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Brandon police responding to increased mental health incidents

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — There was a recurring item in the Brandon Police Log this spring. 

“Mental Health Issue, Triangle Court. Subject transported by Brandon Area Rescue to Rutland Regional Medical Center.”

Brandon police and BARS were often called to the same residence on Triangle Court off McConnell Road two or three times a week.

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Climber, 9, heads to U.S. tourney

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



PITTSFORD — The email was simple enough — “Patrick Daly of Pittsford will be competing in the USA Sport Climbing National Competition in Atlanta, Ga., on July 14-18.”

And then there was the photo.

Patrick Daly is nine years old. And he’s been climbing for six years.

“His older brother Michael climbed competitively for six years,” explained Patrick’s mother, Margaret, in a phone interview Saturday. “I just took Patrick along to the climbing center and he started climbing, too.”

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Brandon gets $1.3 million grant to replace downtown culvert

Posted on July 13, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.

In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.

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Brandon gets $1.3 million grant to replace downtown culvert ruined during Tropical Storm Irene

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.

In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.

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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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