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The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

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 […]

Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

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 […]

Ten Vie for Three Seats in Vermont Senate from Rutland County

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 […]

Environmental film contest goes countywide

RUTLAND HERALD 09/22/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — An environmental film contest that awarded cash prizes to local students is going countywide this year. Michael Shank, an adjunct faculty member at New York University Center for Global Affairs, of Brandon, contributor to a number of national publications, said Tuesday […]

Speaker Series Offers Career Advice

RUTLAND HERALD 09/15/20 By Jim Sabataso CASTLETON — A new speaker series aims to share professional career advice for navigating the coronavirus pandemic. The Rutland Rising Job Talk series is being organized by Brandon resident Michael Shank in partnership with Castleton University. The free series, which launches at noon Friday, […]

Crowded Field in Race for Rutland County Senate Seat

RUTLAND HERALD 09/11/20 By Gordon Dritschilo  It is a crowded field in the race for Rutland County’s three State Senate seats. Here is a breakdown of the candidates appearing on this year’s ballot: RepublicansRutland County’s senior senator is leading the Republican ticket as he seeks a fourth term. Brian Collamore, […]

Michael Shank Running for State Senate as an Independent

BRANDON REPORTER 08/19/20 By Lee J Kahrs BRANDON — A well-known Brandon activist, educator and volunteer has announced his run for Rutland County Senator as an Independent. Michael Shank made the announcement Aug. 16 on Facebook. “Hi friends – Taking a leap here. Feeling like now more than ever before […]

Town Passes Animal Control Ordinance

RUTLAND HERALD 08/03/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — The Select Board voted unanimously last week to adopt a new animal control ordinance that outlines the powers of the animal control officer. Part of the motion to pass the ordinance was to include recommendations that Select Board Chairman Seth Hopkins […]

Brandon Strengthens Animal Control Law

BRANDON REPORTER 07/29/20 By Lee J. Kahrs BRANDON — The Town of Brandon now has the strongest animal control ordinance it has ever had, and supporters are hoping it’s enough to prevent troubling animal welfare cases in the future. The Brandon Select Board on Monday unanimously approved the updated ordinance, […]