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ANWSD planning for vote on $21 million budget

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, the Addison Northwest School District Board on Jan. 18 adopted a $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year that will cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office.

Officials said the budget maintains existing programs and teaching positions at the four ANWSD schools.

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City council sets priorities for downtown and basin areas

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council at last Tuesday’s meeting reviewed potential next steps outlined by the task force charged with creating the Vergennes Downtown-Basin Master Plan.

Mayor Bill Benton had asked group members individually to respond to him with what they thought should be the city’s highest priorities to improve the city’s downtown and basin areas for residents’ use and to attract and serve visitors. He presented their answers in a memo to the council.

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Efficiency Vermont to zero in on Vergennes

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes has been selected for an intensive six-month visit by Efficiency Vermont that will offer businesses, homeowners and commercial property owners the chance to learn more about how to save money and energy.

City Manager Mel Hawley told the city council at its Jan. 24 meeting about the initiative, which is the result of a successful application filed by the Vergennes Partnership.

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Crosswalk flags installed at five separate locations in Little City

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City council members heard from Alderman Mark Koenig at a Jan. 24 meeting that the council’s Pedestrian Task Force, charged with making recommendations to the council for improved downtown pedestrian and biking safety, would be meeting on Feb. 1. In the meantime, City Manger Mel Hawley said Koenig has installed homemade pedestrian flags at five crosswalks and that they are being used: In some cases he sees all the flags on one side of the road.

“Maybe we need more of them,” Hawley said.

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Former mayor is seeking a repeat: Daniels challenges incumbent Benton

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a choice on Town Meeting Day between an incumbent mayor who recently announced he will seek a third — and he says final — term, and a former mayor who served three terms between 2007 and 2013 and became mayor by unseating an incumbent.

Mike Daniels, 69, who has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March, said late this summer he began to get the itch to return to city politics.

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VUHS picks Devine as ambassador to youth leadership conference

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent them at their state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) Conference. This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY Ambassador is Cyrus Devine.

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Vergennes-area schoolboard considers 1.7 percent spending hike

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.

It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.

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City urges Northlands to support rescue volunteers

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths.

At the meeting, city officials and former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts.

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Posters for Peace light up Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Pamela Smith’s Posters for Peace were painted in the spring of 2009 while she was living in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a time of revolution as the last king of Nepal abdicated his throne. Kathmandu was in a state of turmoil and Smith was trapped in her home for 19 days listening to helicopters, gunshots and rioting outside. It was during those 19 days that Smith created this body of work.

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Age Well offers Tai Chi classes

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Age Well, formerly CVAA Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, is offering classes in Sun Style Tai Chi in Vergennes at St. Peter’s Parish Hall. Both a beginner and an intermediate class will be offered every Monday and Wednesday starting Jan. 23 and continuing until April 5.

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