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Today In Local History

1740:

Captain Josiah Willard informs the governor that they will build stockade fence and sentry boxes. He and others loan the government money to get it done.

1847:

A meeting of individuals, representing several of the districts in town, was recently held for the purpose of making arrangement for a Common School Celebration, if thought expedient. It is expected that several addresses will be made and hoped that the occasion will be one of much interest both to parents and children. A procession of the children and teachers will be formed at the Centre School House, thence be marched to a grove.

1864:

We understand that accommodations for over 1,000 patients are nearly ready at the U.S. Hospital in this village. If the fighting should long continue to be as severe as it has been thus far in the campaign, all the hospital will be full.

1881:

About 50 volumes of valuable new books, including biography, travel, and fiction, have been added to the public library.

1881:

Geo. E. Crowell is making some desirable improvements upon his “Salisbury place,” at the head of High street, including the blasting away of the ledge next to the street. Besides improving the place, this will enable the street and sidewalk to be widened, as they should be.

1881:

For an absolute unique specimen of an unintelligible botch, combined with an exhibition of dense and hopeless ignorance, commend us to recommend the Defamer’s account of the High school graduating exercises last week.

1892:

Work on the new Canal street schoolhouse is progressing rapidly. The first floor is on and the walls will be ready for the second floor next week.

1898:

The Brattleboro Gaslight Company now has more than 80 customers who are using gas for cooking during the summer months. The expense of fuel begins only when the cooking begins, and it stops instantly when the work is done.

1898:

J. H. Chamberlain will sell at the Brooks House stables, 28 horses brought to him in an express car from Indiana. This is the last load of the season. The shipment includes matched pairs, single drivers, grocery, farm, and draft horses.

1904:

Dummerston’s reputation for political irregularities has been extended this week by stories of ballot box stuffing at the caucus Saturday night.

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West Brattleboro Association Sponsors Chicken Barbecue on May 27th

On May 27th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will host another of its popular Chicken Barbecues. The event will be held once again in the front of the First Congregational Church on Western Avenue in West Brattleboro. The Barbecue will feature half chickens, baked beans, and coleslaw, available from 11:00 a.m. until sold out.  This year the chicken is being supplied by the good folks at the Guilford Country Store.

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Annual Brattleboro Water Quality Report Available

The Brattleboro Water Department’s annual Water Quality Report for 2016 is now available on-line at www.brattleboro.org. Printed copies can be obtained at the Town of Brattleboro’s Municipal Center, in the offices of the Treasurer and the Town Clerk, at the Department of Public Works on Fairground Road, and the Brooks Memorial Library on Main Street.

Cheryl (Petrin) Dyer
Office Manager
Dept of Public Works
Town of Brattleboro
802-254-4255
fax 802-257-2316

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Picnic and Circus Arts Performance by the River, May 26, Brattleboro

Come celebrate being outside by the Connecticut River!

New England Center for Circus Arts and the artists of the From the River, To the River public art project invite the community to a potluck picnic and circus arts performance on Friday, May 26, at 5:30 on the banks of the river.

Students in New England Center for Circus Arts’ Foundation program will perform their river-themed production “Unknown is the Ripple” against the backdrop of the river and art installations at 23 Depot Street in Brattleboro. Bring a picnic, and join us in welcoming summer and celebrating the life force of the river. Lemonade and house-made pub chips with Whetstoner Sauce, thanks to Whetstone Station and Brewery!

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Town of Brattleboro Committee and Board Positions Open

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the following committees and boards:

Agricultural Advisory Board
ADA Committee
Arts Committee
BASIC (Brattleboro Area Skatepark Is Coming) - Must be Brattleboro resident
Brattleboro Housing Partnerships
Cemetery Committee
Citizen Police Communications Committee (CPCC)

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Caravan of Thieves and The Dupont Brothers at Next Stage on Saturday, May 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves, plus indie-folk-rock duo The Dupont Brothers, at Next Stage on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm.

For the past nine years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high energy shows. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Budgets, Wood Pellets, Parking, PAYT, and Pool Repair

The Brattleboro Selectboard examined and approved the FY18 Utilities, Parking, and Solid Waste budgets on Tuesday night. There was ample discussion about a wide range of energy-related issues throughout, from wood boilers and pellet prices to energy improvements in town facilities.

PAYT bag costs will not be increased. The board also approved of studying downtown parking, is looking at water treatment facility improvements, has approved of the emergency operations manual, set their goals, approved grants, and acted quickly to spend money on repairing the repairs at the pool, so that all may swim by opening day in June. 

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Open Letter to Vermont Governor Phil Scott Regarding Marijuana, Which Is A Seed Bearing Plant

Open Letter to Vermont Governor Phil Scott:

 I have not ever searched the internet to explore what religion Governor Phil Scott might believe in; that's none of my business.

 However, statistics do show that the majority of Vermonters are Christian. Some are Jewish, some are Muslim, etc. So, what I'm going to look at here is just the Old Testament Holy Bible, and the immediate references to any seed bearing plant in Genesis.

MARIJUANA IS A SEED BEARING PLANT.

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Japanese Knotweed Workshop in Brattleboro, May 23

The Brattleboro Conservation Commission is hosting a free workshop for people interested in learning about Japanese knotweed and participating in a town-wide mapping exercise on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the West River Park from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Participants will learn about the plant biology, how to identify it and management options from Elizabeth Spinney, Invasive Plant Coordinator from VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. A project database will also be introduced.

This workshop is open to the public and anyone interested in attending should meet at the end of the parking lot near the trail that leads to the West River at 4:00 PM.

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Play Auditions in Guilford

Guilford Center Stage announces open auditions for its October premiere of To Their Appointed End: the One-Act Plays of Jean Stewart McLean.  There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to Noon, and Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  William Stearns directs the production.

There are a number of roles for men and women from about age 20 and up.  No reservation is needed, and auditioners may arrive anytime during the 2-hour session.  Those trying out may prepare or bring a dramatic reading, or a passage from a play of their choosing, of about one minute in length.   Director Stearns will also have passages from the one-acts available for those who wish to try some dialogue.  Stage helpers are welcome, also.

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Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Crazier!

I had thought that the Saturday Night Live skit with Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes outside a White House window was just SNL, over-the-top humor. 

Then I saw a Washington Post newstory, which not only described Spicer hiding in White House bushes to avoid reporters' question about the firing of FBI Director Comey, but then -- upon being discovered by reporters demanding answers -- Spicey agreed to take questions only on condition that the press room lights would be turned off so that no one could film him. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump...

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BrattRock Youth Rock Festival Announces New Events; Performer Registration Now Open

Planning is underway for this year's BrattRock--The Brattleboro Youth Rock Festival. Now in its second year, the festival's mission is to provide a venue for musical youth from Brattleboro and the surrounding region to connect, learn, perform, inspire, and be inspired. Events and activities emphasize both educational and performance opportunities. Participation is free and open to youth under age 20 who are musicians, or who have an interest in music or the music industry. 

Last year's inaugural event included workshops offered by local music professionals, including Samirah Evans, Kevin Parry, and Aaron Chesley. The public concert held at 118 Elliot in downtown Brattleboro, featured live performances by 14 area youth bands on two different stages and drew an audience of over 400 spectators. 

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BCTV Schedules Week of 5/15/17

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/15/17

Monday, May 15, 2017

12:00 am Brattleboro We Can Spring Into Action 2017

3:00 am Nuclear Waste - From VT Yankee to Texas 5/6/17

4:45 am All About BCTV! (2017 Mini-Doc)

5:00 am GMMT: Friday News Show 5/12/17

5:30 am You and Your Health - Episode 1

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Donald Trump vs The Establishment

On Nov. 13, 2016, Candidate Donald Trump gave a great speech. Too bad it was all a lie.

 (You Tube link - https://youtu.be/_uJ6djc12l8)

Here’s the transcript:

(The best part is the last 2 sentences)

Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt, political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people.

The Washington establishment, and the financial and media corporations that fund it, exists for only one reason: to protect and enrich itself.

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Tents in the Common This Weekend

I found out from one of our local morning radio shows that the camp out for homeless awareness at the Brattleboro Common is this Friday night to Saturday morning is this Friday, the 19th. The Ground Works is sponsoring it with the hope of drawing awareness of our homeless here in B-boro and surrounding communities. I plan on being there early to get my spot. I have dealt with homelessness at times, usually couch surfing after a break up while I try and find my own place, but 

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U.S. Terminates Russian Money Laundering Case

New York (CNN)A major US investigation into Russian money laundering has come to an abrupt end.

The case aimed to expose how Russian mobsters allegedly stole $230 million and hid some of the cash in New York City real estate. Also sure to come up was the suspicious death of the Russian lawyer who exposed the alleged fraud, though US prosecutors weren't alleging that the defendants were behind it.

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Timberlake in Battleboro

Justin Timberlake's car broke down in Brattleboro. Or maybe not. He said he was in "Battleboro"...

"BATTLEBORO, Vermont – In a radio interview this morning, pop star Justin Timberlake took a few moments to praise Battleboro, Vermont residents for helping him after his rental car encountered a mechanical issue as he was passing through the city recently:

“We were just leaving Battleboro, Vermont when our car began to overheat so I pulled over to the side of the road and noticed there were a couple of cars pulling up behind me. They got out and asked if I needed any help and I told them that I was just about to call someone. Then one of them says that he has a brother who owns a tow truck and a few minutes later it showed up and they towed it in to get fixed."

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Learning Through Wild Eyes 3 pm Sat 13th May

Please note! Through Wild Eyes begins at 3 pm on Saturday, May 13th. 

Please join us on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 pm in the Library's Main Reading Room for a presentation of live animals and storytelling, where we will explore the lessons and lore from our neighbors with feather and fur. The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum and Wolfgard Northeast have collaborated to give you a glimpse of the entertaining and educational world where human culture and wildlife intersect. This family-friendly, all ages event is free to attend!

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Yard Sale

Come to 43 Chestnut Hill for a Yard Sale on Saturday, May 13 from 8:30AM to 1:30PM at the McCarty Residence.

Lots to give away (books, skiis, and so much more). Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 15 thru May 19

Brattleboro Senior Meals Menu May 15 thru May 19

 

May 15 - Chicken Breast

Potato Casserole

Carrots & Turnips  

Raspberry Rhubarb Tart

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Brattleboro Selectboard Agenda and Notes - May 16, 2017

Energy efficiency at the the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Drinking Water Asset Management will be among the issues taken up by the Brattleboro Selectboard at their next regular meeting at the Municipal Center.

A parking study will get underway, various grants and agreements will be discused and signed, and the FY18 Parking and Utility Budgets will be up for review. There's also a little issue with Pay As You Throw bag revenue being less than expected.

You can bring up other items not on the agenda during public participation, and can stay and discuss any of the agenda items as they are presented.

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