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Clippings: Haunting memories of 9-11 beckon

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



Anyone who can’t claim native Vermonter status came here from for a reason. I came here in October 2002 after living through the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City.

I wasn’t in the towers, and I wasn’t downtown, but I was in Manhattan that bluebird morning, stranded for hours trying to get back to my apartment in Brooklyn. After finding a working phone and letting my parents know I was OK, I walked south from midtown. All subway service had stopped. The closest I got to the Twin Towers was 41st Street.

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Cutting back

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER JUNIOR BRENT Nickerson scored three touchdowns in Saturday’s game against BFA-Fairfax. Otter Valley won the game, 54-0.

Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter

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A handful

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTERS JEREMY FRASIER, left, and Collin Parker pull down a BFA-Fairfax rusher during Saturday’s game in Brandon.

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Taking aim

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER VALLEY QUARTERBACK Carson Leary threw for one touchdown and ran for two others in the Otters’ 54-0 win over BFA-Fairfax Saturday.

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Wesleyan group offers prayers on town green

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — In today’s more secular society, driving through a picturesque small Vermont town and seeing a large, red banner that says simply “Prayer” in the local park might give one pause. They might think some out-of-towners were exercising their freedom of religion, but choose to steer clear. But they would be wrong.

“We’re there to reach out to the community for prayer with people,” said Richard Brosse, a member of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church in Brandon. “No pressure, just friendly ministry.”

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Cat lady saves feral felines for 10 years

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Mei Mei Brown is a sucker for cats. A lifelong lover of felines, she is also the driving force behind the Brandon Feral Cat Assistance Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Thanks to Brown’s diligence and love for the animal, what was once a big problem in Brandon is now under control. Over the last decade, 166 feral, or wild, cats have been trapped, spayed or neutered, and released or adopted.

“Yes, I am the crazy cat lady,” Brown joked in an interview last week.

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Brandon voters back local option tax

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — On June 30, Brandon voters approved the establishment of a 1 percent local option tax on sales, meals and rooms, and alcohol, subject to the approval of the town charter, which was also approved.

The option tax measure passed by a vote of 328-132, with two ballots blank or spoiled. The charter was approved by a tally of 358-91.

Before a local option tax can be instituted in Vermont, the Legislature has to accept a change to that town’s charter. In the case of Brandon, this is actually its first charter.

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RNeSU boards impose contracts

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In a rare move and after a marathon executive session that saw midnight come and go, the boards of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the Brandon School District voted in the early hours of June 18 to impose a contract with paraprofessionals and bus drivers after negotiations failed.

The boards and the National Education Association-Vermont Paraprofessional and Bus Unit have been negotiating the contract for 18 months. The sticking point has been salary increase percentages and health care contributions.

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Brandon-area schools eye unification options

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is beginning the first phase of compliance with a state school merger mandate, with the Brandon-area school boards voting last week to use state funds and form a study group to consider its options.

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Otter grads

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER VALLEY UNION High School seniors await the start of their commencement ceremony in Brandon Saturday. For full coverage of graduations at all the county high schools see next Thursday’s edition of the Addison Independent.

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