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Brandon sets date for third vote its town budget

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has found a compromise on the next town budget offering, and set the next re-vote for June 24. This will be the third time this year Brandon voters have cast ballots on a municipal spending plan.

After a lengthy discussion at a regular meeting Tuesday night, members of the board unanimously approved sending the last failed spending amount of $3,218,670 back to the voters.

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Embattled Burlington superintendent the only choice left for RNeSU

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A choice of one is not a choice. That was the message to the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Executive Board from the community on Monday evening after a forum introducing the candidates for superintendent. In the end, the public urged the board to re-post the superintendent position, but for now, the board will continue the process it began.

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Brandon drinking water called the best in state

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The efforts of Brandon Fire District No. 1 have once again been recognized in creating the best drinking water in the state.

The district has received a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in the municipal category for its Comprehensive Groundwater Source Protection Plan and for being the first municipality in the state to receive Class II reclassification of its drinking water sources.

Brandon Water Supervisor Ray Counter said he is pleased with the recognition.

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Otter Valley dedicates its field to coach

Posted on May 14, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Some people have said it was long overdue, but everyone agrees that Friday’s dedication of the Otter Valley softball field to longtime coach Patty Candon was just right.

More than 100 fans, parents, students, friends and family members attended the dedication on a gusty afternoon, but the gray skies did not overshadow the jubilant mood. There were hugs all around as current and former players and fellow coaches congratulated Candon on a legacy of sportsmanship and respect.

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Naming rights

Posted on May 12, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER VALLEY UNION High School softball coach Patty Candon speaks during a dedication ceremony at the school’s softball field last Friday. The field has been named Candon Field in her honor.

Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter

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Brandon voters reject $3.2 million town budget in re-vote

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Here we go again. Brandon residents defeated the proposed town budget on a re-vote Tuesday, 498-318.

It was a $3,218,670 proposed spending plan, with $2,613,995 to be raised by taxes, which represented a 12.2 percent tax increase.

While the original Town Meeting Day vote resulted in a 44 percent voter turnout, Tuesday’s vote only drew 29 percent of the electorate despite a mass mailing and selectboard members pounding the pavement.

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Brandon voters OK Neshobe School budget on second try

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



BRANDON — Voters OK’d a revised Neshobe Elementary School budget in an April 22 re-vote, by a tally of 458-276.

Around 60 percent of those who showed up at the polls this past Tuesday favored the spending plan, which was defeated March 4 (638-576); but only a little more than half as many people cast ballots compared with the Town Meeting Day election.

The $5,321,670 spending plan contained a 1.36 percent increase in expenditures over the current budget and will raise the local school tax rate by 1 cent, from $0.69 to $0.70.

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RNeSU chief to leave for Newport

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Rutland Northeast Superintendent John Castle is heading home.

The 49-year-old is leaving RNeSU in June for Newport’s North Country Supervisory Union, which encompasses Castle’s hometown. He will take the superintendent reins from Robert Kern, who is retiring after seven years.

Castle relocated from his hometown of Holland, Vt., five years ago to become the superintendent at RNeSU after longtime supervisory union head Bill Mathis retired in 2009.

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Two area supervisory unions reject school consolidation

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON / FAIR HAVEN  — The Rutland Northeast and Rutland Addison supervisory unions on March 26 both passed resolutions officially rejecting H.833, the school consolidation bill.

The RNeSU resolution reads as follows:

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Leahy hearing highlights neet to address opiate abuse in Vermont

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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RUTLAND — Monday was a good day for Karen Kane. While it was exciting and encouraging having Sen. Patrick Leahy hold a field hearing of his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Rutland on opiate abuse in Vermont, there was something even better. Just before the hearing began, Kane, of Brandon, learned that a spot opened up at the Mapleleaf Farm drug treatment center in Underhill for her 24-year-old son, a heroin addict.

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