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Clippings: Facts on taxes, health care, schools

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



As every politician reminded us in November, the hot topics as lawmakers return to Montpelier next month will be school funding and health care.

With that in mind, it’s time for some facts and figures, presented as context and without comment.

•  Vermont in 2011 stood at ninth among U.S. states in the level of state and local taxes as a percentage of residents’ income, at 10.5 percent.

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Eagles outlast Otters in girls' basketball opener

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — In the season opener for both high school girls’ basketball teams, host Mount Abraham on Monday pulled away from scrappy Otter Valley in the fourth quarter to earn a 34-20 victory.

Senior center Isabel Brennan scored six of her game-high 12 points in a 12-0 fourth-quarter Mount Abe run that began with the Eagles up by 22-18 after OV sophomore guard Sophia Bloomer hit two free throws with 6:47 to go.

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Commodore, MUHS wrestlers open strong

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



SARANAC, N.Y. — The Vergennes and Middlebury union high school wrestling teams fared well at the Saranac Early Bird Tournament this past Saturday, taking fourth and fifth places, respectively.

One Commodore, sophomore Brandon Cousino at 170 pounds, and one Tiger, 195-pound junior Nick Beauchamp, won their weight classes.

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Panthers beat Skidmore on last-second shot

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team on Saturday completed its preseason goal of an undefeated first semester, but it took a dramatic comeback, some good luck and a last-second hoop from a player who had missed his first five shots.

Sophomore guard and former Missisquoi Valley Union High School standout Matt St. Amour made the most of a broken inbounds play with 7.2 seconds to go and visiting Skidmore — and former Vergennes Union High School all-star Connor Merrill — leading, 56-55.

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Basketball: VUHS boys win; MUHS, OV girls, Mt. Abe boys lose

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — In season-opening high school basketball action this past weekend, the Vergennes boys’ won on the road, but the Middlebury girls and Otter Valley and Mount Abraham boys all dropped home contests.

VUHS BOYS

On Saturday at Montpelier, the Commodores bolted to a 30-13 halftime lead on the way to a 58-48 win at Montpelier. The closest the Solons came in the second half came in the final minute.

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Zamboni mishap to blame for Tigers' 0-0 tie

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MANCHESTER — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team’s opening game at Burr & Burton was suspended on Saturday with the score tied at 0-0 after two periods.

MUHS coach Derek Bartlett said the Zamboni at Burr & Burton’s rink malfunctioned between the second and third periods, damaging the ice surface past the point it could be repaired to allow the game to continue in a timely manner.

Officials from both schools were set to talk on Monday morning to work out a way to wrap up or reschedule the game, Bartlett said.

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City denies permit for new Boys & Girls Club home

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A Monday decision by the Vergennes Development Review Board means the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes’ longtime search for a new home will continue.

At its Monday meeting, the DRB unanimously denied a joint permit application by the Boys & Girls Club and homeowners Maurice and Jane Hebert to convert a house at 75 Main St. into club headquarters. 

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Toddler park hinges on council decision

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Dec. 16 will vote on whether to support the city recreation committee’s recommendation for a toddler park between the city pool and East Street.

Aldermen have been pondering for months whether to spend $21,000 of non-taxpayer funds on the project: a playground on a roughly 0.3-acre parcel at a site that was chosen because it is close to most city homes and next to recreation facilities.

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Steam leak closes VUHS for two days

Posted on December 4, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School fully reopened on Wednesday after a major steam leak in its classroom wing on the Friday after Thanksgiving damaged several rooms and compromised air quality.

VUHS and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials spread the word over the weekend that the school would be closed on Monday. On Monday, they announced that repairs would be ongoing and classes would not be held, although teachers and other employees returned to work and sports practices resumed.

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Rifle season: Nice, but few bucks

Posted on December 3, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The final count of bucks weighed in Addison County during the 2014 rifle season ended up at a below-average total of 359, but weigh station operators all said the animals were mostly good-sized.

“A lot of nice deer were taken this year,” said Steve Ploof of East Middlebury’s C&S Hunting Supplies.

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