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Brandon selectman holds off electoral challenge

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



 

BRANDON — Brandon selectboard chairman Richard Baker won re-election by a decisive margin on Town Meeting Day, surviving a strong challenge from attorney Jim Leary.

The final vote count came in at 605-413 in Baker’s favor, ending a contentious race that many thought would be closer.

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McKernon building in Brandon up for sale

Posted on February 21, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — A prominent Brandon building is up for sale — the McKernon Group’s building at Park Village.

The Redstone Group is listing the headquarters of longtime Brandon builder Jack McKernon’s business for the first time this week, but Jan Smith, who is in charge of marketing for the company, said that the building is simply too big for the company’s needs now.

“We’ve got an awful lot of space here for the number of staff we have,” she said.

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Brandon selectman to face a challenger

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



BRANDON — There will a familiar name challenging an incumbent in Brandon on Town Meeting Day this year.

Attorney Jim Leary has submitted a petition and will run for a three-year seat on the Brandon selectboard against longtime selectman and board chair Richard Baker.

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Fire destroys home of Naylor and Breen

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



 

BRANDON — A fire destroyed the headquarters of a well-respected local building company after firefighters were called to the business twice on Sunday.

Firefighters first responded to Naylor and Breen Builders on Route 7 South in Brandon at about 2 p.m. Sunday after getting reports of smoke and flames. Brandon Fire Chief Bob Kilpeck said that fire began in the paint finishing room of the building, which housed offices in front and a cabinetry shop in the rear.

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Otter Valley meets budget goals

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Against steep odds and with a few windfalls, the Otter Valley Union High School board this month passed a proposed 2011-2012 budget that far exceeds spending reductions suggested by state education officials in the Challenges for Change law and that raises the local education tax rate by a mere cent while retaining the school resource officer.

On Dec. 15, the board unanimously decided to put before voters a $10,221,037 spending plan for 2011-2012, cutting $454,853, or 4.26 percent, in spending from the current budget.

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RNeSU towns to see relief on tax rates

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Some taxpayers in Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union towns — including Brandon, Goshen, Leicester and Whiting — will be very pleased come Town Meeting Day. Most area school budgets will translate into significant reductions in the local tax rate thanks to lower proposed spending and the state per pupil spending formula.

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Cafe Provence adds new course

Posted on December 13, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Café Provence chef Robert Barral and Line Barral will buy the downtown Brandon building that houses the restaurant and expand their business plan.
Robert Barral confirmed last week that he and his business partner are buying the Café Provence building on Center Street and will transform the larger space downstairs into a private dining room and state-of-the-art kitchen for cooking classes.

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Brandon businesses showing new vitality

Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The downtown Brandon business community has been through a rough patch, but it is seeing signs of light.
The last few years have meant more empty storefronts on Park and Center streets, but despite “The Great Recession” six new businesses have moved in over the last six months, with four opening in November alone. As a testament to the hard work and creativity of Brandon residents, every one of these businesses is locally owned and operated.
What follows is a brief description of the new businesses.
ADORNMENT STUDIO AND GALLERY, 47 CENTER ST.

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OVUHS board considers trimming teaching positions

Posted on December 6, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School Board’s biggest challenge is not coming from state officials this budget season, but from students. Or lack thereof.
A continuing decline in the student population has left the board with a much greater budgetary test than meeting state’s Challenges for Change target of cutting spending by 2 percent.
The cuts may result in the termination of the School Resource Officer (SRO) position currently held by Brandon Police Officer Anne Bandy, one science teacher and two English teachers.

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Otter Valley directors urged to keep police officer's post

Posted on December 6, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Many of the 16 people who attended the Nov. 17 meeting of the Otter Valley Union High School board voiced their support for Brandon Police Officer Anne Bandy and the position of School Resource Officer (SRO). The board is expected to cut the position in its 2011-2012 budget, netting a savings of $38,000.
Social Studies teacher Judy Dardeck has been at OV for 37 years and said she definitely feels an SRO is needed.

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