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Town Meeting Preview: School budgets, town trucks and one big bond

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Maple sugaring season is here so Vermont’s town meetings can’t be far behind. Do your civic duty and share your views with others in your municipality at the upcoming town meetings. These local meetings get under way this Saturday in Starksboro, Ferrisburgh, Monkton and Salisbury and continue in our various towns until Tuesday evening when Whiting residents call a close to their annual meeting.

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2018 Brandon town meeting preview

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — There are no challengers for town board seats Brandon, but voters will have plenty of money issues to decide next week.

When Brandon residents gather at 7 p.m. on Monday at Brandon Town Hall for town meeting, there will mostly be presentations for money items decided by Australian ballot on Tuesday. Residents will vote on whether to exempt the Stephen A. Douglas Birthplace from education and municipal taxes.

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OV district teachers agree to new contract

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The first district-wide teacher contract that covers the eight schools in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has been ratified.

On Feb. 13, Rutland Northeast Education Association members overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement for the 171 teachers employed by the Otter Valley Unified Union School District, the Barstow Unified Union School District, and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

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Brandon police take steps at OV after Fair Haven threat

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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FAIR HAVEN/BRANDON — A link to the school shooting threat that originated in Fair Haven last week prompted Brandon police to take action at Otter Valley Union High School. In the end, though, authorities said no one in Brandon was in immediate danger from the threat.

With an eerie echo of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting on Feb. 14, Vermont State Police on Feb. 15 arrested 18-year-old Jack Sawyer of Poultney for allegedly making threats and plans to commit a mass shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.

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Christine Malcom to take the stage in Brandon

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — The Christine Malcolm Band plays a Vermont blend of rich original country, folk and blues with a high note of rock. Catch them at Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Malcolm is a Northern Vermont songwriter transplanted from Southern Vermont. Her writing is influenced by artists like Lori McKenna, Chris Stapleton and Joni Mitchell. Her 2015 album, “Crickets, Coyotes and the Big Yellow Moon,” won the Times Argus Tammy Award for Best Country Recording of the Year. 

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Brandon Town Hall upstaged – again!

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The stage has been set for the future of the Brandon Town Hall… literally.

Work has been completed on a new stage at the hall, thanks to a $14,250 matching Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grant The non-profit Friends of the Brandon Town Hall organization has put up $14,250 in matching funds toward the project in order to get the grant. In fact, the Friends have paid for the work, and will be reimbursed by the Arts Council.

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Brandon budget calls for more tax support

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon voters will be asked on Town Meeting Day to approve a $3,138,185 municipal budget highlighted by increased revenues and increased health care costs.

The amount to be raised by taxes is $2,578,045, a 2.75 percent increase over the current year’s spending plan.

Brandon selectboard Chair Seth Hopkins said two-thirds of that increase is due to an increase in the health insurance premiums for town employees.

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Mathis receives national education award

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Adison Independent



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GOSHEN — Former Rutland Northeast Superintendent and Vermont Board of Education Vice Chair Bill Mathis of Goshen has been named National Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

Mathis is currently the managing director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Education Policy Center. His colleague, Kevin Welner of the NEPC, was also named the Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

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Brandon Inn to host the science discussion in the pub this Sunday

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — In the sixth season of the well-known Science PUB discussion series sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library, the final two lectures will be held at the Brandon Inn. On Sunday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m., Michael Durst, Assistant Professor of Physics at Middlebury College will present, “The Physics of Peering Into Our Brains and Hearts.”

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Call to artists: Show your barn art

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon is accepting submissions for the juried exhibit "Barn Art." The exhibit will be on view from April 6 through June 16. All submissions are due by Feb. 23.

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