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Altemose steps down from MUHS hoops coaching job after 15 years

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After 15 years of coaching varsity boys’ basketball at Middlebury Union High School, MUHS physical education teacher Chris Altemose has decided to step down from that job to spend more time with his wife and young children, 10 and 6, but not entirely give up coaching.

Altemose for the past two years has been coaching his 10-year-old daughter’s 3rd- and 4th-grade basketball team, and he plans to move up the ladder with her and her teammates to the 5th- and 6th-grade level.

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Ferrisburgh to purchase new fire truck

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Aug. 4 signed a contract to purchase a new firetruck for $397,100 in 2016.

According to town officials, the new pumper truck will replace what the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department calls its “primary attack engine.” 

The department has already set aside $90,000 in its capital fund over the past three years, and Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said the department will add another $30,000 in the next fiscal year for a total down payment of $120,000.

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City kid steps up to the plate for Lake Monsters baseball team

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BURLINGTON — On Aug. 14, eight kids from around Northern Vermont and one from New York state will take batting practice on the University of Vermont’s Centennial Field, throw out ceremonial first pitches at the Vermont Lake Monsters baseball game that will follow, stand on the field with the Lake Monsters team during the national anthem and spend an inning apiece in the team’s dugout.

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Thanks to Bixby, Northlands students have Wi-Fi; others next?

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Phase Two of the Northlands Job Corps student Internet Wi-Fi arrived much more quickly than Phase One, which was the product of a yearlong effort by Northlands executives, its Student Government Association, and Bixby Library officials and volunteers.

On Wednesday last week, the Vergennes center’s 220 young vocational students who gathered in and around the campus chapel, home of the center’s new Wi-Fi hub, had for the first time to enter user names and passwords to log onto the network.

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Demo derby: Bodington, Cram last operating on Thursday

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — Ashley Bodington of Vergennes and Scott “Crash” Cram of Rutland won Thursday’s features at the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days.

Bodington, barely taller than her bright blue four-door sedan, prevailed in the big-car feature that capped the evening.

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Plastic fantastic: Visitors to Button Bay asked to join art project

Posted on August 6, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Visitors to Vermont’s state parks are routinely reminded to dispose of their trash, but over the next two weekends those who make their way to Button Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh are being asked to bring with them at least some discarded items.

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation officials awarded Burlington artist Rebecca Schwarz a residency at Button Bay that will run Aug. 7 to 9 and 14 to 16, and recycled plastic is a major part of that residency.

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Shrine Bowl experience positive for Vermont football team despite loss

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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CASTLETON — The Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team had a lot going for it this past Saturday at Castleton State College.

Vermont took a 12-7 lead after three quarters, faced a New Hampshire opponent missing some top players due to an in-state East-West all-star game, deployed a defense that held its foe to negative rushing yardage, and enjoyed the services of seven members of the two-time Division I champion Middlebury Union High School squad.

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Champs, Marlins swim to Vermont crowns

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Both the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins won four individual state titles at the Vermont Swim Association (VSA) state championship meet this past weekend, while the Champs won Division III and placed sixth overall among the 20 teams competing.

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Another thought or two on soccer and the Red Sox

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few thoughts on soccer and the sorry state of the Sox, left behind in Vermont while the author lounges on the beaches of southern New England (or in movie theaters, depending on the weather).

First, one last visit to the women’s soccer World Cup. A lot of credit for the U.S. team’s late surge was given to the tactical switch in the formation that allowed Carli Lloyd more offensive freedom, and no doubt that played a role in the successful Cup run.

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Clippings: Same-sex unions have stood test

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”

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