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1861:

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.

1861:

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.

1861:

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

1873:

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.

1873:

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

1879:

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.

1879:

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.

1879:

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

1884:

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.

1884:

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.

1884:

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.

1890:

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.

1890:

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.

1890:

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.

1890:

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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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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Weekend Concert: the Buzzcocks, Auf Wedersehen, 1981

The old guard was the Who (two week ago’s concert).

Punk’s vanguard was the Sex Pistols (Americans could argue for the Ramones & the New York Dolls, but Britain had far and away the more vibrant movement and the Pistols were its undisputed leader and last week’s
concert).

This week our concert band is a member of punk’s rearguard: the Buzzcocks. This 1981 concert was the band’s last till they reformed in 1989.

It’s amazing to me now that such a good band would have failed. However, the punk & new wave movement spawned more bands than could be supported and many good ones fell by the wayside and others never got the recognition they probably deserved (XTC and Husker Du come to mind).

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BCTV - Town Budget Info Mtg 3/13/13- For Representative Town Meeting Members On-Demand

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Brattleboro Dog Licenses Due, Area Rabies Clinic Announced

Brattleboro dog and wolf-hybrid licenses are due on or before April 1. Vermont dogs and wolf-hybrids 6 months of age and older must be licensed on or before April 1. For dogs not previously licensed in Brattleboro, a first-time license must be obtained in person from the Town Clerk’s office. Licenses being renewed may be processed in the Town Clerk’s office, through the mail or online at www.brattleboro.org.

Vaccination against rabies is required by Vermont Statutes before licensing. A current vaccination means:

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Spaghetti Supper Benefit for Music Program

Friends of Music at Guilford has been gifting the Guilford Central School with a Music Enrichment Program for the past five seasons, with partial funding from the Max Y. Seaton Trust. The balance of the budget is raised by a dinner and concert evening in a Brattleboro venue featuring the program's residency artists and also, for the past two seasons, by a Spaghetti Supper held at the school.

This year's pasta supper is set for Thursday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.; the school is at 374 School Rd., Guilford Center.

The menu includes pasta with a gluten-free option, a vegetarian sauce made from scratch, homemade meatballs for carnivores, green salad, bread both plain and garlic, beverages, desserts and a sundae bar.

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Living Smart, Living Frugally, Living Gay! [or Recycling Can Be Pretty!]

If anything annoys me more than bad planning for development of tranquil public green spaces, it’s boring furniture, and the impact of production on the planet and society. In the 25 years KM and I have been living in domestic bliss (careful here, KM) we have always looked at labels to see where things (food included) are produced before we buy them (always choosing local, regional or USA, first), carried our own canvas shopping bags and recycled, long before these now common practices were common.

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Lending a Helping Hannaford - Suggestions for the Checkout Lane

Hannaford has made corporate decisions that play out in strange ways at the checkout aisle.

Having shopped for nearly half a century (and with a grandfather in the grocery business), when I’m ready to check out I put my groceries on the belt in easy bagging order. Heavy things, cans, bottles, and boxes go first, then the smaller, lighter things such as parsley or garlic.  A cashier could simply scan and pop it into the bag. We worked as a team to keep things moving along.

Not too long ago, I realized cashiers were scanning and piling all groceries to the other side without bagging anything. Only after all items had been scanned would any bagging occur. It was taking almost twice as long.

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Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee Meeting

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:15pm 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 Selectboard Agenda and Notes - March 19, 2013

Brattleboro’s historic train station is up for discussion again at the next Brattleboro Selectboard meeting. Fulcrum Arts has abandoned their plans for the space, taking the board back to planning how best to use the building.

The Brooks House team is expected to ask the board for a tax stabilization agreement, the board will consider the nearly $5 million FY14 Utilities budget which includes an over-$635,000 deficit There will also be multiple grants from Homeland Security for more training and equipment, annual liquor and tobacco licenses will be renewed and more.

You can watch it all on TV or attend in person at the Municipal Center on Main Street. If you do go, you can bring up other issues not on the agenda during Public Participation and speak to anything on the agenda.

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The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block

The Steak Out Goes on the Auction Block 11:00 am March 15 

Just in case anyone's curious or has a ton of extra cash lying around.

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Ask-a-Cop - Reporting Domestic Abuse

Welcome back to "Ask-a-Cop." This is an official question and answer feature on ibrattleboro set up a few years ago. It is written by a Brattleboro police sergeant and all answers are approved by Chief Wrinn before posting. We haven't had questions in a while but got this one the other day.

If you have a question for Ask-a-Cop, please email it to info@ibrattleboro.com and put "Ask-a-Cop" in the subject line.

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"If I'm aware of domestic abuse problems with another couple, am I required to report it? How can I tell if it is worth reporting?"

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