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McKernon wants to build solar array off Route 7

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — While discussions are continuing for a massive solar array hidden from view on one end of Brandon, a smaller array is planned in plain site of Route 7 north of town.

The McKernon Group design/build contracting firm, headquartered at the former Brandon Training School property, has filed an application with the Public Service Board to build a 132-kilowatt fixed solar array in a field just south of the company’s office.

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New owner to breathe life into Brandon's Watershed Building

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — To say that owning the Watershed Tavern building is a dream come true for Ellen Walter would not be an overstatement.

“For so many people in this town, this is their fantasy,” Walter said as she looked out the rear picture window at Neshobe Falls on a recent afternoon. “I’ve been in love with this building since I opened the door four years ago.”

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Brandon reports successful program to control feral cats

Posted on November 23, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Mei Mei Brown is a sucker for cats. A lifelong lover of felines, she is also the driving force behind the Brandon Feral Cat Assistance Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Thanks to Brown’s diligence and love for the animal, what was once a big problem in Brandon is now under control. Over the last decade, 166 feral, or wild, cats have been trapped, spayed or neutered, and released or adopted.

“Yes, I am the crazy cat lady,” Brown joked in an interview last week.

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Brandon seeks details on solar plan

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon officials have asked representatives from Ranger Solar to attend the next selectboard meeting and answer additional questions about a massive 100-acre solar array the company plans to construct off Syndicate Road.

Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton and selectboard Chair Doug Bailey met with Ranger Solar Development Manager Liz Peyton on Nov. 6 to express their concerns about the increased traffic on Syndicate Road. A Class III road currently in poor condition, the road leads to the property where the solar array would be built.

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Votes near on OV, Neshobe projects

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in Brandon and the other towns that send students to Otter Valley Union High School will be voting on two capital improvement questions on Tuesday, Nov. 17. If approved, neither is expected to raise the tax rate.

Brandon residents will vote at polls set up at the Neshobe School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

For Leicester residents, polls at the town office will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Town Clerk Julie Delphia if an absentee ballot is needed.

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Leader of the pack

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER QUARTERBACK CARSON Leary is chased down by a wall of U-32 defenders Saturday. Leary rushed for 421 yards in the Otters’ 33-14 win.

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Paraeducators and bus drivers vote to strike at RNeSU

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ aides and bus drivers have voted to strike at mid-month as the Brandon-area school boards bristle under accusations of elitism and one board chair schools the union on his definition of respect.

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Medical pot cultivator arrested for growing weed for himself

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A man who worked as a cultivator at the medical marijuana dispensary in Brandon was arrested last week after he admitted growing pot in the basement of the building where he lives.

Brandon police arrested Benjamin St. George, 37, on Oct. 18 at his Steinberg Road apartment. Another tenant in the building had called police after he reported finding four marijuana plants growing in the building’s cellar.

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Brandon site eyed for state's largest solar power farm

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON/FLORENCE — A massive, 20-megawatt solar array is being proposed on more than 100 acres of land off Syndicate Road in Florence and Brandon, and if approved it would be the largest solar project in Vermont.

Representatives from Ranger Solar, based in Yarmouth, Maine, with offices in New York, appeared before the Brandon selectboard on Monday to give a project presentation and to answer questions. Those in attendance expressed a wide range of feelings, from enthusiastic to suspicious, with most town officials expressing support.

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Brandon-area schools face consolidation vote in 2016

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has its Act 46 school consolidation committee in place, and if Superintendent Jeanne Collins has her way, there could be a public vote on the issue this March.

The Legislature last spring passed Act 46, which requires all supervisory unions and school districts to assess and decide what school governance structure they want to move to. The choices are:

• Accelerated merger with one-time study grant and tax incentives.

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