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Brandon knitters, weavers focus of 'Home Spun Tour'

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — History, foliage, the arts and inns, even the quality of the water. For decades, there have been great reasons to visit Brandon. Now, there’s fiber.

Alyssa Zollman, former chair of the Brandon Area Economic Development Committee and advertising manager of The Reporter (sister paper of the Addison Independent), has lit upon an idea that knits together many of Brandon’s artists and craftspeople in the name of fiber. Introducing “The Home Spun Tour.”

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Local author who's been around tells why he settled in Vermont

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — “Why Vermont?”

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Otter Valley thespians invited to perform at Fringe in Scotland

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School’s award-winning Walking Stick Theatre group has been chosen to perform in the world-renowned Fringe Festival in Scotland next summer.

The honor is free, but getting 20 student-actors to Edinburgh in August will cost $126,000, and the group officially launched its fundraising campaign last month. According to OV Theater Director Jeff Hull, the goal is to raise about half of the total cost.

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Brandon eyes a switch to floor vote on municipal budget

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Vermonters are often heard yearning for the past, a simpler time, they say. Now, in an effort to change the course of Brandon’s recent budget voting past, a small band of taxpayers has an intriguing idea: Bring the floor vote back to Brandon Town Meeting.

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Otter Valley community readies for raft race

Posted on September 25, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School will be hosting its 32nd annual raft race along Otter Creek, a longstanding tradition in the school community, on Oct. 5. This year, the school is opening up the race to community members and alumni in an effort to continue forging the strong bond that is held between our school and the surrounding communities. 

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Brandon Inn worker cited for embezzlement

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A former employee of the Brandon Inn has been charged with embezzling roughly $60,000 from the owners of the Park Street landmark in downtown Brandon.

According to Brandon police, Carmen M. Dozier, 38, of Rutland falsified her time cards, set up fake vendor accounts, and had bill payments funneled to her personal bank account over the course of the one year she was employed as the front desk clerk at the inn.

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Chamber of Commerce elects new members at annual meeting

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — At its annual meeting here last Wednesday, members of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce elected members of the board of directors for the 2014-2015 year.

New to the board this year, all serving a one-year term expiring at the 2015 annual meeting, are: Shanon Atkins, People’s United Bank; Martin Clark, Martin’s Hardware; Leonard Schmidt, Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center; and Tony Staynings, Northlands Job Corps.

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Brandon residents back town budget on fifth vote

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — For better or worse, Brandon has a budget.

In this, the last town in Vermont to pass a municipal spending plan, voters approved a budget on the fifth try Tuesday by a vote of 534-472.

But considering the austerity needed for voter approval, it is not exactly a time for celebration. Voters and officials alike are feeling bruised and beaten after five months of financial wrangling, finger pointing and frustration.

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Brandon artist shares her beautiful and useful art

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — As they say, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” For Frieda Post, that couldn’t be more accurate. Her life experiences and passion for learning new techniques in arts and crafts has led her to become an artist of engaging contemporary, as well as traditional paintings. Her work is on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center through Aug. 31.

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Brandon budget defeated for fourth time

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Prior to a fourth vote on its municipal budget, which took place Tuesday, Brandon had the dubious distinction of being the only town in Vermont without an approved 2014-2015 spending plan. After the votes were counted Tuesday evening that distinction was still intact.

Brandon voters rejected the most recent town budget proposal by a vote of 600-425.

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