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Lothrop-Neshobe merger panned: OVUSD explores options to address $1.6 million shortfall

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — If a vote on whether to merge Lothrop and Neshobe elementary schools were conducted at the gym where a recent public forum was held, the result would likely be a resounding “No.”

The idea, which would send kindergarten through third-grade students to one school and fourth- through sixth-graders to the other, is one of two “Big Ideas” that were discussed at two public meetings in the Otter Valley Unified School District in the last week.

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Otter Valley to accept students from China

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
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BRANDON — After years of working on cultural exchange with China, Otter Valley Union High School Principal Jim Avery ushered in an era of official partnership with the Vermont International Academy this past Tuesday.

Avery announced a formal agreement with VIA in Shanghai under which OV will accept students on a yearly basis from that Chinese city.

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Otter Valley students create Moosalamoo Museum

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
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BRANDON — Students in the Moosalamoo Center program at Otter Valley Union High School have taken presentational learning to whole new level.

Students this month unveiled their Moosalamoo Museum, which closed Nov. 21.

The Moosalamoo Outdoor Education Program began at OV in 2005 and offers 10th-12th-grade students interested in the outdoors a chance to learn about ecology by doing. It’s called experiential learning, and it links traditional academics with real-life applications in the outdoors.

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OVUU weighs its options for elementary schools

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A directive from the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board to level fund the next budget may result in a very different educational landscape in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

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Brandon Civil War love story to air on Vt. PBS Monday evening

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A local historian’s labor of love will gain a much wider audience Monday night when Vermont PBS screens Kevin Thornton’s Civil War documentary, “Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story.”

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Otter Valley school district ready for major cuts

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Faced with a state Education Fund shortfall of $47 million, officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union are preparing to make drastic cuts within the local Otter Valley Unified Union School District this coming budget season.

RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said in an interview late last month that the RNeSU Board wants to prepare taxpayers for a potential $1.6 million cut across the OVUU budget.

“The RNeSU Board wanted to let the taxpayers know what the budget landscape was early on,” Collins said.

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Wild autumn wind storm wallops Brandon area, too

Posted on November 1, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



RUTLAND/ADDISON COUNTIES — And just like that, fall is over.

An intense windstorm overnight Sunday denuded the autumn trees of their leaves in Vermont as a powerful low-pressure system fueled by the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe carried 70-80 mph wind gusts that battered the state for hours overnight.

At first light Monday, roughly a third of Vermonters were without power as crews from Green Mountain Power and other power companies spread out across the state to repair downed lines and snapped power poles. Most of the trees were bare.

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The Family Stone

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Brandon solar array proposal downsized

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A planned 100-acre solar project on farmland in Brandon is now owned by a different company, and, if it is built, will be 25 percent smaller than originally planned.

Davenport Solar filed a notice of intent to file a petition with the Vermont Public Utility Commission, requesting approval to build the project, which has been downsized to 15-megawatts from the original 20-megawatt plan. A copy of the letter was sent to the state Agency of Natural Resources, the town of Brandon and the Rutland Regional Planning Commission on Sept. 29.

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Rabies confirmed in skunk in Leicester; residents suspect second case

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
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LEICESTER — The only reported case of rabies in Leicester this year was on Ferson Road, but one resident said she dealt with two rabid skunks there this summer.

Linda Moore said Monday that one of her sons, Brian Moore, shot and killed a skunk that was chasing his dog at his neighboring Ferson Road home on Aug. 28. She said the skunk was tested by the Vermont Department of Health and confirmed rabid.

But two days before that incident, she said she’s sure she had a rabid skunk on her own property nearby as well.

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