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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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Clippings by Lee Kahrs: Arizona bill enshrines prejudice

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



My wife Sarah and I will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary this October, and we decided to mark the occasion with an epic road trip through the Southwest. Sarah, a great lover of hiking and the outdoors, has never been to the Grand Canyon, and I wanted to take her there. We would fly into Las Vegas, pick up a campervan and drive first to Zion National Park in Utah, then to the Grand Canyon, then on to Santa Fe and Taos in New Mexico before heading back across Arizona to Las Vegas.

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Police make big drug bust in Brandon

Posted on February 17, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Police acting on a tip seized over 400 bags of heroin and crack cocaine at a house on Carver Street in Brandon on Feb. 5 and made two arrests in the largest drug bust in Brandon’s recent history.

Brandon Police executed the search warrant at 43 Carver St. at 2:30 p.m. on that Wednesday after receiving information alleging illegal sales of heroin at that location.

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Brandon municipal budget would carry 13.9 percent tax hike

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



BRANDON — In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Brandon selectboard approved a proposed town budget that would ask voters to approve a 13.9 percent increase in taxes. The plan sets 2014-2015 municipal spending at $3,256,142 with $2,651,467 to be raised by taxes.

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