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Brandon doctor's practice now treating opiate addicts

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Quietly and methodically, a local medical practice has begun treating Brandon opiate addicts.

Dr. George Fjeld, Dr. John Dick and Dr. Kim Kurak at the Brandon Medical Center secured the necessary licensing and funding to prescribe the opiate treatment drug Suboxone to addicts who are existing patients within the practice.

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Civil War film with local angle to debut

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A local historian’s two-year mission to make a film about a fascinating Brandon Civil War story will end Sunday with the premiere of the documentary at the Brandon Town Hall.

Former University of Vermont History Professor Kevin Thornton has invited the entire town of Brandon to the premiere of “Death in the Wilderness: A Love Story,” which will be shown at 7 p.m.

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Legislature OK's Brandon's local option tax

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Better late than never. The Brandon Option Tax was the last bill passed out of the Senate Finance Committee and approved by the Legislature before the end of this year’s legislative session.

Local Representatives Steve Carr and Butch Shaw were monitoring the bill as it slowly made its way and then sat in committee for weeks until the last day of the session on May 6.

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Trained dogs help students learn to read

Posted on April 11, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — In a quiet corner of the student support room at the Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon, a boy reads and a dog listens.

It’s Friday, and third-grader William Burt, 9, is carefully reading aloud to Ivan, a two-year-old German shorthaired pointer, and Ivan’s owner, Kristie Adams.

Ivan is a therapy dog, and once a month Adams brings him to Neshobe through a program offered by Caring Canines Therapy, a nonprofit group based in Massachusetts. He is one of three dogs that visit the student support room at Neshobe to do just that: support.

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Sudbury man lives through river plunge

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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SUDBURY — A local man is lucky to be alive after he drove his truck off Route 73 and into the Otter Creek one morning last week.

Just before 6 a.m. on March 23, Brandon police responded to a report of an accident on Route 73 West involving a pickup truck that had driven off the roadway and into the Otter Creek. Police responded and learned that a 62-year-old man from Sudbury was traveling eastbound on the road toward Brandon on his way to a medical appointment.

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500kW solar array in Brandon gets state approval

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The town of Brandon has received a Certificate of Public Good for a 500-kilowatt, net metering solar array located in the town industrial park.

The Public Service Board, which authorizes and regulates all power-generating projects in Vermont, issued the required CPG for the Brandon array on March 17.

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Wanted man caught in Middlebury

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A Rutland man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Leicester has been caught, but not before stealing at least one car in Brandon, police say, and possibly another.

Middlebury police arrested Shawn Michael Ritchie, 42, on an active warrant this past Friday at 4 p.m. on North Pleasant Street.

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Taking the pledge

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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MEMBERS OF GIRL Scout Troops 30033 and 30067, Boy Scout Troop 110 and Cub Scout Pack 123 in Brandon, along with Scout leaders Sarah-Lynne and Jeff Carrara, recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the Brandon Town Meeting at the Neshobe School on Monday evening.

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Man with guns charged with threatening scrap metal yard owner

Posted on January 27, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — A Middlebury man police say brandished a gun and threatened to shoot the owner of a Leicester scrap yard last week is out on bail.

Kadia J. Barenbaum, 56, on Thursday, Jan. 21, pleaded innocent to a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and to a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

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New Otter Valley district gets new board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in all eight Rutland Northeast towns on Tuesday not only approved the proposed school governance unification plans, they also voted for candidates to create one, 13-member Otter Valley Unified Union School Board and a four-member Barstow District Board to oversee the new school districts.

While the number of board representatives a town receives is based on population, there are also four “at-large” board seats weighted equally to the town seats.

Residents in every town voted on each of the board seats.

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