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Brandon budget defeated for fourth time

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.

Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.

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Brandon voters nix budget for third time

Posted on June 26, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The majority of Brandon voters voted “no” again on Tuesday, defeating the proposed municipal budget for the third time this year despite an impassioned plea from the selectboard chair. The tally was 376-671.

Three articles establishing $60,000 in three separate funds for specific purposes were also defeated.

On Wednesday morning, the board held an emergency meeting warned 24 hours before to figure out next steps, which will include cutting services and personnel as the end of the fiscal year looms on June 30.

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Calvin and Hobbes a part of Otter Valley sendoff

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — Nearly 100 young women and men passed another milestone during a warm Saturday morning in Brandon this past weekend. Otter Valley Union High School conferred diplomas on 97 members of the class of 2014 in a ceremony that was both touching and rousing.

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Opiate addiction film to be re-screened in Brandon

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Once was not enough. That’s what local organizers thought about the first showing of “The Hungry Heart,” a powerful 2013 documentary film highlighting the opiate addiction crisis in Vermont.

“Everyone was so overwhelmed,” said Brandon Town Clerk Sue Gage of the April 30 screening at Otter Valley Union High School. “I called a few people and said, ‘We need to keep this conversation going.’”

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Jeanne Collins offered job as RNeSU superintendent

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — All 18 members of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to offer the job of RNeSU superintendent to Jeanne Collins under a one-year contract. She implied in an email to theReporter that she would accept the offer.

The vote was taken following a 90-minute executive session in which the board heard the recommendation of the interview committee and deliberated the decision to offer Collins the job and, if so, for how long.

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U.S. teens join in Brandon for community art project

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — For seven weeks, teenagers will help give a facelift to the grounds around Brandon’s Compass Music and Arts Center, develop a children’s room, and design and execute a mural. As part of a mission trip, these teenagers come from all over the country to the Rutland area where they serve community sites like Compass in various ways.

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Brandon sets date for third vote its town budget

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has found a compromise on the next town budget offering, and set the next re-vote for June 24. This will be the third time this year Brandon voters have cast ballots on a municipal spending plan.

After a lengthy discussion at a regular meeting Tuesday night, members of the board unanimously approved sending the last failed spending amount of $3,218,670 back to the voters.

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Embattled Burlington superintendent the only choice left for RNeSU

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A choice of one is not a choice. That was the message to the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Executive Board from the community on Monday evening after a forum introducing the candidates for superintendent. In the end, the public urged the board to re-post the superintendent position, but for now, the board will continue the process it began.

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Brandon artists gear up for Open Studio Weekend

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — Brandon artists will fling open their doors and welcome visitors during Open Studio Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Brandon Artists Guild is the starting point for maps and directions for discovering the Brandon arts scene. Brandon is a classic Vermont town with great architecture, shops and restaurants.

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Brandon drinking water called the best in state

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The efforts of Brandon Fire District No. 1 have once again been recognized in creating the best drinking water in the state.

The district has received a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the municipal category for its Comprehensive Groundwater Source Protection Plan and for being the first municipality in the state to receive Class II reclassification of its drinking water sources.

Brandon Water Supervisor Ray Counter said he is pleased with the recognition.

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