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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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Otter Valley theater group perform their own work

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School Walking Stick Theater group is used to excelling in the arena of high school drama. Under the guidance of director Jeff Hull, the group has earned accolades statewide for its work in one-act plays and musicals. And in 2015, there was international praise as well, as the troupe was invited to the renowned International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

But this year, Walking Stick has created an original one-act performance piece unlike anything they’ve done before, and the work is getting noticed.

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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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School budgets OK'd in unified RNeSU districts

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union overwhelmingly approved budgets on Tuesday for the new Otter Valley Unified Union School District and Barstow Unified Union School District formed under the state’s Act 46 school consolidation law.

The state’s only side-by-side school district is now fully funded and among the first consolidated districts to be formed under the law, which passed last year.

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2016 Brandon Town Meeting Wrap Up

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — For the second year in a row, Brandon voters threw their support behind the town budget as proposed and all ballot items passed on Town Meeting Day.

The $2,486,822 net municipal spending plan passed, 735-459; that figure represented a spending increase of $51,452, or 2.11 percent, over the current budget. The projected tax bill increase comes to $10.80 per $100,000 of property value. The average home in Brandon is valued at $170,000 and therefore the tax increase would amount to $18.36 for the year.

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Open auditions set for Brandon plays

Posted on February 29, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The Brandon Town Players will hold open auditions for a performance of old-time radio plays. The plays will bring back memories with classic shows such as “Burns & Allen,” “Dick Tracy” and “Superman,” just to name a few. Anyone with a good speaking voice is encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 6, and Sunday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Brandon Senior Center on Route 73 in Brandon. The performance is on Saturday, June 4, at the Brandon Town Hall.

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2016 Brandon Town Meeting Preview

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — On Town Meeting Day Brandon voters will consider a municipal budget that would require the town to collect about 2 percent more in taxes than it did last year.

Brandon’s annual town and school district meeting will take place on Monday beginning at 7 p.m. at Neshobe School. Voting on town and school budgets and officers will take place Monday at the school from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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RNeSU teachers OK new deal

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — We have a deal.

The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the Otter Valley and Rutland Northeast teachers have agreed in principle to a new one-year contract.

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Brandon men fined for poaching deer

Posted on February 15, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — Two Brandon men were fined last week after they pleaded guilty to deer poaching charges. Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials said that Griffith P. Mahoney, 28, and Jonathan R. Gallagher, 35, were involved in shooting a deer out the window of a truck at night with a crossbow.

On Dec. 6, 2015, at approximately 9 p.m., Vermont game wardens witnessed a truck approach a field in Pittsford. Someone shined an artificial light out of the truck and a crossbow was fired out the window. 

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New OVUU district towns to face first school budget votes

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in the eight towns in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union school district will see three school budgets on their upcoming town meeting warnings, but it is likely that the vote on only one of those budgets will count.

That’s because those voters last month approved the new Otter Valley Unified Union School District under the Act 46 school consolidation law, but the towns warned school budgets under both the old system and the new one since that vote could still be petitioned for reconsideration.

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