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Lifelong educators honored for service to Brandon

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The gathering at the Brandon Town Hall Monday evening may go down as the feel-good town meeting of this young century.

Not only were local residents excited to hold this year’s town meeting in the Brandon Town Hall for the first time since 1979, but they enjoyed the highlight of the evening: the homage paid to lifelong residents Jane and Bud Coolidge and their expressions of thanks.

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New Brandon budget would lower taxes

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — While the proposed Brandon town budget includes a modest overall spending increase, voter approval would mean a lower tax rate.

That’s because there is $50,000 less allocated for paving under a special appropriation on the warning than there was in the current town budget.

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Brandon police targeting drivers using cell phones

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
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BRANDON —Brandon police set out to enforce the construction zone speed limit around the downtown Brandon culvert project last month, but they ended up ticketed even more drivers for using their cell phones than for speeding.

Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said that over four separate enforcement days in January, Brandon police issued 43 citations to drivers who were observed violating Vermont’s Hands Free Cell Phone Law.

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Brandon residents to decide on $3 million budget

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The selectboard here has approved the Town Meeting warning and a proposed budget to send to voters.

The proposed $2,999,986 municipal spending plan for fiscal year 2018 includes a 1.8 percent increase in total expenditures, or $53,276, over the current spending plan.

The amount to be raised by taxes, $2,509,066, is up 0.89 percent, or $22,244.

The cost drivers for the fiscal year 2018 budget are centered around stark increases in worker’s compensation insurance and health insurance for town employees.

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RNeSU sticking to budget plans

Posted on February 6, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has no intention of retooling its school budgets or waiting until a May date to have voters weigh in, despite what Gov. Phil Scott outlined in his budget address late last month.

The Brandon Reporter met with RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins and Business Manager Brenda Fleming last week to discuss Scott’s directive, which came in a sweeping budget address just five days earlier.

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Public to meet Whiting-Sudbury principal hopefuls

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



WHITING/SUDBURY — There are three candidates vying for the principalship at the Sudbury and Whiting elementary schools, and parents will get a chance to meet them over two public forums in the next week.

Current Sudbury and Whiting Principal Ed Barnwell will retire in June, and Rutland Northeast Superintendent Jeanne Collins said she has three qualified candidates to choose from for Barnwell’s replacement.

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Foxcroft Farm alternative ed program to end at OVUHS

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — Residents around the Otter Valley Unified Union School District were shocked to read a letter to the editor last week stating that the beloved Harvest Program at Foxcroft Farm would be ending after almost two decades helping OV students who may not fit in a traditional classroom.

Harvest Program founder and Executive Director Anne Young explained in the letter that it had been a tough decision that was not based on financial need.

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Brandon author signs three-book deal with major publisher

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Katherine Burdine is living the dream of any writer who has ever toiled away in obscurity. Armed with a three-book deal from Random House, the 29-year-old is just weeks away from the release of her debut novel, “The Bear and the Nightingale,” on Jan, 10.

And she’s local. After spending the bulk of her twenties traveling, living and working everywhere from a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii to a boarding school in France, Burdine has settled in Brandon and is currently working on her second novel.

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'Slumdog' actress making three-week stop in Brandon

Posted on December 30, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — It was 82 degrees in Mumbai, India, on a recent Monday, and it was 12 degrees in Brandon, Vt. To say that Brandon is the polar opposite of Mumbai would be a pun and a truth.

So, why would a 21-year-old college student from Mumbai want to spend three weeks in Brandon?

“I’d never seen snow,” Tanvi Lonkar explained.

Fair enough.

It has snowed several times since she arrived in Brandon, and Lonkar is thrilled.

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Late Poet Laureate Ruth Stone's Goshen home is coming back to life

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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GOSHEN — Hathaway Road is straight and dirt, passing homesteads nestled up against the Green Mountain National Forest in Goshen. A beautiful meadow opens up, Mount Horrid above. The road continues and the forest closes back in around it and there it is on the left, the Ruth Stone House.

Prior to her death on Nov. 19, 2011, at the age of 96, it was not The Ruth Stone House, refuge of the former Vermont Poet Laureate; it was simply Ruth Stone’s house. And more than that, it was Stone’s home, her architectural soul, her muse.

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