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Brandon street to get million-dollar makeover

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A plan to fix pothole-laden main street in Brandon moved forward on Town Meeting Day when town residents OK’d a funding of a renovation plan.

The $1.4 million bond question to pay for infrastructure improvements to Park Street passed overwhelmingly, 488-123.

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Brandon recognizes Kirbys for service to town

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — “I just want to tell you what it’s like to be a celebrity in Brandon.”

Dick Kirby took the microphone at Brandon town meeting Monday evening with his wife, Debbie, after the couple was honored in this year’s Brandon Town Report. Kirby said that after he got word of the dedication, he met with his weekly coffee group of older gentlemen in Brandon, who call themselves, “Sick, Lame and Lazy.”

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New security features added to the front entrance of OVUHS

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Major changes are planned for the front entrance at Otter Valley Union High School in light of the recent school shooting threat in Fair Haven and the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The plan comes just days after Gov. Phil Scott issued a memo to legislators proposing several gun restrictions and school safety measures, including school security reviews and grant funding for security improvements.

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OV district teachers agree to new contract

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The first district-wide teacher contract that covers the eight schools in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has been ratified.

On Feb. 13, Rutland Northeast Education Association members overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the 171 teachers employed by the Otter Valley Unified Union School District, the Barstow Unified Union School District, and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

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Brandon police take steps at OV after Fair Haven threat

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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FAIR HAVEN/BRANDON — A link to the school shooting threat that originated in Fair Haven last week prompted Brandon police to take action at Otter Valley Union High School. In the end, though, authorities said no one in Brandon was in immediate danger from the threat.

With an eerie echo of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting on Feb. 14, Vermont State Police on Feb. 15 arrested 18-year-old Jack Sawyer of Poultney for allegedly making threats and plans to commit a mass shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.

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Brandon Town Hall upstaged – again!

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The stage has been set for the future of the Brandon Town Hall… literally.

Work has been completed on a new stage at the hall, thanks to a $14,250 matching Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grant The non-profit Friends of the Brandon Town Hall organization has put up $14,250 in matching funds toward the project in order to get the grant. In fact, the Friends have paid for the work, and will be reimbursed by the Arts Council.

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Brandon budget calls for more tax support

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day to approve a $3,138,185 municipal budget highlighted by increased revenues and increased health care costs.

The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,578,045, a 2.75 percent increase over the current year’s spending plan.

Brandon selectboard Chair Seth Hopkins said two-thirds of that increase is due to an increase in the health insurance premiums for town employees.

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Merger of Whiting, Leicester Sudbury schools put to vote

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union School Board has approved a proposed 2018-19 school budget that would combine the district’s three small schools — Leicester Central, Whiting Elementary and Sudbury Country schools — and move the Caverly Preschool to Lothrop Elementary in Pittsford.

The proposed $19,223,835 spending plan, approved at a Jan. 10 meeting, represents a roughly $550,000 cut in spending, or 1.22 percent, from the current budget.

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Couple to give new life to defunct old ski area in Brandon

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON/HUBBARDTON — The former High Pond Mountain Ski Area that straddles the Brandon-Hubbardton town line is getting a facelift, thanks to a high-end restoration by new owners Peter and Karen Dartley.

Work began in earnest almost immediately after the couple bought the 330-acre parcel for $1.3 million in 2016.

The McKernon Group of Brandon, led by Kevin Birchmore, was hired to do the construction, and Selin and Selin Architecture in Shelburne did all of the design work.

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Brandon cited as top spot spot in Vermont for solitude and inspiration

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A well-known travel planning website has named Brandon the “Best Place to Escape to in Vermont.”

The link takes readers to a page arranged alphabetically by state. The Brandon blurb appears under “Vermont” and a photo of Neshobe Falls on Center Street, and gives a shout out to a popular local greenhouse.

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