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Brandon schedules fourth vote on town budget

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has made more spending cuts and approved yet another town budget and yet another vote date — its fourth in four months.

Following a marathon public meeting that lasted more than three and half hours this past Monday night, the board OK’d a $3,147,634 spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That spending number represents an increase of 3.7 percent, or $84,084, from the budget for the year just ended.

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Mosquito spraying and fish kill are likely unrelated, state says

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



LEICESTER — A fish die-off in Fern Lake earlier this month has gotten some publicity thanks to one resident’s theory that mosquito pesticide is to blame, but there is no proof of that, yet.

State and local agriculture, fish and wildlife, and mosquito control officials believe the June 4 die-off of several different species of fish in Fern Lake was caused by unusually warm spring weather.

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Brandon woman killed in crash is remembered as a giver

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A pillar of the Brandon and Forest Dale communities was tragically killed last week, but hundreds of people who knew and loved Maxine Thurston put aside their grief to celebrate her life on Sunday.

Thurston, 81, co-owner of New England Woodcraft in Forest Dale, was killed on Thursday, June 13, in a head-on collision while driving on Route 7 near Otter Valley Union High School.

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Final countdown

Posted on June 17, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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A GROUP OF Otter Valley Union High School seniors while away the final minutes before their commencement ceremony on June 8.

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Otter Valley graduates cheer their accomplishments

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kirstyn Simonds was clear when asked how she felt about graduating from Otter Valley Union High School before the commencement ceremony this past Saturday morning.

“I don’t want to grow up,” she said with a nervous laugh.

Nevertheless, Simonds will attend Castleton State College in the fall with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, a vocation sure to keep her young.

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Deadeye

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER PITCHER BRETT Patterson threw a one-hitter against visiting Lake Region last Thursday. The Otters won the game, 6-0, and advanced to the Division II semifinals Tuesday afternoon.

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Ammatuna picked for Brandon selectboard

Posted on May 16, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — As a Brandon lister and member of the Otter Valley Union High School Board, Maria Ammatuna already had her hands full. Now, she can add selectboard member to her resume.

The Brandon selectboard chose Ammatuna to fill the vacant board seat left when Richard Baker agreed to become interim town manager late last month. The appointment to the three-year seat expires on Town Meeting Day in March 2014.

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Brandon to revote municipal budget

Posted on March 28, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — There will be a re-vote on Brandon’s municipal budget next month.

Organizers turned in petitions containing more than the required 564 signatures to Brandon Town Clerk Bill Dick on Monday, which amounts to at least 20 percent of the electorate as required by state statute.

On Monday night, the selectboard approved a motion to warn a re-vote election for Tuesday, April 30, pending availability of the Neshobe School polling place.

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Brandon town manager resigns

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Keith Arlund’s resignation, effective this weekend, is a surprising and sudden move that has left the selectboard in shock.

Arlund submitted a letter of resignation during the board’s executive session during a March 11 meeting.

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OV's Enright wins Vt. Brain Bee, places 15th at nationals

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BURLINGTON — Nora Enright gives new meaning to being a “brain.”

The Otter Valley Union High School sophomore won the fourth annual Brain Bee at the University of Vermont College of Medicine on Feb. 9. The 15-year-old was one of 30 students from eight Vermont high schools competing in the written, practical and oral examination testing their knowledge of the human brain.

By beating out her mostly older competition, Enright, of Pittsford, won a travel stipend to go to Baltimore and represent Vermont in the National Brain Bee on March 2-4.

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