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Community orchestra kicks off season

Posted on September 30, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERGENNES — This weekend, the Vergennes Opera House will host a lively program titled “Dance Mix.”

Don’t expect this dance music to have any thumping hip hop beats or Latin rhythms. Instead, the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra’s set list will feature upbeat selections from the likes of Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Benjamin Britten.

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ANwSU board ratifies two-year teacher contract

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — Teachers in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union are once again working under a contract, after the ANwSU board of directors last week ratified a new, two-year agreement.

The new contract — which covers the period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2012 — holds the base teacher salary steady throughout the union, and stipulates no change in the percentage of health care coverage teachers pay. It does, however, uphold already budgeted stepped increases in salary, which will provide scheduled raises to teachers with higher education levels or longer tenures.

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Pool ends season in the black

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials’ first summer of overseeing the city’s Sam Fishman Pool went well, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their meeting last Tuesday night, and it ended with a surplus of roughly $10,000.

The city accepted ownership of the pool this spring from the Vergennes ID school board, which ceased operations earlier this year per a 2009 vote of city residents. That board owned the land under the pool and the city’s other nearby recreation facilities, as well as an adjacent 8-acre parcel of land accessed from New Haven Road by a right-of-way.

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Vergennes aldermen vote to increase city zoning fees

Posted on September 27, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City aldermen on Sept. 21 approved a proposal by City Manager Mel Hawley, also the city’s zoning administrator, to raise the city’s zoning fees for the first time since January 2001. Hawley said the Vergennes Development Review Board had worked with him on coming up with the new fee schedule.

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VUHS teacher top in state

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Tuesday morning before the Vermont Board of Education honored Vergennes Union High School middle school teacher Jennifer Lawson as the 2011 Vermont Teacher of the Year, last year’s teacher of the year, Craig Divis of Bellows Falls, took to the podium in the VUHS auditorium.

“The single greatest factor in student success is a quality teacher,” Divis told the all-school VUHS assembly. “We’ve all had that great teacher who has inspired us, challenged us to be our very best. And as educators we strive to be that teacher.”

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Water board says no once again to revote

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes-Panton Water District Board again on Tuesday declined to accept Vergennes resident and Alderman Randy Ouellette’s petition calling for a second vote on the board’s $5.1 million plan for a major upgrade to its lakefront water plant.

On Aug. 4, Vergennes and Panton residents voted, 104-49, in 8 percent turnout, to approve a bond in that amount to fund what would be essentially a complete overhaul of the district’s 37-year-old plant on Lake Champlain, the first major project since its construction.

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Klopfenstein honored with national veterinarian award

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERGENNES — At the annual meeting of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners last month in Albuquerque, N.M., Vergennes veterinarian Joe Klopfenstein was shocked when he was called up to the podium. He’d been named the 2010 Bovine Practitioner of the Year.

“It was totally unexpected,” said Klopfenstein, who owns Vergennes Large Animal Associates and who last year became a board certified specialist in his field with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. “I had no idea it was coming.”

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Water vote petition is rejected

Posted on September 16, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Randy Ouellette, a Vergennes alderman acting as a private citizen, believed on Aug. 31 that he had successfully petitioned for reconsideration of the Aug. 4 vote that backed a $5.1 million bond to pay for Vergennes-Panton Water District plant renovations.

But Ouellette this week learned that his petition had fallen into what one official in the Vermont Secretary of State’s office called “a gray area where municipal attorneys could disagree.” On Monday, he received a letter from the water district board informing him his petition lacked enough signatures to force a revote.

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ANwSU, teachers on brink of deal

Posted on September 9, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



VERGENNES — After nearly nine months of negotiations, teachers and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have come to a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract.

Superintendent Tom O’Brien said that the contract, pending approval by the supervisory union board, will maintain the status quo on salary and benefit levels for teachers at the Vergennes-area schools, with the addition of the already budgeted salary increases.

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ANwSU to look at unification in a new light

Posted on September 2, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With a new law in place offering more incentives for school districts to consolidate, Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled a series of public meetings this fall to explore the possibility of a Town Meeting Day 2011 unification vote.

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