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Commodore boys' basketball rallies past Fairfax in opener, honors Coach Quinn

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Thursday’s Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball game began and ended with standing ovations.

The first ovation came at the request of Ben Epstein, a member of the Commodores’ 2001 Division I championship team for which Peter Quinn, who had died five days before, had served as an assistant coach.

With Quinn’s wife, Marian Greenberg, and sons Liam and Sam Quinn on hand, Epstein spoke in front of the packed house in memory of the beloved VUHS coach and school-based clinician.

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Peter Quinn, respected coach and counselor, recalled fondly

Posted on December 13, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WALTHAM — The Saturday death of highly respected Vergennes Union High School clinician and basketball coach Peter Quinn sent waves of shock and sadness through the students and athletes he served, his colleagues and fellow coaches, former hoop teammates and fellow pick-up game competitors, and all those who respected his dedication to his work, love of basketball and quick wit. 

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Fire destroys Vergennes grain business, 10 fire departments respond

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — An early-morning blaze on Saturday that could be seen for miles around reduced the Vergennes Feed Commodities International Inc. plant on Meigs Road to a pile of smoldering ruins.

The building, essentially a metal shell that covered almost an acre with a small office area in one end, went up quickly. Vergennes Fire Chief Jim Breur said there were combustible materials inside a wide-open space filled with grain bins, conveyor belts, processors, mixers and other equipment.

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OV girls' basketball comes up just short in opener

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday shrugged off an early 12-0 deficit to tie visiting West Rutland at 26-all in the third quarter, but ultimately the Golden Horde made the plays on defense and hit just enough free throws to edge the Otters, 36-32, in OV’s opener. 

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New basketball coach Howe brings long résumé to MUHS

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — New Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball coach John Howe fell in love with the sport in fifth grade, and fell in love with coaching it six years later, in the winter of 1993 as a junior at Rice Memorial High School. 

That’s when an adult he knew asked Howe if he would like to help out with the Mater Christi School’s fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ CYO team.

Already a member of the Rice boys’ varsity team, Howe was further hooked.  

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VUHS coach, leader Peter Quinn dies unexpectedly

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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WALTHAM — Highly respected school-based clinician and Vergennes Union High School basketball coach Peter Quinn died unexpectedly on Saturday morning of natural causes, stunning the VUHS and Vergennes community he had served for two decades and saddening the many who knew him statewide for his dedication to the welfare of teens and his love of basketball.

A native of Concord, Mass., and a 1971 graduate of Middlebury College, Quinn started his career in social work at the former Weeks School in Vergennes.

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Vergennes city council gets affordable housing update

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Nov. 27 heard from Addison County Community Trust Executive Director Elise Shanbacker that the planned 24-unit affordable housing project on Armory Lane is advancing. The project is intended to be built across the road from the existing senior housing project, not far from American Legion Post 14.

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Middlebury men's basketball bounces back, beats Skidmore

Posted on December 10, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After giving up more than 90 points in back-to-back losses and being outrebounded at Plattsburgh on Tuesday, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team restored order vs. visiting Skidmore on Saturday.

While snapping that brief two-game skid with a 71-54 victory, the Panthers held the 4-3 Thoroughbreds to 32 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 48-44.

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Vergennes police honored for going above and beyond

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel at last week’s city council meeting handed out Meritorious Service Awards to members of his department for heroism, compassion, the successful investigation of a crime spree, and dedication to traffic safety. Merkel also publicly promoted a veteran officer. 

Probably the most dramatic recognition went to Officer Mark Stacey, who this spring ran into the United Technologies Corp. Building on Panton Road after an explosion. 

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Focus and hard work sparking men's hockey

Posted on December 6, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After Saturday’s 6-2 victory over visiting Tufts, one of the Middlebury College hockey players in the hallway outside the locker room grabbed a broom and brushed it across the floor to cheers from his teammates, who then cranked up celebratory music behind the closed door.

Yes, that win completed a weekend home sweep of two NESCAC rivals for the 4-2 Panthers, who had defeated Connecticut, 4-2, on Friday. 

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