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Brandon seeks recreation options for kids after Boys and Girls Club closes

Posted on November 10, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon Boys & Girls Club permanently closed its doors late last month; it was two months after suspending operations.

Now there are just some empty rooms at 25 Rossiter St. to show for a grassroots community effort that raised $150,000 to start a Boys & Girls Club in Brandon just seven years ago.

But another local effort may be gaining momentum to try and fill the void left by the club.

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Go slow through downtons Brandon; Route 7 culvert work impedes traffic

Posted on November 4, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Route 7 motorists though Brandon may have noticed a change downtown.

Work on the Route 7 overflow culvert began in earnest two weeks ago, creating a new traffic pattern that has business owners at odds with town officials.

The work began on Oct. 12 and by the next morning, the west side of Center Street was cordoned off with construction fencing and both lanes of traffic were shifted east. Roughly 10 parking spaces from in front of the town office building to Kennedy Park were removed to make room for the northbound lane of traffic.

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Brandon Cares considers a needle exchange program like Middlebury's

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — There were two impressive guests at the regular Brandon Cares meeting Monday night, and they each offered some optimism and advancement in Vermont’s war on opiate addiction.

The first to speak was Theresa Vezina, the Harm Reduction Program Manager for Vermont Cares, the state’s largest AIDS service organization that administers a syringe exchange program.

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Brandon OKs Des Marais wetland restoration plan

Posted on October 6, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A floodplain restoration project has been approved by the Brandon Development Review Board, with conditions designed to address flooding concerns by abutting landowners.

The DRB issued its decision on Sept. 23, two months after the initial hearing on the application by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and property owners Jim and Lyn Des Marais. Since then, the board has conducted a site visit, then re-opened and closed the hearing on Sept. 24.

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Police cadets help family in need

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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PITTSFORD — Sometimes extraordinary things can happen on ordinary days.

Week before last, single dad Rik Hinckley and his teenage daughter, Emma, were having an ordinary day full of obstacles.

Hinckley, 52, was a pipefitter for 22 years before two failed back surgeries sidelined him from work. His back trouble also prevents him from moving large objects.

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Meet the brewers: Christine and Steve keep learning at Drop-In

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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“I heard him before I saw him, and my ears perked right up.”It was April of 1988 when Christine McKeever first heard Steve Parkes’ British accent across a crowded bar room at Kelly’s Bar and Restaurant in Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For almost 25 years, Steve and Christine have not only grown a family and a marriage with staying power, they are the dynamic duo behind the American Brewers Guild and Drop-In Brewing.

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Brandon Planning Commission loses its chairman

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon Planning Commission continues to evolve following the recent resignation of Chair Jeff Guevin.

The resignation comes just a month after the Brandon selectboard voted to reduce the number of planning commission members from seven to five. Guevin, an attorney specializing in elder care and estate planning, cited personal reasons for his resignation. He and his wife, Phoebe, have twin daughters. He was appointed to the planning commission in 2011 and named chair in 2014.

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Swift resigns from Brandon selectboard

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon Selectman Ethan Swift has tendered his resignation, effective following the Sept. 12 meeting.

Swift announced his decision at the Aug. 22 selectboard meeting.

“I felt like it was time,” he said in an interview the next day. “It’s almost exactly six years since I was appointed, and near the five-year anniversary of Irene. It occurred to me that this was a good time to step down and give someone else a chance to serve.”

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Young man killed in Brandon car crash

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A young man from Brandon was killed in a single-car crash on Newton Road Friday night, and two passengers in the car were injured.

Police said no one in the 2000 red Honda Civic was wearing a seatbelt as the driver, 22-year-old Thomas Trudeau Savage, was traveling west on Newton Road just before midnight on Aug. 12.

Police said their investigation showed that the car left the roadway and hit an embankment, causing it to roll and crash into a chain link fence around a wastewater substation.

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Lightning strike at Brandon Town Hall interrupts concert

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Phil Henry Trio was halfway through a concert at the Brandon Town Hall Saturday night when the building was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm.

To say it was electrifying would be an understatement.

It was over in a few seconds, but the bolt caused thousands of dollars in damage to the town hall’s stage lighting system.

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