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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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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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Couple to give new life to defunct old ski area in Brandon

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON/HUBBARDTON — The former High Pond Mountain Ski Area that straddles the Brandon-Hubbardton town line is getting a facelift, thanks to a high-end restoration by new owners Peter and Karen Dartley.

Work began in earnest almost immediately after the couple bought the 330-acre parcel for $1.3 million in 2016.

The McKernon Group of Brandon, led by Kevin Birchmore, was hired to do the construction, and Selin and Selin Architecture in Shelburne did all of the design work.

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Brandon cited as top spot spot in Vermont for solitude and inspiration

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A well-known travel planning website has named Brandon the “Best Place to Escape to in Vermont.”

The link takes readers to a page arranged alphabetically by state. The Brandon blurb appears under “Vermont” and a photo of Neshobe Falls on Center Street, and gives a shout out to a popular local greenhouse.

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Immigration advocates protest new policing policy

Posted on December 18, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



PITTSFORD — Immigration advocates are protesting the Vermont Criminal Justice Council’s updated language in a state law designed to encourage fair policing.

But the chairman of the VCJC says those same advocates were involved in the updating process and are smearing the council. The VCJC has said the language in the Fair and Impartial Policing Policy must be changed in order to comply with tighter federal immigration rules or risk losing grant funding.

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OVUU board advises against merger of Neshobe, Lothrop schools

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union School Board’s Finance Committee has recommended that the district abandon the idea of merging the Neshobe and Lothrop elementary schools.

Rutland Northeast Superintendent Jeanne Collins said in an interview Monday that the committee made its recommendation at a regular meeting on Dec. 6.

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RNESU reaches contract agreement: Negotiations with paras, drivers conclude over a year after impasse

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Both sides approved the terms of a long-awaited contract for Rutland Northeast paraeducators and bus drivers last week.

The Rutland Northeast Paraprofessional and Bus Driver’s Association membership voted to approve the terms at a meeting on Dec. 4, and the Rutland Northeast and Otter Valley Unified Union School Boards approved the contract on Dec. 5.

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Lothrop-Neshobe merger panned: OVUSD explores options to address $1.6 million shortfall

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
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BRANDON — If a vote on whether to merge Lothrop and Neshobe elementary schools were conducted at the gym where a recent public forum was held, the result would likely be a resounding “No.”

The idea, which would send kindergarten through third-grade students to one school and fourth- through sixth-graders to the other, is one of two “Big Ideas” that were discussed at two public meetings in the Otter Valley Unified School District in the last week.

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Otter Valley to accept students from China

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — After years of working on cultural exchange with China, Otter Valley Union High School Principal Jim Avery ushered in an era of official partnership with the Vermont International Academy this past Tuesday.

Avery announced a formal agreement with VIA in Shanghai under which OV will accept students on a yearly basis from that Chinese city.

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Otter Valley students create Moosalamoo Museum

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
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BRANDON — Students in the Moosalamoo Center program at Otter Valley Union High School have taken presentational learning to whole new level.

Students this month unveiled their Moosalamoo Museum, which closed Nov. 21.

The Moosalamoo Outdoor Education Program began at OV in 2005 and offers 10th-12th-grade students interested in the outdoors a chance to learn about ecology by doing. It’s called experiential learning, and it links traditional academics with real-life applications in the outdoors.

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