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On the ball: H.S. playoffs arrive

Posted on February 27, 2012 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



As expected, the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team and both Middlebury Union hockey teams learned on Monday from the Vermont Principals’ Association they would host first-round playoff games.

The 18-2 Commodore boys earned the top seed for the Division II playoffs and will host No. 16 Lamoille (6-14) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. A win on Tuesday means VUHS will host a Friday quarterfinal at 7 p.m. against either No. 8 Fair Haven (10-10) or No. 9 Bellows Falls (11-9). The Commodores have not faced any of those three teams this season.

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Men's hockey holds on for 2-1 win

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Late in the third period of Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team had a couple monkeys on its back despite the Panthers’ much-improved play of late.

The Panthers (now 13-9-3 overall) had shrugged off a midseason slump with a 5-1-1 surge to seize the No. 3 seed in the NESCAC playoffs with an 11-6-1 league mark. That seed earned them the right to host No. 6 Wesleyan on Saturday.

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Aldermen eye police station sites

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City leaders are inching closer to identifying a site for a new Vergennes police station. At their Feb. 21 meeting, aldermen sliced five of 13 potential sites from a working list they had been eyeing.

City Manager Mel Hawley said on Thursday the five sites that did not make the cut met the original criteria set by the council — they fronted on a Class 1 or 2 road, offered at least 1 usable acre, and were not in a residential area — but were the lowest ranked by aldermen on the single basis of location.

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City council adopts conflict policy

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After making a couple of tweaks they discussed in January, Vergennes aldermen on Feb. 21 adopted their first official conflict of interest policy, one that largely follows a Vermont League of Cities and Towns template.

In their discussions in recent meetings, aldermen said they have never known an instance where a member of the council has acted in a manner that would violate such a policy.

But they have also agreed it would clarify for members of the public what guidelines they follow and make public what rules future councils will follow.

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Clippings: Vt. Town clerks are a special breed

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I first started to poke around town clerk’s offices and, more importantly, get to know the people who run them in the mid-1980s, when I started selling real estate for about five years. Back then, Panton’s office, if I remember correctly, was in a basement in a home near Vergennes, while Waltham’s was basically housed on a porch and didn’t have a copier.

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Tigers dance their way to Vermont state hip-hop title

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
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VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Saturday for the third time in five years won the Vermont hip-hop crown, this time before more than 1,000 fans supporting 10 teams at Vergennes Union High School.

The Tiger team — with half the dancers dressed as men with goatees and eye black — edged the defending hip-hop titlist Burr & Burton squad, 263.5-261.

MUHS had previously claimed the hip-hop title in 2008 and 2010.

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City council candidates to share their views

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes American Legion Post 14 will host a Thursday evening forum for the half-dozen candidates seeking three seats on the city council in what is the most crowded race since 2007.

The forum, to be moderated by local insurance agent Michael Donnelly, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Challengers William Benton, Renny Perry and Nelson Sears are seeking slots on the council now held by multi-term incumbent Aldermen David Austin, Lowell Bertrand and Clara “Ziggy” Comeau.

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Panthers roll over Ephs

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — When the Williams College men’s basketball team visited Middlebury on Jan. 28 and came within a point of upsetting the Panthers, the Ephs shot 53 percent and scored 79 points.

But in Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal against those same Ephs, the No. 7 seed, the No. 2 Panthers were ready: They held Williams to 34.3 percent shooting — four of 29 from three-point range — to win, 73-61.

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City chief questions Northlands' version of story

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel disagreed on Wednesday with a statement released through the U.S. Department of Labor that Northlands Job Corps officials notified his department in a timely manner of a Feb. 7 assault that sent a Northlands student to Porter Hospital.

Meanwhile, Northlands officials this week declined to comment directly on the on-campus assault that left a 17-year-old Northlands student with a broken neck and nose.

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Tiger surge stuns eagles

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — This winter the Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has struggled to score, and Tuesday’s first half against visiting Mount Abraham looked like more of the same — the Tigers trailed at the half, 20-11.

Then their shots started to fall. And those launched by the Eagles did not: Mount Abe managed only five free throws between 2:00 of the second quarter and 5:45 of the fourth.

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