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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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State to release plan to combat mosquito-borne diseases

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In Brandon on Wednesday, the Vermont Department of Health will unveil its plan to combat mosquitoes and the serious illnesses they carry.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen, along with other officials from both the Heath Department and the Agency of Agriculture, will unveil the state’s 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance and Response Plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Brandon Town Hall.

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Chronic Lyme disease dismissed by many

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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Editor’s note: This is the second 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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Brandon schedules fourth vote on town budget

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has made more spending cuts and approved yet another town budget and yet another vote date — its fourth in four months.

Following a marathon public meeting that lasted more than three and half hours this past Monday night, the board OK’d a $3,147,634 spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That spending number represents an increase of 3.7 percent, or $84,084, from the budget for the year just ended.

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John Dilts, Jim Douglas to square off in re-creation of Lincoln-Douglas debate

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Addison Indepedent



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Brandon woman killed in crash is remembered as a giver

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A pillar of the Brandon and Forest Dale communities was tragically killed last week, but hundreds of people who knew and loved Maxine Thurston put aside their grief to celebrate her life on Sunday.

Thurston, 81, co-owner of New England Woodcraft in Forest Dale, was killed on Thursday, June 13, in a head-on collision while driving on Route 7 near Otter Valley Union High School.

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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 Valley graduates cheer their accomplishments

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kirstyn Simonds was clear when asked how she felt about graduating from Otter Valley Union High School before the commencement ceremony this past Saturday morning.

“I don’t want to grow up,” she said with a nervous laugh.

Nevertheless, Simonds will attend Castleton State College in the fall with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, a vocation sure to keep her young.

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Silver Lake is 'One of Creation's Quiet Retreats'

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By M. Dickey Drysdale



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Friday, May 24, was Lennie Waltrip Day at Silver Lake in Leicester, but it came as a surprise to him.

For three months of the year, Lennie is lord of a domain that is the antithesis of the 21st-century world. Silver Lake, a mile-long jewel of the Green Mountains, lies 600 feet above popular Lake Dunmore. Surrounded on all sides by forests, broken only by a grassy picnic area on the northern end, Silver Lake seems a place apart, a little miracle of solitude, even as it graciously hosts those who seek it out.

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