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Four candidates eye Brandon-Pittsford seats

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The race for the Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury House Seat is heating up with four candidates vying for the two available spots — and three of the four are newcomers.

The district has two House seats in the Legislature. The open seat is the result of Democratic Rep. Steve Carr’s decision this spring not to run for re-election in November. The other seat is held by Republican Rep. Butch Shaw of Pittsford, who has announced he is running for re-election.

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OV valedictorian talks of 'hard time'

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Audience members were treated to a dose of stark reality in a speech by Otter Valley Union High School Valedictorian Max Williams at Saturday’s commencement.

It was met with a standing ovation.

Williams began his speech before his 74 fellow graduates saying he had started writing another speech first, one full of “goofy childhood memories” and “cheesy clichés.”

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Slidin'

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LAKE REGION SOPHOMORE Aiden Grassley is tagged at third base by Otter junior Nate Hudson during Saturday’s Division II quarterfinal game. The Otters lost, 1-5.

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All limbs

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER SENIOR PAYSON Williams pitched two shutout innings against Lake Region Saturday afternoon. Otter Valley lost the Division II quarterfinal game, 5-1.

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Opera singer Josh Collier is making Vermont a diva destination

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Josh Collier is a force of operatic nature. The opera tenor has been a Brandon resident for just over a year, but in that short time has not only embraced the town, but embarked on a mission to bring opera to Brandon. Now, Collier, 30, is looking to expand on that goal. “If you think you know what opera is, and you don’t like it, give me a chance,” Collier said during a recent wide-ranging interview.

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Neighborhood push-back prompts solar project move in Brandon

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Public backlash from residents over a proposed 25-acre solar array just outside downtown Brandon has led the developer to seek an alternative site — possibly in town, perhaps elsewhere.

In a letter to the Vermont Public Utility Commission dated March 30 and shared with the Brandon selectboard last week, Conti Solar of Edison, N.J., requested that it be allowed to switch sites due to “significant opposition to the project from neighboring property owners and residents due to aesthetic concerns.”

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Energy committee to plan solar in Brandon

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A controversial solar project in Brandon and a state mandate has prompted the Brandon Planning Commission to form an Energy Committee.

Brandon Planning Commission Chair Stephanie Jerome and Planning Commission member Michael Shank appeared before the Brandon Selectboard on May 14 to request approval for the formation of the Energy Committee.

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Brandon's Rep. Steve Carr won't run, but Seth Hopkins will

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Democrat State Rep. Steve Carr of Brandon will not run for re-election to the Vermont House in November, but Republican Seth Hopkins will.

Hopkins notified The Brandon Reporter of his intent to run for Carr’s seat on Monday. Hopkins, who is chair of the Brandon selectboard, ran for the first time in 2012 and lost to Carr.

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Pesticide spraying plan draws concerns; BLSG district readies for mosquitoes

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON-LEICESTER-SALISBURY-GOSHEN — Resistance that emerged last fall over the local mosquito district’s intent to spray pesticides and the permit needed to do it has resurfaced.

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Proposal for Brandon solar array criticized; visibility, use of farm land draw fire

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A proposed 25-acre solar project just a mile outside downtown Brandon has raised concerns of residents and town officials alike.

The project is planned for two, 12.5-acre parcels at the intersection of Country Club Road and Park Street Extension. The land in question, owned by Bob Brooks, is agricultural and has been used to grow corn for decades.

Conti Solar, an Edison, N.J.-based solar company, is proposing the 2.2-megawatt project, which will produce enough electricity to power 500 homes.

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