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Vergennes Opera House thriving in 20th year of revival

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Feb. 14 the Vergennes City Council heard an upbeat report from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House President Gerianne Smart about the financial and artistic health of the historic theater. The VOH has several big shows lined up for the coming months and is planning now for its 20th season since reopening in 1997 upstairs in the 120-year-old Vergennes City Hall.

“It’s been a wonderful 20 years, I’ve got to say,” Smart told the council.

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City safety committee to make suggestions

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council heard from Alderman Matt Chabot at their Feb. 14 meeting that the pedestrian task force of which he is a member will have recommendations for council members to consider at their next meeting.

Those could include flashing pedestrian lights at three crosswalks, and also at least a trial run suggested by Burlington nonprofit Local Motion to evaluate the impact on traffic of structural changes to streets such as narrowed lanes and bulbouts.

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Local DAR chapter honors Vietnam Veterans

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Seth Warner - Rhoda Farrand Chapter of the DAR hosted a lunch for local Vietnam Veterans on Feb. 4 at Vergennes American Legion Post 14. The chapter is a partner with the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Committee. Fifteen veterans attended this year, seven of whom were first timers.

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Salisbury native returns from West Coast to open gallery/studio in Vergennes

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — Ross Sheehan is back in town, again. He and his wife, Cat Cutillo, bopped from New York City (where they met), to Reno, Nev., to San Francisco, to Vergennes, back to San Francisco, and are now back in Vergennes. Maybe this time for good?

The first time they moved to Vergennes in 2011, the couple fulfilled a longtime dream and opened Outerlands Gallery — showing their own work as well as others — at 37 Green St. But “dream jobs” pulled them back to the Bay Area in 2014.

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Alyse Beauchemin takes Legion's top speaker honors

Posted on February 13, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Alyse Beauchemin was the winner of the Vergennes Union High School American Legion Constitutional Speech Contest held at Post # 14 on Saturday, Jan. 28. Beauchemin is a senior and two-time state winner from Vergennes Union High School. This accomplishment earned her a monetary award and the right to compete at the District 1 Oratorical Contest hosted by the Middlebury American Legion Post # 27 on Feb. 12, at 11:30 a.m.

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City police bust trio for drug trafficking

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A routine traffic stop by Vergennes police this past Friday night led to the arrest of three Albany, N.Y., residents for heroin and cocaine possession and trafficking in heroin.

The three suspects — Robert Scales, 33; Jamel Sears, 30; and Kessiah Harvin, 26 — were lodged for the weekend at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility after police alleged they found 27 grams of powdered cocaine and 100 bags of heroin in a backpack in the trunk of a car driven by Harvin.

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Revised ANWSD tax estimates show mostly lower rates

Posted on February 6, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A revised set of residential school tax estimates released by Addison Northwest School District officials for Town Meeting Day reports late in January show lower rates in four of the five ANWSD towns than originally projected earlier last month.

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Heating system failure shuts VUHS for a day

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The problems that caused half of Vergennes Union High School to lose heat late last week and led officials to call off school on Friday, Jan. 27, are symptomatic of a larger issue in the school’s heating system that probably cannot be addressed until a new bond can be proposed in 2020, according to Principal Stephanie Taylor.

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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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Local adventurer to talk about dogsledding in the Great White North

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the Bixby Library will host “Dogsledding in Labrador: Mushing in the Menihek Hills” with Ed Blechner. Meet the Addison resident and a few of his dogs, check out one of his dogsleds and enjoy the stories of his endeavors in the frozen North.

Blechner will share beautiful slides of his trip, anecdotes and answer a few questions as well. This presentation continues the Bixby Library showcase of stories, passions and talents of local Vermonters.

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