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VUHS baseball tops Eagles in close game

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team rallied to tie host Mount Abraham in the seventh and plated the winning run in the eighth on Thursday to defeat the Eagles, 4-3, in a back-and-forth game.

The winning rally started with a leadoff single by Nick Richer off losing pitcher Tommy Nelson, Richer’s second safety of the afternoon. Zach Ouellette sacrificed pinch-runner Austin Burnett to second base, and Burnett slid home safely — barely — on Justus Sturtevant’s second hit of the game, a soft single to right field.

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Vergennes slammed by severe rainstorm

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Heavy rains, lightning and thunder struck most of Addison County last Wednesday afternoon, but no storm slammed any site as hard as the one that targeted Vergennes.

According to city public works head Jim Larrow, starting at around 4 p.m. on May 16 two-and-a-half inches of rain fell in 45 minutes, overwhelming many city storm drains and culverts as well as stormwater drainage systems in many Vergennes subdivisions.

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Got something to say? Say who you are

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Maybe I feel so strongly about this because all the words I write, and all the decisions I make in writing those words on these pages, right or wrong, come with my name attached.

And I don’t pretend I am always right. I’ve misspelled names, misunderstood rules and laws, forgotten to put scores of games in stories (usually my editors catch that error for me, thankfully), and simply phrased things poorly. All those mistakes are highly public, and published corrections often follow.

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OV softball outlasts Mount Anthony

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — On Monday, the Otter Valley Union High School softball team bounced back from its first loss in four games, a 6-0 setback to Division I title contender Brattleboro on Saturday, to edge another D-I foe, Mount Anthony, 6-5.

The Otters improved to 7-3 and held onto fifth place in D-II. The Patriots, a good defensive team with some strong hitters, dropped to 2-10 as two pitchers combined to allow five hits and eight walks.

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Long-serving educators ready for last bell: Karen Florucci

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Vergennes resident Karen Florucci can’t pin down whether she was in second or third grade when she picked out her career, but the choice stuck.

In early June, Florucci will retire after 25 years teaching at Addison Central School, 21 in kindergarten and four in second grade.

Before arriving at ACS, the 1972 Castleton State College graduate taught two years of elementary school in Castleton and three years at the now-shuttered Brandon Training Center, and then for four years in the 1980s operated her own kindergarten in her Vergennes home.

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Planners: Alter new zoning regs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Planning Commission agreed on Monday to recommend that Vergennes aldermen make changes to proposed new zoning regulations based on testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing.

The recommendations, according to planning chairman Shannon Haggett, will include a relaxed lot-frontage requirement in the new Historic Neighborhood District and a provision to allow multi-family housing in the Basin District.

Each recommendation was made after careful consideration at a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Haggett said.

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Aldermen hear police station needs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their May 8 meeting last week, Vergennes aldermen continued to pare down their list of potential sites for a new city police station, and they heard Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel’s vision for what that station would offer his department.

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Eagles edge rival Vergennes

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ lacrosse team dominated most of Saturday’s second half, but had to hold on at the end to earn a 9-8 home win over Vergennes.

The Eagles trailed at the break, 5-4, but earned an 11-1 edge in shots on goal in the third period to take an 8-5 lead into the fourth. VUHS goalie Erik Averill made seven of his 21 saves in the quarter to keep his team close.

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Level city spending proposed

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley introduced a draft budget to Vergennes aldermen at their May 8 meeting that could again allow them to keep level the portion of the city tax rate that funds municipal services.

The total of the proposed budget — not including fee-supported sewer spending — is $1,727,963, an increase of about $20,000.

Including $28,039 of charitable requests, the total grows to $1,756,002 and would increase by about $17,000 (because of a slight drop in those charitable requests).

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City officials get feedback on proposed zoning rules

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 8 took testimony from a handful of citizens and one developer at a public hearing on new zoning regulations proposed by the Vergennes Planning Commission.

Questions at the Tuesday hearing focused on building lot regulations in the new Historic Neighborhood District (HND), new requirements for rebuilding structures after catastrophic losses in the existing Central Business District, and permitted uses in the existing Otter Creek basin district.

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