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Harvey aims to boost OVUHS boys' soccer

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Muffie Harvey is thrilled to be leading the Otter Valley boys’ varsity soccer team, and by all accounts the team is thrilled to have her.

Harvey was named head coach by OV Athletic Director Sumner Erbe earlier this month, and the player and parents had a lot to do with the selection of the Forest Dale resident for the job.

“I was told that they spoke up on my behalf, and I am forever grateful for that,” Harvey said. “I am very grateful to get this position.”

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McKernon era ends in Brandon

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — After a stellar run of providing classic, well-built construction and sage advice in the Brandon area, a well-known local builder has finally hung up his hard hat.

Jack McKernon, founder of The McKernon Group Inc., has retired from his long time position as owner/CEO of the Brandon-based business. Kevin Birchmore, president of the company and McKernon’s business partner for the last 25 years, has acquired the ownership position of the company and has taken on a partner, Justus Cameron, who is the newly appointed vice president.

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Local hatmakers get all dressed up with help from their sheep

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — What do you get when you mix a mother of three who had some sheep with an artistic hat maker in Vermont? Fabulousness, from the grass up.

Sam Stone of Brandon and Nora Swan of Ripton met five years ago when their sons were in the same play group. Two years into their friendship, Swan said she wanted to make something with sheep’s wool and Stone shared an idea she had to make baby booties, along with a book that told the story of each sheep in her small flock.

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RNeSU teachers sign a new three-year pact

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Almost two years of negotiation have led not only to a new contract, but better relations between the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU) and local teaching associations, the parties said.

RNeSU, the Rutland Northeast Education Association and the Otter Valley Teachers’ Association have agreed to a 1.6 percent increase on the base salary schedule for the current 2010-11 school year along with a 1.74 percent for 2011-12 and 2.37 percent for 2012-13.

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OV recognizes its top scholars, achievers

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School Valedictorian Will Pearl’s message to his fellow classmates at graduation last Saturday in its simplest form was this: They matter.

“What I ask of you … is that you recognize your own importance in this web of interconnectedness that is our modern world,” he said before a packed gymnasium. “I ask that you do not be so foolish as to think that your actions have no impact on the unhalting wheel of progress.”

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Rep. Welch calls for repeal of subsidies to ethanol industry

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LAKE BOMOSEEN — Barb Woodard has seen firsthand the effects of ethanol on boat engines and it goes right to her bottom line.

“I think it’s a strong issue that needs to be addressed,” the co-owner of Woodard’s Marina said during a press conference hosted by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., at the marina’s fuel dock last Thursday morning. “I would like to see a supply of non-ethanol fuel for recreational use.”

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Local woman brings reflexology to Brandon

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Want to get away without leaving Brandon? Lindy Brown has just the thing — reflexology.

This ancient art and science of manipulating the foot to stimulate different parts of the body and release tension has been around since ancient Egypt, and now it’s here in Brandon. A former pharmacy technician and LPN, Brown apprenticed with Middlebury Reflexologist Katherine Windham after hearing her speak at a women’s club meeting in her hometown of Orwell.

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Cider maker nixes Connor Homes building sale

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs and John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The discovery of environmental contamination at the Connor Homes building on Route 7 South in Middlebury has halted the planned sale of the 115,000-square-foot manufacturing plant to booming hard cider maker Green Mountain Beverage (GMB).

It also put on hold Connor Homes’ plans to lease the 131,000-square-foot former Tubbs furniture plant in the Brandon Industrial Park.

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Leicester gears up for its 250th birthday celebration

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



 

LEICESTER — The town of Leicester will commence celebration of its 250th year with a community picnic, but that’s just the beginning.

Leicester selectboard chair Diane Benware said Monday that planning is ongoing and more ideas and participants are welcome.

“We’re looking at this picnic as being the kick-off,” Benware said.

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Railroad lobby picks up steam

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



 

RUTLAND — There was a pro-rail rally in Rutland on Monday in honor of a federal official who came to see just how enthusiastic area and state business and government leaders were about the prospect of rail in the state’s western corridor.

They were pretty enthusiastic.

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