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Parathlete inspires students

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Chris Waddell knows all about challenges. He thrives on them. In fact, when life didn’t hand him enough of a challenge, he created his own.

Waddell was paralyzed from the waist down after a skiing accident on the first day on Christmas break from Middlebury College in 1988. He had been a promising member of the Middlebury College Ski Team, but all of that changed when his ski popped off and he fell, broke two vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord. He was 20 years old.

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Newton Road residents look to state officials for flooding options

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — At least one family on Newton Road in Brandon is ready for a buy out.

Mike and Stacey Lee were among roughly 65 people at a Sept. 18 public meeting at the Brandon Town Hall to get information from a host of state officials about the continued flooding issue on Newton Road and what the options are for homeowners there.

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Mosquito spraying plan opposed in Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen bug district

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Efforts to renew a notice of intent to spray for mosquitoes in the local insect control district are being met with resistance.

The Brandon Leicester Salisbury Goshen Insect Control District recently issued a notice of intent, or NOI, to spray the insecticides Malathion and Permethrin in the member towns next season. The NOI is issued under the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Vermont Pesticide General Permit and, if approved, is good for five years.

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Middlebury man dies in farm accident

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A member of a well-known Vermont farming family was killed in a tragic accident in Brandon last week.

According to Brandon Police, James H. Foster Jr., 47, of Middlebury, was working at a farm on Hollow Road on Thursday, Sept. 21 with two co-workers from his business, Vermont Natural Ag Products.

The men had arrived at the farm just after 11 a.m. with a loader on a flatbed trailer, towed by a dump truck.

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70 years together

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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HAROLD AND BECKY Adams of Brandon celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this week. When asked what the secret was to a long and happy marriage, Harold said, “That’s the secret. If we told you, it wouldn’t have lasted.” Congratulations and best wishes to Harold and Becky!

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Brandon dog back, 'dognapping' doubted

Posted on September 7, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Sometimes a story is when there is no story.

When Melissa and Tim Gibbud’s Shih Tzu Sadie disappeared near their house on Churchill Road in Brandon last week, many people believed it was the latest in what was being called a rash of dognappings.

But the Gibbuds got their beloved pet back Monday night after they received a call form a woman in Brandon who said she thought she had their dog.

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Otter football coach steps aside before he starts

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — With the start of the football season less than three weeks away, the man hired to helm the Otter Valley football team has changed his mind.

OV announced in June that Mount St. Joseph Academy Assistant Principal and teacher Phil Hall would be the next head coach of the Otters following Coach Jim Hill’s decision not to return for another season.

Hall was excited about the position, telling The Brandon Reporter after his hiring was announced that it was his “dream job.”

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Glass-plate photos found in Brandon uncover Vt. history from 1850s to 1920s

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A quaint, old Vermont town is a great place to live for any historian, and Kevin Thornton knows that better than anyone. The Civil War and Vermont history expert has been mining the people, stories and archives of Brandon’s past for years. In fact, he made a documentary film, “Death in the Wilderness — A Love Story,” about a Brandon widow who trekked to a Civil War burial site to retrieve her husband’s body and return it to the Green Mountain State. The film is being screened at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Aug. 24-27.

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Lyme disease cases surge this time of year; local mom spreads awareness

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON/MONTPELIER — While May is officially Lyme Awareness Month, it might as well be renamed Lyme Awareness Summer 2017.

Or better yet, Tick Awareness — March to November.

That’s because with warmer, shorter winters and higher rainfall amounts, black-legged ticks are multiplying and moving north. Vermont has been experiencing a steady increase in the number of Lyme disease cases and in the last few years earned the dubious distinction of having the highest per capita incidence of Lyme disease in the U.S.

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Contract forced on some Otter Valley staff

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley United Union School Board and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Board unanimously voted to impose a contract on paraeducators and bus drivers at a joint meeting on June 13.

The move came a year after the

last contract agreement and 10 months of negotiations, fact finding and mediation. An impasse was declared in November.

Each side returned to the table on May 30 to try and settle on an agreement, but the board’s final offer was rejected by the paras and driver’s union members.

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