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New leaders named in Brandon

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — 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.

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.

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Slight spending hike results in bigger tax boost at OVUHS

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Statewide education funding reform can’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.

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.

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Brandon selectboard chair steps down

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — 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.

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.

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Neshobe school board seeking input from community

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — 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.

Residents are invited to a forum at the Brandon school’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.

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Brandon needs $2.5 million for water system repairs

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The entity responsible for the best drinking water in Vermont will ask voters to approve a $2.5 million bond in March to pay for system-wide improvements. Brandon residents who tap into the water system would be responsible for paying back $1.7 million of the bond.

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Embezzlement case dismissed, but Dozier still in jeopardy

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
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BRANDON — A Rutland County judge has dismissed the embezzlement charge against a former employee of the Brandon Inn without prejudice, but the case against Carmen M. Dozier may take a federal turn.

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 “dismissed without prejudice” that means the same charge can be re-filed by the state at a later date.

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Family discovers Mayflower roots

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Four-year-old Renata Hopkins came running up to her guest with a giggle, and a joke

“If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” she asked, barely able to contain herself.

“Pilgrims!” she exclaimed with a laugh, and ran into the hallway to find the family’s 20-pound orange Tabby cat, Such-Much.

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Brandon community rallies to battle drug addiction

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — 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.

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Bailey to take place of Cliver on Brandon selectboard

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A former banking professional has been has been appointed to the Brandon selectboard.

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.

Bailey was one of four applicants for the position. The others were Dennis Reisenweaver, Jeff Stewart and Seth Hopkins.

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Brandon nixes voting switch

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters here resoundingly defeated a proposal to switch from Australian ballot to a town meeting floor vote on town and school budgets.

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.

Brandon saw voter turnout higher than normal at 47 percent, according to Town Clerk Sue Gage.

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