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Aldermen could take up issue of ownership of city rec land

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Oct. 27 inched closer to a decision to accept ownership of the land under the city pool and nearby recreation facilities and discussed a way to help finance long-term operation and maintenance of the pool.

City Manager Mel Hawley suggested that the city council should request that the Vergennes ID school board, which now owns the land but is scheduled to dissolve next June, sell an adjacent eight-acre parcel it also owns and turn the proceeds over to the city.

The take from the sale could create a fund to help Vergennes afford pool ownership, he said.

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Lowe seeks dismissal of charge in DUI case

Posted on September 24, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The attorney for recently resigned Vergennes police chief Mike Lowe filed a Sept. 16 motion at Addison District Court seeking dismissal of the charges against Lowe for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Those charges stem from the June 7 low-speed accident in Vergennes in which a police cruiser driven by Lowe struck a parked car.

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Education chief to talk with ANwSU schools

Posted on September 21, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Vermont Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca visits Vergennes this week, he will discuss two issues the Vermont Board of Education has identified as critical — one in which local officials said Vergennes Union High School is already a statewide leader and another in which by March Vergennes-area schools may lead Vermont.

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Update: Vergennes chief quits; patrolman follows suit

Posted on September 10, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy and John S. McCright



Note: This is an expanded version of a story that appeared online on Saturday, Sept. 5.

VERGENNES — The Vergennes police chief and a junior police officer have resigned in the past week. Chief Mike Lowe resigned on Friday, Sept. 4, and City Manager Mel Hawley on Tuesday received officer Matt Roorda’s official letter of resignation.

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Vergennes police chief resigns

Posted on September 7, 2009 |
By John S. McCright



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief Mike Lowe resigned on Friday and city officials expect to received police officer Matt Roorda’s official letter of resignation next week.

Lowe has been battling criminal charges of driving under the influence, embezzlement and prescription drug-related crimes.

City Manager Mel Hawley received Lowe’s letter of resignation mid-morning Friday. In the letter, Lowe said he was resigning “for health reasons.”

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City police chief no longer being paid; disciplinary hearing delayed

Posted on August 20, 2009 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday indefinitely postponed its scheduled disciplinary hearing for Police Chief Mike Lowe, and at the same time confirmed that Lowe will no longer be drawing his salary while he remains on administrative leave.

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Vergennes chief faces new criminal charges

Posted on August 10, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vermont Attorney General’s office released a statement on Friday that Vergennes Police Chief Mike Lowe is facing five new charges in addition to driving under the influence of a drug that had been prescribed to him. The new charges include embezzlement and two counts of fraudulently obtaining a prescription.

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Boys and Girls club reaches decade of service

Posted on August 3, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — In 1999 Jason Ouellette, now a 26-year-old Vergennes police officer, became one of the first members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, which at that point met at the National Guard Armory across Monkton Road from Vergennes Union High School.

Like many of the more than 1,000 regular attendees in the club’s 10-year history, Ouellette enjoyed hanging out after school in a place that offered video games, pool tables, air hockey and Pokémon tournaments.

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VARS marks 40 years of growth and saving lives

Posted on July 27, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Saturday, May 10, 1969, Vergennes resident Jim McEvilla responded to a ringing phone, raced to city hall, fired up a Chevrolet station wagon parked in the rear garage and drove off to a nearby medical emergency.

That was the first of 94 calls in the first year in what is now the 40-year history of the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad.

That’s a far cry from the most recent 12 months, when VARS’ three ambulances, with full crews and complements of life-saving equipment and drugs, responded to about 860 calls for help from its Panton Road headquarters.

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Charity mirror project reflects well on Vergennes

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By ANDREA SUOZZO
VERGENNES — Mirrors cropping up this month in local Vergennes businesses are reflecting well on the Little City’s record of public service.

This spring, local artists decorated 47 of these mirrors as part of a fund-raiser for the Vergennes Lions Club. Pieces in the project, entitled “Reflections on Vergennes,” will be on display all over town until July 18, when they will be auctioned off in a silent auction to benefit Lions Club community projects, including efforts to help with vision and hearing disabilities.

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