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Brandon struggles with budget after no vote

Posted on May 9, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The saying “You’ve can’t please all of the peo­ple all of the time” never had more meaning then it does in Brandon right now.

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Brandon selectman tapped to fill town manager job

Posted on April 25, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — There’s been a major change in management in the town of Brandon.

After weeks of searching, the selectboard here agreed to accept the resignation of Richard Baker from the board and hire him as interim town manager.

Baker and Brandon resident Seth Hopkins were both interviewed for the job in executive session during a special selectboard meeting on April 19 before the board made its decision. Board Chair Devon Fuller said Baker was eminently qualified.

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State plans to test resident in three towns for EEE

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON/WHITING/SUDBURY — The Vermont Department of Health late this month and next will hold three clinics locally to collect human blood samples that will be tested in a new study of Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.

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Rep. Welch looks for stability in student loan rates

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



RUTLAND — Just listening to these working parents pursuing college degrees is exhausting.

Ava Pehm, 42, of Pittsford is a single mother to two kids, ages 10 and 13. She is pursuing a degree in administrative management from the Community College of Vermont in Rutland and works part-time.

Greg Lambert, 36, of Rutland is a single father to a seven-year-old boy and is a recent cancer survivor pursuing a degree in environmental science at CCV.

Niki Twohig of Rutland has two-year-old twin boys, and splits her time between school and work.

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Neighbor appeals Brandon DRB decision on pot dispensary

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — A neighboring landowner has appealed a recent Brandon Development Review Board decision to permit a medical marijuana dispensary on Lovers Lane.

Joanne Nichols filed an appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court on March 21, citing numerous concerns with the proposed facility, including issues of safety, privacy, odor and air quality, pesticides and fertilizers, and the potential risk of living next to a “high-crime target.”

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Clippings: Brother shines bright on Oscar night

Posted on February 28, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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One of my most vivid childhood memories is sitting at the kitchen counter with my little brother, John, drawing. I was perhaps nine, he a year younger, and we would each have sheets of white drawing paper and colored pencils or markers or crayons. I would often draw a bucolic barnyard scene, where the buildings were to scale but the horses and cows had elongated backs and too-short legs.

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Local man chops and saws his way to lumberjack crown

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon can boast great community spirit, the best water in the state, and now, the first Ironjack.

Brandon native Garrett Gregorek, son of Derek and Liz Gregorek, won the first Collegiate Ironjack World Championships last month, a test of lumberjack skills hosted by the LumberJack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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OVUHS sets budget with 2.3 percent spending hike

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union School Board has approved a $10,542,068 spending plan for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that represents a 2.3 percent increase. Officials attributed the marginal increase to some creative shifting of personnel and the possible use of a reserve fund for computer equipment.

The proposed budget amounts to a $209,518 increase over the current year’s spending plan.

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Leicester to see more students, higher tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



LEICESTER — Unlike Otter Valley Union High School, which lost 13 students compared to the prior year, falling enrollment is not an issue at the Leicester Central  School, which grew by 13 students — yet, oddly, costs are still up at the elementary school.

According to Leicester School board member Connie Carroll, current enrollment at the school stands at 71 students, up from 58 students last year. Carroll said they expect 74 students next year.

“We’re projecting a 20 percent increase over the next three years,” she said.

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State officials to Whiting-area residents: Please take EEE tests

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



WHITING — State health officials hope to conduct blood tests on area residents and determine how many people may possess the Eastern equine encephalitis antibodies without ever having gotten sick. That’s the message from a series of three public information meetings they held in the area to update residents in the wake of the first two human cases of EEE over the summer.

Depending on funding, there is also a plan to expand mosquito surveillance next year and hire additional field assistants to help gather samples.

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