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Brandon eyes a switch to floor vote on municipal budget

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Vermonters are often heard yearning for the past, a simpler time, they say. Now, in an effort to change the course of Brandon’s recent budget voting past, a small band of taxpayers has an intriguing idea: Bring the floor vote back to Brandon Town Meeting.

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Brandon Inn worker cited for embezzlement

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A former employee of the Brandon Inn has been charged with embezzling roughly $60,000 from the owners of the Park Street landmark in downtown Brandon.

According to Brandon police, Carmen M. Dozier, 38, of Rutland falsified her time cards, set up fake vendor accounts, and had bill payments funneled to her personal bank account over the course of the one year she was employed as the front desk clerk at the inn.

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Leicester store to re-open soon

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



LEICESTER — Leicester residents will be happy to hear that the only store in town will soon re-open.

Brothers Peter and Paul Handy of Chittenden County have bought the Leicester General Store, which has been closed since April.

The store and gas station, located near Leicester Four Corners, occupied a unique niche, being the only retail establishment on Route 7 between Middlebury Beef Supply and the Jiffy Mart in Brandon.

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Mayer to step down as president of the Addison County Chamber

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — There will be a change at the helm of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Andy Mayer announced last week that he will be leaving his position at the end of the month to become the president/CEO of a chamber in Washington state.

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Mosquitoes in Whiting test positive for EEE virus

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



WHITING —  If it’s August, then it’s time for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus.

On Aug. 22, the Vermont Department of Health reported that two batches of bird-biting mosquitoes collected on Aug. 19 in Whiting tested positive for the virus, known as EEE. It is the first detection of the EEE virus in the area this year, and the first in Vermont since it was found in mosquitoes from Grand Isle in the middle of June.

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Brandon residents back town budget on fifth vote

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — For better or worse, Brandon has a budget.

In this, the last town in Vermont to pass a municipal spending plan, voters approved a budget on the fifth try Tuesday by a vote of 534-472.

But considering the austerity needed for voter approval, it is not exactly a time for celebration. Voters and officials alike are feeling bruised and beaten after five months of financial wrangling, finger pointing and frustration.

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Veteran OVUHS baseball coach steps down

Posted on August 22, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — It’s the end of an era for Otter Valley Union High School baseball as varsity head coach Tim Mitchell announced his retirement last week.

Mitchell, who led the Otters to a state championship in 2013 after a 37-year drought, said this past Monday that the demands of his business and his family led to his decision.

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Brandon budget defeated for fourth time

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.

Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.

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Brandon voters nix budget for third time

Posted on June 26, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The majority of Brandon voters voted “no” again on Tuesday, defeating the proposed municipal budget for the third time this year despite an impassioned plea from the selectboard chair. The tally was 376-671.

Three articles establishing $60,000 in three separate funds for specific purposes were also defeated.

On Wednesday morning, the board held an emergency meeting warned 24 hours before to figure out next steps, which will include cutting services and personnel as the end of the fiscal year looms on June 30.

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Opiate addiction film to be re-screened in Brandon

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Once was not enough. That’s what local organizers thought about the first showing of “The Hungry Heart,” a powerful 2013 documentary film highlighting the opiate addiction crisis in Vermont.

“Everyone was so overwhelmed,” said Brandon Town Clerk Sue Gage of the April 30 screening at Otter Valley Union High School. “I called a few people and said, ‘We need to keep this conversation going.’”

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