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1837:

Our Customers who calculate to pay us — any thing — on Old debts — or on new contracts, will do us a favor by remitting soon. Birge & Dickinson.

1837:

Found. On the 11th inst. in the road between Brattleboro and Guilford, a Box of Powder, done up in papers. Enquire of the Printer.

1843:

Dental Surgery. F. S. Stratton, Surgeon Dentist, would respectfully say to the Ladies and Gentlemen of Brattleboro, and its vicinity, that he is again at his Rooms at Smith’s Stage House, for a few weeks, where all operations in his profession will receive attention, as usual.

1843:

Pale Brick. 2 M. Pale Brick, for sale very cheap by A. E. Dwinell.

1848:

Wanted, by a healthy Irish woman, a situation as Wet Nurse. Apply to Mrs. Cunningham, on Mr. Cahill’s section, just below the village.

1848:

“McAllister’s All Healing Ointment,” in large and small boxes, for sale by A. H. Day & Brother.

1855:

We noticed in the store of Messrs. Frost & Goodhue, last evening, six bushels of Peaches which have just arrived by Express, and are the first that have appeared in this market the present season.

1855:

The fair weather of the week now about closing has been improved by the farmers to secure their crops of hay, wheat and rye, and their uncommon great crop of oats.

1855:

We learn that Miss Sarah Hunt, formerly of Pittsfield, Mass., has purchased the house on the corner of Asylum st. and the Common, known as the “Belknap Estate,” in this village. Miss Hunt has lately been an assistant teacher in the Patapsco Female Institute in Maryland, and we understand she has made the above purchase with a view of establishing a similar situation in this place.

1860:

“Diphtheria,” or the “New Disease,” as it is sometimes named, has recently made its appearance in our village, but it is not so “new” as is supposed by many persons.

1860:

Brattleboro Academy. This well known institution at West Brattleboro is to be revived, in a sort of general connection with “Glenwood Seminary,” under the charge of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Leavenworth.

1860:

It is said that Mr. Morse, on Canal Street, has a tree that shuts its leaves and goes to sleep when night comes. By taking out a candle it is caught in the innocent act.

1871:

The prospects for the firemen’s muster on the 1st of September are highly encouraging. The necessary funds have been raised, and several companies from a distance have already signified their intentions of being present. No plans will be spared to make the trial a first class affair. The playing will be horizontally through 300 feet of hose, with ten minutes allowed each machine.

1877:

President Rutherford B. Hayes stays two nights and mentions his family ties to Brattleboro in address at the railroad station.

1882:

The blueberry crop is unusually light, the crop of berries being nearly or entirely a failure. The drought has withered the berries, and such as come to the market are for the most part small and uninviting.

1882:

Miss Minnie Nutting, a pupil of Prof. Bayer and a young lady favorably known to Brattleboro people in connection with some of Mr. Schuster’s concerts, offers her services, this week, as a piano teacher.

1882:

Hon. R.C. Burlage, Consul-General of the Netherlands, is at the Brooks House.

1893:

E.P. Carpenter has been appointed a member of the board of award on musical instruments at the World’s Fair.

1893:

The Brattleboro Jelly company will take sound ripe apples at their works Wednesday and Saturday of next week. Price 20 cents per hundred pounds.

1899:

The lack of interest which the people of Brattleboro take in the election of school district officers was shown at the special meeting Tuesday. Hon. J.L. Martin was unanimously the choice of an enthusiastic crowd of three persons.

1899:

A bonfire which was started yesterday morning near the woods on the Bradley farm got beyond control and soon the woods were ablaze and smoke rolled up in clouds that attracted the attention of nearly everybody in the village. The fire was finally extinguished by about 30 men from the Brattleboro Retreat.

1905:

The amount of horse stealing which has taken place within a few miles of Brattleboro the past few weeks is considered remarkable by the local officers. It is noticeable also at this time that very few of the thieves are caught.

1905:

Reports came to Night Watchman Will Warren a few nights ago that different girls in the village were being hugged against their wishes while walking on the sidewalk at night.

1922:

Plane crash of Curtiss "Oriole" at dedication of new "flying field" kills 3 passengers as 3000 spectators watch (Aug. 18), setting back local aviation.

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A Few Thoughts From Elsie and Serenity Smith

I sent a few questions to Elsie and Serentity Smith, founder of New England Center for Circus Arts. While wishing to stay out of the fray, they did have a statement and a few answers to some of the questions I sent them.

First, their statement:

“The NECCA Board and Executive Director leadership, who are our superiors in position at the organization we founded, have let us down and are making decisions we do not believe are in the best interest of NECCA. We have attempted to carry on under their leadership, but they have different goals and we are unable to support the NECCA leadership as it currently stands. We are enormously grateful for the outpouring of support from our community and hope a future for NECCA can be found.”

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Draft Agreement Between NECCA Coaches and Board of Trustees

Jamie Hodgson, a NECCA coach, said that on Saturday several coaches of the New England Center for Circus Arts met with a 3rd party representing the board, Gordon Bristol, in an attempt to work out an agreement for going forward.  

"They discussed several things in detail and Gordan (sic) expressed confidence that the agreement would be well received by the board," she said by email, "and that he felt some version of this agreement may be signed by the board by the next morning.

"The coaches were contacted by Mel, the board president, this morning 7/16. While he expressed interest in talking and optimism that we could move forward, he did not agree to any of the terms of the agreement."

Here's the draft agreement up for discussion:

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Let's Talk About Trumpcare.

I received an email from Robert Reich. In it, he states: “Trumpcare, at its heart, is not a health care bill. It's a bill to take away health care from the middle class, the elderly, the sick, and the poor—and hand the money to special interests such as insurance companies and Big Pharma. It's a moral atrocity.”

Bloomberg says “Put Trumpcare Out of Its Misery”

Good on Senator Sanders. He’s actively fighting this bill.

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 17 thru July 21

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu July 17 thru July 21

 

July 17 - Eggplant Parmesan

Cauliflower

Carrots

Tropical Fruit

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Brattleboro Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes Due

Notice to Taxpayers

The taxpayers of the Town of Brattleboro are hereby notified and warned that Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes assessed upon the Grand List of 2017 are now due and payable to the Town Treasurer at the Treasurer’s Office in the Brattleboro Municipal Center, 230 Main Street, Suite 111, Brattleboro, Vermont, in four equal installments as follows:

1st Installment due August 15, 2017

2nd Installment due November 15, 2017

3rd Installment due February 15, 2018

4th Installment due May 15, 2018

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Brattleboro Committee Meeting Warnings

The Brattleboro Representative Town Meeting Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:30pm in the Hanna Cosman Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
230 Main Street, Suite 208
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 251-8100

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of July 17th

I-91

All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure, with two lanes of traffic in both directions!

In the interest of worker and public safety, right lane closures throughout the southbound roadway will be installed as needed for demolition and remaining shoulder work. Northbound lane or shoulder closures may also be installed as needed for punchlist work. 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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The Seamus Egan Project at Next Stage on Friday, July 28

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present The Seamus Egan Project, featuring the founding member of the seminal Irish-American band Solas, at Next Stage on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm. Beginning with tunes from his groundbreaking 1996 album “When Juniper Sleeps,” which was the impetus for the formation of Solas, through music from his 20-year career with that iconic band, and adding some brand new tunes, Seamus, with Moira Smiley (vocals, piano, banjo), Kyle Senna (guitar) and other musical friends, will continue to explore the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.

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Act 46 Meeting Agenda and Minutes

ACT 46 STUDY COMMITTEE Representing the Brattleboro Town School District, Dummerston Town School District, Guilford Town School District, Putney Town School District and the Vernon Town School District
http://www.wssu.k12.vt.us

NOTICE OF MEETING

The Act 46 Study Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:00 p.m. – Alice Laughlin, Committee Chair

II. REVIEW, PRIORITIZE AND ESTABLISH DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR MEETING BY CHAIRPERSON.

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Twilight on the Tavern Lawn presents The Gaslight Tinkers on Sunday, July 23

Twilight Music continues its 15th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk-rock, world beat, rock, pop, Celtic, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, July 23 with The Gaslight Tinkers. The seven concert series continues every other Sunday through August 20. All concerts begin at 6:00 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Green Mountain Well, Soundview Paper Company, The Putney Food Co-op, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

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New Telephone Scam

There’s a new (at least to me) phone scam.

A female voice with a very scary message tells you something like this:

“You’re in deep doo-doo with the IRS. We can help you, but you must call this number immediately”

I didn’t call it.

Beware!

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Selectboard Meeting Notes: Brother, Can You Spare A Circus School?

Big news, not from the board but from the public, at the most recent Brattleboro Selectboard meeting: there is internal turmoil that threatens NECCA, the New England Center for Circus Arts. Founders were forced out, and resignations of board and staff followed. More fallout is expected.

Many summer public works projects were pushed along by board action. The board also held a discussion of panhandling in Brattleboro accompanied by at least four ideas for changing the situation, including one to consider a program to give panhandlers temporary jobs.

Board members received a skatepark update, set property tax rates, and made a dance festival proclamation in their only July meeting.

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Brattleboro Planners To Hold Forum on Downtown Parking on July 18, 2017

The public is invited to a Downtown Parking Forum on Tuesday, July 18 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room. Residents, business owners, property owners and others are invited to identify issues and concerns, ask questions, make comments or share ideas.

"The purpose of this public forum is to begin a broad community conversation about downtown parking. The comments will be recorded and compiled,” said Sue Fillion, Planner. “Additional public workshops will be held in the early fall to establish future options and solutions.”

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Afghan Giants

This is a purported giant killed in Afghanistan.

The caption (Government cover-up for giants) has to be a pun.

According to a USAF pilot, he flew this Afghan giant’s body from Kabul to the US. Notice: this is a drawing, not a photograph.

I believe it to be a hoax.

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Last Call for Theater Campers

Thanks, as always, to ibrattleboro for welcoming Guilford announcements.  & actually in this case kids from other towns may attend this session for a modest $50 for the week.  (We think that's a pretrty good bargain for a day camp that includes breakfast (kids can bring lunch, and there are snacks throughout the day, too;) theater games and acrtivities with two wonderful teachers, afternoon activities and time outdoors, and a pretty good-length day 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  And any child needing transport can arrange for one of the staff, including Lbrary trustees and othger parents, to carpool.

We have 2 or maybe 3 slots left, so this is our last call:

Stage & Stream

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Town Manager Peter Elwell Interview - Part 3: Brattleboro and the Future

We continue our series of occasional interviews with Town Manager Peter Elwell with some general questions about towns and governing. This time, we look at "the future."

I suppose we should define “future.” What year do you generally think of as “the future”? (I generally think about 2050 or 2100 as markers of “the future.”)

Your markers are out further than mine. Beyond 5 or 10 years, projections involve more and more speculation and carry more and more risk. I think longer term futuristic thinking can be stimulating as an intellectual pursuit, but I don’t think it practically informs most municipal government actions. There is one important exception to that: capital infrastructure (especially utilities). Our investments in physical infrastructure are both very expensive and very durable. These facilities typically last 30 to 50 years or even longer. It is important for us to use the best available information and reasonable future forecasts to ensure that we are sizing facilities appropriately and building them to last.

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Panhandling Discussion Tuesday 7/11 During Selectboard Meeting

Panhandling in Brattleboro is an issue that I heard a fair amount about as a candidate, so this Tuesday evening I'll be helping to facilitate a discussion about concerns and moving toward some possible solutions for our town. You are welcome to join us at the Municipal Center to share your your thoughts, or just watch the discussion on BCTV.

Joining us will be the three authors of this insightful piece that appeared in The Commons: Josh Davis of Groundworks Collaborative, Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald, and DBA President Michelle Simpson-Siegel.

The meeting begins as always at 6:15 pm in the Slelectboard Meeting Room, but we have a few other agenda items first, so it's likely that this discussion will happen closer to 7 pm or so.

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BCTV Schedules Week of 7/10/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 7/10/17

Monday, July 10, 2017

12:00 am BCTV Archive: Reading Frederick Douglass Speech of July 5, 1852

1:30 am Lets Talk About Lyme Disease

3:48 am Bridgewater Historical Society: Tales of the 10th Mtn Division

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show

5:30 am MGFA Presents: Torin Porter

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Opioid Policy Compromises Doctor-Patient Relationship

I don’t know how many lives will be saved by the official response to the opioid crisis. In the past, government reactions to illegal drugs have been expensive, heavy-handed and ineffective.

Vermont and the nation have never been able to reconcile themselves to the fact that it is normal for people to actually want to use drugs.In the case of opioids, the crackdown is already having collateral damage to patients legitimately in bona-fide need of the relief opioids provide that other pain medicine cannot adequately control. Doctors are more reluctant to prescribe, even censured for prescribing opioids, and patients who really need it are suffering because of the few who abuse the dispensing and usage.

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Information Meeting July 13 for River Gallery Artist Trip to Provence, France

The River Gallery School in Brattleboro will sponsor a trip for artists to Provence, France, from October 14-21. Anyone interested in learning more about the trip can attend an informational meeting on Thursday, July 13 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the school at 32 Main Street in Brattleboro.

The trip will include a week of making art and exploring the countryside in southern France. Plein aire painting sessions will be led by Lydia Thomson, Creative Director of the River Gallery School.

The group will spend 7 nights in northern Provence, near the town of Vaison-la-Romaine, just east of Orange, France. The area is known for its olive oil, wine and apricot production, and mostly its beautiful vistas.

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