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Brandon community promoter Bette Moffett dead at 89

Posted on September 23, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — A light has gone out in Brandon.

Community lover, friend and local treasure Bette Moffett died at home on Sept. 11 at the age of 89.

Bette inhabited the idea of community spirit. Her love of Brandon and its residents was boundless, as evidenced by her tireless efforts to support, enhance and promote the place she called home since 1968.

A Service of Celebration to honor her life with music and memories was scheduled held at the Brandon Inn on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

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Rutland deals Otter Valley field hockey its first loss of season

Posted on September 23, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — It was a skillful, fast-paced contest between two of the best high school field hockey teams in the Marble Valley League, but in the end Division I Rutland handed D-II Otter Valley its first loss of the season last week, 3-2.

The OV-Rutland rivalry that has developed in recent years makes for great field hockey, and Thursday’s game was no exception.

Rutland’s Catherine DiPalma had a big day, scoring all three Raider goals, two late in the second half as RHS rallied for the win.

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EEE virus found in Sudbury mosquitoes; state sprays twice

Posted on August 29, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



SUDBURY — Health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis in a test pool of mosquitoes in Sudbury.

It’s the first time the virus has been detected in mosquitoes outside of a hardwood swamp area in Whiting where there have been positive tests over the past two summers.

The mosquitoes were collected by the Agency of Agriculture on Aug. 19, and confirmed by the Health Department Laboratory on Aug. 23.

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EEE virus found in Whiting mosquito

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



WHITING — Eastern equine encephalitis, the new normal, is back.

For the second consecutive summer, the EEE virus has been detected in area mosquitoes, and health officials are urging vigilance against mosquito bites.

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Fourth time's the charm for Brandon budget

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon has a budget. Voters went back to the polls for a fourth time on Tuesday and the ayes had it, 516-399.

The latest version of the municipal budget asked voters to approve a $3,147,634 spending plan, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That amount represents a $84,084, or 3.7 percent, increase in spending over the current budget. Now that it’s approved, the tax rate will increase to 71.27 cents per $100 of property value, an increase of 2.49 cents over the current rate of 68.78 cents.

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Brandon rejects town budget for a second time

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The town of Brandon will begin fiscal year 2014 without a budget.

The proposed $3,201,842 municipal budget (with $2,385,642 to be raised by taxes) was voted down on Tuesday by fewer than 50 votes, 371-326, sending the selectboard back to the budget workshop table again.

The 697 total votes amount to a roughly 25 percent voter turnout.

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Lyme disease takes its toll on local people

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles reprinted from The Brandon Reporter that examine the complex personal, medical and political landscape of chronic Lyme and other tick-borne diseases that have brought so many lives to a standstill waiting for consensus.

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Otter nine blanks Rangers; Lyndon up next

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — A school could get used to this: Otter Valley Union High School pitcher Brett Patterson threw a one-hitter in the No. 2 Otters’ 6-0 win over visiting No. 7 Lake Region in a Division II quarterfinals on Thursday.

A model of efficiency, Patterson threw just 67 pitches, struck out nine and walked none in just an hour and 20 minutes to send Lake Region packing. And the senior hurler and co-ace Justin Owen have been consistently on their pitching all season, helping the Otters to a 17-1 record.

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Thirty Brandon area residents become American citizens

Posted on May 13, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Two Canadians who moved to Vermont in September 2001 became U.S. citizens last week at the Neshobe School in Brandon.

Bryan Holland, 38, from Newfoundland, began his volunteer rescue career in Essex on Sept. 11, 2001. Arabella Finlayson, 41, moved to Burlington from Halifax, Nova Scotia, a few weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

“It definitely made some of my relatives nervous,” she said. “ But I really wanted to be here.”

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State seeks blood samples to test for EEE in area

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON/SUDBURY — The Vermont Health Department will host its second of three Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE) research study clinics on Tuesday, May 14, noon to 7 p.m. at the Sudbury Town Hall.

At the first clinic, held at the Brandon Senior Center on April 23, more than 220 volunteers donated blood samples that will be tested for antibodies to EEE.

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