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Kids make 'human connection' at Compass Center

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — Children have been getting a chance to showcase their artistic side while helping them connect with their peers through “Human Connection,” a project at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon. Over the past three weeks, the center welcomed an estimated 600 children and young adults to create three-dimensional sculptures that involved the Human Connection theme.

Leading up to the project, students all over the district discussed the theme and worked out plans for how they wanted to signify the way humans connect.

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Otter Valley searches for new director of curriculum

Posted on April 8, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is looking for a new director of curriculum. Former Mount Abraham Union High School principal and RNESU Director of Curriculum Andy Kepes has taken a job to be the new Ferrisburgh Central School principal.

Kepes’ hire became official in mid-March, when the Addison Northwest School District board endorsed the unanimous recommendation of its search committee to replace Beth Brodie.

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Police warn teens not to share nude photos after Snapchat case

Posted on April 8, 2019 |
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BRANDON — An alert was sent out to parents and students on March 29 from the Facebook page of the Brandon Police Department. The alert told about someone trying to lure students into sending nude photos over the social media app Snapchat.

Snapchat is a photo sharing application that allows users to send photos or videos to others on the app. The photos last for a short amount of time and are then deleted, although users can take shots of their phone screens to capture the image.

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BLSG settles lawsuit over mosquito spraying

Posted on April 1, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — The board of the BLSG Mosquito Control District has approved a settlement proposal in the lawsuit between them and the Toxic Action Center. The lawsuit has cost the district $41,668 since it was first filed last summer.

The BLSG, according to budget information in its annual report, spent $20,344 on legal costs in 2018. The district asked member towns for $25,000 in additional legal expenses in its budget request this year, which was approved by all five towns.

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Trayah, Poalino to helm Otter Valley softball program

Posted on April 1, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — For the first time in more than three decades, Otter Valley Union High School will have a new coach heading up its softball program.

Actually it will have two.

Legendary OV softball coach Pattie Candon retired at the end of last season after 33 years, racking up 347 wins and four state championships. Two coaches were brought in to replace the Hall-of-Famer, and this year a new era of Otter softball begins under the guidance of Kelly Trayah and Toni Poalino.

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Mosquito district seeks suit dismissal

Posted on March 25, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — The BLSG Mosquito District has filed an addendum to its original permit request that includes additional information on what it is spraying in the Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen areas and why it chose to use those chemicals. The addendum, filed with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and also sent to the Toxic Actions Center (TAC), was accepted by the state last week.

With that approval in hand, the BLSG has filed a petition for summary judgment in a lawsuit that opposes the permit.

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OV district budget approved, but school upgrade was defeated

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — On Tuesday, the voters in the Otter Valley Unified Union School District defeated a bond measure of $2.93 million for safety, security and operational improvements. Voters did, however, approve a school district budget of $19,935,847, which represents a 3.7 percent increase in total spending over last year and a 2.7 percent per equalized student increase.

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Mosquito district dispute drives up legal costs

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
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SALISBURY/BRANDON — A handful of residents led by Chris Fastie of Salisbury is challenging the operating procedures of the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District and running up the legal bills for those communities. The most immediate consequence is a $5,000 spike in the amount the five towns are asking taxpayers to cover in annual budgets — all of which will be decided at town meeting.

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Residents to vote on $2.9M bond for OVUUSD

Posted on February 25, 2019 |
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BRANDON — Voters in the Otter Valley Unified Union School District rejected a $5.5 million bond proposal back in November, and next week they will consider a proposal of about half that amount.

Residents of the OVUU towns of Brandon, Goshen, Leicester, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting will go to the polls on March 5 to decide the fate of a $2.93 million safety, security and operations improvements bond.

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Brandon selectboard candidates to speak

Posted on February 25, 2019 |
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BRANDON — With a contested selectboard race in Brandon, the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Meet the Candidates forum at the Town Hall basement meeting room at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Bill Moore will be the moderator for the forum and candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions from the public.

As the only contested selectboard race in Brandon, voters will choose between Tim Guiles and Dennis Reisenweaver for the seat being vacated by Devon Fuller.

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