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Late Poet Laureate Ruth Stone's Goshen home is coming back to life

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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GOSHEN — Hathaway Road is straight and dirt, passing homesteads nestled up against the Green Mountain National Forest in Goshen. A beautiful meadow opens up, Mount Horrid above. The road continues and the forest closes back in around it and there it is on the left, the Ruth Stone House.

Prior to her death on Nov. 19, 2011, at the age of 96, it was not The Ruth Stone House, refuge of the former Vermont Poet Laureate; it was simply Ruth Stone’s house. And more than that, it was Stone’s home, her architectural soul, her muse.

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Clippings: Challenge issued to Trump voters

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



I stood in front of the Pittsford Town Offices on Veterans Day with almost 100 other people at the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial. A fierce, cold wind whipped dead leaves in all directions, the temperature dropping by the minute. Flags were lowered and then raised above the new slab of marble etched with the words “Lest We Forget.”

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Brandon seeks recreation options for kids after Boys and Girls Club closes

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon Boys & Girls Club permanently closed its doors late last month; it was two months after suspending operations.

Now there are just some empty rooms at 25 Rossiter St. to show for a grassroots community effort that raised $150,000 to start a Boys & Girls Club in Brandon just seven years ago.

But another local effort may be gaining momentum to try and fill the void left by the club.

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Go slow through downtons Brandon; Route 7 culvert work impedes traffic

Posted on November 4, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Route 7 motorists though Brandon may have noticed a change downtown.

Work on the Route 7 overflow culvert began in earnest two weeks ago, creating a new traffic pattern that has business owners at odds with town officials.

The work began on Oct. 12 and by the next morning, the west side of Center Street was cordoned off with construction fencing and both lanes of traffic were shifted east. Roughly 10 parking spaces from in front of the town office building to Kennedy Park were removed to make room for the northbound lane of traffic.

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Brandon Cares considers a needle exchange program like Middlebury's

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — There were two impressive guests at the regular Brandon Cares meeting Monday night, and they each offered some optimism and advancement in Vermont’s war on opiate addiction.

The first to speak was Theresa Vezina, the Harm Reduction Program Manager for Vermont Cares, the state’s largest AIDS service organization that administers a syringe exchange program.

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Brandon OKs Des Marais wetland restoration plan

Posted on October 6, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A floodplain restoration project has been approved by the Brandon Development Review Board, with conditions designed to address flooding concerns by abutting landowners.

The DRB issued its decision on Sept. 23, two months after the initial hearing on the application by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and property owners Jim and Lyn Des Marais. Since then, the board has conducted a site visit, then re-opened and closed the hearing on Sept. 24.

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Police cadets help family in need

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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PITTSFORD — Sometimes extraordinary things can happen on ordinary days.

Week before last, single dad Rik Hinckley and his teenage daughter, Emma, were having an ordinary day full of obstacles.

Hinckley, 52, was a pipefitter for 22 years before two failed back surgeries sidelined him from work. His back trouble also prevents him from moving large objects.

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Meet the brewers: Christine and Steve keep learning at Drop-In

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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“I heard him before I saw him, and my ears perked right up.”It was April of 1988 when Christine McKeever first heard Steve Parkes’ British accent across a crowded bar room at Kelly’s Bar and Restaurant in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For almost 25 years, Steve and Christine have not only grown a family and a marriage with staying power, they are the dynamic duo behind the American Brewers Guild and Drop-In Brewing.

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Brandon Planning Commission loses its chairman

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon Planning Commission continues to evolve following the recent resignation of Chair Jeff Guevin.

The resignation comes just a month after the Brandon selectboard voted to reduce the number of planning commission members from seven to five. Guevin, an attorney specializing in elder care and estate planning, cited personal reasons for his resignation. He and his wife, Phoebe, have twin daughters. He was appointed to the planning commission in 2011 and named chair in 2014.

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Swift resigns from Brandon selectboard

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon Selectman Ethan Swift has tendered his resignation, effective following the Sept. 12 meeting.

Swift announced his decision at the Aug. 22 selectboard meeting.

“I felt like it was time,” he said in an interview the next day. “It’s almost exactly six years since I was appointed, and near the five-year anniversary of Irene. It occurred to me that this was a good time to step down and give someone else a chance to serve.”

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