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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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Christine Malcom to take the stage in Brandon

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — The Christine Malcolm Band plays a Vermont blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Catch them at Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Malcolm is a Northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from Southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. Her 2015 album, “Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon,” won the Times Argus Tammy Award for Best Country Recording of the Year. 

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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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Mathis receives national education award

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Adison Independent



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GOSHEN — Former Rutland Northeast Superintendent and Vermont Board of Education Vice Chair Bill Mathis of Goshen has been named National Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

Mathis is currently the managing director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Education Policy Center. His colleague, Kevin Welner of the NEPC, was also named the Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

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Brandon Inn to host the science discussion in the pub this Sunday

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — In the sixth season of the well-known Science PUB discussion series sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library, the final two lectures will be held at the Brandon Inn. On Sunday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., Michael Durst, Assistant Professor of Physics at Middlebury College will present, “The Physics of Peering Into Our Brains and Hearts.”

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Call to artists: Show your barn art

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon is accepting submissions for the juried exhibit "Barn Art." The exhibit will be on view from April 6 through June 16. All submissions are due by Feb. 23.

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Deb Brisson and Hay Burners return to Brandon

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



This Saturday, Jan. 27, Brandon Music welcomes back Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners. Led by Brisson’s powerful, expressive vocals, this group of veteran Addison County performers offers music that is real and heartfelt, from soulful and bluesy to rocking alt-country. With an album of original songs, “Heart-Shaped Stone,” to its credit, the band mixes its own work with favorite covers by artists such as Natalie Merchant, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Adams, Slim Harpo, the Talking Heads and more.

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Judge joins local organization that deals with imprisoned parents

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The Safer Society Foundation has announced the addition of Judge William K. Sessions III to the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Sessions, a Cornwall resident, is a noted jurist and is currently a Senior U.S. District Judge for the District of Vermont.

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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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