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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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Climber, 9, heads to U.S. tourney

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



PITTSFORD — The email was simple enough — “Patrick Daly of Pittsford will be competing in the USA Sport Climbing National Competition in Atlanta, Ga., on July 14-18.”

And then there was the photo.

Patrick Daly is nine years old. And he’s been climbing for six years.

“His older brother Michael climbed competitively for six years,” explained Patrick’s mother, Margaret, in a phone interview Saturday. “I just took Patrick along to the climbing center and he started climbing, too.”

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Brandon gets $1.3 million grant to replace downtown culvert

Posted on July 13, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.

In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.

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Brandon gets $1.3 million grant to replace downtown culvert ruined during Tropical Storm Irene

Posted on July 7, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.

In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.

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Deal will preserve huge swath of Otter Creek wetlands

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — “I have a simple thesis. If you restore it, they will come.”

With that thought, Rutland County Audubon Society Co-President Roy Pilcher summed up Friday’s preservation of 500 acres of wetland at the former Dean Farm on Union Street in Brandon.

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Ag. secretary: New water rules are 'necessary'

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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As farmers weighed in on the third and final draft of proposed new agricultural practices regulations designed to clean up Vermont’s steams, rivers and lakes, Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross made it clear that stricter regulation is not an option — it is essential. 

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Brandon summer concert series on tap

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Bette Moffett would be proud.

A community effort has been under way to help stabilize the Brandon Town Band and offer a consistent venue for weekly musical offerings in Brandon this summer.

Enter the Brandon Summer Concert Series, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through July and August in Central Park.

Bette Moffett died in 2013, having had a hand in creating the Brandon Town Band, among so many other local institutions. She formed the town band with Sally Hutchison in 2007.

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Clippings: Sadly, Orlando offered perspective

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



One year ago, I wrote a column that appeared in this space and in the newspaper of which I am the editor, The Reporter in Brandon. It was June 2015 and the U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 5-4, legally recognized the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry.

In writing that column, I came out to readership of The Reporter. It wasn’t a secret, but it was personal information that I had to share in order to explain my excitement over the court’s historic decision.

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