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1836:

Wanted. A Smart, active laboring Man can find employment on application to Holbrook & Co. at the Paper Mill.

1836:

FOR SALE - The Trials of Lyman Beecher, D.D., before the Presbytery of Cincinnati, and of Mrs. Rebecca Peake, indicted for the Murder of Ephraim Peake. Also, a choice collection of second hand Law Books, at the Brattleboro Bookstore.

1840:

Judge Royall Tyler married to Laura B. Keyes at the same time her sister Ellen marries Frederick N. Palmer.

1847:

Straw Sewers and Apprentices wanted immediately by T.J. Bascom.

1881:

In view of the general public expectation that we are to have a series of out-door concerts from out military band during the approaching warm season, and in the lack of a suitable place for such concerts in the business centre of the village, why should not the village common be utilized for that purpose? It would be a simple matter to furnish accommodations there for the band and, if need be, to scatter a few seats of benches about for the use of the listeners.

1881:

John Retting is making preparations to build a dwelling house on Green street, opposite Dr. Post’s.

1881:

Vegetation never came nearer to smiling audibly than during the warm gentle rain of last night and this morning.

1887:

Plans have been decided upon for converting the skating rink into an armory and the work will proceed at once. The entrance will be changed to the center and a complete renovation made of the interior to adapt to its new uses.

1887:

Cashier O. A. Marshall leads the way in tandem bicycling in Brattleboro, Mr. Marshall having bought one of the Humber (Rudge) machines for the use of himself and wife.

1887:

Professor Charlier's decision to put into the market all of his land lying between Elliot street and the foot of the terrace south of the large house, will give an opportunity for the village to extend in that direction about as largely as it is extending in the north-western quarter by the sale of the Chapin property. The whole southern slope of the Charlier land can be converted into pleasant lots, and made accessible from Union street.

1892:

A striking phenomena was witnessed in the southern sky Monday evening. It was in the form of a narrow band of white, luminous mist. At first it appeared to be only a few feet in length, in the east, but it gradually extended toward the west until it almost spanned the heavens. Portions of the mist seemed to be driven in waves, at a rapid rate, in the same manner in which fog is sometimes seen to pass over a pond, but without materially changing the effect.

1892:

The old pathetic Scotch ballad, “John Anderson,” will be sung by Mrs. Robertson at the entertainment Wednesday evening. Mrs. Robertson is 76 years old, but her voice is well preserved, and it will be a novel feature to hear a person of her age sing the good old song, with genuine Scotch dialect.

1892:

C.P. Gibson holds another great auction sale at his Elliot street stables next Thursday, when 60 good horses and a lot of harnesses and carriages will be offered.

1892:

The Connecticut river valley tobacco crop which has not been sold is being held for higher prices, and may bring upwards of 30 cents. The high prices have stimulated growers to build new barns, buy more fertilizers, and plant more acres. The acreage in the different towns in the valley will be from 20 to 30 per cent larger than last year.

1892:

Six men under the direction of Mr. Perry began work on the mountain road on Monday, to make the necessary repairs, and it will be put in good condition to the top. Very little damage has been done by washing or otherwise during the winter and spring.

1898:

Two big two-horse loads of beer barrels and kegs were an unusual sight in Main street Tuesday afternoon. The goods came from the Matthews farm in New Hampshire, near the suspension bridge, where they had been stored since the successful raids were made upon the island brewery last fall.

1898:

The board of trade has given the contract to build the corn canning factory to W.H. Fletcher for $3550, and work upon the buildings will begin at once.

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Blue Jays Hiding Peanuts For Later

I was watching a pair of blue jays go after a small pile of peanuts left for squirrels.

The pair would alternate, each taking a peanut and flying off. At first we presumed they were taking them to a tree to eat, but it became clear that they were working their way through the peanut pile too quickly. They were storing them for later.

This was confirmed when we saw one of the jays take a peanut, fly about 10 feet, and put it down near a neighbors house, and come right back. No eating, just saving for later.

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BCTV Schedules For Week of 4/3/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 4/3/17

Monday, April 3, 2017

12:00 am 1st Wed: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

1:30 am Artistree Presents: Julian Gerstine

3:05 am North Branch Nature Center: Native Bee Conservation

4:30 am Brattleboro Food Co-op Store Tour

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Drawing from the Visible World: Work by Alden, Bowen & Danaher: April 7-27 at 118 Elliot

Drawing from the Visible World, an exhibition of works on paper, paintings and sculptures by JASON ALDENPAUL BOWEN and MYLES DANAHER will be on view from Friday, April 7, 2017-Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 118 Elliot Gallery. The opening reception is on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM. The gallery is located at 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, VT. Gallery hours: Thurs.-Sat, 2-6 PM.

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Square Dance in Guilford Saturday

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season at Broad Brook Grange, not with a play, but with a square dance, on Saturday, April 8, at 7 pm.  The event is a benefit for the Grange’s resident theater company, and features Bob Livingston, caller, with the Falltown String Band.    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under,  and maximum for a family is $25.  

Come to Dance; or Just to Listen:  The caller will teach dances, so, even if you’ve never square danced, come and give it a try.  As is traditional at square dances, there will be waltzes, too.  And the bvand will also play instrumental songs for listening. 

Square dances were a tradition at grange halls throughout the region, and were important social occasions throughout much of the past century at Broad Brook Grange, with its stage for the band and large dance floor.

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Things We Got Wrong

Some things we got wrong

 

The world was once considered flat.

Titanic was sinkable after all

Dewey never defeated Truman

Nixon was indeed a crook

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VFW Lunch Specials Apr. 3rd - Apr. 7th

The Brattleboro VFW at 40 Black Mountain Road is open to the public for lunch. Lunch is served from 11:30 - 1:30. Specials are only $6 a plate. Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings, soups and sandwiches are also available.
Take outs available by calling 257-0438.

Mon - open faced meatloaf sandwich w/ baked potato
Tues - parmesan chicken wings w/ homemade potato chips
Wed - country style spare ribs w/ potato salad
Thur - roast pork, roasted potato & veg
Fri - tuna noodle casserole

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Brattleboro Parking Lot Snow Removal Saturday Night

The Town of Brattleboro would like to remind everyone that the snow emergency ban is in effect.

Snow and ice will be removed from the parking lots in the downtown area this evening.

Parked vehicles in the downtown parking lots must be removed by 1:00am or they will be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Learn to Play the Ukulele this Spring!

Learn to play the ukulele this spring! Classes and workshops taught by Certified Gateless Master Teacher, Lisa McCormick.

UKULELE-in-a-DAY, 1-day quick-start for beginners, Sun. April 9, Putney, VT. 10-3. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeDay

UKULELE CLASSES, 6-week sessions start the week of April 17, Brattleboro, VT. Many levels and times to choose from. Info: http://bit.ly/UkeClass.

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Things To Do While It Is Snowing! (it is snowing right now in Chester, Vt 05143)

Things to do while it is snowing tonight? Make friends with some Syrians!

After all, if Syrian REFUGEES will be coming to Vermont, or any other people from any other Countries, invite some now to your Facebook page and enjoy!I meet foreigners by doing a search on Facebook for news, for example, I looked for "syria news" and found: Syria News 357,618 people like this Syria Real Infos And News - SYRIAN 94,942 people like this etc., etc.

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - April 4, 2017

The first official meeting of the new incarnation of the Brattleboro Selectboard will be held Tuesday evening at the Municipal Center. They have a full agenda.

There will be grant applications (skatepark!) and letters to approve, a pick-up truck will be bought, committee members appointed, and a discussion of Town Meeting and Representative Town Meeting matters will occur. They will appoint an Energy Coordinator.

The board will also set goals, learn rules, and find out about facilities being built and changes to the Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. Other matters not on the agenda can be brought up during Public Participation. Attend and participate!

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Agendas

The Brattleboro Energy Committee will meet on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 5:00pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

The Brattleboro Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 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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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of April 3rd

I-91

Southbound I-91 traffic will remain on the old SB bridge (1 lane) through April. Northbound traffic has been shifted onto the new bridge structure (2 lanes). The new bridge structure is 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

A single lane closure for northbound traffic through the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities throughout the week. Please follow advanced warning signs.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Vermont Jazz Center Presents: Solo Jazz Piano Fest

Vermont Jazz Center Solo Piano Fest – Something for Everyone, April 7-8, 2017

Summary:
On April 7 and 8, the Vermont Jazz Center will present a day and a half-long festival including eight concerts and five educational presentations on solo jazz piano. This festival is a celebration of the Steinway D, nine-foot concert grand piano gifted to the VJC by the McKenzie Family Charitable Trust and rebuilt by piano technician Bill Ballard. VJC’s Solo Jazz Piano Fest is sponsored by a generous grant from the Thompson Trust.

Now that the VJC is home to a top-level instrument, it is the only venue in New England that supports a festival devoted exclusively to the art of solo jazz piano performance. Pianists presenting concerts and educational offerings in this festival include world renowned players Stanley Cowell, Luis Perdomo, Amina Figarova, Miro Sprague and Yoko Miwa as well as local performers Franz Robert, Alki Steriopoulos and VJC director Eugene Uman.

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Brattleboro Union High School Board & Finance Committee Agendas

BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL BOARD
53 Green Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the WSESU James E. Kane Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

The BAMS Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017 in the BAMS Conference Room.

NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING

The BUHS #6 Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

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Revolt! No Legal Marijuana! Well, Then Make Home Brewed Wine!

MY VERY FIRST ATTEMPT AT HOME BREWED WINE!

Oh, my deceased mother would be proud! She used to make dandelion wine.

Well, what do you do when the State of Vermont Legislature doesn't vote to pass a bill to make marijuana legal?

 I went through my freezer, I was out of anything chocolate, my first line of comfort.

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Two Activists Charged With 15 Felonies For Privacy Violations VS. Google & Facebook Charged With None!

In the news: 2 activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood are charged with 15 felonies. Also in the news: no more internet privacy for me and you, your emails and internet messages can be sold without your knowledge!So, what difference does it make TO YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS if a conversation is in writing, such as in an email, and you thought that only the person or persons you were sending the email to would be reading it - or if your communication is in spoken words with someone?

When you are on Facebook or Google or any other internet entity, aren't they sitting in on your conversations and seeing and recording everything?

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"A Call to Action: Civics" Radio Forum w/VT Sec'y of State Jim Condos and Others, March 30

WKVT Radio will present a live broadcast of a public forum on the topic of Civics and Civics education from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, March 30 in the Meeting Room at the Brooks Memorial Library. 

Panelists will include Vermont Secretary of State, Jim Condos; former Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, Stephan Morse; Brattleboro Area Middle School Social Studies teacher, Anne Koplinka-Loehr; and Matt Wright from Brattleboro Indvisible. 

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10 Signs That You're Fully Awake

(This is not my list)

  1. You know there's no meaningful difference between major political parties
  2. You understand that the Federal Reserve, or international central banking more broadly, is the engine of our economic problems
  3. You know that preemptive war is never necessary
  4. You know that you're being systematically poisoned, how, by whom, and why
  5. You understand that government can never legislate morality, nor should they
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Please Call Your State Representative Today To Support The New Marijuana Legalization bill H.170

Vermont House of Representatives will VOTE on legalization of marijuana, maybe today! Call 1-802-828-2228 and leave a message for your Representative. The Clerk should give your Representative a note card with your message!

"Speaker Mitzi Johnson has scheduled debate on the marijuana bill to come first, on Tuesday and Wednesday. H. 170 would allow adult possession of up to one ounce of pot. The bill would also permit adults to cultivate marijuana at home -- limited to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants. No sale or taxation is permitted."
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/vermont-house-to-vote-on-new-state-budget-...

http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2018/H.170

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PASS Exhaust Specialist

The Joy of Biofuels

There is a loose collective of people in the region who run our cars on biofuels.  We generally find vintage diesel VW's and Mercedes Benzes, convert them to accept an unfamiliar fuel and drive around town in an almost climate-neutral manner smelling of french fries or onion rings.  Old cars are much more forgiving than newer models, and better lend themselves to owner maintenance.  One of the big downsides is parts.  Finding a power window motor for a 1980 Benz 300D can take a week on Google.  Finding trim parts for a 1980 Scirocco can be impossible. 

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