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Talented pianist breathes life into silent films

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Charmaine Lam



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BRANDON — The moviegoers sit up and lean in as the silver screen in the darkened Brandon Town Hall comes to life.

What is on screen isn’t a feature-length modern film with vivid colors, special effects and dialogue and a full musical score blaring from the speakers.

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Young man killed in Brandon car crash

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A young man from Brandon was killed in a single-car crash on Newton Road Friday night, and two passengers in the car were injured.

Police said no one in the 2000 red Honda Civic was wearing a seatbelt as the driver, 22-year-old Thomas Trudeau Savage, was traveling west on Newton Road just before midnight on Aug. 12.

Police said their investigation showed that the car left the roadway and hit an embankment, causing it to roll and crash into a chain link fence around a wastewater substation.

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Meet the Chef: Emily Miner and Thelma's Bread Dough

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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If it can be wrapped in dough and fried, Emily Miner has probably already done it.

“We try everything, and if it blows up in the fryer, we just take it out real quick,” she said during a short break at Field Days last week.

Miner, 34, is the owner of Thelma’s, a mobile food truck that was born in 1979 when her grandma Thelma Miner walked into the Addison County Fair and Field Days with her own cart and a recipe for fried bread dough with maple cream.

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Lightning strike at Brandon Town Hall interrupts concert

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Phil Henry Trio was halfway through a concert at the Brandon Town Hall Saturday night when the building was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm.

To say it was electrifying would be an understatement.

It was over in a few seconds, but the bolt caused thousands of dollars in damage to the town hall’s stage lighting system.

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Brandon area backs Minter, Scott

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — As the state went, so did some but not all local districts, with Brandon, Pittsford, Proctor and Leicester going for Sue Minter in Tuesday voting over Matt Dunne and Peter Galbraith in the Democratic Primary for governor.

In Goshen, Minter eked out a win by one vote over Dunne, 15-14.

West Rutland was against the trend, with Dunne winning 46-42. Whiting also went for Dunne and very decisively, 20-4. In Sudbury, Minter and Dunne finished in a tie, 24-24.

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Brandon wetland conservation plan worries some neighbors

Posted on August 4, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter



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BRANDON — One month after federal natural resource officials touted the preservation of 500 acres of wetland on Union Street, abutting neighbors of the property are voicing concerns over future flooding and mosquito issues.

The largest conservation easement in Vermont, the preservation of the tract at the former Dean farm along the Otter Creek was celebrated by a host of state and federal wildlife and agriculture officials at a ceremony at the farm on June 23. The farm is now owned by Lyn and Jim Des Marais.

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Olivia's Croutons eyes move to Brandon from New Haven and Middlebury

Posted on July 25, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Olivia’s Croutons is hoping to make Brandon its new home.

The New Haven-based crouton company owned by Francie and Dave Caccavo is in the process of buying the Tucel building on Route 73 near the Neshobe School in Brandon.

The couple appeared before the Brandon Development Review Board last Wednesday night regarding a conditional use application to change the use of the existing facility that manufactures brushes to a food manufacturing plant and warehouse space.

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Bluegrass and camping come together

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The gentle sounds of recorded guitar and banjo music drifted over the field of pop-up campers and RVs at the top of Basin Road in Brandon this past Thursday afternoon. The annual Basin Bluegrass Festival was kicking off that night, and a steady influx of campers had been arriving at the gate all morning for the four-day event.

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Brandon police responding to increased mental health incidents

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — There was a recurring item in the Brandon Police Log this spring. 

“Mental Health Issue, Triangle Court. Subject transported by Brandon Area Rescue to Rutland Regional Medical Center.”

Brandon police and BARS were often called to the same residence on Triangle Court off McConnell Road two or three times a week.

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Judge fines Brandon farmers, orders them to fix manure pit

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — A Rutland Superior Court judge has ordered Brandon dairy farmers William and Robin Hanfield to fix an overflowing manure pit and pay a $24,750 fine for violating Vermont’s water pollution laws and agricultural practice regulations.

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