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Candidates line up for merged RNeSu board

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union were already looking beyond approval by the state Agency of Education of the Brandon-area district’s proposal for unified school governance.

Nevertheless, the AOE approval of the consolidation plan at a hearing last Tuesday was welcome news.

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OV senior named as Presidential Scholar

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Emma Cijka has been named one of 24 Vermont U.S. Presidential Scholars. She is the only high school student from the Addison County and Brandon area to win this distinction.

Cijka, the daughter of Wendy and Stephen Cijka of Brandon, and her fellow Vermont nominees were honored last Thursday at a ceremony in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

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RNeSU to vote on school governance issue

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Act 46 Study Committee has decided to send the question of local school governance consolidation to the voters in each of the six district towns, plus Mendon and Chittenden, next month.

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Developer downscales its Brandon solar array

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A huge solar array planned for over 100-acres on the Brandon-Florence line is getting smaller, but if approved will still be the largest project of its kind in Vermont.

Representatives from Ranger Solar returned to the Brandon selectboard Nov. 23 to update the board and residents on the project, and to answer additional questions.

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McKernon wants to build solar array off Route 7

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — While discussions are continuing for a massive solar array hidden from view on one end of Brandon, a smaller array is planned in plain site of Route 7 north of town.

The McKernon Group design/build contracting firm, headquartered at the former Brandon Training School property, has filed an application with the Public Service Board to build a 132-kilowatt fixed solar array in a field just south of the company’s office.

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New owner to breathe life into Brandon's Watershed Building

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — To say that owning the Watershed Tavern building is a dream come true for Ellen Walter would not be an overstatement.

“For so many people in this town, this is their fantasy,” Walter said as she looked out the rear picture window at Neshobe Falls on a recent afternoon. “I’ve been in love with this building since I opened the door four years ago.”

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Brandon reports successful program to control feral cats

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



BRANDON — Mei Mei Brown is a sucker for cats. A lifelong lover of felines, she is also the driving force behind the Brandon Feral Cat Assistance Program, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Thanks to Brown’s diligence and love for the animal, what was once a big problem in Brandon is now under control. Over the last decade, 166 feral, or wild, cats have been trapped, spayed or neutered, and released or adopted.

“Yes, I am the crazy cat lady,” Brown joked in an interview last week.

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Brandon seeks details on solar plan

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



BRANDON — Brandon officials have asked representatives from Ranger Solar to attend the next selectboard meeting and answer additional questions about a massive 100-acre solar array the company plans to construct off Syndicate Road.

Brandon Town Manager Dave Atherton and selectboard Chair Doug Bailey met with Ranger Solar Development Manager Liz Peyton on Nov. 6 to express their concerns about the increased traffic on Syndicate Road. A Class III road currently in poor condition, the road leads to the property where the solar array would be built.

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Votes near on OV, Neshobe projects

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in Brandon and the other towns that send students to Otter Valley Union High School will be voting on two capital improvement questions on Tuesday, Nov. 17. If approved, neither is expected to raise the tax rate.

Brandon residents will vote at polls set up at the Neshobe School. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.

For Leicester residents, polls at the town office will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Contact Town Clerk Julie Delphia if an absentee ballot is needed.

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Leader of the pack

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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OTTER QUARTERBACK CARSON Leary is chased down by a wall of U-32 defenders Saturday. Leary rushed for 421 yards in the Otters’ 33-14 win.

Photo by Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter

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