Brandon

02/27/2020
BRANDON — Many of the town meeting decisions that Brandon residents will make next week will be done at the ballot box on Tuesday, March 3, not at the in-person meeting the night before. On Town Meeting Day, Brandon residents will vote on a three-way race for two seats on the Brandon selectboard. Newcomer Allison Walter and incumbents Seth Hopkins and Doug Bailey, the board chair and vice-chair, respectively, are all running for two, one-year seats on the selectboard. Also on the ballot will be Selectman Brian Coolidge running unopposed for another three-year term. There are no other...
02/27/2020
BRANDON — Do you love folk and Americana music? Then you probably know the Michele Fay Band. This energetic and unpretentious group brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing and bluegrass-influenced songs, woven seamlessly together. Fay’s heartfelt lyrics are central to the ensemble, as she sings with a crystal clear, authentic voice. See the group life on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Brandon Music. Three band musicians support the singer-songwriter, and add to the charm and sincerity of the group. Kalev Freeman, on fiddle, brings a light-hearted, lilting sound. Michael Santosusso, on upright...
02/20/2020
BRANDON — The Dunmore Hose Company is currently without a fire chief. Brandon Fire Chief Roman Wdowiak has resigned citing internal policy disputes and philosophical differences with the fire department membership. Wdowiak submitted a letter of resignation to Brandon Fire District No. 1 Superintendent Ray Counter following the annual district meeting on Jan. 13 and asked Counter to submit copies to the district’s prudential board. Reached for comment Tuesday morning, Wdowiak said the decision was clear to him. “It’s quite simple,” he said. “It came down to philosophical differences about what...
02/20/2020
BRANDON — A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts is working to create a better trail system in Brandon and legitimize ATV riding in the area. The goal is to engage private landowners and the town and use land and small sections of public road to form an ATV trail system in and around Brandon. Organizer Stacey Mohan said the idea stemmed from a petition she and her fellow ATV enthusiasts circulated in an attempt to get an article on the Brandon Town Meeting ballot. But that effort led to misinformation and rumor, she said. The town of Newport in the Northeast Kingdom approved a measure...

LAURIE HART OF Crooked Tails Farm and Rescue in Pittsford holds a one-footed duck that was rescued from the Hegarty farm on Kimball Road in Brandon. Hart spent a full week with Erika and Mark Gutel of Kinder Way Animal Sanctuary rounding up roughly 275 ducks, geese, turkey and chickens at the farm. Photo by Erika Gutel
02/20/2020
BRANDON — The number of animals relocated from a troubled farm in Brandon has risen to 400. Police executing a warrant on Jan. 31 initially seized 125 animals on the farm owned by William M. Hegarty, 54, and cited him for animal abuse. Animal welfare officials, including Erika and Mark Gutel of Kinder Way Sanctuary, and volunteers last week wrapped up a couple weeks rounding up more animals — many of them fowl — on the Kimball Road farm. The police affidavit in the case and accompanying photos illustrate horrific conditions at the farm. “There were so many hiding, it took days to get to them...

THE NORTHERN THIRD Quartet will perform “Beautiful Wanderings” at Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
02/13/2020
BRANDON — The Northern Third Piano Quartet returns to Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., with the program “Beautiful Wanderings.” The group will perform the music of Central Europe and America with music by Beethoven, Debussy, Dvořák, Suk and Vermont composer Don Jamison. Jamison’s string trio “Walking Meditation” will premier on Saturday evening. “My ‘Walking Meditation’ is modeled on a mantra-like verse that I often recited to myself on my morning walks a couple of years ago,” he explained. “The musical form, like that of a tune for a dance, creates a simple and regular...

A LINE OF cars and trucks towing livestock trailers wait outside the Hegarty farm on Friday as Brandon Police, assisted by local and state agency officials, executed a search warrant. One hundred and twenty animals were seized by authorities.
02/06/2020
BRANDON — More than 100 animals were seized from a farm on Kimball Road this past Friday, and the property owner has been charged with animal abuse. The farm has been the subject of animal abuse investigations in the past, and neighbors said the most recent raid was a relief. On Friday, Jan. 31, Brandon police executed a search warrant at the Hegarty property located at 671 Kimball Road, assisted by the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The search resulted in the removal of 120 farm and domestic animals from the property over two days....

BRANDON ARTISTS GUILD will display artwork from local schools, like this collage of a boat, at their annual student art show, which opens Friday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m. at the Guild’s storefront in Brandon.
01/30/2020
BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG), at 7 Center Street in Brandon, will hold its annual show of new artwork by local students from grades K to 12 beginning in February. The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m.  “Our students have been embracing their time in the art studio to work as true artists,” says Otter Valley Union High School visual arts instructor Frannie Willard. “They have been striving to develop their creative thinking by pushing the boundaries with traditional and unconventional artistic mediums.”  The celebration of creativity from Brandon area schools...

MANDOLINIST JAMIE MASEFIELD and pianist Tom Cleary will perform at Brandon Music on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m.
01/30/2020
BRANDON — Two of Vermont’s jazz musicians, mandolin maestro Jamie Masefield and pianist Tom Cleary, will perform an evening of music at Brandon Music this Saturday. Their program includes music by classical composers Samuel Barber and Bela Bartok to jazz heroes like Horace Silver and Ralph Towner and then to more pastoral landscapes from the likes of Neil Young as well as their originals. The concert on Feb. 1 begins at 7:30 p.m. Cleary, a renowned pianist, teaches in the University of Vermont and FlynnArts jazz programs, has accompanied artists including Clark Terry and Joe Lovano and has...
01/23/2020
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union school district board last week approved a proposed $20,377,427 fiscal year 2021 budget that would increase spending over the current year by 2.22%. Board members call it a modest increase as the district handles the ever-shifting demographics that influence staffing at each school, student population numbers, and the individual needs of those students. The state doles out education funding money based on the number of students a school educates, and OVUU is seeing positive trends in enrollment that are keeping costs in check. Education spending per...

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