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Brandon rejects town budget for a second time

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The town of Brandon will begin fiscal year 2014 without a budget.

The proposed $3,201,842 municipal budget (with $2,385,642 to be raised by taxes) was voted down on Tuesday by fewer than 50 votes, 371-326, sending the selectboard back to the budget workshop table again.

The 697 total votes amount to a roughly 25 percent voter turnout.

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Lyme disease takes its toll on local people

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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Editor’s note: This is the first 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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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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Silver Lake is 'One of Creation's Quiet Retreats'

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By M. Dickey Drysdale



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Friday, May 24, was Lennie Waltrip Day at Silver Lake in Leicester, but it came as a surprise to him.

For three months of the year, Lennie is lord of a domain that is the antithesis of the 21st-century world. Silver Lake, a mile-long jewel of the Green Mountains, lies 600 feet above popular Lake Dunmore. Surrounded on all sides by forests, broken only by a grassy picnic area on the northern end, Silver Lake seems a place apart, a little miracle of solitude, even as it graciously hosts those who seek it out.

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Learn about a journey down the Mississippi through song, music

Posted on June 3, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — Eve Beglarian will present a music and performance piece titled “Brim, the River Project” at the Brandon Town Hall on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m.

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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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Thirty Brandon area residents become American citizens

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Two Canadians who moved to Vermont in September 2001 became U.S. citizens last week at the Neshobe School in Brandon.

Bryan Holland, 38, from Newfoundland, began his volunteer rescue career in Essex on Sept. 11, 2001. Arabella Finlayson, 41, moved to Burlington from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

“It definitely made some of my relatives nervous,” she said. “ But I really wanted to be here.”

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State seeks blood samples to test for EEE in area

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON/SUDBURY — The Vermont Health Department will host its second of three Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) research study clinics on Tuesday, May 14, noon to 7 p.m. at the Sudbury Town Hall.

At the first clinic, held at the Brandon Senior Center on April 23, more than 220 volunteers donated blood samples that will be tested for antibodies to EEE.

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Brandon struggles with budget after no vote

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The saying “You’ve can’t please all of the peo­ple all of the time” never had more meaning then it does in Brandon right now.

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'Peter Pan' kicks off silent film series on May 11

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — It was the film that introduced moviegoers to visions of flying children, magical fairies, human-like animals and menacing pirates. It was the original silent film adaptation of “Peter Pan,” a picture personally supervised by author J.M. Barrie. The film became a major hit when released in 1924, with audiences eager to get their first big-screen look at the wonders of Neverland.

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