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Opinion: Brandon woes won't soon go

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Wow, with all that Brandon has to worry about, such as almost $1 million in delinquent taxes, a budget going up for vote for try number five, some people are apparently obsessed with Richard Baker. Mr. Baker’s name was on the recently published list of delinquent taxpayers and is a former selectman and interim town manager.

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Opinion: Folks proved to truly be helpful

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Holly Ferguson



My engine overheated in Brandon Friday evening. I was putting antifreeze into the overflow when a stranger came up to me and helped me diagnose what was wrong, get air out of the system, and assured me it was OK to drive home to Middlebury. When I asked him what I could pay him, he said to Pay It Forward.

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Brandon artist shares her beautiful and useful art

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — As they say, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” For Frieda Post, that couldn’t be more accurate. Her life experiences and passion for learning new techniques in arts and crafts has led her to become an artist of engaging contemporary, as well as traditional paintings. Her work is on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center through Aug. 31.

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Opinion: For sake of future, Brandon voters must compromise

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Brian E. Fillioe



My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.

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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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Opinion: Brandon voters must offer ideas on budget impasse

Posted on July 14, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Does Brandon need eight police officers? No. Does Brandon need four highway guys? No. Brandon could do with less; however, just as there is a cost to employing that number of staff there is a cost to not having enough staff. Chief Brickell told the selectmen at a recent meeting the effects of less than eight police officers. And in reality there are seven officers and a school resource officer that Brandon uses during the down school time.

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, music and more

Posted on July 3, 2014 |
By Addison Indpendent



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ADDISON COUNTY — For local residents staying close to home and out-of-towners visiting for the first big holiday weekend of the summer, Addison County and Brandon will offer lots of Fourth of July fun and great family activities, ranging from live music and fireworks to living history events and town parades.

There is so much happening this year that one day cannot contain all the events. Activities run from Thursday through Saturday evening.

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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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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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