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OVUHS sets budget with 2.3 percent spending hike

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board has approved a $10,542,068 spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that represents a 2.3 percent increase. Officials attributed the marginal increase to some creative shifting of personnel and the possible use of a reserve fund for computer equipment.

The proposed budget amounts to a $209,518 increase over the current year’s spending plan.

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Leicester to see more students, higher tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



LEICESTER — Unlike Otter Valley Union High School, which lost 13 students compared to the prior year, falling enrollment is not an issue at the Leicester Central  School, which grew by 13 students — yet, oddly, costs are still up at the elementary school.

According to Leicester School board member Connie Carroll, current enrollment at the school stands at 71 students, up from 58 students last year. Carroll said they expect 74 students next year.

“We’re projecting a 20 percent increase over the next three years,” she said.

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State officials to Whiting-area residents: Please take EEE tests

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



WHITING — State health officials hope to conduct blood tests on area residents and determine how many people may possess the Eastern equine encephalitis antibodies without ever having gotten sick. That’s the message from a series of three public information meetings they held in the area to update residents in the wake of the first two human cases of EEE over the summer.

Depending on funding, there is also a plan to expand mosquito surveillance next year and hire additional field assistants to help gather samples.

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Brandon OKs funds for business incubator

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has approved a $53,700 loan that will help create incubator space for start-up businesses and expand a local fiber mill’s operations.

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Election 2012: Shaw, Carr to represent Brandon area

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON/PITTSFORD/SUDBURY — For the first time in 37 years, the Brandon-area Vermont House district will send a Democrat representative to Montpelier.

And for the first time ever, there will be a Republican and a Democrat representing Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury together in the Vermont House.

Republican incumbent Butch Shaw and Democratic challenger Steve Carr were the top vote getters in Tuesday’s General Election, and they will jointly represent the new Rutland-6 district in the Vermont House.

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Otter Valley football loses tough game to Bulldogs

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — A few keys plays could have made all the difference, but Otter Valley football ended up being outplayed by Burr & Burton on Saturday with the Bull Dogs rolling to a 60-25 victory in Brandon.

The Otters, helmed by talented sophomore OV quarterback John Winslow, repeatedly tried to get successful drives going, but often were unable to convert on fourth down and were forced to punt.

Talented quarterback Jake Stalcup and backs Eric Cerra and Chris Redding carried the Bulldogs.

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Lawmakers back more funds for mosquito fight

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — In the wake of two fatal human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, area legislators who came to the monthly meeting of the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Mosquito District here last week said they hope to move quickly to drum up funding for mosquito control.

State funding of mosquito surveillance has been cut to the point where it pays only for the one state employee who does all of the testing for mosquito-borne viruses, or arboviruses, like EEE and West Nile Virus in Vermont.

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Petition seeks a mosquito testing laboratory in state

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON/SUDBURY/WHITING — The efforts of legislators seeking increased funding for mosquito surveillance may be bolstered by a citizen’s petition seeking an in-state testing lab.

Colleen Wright, a friend of Scott Sgorbati, who contracted Eastern equine encephalitis and died last month, has started a petition seeking support for an in-state arbovirus surveillance lab.

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Into the line

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



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A TIGER BALL carrier bulls his way into the Otter Valley line during a game last Saturday afternoon in Brandon. Middlebury won the game, 33-6.

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Hannaford focus back on downtown Brandon

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain has purchased the building it occupies in downtown Brandon, which raises the possibility of store expansion and puts to rest an effort to build a Hannaford store south of town.

Land transfer records obtained by The Reporter confirm that Hannaford purchased the building and 10.35 acres on Supermarket Drive next to the Rite Aid pharmacy for $2.9 million on Aug. 2.

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