Salisbury, BLSG spar over membership, pay

LEICESTER — The town of Salisbury has a month left of insect control services from the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Insect Control District, known as the BLSG. Attorneys for the town and the district will meet during that time to hammer out any possible ambiguities regarding Salisbury’s Town Meeting Day vote to no longer contribute the town’s share of funding to the district.At their monthly meeting on May 20, the BLSG board directed the district’s attorney, Jim Foley, and town of Salisbury attorney B … (read more)

State group honors RNeSU special education head

BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Special Services Director Marsha Bruce has been honored with a state award for her work in education.The Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators (VCSEA) announced on May 20 that Bruce has been awar … (read more)

Brandon board to meet in person

BRANDON — After 14 months of virtual public meetings, the selectboard here has voted to resume in-person board meetings at the Brandon Town Hall starting June 14.The selectboard meetings will start at 7 p.m., as usual, and will held in the downstairs conf … (read more)

Silent films to resume at Brandon Town Hall

BRANDON — First the seats, then the season. The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall have announced the 2021 silent film series with the hope that the pandemic will continue to level off and patrons will be welcomed back inside. The first film —  “The Mark of … (read more)

BLSG is making do without Salisbury funds

SALISBURY — When Salisbury residents voted against paying into the Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Insect Control District (BLSG) this past Town Meeting Day, they created an unforeseen problem. Opting out of the insect control district is an unpreceden … (read more)

Two COVID cases keep Neshobe students home

BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is handling two new COVID cases at the Neshobe School in Brandon as cases continue to spike in Vermont. The development led Superintendent Jeanne Collins to declare April 5 and 6 remote learning days for a … (read more)

Some RNeSU remote learning students are MIA

BRANDON — You can lead a student to the laptop and provide them with free WiFi, but you can’t make them log on. That is the bottom line for the handful of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union students who are learning remotely, but not logging on or connec … (read more)

Wells tapped to lead Neshobe School

BRANDON — Vicki Wells’s commute is about to get a lot shorter. The 56-year-old lives in Brandon and last week was chosen as the next principal of Brandon’s Neshobe Elementary School, which is 1.5 miles from her house. She also lives “literally right aroun … (read more)

Brandon woman dies in snowmobile crash

SALISBURY/BRANDON — A beloved local teacher was killed in a snowmobile accident on Saturday, and fundraisers for her young daughter began in earnest almost immediately. Kristle Humiston, 39, died when the snowmobile she was riding on collided with some tr … (read more)

Brandon eyes retail marijuana

BRANDON — The select board here has approved the Town Meeting Day warning, which will include an article asking voters if they will authorize retail marijuana sales in town. But before anyone gets too pleased or panicked, depending on which side of the is … (read more)

Neshobe principal to retire in June

BRANDON — Neshobe Elementary School Principal Judi Pulsifer announced her retirement in a letter to the Otter Valley Unified Union School District board this month, and the school community will have a role in choosing her replacement.  Rutland Northeast … (read more)

A new generation of candidates in Brandon

BRANDON — There are three challengers for two one-year seats on the Brandon selectboard this Town Meeting Day, and they’re all under 40. Allie Breyer and Lindsey Berk are running together as a slate of two candidates for the two seats, and Mike Markowski … (read more)

Brandon milliners craft a hat for Vice President Kamala Harris

BRANDON — Two local hat makers, and the little girls in their lives, have a gift for America’s new vice president. Now they just have to get it to her. Samantha “Sam” Stone and Nora Swan of Swan and Stone Millinery in Brandon have seven children between t … (read more)

Brandon board keeps property taxes in check

BRANDON — Next year’s proposed Brandon town budget will please budget-conscious taxpayers as it features a decrease in expenditures and almost no increase in taxes. The Brandon Select Board Monday night approved a $3,244,020 budget for fiscal year 2021-22 … (read more)

COVID hits three local schools

BRANDON/MIDDLEBURY — The first cases of COVID-19 have been reported in two Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union schools and at Middlebury Union Middle School. RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins, herself recovering from the coronavirus at home in quarantin … (read more)