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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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VFW Lunch Specials May 8th - May 12th

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 - Country fried steak, mashed potato, gravy & veg.
Tues - BBQ chicken w/ potato salad
Wed - beef stroganoff
Thur - turkey dinner]
Fri - seafood salad roll w/ potato chips

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Next WBA Meeting, May 11th, with Cassandra Holloway of Prevention Coalition

The next monthly meeting of the West Brattleboro Association (WBA) will be held on Thursday, May 11th at 6:00 PM in the Hayes Court Community Room on Garfield Drive (just west of the West Brattleboro Post Office). Postponed from April will be guest speaker Cassandra Holloway's talk on the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition.

The meeting will begin with brief reviews of the treasury report, the Neighborhoods Fund, and BizUp/Commercial Spaces activities.  This will be followed by planning for the May 27th chicken barbeque.  There will then be continued discussion of uses for the remaining money in the Sign Fund, particularly the idea for a historic sign or site marker. 

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Learning Through Wild Eyes

How are animals teachers? 

Please join us on Saturday, May 13th at 3:30 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.

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Congratulations Library Raffle Winners!

Brooks Memorial Library would like to offer congratulations to our Open House Raffle winners Joan Ellis and Eric Pofcher! They each won a $20 gift certificate to Everyone's Books. 

Thank you Everyone's Books! And thank you to everyone who came by to celebrate our renovations, which were made possible by the bequest of Ronald Read.  We could not have done it without all of you!

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of May 8th

I-91
All traffic (northbound and southbound) has been shifted onto the new bridge structure! Southbound traffic will be limited to one 12’ wide lane as construction activities continue for the southbound roadway.
Single lane and shoulder closures for northbound traffic throughout the project limits will be installed as needed for construction activities. 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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Environmental Justice and Nuclear Waste: The Road from Vermont Yankee to Texas

Do you know where our Vermont Yankee nuclear waste goes? Although the nuclear industry and federal government committed to create a solution for high-level nuclear waste disposal, no acceptable solution exists. The sites targeted for “disposal”, like Andrews County, Texas (interim storage site) and Yucca Mountain (permanent storage site) pits nuclear communities against each other; reactor communities fear inadequate storage casks, lack of onsite protections and abandonment of high level nuclear waste.  Communities targeted for nuclear waste disposal don’t want dangerous nuclear waste in their backyard, particularly given the abysmal record of leaks and inadequate environmental protections.  Waste communities face unconscionable choices – short-term economic survival or long-term health and safety.

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Spin for Cynthia

Cynthia Payne-Meyer broke her neck in a catastrophic bodyboarding accident. She and Rod need help meeting steep costs not covered by insurance. They have always volunteered in this community. It's our turn to support them.

9:00 AM–1:00 PM. May 21, 2017
Ride 1: 9–10am. Ride 2: 10–11am. Ride 3: 11am–12pm. Ride 4: 12pm–1pm

$25/hour. Reserve your bike at http://www.hotwheelzcycle.com
Hot Wheelz Cycle and Fitness Studio
601 Bellows Falls Road

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How (Older) Houses Work

SEON presents “How (Older) Houses Work

 The Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) is presenting a 2-part program on “How (Older) Houses Work” on May 18th and 30th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2C, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro. Peter Yost of BuildingGreen, Inc, 2014 National Association of Home Builders’ Educator of the Year, will be the dynamic presenter for this program on “How (Older) Houses Work.”  Session 1, May 18th, examines how heat and moisture interact in buildings, and looks at some building science “puzzles.”  Session 2, May 30th,  is an opportunity to bring your own building science puzzles and question and will conclude with a survey of the tools and techniques used to diagnose building issues and energy efficiency.

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Tavernier Chocolate Promotion Mention During Conan Monologue

Brattleboro was sort-of mentioned on national TV Monday night when Conan O'Brian mentioned a Vermont candy maker (Tavernier) giving out chocolate bars with golden tickets.

I won't ruin the joke for you, but it is funny because it rings very true. Charlie got a chocolate factory.

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Selectboard Meeting Notes - Roundabouts and Compassion

Slightly revised and streamlined plans for Putney Road improvements were presented to the Brattleboro Selectboard at Tuesday’s meeting. Bike paths, sidewalks, and traffic circles are all part of the proposed plans, but work won’t start for years and faces many a challenge.

Brattleboro proclaimed adoption of principles set forth for Compassionate Cities. We will all try to be a bit better.

We also have a new Energy Coordinator, the board applied for grants for the skatepark, paving and wall contracts were approved, the pumper rescue is ordered and will be here in a year, goals and operations were discussed, and marching bands galore are expected next week on Main Street.

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Putney General Store Grand Reopening is May 6th, 7am to 7pm!

The Putney General Store is reopening Saturday, May 6th. Special events 10am to noon: vendor displays, tasting tables, raffles, music and more. Stop by to shop and get great food in the deli—homemade sandwiches or tasty food from the deli case. 

Open seven days a week from 7am to 7pm, the General Store is co-managed by Lyssa Papazian and Besty MacIsaac, both of the Putney Historical Society, who holds the lease. For more information, contact Lyssa Papazian, 802-387-4692, putneygstore@gmail.com. 

Spread the word!

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Road Closures

Good afternoon,

Upper Dummerston Road Update

Upper Dummerston Road at I-91 will be completely closed in order to complete demolition of the old bridge. This closure will occur Wednesday May 3 between the hours of 6a.m. and 7p.m. Traffic will be detoured accordingly during the closure.

Route 30 Update

Route 30 at I-91 will be closed Monday, May 8th for approximately two to three days from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. to perform demolition of the old bridge directly over Route 30 to ensure the safety of the traveling public. Traffic will be detoured accordingly during the closure.

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Kay Curtis Print Exhibit Opening

West Brattleboro, Vt. -- The gallery at All Souls Church UU is showing a new series by local artist Kay Curtis through the end of June. The eight drypoint monoprints, with multiple layers of colored pencil and crayon, each have a specific theme in the series entitled "Queen Anne's Lace: The Circle Comes Around." A set of eight smaller experimental prints, created before the "Queen Anne's Lace" series was launched, as well as a large jazz-themed painting, are also on display. The public is invited to an artist's reception on Saturday, May 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the All Souls Arts Committee.

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BCTV Schedules - Week of 5/1/2017

BCTV channel 8 schedule for the week of 5/1/17

Monday, May 1, 2017 

12:00 am The United States and a Region in Conflict: On Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the Kurds

2:00 am WWAC: Nancy Birdsall - Globalization 3/8/17

3:16 am PoemCity: Reading with Poets - April 8, 2017

4:30 am FTA  HeartSong Reiki & HeartSong for Animals Staring

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2nd Annual Safer Streets Community Forum

2d annual Safer Streets Community Forum

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Guilford Play Premiere this Weekend

We at Guilford Center Stage are particularly proud to be presenting a play by a Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, this coming weekend at Broad Brook Grange.  When we chose the work, we had little idea how powerful the setting -- the French Resistance in World War II -- would be in 2017!  Those of us fortunate to be attending rehearsals are seeing a skillful playwright/director at work, with a company of 11 wonderful actors.

People have commented -- favorably, of course -- on the fact that we've kept our low $10 general admission. We recognize that an evening out can get expensive, and we are committed to serving our rural community and the Greater Guilford Area! by making our productions affordable to this population.  Here is some more info:

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Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!

Spring is a great time to clean, garden, and make sure one’s home is in good repair. Besides cleaning closets and planting flowers, spring should involve inspecting one’s house following the tough winter weather. Repairs and replacements won’t just help people enjoy their homes more; they’ll also keep energy costs down.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s Home Repair Program is available to help income-eligible homeowners affordably rehab and repair their homes. The Home Repair Program has low-cost loans and provides expert help every step of the way. The loan officer works with homeowners to tailor a loan that is affordable and allows homeowners make ends meet. The Program’s home repair specialists assist owners take a top to bottom look at their home so they can identify all needed repairs and maintenance. The seasoned specialists provide guidance with developing the work specifications, identifying contractors, and overseeing the work ensuring it’s completed in a timely fashion and in line with homeowners’ expectations.

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French Canadian Music Hits the Spot. Concert on May 12 Brings It Alive!

When I first moved to Southern Vermont in 1976 (Weathersfield) I quickly became involved in contra dancing and the rich and inviting culture of live music that fueled dance floors in church halls, granges, town halls and rural dance barns.  It doesn't take much for me to remember those nights at Palmer's Dance Barn in Unity, the Acworth and Dublin town halls, Chelsea House, Green Street School and many others. 

The music continues to be a mix of Irish, American, Scottish and French Canadian fiddle tunes played with clean phrasing and bouncy rhythm meant to get the dancers out on the floor and keep them there - sometimes 'til dawn! Of all the music styles I discovered in those years, the Quebecois tunes held a special charm. Who could help but get involved in the swinging arpeggios of Reel de Jeune Maries, Old French, You Married My Daughter But You Didn't, La Bastringue and many more.

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Obscene Picture?

What say you?

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Third Annual Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community (BAJC) will present their third annual "Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day”   on Sunday afternoon, May 21st. from1:30 to 5:30 PM at 118 Elliot St., (across from the Brattleboro Fire Dept.). Experienced appraisers Richard Michelman, Kit Barry, Stephan Brandstatter, Charles Suss and Bill Smith Auctions will be present to evaluate and assess antiques and collectibles, including books, sterling silver, silver plate, glass and art glass, china and pottery, fine art and signed prints, musical instruments, records and entertainment memorabilia, jewelry, paper, ephemera including postcards, documents and photographs, small to medium sized furniture, toys & dolls, Asian items, metalware, clocks, barometers & watches, small to medium sized rugs, tschotchkes, and much more – but PLEASE, no firearms, knives, ammunition, or other weaponry, and no large rugs or bulky furniture.

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