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Many pay tribute in words to late fire chief

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Many who knew longtime Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ralph J. Jackman were moved to speak about his character, contributions and legacy after Jackman’s death at the age of 85 on Saturday. Still others were overcome by emotion and could not bring themselves to talk in the immediate aftermath of the loss.

Jackman, a U.S. Army veteran who saw action in World War II, had served the fire department for 62 years, 55 as its chief, before resigning Nov. 1.

Among those who paid tribute were:

GOV. JIM DOUGLAS:

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New bridge, ferry tab could add up to $110 million

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Designing the replacement for the Champlain Bridge will involve a literal, as well as figurative balancing act, according to officials from HNTB, the firm commissioned by the state of New York to plan the new structure.

The new bridge will have to be wide enough to better accommodate vehicles, pedestrians and bikers, but not so wide that it triggers more intensive permitting requirements, HNTB Vice President Ted Zoli told more than 60 area residents who showed up in Vergennes on Monday evening for an overview of how the span will take shape.

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City hosts healthcare forum Jan. 10

Posted on January 7, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — A workers’ advocacy group is lobbying the 2010 Legislature to reserve some time for healthcare reform during a busy session that is likely to focus on the future of Vermont Yankee and a fiscal year 2011 state budget shortfall that’s being estimated at $150 million.

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Retired Vergennes fire chief Jackman dies

Posted on January 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



WALTHAM — Ralph Jackman, who recently resigned after 62 years with the Vergennes Volunteer Fire Department, 55 as its chief, died at his Waltham home on Saturday morning. Jackman, who had stepped down as chief on Nov. 1 because of his declining health, was 85.

Jackman also served with distinction with the U.S. Army in World War II; was known as a tireless community volunteer in the Vergennes area, notably in the Meals on Wheels program; was believed to have been the longest-serving fire chief in the U.S.; and made statewide contributions to the fire service.

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VUHS students create anti-alcohol video

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In a 70-second public service announcement shot locally a fictional “Dr. Martin” hosts an under-age drinking party, but — like two real-life parents in the Vergennes area did in 2009 — he regrets his decision when the police show up.

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Vergennes backs bus to Middlebury

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday reconsidered a decision made during budget deliberations earlier this year and voted unanimously to support a planned upgrade to the Addison County Transit Resource’s Tri-Town Shuttle.

Tuesday’s decision was made easier by a lower price tag: $1,350 instead of an earlier request of about $3,700. ACTR Executive Director Jim Moulton said that figure was pro-rated to represent the amount the city would owe this fiscal year based on the formula the agency used to charge towns that benefit from its services.

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Mt. Abe-VUHS football team closer to reality

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL/VERGENNES — Football boosters, athletic directors and players and coaches alike in Bristol and Vergennes are mulling over a plan that could spark the first cooperative, cross-district football team in Vermont.

The Vergennes Union High School board of directors discussed the burgeoning plan Monday, and VUHS Athletic Director Peter Maneen said that so far, the reception for the idea has been largely positive.

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ANwSU spending plans face crunch

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school board members sit down this month and look at second or third preliminary drafts for 2010-2011 school budgets, ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien said they should be prepared to make some tough decisions.

O’Brien said in an interview last week a number of factors could work against voter approval of even modest ANwSU budgets this winter, including declining enrollments in three of its four schools, a projected 2.2-cent increase in the statewide school tax, and the continuing economic slump.

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Vergennes picks two new chiefs

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday looked down the road to Middlebury to find a new police chief, but inside its own highly regarded fire department for a new leader to replace retiring longtime chief Ralph Jackman.

The city’s new police chief will be New Haven resident George Merkel, 55, a Middlebury patrolman who is an 11-year member of that department and also a Vermont Army National Guard veteran.

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Vergennes reopens skate park

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After being closed for more than two months after summer vandalism incidents, the Vergennes skate park re-opened on Nov. 6 with two key changes: Adult volunteers are overseeing it, and users must wear helmets.

Alderman David Austin, who heads a committee that worked to reopen the facility near Vergennes Union Elementary School and is also working to ensure its long-term health, said tentative hours are from 3 p.m. until dark weekdays and noon until 4 p.m. on weekends.

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