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City settles on $1.85 million for police station bond

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen this past Tuesday settled on a $1.85 million bond amount to request from voters on Town Meeting Day to fund construction of a new North Main Street police station.

That amount includes $229,000 to buy the 0.75-acre former Vergennes Auto Sales parcel (a lot that is assessed by the city at $117,800), $21,000 to buy more land to the rear and side of the parcel, site work, construction costs for a roughly 6,000-square-foot building, and a $50,000 contingency fund.

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Gas pipeline to serve city by 2015, but not all homes to be served

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Representatives of Vermont Gas Systems Inc. told Vergennes aldermen on Jan. 29 that natural gas — which they said is a cheaper form of energy than oil, propane and electric heat — will be available to most, but not all, city residents by 2015.

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Vergennes to sign deal for solar power

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At the Vergennes City Council meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 29, aldermen made a decision on a future police station proposal and talked with Vermont Gas Systems about its plan to bring natural gas to the city.

In other business, aldermen:

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Fate of VUHS bonds at stake on Tuesday

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Bill Benton and April Jin vie to be next Vergennes mayor

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Bixby seeks more funding from towns as its endowment dwindles

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Facing a fiscal crisis that Bixby Free Memorial Library board members believe could bankrupt the Vergennes fixture in a few short years, those board members this winter approached the five communities the library serves seeking a major boost in the support it receives within town budgets.

Bixby board members said they understood why responses from local selectboards were mixed when the Bixby initially asked for an increase in support from $13.66 per resident to about $24.

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City library is reaching out with more hours and youth programs

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — While the Bixby Free Memorial Library board works with the five communities the Vergennes institution serves to ensure the Bixby’s financial future (see related story), its librarians and director say they are trying to make sure the library will continue to be an important part of residents’ lives.

Director Jane Spencer said steps have already been taken, including hiring new head librarian MacKenzie Ross, moving former head librarian Rachel Plant to the position of children’s librarian, and juggling staff hours.

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VUHS establishing new specific diploma requirements

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School is moving toward a system that will require students to demonstrate mastery of a series of skills, known as “Performance Based Graduation Requirements,” in order to earn a diploma.

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Forum on two-tiered VUHS bond vote set

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Thursday, Jan. 31, will have a chance to ask Vergennes Union High School board members about the upcoming two-tiered vote on whether to fund upgrades the VUHS building and grounds.

The board will hold a 7 p.m. forum at VUHS on that Thursday to present information and allow for questions on the two bonds that residents will decide the fate of on Feb. 5. There will be a walk through of the building areas to be renovated and/or upgraded at 6 p.m.

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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