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No Noise Ordinance to be Pursued in Brandon

No Noise Ordinance to be Pursued in Brandon

April 19, 2021 at 11:39 am

RUTLAND HERALD 04/13/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  BRANDON — There won’t be a noise ordinance in town, at least not anytime soon, after a 4-1 rejection voted by the Select Board on Monday. For the past several months, the town has debated whether to draft a noise ordinance. Two public […]

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Townsfolk Far Apart on Noise Ordinance

Townsfolk Far Apart on Noise Ordinance

March 31, 2021 at 1:49 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 03/29/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer  BRANDON — Some in town see a noise ordinance as a case of the government overstepping its bounds, meanwhile others think not regulating decibels makes Brandon a hard place to live. The Select Board hosted two public listening forums on March […]

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Planning Commission Chairman Resigns, Cites Term Limits and Differing Viewpoints

Planning Commission Chairman Resigns, Cites Term Limits and Differing Viewpoints

March 15, 2021 at 11:08 am

RUTLAND HERALD 03/12/21 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer BRANDON — Citing a belief in term limits and differences of viewpoint from that of town leadership, the chairman of the Planning Commission resigned last week. Michael Shank sent his resignation letter to the Select Board on March 3. At Monday’s […]

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Social and Climate Issues Top Local Writing Contest

Social and Climate Issues Top Local Writing Contest

December 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

RUTLAND HERALD 12/23/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer  PITTSFORD — Police, climate change and LGBTQ issues were the topics that the winners of the first Brandon Writes contest chose to focus their essays on. Brandon Writes is a contest put on by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who was behind […]

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Free Conflict Training for Rutland County Leaders

Free Conflict Training for Rutland County Leaders

October 28, 2020 at 9:51 am

RUTLAND HERALD 10/28/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  Two local leaders are offering to teach Rutland County board chairs some conflict resolution skills for free. Michael Shank, of Brandon, and Lisa Ryan, of Rutland City, said Tuesday they got the idea to offer this free training after learning about each other’s […]

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FERC Commissioner: Listen to the Scientists

FERC Commissioner: Listen to the Scientists

October 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/21/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  A federal energy regulator, nominated to his position by President Donald Trump, told those attending a virtual renewable energy conference Wednesday that America needs to listen to scientists on man-made climate change. “We’ve got to stop having these disagreements as to whether greenhouse […]

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Questionnaire: Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Let’s Grow Kids Vermont

Questionnaire: Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Let’s Grow Kids Vermont

October 8, 2020 at 9:37 pm

LET’S GROW KIDS 10/08/20 1. What steps would you take to quickly address the immediate emergency need facing households without sufficient internet access, while also planning for a future that will require increasingly faster internet speeds? We need broadband for all. At the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC), where I […]

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The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

October 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

THE HERALD 10/01/20 Rutland County District (Three Seats) The Rutland Senate District covers the White River Valley town of Pittsfield. The Herald sent out questionnaires to area candidates running for state representative and state senator. Each was given space to respond to the following questions: As a result of the […]

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Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

October 7, 2020 at 8:49 am

RUTLAND HERALD 10/07/20 Michael Shank Independent, Brandon Why are you running this year? I love this community and I want to give back and serve the community in every way I can. I see a need to strengthen our ties and bonds so that we’re more resilient and more protected […]

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The Senate Chambers.

Ten Vie for Three Seats in Vermont Senate from Rutland County

October 6, 2020 at 6:35 pm

VT DIGGER 10/06/20 By Emma Cotton With three Democrats, three Republicans and four independents vying for three seats in the Vermont Senate, possibilities abound in Rutland County, which has been a Republican stronghold in recent decades. Incumbents Cheryl Hooker, a Democrat, and Brian Collamore, a Republican, say they aren’t taking […]

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