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Today In Local History

1740:

Moses Johnson, designer of Brattleboro's first meetinghouse, born in Connecticut.

1844:

Prints! Prints! 50 PS., new patterns Spring Prints, just received at the New York Store, and offered at low prices. W. P. Cune.

1849:

Mrs. E. Hinkley has on hand a splendid assortment of Winter Bonnets, which she will sell at cost, it being so late in the season. Also, a great variety of Rich Millinery Goods, consisting of Caps, Head-Dresses, Laces, Flowers, Wrought Collars and Chemisetts, and an uncommon assortment of Ribbons, Mourning Bonnets, Caps, and Collars. Grave Clothes ready, as usual. Straw Bonnets bleached and repaired in the best manner. Likewise, Dress making in the best style.

1856:

The storm of Saturday night and the blow ever since have thrown the trains on all the roads (in this vicinity, at least) into the utmost confusion. No storm this winter, which has already been embarrassing without precedent, has so paralyzed railroad passage.

1866:

Town Meeting Article: To see if the town will vote to pay some compensation to Erastus Simonds, S.W. Wilder, and Lerenzo Elmer, who were drafted and actually went into service of the United States under the call of the president.

1877:

The roofing-in of the boiler house at the asylum has been completed, and comparatively few traces of last week’s fire are now visible. The work of permanent rebuilding will not begin until spring opens.

1877:

We trust the dullness of business and the drouth of local news has reached its climax this week

1883:

The warrant for the annual March meeting has been posted. Aside from the usual routine business there is a special article to see if the town will rescind its action voting aid to the Brattleboro & Bennington railroad and electing commissioners.

1883:

Estey & Co. are putting in an electrical watchman’s clock or time-detector, which will record the movements of the watchmen during the night, registering the precise moment at which each man passes certain points in each shop or building, where push buttons are placed which the watchman must touch - the touch registering the exact time of the action on a dial in the office.

1883:

The children’s dancing parties at Crosby hall are proving exceedingly pleasant and profitable. They will close on March 28th with a “Mother Goose” party.

1894:

Claude Freligh is writing a farce-comedy, based on local events, which will be presented soon.

1894:

The Retreat family enjoyed an evening of delightful entertainment. Saturday night M.C. Robbins presented his “Visit to the World’s Fair,” which was of special interest to the large number of shut-ins who in this way had their first glimpse of the wonders of the exposition.

1894:

Charles Ebbighausen is rejoicing over the prompt way in which a very official looking legal document brought home his missing chickens.

2017:

Temperatures above 60 degrees in Brattleboro, just days after the ski jump.

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BMH Hosts Talk on Caring for Family Members with Dementia, May 20

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free public talk entitled, “When A Loved One Has Dementia...” in the Brew Barry Conference Room on Monday, May 20 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Led by Michelle Rowland, RN, LISCW, the talk will cover expected stages of dementia and available support and treatments for patients in the community. The talk will also address how families, friends and caregivers can find support and relief.

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BMH Offers Chair Exercise Workshop for People with Limited Mobility, May 13

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital will offer a free class entitled, “Safe and Simple Chair Exercises for Those with Chronic Illnesses and/or Limited Mobility and their Caregivers” on Monday, May 13 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm in the Brew Barry Conference Room.

Led by Connie Baxter, a certified yoga instructor and bereavement care coordinator at Brattleboro Area Hospice, the class teaches a sequence of easy-to-learn exercises that can be done from the safety of a chair to increase circulation and range of motion. Participants will be given a diagram of the movements along with clear instructions so they can practices these chair exercises, based on yoga postures, with their caregivers at home.

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CRVBL Weekend Roundup

By Kevin McElhinney, CRVBL

NEWPORT, CLAREMONT, PUTNEY, CHESTER/SAXTONS AND SUNAPEE ALL TAKE GAMES DURING CRVBL WEEK 3

The Newport Polar Bears and defending league Champion Claremont Cardinals are the only two undefeated teams remaining in the Connecticut River Valley Baseball league following a weekend featuring five league games. The Putney Fossils also picked up their first win of the season while the Chester/Saxtons River Crush and the Sunapee Old Lakers split a doubleheader.

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Annual Way To Go! Commuter Challenge Set To Take Off With Big Prizes and Big Fun

The seventh annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off on May 13th, and it’s generating a lot of excitement. So far, 130 businesses have signed up to participate, and more than 1,500 commuters are pledged to take part. In addition, Governor Shumlin has officially proclaimed May 13th-17th as “Way to Go! Week” in Vermont to voice his support for the effort, which saves money while reducing air pollution and congestion on the state’s roads.

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of transportation options among commuters by encouraging them to travel in ways other than driving alone. Participants pledge to take the bus, bike, walk, carpool, car share, or telecommute during the week of the challenge, and become eligible to win a variety of prizes, including gym memberships, ski passes, hotel stays, transit passes, and much more.

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Vermont Quit Partners Impact State's Communities

Person–To-Person Contact Increases Success Rate For Smokers Who Want Help To Quit

Windham County — The Vermont Department of Health announced it is launching a campaign to introduce the Vermont Quit Partners to Vermont tobacco users. The statewide network includes 50 Quit Partners and 15 community health teams.

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Green Mountain Camp – Remembering & Reconnecting Reunion

On Saturday May 18th from 5 to 9 PM, Green Mountain Camp will be celebrating 96 years of memories at their reunion for friends and alumnae! Whether you are 9 or 90, there will be pictures, songs and stories to remind you of your magical time at Green Mountain Camp.

Come see what has changed at the camp and what has stayed the same. It’s a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as you enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner, s’mores, and singing around the campfire. During the evening there will be guest appearances by past GMC directors.

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On Exhibit at the Library: Saxtons River Art Guild

On Exhibit: Saxtons River Art Guild
May 2013 


Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild will be exhibiting original paintings at the Brooks Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, April 30 until Tuesday, May 28. Included will be original paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastels.


The Saxtons River Art Guild was formed in Saxtons River, Vermont in 1976 by a small group of artists who enjoyed painting together. Membership has grown from a dozen or so to over 70 artists and others interested in the fine arts. Members come from throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Invitation

Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast - Slow Living Summit - A Sneak Preview

www.slowlivingsummit.org

The next "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.

Martin Langeveld will give a sneak preview of the Slow Living Summit — a gathering of local, regional, and national leaders, experts and concerned citizens around topics in sustainable living, resilient communities and inner transformation happening in downtown Brattleboro June 5th through 7th.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 7, 2013

Attend the Brattleboro Selectboard meeting Tuesday at the Municipal Center and learn about bonding options for the Poilice Fire facilities project, refinancing of the Honeywell energy project, options for compressor replacement at the skating rink, and grants to improve the intersection at Union Hill and Western Avenue.

The police will request a mobile data terminal to help catch terrorists, and to be used in conjunction with the license plate reader recently acquired via Homeland Security funding. The previously-postponed Paint the Pavement Pilot Project perhaps will get permission to proceed, we'll learn more about the town's solar energy plans, the West River Park will get lighting, and more.

Watch on BCTV, live or streaming, and tune in here Wednesday for a recap.

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BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/6/13

Channel 8

Monday May 6

12:00 AM  American Legion National Commander's Visit 3/2/13 

1:45 AM  Shut It Down! Affinity Group Statement 4/18/13 

2:00 AM  FSTV Overnight 

4:00 AM  Race, Criminal Justice, and Alternatives to Mass Incarceration 

5:20 AM  Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast- 4/19/13 

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Brattleboro Police Fire Facility Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Police-Fire Facility Building Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00pm 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 ADA Advisory Committee Meeting & Agenda

The Brattleboro ADA Advisory Committee will meet on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:00am at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in the VCIL conference room.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Energy Committee Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:00pm 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 Union High School Board Meeting Agenda

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS 

The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

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Weekend Concert Series - Trouble Funk in Japan

It’s February 1988 and we’ve travelled to Japan with Trouble Funk.

Trouble Funk was a DC Go Go band that was attempting to break out of DC and bring the go go sound - a mixture of funk, jazz, and latin grooves - to a wider audience. They had some success in England and in Japan, but by touring the world they lost touch with their local fans.

I love Trouble Funk. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to see them again. I love the driving percussion and call and response with the audience, the horn section, the meaty keyboards and bass, and touch of rock guitar.

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Strolling of the Heifers is named a Top 10 US Summer Festival

The Strolling of the Heifers has been named one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals in the United States by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities. 

In the announcement, Livability editor Matt Carmichael said, “The best summer festivals not only encourage tourism, but also engage and inspire residents. That community spirit drives the festival’s success and is often reflected in the festival’s character.”

Strolling of the Heifers has celebrated farmers and advocated for local foods since 2002 with its annual agriculturally-themed weekend festival, taking place in Brattleboro June 7-9 this year. The festival’s centerpiece is the Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday, June 8 followed by the all-day Slow Living Expo featuring local food, fun, entertainment and educational exhibits.

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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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