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Brandon to screen silent films from May to October

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — Classics of the silent film era return to the big screen starting in May at the Brandon Town Hall, which will host another season of vintage cinema with live music in the historic facility.

It’s the fifth year of the town hall’s popular silent film series, which gives residents and visitors a chance to see great movies from the pioneering days of cinema as they were intended to be shown — on the big screen, with an audience, and accompanied by live music.

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Brandon mulls a local option tax for road, bridge repairs

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard is going to ask town residents to take the first step toward levying a 1 percent local tax that would fund repairs to local infrastructure.

Projections are that such a tax would raise roughly $130,000 a year for Brandon to spend solely on capital improvement projects, such as sidewalks, road and bridge repair, and vehicle maintenance and replacement.

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Brandon selectman hired to serve as town manager

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Selectman Dave Atherton is Brandon’s new town manager.

The Brandon selectboard announced its decision to hire Atherton at a busy selectboard meeting Monday night.

Heeding input from voters over the last month, the selectboard chose a local candidate to fill the position that became open when Town Manager Robin Bennett resigned last month.

Atherton will have to resign from the selectboard before taking the new job. His town manager contract will take effect April 20, after two other board members return from vacation.

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Former heroin addict sees progress

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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RUTLAND/BRANDON — Kyle Pinkham is sitting at a desk at the new Burlington Labs office in Rutland, wearing a black sweater, khaki pants and huge grin.

Yes, Pinkham is smiling, something he refused to do six months ago when he first sat down with The Reporter to talk about heroin addiction and all it has cost him, including his teeth.

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Brandon town manager resigns

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Robin Bennett has resigned after reaching a $12,578 settlement in principle with the town that officially closes the book on her 18-month tenure.

The deal was announced following a brief executive session of the Brandon selectboard on Monday morning at the Brandon Town Hall. The move comes two weeks after the board placed Bennett on administrative leave following a performance evaluation over several weeks.

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Brandon community meeting set for April 6 to talk about flooding

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The days are getting longer and warmer, the snow is melting and soon we will have April showers — all signs that spring is on the way. But ice jams, snow melt and showers also raise the level of our streams and rivers. Our thoughts turn to the risk of flooding and the damage that may result.

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Brandon town manager is put on leave

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.

“It means that she’s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,” Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. “It’s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.”

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Town Meeting Wrap 2015: Brandon

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — It’s time to move on. That seems to be the message from Brandon voters, as every article on the Town Meeting Day ballot was approved this week.

The Brandon selectboard warned a “no-frills” budget that represents a 2 percent, or $47,000, increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The approved $2,906,075 spending plan calls for $2,425,370 to be raised by taxes — a 1.7 percent increase. Voters bought it, passing the budget, 609-418.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Brandon

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — After townspeople voted on municipal budget proposals five times in 2014, Brandon town leaders are hoping that they will gain residents’ support for the proposed fiscal year 2016 town budget in just one go around — on Town Meeting Day.

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Brandon advances 'no-frills' budget

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In the past 23 months Brandon residents have voted on municipal budgets nine times — four times in 2013 and five in 2014. In both of the last two budget cycles, townspeople have engaged in intense debate, emotional wrangling and numerous re-votes that led to budget approval in the summer months after the start of the fiscal year.

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