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Opera singer Josh Collier is making Vermont a diva destination

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Josh Collier is a force of operatic nature. The opera tenor has been a Brandon resident for just over a year, but in that short time has not only embraced the town, but embarked on a mission to bring opera to Brandon. Now, Collier, 30, is looking to expand on that goal. “If you think you know what opera is, and you don’t like it, give me a chance,” Collier said during a recent wide-ranging interview.

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Farm garden: Sights and smells of springtime

Posted on May 24, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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It was already the third week of April when “Old Man Winter” decided to pay us one more snowy visit. But I was in a springtime paradise, inside a vast tunnel greenhouse surrounded by hundreds of vigorous five-foot high tomato plants.

I was at Woods Market Garden (just a couple of miles south of Brandon and not far from where I live in Goshen) and the owner, Jon Satz, was graciously giving me a guided tour.

Home-grown tomatoes in early June

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Neighborhood push-back prompts solar project move in Brandon

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Public backlash from residents over a proposed 25-acre solar array just outside downtown Brandon has led the developer to seek an alternative site — possibly in town, perhaps elsewhere.

In a letter to the Vermont Public Utility Commission dated March 30 and shared with the Brandon selectboard last week, Conti Solar of Edison, N.J., requested that it be allowed to switch sites due to “significant opposition to the project from neighboring property owners and residents due to aesthetic concerns.”

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Energy committee to plan solar in Brandon

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A controversial solar project in Brandon and a state mandate has prompted the Brandon Planning Commission to form an Energy Committee.

Brandon Planning Commission Chair Stephanie Jerome and Planning Commission member Michael Shank appeared before the Brandon Selectboard on May 14 to request approval for the formation of the Energy Committee.

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Otter Valley Union Middle and High School honor roll

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The following Otter Valley Union Middle and High School students have been named to the honor roll for the fifth marking period of the 2017-2018 school year.

7th grade

Principal’s List: Abigail Adamsen, Brooke Bertrand, Bryn Blanchard, Ella Brytowski, Keith Carrara, Kylee Forrest, Sydney Gallo, Pajua Gamba, Andrew Kenyon, Ryleigh LaPorte, Anna Lee, Olivia Miner, Genevieve Mott, Ella Moyer, Eliza Norford, Emily Peduto, Elena Politano and Morgan White.

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Otter Valley tosses two no-hitters as area baseball prevails

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — In high school baseball action in the latter part of last week Otter Valley pitchers tossed two no-hitters, Vergennes won twice, Mount Abraham took three out of four, and Middlebury split two games, but retained a share of first place in the Lake Division.

OTTERS

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In softball: Mt. Abe, MUHS, OV net wins

Posted on May 21, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action late last week, Mount Abraham won three out of four, Otter Valley split two games, Middlebury won once in three tries, and Vergennes lost twice. Teams are entering the final week of the regular season.

EAGLES

The Eagles’ efforts left them at 12-2 and in first place in Division II ahead of Fair Haven, also 12-2.

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Brandon's quilt trail brightens the landscape

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



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BRANDON — You know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, the Brandon Artists Guild has launched a project that will brighten the landscape in response to a multi-year road construction project that has ripped up their downtown green and is reconfiguring the traffic pattern through the heart of the downtown.

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Brandon church to host plant sale

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church, at 1 Carver Street in Brandon, will officially welcome spring with their annual plant sale, hot dog and bean luncheon and bake sale on Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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OV softball erupts past Hurricanes

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



HARTFORD — The Otter Valley Union High School softball team on Monday defeated host Hartford, 13-7, by erupting for six runs in the sixth inning to snap a 6-6 tie.

Stephanie Palmer keyed the big inning with an RBI double, while Gabby Poalino drilled a two-run homer in the first inning and scored three runs for OV.

Also contributing to the OV attack were Mia Politano, whose two hits included an inside-the-park homer, and Bella Falco and Shayla Phillips, with two hits apiece.

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