciousness through political education.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules - Week of 3/18/13

BCTV Ch 8 Schedule for the week of 3/18/13

Monday March 18                  

12:00 am      Inside Your Statehouse: Rep. Bill Lippert & Rep. Ann Pugh discuss Vermont’s drug abuse problems

12:30 am      ORCA Media Pres: State House Coverage: Pre-Kindergarten Education Bill Pt 1

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       Vermont National Guard - Change of Command Ceremony

5:15 am       Vermont Right to Know GMO’s

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Artist ala Mode with Electric Fence

Artist ala Mode featured Electric Fence on the March show.

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You Can’t Say ThankYou Anymore

It’s now a registered trademark of Citicorp:

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At The Right Hand of Einstein

"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own -- a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism." [Einstein]

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District 1 Caucuses Coming

TO ALL DISTRICT I REPS AND VOTERS:

Thanks to 5 new folks – Steve Cormier, Peter Diamondstone, Paula Melton, Lynn Russell, and Eric Strickland -- who showed up last night to volunteer their services as Town Meeting Members for I year, and to 10 sitting reps who showed up to appoint them, District 1 now is only 4 slots away instead of 9 from its allotted representation. To remedy that shortfall [and contrary to last night’s announcement], District 1 will
again caucus at Academy School at 6:15 pm, Wednesday, March 20 – and if need be, at 8 a.m., March 23, in the BUHS gym, NE corner [enter gym, turn right], before TM begins at 8.30.

Spread the word, recruit your friends and show up to send our district into the meeting with its full representation.

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Master Plan Planning Master

“My name is Dorman D. Dorsinc. I have been appointed by the Vermont Legislature as the new Master Plan Planning Master for the State of Vermont. My planning qualifications include a PhD in Early Childhood Recidivism. My thesis was entitled: Born in Diapers – Die in Diapers – What Happens In Between? I am here in Brattleboro today at the request of the Vermont League of Uninformed Voters to mandate a new master plan planning master mandate mandating the residents of Brattleboro to support, fund, and implement by June 30, 2013.”

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The Economy of Love

This short TED talk (choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video) might be of interest to community members who wish to save the River Garden for our use as a community. Would you like to be part of a new non-profit organization whose purpose is to run the River Garden as a community venue? Please be in touch with me if you would: John Wilmerding, 219 High Street, Apartment #201, Brattleboro, VT 05301-6073 -- 802-254-2826 -- wilmerding@myfairpoint.net

Again, choose "Read More" below, then click the 'RUN" button in the middle to start the video ... thanks!

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5:45 Live: 3/15/13

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Life in One Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop

Life in one Vermont Town: A Genealogy & Local History Workshop
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Brooks Memorial Library will host a Local history/genealogy workshop with Linda Hay, former Academy School Librarian, on Saturday, March 16, at 10:30 AM in the Library's meeting room.

Whether one is a family historian, a researcher into local history, or just curious, the daily lives ordinary people lived in the past can seem a mystery.

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