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Local man gives a face to heroin addiction in Vermont

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham could be your son, your nephew, your grandson, or your brother. A 2006 Otter Valley graduate, he was a good-looking, popular student-athlete who kicked the winning field goal to help the OV football team clinch the 2005 Division IV State Championship.

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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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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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Leicester store to re-open soon

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



LEICESTER — Leicester residents will be happy to hear that the only store in town will soon re-open.

Brothers Peter and Paul Handy of Chittenden County have bought the Leicester General Store, which has been closed since April.

The store and gas station, located near Leicester Four Corners, occupied a unique niche, being the only retail establishment on Route 7 between Middlebury Beef Supply and the Jiffy Mart in Brandon.

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Mayer to step down as president of the Addison County Chamber

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — There will be a change at the helm of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Andy Mayer announced last week that he will be leaving his position at the end of the month to become the president/CEO of a chamber in Washington state.

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Mosquitoes in Whiting test positive for EEE virus

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



WHITING —  If it’s August, then it’s time for the Eastern equine encephalitis virus.

On Aug. 22, the Vermont Department of Health reported that two batches of bird-biting mosquitoes collected on Aug. 19 in Whiting tested positive for the virus, known as EEE. It is the first detection of the EEE virus in the area this year, and the first in Vermont since it was found in mosquitoes from Grand Isle in the middle of June.

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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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