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Leicester-area elections on tap for March 5

Posted on February 21, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



LEICESTER/WHITING/GOSHEN — On March 5, Richard Reed will seek re-election to moderator in Leicester, while Diane Benware and Tom Barker will seek re-election to the selectboard for three-year and two-year terms, respectively.

Others seeking re-election in Leicester on Town Meeting Day include Beth Swinington Ripley as delinquent tax collector, and Mike Rakowitz for the positions of Town Grand Juror and Town Agent.

In Whiting, all elected officials are nominated and voted for on the floor during town meeting, according to Town Clerk Gale Quenneville.

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Four run for Brandon selectboard

Posted on February 18, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — On Town Meeting Day, March 5, Brandon residents will choose from among four candidates for three seats on the selectboard.

Board chair Seth Hopkins and Selectman Brian Coolidge both are running for re-election to one-year selectboard terms, but Selectman Devon Fuller said he won’t run for another three-year term.

“We have a great team working for the town right now,” Hopkins said. “I am running for re-election because I feel I still have something of value to offer as part of that team.”

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1961: A season to remember for Pittsford's basketball team

Posted on February 4, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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PITTSFORD — In the fall of 1961, the high schools in Brandon and Pittsford merged to form Otter Valley Union high school. Prior to that merger, both schools fielded athletic teams. Throughout that long history at Pittsford High School, they had never had a state championship in any sport. 

Then came the winter 1960-61 basketball team. They were good, and it was the school’s last hope to bring home a trophy before the upcoming merger that next fall. 

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Following his GPS, 18-wheeler slams into Brandon covered bridge

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — An eighteen-wheeler bound for the Woodchuck Cider storage facility in Brandon tried to fit its 13-foot, 6-inch trailer under the 12-foot clearance of the Sanderson covered bridge on Jan. 8, causing extensive damage to the bridge.

A GPS unit is being blamed for sending the driver down the dirt road that leads into Brandon from Route 30.

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'Brandon Idol' contest lures crowd to town hall

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — The Brandon Town Hall was packed on Saturday night as residents from all around gathered to listen to amateur singers from as far away as White River Junction perform for a chance to be a finalist in the Brandon Idol competition.

About 200 people paid to see 22 singers strut their stuff under the lights of the Town Hall stage as they competed to be one of the Final 9. The competitors came from a diverse background and performed a wide range of music.

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Neshobe Elementary School identifies and addresses radon infiltration

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — School administrators are assuring parents of students at Neshobe Elementary that they are taking steps to mitigate the dangers of elevated radon gas levels in the Brandon building.

In the district’s letter to parents last Wednesday, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Jean?e Collins said these screening values are not an immediate health concern to students or staff as there is no known acute health effects associated with exposure to radon.

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Pinned

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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EAGLE SENIOR KEVIN Pearsall pins his opponent on his way to winning the 220-pound weight class at the Otter Valley Invitational on Saturday. Pearsall was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

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After a year, Brandon is panning out for Olivia's Croutons

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — The sweet aroma of fresh bread sprinkled with garlic and Italian spices surrounds the area around Olivia’s Crouton factory like a comfortable blanket. Inside, three industrial-size ovens are hot and ready while hundreds of pounds of croutons are being seasoned, packaged and readied for shipping.

Francie Williams Caccavo, founder and CEO of Olivia’s Croutons, says most people around Brandon probably know the story of Olivia’s Croutons; after all, it’s written on every box she ships out to stores.

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Brandon's Christina Wiles earns top Girl Scout honor

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — The Girl Scouts began in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first troop of 18 girls in Savannah, Ga. Now, 3.7 million members strong, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have helped mentor and develop strong female leaders such Lucille Ball, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and astronaut Sally Ride.

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OV, Chinese visitors celebrate partnership

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
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BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School recently held a ceremony in the library to celebrate the partnership between the Vermont International Academy and China. John Holden, C.E.O. and founder of the U.S.-China Strong Foundation, as well as “Cathy” Qian Kexin, age 18, of Guangzhou, China, were the special guests.

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