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Lee J. Kahrs http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/131/all en Brandon town manager resigns http://addisonindependent.com/201503brandon-town-manager-resigns <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29368" style="width: 67px;"><a href="/201503brandon-town-manager-resigns"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Brandon mgr Bennett resigns headshot.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Brandon mgr Bennett resigns headshot.jpg" title="Brandon mgr Bennett resigns headshot.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="67" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ROBIN BENNETT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Brandon Town Manager Robin Bennett has resigned after reaching a $12,578 settlement in principle with the town that officially closes the book on her 18-month tenure.</p> <p> The deal was announced following a brief executive session of the Brandon selectboard on Monday morning at the Brandon Town Hall. The move comes<a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503brandon-town-manager-put-leave"> two weeks after the board placed Bennett on administrative leave</a> following a performance evaluation over several weeks.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29369">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503brandon-town-manager-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Bennett brandon selectboard Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:32:08 +0000 Zach Despart 29369 at http://addisonindependent.com Educators say small school subsidies have a place in Vermont http://addisonindependent.com/201503educators-say-small-school-subsidies-have-place-vermont <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29348" style="width: 126px;"><a href="/201503educators-say-small-school-subsidies-have-place-vermont"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Collins head shot.thumbnail.jpeg" alt="Collins head shot.jpeg" title="Collins head shot.jpeg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="126" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RNESU SUPERINTENDENT JEANNE COLLINS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON AND RUTLAND COUNTIES &mdash; As the Vermont Senate Education Committee continues its work on an education funding reform bill this week, small schools are once again under scrutiny as lawmakers consider the proposition that school and district consolidation equals cost savings.</p> <p> Now, a new report names specific small schools in Addison and Rutland counties as examples of what&rsquo;s wrong with Vermont&rsquo;s school districting system.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29349">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503educators-say-small-school-subsidies-have-place-vermont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County brandon Collins Featured grant legislature Otter Valley RNeSU Shumlin small schools Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:39:15 +0000 Zach Despart 29349 at http://addisonindependent.com Brandon town manager is put on leave http://addisonindependent.com/201503brandon-town-manager-put-leave <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.</p> <p> &ldquo;It means that she&rsquo;s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,&rdquo; Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.&rdquo;</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29218">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503brandon-town-manager-put-leave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon administrator Featured selectboard Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:46:22 +0000 Zach Despart 29218 at http://addisonindependent.com Brandon advances 'no-frills' budget http://addisonindependent.com/201502brandon-advances-no-frills-budget <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; In the past 23 months Brandon residents have voted on municipal budgets nine times &mdash; four times in 2013 and five in 2014. In both of the last two budget cycles, townspeople have engaged in intense debate, emotional wrangling and numerous re-votes that led to budget approval in the summer months after the start of the fiscal year.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28323">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502brandon-advances-no-frills-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon budget Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:35:16 +0000 Zach Despart 28323 at http://addisonindependent.com New leaders named in Brandon http://addisonindependent.com/201502new-leaders-named-brandon <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28324" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201502new-leaders-named-brandon"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Brandon selectbd new guy Seth Hopkins swearing in.thumbnail.JPG" alt="Brandon selectbd new guy Seth Hopkins swearing in.JPG" title="Brandon selectbd new guy Seth Hopkins swearing in.JPG" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BRANDON ASSISTANT TOWN clerk Luanne Merkert congratulates Seth Hopkins last week after swearing him in as the newest member of the board. Selectmen Dave Atherton, left, and Doug Bailey look on. Photo by Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; After a sudden reorganization less than two months before Town Meeting Day, the Brandon selectboard has a new chairman, a new member, and at least one race for a seat come the first Tuesday in March.</p> <p> Monday, Jan. 26, was a busy day for selectboard business, as 5 p.m. was the deadline for petitions to run for town office, followed by a regular selectboard meeting that evening.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28325">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502new-leaders-named-brandon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon selectboard Mon, 02 Feb 2015 14:38:25 +0000 Zach Despart 28325 at http://addisonindependent.com Slight spending hike results in bigger tax boost at OVUHS http://addisonindependent.com/201501slight-spending-hike-results-bigger-tax-boost-ovuhs <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Statewide education funding reform can&rsquo;t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.</p> <p> The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28129">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501slight-spending-hike-results-bigger-tax-boost-ovuhs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon budget Otter Valley OVUHS taxes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:08:31 +0000 Zach Despart 28129 at http://addisonindependent.com Brandon selectboard chair steps down http://addisonindependent.com/201501brandon-selectboard-chair-steps-down <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; The chair of the Brandon selectboard abruptly resigned this on Jan. 12, and her board postponed approval of a preliminary budget to send to voters.</p> <p> Maria Ammatuna, in a letter read publicly by Brandon selectboard Vice Chair Dave Atherton, cited critical health concerns as the reason for her sudden resignation.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28120">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501brandon-selectboard-chair-steps-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Ammatuna resignation selectboard Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:55:43 +0000 Zach Despart 28120 at http://addisonindependent.com Neshobe school board seeking input from community http://addisonindependent.com/201501neshobe-school-board-seeking-input-community <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; In what is sure to be an in-depth conversation about priorities, the Neshobe Elementary School Board has planned a community forum to discuss some key budget issues as Town Meeting Day draws near.</p> <p> Residents are invited to a forum at the Brandon school&rsquo;s library on Tuesday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the regular board meeting at 6 p.m., when board members will vote on a 2015-2016 spending plan that will go before voters on Town Meeting Day.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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Brandon residents who tap into the water system would be responsible for paying back $1.7 million of the bond.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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Dozier may take a federal turn.</p> <p> As of Nov. 17, the case is technically closed in Rutland County Superior Court, criminal division, but authorities said federal charges may be pending for Dozier, 39, of Rutland. If a charge is &ldquo;dismissed without prejudice&rdquo; that means the same charge can be re-filed by the state at a later date.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. 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The Brandon family recently discovered that their ancestors sailed on the Mayflower. Photo by Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Four-year-old Renata Hopkins came running up to her guest with a giggle, and a joke</p> <p> &ldquo;If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?&rdquo; she asked, barely able to contain herself.</p> <p> &ldquo;Pilgrims!&rdquo; she exclaimed with a laugh, and ran into the hallway to find the family&rsquo;s 20-pound orange Tabby cat, Such-Much.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27233">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412family-discovers-mayflower-roots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Featured lineage Mayflower Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:43:11 +0000 Zach Despart 27233 at http://addisonindependent.com Brandon community rallies to battle drug addiction http://addisonindependent.com/201411brandon-community-rallies-battle-drug-addiction <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26888" style="width: 73px;"><a href="/201411brandon-community-rallies-battle-drug-addiction"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Addict.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Addict.jpg" title="Addict.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="73" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FORMER ADDICT PAT Higgins addresses a packed house for the Brandon Cares meeting at the Brandon Town Hall last week. Higgins shared his story of heroin and painkiller addiction and recovery; and he also answered questions about the drug problem in Brandon. Photo by Lee Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">BRANDON &mdash; Brandon showed it cared this past Thursday night when roughly 60 people participated in a meeting at the Town Hall to talk about the local heroin and opiate addiction problem.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26889">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411brandon-community-rallies-battle-drug-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon drug addiction Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:36:22 +0000 Zach Despart 26889 at http://addisonindependent.com Bailey to take place of Cliver on Brandon selectboard http://addisonindependent.com/201411bailey-take-place-cliver-brandon-selectboard <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">BRANDON &mdash; A former banking professional has been has been appointed to the Brandon selectboard.</span></p> <p> The board approved the appointment of Doug Bailey at a regular meeting Monday night, filling the seat vacated by Blaine Cliver, who retired from the board last month.</p> <p> Bailey was one of four applicants for the position. The others were Dennis Reisenweaver, Jeff Stewart and Seth Hopkins.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26887">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411bailey-take-place-cliver-brandon-selectboard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon selectboard Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:25:56 +0000 Zach Despart 26887 at http://addisonindependent.com Brandon nixes voting switch http://addisonindependent.com/201411brandon-nixes-voting-switch <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">BRANDON &mdash; Voters here resoundingly defeated a proposal to switch from Australian ballot to a town meeting floor vote on town and school budgets.</span></p> <p> The question was asked separately in a school warning and a town warning because the budgets are warned and voted on separately. The school vote results were 1,000-333 against going to a floor vote. Town results were 1,011-326.</p> <p> Brandon saw voter turnout higher than normal at 47 percent, according to Town Clerk Sue Gage.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26736">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411brandon-nixes-voting-switch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon brandon floor vote town meeting day voting Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:42:39 +0000 Zach Despart 26736 at http://addisonindependent.com Local man gives a face to heroin addiction in Vermont http://addisonindependent.com/201410local-man-gives-face-heroin-addiction-vermont <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26587" style="width: 83px;"><a href="/201410local-man-gives-face-heroin-addiction-vermont"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/KylePinkham.thumbnail.jpg" alt="KylePinkham.jpg" title="KylePinkham.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="83" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> TWENTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD Brandon native Kyle Pinkham has been battling a heroin addiction for years. He says he needs to leave his hometown to get straight. Photo by Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">BRANDON &mdash; Kyle Pinkham could be your son, your nephew, your grandson, or your brother. A 2006 Otter Valley graduate, he was a good-looking, popular student-athlete who kicked the winning field goal to help the OV football team clinch the 2005 Division IV State Championship.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26560">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410local-man-gives-face-heroin-addiction-vermont" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon Featured heroin Pinkham Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:53:29 +0000 Zach Despart 26560 at http://addisonindependent.com