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Thoughts on the summer sports scene

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



In the heat of July, sustained focus and long, reasoned arguments can be difficult to maintain, especially for the easily distracted.

Wait, was that the hummingbird at the fuchsia again?

Oh, right, anyway, it’s time for a sports snippets column.

• As of late last week, the last two baseball games I saw played were an American Legion Addison County team game and a Vermont Lake Monsters vs. Lowell Spinners contest in Burlington.

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Legion responds to first set backs

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team bounced back from its first two losses of the season with wins on Monday and Tuesday and remains in good position for a postseason playoff berth.

On Tuesday, AC knocked off host Burlington, 8-0, and on Monday, AC defeated visiting Essex, 5-1. Those results followed a pair of losses to South Burlington, 8-0 on the road on Saturday and 8-6 at home on July 5.

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Auditorium, track push VUHS bond costs up

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School board members, administrators, department heads and a dozen local residents on Monday heard details about what could be between a $5.7 million and $7 million project to upgrade the school, notably its auditorium and athletic facilities.

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Path cleared to develop high-profile city property

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A settlement of a site-contamination case should soon pave the way for the restoration of prominent, but long vacant, buildings next to the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes, according to the structures’ owner.

Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky, the principal in Shenandoah LLC, the company that owns the former Haviland Shade Roller Mill and its nearby Annex, said he now hopes in the months to come to revive plans to put shops, office space and condominiums in the two historic Canal Street properties.

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Ferrisburgh subdivision could hit market

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — About six years after the developers of the Pierce Woods received Ferrisburgh and state permits for their 21-lot planned residential development (PRD) off Stage Road, the lots have yet to be formally marketed.

But that status for what is the second-largest housing subdivision ever approved in Ferrisburgh could change in the coming months, according to town resident David Shlansky, one of the principals in the company that owns the land and is developing it.

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City, island owner still seek pedestrian bridge

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — While Ferrisburgh resident David Shlansky hopes to move forward soon with restoring the Shade Roller Mill and its Annex after a court case was settled (see related story), plans to renovate another Vergennes property he owns on an island in the Otter Creek falls may take a little longer.

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Ferrisburgh reopens search for buyer for a prime parcel

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After 11 months, the full-price buyer for a 34.9-acre parcel at the junction of Routes 7 and 22A owned by the town of Ferrisburgh has walked away from the deal.

Selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said on July 3 that Montpelier’s Eastern Development Corp. informed the town in writing before a June 30 deadline that it wished to terminate the $375,000 deal it first signed with Ferrisburgh on Aug. 1, 2011.

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Clippings: Tutus, hot dog races and baseball

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Probably my favorite moment of our family’s enjoyable Saturday night trip to see the Vermont Lake Monsters came when my older daughter gained new perspective on the quality of her internship here at this newspaper.

Not all work at the Independent is as glamorous as it appears when readers see us at school board meetings, zoning hearings and ribbon-cuttings.

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VUHS bond to be discussed on monday

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board hopes to hear from the public on Monday its opinions on a bond that could be floated as soon as November and might approach $5 million if all elements now being discussed are included.

In the past six weeks, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union business manager Kathy Cannon, school officials have begun leaning toward asking for two elements that were in early May less likely.

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Troopers increasing Panton patrols after flood of reports

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Vermont State Police plan extra patrols on Panton roads near Lake Champlain after a rash of suspicious incidents in June has left area residents on edge.

VSP troopers Andrew Leise and Keri Starr also sat down with homeowners on June 25 to hear their concerns and make recommendations about how they could protect themselves and their properties.

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