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Lee Kahrs http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/878/all en House of noise http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503house-noise <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28895" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201503house-noise"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/VUHS fans at OV game_9057.standalone.jpg" alt="VUHS fans at OV game_9057.jpg" title="VUHS fans at OV game_9057.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="338" /></a></div> <p> VERGENNES UNION HIGH School fans were out in force at the Otter Valley gym Saturday evening, when cheering, chanting and applause in every form boomed out from the standing-room-only crowd. The Otters prevailed over the Commodores in an exciting Division II boys&rsquo; basketball quarterfinal.</p> <p> Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:28:00 +0000 Trent Campbell 28896 at http://www.addisonindependent.com 'Chicago' http://www.addisonindependent.com/201411chicago <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27039" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201411chicago"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Chicago8367_0.standalone.jpg" alt="Chicago8367.jpg" title="Chicago8367.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="346" /></a></div> <p> OTTER VALLEY UNION High School students rehearse the Walking Stick Theater&rsquo;s production of &ldquo;Chicago&rdquo; Monday night. The show opens Thursday night and runs through Sunday.</p> <p> Photo by Lee Kahrs/The Reporter</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:30:44 +0000 Trent Campbell 27040 at http://www.addisonindependent.com All that jazz http://www.addisonindependent.com/201411all-jazz <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27037" style="width: 589px;"><a href="/201411all-jazz"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Chicago8417.standalone.jpg" alt="Chicago8417.jpg" title="Chicago8417.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="589" height="364" /></a></div> <p> ISAAC ROBERTS PERFORMS as Billy Flynn in &ldquo;Chicago,&rdquo; the iconic music being staged this Thursday through Sunday at Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon.</p> <p> Photo by Lee Kahrs/The Reporter</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:24:35 +0000 Trent Campbell 27038 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Sing on, sister http://www.addisonindependent.com/201411sing-sister <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27035" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201411sing-sister"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Chicago8397.standalone.jpg" alt="Chicago8397.jpg" title="Chicago8397.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="378" /></a></div> <p> ALEXIS LAPE, PLAYING Mamma Morton, belts out a tune during a Monday dress rehearsal of Otter Valley Union High School&rsquo;s production of &ldquo;Chicago.&rdquo;</p> <p> Photo by Lee Kahrs/The Reporter</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:24:19 +0000 Trent Campbell 27036 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Brandon community promoter Bette Moffett dead at 89 http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309brandon-community-promoter-bette-moffett-dead-89 <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-19064" style="width: 149px;"><a href="/201309brandon-community-promoter-bette-moffett-dead-89"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Bette Moffett_6958.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Bette Moffett_6958.JPG" title="Bette Moffett_6958.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="149" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Longtime Brandon Resident Bette Moffett died Sept. 11 at the age of 89./Lee Kahrs for the Brandon Reporter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">BRANDON &mdash; A light has gone out in Brandon.</span></p> <p> Community lover, friend and local treasure Bette Moffett died at home on Sept. 11 at the age of 89.</p> <p> Bette inhabited the idea of community spirit. Her love of Brandon and its residents was boundless, as evidenced by her tireless efforts to support, enhance and promote the place she called home since 1968.</p> <p> A Service of Celebration to honor her life with music and memories was scheduled held at the Brandon Inn on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19065">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309brandon-community-promoter-bette-moffett-dead-89" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Bette Moffett brandon Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:39:40 +0000 Zach Despart 19065 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Rutland deals Otter Valley field hockey its first loss of season http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309rutland-deals-otter-valley-field-hockey-its-first-loss-season <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-19057" style="width: 141px;"><a href="/201309rutland-deals-otter-valley-field-hockey-its-first-loss-season"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Field hockey, OV Edmunds.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Field hockey, OV Edmunds.JPG" title="Field hockey, OV Edmunds.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="141" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTTER VALLEY’S MAIA Edmunds battles for control of the ball during last week’s game against Rutland. Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon reporter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">BRANDON &mdash; It was a skillful, fast-paced contest between two of the best high school field hockey teams in the Marble Valley League, but in the end Division I Rutland handed D-II Otter Valley its first loss of the season last week, 3-2.</span></p> <p> The OV-Rutland rivalry that has developed in recent years makes for great field hockey, and Thursday&rsquo;s game was no exception.</p> <p> Rutland&rsquo;s Catherine DiPalma had a big day, scoring all three Raider goals, two late in the second half as RHS rallied for the win.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/19058">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201309rutland-deals-otter-valley-field-hockey-its-first-loss-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:24:39 +0000 Zach Despart 19058 at http://www.addisonindependent.com EEE virus found in Sudbury mosquitoes; state sprays twice http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308eee-virus-found-sudbury-mosquitoes-state-sprays-twice <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> SUDBURY &mdash; Health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis in a test pool of mosquitoes in Sudbury.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s the first time the virus has been detected in mosquitoes outside of a hardwood swamp area in Whiting where there have been positive tests over the past two summers.</p> <p> The mosquitoes were collected by the Agency of Agriculture on Aug. 19, and confirmed by the Health Department Laboratory on Aug. 23.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18675">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308eee-virus-found-sudbury-mosquitoes-state-sprays-twice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:34:52 +0000 xian 18675 at http://www.addisonindependent.com EEE virus found in Whiting mosquito http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308eee-virus-found-whiting-mosquito <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> WHITING &mdash; Eastern equine encephalitis, the new normal, is back.</p> <p> For the second consecutive summer, the EEE virus has been detected in area mosquitoes, and health officials are urging vigilance against mosquito bites.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/18435">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308eee-virus-found-whiting-mosquito" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Whiting eee Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:13:27 +0000 xian 18435 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Fourth time's the charm for Brandon budget http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307fourth-times-charm-brandon-budget <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Brandon has a budget. Voters went back to the polls for a fourth time on Tuesday and the ayes had it, 516-399.</p> <p> The latest version of the municipal budget asked voters to approve a $3,147,634 spending plan, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That amount represents a $84,084, or 3.7 percent, increase in spending over the current budget. Now that it&rsquo;s approved, the tax rate will increase to 71.27 cents per $100 of property value, an increase of 2.49 cents over the current rate of 68.78 cents.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17917">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307fourth-times-charm-brandon-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon Featured Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:39:37 +0000 xian 17917 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Brandon rejects town budget for a second time http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306brandon-rejects-town-budget-second-time <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; The town of Brandon will begin fiscal year 2014 without a budget.</p> <p> 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.</p> <p> The 697 total votes amount to a roughly 25 percent voter turnout.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17555">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306brandon-rejects-town-budget-second-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Featured Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:10:21 +0000 xian 17555 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Lyme disease takes its toll on local people http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306lyme-disease-takes-its-toll-local-people <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17545" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201306lyme-disease-takes-its-toll-local-people"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Lyme epidemic Zelis_6878.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Lyme epidemic Zelis_6878.JPG" title="Lyme epidemic Zelis_6878.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TEN-YEAR-OLD LUKE ZELIS with his mom, Rebecca, at their home in Brandon. Luke has battled Lyme disease since the age of three, but was not diagnosed until three years ago. Photo by Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the first in a <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307chronic-lyme-disease-dismissed-many">series of articles reprinted from </a></em><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201307chronic-lyme-disease-dismissed-many">The Brandon Reporter </a><em>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.</em></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17546">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306lyme-disease-takes-its-toll-local-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon Featured Lyme disease pittsford Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:02:58 +0000 xian 17546 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Otter nine blanks Rangers; Lyndon up next http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306otter-nine-blanks-rangers-lyndon-next <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17375" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201306otter-nine-blanks-rangers-lyndon-next"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/baseballfirstbase.thumbnail.jpg" alt="baseballfirstbase.jpg" title="baseballfirstbase.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTTER VALLEY UNION High School&#039;s Ryan Kelley leaps back to first base to avoid a tag during playoff action against Lake Region last Thursday. Photo by lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; A school could get used to this: Otter Valley Union High School pitcher Brett Patterson threw a one-hitter in the No. 2 Otters&rsquo; 6-0 win over visiting No. 7 Lake Region in a Division II quarterfinals on Thursday.</p> <p> A model of efficiency, Patterson threw just 67 pitches, struck out nine and walked none in just an hour and 20 minutes to send Lake Region packing. And the senior hurler and co-ace Justin Owen have been consistently on their pitching all season, helping the Otters to a 17-1 record.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17376">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306otter-nine-blanks-rangers-lyndon-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports baseball OVUHS Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:28:31 +0000 xian 17376 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Thirty Brandon area residents become American citizens http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305thirty-brandon-area-residents-become-american-citizens <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Two Canadians who moved to Vermont in September 2001 became U.S. citizens last week at the Neshobe School in Brandon.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">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.</span></p> <p> &ldquo;It definitely made some of my relatives nervous,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo; But I really wanted to be here.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16907">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305thirty-brandon-area-residents-become-american-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon Featured immigration Mon, 13 May 2013 15:36:37 +0000 xian 16907 at http://www.addisonindependent.com State seeks blood samples to test for EEE in area http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305state-seeks-blood-samples-test-eee-area <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-16873" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201305state-seeks-blood-samples-test-eee-area"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/EEE clinic in Sudbury Carr EEE (1).thumbnail.JPG" alt="EEE clinic in Sudbury Carr EEE (1).JPG" title="EEE clinic in Sudbury Carr EEE (1).JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STATE REP. STEVE CARR of Brandon gives a blood sample during a EEE clinic at the Brandon Senior Center on April 23. It was the first of three at which Department of Health officials gathered samples to understand the EEE virus. The second clinic will be held next Tuesday at the Sudbury Town Hall. Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON/SUDBURY &mdash; 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.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 20px;">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.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16874">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305state-seeks-blood-samples-test-eee-area" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Thu, 09 May 2013 17:44:58 +0000 xian 16874 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Brandon struggles with budget after no vote http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305brandon-struggles-budget-after-no-vote <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; The saying &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve can&rsquo;t please all of the peo&shy;ple all of the time&rdquo; never had more meaning then it does in Brandon right now.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/16871">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305brandon-struggles-budget-after-no-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Brandon municipal budget Thu, 09 May 2013 17:33:01 +0000 xian 16871 at http://www.addisonindependent.com