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Deal will preserve huge swath of Otter Creek wetlands

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



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BRANDON — “I have a simple thesis. If you restore it, they will come.”

With that thought, Rutland County Audubon Society Co-President Roy Pilcher summed up Friday’s preservation of 500 acres of wetland at the former Dean Farm on Union Street in Brandon.

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Ag. secretary: New water rules are 'necessary'

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



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As farmers weighed in on the third and final draft of proposed new agricultural practices regulations designed to clean up Vermont’s steams, rivers and lakes, Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross made it clear that stricter regulation is not an option — it is essential. 

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Brandon summer concert series on tap

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Bette Moffett would be proud.

A community effort has been under way to help stabilize the Brandon Town Band and offer a consistent venue for weekly musical offerings in Brandon this summer.

Enter the Brandon Summer Concert Series, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through July and August in Central Park.

Bette Moffett died in 2013, having had a hand in creating the Brandon Town Band, among so many other local institutions. She formed the town band with Sally Hutchison in 2007.

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Clippings: Sadly, Orlando offered perspective

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



One year ago, I wrote a column that appeared in this space and in the newspaper of which I am the editor, The Reporter in Brandon. It was June 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, legally recognized the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry.

In writing that column, I came out to readership of The Reporter. It wasn’t a secret, but it was personal information that I had to share in order to explain my excitement over the court’s historic decision.

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OV's Pattie Candon: Mentor, teacher, coach retiring

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Band-Aids, bug spray, pencils, softball videos, Gatorade, nail polish remover — the shelves and walls of an office lend a telling glimpse of the person who occupies it. And, after 38 years, Otter Valley physical education teacher Pattie Candon’s office is no exception.

The June 11 OVUHS graduation marked the end of Candon’s career at the Brandon school, but it was more than that. The longtime softball coach, gym teacher and graduation coordinator is retiring, yes, but she is also leaving the school she graduated from in 1972.

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Top of mind

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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THE MESSAGE ON the cap of one Otter Valley Union High School senior expresses a widely held sentiment among graduates last weekend.

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OV grads

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER VALLEY UNION High School alums Nicole Rossi, left, Francis Hunt, Amy Jones and Colton Leno are all smiles moments after graduating from the Brandon school this past Saturday.

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OV grads asked to pause and reflect

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Close to 100 young women and men and their families and friends could not have been faulted for being in a bit of a hurry this past Saturday morning to get out of the Otter Valley Union High School gym.

The 95 who were receiving their diplomas that day, 24 of whom were National Honor Society members, surely wanted to move on to the next stage of their lives.

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Mosquito district buys new rig to aid swamp spraying

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON/LEICESTER/SALISBURY/GOSHEN/PITTSFORD — It’s been a year since the area’s mosquito control district raised the idea of buying an amphibious vehicle to apply larvicide in swamp areas. Now, that notion is a reality, thanks to some help from interested parties.

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Brandon mosquito district expanding to include Pittsford

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



PITTSFORD — After years of discussion, the town of Pittsford is dipping its proverbial foot into the local mosquito control pool.

The Pittsford selectboard unanimously approved joining the Brandon Leicester Sudbury Goshen Mosquito Control District as a member town.

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