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The fields of Whiting – where the buffalo roam

Posted on August 5, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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WHITING — “He’s a good boy, but of course, he’ll kill you.”

On a beautiful Vermont summer day, Jeanne Lamoureaux Wood was standing outside the eight-foot-high electrified fence with her husband, Bob, on their Whiting farm admiring their bull buffalo, Sparky.

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State to release plan to combat mosquito-borne diseases

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In Brandon on Wednesday, the Vermont Department of Health will unveil its plan to combat mosquitoes and the serious illnesses they carry.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, along with other officials from both the Heath Department and the Agency of Agriculture, will unveil the state’s 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Brandon Town Hall.

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Chronic Lyme disease dismissed by many

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of articles reprinted from The Brandon Reporter that examine the complex personal, medical and political landscape of chronic Lyme and other tick-borne diseases that have brought so many lives to a standstill waiting for consensus.

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Brandon schedules fourth vote on town budget

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has made more spending cuts and approved yet another town budget and yet another vote date — its fourth in four months.

Following a marathon public meeting that lasted more than three and half hours this past Monday night, the board OK’d a $3,147,634 spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That spending number represents an increase of 3.7 percent, or $84,084, from the budget for the year just ended.

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Mosquito spraying and fish kill are likely unrelated, state says

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



LEICESTER — A fish die-off in Fern Lake earlier this month has gotten some publicity thanks to one resident’s theory that mosquito pesticide is to blame, but there is no proof of that, yet.

State and local agriculture, fish and wildlife, and mosquito control officials believe the June 4 die-off of several different species of fish in Fern Lake was caused by unusually warm spring weather.

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Brandon woman killed in crash is remembered as a giver

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A pillar of the Brandon and Forest Dale communities was tragically killed last week, but hundreds of people who knew and loved Maxine Thurston put aside their grief to celebrate her life on Sunday.

Thurston, 81, co-owner of New England Woodcraft in Forest Dale, was killed on Thursday, June 13, in a head-on collision while driving on Route 7 near Otter Valley Union High School.

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Final countdown

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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A GROUP OF Otter Valley Union High School seniors while away the final minutes before their commencement ceremony on June 8.

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Otter Valley graduates cheer their accomplishments

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kirstyn Simonds was clear when asked how she felt about graduating from Otter Valley Union High School before the commencement ceremony this past Saturday morning.

“I don’t want to grow up,” she said with a nervous laugh.

Nevertheless, Simonds will attend Castleton State College in the fall with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, a vocation sure to keep her young.

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Deadeye

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER PITCHER BRETT Patterson threw a one-hitter against visiting Lake Region last Thursday. The Otters won the game, 6-0, and advanced to the Division II semifinals Tuesday afternoon.

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Ammatuna picked for Brandon selectboard

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — As a Brandon lister and member of the Otter Valley Union High School Board, Maria Ammatuna already had her hands full. Now, she can add selectboard member to her resume.

The Brandon selectboard chose Ammatuna to fill the vacant board seat left when Richard Baker agreed to become interim town manager late last month. The appointment to the three-year seat expires on Town Meeting Day in March 2014.

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