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H. D Thoreau
April 8, 1859.
As I stood by the foot of a
middling-sized white pine the other day, on
Fair Haven hill, one of the very windy days, I
felt the ground rise and fall under my feet, be-
ing lifted by the roots of the pine, which was
waving in the wind, so loosely are they planted. .... What a pitiful business is the fur trade, which has been pursued now for so many ages, for so many years, by famous companies, which enjoy a profitable monopoly, and control a large
part of the earth's surface. Unweariedly they
pursue and ferret out small animals by the aid
of all the loafing class, tempted by rum and
money, that they may rob some little fellow-
creature of its coat to adorn or thicken their
own, that they may get a fashionable covering in which to hide their heads, or a suitable robe in which to dispense justice to their fellow-men !
Regarded from the philosopher's point of view it is precisely on a level with rag and bone picking in the streets of cities. The Indian led a more respectable life before he was tempted to debase himself so much by the white man.
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Thurs 10th January
If everyone wants to keep it as a public building why are we selling it?
In an informal survey yesterday and today the circumstances of the downtown River Garden were assessed. Steve Twiss provided a succinct summary:
“Basically, in order to preserve the River Garden as a public space, the logical thing would be for BABB and the town to cut a deal for the land and the building. From what I’ve heard, the River Garden is running at a deficit of around $15,000 a year. With all the other recent projects, and a stressed taxpayer base, I can’t see the town taking it on. This would mean some fairly fast work to create and fund a non-profit for such a purpose, or a wealthy patron or organization who will buy a year or two of time for such a group to be put together. If there is no buyer who will run it as a public space, BABB will sell it for commercial purposes and try to recoup some of their losses. They can’t afford to keep it going anymore. If there is no buyer, it will sit there, dark and empty. Closing the River Garden is a terrible choice – aside from its location at the main intersection of town and the image that would create, it is a stopping and resting point for tourists; it also brings locals into the downtown to attend the various functions there. Not having that foot traffic is bound to further impact the problems of Main Street businesses who are already struggling. If it is run as a public space, there is going to have to be a good burst of creativity just to make it break even. Rentals for various functions to the incoming college would be nice- but will they do it? The Brooks House has a large Ballroom which used to host functions and lectures. Who gets that space? If it is the college, they will have their own space and will probably be looking for extra rentals to defray their costs.”
Next Tuesday in a presentation to the selectboard the full cost/revenue picture will emerge, and the current loss better established, since it is also reported to be $10,000 not $15,000 per year.
Downtown this morning a realtor said he thought it would be a fine student union building but that would not quite bridge the gap between town and gown since it would then not admit the public.
Speculation goes on, though the main sense that all respondents have made is that it should remain a part of the town and be for public use, which includes renting the space for special functions. One correspondent said that it would be good for exhibitions if it had sufficient security and insurance coverage.
If any reader has other ideas or perspectives, please write in.
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¶1 Bellows Falls
Part 1— Industrial Engine of the Upper Connecticut Valley
The Connecticut was the first major river in the country to be improved for travel, with about 250 miles open to navigation by 1810. Constructed between 1791 and 1802, this canal was among the first in America and was a major influence on the growth of the village because it also provided power for many mills. Produce and lumber were brought downriver on flat-bottomed boats propelled with long poles, square sails, and the current. Here, avoiding the river gorge, boats passed through eight locks with a total elevation of 52 feet. The coming of railroads in the 1840s brought the era of slower canal boats to an end, but this canal, enlarged several times since, now serves modern needs.
The first of these canals to be chartered, and upon which work was commenced, was at Bellows Falls. It was in 1791 and was the first canal started on this continent to be used for navigation purposes. The charter was granted at Windsor in that year, and it is interesting to note that it was the first Vermont legislature after the admission of the state into the Union. Its corporate name was " Company for Rendering Connecticut River Navigable by Bellows Falls." Three brothers from London, England, John, Francis, and Hodgdon Atkinson furnished the capital for its construction.
They expended $105,338.13 in building the dam and canal before a boat passed through, and, because of the natural obstructions, and great fall of the river (52 feet), it took ten years before the first boat passed through it in August of 1802. It remained in the ownership of the Atkinson family for seventy-two years, or until June 16, 1866
New Year's Sober Dance: Monday, December 31, 9:00 p.m. 'til 1:00 a.m.
Are you looking for a family-friendly, nonalcoholic event to ring in the New Year? Turning Point is hosting a Sober Dance at the River Garden on Monday, December 31, from 9:00 p.m. to about 1:00 a.m., and it might be just what you're looking for! This event is for both those in recovery and those who choose a G-rated alternative to celebrate the New Year. This time of year tends to be jam-packed with parties, concerts, and other celebrations, but very often, alcohol is a part of the event. This dance offers another way to celebrate. Ralph Sherman and friends will provide the music, snacks will be provided, and everyone will be able to watch the countdown to New Year's at midnight. A donation of $10.00 is suggested. Read on here
A photo gallery of contributors to this magazine
Mr & Mrs Claus
¶6 Jacobs's Ladder and the Rungs of Hope.
(picture caption, sidewalk by the library, Brattleboro)
As if losing strength, abilities and power isn't enough you must also come to terms with the reactions of other people who may not know how to deal with your loss. Or they may consider your disability a loss for themselves and want to run from both the idea and the person. Our world does not accommodate it's disabled people well. That's no secret.
What may be a secret though is how many different ways there are to lose strength, power and abilities. One way is through a life lived. We lose our strengths and abilities over the course of our lives and though the losses are cumulative they are insidious. They happen steadily but slowly over time and so we don't notice most of them or we expect them. We see them happen to our parents or our friends or the generations who have gone before and we make room for their eventuality in our lives. We prepare ourselves for the ones we know will cripple us, the ones we see coming, either loss of loved ones, loss of income, loss of physical abilities too. But we don't spend too much time thinking and planning for a loss of hope or how we'll deal with it.
¶3 Think Like A Man !°‹•?Ø*!! <extract>
The story of Moll Flanders came to life in the 1700’s. Defoe created a character that was independent, not necessarily likable or pleasant, but courageous and self-reliant, never being thought weak or ineffectual. By the turn of the 19th century, women were seen as little more than ornamental appendages of their spouses. With the Industrial Revolution and the following wars, the roles of women had dramatically changed, with society once again not only encouraging but demanding independence.
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¶7 An Election Address
My focus has been entirely on the impact of policies that are compassionate to our human rights. When we are looking at both local and state wide issues, to me, it is important to realize how a change can directly effect the aspects of our residents.
First Season’s 13 Episodes of Charley’s War
Here is the entire collection of articles in 13 Episodes and over 12,500 words about suffering injury in Vietnam, and what ensued, including a major appreciation of PTSD
by Charles Monette
Sgt. E-5 C(Charley) CO 2nd & the 5th 1st Air Cavalry Division Vietnam 1970-71
Charles, or Charley was awarded two Bronze Stars with Valor, a Purple Heart, and an Air Medal for his actions in ground and aerial combat in Vietnam.
He was in-country as a grunt for 347 days in the jungle with the exception of a one week R&R in Sydney, Australia
Visible and Invisible Disabilities • Franklin Reeve
A Memory Book, Dummerston 1881
A 1,000 word picture essay by Kit Barry • But help requested identifying local families.
An essay on Sustainability by Dr. Donnie Mcluran
Read the entire 1500 word essay here
Selected Photos from around the Bio-region
Brattleboro Environmental Sustainability Testing
Current article <extract> CHILD LABOR
Turning Point of Windham County
Join The Task Force!
Our task force could use people with these skills: a) addiction and recovery, b) program implementation, delivery, and development, c) psychological and medical, d) business and non-profit management, e) partnerships and collaborations, f) communications and development g) organizational operations and h) legal, facility, and finance.
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Curtiss Read <extract>
In all forty individuals from nine Vermont counties attended the one and a half day conference organized by Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity.
Winter’s Farmers Market in Brattleboro
If you want to shop directly with local producers here they are!
Arts Town USA on display with a few projects
Flat Street is back with a big party — see the photo essay.
First Friday of every month and who knows who will show up or even present?!
Photo essay by Sen. Patrick Leahy
The next "Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast" will take place on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the Gibson Aiken Center, downstairs, hosted by Senior Meals. Doors open at 7:30am.
Continuing the discussion of the October Breakfast on the Economic Impact of the Arts, Kate Anderson will use the illustration of the ancient Parthenon to inform the question, “How did it come about that all the threads of thought, culture and art coalesced in its construction?” By analogy, how might we today replicate what happened then?
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