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GMP sued over contamination

Posted on April 19, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The owners of the prominent former Haviland Shade Roller Mill building on the Vergennes falls are suing former owner Green Mountain Power Corp. in U.S. District Court in Burlington for allegedly “fraudulent misrepresentations,” claiming that GMP knew prior to a 2004 sale that the building and site were contaminated by poly-chlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic materials.

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Court overturns city permit denial, returns issue to DRB

Posted on April 19, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A long-awaited Environmental Court decision on April 13 overturned a permit denial by the Vergennes Development Review Board, but did not grant permission to the owners of a vacant Grist Mill Island horse barn to renovate it into office space.

In September 2008, the DRB denied an application by Mahaiwe LLC to renovate the 2,100-square-foot barn. Mahaiwe is owned in part by Ferrisburgh’s David Shlansky, also owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek falls and the nearby Shade Roller Mill.

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Goodrich expanding workforce

Posted on April 15, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The current workforce at Goodrich Corp.’s Vergennes plant stands at 780, about 20 fewer than a year ago. But if the company’s local hiring plans work out, more workers will soon punch in and out on Panton Road than did in mid-2009, and the workforce could return to where it stood before layoffs began early last year.

Sol Mirelez, marketing communications manager of Goodrich’s Sensors and Integrated Systems division — which includes the Vergennes plant — said the company is now advertising for more help there.

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Award honors student's 'full circle' growth

Posted on April 15, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — When Ferrisburgh’s Kelsey Howard first came to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes five years ago, she was an 11-year-old so shy she admits she spent a year doing little more than sitting in a corner with club supervisor Kathy Ciociola.

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Vergennes eatery gets liquor license after patio debate

Posted on April 15, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After hearing almost an hour of at times emotional and contradictory testimony, Vergennes aldermen voted, 4-0, to grant The Antidote a liquor license that includes the right to serve alcohol on its small rear patio until 11 p.m.

Two neighbors of The Antidote, a city restaurant, have attended the past two council meetings to say they are upset by allegedly persistent noise from the patio at the back of the building, which lies at the intersection of School and Green streets and borders a residential neighborhood.

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One-board up for re-vote on May 11

Posted on April 12, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes and Addison residents will decide on Tuesday, May 11, whether to change their minds on supporting unification of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union under one-board governance.

Both towns joined Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham in voting by wide margins on March 2 to back the switch, but Vergennes and Addison petitioners successfully requested second votes.

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VUHS student nets afterschool video award

Posted on April 12, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERGENNES — Of the three people who learned that a video on the Vergennes After School bicycle maintenance class had won a statewide award on March 25, Robert Burbo betrayed the least emotion — which was strange, considering that he had made the video.

But this is how the soft-spoken Vergennes Union High School sophomore approaches most things, whether it is helping to set up a computer network for the middle school or deciding where to make a cut on a video he has filmed. Learning that he had won $1,000 and six Flip video cameras for the afterschool program was no different.

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City shelter marks 30 years taking people off the streets

Posted on April 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Becky, 23, thought she was on a path to matrimony and a nurturing household for her two children.

But the longtime Addison County resident’s life took an abrupt turn last month with a sudden breakup that left her homeless. Faced with no other options, Becky sought help at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes.

“I had nowhere else to go,” Becky said.

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City to improve handicap access

Posted on April 8, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The $75,000 the city of Vergennes recently received from Vermont’s Downtown Transportation Fund will help pay for improvements to the bus stop at the city’s major downtown intersection and fund a 160-foot handicap-access platform that will serve three Main Street businesses.

City Manager Mel Hawley said “pretty deteriorated” sidewalk stretching from Shear Cuts on Main Street around the corner almost all the way to Daily Chocolate on Green Street will also be replaced, with new granite curbing added.

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Petition calls for revote on one board

Posted on April 1, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, Vergennes officials were handed on Tuesday a petition calling for a revote of the city’s Town Meeting Day decision to approve changing governance of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to a one-board system.

City Manager Mel Hawley said Aldermen Ziggy Comeau and David Austin and former planning commission member Michael Ferland each dropped off petitions with signatures calling for a second vote on the question. The total number of signatures totaled 85, in excess of the 75 needed to trigger a revote.

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