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Otter Valley board approves 2.3% budget increase

Posted on January 16, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School board last week approved a proposed $10,332,550 spending plan for 2012-13. That represents an increase of $233,918 or 2.32 percent over the current spending plan.

There was none of the drama of past year’s budget talks when the fate of two items in the budget — the alternative education Harvest Program and the school resource officer — were in question. For the record, both of those line items are intact.

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Brandon bookstore closes

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The polished but ancient wood floors creaked with familiarity last Saturday as old friends and customers stopped by the Briggs Carriage Bookstore in downtown Brandon one last time.

Erin Keyes, 18, considers Briggs an integral part of her life. Having grown up in Brandon, some of Keyes’s earliest memories are set in the bookstore.

“Just seeing something I’ve grown up with end, it’s like part of my childhood going away,” she said, as she sat in the bench nook of the children’s section with her mom, Laura King.

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A life in photos is on display

Posted on January 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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MIDDLEBURY/BRANDON — Neal White’s black and white photography is featured in prestigious venues around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, Paris’s National Library of France, and now, Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library.

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White makes leap from film to digital

Posted on January 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRANDON — Although photographer Neal White is best known for his black and white silver gelatin prints, he says he wouldn’t go back to film photography for all the tea in China. Digital photography, he says, is just far superior.

“It’s the greatest thing that’s happened to photography since its invention,” the Brandon resident said in a recent interview.

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Arts center eyed for the former site of Brandon Training School

Posted on October 3, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A community-based music and arts center is planned for the last empty building at the former Brandon Training School.

Stephen and Edna Sutton, owners of Brandon Music, a classical music distribution and production company on Brandon’s Country Club Road, have bought Building K in Park Village with the intent of turning the long–empty, derelict building into a music and arts destination.

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Brandon emus die in 1st Vt. case of EEE

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Sixteen emus on a farm in Brandon have died in what is Vermont’s first documented case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Area veterinarian Keely Henderson sent brain tissue and blood samples from the dead emus to a University of New Hampshire lab last Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the results were received late next day.

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Pedestrian struck by car near park in Brandon

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A vendor at the Brandon Farmers Market was hit by a car while crossing the street recently.

Lyn Garro, 63, of Leicester was crossing Carver Street near Central Park at about 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, when police say she was hit by a car. Garro sells baked goods at the farmers market, which is held every Friday from May until Oct. 7. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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Preservation Trust busy after storm

Posted on September 15, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BURLINGTON — Brandon’s historic downtown is more or less intact despite the massive Aug. 28 flood, but there are historic villages across Vermont that have been irreparably damaged, like those in Wilmington and Waterbury.

“Wilmington’s downtown was decimated,” said Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There are storefronts, one after another, that just aren’t there anymore.”

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Hospitality industry upbeat after Irene

Posted on September 12, 2011 |
By John Flowers and Lee J. Kahrs



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ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Inn and hotel operators in Addison County and Brandon are concerned that Vermont’s recent portrayal as a storm-ravaged state might be discouraging some prospective tourists. But they remain buoyed last week by rebuilding efforts and are confident that bookings will be strong for the critical fall foliage season.

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With Rt. 7 open, Brandon back in business

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church bells were ringing at 5 p.m. last Friday as Route 7 through downtown Brandon was re-opened to traffic a mere 122 hours after floodwaters scourged the road.

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